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#Loveup Movement Gets Retail Outlet - In Today's Jockline
Nielsen Conducting 'Impact Analysis' Of L.A. Data
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– A Nielsen spox confirmed yesterday that the ratings company has identified 'irregular patterns' in select PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. Nielsen said following an extensive investigation they have determined that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. "Out of an abundance of caution, we removed 35 installed households which collectively represented 55 average daily in-tab persons for the first two weeks of August. This accounts for 2% of the average daily in-tab in the LA metro area. Combined, the affected meters contributed less than 1% of the quarter hours of listening for these weeks. The August 2016 Week 3, Week 4 and monthly data releases will exclude these homes. The data will release as originally scheduled.
Nielsen also confirmed they are conducting an impact analysis of 2016 data in Los Angeles to determine what, if any, actions may be required for prior months. "We will be in constant communication with our Los Angeles clients to ensure they are kept updated on the results of the impact analysis and plans moving forward. We are also investigating all other PPM markets and conducting an aggressive review of protocols and will be taking a number of steps to prevent recurrence."
ON-AIR: Chris Stigall Inks Multi-Year Extension With WPHT Philadelphia; WRAL Raleigh Adds Two Men & A Mom To Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– Talk Radio 1210 WPHT today announced an agreement with morning drive radio personality, Chris Stigall, to renew and extend his relationship with the station continuing the “Chris Stigall Show” weekday mornings on 1210 WPHT. Under the multiple-year agreement, Stigall will continue in his current role, as well as being the face of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT with charitable endeavors, events, and digital content creation.
"In a blink, five and a half years have come and gone since we launched our show at WPHT. In an ever evolving industry, I can't express how grateful I am to CBS RADIO Philadelphia's leadership for their unflinching support and unwavering commitment,” said Stigall. “
Fresh off the heels of last weeks' surprising exit of Marconi Award winners The Gene & Julie Show, Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM announced Monday (8/22) that it will debut a new morning show called Two Men and a Mom hosted by Kyle Smelser, Bryan Lord and Sarah King (shown right). It's two men arrive from Indianapolis where they handled mornings for several years on WNOW-FM. King, the mom, lives in Raleigh and began her radio career during her college years at North Carolina State University’s WKNC. After working in the New York City restaurant scene and recently becoming a new mom, she'll now join the show.
Mix 101.5 is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company. Meanwhile, Gene and Julie Gates are looking for their next opportunity - reach them at email@example.com, as well as their producer Casey Tate at CaseyTate85@gmail.com.
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Salisbury-Ocean City Names Dave Hovel SVP/Programming
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Salisbury, Maryland announced that Dave Hovel has been named Senior Vice President of Programming effective August 29. iHeartMedia Salisbury's cluster includes FROGGY 99.9, Q-105, KISS 95.9, MAGIC 98.9, NEWSRADIO 1470AM and FOXSPORTS 960AM. “Dave has an extraordinary record of success in leading media operations, developing formats and coaching top-level personalities. This, coupled with his remarkable skill for driving breakthrough revenue growth set Dave apart from the pack” said Chris Walus Area President, iHeartMedia Markets Group.
"I'm excited about joining the talented team in Salisbury and returning to the iHeartMedia family,” said Hovel. “I vacationed on the Eastern Shore listening to these stations as a kid and am thrilled to take the reigns and continue to grow the brands." iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio-the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service with more than a billion downloads and 90 million registered users.
Pandora Eyes On-Demand Streaming Next Month
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– Pandora Media Inc. is aiming to start expanding its internet-radio service as soon as next month, reports The Wall Street Journal. With the reported launch of two new monthly subscription options, will mark its entrance into on-demand music streaming. Pandora plans to roll out its new subscription tiers in the U.S. and then in other English-speaking countries before launching elsewhere, sources said. Neither of Pandora’s current options allows users to select specific songs to listen to; instead users pick a custom “station” that includes music similar to their initial choice. Once it launches in more markets, Pandora is planning to create more ways for advertisers to make their pitches on its free tier, while offering a $10-a-month service as well that would give subscribers unlimited access to tens of millions of tracks.
Pandora investors were encouraged by this news, reports Yahoo Finance. This is because, of late, the company had been struggling to expand its subscription base. An on-demand service along with international expansion will likely give a significant boost to the company’s listener and subscriber base while also opening more avenues for advertisement, a critical contributor to its revenues. In the last earnings call, CEO Tim Westergren (inset) had stated his plans to launch an on-demand service in the back half of this year.
SYNDICATION: The Cliff & Sharon Show To Be Syndicated By Talent Farm; SBG'S Country Club With Dee Jay Silver Adds 98.7 WMZQ Washington
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– Cliff Dumas and Sharon Burns “The Cliff & Sharon Show” announced a syndication agreement / partnership with Steve Wall / Talent Farm LLC. The new deal calls for Talent Farm to handle affiliation & marketing for the national radio programs created, hosted and distributed by The Cliff & Sharon Show. Currently, the Cliff & Sharon show airs on Country stations KBYB FM Texarkana, KTKU Juneau, KGTW Ketchikan, AC station KIFW Sitka. The program is up to 5 hours long, is available for multiple formats including, CHR, Hot AC, Classic Hits, and Country, through Talent Farm LLC. Talent Farm’s Steve Wall says, “Cliff & Sharon bring a new option for radio stations that want to keep localized contesting and interaction with their audience a high priority. For more information, contact: Steve Wall 206-661-5551 Steve.Wall@TalentFarm.net
Sun Broadcast Group announced today The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver will now be heard on 98.7 WMZQ, Washington, D.C.’s No. 1 for New Country Music. With this newest addition, The Country Club is now rocking on over 70 stations across the country. “I’m so happy and honored to be on iHeart in our nation’s Capital! Doesn’t get much bigger than this! Looking forward to spending weekends in the Country Club with my new friends at WMZQ,” said Dee Jay Silver, host of The Country Club. For more information on The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver, contact Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
[WATCH] #Loveup Movement Gets Retail Outlet
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– As The Johnjay & Rich Show’s #LoveUp movement continues to grow, the demand for t-shirts has become so overwhelming that the apparel designer had to rent a warehouse, which also serves at the first #LoveUp retail store. Located in Chandler, Ariz., the storefront is open weekdays from 9am to 6pm. Online orders are still available at www.JohnjayandRich.com, but now fans of the pay-it-forward movement can shop for merchandise in person.
Since June 2015, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, which has raised $100,000 for The Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation. Local news outlet 3TV Phoenix/KTVK visited the store on Friday, August 19. #LoveUp is an accidental movement started by Johnjay Van Es. It started with 'Auto correct' changed his friend's text from "love it" to "love up," and the phenomenon was born. All proceeds benefit The JohnJay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation, which creates uplifting experiences for children and families facing difficult life challenges. WATCH HERE
Being Hilarious, Informative & A Great Storyteller Keys To Creating Super Fans Says NuVoodoo
THE MOUTH, AUUST 23RD, 2016 –– Kicking off Talentmaster's 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp In Atlanta earlier this month, NuVoodoo's Carolyn Gilbert & Leigh Jacob shared before a packed audience the keys to turning regular listners into super fans. Among the top takeaways: 1. Be hilarious, be informative and be a great storyteller. Jacobs says, "That's table stakes to be in the game (easy to say, hard to do). Then decide on the next 3 characteristics (warm, cute, playful, sarcastic, humble, self-deprecating, etc.) your show stands for; those are your core values. Use those characteristics as filters for everything else you do.
2. Treat your fans like the stars they are. Make it worthwhile to follow the show in social media. Respond to listener comments and emails in a timely manner -- even the negative ones. Your responses should reflect the core values of your show. And answer the phone. There's an outsized chance that the person who takes the time to call is critical to your show.
3. You're in the content business. Make content available any way they want it, anytime they choose to consume it. Some fans want to read your thoughts in a blog. Some want photos of your events. Some like in-studio video glimpses into your world. A handful may actually at least start to listen to a 4-hour podcast version of the show. Far more will listen to clips of the show -- and some will then share those clips with friends in Social Media.
4. Start early. Fans of your show are likely to be early birds who like the morning. Don't make them wait for the good stuff in the 7 AM hour. Most are awake by 6 AM. SEE COMPLETE STUDY HERE
Las Cruces Broadcasters Dropping Nielsen In Favor On Eastlan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2016 –– Adams Radio Group and Bravo Mic Communications have chosen a new ratings vendor for the Las Cruces NM radio market. “Adams Radio is extremely excited announce our new partner ship with Eastlan Ratings in Las Cruces,” announced Ron Stone, Adams Radio Group President and CEO. “We believe we will see more consistency from book to book versus what has been very unstable ratings in Las Cruces with the old service. Additionally, we see this partnership as one likely to grow into our other markets as current agreements expire.”
“Many companies and individuals fear change and we at Bravo Mic Communications are excited to be moving to a new vendor for radio listener metrics,” said Michael Smith, Bravo General Manager/Vice President. “Eastlan Ratings listened to our concerns, was able to provide a solution and a value proposition, making the choice easy.” Las Cruces joins Charleston WV and Dyersburg TN as new Eastlan markets this Fall. - 30 - Eastlan Ratings is a privately held media research firm headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Gabby Douglas To Be Miss America Judge; Graceland Expanding
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Cumulus Brings “The Armstrong & Getty Show” To Four More Markets
Cumulus Media announces that it has added popular morning talk radio show, The Armstrong & Getty Show to the morning line-up on four additional Cumulus talk radio stations. The stations are: KKAT-AM, Salt Lake City; KTBL-AM, Albuquerque; KMJ-AM/FM, Fresno; and KVEN-AM, Ventura. The Armstrong & Getty Show’s first Cumulus affiliate came with the launch of the program on San Francisco’s KGO-AM in April of 2016. The Armstrong & Getty Show, hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, features a mixture of political commentary, observations on local, national, and international news and reflections on social issues. The Armstrong & Getty Show, produced by iHeartMedia, now has 15 station affiliates and can be heard mornings on stations including: KEIB/Los Angeles, KFMB/San Diego, KTTH/Seattle, KEX/Portland, and KSTE/Sacramento. Armstrong & Getty are represented by Eric Weiss of The Weiss Agency.
Kaedy Kiely Swaps Shifts With Steve Craig On CMG's The River Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– Venerable Atlanta host Kaedy Kiely is swapping places with afternoon host Steve Craig starting today reports Cox Media Group. Kiely will move to afternoons from 3 to 7 pm while Craig takes over her morning slot from 6-10 am. Both made the announcement over the weekend on Facebook.“Good morning! Pour some coffee and crank up the Classic Rock,” Craig posted. “The Steve Show is moving to Mornings.” Kiely wrote “Those of you who know me well know that I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time – I am moving to Afternoons, 3-7 p.m. tomorrow on 97.1 The River! I am over the moon to re-claim my daypart, my 5:00 Whistle, my social life and my good night’s sleep.
Chris Eagan, Director of Branding and Programming, said, “Kaedy is best known for afternoons in the market – that is where The River audience wants to hear her voice as they commute. Steve Craig’s conversational, witty style will sound great in morning drive where he will bring his music history expertise to Atlanta’s rock fans.” “It's been a great experience hosting mornings on The River for the last eight years, but I'm thrilled to be getting back to the slot that was my Atlanta radio home for 25 years – afternoons,” said Kiely. 1
Ryan McKiddy Named APD/MD And Night Host For iHM's Big 98 Nashville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Ryan McKiddy has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director for The BIG 98 WSIX, effective September 1. He will also serve as night on-air personality for the station. McKiddy joins iHeartMedia Nashville from Y100 FM in San Antonio, where he served as an afternoon on-air personality and Music Director. He began his radio career as a programming intern at iHeartMedia Chicago’s 103.5 Kiss FM and was a weekend on-air personality for US99.5 in Chicago.
“Ryan is a stand out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships and love for country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community,” said Michael Bryan, iHeartMedia Nashville’s Senior Vice President of Programming. “I can’t wait to have him working his magic at The BIG 98.”
PODCASTING: Two Veteran Broadcasters Team For New Training Podcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– Two veteran broadcast ers have teamed up to facilitate free media product training via a new podcast, “ Brandwidth on Demand ”. Veteran manager David Martin joins recovering radio programmer and manager Kipper McGee to host “ Brandwidth on Demand ”, a 15-minute weekly podcast exploring the skills and savvy required to succeed in the fast changing mediascape. The Podcast is subscription free by texting “REBOOT” to 44222. Based on McGee’s popular book “Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting is Missing the Mediamorphosis," this on-demand version is dedicated to offering ALL broadcasters a unique insider’s guide to tips, tools and trade craft secrets from the industry’s top air talent, program directors and the media thought leaders leading innovation in the radio and audio media.
“Few broadcasters get to experience ins ights from the top brains in the business,” said McGee. “Now those insiders can be heard weekly, 15 minutes at a time.” Initial guests for the 15-minute episodes include Seattle morning leader B.J. Shea , morning show consultant Tracy Johnson, Nationally syndicated host, “America’s Digital Goddess” Kim Komando, Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig and media futurist John Parikhal of Breakthrough Management LLC . "The concept is to engage the best and brightest minds in a conversation about how to c create killer content and win the war for ratings," said Martin.
[WATCH] Big Miami's Paul & Young Ron Come To The Aid Of Community Affected By Zika Virus
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– BIG 105.9 Miami's Paul & Young Ron Show took the leap into the Wynwood area, a community hit hardest by Zika Fear. Last week in an effort to help promote small business listeners that are suffering up to 75% loss since the outbreak, the show, joined by 50 listeners and a few celebrities, enjoyed lunch, took a tour of Wynwood Walls, and grabbed a beer at the Wynwood Brewery. Wynwood Brewing's Luis "Pops" Brignoni and chef Ralph Pagano, among others, welcomed the group's efforts to shed light on the fact that Wynwood is alive and well.
Paul (Castronovo) told one of several TV stations who covered their field trip that the show's mission to save Wynwood was a hue success. "I think the turnout was great. Everyone actually showed up. It could be that they're not afraid of Zika, or it could be because I'm paying." SEE ABC TV COVERAGE HERE
Alpha Media USA Comes To Aid Of American Red Cross Flood Relief Efforts In Louisiana
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– Alpha Media USA is supporting the American Red Cross in its relief efforts for victims of the Louisiana Floods. Its stations across the United States are asking listeners to donate to the Red Cross to provide relief to those affected by the recent flooding. The Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More rain is possible and flood waters are moving downriver, which could cause damage in new areas.
Alpha Media Portland Operations Manager and former Baton Rouge resident Bruce Collins commented, “We are honored and privileged as a media company to participate in helping the thousands of people in the Baton Rouge area who suffered from this catastrophic flooding event. A very sincere, special thank you to all of our listeners who are helping those who have lost so much.” Donations are urgently needed. To help those affected by the Louisiana Floods visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Metallica's New 'Hardwired' Song Premiered On 93X Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– Metallica released a new song, "Hardwired" last Friday from their new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, out on November 18th. With a big sold out stadium show this past weekend in Minneapolis, the band wanted to play something new to rock our world! Lars world premiered it on 93X/Minneapolis and took them and all by complete surprise. Download “Hardwired” Here
NETWORKS: Blaze Baseball Welcomes The Ben Maller Show To Bakersfield
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2016 –– On Saturday, August 13, FOX Sports Radio personality Ben Maller joined the Bakersfield Blaze, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, for a night of festivities as the team played the Lake Elsinore Storm at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Joined by FOX Sports Radio National Anchor Eddie Garcia, Executive Producer Justin Cooper and Technical Director Danny G, Maller threw out the ceremonial first pitch and the group led the crowd in singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch.
The Ben Maller Show can be heard locally in Bakersfield on FOX Sports Radio 970 AM from 11pm-3am, Sunday through Thursday. Pictured left to right: Ben Maller, Blaze Pitcher Ramon Morla, Eddie Garcia, Blaze Pitcher Joe Pistorese, Justin Cooper, Blaze Pitcher Isaac Sanchez and Danny G (bottom row) on the field at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, Calif. Download photo here. Photo Credit: Bakersfield Blaze-Bob Stein
Best/Worst Moments From Rio; 3- Doors Down Guitarist Found Dead
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John Dennis Stepping Down From WEEI Boston's Morning Show
Citing Health Reasons, He'll Take On New Roles; To Act As Ambassador
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 ––Sports Radio WEEI announced today that long-time morning personality John Dennis (top left) will step away immediately from his full-time co-hosting role to address health concerns. Along with partner Gerry Callahan (center), Dennis has been part of the highly-rated Dennis & Callahan Show since 1997. He made the decision on advice from his doctors that he reduce his workload but will continue in a moderated capacity with the station.
Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary (bottom right) said “John is a Boston radio icon and will remain an important part of the WEEI family going forward. To that end, we have been working with John to define a new role for his considerable talents.” In his new capacity, Dennis will work with station advertisers, act as an ambassador to sponsors and community organizations, and occasionally host WEEI programs. “Most important to him,” said Zachary, “is that John will continue his compassionate work with our annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and will appear in our live broadcasts from Fenway Park, August 29 and 30.” After that, the WEEI morning show will move forward with Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane (top right), who’s been part of the Dennis & Callahan program since 2013. Dennis remains under contract with WEEI through next September.
Emmis Chief Takes Another Shot At Going Private
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– CEO Jeff Smulyan is once again attempting to taking his radio and publishing firm private reports The Indiana Business Journal. E Acquisitions Corp., the company that Smulyan has established to complete the acquisition, would purchase all shares of publicly traded Emmis for $4.10 each, according to this latest proposal. With approximately 12.2 million Emmis shares outstanding, the deal would be worth about $50.3 million. If Smulyan’s proposal is successful, Emmis would cease to be a public company, according to the proposal. This is not the first time Smulyan—the company's controlling shareholder. He made similar attempts in 2006 and 2010, but this time it appears he has a good shot at succeeding says Mark Foster, a stock analyst. “I would think there is a reasonable chance this could go through at this time. Given how small the market cap is, I don’t see any major holders that will dig in their heels and say, 'They’re not paying us a fair price,'" said Foster.
Smulyan told Emmis employees about the proposal Thursday afternoon in an email. “I wanted you to be among the first to know that Emmis’ Board of Directors met this morning, and has formed a special committee to consider a proposal to purchase Emmis’ publicly-held Class A common stock and take the company private. I am leading this effort, and fully expect that other officers, directors and certain other shareholders will join me,” Smulyan wrote in his letter to Emmis employees. Smulyan emphasized that this deal reflects his bullish attitude about the industry. “I firmly believe in the power of radio and magazines,” Smulyan told Emmis employees. “I believe in our ability to create compelling content and connect with listeners, readers and advertisers over the air, in print and digitally in ways other media cannot." Smulyan added that the challenges are daunting. “With all the advances in technology, radio has real competition right now and most radio companies, and that includes Emmis, don’t have the resources to combat it. Going private won’t change that.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Elevates Michael Preacher & Carwile In Northeast Division
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that it has elevated the roles of executives Michael Preacher and Dave Carwile to align the markets within the Northeast Division to better serve the needs of partners, advertisers and the communities it serves. The former Mid-Atlantic Region, which consisted of the Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Virginia markets, will be realigned. The Washington, DC and Baltimore markets will now form the new Washington, DC Region and the Virginia markets will join the existing Carolina Region to form the new Virginia-Carolina Region.
Michael Preacher, formerly Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, will become President of the Washington, DC Region and Government Initiatives. Region President Dave Carwile will now be President of the Virginia-Carolina Region, which will include Richmond, VA; Harrisonburg, VA; Norfolk, VA; Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA; Winchester, VA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Asheville, NC; Greenville, SC; and Greensboro, NC.
PROGRAMMING: iHM Greensboro, NC Taps Gary Nolan As PD For 99.5 WMAG
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– iHeart Media announced that Gary Nolan has been named Program Director for 99.5 WMAG. Nolan will be responsible for leading the Adult Contemporary programming efforts in the Greensboro/Winston- Salem/High Point market. Nolan previously worked as the Program Director for KCMO-AM and FM in Kansas City . He has also served as Program Director for KOSI 101.1 in Denver and for WARM 106.9 FM and KRWM in Seattle.
“I'd like to thank Rich McMillan, Jeff Wyatt, Meg Stevens, Dave Carwile and Bill McMartin for this amazing opportunity,” said Nolan. “ It's an honor to take over the reins of this heritage radio station. I'm also looking forward to working with the incredibly talented Lora Songster. We're going to have a blast and do great radio. I can't wait to get started!”
iHeart Radio Tops 90 Million Registered Users
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartRadio announced it has surpassed 90 million registered users. The streaming service continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service, having reached 80 million registered users just seven months ago. The number of registered users do not account for the millions of listeners who tune in to iHeartRadio’s live radio stations, which does not require registration -- meaning that iHeartRadio’s reach is even greater. iHeartRadio has also been downloaded more than a billion times and is now available on 90 unique device platforms
“Radio continues to evolve -- and so does iHeartRadio. We know our users want to listen to our broad range of content on the device of their choice -- and we also know they want to enjoy amazing stories that have emerged from the recent podcast boom or hear their hometown DJ wherever they travel,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. “For those reasons and more, people continue to embrace iHeartRadio, and it’s reflected in the continued rapid growth of our registered user base.”
SPORTS: Entercom Teams With San Diego Padres; Michelle Tafoya Joins NBC Sports Radio Team; 94WIP Philly Inks New Deal With Ray Didinger
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– Entercom San Diego and the San Diego Padres officially announced their partnership to bring the 2017 baseball season, live for the first time on the FM dial, exclusively to KBZT 94.9 FM - home of morning duo, Cantore & Woods (shown). Padres’ broadcasters Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler will continue to handle the play by play duties. “A partnership with Entercom’s alternative rock station KBZT 94.9 FM is a perfect way to attract new fans, and to enhance the fidelity of broadcast for more traditional sports programming listeners,” said Entercom’s President of Programming, Pat Paxton. The partnership also brings Entercom San Diego’s Sunny 98.1 and KSON-FM into the fold for additional cross-promotion and listener engagement, building value for The Padres, Entercom listeners and clients alike.NBC Sports Radio today announced that Michele Tafoya, NBC Sports’ Emmy Award-winning Sunday Night Football sideline reporter, will be joining the network as its NFL Insider for the upcoming football season. Tafoya, a radio and TV sports veteran, will be a featured contributor across NBC Sports Radio programming and will do interviews with affiliated stations. Tafoya said, “I began my broadcasting career in radio, and I absolutely love the medium. Sports talk radio offers a certain freedom to talk more conversationally than most formats. NBC Sports Radio has been a fun platform for me over the past couple of seasons, so I'm looking forward to this extended role.” Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Tafoya spent more than a decade at ABC/ESPN most notably as a reporter for Monday Night Football and ESPN’s NFL studio programs.
--WIP/CBS RADIO Philadelphia SportsRadio 94WIP has reached a new agreement with Veteran Broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger. He'll continue his role on WIP in addition to expanding his duties on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT and KYW Newsradio. Didinger and Glen Macnow will host a weekly show on Saturday and Sunday (10 am - 1 pm) which can be heard on air and on line at cbsphilly.com or through the radio.com app on mobile devices. Didinger will continue to make frequent appearances on WIP throughout the year especially during football season. Additionally, he will also be heard on WPHT with Chris Stigall on Fridays during the football season, and he will do commentary on KYW Newsradio and on cbsphilly.com.
ON-AIR: Miranda Wilson Joins KBLZ-FM San Fran's Sunday Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– Legendary Bay Area personality Miranda Wilson joins KBLX-FM 102.9 in San Francisco to host the "Sunday Morning Inspiration" show on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST beginning Sunday, August 21st. In addition to her Sunday show, Miranda will play a large role in KBLX community affairs.
“Miranda Wilson is a seasoned professional in our industry,” said Elroy Smith, Operations Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “Her addition to our team continues the KBLX tradition of powerful personalities and inspirational radio and delivers on our commitment to have the best and most relevant content that we know our listeners want.” Miranda’s 22 year radio career includes 18 years in the Bay Area as midday host at KKSF-FM 103.7. "I'm ecstatic to be back on the radio, at home in the Bay Area and on the legendary KBLX,” said Wilson. “Entercom has created a unique opportunity for me to reach a wide range of listeners who crave inspirational music and the response is already overwhelmingly positive."
NETWORKS: Jason Aldean To Host WWO's Labor Day Special 'Workin' Hard Country'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– Jason Aldean will host Workin’ Hard Country, Westwood One’s Labor Day salute to America’s work force. Aldean will fire up the party with his signature wide-open sound, including his wistful new single "A Little More Summertime,” his 17th career #1, "Lights Come On,” and more new music from his seventh studio album THEY DON’T KNOW (Broken Bow Records), available September 9.
The four-hour music-intensive end-of-summer blowout will feature music from the Platinum singer/songwriter's A-list buddies, including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and more. Stations can air Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special Workin’ Hard Country any time Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5, 2016 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker at (615) 727-6987 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conclave Appoints Three To Its Board Of Directors
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– The Conclave announced it has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are: Peter Bowen, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago; Tony Coles, Executive Vice President, Programming, iHeart Media; and Melek Demir, Director of Radio, National Association of Broadcasters.
Lori Lewis, Vice President, Social, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “As volunteers, it’s not always easy to find time to give back. We are all busier than ever. And because of that, I’m grateful for Peter, Tony and Melek for giving their time to Conclave. I am also grateful for the current board members that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Conclave serves our industry.
[WATCH] WGNA Albany's Nick Kessler's 'Worst Interview Series' Catching National Attention
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2016 –– We've all experienced our share of less than perfect celebrity interviews, but doing them on purpose is whole other matter. That's the set-up for Townsquare Media's Nick Kessler, promotions manager for WGNA/Albany and host of its 'Worst Interview Series.' His antics recently caught the attention of Billboard who describes Kessler as a 'sweaty, awkward and palpably uncomfortable man who reads a series of insipid questions to (celebrities) from a legal pad or an elementary school composition book, then vigorously nods or gapes at them bug-eyed while they try to answer."
Along with the help of Townsquare's digital managing editor Ariana Sheehan, who shoots and edits the clips, they've pranked eight country stars so far and are now expanding the concept to WGNA’s sister stations in other formats. Kessler and Sheehan say the artists are never in on the joke, and it takes them varying amounts of time to catch on. The artists are only told Kessler is new to interviewing. And while he does actually prep for the interviews, he has found that the less he knows about the stars, the more ridiculous his questions can be. Watch his interview (from a Subaru) with Eli Young Band's Mike Eli HERE - Watch ALL of his Interviews HERE
Amber Heard Donates $7 Million Divorce Settlement To Charity
Cindy Crawford's Daughter Lands First Solo Cover
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[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Wahlberg & Others Congratulate Toucher & Rich For 10th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– As we first spotted a couple of week's back on the marquee on Boston's Wibur Theater, Fred Toucher, Rich Shertenlieb, aka Toucher & Rich of CBS's 98.5 Sports Hub celebrated their 10th anniversary in the city before a sold-out live audience this week. There to wish them well in person or by video were Boston Celtics player Brian Scalabrine, plus video greets from Bob Saget, actor Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel (slightly NSFW), Dicky Barrett, Comedian Robert Kelly, WFAN'S Boomer & Esaison and many more.
Comedian Bill Burr made an appearance and Rob Gronkowski, wanders onto the screen to personally congratulate the show. Listeners contributed as well on Facebook with a special Photoshopped image of the show members (left) PHOTOS/courtesy of Toucher & Rich WATCH VIDEO HERE
Madison Square Garden Eyeing More Live-Event Opportunities, Takes 12% Stake In Townsquare
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– Madison Square Garden has taken a stake in Townsquare Media Inc. as part of an effort to cooperate on new live-event opportunities reports The Wall Street Journal. MSG bought about 3.2 million shares of Townsquare, a 12% stake, from GE Capital, the companies said Wednesday, confirming a Tuesday report by The Wall Street Journal. Given Townsquare’s market value of of about $230 million, meaning the 12% stake MSG is taking is worth nearly $30 million.
MSG owns teams including New York’s Knicks and Rangers and venues including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Townsquare owns 310 radio stations and more than 325 websites in 66 U.S. markets. It also puts on some 550 live events a year in the U.S. and Canada. Townsquare was founded in 2009 by Chief Executive Steven Price, a former head of telecommunications, technology and media investing at private-equity firm Centerbridge Partners. Before that, he was deputy assistant secretary of defense for spectrum, space and communications from 2001 to 2003. MSG’s investment is also aimed at giving the company more expertise in the festival business. 1
96.3 KKLZ's Mike O'Brian Inks Multi-Year Extension; Now In 31st Year
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group Las Vegas has signed Morning Host/ Program Director Mike O’Brian to a multi-year contract at 96.3 KKLZ. “Mike O’Brian holds the distinction of being the longest-running morning show host in Las Vegas radio history!” said Market Manager Tom Humm. “As Mike enjoys his 31st year, he continues to serve as Program Director as well."
“I’m honored to work with our great staff here at 96.3 KKLZ. And, I’m so proud to work with my partner in crime in the morning, also known as my talented Co-Host Carla Rea!” added Mike. “I’m glad that the Beasley team and Market Manager Tom Humm have shown such faith and confidence in me. I’m just really grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as Program Director, while I am living my lifelong dream as a record-breaking Host of a fantastic Morning Radio Show in Vegas, baby!”Send your best to Mike HERE
ON AIR: Jackie Green Takes Afternoons On 105.3 HOT FM Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– 105.3 HOT FM announced that Jackie Green will be joining its on-air staff as Host of Afternoons with Jackie Green. Her show will replace afternoons with Kiki starting Monday, August 22, 2016. Green is a Kalamazoo native and Ferris State University alumnus where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication while running cross-country and track and being active in the theatre program. Before coming to 105.3 HOT FM, Green worked as a reporter for the local FOX 17 Morning News Team for two years, where she was very involved with the community through station events. She has also had over four years experience on-air as a midday host on 97.9 WGRD.
Green caught the radio bug during her last year in college, while interning for a morning radio show. Outside of work, Green is still an avid runner, reader, actress, pageant competitor, wife and most recently a mother to her two-month-old daughter, Greenleigh. She will continue to be active throughout Grand Rapids, in addition to being live weekday afternoons on 105.3 HOT FM.
Voter Analysis Reveals Radio As Strongest Way To Reach Young Independent Voters In Key States
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– Customizing radio messages to local markets in key battleground states is the most impactful way to swing young Independent voters in the upcoming presidential election and in critical down ballot races, according to the latest report of “The Local Vote 2016.” Katz Media Group commissioned Nielsen to take the pulse of voters by measuring how various media can reach and influence the electorate. In this fifth wave of the study, the spotlight shines on a crucial voting segment within key battleground states – the one in four voters in these states who are Independent, and have no affiliation with the Democratic or Republican parties.
The study analyzed custom data from Independent voters across seven states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado.) Key Media Findings Include: · Radio is the #1 reaching media platform among 94% of battleground Independents, followed by Broadcast TV (88%), Cable TV (85%) or Mobile Internet (62%). · Radio moves youth. Even among the youngest voters, radio is tops in reach. Radio is the media platform used by the most Millennial Independents in battleground states (94%).
· On a weekly basis, more Millennial Independents listen to Contemporary Hit Radio (54%) and Rock stations (52%) than watch major TV properties such as Broadcast Prime (45%), Local TV News (44%) and Cable News channels (26%). · Radio is also the media platform used by the most Generation X Independents in battleground states (97%). · One in three battleground Independents spend more time listening to radio than watching Television. On average, these voters listen to over 2 hours of radio daily, while watching less than 1 hour of TV. · Radio – across a diverse range of formats – outstrips cable news. On a weekly basis, more Independents will listen to News/Talk/Sports radio stations (33%) and music formats such as Adult Contemporary (43%), Rock (40%) and Country (35%) than watch cable news channels CNN (23%), Fox News (15%) or MSNBC (10%).
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bill Kelly Joins Cumulus As VP/Market Manager For Youngstown Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 35-year Youngstown market radio veteran Bill Kelly as Vice President/Market Manager for its eight-station cluster in Youngstown, OH. His appointment is effective on October 3, 2016. Kelly has a long career in Youngstown radio, starting with the original owners of WKBN-AM and helping to build the six-station iHeart Media cluster when it was first acquired by Jacor in 1997. He retired from iHeart Media in late February, where he was Regional President of a territory that included Youngstown, as well as Washington Court House in Ohio and three West Virginia markets.
Kelly said: “After meeting with CEO Mary Berner and other senior leaders at Cumulus, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. I can’t thank them enough. The Cumulus brands as well as the staff are well positioned. I look forward to helping them get to the next level.”
[LISTEN] Bachelorette Finalist James Taylor Revealed In Interview With Houston Morning Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– Houston native and Bachelorette finalist James Taylor revealed in Interview with MIX 96.5 Houston's Dave, Mahoney and DK Morning Show that he is in fact in the running to be the next Bachelor. After being rejected by JoJo last season, James told the show that in addition to working on his music career, he is in fact in talks with ABC (along with a few other candidates) to be the next Bachelor.
Pictured here from left to right are Dave Farra, DK, James Taylor, Lauren Kelly (Afternoons on Mix 96.5) and Mahoney. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Cumulus NYC Join For 6th Annual 'Bark In The Park'
THE MOUTH, AUGUT 18TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media’s 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, and NASH FM 94.7 joined forces Saturday, August 13, for the 6th Annual “Bark in the Park” at New Jersey’s Overpeck Park, hosted by 77 WABC’s Mark Levin and various radio personalities from all three stations. The day featured a wide array of events including the always popular “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest!
The mission for the day was to find a home for as many dogs as possible, and it was a great success! More than 20 dogs were adopted onsite during the event from North Shore Animal League America and other area rescue organizations. Shown above lleft is 95.5 PLJ’s Johnny on the Street, Ralphie Aversa, Jayde Donovan, Race Taylor, and John Foxx (4) Winner of "My Dog Looks Like Me" Contest holding his filled-to-the-brim prize basket! At right is Mark Levin.
Key 103 in Manchester Under Fire For Letting Chelsea Norris Go
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2016 –– The departure of Chelsea Norris from Key 103’s breakfast show is causing a stir with listeners and media in Manchester. The Manchester Evening News has published numerous articles on her sudden exit, forcing owners Bauer Media to issue a statement confirming that Key 103 is not renewing Chelsea’s contract. She has been at the station for 11 years and recently returned from maternity leave. Chelsea moved to Key 103 to join co-host Mike Toolan in 2005 after 4 years at Century, where she’d been a newsreader for both Tony Horne and Darren Proctor. Key 103 has continuously lost listeners for the last two years.
South African Radio Host Resigns On His First Day? - "Today I resigned from East Coast!!! First day on...Last day on!!! Somebody call the Guinness Book of World," read the tweet from Phat Joe. Shortly after the tweet went up a video of Joe throwing a massive tantrum at the studios, which involved smashing his welcome cake in the face of a producer, went viral. The producer, who didn't seem to be in on the prank, stormed into the studio to investigate what had rattled Joe, but 'couldn't calm' him down, which is when the radio jock threw a cake in his face. However, at the end of the video Joe walks back into the studio, laughing along with his other colleagues who also burst into laughter. WATCH HERE
Pooping Pig' Brings Facebook Live Video To Abrupt (And Messy) Halt - A 'pooping pig' brought a radio station's Facebook live video to an abrupt halt after it left a little present on the floor within minutes of going on air. The pig was making a guest appearance during a CountryWide interview on RTE Radio 1 in Dublin. But the animal, named Martina, obviously got a little nervous during her radio and social media appearance. Within minutes of the live Facebook stream started, she had managed to defecate all over the floor. Martina left a little surprise for a radio presenter and his guest. Ever the professionals, the presenter and his human guest attempted to continue with the interview, but it was clearly that had both noticed the strong stench. Of course, Martina was completely unaware of her mishap, and continued to sniff around the studio as though nothing had happened. Check out the video HERE
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Scott Shannon To Host 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony In Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– WCBS-FM 101.1 New York morning personality and United Stations Radio Network’s nationally syndicated host of America’s Greatest Hits Scott Shannon will host the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration. The black-tie optional event will be held Thursday, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago from 6-9 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.radiohof.org. National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin says, “Scott Shannon adds a whole lot of fun and energy to an already electric and emotion filled evening. He’s a 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee himself, so he knows just how meaningful this evening is for our Class of 2016 Inductees and will bring the perfect tenor to the ceremony.”
The 2016 inductees include George G. Beasley, Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Michael Savage and Neil Rogers.
Radio Listeners Responding More Than Ever To Ads Via Texting; Text Codes The New 800 Number
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– The Marketing Architects Group has found evidence in their direct-response approach that the answer to reaching advertisers lies in smartphones. “We’ve integrated text response into our exclusive programmatic buying platform for radio. By leveraging our 19-year historical database of radio response data, we ensure profitable ROI at every media intersection.” Minneapolis-based Marketing Architects has found that text codes are becoming the new 800 number. The agency has invested more than $11 million in telephone infrastructure that takes SMS texting campaigns to a whole new level. The results of their drive-to-text efforts have exceeded all expectations. In fact, Marketing Architects has proven that people are as much as 4 times more likely to respond to a radio ad via text than call an 800 number.
“We’ve doubled down on our technology investments and analytic horsepower to harness the true potential texting can have on making radio work for marketers,” said Chuck Hengel, founder and CEO of Marketing Architects. “We’ve integrated text response into our exclusive programmatic buying platform for radio. By leveraging our 19-year historical database of radio response data, we ensure profitable ROI at every media intersection.” In addition to building out the technology platform to provide this capability, the agency acquired a war chest of exclusive premium short codes, proven to drive better results than standard codes. For more information about Marketing Architects, visit www.marketingarchitects.com. READ MORE HERE
KTSA'S Elizabeth Ruiz Inducted Into San Antonio Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– 30 plus-year KTSA radio veteran, Elizabeth Ruiz was inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Sunday, August 14th. Ruiz is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, Edgewood Hall of Fame, and Fiesta San Antonio's Order of the Cascaron. She has been honored as United Way's Cultural Arts Volunteer of the Year and is a recipient of the Governor's Yellow Rose of Texas award. Ruiz is also an Honorary Knight with the Royal Rosarians of Portland, Oregon.
“It's truly an honor to be in the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame with such a distinguished class of 2016 inductees. I'm truly blessed to have worked with some of the best talent in the business for more than 3 decades and be part of the ‘radio family’ at KTSA and KTFM,” Ruiz remarked. The Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters is a social organization consisting of persons who worked as radio broadcasters in San Antonio, Texas, from 1950 through 1990.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lisa Adams Named Mktg/Promotions Dir. Over Seattle Hubbard Combo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio welcomes Lisa Adams to the role of Marketing/Promotions Director for WARM 106.9 KRWM Seattle. When asked to comment on her new gig Lisa said, “I’m so blessed and grateful to be joining such an incredible team at Warm 106.9. I look forward to helping this amazing brand grow to new levels. Thank you to (WARM PD) Ron Harrell and Marc Kaye for believing in my abilities.”
Lisa has a rich background in Programming, most recently serving as Program Director for Hubbard’s KLCK Seattle. Lisa begins her duties with the Mainstream Adult Contemporary station August 18th.
SPORTS: NFL's Eric Decker To Join ESPN New York's Hahn & Humpty Show; WAXY 790 Miami Welcomes DJ Williams To Lineup; Savannah’s Rock 106.1 Becomes Home of Panthers
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– All-Pro wide receiver Eric Decker, in his third season with the New York Jets, will join Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro on Hahn & Humpty each Tuesday during the 2016 NFL season. Hahn & Humpty is broadcast on ESPN New York 98.7FM from noon to 3 p.m. ET. Decker’s first appearance will be August 30. Decker signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets is 2014. Prior to that, he played four seasons with the Denver Broncos after being drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his six seasons in the NFL, Decker has logged 376 receptions, 5,059 yards and 50 touchdowns. Decker, the Jets’ 2015 Payton Man of the Year, is also a dedicated philanthropist.
-- Entercom Miami station WAXY AM 790 The Ticket announced the addition of University of Miami football and NFL star DJ Williams to its roster of on-air hosts. Williams will join the all-star cast of former NFL and college football players including University of Miami Sports Hall of Famer and former NFL star Brett Romberg and University of Michigan and former NFL player Leroy Hoard who already provide engaging football commentary
-- Savannah-Hilton Head is proud to announce that Rock 106.1 (WFXH) will be hitting the gridiron as the market exclusive home of Carolina Panthers football. Rock 106.1 plans on joining in the “Keep Pounding” fun with pre-game and post-game coverage in addition to coverage during the games. “Panther Talk” will air each Monday at 8PM with Head Coach Ron Rivera. Alpha Media VP/Market Manager, Gigi South added, “We’re happy to be able to make Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers available to listeners in the Low Country whether they’re at work, on the beach or in their boat!”
NETWORKS: Teams With Ora TV To Produce New Music For Larry King Now
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– Benztown, in partnership with Ora TV, composed and produced the new intro music for Larry King Now, Ora TV’s signature series, which just launched its fifth season. Benztown in-house composer Shane Drasin created the music bed, which Ora TV envisioned as having a Sinatra martini lounge-type feel with an uplifting sense of action. Ora TV is the entertainment digital network and production company founded by broadcasting legend Larry King and Mexican business mogul Carlos Slim.
Ora TV’s Emmy-nominated series Larry King Now is viewed millions of times per month online and is broadcast on TV around the world on Hulu and www.Ora.TV.com. The Benztown-composed and produced intro music bed airs now on “Larry King Now” at: http://www.Ora.TV/larrykingnow. For an audio clip of the new intro music, LISTEN HERE
ABC Radio Announces Five Special Shows For Labor Day Weekend
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– As summer 2016 comes to its unofficial close, ABC Radio announces two exciting Labor Day weekend music specials, “San Francisco Celebration” and “The Greatest Modern Country Duets,” as well as, three one-hour news/talk specials “ABC News Radio’s Powerhouse Politics: 5 Things to Know,” “Back to School Survival Guide,” and “ABC Radio's 10% Happier with Dan Harris.”
ABC Radio is teaming up with Carlos Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Journey and Steve Miller to honor the remarkable rock and roll the Bay Area has produced over the years in the two-hour special, “San Francisco Celebration.” The special will include all-new interviews with the artists and their classic hits. In the special “The Greatest Modern Country Duets,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and her mother, country singer Linda Davis, take a look at some of the all-time great country duets. The three- hour program will feature duets from Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley as well as Linda’s Grammy-winning duet with Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You.” Hillary and Linda will also share cuts from the entire Davis family’s new album “Love Remains.” ABC Radio’s Brad Mielke examines the campaign trail past, present and future in “ABC News Radio’s Powerhouse Politics: 5 Things to Know.” In “Back to School Survival Guide,” ABC Radio's Alex Stone provides listeners with tips on everything from budgeting for college to the latest fashion trends.
Lastly, Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris explores how to attain inner peace and clarity in “ABC Radio's 10% Happier with Dan Harris.” For affiliation information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBC Powers Up Following Exit Of Ghomeshi Successor, Shad; Ottawa's New Country 94 Shuffles Morning Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– Looks like CBC Radio Canada is switching hosts once again. Rapper Shad hosted his last show yesterday (August 16). According to straight.com, it experienced a ratings drop after former host Jian Ghomeshi was dismissed in October 2014 and was replaced with Shad in March 2015. The show also changed its logo from the uppercase Q to the lowercase q. Shad will be replaced with 29-year-old Tom Power (R), a presenter of CBC's Radio 2 Morning. Tom Power Dustin Rabin Power, originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, was formerly the host of the music show Deep Roots and is a part of a music segment on CBC TV's Our Centres program.
Meanswhile, Ottawa’s New Country 94 has shuffled its morning show and laying off Ryan Lindsay and PJ Ste Marie and being replaced by Sophie Moroz and Matt Di Paola reports ottawasun.com. Moroz rejoins the New Country 94 team after a six-month stint at sister station Majic 100. Di Paola moves to the morning from the station’s afternoon time slot, swapping duties with former morning DJ Mary Anne Ivison.
Talk 99.5 Birmingham Delivers Flag Signed By Hundreds Of Listeners In Support Of Dallas Police
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media's Talk 99.5 (WAPI-AM) in Birmingham showed its support for the Dallas Police Department with its gift of a large Alabama state flag, signed by hundreds of listeners and Birmingham police officers at station events over the past several weeks. On Monday, August 15, Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg of Talk 99.5's "The Matt and Aunie Show" were in Dallas to personally present the signed flag to the Dallas Police Department. Matt and Aunie also broadcast their 6-10AM morning show live from Cumulus Media-Dallas studios yesterday. Please see the attached photos of Talk 99.5's Matt and Aunie presenting the signed Alabama flag to two Dallas police officers at Dallas police headquarters yesterday. Thanks for your interest.
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A $100 Million Later, The Playboy Mansion Has A New Owner; Hefner Can Stay As Long As He Lives
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Heidi & Frank Re-Up With KLOS; Add Frosty Stillwell
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that 95.5 KLOS/Los Angeles has re-signed “The Heidi & Frank Show” to a multi-year deal and also added former cast member, Frosty Stillwell. He'll join as a permanent co-host beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The reunion comes six years after Frosty left the show to do News/Talk in San Francisco. The trio’s long history together includes successful Los Angeles stints at KYSR-FM, KLSX-FM and KABC-AM. In marking this occasion, Frank Kramer commented: “Frosty got me into radio and I always said I would keep him in it. So now we’re even. Legendary station, legendary show, this will be fun.” Heidi Hamilton continued: “Frosty coming back is like hearing that an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time is going to be in town and wants to hang out. Then you start thinking about all the great times and laughs you had together and can’t wait to see them.”
Frosty added: “The band is getting back together and this is thrilling for me personally and professionally and it doesn't get any better than doing the trio show on L.A.'s legendary KLOS. I have missed working with my friends Frank and Heidi. They are two incredible talents at the top of their game, and the chemistry we have as a team is something truly special.”
America's Morning Show Welcomes New Co-Host; Blair Garner Returns To New Overnight Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media introduces Ty Bentli as the new co-host of America’s Morning Show with Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks starting on September 6, 2016. Bentli replaces Blair Garner who will host the new overnight show The Blair Garner Show. Garner, a Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee, will debut his new show later this fall. The show marks a return to overnight programming for Garner, who achieved success as host of the long-running nationally syndicated overnight show, After Midnite, which aired from 1993-2013. Concurrently, three-time CMA "National Broadcast Personality of the Year" Kix Brooks, who this year celebrates ten years as Host of American Country Countdown on the NASH Network, will exit the overnight show, Kickin’ It With Kix, to focus fully on American Country Countdown, syndicated by Westwood One nationally.
Last week, Brooks inked an extended multi-year partnership agreement with Cumulus. In addition to being a celebrity judge for Cumulus’ NASH Next 2016 competition, Brooks is a regular contributor to NASHCountryDaily.com. Westwood One syndicates America’s Morning Show nationally. The show airs weekday mornings from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Eastern. PHOTOS/Micah Kandros
US99 Completes New Lineup With Addition Of Kimmie Caruba; Re-Signs Drew Walker For Middays
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 – CBS Radio Chicago and WUSN announced that Kimmie Caruba (top left) will join US99 as its new nighttime personality. Caruba’s program will be broadcast from 7-Midnight starting Monday, August 29th. Additionally, longtime midday personality Drew Walker (bottom) has re-signed with US99 and will continue weekdays from 10a – 3p. “
Caruba joins WUSN from CBS Radio Phoenix where she pulled double duty as night talent on Country KMLE and midday talent Top 40 KALV. She’s an avid Chicago Bears fan, and while she may be leaving the heat of Arizona, Caruba is excited to dive in and meet the listeners of US99, Chicago’s Hottest Country.
“It still doesn’t seem real that I'm coming home to be a part of the legendary WUSN brand!” remarked Caruba; “I’m ready to give Chicagoland the nights they’ve been looking for… the best in new country content, the hottest country music and best artist experiences! Thank you so much to Tim Pohlman, Todd Cavanah, Jeff Kapugi & Tim Richards for this incredible opportunity.” The updated US99 on-air schedule beginning September 6 feature 5:30AM-10:00AM – Stylz & Roman 10:00AM-3:00PM – Drew Walker 3:00PM-7:00PM – Kasper - 7:00PM -Midnight Caruba.
John Mullett Rises To Music Director For ALT 92.9 Boston
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– Greater Media announced that John Mullett has been promoted to Music Director at ALT 92.9 in Boston. He will begin his new position immediately. Mullett joined WBOS-FM in 2013, where he most recently served as the Marketing Director at the station. Prior to coming to Greater Media Boston, he worked at WXRV-FM/92.5 The River and The Point in Burlington Vermont.
"I'm excited to take on the role of Music Director at Alt 92.9 Boston's Alternative,” said Mullett. “It is truly an honor to be a part of the team that provides Boston and beyond with such an incredible brand dedicated to serving passionate music fans. I look forward to continuing to work under the incredible leadership of Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and Ken West."
Ace & TJ Honored With Kraddick Award At MSBC
At M28 (August 15, 2016) – (Atlanta, GA) – The Ace & TJ Show were honored last Friday in Atlanta at Talentmaster’s Morning Show Boot Camp 28 with the Kidd Kraddick Award. This is the third time the award has been given out with last year’s recipients being the current Kidd Kraddick Morning Show staff and the first year, 2014, given to The Bert Show. Created in 2013, the award is based on, but not limited to 5 key components: uniqueness, creativity, overall content, community service and inspiration to other shows and personalities. This year’s award was presented by Kidd Kraddick Morning Show co-host, Kellie Rasberry.
“It's always a huge honor to be recognized by our peers, but even more special when it's in memory of our dear friend and mentor” said TJ. Now in its 18th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show is syndicated by The Radio Button Network to The “South” Eastern seaboard including Charlotte, Columbia (SC), both Greenville’s (North & South Carolina), Birmingham (AL) and many more. Syndication information available by emailing Adam Goodman at ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com.
SYNDICATION: CBS' The Taz Show To Air After Wrestling's Summer Premier
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio announced another special edition of THE TAZ SHOW: BODYSLAMS & BEYOND airing after wrestling’s biggest summer event on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 11:00PM – 2:00AM, ET. Fans can tune in to sports broadcaster and award-winning podcaster Taz, as he hosts the live-three hour program on CBS Sports Radio and various CBS RADIO sports stations. This special edition of THE TAZ SHOW can be heard over-the-air, streaming online, and using the CBS Sports and Radio.com apps for a variety of mobile devices, as well as watching a live video stream of the show on TazShow.com. Immediately following, the show will also be offered on-demand, and will serve as the Monday, Aug. 22 edition of THE TAZ SHOW.
In addition to airing on CBS Sports Radio on over 335 affiliates, the special will air on various CBS RADIO sports stations including Sports Radio 660 and 101.9 FM WFAN (New York), 670 The Score (Chicago), 105.3 The Fan (Dallas/Fort-Worth), 106.7 The Fan (Washington, D.C.), Sportsradio 94WIP (Philadelphia),and 98.5 The Sports Hub (Boston).
SBS Launches First Cubatón Station With Ritmo 95.7 Miami
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– Spanish Broadcasting System has flipped its Miami top 40 radio station, La Nueva I95.7 FM, to Ritmo 95.7 FM, with the tagline “Cubatón y más” (Cubatón and more) reports Billboard. “I think it’s [Cubatón] becoming a worldwide phenomenon,” said Jesus Salas, SBS’ EVP of programming, multi-platform coordinator. “Everything Cuban now is fashionable and Cuban music is widely popular all over Europe. And in Miami what I saw and what I’ve been seeing is, when we go to bars they play this music over and over and no one has really embraced it enough. We were the first to break Gente de Zona in the country and the first to break Jacob Forever in Miami. I see all the different fusions that are being recorded. These artists have millions of views in YouTube, and no one is playing it on rotation. We have the station to do that.”
Cubaton will also feature other urban and reggaetón music. “The appeal is going to be Cubatón, which doesn't have an outlet in and of itself, but it will live within a Latin urban format that will include reggaetón,” said Carolina Santamarina, GM of SBS. While Cuban urban music has gained traction in recent months, to date the music is far from dominating the charts. However, Salas says, the music is there. “I’ve done extensive research on it, and there are more than 10 main Cuban artists making this kind of music, and I’ve found over 100 songs that I think are really good, and when they get exposed they’re going to become hits. There is more than enough music to create a station.”“Urban is the new pop,” said Salas. “But traditional ballads will always have a place. And Zeta in Miami will play ballads.”
WWO's Kastenbaum Organizes Media Olympic Run
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2016 –– What happens when one reporter puts up a sign looking for runners in the Rio Olympics Media Village elevator? Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum organized an Olympic event for media reporters in Rio, at least for those who were up for running 5 miles on little sleep early Sunday morning after covering Michael Phelps final Olympic gold medal win Saturday night!
And just there are no worries this event will overshadow the actual Olympic competition, WATCH HERE
'Nashville' Returns In December; Dick Van Dyke Performs At Dennys
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'I Yelled As Loud As I Could,' LSU Radio Host Among Thousands Rescued During Baton Rouge Flood
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– LSU athletics department spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed that legendary Tigers radio voice Jim Hawthorne (inset) and his wife were rescued from their Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home on Sunday reports espn.com. LSU officials spent part of Sunday frantically searching for Hawthorne, who went missing after torrential rainfall flooded his neighborhood in Baton Rouge. Bonnette said Hawthorne's cell service had been down since Saturday, so his family and friends were unable to reach him. "We were launching a boat to go rescue him," Bonnette said. "He's been found and he's safe." theadvocate.com reported Hawthorne saying, “I yelled as loud as I could, and they heard me,” the 72-year-old said. “I was in water up to my you-know-whats. I was yelling, ‘HEY! HEY!’ The motor stopped and they came around and came back.” Hawthorne, LSU’s play-by-play man for 35 years before retiring in March, and his wife had been trapped in their one-story home in the Park Forest neighborhood of Baton Rouge since flood waters began trickling in Saturday. The home lost electricity later Saturday, and Hawthorne’s cell phone battery died Saturday night, isolating the couple.
Hawthorne, 72, retired as LSU's radio play-by-play announcer last season. He had been the voice of Tigers' football since 1983 and also called men's basketball games starting in 1979. He called 387 consecutive LSU football games before missing the Alabama game last season because of a medical procedure.
CBS affiliate WAFB cites a spokesman saying that approximately 18,000 people have been rescued so far from rising floodwaters. PHOTO/LSU - YouTube
MOTION: Cumulus Promotes Greg Smith To VP/GM Over Detroit Cluster; Names Nikki Thomas PD For WIVK/Knoxville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Greg Smith to Vice President/General Manager of its Detroit FM stations, 96.3 WDVD-FM (Hot AC) and NASH FM 93.1 WDRQ-FM (Country). Smith, a 22-year Detroit radio veteran, previously served as the stations’ Vice President of Sales, a position he has held since August 2014. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for CBS Radio in Detroit, where he also held positions including Director of National Sales and General Sales Manager during his 14 years with CBS Radio-Detroit. Smith said: "I am very fortunate to work with such a talented team in Detroit and look forward to helping to drive the continued growth of these great brands. I am excited for the next phase in my broadcasting career and appreciate the opportunity both Mary Berner and Bob Walker have given me."
-- In a separate announcement, Cumulus announced that it has appointed Nikki Thomas as Program Director for Country-formatted 107.7 WIVK-FM in Knoxville, TN. Thomas moves to Knoxville from Cumulus Media-Modesto-Stockton, CA, where she has been Program Director for KATM-FM/Kat Country for the last five years of her nine-year tenure with the station. Prior to that, Thomas was with CBS Radio’s KWYE in Fresno, CA, and WKSF in Asheville, NC. She is a native of the Knoxville area. A search is currently underway for a new Program Director for KATM-FM in Modesto, CA.
2015 Marconi Winner Gene & Julie Announce Exit From MIX 101.5 Raleigh
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– Capitol Broadcasting Hot AC WRAL MIX 101.5 Raleigh and husband-and-wife-team Gene and Julie are parting company. Their last show was today (8/15). Gene & Julie are the current “Large Market Personality of the Year” Marconi Award winners, and they took less than a year to take WRAL mornings to #1 with Women 25-54 and Adults 25-54.
Gene & Julie spent eight successful years at KVIL/Dallas, and prior to that were heard on KIOI/San Francisco, WLTM/Atlanta, KZQZ/San Francisco, KZLA/Los Angeles and KBFB/Dallas. Also exiting is Gene & Julie Show producer Casey Tate. Prior to joining G&J, Casey was morning show producer at Entercom Hot AC Star 94.1 Atlanta.
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FRED JACOBS: 'I Have Seen The Future Of Radio… At Morning Show Boot Camp 28'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– We'll be providing a number of glimpses this week into Talentmasters' 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, but Fred Jacob's latest blog offers a great overview. "I’ve been to a number of Don Anthony’s “Morning Show Boot Camps” over the years," Fred writes. "But something was different about this one. Steve Goldstein – who presented with our Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler – hit it immediately: the crowd was younger this year. It didn’t take long for me to make the same observation. Not only was the conference well-attended, but it was teeming with Millennials as excited about radio in 2016 as we were decades earlier.
This scene in the Grand Hyatt bar (shown) could easily pass for a Silicon Valley event. And the MSBC crowd could match an Internet startup for energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn .. I especially enjoyed the “Masters of the Morning” hosted by Dennis Clark, featuring the venerable Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein (Q104/New York), Bert Weiss, John Ivey, Entercom/Seattle’s Fitz, and the Motor City’s Mojo (right). It was a great mix of grizzled veterans and the new guard of morning talent, mixing it up, and talking about management, preparation, research, and all the other variables that impact on-air success. That panel and others were reminders of the mentoring spirit that is alive and well at Boot Camp.
The Millennial generation so often gets an undeserved bad rap for any number of reasons. Yet, in many ways, their mission is so much harder than it was in radio “back in the day.” Business conditions are more precarious in 2016, there are more cooks in the kitchen, and the pressure to perform has never been higher. It wasn’t always that way. Most of radio’s current leaders and owners entered into broadcasting during the fat and happy ’70s and ’80s. Radio was a hot industry, there was easy fame and fortune to be made, and everyone wanted “in.” Today’s emerging talent are being asked to do a lot more than “4 and out the door,” oftentimes for less money, fewer benefits, and lousier perks. Radio is bad-rapped in other media, in the advertising world, and even among their peers. And yet these young up-and-coming personalities are more energized and enthusiastic than we were to just be a part of the radio business. Their excitement for radio is contagious"
I was part of a “visionaries” session hosted by Mike McVay, and featuring the aforementioned Steve Goldstein, Pierre Bouvard, and Daniel Anstandig. Believe me when I tell you I feel more pressure at these MSBC sessions because it’s nearly 100% talent in the room. Their “bullshit detectors” are turned on to “high,” and I always want to reach higher to provide the best level of guidance possible. Mike smoothly guided the panel, as Steve pointed out the need for talent to use multiple distribution outlets to share content.
The stars of the show were the talented members of radio’s youth corps, excited to learn, socialize, and collaborate about how to make great radio in their local markets .. Boot Camp produces that tangible buzz that makes veterans like me, Greg Strassell, Pat Paxton, Kurt Johnson, and other programming execs keep coming back to remind ourselves there’s a lot of talent, excitement, and desire out there. Now it’s our job to mentor and nurture it (as well as learn a few things or two from them). READ BLOG HERE
'Personalities Are Arguably The Single Most Important Differrentiator For Radio' Writes RAB
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– 'Radio station personalities are arguably the single most important differentiator for radio,' writes the RAB's latest Radio Impact blog. "These are the people that make you laugh, make you cry and have the ability to provoke 6-8 emotions in less than 3 minutes. They know their audiences. They REALLY know their audiences and they know how to have a dialogue with them. Many of these individuals share their own lives and the listener is instantaneously connected — feeling like they are part of the conversation. While all of these personalities connect with their listeners over the air, they continue to connect with them via other social media options – like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – extending that dialogue and listener connection throughout the day."
When comparing radio personalities to other media personalities, 6 out of 10 listeners say that radio hosts are “like a friend” whose opinions they trust. According to a study conducted by iHeartRadio, with even more ways for consumers and on-air personalities to interact, 4 out of 10 listeners feel personalities make more of an effort to foster a personal connection, making the radio experience inherently more social, particularly when compared to TV or streaming playlist services. They are able to accomplish this because they go way beyond the superficial, and in some cases have been known to even save lives. The blog concludes by saying personalities all storytellers that everyone wants to listen to. They deliver something no one else can – personal, local, native advertising with the credibility that no other native advertising can claim. READ BLOG HERE
Atlanta Host Reveals 10-Month Old Daughter Has Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– Jeff Dauler, co-host of Star 94.1 Atlanta's Jeff & Jenn Show startled listeners this morning when he revealed on today's show "I am here alone today.. As you may have heard on the show recently, Jenn’s (Hobby) youngest daughter has been sick, and the past couple of weeks were filled with doctor’s appointments and even a couple of visits to the emergency room.
Reese was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and has been undergoing tests to determine exactly what she is battling and how the doctors will help her fight. Jeff shared that little Reese has a solid mass tumor near her tailbone that has started to affect her spine This afternoon, she will have a biopsy to determine what type of tumor this is. During the biopsy, they will give her a port to receive chemotherapy. Once the doctors know what they are dealing with, they will create a plan for treatment, which is likely chemotherapy followed by surgery .. As far as the show goes: Jenn will obviously be out for a few days. There is actually a radio studio IN Egleston Hospital and I have already talked to the folks at Seacrest Studios about using it, and they assured me that it’s ours whenever we need it. When we spoke last night about me making this announcement today, Jenn actually said ‘after you tell people what’s going on, get back to fun stuff. Remember why we do this show."
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[LISTEN] Seth Rogen Kicks Off Variety’s New ‘Playback’ Podcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– Welcome to “Playback,” a new movie-centric podcast at Variety that will tackle industry talking points of the day and bring you intimate conversations with a wide range of Hollywood talent says variety.com. After its first show last week, it will return Sept. 8 and on a weekly basis following the Telluride Film Festival.
“I don’t know if fandom is out of control because I can’t definitively tell you if there’s a tangible effect to it,” Rogen says “There seems, sometimes, to be movies that all these fans are up in arms about and they do really, really, really well, and then there’s other movies that it seems like people are going to champion and that core group really likes, and they f—ing eat s*it. So I doubt the tangibility of it, always.” “Playback with Kris Tapley” will broadcast every Thursday beginning Sept. 8.
'Sisterhood Movement' At MSBC/28 Goes Viral
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2016 –– #JoinTheSisterhood launched at MSBC/28 during it highly lauded Women's Forum and has now spread social. Moderator Dana Di Donato says, "On-Air women really want to be connected with other women in the industry! So much buzz about that from the Women's Forum! This was also validated by the women in attendance at this years Women's Forum at MSBC 28. "We want mentors and we want sisters we can turn to that understand the unique challenges we face in our industry.
Here are 2 options for women in morning radio to get connected. Tweet @DanaDiDonato and use the hashtag #JoinTheSisterhood or email RadioSisterhood@gmail.com. "I will be reaching out to every single person today or tomorrow! Already working on it! We are going to keep the conversation and mentoring opportunities going." There is a need and we want to meet it.
Adele Passes On Super Bowl Appearance; Kevin Hart Married
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WILD 95.5 West Palm Beach Announces Debut of Mack In The Morning
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 ––WiLD 95.5 Palm Beach announced the debut of Mack in the Morning, effective immediately. Mack in the Morning will broadcast weekday s from 6 a . m . - 10 a . m. On - air personalities Mack and Nina are known as the afternoon crew on sister station Y100 in Miami. Mack in the Morning will bring a mix of pop culture and unique South Florida flavor , and Mack in the Morning will wake up the "Launching a new morning show like Mack in the Morning is always an exciting chance to invigorate the market and your brand" said Maverick, Program Director for WiLD 95.5. 1
Hubbard Seattle Announces Kim Monroe As Asst. PD For KVRQ-FM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle names market veteran, Kim Monroe, as Assistant Program Director and Air Personality at Rock 98.9 KVRQ. Kim joins KVRQ with a rich background in Rock radio including positions as Air Talent and Music Director at Alternative WEND, Charlotte and Seattle’s Alternative KNDD. Kim was Program Director at Alternative WXTM, Cleveland which later became WXRK, also held positions in promotion with Sony/RED, and at iTunes as an original content producer and programmer at Sirius/XM.
Kim commented on the position, “I’ve always imagined myself coming back to this amazing city, I just wasn't sure how or when! Given this incredible opportunity to return to the city I love and resume my radio career at KVRQ is like a dream! I am beyond excited to work side by side with such a well-respected programmer, Dave Numme, and I know that we are going to do great things together! Honestly, I don't even have the words to express how happy and grateful I am for this opportunity!
MOTION: 104.5 The Zone Nashville Adds Mickey Ryan To Titan's Broadcast Team
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media-Nashville announces that veteran sports broadcaster Mickey Ryan will join the Titans Radio Broadcast Team as a co-host for Titans Pre- and Post-Game coverage beginning Saturday, August 19, 2016, at 5pm CST. Ryan will debut on 104.5 The Zone Titans Pre- and Post-Game coverage on Saturday, August 19, 2016, for 104.5 The Zone’s coverage of the 2016 Tennessee Titans season. In addition to Titans Local Pre and Post-Game coverage, he will remain with 104.5 The Zone’s afternoon show airing weekdays from 3pm-6pm CST with co-hosts Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop.
SYNDICATION: Robert Davi To Replace The Late Jerry Doyle On National Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 –– Robert Davi brings a widely recognized background in entertainment, music and American culture, along with clear perspectives on the problems facing America, to talk radio. His acting legacy includes a plethora of major roles such as memorable villains, as the Columbian drug lord, in the Bond film "License to Kill", (which he is recognized as one of the 3 top Bond villains of all time). Other outstanding performances in films and television include “Showgirls”, "Die Hard", "The Goonies", "Kill the Irishman", "The Iceman", "Profiler", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Without a Trace", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Criminal Minds", the latest installment of Expendables 3, "Stargate Atlantis", and over 130 other films. His many awards include the FBI's Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles, the "Military Order of the Purple Heart", a Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America's service members and veterans, and, perhaps most notably, was named KNX Radio's "Citizen of the Week" for saving a young girl from a fire at her home.
Cumulus' Top Morning Shows & Programmers Assemble In Atlanta During 28th Annual MSBC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 –– Cumulus top on-air talent and program directors assembled at Cumulus corporate headquarters for an inter-company lunch during Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp 28, which took place this week at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead/Atlanta. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming, Cumulus Media said: “Morning Show Boot Camp is the absolute best opportunity for talent and programmers to get together and collaborate on creating great radio. Cumulus and Westwood One are committed to talent. Bringing together this dynamic team is just one of the many ways we’re investing in programming.”
Shown above, Cumulus Media's Mike McVay, Emily Boldon (Vice President, AC and Stratus Music Programming) and John Dimick (Vice President, Programming Operations) led and participated in key panels at Morning Show Boot Camp.
NETWORKS: Seven More Cities Welcome Shazamable Radio Content; Local Radio Networks Inks 21 Station Deal With Rocking M Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that the Shazam for Radio platform has continued to make strides in the industry with 8 new affiliates. Included (DMA) WLER-FM Pittsburgh WDOD-FM Chattanooga KWYD-FM Boise WXIS-FM Tri-Cities, TN-VA KHTI-FM Los Angeles WVYB-FM Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne KTWN-FM Minneapolis-St. Paul KZGO-FM Minneapolis-St. Paul The service is already widely available to over 1,000 stations across multiple groups. For your station, contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
--Local Radio Networks, Inc. (LRN) has added Rocking M Media, LLC to its growing list of affiliates. "The level of support and the quality of the product that we have received from Local Radio Networks....if I had to rate it on a scale of one to ten.....would be a twelve," says Christopher Miller, President Rocking M Media, LLC. LRN also has recently added three new programing formats: Contemporary Hit Radio, Classic Hits and Mainstream Rock Radio to their already existing formats: Adult Contemporary, Hot Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Country, Classic Country, Classic Rock, and Oldies. For more info about LRN contact Donna Halverson Direct Line (214) 307-5087, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grammy Award-Winner Jennifer Nettles To Perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2016 – The NAB Marconi's will take place at the 2016 Radio Show, being held September 21-23 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
“We thank Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta for connecting us and look forward to what will surely be an unforgettable performance.” Nettles emerged onto the music scene in 2004 as the lead vocalist of the international duo Sugarland. The band has earned eight number-one singles, over 22 million in worldwide record sales, and has received numerous awards from the Grammys, American Music Awards, The Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association and CMT Music Awards.
JonBenet Ramsey Case Being Reopened By CBS; 'Ghostbusters' Headed For Mega Loss
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Stylz & Roman Saddle Up For Mornings On US99
THE MOUTH, AUGUL 11TH, 2016 –– Chicago duo Stylz & Roman will make the jump to morning drive as the voices Chicagoland Country fans wake up to Monday – Friday. Beloved for the past 12 years for their hometown pride on CBS Radio’s B96, Dougie Stylz (Doug Bobrowski) and Justin Roman bring a fresh excitement to US99. Their show will debut on US99 (99.5 FM) on Tuesday, September 6.
"Words can't express how excited we are for this new chapter in not only our careers, but our lives as well,“ said Stylz & Roman. “We're beyond blessed to be able to move from one legendary station to another...this truly is a dream come true!" “They’re part owners of a Wrigleyville Country bar, so we knew they could authentically speak the language of the Country music fan” remarked CBS Radio VP Programming Todd Cavanah. “Today’s Country superstars are putting out hot songs, and we deliver the hottest access to the most in-demand experiences in town,” said Jeff Kapugi, CBS RADIO Vice President, Country Programming and Program Director, WUSN.
Assault Charges Dropped Against Show Host
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2016 ––Prosecutors in Maryland have dropped an assault charge against Peter Deibler, known as Kane on the syndicated “The Kane Show,” reports the Washington Post. This news follows Deibler's arrest last month after a May 25th incident at his Rockville, Md., apartment involving his estranged wife, Natasha Deibler, with whom he’s involved in a messy legal battle over their divorce and custody of their two children.
Late last month, Maryland state’s attorney dismissed the assault charge, determining that “the case should not be prosecuted,” a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement. In June, a Montgomery judge refused to extend a temporary protective order the court had imposed keeping Peter Deibler away from his wife. During the hearing over the protective order, the judge questioned whether the alleged incident rose to the level of second-degree assault and indicated that the allegations were probably related to the couple’s ongoing divorce and custody battle. “Based on the hearing and on more than a dozen efforts to contact, meet and work with the original complainant, our front line prosecutor had reason to believe that the case should not be prosecuted,” Ramon Korionoff, the public affairs director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, said in a statement.
Charlie Morgan Named SVP/MM For Emmis-New York Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 20916 –– Charlie Morgan has been named Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis-New York, which includes Hot97, WBLS and WLIB. Morgan has been serving as Interim Emmis-New York Market Manager since January 2016. “Charlie is one of radio’s truly gifted leaders,” said Patrick Walsh, Emmis President and Chief Operating Officer. Morgan has more than 35 years of experience in the radio industry, including VP/Market Manager at Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, which includes WFMS/WJJK/WISG. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions. In 2009, he was lured back to radio and joined the Emmis team as SVP/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis, where he served until he was named Interim Market Manager in New York earlier this year.
Cumulus Promotes Robby Bridges to Director of FM Programming for Detroit Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Robby Bridges to Director of FM Programming for its Detroit stations, Hot AC WDVD, Country WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1), and Classic Country (NASH ICON 93.1 HD2). He will also continue to anchor PM drive on WDVD. Bridges came to Detroit in early 2014 to launch WDRQ's NASH Country format as Program Director. Prior to that, he programmed Cumulus stations WEBE and WFAS, and was Assistant Program Director for WPLJ. He also programmed for the company's Westwood One division. Bridges previously served in various programming and on-air positions in New York, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia.
Bridges said: "It is humbling, gratifying and exciting to be given the opportunity to continue to grow these outstanding brands in the Motor City! These are some of the most legendary call letters and talent not only in Detroit, but in the nation.
WWO Extends Partnership With Kix Brooks; America's Foremost Matchmaker, Author Matt Titus Heads To Radio Through KMG's New Talent Division;
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced a multi-year, extended partnership with Country music superstar Kix Brooks, host of American Country Countdown, as he simultaneously celebrates his ten-year anniversary with the show. Extending our partnership with Kix is a no-brainer,” said Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One’s President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus. “He’s more than a Country legend -- his lifestyle and entertainment brands touch millions beyond the Country space. In addition to being a celebrity judge for Cumulus’ NASH Next 2016 competition, Brooks hosts the nightly radio show Kickin’ it with Kix and is a regular contributor to NASH Country Daily.
Popular guest on shows such as “The CBS Early Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, and others will now be available radio morning shows around the country, with a planned show launch in 2017 through KMG Networks new Talent Division. If you took the understanding and intelligence of Dr. Drew and combined it with the sarcasm of Jon Stewart and sprinkled a little bit of Howard Stern you’d have Matt Titus," says KMG's Gary Krantz, founder & CEO of KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media. Matt was the star of NBC’s hit show, “The Match off “ and was the resident relationship expert on The CBS Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show and The Today Show. He has regularly appeared on Dr. Drew on Call, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray and countless others.
Matt Titus is the second major talent signed with KMG Talent, in association with Sungate Partners, LLC. Earlier this year they launched “Always in Fashion”, with Mark Weber, former North American Chairman of LVMH and CEO of Phillips Van Heusen. The weekly show airs on Cumulus’s WABC-AM, with a syndication rollout planned for 2017.He has already been on the air with dozen’s of the biggest morning show’s in the country including “Mojo in the Morning on iHeartmedia’s Channel 955/Detroit, Paul and Young Ron at iHeartmedia’s Big 105.9 Miami, and “The Frank Show” on Lotus’s 96.1 KLPX-FM/Tucson, among others.
MOTION: Tino Cochino Takes Night's AT Energy 94.1 San Antonio; Danny Wright To Host Mornings On 97.7 The River
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11, 2016 –– Alpha Media‘s Energy 94.1 in San Antonio welcomes Tino Cochino to nights. Program director Pat Cerullo said “Tino is the model for personality driven radio in 2016. He has an incredible ability to connect with our audience across multiple platforms with stellar content. I expect him to immediately make an impact and carve out his own lane in a crowded CHR field.”
Locally owned Amaturo Sonoma Media has selected longtime San Francisco and Santa Rosa radio personality Danny Wright to host the morning show on the company’s market leading Classic Rock station, 97.7 The River KVRV. Wright has previously hosted afternoons on Santa Rosa’s Mix 104.9 KMHX and Hot 101.7 KHTH, both of which are also owned by Amaturo Sonoma Media. He has prior morning show experience on KIOI and KZQZ San Francisco, XHTO El Paso and KSXY Santa Rosa.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Aussie Host Host 10 Year Old Daughter Conquer Kilimanjaro
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2016 –– Hot Tomato’s Luke Bradnam and his ten-year-old daughter Coralie have conquered the summit of Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Coralie is now one of the youngest in the world to reach the top of the 5,895 metre mountain. WATCH
UK Radio Presenters to Host National TV Program - BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and BBC Radio 1’s Tina Daheley will host Crimewatch when it returns to BBC Television in the autumn. The TV show will have a refreshed format and new look, and for the first time will be shown weekly live on BBC One across September. Each episode broadcasts live from a mobile incident studio based near the scene of a key crime featured that week. Jeremy and Tina will continue with their radio duties – his daily phone-in on BBC Radio 2 and her reporting on Newsbeat.
Radio host suspended after broadcasting topless Nigel Bateman was filming a clip using Facebook Live ahead of his show on Radio Broadgreen in Liverpool, England. He claimed bosses at the volunteer-run station, aimed at Broadgreen hospital patients, lacked a sense of humour after he released the head-and-shoulders video. He said he was surprised to receive an email later that afternoon revealing his antics had left the station’s committee unimpressed. A petition has been launched to have him reinstated. Read more HERE
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JonBenet Ramsey Case Being Reopened By CBS; 'Ghostbusters' Headed For Mega Loss
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Stern, Rush Top List Of Forbes Highest Paid Radio Stars In 2016
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2016 –– Estimating pretax income from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016 less various fees, factoring in data sources and interviews with agents, analysts and industry observers, Forbes has concluded 'America's Highest Paid Radio Stars Of 2016.' Not surprisingly, Howard Stern leads the pack with a reported $85 million and mega talker Rush Limbaugh close behind with $79 million. Ryan Seacrest, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck finished off the top 5.
Forbe's opined that 'While the radio industry has been striving to embrace the modern age with new apps and video streaming, today’s highest paid radio stars — all middle-aged white men — highlight how little the industry has actually changed over the years." Forbes pointed out that each of these radio hosts has 'dabbled in other mediums — including establishing their own clothing lines, penning books and hosting TV shows — but the crux of their income comes from good old fashioned radio-hosting gigs.' This report follows Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh's recent renegotiated respective deals Sirius XM and iHeartMedia.
How Big Is Your Audience Asks Fred Jacobs? Trump Asking The Same Thing About His
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog, he points to an opinion piece a CNN.com written by Will Bunch with the headline: “Howard Stern Gave Us Donald Trump.” Bunch notes that Trump has succeeded “by tapping into the very same zeitgeist that launched Stern to prominence three decades ago.” He points out that Stern explained his success to Rolling Stone by observing that the white, suburban uber-fans he aggregated were “sort of the skeptical, cynical, I-don’t-give-a-f***in’-think-I-hear people.” Jacobs added, "Donald Trump & Howard Stern Trump has a more daunting task – winning over a majority of U.S. voters, and pulling that off in markets – or in this case, states – that matter in the final analysis.
Lately, Donald Trump has expressed some of the very same frustrations that you hear from jocks and programmers about when they’re seeing big crowds at station events or watching the phones “ringing off the hook,” but getting Nielsen ratings that are nowhere enough to declare victory. In an article on Politico.com, Cristiano Lima brought home this point. Trump’s events often draw 20-30,000 very enthusiastic and engaged supporters. At a large rally in Jacksonville, he wondered out loud: “I don’t know why we’re not leading by a lot.” Jacobs concludes that it's easy to assume these uber fans represent the entire audience, but that’s rarely the case. The gap between what our gut tells us about the size of the audience and what the ratings or polls tell us is often frustratingly wide. And by the way, neither are rigged. READ FULL BLOG HERE - And if you're in Atlanta, check out Fred Jacobs and other media visionaries on a special "What Now" segment this Friday (see above banner) at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead.
NETWORKS: WWO Inks Multi-Year Extension With Michael Savage
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced that it has renewed its long-term relationship with Radio Hall of Famer Michael Savage and his The Savage Nation®, which airs on 235 stations. First aired in San Francisco in 1994, The Savage Nation® has become one of the most listened-to shows over the past two decades. Evolving from strictly political discussion to commentary on news, views, and reviews.
Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One’s President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus, added, “We’re proud to extend our relationship with Dr. Savage. He is top-notch, Hall of Fame talent with a unique voice in American radio. He has some of the most engaged fans and is a proven, consistent ratings generator. We look forward to many more years together.”
Tom Kent Network Taps Bob Hamilton To Consult AC Shows
THE MOUTH, AUUST 9TH, 2016 –– The Tom Kent Radio Network has acquired the services of Hamilton Communications and CEO-President Bob Hamilton to consult it's AC properties. Mr. Hamilton is a radio veteran having programmed some of America's most legendary radio stations including KRTH in Los Angeles. Hamilton will oversee all aspects of AC programming for TKRN and work with VP of Operations Bill Shannon on a daily basis.
Hamilton Communications President Bob Hamilton: "I am excited to build Tom Kent's AC Mix with the most fun radio on radio and the most fun music! Tom's ability to talk with the listeners in a fun and relatable way with a big market sound has consistently proven to drive ratings and revenue."
FORMATICS: WUSN-FM Chicago Unveils New Look; Adams Returns KOOL Oldies To Las Cruces, NM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Following various on-air staff changes last week on US99.5, this past Monday the station dropped its approximately 10-year-old branding as US99.5 and reverted to its original name of US99, sans .5, reports crm.com. It also added a tag line, "Chicago's Hottest Country." Most noticeably, it unveiled a new logo for the first time in nearly 30 years. When WEFM-FM flipped to a Country music station in 1982, it was immediately branded as US99. (The WUSN-FM call letters followed soon after the actual flip.) That branding, now considered iconic, has been with the station ever since, even though the exact frequency of 99.5 was eventually added, replacing the 99.
–– Adams Radio Group has returned KOOL Oldies to Las Cruces. KWML AM 570 along with a translator at 104.5 is offering up a format that they say will literally will take you back in time. "We are recreating a top 40 station from the 60s and 70s said Aaron Cris well, VP/GM of Adams Radio Las Cruces. “ AM 570 was Top 40 from 1 955 through the 1970s and a top rated station in the market . We want to give that generation their station back.”
UH OH: Listen As Scammer Calls Radio Station Posing As IRS Agent
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– KSIB, Creston, Iowa's Ben Walter (inset) proved to be one call a scammer may soon regret. Last Friday Ben received a call from an unknown person asking him to call a specific number. When he called, he decided to record the entire 11 minute call. According to its website, A man with a foreign accent greeted him. He explained Ben’s supposed situation to him. He had paid taxes, but seemed to fail reporting several income areas over a 5 year period from 2010 to 2015. The scammer was clearly reading from a script, but Ben continued to abide by his guidelines, saying that he owed $3868 to the IRS. The scammer continued talking for over 10 minutes. At the end, Ben informed the man about the recording. This is what happened – he hung up the phone.
This is just another reminder that scams, particularly on phones, continue to be a problem even in rural SW Iowa. Officials say if you receive a call like that it's important to know that the IRS does not conduct business via phone LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] Johjay Van Es Throws Out First Pitch At D'backs Dodgers Game
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Johnjay Van Es of The Johnjay & Rich Show threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday, August 7. The Premiere Networks-syndicated program, which originates from iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS-FM in Phoenix, made it a #LoveUp/#LovePup event by giving 200 foster kids a free ticket to the game, and hosting a dog adoption event near the stadium for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA. All 10 adoptable dogs found new homes at the event!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH - Pictured: Johnjay Van Es and his son Dutch walk to the pitcher’s mound at Chase Field with one of the adoptable dogs from the event.
Not Quite The Olympics, But Chicago's Scott Miller Takes 3rd Place In International Beard Battle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– As the world is focused on the Olympics, Scott Miller from HUBBARD's 97.1 "The Morning Drive" WDRV-FM/Chicago brought home a 3rd place win from the Los Angeles Beard Battle. Theme: Mad Maxx Wasteland. Featuring a lineup of national and international bearding all-stars, from moustaches to partial beards and full beards.
"This year's competition was Los Angeles's boldest yet," Miller said. "While Michael Phelps shaves his entire body to win gold after gold, I stopped shaving years ago and brought home a bronze!" "Dont look for me to be on a box of Wheaties anytime soon though!"
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PROGRAMMING: Dave Hill Named PD For BIG 105.9 Miami; Michael Levine Rises to PD At KKGO/LA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– WBGG-FM BIG 105.9 announced that Dave Hill has been named Program Director, effective August 22, 2016. He joins BIG 105.9 from iHeartMedia Portland, where he has been the Senior Vice President of Programming since 2014.
I want to thank Robert Dove, Andrew Jeffries, Brad Hardin and the entire team in Portland for letting me stand at the helm for the past 2 years,” said Hill. “Now I’m excited for that next chapter of my life in Miami and helping to guide one of the most legendary brands in the industry, WBGG.”
-- Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has appointed Michael Levine as PD of KKGO - Go Country 105 Los Angeles. Levine is the son of Saul Levine, President of Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. He succeeds Tonya Campos, who left the station last month after nine years. Levine has been Interim PD since her departure. He joined KKGO in 2004 when it was still Classical “K-Mozart” KMZT as Director of Marketing. He later added Station Manager duties.
Beasley’s’ HD983 Augusta Welcomes “Fenway” As APD/MD
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group announced “Fenway” has been named Assistant Program Director/ Music Director at HD983. Chris Daugherty, AKA “Fenway” has also accepted a Host position for HD983’s afternoon drive. Fenway comes to Augusta by way of Knoxville, TN. where he’s been working as the Music Director and night show host since 2014.
“HD983 is ready to follow - up our best ratings book in the history of the station with such a strong addition to our HD Entourage!” said Program Director Kris Fisher. “I’m honored to join the Beasley Family! Added Fenway. “I’m looking forward to help HD983 grow even bigger and better!”
ON-AIR: Matt Malone Takes Afternoon Drive At X105.1 Kansas City
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced it has appointed Matt Malone as Assistant Program Director and Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM Afternoon Drive Host for Kansas City’s Alternative station X105.1/KCJK-FM. Malone joins X105.1 from KURQ-FM in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he was Assistant Program Director and On-Air Personality. Prior to that, he was based in Chicago as Corporate Programming Assistant for Cumulus Media, and was Assistant Program Director for WLS-FM. Malone was also on-air at WLUM-FM/FM 102.1 in Milwaukee.
Donna Baker, Midwest Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media, said: “Matt’s passion for and extensive knowledge of the alternative format and his connection to listeners are the ideal fit for X105. OM Lance Tidwell and I are thrilled to welcome Matt back to Cumulus and the tremendous opportunity ahead for Matt and the X105 team."
97.1 The River Atlanta Celebrates 10th Birthday With Performances By Boston & Dennis DeYoung
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group’s 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM/Atlanta), Atlanta’s Classic Hits station, celebrated its 10th birthday on August 6, 2016 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Ga. The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash concert, produced by Live Nation, featured performances by Boston and Dennis DeYoung. More than 8,000 listeners attended the celebration, which featured a birthday cake presentation during the “Bud Light Birthday Party.” Select fans also had the opportunity to meet members of Boston and Dennis DeYoung, and a live pre-show was broadcast from the venue.
“River listeners are some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever seen,” said Chris Eagan, Director of Branding and Programming. “They came out in full force to see two great acts and show love for their favorite radio station. It was a great night for fans, staff and the bands!” Check out photos and coverage from the event at 971TheRiver.com.
Murphy, Sam & Jodi Join Radio Button Network
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– Murphy, Sam & Jodi announced they would be adding their already successful daily podcasts to the Radio Button Network for both administration and sales management. Production of those and newly developed podcasts with the Radio Button Network begin this month. Murphy, Sam and Jodi are syndicated by long time friend of the Radio Button Network, June Colbert and are heard on nearly 40 radio stations in formats primarily in the AC/Hot AC formats. Adam Goodman: “This is the exact type of show that RBN loves. In addition to their amazing, existing foresight into the values of creating a digital footprint the ‘other 20 hours’, they already create amazing content exciting and sought for this media as a compliment to a great morning radio show.”
The Radio Button Network offers services to assist talent on and now not on terrestrial radio with live stream shows, 24/7 streaming, on demand product, app generation, syndication and digital network sales. More information can be found through RadioButtonNetwork.com. Contacts: Murphy, Sam & Jodi – June Colbert - 615-202-5900 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Adam Goodman: 203 341 0111 (ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com)
The Wilkow Majority Celebrates 10th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– The Wilkow Majority, Andrew Wilkow's radio show on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel, celebrates his 10th anniversary on the satellite channel on Tuesday, August 9th. Wilkow carved out his niche, then made it bigger, in the Noon to 3pm time slot.
Wilkow has become one of the biggest stars created by SiriusXM. "I am honored and delighted to be on Sirius for so long, and appreciate my extremely loyal and passionate audience," said Wilkow. The show's nickname "the Next Generation of Great Talk Radio" still applies 10 year's later.
[WATCH] Bud & Broadway Coordinate A Baby’s Gender Reveal During Brad Paisley Concert
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 –– 92.3 WIL's Bud & Broadway helped coordinate a baby’s gender reveal at the Brad Paisley concert in St. Louis this past weekend. They first brought Paisley’s attention to an expecting couple in the crowd. Kyle and Monica Thayer from St. Louis who were expecting their third child.
The Thayer’s requested that the doctor keep the gender a secret and asked if WIL could have Brad Paisley “reveal the gender” in concert. Paisley graciously granted their wish! WATCH HERE
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Don’t Let Radio End Up Like Yahoo Says Professor
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– After listening to Jason Jennings’ podcast about how Yahoo went from being a company worth $120 Billion to its sale to Verizon for $4.8 Billion, Western Kentucky Journalism Prof. Dick Taylor and noted broadcasting authority, writes in his blog, "I think the wisdom that Jason shared is very applicable to the radio industry’s journey through consolidation since the Telcom Act of 1996. He added the selling of Yahoo is like a train wreck; you don’t want to look, but you just can’t help yourself. I know many who’ve said similar things as Wall Street invaded radio with its goal of “increasing shareholder value.” So how can radio learn from Yahoo’s mistakes? Taylor points to Top 5 Lessons of Yahoo: A couple worth noting:
-- Know What You’re All About - Yahoo never really defined itself and the revolving door of CEOs contributed to this with each one bringing a different vision – or no vision – to Yahoo. Trying to Be All Things to All People Jason says “great companies stick to their knitting. You can’t be all things to all people.” Radio was originally about serving their community of license via over-the-air broadcasting. It delivered local news, local sports, local community events, local bands and more by local radio personalities who lived in the communities they served. It was focused like a laser beam on local, local, local.
-- Don’t Copy the Competition - Radio today is trying to copy Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music and others. Radio today is trying to also copy YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and SnapChat. Radio is trying to copy just about every other business advertising model and without any guiding principles has been economically treading water. Taylor closes by writing, "Even some of our country’s biggest radio companies are focused on getting back to the core principles radio was built upon. Radio, the first broadcast transmission system to reach a mass audience, almost 100-years later is still the leading way to reach a mass audience." READ BLOG HERE
Zander Exits 97.1 The Drive To Program Rock WXRX-FM Rockford
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– Current WDRV-FM -97.1 The Drive Chicago host Mark Zander posted on Facebook, "I am happy to announce that I have accepted a very nice offer from Mid-West Family Broadcasting to be the next Program Director of WXRX-104.9 The X in Rockford. It is a heritage brand with 27 years in the marketplace."
Zander's past stops have included Chicago's WLUP-FM, WZZN-FM and WCKG-FM. Prior to joining The Drive, he was a programmer and Operations Manager for NextMedia and oversaw its suburban stations including The River. Zander thanked Mike Paterson, GM and OM Mark Van Allen for the opportunity to lead this heritage rock brand."
NETWORKS: RBN Launches Its First-Ever Purely Digital Personality Station 'Sebastian Uncensored'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– The Radio Button Network announced the launch of their first ever purely digital radio personality station. The new show, “Sebastian Uncensored” will be led by Connecticut radio legend Sebastian. For more than 3 decades, Connecticut residents have enjoyed “Sebastian in the Morning” through various outlets including WCCC and WZMX. This show became so popular that for a while Sebastian was Connecticut’s most listened to radio personality.
This 24/7 on-line station will be fully owned and operated by Sebastian and managed by The Radio Button Network. It will debut the week of August 8 though SebastianUncensored.com and the Sebastian Uncensored App. This is the first non AM/FM radio, all personality digital radio station for The Radio Button Network. Sebastian Uncensored can be accessed live weekdays 7 – 10 AM and pre-recorded segments, exclusive video and interactivity through social media will also be available through the website. Sebastian and Adam Goodman RBN-CEO worked together at American Radio Systems’ WZMX Hartford in the mid-90s so this is a reunion of one of Connecticut’s most successful and memorable radio stories. Adam Goodman will act as both RBN operations director and Sebastian Uncensored manager.
Westwood One Extends Partnership with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced it has signed a new multi-year agreement with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to continue hosting the nationally-recognized daily feature, A Better Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The 60-second weekday feature – which promotes better living through better health, wellness, and lifestyle – airs 400 stations nationwide, including nine of the top 10 markets. Dr. Gupta, a respected neurosurgeon, is one of the best known media personalities in the world and a winner of multiple Emmy awards for his work as chief medical correspondent and host for CNN. In addition to his broadcast work, Gupta is a best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Dr. Gupta said, "I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to share the secrets of a happier and healthier life that I have learned as a doctor and as a roving reporter who has traveled the world for the last 15 years." Charles Steinhauer, Westwood One’s COO, added, “Dr. Gupta is one of the most trusted voices on health issues. We’re delighted to extend our relationship so that we can continue to meet the demand of listeners who want to live better lives.”
'Undeniable' With Joe Buck Returns For Season 2
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– Beginning August 11. Joe kicks off the series with his exclusive interview with quarterback legend and Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Every week, Joe Buck goes one-on-one with some of the greatest sports icons of our time, in this series of one-hour intimate and in-depth interviews.
Season Two guests include Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Torre, Joe Theismann, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and more. The series is produced for radio by AT&T/DIRECTV and Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television. Affiliates include KGMZ-FM San Francisco, WJFK-FM Washington, KGME-AM Phoenix, and KMOX-AM St. Louis.
[LISTEN] Garth Brooks Surprises Listener During Prank Phone Call On KSKS-FM Fresno
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– Nothing like giving someone's mom the greatest moment in her life by connecting her with one of the biggest stars in the universe. That was the case last week as KSKS/Fresno's Gnarley Charley got Garth Brooks to play along on a gag with a listerner's mom who would be celebrating her 56th wedding anniversary on the day of his concert. For a moment, Brooks was asked to play Dr. Brooks a marriage counselor, but fortunately he didn't hold his cover too long before telling the woman who he was. While there, Garth Brooks announced 4 dates in Fresno and gave the lady a personal invite to come join him for his concert. Gnarley was quick to point out how Brooks, in spite of his stardom, always knew who his people were. LISTEN HERE
Scott McKenzie Memorial Unveiled In Orlando
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2016 –– In approaching the 1-year mark since losing MIX 105.1, Orlando' longtime morning host, Scott Mackenzie, his family and close friends gathered at Lake Eola where his family donated a bench to the City of Orlando and its residents and Saturday. According to CBS, shortly after his passing, Scott’s family contacted the Morning MIX and said they wanted to do something special in honor Scott that all of us in Orlando could see and appreciate. They chose a spot visited daily by hundreds of people taking a stroll or exercising and also home to some of the biggest events Orlando has.
Near the bench is a plaque dedicating it to Scott’s memory that reads, “In remembrance of Scott McKenzie, waking up Orlando on mix105.1 for 24 years.” Scott McKenzie Memorial 2016 PHOTO/Carly McCarthy
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BIG 95.5 Chicago Pay 'Much Respect' To Former US99 Hosts Lisa Dent And 'Ramblin' Ray Stevens
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– Add this to the list of surprises in Chicago country radio this week. Following news of US99 morning hosts 'Ramblin' Ray Steven's jump to WLS and the shocker that his longtime co-host Lisa Ray and others on the show were let go, BIG 95.5 Chicago's Mason, Remy and Alabama" did the unexpected. They paid tribute to Dent and Stevens on their show calling them Chicago radio super-heroes. Later they posted a live video paying tribute to their former rivals.
Then came the ultimate love, a giant billboard which tagged their #muchrespect banner from their social media pages. Meanwhile, crm.com reported an unnamed spox from US99 posting, "There are exciting plans in the works that will keep Chicago waking up every day with the most popular Country music station in the market. US99.5 looks forward to sharing its plans with all of Chicagoland in the coming weeks."
Fans And Friends Mourn Loss Of Tampa Host Dave McKay
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– Police in St. Petersburg are still investigating the death of Beasley's 99.5 WQYK FM morning host, Dave McKay, age 51. McKay, whose real name is Steve Ehmke, was co-host of the popular Dave and Veronica show (shown below). According to newstalkflorida.com, shortly after 6:30 a.m. McKay was found dead in his apartment. After McKay did't show up for work Thursday morning, a co-worker who lives in the same apartment building checked on him and discovered him dead. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, Police don't suspect foul play.
WQYK tweeted out a picture of McKay saying,” please join us as we remember our friend Dave McKay-RT us your memories and comments.” Hundreds of comments were left on a picture posted of McKay by QYK on Facebook. Beasley issued a statement, posting “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our WQYK Morning Host Dave McKay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. Our hearts are heavy within the Beasley Media Group during this extremely difficult time. Dave, we will miss you.”
Ace & TJ Show Extend Five More Years With Channel 96.1 Charlotte; Honored With Kidd Kraddick Award Next Week In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– Channel 96.1, Charlotte announced that it has extended its agreement with The Ace & TJ Show for five years. The show airs weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. The Ace & TJ Show joined Channel 96.1 in January 2011. “Ace & TJ have done an outstanding job for us over the last 5 years in Charlotte,” said Dave Carwile, President for iHeartMedia’s Carolinas Region. “We’re ecstatic to be able to continue this partnership over the next 5 years.”“We are excited to continue reaching new heights alongside Channel 96.1. We look forward to growing the foundation we’ve laid over the past five years,” said co-host Ace. “It's astonishing they pay me this much money to read liner cards for four hours a day. Hashtag American dream,” said co-host TJ.
Now in its 18th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show syndicate to The “South” Eastern seaboard in Charlotte, Columbia (SC), the Greenville’s (North & South Carolina), Winchester (VA), Birmingham (AL) and many more. Syndication information is available by emailing Adam Goodman at AGoodman@AceTJ.com. Ace & TJ will be honored next week during the 28th annual Morning Show Boot Camp as recipient of the third annual Kidd Kraddick named in honor of the late Kidd Kraddick who passed away unexpectedly three years ago. Making the presentation will be longtime Kraddick co-host, Kellie Rasberry (shown)
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Nevada/Central California Region, effective immediately. Turnbeaugh previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Las Vegas where he oversaw all aspects of on-air and online programming for the market’s four radio station brands. He has also served as the Program Director for KCCY-FM in Colorado Springs, on-air personality for KYGO-FM in Denver, and Assistant Program Director for KKFN in Denver.
--In a surprise move, Eddie Haskell announced his resignation as PD for Bonneville's KYGO/Denver. His last day will be Friday, August 19 but he says he will remain as a consultant until a replacement is named. Haskell said , " I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished at KYGO and will miss the amazing team we put together. I wish Bonneville and Bob Call nothing but the best. Haskell had been with the country outlet since February/2013. Meanwhile, KYGO is now looking for Haskell's replacement. if interested, send info to email@example.com
SYNDICATION: Brooke & Jubal Strike Again - This Time Louisville; Steve Shannon To Syndicate Show Through Townsquare Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUSt 5TH, 2016 –– Another day, another affiliate for Brooke & Jubal who'll take mornings starting Monday, August 8th on WXMA/Max FM Louisville. Alpha Media Program Director, Sarah Jordan commented on the announcement, “The type of humor and entertainment Brooke and Jubal bring to the table, are exactly what WXMA needs. The Brooke and Jubal Morning Show will be an amazing addition to the Max team to help anchor the next generation of the station!”
-- Longtime Steve & DC Co-Host Steve Shannon announced on social "I have accepted a syndication development deal from Townsquare Media-third largest media company based on # of stations. We launch 'The Steve Shannon Morning Show' With Simone Eli live & local from....one of my favorite places...the city of champions....Tuscaloosa, Alabama! I am thrilled to be back. I'm closer to my family. Close to the Crimson Tide. And I'm surrounded by some precious memories from my past in Tuscaloosa. And a few not so precious ones too. Hey ,all charges were dropped!" The show will emanate from 953 THE BEAR, Tuscaloosa. 2
HONORS: Trey Ware To Be Inducted Into Texas RHOF
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, San Antonio announces that 550/107.1 KTSA morning host, Trey Ware will be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 29th. Previously inducted KTSA team members are Elizabeth Ruiz, the late Johnny Shannon, and Trey’s father, legendary South Texas broadcaster, Ricci Ware.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to the recognition of excellent broadcasters in the Lone Star State. Alpha Media Program Director, Greg Martin commented on the announcement, “We are proud to see Trey bestowed this great honor. It is a testament to his commitment to our industry and his commitment to the community of San Antonio.” “It is such an honor, and I am humbled to be voted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame along with such outstanding broadcasters. Radio people truly are the best you will ever meet,” remarked Ware.
NAB Laud DOJ Consent Decree Decision, Music Licensing Giants Vow To Push Back
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– In response to yesterday's announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it has completed its multi-year review of antitrust consent decrees regulating two of the nation’s largest music performing rights organizations, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: "Local radio and television broadcasters strongly support the Justice Department’s decision not to modify the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. We appreciate the hard work of the DOJ during its diligent, comprehensive review and believe that this decision will ensure that ASCAP and BMI continue to fairly and efficiently license musical works in a manner that is pro-competitive." Under the current system, radio broadcasters pay $350 million and local television broadcasters some $150 million to songwriters and their music publishers every year.
Following news that the DOJ will not alter consent decrees that it originally reached with ASCAP and BMI in 1941, BMI said in a statement that it would fight the change in court, while ASCAP said it would press for legislative reform. The groups said in a press release that the decision “will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers,” reports fortune.com
SiriusXM To Launch 24/7 Channel Dedicated To Rio Olympics In Association With Westwood One
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM announced that it will launch a special channel dedicated to providing around-the-clock coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics to listeners nationwide, including live play-by-play of Olympic events as well as daily news, commentary and highlights from Rio Report and other programs. SiriusXM's Rio Olympics Radio channel will air 24 hours a day on SiriusXM channel 106 starting on August 5th through the Closing Ceremony on August 21st. It will be presented in association with Westwood One which, in partnership with U.S. Olympic rightsholder NBCUniversal, is providing live radio coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
At 10:00 pm ET each night, SiriusXM listeners will hear Westwood One's Tonight in Rio, a two-hour wrap up show that will provide a comprehensive recap of that day at the Games. Listeners will also get update reports from Rio every hour, courtesy of Westwood One. SiriusXM's Chris Spatola and Jim Noble will host a daily morning show, Rio Report, on channel 106 that will provide listeners with a brief recap of the previous night's results and a look ahead to upcoming events.
Along with the crew is Westwood One Sports announcer Kevin Kugler, who poses happily in front of the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as he prepares for Westwood One’s live coverage of The 2016 Rio Olympics, which kicks off tonight night during the Opening ceremony as the Olympic torch is lit and continues through the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 21. Westwood One Sports will provide exclusive in-depth coverage of Rio 2016, bringing the excitement of Olympic competition to listeners across America via radio stations nationwide, as well as SiriusXM and TuneIn.
101ESPN St Louis Sports Looking For Next Host For PM Drive Show 'The Fast Lane'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2016 –– This search comes following the announcement that former St. Louis Rams Super Bowl Champion D’Marco Farr is leaving the show and St. Louis for other opportunities. This new talent will join The Fast Lane team – Co-Hosts Randy Karraker and Brad Thompson, along with Producer Brad Barnes. The Fast Lane is one of the original shows on 101ESPN, since the station was first began airing in 2009. According to 101ESPN’s Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert, this talent search will begin immediately. Neupert comments, “101 ESPN is looking for hardworking and well-informed on-air teammates who can help the show continue to succeed and grow. The perfect candidate is a highly entertaining and stand out on-air talent who has a real passion for all sports.” “This talent candidate should also be a great team player who will mesh well with our current Co-Hosts Randy Karraker and Brad Thompson.
Details about The Fast Lane on-air position are available at www.101sports.com/careers. For more information about The Fast Lane talent search at 101ESPN, please contact Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert at (314) 983-6215 or via email at Hoss@101sports.com.
Tony Bennett, Beyonce May Collaborate? Martina McBride, Steven Tyler Duet
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Edison Research Releases Key Findings of New Study On Race Relations in America
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– On the heels of outrage, protests and emotional responses after the shooting of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent shooting of five police officers in Dallas (study fielded prior to Baton Rouge police shooting), Radio One, Inc., the largest black owned multi-media company in America and parent company of TV One, Interactive One, Reach Media and One Solution engaged Edison Research to conduct an in-depth study on the true state of race relations in this country.
The findings are enlightening and encouraging. The story of race relations in America is not starkly “ black and white. ” The historical di fference between the attitudes and opinions of Black and White Americans is certainly affirmed in some study findings, but beliefs and feelings converge across color lines on several critical issues , which speaks to the healing many are calling for across the racial divide. There is strong agreement among Black and White Americans on possible solutions to improve race relations between Blacks and police. However, the study finds neither presidential candidate emerges as a solution. Black and White Americans Agree . . . Discrimination in America Discrimination and racial bias are still perceived among all Americans. Although Black and White Americans are IDENTICAL in their perception of NOT having a racial bias (only 26 percent of Blacks and 26 percent of Whites think they are racially biased); 91 percent acknowledge some, or a lot of discrimination against Blacks. While the survey findings reveal that few recognize their own personal biases, a clear majority can acknowledge discrimination. For More Details, CLICK HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Elevates Roles Of Region Presidents In Midwest/Southeast Markets
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that it has elevated the roles of Region Presidents Brian Olson, Linda Byrd and Justin Schaflander to align the markets within the Midwest Southeast Division to better serve the needs of partners, advertisers and the communities it serves. All three Region Presidents will continue to report to Tom McConnell – President of the Midwest Southeast Division of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. Florida, formerly organized into four regions, will now be comprised of two regions – Central/North Florida and South Florida. Brian Olson will now become President of the South Florida Region including West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Naples and Punta Gorda, and will also manage day-to-day operations in the Miami market.
Olson is a 25-year media veteran who joined iHeartMedia in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales in Miami. Olson has also been Market President in Miami and most recently held the position as President of the West Palm Beach Region. Linda Byrd will now become President of the Central/North Florida Region, which includes Orlando, Tampa/Sarasota, Jacksonville, Brunswick, GA and Melbourne. Byrd is a 40-year media veteran who has been with iHeartMedia since 1982. Byrd previously oversaw operations in Orlando, including Real Radio 104.1, XL 106.7, Magic 107.7, 101.1 WJRR, Rumba 100.3, News Radio 102.5 WFLA, 96.9 The Game, 104.5 the Beat, WLOQ Radio, Florida’s News Network, FNN Hispana, Alma 97.1 and Pride Radio Orlando. Justin Schaflander will now become President of the expanded Atlanta Region which now includes Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus/Albany, Charleston, Columbia, Savannah, Myrtle Beach and Florence. Schaflander is a 20-year media veteran who joined iHeartMedia in 2007 as Director of Sports for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. He has overseen all business aspects of iHeartMedia’s Atlanta Region since 2014 and has held senior sales leadership positions with the company. 1
SYNDICATION: Brooke & Jubal Add Tampa & Biloxi Stations
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– You can chalk up two more stations for Brooke And Jubal's fast growing syndication empire. iHeartMedia’s Mix 100.7, Tampa Bay’s announced yesterday the addition of Brooke & Jubal to its morning lineup. Debuting today, August 4. Mix 100.7 Program Director Randi West stated, “I’m excited to have Brooke and Jubal on our team! They are the perfect balance of fun and music for our listeners to start their day.” Travis Daily, iHeartMedia Regional SVP of Programming for Tampa Bay, added, “I have never been more excited about a show, and at the same time, afraid that one day Jubal could prank call me.”
-- In a separate announcement, Biloxi’s G96.7 also announced the addition of Brooke & Jubal for mornings. Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “At Alpha Media, we believe that world-class talent can generate massive results regardless of market or format, Brooke & Jubal are world class talent.”
Rich Elsen Returns To Canton For NFL HOF Event
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– Rich Eisen, syndicated by Premiere, whose show originates from DIRECTV's headquarters in Los Angeles and simulcast daily on FOX Sports Radio, is once again headed to Canton for the NFL Hall of Fame festivities and Induction Week.
He will be live Thursday and Friday with this year's inductees and guests, including Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo, and Tony Dungy. Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel will be posthumous inductees. In above photo he chats with Matt Damon about the upcoming NFL Season.
NETWORKS: Norway's NRK P1 Gets ReelWorld Makeover
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4 TH, 2016 –– NRK P1 in Norway have launched a brand new sound courtesy of the team at ReelWorld — the culmination of an intensive six month creative process involving the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship radio brand, NRK P1, is Norway’s biggest radio station with a market share of around 45%. Over a third of the population tune in each week to the station’s mix of music, speech content, drama and comedy. In January, the ReelWorld team travelled to a freezing Oslo to take the briefing for what would become a 16-theme jingle package covering multiple music genres. ReelWorld’s composers then began the process of writing each individual theme ahead of recording the package with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo in early spring. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NRK’s very own 53-piece orchestra, performed the themes at NRK’s Oslo headquarters adding a level of gravitas and confidence to the compositions.
Anthony Gay, ReelWorld’s Managing Director: ‘We were honored to be invited to redefine the sound of such an important and established Norwegian brand. It’s been a pleasure to help the station evolve their sound to something that both reflects the station’s history and life in Norway in 2016." For more info, visit reelworld.com or contact Tyler Huggins at 206.448.1518
PODCAST: Tom Arnold To Be Honest - Pretty Much - In New Podcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– – Writer, Producer and Actor Tom Arnold brings his humor, life and celebrity friends to an all-new podcast on PodcastOne: "Tom Arnold. 100% Honest. Pretty Much." covers everything from career, to life as a husband and father of two. This will be followed by an interview each episode, as some of the funniest people around bring laughter and something extremely embarrassing about themselves to reveal to the audience. New episodes are available every Wednesday at PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes.
Arnold was first noticed as a writer on the highly successful television series, Roseanne, before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in his own HBO special, and then wrote, produced and starred in his own television series The Jackie Thomas Show, Tom and The Tom Show. Arnold has also gone on to successfully break out of the comedic stereotype by landing more mature and dramatic roles, including Gardens of the Night, opposite John Malkovich, The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, The Year of Getting to Know Us, opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu, Pride opposite Terrance Howard, and Animal Factory, directed by Steve Buscemi. LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE
John Fugelsang Attempts To Set World Record For Deepest Underwater Live Radio Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM announced that John Fugelsang will host "Deep Dive Radio," a one-hour broadcast from a submersible deep in the ocean off the coast of Bermuda, that aims to set the world record for the deepest underwater live radio show and bring attention to protecting the deep ocean. Fugelsang, host of SiriusXM's Tell Me Everything, will be joining a research team launched by Nekton, a UK-based scientific research charity formed by scientists from a dozen marine research institutes, to help raise awareness of the health and resilience of Earth's least-explored and largest ecosystem. "Deep Dive Radio" will air live on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Insight channel 121.
Celebrity callers expected to participate in the record-setting broadcast will include Mark Hamill, David Crosby, James Cameron, Lewis Black, and Rod Roddenberry. In addition, world renowned ocean scientists and conservationists Celine Cousteau, David Gruber, Patrick Lahey, Nainoa Thompson, and Joe McInnis – the Father of the Oceans - will also be joining in the conversation.
98.5 Sports Hub Boston's Toucher & Rich Sell-Out 10th Anniversary Live Broadcast Theatre Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– As we've come to expect, CBS 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston's Toucher & Rich have a way of making the most of every situation. That includes anniversaries. When we caught this marque on The Wilbur Theatre, co-host Rich Shertenlieb explained to Jockline, "It's for our 10th Anniversary Live Broadcast we're doing at the Wilbur Theatre on August 16. It's sold out. We have athletes and a band joining us on stage, and the live finals of our station-wide 98 Mile rap battle between on-air personalities where we insult each other to song."
We're told many cast members and characters from years past will be there as well. Should be HUGE!
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James Whale Enters 'Big Brother' House In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– BBC Essex breakfast host James Whale is a contestant on Channel 5 show Celebrity Big Brother. But he’s already the least favourite to win there, with bookmakers William Hill giving him current odds of 33/1 to win after he made a comment on his way in about women not being equal to men. He got the most ‘boos’ as he entered the house.
New Breakfast Show Co-Host in Liverpool - Vlogger, Dylan Evans has joined Capital Liverpool’s breakfast show team, replacing Imogen Townley. The show is now known as Capital breakfast with Adam, Gemma & Dylan, after Dylan hosted a few guests slots recently. Imogen has left the station to focus on her other commitments. 20-year-old Dylan is a Liverpool-born vlogger with millions of followers on YouTube and social media. His pranks and videos have amassed more than 400 million views in the past 12 months.
Heavy Handed UK Radio Regulator Strikes Again - Key 103 in Manchester has been found in breach of two Ofcom rules after three complaints about its recent Heartless Hotline contest (Ofcom is the British FCC). The contest puts a listener on-air to ask for a dream prize but then allows it to be stolen by anyone who rings the studio in a 30 second slot after the first caller has explained why they need the prize. A caller, Sarah, asked for £2,000 ($2700) to pay for a divorce to get money from her husband to pay for household and solicitor bills. A second caller, Leigh, then stole the money for a holiday after the two had a conversation on-air about who deserves the money most. Ofcom said: “Sarah and Leigh were allowed to confront one another on air and argue about the extent to which each deserved the prize. At one point, this confrontation continued for over 30 seconds without any form of intervention from the presenters. We considered that it was likely that this would have increased the level of offence caused to listeners, because the station allowed this confrontation to occur in the first place and then let it continue uninterrupted.” Two days later another emotional caller, Carly, wanted £1,000 ($1350) to pay for a debt so she could receive her mother’s ashes. The presenter, Mike Toolan decided to block the studio phone lines so nobody could steal the prize from her. Ofcom investigated and found the station in breach again, this time for not running a fair contest.
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Sara Haines To Join ABC's 'The View'; Ozzy Enters Therapy For (S)ex Addiction
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“Ramblin’” Ray Stevens Joins WLS AM 890 Chicago Reunites With “Big” John Howell for Mornings; Lisa Dent Exits US99 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that well-known Chicago radio personality “Ramblin’” Ray Stevens will join WLS AM 890 weekday mornings from 5:00AM until 9:00AM CST, beginning Monday, August 8, 2016. The move reunites Stevens with current WLS AM 890 morning personality “Big” John Howell, as the two worked together for several years at US99.5 Chicago. Howell has entertained Chicago radio audiences for almost three decades, including the last two as morning host for WLS-AM 890. Prior to that, he hosted mornings for WIND, as well as afternoons and then morning at US99.5 where he and Ray Stevens had a long and successful run.
Following this announcement came word that WUSN-FM/US99 released Hall of Fame personality Lisa Dent. crm.com reports a statememt from US99.5 wishes Ramblin' Ray Stevens and Lisa Dent all the best. There are exciting plans in the works that will keep Chicago waking up every day with the most popular Country music station in the market. US99.5 looks forward to sharing its plans with all of Chicagoland in the coming weeks."
WUSN-FM/US99.5 keeps on rolling in... According to insiders at CBS Radio Chicago, WUSN-FM management has released nighttime personality Joel "Jax" Jaxson.
Andy & Gina Named New Morning Hosts For 100.3 The Sound L.A. As Mark Thompson Exits
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– Entercom announced yesterday that Mark Thompson (top left), host of the “Mark in the Morning” show on Entercom’s 100.3 The Sound, will hand over the reins to his former co-hosts, Andy Chanley (center) and Gina Grad (left). His final “Mark in The Morning” program on KSWD-FM will be today, Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 10 AM. Beginning on Thursday, August 4, 100.3 The Sound’s morning drive time show will be called “Andy & Gina in the Morning.” While keeping some of the most popular features of “Mark in The Morning,” the new program will devote more airtime to playing music.
Mark first rocketed to fame as half of the popular “Mark & Brian” morning team, first on WAPI-FM in Birmingham, Alabama, and then on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles from 1987 to 2012. “Doing ‘Mark In The Morning’ was the best job I’ve ever had and the best staff I’ve ever worked with. We did it right, and I will always be proud of that. The Sound has decided that they need to play more music in the morning, and that’s not really the type of show I do." In the near future, Mark plans to launch a syndicated weekend show on The Sound called “Cool Stories in Music,” in which he takes a famous group or artist and, along with their timeless hits, tells the story behind the music that few people know – as only a storyteller like Mark can.
Andy Chanley and Gina Grad have both formerly served as co-hosts of “Mark in The Morning.” Chanley was the first DJ ever on The Sound during the station’s launch in 2008. Grad was recently named one of 10 “Rising Stars” of morning radio by ReelWorld and Morning Show Bootcamp. She also serves as “news chick” on the popular Adam Carolla podcast. Also staying on with the show is Katie Thompson (bottom left), Brian's daughter.
Eric Taylor Takes Over Nights On WBBM-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– CBS Radio Chicago's WBBM-FM (B-96) announced that Eric Tyler will be taking over nights from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight as he succeeds Jason Cage (R), who recently moved to host mornings at CBS Radio's WZMP-FM in Philadelphia. Todd Cavanah, CBS Radio Chicago's VP of programming, said "We are thrilled to welcome Eric and add another consummate radio professional to B-96's on-air lineup. The fact that he has an overwhelming, well-known passion for the market, CBS Radio Chicago and our radio station is an added bonus." According to bizjournal.com, Tyler is a native of Rockford, Illinois, with 15 years of radio hosting experience under his belt. He previously was an afternoon host for nine years at KBKS-FM in Seattle, Washington. He also has worked at radio stations in Charlotte, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Springfield, Missouri. His first day on the air will be Monday, August 9.
PODCASTS: ESPN Goes 'True Crime' Route With Pin Kings 16-Podcast Series
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– ESPN has launched one of its most ambitious storytelling initiatives ever with the multiplatform presentation of Pin Kings, the true story of two high school wrestling teammates and how their lives intersected into adulthood through drug trafficking, law enforcement and, ultimately, sports. Television, print, digital and audio content all will tell the same story but in formats that fit the specific audiences of each platform.
Pin Kings debuted Monday with the first of 16 podcast episodes offered daily and will culminate with a one-hour, prime-time SC Featured television special on Monday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Throughout August, the multiplatform presentation also will include a long-form feature in ESPN The Magazine, a digital treatment on ESPN.com, an advance airing on WatchESPN and the ESPN App and a preview of the television special in the weekly SC Featured segment on SportsCenter. Victor Vitarelli, senior coordinating producer, ESPN Features Unit. says, “This is new ground for us. We have never done an original programming cross-platform production of this magnitude.” Written and produced by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Brett Forrest and ESPN producer Jon Fish, Pin Kings tells the story of Alex DeCubas and Kevin Pedersen, co-captains of their high school wrestling team in Miami, whose lives took totally opposite turns. DeCubas became the biggest trafficker of Colombian cocaine on the east coast, while Pedersen became a DEA agent tasked with taking down the Colombian cartels and their American partners, which included his former teammate and friend DeCubas.
Cumulus San Francisco Addresses SAG-AFTRA Employee's Concerns
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– Amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA negotiations, Cumulus San Francisco chose to address various concern expressed by employees. Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco says, “Recently, it has come to our attention that our KNBR SAG-AFTRA employees have been holding press conferences expressing their concern that KNBR is either not agreeing to wage increases, or is offering only very small increases, in the context of its union contract negotiations. While KNBR normally would not comment on these negotiations, it is important that our San Francisco business partners, clients, city officials and employees understand that such statements are completely false. In fact, during the last negotiation session, which included the assistance of a federal mediator, the company offered wage increases ranging from 3% to 16.3% depending on the pay and the position held by KNBR union members, which by any means are significant. The company has also offered other concessions, including paid vacation for KNBR's part-time employees, which is a benefit largely unavailable to part-time employees."
Wittmayer added, "Unfortunately, the union has responded with wildly unreasonable demands, including, without limitation: demands for immediate wage increases as high as 145%, total increases of nearly 153% and time off proposals that are completely unworkable. We greatly value all of our KNBR employees and are committed to reaching a fair agreement. We will continue to strive to reward the efforts of our KNBR employees, and look forward to receiving the next offer from SAG-AFTRA, for which we have been waiting since February, 2016.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Donna Ballard Named Key Account Mgr. For Cumulus Birmingham
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio marketing and sales veteran Donna Ballard to Key Account Manager for Cumulus Media-Birmingham’s six-station cluster. Ballard brings deep experience and market knowledge to Cumulus, with over 30 years in radio marketing and sales in the Birmingham market. Ballard joined Cumulus on October 10, 2016 from SummitMedia-Birmingham, formerly Cox Media Group stations.
“We are elated to have Donna join our team. She is an icon in the Birmingham radio market. Her experience, character, passion, work ethic and attention to detail are all beyond compare. This is a huge win for Cumulus Birmingham and will further bolster our position as a leader in this market.”
NETWORKS: Benztown Adds 32 New Affiliates In July; Tom Kent Radio Adds Five More Stations; Saga's WHQG-FM Milwaukee Adds Envision's 'AudioChopShop
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– Benztown announced that it added 32 new affiliates for in the month of July. WMGC-FM in Detroit signed on for the Benztown Rhythmic Library, and KPWR-FM in Los Angeles signed on for Benztown Rhythmic and Speaker Toyz libraries, while in Washington, D.C., WJFK-FM became a new Adrenaline Library affiliate, WSHE-FM in Chicago signed on for the Benztown AC library, KTCT-AM in San Francisco became a new Benztown Voiceover affiliate, and WNFN-FM in Nashville became a Benztown CHR Library and Custom Imaging affiliate.
July was a hot month for The Tom Kent Radio Network as well, as it announces its affiliation with five new radio stations! they include Classic Hits WFTA 101.9 FM Tupelo, MS; Leighton Enterprises Classic Hits KRIV 101.1 FM La Crosse-Winona adds " ltimate Party" Saturday nights and "Classic Hits Countdown" Sunday's 5P-10P; Commonwealth Broadcasting AC WOVO 106.3 FM Bowling Green, KY adds "TK AC Live" Monday through Friday evenings 7P-12A; Talking Stic k Communications Classic Hits WRSW 107.3 FM South Bend, IN adds "Music Magazine" Monday through Friday 6P-12A, "Jackie Newton" 12A-3A and "Steve Kent" 3A-6A both Monday through Friday; and Alpha Media Hot AC WMYB 92.1 FM Myrtle Beach adds "Totally 90s Now" Saturday nights 7P-12A.
--Envision Networks® announced that Saga Communications’ WHQG-FM/Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the newest affiliate of AudioChopShop, the comprehensive web-based imaging and production elements library that can be accessed 24/7 at audiochopshop.com. - For more info, contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com.
[WATCH] 103.7Play Richmond's Melissa Chase And Jack Lauterback Take Over Local TV Station's Instagram
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2016 –– CBS6 TV Richmond posted, "It’s summer and we are taking the day off from Instagram. Instead, we invited our friends Melissa Chase and Jack Lauterback to step in and show you what the world of radio show hosts is like." In the process, they allowed the duo to share what the world of a radio host is really like? "Do you think they lip sync to the songs or wear wigs and dance to the music?" they quipped.
During #CBS6TakeoverTuesday, CBS 6 will be picking people from the community all summer long to host our Instagram account, and at the end of the summer, you vote for who had the best #CBS6TakeoverTuesday. The winners will pick an organization and CBS 6 will donate money to that group. Chase and Lauteback chose the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center if they win. Melissa said because “they are an incredible organization and do so much for the downtown community, helping to bring the arts to the inner city.” WATCH HERE
Jerry Doyles Services Update Announced
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– Syndicated host, Daliah Wachs shared with Jockline that Jerry Doyle's family will be holding memorial services for the longtime talk host in Vernon, NJ this weekend. Viewing and Memorial Services on Friday (08/05/16) from 2PM-4PM and 7PM to 9PM at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Vernon, New Jersey Mass on Saturday (08/06/16) at 10AM or 11AM (exact time is TBD) at the St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, New Jersey.
Wachs added that Brad Silvers, Jerry's producer said many of his listeners in Vegas asked about a memorial here, so they've started planning a tribute, said Brad. One of Doyle's close friends is securing a venue and is working on the event and line up.
Wachs said, "The loss of Jerry Doyle affected so many of us, more than we can count, and many of his listeners and colleagues have reached out to show love and support. Those who can travel or will be in Las Vegas mid September are invited to speak if they wish. They can contact me to let me know they're availability. Those who cannot attend are invited to make a short tribute video to be played if they wish. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further details.
Another Former Female Fox Host Points Finger At Roger Ailes; Fallon Does Globes
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iHeart/Premiere Extends With Rush Limbaugh Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today has renewed and extended its partnership with Rush Limbaugh, the most-listened-to national radio talk show host in America. Specific terms were not announced, but the long-term, multi-platform agreement reflects The Rush Limbaugh Show's status as the top program in Premiere Networks' industry-leading talk lineup of nationally-syndicated properties, including continuous growth and strong performance in both revenue and OIBDAN. Limbaugh will continue to host The Rush Limbaugh Show, which broadcasts weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. ET on more than 600
“After 28 fulfilling years, I seriously considered moving on to something else, but Rich (Bressler) and Bob (Pittman) were very persuasive,” said Limbaugh. “I'm thrilled to be continuing. And I really want to be on the air if the Russians find Hillary's emails.” “As Rush celebrates his 28th anniversary in national syndication, his commitment to broadcasting excellence has never been more evident,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “The Rush Limbaugh Show is stronger than ever, experiencing continued ad sales growth and its highest audience levels of the past decade.” LISTEN TO 28TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW BELOW 1
[LISTEN] Rush Celebrates 28th Anniversary On EIB
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– "Folks, today we are starting our 29th year, said Premiere syndicated host Rush Limbaugh on yesterday's show. "This is our 28th anniversary being behind the Golden EIB Microphone." Rush added, "I actually feel blessed to have been able to do my lifelong dream. I mean, I wanted to be on the radio from age 8. And not only have I been blessed to be able to do it, but I truly have been blessed by having people like you as the audience. Because it's people like you that have made it all happen, made it possible. And I am aware of this daily."
And even after 28 years, Rush still thinks about each day's show on the way home, wondering it it was good as it could have been. " I go home sometimes feeling guilty that I had some really good stuff and didn't get to just because of the way things fell out in the day. And one of the things I have to constantly remind myself, is I know what I've got here. I mean, I know everything I've got as a result of the show prep that resulted in the show being put together here, but you don't. SEE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE
MOTION: Alabama Joins Mason & Remy Show On Big 95.5 Chicago As Co-Host; Jim O'Brien Extends Longterm With WCSX Detroit; Dana Lundon Masucci Joins Lineup At WZZK Birmingham
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– Big 95.5, Chicago's New Country, announced that Alabama (top center) will join the Mason and Remy morning show. Most recently, Alabama hosted afternoons on the Big. Not surprisingly, Alabama is a Birmingham native and worked on-air in Norfolk, Detroit, Lansing and Fresno before joining BIG 95.5 in January 2015 .
“I am so excited for the chance to be on a great morning show and work with Mason and Remy who have become like brothers to me,” said Alabama. “ "Thanks to iHeartMedia’s EVP Programming Gene Romano and Vice President of Talent Development Dennis Clark for their support and this extraordinary opportunity.”
--Greater Media’s 94.7 WCSX-FM Morning Personality Jim O’Brien (top right) has renewed a multiyear deal in the Motor City. O’Brien joined Trudi Daniels as co-host of the morning show in December of 2013. Prior to that, he served as a long-time producer and on-air contributor at the station. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jim,” said Steve Chessare, vice president and market manager of Greater Media Detroit.” He has played an important role in the success of the station and is a valuable part of our family.” “It's an honor being part of the WCSX family here in Detroit,” said O’Brien. “Thanks to everyone at Greater Media for making this possible for me and my family.”
-- Former Forever WOGY (Froggy) Jackson, TN morning co-host Dana Lundon Masucci has joined Summit WZZK/Birmingham for middays. Former stops include Detroit, Hartford and Madison. Masucci replaces former WZZK midday personality Chappel Fisher left the station last week.
Howard 'Really, Really' Wants Hillary Clinton On His Show; "I Don’t Give A f--- About Emails And Scandals"
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– His interviewing skills have been the recent subject in two separate lengthy articles in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. In both, he offered an appeal to Democrative Presidential hopefull Hillary Clinton to come on his show."I don’t give a f--- about emails and scandals," he says. "I don’t think I’d handle Hillary Clinton any differently than I would a musician," Stern told the Wapo's Geoff Edgers. "You think about politics. Who really would want to go through this scrutiny and the torture and the criticism? Now we see it on Twitter. Everyone’s getting bullied. But politicians have been getting bullied forever and I’m not so cynical. I certainly don’t believe that a young person goes into politics with the idea, I’m going to get rich. I think there is a desire to serve."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stern's people have reached out to the Clinton campaign, but so far, no luck. "And it would expose her to an audience that might not be thinking of voting for her," Stern told the paper. He adds that politics is not his thing. "‘Wow, as a human being how do you succeed?’ Don’t we all need to know how to succeed. This is a phenomenal story."
RoverFest 2016 Draws 20,000 For Annual Festival
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– RoverFest 2016, the annual festival thrown by syndicated radio show Rover’s Morning Glory, drew more than 20,000 people to Black River Landing in Lorain, Ohio on Saturday, July 31. For nearly 12 hours Rover fans chugged beer, snapped photos with the show, and took in musical acts including Chevelle, Ludacris, Bush, New Politics, and Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy. Rover also held his annual Miss Morning Glory Calendar search, and put on a huge fireworks display. The show has always billed the event as a “party” instead of a concert, and is proud of the unique fusion of entertainment the day provides.
“We’re a talk show, on rock stations, that puts hip-hop artists on the bill every year,” said Rover. Cleveland-native rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, currently starring in Showtime’s Roadies, stunned the audience with an unannounced performance that had him hanging upside down from the stage roof. “Machine Gun Kelly and I set it up the night before over the phone,” said Rover. “He didn’t tell his people and I didn’t tell mine. We were the only two people who knew. The crowd went nuts!” The event has turned into the must-attend event of the summer, with Rover’s Morning Glory fans making the pilgrimage to Cleveland from as far away as Los Angeles, Louisville, New York, and even Australia. For those that could not attend the sold-out event, live video and audio of the entire festival was streamed on the show’s website at www.RoverRadio.com and on the RoverRadio mobile app. The stream attracted more than 350,000 views and served more than 3 million viewer minutes live.
Hip Hop Returns To Portland With Alpha Media's 96-3
Alpha Media Portland has announced a brand new station, WE 96-3! WE 96-3 (KWLZ-FM) is a Rhythmic CHR playing artists such as Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled. With the addition of WE 96-3, Alpha Media now expands to seven stations in Portland. WE 96-3 was created by Alpha Media VP, Programming, Phil Becker and narrated by Ebro Darden.
Becker commented, "Portland has been without a true Rhythmic CHR station since 2008 and WE believe the market deserves an authentic alternative. When looking at national trends, regardless of geography, some of the most in demand music in the world will be played on WE 96-3.”
PRODUCTS: 100+ Radio Stations Now Using Futuri’s TopLine
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2016 –– In just six months since Futuri launched its new TopLine Sales Service, more than 100 radio stations have signed up to receive Futuri Media’s rapidly growing TopLine mobile app, desktop tool, and services, available on a barter basis. Among the major radio groups that rely on TopLine’s next-business-day capabilities such as unlimited customized sales research presentations, training and support including Cumulus Media, Entercom Communications, Hubbard Media, iHeartMedia, NRG Media, Steel City Media and Shamrock Holdings. Together, these client stations represent half of America’s top 10 markets and nine of the top 20 U.S. metros: Los Angeles, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston-Galveston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver-Boulder. Many additional clients using TopLine are in the top 50 markets including St. Louis, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, Kansas City and Nashville.
Inside the TopLine app, sellers can also access ‘Real-Time Category Trends,’ a view on what’s trending on social media pertaining to each of the top advertising sales categories. TopLine’s service also includes 24/7 access to a variety of sales training videos, ideal for new broadcast sales professionals entering the television and radio industries.” Get more info, HERE
LAWNEWZ: Glenn Beck Suing Former Blaze CEO for Fraud, Breach of Contract
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– Radio/TV host Glenn Beck has filed a lawsuit in a Texas court against the man who used to run his entertainment and news network, TheBlaze. The complaint, obtained by LawNewz.com, was filed on behalf of Mercury Radio Arts, which serves as Beck’s production and operating company over TheBlaze‘s outlets. The complaint accuses Christopher Balfe of breach of contract, general mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud. Balfe served as the COO of Mercury Radio Arts and was CEO of TheBlaze until he left in December 2014 to start his own company, Red Seat Ventures.
On Monday, Beck issued a brief statement on his website confirming the lawsuit. “You have all heard me over the last couple of years describing how hard a time it has been,” Beck wrote. “Between being sick, turning over my company, etc… It culminates in a lawsuit that we filed Friday in Dallas between MRA and the former President." He added, “I am embarrassed and saddened it has come to this.” Beck told his audience he will not speak about the “ongoing legal matter” much, but wanted them to “hear it from me” first. Citing “sources close to Mr. Beck,” LawNewz.com reported the legal complaint alleges between 2009 and 2014, Balfe’s compensation totaled in excess of $13 million” and accuses the former boss of “fraudulently causing Mercury to sign an unnecessary lease thereby taking on a $20 million liability.” “The lawsuit seeks to recover all money paid to Balfe since he allegedly breached his duties to Mercury, as well as Balfe’s interest in TheBlaze,” the report added.
The Bob & Tom Show Welcomes Comedian Josh Arnold As Its Newest Member; WIRK West Palm Beach Adds Brooke & Jubal
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 20167 –– Westwood One’s The Bob & Tom Show has named Comedian Josh Arnold as a regular cast member. Beginning August 1, Arnold will join Tom Griswold, Chick McGee and Kristi Lee in studio each day as the Show continues to entertain morning audiences across the country and worldwide on the American Forces Radio Network. Josh Arnold, 38, is a St. Louis native voted St. Louis’ Best Male Comic by The Riverfront Times. He has established himself as one of the top nationally-touring feature comedians in the country. Arnold’s comedy has been heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and he’s provided material for Comedy Central’s @Midnight and The Burn. The BOB & TOM Show co-founder Tom Griswold said “We are thrilled to have Josh join us each day…he is one of the funniest, most twisted people I know”. For his part, Arnold quipped “I got into comedy so I wouldn’t have to get up in the morning. This show, uh….it really kind of screws things up for me”.
-- Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick says he's excited to welcome Brooke & Jubal to the Country format.” They'll join with WIRK’s hometown sweetheart, Chelsea Taylor (below) in the morning and introduce them to the country 5life-group in West Palm Beach.” "The success of this show around the country5 is profound. Adding Brooke & Jubal to America’s first-ever FM country station with its rich history of entertaining morning shows is a perfect fit,” remarked Leo Baldwin, Operations Manager. Jubal currently hosts “Brooke & Jubal in the Morning” and can be seen throughout the country as a regular on FOX TV’s Dish Nation. Jubal also writes and produces comedy bits and daily topical jokes that are used by radio stations nationwide. Brooke has worked in morning radio for over 12 years and has hosted Top 40 radio’s first all-female morning drive show.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Julie Talbott Expands Duties At Premiere Networks; Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati To Retire
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio & iHeartMedia Networks, today made an internal announcement that Julie Talbott will expand her role to include oversight of iHeartMedia's Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) and 24/7 News Network, effective immediately. Premiere Networks will now include TTWN and 24/7 News Network. Talbott will oversee the operations of the newly configured Premiere Networks and will lend her experience, relationships and knowledge of the radio industry to all three network teams.
-- Cumulus Media announced yesterday that Senior Vice President Gary Pizzati will retire from the company and from radio broadcasting, after a successful 30-year career. Pizzati will retire at the end of August. Pizzati said: “The past 30 years in radio and 18 with Cumulus have been extremely rewarding. I truly love radio and all the amazing people who power this exciting industry. It’s been a part of my life since my teens and has been a remarkable journey that started from my days on air.”
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, said: "Known as a strong leader, teacher, and consummate radio guy, Gary’s contributions to Cumulus cannot be overstated. He will be greatly missed by his Cumulus colleagues.”
Station Owner & Radio Host Call Mother's Lawsuit Claims 'Untrue'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– After being named in a lawsuit last week, both Townsquare Media and KLAQ-95.5 FM morning host Buzz Adams say the anti-maternity leave allegations made against them by a former co-host are untrue reports The El Paso Times. Townsquare GM Brad Dubow e-mailed a statement to the publication last Friday, stating, "While we can’t comment on pending litigation, the statements made by Stephanie McMasters (L) are untrue," he wrote. "The truth about Ms. McMaster’s termination will be fully revealed in court. Townsquare Media, and KLAQ-FM, absolutely support working mothers and care about providing them with the time they need to care for their newborn as well as continued support for raising their children while working."
Stephanie McMaster-Berning, aka Stephanie McMasters, alleges in the lawsuit that she was fired in March, a month before the birth of her baby, because the station did not want her to be on maternity leave during the spring ratings. McMaster, is suing morning show host Buzz Adams and Townsquare Media, the parent company of KLAQ. Adams, named in the lawsuit as Michael Whitt, commented on his show last Friday's saying he couldn't talk about the specifics of the lawsuit filed against him and the station, but said, "I can say there are a lot of accusations made against me, and the things that are directly targeting me, I can tell you, because I was there when it didn't happen, that they're false ... There's no truth to these allegations. The things that are accusations against me, my behavior or my character, I can tell you 100 percent, that if I go before a judge or a courtroom setting, I'll tell them, 'Not true,' " Adams added. "So whatever you're reading, there's my response." Adams on air Friday said he would not have said anything about the lawsuit if the station's corporate managers had their way. PHOTOS/ KLAQ
SYNDICATION: WIRK West Palm Beach Welcomes Brooke & Jubal
Current Host Chelsea Taylor Remains On Show To Provide Content
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 20167 –– Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick says he's excited to welcome Brooke & Jubal to the Country format.” They'll join with WIRK’s hometown sweetheart, Chelsea Taylor (below) in the morning and introduce them to the country life-group in West Palm Beach.” "The success of this show around the country is profound. Adding Brooke & Jubal to America’s first-ever FM country station with its rich history of entertaining morning shows is a perfect fit,” remarked Leo Baldwin, Operations Manager.
Jubal currently hosts “Brooke & Jubal in the Morning” and can be seen throughout the country as a regular on FOX TV’s Dish Nation. Jubal also writes and produces comedy bits and daily topical jokes that are used by radio stations nationwide. Brooke has worked in morning radio for over 12 years and has hosted Top 40 radio’s first all-female morning drive show.
MOTION: Ron Miller Tapped As PD/Midday Host For Beasley's 96K-Rock Ft. Myers; CBS Radio Baltimore Announces New Lineup At 105.7 The Fan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group today confirmed Ron Miller has been named Program Director at Fort Myers WRXK / 96K-ROCK. His first day is today, Monday, August 1. He will serve as Program Director, but also will go on air as 'Ron Way' from Monday- Friday 10am -2 pm ET. 'Ron is back in Florida and he's here to stay!' said SWFL Operations Manager Adam Star.
CBS Radio Baltimore announced a new schedule of on-air personalities at 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) beginning today August 1. Rob Long, who, for the past several years had been heard from 10am-2pm, will now join Ed Norris as a co-host of the 6am-10am morning show. Baltimore native, and heralded sports talk host, Bob Haynie, moves into mid days (10am-2pm) with Vinny Cerrato, filling the void left by Rob Long moving to mornings. Anchors Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn will continue to host afternoons, from 2pm-6pm.
“We are extremely excited about these changes to our line-up,’ said Dave Labrozzi, Vice President of Programming of CBS RADIO Baltimore. “Rob Long began his career on The Fan several years ago and has distinguished himself as a market leader in Sports Talk. His passion and energy are a perfect match for Ed Norris. Ed and Rob will take an already strong morning show and make it unbeatable.” Labrozzi added “Bob Haynie is pure Baltimore and his knowledge and passion for all things local fit perfectly with the former GM of the Redskins, Vinny Cerrato. Finally, Jerry Coleman’s unique style is a perfect fit for 6pm-10pm and we are excited to have him behind the mic interacting with fans.” With the move, Steve Davis exits as co-host of the “Norris & Davis” morning show.
iHeartMedia New Hampshire Becomes Karlee 107 For Rochester Girl
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia New Hampshire became “Karlee 107” last Friday, and remained there until Sunday night in honor of Karlee Drew (L) from Rochester, who lost a long battle with cancer at the age of ten on Saturday, July 23. Everything from the station logo to the identifiers between songs and even the website will become “Karlee 107.” The station also featured music from Justin Bieber, her favorite artist—whom she met just a few short months ago. Karlee first came to the attention of Z107 when her campaign to meet Justin Bieber at his Boston show caught the eye of Z107 Program Director & Afternoon host Jadd Naamani (below).
Jadd and Z107 spearheaded the #JustinMeetsKarlee campaign on air and through social media. In just a few short hours, an overwhelming response from the public caught the attention of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Karlee received tickets to the show, a limousine ride to the concert---and a very special meeting with Justin Bieber. “It was a no-brainer for Z107 to join the community’s effort for Karlee to meet Justin,” said Naamani.
The health issues began for Karlee in 2013, when she was diagnosed with Myelodyplasmic Syndrome (MDS) and Myelofibrosis, a serious bone marrow disorder that disrupts the body’s normal production of blood cells and results in extensive bone marrow scarring. These symptoms lead to fatigue, severe anemia and often an enlarged spleen and liver. After undergoing chemotherapy and her first bone marrow transplant in February of 2015, Karlee was in remission until September, when she began to show symptoms again. Late 2015, Karlee received word that her MDS had turned to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer more difficult to fight. Again, Karlee underwent chemo and her second bone marrow transplant, however this one was unsuccessful.
WWO Partners With NBCUniversal to Present Exclusive U.S. Radio Coverage of The 2016 Rio Olympics
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– Westwood One announces partnership with U. S. Olympics rights holder NBCUniversal to present live radio coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From the moment the Olympic Torch is lit on Friday, August 5, through the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 21, Westwood One Sports will once again be on hand to provide exclusive in-depth coverage of Rio 2016 and bring the excitement of Olympic competition to listeners across America, via radio stations nationwide, as well as SiriusXM and TuneIn.
Westwood One’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics will feature an all-star team of announcers and Olympians: · Opening/Closing Ceremonies: Joe Tolleson and Olympic Historian David Wallechinsky · Swimming: Patrick Kinas and Dara Torres (12-time Olympic medalist) · Gymnastics: Sam Gore and Amanda Borden (1996 Gold Medalist) · Track & Field: Ted Emrich and Carol Lewis (three-time Olympian) · Basketball: Kevin Kugler and PJ Carlesimo (1992 Dream Team assistant coach) · Soccer: Joe Tolleson and Tony DiCicco (1996 Gold Medal U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Head Coach) · Golf: Kevin Kugler and Charlie Rymer (former PGA tour player) · Tonight in Rio Hosts: Steve Mason and Kevin Kugler (with contributions from Olympic historian David Wallechinsky) FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE
Talent Institute 'Pays It Forward' With 23 More Grads
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– "I began working with Steve Newberry, former NAB Joint Board Chairman and President/CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting to bring the talent institute to my university in 2012," says Dick Taylor, Certified Radio/Digital Marketing Consultant & Broadcast Professor - WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. "Our first class would graduate in 2013. The 2016 institute marks my fourth and last one as director at WKU. It truly has been the university activity I’m most proud of. The whole concept of a radio talent institute was conceived by Dan Vallie and Art Kellar."No one is more dedicated to “paying it forward” to the next generations than Dan. He has boundless energy and has grown the number of talent institutes in America to five
Some of the industry professionals that presented at this year’s institute in Kentucky were Kristin Cantrell-owner/CEO of CapCities Communications and Seven Mountains Media, Steve Newberry-President/CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting, John Ivey-Senior Vice President of Programming iHeartMedia and Program Director of KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, Don Anthony-Publisher of Jockline, Creator & Host of Morning Show Boot Camp, Gary Moore-Air Talent at KLOS in Los Angeles, Bryan Sargent, PM Drive Air Talent at Mix 92.9 in Nashville, John Shomby-Director of Programming at NASH-FM & Charlie Cook-VP/Country at Cumulus Media and numerous others; thirty-six professional radio broadcasters.
Kyle & Jackie Extend With KIIS For $40 Million
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– As a certain presidential hopeful may say, this story is YUGE down-under as Kyle Sandilands and Jackie "O" Henderson have signed on to KIIS FM for another five years, with contracts worth at least $20 million each over five years, including fees, incentives and revenue share. According to smh.com.au, since launching KIIS 106.5, in 2014, the Kyle & Jackie O show has held No.1 ratings more times than any other Sydney breakfast team. In June last year, they were reportedly offered $12 million to return to their former home of 2Day FM, which then soared to $20 million this year. They left the network in 2013 after contract negotiations failed and were made an offer of $10 million from their rival Australian Radio Network to join KIIS FM, formerly Mix FM.
"There was never a doubt in my mind KIIS was our home for the long haul, because I made it! It's my baby," Sandilands said about the historic contract. "Jackie and I are still doing what we love and doing it better than ever." ARN's chief executive Tony Kendall said: "Kyle and Jackie O are worldwide stars themselves and have been an integral part of KIIS 1065, and indeed ARN's, growth over the past three years and they will continue to be instrumental in the station and company's success. "And it's not only the radio ratings that Kyle and Jackie dominate. Kyle and Jackie O's fan engagement extends to a social reach of over 2 million active followers, more than 1.9 million monthly video streams and 1.5 million monthly unique users on the KIIS website.
35 Years Ago Today, MTV Was Born
'It wasn't enough to sound good' says Lenahan, "suddenly bands had to be hypersensitive to their visual image" USA TODAY'S Jim Lenaham
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2016 –– Back on Aug. 1, 1981, the term VJ was added to the media vernacular as MTV, the channel that played music videos around the clock, made its debut. As USA Today's Jim Lenahan points out, "plenty scoffed at the concept of a radio station on TV — built on anew art form, the music video, but to young GenXers, it quickly became after-school appointment viewing." MTV's original VJs included (from L-R) J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter.
For the first time, 'It wasn't enough to sound good' says Lenahan, "suddenly bands had to be hypersensitive to their visual image — whether that meant shooting videos in Sri Lanka, a la Duran Duran, or playing up their oddball looks, such as ZZ Top. Radio at the time was largely programmed by Baby Boomers, but MTV broke new and more cutting-edge bands. That's because few music videos even existed at launch. The form had already taken hold in Britain, so much of MTV's initial inventory consisted of new wave bands from across the Atlantic. Check out a Spotify playlist called "MTV: First 24 Hours,' HERE
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