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'REELWORLD & MSBC'S 2016 RISING STARS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK - TALENTMASTER'S 28TH ANNUAL MORNING SHOW BOOT CAMP IS COMING AUG. 11 & 12 AT GRAND HYATT ATLANTA/BUCKHEAD - CLICK HERE
Scotty K & Bret Take Mornings On HOT 93.3 Dallas
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has signed Scotty K (R) and Bret Mega (L) to host mornings on HOT 93.3/KLIF-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth. Their show will debut on August 15, 2016. Scotty K and Bret previously hosted the morning show on Power 96.1 in Atlanta. Prior to that, Scotty K was on-air at 103.5 Kiss FM in Chicago, and voice tracked stations including KJ-97 in San Antonio and 101.7 The Bull in Boston. Bret was formerly on-air at KWNW/101.9 KISS FM in Memphis and KZBD/NOW 105.7 in Spokane.
Dustin Kross, Program Director, HOT 93.3, said: “After their huge ratings success and social media success in Atlanta, I knew they would be the perfect fit for HOT 93.3 in Dallas/Fort Worth.” Scotty K and Bret Mega said: "We are honored to be part of the Cumulus family and to be given the opportunity to work for a company that believes in their talent as well as giving radio back to the listener. We have been so impressed with the remarkable leadership and support of Mike McVay, Dan Bennett, Dustin Kross, Doug Hamand, Cat Thomas, Leslie Whittle, Rob Roberts and the list could go on. We are ready to get to work, make people FEEL radio again, and help make HOT 93.3 a lifestyle for the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex."
Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone Adds Tampa Talk Veteran Ian Beckles To Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone is adding Ian Beckles, long-time Tampa talk personality, to the airwaves to talk sports and so much more beginning Sunday, Aug. 7. “At The Bone, we have the luxury to cover every possible topic throughout the week, from Politics and news, to pop-culture, entertainment, and sports,” said John Brennan, CMG Tampa’s Director of Branding and Programming. “Ian Beckles is one of the best sports talkers out there, and he brings with him credible sports analysis, with the talent to cover all the other topics. He is a perfect fit, and I’m very excited to work with him.”
Beckles, previously of sports talker WDAE, has been off of the airwaves in Tampa since 2015. “I'm honored to join the Team at 102.5 The Bone,” he said. Sharing the airwaves with Mike Calta and Drew Garabo is gonna be cool.” The Ian Beckles Show will air every Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. leading into NFL Football. The debut episode is scheduled for Sunday Aug. 7.
ReelWorld & MSBC Announce 'Rising Stars' Class Of 2016
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– On air talent occupy one of the most coveted (and most difficult) positions in all of radio. And for those coming into the industry looking to make a name and carve a space all to themselves, the open mic before them and every opportunity it presents can be a bit daunting in the early going. It’s for these people — those on the cusp of something yet untapped and hopefully game changing — that we created the ReelWorld Rising Star Award. Here are your 2016 ReelWorld Rising Stars: Kelley Bradshaw - Morning Show co-host at WUSY-FM/Chattanooga - Gina Grad - Morning Show co-host for Mark In The Morning KSWD/100.3 The Sound/LA - Michelle Buckwalter - Morning Show co-host/MD WMC-FM. - Julia Lepidi Began on the WDZH AMP 98.7 Detroit - Jessica Green - OM/PD & Morning Host WZWZ/Kokomo. Hi fives to all of this year's Rising Stars!
SYNDICATION: Entercom Debuts 'Beyond Reality Radio'
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– 'Beyond Reality Radio,' a new show focused on the paranormal, will debut in 10 cities across the country on Aug. 1. Co-hosted by “Ghost Hunters” star Jason Hawes and TAPS ParaMagazine editor/publisher JV Johnson, “Beyond Reality Radio” is the first live radio show to be syndicated by Entercom. Entercom stations that will carry the program are KJCE/Austin, WRKO/Boston, WBEN/Buffalo, KEZW/Denver, WSKY/Gainesville, WYRD/Greenville, KMBZ/Kansas City, WWL/New Orleans, KNSS/Wichita and WILK/Wilkes-Barre.
“Radio has a long history of programs about the paranormal, dating back to the 1920s, so it’s very exciting to bring ‘Beyond Reality Radio’ to the airwaves with Entercom and continue this tradition, but with a contemporary twist,” Johnson said. “We’ll be engaging with our listeners not only through call-in, but through our digital platforms. So while we’re reaching a larger audience, we’re also creating a community with which we’re intimately connected.”
“This is our innovative take on a classic paranormal show that is targeted to reach a younger and broader audience,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming at Entercom. “Jason Hawes and JV Johnson bring a level of sophistication to the conversation and expertise that appeal to a wide range of people, from those who are deeply involved in the paranormal and maybe have had their own experiences, to those who are simply curious about the unexplained.” For additional information about “Beyond Reality Radio” on Entercom, contact Liana Huth, 917-428-1960, Liana.Huth@entercom.com
105.3 WDAS' Frankie Darcell Lead Live Broadcast During DNC
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– 105.3 WDAS FM, Philly announced a special live broadcast during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from July 26 - 28 between 3 - 7 p.m. at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. Led by on-air personality Frankie Darcell (L). THE broadcast will feature interviews with Pennsylvania’s most prominent Democratic politicians including Governor Tom Wolf, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
“WDAS has a deep history of connecting with and informing our local community,” said Darcell. “This presidential election marks a historic moment and I am truly excited to broadcast from the legendary WDAS FM in the city considered to be the birthplace of democracy.”
Stephanie Miller On The Mend Following Fall From Stage During Comedy Tour
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– During Stephanie Miller Sunday night performance of her popular “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour” iat Philadelphia’s Walnut St. Theatre to kick off the Democratic National Convention, Miller took a spill right off the stage during the show. Fellow comic John Fugelsang stepped in to help Miller reports mediaite.com.
The fall apparently wasn’t caught on video, but lots of folks were tweeting about it, including Miller herself, who has been sidelined by the fall, but says that she’s okay: @SMShow Oh Mama, hope you're feeling better. The view from the front row was scary!
Shazam Makes A Big Splash In 97.1 Topless Summer Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2016 –– Interactive, Shazamable radio content proved to be HUGE in Los Angeles last month as listeners “Shazamed away” to win Kanye West tickets. The “Topless Summer” contest on CBS’s AMP-FM featured LA’s very first Shazamable station promo. When listeners used their Shazam app during the broadcast they were given a rich, fully-interactive mobile experience complete with Kanye music, videos, tour information and an enter to win element with a chance to win 2 tickets to West’s Saint Pablo Tour. The promos, sponsored by Jeep, played over one weekend and received nearly 4,500 Shazams with an 80% engagement rate!
“We’ve been launching Shazamable content all over the country these last several months thanks to Shazam for Radio,” said Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group. “but there’s still no way to explain the magical feeling when we see this kind of reaction ... Simply put…Shazam for Radio is freakin’ cool and it works!” The Shazam for Radio service is now widely available to over 1,000 stations across multiple groups such as Hubbard Radio, The Cromwell Group, Greater Media and DMR Productions, as well as nationally syndicated shows including The Hit List with Fitz, The House of Hair with Dee Snider and The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver. For more information on the Shazam for Radio platform for your station, contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com. PHOTO/CBS underwater photo booth
VoxPro To Pit Jock Against Jock At Morning Show Boot Camp 28 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– It takes one to know one. And no one knows how to personalize radio better than Caffeinated Radio’s Jason Pullman (far left) and Power 96-1’s Maddox (left), who will be judging the upcoming VoxPro skills competition during Morning Show Boot Camp in Atlanta next month. The two are among Atlanta’s best-known radio personalities and will be making the final call for this year’s VoxPro challenge, which pits jock against jock in a test of editing skills using the VoxPro recording/editing system.
The competition will take place at the VoxPro booth, where competitors will sit down with a VoxPro audio recorder/editor to edit a two-minute master file using VoxPro recording and editing tools. They will be able to crank up, scrub out, insert record and add special effects – in short, do all the moves typical of a fast-paced radio show, only with a prize at the end! Maddox and Pullman, both self-described VoxPro power users, will judge entries based on speed, creativity and how much of their personality they can inject into a final cut. “Technology, fun, and a little friendly competition between jocks; this is right up my alley and it’s going to be a lot of fun!” says Maddox, who is known for making listeners a part of his afternoon show (4 to 8 p.m.) on Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station, Power 96.1. “Could get interesting,” agreed Jason Pullman, who keeps things lively as half of morning show Caffeinated Radio on 94.9 The Bull, Atlanta. The VoxPro skill competition will take place August 11 and 12 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. The lucky winner will take home a version of the new VoxPro6 software with GapBuster automatic silence removal, multi-track editing and detachable Hotkeys panel.
Qualified talent can enter the VoxPro skills competition by registering HERE. All registered entries will receive a free T-shirt that can be picked up at the VoxPro booth during Morning Show Boot Camp. Staff will also be available during the conference to provide free editing tips and hands-on VoxPro coaching.
WOR To Rebroadcast Mike Piazza Home Run From 9/21/11
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2016 –– This Thursday night, 710 WOR-AM, the New York Mets’ radio flagship station, will once again open the vaults to re-air the now-iconic game from September 21, 2001, in which Mike Piazza hit the first home run for a New York team after the terrorist attacks of September 11. This special rebroadcast will serve as a lead-up to Saturday evening’s ceremony at Citi Field in which the Mets will retire newly-minted Hall of Famer Piazza’s number.
Howie Rose, the lead radio voice of the Mets, said, “The Mets-Braves game of September 21st, 2001 was perhaps the most unique sporting event in New York City history. Just ten days after the attacks which took down the World Trade Center and killed nearly three thousand people, it was with great trepidation that many of us made our way to Shea Stadium.” “A crowd of over forty thousand people had not gathered in one place in New York over the previous week and a half, and there was a palpable nervousness in the ballpark. Until Mike Piazza changed the narrative .. Fifteen years later, that home run still provides solace, warmth, and yes, sheer happiness. Hopefully this rebroadcast provides a bit of that," said Rose.
Pop Stars Unite To Tell Politicians To Quit Using Their Songs During Campaign
Jumpstarting A Personality Show? 'It's About The Big Event' Says Fred Jacobs
"It’s not every day when personalities have a golden opportunity to shine because of an external story or event"
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– While most pundits were buzzing last week about the various speeches or comments made during the GOP convention in Cleveland, A LOT of other buzz came courtesy of Jon Stewart's guest hosting on CBS' Late Show with his former Comedy Central Cohort Stephen Colbert.
In answering how long it should take a for a new PD to have an impact on a station, its big show, or its brand health, consultant/media visionary Fred Jacobs points out in his latest blog to CBS 'Late Show “showrunner” Chris Licht (below). Having previously written in his blog about Chris getting the “PD” job on a show that sorely needed a jumpstart this past April, he writes: "last week, Colbert and team stepped up and started to make the kind of noise and create the type of content that can turn what appeared to be a miscalculation on the network’s part into a contender. And Licht engineered this feat in the same way that great programmers are tasked with establishing a weak brand or breathing life into a tired personality."
"It’s about the big event," says Jacobs. "It’s not every day when personalities and shows have a golden opportunity to shine because of an external story or event. That was the case with Colbert’s team who correctly saw the Republican National Convention as that moment in time. Looking back, the buzz about last week’s happening in Cleveland had been long anticipated. Most observers expected it to be an unpredictable, news-making event. And it didn’t disappoint. Pointing out what radio stations needs to know from this experience, he suggest 'Takin risks." "The decision was made to do something that really hasn’t been done since Colbert moved to the late night hours on CBS-TV: he adopted his popular “Colbert Report” persona." READ BLOG HERE - And if, by chance, you missed Jon Stewart's appearance with Colbert, WATCH HERE - Over 4 Million Views So Far
REPORT: Beasley Not Messing With Its Top Personalities In Philadelphia Following Acquisition Says CEO
“That’s what we’re paying for. Why tear that apart?”
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– Caroline Beasley, interim CEO and current CFO of Beasley Broadcast Group is not going to kick your favorite radio personalities to the curb,' writes Jonathan Takiff of philly.com. Beasley tells Takiff, “these are iconic Philadelphia brands with wonderful talent and listeners with whom they have an emotional bond and connection. Why would we get rid of a Preston and Steve or a John DeBella?” (citing the morning show hosts on WMMR and WMGK, respectively). “That’s what we’re paying for. Why tear that apart?” As for the current state of radio, Beasley says, “It’s a much more competitive business than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Our listeners have many more options, though more than 90 percent of the population still tunes in to radio” (at least once) “every week.” Beasley cited. “We know we have to adopt and change to the needs of our listeners and advertisers. Now we’re over the air, on line and on mobile apps. We’re not just selling spots, we want to be marketing consultants to our advertisers, to help them make their business grow.”
As reported last week, in connection with the acquisition, Beasley will initially acquire 21 radio stations in seven markets including four new markets (Detroit, MI; Middlesex, NJ; Monmouth, NJ; and, Morristown , NJ ) and three markets where the Company has existing operations (Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; and, Charlotte , NC ). Beasley intends to divest certain radio stations in Charlotte, NC to obtain FCC approval of the proposed transaction.
Broadcasters Applaud DOJ's Proposed Anti-Trust Consent Decrees Regulating ASCAP & BMI
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– Representatives of local radio and television broadcasters expressed support for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed conclusions in its multi-year review of antitrust consent decrees regulating two of the nation’s largest music performing rights organizations in comments filed last week. The review concluded that no modifications were warranted to the decrees affecting the songwriter royalties collected by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and that ASCAP and BMI should continue to offer licenses that provide broadcasters and other users full rights to the musical works in those licensing organizations’ repertories.
Music industry interests have contended in recent public statements that the DOJ’s conclusions represent a radical departure from past practice that will disrupt the orderly licensing of music performance rights. In their comments, the broadcasters concluded that, “there is no reason to anticipate the kind of license turmoil” predicted by the music industry in the future. Instead, local radio and television broadcasters remain prepared to carry on business as usual: negotiating and entering into the same forms of license arrangements they have always maintained, and providing fair compensation to music copyright owners.
“America’s hometown radio and television broadcasters applaud the Justice Department’s apparent conclusion not to modify the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees after a careful and thorough review,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “Contrary to reports otherwise, this expected decision maintains the fundamental antitrust safeguards for the licensing of musical works – to the benefit of copyright owners, users, and consumers – and does not jeopardize the longstanding and successful relationship that broadcasters have had with ASCAP, BMI, and the copyright owners they represent.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Clint Marsh Joins Futuri Media As Partner Integration Specialist
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– Futuri Media announced today that Radio broadcast veteran Clint Marsh has joined the company as Partner Integration Specialist. Reporting to Sr. VP/Operations Todd Thomas, Clint’s multi-market experience as a Market Manager, Operations Manager, and Program Director will be advantageous as he works directly with client stations on implementing Futuri’s systems around the world.
A 32-year veteran of the radio industry, Clint joins Futuri after seven years in the day-to-day operations of multiple stations as Market Manager for Federated Media. Working as an on-air personality for 26 years and Program Director for 20 years gives Clint a varying background in the inner workings of a radio station that will prove beneficial to Futuri partners and prospective clients. Among others, Clint has worked for Citadel Communications, Saga Communications (twice), Columbia Records / Nashville and spent the last 12 years with Federated Media.
FORMATICS: Alpha Bring Throwback To Savannah/Hilton Head; Beasley Launches 'The Fan' In Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Savannah/Hilton Head announced the launch of G100 “The Throwback Station!” G100 will bring back Savannah favorites Mia Amini to host Middays from 10am to 2pm and Mark “Shark” Ediss hosting Afternoons from 2pm to 7pm.
Operations Manager Rob Walker remarked: “Our listeners told us they loved our throwback weekends, and now Savannah and Hilton Head radio listeners don’t have to wait for the weekend to hear all those classic jams, one right after another.”
Beasley Media Group’s Sports Radio WFNZ the Fan announced a move to the FM dial, simulcasting on 102.5 FM. "This is an exciting time for all of us at WFNZ ” said Operations Manager/Program Director D.J. Stout. “ It’s a true testament to a team who has worked so hard to finally see this happen. The WFNZ Sports Radio lineup kicks off with The Mac Attack featuring Chris McClain and Jim Celania airing 6 :00am to 10:00 am followed by The Call Up with Nate and QCB from 10 :00am to 12n. Former Carolina Panther Frank Garcia hosts Bustin’ Loose with Mark Yarbro from 12n to 3:00pm and for the ride home Prime Time with Chris Kroeger with Hitman and QCB can be heard weekdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears In iHeart Lineup For 2016 Music Fest
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today the lineup for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival set for September 23 and 24 at Las Vegas’ newest entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena. This year, the iconic line-up will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances from this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.
For the sixth year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances. The star-studded weekend will begin on the evening of Friday, September 23, with host Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of "On Air with Ryan Seacrest." The Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 24 with performances by Sam Hunt, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Bryson Tiller and DNCE. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.
92.3 WIL St. Louis Brings Jon Pardi To Headline Midwest Wingfest
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– Organizers of the annual Midwest Wingfest are proud to announce the return of the popular chicken wing festival to the St. Clair Square Mall parking lot, located in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The Midwest Wingfest event will be held over Labor Day Weekend 2016 on Friday, September 2nd
2016 will mark the first year that a national touring artist will headline the Main Stage, as 92.3 WIL will bring country music artist Jon Pardi to perform a free concert LIVE on Friday night. Jon Pardi’s album California Sunrise hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Charts with his current single “Head over Boots” in top 10. This year’s event will feature live music, wing eating competitions, the return of the 5K Chicken Run, and over a dozen of the area’s top chicken wing vendors competing for prizes in multiple categories.
Capital Cities Added To 98.7 ALTimate Summer Camp Concert Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2016 –– ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative radio station, announced that “Capital Cities” will join the lineup of performers for their second annual “ALTimate Summer Camp” concert on Friday, August 5th at Southern California’s iconic Santa Monica Pier
They'll join 'The Naked and Famous, The Strumbellas, Lewis Del Mar, Bishop Briggs, JR JR, Declan McKenna and Grace Mitchell.'
The ALTimate Summer Camp concert will be hosted by “The Woody Show” and Harms from Alt 98.7.
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[WATCH] Chaos Erupts At RNC As Radio Host Crashes Set Of 'Young Turks Show'
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Airing last night from this week's RNC convention in Cleveland, a fight nearly erupted as right-wing radio host Alex Jones and consultant Roger Stone crashed the set of progressive host Cenk Uygur and cable TV's The Young Turks Show. Uygur stayed calm at first, but soon lost his cool as Jones whipped out a t-shirt with Bill Clinton's photo with the caption 'rape' on it. Uygur then rose and tempers escalated.' "Get off my f—king show," Uygur would soon scream. Off to the side, co-host/producer Ana Kasparian (shown top center) had to be constrained as she yelled at Jones to get off stage as well.
This all took place before dozens of other media hosts who were there broadcasting live before Donald Trump took the stage for his acceptance speech. As Jones walked away, he's overheard saying on his YouTube video that he was "attacked" and "spit on," and claimed he was an invited guest on the Young Turks show featuring Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, Ana Kasparian and Jill Pike. WATCH HERE - WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
Boston University's WTBU Students Visit Alum Howard Stern
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Members of Boston University student radio station WTBU recently traveled to New York City to visit College of Communication alum, Howard Stern. According to WTBU, it was the first radio station to hire host Howard Stern, and last month, Stern (CGS’74, COM’76) reciprocated by welcoming the station’s current e-board to his New York City studios for a visit. While there, they were also looking for ideas on how to rebuild their station, which was destroyed in a fire last March. Station faculty advisor Anne Donohue (COM’88), a College of Communication associate professor of journalism, says the space is now gutted, and rebuilding should begin this fall. There is a temporary studio in the COM basement, so the station “will be on the air,” come September.
In the weeks following the fire, alums and supporters of the station from across the country donated more than $40,000 to support the rebuild. Many listeners tweeted Stern, hoping he would help the station. When word did finally get through to him, he invited the students to his studios at satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM. Donohue accompanied the group of seven students, along with Jake Kassen (COM’04), senior media technician at COM. “We toured the studios and went into Howard’s den to meet him,” says Donohue. “He could not have been more gracious. He said he felt terrible about the fire, asked what he could do to help, and then spent time talking one-on-one with each of the kids.
“Stern was really nostalgic about BU and told us about how the general manager at the time told him he was horrible, and how when he was involved in the station (Stern was fired from WTBU because he ran a segment called “Making the Bishop Blush” on his show, King Schmaltz Bagel Hour.) PHOTOS/Twitter - Boston COC - TO DONATE, CLICK HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kim Reis Appointed VP Of Digital Audience Engagement For Entercom; Cumulus Buffalo Names Chris Saglian & Ryan McCrohan As Co-General Sales Mgrs.
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Entercom announced that Kim Reis has been promoted to Vice President of Digital Audience Engagement. Reis has been the Director of Digital Audience Engagement at Entercom Communications since July 2013. In her new position, Reis will coach and support the programming, promotions, digital and on-air teams in all 27 markets to better engage with listeners and fans on social media, email, text, websites, on-demand audio, live streaming and other digital assets to grow ratings and revenue. “Kim’s imprint on this company is unmistakable,” says Pat Paxton, President of Programming at Entercom. “Her knowledge is unmatched. Her energy and attitude are infectious. This isn’t just an honorary title. She has earned her VP stripes. I couldn’t be happier for her and look forward to many years of collaboration and success.”
-- Cumulus Media announced that it has appointed veteran media sales executives Chris Saglian (far right) and Ryan McCrohan (right) as co-General Sales Managers for Cumulus Media-Buffalo. A 14-year radio sales professional, Saglian joins Cumulus on August 15, 2016, from Entercom-Rochester, where he was Local Sales Manager. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for Cox Radio-Atlanta. McCrohan’s appointment represents a promotion from Cumulus Media-Buffalo, where McCrohan most recently served as Local Sales Manager, after holding a variety of positions for the station cluster for the past 16 years.
ON-AIR: John & Tammy, Plus Producer Steph Peters Extend With KSON San Diego; 950 KJR Debuts New Sports Show, The Barbershop; Brooke Taylor Returns To Fort Wayne On WBTU 93.3
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Entercom's top rated John Flint & Tammy Lee, along with producer Steph Peters have extended their deal at KSON San Diego. "John and Tammy, along with producer Steph, have proven time and time again that they represent San Diego well. Their fans will be ecstatic to learn of the extension. I am excited for the future of KSON with John & Tammy in the Morning," said Operations Director and Program Director Kevin Callahan. The John & Tammy Show joined KSON in July of 2011.
--950 KJR, Seattle’s Entertaining Sports Talk station, announced the launch of The Barbershop, a new evening sports radio talk show that will broadcast Wednesdays from 6 – 8:30 p.m. The Barbershop will feature on-air personalities Marcus Trufant, who retired from the Seattle Seahawks after 10 years and is a WSU Cougar and Hall of Fame inductee, and Terry “T-Holla” Hollimon, a UW Husky. “We’re so excited to host The Barbershop and continue what we love to do,” said Trufant. “We think The Barbershop will be a great opportunity for Seahawks fans to really get excited and engage themselves with the team, and we can’t wait to host the show,” said Hollimon.
-- Following a stint on Radio Disney, longtime Indiana host Brooke Taylor is returning to Fort Wayne on WBTU 93.3-FM. According to fwbusiness.com, during her first spin in Fort Wayne, Taylor appeared on WBTU and on WJFX 107.9-FM, from 2012-2014, when the stations were part of Oasis Radio Group. In early 2014, she took an offer to become a new personality on Radio Disney in California. "Coming back to the station, which is now part of Adams Radio Group, “feels amazing,” she said. Taylor is on the air 10 a.m.-3 p.m weekdays.
Cumulus & Big Machine Team For Florida Georgia Line Concert At Madison Square Garden
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Cumulus and Big Machine Label have teamed for a special performance by Florida Geogia Line at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, August 25. This will be part of the Anheuser-Busch One Night Only concert series. Tickets will go on sale to the general public today, Friday, July 22, 2016, at 10:00AM EST. Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, and President, Westwood One, said: “Cumulus Media is #1 for Country and is proud to join with Big Machine Label Group, MSG Live and Anheuser-Busch to present and promote the Budweiser One Night Only Concert Series across our country radio platform in markets across the U.S., including the NASH flagship station, New York’s country radio station, NASH FM 94.7.
Beginning with Florida Georgia Line in August, each show throughout the concert series will be entitled by either Budweiser or Bud Light and feature renowned artists across multiple genres of music performing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. More information about upcoming concerts in the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
NETWORKS: USRN Completes Deal For '25 Years Of Hits' Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 – United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. has completed a deal with California-based Cable Car Communications, Inc. to license their weekly Country Music program, 25 YEARS OF HITS. 25 Years of Hits is the creation of Bob Utley at Cable Car, and United Stations has been the distributor of the program for the past eight years. The show will be completely produced under the auspices of USRN with Utley remaining on in the capacity of creative consultant.
Also effective immediately, Mike Allen, currently the Afternoon Drive Personality and Music Director at Entravision’s KNTY-FM “The Wolf” in Sacramento, steps behind the microphone to anchor the weekly program. Mike is also heard on EMF Broadcasting’s Air 1 Network, and he started his career across town at the Wolf’s sister Top 40 Station in Sacramento, KHHM, also known as Hot 103.5. Allen will now serve as host for 25 Years of Hits as well as oversee the weekly production of the program for USRN.
[WATCH] B98.5’s Tad & Melissa Show's ‘Your Man ___ Like a Girl’ Segment Catches Attention Of HLN 's Lynn Berry
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s Melissa Carter of B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta) was featured on HLN’s The Daily Share on July 20, 2016 regarding The Tad & Melissa Show’s segment “Your Man ____ Like a Girl” discussing the phrase “’Like a girl’…is it hurtful or harmless?” Carter explained the genesis of the segment saying, “The segment originated when I heard Tad’s high-pitched sneeze, and thought it sounded like our producer Jeremy, whose voice is frequently mistaken for a woman’s. Based on that, we launched the conversation with listeners, ‘Your Man ___ Like a Girl.’”
Female listeners immediately began calling in to share their stories with Tad and Melissa about their men who laugh or scream “like a girl.” The light-hearted joking spurred a serious conversation on social media about the phrase and its effect on young men and women who view this phrase as an insult. A producer for HLN heard the bit, was concerned about the phrase ‘like a girl’ and the message it sends and invited Carter to be part of a segment on The Daily Share. WATCH HERE
San Diego's Alternative Station Seeks New Midday Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– San Diego’s #1 Alternative station is seeking a unique talent to fill our Midday. If you answer yes to all of the following, rush an email to us! I can entertain! I can kill it with my social media and blog skills! I love to meet listeners and engage with them in person and on station digital platforms! I am dangerous in a production room!
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Random Idea Ends Up Drawing Hundreds For Police Support
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– Sarasoto Florida's Maverick & Lulu, morning hosts for 92.1 CTQ tell Jockline, "What started as a random idea, became an amazing reality yesterday. After the horrific events in Dallas & Baton Rouge, we felt we needed to do something to rally and show support to those who serve and protect us every day. With having many friends in several of our local Law Enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota & Manatee Counties, we had heard that a show of community support would be so appreciated, to those who put their loves on the line everyday. This past Wednesday morning we did a live show on the road, where we featured two huge banners representing every Law Enforcement agency in each of our 2 Counties. We simply asked people to come by and sign our banners to show their support to our local Law Enforcement. And.... The turnout was overwhelming... Hundreds and Hundreds stopped, so did many in our local Law Enforcement ... They all stopped by to say hello and Thank you and sign the banners .... " Local TV picked up on it as well WATCH HERE
Westwood One Takes One Last Pose From GOP Convention
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2016 –– There among dozens of other radio hosts gathered for this weeks' RNC Convention in Cleveland was Westwood One News correspondents Bob Costantini (L) and Jim Roope (R) who wrap up coverage from the Westwood One News booth at Quicken Loans Arena. They'll move next to the DNC Convention being held next week in Philly.
Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch In At Fox News; Pokemon Go-Dating App, 'First Click'
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REPORT: Mike Pence's Radio Roots 'Bode Well For Him' On Campaign Trail - 'Did Trump Shtick Years Ahead Of Trump'
THE MOUTH, JULY 21T, 2016 –– Following others like Mike Huckabee, J.D. Hayworth, and, of course, Ronald Reagan, who made the leap from radio to politics, several news outlets have begun to notice GOP VP pick Gov. Mike Pence's smooth radio show persona as a surprising weapon; one that could possibly tip voters who are still undecided. Politico.com is the latest pub to take notice, writing "Doing radio in the '90s, Pence would "read snippets off wrinkled newspapers, nervously shuffle around his notes and make wild hand gestures. He had no sidekick, and there was no computer nearby for easy Googling. This was Pence unplugged, and it was here that he rebranded himself by offering a right-leaning spin on the world around him." He was also doing Trump's shtick years ahead of Trump."
“His political aspirations were never far behind that microphone,” said Steve Simpson, a former Pence colleague and news anchor at Indianapolis-based WIBC. Pence’s show had a casually indignant air to it — he wasn’t channeling anyone’s rage. His banter was easygoing as he implored his listeners to dial 800-603-MIKE, ending the week with "Open Phone Friday.” He came out of commercial breaks to a “Mike Pence!” jingle and musical interludes from the likes of Hootie & the Blowfish and a bouncing keyboard version of "Great Balls of Fire."
"In politics, one, you need to be conversational, and he is conversational. Second, you need to be able to connect with people, and you can do it through his voice. It's very pleasing. It's very Midwestern. People like to hear the voice, and that will bode well for him on the campaign trail," former Vice President Dan Quayle said. READ POLITICO PIECE HERE - Note they've linked and credited the Pence video uncovered by Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo, as Jockline first posted earlier this week - and one more high-five to Vuolo for having this same video aired by NBC last night prior to the debate - Nice! 3
PROGRAMMING: IHeart Seattle Names Justin Riley PD For Seattle Cluster
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 – iHeartMedia Seattle announced that Justin Riley has been named Program Director for Power 93.3, Seattle’s and 106.1 KISS-FM, Seattle’s radio station playing More Music, More Variety. “I am beyond thrilled that iHeartMedia has asked me to take on the responsibility of leading these two exciting new brands in Seattle,” said Riley. “As a northwest native, it has always been a dream of mine to program in the Emerald City.
Riley previously worked as the Program Director for Z100 and JAM’N 107.5 in Portland, Ore. He has also served as the Program Director for KKOB-FM and KMGA-FM in Albuquerque, N.M. and at KSII-FM in El Paso, TX as well as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director at KQMB-FM in Salt Lake City, UT.
Steve Mann Returns To Cumulus' 103.5 WGRR Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that popular Cincinnati on-air personality Steve Mann returns to his former broadcast home of 103.5 WGRR to host nights from 7PM-12 Midnight. Mann has also been named Assistant Program Director for 103.5 WGRR. This marks a homecoming for Mann, who was on-air at WGRR from 2006 to 2009. He has hosted the Afternoon Drive show on WREW in Cincinnati for the past seven years. Mann’s new show debuts on 103.5 WGRR on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Mann said: "I started my career at WGRR and I'm thrilled to be returning to the station, playing music that I love and working with a group of people that I consider not only co-workers, but friends. I couldn't be happier to be back."
JOX 94.5 Birmingham Debuts “Jox PrimeTime” With Joe Hunk And Jon Lunceford
BIRMINGHAM, AL, JULY 20, 2016— On Wednesday, July 20th, Cumulus Media debuted its new weeknight sports talk show, “Jox PrimeTime” on Jox 94.5 (WJOX). Hosted by Alabama natives and former collegiate athletes Joe Hunk and Jon Lunceford, “Jox PrimeTime” puts the exclamation point on the day while keeping sports lovers up to date with breaking news as it happens in the sports world.“
Ryan Haney, Operations Manager and Program Director of WJOX-AM/FM and WJQX-FM, said: “Joe and Jon have been on our staff for a few years working in different roles. They have a complete understanding of the brand, the audience, and the expectation that comes with it.“
The Voice Of New York, 710 WOR, Now On FM 104.3 HD
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 –– For the first time, all of iHeartMedia’s 710 WOR programming, including play-by-play for every Mets game, can now also be heard on FM station 104.3 HD 2 (WAXQ-FM), by anyone who owns an HD radio. WOR’s Voice of the Mets Howie Rose loves the HD technology. "Baseball, more than any other sport was made to be broadcast on radio, and it's never sounded better than it does in FM-HD. The same clarity provided by high definition television is beautifully evident on radio. The crack of the bat, the pounding of the ball into the glove and the reactions of the crowd are so crisp and clear that you feel as though you're sitting in the front row of the ballpark.”
As the flagship radio station of the New York Mets, WOR is New York's oldest radio station and one of the country's top rated talk stations. Founded in 1922, it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Broadcast News Exec., Peabody Award Winner Jill Manuel Joins Futuri
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 –– Futuri Media announced that Peabody Award-winning broadcast news executive Jill Manuel is joining the company as Director, TopicPulse Partnership Development. Her expertise with broadcast newsroom digital integration and successful history blending compelling journalism and engagement will provide a unique and specialized strategic resource for Futuri’s TopicPulse partners. TopicPulse is Futuri Media's social media monitoring tool that scans Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and 80,000 sources per second to provide real-time insights on what’s trending on local social media
A journalist for over 20 years, Manuel joins Futuri after two years as Assistant News Director at WFLD Chicago. Prior to that, she spent nearly six years in Cleveland as the News Director at WEWS where under her leadership, WEWS won multiple awards including a George Foster Peabody Award. Senior Vice President/Operations, Todd Thomas said, “Jill Manuel brings incredible intellect and strategic expertise to the Futuri team. We are proud to welcome her to this very important role for TopicPulse, a system that has been growing at an incredible pace. Hundreds of TV and radio stations depend on TopicPulse daily for insights on real-time social trends.
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Another Big Name Quits UK'S talkSPORT Over 'Sun' Story; BBC Radio 4’s “Don’t Make Me Laugh” Being Investigated by Ofcom Over Queen (S)ex Comment
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THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 –– UK Broadcaster and Liverpool FC fan Colin Murray has quit talkSPORT because he will not work with The Sun newspaper. The Sun’s owners, News Corporation, acquired the radio station in June. He announced his decision in Twitter, citing an “unsustainable” position because of a “future working relationship” with The Sun. He signed off with the Twitter hashtag: “#JFT96″ – the “justice for the 96″ declaration relating to the Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989. Four days after the disaster, The Sun ran a front page story proclaiming to tell “The Truth”. The article featured claims from an anonymous policeman that fans had “picked pockets of victims”, “urinated on cops” and beat up a policeman who was giving the “kiss of life”. None of it was true and Liverpool fans to boycott the paper to this day. This year, the Hillsborough inquest jury found that the 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed.
Still No Freedom of Speech on Britain’s Airwaves For Talk About Royals - BBC Radio 4’s satirical panel show, “Don’t Make Me Laugh” is being investigated by Ofcom (the British FCC). It’s for a programme broadcast on The Queen’s 90th birthday which included the subject that “…The Queen must have had (s)ex at least four times”. It’s not the first time the regulator has stepped in to prevent comment about the Royals. In 1997, Graham Mack had a complaint “upheld” after he called the Queen a “silly cow” on the air.
Uptight Englishman Gets Wound-Up By Laid Back Australians - Former Capital FM, London presenter Greg Burns hosted his first show on Nova 969 this week, but it didn’t go according to plan. His new workmates from breakfast, Fitzy and Wippa, played a prank on him to welcome him to the station and the country leading him to believe he was off-air during his first show. Watch the video HERE
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104.9 The Wolf Sit For 36-Hours Straight In "Seats For Soldiers' Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Peoria announced that 104.9 The Wolf (WXCL) Program Director, Dr. Chris Michaels and Afternoon Host, Joe Greenwood will be saving “Seats for Soldiers” at Dozer Park today and tomorrow, July 21 - 22. They will be trying to save EVERY seat in the baseball park for a soldier, while raising money for Hope For The Warriors.
Starting bright and early today at 6:00 AM, Chris and Joe will take their seats in section 104 and move seats with every donation made to Hope For The Warriors. They will sit for 36 hours straight and end at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 22nd . Michaels said, “Unfortunately, when a large number of our Armed Forces return home from serving our country they find themselves jobless, sometimes feeling hopeless or struggle with issues such as PTSD. Thirty-six hours is nothing compared to the sacrifice of our men and women in the military. 9thewolf.
Colbert Says Switching Slots With Cordon Not Happening; Queen Miffed With Trump
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Beasley Broadcast Group To Acquire Greater Media; Will Rise From 17th To 9th Largest Group
To Acquire All Outstanding Stock of Greater Media For An 'Aggregate Consideration' of Appx. $240 million
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– Caroline Beasley, Interim CEO & current CFO of Beasley Broadcast Group notified employees of the pending acquisition, writing: “We are proud to share this tremendous announcement, involving one of the biggest events in our company’s history. Today, Beasley Media Group, Inc. entered into a “definitive agreement” to acquire Greater Media, Inc. .. This transaction will create a powerful union of two outstanding companies with successful, family-owned roots. We will combine the power of Beasley’s 55 years, 52 stations and 12 markets with the strength of Greater Media’s 60 years, 21 radio stations and five markets. We’ve forged a solid deal between two similar broadcasting companies. Our companies have shared American Dream stories, and now our paths will move forward together. This deal is yet another significant moment in Beasley’s history." Upon closing of the acquisition of Greater Media, Beasley’s station ownership rankings will jump from 17th to 9th in the nation
In connection with the acquisition, Beasley will initially acquire 21 radio stations in seven markets including four new markets (Detroit, MI; Middlesex, NJ; Monmouth, NJ; and, Morristown , NJ ) and three markets where the Company has existing operations (Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; and, Charlotte , NC ). Beasley intends to divest certain radio stations in Charlotte, NC to obtain FCC approval of the proposed transaction.
iHeartMedia Stakes Claim To Historic New York Skyline Atop Ruppert Ice House; The Size Of 12 Traditional Billboards
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– July 19, 2016 - iHeartMedia Inc staked its claim to the New York skyline with its new presence on one of the city’s most iconic billboards, high atop the old Ruppert Ice House, overlooking the Triboro/RFK Bridge leading into Manhattan and out of The Bronx. The billboard displays the company’s nationally-recognized iHeartRadio logo and is one of only eight brands to grace this historic billboard over the last 80 years. iHeartMedia joins Pepsi and Domino Sugar as one of only three historic billboards along the East River.
The new iHeartMedia billboard is over 8,000 square feet (the size of 12 traditional roadside billboards) and is visible for miles from various vantage points around the city. In addition to the iHeartRadio logo, the billboard will display a digital LED screen that promotes iHeartMedia’s iconic New York City-based station brands -- Z100, Power 105, KTU, Lite FM, Q104.3 and WOR -- and upcoming events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and the iHeartRadio Music Awards. "We couldn’t be more excited to now become part of New York City’s physical skyline,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “We are proud of iHeartRadio’s strong presence in New York City, and this incredible billboard, which reaches millions of people every month with the power of this display, embodies our presence here and our commitment to our listeners.”
This billboard, and the building it stands proudly atop, carries with it a rich history dating back to the 1920s. The building was constructed for Jacob Ruppert, who owned the Yankees, built Yankee Stadium and brought Babe Ruth to the team. The Ruppert family owned and operated Rupert Beer and Knickerbocker Beer and originally used the building to store ice and keep beer cold prior to the refrigeration era. Ruppert Beer was the first brand to adorn this now iconic sign, maintaining its presence there from 1936 to 1952. PHOTO/Business Wire
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cox Media Group Tulsa Names Mary Garcia as Digital Sales Manager for Tulsa Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tulsa has named Mary Garcia as Digital Sales Manager for Tulsa Radio. In this digital sales role. Garcia joined CMG Tulsa Radio in March 2015 as a Digital Sales Specialist. Prior to joining CMG, she worked for one of Ad Age’s top advertising agencies, Sq1, the Conversion Optimization Agency. While at Sq1, Garcia handled all of the paid search advertising for national brands including Jiffy Lube®, Wholly Guacamole® and Francesca’s®. Garcia started her digital advertising career at ReachLocal, where she worked for two years as a Senior Digital Analyst in Dallas, TX.
“With several years of digital expertise under her belt, Mary is excited to help grow digital revenue for CMG in Tulsa,” said Dan Lawrie, CMG Tulsa VP and Market Manager. “Her work ethic and drive to succeed is infectious.”
The 1st Annual 'Hot 97 Summer Jam Tokyo' Sold Out
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– The 1st Annual Hot 97 Summer Jam Tokyo has already sold out and has to expand to a second stage. It will be hosted by Ebro in the Morning w/ Laura Stylez & Rosenberg Megan Ryte, Nessa & TT Torrez.]
Performances to include Joey Bada$$ | Anarchy | Marley Marl & DJ Scratch with sets by DJ Enuff | DJ Kast One | DJ Camilo DJ Lead | DJ Ono | DJAYBUDDHA SHAKE THE BLOCK’S DJ Bobby Trends and Japan's best DJs.
SYNDICATION: Veteran TV Host Pat O’Brien Tapped As New Anchor For Business Rockstars
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– Business Rockstars, distributed nationally to radio via Radio America, Sun Broadcast Group and BizTalk Radio, has tapped longtime TV Sports host, Pat O'Brien as its new anchor. Launched in 2013, Business Rockstars has racked up more than 2,800 interviews and 900 episodes.
“Joining the Business Rockstars team as lead anchor is the natural next step in my career,” said O’Brien. “Co-Founders Steve Lehman and Andy Schuon (co-founders) are great friends of mine and I am excited to help take Business Rockstars” to the next level.”
[WATCH] Boise Station Grants Boys Wish To Meet Meghan Trainor
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– A Boise radio station has helped to make a dream come true for a local boy with cerebral palsy reports KTVB7. 10-year-old Truman Tueller is a huge fan of pop singer Meghan Trainor, who performed a concert in Boise last week. Thanks to 103.5 KISS FM, Truman not only got to go to the show, he also got to meet his favorite singer. Truman's mom, Sarah Tueller, says she wants to give her son all of the experiences a kid should have. And it was all made possible after a 103.5 pulled some strings.
When Sarah heard about Trainor's concert, she thought about making a Facebook page to ask for help in getting Truman to the show. "It's really hard for us to reach out and ask for help," she said. "Finally I just said 'you know what, I'm going to do it.'" Little did Sarah know, a dream come true was just moments away. At their front door, the crew from 103.5 KISS FM showed up with a surprise of a lifetime. Host Kekeluv gave Truman five tickets to the show, which included a meet-and-greet with the star. It was an emotional and exciting moment for Sarah and Truman, who told the radio crew how grateful they were. On Thursday night at the Idaho Center, Truman rocked out with his family, and topped off the perfect night by meeting Trainor. WATCH HERE
WPEG's No Limit Larry And Morning Maddhouse To Sleep In Vehicles During 28-Hour Radiothon For The Salvation Army
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– Personalities of the Power98’s Morning Madhouse will broadcast live and sleep in vehicles on the grounds of the Salvation Army as part of their commitment to raise $10,000 for the shelter. No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse will be accepting donations online at power98fm.com as well as collecting toiletries, diapers, and gift cards . They will wrap up their fundraising effort Friday morning with the conclusion of the broadcast at 10a.m.
“With temperatures hitting 100 degrees this weekend and the shelter being home to 200 women and 200 children at any given time; we had to do something,” said Morning Maddhouse co-host Ms. Jessica the Girl Next Door. The Salvation Army helps homeless women and children in the community with their immediate needs of shelter r, food, and social services. Referred to as the ‘Center of Hope ’ and located two miles north of Uptown Charlotte, the facility houses a Boys and Girls club as well as a free on-site medical clinic.
Illinois Radio Host Releases Contemporary Women's Novel
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– 103.5, The Eagle host Bobbie Jean Ashley isn't just a classic rock jock, she's a lover of music, and the inspiration (not the storyline) for 'Charli's Fall', which came to her while she was listening to the song "Independent Love Song" by Scarlet. It inspired her tackle an important issue like mental health.
Charli Warren had spent years in the asylum and had paid for her sins. She was determined to make the best of things and to turn all of her troubles around. The only problem was the constant thorn in her side, known as Cici! Charli feared Cici and couldn't find any happiness with her around. Could she find her way out of the asylum? Ashley says she won't give away the ending. "You'll just have to read it for yourselves!
Charli's Fall is available at amazon.com. To Arrange a Book Signing or Media Interview, Contact: Rick Kaempfer/Email/847-508-8867 SOURCE Bobbie Jean Ashley
GIG ALERT: KISW Seattle Seeks Producer For 'Men's Room'
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– KISW Seattle KISW Seattle afternoon show The Mens Room has a rare opening for a Producer. Qualified individuals must possess excellent content development skills, organization skills, and social media skills. Responsibilities include but are not limited to producing a fast-paced entertainment program, maintain program/commercial log, operating the studio, work with show hosts, executing Social Media, create annual event and program calendar all while working well under pressure.
Successful candidate will have working knowledge of all operating audio equipment and all social media platforms. To be considered for this position, please apply online at www.entercom.com and click on "Careers". No Phone Calls Please. Entercom Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Radio Invades RNC In Cleveland Both Inside And Out
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2016 –– "It's always a win-win when radio and TV create synergy in their local markets," says Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Philly host Chris Stigall. He'll served double-duty this week covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Chris hosted his regular morning show from 6:00-9:00am and then was an evening news correspondent for CBS3 television in Philadelphia (upper right), live from the convention floor. Moving outdoors where massive crowds gathered, Chris crossed paths with Late Show host Stephen Colbert, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Katie Couric, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy (upper left) and former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson to name a few. As soon as Chris wraps up the week in Cleveland, he’ll cover the Democrats convention in Philadelphia starting on Monday.
At middle left, Salem's Tom Tradup is in the CNBC booth with SRN's Hugh Hewitt...moments after Donald Trump was officially nominated for President of the United States here in Cleveland.
As expected, ABC was there in force. Bottom left shows WGN’s Roe Conn and ABC Radio VP & GM Steve Jones at the ABC Radio Row in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. At right, it'sCox Radio's Drew Anderssen, ABC News Radio correspondent Aaron Katersky, WDBO'S Joe Kelley at the ABC Radio Row in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.
Beloved TV/Film Director Garry Marshall Passes Away At 81; Ailes Negotiates Exit
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Communications Professor Examines Radio Hosts' Influence In New Book
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– David Crider is adjunct professor for the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts at the State University of New York at Oswego and has released a new book: "Performing Personality." This book examines how radio announcers construct, prepare, and perform their on-air personalities.
According to the book's description, Crider conducted interviews with key on-air personnel at eleven broadcast stations in order to analyze how each individual created a narrative on-air personality, conducted conversations outside of their performance, were affected by the setting and situation, embraced the role of the listening audience, and reduced the social distance between them and listener.
Crider tells osweocountytoday.com, “The research really came out of all the questions I had when I was working in radio.” Inspired early in his radio career by the likes of Bill Baker in Syracuse and Don Geronimo and Mike O’Meara of the nationally syndicated Don and Mike Show, Crider says “It was always the people who, when I listened to them, I thought, ‘They must be having so much fun, that’s what I want to do." In the book's introduction, he writes:“The growing success of podcasts such as ‘Serial’ and ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ is built around the ability of relatable announcers to tell compelling stories. As multimedia storytelling takes on greater importance, it will be incumbent upon announcers — from startup podcasters to broadcast veterans — to be able to create that meaningful connection with listeners across as many platforms as possible.” ORDER HERE
MOTION: Brooke & Jubal Show Joins Star 107.9 Vegas; “The Audible” Featuring Kevin Frandsen, Drew Hoffar And Rudy Ortiz To Debut August 8th On KNBR San Fran
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group’s STAR 107.9/KVGS FM Las Vegas welcomes the addition of Brooke & Jubal to the station’s weekday morning lineup. Current host Aimee (R) will remain with the show to provide hourly local content. "It just makes sense. Vegas has already taken so much from me in my lifetime, why not take some entertainment too?” shared Jubal. “We are ecstatic to be added to mornings on Star 107.9 -- We’d also like to thank Beasley for their support of the show." “
Brooke & Jubal ’s impressive success in Seattle and Portland really sealed the deal for us. I’ m thrilled we ’ve found the perfect morning show,” stated STAR 107.9 Operations Manager John Candelaria . ”We’re combining a lot of fun and engaging top - shelf content with local Las Vegas elements from Aimee , our own rising superstar! This show is unlike any other on Vegas radio."
Cumulus Media announces that it has signed Bay Area natives Kevin Frandsen, Drew Hoffar and Rudy Ortiz to host KNBR 1050 AM’s new Morning Drive Show, “The Audible”. The show debuts Monday, August 8, 2016, and will air weekdays from 6am-9am PST. A San Jose native and graduate of San Jose State University, Frandsen was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2004. He went on to play for the Giants from 2006-2009, before joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010), Philadelphia Phillies (2012-2013) & Washington Nationals (2014) before ending his 10-year MLB career with the hometown Giants in 2015. Frandsen has filled in regularly on KNBR 680 and served as a contributor to CSN Bay Area television broadcasts. Hoffar grew up in San Leandro and has over 10 years of hosting experience as co-host of the popular Don Geronimo Show podcast, as well as anchor and host experience at KGMZ in San Francisco and KHTK in Sacramento.
PROGRAMMING: iHM Chicago Names Ashley 'AC' Trybula As Digital Program Director
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Chicago has announced the hiring of Ashley Christine Trybula -- best known as "AC" to the position of Digital Program Director for its Chicago cluster. AC, who began as an intern on WGCI-FM from 2009-2010 on "Tony Sculfield and The Morning Riot," left in April 2010 to become Regional Director of Digital Content for Radio One. As a freelance producer, her videos have been featured on TMZ, ESPN, Viceland, ESPN, FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC reports crm.com. Trybula's work has also garnered numerous industry awards and features in notable publications, including Billboard, The New York Daily News, People Magazine, US Weekly, OK!, Essence Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, XXL, RadarOnline, and Complex Mag.
Trybula commented: "I've had an amazing run building many great radio brands digitally across the country, but nothing can compare to doing what you love in the best city in the world -- my hometown. I look forward to working with the iHeartMedia Chicago Region to enhance the digital footprint while delivering the best content to our audience.
2016 Rising Through The Ranks Scholarship Recipients Selected
Scholarship winners for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks Seminar presented by Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) have been selected. Below is the list of twenty recipients attending this year’s seminar August 24-25, at the BMI Nashville office.
2016 Scholarship Recipients include Becky Allegra Katz Radio Group, Phoenix, AZ -- Kimberly Allen Ham Broadcasting, INC., Cadiz, KY -- Erika Beasley Beasley Media Group, Tampa Bay -- Lindsay Carr Cumulus, Nashville, TN -- Carolyn Cope Beasley Media Group, West Newton, MA -- Chantelle Crowhurst KNCI/CBS Radio, Sacramento, CA -- Maura Donohue Entercom, San Francisco, CA -- Keshia Ellison Townsquare Media, Tuscaloosa, AL -- Jessica Goldberg 5 Star Media Group/Saga Communications, Clarkesville, TN -- Marissa Greenlar Galaxy Communications, Syracuse, NY -- Meagan Gunsteens Cox Media Group, Tampa Bay, FL -- Abby Helm Neuhoff Media, Decatur, IL -- Sara Marsolek Northwestern Media, St. Paul, MN -- Tara Nickerson Cromwell Radio Group, Decatur, IL -- Allison Parker Radio One, Atlanta, GA -- Amanda Powers WXCY-FM/Delmarva Broadcasting, Havre de Grace, MD -- Stacey Proctor CBS Radio, Phoenix, AZ -- Justine Roller Entercom, Sacramento, CA -- Sarah Smerz WFMB-FM Neuhoff Media, Springfield, IL -- Amie Woods Rogers Media Inc., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
iHeart Announces Return Of 2016 Fiesta Latina In Miami
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today the return of the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina to the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The third annual mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull. For the second straight year, the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will also include a special TV re-broadcast on TELEMUNDO in November.
“The 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the wide variety of Latin music we play every day on our Spanish and English radio stations throughout the U.S.,” said Tom Poleman, President of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group. “In just three short years, the festival has exceeded even our own expectations. We’re thrilled to be returning to Miami for the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina.
Top Voice-Over Artists Ready For ReelMIX Miami
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– Top voice-over artists Dr. Dave Ferguson, Dave Foxx and Rachel McGrath are confirmed for “VO from the VO’s POV” segment at ReelMIX 2016, the first-of-its-kind imaging event produced by ReelWorld and The Mix Group. The Mix Group President Jason Garte will lead the trio through frank discussion about coaching imagers on the best methods of working with voice-over talent to create imaging that cuts through the clutter.
Garte says, “The best part about these three super talented, proven pros coming together is that they’re going to be real and extremely helpful by sharing their experience. Imaging producers will directly benefit by learning how to better work with their VO talent to get the reads that really make their production pop!” The two-day interactive experience by imagers, for imagers, takes place Sept. 28-29 at The LOFT on Bayshore Drive in Miami. Get tickets at www.reelmix2016.com. Group rates are $149 for five or more attendees and barter is available for qualified stations.
4th Annual WKU Radio Talent Institute Underway In KY
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– 35 broadcasters began a ten-day course this week in WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University's 4th annual course. Among the numerous faculty for this year's program include Steve Newberry , President of Commonwealth Communications, Bud Walters, President of Cromwell Radio Group and making the journey from L.A. is John Ivey, Senior VP of iHeart Media and KIIS FM in Los Angeles, Gary Moore from KLOS in Los Angeles and Don Anthony, Publisher of Jockline Daily and creator of Morning Show and Talk Show Bootcamp joins from Atlanta.
The Ben Davis and Kelly K show from WDJX Louisville will broadcast live (shown), with the Institute students as the live studio audience on Friday morning 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.
CBS Radio Baltimore Releases Rendering Of UpClose Studio
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– As a follow-up to yesterday's story on CBS Radio Baltimore announcing the debut of its newest entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio, an artist's rendering (shown) of state-of-the-art space, which its radio stations will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners.
According to a release, it officially opens on July 20, and will serve to host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities. Upcoming performances at the venue include singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July27), last year’s winner of Season Nine of the TV show The Voice.
[WATCH] Yes, Mike Pence Was Once A Radio Host And Radio's Best Friend Art Vuolo Uncovers Film To Prove It
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2016 –– It's been pointed out that Trump VP Pick, Mike Pence, once did a syndicated radio talk show back in the 90's. Not surprisingly, radio videographer Art Vuolo uncovered video from nineteen years ago taken in a small studio in Indianapolis. Vuolo tells Jockline, "I did a video aircheck of The Mike Pence Show, which was syndicated via Network Indiana. Now that he is the VP pick of Donald Trump, it is especially interesting to watch. This is the final 2 1/2 minutes of a 31 minute video which was originally recorded on May 23, 1997. I have the full video on DVD." WATCH HERE
Stephen Colbert Crashes GOP Conv. Stage; Corden Does 'Carpool Karaoke' With Flotus
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Baton Rouge Radio Serves Up Coverage Both Locally And Nationally Following The Latest Police Shooting
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– For the second time in as many weeks, six more police officers were gunned down, this time in Baton Rouge leaving three dead, and one who remains in critical condition. As with the Dallas shooting on July 7th, which left five dead, local radio quickly dropped its regular programming and went into non-stop coverage mode. Often overlooked in news events such as this are the added reporting that local stations take on for its company's stations nationally. Cumulus-Baton Rouge with stations such as KQXL-FM/106.5 – WRQQ/103.3 – WEMX/94.1 – WIBR 1300 – and WXOK/1460 all teamed for coverage not only locally, but assisted with national reports for Westwood One and CNN.
Over at iHeart Media, with stations KRVE/96.1 FM - WFMF/102.5 FM – WYNK-FM/101.5 – and N/T WJBO 1150 AM provided non-stop local coverage, as well as, issuing reports and updates for several of its national stations. iHeart, which just did a deal with NBC News, has Dave Brannen as NBC News Radio staff correspondent in Baton Rouge. He was on the story from the beginning, reporting for our network of about 1000 stations, and appearing in WJBO with details on the shooting throughout the day. “In the moments after the news broke NBC News Radio shifted some resources from the setup at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to the shooting. Our Baton Rouge Correspondent provided updates and live reports for iHeartMedia stations from coast-to-coast” - Chris Berry, Senior Vice President, General Manager – 247 News
Guaranty Media's Mike Benson, a former host, now Senior Acct. exec. for the group tells Jockline: "When shots took down 6 officers killing three, our morning team of Kevin Gallagher and Bill Profita (shown) went live across 3 Guaranty Media Stations Talk 107.3, Eagle 98.1 and 100.7-The Tiger giving live up to the minute coverage for Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette, New Orleans' North Shore and from Houma to The Mississippi Line. His team quickly encouraged blood donors, food and other supplies to the respective channels to support our fallen officers and those injured. "In my 40+ years of radio, other than during Hurricane Katrina, this was the finest live radio I have heard," said Benson. 1 PHOTO/WJBO
Taylor Swift Must Face Former Denver Radio Host In Court Proceeding
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– A judge has rejected Taylor Swift's request to prohibit former radio host David Mueller from attending a deposition reports The Hollywood Reporter. She alleges he groped her during a 2013 meet and greet before a Denver concert. Mueller is suing her for slander while she's brought a countersuit alleging sexual assault and battery.
The legal action is taking place in a Colorado federal court under some 'intense secrecy.' Many of the court filings have been filed under seal. According to judge's order on Thursday, however, Swift's attorneys brought an oral motion at a telephonic discovery hearing that in part aimed to stop her deposition from being videotaped. The judge denied that request. Additionally, Swift was unsuccessful in prohibiting Mueller from attending the deposition. The judge did grant that "Only an original videotape will be made of Ms. Swift's deposition." That videotape shall remain in the custody of Mr. Jesse Schaudies, Ms. Swift's business manager.
LA Host Fired Following Body-Shaming Snapchat Post Of Naked Woman
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– Former Playboy Playmate of the year/turned radio host Dani Mathers has been let go by Cumulus-owned KLOS-Los Angeles following a wrath of complaints she received after posting the photo of a naked woman on Snapchat at an L.A. Gym. She captioned the photo: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
“We are aware of the issues surrounding Ms. Mathers’ recent Snapchat, and do not condone such actions or messages,” said a Cumulus Media spox in a statement to TheWrap . “Ms. Mathers served as an independent contractor for KLOS, and all of her scheduled on-air segments and appearances have been cancelled.” Mathers appeared regularly on KLOS’ “Heidi & Frank” morning show, in segments such as Put Your Man Where Your Mouth Is and Under the Covers.
Mathers has since apologized in a Snapchat video. Saying that because she’s new to the social media app, she accidentally posted the photo to her story instead of sending to a friend. She promised that she would never do it again. “I have chosen to do what I do for a living because I love the female body,” said Mathers. “I know that body shaming is wrong and that’s not what I’m about.”
MOTION: Star 94.1 Atlanta Drops Drex, Cassiday & Tingle In Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– After an 18-month run which saw them go from mornings to afternoons, Drex, Cassiday and Tingle are off the air at Star 94.1 Atlanta. Mike Marino who temporarily moved from afternoons to morning to serve as producer for The Jeff & Jenn Show when DC&T move to afternoons, will now head back to his former slot. Drex, Cassiday and Tingle are leaving the air six months before their contract ends reports the AJC's Rodney Ho.
In early 2015, Lincoln Financial hired Drex, Cassiday and Tingle just weeks before Entercom announced it was buying Star 94.1. Back in February, Star 94.1 paired Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby. KC&T were then moved to afternoons.
CBS Radio Baltimore Debuts UpClose Studio
For Invitation-Only Concerts And Special Listener Events
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio Baltimore announced the debut of its newest entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio – a state-of-the-art space, which its radio stations will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners.
According to a release, it officially opens on July 20, and will serve to host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities. Upcoming performances at the venue include singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July27), last year’s winner of Season Nine of the TV show The Voice. “Our UpClose Performance Studio is a great way to extend our reach into the community,” said Robert Philips, Senior Vice President/Market Manager of CBS Radio Baltimore. “We’re looking forward to providing our listeners with this unique opportunity to hear, see and meet some of their favorite artists in an exclusive and intimate setting.”
[LISTEN] Tara Reid Bolts From Jenny McCarthy Interview
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– During last Friday's Jenny McCarthy Show on SiriusXM, Tara Reid bolted from the studio after McCarthy asked Reid about her recent stint on WE's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars: According to usmagazine.com, Tara was not happy that McCarthy brought it up. “I think the whole thing is absolutely stupid and silly. And, like, we’re not even talking about it because there’s confusing things about it,” said Reid who was who there to promote her latest film, Sharknado 4.
“So right now, we’re just talking about Sharknado. It's not worth the time to talk about.” But McCarthy pressed on: “Are you )p)issed off at the people’s comments or just the show in general?” “Babe, I asked you, please let’s not talk about this show,” Tara begged. “We’re all here about Sharknado.” McCarthy finally asked, “So did you have to get into shape for Sharknado or are you still in the same shape you’ve always been?” She then asked Reid about her plastic surgeries. Ouch! Reid seemed to pause the interview for a moment to speak to someone else. "So, you're good and done, not moving forward with plastic surgery?" McCarthy added, making an effort to diffuse any tension. "I think I've made that clear about 100 times," Reid fired back. "Maybe you only read the bad things, but I've made that really clear for so many years." At this point, Reid says, "It was really nice talking to you and really good luck with your show." "Good luck to you, too, and I'm so excited about Sharknado and I hope you stay married," McCarthy sniped. LISTEN HERE
NETWORKS: The Herd With Colin Cowherd Reaches 100th Affiliate Mark; Yahoo Sports Radio To Rebrand As SB Nation Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2016 –– FOX Sports Radio, a division of Premiere Networks, is pleased to announce that The Herd with Colin Cowherd has reached the 100th affiliate milestone. Among the program’s recent affiliate additions are: WINZ-AM/Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL; KHHO-AM/Seattle; KGME-AM/Phoenix; KLSD-AM/San Diego; KDSP-AM/Denver; WHBO-AM/Tampa-St. Petersburg; KFXX-AM/Portland; KRLV-AM/Las Vegas; WYGM-AM/Orlando; and KLGO-AM and KTXX-FM/Austin.
“You can't be happier professionally than I am today,” shared Colin Cowherd. “The support is so extensive that it only makes me want to work harder and this is just the beginning.” “The reaction to Colin’s show over the past 10 months has been incredible – we’ve surpassed every goal we set for the first year of the program,” shared Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. The Herd launched on FOX Sports Radio, iHeartRadio and FS1 in September 2015.
--SB Nation, the sports brand from Vox Media, and Gow Media today announced a new partnership and the creation of SB Nation Radio. The two companies will collaborate to develop and distribute audio content, available across SB Nation’s community of over 300 digital properties, as well as Gow Media’s network of over 500 affiliate radio stations, Sirius Satellite Radio, and other mobile and digital platforms beginning August 1. SB Nation Radio will feature editorial talent from SB Nation, including national voices Spencer Hall, Paul Flannery, Dan Rubenstein, Ariel Helwani, Thomas George, as well as experts from some of SB Nation's 300 teamspecific communities, which will join Gow Media’s existing 24/7 programming lineup and capabilities.
Gow Media has been operating as Yahoo! Sports Radio, in partnership with Yahoo! Sports, since 2011 and will rebrand on August 1 as SB Nation Radio.
CONDOLENCES: Columbus Radio' Joe Pasternak Passes Away
Columbus Radio Group ’ s Qfm96 announces the passing of Afternoon A ir personality a nd Columbus radio icon, Joe Pasternak , better known to the radio world as Joe Show. “ Joe Show's radio family is heartbroken with the news of his passing,” said Chris Forgy, President/GM of the CRG. “Joe Show was the face of Qfm96 and represented the Q family as only he could. Everyone who knew Joe has their own special memory and undoubtedly their own Joe-story. He will forever be missed. ” Joe was 56.
Jon Stewart To Join Colbert For RNC Show; Amazon's Bezos Make Cameo In 'Star Trek'
[WATCH] Trace Adkins Appears 'Drunk' During St. Judes Appearance
WWO Fact-Checks 8 Common Myths About Millenials
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– A study released this week by Music Biz attempted to make the case that AM/FM radio is falling out of favor with 18-34 Millennials. Westwood One turned to far more credible sources (Nielsen, Edison Research and the Advertising Research Foundation) to check the facts on eight commonly heard assumptions on Millennials. Along with a slide-share titled: "Millennial Myths and Realities" created by Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer, Cumulus/Westwood One, Westwood One examined frequently heard beliefs about Millennial media habits.
Bob Hoffman, creator of the widely read Ad Contrarian blog, says, “I hate the embarrassing obsession with Millennials that has been the fetish of the self-absorbed ad industry for almost a decade.” At the risk of obsessing, Westwood One wanted to examine frequently heard beliefs about Millennial media habits. We turned to Nielsen, Edison Research, and The Advertising Research Foundation to check the facts on these assumptions. CHECK OUT THEIR FINDINGS HERE
iHM 'Hearts' NPR's 260 Member Stations With Opportunity To Stream Their Live N/T Programming On iHeartRadio
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced an agreement with NPR that will allow its Member stations to make their live News Talk programming available via iHeartRadio. Through this agreement, more than 260 NPR Member stations will have the opportunity to stream their live programming on iHeartRadio. iHeartRadio has over a billion app downloads, more than 85 million registered users and its network reaches more than 85 million social followers offering these public radio stations the ability to reach millions of new listeners nationwide. In support of the public radio mission, all stations that join iHeartRadio will also have access to fifty percent of their individual iHeartRadio landing page's digital banner inventory to encourage listeners to donate and directly support the station's public programming.
"The addition of NPR's Member stations helps to create even more signature audio content for iHeartRadio listeners," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio & iHeartMedia Networks. "By joining forces, it is the perfect way for public radio stations to reach listeners on new platforms and to provide iHeartRadio users with additional high-quality News Talk programming wherever they are." "As part of our commitment to meeting audiences wherever they may be, this agreement provides another option for audiences to find public radio on their preferred listening platforms," said Stephanie Miller, Managing Director of NPR Digital Services.
NextRadio Scores Big With Demi Lovato Disney Contest
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– NextRadio ran an 8-week promotion for a recent Disney contest entitled “Fly Away with Demi Lovato.” The NextRadio app served a digital ad to encourage listeners to register for the “Demi Lovato Flyaway” contest each time one of her songs played on the broadcast radio station that the NextRadio user was tuned-in on. The campaign delivered a measurable mobile response: 43.3% of users who heard the song clicked to view the digital ad. More that two percent of those users who clicked converted to entries. In addition to converting listeners to viewers, the NextRadio app delivered Disney more than 2.5K contest landing page visits and almost 200 entries. Simultaneously, it proved to be a testing ground for Demi Lovato songs, showing which made the biggest campaign impact: • 44.6% of those who listened to the track “Stone Cold” then viewed the contest entry ad • 43.5% of “Confident” listeners viewed the contest entry ad.
The majority of the listening and viewing for this promotion occurred over weekend and evenings. The best performing radio formats were Adult Hits and Top 40. Also, Disney tested two different entry forms and was able to see that the three-field form resulted in 75% of the entries. The Disney Demi Lovato contest promotion occurred April 3, 2016 – May 27, 2016.
ON-AIR: Dave Daniels Joins Cumulus Oxnard/Ventura For Mornings; ESPN 980 Wash. DC Adds John Riggins To Pregame Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 21-year veteran morning host Dave Daniels to wake-up duties as Morning Host for market-leading radio station 100.7 KHAY in Oxnard/Ventura, CA. Daniels has been an Operations Manager, Program Director and Morning Host in Santa Maria and Visalia, CA, and Phoenix, AZ. The Dave Daniels Show debuts next Monday, July 18 from 6AM-10AM.
Daniels said: “I am very thankful to Market Manager Sommer Frisk and Program Director Chris Cox for giving me this opportunity. It will be very exciting to take the reins of the KHAY morning show and become part of the Cumulus Oxnard/Ventura team.
Red Zebra Broadcasting announced the addition of Hall of Famer John Riggins to the official Washington Redskins Pregame Show. The legendary Riggins (@Riggo44) led Washington to their first Super Bowl championship during the 1982 season, setting NFL postseason records while rumbling to 625 yards in four playoff games. Riggins was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
First Take Fills the Debate Chair For Next Week’s Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 206 –– ESPN commentators continue to fill the debate chairs on First Take, next week with SportsCenter anchor Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman (R) and studio anchor Max Bretos filling in Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20.
On Thursday and Friday, ESPN Deportes takes over with commentators Claudia Trejos and Marly Rivera, alongside ESPN Radio’s Anita Marks at the desk, giving their takes on the day’s top stories. First Take airs weekdays on ESPN2 from 10 a.m. – noon ET. Molly Qerim will host all week. On July 25, Stephen A. Smith returns to the desk with new featured commentator Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim.
PODCASTS: SK Intertainment Announces Launch Of Mr. Skin Podcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– One of radios most popular guest, Mr. Skin, aka Jim McBride, has announced the launch of the official Mr. Skin Podcast! This new weekly podcast is available at the totally safe for work mrskinpodcast.com.
Countless years of radio experience means Mr. Skin's not going at it alone in his audible endeavor, either—he has teamed up with stand up comic Jimmy Failla plus Playboy model/TV and radio host Andrea Lowell to create a show that's fun, smart, and endlessly entertaining.
Fans will also be able to ask Mr. Skin questions by leaving a voicemail with their comment at 304.TALKSKIN. The best ones will be played on air each week with Mr. Skin’s response. The hour-long podcast is now available at mrskinpodcast.com, with new episodes streaming every Tuesday at MrSkin.com, Soundcloud, the Google Play app, and iTunes. Jim McBride (Mr. Skin) kicked off a nationwide radio tour promoting the podcast on July 13th, making his regular appearance on more than 60 radio shows. These shows, many of which are nationally syndicated, cover every major market in the U.S.
The Mix Group Welcomes Newest Member To Its Team
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– We are so pleased to share that yesterday at 10am ET, The Mix Group President Jason Garte, his wife Natally and their 2-year-old daughter Bella welcomed baby Daniel Jason Garte to the family. Weighing in at 9 pounds, 12 oz and 21 inches tall, the healthy baby boy is Jason’s mini-me.
Jason comments, “The feelings are unreal. I look down at Danny and he looks just like me! First we were blessed with an angelic baby girl. Now I feel like we’re complete and it’s all thanks to Natally who magically transformed a mere couple into a family.” Mom and baby are resting, happy and healthy.
98.7 KISS FM Birmingham Host 'Silence The Violence' Rally
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– Due to space, it would be impossible to post all the numerous radio events taking place on radio in response to recent events. Here is but one from Birmingham: "Silence the Violence Rally with Ruben Studdard' and 98.7 Kiss FM 98.7. With participation of the City of Birmingham, it's hosting the inaugural Silence the Violence Rally this Saturday inside Kelly Ingram Park from 11am-2pm.
Along with Ruben Studdard, it will include special words from Mayor William A. Bell. It's described as a way to rally the community together and come together for a day of peace and awareness
2016 Emmy Nominees Announced; David Bowie's Art Collection Up For Sale
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Mentoring And Inspiring Women In Radio Group Names Angie Martinez Recipient Of 2nd Annual 'Airblazer Award'
To Be Presented During Upcoming 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, Aug. 11-12, 2016 in Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2016 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced last month that Angie Martinez has been named the 2016 MIW Airblazer. Last year, the MIW Radio Group formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. Angie Martinez, host of The Angie Martinez Show, which airs in both New York and Miami, succeeds Ellen K, recipient of the inaugural 2015 MIW Airblazer Award.
Known as “The Voice of New York,” iHeart Media’s Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience in the New York City radio market, the Power 105.1 host is also an author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness. Starting as a station intern when she was just a teenager, Angie has grown up in the radio world alongside her mother, a program director at a smooth-jazz station. Today, Angie can additionally be seen as a celebrity correspondent on Extra TV. In May of 2016, Angie released her first memoir, My Voice where she details her story, including her climb to becoming a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment, and shares never-before-told anecdotes from her years in media.
Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "Having gone from an intern to the reigning ‘queen of New York radio, Angie's story serves as a true inspiration to others in search of their dreams. I can't imagine a more perfect pick by last year's recipient, Ellen K, in choosing Angie for this honor, a perfect segue from trailblazer to airblazer." MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin adds, “Our intention with the Airblazer Award is to showcase ladies behind the microphone who lead the way as local and syndicated on-air personalities. Women honored by the MIWs have not only achieved their own success, but further understand the importance of sharing their experiences with those coming up the ranks behind them. Angie embodies this spirit and we heartily congratulate her on adding another professional accomplishment, the 2016 MIW Airblazer Award, to her collection of accolades."
[LISTEN] Steve Dahl, Mike Veeck Relive 'Disco Demolition' With Tom Barnard; And Yes, They 'Still Hates Disco'
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– This week crossed the 37th anniversary of radio's infamous 'Disco Demolition' spearheaded by then WLUP host Steve Dahl and Chicago White Sox' s Mike Veeck. Both of them rang up 92 KQRS Minneapolis' iconic host Tom Barnard to discuss how the whole even actually came about and why Dahl first expressed concerns about how it would play out.
Mike Veeck (pronounced Veck) was the Promotion Director for the Chicago White Sox, Steve Dahl was making noise as America’s first “shock jock” (sorry Howard), in July of 1979 as they both made history with “Disco Demolition” arguably the most notable radio station “stunt” ever. "I hated disco -- I still hate disco," Veeck joked. "At about 10:03 I was standing at Steve's door," says Veeck "You wanna do that at Comisky Park?" he asked. Dahl said "We did that in Indiana and had about 3 or 4 thousand people." "Three or four thousand people for the White Sox for the way we're playing that would be huge!, let's do it!" Veeck shouted. But Dahl wondered then how that number of people would really stand out against the stadium's backdrop. "I tried to get out of it several times," says Dahl, "But obviously that didn't happen and I was wrong. Disco Demolition Night took place on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. It featured a twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers.
White Sox officials had hoped for a crowd of 20,000, about 5,000 more than usual. Instead, at least 50,000 people attended and the second game was initially postponed, but later forfeited to the Tigers by order of American League president Lee MacPhail. "The Night Disco Died by Steve Dahl with Dave Hoekstra and Paul Natkin ORDER HERE - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] Radio Host/Comedian D.L. Hugley Joins With Chris Cuomo & Megyn Kelly To Talk Police And Race Relations
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– Reach syndicated host D.L. Hughley, host of The K.L. Hughley Show, hit the TV trail yesterday to spoke to discuss the recent police shootings and Dallas ambush. Speaking with CNN's Chri Cuomo he slammed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over his recent comments regarding the black community, saying he is in no position to tell African-Americans how to behave. "To tell black people to speak a certain way and act a certain way is no different than telling a woman how to dress so she doesn't get raped."
"I value human life, whether it was a blue uniform or has black skin," said Hughley, emphasizing that people can mourn the deaths of police officers and still recognize "that black people have always been brutalized by police." Last night, he joined Fox New's Megyn Kelly where things got a bit heated after Hughley said “The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department,” he said. “That’s absolutely true.” - WATCH CNN INTERVIEW HERE
IMG Launches SiriusXM Show 'The Source; Featuring Talent Roster
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– The Hollywood Reporter writes today that 'The Source' will give an open platform to WME-IMG's roster of talent, including Arianna Huffington (L), Ashley Graham and Niecy Nash. Three days after WME-IMG announced its milestone $4 billion purchase of the world's largest mixed martial arts league, IMG has revealed a new SiriusXM series that gives an open platform to the combined agency's roster of talent.
The Source will premiere Saturday, July 16, on Stars (channel 109). Samples made available to The Hollywood Reporter include Ashley Judd explaining micro-aggressions against women, former NFL player Ricky Williams and Ashley Graham talking to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day about her landmark cover (R). Other WME-IMG talent who will host Source episodes include Jerry Springer, Niecy Nash, Carolyn Murphy, Jenna Elfman, Chanel Iman and Arianna Huffington.
Topeka Host Uses Video To Expand Audience
2 months ago, we had 3,000 likes on facebook. We are about to break 8,000 soon," says Shawn Wheat
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– WIBW Topeka's Shawn Wheat and his digital team have started producing video newscasts, but with a twist,' writes TVSpy's Kevin Eck. “I have a TV background, then moved into radio when I was told I was too fat to be on-air,” says Wheat. “But this is something we have pioneered here, and hope to move it across the entire Alpha media company.
"We are getting thousands of hits and views. 2 months ago, we had 3,000 likes on facebook. We are about to break 8,000 soon.” Wheat’s background includes stints at KOAM in Joplin, Mo. and KSAS and KAKE in Wichita, Kansas. He says the digital team at WIBW has a staff of six. “We do the top 3 stories, then weather and the close,” said Wheat. “The video is normally 3-4 minutes. We started with just headlines, but started including weather. We do one a day during the week. Then use Facebook live or short edited video features when needed.” “It shows a resurgence in radio news … as not just radio news,” he said. Read story HERE
ON-AIR: Danie B Takes Afternoon Drive On 101.9 AMP Orlando
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio Orlando announced that Danie B will take over afternoon drive starting Monday, July 18 from 2-7PM on 101.9 AMP (WQMP). “Danie B has an infectious energy and personality,” said Dennis Martinez, Program Director for the station. “I was drawn to Danie’s ability to create and execute an entertaining program. She is a welcome addition to the AMP family.”
Danie arrives from Albany's JAMZ 96.3 FM in NY. She has hosted the morning show since 2015. Past stops have included Boston's 103.3 AMP Radio and Poughkeepsie, NY's K104. “I'm so excited to embark on this new chapter with CBS Radio Orlando's 101.9 AMP Radio,” said Danie. “Thanks so much to Dennis Martinez and Steve Carver for believing in my talent, and thanks to everyone who helped me to grow and develop my craft. She replaces Jill Bucco who moved to mornings with Chad Pitt last March.
Marc Kestecher Named Lead Play-by-Play Voice for the NBA on ESPN Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– ESPN'S Marc Kestecher will serve as the lead play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio beginning with the 2016-17 NBA season. He will pair with analysts including Jon Barry, PJ Carlesimo and Kara Lawson to call regular-season, All-Star and playoff games. He will work with Hall of Famer Hubie Brown on the NBA Conference Finals and the NBA Finals.
Kestecher, a 17-year veteran of ESPN, will continue to call NFL, college football and college basketball games on ESPN Radio, and will remain as a studio host for a variety of ESPN Radio programming, including the pre- and post-game shows for the College Football Playoff Semifinals and Championship. In addition, he will work select ESPN TV events.
PODCASTS: Lauren Evarts To Host 'Confidential Him & Her'
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– PodcastOne announced the launch of 'The Skinny Confidential Him & Her' Podcast, hosted by blogger and digital influencer Lauryn Evarts. Evart’s husband Michael Bosstick will co-host and provide the male perspective on a variety of topics, including branding, blogging, entrepreneurship, relationships, wellness, travel, marketing and social media, and more. The show will be available every Tuesday at PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes.
“We are thrilled to partner with PodcastOne,” said Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick. “Podcasting has become our favorite medium because listeners have the opportunity to connect with us on a VERY real level. Even more so, we're so excited to interview people who are doing cool things, discuss raw subjects, & engage with listeners." LISTEN HERE
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
More Bad News For Chris Evans; Radio War Breaks Out In Sydney
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– More bad news for the BBC Radio 2 host, Chris Evans. Channel 4 television have dumped his TFI Friday reboot after just one series. The news came as it was revealed specialist (s)ex crime officers have taken over the investigation into allegations the 50-year-old repeatedly grabbed a woman's breasts and frequently exposed himself while host of the Big Breakfast.
First Sign That Brexit Is Bad For UK - Radio Management at Britain’s biggest radio station owner, Global, have cancelled the company’s annual staff party and awards evening for this year after the result of the EU Referendum. Stephen Miron, Ashley Tabor, Richard Park and Charles Allen wrote to staff last week explaining they don’t want to spend the usual large amount of money on it in case revenue is down after the Brexit.
Radio War Breaks Out in Sydney - Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson from the KIIS-FM Sydney breakfast show are at war with radio rivals Nova. KIIS newsreader Brooklyn Ross told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O that he had heard that Nova newsreader Matt DeGroot had been “saying s*it about the newsreaders on KIIS”, it’s fair to say the duo didn’t take things lying down. Kyle and Jackie O rang the Nova switchboard and then demanded to speak to DeGroot, who at the time was reading the news. DeGroot was unfortunately “too busy” to go on a rival station to get shouted at, so Kyle tried Paul Jackson the head of content for Nova’s personal mobile and ended up getting through to voicemail. Read more and listen to the audio HERE
Stan Collymore sacked from talkSPORT in the UK - Stan Collymore has announced on Twitter that he is leaving talkSPORT after his contract with the radio station was not renewed. The 45-year-old former Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker has been a presenter on the station for eight years and was part of their recent Euro 2016 coverage. As well as working as a match summariser for the radio station, Collymore also had his own phone-in show Call Collymore in which he spoke to football fans. This comes after News Corporation struck a £220m deal to buy Wireless Group, the owner of talkSPORT last month.
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Cumulus Crew Pose With Tricia & Garth At Yankee Stadium
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2016 –– With one of two shows last Friday night at Yankee Stadium, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined with Cumulus Media stars before the show. WNNX/Atlanta's Jason Bailey tells Jockline, "Garth and Trisha are amazing people and of course the show was outstanding. Plus, I got to finally, after almost 20 years, share a personal Garth story with, well, Garth" (which you can read on his FB page HERE
PHOTO/ (left to right) Jason Bailey (host of Bailey and Southside WNNX Atlanta), Trisha Yearwood, Mike McVay (SVP Content & Programming Cumulus Media), Garth Brooks, Shawn Parr (Host of the syndicated NASH NIGHTS LIVE)
Craig Morgan Cancels Tour Dates Following Death Of Son; Apple's 'Planet Of The Apps'
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Greater Media Unveils Alternative 92.9 Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Greater Media has solidified the Alternative music position on WBOS-FM by rebranding the station as ALT 92.9 in Boston. "ALT 92.9 will still deliver Boston's Best Alternative Music that listeners have come to expect from the dial position and bring a solid identity to both the format and the station," said Greater Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.
"We are passionate about delivering our content in a non-cluttered, non-controversial, pure play music environment by playing the most music,” said WBOS-FM Program Director Ken West. “In doing so, we are offering the ALT 92.9 Promise: 60 Minutes of Music after every commercial break." "The station's new branding, image and logo will exemplify the fresh programming of ALT 92.9 and appeal to the active lifestyle of our audience," said ALT 92.9's new Marketing Director Sean Doherty.
Summer Radio Has a Classic Feel To It Reports Nielsen
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– As we head into the dog days of summer, American radio airwaves are taking on a classic feel. In each of the past two summer rating periods, the Classic Hits format has grown its share of national listening than any other format. The release of Nielsen’s June portable people meter (PPM) survey results affirm the gains of not only Classic Hits, but of the Classic Rock format as well. Despite trailing Classic Hits in audience share among listeners 6 and older in June, Classic Rock had a strong showing among both Millennials (tying last summer’s record 4.8% share) and adults 25-54 (registering its highest share since a year ago). This June marks the fourth straight summer that the format has matched or increased its share in a year-over-year comparison.
Classic Rock - Jun 2013 Jun 2014 Jun 2015 Jun 2016 Persons 6+ 4.4% 4.8% 5.3% 5.3% Persons 18-34 3.7% 3.9% 4.8%* 4.8%* Persons 25-54 4.7% 5.4% 5.8% 5.7% *Record high Source: Nielsen The summertime radio listening story isn’t complete without mentioning Classic Hits, and in June the format posted higher results across all three of the demographics. But the real story lies in the historical comparisons to where Classic Hits stood in past years. June 2016 marks the format’s highest June share in PPM measurement, and bodes well for the rest of the summer. If in a few months’ time if Classic Hits is once again crowned the “format of the summer,” it will mark the third consecutive year it has held this title.
Classic Hits - Jun 2013 Jun 2014 Jun 2015 Jun 2016 Persons 6+ 5.4% 5.4% 5.4% 5.5% Persons 18-34 3.4% 3.5% 3.4% 4.0% Persons 25-54 4.8% 4.6% 4.7% 4.9% Source: Nielsen.
Finally, sticking to historical comparisons we can also see that the Country format in June—perennially a summertime gainer—saw some of the lowest shares we’ve captured in several years. In 2013, Country claimed the title of “format of the summer” after a big mid-year ratings boost; it then carried that momentum into the next year before cooling off, and Country has yet to regain those same levels of audience share in PPM markets in the past few years. representative populations. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Could Old Radio Series Come Back To Haunt Trump?
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Much has been said about presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's long-ago interview on The Howard Stern Show, but somehow overlooked was his one-time syndicated daily 60-second radio commentary "Trumped' between 2004 and 2008. It aired on hundred of radio stations across the U.S. and, according to The Wall Street Journal, his daily thoughts ranged from current events, relationships, women and politics.
Among the outakes now making the rounds have Trump saying Hillary Clinton would “make a good president.” He also discussed divorce and the relationship between the sexes in Saudi Arabia. Buzzfeed, in a story about the radio show published in March, reported some of the transcripts and also included a demo audio file that promoted the show. The Wall Street Journal tracked down more audio recordings. they also found nearly 200 full and partial transcripts on archived web pages.
Study: Millenials Opting For Streaming; On-Demand Options
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– A study released yesterday by the Music Business Association and data analysis firm LOOP (Lots of Online People) confirms that millennials are turning their ears to more and more streaming. According to Forbes, the study contained answers from over 3,000 respondents, and the results focus on younger millennials, which in this case are defined as those between the ages of 15 and 19 (as of May 2016). Many of those polled also opted for on-demand options.
According to the report, on-demand streaming (such as Spotify and Apple AAPL +0.48% Music) accounts for 51% of a younger millennial’s daily listening. Regular AM/FM radio still brings in plenty of people, accounting for 35% of the general population’s listening on any given day. Younger millennials say that they only spend around 12% of their time with radio. For younger millenials, it’s all about smartphones and other connected devices for the younger crowds. These devices are now responsible for 41% of their listening, which is much higher than the average when taking into account all age groups, which is just 18%.
According to a report from Nielsen released last summer, 245 million Americans tuned into a radio at least once during the second quarter of 2015, which represents an incredible 91% of people 12 and older.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeff Jarnigan Joins Cumulus Media Knoxville As Operations Manager
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed broadcast management veteran Jeff Jarnigan as Operations Manager of the Cumulus Media-Knoxville radio station cluster, headlined by the legendary WIVK-FM. Jarnigan has over 30 years radio broadcasting experience in the Knoxville market and over 20 years experience in programming management.
Jarnigan said: "Being associated with the legendary WIVK, as well as the flagship station for the Vol Network, SportsRadio WNML, and the home of Phil Williams and Hallerin Hilton Hill, NewsTalk 98.7, is akin to winning the radio lottery. These stations are each dominant in their respective formats and have defined success in East Tennessee radio for decades. I am excited to partner with the station teams to continue that success and drive their future growth."
ON-AIR: Power Talk 1360/1280 Adds The Dan Conry Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Power Talk 1360/1280, the Valley's Talk Leader, announced that the Dan Conry Show will join the station's programming lineup, effective immediately. Conry's show will air weekdays from 3 - 6 p.m. PST. “I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity with iHeartMedia in the Modesto / Stockton Market," said Conry. "
Listeners can also hear The Dan Conry Show throughout the Mid-West, South East and West Coast, and has been on-air in Central California for three years on Sacramento's News Radio KFBK. "Dan Conry was an easy choice – he's an entertaining and passionate talk show host," said Louie Cruz, Operations Manager for iHeartMedia Modesto/Stockton. "We are looking forward to not only having Dan on the air but also on the team and in the building."
KMKT Texas' Zac Grantham Organizes #Pray For Dallas Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, North Dallas-Sherman-McKinney recognizes 93.1 Katy Country Program Director and Morning Show host, Zac Grantham for organizing the #PrayForDallas event. #PrayForDallas is a vigil that took place at Fairview Park in Sherman, TX on July 8th. The event was a response to the violent shooting that ended in the deaths of five Dallas Police Officers and the injury of 7 others on Thursday. Over 20 members of the community, including representatives from local state law enforcement agencies attended the prayer vigil. The community joined hands in small groups to show support for residents and officers in Dallas, North Texas, and the whole country.
Alpha Media North Dallas Market Manager, David Smith commented on the announcement, “All associated with Alpha Media North Dallas are moved by the outpouring of community support that was demonstrated at the community prayer event spearheaded by our own KMKT Katy Country 93.1 Program Director and Morning Show host Zac Grantham. We’re proud of Zac’s initiative to bring the Texoma community together and thank everyone for their participation in this important statement of concern and sorrow for our fallen heroes and their loved ones. We live here too.”
WGBH Boston Joins VuHaus Video Platform
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2016 –– Boston’s WGBH has joined VuHaus and is now live on VuHaus.com. VuHaus, the music discovery video platform for public media, is a growing network of public media organizations who share a common mission to support emerging and local artists, and to introduce their music to new audiences. VuHaus content originates from the country’s most trusted radio tastemakers: WFUV in New York City, KCRW in Los Angeles, KXT in Dallas, WXPN in Philadelphia, KEXP in Seattle, opbmusic in Portland, KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City, KUTX in Austin, Mountain Stage of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, KDHX in St. Louis, and Live From the Fort of Vermont Public Broadcasting.
“It’s an honor to join this network of incredibly talented stations producing great video content. The VuHaus platform adds an exciting opportunity to share the work we’ve been doing in Boston with viewers across the country,” said Greg Shea, Executive Producer, Front Row Boston. WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series.
Marvin Gaye Biopic 'What's Going On' In The Works; Spotify Takes On Beats One
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Emmis' NYC Stations To Simulcast As 'One Voice'
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– On Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 4 p.m. ET, Emmis New York radio stations WQHT-FM HOT 97, WBLS-FM 107.5 & WLIB-AM 1190 will simulcast a special program, "One Voice," across all three stations and online, discussing the current relationship between the African American community and the police. "One Voice" will be a one-hour program focusing on the recent deaths that have divided the nation and placed racism & police brutality back into the spotlight, with the hope being to provide perspective, voice to the intense emotions caused by these events, and identify potential actions which will produce positive change.
Special guests will join HOT 97's Ebro & Peter Rosenberg (L) from Ebro in the Morning, HOT 97 & FOX 5 reporter Lisa Evers (R), WBLS’ Bob Slade from Open Line, and WBLS & WLIB's Bishop Hezekiah Walker & Ann Tripp in a panel discussion concentrating on what productive actions the community, the police, and the government are taking to help bring peace to society and eliminate hate and the unnecessary deaths of both civilians and law enforcement officials. "We're hurting," states Ebro Darden. "The listeners are hurting, the police are hurting. With every death over the past few years, the call for change becomes reignited, but the same cycle keeps going; we can't let this continue. By coming together, letting the audience be heard, talking with government and police officials, we hope we can have honest conversation and begin the process of seeing real change.
Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh Make Forbes' In List Of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities
Ryan Seacrest Draws #30 Spot, Taylor Swift Tops All At Number One
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 ––Not surprisingly, with a reported annual income of $170 million, Taylor Swift is shoulders above everyone in Forbe's latest 'Top Celebrity Earner's' list. Along with her massive 1989 World Tour, she topped the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total. Coming in at impressive number 7 is radio's Howard Stern with a reported take of $85 million, followed close behind at number 10 by Rush Limbaugh, at $79 million. A little further down at number 30 is Ryan Seacrest spotting a cool $55 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is One Direction at #2 with $110m, James Patterson, #3, $95m, #4, Dr. Phil, $88m, #5, Christiano Ronaldo, tied with $88m, Kevin Hart, #6, $87.5, Lionel Messi, #8, $81.5m, Adele, #9, $80.5m. See Full List HERE
iHeart's 24/7 News Network And NBC Team For 'NBC News Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– iHeartiMedia announced that its 24/7 News Network will provide its 1,000 affiliated radio stations and iHeartMedia's more than 850 radio stations with access to NBC News broadcast coverage, along with an hourly newscast provided to its network around the clock. In addition, iHeartRadio will also feature “NBC News Radio” as a source for national and international news content. Through this collaboration, NBC News will now span all media platforms including the most widely consumed medium, Radio, which reaches 93 percent of Americans each week.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with NBC News in providing our affiliates and listeners with award-winning news coverage along with the global reach of this powerful news organization,” said Chris Berry (R), Senior Vice President and General Manager of 24/7 News Network. “Plus, the addition of NBC News Radio on iHeartRadio showcases both our companies’ commitment to providing our consumers with the most credible news wherever they are, whenever they want it.” Users can listen to "NBC News Radio" by visiting iHeartRadio.com/NBCNewsRadio.
Bobby Bones Talks Death Threats, Radio Beefs And Howard Stern With Rolling Stone
"I think as a format, just in general, all of radio and all of television, everyone just wants to have the safety of today."
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– ""I've had 15 death threats. I have security with me everywhere I go," he says. "It's not even that they care about me. But I'm an asset to the company," says Bones to Rolling Stone Country's Joseph Hudak. It's one of many revelations country radio's most listened to host shares in an indepth interview. Among others is that Howard Stern is one of his heroes.
"Growing up in Arkansas, we did not have Howard Stern," says Bones. "When I started radio as a teenager, I hadn't heard of Howard. So I was that guy trying to have the big deep voice and fake it. Once I started to get tapes and watch his show on E!, I was like, 'Dang, he's just like a real human.' All I could be is as good as I am. It was a flick of the switch. He has a terrible voice; I have a terrible voice. Neither one of us would make it in the voiceover industry. But he's so great at being a person. He's so great at putting his flaws out there. I wish I had grown up with him my whole life. I wouldn't have struggled so many years early on."
When asked what he thought was the biggest problem with country radio, Bones said, "I think as a format, just in general, all of radio and all of television, everyone just wants to have the safety of today. Everyone wants to keep their job. Listen, if I go down in the ratings, I'm done. Or I have to fix it or then I'm done. So nobody wants to go, "Oh hey, I'm going to take a big risk" and risk my job for something that isn't worth risking their job for. But I can be the guy who is always beating his chest going, "Hey, at least look at this." READ ARTICLE HERE
PODCASTING: When It Comes To Length, There Are No Hard And Fast Rules Says Amplifi's Steve Goldstein
Grabbing people at the start is crucial. Within 7 minutes, 40% are gone..
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– Is a podcast listener who has gone through the process of discovering, subscribing and downloading a podcast a devoted fan on-board for whatever the host prepares and for as long as the host chooses to talk?, asks Steve Goldstein. At last week's Podcast Movement there was a significant undercurrent and impression among hosts that people click "play" and listen to an entire podcast. There is growing evidence suggesting this is not the case and might be some cold water for many podcast producers. While there are some exceptions, few podcasts, and for that matter, radio shows have that magic.
Going beyond podcast listening, it is a crowded media environment and busy people use the stop, forward and delete buttons on podcasts just as they do with TV shows and radio programs. In Goldstein's latest blog, he takes a look at data from Audioboom that reinforces the notion that grabbing people at the start is crucial. Within 7 minutes, 40% are gone, suggesting the topic wasn't of interest or the execution wasn't strong enough to capture much of the audience. Less than one-third make it through a 60 minute podcast.
There are no hard and fast rules about podcast length, says Goldstein. Highly produced shows such as "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" most likely hold on to much of their audience. But for the average podcast producer that is a much harder and largely unrealistic goal. It is a cruel world out there, and people tend to be protective of their time. READ BLOG HERE
Steven Goldstein will be appearing on a star-studded panel at the upcoming Morning Show Bootcamp on August 11 in Atlanta. that will focus on radio's future. In a separate session, he'll be speaking on the development of effective podcast strategies for broadcasters.
PROGRAMMING: Bill Michaels Rises To OM For Cumulus Toledo/Monroe Cluster
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that Bill Michaels, Program Director of radio stations WXKR-FM, WLQR-FM, WTOD-AM, and WQQO HD2, has been promoted to Operations Manager for the company’s station cluster in Toledo, OH, and Monroe, MI. In this newly created position, Michaels will manage station operations for Cumulus’ eight stations in Toledo and Monroe, OH, including: WKKO-FM, WRQN-FM and WQQO-FM in Toledo and WMIM-FM in Monroe, MI. He will continue to program 94.5 WXKR, 100.7 The Zone, 106.5 The Ticket and Talk Radio 1470 WTOD. Michaels will also continue as on-air host for Toledo’s Classic Rock 94.5 WXKR from 10AM-3PM weekdays.
Michaels said: "I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. Andy Stuart and I have worked together for a long time with huge success and I'm looking forward to that continuing. I also would like to thank Mike McVay and Doug Hamand for this exciting opportunity and giving me the chance to do what I love doing in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio." About Cumulus Media
Max Kellerman Joins ESPN2’s First Take; The Bram Weinstein Show” Debuts July 25th On ESPN 980
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– A new era of First Take will begin Monday, July 25, when Max Kellerman takes a seat at the desk with Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim (shown) on ESPN2’s two-hour weekday morning (10 a.m. – noon ET) live debate show. “I’m thrilled to join the excellent team at First Take,” said Kellerman. “Years back, on-the-air and in the hallways of ESPN Radio New York, Stephen A. and I would engage in detailed and thoughtful discussions on sports and every other topic you can imagine. To do that again, now for the First Take audience, is going to be a lot of fun.” Kellerman will relinquish his roles on ESPN2’s Los Angeles-based studio show SportsNation and as co-host of Max & Marcellus on ESPNLA 710AM. His last day on ESPN Radio and his last appearance on SportsNation will both be Friday, July 15.
-- Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that Bram Weinstein (R)is joining ESPN 980’s team, hosting “The Bram Weinstein Show” weekdays from 11am to 1pm. Debuting July 25th. Weinstein (@RealBramW) returns to the nation’s capital after anchoring at ESPN since 2008, including as a SportsCenter host from 2010 to 2015. This will be Weinstein’s third stint with ESPN 980, having interned at the station during his days at American University and then working as a show host and Washington Redskins beat reporter from 1999 to 2008. “I always knew my career would bring me back to Washington,” said Weinstein. “What I never envisioned was getting this particular opportunity. It’s a surreal honor. I can’t wait to get the show started.”
SYNDICATION: The Breakfast Club Adds KNRJ/101 Phoenix
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– Sierra H Broadcasting’s KNRJ/101.1 The BEAT announced today the addition of The Breakfast Club to the station’s weekday morning lineup. Starring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, they'll join KNRJ/101.1 The BEAT in the Monday through Friday, 2:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. timeslot. The Breakfast Club stars Charlamagne Tha God, current host of MTV2’s Uncommon Sense & Guy Code; Angela Yee, creator and host of Angel Yee’s Lip Service; and DJ Envy, legendary mixtape master and world-renowned DJ.
Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the No. 1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It’s also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining morning shows today. KNRJ Program Director Super Snake says, “Wow, wow, wow! Is this really happening? I’ve always been a fan of The Breakfast Club. They are pros at entertaining and known for being real. Now, we got ‘em to wake up the early birds before the Gello Show with Nina Cruz. Call your boss Arizona, you’re gonna be late for work!” KNRJ
CONDOLENCES: 'Quiet Storm's' Vaughn Harper Passes Away At 70
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– Vaughn Harper, longtime voice on the WBLS radio show “Quiet Storm,” died on Saturday in Englewood, N.J. He was 70 reports The New York Times. Harper joined WBLS in 1976 after Frankie Crocker, the station’s program director, heard him working as a nightclub M.C. His show took the name “Quiet Storm” in the early 1980s. Harper’s radio career nearly came to an end after he had a stroke in 1993, but eventually he returned to the airwaves. He also worked for the New York-area stations WBGO, WWRL and WTJM, but ended his career back at WBLS in 2008. He was also the voice of a radio host on one of the stations available to players in the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV.”
Harper told The Daily News in 2001 that he lamented the lack of perspective of younger fans when it came to music, but that it was not entirely their fault. “You have kids today who have never even heard of Nancy Wilson or Sarah Vaughan,” he said. “Radio needs to say, ‘This is someone you should listen to and know about.’ PHOTO/WBLS
GAMES: 3 Couple Vie For $33,000 Wedding On WKLH/Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2016 –– Weddings aren’t free – but a huge bite can be taken out of wedding day expenses with WKLH’s The Wedding Games! It’s a “battle of the brides” as couples compete to win a wedding package valued at over $33,000.
This “Wedding Wednesday” morning, the 3 couples - Danny & Karly (a.k.a Big Mex) from Brookfield, Ty & Brenna (a.k.a. Cop N Doc) from West Allis, and Vince & Caitlin (a.k.a. Tall Ones) from Milwaukee will compete in Round 3 of The Wedding Games.
The couples have already played “The Newlywed Game”, and the brides have written and sung their own rendition of “The Chicken Dance” live on the radio. We can’t tell you what they’ll have to do this Wedding Wednesday, but we predict it will be entertaining…and quite messy! Thousands have already watched WKLH’s The Wedding Games competitions on Facebook Live and have voted for their favorite couple at wklh.com. The couples will also compete on 96-5 WKLH on July 20th and 27th with a winner being declared August 1st. - SEE MORE HERE
Dr. Phil Suing 'National Enquirer;' Craig Morton's Son Dies From Tubing Accident
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NRHOF Reveals 2016 Class of Inductees
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– Voting results for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame’s 24 nominations in six categories are in. Four of those categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals. The other two categories, Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality, were voted on by the public. The 2016 inductees are:
Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), WTMX 101.9fm The Mix Chicago Active Local/Regional, 10+ years Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), KyXy 96.5 FM San Diego Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years Steve Harvey, The Steve Harvey Morning Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years Delilah, syndicated by Premiere Networks Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years - Bob Kingsley, Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40; syndicated by Westwood One Music Format On-Air Personality - Michael Savage, The Savage Nation; syndicated by Westwood One Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are: George G. Beasley, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. Kidd Kraddick, the late beloved national air personality and founder of Kidd’s Kids Charity - Tony Roberts, former sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football - Neil Rogers, the late legendary southern Florida air personality
Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “This year’s class of inductees represents the diversity that makes radio so personal, entertaining and impactful. We all very much appreciate everyone who participated in this process as we welcome the very best in our business into the National Radio Hall of Fame.” The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 17. Tickets are now available at www.radiohof.org.
CBS Radio Files For IPO; Continues To Consider Other Paths
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– CBS Corp. took its first official step toward going public last Friday by filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission with plans to raise about $100 million in an initial public offering. The Wall Street Journal reports that figure is used to calculate registration fees and is likely to change.
The filing didn’t indicate on which exchange the company would seek to trade or what its ticker would be. CBS would retain voting control of the company, according to the filing. The separation, which Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves disclosed in March at the company’s investor day, follows a similar path as the 2014 spinoff of its outdoor-advertising unit. In the fourth quarter, CBS took a $484 million write-down on the value of its radio licenses. The company has been leaning towards its TV business and expanding into other platforms, such as streaming and digital, seeking to increase revenue by $3.75 billion through 2020.
In a memo on Friday, CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez (L) reassured employees the company will go on, writing , “An initial public offering of CBS Radio stock has been and continues to be our primary focus as a step towards separating CBS Radio from CBS Corp. That said, we are continuing to consider other paths to find what we believe will be the best option for unlocking the value of our radio assets for CBS shareholders.” PHOTO/ Songquan Deng - Shutterstock
Radio Alters Programming For Dallas Shooting Coverage
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– All across the U.S., radio stations quickly responded to last week's shooting in Dallas that resulted in the deaths of five police officers and injuries to numerous others. In Dallas, Tyler Cox, Program/Operations Manager, WBAP NewsTalk 820AM & KLIF News & Information 570AM, tells Jockline, "WBAP 820AM was in our usual live local talk show with Chris Krok (R) Thursday night when the shooting began. We had a couple of our reporters following the march and we moved into continuous commercial-free coverage right away, simulcasting on our other news/talk station, KLIF 570AM. We supplemented our coverage with content from our news partner WFAA TV. We stayed in live coverage all night until 5am, at which time both stations separated to each station's respective morning shows. Our staff worked through the night and all day Friday covering the story and airing live briefings from the Dallas Mayor and Police Chief." Cox wrote later to add, "We're back at it again Saturday evening. Dallas Police HQ went under lockdown, due to what was called a "serious threat" against Dallas police. At this moment we are again in live continuous coverage on both WBAP and KLIF, with reporters live on the scene.
--Westwood One News correspondent Alan Scaia, who is based in Dallas, was immediately on the scene reporting Thursday night. Affiliates were provided special reports twice per hour in the late evening, overnight, and throughout the day Friday. Westwood One News coverage also included live feeds to affiliates of the briefings from Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown; reaction from President Obama in Poland; a statement from Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and a news conference from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Westwood One News also featured exclusive sound from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
--At 106.1 KISS-FM Dallas, members of the Kidd Kraddick Show were on vacation, but that didn't stop the show from going into emergency mode as YEA Network VP of Entertainment, Mike Morse teamed with afternoon host Billy The Kidd to provide Friday coverage during its morning slot. He tells Jockline, in addition to the coverage, he was super proud of his 6 year old who made this shown picture at church today and wanted to drop it off at the Police Station. "Officer Tim was extremely grateful for her big heart. Rhyton's words to Officer Tim were, "Thank you for saving our world and loving everybody."
--In Atlanta, Cox's Radio Group presented "The Race Crisis in America," a Live Round Table Discussion last Friday night on KISS 104.1, News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB - The panel was hosted by Mark Arum and featured Herman Cain and others
'There Must Be A Better Way,' Radio One Releases Statement Following Events In Louisiana, Minnesota And Texas
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– There Must Be A Better Way, the statement began. (condensed) Radio One, Inc. deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt, this is a critical moment in our history. From Baton Rouge, LA and Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX, the outcry of Black people is reverberating throughout this country. Our prayers and condolences are with the bereaved families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas Officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. We pray for your peace and comfort. Though the chain of events (last) week is unprecedented, the sound of frustration and outrage are all too familiar. Black lives matter because ALL lives matter.
Acknowledging the significance of this moment, all this week, we have leveraged our multi-media platforms of local radio, TV One, Interactive One and Reach Media to encourage our community to lift their voices and be heard; promote peace in the street; and demand justice, accountability and reform in our police and justice systems. As a communications company, we are obligated to tell the stories others won’t and to amplify the voices of our hurting community. We won’t be silent.
MOTION: Jimmy Steele Heads To iHeart's Salisbury-Ocean City To Co-Host Mornings And Program Y102; Craig Stevens Named Format Captain For Spoken-Word In Allentown-Harrisbur Region
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– "After a year as SVP/Programming for IHeartMedia’s Salisbury-Ocean City, MD group, starting this Monday, I’ll return to my roots by taking on the new role of Program Director for Y102 & Rumba, Reading, PA, and teaming up with the talented Andi Kurzweg as morning show co-host on Y102, Jimmy Steele posted on Facebook. "Many know that I want to live where my kids. Gavin and Emily mean everything to me… but also know this opportunity far exceeds finding a job that’s near my kids. It’s much more. I couldn’t be more excited about the job I’ve been entrusted with and worked hard to earn. Y102 is a great brand and heritage station with a huge coverage and audience reach.
Meanwhile, iHeartMedia's Allentown-Harrisburg Region announced that Craig Stevens has been named Format Captain for its Spoken Word stations, and Jimmy Steele will replace Stevens as Program Director for Y102 and Rumba 92.3 FM. As the Format Captain, Stevens will oversee the on-air programming and day-to-day operations of market-leading news and sports brands spanning seven markets, including WAEB-AM, WHP-AM, WILM-AM, WDOV-AM, WRAK-AM, WTKT-AM, WSAN-AM, WWTX-AM, WTJM-AM and WJDY-AM. He will continue to serve as the Senior Vice President of Programming for Allentown.
KCYE Las Vegas' Kris Daniels Leaves Programming Post To Focus On Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– Beasley announced that KCYE/Las Vegas PD/morning co-host Kris Daniels has decided to leave her PD role to allow time and energy to focus on her morning show. Kris has been with Beasley since 2013.
"Kris came to us very recently and expressed her wish to put her efforts full-time into the Kris & Mad Dog morning show and we enthusiastically agreed," said VP/Programming Justin Chase "We respect Kris and enthusiastically support her decision. We’re happy Kris will also hold the positions of APD and music director in addition to her morning show duties. We’re her biggest fans!”
“ I absolutely love every aspect of all of my duties here at Beasley, and I am thrilled Beasley supports my decision to work even more with my Morning show partner Mad Dog! ” Remarked Kris.“
Cumulus Media Announces Launch Of NASH Next 2016
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– Cumulus’ NASH Next 2016 competition pays tribute to the great tradition of radio as a launch pad for exciting and fresh new musical talent and celebrates country music.
The winner of this four-month-long national competition, announced by country legend Reba McEntire, will receive a record deal with Big Machine Label Group, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.
While television boasts several talent competitions, no other contest -- on any platform -- has ever offered its winners a similar opportunity for coveted radio play, which is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career. The competition's final judges include: Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks, Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta, and Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus.
Beginning today, local artists may enter the competition via the NASH Next website (www.nashcountrydaily.com) and will be judged on three challenges, by three local music industry professionals, as well as listeners in their communities.
KUBE Alumni Gather For Special Radio Reunion In Seattle
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2016 –– On Friday night, July 8th, KUBE alumni gathered at the Union Lake Cafe in Seattle (now owned by former KUBE sales guru Shelley Gomavits) or a special radio reunion. They came from far and wide, and yes Art Vuolo came all the way from Michigan to archive it all on video. Among some of the notables were former morning hosts Charlie Brown and Ty Flint, Chet Buchanan (now at KLUC Las Vegas) former PD's Bob Case and most recently Eric Powers plus GM Michael O'Shea who put KUBE 93 on the air back in the early 1980's.
Former intern Paul Haizlip provided lots of nostalgic video and the venue is owned by a former KUBE top sales executive. PHOTO (l-r): Bob Case, Chet Buchanan, Rich Romero and Darryl Rogers. Front row, (l-r): Ty Flint, Michael O'Shea, Charlie Brown, Shellie Hart and Eric Powers.
John Lennon's Copy Of Beatle's Breakup Doc To Be Auctioned; Asking $95K
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Steve Nelson Named Director Of Programming For NPR
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– NPR announced several staff changes yesterday, including the addition of Steve Nelson as director of programming and N’Jeri Eaton in the new position of senior manager for program acquisition. Israel “Izzi” Smith, now director of programming, is being promoted to a new position of senior director of promotion and audience development, the announcement said. “With these moves, we are investing in NPR’s ability to develop, test, and launch new shows and projects, connect with talent within and beyond public media, and expand the reach and rate of discovery of new and existing programming,” wrote Anya Grundmann, VP for programming and audience development, in an email to NPR staff that was shared with Current.
Nelson joins NPR from American Public Media, where he is director of on-demand programming and oversees programs including Dinner Party Download and The Splendid Table. Eaton joins NPR from the Independent Television Service, where she is content development and initiative manager. She has worked for ITVS for five years. At NPR, Eaton will work with Nelson and look “beyond public media for new ideas, talent, and collaborators.” Smith has been NPR’s director of programming since 2012. In his new role, Smith “will build on his highly successful work leading both NPR’s Spark audience-building campaign on the radio and our podcast cross-promotion work, both of which have significantly driven up listening and engagement over the last year,” the announcement said. The changes will take effect Aug. 8.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Melissa Durliat Joins SiriusXM As VP Of Entertainment Programming
To Oversee Talk Programming Across Channels Including “Today Show ” “Entertainment Weekly” and “Radio Andy” with Andy Cohen
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– Talent relations executive Melissa Durliat is joining SiriusXM as vice president and general manager of entertainment programming, reports Variety. Durliat previously managed all entertainment bookings — including the summer concert series — at NBC’s “Today” from 2005 to 2013.
At Sirius, she’ll oversee talk programming across channels that include “STARS,” “Today Show Radio,” “Entertainment Weekly Radio” and “Radio Andy” with Andy Cohen. Over a nine-year tenure at NBC, Durliat handled senior production and talent relations posts at “Today,” where she won three Emmys for her work. While at the network, she also consulted on “Dateline,” NBC Specials and NBC Sports events such as the Olympics. In 2014, she spent a season at “The Meredith Vieira Show” as a consulting producer.
NAB: Crossownership Ban Is Harmful To Public Interest
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– The NAB's Rick Kaplan, along with Jerianne Timmerman, submitted an ex parte (with respect to or in the interests of one side only or of an interested outside party) regarding the FCC's 1975 ban on crossownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market. In the ex parte, NAB presented evidence that the ban is outdated and harms the public interest by hindering local news production.
"Dear Ms. Dortch: In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit observed that the 1975 ban on the common ownership of printed newspapers and broadcast stations “remains in effect to this day even though the FCC determined more than a decade ago that it is no longer in the public interest.”
Kaplan noted, "In light of the transformation of the media marketplace and vast changes in how consumers obtain news and information since 1975 , the Commission cannot show that either the printed newspaper rule or the radio/television cross - ownership rule remains “ necessary in the public interest.” SEE COMPLETE EX PARTE HERE
Pat St. James Returns To The Air Following 'Serious Fall'
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– By Art Vuolo - On April 6th one of Sirius XM's most popular personalities, Pat St. John, experienced a very serious fall and broke his back in two places! He was very lucky that it didn't result in paralysis. While carrying his two-year old son Chase, in the dark, he tripped on a missing step on his porch and landed smack on his back shattering TWO vertebrae which caused severe pain and kept Pat off the air until July 5th.
Due to the type injury, he did not undergo surgery but is making remarkable progress and his fan base could not be happier that he's back on the mic 1-5 pm EDT on satellite radio's channel six. During his absence, utility DJ Mike Kelly covered for St. John for 90 days. When, radios most traveled jock, Phlash Phelps handed off to Pat last Tuesday, it was truly entertaining radio - LISTEN HERE
Iconic Chicago Host Kevin Matthews Releases New Book On Ups And Downs Career & Life
Details his 2008 Diagnosis Of Multiple Sclerosis And How His Faith Helped Him Through It
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews has experienced some extreme highs and lows in his life reports crm.com -- "From selling out concert arenas and being one of the highest paid radio personalities in Chicago to being diagnosed with a debilitating disease and losing his job. Best known for his time in Chicago radio, beginning with WLUP-AM/FM in March 1987, going to WXCD-FM in 1998, and WCKG-FM in 2002, until his exit in 2005. During his years in Chicago, there were few names in radio larger than his.
At the end of 2008, doctors informed him that he had MS, a serious autoimmune disorder with no cure that attacks and progressively damages the central nervous system. In the winter of 2010, Matthews went to a store in Grand Rapids to buy flowers for his wife Debra, who has been his supportive rock through his illness. Lying against a dumpster next to the flower show was a 50 pound statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue was badly damaged and was meant to be sent off to the garbage dump. It was missing some paint, chipped, cracked open in the middle, and Mary's fingers were broken off. Matthews walked over to the statue and says that he heard God's voice. Asking about the discarded statue, the flower shop owner said it wasn't for sale, but was just garbage. Matthews made a donation in the flower shop's name and took the statue home. Much of the damage to the statue was repaired, but not all of it. This was done on purpose. Said Matthews: "She is broken, just like me. We all are broken and in need of repair. She represents the broken." This statue has played a key role in Matthews' life, bringing him closer to his faith and being his daily inspiration.
Matthews' new book is named after this statue of his. "Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope" is the title of Matthews' 148-page hardcover book, which will be released by Beacon Publishing on July 25th. ORDER HERE
Garth Brooks Gets His Own Station On SiriusXM This Summer
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– Country icon Garth Brooks says his plans for SiriusXM's new station are still developing, but predicts 50 percent of the content will be his own music, with the remaining 50 percent "stuff that I love." According to Rolling Stone, Brookes is set to curate his own station, the Garth Channel, on SiriusXM in September. Brooks, who says his plans for the station are still developing, predicts 50 percent of the content will be his own music, with the remaining 50 percent "stuff that I love. It's going to be everything from Haggard and Jones to Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Strait," he tells Rolling Stone Country.
The Garth Channel will also air live recordings and other rarities from Brooks' vault. "We record every night on this tour, so we'll have our choice," he says, adding that vintage live material, such as his 1996 episode of VH1's Storytellers and appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits are also likely to surface. -- "The cool thing I've always enjoyed is just talking with the people," he says. "I'm hoping that's the role this station is going to play, too." It could also serve as a harbinger of bigger things to come." READ STONE'S ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: 'Hard Drive Turns 20!; SBG Shines With 48 New Affiliates In June; Maria Musaitef Named Marketing Director At Mr. Master
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– It was this week in 1996 that a new program debuted for Rock Radio Stations. The program was hardDrive (yes, with that unusual spelling), and now many hours of programming later, the show is celebrating its 20th anniversary on the air. The show’s original host and executive producer, Lou Brutus and Roxy Myzal respectively, are still intact on the production team, and the milestone anniversary has inspired an outpouring of gratitude and accolades from all corners of the rock music industry. nited Stations has been producing, distributing and handling all sales and affiliate marketing efforts for the program since January 2001. The weekend program is produced and written by Myzal, engineered and assembled by Zak Tranese and is hosted by well-known rock personality LOU BRUTUS, who has been an air talent at legendary stations including WMMR/Philadelphia, WHJY/Providence, WHFS/Washington, DC and WRCX/Chicago. FOR MORE INFO, Contact Andy Denemark email@example.com or 212.536.3603 Roxy Myzal firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.536.3666
-- Sun Broadcast Group’s programs and services continue to grow across General and Hispanic Market. In June, Sun welcomed 48 new affiliates. Among the additions, included(Listed by DMA) The Fitz Show : KHKC-FM - Sherman, TX-Ada, OK KIOK-FM - Yakima-Pasco-Richland The Hit List with Fitz: KIOK-FM - Yakima-Pasco-Richland WKFR-HD2 - Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-Battle Crk Nashville Minute: KIOK-FM - Yakima-Pasco-Richland The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver: WCYN-FM - Lexington The House of Hair with Dee Snider: WRKW-FM - Johnstown-Altoona-State College
Mr. Master, Inc announced that it has appointed 22-year radio affiliate sales professional Maria Musaitef as Marketing Director. Musaitef joins Mr. Master from Envisage Radio Group where she served as Director, Affiliate Sales and Marketing.
ESPN Radio ESPN Radio Takeover on First Take Beginning July 11
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– The hosts of ESPN Radio will take over First Take, ESPN2’s weekday morning studio debate show, for one week beginning Monday, July 11. Each day, a new duo or trio from ESPN Radio will sit down at the First Take desk to give their takes on the day’s top stories.
First Take airs weekdays on ESPN2 from 10 a.m. – noon ET. Molly Qerim will host all week. Date Debaters/Show(s) Mon, Jul 11 Steve Mason and John Ireland Show: Mason & Ireland Tue, Jul 12 Tom Waddle and Marc “Silvy” Silverman Show: Waddle & Silvy Wed, Jul 13 Peter Rosenberg, Don La Greca and Rick DiPietro Shows: The Michael Kay Show, Hahn & Humpty Thu, Jul 14 Freddie Coleman and Bomani Jones Shows: The Freddie Coleman Show, The Right Time with Bomani Jones Fri, Jul 15 Jalen Rose and David Jacoby Show: Jalen & Jacoby About the ESPN Radio Shows: Mason & Ireland (ESPNLA 710AM): The longest running duo in L.A., Mason & Ireland airs weekdays from 12 – 3 p.m. PT. Waddle & Silvy (ESPN Chicago 1000): Former Chicago Bear Tom Waddle and Marc “Silvy” Silverman take an in-depth look into the latest in Chicago sports weekdays from 2 – 6 p.m. CT. The Michael Kay Show (ESPN New York 98.7FM).
92.5XTU'S Andie Summers Airs Live For Students In Philly
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2016 –– As part of the National Talent Institutes' regular agenda, a top area show broadcast on Friday morning - and yes, students are there at 6 am sharp. 92.5XTU Philadelphia's Andie Summers and Frank were the featured hosts this morning at the third Confer Radio Talent Institute which began this week on the campus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
All ten days of the Institute are on campus , except for one day in Philadelphia at the CBS Radio studios. On Friday morning , the students will be the live studio audience as Philadelphia’s 92.5 XTU Morning Crew. Host Dan Vallie tells Jockline - and we swear this is true -- she's shown above extolling the virtues of Morning Show Boot Camp, 'and it wasn't even provoked,' says Vallie.
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CBS To Begin Process For Taking Radio Division Public
THE MOUTH, JULY 7, 2016 –– CBS Corp. is planning to file for an IPO to take its radio division public by the end of July, reports Bloomberg. The decision, announced in a prospectus for senior notes due by 2020, means the company will cut ties to radio stations dating back to the inception of Columbia Broadcasting System in 1927. According to Magna Global. CBS’s local broadcasting division, which includes radio and TV , reported sales of $2.6 billion in 2015, the lowest since 2009.
CBS and Showtime are the company’s two premium brands, Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves (inset) has said. While unloading some assets, the network has said it will increase sales by $3.75 billion through higher retransmission fees, selling CBS All Access and Showtime over the Internet, and licensing TV programs for broadcast outside the U.S. CBS Radio, which may be worth about $2.9 billion according to Bloomberg Intelligence estimates. CBS operates 117 radio stations in the U.S. Reports suggest CBS is still open to buyer in the interim.
Baseball's Pete Rose Suing Lawyer Over Comments Made During Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016 –– Baseball's Pete Rose is suing the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, reports dispatch.com. Rose alleges that John M. Dowd defamed him last year by saying on the radio that (Rose) raped young teenage girls during spring training. The former Cincinnati Reds great said in the federal lawsuit that Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on WCHE-AM in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Dowd investigated Rose for Major League Baseball in 1989, leading to the all-time hits leader being declared ineligible for the Hall of Fame. The lawsuit states that Dowd said during the radio appearance that Rose associate Michael Bertolini told investigators he "ran young girls" to Rose during spring training, which Dowd called "statutory rape every time." Bertolini's lawyers issued a categorical denial last summer. "Rose never did any such thing, and until the Dowd accusations, no one had ever claimed he did," Rose's lawyers wrote in the complaint. "What Dowd attributes to Bertolini is false: Bertolini states he never told Dowd any such thing."
Dowd was asked on WCHE-AM whether he found Rose to be a likable person. "Michael Bertolini, you know, told us that he not only ran bets but he ran young girls for him down at spring training, ages 12 to 14," Dowd responded last year. "Isn't that lovely. So that's statutory rape every time you do that." Dowd subsequently told NJ.com that he did not want to discuss the Bertolini allegation any longer, saying it had been blown out of proportion.
SYNDICATION: Energy 102.3 Peoria Adds Brooke & Jubal To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Peoria signs Brooke & Jubal show to Afternoons. The show started airing on WNGY - FM July 5 th . Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “ As Brooke & Jubal's biggest fan from the beginning , I'm thankful to now have the show in three distinctly different Alpha markets. We've already seen their massive success in both Portland and San Antonio and I'm confident that we will see the same on Energy 102.3."
“Brooke & Jubal in the Morning” and can be seen throughout the country as a regular on FOX TV’s Dish Nation.
Jacobs Media Launches Limited Run DASH Podcast Series On Connected Car
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016 – Jacobs Media Strategies has launched a new podcast series that focuses on the future of radio in the connected car. The limited-run series features backstage interviews recorded at last fall’s DASH Conference by Jacobs Media’s Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler (shown left).
“The goal for this DASH podcast series is two-fold,” noted Jacobs President Fred Jacobs. “We are committed to elevating the issue of radio and the connected car. These podcasts will underscore the importance of this relationship and how it will be shaped for the future."
The podcast will feature conversations with: Chris Andrews, Leader of Emerging Technologies, Visteon Chris Carlton, President and Co-Founder, Liquidus Eric Diehn, VP of Business Development, Midroll Media John Ellis, Founder, Ellis & Associates Erica Farber, President & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau Mike Kasparian, Director of Business Development, Slacker Radio Andreas Mai, Director of Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco Eric Nuzum, SVP/Original Content, Audible Dave Sargent, VP/Global Automotive, J.D. Power Fred Sattler, SVP, MediaLink Joel Sucherman, Senior Director of Digital Products, NPR The first episode of the podcast series features a conversation with Jacobs VP/General Manager Paul Jacobs and offers an overview of the connected car space and what it means for radio broadcasters. Seth Resler will co-present a special 2-part Podcast session at MSBC 28 In Atlanta - set for August 11 & 12 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead/Atlanta
PODCASTS: ESPN Audio Sets Monthly Record for Podcast Impressions for Fourth Consecutive Month
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016 –– ESPN Audio broke its record for the number of podcast impressions –47,555,864. That represents an increase of 63% over the previous May (29,223,213) and breaks the record set in May (41.2 million). Notably, the top 20 podcasts garnered more impressions than they did last June. The three leading categories: · The three podcasts produced by the FiveThirtyEight team – Elections with 5.3M impressions, What’s The Point with 1.5 million, and Hot Takedown with 746,000. · The ESPN Radio Talk Lineup (The DanLeBatard Show which led all offerings with 5.9 million, Mike & Mike with 4.1 million, Jalen & Jacoby with 2.5 million, Bomani Jones with 2.1 million, and Russillo & Kanell with 2.0 million).
This week, ESPN Audio is launching Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto, a weekly offering focusing on the MMA. “We’ve been talking about an MMA podcast for some time now, and with a huge event like UFC 200 upon us it was time to stop talking and start doing,” said Pete Gianesini, ESPN senior director, radio programming and digital audio content. “We couldn’t be happier to have Brett bring his knowledge, perspective, and experience into the audio space via Five Rounds. We are excited to see where it goes from here.”
NETWORKS: USRN Inks Sales Agreement With The Baka Boyz Network; Envision Adds 20 New Affiliates In June; Westwood One News To Offer Live Coverage From GOP/DEM Conventions
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016–– United Stations Radio Networks announced a partnership with renowned producers, The Baka Boyz. The new deal calls for USRN to handle the advertising sales for the national commercial time in the widely distributed programs created, hosted and distributed by The Baka Boyz. Currently, the two Baka Boyz programs airing nationwide are the Baka Boyz All Star Hit Mix which is geared toward airing on CHR and Rhythmic CHR Stations and the Baka Boyz Hip Hop Master Mix which is a more Urban program featuring a mix of cutting edge Hip Hip and R&B. USRN’s Andy Denemark commented, “Working with top quality producers and well-known brands has always been a priority for us at United Stations, and when an alliance with The Baka Boyz presented itself, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them.” For more info, contact Andy Denemark -- (212) 536.3603 -- email@example.com
--Envision Networks® Welcomes 20 New Affiliates In June (JULY 2016) – During the month of June, Envision Networks® welcomed the following 20 new affiliates - KMIT-FM/Sioux Falls, SD and KLDR-FM/Medford, OR (The Rooster) · WZKO-AM/Fort Myers, FL (Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks) · WMYL-FM/Knoxville, TN; WXMT-FM; WVTT-FM and WBYB-FM in Buffalo, NY (Audiant™) · KPQ-AM/Seattle, WA (The John & Leah Show) · WBRT-AM/Louisville, KY and KXLW-FM/Anchorage (The Stories That Made The Music) · KBZT-FM/San Diego, CA, WOXL-FM/Asheville, NC and WIKZ-FM/Harrisburg, PA (The Rooster) · KAGM-FM/Albuquerque, NM (AudioChopShop) · KISZ-FM/Albuquerque, NM and KOLK-FM/Missoula, MT (AmeriCountry) · WHOU-FM/Presque Isle, ME (influence FM) · KYWY-FM/Cheyenne, WY (Imaging Chop Shop) · WSUE-FM/Traverse City, MI (The Core) · WXNX-FM/Fort Myers, FL (Full Metal Jackie Radio) For more info, contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week, Westwood One News correspondent Bob Costantini (L)was in Charlotte, NC covering Hillary Clinton’s first rally with President Obama. Coming up, Westwood One News will be on the scene with live coverage from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28. The Westwood One News convention team includes correspondents Bob Costantini, Jim Roope, Alan Scaia and Karin Caifa among its reporter and producer crew. Chas Henry will anchor longform coverage and Michael Toscano will anchor evening short form special reports.
KISW Seattle To Bring Back Famed Hydroplane The Miss Rock
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH,2016 –– 99.9 KISW, The Rock of Seattle, and CARSTAR Auto Body have teamed up for this summer’s hydroplane racing season in order to bring back a Seattle Seafair staple: the Miss Rock. Fans of both hydroplane racing and the radio station will remember her many inceptions, dating all the way back to 1979. While historically the boat has never placed well, she was always a hometown crowd favorite.
Dave Richards, KISW VP of Programming said, “The Miss Rock tradition started back in 1979, with the first KISW hydroplane. Thanks to the good folks at CARSTAR, The Miss Rock returns for our 45th Anniversary. We’re very excited to be back at the hydro races!” The brand-new Miss Rock made her racing debut this past weekend in Madison, WA, and will race in the Tri-Cities over the weekend of July 29th through the 30th.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Chris Evans Being Investigated Over (S)exual Assault
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2016 –– The Daily Mirror has published a picture of a police car parked near the home of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, Chris Evans. Evans is being investigated over an alleged (s)exual assault. The Police confirmed a woman had made an allegation of "non-recent (s)exual assault" against the former Top Gear presenter on May 23. The allegation related to "incidents in Tower Hamlets in the 1990s". Evans denies any wrongdoing. It’s not been a good week for Chris who quit Top Gear this week after a disappointing first series. His revamped version of the popular BBC motoring show has come under heavy criticism through his first season at the helm, and he admitted his best efforts were "not enough".
Radio Guys Do Well In Australian General Election - Radio stars, James Mathison (Nova) Jim Ball (2UE, 2GB) and Aaron Wright (2UE, 2GB, KOFM, Mix 106.5, Hope 103.2) have made creditable showings in their first up bid for election to parliament. Long time 3AW talk presenter Derryn Hinch has gone one better, securing a Senate seat.
Thanks to all of the US broadcasters who had me on the air lately including David Ranken at News Radio 1080 KRLD in Dallas, Walter M. Sterling on Newstalk 1290 WPHT in Philadelphia, Gene & Julie at WRAL in North Carolina and across America on the syndicated Jonathon Brandmeier Show.
Contact Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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Jim Krenn Off Mornings At Q92 Pittsburgh; To Remain As 'Ambassador For The Station'
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Looks like changes are underway at Steel City Media's Q92.9-FM Pittsburgh starting with longtime market host Jim Krenn whom the post-gazette.com reports is no longer hosting the adult contemporary radio station’s morning show. Having taken over the 6-to-9 am slot one year ago on July 6, 2015. As of this morning, the station's website list of jocks is currently blank.
In an update this morning from the gazette was a statement from the station announcing, "A mutual agreement has been reached by Jim Krenn and Q929FM, about the future of Jim Krenn & The Q Morning Show. With Krenn’s active schedule of charity work, comedy events, and various other commitments, both parties agree that this would be the best time for Krenn to pursue other obligations that will take him away from the daily duties of anchoring a show. “ ‘I will be working on some film projects, a new web series, along with various comedy events’ says Krenn, ‘things have really taken off for me since my return to radio. ... Steel City Media is a family owned radio station that cares about this community, and those are the kind of people I hope to be around for a long time.’
“Jim Krenn will remain as an ambassador for the station and be an active part of Q929FM. Program Director Zak Szabo says ‘We hate to see Jim go off the air right now; he has been an amazing addition to Q929.’ ”
ON-AIR: Cooper Lawrence Show Takes Mornings On WBLI
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Long Island’s 106.1 BLI has announced that beginning July 11, 2016 The Cooper Lawrence Show, featuring Cooper Lawrence and Anthony Michaels will take over mornings. A radio veteran known for her own nationally syndicated show (Dial Global) aptly named “The Cooper Lawrence Show,” Lawrence spent four years co-hosting the Big Show with Scott and Todd from 6-10 a.m. on PLJ in New York. Lawrence also worked for WHTZ, KTU and WOR where she produced the Joan Rivers Show. On television, she co-hosted VH1's “Confessions of a Teen Idol” with Scott Baio, spent two years as the relationship expert on The Tyra Banks Show and was one of the original co-hosts of Dish Nation. She is currently an entertainment reporter and writer for SheKnows.com and “Fashion Police” contributor at Us Weekly. Her podcast with Bravo TV’s Vikki Ziegler, “Hollywood Hookups and Breakups” just won its first Gracie Award.
“What a dream come true to work with John Shea, Jeremy Rice, Nancy Cambino, and Steve Smith," said Lawrence. Cooper and Lawrence first teamed together on the syndicated Cooper Lawrence Show.
New Country 92.3 WIL St. Louis Adds Kelly Rebal To 'Bud & Broadway Show'; Josh Hollerman Takes Nights
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– New Country 92.3 WIL St. Louis announced the addition of Kelly Rebal (L) as Producer for The “Bud and Broadway” Morning Show. Most of Kelly’s professional career has been spent at the Hubbard Interactive radio stations in St. Louis. Her prior experience includes working in the Promotions Department for Bonneville Radio’s The River and Movin’ 101.1; and then as the Promotions Director for Hubbard Radio’s 101ESPN, 106.5 the ARCH, and most recently, 92.3 WIL.
Josh Holleman (R) has been named the new evening personality, 6:00 to 11:00 pm. He is scheduled to start on July 20th. Josh comes to WIL from Amp Radio in Detroit, where he was a weekend and primary swing personality.
SYNDICATION: Compass & 'Pags' Show Announce Extension
COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS AND THE JOE ‘PAGS’ SHOW ANNOUNCE EXTENSION For immediate release- The Joe Pags Show, heard live daily from 5-8pm Central time, will continue to be distributed exclusively through Compass Media Networks into the next decade. The show boasts nearly 60 affiliates including Flagship WOAI AM San Antonio, KPRC Houston and KTLK Minneapolis. Joe Pags states “The team at Compass Media Networks is extraordinary. As I focus on putting on a great show and serving my stations, listeners, and sponsors, this team is hitting it out of the park consistently bringing in new affiliates and revenue.” Adam Wilbur, Vice President Affiliate Sales at Compass Media Networks, comments “The Joe Pags show has been a hit from day one at Compass Media Networks.” To find out more about the Joe Pags show for your market contact Susan O’Connell firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 708-1450.
V-103 Atlanta's Ryan Cameron To Join Atlanta Falcon's Pregame Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Atlanta’s WZGC/92-9 The Game announced that longtime Atlanta morning host Ryan Cameron will join Mike Conti as co-host of Atlanta Falcons Radio Network Pregame coverage during each preseason and regular season Atlanta Falcons Game, beginning Thursday, Aug. 11. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Mike Conti and Ryan Cameron will also host a special broadcast on 92-9 The Game on Friday, Aug. 5 to cover Friday Night Lights with The Atlanta Falcons at Grayson High School.
“Ryan Cameron regularly contributes to many shows on Sports Radio 92-9 The Game and is no stranger to our team or our listeners,” said Terry Foxx, Program Director. “As an Atlanta native and staple in Atlanta Radio, Ryan will be a great addition to our Falcons coverage.” Apart from his normal duties on V-103 as host of the Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith, Cameron also serves as the in game play-by-play host of the Atlanta Hawks. In January 2013, Cameron assumed the helm at V-103 by becoming the host of “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show,” fully realizing a goal he set for himself as an intern at V-103 in the mid 80’s. PHOTO/Ryan Cameron
[WATCH] Elvis Relives 20-Years Of Radio Career With 'Today' Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Elvis Duran is celebrating his twentieth anniversary in radio this year and sat down on Monday, July 5th, with Hoda Kotb on 'Today' to relive his career and his favorite guests. He said that after so many years interviewing huge names in the music industry, the one that stood out most was Lady Gaga. “When she walked into the studio, she covered her mouth and said, ‘Oh my God, I grew up listening to you,’” Duran remembered. “I’m thinking, ‘That’s Lady Gaga!’”
Duran also spoke about starting his own tiny radio station as a child growing up in Texas. Tracing his career he listed stops in Austin, Houston, Atlanta and Philadelphia where he says he was fired. Smiling, he tells Kotb his syndicated show is now heard on that station WATCH VIDEO HERE
Next Radio Expands Into Canada
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– On July 1, 2016 the NextRadio® app went live in the Google Play store in Canada allowing over a million consumers with FM radio compatible smartphones to download the app. The NextRadio app functionality is the same in Canada as it is in the U.S.
“Our initial broadcaster partners in Canada are very excited about the value NextRadio brings to their listeners, as well as, the new radio advertising platform and data NextRadio can provide their advertisers”, said Paul Brenner, President, TagStation, LLC, the power behind NextRadio. “This expansion was a natural next step as many handset makers provide the same phones in Canada, making it easier for them to turn on the FM Chip for both countries at the same time.” “It’s essential for market fairness and emergency broadcasting services to have access to radio in the palm of your hand, at any time,” said Barry Rooke, Executive Director NCRA/ANREC.
KABC's John Phillips Now An 'Official Contributor' For CNN
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Chalk up another radio face on TV with news of John Phillips (upper right), co-host of KABC Los Angeles' Drive Home with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips Show, becoming an official contributor for CNN. In the above screengrab taken earlier this year, Phillips had made periodic appearances, but yesterday on his Facebook page he posted, "Happy to announce that I'm now officially part of the CNN family."
98.5 KLUC Las Vegas' Chet Buchanan To Receive "Humanitarian Award”
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2016 –– Nice to see our special friend Chet Buchanan being honored later this month by TMG Entertainment Network's 14th Annual Silver Stage Awards with a special 'Humanitarian Award.' Thes awards are given to individuals whose contributions & commitments to Las Vegas exemplify compassion & Humanitarianism. This Award honors outstanding individuals for their Humanitarian & Volunteer activities.
Buchanan tells Jockline, I guess radio and radio personalities CAN still make a difference, huh?
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The Shannon Burke Show Joins Lineup At WYAY-FM Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has signed Shannon Burke to host NewsRadio 106.7/WYAY-FM’s new talk show, “The Shannon Burke Show”. Burke was audience favorite in NewsRadio 106.7’s Casting Call, three weeks of on-air auditions for Atlanta’s newest talk radio personality, which gave listeners and talk radio talent across the U.S. a shot to host their own talk show on News Radio 106.7. “The Shannon Burke Show” debuts this week and will air weekdays from 9AM-Noon EST.
Burke most recently hosted his own show on Tampa’s 102.5 “The Bone”, where prior to that, he was part of the on-air team on the nationally syndicated “Bubba The Love Sponge” show. Previously, Burke was on-air host at FM talk station Real Radio 104.1/WTKS in Orlando, after hosting a talk show on Orlando’s 540 WFLA.
A Dallas native, Burke started his radio career at 98.9 KJFK-FM in Austin. Greg Tantum, Program Director, NewsRadio 106.7, said: “Many of the best hosts in the business participated in NewsRadio 106.7’s Casting Call. In the end, Shannon Burke emerged as an overwhelming audience favorite.
PROGRAMMING: Tim Roberts Named VP/Music Programming For CBS Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio Detroit announced today that veteran programmer Tim Roberts has been named the Vice President of Music Programming for 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM), 104.3 WOMC (WOMC-FM) and for 98.7 AMP Radio (WDZH-FM.) Roberts previously held the title of OM/PD for the three stations.
On June 22, 2016, Roberts was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Nashville, Tennessee. Country Mega Stars “Big and Rich” honored Tim at the ceremony and officially inducted him into the CRHOF.
Roberts is a Detroit native with over thirty-eight years of on-air and radio programming experiences. He programmed legendary stations KHAK-Cedar Rapids, KDRK-Spokane, KSAN and KNEW-San Francisco, WKKT-Charlotte, and WWWW-Detroit. Roberts then joined Cumulus Media Corporation as Midwest Operations Manager. Roberts joined the CBS RADIO Detroit team in 2005 as the Program Director for WYCD-FM, and later, added Operations Manager to his title when he took on WOMC-FM. This past fall, WDZH-FM was added to Roberts’ responsibilities.
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