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STUDY: AM/FM Radio Remains Firmly On Top Of Platform Chart
Usage Of Digital Platforms & Podcasts Continue To Rise
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– When Nielsen entered the audio measurement space, for the first time radio was stacked up against the competition -- and the results surprised a few people. Despite the countless media and entertainment options available today,AM/FM radio continues to be the top weekly reach medium.
Marketers and brand managers are rediscovering radio. It's a mass medium that can deliver targetability and message frequency in markets large and small. And as the audio pie continues to grow (Americans are carving out more and more time each day to listen), radio consumers tune in when and where it counts. Listening outside the home and, specifically, in the car is a huge part of the radio ecosystem. This gives advertisers the opportunity to uniquely deliver their message just prior to purchase.
Linked below is Nielsen Audio Today Report which provides a snapshot of the listening landscape viewed through many different lenses - reach and audience growth, network radio, podcasting, localism and top formats and songs.
In addition, as part of the report we took a closer look at who listens to podcasts. The report provides interesting insights it the profile of the prodcast listener which are young, educated and affluent. Below is ?? Do you know your Podcast Listener? Every year the audio landscape in America continues to expand as more consumers tune in to more (and more) audio across many different platforms. Nielsen’s new Audio Today Report reveals that hundreds of millions of Americans listen to the radio each week; at the same time, usage of digital platforms and podcasts continue to rise. The profile of an average podcast listener (according to Nielsen Scarborough) is young, educated and affluent. Consumers who watch, listen to or download a podcast are significantly more likely to be higher educated, higher income and career-minded, making them a qualified—and valuable—audience for advertisers and marketers. SEE STUDY HERE
[WATCH] KLOS' Steve Jones Lands Star On Hollywood's Walk of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Rock legend Steve Jones, guitarist for the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, and On-Air Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on The Rock of Southern California 95.5 KLOS, has been chosen to receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame as the sole honoree in the Radio category for the Walk of Fame Class of 2018.
Jones, host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on 95.5 KLOS, is known for keeping an acoustic guitar in the studio and performing stream-of-consciousness songs about the show’s current topic of discussion. The two-hour open forum show airs on 95.5 KLOS Monday through Friday from Noon to 2:00pm., where the only rule is doing whatever Jones wants.
Jonesy’s Jukebox was previously heard on Indie 103.1 for 5 years, attracting music savvy tastemakers away from the “norm” of other stations. The show garnered major attention and acclaim over the years as one of the best commercial radio shows in the nation from L.A. Weekly, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Spin. Within its first year, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” was heralded as “Some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll radio ever!” by L.A. Weekly, which gave Jones the “Best New DJ” award in 2004, a harbinger of great things to come from this true Radio star. PHOTO/Davis Factor. WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Casey Kasem's Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Host's Adult Children
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– The tragic story of radio-great Casey Kasem's death and family drama plays on yet again. The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the radio personality's three adult children reports Rolling Stone. Jean Kasem claims that Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem, along with Julie's husband and their attorney Troy Martin, perpetrated a "homicidal guardianship scam" and, per a statement, "chemically restrained their father and then killed him to go after Casey and Jean's financial assets." Jean is also accusing the Kasem children of harassment and making fraudulent claims of elder abuse as part of their attempts to gain guardianship over Kasem.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kerri Kasem denied the claims. "The only homicidal part was her unplugging my father's IV and feeding tube and leaving the hospital with my dad," Kerri says. "If a mom delivered a preemie and said, 'You know what? I'm going to take this baby home. I don't care what you say' and the baby died three weeks later, that mom would've been brought up on murder charges." Kasem died June 15th, 2014 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Kerri and her lawyer, Troy Martin,argue that Jean Kasem's new suit is an attempt to stall a wrongful death lawsuit the Kasem children filed against Jean and Liberty in 2015. "We have confidence that the lawsuit will be dismissed in very short order," Martin says of Jean's new filing. "She has done everything that she can to dodge her responsibility [in the 2015 case]. This is nothing more than a tactical maneuver by her to try and evade justice here in California." J READ ARTICLE HERE
[WATCH] KSAN/San Francisco's Paul Tonelli Meets Group Of People Who Saved His Life
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Six weeks ago Paul Tonelli (inset) co-host of The Lamont & Tonelli show (bottom right) on KSAN/107.7 The Bone, was playing basketball at The Bay Club in downtown San Francisco when he grabbed a rebound, went up for a lay-up and fell to the floor with a chest “incident.” Immediately other Bay Club members snapped into action, running to the front desk to call 911. Deb Hall (shown above) was at the front desk, and ran to the gym. There, she performed chest compressions on Paul, who was turning a “pretty blue” color.
Bob Young (shown above), who works at the Bay Club, used a defibrillator twice on Paul to help keep him alive until paramedics could get to the club. Lamont & Tonelli invited Neal Grace, Ron Wilson & Paul McDonald (left), who were on the basketball court with Paul, on to their show Thursday morning. They also had Deb Hall and Bob Young join them later in the show. All involved in this life-saving story will be at the “Lamont & Tonelli Ball” on Friday, June 23rd at the Concord Pavilion featuring STYX, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Ryan Seacrest Thinks Hosting 'Idol' Reboot Is 'Doable' - How He Would Do It
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Negotiations continue with Ryan Seacrest and ABC executives over his likely return to American Idol's TV reboot. “Do I think I will?” Seacrest asked. “The puzzle is a matrix. I love the show. I have great affection for the show, and I think the show will be tremendously successful on ABC.” Seacrest revealed this while in France at Cannes Lions, annual advertising conference where he joined with other top iHeart executives. In explaining how he'd manage his multiple gigs in taking on this role, Variety says he’d fly from New York to L.A. to host the live talent show, and then back again on a redeye. “That is one of the things I’m looking at, just on my globe, just what time the show ends and what time I start the next day in New York,” Seacrest said in an interview at the Variety Studio. “I think it’s doable.”
But will the show be different? “I think there are tweaks that the show will make and can make to update itself for 2017," he said. "But at the core, the format is the format — that’s the strength of the show: the story telling and the talent… So I don’t think you reinvent the wheel.” “The Voice” recently claimed Kelly Clarkson as a judge on the NBC rival show, even though “Idol” had been wooing her, too. “Was I bummed?” Seacrest said. “I’m happy if she’s doing what she wants to do and she’s happy. That first season was pretty special. I’ve always been a fan of hers.” He added, “She’s going to be great on ‘The Voice.'” Instead, ABC locked in Katy Perry as one of the new “Idol” judges. Seacrest said he has ideas for who should join her in the other two seats. WATCH HERE
WCBS Newsradio 880 To Present '50 Years Of News' Event With Special Performance By Tony Bennett
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Hosted by 880AM’s Wayne Cabot and Alex Silverman, the event will celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary by bringing together some of NYC’s most notable names in news, politics, sports and entertainment. The evening will close with a special interview and song performance by the legendary Tony Bennett. “Newsradio 880 is a trusted New York City news outlet with a rich history and legacy of delivering up-to-the-minute news,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President/Market Manager CBS RADIO New York. “We are proud to be a part of the fabric of New York and will continue to tell the stories of the people, places and happenings from all around this great city.”
Throughout the evening, WCBS 880AM will welcome a range of memorable personalities who will share stories that have shaped New York City over the last 50 years. Station personalities including Craig Allen, Joe Connolly, Pat Farnack, Brad Heller, Tom Kaminski, Paul Murnane, Steve Scott and Michael Wallace will take part in the program. Among the special guests sharing their New York stories on stage will be Jeff Fager and Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes), former New York Giants Co-Captain George Martin, Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer, and former New York Mets Manager Bobby Valentine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Exploring the Arts Foundation, Tony Bennett’s charity organization dedicated to transforming the lives of young people through arts education. PHOTO/shutterstock 1
ON-AIR: Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Lands Show On MSNBC TV; Carolina Joins As MD/Midday Host On WZBH Salisbury/Ocean City; Maze Crosses The Hall For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Salem Medla's Hugh Hewitt is joining MSNBC's Saturday morning lineup report The Hollywood Reporter. Hewitt's show will air on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., starting June 24, as part of an expansion of the network's weekend programming in July. Standard Media Index released a report showing that MSNBC has enjoyed a 43% year-over-year increase in ad rates, besting gains for Fox News and CNN.
-- Active Rock WZBH (93.5 THE BEACH) PD JOHNNY MAZE checks in to announce that Carolina (L) has joined as the new Music Director/middays on WZBH. She comes from sister Adams Las Cruces cluster where she was on air at KHQT/KSNM. Previous experience includes her time at KFMA in Tuscon, AZ. Meanwhile, Maze crosses the hall where he was on the air in afternoons at sister Classic Rock WGBG BIG 98.5 to host now host afternoons on The Beach.
Country Radio Broadcasters Induct the Class of 2017 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. inducted the Class of 2017 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame Wednesday night, June 21, at the Marriott Nashville. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees who were honored during last night's ceremony are Tim Closson, Charlie Ochs, and Mel Owens in the radio category and Joe Wade Formicola (posthumously), Linda Lee (posthumously), Jim Mantel, and The Good Morning Guys (Todd Harding, Susan Moore, Brian Gary) in the on-air category. Additionally, Martina McBride was honored with the 2017 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Mike Dungan was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Award.
The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and more. Michigan native Kid Rock made a special appearance to speak in honor of Hall of Fame inductee, Linda Lee. For information about the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487. Pictured L to R: 2017 Class of Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees: Mel Owens, Charlie Ochs, Todd Harding (The Good Morning Guys), Susan Moore (The Good Morning Guys), Brian Gary (The Good Morning Guys), Tim Closson, and Jim Mantel. Photo credit: Angelea Presti
Katy Perry Makes Chart History; Stephen Colbert In Russia?
NO, REALLY: Bill Cosby Planning Motivational Speaking Tour
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Kicks 101.5 Atlanta Teams Ali Mac & CJ With Caddy In Mornings; Dallas Takes Middays
Search On For New Afternoon Host
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– As Jockline reported earlier this week, longtime morning co-host Dallas (BR) took over MD duties at Kicks 101.5 Atlanta with word that a new morning lineup would be announced today. True to their word, Cumulus announced this morning that CJ from Afternoons and Ali Mac from middays would both be moving to mornings to join Caddy. And to help manage her new MD duties, Dallas will slide up to middays. The search is now on for an afternoon talent
"I’ve known for about two weeks that Dallas was going to accept the position of Music Director at KICKS 1015," said Caddy. "I could not be more proud of her – she has an ear for music and will also be heard during your workday from 10a-3p weekdays. Dallas will remain one of my dearest friends as she has been for nearly two decades."
"It took no time at all to realize that the morning show could be completed with two very talented personalities already on the KICKS 1015 Air Force. Welcome CJ (former host of the “More Music Drive Home”) and Ali Mac (who hosted “At Work With Ali Mac”) to the Cadillac Jack Morning Show! " 1
Damon & Cory Headed To Mornings On Country 92.5 Hartford
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 ––Country 92-5, Connecticut Country Music, announced today the debut of its new morning show “Damon & Cory,” effective July 5. Hosted by Connecticut radio veteran Damon Scott and long-time morning host Cory Myers, “We are excited that a well-known local personality like Damon Scott is joining long-time morning host, Cory Myers, on Country 92-5,” said Steve Honeycomb, President of iHeartMedia’s Hartford Region.
Scott has served as Afternoon Drive Personality at WTIC-FM for the past 27 years. Additionally, Scott serves as Master of Ceremonies for the Hartford Wolf Pack ice hockey home games. “When you leave on a high note after 27 successful years, you need a special plan for your return,” said Scott. “I am excited to take the next step by joining Country 92-5 and the iHeartMedia Hartford team.”
STUDY: Smart Speakers Are Bringing Audio Back To People's Homes
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– According to The Infinite Dial 2017, 7% of Americans 12+ own a “Smart Speaker,” the category of voice-controlled devices that includes the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Now, for the first time, a new study from NPR and Edison Research reveals the habits and behaviors of Smart Speaker owners. This study, entitled “The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research,” reveals that 70% of Smart Speaker owners say they are listening to more audio at home since acquiring their device. In addition, 65% of Smart Speaker owners indicate that they would not want to go back to their lives before getting one of these devices. Indeed, 42% of owners say that their device is now “essential” to their everyday lives. One of the more intriguing findings was the appeal of these devices to parents. Eight in ten parents say these devices have made it easier to entertain their children, and nearly 90% say their children enjoy Smart Speakers.
Although Smart Speakers have not been around for very long, nearly one in five owners say that these devices are the way that they most often listen to audio,” noted Edison VP of Strategy Tom Webster. “The frictionless way in which these devices enable audio consumption is already changing listening behaviors, and potentially increasing audio consumption overall.”
The Smart Audio Report, from NPR and Edison Research, contains numerous insights that have never before been reported on audio consumption, usage behaviors, ties to Smart home technology and more. The study was presented for the first time at the RAIN Podcast Business Summit in New York. A full report on the findings will be available to download from Edison Research after a public webinar happening Wednesday, June 28, from 2-3PM ET. Register for the webinar HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Caroline Beasley Elected As NAB Joint Board Chair
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– -Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group, has been unanimously elected as NAB joint board chair by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Beasley takes over from Dave Lougee, president and CEO of TEGNA Media, whose term expired. Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, was elected as NAB Television Board Chairman. Emily Barr, president and CEO, Graham Media Group, was elected first vice chair of the Television Board, and Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO, Quincy Media, Inc., was elected as second vice chair.
It was announced that Joseph M. Di Scipio, senior vice president, Legal and FCC Compliance, Fox Television Stations, LLC, was appointed to the designated network seat on the TV executive committee. Randy D. Gravley, president and CEO, Tri State Communications Inc., was elected Radio Board Chair by the NAB Radio Board. Mary Quass, president and CEO of NRG Media LLC, was re-elected Radio Board first vice chairman, while Beth Neuhoff, president and CEO of Neuhoff Communications, was re-elected Radio Board second vice chairman. Kim Guthrie, president of Cox Media Group, was elected to the Radio Board's major group representative seat. The Board elections took place at the NAB Board of Directors meeting, held June 20-21 in Washington, D.C.
PODCASTS: iHeart Debuts All-New Celebrity Podcast Series 'Label Defiers'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– Launched on Wednesday with Miley Cyrus as the debut guest to kick off a series of intimate, raw and unfiltered conversations. Hosted by the syndicated radio host Elvis Duran, the bi-weekly podcast features stars discussing how they perceive their own labels, challenges they’ve faced, and their idiosyncrasies.
Essentially, they are debunking public perception and talking directly to their fans about who they really are, instead of the familiar labels they’ve acquired through fame. With regard to her own childhood, Miley told Elvis, "When you're in this industry, adults treat kids like adults. I think the way people judge you or people would write articles on me when I was a kid going through the times of having crazy breakouts or going through break ups or whatever I was going through, people would treat me like I could handle those comments as an adult, like I had this thick skin." LISTEN HERE
Guns N' Roses to Perform Private Concert For SiriusXM
Concert To Air Live On Band's Limited-run SiriusXM Channel And Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band Guns N' Roses will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20. Howard Stern made the announcement today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show.
The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N' Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band's North American "Not In This Lifetime" tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM's Guns N' Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel.
SiriusXM has presented special, private concerts at the Apollo Theater with Paul McCartney in 2010, Bruce Springsteen in 2012, Metallica in 2013 and James Taylor in 2015. For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.
SNAPS: iHeartMedia & Media Link Host A VIP Dinner At Cannes International Creativity Fest
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– . The Weeknd Last night – Tuesday, June 20, for the 6th year in a row, iHeartMedia and MediaLink hosted an intimate VIP Dinner, featuring a special performance by The Weeknd in Antibes, France at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Michael Kassan, CEO of MediaLink and Wenda Harris Millard, President and COO of MediaLink hosted the party which brings together the senior most influential decision makers and thought leaders in the media ecosystem including brand, agency, media, emerging technology, and financial executives. Guest attendees included an array of celebrities, business leaders and advertising partners. The event took place at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France on June 20, 2017 .
PHOTO/Anthony Li, Halsey’s Manager; Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia; Halsey, Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; and Greg Marella, EVP of Promotion for Capitol Music Group(Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Radio Exec Receives Award From The Queen
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– Ashley Tabor (L), the founder and Executive President of Global Radio in the UK has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s birthday honors. Ashley is the man behind the biggest commercial radio group in the UK. Global bought local radio stations across the UK consolidating resources and networking programs out of London resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs.
Irish Radio The Big Winners In New York - All the winners have been announced for the 2017 New York Radio Festivals Awards. 47 out of the 337 worldwide winners are from Ireland, with RTÉ once again taking home the majority of the awards, including being crowned Radio Broadcaster of the Year worldwide. Ireland got 12 Gold Awards altogether – seven for Radio 1, two for lyric fm, one for RTÉ Radio, one for Classic Hits 4FM and one for Newstalk. Read more HERE
Australian Host Swaps Mic For Mom Duties - On Australia’s Sunshine Coast, Hot 91.1 breakfast host Ash Gierke is involved in a social experiment. She’s traded lives with listener and mother of two Fiona for a week. Ash isn’t a parent herself, recently made a number of comments on-air about parenting. She’ll now get to experience the life of a Sunshine Coast mother firsthand as she plays ‘Radio Mum’ to active 8 and 10 year old boys, juggling Fiona’s duties at home and as an active participant in her kids school and sporting activities. Fiona is on the air. “It was a pretty crazy morning,” Fiona said in a Facebook live video post-show. “I was up at 3.30am, with all of four or five hours sleep, which most mums will know what that feels like anyway.” Fuelled by a caffeine dose from her co-hosts Dave Matthews and Sam Coward – a step up from her regular half-strength coffee – ‘Mama Fi’ covered a host of topics from random hair stories to breast screening in her first morning on-air. Read more and follow Ash and Fiona’s life swap on their website HERE
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Manager Disputes Former Host's Claims Of Being Fired Over Trump Criticism
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 – The general manager of Pennsylvania's WTPA-FM is denying a former host's claims that he lost his job for criticizing President Trump reports Fox News. In a story that spread nationally (likely due to the Trump connection) former WTPA host Bruce Bond told Fox News he felt he was 'forced to quit' after being told four times he had to refrain from political commentary on his talk show.
"I just cannot go on any longer doing this radio show if I can’t be honest and I don’t want to be walking on eggshells in case the subject of Donald trump comes up," Bond said. However, the station's general manager told Fox News he warned Bond "multiple times" to refrain from all political talk -- whether it be pro or against Trump.
"Bruce was hired to do an entertainment based show and he was cautioned many times in making political comments," WTPA's general manager Tim Michaels told Fox. "Because we wanted to be welcoming to anyone listening to our station and we don’t want to offend anybody because obviously there are people from all political affiliations listening to classic rock." Michaels said his "directive was not don’t talk disparagingly about Trump. It was don’t talk about politics at all." Michaels also revealed he received "numerous calls from listeners that were offended by Bruce's program who were threatening actions against the station which prompted me to again bring this to his attention." Michaels said the station has accepted his resignation and wishes him well. PHOTO/Bond Twitter
Amazon's Alexa Now Plays SiriusXM's 200+ Channels
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– SiriusXM announced that its 200+ channels – featuring Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more – are now available to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa. Howard Stern announced the new SiriusXM skill for Amazon Alexa live on The Howard Stern Show on Stern's exclusive SiriusXM channel. Customers can simply ask Alexa to play SiriusXM channels by saying, for example, "Alexa, play… …Howard Stern… …Alt Nation… …The Beatles Channel… etc.
SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers will get easy access to exclusive music and entertainment, including Howard Stern's two exclusive channels, commercial-free music from multiple genres, plus news from respected national outlets, exclusive talk and entertainment, a broad range of comedy, sports talk and more.
"We are delighted that customers can now enjoy SiriusXM's exclusive shows, live sports, music, and news through Alexa," said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. "Music, news, and sports are already some of the most popular categories of content on Alexa, and SiriusXM brings even more choices to customers. People with an Alexa device and a SiriusXM trial or paid subscription can simply enable the SiriusXM skill for Amazon Alexa, link their accounts and start listening at home or on-the-go with Alexa." Customers can sampleSiriusXM by setting up their streaming log in or signing up for a trial at www.SiriusXM.com/amazonalexa.
Orlando Radio Legend Jim Philips Announces 'He's Leaving The Business' In January
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Jim Philips, who's ruled the airwaves in Central Florida for 30 years, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the business in January reports The Orlando Sentinel. “I’m retiring. I’m not retiring from life, I’m just retiring from this business,” he told listeners of “The Philips Phile” on Real Radio 104.1. “Everything I can do on the air I’ve done,” he said. Philips, who turns 70 in November, said he had been thinking about retirement for a while and met with management on Tuesday about his decision. He said he had a great career and the company left him alone because he brought the ratings.
“I don’t want a roast, and I don’t want a going-away party,” he said, citing his “Irish stoicism.” He said he doesn’t want attention because it makes him uncomfortable. Philips began radio in Central Florida in 1972.
Erin Vermeulen Joins Big Jim O'Brien For Mornings On WCSX-FM Detroit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced that Erin Vermeulen will be joining Big Jim O’Brien as the newest member of the WCSX-FM morning team in the Motor City. She will begin her new position on Monday, July 10th, 2017. Vermeulen, who began her career at the former 1310 WYUR in Detroit, most recently was heard on the air as a member of the Bill Handel Morning Show at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. Previous to that, she worked in South Africa, Dubai, Cairo, Denver and Phoenix.
“Choosing a native Detroiter with a wealth of global experience was a no-brainer for us,” said WCSX-FM Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Erin will be a great on-air compliment and partner to Big Jim O’Brien. We’re so excited to bring this combined talent to the air waves of the Motor City.”
Peter Thiele Named PD For Little Rock’s Newradio 102.9 KARN; Rex Long To Program And Handle Air Shift For 98.9 Magic Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named Peter Thiele as Program Director for Newsradio 102.9 KARN in Little Rock, AR. Thiele, who has successfully programmed numerous spoken-word radio stations, has held previous positions leading award-winning teams in New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, and Huntsville, AL. His teams have won numerous AP Awards and a New York Broadcasters Award.
Cumulus Media also announced that it has appointed programmer and on-air personality Rex Long as Program Director and On-Air Talent for 98.9 Magic FM in Colorado Springs, CO. Long joins 98.9 Magic FM from Cumulus Media-Montgomery, AL, where he has been Program Director for the past seven years at CHR station Y-102 (WHHY-FM). He was also Program Director for Cumulus CHR station KCDD-FM in Abilene, TX. Long started his radio career in Dallas, TX, as On-Air Talent and Program Producer at Kiss-FM (KHKS-FM). The appointment is effective Monday, June 26, 2017. PHOTO/ Rex Long (Left), with Train's Pat Monahan (Right).
Nielsen Tracks Summer 2017 Radio Listening; Classic Rock Paces Past Last Year's Numbers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Each year during the summer, radio habits change and certain formats see a seasonal increase in audience that’s unique to the warm weather months. And each year, Nielsen tracks these developments by naming the format that grows its audience the most the format of the summer. With the summer of 2017 upon us—and the release of Nielsen’s May portable people meter (PPM) ratings—it’s useful to read a bit of the tea leaves in the data trends as we look ahead to the season.
Overall, Nielsen shows that Classic Rock—last summer’s outstanding format—surging and already outpacing last year’s numbers. A year ago in May 2016, the Classic Rock format had a 5.1% share of the listening audience (persons 6+). At the same time, Urban Contemporary is quietly setting some new benchmarks, tying the all-time mark this month in total listener share. When we dive into the results among Millennial listeners (18-34 year-olds), Urban Contemporary jumps to the top of this small analysis, and again sets a new record this month with a 7.0% share, up from 6.5% in May 2016. Country is also growing its Millennial audience, which increased from 7.2% in the Holiday book to 8.7% in May.
And finally on a 25-to-54 audience basis, Country remains at the top of this summer horse-race pack, moving up one-10th of a share-point in each of the past few months. Classic Rock is also moving steadily upward, while Classic Hits has been up and then down. We also see that Urban Contemporary set another new record in May among 25-54 year-olds. Over the next three summer ratings books (June through August), we’ll be keeping a close eye on these formats, particularly Urban Contemporary, which is already having one of its best years in terms of PPM data. Classic Hits and Classic Rock have attracted solid listener bases in each of the past three summers, but only time will tell if American radio listeners will sing a different song this year.
LA Weekly Takes A Close-Up And Very Long Look At Stephanie Miller - From Home Studio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– As far as articles on radio personalities go, this piece by LA Weekly's Bryan Smith may rank as one of the longest, most in-depth ever. Smith opines, "Stephanie Miller's lack of big-time name recognition beyond Los Angeles remains something of a paradox, given the stunning size of her audience." From her Los Feliz home studio, Smith says, "Miller does what she does — seamlessly blends a mélange of fart jokes, bleeped-out profanities, morning zoo slide whistles, harp tinkles, parody songs skewering Trump (Bob Dylan's "Tangerine Man" repurposed as a Trump diss) and Ginsu-sharp wit into what may be the smartest, sharpest, funniest, fiercest progressive political comedy soufflé on the planet. From there, shhe has emerged as one of the nation's most influential radio personalities, certainly the most consequential to be operating without mainstream fame.
Since Trump's election, she has held regular "resistance" dinners, with a highly curated guest list that includes everyone from political heavy-hitters like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to Hollywood celebs like Lily Tomlin and Rob Reiner, to high-level operators such as Malcolm Nance, intelligence analyst for NBC, and Lisa Bloom, the lawyer largely responsible for taking down Fox's Bill O'Reilly. "There's no bullshit," Reiner, the director of This Is Spinal Tap and When Harry Met Sally, says of Miller. "She doesn't mince words and she doesn't throw out lies. "People (on the right) will say, 'Well, Stephanie is just as ridiculous as Infowars and Alex Jones," Reiner adds. "No. Alex Jones says that Sandy Hook was a made-up thing. Stephanie doesn't say anything insane like that. You may not agree with her politics, but she doesn't make (s)hit up." READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/Credit Ted Soqui/L.A. Weekly
AWARDS: WWO's Steve Kastenbaum Takes Double Honors During New York Radio Festival; ABC News Radio Takes Two Murrow Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Lots of awards being passed out this week. Among them included Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum who accepted two silver awards from the New York Radio Festival international competition last night. One award was for his reports during the presidential campaign last year on how some votes of dead people were actually counted. The other award is for Westwood One News’ breaking coverage of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. ABC News Radio won two Murrows - one in Excellence in Sound and Excellence in Writing. ABC Radio's Vice President, Steve Jones said, “The best radio journalism relies on vivid storytelling and riveting audio to transport listeners to the heart of a story. I’m so proud that ABC News Radio was recognized with 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Sound and Excellence in Writing thanks to the work of ABC’s Alex Stone and Scott Goldberg!” - SEE ALL MURROW WINNERS HERE
SNAPS: Kraddick Show Member Elena Davies To Appear On 'Big Brother' Season Opener
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– In our endless effort to showcase the steady stream of radio peeps finding their way to the TV Screen, here's yet another example: CBS' All Access reports that Dallas radio host Elena Davies "very single," so she's definitely open to having a Big Brother showmance this summer.
Don't miss the two-hour season premiere of Big Brother on Wednesday, June 28 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Then, watch all-new episodes of Season 19 on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8/7c, and Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Davies is on hiatus from the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show while filming is underway.
Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake
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STUDY: 'Other' Things People Plan To Do In Driverless Cars Of The Future; Yes, That, Too
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Whether drivers like the idea or not, autonomous cars will one day become a fact of life. When Jacobs Media constructed the questionnaire for its thirteenth version of its annual web-based Techsurvey, the research team included a hypothetical question about a driverless car future: “The year is 2025. You’re driving in an autonomous car. The technology has almost totally eliminated traffic accidents, leaving you to do whatever you’d like while in the vehicle. Which one of the following do you think you’d do most often?” Possible options centered around media and entertainment: listening to AM/FM radio or streaming audio, watching video, talking on the phone, working on a computer, reading, or the catchall “all of the above.”
To be sure that no activity was left off the list, respondents also were given an “other” choice – the chance to write in something entirely different they’d do in a driverless car than what was listed. The initial results were predictable, with AM/FM radio leading the way, followed by “all of the above.” But what was surprising was the fact that more than 2,500 respondents took the time to share other things they plan on doing while the car is driving itself. The “word cloud” below is a compilation of those responses. The larger the word, the more frequent the response: Sleeping is the lead activity, followed by having sex in an autonomous car. Playing video games and simply enjoying the view also are popular responses. It is noteworthy that drinking and knitting are also mentioned with frequency (hopefully, mutually exclusive activities). “This goes to show that whenever new technology is introduced, consumers will find a way to adapt it to their needs,” Jacobs Media President and creator of the Techsurvey, Fred Jacobs observes. For more information, contact Paul Jacobs: email@example.com (248) 353-9030
FORMATICS: Cumulus Launches Alternative Rock ALT 92.3 FM
Switches Frequencies With NASH FM Who Moves To 106.1
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has moved NASH Country from its 92.3 FM New Orleans frequency to 106.1 FM and launched a new Alternative Rock station, ALT 92.3 FM, on WRKN-FM. With the move, it becomes largest radio station in the Gulf South and one of the largest radio stations in the U.S. and brings Alternative Rock to two-thirds of Louisiana’s total population. Cumulus Media launched New Orleans’ only Alternative Rock station to strong listener response in 2015 as 106.1 the underground alternative. Cumulus Media-New Orleans’ NASH Country radio station, formerly known as NASH FM 92.3, launched today on WZRH-FM as NASH FM 106.1.
NASH FM 106.1 will continue to wake up Country listeners with the popular morning show, “Ty, Kelly & Chuck”, and will keep the great Country music playing throughout the day. Pat Galloway, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Baton Rouge/New Orleans/Columbus-Starkville/Lafayette, LA, said: “WRKN-FM stands tall at 100,000 watts and 2,000 feet, twice as big as any radio station in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. All that power and coverage establishes ALT 92.3 as the exclusive Alternative Rock station in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond, the Northshore, and much of the Gulf South.”
PROGRAMMING: Dallas McCade Leaving Mornings To Take Over MD Duties At KICKS 101.5 Atlanta
Morning Co-Host Cadillac Jack Will Be Off The Air Until Thursday Morning When Station Reveals Its New Morning Lineup
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 ––Cumulus Media has promoted Dallas McCade to Music Director for Kicks 101.5 FM, Atlanta. McCade, who is currently Co-Host of Kicks 101.5 morning show, “Cadillac Jack and Dallas Mornings”, announced on-air yesterday that she will be leaving the show to take on the Music Director role for the station and will also be on-air on Kicks 101.5 weekdays in a timeslot to be determined.
Morning Show Co-Host Cadillac Jack added that the morning show will be evolving and that he will be gone and off the air until Thursday morning, when the station reveals its new morning show line-up. Scott Lindy, Kicks 101.5 Program Director, said: "Dallas knows country music like few I have ever met. Her knowledge, her relationships and her love for the format are just the fuel we need to launch Kicks into another orbit." McCade said: “This is a huge honor for me to be able to apply my passion for Country music in a capacity that helps Kicks 101.5 serve the Country audience in Atlanta and all of North Georgia. I will dearly miss Cadillac Jack and the fun we have had for many years in the morning."
Aimee Montgomery Takes Middays On Lite 101.5 Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Beasley Broadcast Group announced that Aimee Montgomery will shift from Star 107.9 to become the new Midday On-Air Personality on Lite 101.5 FM. She will begin her new position on July 5, 2017. Montgomery, who joined Star 107.9 in 2015, most recently served as a co-host of the morning show and worked as Brooke and Jubal’s local On-Air Liaison/Producer.
“I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity to have my voice heard on Lite 101.5, and to be able to stay here with my Beasley family is just the icing on the cake,” said Montgomery. “I have learned so much in the past two years at STAR. It's an honor to know that General Manager Tom Humm and Operations Manager John Candelaria have all the confidence in me, as I take my crazy Radio journey to the next level."
WFAN New York To Celebrate 30th With Broadcast From Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 207 –– On July 1, 1987, the radio landscape changed forever and history was made as WFAN-AM signed on-air, providing sports fans with the first and only outlet to hear and talk about sports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In honor of 30 momentous years on the air, WFAN will celebrate with a special day of live broadcasts from Vanderbilt Hall inside the world famous Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, June 22 from 6 AM to 6:30 PM.
The day begins with a special broadcast of Boomer & Carton from 6-10 AM with the show also being simulcast on CBS Sports Network; Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts host from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Mike Francesa and “Mike’s On” will take over from 1 PM to 6:30 PM. Special guests including past and present WFAN hosts and sports anchors will appear throughout the day on the various shows including representatives from many of New York’s pro sports teams. WFAN hosts will be signing autographs in designated areas of Vanderbilt Hall and station giveaways will be distributed throughout the day on-site and on-air. “WFAN has been setting the standard for sports talk and information since its inception. As we celebrate 30 years, we are so very proud of our entire on-air and behind-the-scenes teams both, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to deliver live and local sports content that continues to make a difference for our advertisers and listeners,” said CBS RADIO New York Senior Vice President & Market Manager, Marc Rayfield.
Rickey Smiley To Host NAB Marconi Awards Dinner
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley will host the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show on September 7 at the 2017 Radio Show. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the Radio Show will be held September 5-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Smiley is host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" is syndicated by Reach Media Inc, a division of Radio One.
“Rickey Smiley doesn’t stick to the script, so we’re not sure what he’ll do as host, but be assured that it will be very, very funny!" said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "Get a good seat at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards and expect the unexpected." In addition to radio and stand-up comedy, Smiley appears on the popular television show “Dish Nation” and TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real.” He is also author of the upcoming book "STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run For Your Life," set to be released this fall. More info about the 2017 Radio Show is available HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Julio Aponte Inks Multi-Year Extension With SBG As COO
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today it has signed a multi-year extension with Chief Operating Officer, Julio Aponte. Under the agreement Aponte will continue to head the daily operations of Sun’s New York City and Boca Raton offices as well as oversee the company’s sales department. Aponte joined Sun in early 2013 as the company’s Director of Hispanic Sales and was quickly promoted to SVP of Hispanic Initiatives where he helped launch the Sun Latino Network. Under Aponte’s direction Sun Latino has grown to more than 400 affiliates and serves great companies like vCreative Hispanic, PromoSuite Latino, Envision Radio Network and Radio Express. In 2014 Sun elevated Aponte again to serve as it’s COO.
“The stories I could share about the ride Julio and I have been on.” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “I know everyone says they work with the best people, but Julio and I have truly become amazing friends during our time together. We’ve shared some of the highest of highs during our growth and, like others in this industry, we’ve been through the lowest of lows. Today as we continue our journey with the dozens of people here at Sun who put up with our craziness all day, I can honestly say I could never imagine anyone else by my side but my friend, my brother, the mayor of everywhere…Julio Aponte.”
NETWORKS: AdLarge Announces 2017 NCAA College Football Schedule From Touchdown Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20-TH, 2017 –– AdLarge Media has announced the 2017 Schedule of NCAA College Football Games from Touchdown Radio, the sports radio network founded and led by legendary quarterback Gino Torretta. AdLarge Media will continue to handle the exclusive national ad sales representation. Torretta is the most celebrated football player in the University of Miami’s history and the Chief Executive Officer and color analyst for Touchdown Radio. He has won two national championships for Miami and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the coveted Heisman Trophy, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He also earned First Team All-American honors from The Associated Press, Kodak, and The Football News.
“Gino brings insights that only a player of his magnitude can deliver,” stated Gary Schonfeld, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media. “We are proud to be the exclusive national ad representative for Touchdown Radio, and to be able to offer our advertisers this terrific opportunity to connect with college’s passionate football fans.”
EVENTS: WMGK's DeBella Tops $154,000 For Vets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– 102.9 WMGK-FM/Philadelphia's 11th Annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon raised over $154,000 to benefit local veterans via the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). The VMC’s mission is to provide services, programs, opportunities and advancement to veterans. “Once again our incredible listeners and generous sponsors proved that supporting our brave veterans is as important to them as it is to the WMGK staff,” said DeBella. “We are honored to be able to serve and pay tribute to them with this annual event.”
Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, appeared live on-air on Friday, June 16th, to show his support and encourage listeners to make donations. In addition, rock stars including The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton, donated items that were used in a series of eBay auctions that occurred in conjunction with the Radiothon. John DeBella’s wife, Lisa, along with an anonymous donor, also made a significant contribution to this year’s Radiothon. They pledged to match every $100 contribution made, resulting in a donation of $30,000…. which was made in the memory of Lisa’s father, decorated World War II veteran, Harold Kapp. PHOTO/ Left to Right: Tim Williams of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center, WMGK-FM’s John DeBella, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, WMGK-FM’s Steve Vassalotti and WMGK-FM’s Dave Gibson.
SNAPS: Benztown's Kevin Horton Ties The Knot With Amanda Konieczny
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Kevin Horton, Benztown's Imaging & Production Director for JACK FM, Flashback and Adrenaline, married Amanda Konieczny at the Azul Maya Riviera in Cancun, Mexico on (Sunday). Among those celebrating the happy nuptials were friends and colleagues from Benztown in L.A.
PHOTO/Left to Right - Chris Johansing, Benztown's Director of Marketing; Kevin Horton, Benztown's Imaging & Production Director for JACK FM, Flashback & Adrenaline; Amanda Horton (holding flower girl); Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President; Bonnie Nordling Denes, Benztown's Business Manager; and Justin Case, Benztown's Director of Programming and Imaging.
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Summerfest To Live Stream Select Concerts With Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Station Issues Apology Following Cancellation Of Lindsay Ell Event; Admits To 'Bad Decision'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Rising country artist Lindsay Ell tweeted on Friday to her 82,600 followers: "Had a scheduled performance in Sacramento today for listeners. The radio station has asked me not to come bc of my personal life. Sorry guys" — Though not mentioning the station, it referred to CBS Radio's 105.1 KNCI and, apparently, to her 'personal life' with iHeart syndicated host Bobby Bones who airs mornings on KNCI's crosstown competitor iHeart's 92.5 The Bull. KNCI had been promoting a live performance from Ell and Chase Bryant, who are openers for Brad Paisley’s tour on Friday night in Sacramento. By Friday morning, Ell had disappeared from the poster reported The Washington Post,
On Friday evening, KNCI released a statement to the paper, calling the cancellation a “bad decision.” “Lindsay is an amazingly talented, up-and-coming artist and today we regrettably made a bad decision to cancel her show,” KNCI said in a statement. “We only hope that she — and our listeners — will forgive us, and that Lindsay and her team will allow us to reschedule the show.”
As expected, The Bull seized the moment by tweeting that any fans supposed to go to Ell’s show at KNCI were more than welcome to come to their studio, where they were hosting Ell for a live concert. Sacramento's third country outlet, 101.9 FM (owned by Entravision), also extended a Twitter invitation to fans for their studio, where Ell was scheduled to play that afternoon. As for Bones, he tweeted: “I’ve stayed out of this. Not my fight. and frankly, @lindsayell can handle herself.” Leslie Fram (R), CMT’s senior vice president for music strategy, posted in support of Ell: “Dear Gatekeepers-Your decision to support an artist should be based solely on the artist and their music and nothing else.” Fram is one of the co-founders of Change the Conversation, a Nashville-based coalition that helps “level the playing field” for female artists in country music. Of not, Fram will be a featured panelist at Morning Show Boot Camp 29 in August - ELL PHOTO/Ford Fairchild
More Than 200,000 Votes Already Received As Public Voting For NRHOF ENDS TODAY
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Today is the last day for listeners nationwide to vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 2, 2017. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Bobby Bones, Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Guy Phillips, and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Mike & Mike, Bill Handel, Joe Madison and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. Voters have until 11:59 p.m. EST today, June 19, fans can vote for one personality in each category online at www.radiovote.com or via text to 49400 accordingly: Message and data rates may apply. Music Format On-Air Personality For Bobby Bones, text “10” For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “20” For Guy Phillips, text “30” For Ryan Seacrest, text “40” Spoken Word On-Air Personality For Bill Handel, text “50” For Joe Madison, text “60” For Mike & Mike, text “70” For Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, text “80”
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin tells Jockline, "There are two things worth noting - the inventive ways in which nominated hosts are choosing to involve their listeners and fans. Ryan Seacrest was seen to speak of it in his new TV show slot, Kelly & Ryan, in addition to making mention of it on radio ( that's always good for the radio industry) and Bobby Bones had a red t-shirt campaign last week, with country music artists posing in pictures with the shirts, saying "Vote Bobby". More than 200,000 votes had been received by the listening public as of Friday evening." The 2017 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Monday, June 26th. - CLICK HERE FOR PUBLIC VOTING
PROGRAMMING: CBS Radio Promotes Three In Philadelphia; Brian Fisher Rises To OM For Curtis' Boone NC Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s VP of Music Programming, Shelly Easton, announced the promotion of Mark Radziewicz “Razz” of 92.5 XTU (TL)- WXTU, Nicky G. of 98.1 (C) - WOGL and Michael Bennett (BL) of Today’s 96.5 - WTDY to Assistant Program Director.
All three will continue as the Music Director of their respective stations. “Razz, Bennett and Nicky G. have each excelled on behalf of their individual radio brands, which makes them the ideal choices for these newly expanded roles. I’m excited to watch each of them continue to grow at our music stations,” said Easton.
-- Down south, Curtis Media has promoted Brian Fisher to OM over its Boone, NC cluster. Fisher brings over twelve years of experience to the position and will continue to host middays from on both WMMY-FM and WWMY-FM in a simulcast. Fisher is a graduate of Appalachian State University, as well as Dan Vallie's Kellar Radio Talent Institute.
Market Manager Robin Lineberger said, "Brian has demonstrated a deep loyalty for these stations, having started at WECR when he was just a teenager. We look forward to seeing Brian grow and flourish in this new role." "I'm looking forward to improving our sound, our systems, and our operations. I'm ready to get started," added Fisher.
iHeart Portland Names Susan Reynolds To Mktg/Promotions Director Post
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Susan Reynolds has been named Marketing/Promotions Director for Portland. “We could not be more excited to welcome Susan Reynolds to our team in Portland,” said Tim Herbster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Her vast experience as a leader and relationship builder will help further serve our brands, clients and local community.”
Reynolds previously worked as a freelance publicist generating publicity and securing marketing activations, event sponsorships, promotional partnerships and social media activity for various lifestyle clients. She also served as a Talk Show Producer for CJAD-AM, Director of Marketing and Promotion for Alpha Media’s Portland cluster and Marketing and Promotions Director for KSOL-FM in San Francisco, California."
FORMATICS: Beasley Brings Smoke To Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announces the debut of 94.7 Smoke in Charlotte, North Carolina. The station officially launched at 6am today, June 19th with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free. The core of the playlist will be southern rock, however, 94.7 Smoke will also play anything they deem “Southern”, including both local and new artists. In addition, the station will focus all things deemed Southern, including hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, pick-up trucks, cold beer, horseshoes, great BBQ, Myrtle Beach, The Smokies, NASCAR and more!
“We’re looking forward to this smoking hot concept,” said Vice President and Market Manager Bill Schoening. “It is a passion-based brand that we are very excited to launch in Charlotte.” “I am really excited to launch 94.7 Smoke,” said Operations Manager and Program Director DJ Stout. “I grew up in Charlotte and know first-hand about Southern people and the fun lifestyle that 94.7 Smoke is all about.” 94.7 Smoke is available at www.947smoke.com
Hubbard Talent Institute Kicks Off Today At Central Washington Univ.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Ginny Morris, Chair and CEO of Hubbard Radio, takes the opening session as the second annual Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University in Washington State begins this afternoon (June 19). Ginny commented: “Compelling and relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services. Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative”.
Ten days from now, Drew Horowitz, President of Hubbard Radio, closes the Institute with the “Now is the Time to Start Thinking like a Pro” session.
Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com, or call 828-262-1502, or go to www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com
REPORT: Wendy Rice To Exit WXRT Chicago's 'Saturday Morning Flashback' Following 30-Year Run
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Wendy Rice, the voice of “Saturday Morning Flashback” on WXRT FM 93.1 for more than 30 years, is stepping down from the CBS Radio outlet reports Robert Feder. Rice announced at the end of this week’s show that next weekend’s broadcast will be her last. Airing from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. “The opportunity to play great music every Saturday has kept me going, along with the support of the loyal listeners who have stayed with us all these years,” she said in a statement. “I am now looking forward to my ‘retirement.'
Starting July 1, Frank E. Lee and Johnny Mars will rotate as hosts of “Saturday Morning Flashback,” which will be cut to three hours, airing from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT, called Rice “Chicago radio royalty,” adding: “Her Saturday morning show has been a staple of WXRT weekend programming and one of the most listened-to specialty shows in Chicago radio history. All of us thank Wendy for her years of brilliance both on and off the air.”
CKLW 50th Anniversary Event Set For July 15th
Contributed By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Celebrating 50 years since the launch of Big 8 Boss radio in April/May/June 1967, organizers have put together a FREE event and they want it like that. They get donataions for food and raffle prizes etc and those proceeds got to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit.
Charlie O’Brien (inset) says, "It was spring/summer 1967, 50 years ago that the Big 8 debuted on CKLW. The Mt. Clemens Fraternal Order of Eagles are holding a FREE party at their lodge and property along the Clinton River in Harrison Township on Saturday July 15 from 4pm-10:30-pm. All proceeds from food and raffles go to Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit. “Brother’ Bill Gable, JoJo Shutty MacGregor and Charlie O’Brien are scheduled to appear. Get Get More Details HERE
REMINDER: Art Vuolo Wants Your Video For MSBC 29
HE MOUTH, JUNE 19 TH, 2017 –– BE ON BOOT CAMP TV! This year MSBC will again feature video from some of the best morning shows in America, but "Radio's Best Friend," Art Vuolo wants to feature YOU this year! Even though he can't fly all over the country in the next few weeks, you can submit a video for Boot Camp 29.
Here are a couple of guidelines: be sure to use DIRECT AUDIO, so it sounds like it does on the air. NO "mic on the camera" audio! If there are windows in your studio, close the blinds. Never have daylight behind show members. Vary shots, close-ups and wide views. Length should be at least 2 minutes, but not longer than 7 or 8 minutes. Please submit on a standard DVD, a computer DVD or as an MP4 file to Art's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing, send to Boot Camp TV c/o Art Vuolo PO Box 55, Walled Lake, MI 48390 and include your phone number.
Perry Becomes First Person To Top 100 Million Twitter Followers
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Spotify Surpasses 140 Million Users
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– "Today, we’re excited to share the news that Spotify has surpassed 140 million global monthly active users," announced Brian Benedik, Vice President and Global Head of Sales at Spotify. -- "On the eve of Cannes Lions 2017, the advertising Festival of Creativity, this is a particularly meaningful development, as our brand partners now have a bigger opportunity than ever to activate Spotify’s free user base -- It’s an exciting time for our Spotify global advertising business. We launched our free, ad-supported tier on mobile three years ago, and the business is still growing fast with more than 50% year over year growth in 2016.
Benedik continued, "As brands are catching on, I’m really excited about the creative opportunity. Brands can mine new audience insights for inspiration and explore dynamic, innovative messaging. When you pair the emotional power of music, podcasts, and videos with engaging ad formats, the creative terrain is rife with possibility. This coming week, let’s celebrate what Cannes Lions has always been about…the creativity that fuels and powers this industry at its best. Then, let’s move forward with our audience in mind, thinking about how we can surprise, inspire, and engage them in exciting new ways. Brian Benedik is the Vice President and Global Head of Sales at Spotify *Advertising sales revenues from 2015 to 2016 grew by 50.3% - READ FULL POST HERE
PROGRAMMING: Tony Matteo Named SVP For iHeart Central California And Nevada Region
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Tony Matteo has been named Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for its Central California / Nevada region, effective immediately. The region includes 95.5 The Bull, Sunny 106.5, 93.7 The River and REAL 103.9.
Tony previously worked as the Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Omaha Region based in Wichita, KS. He also served as the Program Director for 106.5 The Lake in Cleveland, Ohio, and Program Director for iHeartMedia Springfield, Missouri. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of a group of incredibly talented programmers, on-air talent and managers in the Wichita Market and Omaha Region and together we’ve accomplished much,” said Matteo. “The outstanding brands built by the iHM Central California / Nevada team have a ton of momentum. I’ll be proud to join and help continue the region’s winning streak.”
WKTI Milwaukee Goes Wild For PD; Crystal Legends To Program WRNS-FM Greenville, NC; Lois Lewis Tapped For APD/MD Post At 102.5 KNIX Phoenix
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– WKTI (94-5 KTI COUNTRY) reports that Ryan Wild (L)is joining the station as program director. Wild comes to KTI Country from Omaha, where he served as operations manager for NRG Media’s KQKQ (Sweet 98), KOPW (Power 106.9) and KOOO (101.9 The Keg). Just weeks ago, he led the return of the “Sweet 98” moniker to that market. Previously, Wild was PD and operations manager for WSSR and WFXF in suburban Chicago. Before that, he worked as a program/music director of multiple formats at AOL/Slacker Radio. Early in his career, Wild worked on-air and as a program director for stations in Des Moines and the Quad Cities. “I’m thankful for the dream opportunity Tom Langmyer (vice president & general manager of Scripps Milwaukee Radio Operations and vice president of radio news, talk, sports programming for The E. W. Scripps Company) and the team at Scripps have given me to program KTI COUNTRY." said Ryan Wild. “I was also told there would be plenty of beer and cheese at all times, so I was all in.”
-- Alpha Media, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville is proud to announce Crystal Legends (R) as Program Director of legendary country station, WRNS. Legends brings nearly 20 years of radio experience to the position. She will be working closely with Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick to keep WRNS the dominate station in eastern North Carolina. Mahalick commented on the announcement, “It is great to have bench strength and promote from within Alpha Media. Crystal has the chops, passion, and love of people to drive WRNS every day.”"I'm looking forward to keeping the “Beast in the East” the #1 country station around!! I'm excited for the future,” remarked Legends.
iHeartMedia Phoenix’s 102.5 KNIX announced that Lois Lewis (Top right) has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director, effective July 17th. She will also continue to host her highly rated Midday Show, “I’ve worked with Lois for over 4 years and have always appreciated her tremendous attention to detail and great relationships,” said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “She’s quickly becoming one of the best on-air talent we have in the Country format. Lewis previously worked as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for iHeartMedia Las Vegas’ 95.5 The Bull. She also worked as the Senior Director of Regional Promotion for Republic Nashville. Prior to the record industry, Lewis was the Music Director and Night host for KIIM-FM in Tucson.
ON-AIR: Drake Hall Inks Long-Term Extension In Mornings With WXMX-FM 'The Max' Memphis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has signed popular Morning Show Host, Drake Hall to a long-term contract extension with Rock station 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) in Memphis, TN. Hall hosts The Drake Hall Show with Danni, Wes & Syd weekdays from 6am-10am. He has been an on-air personality for 98.1 The Max since 2006 and a talent in Memphis for over 30 years. The Drake Hall Show is the top-rated morning show in Memphis TN, airing on 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) within a 100 mile radius covering four states.
Morgan Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Memphis,TN, said: “We are excited to have secured Drake Hall for the foreseeable future. We look forward to even more success with his unique and compelling content, not to mention the service he provides many as the voice of Memphians.” Hall said: “I’m grateful that Cumulus Memphis has allowed me to keep the job. Many thanks to my friends and colleagues for their ongoing support; particularly, the three gifted people that join me daily. I look forward to getting up at 4am for another 30 years.”
PODCASTS: WWO Adds More Podcasts To Its Lineup
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced new podcast partnerships with Live Nation, veteran podcaster and writer/director Jonathan London (TR), and Country music superstar Kix Brooks (TL). On Tour with Live Nation, hosted by What’s Trending host Shira Lazar (BL) and Joey Scoleri (BR), SVP of Strategic Marketing, brings together two companies that are synonymous with entertainment, Live Nation and Westwood One
Geekscape, the brainchild of writer/director Jonathan London, takes a deep dive into all things pop culture. Country superstar Kix Brooks, talks about the biggest news in Country music with co-hosts Lonnie Napier and Suzanne Alexander on his standalone podcast, Kickin’ It With Kix.
Westwood One and Live Nation will provide ad sales representation for On Tour with Live Nation. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements as well as opportunities across all of Westwood One broadcast, digital, live events, and social platforms. Westwood One will provide exclusive sales for Geekscape, and Kickin’ It With Kix.
Jerry Seinfeld Guests On New PodcastOne Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– PodcastOne has signed Spike Feresten to host the new podcast Spike’s Car Radio. Feresten is best known for his comedic writing, including the famous “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld, and his enthusiasm for cars, hosting the television series Car Matchmaker. Originating from weekly hangouts with car talk on the porch of the Malibu Kitchen in Los Angeles, Calif., the weekly show will feature all-star guests who frequent the spot, showing off their rides and enjoying “cars and coffee.” The debut episode is available now, with special guest Jerry Seinfeld.
Upcoming guests include Jeremy Piven, Dick Van Dyke and Chris Hardwick. Seinfeld, who helped develop some of the show’s entertaining segments, will be a recurring guest, along with friend and fellow car enthusiast Paul Zuckerman, who has endless entertaining stories. There’s also always one empty chair at Spike’s table saved for the listener. “For years, I've been driving out to Malibu for a cars and comedy breakfast with friends,” said Feresten. “This is a way for me to share it with anyone who wants to listen in. I'm really enjoying myself, and podcasting is a way for me to monetize my weekly ‘cars and coffee’ breakfast. I'm getting paid to talk turbo's and woof down eggs.” For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at email@example.com.
EVENTS: Stugotz Loses Bet; About To Lose Hair
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Next week will be a tough one for Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, co-host of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) as on Tuesday, June 20, he will pay off his NBA Finals bet with Dan and have his head shaved live on air in the manner of ESPN’s Paul Finebaum (inset).
That humiliation will be followed on the show a day later with “Stu Lies 2,” wherein Stugotz will undergo a grueling lie detector test – with most questions concerning his relationship with Dan and other personal topics. The show is aired on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS and ESPN2 (noon – 1 p.m.) Le Batard and Stugotz placed a bet on the NBA Finals, and if the Cavaliers had won, Dan was to pose lying naked on a shark as in a photo that went viral recently on the Internet. Because the Warriors were victorious, Stugotz will appear dressed in a suit and tie as Finebaum always does, and with the help of Dollar Shave Club will have his head shaved like Paul. The first edition of “Stu Lies” was July 1, 2016, and was conducted by a former longtime law enforcement official well experienced in determining whether he is being told the truth, Joe Harper. Harper will return to conduct next week’s test. Last year, Harper considered Stugotz to be a frequent – and terrible – liar.
NASH FM Cincinnati On The Hunt For Its Next PD And Air Talent
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– NASH FM 94.1/WNNF-FM Cincinnati is on the hunt for its next PD and air talent. Interested persons should send demo packages to Cumulus Media-Cincinnati Operations Manager Keith Mitchell at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No calls, please. For more details on this exciting opportunity, please visit: http://www.cumulus.com/careers/.
Megyn Kelly To Feature Sandy Hook Father In Sunday Feature
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Seacrest Nearing Deal For Return To 'Idol Reboot Say Sources
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– As the rumor mill still swirls with the possibility of media uber star Ryan Seacrest's return to American Idol's reboot, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman revealed he offered Seacrest career advice following his exit from 'Idol. "When you come off a show like that, and you'd been doing it as long as he did, your natural tendency is to quickly replace it," says Pittman. "But unlike most people, Ryan has this huge audience who listens to him every day on the radio — it's bigger than his audience for Idol — so people aren't forgetting about him, he isn't going away. So, I said to him, 'Take your time and wait until the right thing shows up for you; don't try to take something that somebody wants you to do for them."
Ryan told THR, "I’ve figured out what I’m better at and what I’m not so good at, and I’m doing the things that I’m better at. The things that I’m not so good at would make me tired and would make me want to slow down." Of greatest concern to Seacrest, and to his iHeart bosses, was whether he could be done each day by 11 a.m., which would allow him to maintain his numerous radio gigs, including American Top 40 and daily syndicated show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest.' Following his move to 'Live with Kelly Ripa, Heart agreed to build him a studio in the 'Live building, which should be ready later this year.
As for his much rumored return to Idol, Ryan says, "I've always loved the show. And if I could do it forever, I would do it forever." A number of reports today suggest he's nearing a deal to return, which would likely air on Sunday nights, making it possible to fly back to New York in time for his radio show and hosting job on 'Live, among umpteen other jobs. According to THR, the offer for Seacrest's return currently stands at somewhere north of $10 million, plus credit as executive produce. 1
Grammy Awards Moving To Online Voting
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– In a move the Recording Academy hopes will increase members’ participation, Grammy Awards voters will soon be able to cast their ballots online for the first time reports the LA Times. Academy executives on Wednesday announced the elimination of paper ballots in favor of an online voting system.. “It’s been something we’ve been talking about for many years, and looking forward to the day when this has arrived,” said Bill Freimuth (R), the academy’s senior vice president of awards. “I don’t think there was ever any opposition from members or trustees, but there were a lot of technical issues,” Freimuth said of the voting-process tweak. “We wanted to be sure our auditors at Deloitte were happy with their ability to still tabulate the ballots correctly." One other benefit Freimuth cited was the prospect of a more accurate and representative vote tabulation. Grammy rules allow all members to cast votes in the four marquee award categories — record, album, song and new artist. Voters also are allowed to cast ballots in up to 15 other fields, but in the past a small percentage of voters has marked more than 15, resulting in those ballots, except for the top four categories, being discarded cites the paper.
The Grammys have faced criticism for favoring traditionalism over more adventurous and diverse artists. This was evident this year as Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” lost the top album prize to Adele’s “25” at this year’s ceremony. Adele herself bowed to Beyoncé in accepting her award. “You are our light,” Adele said from the Grammy stage.
The 2018 Grammy Awards will recognize recordings released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. The ceremony is set for Jan. 28 and will be held in New York City.
BUSINESS: Nielsen Launches First-Ever Audio Data Management Platform With WWO As Charter Client
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Nielsen announced that Westwood One has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP. Nielsen Marketing Cloud’s unique consumer insights capabilities enable Westwood One to easily provide its advertisers with detailed reports indexing all of its network station lineups, key programming (NFL and NCAA) and radio formats (such as ‘Alternative Rock,’ ‘Mainstream Country,’ or ‘News/Talk’) against their prospective customers’ demographics, personalities, TV viewing habits, digital behavior, credit card spending and specific product purchases.
“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.”
Nielsen Marketing Cloud connects Westwood One’s radio formats to real offline purchase data. The Nielsen DMP does this by linking Westwood One audience data captured via Nielsen’s Portable People Meter (PPM) and Westwood One’s proprietary streaming audio data with a wide spectrum of other Nielsen data assets in real time. This includes Nielsen Catalina Solutions’ consumer packaged goods (CPG) purchase data, the largest source of UPC-level sales data in the U.S., covering 121,000 brands and 184 million individuals. It also includes Nielsen Buyer Insights purchase data, covering $1.2 billion in consumer spending across 125 million U.S. credit cardholders. “Never before have radio audiences been linked to such a rich source of actual purchase data across industries—something Nielsen is uniquely equipped to do,” said Damian Garbaccio, EVP, Commercial - Nielsen Marketing Cloud.
ON-AIR: Rick Lewis & Tyler Polumbus Added To KOA's Bronco's Broadcast Team
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Rick Lewis (shown) and Tyler Polumbus have joined the Denver Broncos broadcast team for KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM. Lewis will serve as Color Analyst and Polumbus will serve as Sideline Reporter, and both will contribute to the Denver Broncos pregame and postgame shows, as well as weekday coverage of the team.
They will join Dave Logan, who recently entered his 21st year as the Broncos’ play-by-play voice. Lewis, who has been one of the top rated radio personalities in the country for decades, will provide game analysis and insight during Broncos play-by-play coverage. He has worked for legendary radio stations Power 106 & KMET, has hosted PM magazine on TV and syndicated radio shows on Westwood One, Premier, NBC and has also called play-by-play for college and high school football, baseball and basketball.
“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Denver Broncos broadcast team for iHeartMedia Denver,” said Lewis. “I'm proof that hard work can make dreams come true. As a kid I used to drive my friends crazy doing play by play on the baseball and football fields. Now I am blessed to bring Broncos football to the best fans in the NFL with my legendary partner Dave Logan!” Polumbus played football for the Denver Broncos, University of Colorado and Cherry Creek High School. In his eight years in the NFL, Polumbus also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Broncos for a second time, ending his career as a Super Bowl Champion. He has appeared as an analyst with The Fan, CBS Denver and Altitude TV. PHOTO/Kathy Lee
HONORS: Alpha Recognized With Several MBA Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media announced that their Missouri markets took home multiple awards from the Missouri Broadcasters banquet held in Branson, MO on Saturday, June 10th. The awards are as follows. 1st Place, Complete Newscast: KTJJ-FM, Farmington 1st Place, Documentary/Public Affairs/Special Programming: KJPW-AM, Waynesville, “Crisis in Drug Abuse” 1st Place, News Series: KJFF-AM, Festus, “Heroin” Honorable Mention, Air Talent: Daniel Linneman, KJEL-FM, Lebanon Honorable Mention, Documentary/Public Affairs/Special Programming: KRES-FM, Moberly Honorable Mention, Play-By-Play: KRES-FM, Moberly Honorable Mention, Public Service Announcement/Campaign: KJEL-FM, Lebanon In addition to these awards, Alpha Media, Waynesville-Lebanon Market Manager, Mike Edwards received the Distinguished Broadcaster Award.
“I was surprised and honored by this award. To be recognized by my peers is the highest compliment I have ever received. I could not have survived 47 years in this business without the support of my wife and daughters who made sacrifices so that I could advance my career. It's gratifying to work for Alpha Media who still believes that radio should be live and local and be dedicated to serving the community,” remarked Edwards.
Ed Sheeran To Perform For 1,400 Listeners Of Capital-FM London; They Must Listen To Win
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Capital-FM has secured a gig with Ed Sheeran as part of its Capital Up Close with Coca-Cola series. He’ll be performing at KOKO London in Camden for 1,400 Capital listeners who can only get tickets by listening to the station.
NZ Radio Award Winners - More FM's Christian Boston has won best Content Director at this year's NZ Radio Awards. Radio Ngati Porou’s Kingston Cooper and Moerangi Tihore won the best Maori Language broadcast. Best networked music breakfast show was won by Edge Network's Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell, while the best single market breakfast show was won by The Hits Dunedin Breakfast with Callum Procter and Patrina Roche. Read more and get the full list of winners HERE
Ross Browne Joins KC On Cork’s 96FM Breakfast - Comedian Ross Browne will co-present Cork’s 96FM’s new breakfast show with Keith Cunningham in Ireland. The All New KC Show will launch on Monday 3rd July 2017 and will be fronted by the former Red FM and Today FM presenter and now comedian Ross Browne. Browne, who has presented a daily comedy slot on the current 96FM Breakfast Show for the past 18 months, starred in all four seasons of RTÉ 2 television’s award-winning hidden camera show, The Fear. He has also appeared on various other TV and radio programmes as well as in his own stand-up show.
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SNAPS: Shania Twain Drops By The Garner Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Life's tough when you're on the air in Nashville. Just never know who might drop in. And if you're lucky, like Blair Garner of the syndicated Blair Garner show, you'll catch a visit from country superstar Shania Twain.
She stopped by his show this week to promote her new single, "Life's About To Get Good." Photo taken from NASH studios in Nashville.
Fleetwood Mac Confirms Tour With Stevie Nicks; Corinne Lawyers Up
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Rosenworcel To Be Renominated To FCC By Trump
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot at the Federal Communications Commission reports recode.net. This marks a return for Rosenworce having served in that same role at the FCC from 2012 to 2016, only departing the commission because Senate lawmakers could not extend her term before the clock ran out at the end of the year.
Following word of her renomination to the FCC, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith commented, "NAB is delighted to hear that President Trump will renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC. Commissioner Rosenworcel is supremely qualified for another FCC term... NAB strongly supports her renomination and confirmation."
EXCUTIVE ACTION: Bill Ashenden Appointed VP/Market Manager For Entercom Portland; NAB Names Josh Pollack VP/NAB Government Relations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced that Bill Ashenden is joining the Portland cluster as the Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom effective July 10th, 2017. Ashenden previously served as the Market Manager and General Manager for BiCoastal Media in Medford, Oregon. Ashenden is a 30 year veteran of the radio business with a particular focus on the Portland area and has worked with radio broadcasters including Alpha Broadcasting, Rose City Radio, Great American Broadcasters, and most recently BiCoastal Media.
“I look forward to working with the best team and the best brands in Portland to deliver outstanding results for our customers,” said Ashenden. Entercom Portland operates 7 radio brands that reach over 1.3 million listeners each week. Brands include Classic Rock KGON-FM, Sports Talk KFXX-AM and KMTT-AM, Hot Adult Contemporary KRSK-FM, Country KWJJ-FM, Alternative KNRK-FM and Adult Contemporary KYCH-FM.
The National Association of Broadcasters announced the hiring of Josh Pollack as vice president of NAB Government Relations, effective July 10. Pollack will report to Curtis LeGeyt, NAB executive vice president of Government Relations. Pollack joins NAB after serving as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Obama White House from 2012 – 2017, where he advocated for the President’s legislative agenda in the Senate. Prior to that, he was Director of Confirmations under President Obama, overseeing and directing all aspects of the confirmation process for Executive Branch appointees.
Before joining the White House, Pollack was an associate in the Litigation and Antitrust Practice Group of the law firm King & Spalding in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Pollack began his career in Washington as Legislative Assistant to Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) from 2000 to 2006.
ON-AIR: Meghan Takes Middays At WILN Panama City
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– "Once in a while, a radio station is blessed with someone dumb enough to work 3 years without pay,' jokes PD Marc Summers. He adds that her drive, smarts and continual hard work (oh, and talk about a set of pipes! This girl is gifted) made Meghan the perfect choice for fulltime on-air, and training in the programming department.
Meghan said, "Im really excited to get my radio career started, and to do it in the city that I grew up and love. I want to thank Misty Sims for recognizing my hard work and giving me this opportunity." said, Meghan, and then she added " I think Marc Summers might have had a say too, but its hard to tell, he's in the production room playing the music really loud...all the time.... is he deaf yet?"
WSTR Atlanta's Van Destroyed By Fire In Station Parking Lot; Manager Suspicious Of Foul Play
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– "Someone REALLY hates me and Jenn," quipped Jeff Dauler on Instagram. Dauler is co-host of the Star 94.1's morning show Jeff & Jenn show along with Jenn Hobby. The comment came after its promotions van went up in flames Monday night in the station parking lot. Station GM Mike Fowler told The AJC's Rodney Ho, the fire department said it might have been caused by electrical and related to the engine, but added that it had been 27 hours since anybody at the station had used it. That alone makes him suspicious it might have been foul play.
Dauler said on yesterday's show he saw someone in the vicinity at 5 a.m. as he arrived for his Monday show, but then forgot about it. Unfortunately, the radio building has no cameras set on the parking lot so there was no way to know if there were any arson-happy suspects wandering around. When the fire was first noticed at 6;15 p.m. Monday by a security guard, two employees managed to a nearby second promo van out of harm’s way. By the time the fire department showed up, this fired-up van was a lost cause. Fowler did note that the Jeff and Jenn morning show decal on the wrapped van did survive (inset) but virtually nothing inside did. Dauler said people are having fun taking photos with the burned out van: ”I want to put it on a flatbed and haul it to events. It’s getting so much attention!”
PRODUCTS: SiriusXM Unveils The Onyx EZR Dock
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– SiriusXM introduced its newest dock and play radio – the Onyx EZR – which delivers several new features at an entry-level price. The Onyx EZR features a larger display than its predecessor, the Onyx EZ, with improved resolution and selectable background and text options that allow for better viewing in all lighting conditions. It also offers a split screen option that enables the user to view what's on the current channel in one pane, and simultaneously see what's playing on their other favorite channels in the second pane. The Onyx EZR delivers subscribers all of SiriusXM's 150-plus satellite-delivered channels of world class programming, including commercial-free music from virtually every genre, plus Howard Stern, and a wide range of entertainment, news, comedy, live sports and more.
"The SiriusXM Onyx EZR is an excellent step up in usability, featuring several new capabilities at an entry-level price," said Joe Verbrugge, Executive Vice President, Emerging Business, SiriusXM. "We're pleased to offer new and existing subscribers this exciting new radio, which will deliver both SiriusXM's robust programming lineup and an excellent user experience." All-Access subscribers also get access to SiriusXM programming outside the vehicle on the SiriusXM app and online at www.SiriusXM.com. SiriusXM Onyx EZR is available now at retail locations and online stores nationwide, including Amazon, Best Buy, Crutchfield, and https://shop.siriusxm.com/ with a MSRP of $79.99.
AWARDS: Jane Pauley Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award At AWMF New York Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced that Jane Pauley, journalist, author and anchor of 'CBS Sunday Morning,' will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon. Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” journalist Martha Teichner will present Pauley with the award. Dylan Dreyer (TR), weather anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and regular co-host for TODAY, will serve as host. The event will take place on June 27, 2017 at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City.
“The Gracie Awards are the industry’s chance to pause and recognize women and men who use their voice and creativity to bring stories to life, every day,” said Sarah Foss, AWMF Chair and Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, for Imagine Communications. “Speaking personally, Jane Pauley, her journalist acumen and strong representation of women as valid voices, was the reason that I joined the media industry. I know that her timeless work has inspired legions of women and men for decades and continues to move her viewers today.” Pauley began her network television career in 1976 as a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. She spent 13 years on the morning broadcast, and a decade as the anchor of “Dateline NBC,” starting in 1992.
Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi (BR)is slated to perform at the celebratory event. For more information about the 2017 Gracies or to secure tickets, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
jacapps Wins 2017 Michigan 'Economic Bright Spot' Award By Corp! Magazine
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– jacapps has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots of 2017. The mobile strategy and application development company was honored June 8 at a luncheon held at the International Banquet Center in Detroit and will be featured in the July/August 2017 print issue. The company was recognized for continued growth and innovation in the mobile technology space. Bob Kernen, jacapps COO, noted, “jacapps is a Michigan success story. Our company has doubled in size over the past year, and Michigan continues to be a terrific place to grow a business.”
With over 1,000 mobile apps developed, j?capps is one of the leading mobile application developers in the United States. The company’s App Everywhere® program has enabled businesses to have a presence in the Connected Car via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Ford’s Smart Device Link, and in the home via the development of mobile apps for smart TVs and smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. “For the past 8+ years, the jacapps team has produced outstanding work for our clients,” notes j?capps President, Paul Jacobs. “Receiving this award is further evidence that we’ve got an amazing group of pros working for us who deserve this recognition.”
Husband Of Murdered New Jersey Host Arrested, Charges Not Related To Murder
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– The husband of murdered radio host April Kauffman (L), who was found shot to death in her Linwood, New Jersey home five years ago, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning reports ABC TV News Philadelphia. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said that their agents, along with the FBI and local police, executed search warrants on the home and business of Dr. James Kauffman. While executing the warrant, authorities say Kauffman displayed a handgun. A hostage negotiator was brought in and Kauffman eventually surrendered to authorities.
Kauffman is now under arrest and is being monitored by the Psychiatric Intervention Program. He will be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law. There was no word on any charges related to the murder case. The prosecutor's office said "our investigation will continue based upon the information gleaned from today's search and other leads." No one has ever been charged. On May 10, 2012, an employee of Kauffman's discovered her shot to death in the home she shared with her husband.
Art Vuolo Wants Your Video For MSBC 29
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– BE ON BOOT CAMP TV! This year MSBC will again feature video from some of the best morning shows in America, but "Radio's Best Friend," Art Vuolo wants to feature YOU this year! Even though he can't fly all over the country in the next few weeks, you can submit a video for Boot Camp 29.
Here are a couple of guidelines: be sure to use DIRECT AUDIO, so it sounds like it does on the air. NO "mic on the camera" audio! If there are windows in your studio, close the blinds. Never have daylight behind show members. Vary shots, close-ups and wide views. Length should be at least 2 minutes, but not longer than 7 or 8 minutes. Please submit on a standard DVD, a computer DVD or as an MP4 file to Art's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing, send to Boot Camp TV c/o Art Vuolo PO Box 55, Walled Lake, MI 48390 and include your phone number.
WIL's Kelly Stirs The Internet With Bird Stream
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– WIL St. Louis' Kelly has reached more than 100,000 New Country followers in the past week on Phoebe Cam! The internet was taken by storm with April the giraffe. Kelly noticed that a bird nested outside of her house laying two eggs. The next day, there were two more DIFFERENT eggs in the nest. Kelly named the bird Phoebe and started a live stream on the New Country 92.3 Facebook page, now more than 100,000 followers are addicted...to watching a bird...sitting on her nest. Several followers have suggested that a Cow Bird has laid her eggs for Phoebe to raise.
Bud and Broadway have NO idea what the bird is...or why SO many are addicted to watching a bird, sit on a nest. But it's been a blast to talk about on the air. A local "bird expert" will appear on the show Tuesday morning to fill the show in - HINT: it was local non-profit World Bird Sanctuary! Bud and Broadway are going to ask followers to name the baby birds and some are placing bets to see if the bigger birds will kick the little birds out of the nest. Join the fun on the Phoebe Cam at https://www.facebook.com/BudandBroadway
'Idol Reboot To Hold Auditions In 19 Cities; Chris Harrison Speaks Up
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PROGRAMMING: Dustin Fletcher Snags Double Posts For iHeart St. Louis Region & Des Moines
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today new programming roles for Dustin Fletcher. Fletcher has been named Director of Alternative Rock Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region as well as the Program Director for ALT 106.3, Des Moines’ Alternative Rock. He will continue to serve as the Program Director for ALT 104.9, St. Louis, a position he has held since December 2016
Fletcher brings over 10 years of programming expertise to his new roles. Prior to joining ALT 104.9, he served as Program Director and Midday Host for iHeartMedia Richmond’s XL102 and Program Director for 96.1 The Planet. Fletcher has previously worked at stations including: WFNX-FM in Boston, MA; WFXH-FM in Savannah, GA; WDYL -FM in Richmond, VA; and WFNZ in Knoxville, TN.
"This is a huge opportunity leading our programming efforts at ALT 106.3 in Des Moines,” said Fletcher. “I’m extremely proud of what we’ve done with ALT 104.9. The St. Louis Region has some of the most talented programming and on-air talent in radio and I’m excited for what we have in store.”
James Garner Adds PD Duties For KZMG Boise; Ken Merson Named PD For SiriusXM's '60's On 6' Channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– Impact Radio Group has announced the promotion of James Garner (R) to PD for KZMG/My102.7, this in addition to his programming role for KSRV/BOB-FM, a position he took over in 2014. Garner will also take over the afternoon show from KWYD PD Curtis Booker on July 3rd, a date which marks Garner’s tenth anniversary with the company.
-- Ken Merson (L) is the new PD for SiriusXM's 60s On 6 channel. "This is the dream job of my lifetime," the Merson Person tells DCRTV. "I'm looking forward to the creative challenges that lie ahead and teaming with top-notch on-air talents Phlash Phelps, Pat St. John, Dave Hoeffel, Mike Kelly, and Cousin Brucie. I'm genuinely thrilled to once again be stationed at SiriusXM’s Washington DC.
SYNDICATION: Steve Harvey Chalks Up 100th Affiliate
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks announced that The Steve Harvey Morning Show has reached the 100th affiliate milestone. The top-rated, award-winning program featuring Harvey and his on-air crew, including Shirley Strawberry, J. Anthony Brown, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior, is the #1 syndicated morning show in America with nearly 7 million weekly listeners.
“This milestone has me beaming,” shared Harvey, who recently renewed his long-term partnership with Premiere Networks’ parent company iHeartMedia. “To be in the 100 club is so gratifying, and to have growth after all this time is a testament to my crew’s hard work and willingness to evolve." “This is a major milestone for Steve Harvey and his team, who have successfully entertained and inspired millions of listeners since The Steve Harvey Morning Show was launched nearly 17 years ago,” shared Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “The program’s continued growth and success is a testament to their hard work and dedication." For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Denyse Mesnik Named National Spokeswoman For MIW Group
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee announced that Denyse Mesnik has been named the MIW National Spokeswoman, effective immediately. Denyse, President of The Mesnik Group, succeeds Olin and Associates Principal Kay Olin, who was elevated to the position in 2014 and will continue serving as a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee. In 2016, Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR founded The Mesnik Group, a public relations and marketing company specializing in the radio broadcasting and music communities. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful 25-year career with Beasley Media Group during which she was promoted from Founder and Chairman George G. Beasley’s executive assistant to ultimately vice president of corporate communications.
Kay’s a tough act to follow,” says Denyse Mesnik. “Thankfully, the MIWs share a special bond and a true sisterhood. I’m deeply honored to serve in this manner, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further a mission in which I believe wholeheartedly. Denyse Mesnik can be reached at 239.250.9833 and Denyse@MesnikGroup.com.
PRODUCTS: Futuri To Deliver 'Live Stream Of Content' With New TopicPulse 'Content Stream'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– Futuri Media announced the launch of the TopicPulse content stream, a powerful companion to the groundbreaking story discovery tool that scans thousands of local social posts and news sources every minute to deliver demo-specific insights to broadcasters. TopicPulse’s new content stream takes its powerful real-time story discovery tools and marries it with the writing and curation skills of radio format experts.
Radio partners who log into their TopicPulse account will now see a live stream of content ideas specific to their format and target, based on TopicPulse’s data and curated by Futuri’s team of writers and producers with extensive radio experience. Intended as a companion to TopicPulse’s powerful story discovery tools, content stream material is written in a way that’s easy to use as-is on-air and on social channels. “Anyone who’s charged with creating compelling live content knows how difficult it can be to keep audiences engaged. We created TopicPulse to add science to the art of show prep and story selection,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “We’re thrilled to give TopicPulse’s radio partners these new companion capabilities to make it even easier to make use of TopicPulse’s incredible data-driven story discovery capabilities.”
[WATCH] Upstate New York Radio Host Among Group Charged In Sex Sting
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– A New York state radio host is among 12 charged in sex sting. According to Channel 13 TV Albany, Warren County Sheriff Bud York says authorities pretended to be pimps and underage girls and 12 men took the bait. They say all 12 men all wanted to have sex with girls between 9 and 14 years old.
It was something called "Operation Spider Bite." Most suspects were charged with attempted rape or attempted criminal sex act. Authorities say all 12 confessed. The FBI and State Police worked with deputies on a task force for six months in the operation. Tim Celeste was the radio host who worked at WNYQ 101.7 FM/Glens Falls, NY and whose bio has since been dropped from its website. "Nothing surprises me anymore. I've been doing it long enough that nothing really surprises me. It's disgusting but it doesn't surprise me," noted York. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH HERE
Bauer Media To Replace 12 Midday Shows With Debbie Mac
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– Looks like the syndication bug is spreading to The UK - This time, middays. Bauer Media Bauer Media announced that next month, most of the Bauer-owned stations in the North of England will air the same show in middays , hosted by Debbie Mac (L), who currently handles mid-mornings on Key 103 in Manchester reports Complete Music Update. Five stations in Scotland will also start to air a single show in that slot, handled by Greigsy.
According to Radio Today, Group MD of the Bauer City Network, Graham Bryce, says: “Our commitment to creating compelling engaging relevant content is at the heart of what we do. We are focusing our product investment into areas that provide differentiation and a deep connection with our listeners; exceptional breakfast and drive shows, award-winning local news, sport, traffic and travel, and high quality and relevant local information."
TIME RUNNING OUT: Nominees Being Accepted For ReelWorld's 3rd Annual 'Rising Star Awards'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 29, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its third annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 2ND, 2017. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration.
To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself - we won't tell). Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 2 and formally announced on August 4th at MSBC in Atlanta. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT
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Apple's New Podcast Analytics A Wake-up Call For Producers & Advertisers Says Steve Goldstein
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– Amplifi's Steve Goldstein calls it the biggest thing to happen to podcasts since 'Serial. Writing in his newest blog, Goldstein says during last week Apple’s developer conference in San Jose, they announced its Podcasts App gets a big, and much needed refresh this fall with IOS 11. Along with significant design changes, finally Apple will open up in-episode analytics enabling content producers to see when and how long people listen. Until now, Apple, which accounts for around 70% of all podcast consumption, provided sketchy download information which did not correlate to actual listening. Producers knew how many times a podcast was downloaded but no data on what was actually heard.
The advent of analytics will likely result in change for many podcasters by revealing real listening behavior. They will finally see what listeners like, and conversely, dislike and creators will be able to fine-tune the content accordingly. Apple's new analytics are likely to be a wake-up call for many producers and possibly a reset in the advertising community. The data will be aggregated and anonymized so no personal information is revealed. This means podcasters, or podcast advertisers, won’t be able to create addressable targeted content to individuals or groups. That is the expectation from other digital media platforms such as Facebook or YouTube, but unlikely to happen with Apple having no monetary play in podcasting. It will, however, provide much needed currency, ROI and a bunch of other things advertisers have been looking for in order to justify and shift more dollars into this hot sector. At the developer conference, Apple announced that there are now 400,000 podcasts and 14 million episodes. Apple is approving 1,000 new podcasts each week. Wow. Who's listening to all this stuff? We are about to find out. SEE FULL BLOG HERE
Goldstein will be among MSBC 29's featured panelists during its special 'Mastering New Skills For Success' Featuring iHeart's Chris Peterson, Cumulus' Robert Mathers, Amplifi's Steve Goldstein and Entercom's Kim Reis- Led by moderator Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media
ON-AIR: Matt Pinfield Signing Off From KFOG Mornings To Focus On WWO Syndicated Shows
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– Just over a year as the morning show host on San Francisco's KFOG, radio and television personality and rock journalist Matt Pinfield will turn over the morning mic to focus on his two nationally syndicated radio shows, the weekly rock history show, “Flashback” and the nightly show, “Two Hours”. Both programs are syndicated by Westwood One, a Cumulus Media company.
Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco, said: “We thank Matt for his contributions to KFOG and wish him all the best moving forward as he continues to entertain radio audiences through his two national radio shows.” Pinfield said: “I'd like to thank my family at KFOG and Cumulus-San Francisco, who I love dearly, for giving me the freedom to concentrate on my two national radio shows for Westwood One, time to focus on my book, and to continue to work on developing TV and film projects. I love the Bay Area and being part of the legacy of such a heritage radio station as KFOG!”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Angel Brown Tapped As Market President For iHeart Norfolk
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Norfolk announced that Angel Brown has been named Market President for Norfolk, effective immediately. Angel previously worked as the Market Vice President for Cumulus in Mobile, AL where she also served as the Market Manager and Vice President of Sales.
"I am elated to join the iHeartMedia family in Norfolk,” said Brown. “The market and the company have had tremendous success over the years and are attributed to the company's culture and its people. I look forward to working alongside the talented iHeartMedia Norfolk team and I look for forward to my future with the industry leader.” HeartMedia Norfolk owns and operates WHBT, WMOV, WNOH and WOWI.
PROGRAMMING: Mike Marino & Heather Branch Take On Added Duties At WSTR Atlanta;“The Ant Man” Anthony Allen Named PD For iHeart Austin Country Combo; Robin Ward Rises To MD/APD At KFRG-FM Riverside, CA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– Two longtime members of Entercom Atlanta’s “Star 94.1,” WSTR-FM, have taken on elevated duties in the programming department; afternoon host Mike Marino (TL) is now WSTR’s Assistant Program Director, and longtime midday host Heather Branch (TR) is now WSTR’s Music Director. When I first got here, it quickly became apparent to me that STAR 94.1 is more than just a radio station... It's an Atlanta institution,” Marino said. “It's truly an honor to continue the success and be a part of its heritage. “These two are excellent examples of people who have worked hard, and had it pay off,” added Tony Lorino, Star 94.1 Program Director.
--iHeartMedia Austin announced that “The AntMan” Anthony Allen (BL) has been named Program Director for KASE 101,and 98.1 KVET Austin. He will also serve as weekday afternoon on-air personality for KASE 101. The AntMan has been with iHeartMedia for 17 years, most recently serving as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 102.5 KNIX in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the Country station in 2013 after working as Assistant Program Director and afternoon on-air personality at iHeartMedia Nashville’s The BIG 98. The AntMan’s background includes programming duties at iHeartMedia’s 102.1 The Bull in Wichita, Kansas. He also hosts the nationally syndicated “Country House Party” show on Saturday nights.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Riverside’s K-FROG 95.1 radio has promoted Robin Ward to music director/assistant program director of the station. Ward will also host the midday time slot as her on-air persona Heather Froglear. Ward joined K-FROG in 1993 and has served as promotions director and morning show host. "Robin is such a natural fit for this position, having been here at The Frog for most of the station's history. She knows the format and the artists like the back of her hand,” said program director, Scott Ward.
FORMATICS: Radio Disney Expands Brand Into Country With Launch Of KRDC 99.1 Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– Radio Disney Country has launched KRDC 99.1 FM from Los Angeles, CA. and will also be available on iHeartRadio and TuneIn, as well as Spotify and Apple Music. “As country music continues to deliver some of the biggest artists in music today,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Network “we are broadening the reach of Radio Disney Country through both terrestrial and digital extensions of its brand.”
LA’s KRDC 99.1 FM is officially on the air reports countrymusicrocks.net. It says the first hour consisted of commercial free airplay and featured Kelsea Ballerini with her brand new single “Legends,” as well as fan favorites such as Rascal Flatts, Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, and many more.
EVENTS: Thousands Turn Out For Bert Show's Atlanta Moon Ride; Charlotte's Maney, Roy & LauRen Show Raises Over $100,000 With 'Kids Rock Gala'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– Shown above is a look at the syndicated Bert Show's 'Atlanta Moon Ride' being joined by thousands of bike riders. Bert tells Jockline, "We started this 6 mile nighttime bike ride through downtown 5 years ago with 500 riders. It's grown to a 'crazy-ass' amount now that entails having 120 police officers on an escorted route. The profits from the event go to Bert's Big Adventure." See more photos and info HERE
WNKS' Charlotte's Maney from the "Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show" Co-Hosted Carolina Panther's quarterback Cam Newton's "Kids Rock Gala" with Cam, and ABC's Michael Strahan (shown).
Maney helped the foundation raise over 100,000 dollars with a live auction that included a flyaway to Super Bowl 52 and a day with Cam on a private yacht on Lake Norman. The MRL show has enjoyed a close relationship with the Panther's QB since he arrived in Charlotte. Check out the show's exclusive interview with Cam on Kiss951.com
Martha Quinn To Host iHM's San Francisco 80's Bash
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco’s iHeart80s @ 103.7, ‘80s Music for the San Francisco Bay Area, announced the lineup for its inaugural iHeart80s Birthday Bash concert taking place on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center in San Jose. The live concert event will feature performances by Boy George, along with special guests A Flock Of Seagulls, The Romantics, Farrington & Mann of the Original When In Rome UK, Tiffany, Animotion, Tommy Tutone, and Nu Shooz.
iHeart80s morning personality and former original MTV VJ Martha Quinn will host the show, along with station personalities Christie James and Morris Knight. "Having the legendary Boy George headline our inaugural iHeart80s Birthday Bash is absolutely awesome!” said Ricci Filiar, Program Director for iHeart80s. “We are so excited to have this amazing lineup of ‘80s music stars all on one stage for our first Birthday Bash with the iconic Martha Quinn hosting the show."
SNAPS: SRN'S Mike Gallagher Hosts Listener For Annual American Spirit Awards' Event
Friday evening (6/9) Salem Radio Network's Mike Gallagher (3rd from left) hosted listeners from Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and South Carolina at the annual "American Spirit Awards Gala" in New Orleans.
The black-tie event celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw-- author of the book "The Greatest Generation"--was emcee for the sold-out gala.
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BUSINESS: SiriusXM Invests $480m In Pandora
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– SiriusXM has agreed to make a $480 million 'strategic cash investment' in Pandora reports Music Business Worldwide. SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement and has agreed to purchase the rest at a second closing. The Series A preferred stock represents a stake of 19% of Pandora’s currently outstanding common stock and a 16% stake on an as-converted basis. The Series A preferred stock is convertible into common stock at a purchase price of $10.50 per share.
Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, said, “This strategic investment in Pandora represents a unique opportunity for SiriusXM to create value for its stockholders by investing in the leader in the ad-supported digital radio business, a space where SiriusXM does not play today. Pandora’s large user base and its ability to provide listeners with a personalized music experience are tremendous assets. With its strong technology and new product offerings, we believe there are exciting opportunities for Pandora to accelerate its growth and increase value for Pandora and SiriusXM stockholders.”
“The investment from SiriusXM infuses resources to help Pandora continue to grow and innovate,” said Pandora CEO and founder Tim Westergren (R). “With the strategic review behind us, and a strong balance sheet, we look forward to focusing on business execution and the optimization of our strategy.” The second closing is subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust approval, and is expected to close by the fourth quarter. The agreement may be terminated by either party if closing has not occurred by February 1, 2018.
ON-AIR: Heather Park To Join The Jamie And Stoney Show On 97.1 The Ticket Detroit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Detroit’s 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) announced today that beginning Monday, June 12, 2017, Heather Park will be joining the “Jamie and Stoney Show” as co-host. Jimmy Powers, Program Director said, “Heather’s experience with the Detroit Tigers and WWJ-TV combined with her personality makes her the perfect fit for the ‘Jamie and Stoney Show’. I look forward to the evolution of the show with the addition of Heather.”
“I’m excited for this opportunity! Jamie and Stoney make such a great morning show team and I can’t wait to join them to bring a new female voice to mornings in Detroit,” said Park. Heather Park is a Detroit native and in-park host at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers. In addition to Park’s work with Tigers, she is the past host of Detroit Sports News on WWJ-TV and is currently hosting Michigan Golf Weekly for the television station. Park has also worked for ESPN 3 as a sideline reporter. WATCH HER ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
PROGRAMMING: Aaron Trimmer Named PD For iHeart Phoenix Combo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Phoenix announced that Aaron Trimmer has been named Program Director for 550 KYFI - Fox Sports 910 Phoenix, The Biggest Names in Sports; and KYFI 2. “We’re excited to have Aaron bring his experiences out West,” said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “His track record speaks for itself, from brand execution to talent coaching, he’s a tremendous resource for our stations in the Arizona Region.”
Trimmer previously worked as the Program Director for Newsradio 1140 WRVA, Fox Sports 910 and Virginia News Network. He also served as the Program Director for NewsRadio WHAM 1180, 570 WSYR and Fox Sports 128; Program Director for News Radio 105.5 WERC and Alabama Radio Network; and Program Director for NewsRadio 630 WLAP. “I am beyond excited to work with the iHeartMedia team in Phoenix,” said Trimmer. “There’s a tremendous amount of talent with their spoken word brands and I look forward to leading the team and community to new heights.”
PODCASTS: ABC Radio And Spotify Team For 'Brilliant Minds' Podcasts
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis (bottom left) will Co-Host Special Series of “Brilliant Minds” Podcasts with Natalia Brzezinski (right) ABC Radio and Spotify announced today that they are collaborating on the production of “Brilliant Minds,” a podcast named after the annual event led by Natalia Brzezinsk. Brzezinski serves as the CEO of Symposium Stockholm, Brilliant Minds— a thought leadership symposium which will focus on the relationship between humanity and technology, gathering those at the forefront of this issue from around the world.
Additionally, Spotify will now distribute ABC Radio podcasts on their platform. Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent and host of the “No Limits” podcast, will co-host a special series of eight “Brilliant Minds” podcasts along with Brzezinski. These episodes will feature interviews with speakers from the Brilliant Minds event including, Usher, Rashida Jones and Chris Sacca. Jarvis will also report from the Brilliant Minds event in Stockholm for ABC News platforms as she conducts a series of exclusive interviews with disruptors, innovators and artists. This year’s Brilliant Minds event occurs June 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. The first episode of the special series was available this week on Spotify.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Maria Musaitef Joins Affiliate Relations Team For Benztwon
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that it has appointed seasoned affiliate sales professional Maria Musaitef to its Affiliate Relations team as its new Affiliate Relations Specialist. Musaitef joins Benztown from Envisage Radio Group in Los Angeles, where she was Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Previously, Musaitef was Advertising Sales Account Executive for Clear Channel/iHeart Radio in Los Angeles. She was also Senior Director, National Broadcast Sales for Hip Cricket Inc.; Manager, Regional Broadcast Sales for Radiate Media; and held Director, Affiliate Sales positions for: United Stations Radio Networks, MJI/Premiere Radio Networks, SFX Multi Media Group/Network Magazine Group/Album Network, and Global Satellite Network, all Los Angeles-based positions.
Masa Patterson, Vice President, Sales and Operations, Benztown, said: "Maria’s track record speaks for itself. She has great relationships in our business and brings immense value to Benztown and our partners. We are thrilled she’s on the team.” Musaitef said: “Happy to be working with the kick butt worldwide Benztown gang. Thanks to Dave Denes and Masa Patterson for reeling me in!“
AWARDS: Beasley NJ Takes Top Honors At Annual Ad Club Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– Beasley's WDHA-FM and WCTC-AM took top honors in two categories at the annual New Jersey Ad Club Jersey Awards. The event took place on June 7th at The Grove in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. WDHA-FM won “Best Radio Spot” for Oink and Moo BBQ (written, produced and voiced by Mike Cocheo with additional voice-overs by Dannie Schade). In addition, WCTC-AM won “Best Podcast” for The State Theatre (Program & Creative Director/Air Talent Bert Baron, host and producer).
The event was hosted by WDHA-FM Music Director and Mid-day Host Terrie Carr. “We are absolutely thrilled our team was recognized for their work with these two incredible awards,” said Senior Vice President and Regional Market Manager Dan Finn. “This is the night where all the best advertising agencies in the state of New Jersey gather and announce winners across all media platforms. We were honored to be among the winners of this year’s event.” PHOTO/Left to right – Howard Levine (State Theatre) Jason Paddock (State Theatre), Valerie Freda- Senior Account Executive (WDHA/WMTR), Terrie Carr WDHA-FM Music Director and Mid-day Host, Mike Cocheo.
Aussie Station Finds Winner 34 Years Later!
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– Last week, 96FM in Perth, Western Australia received a piece of mail that had been lost with Australia Post for the last 34 YEARS, resulting in a country-wide search for the sender dubbed #FindRobyn. It was a 1983 contest entry form - a milk carton cut-out, for a “Brownes Dairy Choc Rock Contest” on 96FM where the winner won “a complete set of the Top 96 Albums” of all time. 96FM’s Carmen & Fitzi put out the call on-air and on social media to find the person who mailed the letter. The winner, Robyn, now lives on a farm in regional WA, and traveled 300km to 96FM to talk about the lost competition entry. Robyn was a 21 year old secretary at the time in 1983 and was big music fan, she remembers entering the competition and admits that she actually entered the competition countless times because she wanted the music prize so much. As a surprise, Carmen & Fitzi along with a Brownes Dairy representative this morning presented Robyn with a cheque to the value of $2,000 ($1475US) which is the value of the 96 albums she would have won should she have been the winner of the original competition. LISTEN HERE
Half Of Australian Radio Show Broadcasting From London - Sydney’s KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O Show is using Maple Street Studios, Fitzrovia, whilst Kyle is in London. Part of the Sydney show is coming from the Britain’s capital all this week as Kyle Sandilands is in the city on “foreign assignment”, and so is hosting his half of the show from there. Maple Street Studios is based at Radioworks, right beneath the BT Tower, with purpose-built facilities to create podcasts, radio ads and more.
Line-up For Radio 2 In Hyde Park Announced - BBC Radio 2 in London is heading back to Hyde Park this September for another Festival in a Day, with Take That, Blondie and Shania Twain all on the guest list. The whole day will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and available to watch on the Red Button / iPlayer. Presenters include Jo Whiley, Ken Bruce, Michael Ball, Jeremy Vine, Claudia Winkleman, Tony Blackburn, Simon Mayo, Clare Balding, and more. Other artists confirmed for the event, which takes place on September 10th, are James Blunt, Emeli Sandé, Rick Astley, Seth Lakeman & Wildwood Kin and Stereophonics. The acts were announced by Chris Evans on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, calling it Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park’s “best ever line up”.
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SNAPS: Ace & TJ Air Show Before College Crowd; ESPN's Ryen Russillo & Scott Van Pelt Runite
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2017 –– As is the tradition during Dan Vallie's Radio Talent Institutes, each Friday of this 10-day event college students wake up before dawn to catch a live morning show in action. Today's edition featured the syndicated Ace and TJ Show broadcasting live from the Kellar Radio Talent Institute Appalachian State University in Boone NC. The event will wrap up next Wednesday.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Ryen Russillo and Scott Van Pelt reunited on The Ryen Russillo Show as Van Pelt joined as a guest co-host alongside Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long.
The occasion marked a return for Van Pelt to the radio host seat opposite Russillo Show host Ryen Russillo, who previously co-hosted SVP & Russillo with Van Pelt from 2012 – 2015. The Ryen Russillo Show can also be heard on ESPN Radio via the ESPN app, ESPNRadio.com, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
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All Eyes And Ears Today On James Comey
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– No, this isn't your typical Jockline lead story, but today is most certainly not your typical day in media. What's being called 'Washington's Super Bowl' will get underway at approximately 10:00 AM ET as Former FBI Director James Comey will sit before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington DC for what many predict will become one of the most watched and listened to events in history.
In addition to all major TV networks and cable news outlets, Salem's 24/7 Radio, ABC News Radio, NPR and countless other audio platforms will cover today's testimony. As reported yesterday, The Salem Radio Network’s 24/7 SRN News will provide longform, live, gavel-to-gavel coverage starting at 10 AM anchored by SRN News U.S. Senate correspondent Linda Kenyon. Additionally, Greg Clugston—SRN’s White House correspondent—will provide live updates and perspective from the White House during the hearings and at the top-of-each hour. On ABC News Radio, correspondent Aaron Katersky will begin its coverage. Joining Katersky will be correspondent Brad Mielke on Capitol Hill, correspondent Stephanie Ramos at the White House, contributor and former FBI Special Agent Brad Garrett and others. ABC News Radio will also provide multiple one minute status reports throughout the day and a one hour recap of the day’s events at 7:00 pm ET anchored by Katersky. NPR News coverage will also begin at 10 a.m., hosted by Lynn Neary. She will be joined by Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson, Ron Elving, Mara Liasson, Scott Detrow and Nina Totenberg.
Of note, we're posting today's edition a bit earlier than normal so that our readers, like most everyone with a TV, radio, or other device, can observe this historic testimony.
STUDY: On Average, Those Advertising On Radio Experience Unaided Recall Five Times Greater Than Those Who Aren't On The Air
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– In the latest Westwood One blog, Local Ad Recall CEO, Tom Meyer (L), discusses the impact of radio advertising from his radio ad recall and effectiveness studies. After fielding 27 local ad recall studies with 8,377 consumers, they have uncovered powerful insights about the power of radio advertising and how to create effective ads.
Meyers’ key strategies for how AM/FM radio can drive sales are: · Build brand awareness to cultivate a reputation. For important categories like automotive, home improvement, financial planning, and legal services, reputation is cited by consumers as the most important attribute. · Use AM/FM radio to build unaided awareness. Brands need to be memorable. On average, those advertising on the radio experience unaided recall five times greater than those who are not on the air. · Devote more ad time to brand building, less to price or item. National brands should avoid getting caught up in promotions, price cuts, or item-specific messaging and instead use time to reinforce their brand images. · Find out what matters to consumers and tailor copy accordingly. Focus copy on what’s important to listeners in order to influence their purchase decisions. · Have real people tell their story about your brand. Consumers lean forward and engage when a real person starts telling a story. · Use radio personality endorsements to develop listener trust. Radio listeners strongly consider radio personalities to be trusted friends whose recommendations they trust in deciding on an advertiser. SEE COMPLETE STUDY HERE
SYNDICATION: iHeart Toledo Adds Mojo Show To Mornings
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Toledo’s 92.5 KISS-FM announced the debut of the Mojo in the Morning show, effective June 19, 2017. Mojo in the Morning features on-air personalities Mojo, Spike and Shannon along with Producer Rachel. Toledo native Meaghan Mick, a 92.5 KISS-FM on-air personality for the past six years, will join Mojo in the Morning to provide humorous commentary as well as local news and entertainment.
“We love the Midwest and are so excited to have Mojo in the Morning connect with listeners in Toledo,” said Mojo. “As a big fan of 92.5 KISS-FM, we are honored to be on such a dominant radio station brand in Northwest Ohio!” “I’ve personally been a long-time fan of Mojo in the Morning, and we’re excited to expand his show to 92.5 KISS-FM,” said Scott Sands, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Toledo. “This show is fun, engaging, and will provide a daily blend of entertainment not currently heard on the radio in Toledo.”
Kyle Bogenschutz To Co-Host On 97.1 The Ticket Detroit Wojo Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Detroit announced that 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) air talent, Kyle Bogenschutz will join “Wojo” to form the “Wojo and Bogey Show.” airing weekdays at 6:00PM. Bogenschutz will also host “Pistons Weekly."
“As someone that grew up in Detroit following all four sports teams and listening to 97.1 The Ticket, I’m incredibly fortunate and honored to be a small part of this station and it’s future. I’d like to thank Jimmy Powers and Debbie Kenyon for their belief in me and this opportunity, as well as Wojo and many others at the station who have been very helpful and encouraging over the last several years,” said Bogenschutz. Kyle “Bogey” Bogenschutz began his career in 2010 as a Sports Talk Host at WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to his sports show at WTKA, “Bogey” worked as a Multimedia Journalist for FOX Sports Interactive and Scout Media. “Bogey” joined 97.1 The Ticket in 2014 as a sports update reporter and in 2016 “Bogey” was promoted to nights and weekends as a show host.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Baxter Tapped As GSM For Cumulus' L.A.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Mary Baxter as General Sales Manager for Cumulus Media-Los Angeles, CA, and radio stations, KLOS-FM and KABC. Baxter joins Cumulus from Crossroads WOW, where she was Regional Sales Director. Previously, she was Local Sales Manager for CBS Radio’s 97.1 AMP (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles and prior to that, spent 16 years in radio sales at KIIS-FM for Clear Channel/iHeart Media-Los Angeles, where she advanced from Local Account Executive to Local Sales Manager to General Sales Manager for the station.
Baxter said: "I am looking forward to being a part of Cumulus Media at this exciting time in the company’s growth and evolution as a next-generation media and entertainment company.”
NETWORKS: Keith Goldstein Joins SBG For National Sales Post; Envision Virtual Services Adds Kerry Manfredi As New Anchor
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today that Keith Goldstein has joined the company as National Account Manager. In his role with Sun, Goldstein will work with the Sales Department focused on products including Shazam For Radio, The Hit List with Fitz, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, The Fitz Show, Sun Latino Networks, and many others. “We’re very pleased to welcome Keith to Team Sun! Keith brings a wealth of experience and relationships in the radio industry. He’s a proven winner, a successful salesperson and Sun is very lucky to have him.” Goldstein has over 20 years of industry sales experience having spent the bulk of his career at ABC/ESPN Radio Networks in several roles ranging from Sales Associate and Account Executive to Senior Director of Sponsorships and Integrated Sales. Reach Keith at 212-380-9309 or by email at KGoldstein@sunbgi.com.
Envision Networks welcomes Kerry Manfredi to its team of reporters at Envision Virtual Services. “It’s great to see Envision offering seasoned news reporters to all size markets,” Manfredi said. “I am thrilled to join the Envision team and such a highly regarded roster of reporters.” Most recently she was a morning news reporter for WXIS in Johnson City, Tennessee. Manfredi was also a producer of “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone and Friends.”
In addition to news reporting, she has a background in theater and is a busy voiceover actor. EnvisionVirtualServices’ anchors have expertise in major market radio and TV news and have been heard in top markets including Philadelphia, Houston, Denver, Sacramento, and more. For more info, contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 for more information about EnvisionVirtualServices. About Envision Networks®
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill To Help Westwood One Celebrate The 4th With a 4-Hour Music Special
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 ––Along with fireworks, pool parties, barbecues, and trips to the beach, Westwood One is celebrating Independence Day with its annual Celebrate the USA holiday music special featuring Country megastars, CMA, ACM and GRAMMY-winners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Among their many individual hit songs and duets, the special will showcase the couple’s current big hit "Speak to a Girl," "Humble and Kind" (GRAMMY for Best Country Song, 2016 CMA Song of the Year, 2016 American Music Award for Country Song of the Year), "May We All" with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw (2016 ACM Vocal Event of the Year), "Meanwhile Back at Mama's,” and *It's Your Love” (ACM Single, Song, Video, Vocal Event of the Year and CMA Vocal Event of the Year). Stations can air Westwood One’s Celebrate the USA with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill any time Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS: Stars Join John DeBella For Vets Drive
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– WMGK-FM/Philly's John DeBella Annual Radiothon live broadcast will take place live from in front of the National Constitution Center on Friday, June 16th from 6am to 6pm. DeBella, along with a variety of famous rock stars & musicians, will encourage listeners to call 1-800-678-WMGK (9645) or go to wmgk.com to make a donation. This year, in conjunction with the Radiothon, the station will also conduct a series of eBay auctions that will be accessible via wmgk.com.
The auction items will include front row tickets to Jimmy Buffett, autographed items & ‘money can’t buy’ experiences with national recording artists such as Roger Waters, The Who, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett & more. All funds raised from the eBay auctions and the Radiothon will benefit the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) in Philadelphia, whose mission is to provide services, programs, opportunities and advancement to veterans and their families. Over the past decade, Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM has raised over one million dollars for the local veterans via the annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon
SNAPS: Scenes From 42nd Annual Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2017 –– This week the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) handed out the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards to a packed house at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. First-time host Jeannie Mai led the show with exuberant energy and Gracies Impact Award recipient Rachel Platten treated attendees to a stellar performance. The Gracie Awards, which each year celebrate female luminaries on and off the screen for outstanding achievements across radio, television, cable and interactive media, hosted award recipients such as Lifetime Achievement Honoree Debbie Allen, Rachel Bloom, “This is Us” cast members Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi-Watson, as well as Natalie Morales, Lisa Ling, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton and Lynn Whitfield.
PHOTO/ above:The AWM/F Board at the 2017 Gracie Awards Gala, (L-R) Keisha Sutton-James, Inner-City Broadcasting; Kelly Perdomo, SiriusXM; Jinny Laderer, vCreative; Heather Cohen, The Weiss Agency; Becky Brooks, Alliance for Women in Media; Karla Ballard Williams, YING; Sarah Foss, Imagine Communications; Christine Barlowe, NextMedia Partners, LLC; Christine Travaglini, Christal Radio; Josie Thomas, CBS Corporation; and Gayle Trotter, American Womens Alliance. - RIGHT: Kelly Ford of Ty, Kelly & Chuck Mornings accepts her award for Outstanding Co-Host at the Gracie Awards Gala, June 6, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Getty Images provided by AWMF
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NETWORKS: Salem Radio Network's 24/7 News To Carry Live Coverage Of James Comey Hearing
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– Along with reports that all 3 major networks and cable news sites will carry non-stop coverage of the highly anticipated testimony of former FBI Head James Comey, The Salem Radio Network’s 24/7 SRN News announced it will also provide extensive, live coverage of Thursday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. SRN News will provide longform, live, gavel-to-gavel coverage starting at 10AM Eastern time Thursday, anchored by SRN News U.S. Senate correspondent Linda Kenyon, on SNN Right, the network’s longform News Channel.
Additionally, Greg Clugston—SRN’s White House correspondent—will provide live updates and perspective from the White House during the hearings and at the top-of-each hour during SRN News and TOWNHALL newscasts. Following the Comey hearing, Clugston will report from conservative Ralph Reed’s annual ROAD TO MAJORITY conference in D.C.; President Trump and Vice President Pence are both scheduled to address 2017 conference attendees.
ON-AIR: After 20-Year Run, Andy & Alison Signing Off WIVK Knoxville
Will Stay With The Show Until Their Replacement Is Found
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– Longtime WIVK/Knoxville morning hosts “Andy & Alison” announced they're leaving the station following a 20-year run. The show featuring Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer began in 1997 and since then has won a combined 10 CMA and ACM morning show awards reports WATE TV. Both say it’s simply time for a change and to do other things in life.
“A huge THANK YOU to our East Tennessee listening family for allowing us to be a small part of your lives for the past 20 years! I hope we were at least able to put a smile on your face. You are the best! Making the decision to leave our friends at WIVK was not an easy one. I can’t imagine a better place to spend the past two decades on the air. It’s time for a change. I’m incredibly excited about new adventures with more time to work from my home studio, spend time with family and sleep late! Did I mention sleeping late?! What I’m most thrilled about is no longer needing to answer the question ‘Hey Andy! Where’s Alison?’” said Ritchie in a prepared release.
"It is time for me to move on, do some traveling with my husband and find some new adventures in life,” said Mencer. Cumulus Media/Knoxville OM Jeff Jarnigan added, “Andy and Allison have been the listener’s choice for as long as I can remember and built a foundation for WIVK of which they can be proud. While we don’t want them to leave, we understand the priority both place on family.” The duo says they plan to stay on the show until a nationwide search for replacements can be completed.
[WATCH] Jerry Seinfeld Blows Off Kesha Hug During Radio Interview; Media Erupts
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– Leave it to 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly to be in the right spot for what would lead to one of those viral moments. Last night during the National Night of Laughter & Song event in Wash. DC, McFly was interviewing comic legend Jerry Seinfeld when they were interrupted by 'We R Who We R' singer Kesha who wanted to hug Seinfeld. “I’m Kesha. I love you so much,” she said. “Can I give you a hug?” “No thanks,” Seinfeld replied. Not once, but three times. Kesha finally walks away somewhat awkwardly.
“I don’t know who that was,” Seinfeld told McFly, who then informs Seinfeld it was Kesha. Apparently not impressed, Seinfeld says, “Well, I wish her the best.” McFly tells Jockline, "t might be safe to say (Fresh Co-Hosts) Kelly, Jen and I started a National Conversation about the struggles of being a 'Non-Hugger' on today's show. Jen is Team Kesha and Kelly is Team Jerry. It's been a wild 20 hours since this whole thing got started -- definite highlight was having my work 'Buzz Feed'd" when they broke down the video second by second -WATCH BUZZFEED HERE. WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] PODCAST: ESPN'S 30 for 30 Podcasts Feed Starts Today; First Episode Debuts June 27
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– The first episode in ESPN Films’ and ESPN Audio’s much-anticipated new podcast series 30 for 30 Podcasts will debut on Tuesday, June 27. The podcast feed launched today and fans can subscribe wherever podcasts are available as well as listen to an audio trailer for the series.
30 for 30 Podcasts will tell original, high-quality sports stories in the likeness of the acclaimed 30 for 30 documentaries, but made exclusively for audio. Each episode will explore and report on a new sports story that will be a combination of original interviews and archival sound. The first season will include a total of five installments, with one debuting every Tuesday from June 27 through July 25. - The schedule begins Tues., June 27 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “The Trials of Dan and Dave” Tues., July 4 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “Yankees Suck” Tues., July 11 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “On the Ice” Tues., July 18 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “A Queen of Sorts” Tues., July 25 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “The Fighter Inside” - WATCH TRAILER HERE
[WATCH] The Mix Group's Jason Garte Draws The Spotlight On TV's 'Business Rockstars'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 – Jason Garte, Founder/President of The Mix Group, was the subject of a special television appearance on 'Business Rockstars.' As the largest entrepreneurial business platform across broadcast, mobile and social, Business Rockstars was intrigued by the evolution and growth of The Mix Group and Garte’s insight on what it takes to turn what was once a two-person operation into a multi-million dollar company.
During the in-studio interview in Los Angeles, Garte and show host Alex Werhley (shown) discussed everything from the importance of work ethic and perseverance, to the radio industry and the craft of branding for stations and podcasts. To view and share, click Business Rockstars-Mix Group Jason Garte. WATCH HERE
AWARDS: NABEF 19th Annual 'Service To America' Awards To Honor Jon Bon Jovi & FedEx
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– The 19th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, produced by the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF), will be held Tuesday, June 20 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of Washington's top events, the gala will honor radio and television broadcasters from across the country for exceptional community service. Renowned musician and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi will receive NABEF's highest honor, the Service to America Leadership Award. FedEx will receive the Corporate Leadership Award.
Explore all of the award recipients HERE. Members of Congress and other officials will be in attendance and serve as award presenters. Press are invited to cover the Celebration of Service to America Awards. To attend, please RSVP to Dan Lemle. WHERE: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20240 WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner and awards presentation: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. About The Celebration of Service to America Awards The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the National Association of Broadcasters and presenting sponsors Bonneville International and Hearst Television.
SNAPS: Benztown & vCreative Celebrate At L.A Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– Radio's Benztown and vCreative were on hand last night for the 2017 Gracie Awards Gala in Los Angeles to celebrate its winners and outstanding programming created by, for and about women.
The two companies joined forces to sponsor the Reception Suite at the 2017 Gracies Gala at L.A.'s Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Shown leftt are Dave "Chachi" Denes and Jinny Laderer, vCreative Co-Founder and President.
EVENTS: 106.5 The Arch's Spencer Show Collects Suits For Vets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2017 –– 106.5 The Arch St. Louis and Spencer’s Neighborhood collected several dozen suits as part of their “Boots to Suits” Campaign, which wrapped up this past weekend. In partnership with Ryan Sanford of Equity Prime Mortgage, JC Penny, and Two Men and a Truck, the “Boots to Suits” campaign focused on collecting suits for local veterans returning to the workforce after they return home from deployment. All of the suits were donated to Dress for Success Midwest, headquartered in St. Charles.
For more information about the “Boots to Suits” Campaign, contact Program Director Scott Roddy at 314-983-6000 or email@example.com, or visit www.1065thearch.com.
$13 Million Raised So Far For Red Cross From 'One Live Manchester'
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[WATCH] Apple To 'Reinvent Music' With Debut Of Smart Speaker 'Homepod'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– You can add one more product to the smart speaker market as Apple unveiled its HomePod yesterday during its developer conference in San Jose. HomePod is a wireless speaker for the home that delivers audio using spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music. HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US. At just under 7 inches tall, HomePod can be placed almost anywhere in the home and is available in white and space gray.
“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.” WATCH SAMPLE HERE
PROGRAMMING: Jimmy Steele Named Operations Manager For Cumulus Mobile Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named programming vet Jimmy Steele as Operations Manager for its five-station cluster in Mobile, AL. In the newly created position, Steele will oversee operations for Cumulus Media-Mobile radio stations WABD-FM, WGOK-AM, WBLX-FM, WDLT-FM and WXQW-AM. Steele will also serve WXQW-AM as Program Director. Steele has more than 30 years’ experience as a program director, operations manager and on-air talent. He joins Cumulus Media from iHeart Media in Reading, PA, where he was Program Director for WRFY-FM and WRAW AM/FM and Morning Show Host on WRFY-FM. Steele also served iHeart Media as Senior Vice President, Programming, for its six stations in Ocean City/Salisbury, MD. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations/Brand Manager for Saga Communications’ four stations Columbus, OH. Previously, Steele held career posts at iHeart Media/Clear Channel, including: Operations Manager and Director of Programming for its seven-station group in San Diego, CA; Regional Vice President/Programming, Columbus, OH and Central Ohio regional markets; and Program Director of WNCI-FM. He was also Program Director for iHeart Media/Clear Channel’s WRVW-FM in Nashville, TN.
Doug Hamand, Vice President, Programming Operations, Cumulus Media, said: "We are very excited to bring Jimmy's amazing track record and high caliber talents to coaching and mentoring our fabulous programming team in Mobile. Our great radio stations already dominate the ratings here and with Jimmy's vision, experience and focus, there’s no limit to what we can achieve together!” Steele said: I'm thrilled to join Cumulus Media at an exciting time in the company's evolution, and look forward to working with the talented and diverse team within the Cumulus-Mobile cluster.”
ON-AIR: Jimmy Phillips Joins WCDA/Lexington's Mandy In The Morning; WILN-FM On The Hunt
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– LM Communications, Hot AC WCDA (YOUR 106.3) /Lexington, KY has added Jimmy Phillips to its Mandy In The Morning Show as co-host and as Assistant Program Director. Phillips arrives from WILN, Panama City, where he co-hosted mornings for three years with Williamson before she joined WCDA. Program Director, Lee Reynolds said, “I want to thank all of the great personalities that applied for this opportunity. At the end of the day, though, it came down to the chemistry between Mandy and Jimmy and their history of working together. Jimmy is an awesome person, and a great fit for the morning show and the station – Lexington is going to love him.”
Meanwhile, this leaves WILN/Panama's Marc Summers in the hunt for another co-host to team with co-host Jenn Ryan. He tells Jockline, he's looking for a male, young, sharp with, biting tongue, strong personality, good comedic timing and copy skills, and a prod whiz even better! Send packages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Myers And DeVon Pouncey Team For Middays On 102.9/750 The Game Portland
OR, June 5, 2017 – Alpha Media Portland announced that former KXTG Afternoon host, Justin Myers will team up with former Pacific University basketball star, DeVon Pouncey for a live and local Portland sports show. The show will air weekdays starting Monday, June 5th, 9am to 12pm. Myers began his radio career in 2004 hosting a local sports talk show and covering University of Oregon football and basketball. In 2014, he moved to 710 ESPN in Seattle hosting a midday sports talk show and hosting the Mariners pre/post game show.
Pouncey formerly held internships as a Sports Information Director Student Assistant, as well as a Production team intern for 102.9/750 The Game's "The Bald Faced Truth". In addition, he produced and hosted an on-campus radio show called “Vibin With Pounce” on Boxer Radio. He currently hosts a weekly podcast titled “Wake Up and Win with DeVon Pouncey.” Myers’ former partner, Chop will remain with the station as Assistant PD and Executive Producer of the new Dino Costa Afternoon show.
SYNDICATION: George Noory Extends Longterm With Premiere
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks announced an exclusive long-term agreement with George Noory to renew and extend his relationship with the company. Under the new agreement, Noory will continue his current role as host of Coast to Coast AM, the most-listened-to overnight radio program in North America.
“I first partnered with Premiere Networks to host Coast to Coast AM in 2003, and I’m excited to carry the torch for years to come,” shared Noory. “I want to thank the incredible team at Premiere and my amazing show staff, who have been with me since this remarkable journey started.” “I’m continually amazed by the dedication and passion George has for Coast to Coast AM and his audience,” shared Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “George is the driving force behind the show’s continued success, and we’re proud to extend our partnership.”
[WATCH] Ex-Talk Host Sent To Prison For Fraud
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– A former host of a money investment radio talk show was sent to prison yesterday along with a member of a Texas oil company for a fraud in which area residents lost millions reports The Journal News. Robert McManus pleaded guilty in 2013 to the sale of unregistered securities and the sale of securities without a license, both second-degree felonies. He previously hosted a Sunday morning show on 700 WLW called “Safe Money America.” McManus sold promissory notes issued by a Texas oil company, between 2010 and 2011, raising more than $2 million from 18 victims — 16 in Ohio, one in Kentucky and one in Indiana, according to Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson. The investments, according to prosecutors, were for two oil wells to be drilled by North Shore with the promise of as much as 15 percent to 20 percent return on investment.
William Troy West, 48, of Texas, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to fraud and sale of unregistered securities, was sentenced to six years in prison. A third defendant has taken a plea deal and will be sentenced in August. McManus said he has lost his home and his business and that his family is “a mess. He told the judge he was “sorry and ashamed.” He maintained he did not know the laws about the sale of promissory notes in Ohio. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH HERE
EVENTS: CBS Launches 'Connecting Vets' Drive
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO launched the new “CBS RADIO Presents ConnectingVets.com - Connecting Vets Every Day,” a national, multi-media resource linking military veterans and their families to relevant information, resources, solutions and, most importantly, each other. The content will be produced and presented by fellow vets who understand the complexity and stages of transitioning from the military ranks back into civilian life. Programming is easily accessible online at connectingvets.com and Radio.com, with audio on-demand available at connectivingvets.com/podcasts, and programming on-air in Washington, D.C. on local station WJFK 1580(AM).
“This new resource is a testament and a dedication to the selfless acts of U.S. veterans and all they do to ensure our freedoms and our very way of life,” said Steve Swenson, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO Washington, D.C. “We have created a streamlined, solutions-based product that will provide our vets with immediate and easy access to all of their available resources, and to their fellow veterans. We’re confident that together with our partners this dedicated resource will become a go-to source for our nation’s heroes and those around them.”
The 64th WHAS Crusade For Children Collects $5,500,000 During Weekend Broadcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– In yet another glowing example of the power of radio, The 64th WHAS Crusade for Children, simulcast on iHeart’s 840WHAS radio and Tegna’s WHAS-11 television, collected donations totaling $5,500,000 during the weekend broadcast. Firefighters throughout Kentucky and Indiana set up roadblocks and local churches and organizations collected from their memberships.
With $5,463,292.77 announced at the end of the broadcast, the family of automobile magnate Sam Swope delivered $36,707.23 to round out the total to $5.5 million to benefit special needs children. WHAS Radio afternoon personality Terry Meiners and WHAS-11 news anchor Rachel Platt are co-hosts of the annual fundraiser.
NETWORKS: SBG, 92.3 AMP New York And Sabra Team For Shazam Ad Campaign!
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2017 –– Last week Sabra teamed up with 92.3AMP Radio in New York to launch its first fully interactive Shazam-enabled campaign with Sun Broadcast Group’s Shazam For Radio platform. This campaign marked the first of its kind in the New York DMA. As an “unofficial start to summer,” Sabra and 92.3AMP Radio ran a series of promotional spots awarding listeners with three $100 gift baskets at any Fairway Market. Morning show host Shoboy (shown with co-host Nina) alerted listeners to use Shazam during one of the spots to be taken to a completely interactive landing page in order to enter the contest. The page also featured an inside look at Sabra products and tied in the local morning show with endorsements to keep the audience engaged from on-air to digital.
“Sun Broadcast Group’s groundbreaking Shazam For Radio platform is changing the way our listeners and advertisers interact with radio by allowing them to get additional content in real time,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President / Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York-WBMP/92.3AMP Radio. “It’s very exciting.” “We are so pleased to be working with these creative, forward-thinking radio groups in bringing another level of interactivity to their great radio properties,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP, Programming and Affiliate Relations, Sun Broadcast Group. For more information on the Shazam For Radio platform, contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Al Franken Bails On Maher Show; Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno
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Radio Unites For 'One Love Manchester' Broadcast In Wake Of London Attacks
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– Along with a crowd of over 50,000 convened at the Old Trafford cricket ground for Ariana Grande's 'One Love Manchester’ Benefit Concert, millions more were able to share the experience via radio worldwide. As Jockline reported last week (6/2), The UK's Capital Radio Network was among the first to announce plans to simulcast the event. This was followed by numerous other stations in the region including BBC 1, 2, 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester hosted by Scott Mills, Jo Whiley, Phil Williams and Becky Want, plus Eagle Radio. The event also aired over various platforms in over 50 countries including Brazil, Germany, China and Australia and streamed-across-5-continents. Here in the states, iHeartRadio issued a release announcing plans to carry the concert. "iHeartRadio stands in solidarity with Manchester and will help spread One Love Manchester’s message of love and support by broadcasting the benefit live across more than 130 Top 40 and Contemporary Pop stations, as well as digitally on iHeartRadio’s Hit Nation.
Emotions ran high as the concert opened amid news of seven people being killed and nearly 50 injured after three men drove a van into a crowd on London Bridge and set upon people in a crazed knife rampage reported The Daily Mail. Despite the atrocities, droves of concert goers came in clothes emblazoned with the slogan, 'We stand together'.
Mumford and Sons' Marcus Mumford (R) was the first to take to the stage, asking for a minute's silence in tribute to those who have lost their lives in the last fortnight, including the 22 victims who died in the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The Manchester event featured live performances from Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tom Poleman Named Chief Programming Officer For iHeart
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today that widely respected radio and music industry veteran Tom Poleman has been named its Chief Programming Officer, effective immediately. Under a new long-term agreement, Poleman will also remain President of iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. He will continue to report to Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.
In addition to co-producing iHeartMedia’s major national marque events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeart80s Party, the iHeartSummer ’17 Weekend by AT&T and iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, Poleman and his team will continue to oversee programming and music strategy, talent development and artist relations for iHeartMedia’s more than 850 radio stations, which reach more than a quarter of a billion listeners a month.
Poleman was named President of iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group in August 2011. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia and oversaw programming and marketing for all iHeartMedia radio properties in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston and Providence. Poleman’s extensive programming background includes overseeing Z100/New York, one of the most successful pop stations in the history of the medium. He has also led programming at Top 40 radio stations in New Haven, Connecticut and Houston, Texas and was named the youngest corporate programming executive for AMFM Broadcasting in 1999. “From the moment I stepped foot into WVBR at Cornell University in 1983, I knew I’d found my passion,” said Poleman. “I’ve seen a lot in the ensuing thirty five years, but nothing has made me more excited for our industry’s future than iHeartMedia’s continued evolution as a leader in media and entertainment across multiple platforms. We have the best stations, events and media assets in the world, including our amazing personalities and programmers. It’s an honor to be part of this amazing team.” 1
95.7 The Game San Francisco Extends Deal With Greg Papa
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– Entercom San Francisco station 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), announced an agreement with radio legend and voice of the Oakland Raiders Greg Papa on a multi-year contract extension to remain on the flagship station for the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics. Papa has been with 95.7 The GAME since 2014 and “The Greg Papa Show” will continue to air on 95.7 The GAME weekdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Greg Papa is an iconic personality in Bay Area sports media and we are thrilled to extend his contract,” said Don Kollins, program director, 95.7 The GAME. “Sports fans can look forward to an expanded role for Papa on our airwaves; it’s an exciting time here at 95.7 The GAME.” “I’m happy we were able to agree on an extension,” said Papa. “The best fans in the country are right here in the Bay Area and I’m fortunate to have the platform to talk sports with them daily.” Papa will also make frequent appearances in morning drive with Joe Fortenbaugh, Lorenzo Neal and Dan Dibley.
Portland's The Game Welcomes Dino Costa To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced that Dino Costa will join 102.9/750 The Game (KXTG). Dino’s show will air weekday Afternoons starting Monday, June 5th, 3pm to 7pm. Dino broadcast his show for 5-years on national airwaves with SiriusXM Radio. Before Sirius, he broadcast his show for 5-years in Denver on The Radio Colorado Network, and served as a studio analyst for Colorado Rockies baseball during the 2005-06 seasons. He also hosted his own sports television show.
“I'm thrilled and humbled by this extraordinary opportunity and look forward to working with everyone at Alpha Media to produce a sports radio show that leaves an indelible mark on Portland. I look forward to justifying the enormous faith of those who brought me to the Rose City with a radio show that resonates with listeners and marketing partners,” remarked Dino.
The Radio Talent Institute Returns For Its Third Event This Year
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– The Kellar Radio Talent Institute, the original Radio Talent Institute, begins today, Monday , June 5th. Highlights of this year’s ten-day immersion of all things radio on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC , includes a live broadcast of the syndicated Ace and TJ Morning Show from iHeart’s Channel 96.1 in Charlotte, with the students as the live studio audience . The only day off-campus is Wednesday, June 7 th , when the students tour the Carolina Panthers facility and learn from Play - by - Play Announcer Mick Mixon, then to Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Voice and President of Performance Racing Network, Doug Rice , doing a session for the students and taking them around the track at 100 mph.
Former Kellar Radio Talent Institute students have started their careers with CBS, Beasley Media Group, Cumulus, Curtis Media, Entercom, iHeart Media, Alpha Media, Greater Media, Capitol Broadcasting, Blue Ridge Broadcasting, IMG College Network, NASCAR, CNN and others. This is the third of seven Radio Talent Institutes this summer, following Georgia and Tennessee, and coming up next are the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University, Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, the KBA Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and the MBA Radio Talent institute at Northwest Missouri State. Individ ual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828 - 262 - 1502, or visit www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com.
SNAPS: Bleachers Perform At iHeart New York Theater During Album Release Party
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– Along with a Q&A hosted by 104.3’s on air personality Jonathan Clarke (R), The Bleachers performed new songs from his album, Gone Now, available today via RCA Records. Fronted by his four-piece band, Jack Antonoff (L) kicked off the nine-song set with "I Wanna Get Better," the lead single from Bleachers' 2014 debut album, Strange Desire.
Asked if he works better with female collaborators, the singer who has worked with the likes of Lorde, Julia Michaels and Carly Rae Jepsen said, "I think the music industry is pretty weird and a lot of men have [this] 'Let's crush the world' feeling. I get that question a lot, so I think about it. Sometimes I write in the falsetto octave, so maybe it works for that reason. I grew up with sisters. I don't know, but there's a pattern there and I'm fine with it.” · PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Kaplan for iHeartRadio.
Over 80 Alumni Turn Out For WRKO Boston's 50th
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2017 –– The 50th anniversary 68 WRKO reunion was a huge success this past weekend as over 80 alumni and friends showed up for a dinner on Friday night and an unforgettable broadcast from 7 to 11 PM on Saturday broadcast over 50,000 watt WRKO Radio! Local voice talent Jordan Rich interviewed dozens of attendees at the dinner. Nearly all of the original cast of DJs from 1967 we're on hand for an incredible re-creation of a truly fun time in radio. It was brilliantly brought to fruition by Mel Phillips, George Capalbo and a seemingly cast of thousands who put together an event all who attended will never forget. It was streamed live on Facebook and by the end of the program, a staggering 69,000 people were watching around the world!
Kudos to Entercom market manager Phil Zachary who helped make this a reality. Naturally Art Vuolo was there with his video equipment along, with assistant Ray Glasser from WIXY 1260 online in Cleveland, to capture the entire event for posterity. Art hopes to have the video edited and complete before the end of the month. PHOTOS/TOP: JJ Jeffrey, Al Gates, Mel Phillips, Joel Cash, Chuck Knapp & Arthur Katz Record Promotion The Knapper - TOP RIGHT: Chuck Knapp JJ Jeffrey Al Feinberg. Erica Farber. And Harry Nelson BOTTOM RIGHT: The Legendary Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg with Art Vuolo
TIME SENSITIVE: Nominees Now Being Accepted For ReelWorld's 3rd Annual 'Rising Star Awards'
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 29, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its third annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 2ND, 2017. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration.
To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself - we won't tell). Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 2 and formally announced on August 4th at MSBC in Atlanta. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT
AUTOPSY: Drugs Not A Factor In Chris Cornell Death
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[LISTEN] Motel 6 Team Draws 'Best Of Show' Honors At 2017 Radio Mercury Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– Winners for the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last night at the 26th annual awards presentation held at Stage 48 in New York. This year’s $50,000 Best of Show award was given to The Richards Group for their Motel 6 Campaign. “The Motel 6 Radio Campaign won Best of Show because it created a fresh, top-of-mind execution to convey Motel 6’s iconic brand; this campaign continues the Motel 6 narrative in a refreshing and relevant way,” noted Mark Gross (L), founder and creative director, Highdive Advertising and chief judge for the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards. This year’s Marketer of the Year Award was presented to T-Mobile. Drew Horowitz, president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio presented this year’s award to Peter DeLuca, senior vice president, brand communications at T-Mobile.
The ceremony was hosted by the radio team of Jeff & Jenn from Hubbard Radio’s Q102 in Cincinnati (L) and included the following presenters: Chris Beresford-Hill, and Pete Kain, BBDO NY; New York radio personalities – Ebro Darden from Emmis’ Hot 97; Wendy Wild from iHeartMedia’s WKTU; Joel Santiago from Univision Radio’s X 96.3 FM; Jayde Donovan, from Cumulus’ 95.5 PLJ; and Dan Taylor, from CBS Radio’s WCBS-FM. DJ Whutever from iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 served as the guest DJ for the night. Hot 97’s Nessa (R) attended to help celebrate T-Mobile's award. Below is a list of the winning spots. To listen to all the night's winners, visit HERE
PROGRAMMING: Scott Ward Promoted To PD For 5-Station CBS Riverside Palm Springs Cluster; Ian “Slacker” Richards Adds PD Stripes At CBS Detroit’s WDZH-FM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Riverside and Palm Springs has promoted Scott Ward to program director of the clusters’ five radio stations across both markets, KFRG 95.1, KXFG 92.9, KVFG 103.1, KRAK-910 (AM), and KEZN 103.1. Ward will continue to serve as co-host of the K-FROG morning drive show. Ward joined CBS RADIO Riverside in 1995 as host of the K-FROG morning show; he was promoted to music director in 2010.
“This is a very well deserved promotion, and I’m thrilled for our stations to have the expertise of one of radio’s finest program directors,” said Michael Valenzuela, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO Riverside and Palm Springs. “I am excited for the opportunity to program for my radio home of the past two decades,” added Ward. “We’ve got great teams across our stations who work hard every day creating great content and keeping the fun alive for our local listeners!”
CBS RADIO Detroit’s WDZH-FM/98.7 AMP Radio announced today that APD/MD/Afternoon Drive Host, Ian “Slacker” Richards, has been promoted to Program Director. Richards will continue to host Afternoon Drive and can be heard 3:00PM – 7:00PM both on air and online at 987ampradio.com and through the Radio.com mobile app. In 2003, Ian Richards started his radio career in Flint, Michigan as an intern at WQUS-FM and in 2005, Richards moved on to WRCL-Club 93.7 as Night Show Host and Music Director. In 2010, while still working at WRCL, Richards joined the WDZH team as a part-time air personality and in 2012, he left WRCL to become the full time Afternoon Drive Host/Music Director at the station. Richards added Assistant Program Director to his title in October 2015. Tim Roberts, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Detroit, said, “Ian has demonstrated over and over an in-depth knowledge of the Top 40 format, music and artists. He is also a natural leader both on and off the air for our staff and the WDZH brand.”
Raiders Team With Beasley Media Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– The Raiders have selected Beasley Media Group as the team’s official radio broadcast partner in Las Vegas. “We are absolutely thrilled to be named the official Las Vegas flagship radio partner of the Raiders,” said Brian Beasley, Executive Vice president and Chief Operating Officer at Beasley Media Group. “Our five radio properties are the perfect fit as the team makes NFL history with its exciting new move to Las Vegas." "My brother, David and I were born and raised in Las Vegas and he participated as a quarterback with the Raiders team that won two Super Bowls,” said Market Manager Tom Humm. It is an honor to be part of the Beasley Media team bringing the Raiders game broadcasts to the Las Vegas community, while also working with David to build insight and on air content relating to what it is like to play in the NFL for an iconic Raiders team. “
Beasley Media Group will enter into a two-year deal as the Las Vegas flagship radio partner for the Raiders. 102.7 The Coyote/KCYE-FM & KDWN-720 AM will cover preseason and regular season games beginning with the 2017 season. The agreement with Beasley Media Group was negotiated by Compass Media Networks, who will continue to exclusively manage, produce, and distribute all audio broadcasts of The Raiders.
FORMATICS: Beasley Launches Lite 101.5 Vegas
JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group has launched The New Lite 101.5 FM in Las Vegas. “Lite 101.5 is the perfect choice for the Adult Modern Listener who feels Variety is important in their music taste,” said Operations Manager John Candelaria. "The new format is a great addition to our Las Vegas Cluster of stations. This is a very exciting time for Beasley Media as we grow in the Las Vegas Market.”
“We are pleased to add a 6th station to the Beasley Las Vegas Radio group, said Market Manager Tom Humm. “Lite 105.1 FM will further complement our iconic brands and program to the affluent adult audience utilizing the Adult Contemporary format. Beasley Media Group continues to expand its entertainment assets to serve both our listeners and client’s needs, providing great music, news and information to our community.” “Beasley is now the premiere cluster of radio stations in Las Vegas, particularly when it comes to serving the female audience, said Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “This station only makes it stronger. I want to congratulate Tom Humm, John Candelaria and the engineering department for giving us a top quality product!”
PEOPLE: Texas Rock Radio Hall Of Famer, Dayna Steele, Running For Congress
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– Longtime Houston rock radio host, Dayna Steele, and Texas Radio Hall of Famer is running for Congress reports KPRC TV Houston. She announced oher candidacy for the state's 36th Congressional District on Wednesday morning and will challenge U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, the two-term Republican incumbent.
Steele, a Democrat, has set up a campaign website, citing health care and education as her core platform issues. This is Steele's first major campaign for public office. Visit her website HERE
Ariana Benefit Concert To Air Live On Radio Top iTunes Song Banned On British Radio
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry are among the stars who will join Ariana Grande at a benefit concert following the Manchester attack. The One Love Manchester show will raise money for those affected by the blast which left 22 dead. Take That, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell will also play at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground (shown) gig on Sunday. The show will be broadcast live on BBC television and the Capital Radio network.
Katie Hopkins Sacked From LBC In London - Talk show host katie Hopkins has been sacked just days after a backlash against Katie for her tweets and opinions following the Manchester Arena bombing. This week Hopkins called for a “final solution” in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. Katie hosted a weekly show on LBC on Sundays. Hopkins, a former Apprentice contestant, caused outrage with the tweet that appeared to reference the term used by the Nazis for the Holocaust. Complaints were made to the Metropolitan police about the tweet.
Number One Song On iTunes Banned From All British Radio Stations - If any radio station in the UK plays “Liar Liar” by ‘Captain Ska’ they could be fined, have their licence taken away and whoever made the decision to play the song could go to jail. There are no dirty words in the song and it doesn’t encourage anyone to do anything illegal. The problem is, it encourages people to vote. The song asks people to vote against the government. There’s a general election on June 8th so we’re in a period called “purdah”. By law, all broadcasters have to be “impartial”. Listen to the banned song HERE
Alfie Joey And Anna Foster Get Permanent Gig - Alfie Joey and Anna Foster are the new permanent breakfast show presenters at BBC Radio Newcastle in north east England. Anna has been covering her colleague Charlie Charlton since she went on maternity leave last September, but now Charlie will return to 4pm till 5.30pm Monday to Wednesday to co-host with Jon Harle, who will then host the show solo for the rest of the week, starting October.
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[WATCH] Asheville's, NC'S Oldest Radio Station, WWNC News Radio 570, Celebrates 90th Birthday
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– Asheville's oldest radio station celebrated its birthday Thursday night with a party and a hall of fame announcement. WWNC, News Radio 570, celebrated its 90th birthday with a party at Highland Brewing reports WLOS TV. The station also announced its first hall of fame class, featuring Scotty Rhodamor, who was the morning host for 50 years.
"WWNC was their way to wake up every day, their way to get information. And whether it was about the weather or about school closings, about country music or about talk, where we are now, we can, as we say, hear about it, talk about it. We are the community's station." Brian Hall, senior vice president of programming, said. Two other personalities who have passed away were also inducted into the hall of fame. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH HERE
SNAPS: Walter Sabo Invades 77 WABC New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2017 –– 'Fun to be on WABC,' says Walter Sabo, aka Walter Sterling on the radio. The longtime broadcast executive/turned radio host. He adds, 'Two large cups of coffee (shown) seemed to do trick,' as he guested on the Cumulus' outlet over Memorial Day. Walter airs regularly on on CBS' WPHT Philadelphia.
Mel B Uses 'Golden Buzzer' For 12-Yr. Old; Ellen Tops 'Live' In Ratings
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Taylor Swift And Former Morning Host To Face Off In Denver Courtroom
Judge Required That All Parties— Including Swift — Be Present During The Entirety Of Trial
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Looks like former KYGO/Denver morning host David Mueller and Taylor Swift will meet again, but this time in a Denver courtroom. A jury trial has been set for August reports The Hollywood Reporter. Taylor has accused Mueller of groping her at a backstage meet-and-greet in 2013. Mueller denies the assault and battery claim and contends that Swift and her team got him fired for no good reason. Both versions will be heard by a jury at a nine-day trial beginning Aug. 7 after a Colorado federal judge on Wednesday partially rejected Swift's summary judgment bid to defeat Mueller's claims. Mueller won't move ahead on slander, but he's being given the opportunity to make a case for tortious interference.
"Having reviewed these evidentiary materials, the Court finds that the central and genuine dispute remains," writes U.S. District Court judge William Martinez. "Certain witnesses’ testimony tends to corroborate Swift’s version of events, and Mueller points to other evidence that he argues shows inconsistencies in Swift’s story. Martinez writes that given the Swift team's familiarity with KYGO, a jury could conclude that she and other defendants — her mother, Andrea, and Swift's radio promotions director, Frank Bell — reasonably should have known that Mueller had some form of employment contract. The judge then examined communications between Swift's camp and KYGO and found a jury could come to the conclusion they acted with an intent to cause his termination. The judge also rejected the argument, at this stage, that Swift can't be held liable for Mueller's termination because she was not the cause of it. Swift argued that it was KYGO's independent investigation that triggered the firing, but Martinez says when viewing the evidence most favorably to Mueller, "the record does not reflect a truly independent investigation," and that under Colorado law, proximate cause needn't be a prerequisite to liability for intentional interference with contract.
The judge did decide to throw out Mueller's separate claims for slander per se and slander per quod. The problem for was there was a one-year statute of limitations on slander claims. The judge is also requiring all parties — including Swift — be present during the entirety of the jury trial. TOP PHOTO/dreamstown - MUELLER & BOTTOM SWIFT PHOTO/Steve Hostetler
Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Considering Offer To Guest Host On Sean Hannity Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Wilileaks Founder Julian Assange is now considering an offer to guest host Sean Hannity radio show from inside the Ecuadorian embassy according to The Guardian. Assange said he was “looking into” filling in for Sean Hannity after the presenter offered him a one-off chance to host his conservative talk show. But Assange said the plan was complicated by his being inside the central London embassy, which he has not left for nearly five years. “My physical circumstances means that nothing is easy,” he told CNN. The opportunity arose after he tweeted that several US networks had suggested he start weekly broadcasts from within the embassy. The Sean Hannity Show host replied: “If you would like to fill in for me one day, I am on over 550 stations and 14-plus million listeners.”
The Australian remains in the embassy despite Swedish prosecutors dropping a seven-year investigation over an allegation of rape, which he denies, on May 19th. Scotland Yard has said that if he leaves the embassy it will execute an arrest warrant for his failure to surrender to court in 2012. ASSANGE PHOTO/© Jjspring | Dreamstime.com
Preston And Steve Ink Multi-Year Extension With Beasley's WMMR-FM Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announces legendary WMMR-FM Morning Personalities Preston and Steve have signed a multi-year deal extension. Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison joined WMMR-FM in May of 2005. They have maintained the top rated morning show position in Philadelphia since they joined the station. “We have always felt honored to be part of the family that makes up this legendary rock radio station and are excited to enter a new chapter with Beasley Media Group,” said Preston Elliot. “Here’s to many more years of rocking in Philadelphia!”
“Beasley Media Group has a long history of believing radio should be live and local,” said company President Bruce Beasley. “Preston and Steve are truly an amazing talent for the Philadelphia market. We're especially happy to have them to be a part of WMMR over the coming years.” “The Preston and Steve Show is the locomotive that pulls this Crazy Train called WMMR to such high levels of success,” said Program Director Bill Weston. “This multi-year extension ensures the creativity and hard work they employ every day will continue to fuel WMMR’s success well beyond its 50th anniversary as a rock station coming up in 2018.”
KQKS-FM Denver Debuts New Morning And Afternoon Shows
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– KS 107.5 Denver debuted its new morning show this week with Tony, Cedes and Chonz, plus APD/MD Michael “Big Mic” Buhrman takes over afternoons . Tony V, a 20 year vet of KQKS-FM and a Denver native, moves from afternoon drive to mornings. He is united with former KQKS on air talent “Ya Girl” Cedes who previously hosted nights at KS 1075 and most recently hosted middays at iHeartMedia’s Top 40/Rhythmic KSSX (JAM’N 95.7) in SAN DIEGO. DJ Chonz was the afternoon drive host prior to Tony V on KS 1075.
Michael “Big Mic” Buhrman has been with KQKS-FM for the past 16 years, starting as an intern when he was 15 years old. He has been the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for the station since 2014 and is also the Program Director for sister station Comedy 103.1. Frequently used as a fill-in for vacationing full-timers, Big Mic assumes the reins as on-air personality for KQKS-FM afternoons starting this week.
PROGRAMMING: David Corey Takes PD Reins At WKLB-FM Boston; Mike Brophey; Ginny Rogers Step Down
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group has named David Corey (L) Program Director of WKLB-FM in Boston, Massachusetts. "I am excited to have the opportunity to return home to Boston to work at WKLB-FM,” said Corey. “It’s an amazing station with an incredible history in Country radio. I look forward to working with Justin Chase, Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and the entire team at the station!” Corey most recently served as Vice President of Radio Programming at Bell Media based in Toronto, Canada, where he managed all aspects of programming for 105 radio stations and managed the day to day programming of Canada's number one station, CHUM FM.
Prior to Corey's appointment, Beasley announced that current WKLB PD Mike Brophey has decided to retire as Program Director of Country 102.5/WKLB-FM. In addition, his wife, longtime Assistant Program Director/Music Director Ginny Rogers felt it would be a good time to also step down and enjoy the summer with her family. “Mike has been considering retiring from the day to day for some time,” said Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. “They both have been instrumental to the evolution of the station over the years. We are very grateful to Mike and Ginny for everything they have done and wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives.”
JD Garfield Named PD/Afternoon Host At WDJX Louisville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Louisville names JD Garfield as Program Director of WDJX. JD will also host Afternoon Drive. JD is a 20-year radio vet with most of his time being spent in the Midwest. His career started in the Country format but he has since spent time in Rock, Alternative, Classic Rock, CHR, R/CHR and AC. Previously, he served as PD of WJQM in Madison, Wisconsin, and Operations Manager for KQRA and KOSP in Springfield, Missouri.
JD comes to Alpha most recently from KWYD in Boise, Idaho. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “I've been a fan of JD's brands for some time. I've enjoyed watching him in some very competitive radio battles and I look forward to fighting alongside him.” “Working with the likes of Ben Davis, Bill Gentry, Scott Mahalick and Phil Becker will certainly be a landmark achievement for me. They are some of the best programming minds in the business. WDJX is legendary in Louisville, and to be given the reins for this amazing brand is both humbling and exciting for me. Big things are coming,” remarked JD.
Public Voting for National Radio Hall of Famers Begins June 5
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Starting June 5 through June 19, listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 2, 2017. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are:
Bobby Bones, Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Guy Phillips, and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Mike & Mike, Bill Handel, Joe Madison and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! From 6 a.m. EST June 5, until 11:59 p.m. EST June 19, fans can vote for one personality in each category online at www.radiovote.com or via text to 49400 accordingly:
Music Format On-Air Personality For Bobby Bones, text “10” For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “20” For Guy Phillips, text “30” For Ryan Seacrest, text “40” Spoken Word On-Air Personality For Bill Handel, text “50” For Joe Madison, text “60” For Mike & Mike, text “70” For Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, text “80”
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “This is a great opportunity for fans to weigh in on who they believe should be honored with an induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.” Winners of the two categories will be announced June 26. Fans needing more information can visit each host’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, website, or the National Radio Hall of Fame website: www.radiohof.org. In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. For a list of nominees: www.radiohof.org. Those winners will also be announced June 26. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 2 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.
BUSINESS: Compass Media Expands Operation With Purchase Of Yamanair Creative
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Compass Media Networks has acquired the assets of Yamanair Creative, including Cash-by-Creative and SPECByte while retaining the services of the management team including CEO & Founder Yaman Coskun. Founded in 2000, Yamanair Creative provides leading radio stations and radio groups in over 330 markets, including Alpha Media, Beasley Broadcast Group, CBS Radio, Cherry Creek Radio, Cromwell Broadcasting, Connoisseur Media, Entercom Communications, Hubbard Radio, Saga Communications, Townsquare Media, Urban One and more with exclusive creative services via the brands Cash-by-Creative and SPECByte. Both services combined are responsible for over $300 million in new direct business since their respective rollouts.
“Peter Kosann is a smart and passionate visionary. We both love, respect and believe in radio. After ten years of flying solo, it was time for Yamanair to soar to new heights with the right partner. Compass Media Networks and Yamanair are a perfect match,” said Founder & CEO Yaman Coskun. “We welcome Yaman and his very talented team to the Compass Media Networks family with open arms,” said Peter Kosann, founder and CEO of Compass Media Networks. “We look forward to working with Yaman and helping him to enhance his vision of arming radio stations with awesome local creative ”
NETWORKS: WWO To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sgt. Pepper; Envision Welcomes New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– Rolling Stone named it the “Best Album of All Time,” and this week the Beatles legendary Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 years old. Westwood One, in partnership with Universal, proudly celebrates today’s golden anniversary of the groundbreaking Beatles album with a two-hour music special airing on stations nationwide. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features producer Giles Martin, who mixed the 50th anniversary album, and veteran WLS-FM/Chicago personality Jeff Davis (inset). Westwood One’s two-hour event includes a full play of the album and insider moments from producer Giles Martin, son of the original album’s producer, Sir George Martin, who is often referred to as “the fifth Beatle.” The special also features exclusive archive audio from the Fab Four themselves – John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Released in the U.S. on June 2, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the Beatles’ 8th studio album and spent 15 weeks at #1 on the U.S. charts. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.
--During the month of May, Envision Networks® added 13 new affiliations to its networks: WSIB-FM/Memphis, Tennessee, WTHT-FM/Portland-Auburn, Maine, WHXR-FM/Portland-Auburn, Maine, WFNK-FM/Portland-Auburn, Maine, WBQX-FM/Portland-Auburn, Maine, WRNR-FM/Baltimore, Maryland (influence FM) WUPF-FM/Green Bay-Appleton (Imaging Chop Shop) WSOY-FM/Champaign-Springfield-Decatur (The Rooster & Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks) WXXB-FM/Lafayette, Indiana (The Rooster & Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks) WCYO-FM/Lexington (Drive By Funny) KPNC-FM/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AmeriCountry) Stations interested in more information on any of Envision Networks® offerings can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONDOLENCES: Famed Country Host Joe Wade Formicola Passes
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2017 –– As first reported by countryaircheck.com, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Wade Formicola Incoming Country Radio Hall of Famer and Local Radio Networks' host. Joe Wade Formicola passed away this week after a brief illness. Formicola hosted mornings on WWWW/Detroit from 1987-1995 - syndicated by Westwood One from 2010-2015 and included programming stints at KENR/Houston WKIX/Raleigh. He is the second of this year's inductees to pass away prior to the June 21 ceremony. The late Linda Lee from WYCD/Detroit passed March 31 on the eve of being presented with an ACM Award for Major Market Personality. She and Formicola worked together for a time in Detroit. Both will now be honored posthumously in Nashville next month.
Steve Swick, LRN’s CEO said, "Joe was one of the great ones across radio dials and will sadly be missed, both personally and on-air with Local Radio Networks. Formicola had finished his afternoon show on LRN’s 24/7 Hot Country format, when he was suddenly taken ill.
WYCD program director Tim Roberts said ,“my heart is saddened by the passing of another great member of the WYCD family.” Just two months after beloved DJ Linda Lee passed away from cancer, longtime Detroit country morning show host Joe Wade Formicola died Tuesday night. “Joe and I worked together years ago and of course, he worked with Linda here,” Roberts said. Longtime WYCD morning jock Don Carpenter said “If there’s a country radio station in Heaven, then it’s got one helluva morning show. Rest in Peace, my friends.
Radio Videographer Art Vuolo was kind enough to work late into the night prepare this special video tribute: WATCH HERE
Mel B Uses 'Golden Buzzer' For 12-Yr. Old; Ellen Tops 'Live' In Ratings
Nicole Kidman Covers 'InStyle,' Says She And Husband Keith Urban Are 'Old School'
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Ariana Grande Joined By Mega-Star Lineup Returns To Manchester For Benefit Concert
THE MOUTH MAY 31ST, 2017 –– Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell, Miley Cyrus are among a growing list of top artists joining Ariana Grande as she returns to Manchester on June 4th for a special benefit concert honoring the victims and families of the Manchester terrorist attack. "One Love Manchester" will take place on June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. All proceeds from the show will go towards the "We Love Manchester Emergency Fund," in partnership with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council, according to a press release obtained by CNN. Tickets for the event go on sale June 1 via Ticketmaster.
In an open letter on Twitter, Grande called the attack "heinous" and praised her fans for their "kindness, love, strength and oneness." "Music is something that everyone on Earth can share," she wrote in the letter she tweeted on Friday. "Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy." In the wake of the attack, Grande suspended her "Dangerous Woman" tour which will affect dates through June 5. She has not said when she plans to return to her tour but AEG, the concert's promoters, are offering refunds for all ticket holders.
Top-Rated New Orleans Afternoon Duo Keep Show Intact Following Off-Air Separation
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 –– New Orleans hosts TPot and Stevie G of B97's 'The Afternoon Swirl', also known as Stephen and Tierza Guggenheimer, are remaining a team despite their off-air separation. According to The Times Picayune, TPot and Stevie G who've held the slot for over ten years, dated, got married and had children. Now, they'll follow along as the two split. In an announcement published Tuesday (May 30) to its website and social media accounts, the station revealed that the popular hosts have separated off the air. They will, however, remain an on-air couple.
"We love each other. We'll always love each other; we were best friends before we married," said TPot, whose real name is Tierza Guggenheimer. "We'll be friends when we're not. And, most of all, Stevie is Natty (and) Chloe's dad ... and I'm their mom. That will always come first. Out of respect for our kids and our families, we hope you will support us, and help us love our way through." Both New Orleans-area natives, TPot and Stevie G began working together at B97 in 2000. In the wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the two were given their own show, "The Afternoon Swirl," which airs from 2 to 6 p.m.
"Stevie G & TPot are loved in New Orleans. They've been an integral part of B97 for more than a decade, and we intend for them to be (on) 'The Afternoon Swirl' for long time to come," Program Director Tom Naylor, known to listeners as Jammer, was quoted as saying. PHOTO/B97 - L-R Tpot, Stevie, youngest daughter Chloe and oldest daughter Natty at Chloe's pre-school end-of-year program in May 2017
SYNDICATION: 'The Men’s Room,' Launches In June Over Big Market Stations Across America
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 –– KISW/Seattle's Top Rated 'The Men’s Room' launches nationally on June 5, 2017 with eight big market stations on board -- WAAF-FM/Boston, KUFX-FM/San Jose, KRXQ-FM/Sacramento, KGON- FM/Portland, KQRC-FM/Kansas City, WKBU-FM/New Orleans, WCMF-FM/Rochester, and KZND-FM/Anchorage. The program will emanate from its Entercom flagship station 99.9 KISW-FM, The Rock of Seattle, from 2-6 pm PT. Westwood One is spearheading syndication and ad sales in a joint partnership with Entercom.
The Men’s Room was born one evening in a dark bar during an argument over tater tots in 2004. The hosts, Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill and Thee Ted Smith, as well as producers Robin Foxx and Mike Hawk (shown) joined forces to create a radio show to entertain audiences with no-holds barred, no-topic-off-limits conversation, laughter, and anecdotes. The popular show also launched a beer brand in 2010 with great success.The beers are currently available in over 3,800 locations nationwide. For seven years, over 600 thousand dollars of sales from The Men’s Room Elysian Beer products have been donated to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and JBLM Fisher Houses in Washington State. Interested stations can contact Neal Bird at email@example.com or (310) 840-4207 or Neal Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 706-1373.
29 Days And Counting: Stations Go Dark If Not Migrated to AMC-18
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 –– In 29 days, radio stations around the country will lose all radio network programming from all major companies if they do not re-aim their satellites from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude. All radio stations currently receiving programming from AMC-8 have until June 30, 2017 to re-point their downlink antennas (dishes). At that time, AMC-8 will no longer serve as the radio network “neighborhood,” and there will not be a suitable replacement satellite at the 139 degree position. It has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location.
The five major commercial radio networks - Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One - now have their full complements of satellite-delivered programming available on their new frequencies on AMC-18. This also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies. It is imperative that stations have a plan in place and conversations with their technical teams. Engineers and parts may become scarce as the June 30 deadline fast approaches. For more information, including satellite vendors, a full list of frequencies for each network, or technical questions about satellite settings, visit HERE Stations in need of vendors to re-aim their dishes can visit HERE
PRODUCTS/SERVICES: Steve Harmon Joins 'Sheet Happens'
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– Award-winning morning show personality and morning show producer Steve Harmon has joined Sheet Happens Prep for Affiliate Relations and content creation. Steve is a three-time Billboard Magazine Air Personality of the Year and a CMA Award winner for Major Market Air Personality of the Year. He led the top-rated Harmon and Evans Morning Show in Dallas and Philadelphia and spent the last six years producing the Paul and Young Ron Morning Show on WBGG-FM (Big 105.9)/Miami. In addition to his on-air and producing work, Steve also spent the last 20 years creating outstanding on-air content and NTR ideas for the late Kidd Kraddick’s Bitboard Show Prep Network.
Harmon said, “I am thrilled to be joining Sheet Happens Prep and look forward to reconnecting with all of my radio friends. My goal is to continue to grow Sheet Happens Prep by introducing air talent to its unique, PPM-friendly content and Instant Phoners. This position is a perfect fit as it allows me to utilize my relationships and experience to help others achieve the same success I have had.’’ Sheet Happens Prep President Jeff Andrews said: "We are excited to have Steve join Tom Calococci in our Affiliate Relations department. Steve’s personal relationships with America’s top radio personalities will be invaluable to Sheet Happens Prep. Steve and Tom will not only be selling the service, but their morning show and programming experience will also be an invaluable resource in helping our current and new clients achieve greater ratings success!’’
EVENTS: 20th Annual WKLH Miracle Marathon Tops $1.1 Million For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 –– WKLH’s Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wrapped up 36 hours of broadcasting from 5a on the 25th to 5p on the 26th, raising $1,147,683. Broadcast live from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, this two-day radiothon, hosted by 96-5 WKLH/Milwaukee’s Mornings with Dave Luczak (top left), is a 20-year annual fundraising tradition held before Memorial Day weekend. This event is Children’s Hospital’s largest fundraiser, with over $24,000,000 in donations through all 20 Marathons.
“Minnesota has the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic, Baltimore has Johns Hopkins,” said Dave Luczak. "In Milwaukee, we have Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin…one of the top-rated children’s hospitals in the world. They’ve got your back.” Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children and is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine.
Thousands Join For 95.5 PLJ Summer Kick Off
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 –– The 95.5 PLJ Pepsi Summer Kick Off last Friday at Jenkinson's Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey is being hailed as a 'colossal' success. The legendary annual event sponsored by Pepsi has opened the summer season for the past 20 years and this year was joined by approximately 4,000-5,000.
The shown photo shows a crowd shot from Andy Grammer's Performance. There for the event was Todd & Jayde in the Morning Show, which broadcast live from Jenkinson's Pavilion from 6AM until 10AM on Friday - Inset are Johnny On The Street, Annie, Todd, Jayde, Monk, and Lexie.
The Bert Show Launches Annual #SuitYourself 2017 Campaign
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2017 -- Cassie Young (left), Web and Social Media Director for the syndicated Bert Show, wants to change women’s mindsets during the dreaded ‘bathing suit season’ with a viral social media campaign: #SuitYourself. The ultimate goal: to promote acceptance of all body types, no matter the shape or size. “The idea is to get rid of the fear completely by putting yourself out there for the world to see,” says Cassie “#SuitYour - self encourages women to rock what they have with pride! ” After openly struggling with body image issues for the majority of her life, Cassie knows the importance of feeling happy and beautiful in your own skin which is why she’s encouraging all women to join The Bert Show community in this initia - tive.
Although she was originally nervous to post her first #SuitYourself picture in 2015, she calls the experience liberating. “Own your body. Be unapologetically you. Let's show the world what real, unphotoshopped women of all shapes and sizes look like,” she explains. The Bert Show is encouraging women to post unfiltered, unedited pictures of themselves on social media channels in their swimsuits this summer with the hashtag #SuitYourself and a comment showcasing what you love about yourself in an ef - fort to embrace your body and show off your body this summer. For more information on #SuitYourself, please visit thebertshow.com/suityourself
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BUSINESS: Creditors Want iHeartMedia To Replace Restructuring Advisory Group
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia has been asked by its creditors to replace its restructuring adviser, Moelis & Co., reports The New York Post. At present, iHeart has only a 50-50 chance of reaching a restructuring deal with creditors and avoiding a bankruptcy by early 2018, according to a lead institutional iHeart lender. iHeart, however, when asked if it had been asked to replace Moelis or if it planned to replace Moelis, said, “Moelis continues to be the firm advising us in connection with our restructuring.”
The request by creditors to replace Moelis comes just weeks before iHeart is expected to offer a new proposal to creditors, the lender said. iHeart is operationally profitable and posted a net loss of roughly $300 million last year after making $1.8 billion in debt payments. On May 25, iHeart extended the same 75-cents-on-the-dollar-plus-warrants restructuring proposal for the fifth time to bondholders. Approximately 1 percent of the company’s debt have accepted the deal, iHeart said. Some iHeart bondholders would prefer bankruptcy, in which, they believe, they would be paid in full.
G105 Raleigh Extends Bob Dumas 'Showgram'
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia’s G105, Raleigh’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, announced today it has renewed and extended its agreement with Bob Dumas, on-air morning personality for Bob and The Showgram. The program will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Bob and The Showgram personalities Bob, Erica and Brody (shown) wake up Raleigh listeners on weekday mornings with popular on-air skits including Bob's Ball Buster, The Wheel Of, Guess the Profession and more.
In addition, this year marks Dumas’ 25th anniversary broadcasting with G105. “We are thrilled to sign Bob Dumas for another three years - Bob and the G105 brand are synonymous with Raleigh,” said Dave Carwile, President of the Virginia/Carolina Region for iHeartMedia. “We look forward to many more years of entertaining the Triangle community and delivering unparalleled results for our G105 advertisers. Celebrating Bob’s 25th year and signing a new contract at the same time – these are truly exciting times.” “All of Raleigh knows Bob Dumas!” said Meg Stevens, Executive Vice President of Programming of the Northeast Division for iHeartMedia. “He has been sharing his unique point of view with Raleigh for over 25 years, and we are proud to have him with his iHeartMedia family.” “iHeartMedia is my home and I’m looking forward to waking up the Triangle for many years to come!” said Dumas.
REPORT: Dick Biondi Says He's Ready To Get Back To Work Following Ailment
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– Dick Biondi, who’s been missing in action since early April, said he’s looking forward to getting back on the air as soon as his doctors get him “back into fighting shape,” reports Robert Feder. Biondi, 84, was said to be recovering from a leg ailment says, “I want nothing more than to get back to entertaining the greatest radio audience in the greatest city in the world!” Biondi said in a statement released Saturday by Scott Miller, his longtime friend and former producer.
It was Biondi’s first public comment in the two months since he took leave from the Saturday and Sunday morning show he hosts on Cumulus' WLS FM 94.7. Brian Thomas, program director of WLS, said he had no further update on Biondi’s status but was “hoping to have him back in June — possibly as early as next weekend.” Jeff Davis has been filling in for Biondi.
Biondi added, "I have heard from so many people regarding my absence from 94.7 WLS. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you! Thank you to the fans, Cumulus Broadcasting staff and management of WLS for showing me how much I mean to you. I will tell you, you all mean the world to me as well. As for an update, I am at home recuperating from this leg issue. My doctor has assured me they doing all they can to get me back into fighting shape and I look forward to getting back on the air as soon as they say I’m ready!"
PROGRAMMING: Robin Roth Named APD At 100.7 KFM-BFM San Diego
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– 100.7 KFM-BFM has named Robin Roth Assistant Program Director. She began her career at the Urban Contemporary radio station, 92.5, and worked there for two years. She then moved on to Alternative Rock station 91X for 18 years, followed by Active Rock station Rock 105.3 for three years, then back to 91X for six years, four of those as Music Director. She is currently an on-air personality at 100.7 KFM-BFM reports sandiegoradio.org
Vasquez stated, “Robin Roth is synonymous with rock and roll in San Diego and having her on our programming team on a full-time basis is going to make us stronger. She brings talent, knowledge and the will to do whatever it takes to win and I’m so thrilled to have her!” Roth added, "I'm really excited about this new chapter in my career and am looking forward to working more closely with Mike V and the rest of the KFM-BFM radio family!" 100.7 KFM-BFM’s “variety rock” format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego and includes San Diego’s #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw. Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego’s leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market’s only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.
Kix Layton Rises To SVPP For iHeart Greenville, SC
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Kix Layton has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Greenville, effective immediately. The cluster includes My 102.5, Real Rock 104.9 – Man Up, WSSL 100.5, 92.5 WESC and sports talk station FOX Sports 1440 Greenville. Layton previously worked as the Program Director for 92.5 WESC, where he oversaw all on-air content and music programming. He also served as the Program Director for WSSL 100.5 for the past 17 years.
“I consider it an honor to be at the helm of country music in the Upstate of South Carolina and in Asheville, North Carolina,” said Layton. “Working with the team and community here in Greenville is going to be fun.”
TRANSITION: Travis Moon Exits Country Operations Post At iHeart Central Texas
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– Travis Moon announced via Facebook that he's been let go by iHeart Central Texas where he served as Country Operations Director since February 2016. He wrote: ".. I want to say thank you to my radio friends in Austin and San Antonio. I had so much fun working with you all over the years. Amazing memories of the best and the special people I worked with will always stay with me. The fetching Mrs. Moon, Chloe, Lorelei and I look forward with determined optimism as our next chapter is getting ready to be written. Whatever that next chapter, I will ALWAYS stay true to my favorite quote from an unknown awesome person: "Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible."
Moon was previously Sr. Liaison Radio Development for ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Program Director KAJA - San Antonio, Program Director WUBE Cincinnati, APD/MD KEEY - Minneapolis - connect with Travis at 308-627-8108 email@example.com
FORMATICS: iHeart Debuts Majic 103. 7 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced the debut of the new Majic 103.7, Today’s R&B and Throwbacks . “The Majic brand is no stranger to St. Louis and has been iconic in the market since 1979 ,” said A .J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “With the launch of the new Majic 103.7, we are resurrect ing over 35 years of enriching lives and serving the St. Louis community .” “The heritage of the Majic 103.7 radio brand is like no other and I am honored to be a part of bringing it back to the St. Louis community ,” said Derrick Martin, Region President for iHeartMedia St. Louis . “I t ’s also a privilege to welcome back Majic's core group of fans and advertisers , and we look forward to engaging new ones as well.”
iHeartMedia St. Louis iHeartMedia St. Louis owns and operates KSD - FM, KMJM-FM, KLOU - FM, KMJM-HD 2 , KLLT-FM, KSLZ-FM and KATZ-AM.
Remembering Gregg Allman
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 - The music and radio world was saddened to learn over the weekend of yet another music icon's passing. At his official website they posted: "It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.'
Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.” Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time. The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.
Allman, 69, died Saturday of liver cancer at his home in Savannah, his manager Michael Lehman told the Associated Press. Lehman said Allman will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, where his brother Duane is also buried. Read more HERE
The MIX GROUP has prepared a special audio tribute for available for all stations HERE
EVENTS: ESPN Chicago's Waddle & Silvy Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Live Shows From Mexico
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2017 –– ESPN Chicago 1000’s Waddle & Silvy featuring former Chicago Bears receiver Tom Waddle and Marc “Silvy” Silverman, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two live shows from El Dorado Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Memorial Day, Monday, and Tuesday, May 30, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET.
Silverman reflected on the 10th anniversary and stated, “Wow. A decade already?! In the spring of 2007, I was young, single, and in a championship drought. In the ten years we have spent together, I have gotten married, have two wonderful young sons, and got to watch in person, my favorite team, the Cubs, win their first championship in 108 years. Talk about milestones! While Waddle and I will not be together for 108 years, he will be a lifelong friend. He's not only a former mediocre Bear and pretty good talk show host, he's like a brother I never had."The two-day anniversary celebration will feature Waddle & Silvy with several on-site guests, longtime Waddle & Silvy friends, along with ESPN peers.
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Iconic LA Host 'Rodney On The Roq' To End Show On KROQ After 40-Yr Run; 'But It's Not The End'
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2017 –– Following an amazing 40-year run on KROQ Los Angeles, “Rodney on the Roq,” Rodney Bingenheimer announced on Facebook that he will be doing his last show from midnight to 3 a.m. PT on Monday, June 5. “It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you when I say goodbye to KROQ next week. I am planning on some special callers and special music as I say a proper goodbye.” Since 1976, Rodney on the Roq” was among the first to launch music from a number of now-famous talent including Katy Perry, the Sex Pistols, Blondie (shown right, along with 1979 photo with Joan Jett), Duran Duran, Sublime, and Red Hot Chili Peppers reports Variety,. Although it’s unclear why he is leaving the show, Rodney adds, “I may be done with KROQ, but I am not retiring,” he said. “I hope you continue to join me on that journey. I have the greatest fans of all time and you’ve made my time at KROQ a fantastic one.” Once described by Variety as the “Zelig” of L.A. music scene, his enthusiasm for music and uncovering new talent was chronicled in the 2003 documentary “Mayor of the Sunset Strip.” He ended the post optimistically saying, “Here’s to rock and roll. More to come.” 1
PROGRAMMING: Shelly Easton, Bobby Smith On The Rise At CBS Philadelphia
MAY 26TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager David Yadgaroff today announced the promotion of Shelly Easton (TL) to VP of Music Programming for 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM), Today’s 96.5 (WTDY-FM) and 98.1 WOGL-FM, and the promotion of Bobby Smith to Program Director of 98.1 WOGL. Easton will remain the Program Director of WXTU in addition to her new responsibilities at WTDY and WOGL. Smith, current Program Director and on-air personality of Today’s 96.5 WTDY, will take on Program Director duties of WOGL.
“This is an exciting opportunity and I am thrilled to work with such legendary brands and top notch talent on a daily basis,“ added Easton. “I am elated to now be a part of the legendary brand at WOGL and excited to be joining this incredibly skilled staff,” said Smith. In her new role, Easton will continue to program WXTU and now direct the digital, marketing and promotional strategies across WXTU, WOGL and WTDY. Bobby will continue in his role as Program Director and morning drive host at WTDY and assume the Program Director role at 98.1 WOGL.
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iHeart Promotes Brian Hall To SVPP Ashville, NC
THE MOUTH MAY 26TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Brian Hall has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Asheville, North Carolina, effective immediately. He'll oversee News Radio 570 WWNC, 880 The Revolution, 97.7 The Brew, 99.9 Kiss Country, Star 104.3 and Rock 105.1. Hall has worked in the iHeartMedia Asheville and Greenville markets for 15 years, most recently serving as Program Director for News Radio 570 WWNC and 880 The Revolution in Asheville and Fox Sports 1440 in Greenville, where he was responsible for all on-air content and sports play by play. His background also includes serving as a Local Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Asheville and an Affiliation Relations Director for Premiere Networks, where he spent seven years.
"I am both honored and excited about this promotion,” said Hall. “We are one big family here at iHeartMedia Asheville. I've been blessed to have been with the company for twenty-two years and am looking forward to our continued growth in ratings and revenue."
ON-AIR: Pete Shepperd Takes Afternoon Drive At 99.3 ESPN WWCN-FM Ft. Myers/Naples
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2017 –– Beasley Broadcast Group has named Pete Sheppard as the new afternoon drive co-host with Craig Shemon 99.3 ESPN/WWCN-FM in Fort Myers-Naples, Florida. "I am so excited to be part of the ESPN SWFL 99.3FM family and to be working afternoon drive from 2-6pm with Craig Shemon," said Sheppard. "Our show will be highly energetic, informative and entertaining!" “Pete Sheppard lacing up with Craig Shemon has just turned a great afternoon show into a major market heavy weight afternoon show overnight,” said Operations Manager Adam Star. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this new show was syndicated a year from now.
Celebrating his 29th year in broadcasting, Sheppard most recently worked at WEEI in Boston, where he served as a part time fill-in on air personality for various day-parts on the station. In addition, he hosted NFL Sunday’s 4 hour pre-game show for the New England Patriots, as well as provided an in depth look at the rest of the NFL. Previous to that, the radio sports veteran was part of the highly rated "The Big Show" in afternoon drive at WEEI and also hosted "The Real Post Game Show" with former NFL players Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie for 11 years.
SYNDICATION: Envision Taking MeTVFM National
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2017 ––MeTV FM, 87.7 FM in Chicago, has partnered with Envision Networks® to syndicate its new radio format to markets across America. It was announced today by Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co., and Danno Wolkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Networks® (EN). MeTV FM features a playlist of more than 3,000 songs across nearly four decades of great music. “We created MeTV FM as the musical companion to America’s #1 all classic TV network, MeTV. Both our television and radio formats present timeless and memorable entertainment that resonates with hipsters, hippies, baby boomers and beyond, as we like to say,” said Sabin.
Envision Networks® will begin offering MeTV FM in syndication to radio stations in June. For more info, contact Sophie Goldenberg, Envision Networks Phone: (216) 831-3761, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Platten To Receive Inaugural Gracies 'Impact Award' And To Perform At Event
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2017 –– International popstar Rachel Platten will be honored with the first-ever Gracies Impact Award, which is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through their music, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced. Her award will accompany a performance at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Gala with her chart-topping hits, “Fight Song” and “Stand By You” from Wildfire Album (shown right). The event, hosted by The Real’s Jeannie Mai, will take place on June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Gracie Awards honor outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women. “I’m truly humbled to accept this award and stand alongside such an esteemed group of women,” said Platten. “The Alliance of Women in Media has created a legacy of recognizing outstanding women in the industry, and through my music I hope to reflect their same goals and continue to make a lasting impact.” National Gracie winners in television, radio and interactive media are recognized at the Gracies Gala in June while top local media and student winners are recognized at The Gracie Awards Luncheon, June 27, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC.
PRODUCTS: Honda Odyssey To Feature iHR App
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 20917 –– Honda’s new 2018 Odyssey will feature the iHeartRadio app in its advanced rear entertainment system, the company's first auto integration for backseat passengers! Using iHeartRadio, owners of the minivan can use the backseat’s ceiling mounted display to hear and interact with thousands of live radio stations from across the country, favorite and recommended stations, as well as custom stations from a catalog featuring millions of songs and artists.
With this vehicle, Honda states that “Odyssey continues its evolution to meet the needs of changing American families raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity in the minivan segment.” This new interactive and seamless iHeartRadio listening experience is yet another component in helping to raise the bar for families on the road. With the new Odyssey minivan, passengers will be able to cruise in comfort while simultaneously discovering new music and listening to their favorite iHeartRadio stations.
John Cleese & Graham Mack Nominated For New York Radio Awards; Germany To Ban FM Only Radios
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2017 –– The nominations for this year’s New York International Radio Awards have been announced. They include John Cleese for “Best Audio Book” for his autobiography, “So Anyway..” and Graham Mack from BOBfm who has been nominated for “Best Radio Personality: Local Market”. Graham won Bronze in this category in 2013. The New York Festivals International Radio Awards will be announced at Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue on Monday evening, June 19, 2017.
Germany To Ban FM Only Radios - In Germany, the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, has presented a draft amendment to the country's Telecommunications Act, which will forbid FM-only radio receivers. The amendment would stipulate that "high-quality audio receivers" may only be sold if they can receive digital (DAB+ and internet) signals as well as analogue FM. The amendment also requires mobile phones sold in the country to have multi-standard chipsets, able to receive both FM and DAB+. According to the EBU, just 3.4% of total radio listening in Germany is to DAB. Almost all major AM broadcasting has already ceased in Germany.
A New treat On Beat - Beat 102-103 in Ireland has announced two new additions to the station’s presenter line-up – David Hammond and Paula Phelan. Beat covers counties Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary in South East Ireland. David Hammond is the new presenter of the Top 7@7 and the Takeover on Beat, broadcasting Monday-Thursday from 7pm. Paula Phelan is the new host of Friday Night Beat Anthems and the Sunday Takeover on Beat. Paula has this week completed the W.I.T./Beat 102-103 Introduction to Radio Broadcasting and presenting course. She has been working part-time with Beat as part of the promotions team for almost a year.
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EVENT: Granger Smith, Runaway June Join Lineup For NASH FM Detroit 'Free For All'
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 20917 –– Cumulus Media ’s WDRQ / NASH FM 93.1 will present their 2017 Free for All Country Concert in Detroit ’s Campus Martius Park , on Tuesday May 30th. The show will feature country stars, Granger Smith , Runaway June , Walker McGuire, and Ryan Kinder . “We are thrilled to again bring free, live country music to Downtown Detroit , ” said NASH FM 93.1 Program Director, Robby Bridges . “The tradition of a free downtown summer concert is special in this town. It is our pleasure to bring it back with some of today’s hottest acts on the bill.” Rising stars, Runaway June (shown) featuring vocalists, Naomi Cooke , Hannah Mulholland , and Jennifer Wayne. The trio has been described as having a unique sound that hasn’t been heard on country radio in quite some time.
The station's lineup features Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford, Chuck Wicks and Renee Vitale, midday host, Jess Poxson, afternoon drive host, Dave Fuller, and weekend lead, Lisa Lisa Orlando.
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[WATCH] Former LA Host Pleads No Contest In Body-Shaming Incident; Gets 3-Years Probation
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– In one of the first cases of its kind, a former Playboy model and LA Radio host, Dani Mathers (inset), was sentenced to 3 years probation and community service in the highly publicized 'body-shaming' photo case. It involved a photo she took of a nude 70-year-old woman in the shower of at a gym locker room and posted it on social media. On Wednesday (5/24), Mathers pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor. In addition to her probation, she was also ordered to perform 30 days of community labor, likely doing graffiti-removal work, according to the City Attorney's Office.
This is the first case of its kind prosecuted by L. A.'s City Attorney and one of the first cases in the nation. Mathers, 30, sparked a firestorm of criticism when she posted the photo on her Snapchat account in July 2016. The picture showed the naked woman from behind, with Mathers' head turned away from the camera, with the message, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either." Shortly after the photo was posted, Mathers apologized, writing on her Twitter account, "I'm sorry for what I did. I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing."" In another, she indicated that she did not mean to post the photo publicly, only send it to a friend. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chris Berry Rises To SVP/NTS For iHeart
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia named Chris Berry as Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry will also continue to serve as Senior Vice President/General Manager for NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network.
Berry brings over 30 years of spoken word programming experience to his new position. He began his career as a news producer at WHBQ-TV in Memphis, Tennessee before joining CBS Radio in Los Angeles in 1982. Berry’s extensive background also includes overseeing news programming at radio stations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Chicago and serving as Vice President and General Manager of News for ABC News Radio in New York City. He joined 24/7 News Network as Senior Vice President and General Manager in March 2011 and has spearheaded NBC News Radio’s editorial content since 24/7 News began syndicating the network in July 2016.
ON-AIR: Jay Philpott Takes Nights At KQRS Minny; Entercom Charlotte Inks Extension With Chris Kroeger
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced it has appointed Jay Philpott as on-air personality for 92 KQRS, Minnesota’s Classic Rock. Philpott’s new show will air weeknights from 8pm-12 Midnight and will debut on June 12, 2017. Philpott moves to Minneapolis from Cumulus Media-Atlanta’s WNNX-FM/Rock 100.5, where he was Afternoon Drive talent. Philpott is also part of the Classic Rock 24/7 format for Westwood One, and will continue with those network duties. Philpott said: “I grew up in Minnesota, and I have been knocking on the door of KQRS since I got my driver’s license in high school! I spent the first seven years of my career in the Twin Cities and now I get to come back to the station I’ve always wanted to work for. I’m gonna miss working with Greg Ausham and Atlanta’s warmer weather and great people, but I’m looking forward to some winter fun, too. Big thanks also to Scott Jameson, Shelly Wilkes, Tom Barnard, Mike McVay and Troy Hanson.”
-- Entercom Charlotte announced a multiyear agreement with afternoon host Chris Kroeger. The “Prime Time” show will continue to air on WFNZ, 102.5 fm and 610 am on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. “I’m thrilled to continue with WFNZ and Entercom Charlotte,” commented Chris Kroeger. “WFNZ took a chance on me to come home and revive the afternoon show a few years ago. I’m beyond excited to keep building on the growth of our show and the sports history of Charlotte.”
PROGRAMMING: Kelsey Maxon Tapped As Digital Program Director For iHeart Hartford
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Hartford announced that Kelsey Maxon has been named Digital Program Director, effective June 5. The Hartford cluster includes KISS 95.7, The River 105.9, Country 92.5, 97-9 ESPN and News Radio 1410 WPOP.
“We are excited to have Kelsey join the team here in Hartford,” said Steve Honeycomb, President of iHeartMedia Hartford. “He has the vision, energy, and passion to lead and make a positive impact on our digital strategy.” Maxon previously worked as the Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia Providence where he led the department for three years. He also served as the Promotions Manager and Digital Coordinator for WEEI Sports Talk Radio, Contemporary Marketing Representative for McLaughlin & Moran, Inc., and Program Director and On-Air Talent for WSUC 90.5 FM.
Jon Bon Jovi To Receive NABEF Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– Renowned musician and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi will receive the 2017 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his ongoing efforts to combat poverty and homelessness. Mr. Bon Jovi, whose music and public service signify the spirit of America and the principles that define the nation, will receive the honor at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 20 in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Bon Jovi is the front man of the iconic Grammy Award-winning band Bon Jovi, which has been credited as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Over three decades, the group has sold more than 130 million albums and performed nearly 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans. Mr. Bon Jovi is also chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one soul at a time.” PHOTO/ Norman Jean Roy
The Detroit Pistons & 97.1 Ticket Ink Agreement
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– Sporting its new logo, the Detroit Pistons announced that the club has agreed to a multi-year broadcast agreement with 97.1 FM The Ticket (WXYT), making the station the team’s radio flagship partner beginning with the 2017-18 season. Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Detroit Pistons said “The Detroit Pistons are thrilled to be returning to 97.1 FM The Ticket and re-establishing our partnership with the CBS Radio family,."
“97.1 The Ticket is excited to bring the Detroit Pistons back to the station! We’ve always maintained a strong relationship with the team; we look forward to bringing Pistons fans exciting game day broadcasts and exclusive coverage and being a part of the team’s inaugural year at Little Caesars Arena,” added Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Detroit. Mark Champion will return for his 24th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons and will continue his partnership with “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn, who will be serving his 16th season as basketball analyst. PHOTO/Chris Schwegler
[WATCH] Foundation Formed By Sarasota Host Sends Pearl Harbor Survivor To Ground Zero
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– Maverick Johnson, morning co-host on 92.1 WCTQ Sarasota Fl, along with his late father formed the military non-profit Denis V. Cooper Foundation - Wishes For Heroes... (www.WishesForHeroes.org). He tells Jockline, thanks to our amazing supporters and donors they were honored to have provided another wish to a local military hero, Cpl. John Seelie, who traveled this week to Ground Zero in NYC to pay his respects, as the first Pearl Harbor to do so.
The 94-year-old John Seelie is one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. He boarded a plane on Tuesday to pay his respects at Ground Zero in New York. - WATCH HERE
[LISTEN] WNOR Norfolk Morning Co-Host Finds Out She's Pregnant Following On-Air Test
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– It Started As An On-Air Conversation About Boobs, And Ended With A Positive Pregnancy Test! Shelley Ashburn (shown top left and at right), News Host of Rumble in the Morning on WNOR/Norfolk-Virginia Beach, went on a life-changing adventure between the hours of 7 and 8 this yesterday morning. “I was telling the guys that I was tired and that my boobs hurt”, said Shelley. Apparently that all the audience needed to hear. Blasted with text messages that she was pregnant, the crew grabbed a pregnancy test from nearby a pharmacy and just as quick as you can say “Pee-On-A-Stick”, Shelley was doing the 8 o'clock news for 2.
Shelley is married to Afternoon host/Prod Guy Eric, who was already at the station, and in the studio for the reveal. Jockline extends our congrats to Shelley and Eric - LISTEN HERE
EVENTS: Hot 93.3 Dallas' Scotty K and Brett Mega Mornings Launch 93 Days of Kindness with 93 Hours of Non-Stop Stationary Bicycle Riding; Jersey Mike’s Stores Break Donation Record with Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2017 –– Cumulus New Hot 93.3 (KLIF-FM) Dallas and morning show hosts Scotty K and Bret Mega will launch 93 Days of Kindness on June 1, 2017. 93 Days of Kindness is a summer-long campaign, running from June 1 through September 1, with the goal to spread kindness in a world that has so much negative present. Scotty K and Bret Mega, along with the other personalities on The New Hot 93.3, want to change people’s live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area by paying it forward with one random act of kindness each day during the campaign.
93 Days of Kindness will launch on June 1, 2017 at 10am with Scotty K and Bret Mega riding on stationary bicycles for 93-hours straight to raise money and awareness for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. Scotty K and Bret Mega will encourage fans of the radio station to help them reach their goal of 93 hours and ride in their place for any amount of time with a donation to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support.
Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity designed to enhance the lives of terminally ill and chronically disabled children has broken their donation record through it’s partnership with Charlotte-area Jersey Mike’s stores during the national sub franchise’s Month of Giving initiative in March. This year Jersey Mike’s raised an astounding $149,200, which is more than $28,000 above the previous year, Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids has been selected as the beneficiary for Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving for five consecutive years. The sub franchise’s Charlotte-area stores have previously donated more than $310,000 to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids.
“The fact that we’ve beaten the previous year every year with Jersey Mike’s shows their level of commitment to supporting kids who are terminally ill and chronically disabled. It shows what a class organization Jersey Mike’s is and we’re humbled by their commitment to our charity” said Ace.
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