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LiveXLive Media Acquires Slacker Radio For $50M; Names Andy Schuon President
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– LiveXLive Media, Inc. has appointed Andy Schuon as president, effective immediately and has entered into a merger agreement to acquire Slacker Radio. "Andy joins us at a perfect time to lead this latest acquisition of Slacker Radio and direct the company overall," said Robert Ellin, CEO and chairman of LiveXLive Media. "Andy is an industry visionary with significant experience and deep knowledge of the media and entertainment landscape. He has a long-standing, proven track record of both driving and maintaining growth while achieving excellence and innovation at every level for some of the biggest music brands and media properties in the world." The aggregate purchase price of $50 million, consisting of cash and stock, is subject to adjustments as provided in the merger agreement.
Most recently, Schuon was involved in a group of acquisitions that included Fox's former Fuel TV network. He is the co-founder of REVOLT TV with Sean "Diddy" Combs and led both the development and rollout of the network across cable TV, social media, website and apps. Previously, Schuon held positions, including EVP and head of programming at MTV, VH1 and MTV2, CEO of two Universal Music Group companies, president of artist services at Ticketmaster/Live Nation, EVP/GM of Warner Bros. Records, president of programming at Infinity/CBS Radio and PD at KROQ-FM Los Angeles. 1
Connoisseur Launches Alt' Mod 102.3 New Haven, CT
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Connoisseur Alternative Mod 102.3 hits the airwaves today in New Haven CT at '10:23 am via translator W272DO. Former WFMX Boston PD, Keith Dakin, Reg. OM for Connoisseur/Connecticut, will handle programming duties for the alt outlet. Ed Oliveira and Christian Turnquist will serve as main hosts on the station.
"Choosing the Indie/Alternative format for 102.3 was an obvious choice because New Haven clearly wants a station focused on the last ten years of alternative music. Our team understands, lives, and supports the New Haven community. Moreover, this team has a deep passion for alternative music with years of combined experience in the format," said General Manager Kristin Okesson. Dakin explained, "There is so much music out there that people are streaming, going to see live, and buzzing about that isn't on the radio. Mod 102.3 will fill that void."
[WATCH] OKC Radio Host Owen Pickard Wins Guest Host Seat On 'TODAY'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– In case the latest 'Take A Seat' winner on the TODAY SHOW seemed like a natural, give thanks to his experience behind the mic at Tyler Media's 93.3 Jake FM Oklahoma City. Owen Pickard was Friday's TODAY SHOW viewer who won his seat as guest co-host it in 'Take A Seat Competition. According to TODAY, he was one of more than 500 submissions.
Pickard proudly took his seat after a drive with his wife, Kelcie, all the way from Blanchard, Oklahoma. Once on the set he seemed all too comfortable as he faked stealing his chair - at top he's shown with Sheinelle Jones, Al Roker and Jenna Bush.
Among the comments on Facebook following his appearance included: WATCH: Try not to fall in love with our TODAY’s Take a Seat contest winner, Owen!" WATCH HERE
Jake, who handles middays at the country outlet, also shared his reactions of he and Kelcie's visit to the Big Apple HERE
EVENTS: US99 Chicago's Stylz & Roman Lend Their Support To Irma Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Stylz & Roman, morning hosts on US99 Chicago’s, asked listeners to lend their support to moms and families affected by Hurricane Irma through a series of diaper donation drives. Last week, US99 teams, led by Doug Stylz and Justin Roman, were on location at various area retailers collecting cases of diapers which will be driven to Florida and distributed to those in need. The collection events culminate with a call for those attending the Luke Bryan concert this Saturday, September 16 to “stuff a truck” outside Gate 5 of the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.
“I couldn’t be prouder for US99 to be a part of this effort, as it is so close to our listener’s hearts,” said Todd Cavanah, CBS RADIO Chicago VP of Programming. “More than a million Chicagoans listen to US99 each week, and many of them are busy moms who can understand how a simple act of kindness can help so much when you’re faced with a life altering situation like we’ve just witnessed throughout Florida.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises $250,000 In Celebrity Golf Match
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $250,000 to help broadcasters in need during its Celebrity Golf Tournament last week at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The annual event is one of the Broadcasters Foundation’s biggest fundraisers. This year, more than 150 broadcasters and celebrities came out in support of their colleagues, many of whom have experienced personal devastation and loss from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Among the many celebrity golfers were: Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV; Tina Cervasio, CBS Sports; Rachel Grant, actress and philanthropist; Jay Harris, ESPN; Otis Livingston, WCBS-TV; Karl Nelson, NY Giants; Lee Saltz, New England Patriots; Bill Smitrovich, film & television actor; John Starks, NY Knicks; Bob Wischusen, voice of the New York Jets, and more. Event Chair for 2017 was Leo MacCourtney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Katz Television Group. Sponsors included: title sponsor Evercore Wealth Management, ABC Channel 7, CBS Television, CBS Radio, NBC-Owned TV Stations & Telemundo Station Group, Eileen & Jack Connors, Jr., ESPN Radio, Empire Merchants, Flexjet, Norman Knight Charitable Foundation, Marketron, Nielsen, Putnam Investments, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and others. The Lee Iacocca Villa Nicola in Tuscany, which was donated by Ned and Kate Hentz, pulled in an additional $27,000 in auction. For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of broadcasters and their families. To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
[WATCH] Radio One Philly Hosts Directly Touched By Hurricane In St. Maarten
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– WRNB 100.3 FM and loyal Philadelphia listeners welcome home Lady B (L), afternoon talent and DJ Touchtone (inset). With every right to stay home and recover physically and emotionally from their well-deserved vacation turned nightmare after living through Hurricane Irma while on vacation in St Maarten, the two came home to hit the air and thank listeners for their prayers and well wishes.
“These two somehow managed to make a personal tragedy, a testimony of hope for our listeners,” said Karen Vaughn, Operations Manager, Radio One Philadelphia. “We are so grateful these two radio treasures weren’t stripped from us. I’m blown away at their resilience and thrilled they both found peace in expressing their story on the air.” WATCH HERE
Twin-Cities Radio Host And Producer Tammy Raasch Passes Away At 40
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Twin Cities talk show radio host and producer Tammy Raasch who worked as a legal assistant before making the move into radio in 2008 has passed away at young age of 40. Raasch was a talk show radio host and producer on “The Van and Cheryl Morning Show” on KS95 and the My Talk 107.1 midday show “The Donna, Marley and Tam Show according to The Star Tribune.
Raasch is survived by her parents, Gary and Sally Raasch, and siblings Amy Raasch, Jill Serbay, Molly Contos and John Raasch, along with several nieces and nephews.
2017 Emmy Winners List; Sean ...Spicer Calls It 'Largest' Ever
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NIELSEN: Classic Rock Rules Again In August; Why It Could Change In Sept?
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– With the release of Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) ratings for the August survey, it’s time to put a cap on the format of the summer analysis for this year. Classic Rock, for the second straight year, saw the most growth in audience share when comparing tune-in during the first five months of the year to June, July and August, the dog days of summer. In 2017, the race came down to Classic Rock and Classic Hits, which have become shoe-ins for the format of the summer crown over the past few years. It’s important to note that this distinction does not go to the format with the largest overall audience share (News/Talk). Rather, it goes to the format that sees the most growth during the summer months.
There were four formats in the race for format of the summer this year, with Classic Rock emerging on top again. When taking the long view, it’s clear that audiences gravitate to music from decades ago during the summer months when listening habits and routines change. And just as those summertime habits changed the way Americans listen to the radio, so do the events of the past few weeks, as major hurricanes have affected the Gulf Coast, Florida and the southeast. When the September PPM results become available in a few weeks, we’ll be keeping a close eye on news listening and radio usage with a particular focus on markets in Texas, Florida and beyond. The last time there was such a major hurricane storyline in America was in 2012, when Sandy moved up the East Coast and made landfall in New York. Along the way, the storm passed seven PPM markets from Washington to Boston, and in the first few days after Sandy hit New York, the radio audience in those northeastern markets jumped 50% as consumers turned to radio for information and updates. SEE REPORT HERE
BUSINESS: CBS Files Amended 8-K Form With SEC In Proposed Entercom Merger
CBS Expects To Complete Transaction During 4th Quarter Of 2017
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– The CBS Corporation filed an amended 8-K form this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission showing some revised dates in its proposed merger with Entercom. It states, "On September 13, 2017, CBS Corporation (the “Company” or “CBS”), CBS Radio Inc., Entercom Communications Corp., and Constitution Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Entercom, entered into Amendment No. 2 to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 2, 2017."
Amendment No. 2 adds, among other things, "the Merger Agreement can be terminated by either the Company or Entercom if the Merger has not been consummated as of January 31, 2018" It adds, "However, if as of January 31, 2018, the conditions to the closing of the Merger concerning the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, the approval of the FCC, the approval of Entercom’s shareholders and the absence of any law or order restraining, enjoining or prohibiting the consummation of the transaction have all been satisfied, CBS may not terminate the Merger Agreement due to the passing of the termination date of the Merger Agreement." The revised amendment states that "CBS expects to complete the transaction during the fourth quarter of 2017."
ON-AIR: Poet Taylor Takes Middays On WPGC 95.5 Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio, Wash, D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 announced that Poet Taylor will begin hosting middays, weekdays from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM beginning Monday, September 18. WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary in June and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Poet started her radio career at WERQ-FM in Baltimore after winning a station contest seeking to expand their talent roster. She served as the Executive Producer for the Joe Clair Morning Show on WPGC 95.5 in 2014 and was most recently the Segment Producer of Good Morning Washington on ABC-7 and hosted weekends on WPGC 95.5.
“I am so excited that Poet will be taking over midday fulltime for WPGC 95.5,” said Steve Davis, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Washington, D.C. and Program Director of WPGC. “Poet has been an incredible advocate for WPGC in her part-time role. She is excellent on-air, understands social media and loves the DMV. I have no doubt she will be a great success in middays!”
FORMATICS: KQHN-FM Moves To Hot AC In Shreveport
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that KQHN-FM in Shreveport launched this week as The All New Q97.3 Starting Monday, September 18, The Bert Show will kick off weekday mornings from 6am-10am on Q97.3, followed by The Shawn Dion Show in Afternoon Drive from 3pm-7pm, with Adam Bomb rounding out the daily lineup from 7pm-12am Midnight.
Cody Welling, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Shreveport/Bossier City, said: “Q973 uniquely positions our group of radio stations in Shreveport and Bossier City to match our diverse community and culture, which we so proudly serve.”Chip “The Fat Man” Arledge, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Shreveport/Bossier City, said: "We're thrilled to offer a focused and compelling product that focuses on the musical tastes and lifestyle of some beautiful people in our marketplace that have long been ignored and underserved. I'm confident The All New Q97.3 will be a great complement to our listeners' busy lives."
SALES: Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio Names Mike Watkins LSM; Adams Names John Ludwig Senior Account Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 ––Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Mike Watkins as its new Local Sales Manager (LSM), effective immediately. “I am thrilled to promote talent from within the organization,“ said Jaleigh Long, CMG Atlanta Radio’s Director of Sales. For the past 20 years, Watkins has been a Media Consultant for CMG Atlanta. Prior to that, he spent the first half of his career on the Programming side of the business working at legendary stations KDKA Pittsburgh and WGCI Chicago. Watkins came to Atlanta in 1993 as the Program Director of WALR/KISS 104.” CMG Atlanta Radio’s cluster includes News 95.5 FM AM 750 WSB, 97.1 The River, B98.5, Your Country Georgia 106.1/107.1, and KISS 104.1 FM.
-- Adams Radio Group has hired radio veteran John Ludwig as a Senior Account Manager representing the Adams cluster of stations in Salisbury-Ocean City. Ludwig comes to Adams from Entercom Portland where he has spent the past 13 years as a sales consultant for Entercom. Ludwig began his career with Entercom in 2005 via the highly successful Entercom Communications, 'Sales Associate' program. Ludwig says “13 years later and I am grateful and humbled at being able to consistently achieve success and also to have been a valued member of an amazing total radio team at Entercom Portland. I value a collaborative approach with both my clients and local radio team and look forward to bringing the same positive and optimistic attitude along with a fresh perspective to the community in the Salisbury/ Ocean City, Maryland area.”
Greg & The Morning Buzz Surprised With Flag Flown By U.S. Navy In His Honor
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– New England’s Greg and The Morning Buzz got a surprise visit from US Navy Sailor, First Class Petty Officer Shawn Myers (of NH), this week. Myers came by to say “Hi”- and presented them with an American flag - that was flown by the U.S. Navy in The Morning Buzz's honor - on the top of the historic Mt. Suribachi (Iwo Jima, Japan) as well as on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (on July 4th of this year), and aboard a Tigercat Aircraft during joint operations. Shawn presented it to host Greg Kretschmar as well as co-hosts Scott “Roadkill” McMullen and Laura Boyce, as a way to say “Thank You” for their long time dedication to those serving in the US Military, and for giving men and women like him - serving overseas- a little taste of home every day.
Shawn told The Buzz he listened every day via iHeartRadio (airing at 6:30pm Japan time). “You’ll never know how important what you do is to a lot of men and women serving overseas”, Myers said. "It helped get me through some difficult times”. “It was completely humbling for all of us”, said Kretschmar, who ends every show by asking listeners to thank, and shake the hands of active military members and veterans. “Clearly it is US who should be thanking HIM, and those he serves with. It’s a moment and a gift we will never forget. It’s a true honor for all of us." Greg & The Morning Buzz is Greg Kretchmar, Laura, Roadkill, Kelly and Kayla. The Radio Button Network syndicates Greg & The Morning Buzz airing in Portsmouth (NH), Manchester (NH), Lebanon (NH) and several other New England markets.
WJBR-FM Wilmington To Send Over 25,000 Pounds Of Food To Hurricane Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– As part of Beasley Media Group’s on-going Community of Caring Initiative, 99.5/WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware recently partnered with The Kenny Family Foundation and Shoprite to match food donations pound for pound!
The station collected over 12,500 pounds of food during a recent on-site collection event. As a result of the match, WJBR will be sending over 25,000 pounds of food donations to Feeding Texas via the Food Bank of Delaware. PHOTO/WJBR's Morning Hosts, John & Charlie
Jim Carrey Returning To TV; Serena Has Kidney Transplant
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[LISTEN] Craig Carton 'Resigns' From CBS' The WFAN; Boomer Speaks Out
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Saying 'unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show,' Craig Carton has resigned from his co-host position with The Boomer & Carton Show. Carton tweeted, 'For 10 years I've had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I've always tried to represent them in the best possible light. Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station.." In a release from CBS Radio, it stated: “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase. We are especially grateful to our dedicated employees, sponsors and listeners for their continued support of THE FAN. The search for a replacement co-host for the morning show will begin immediately.”
Esiason opened Thursday’s show by talking about Carton and what’s next for their morning show. “I gotta tell you something: I think it’s a good move for Craig, and I think for him and his family,” Esiason said of the resignation. “He’s got to focus supremely on that. That’s the one thing he has to take care of. And that’s the one thing we want him to do. We want him and his family to get through this. He’s got to put all of his energy in that.” Esiason said he will continue to support his friend, he is relieved for all involved at WFAN. “By resigning, I believe, he takes a lot of pressure off of all of us here at WFAN, his co-workers and everything else. He’s got to get his life in order. He’s got to get it right,” Esiason said. “I wouldn’t be surprised someday, somewhere, somehow, (Carton) will be behind a microphone somewhere. I don’t know where. I don’t know when. I don’t know if I’ll be a part of that or not. But I do know that he has resigned from WFAN, so that chapter at least, the Boomer & Carton chapter, is now closed here,” Esiason added. Esiason vowed to keep the morning show going in the right direction. LISTEN HERE
More Stations Returning To The Air After Irma; 39 Down, Up From 51 (FCC)
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– In yesterday's FCC Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Irma, it shows that radio stations out of service totaled 39 (down from 51 on 9/12).September 13, 2017 11:30 a.m. Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Irma September 13, 2017 The following is a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Irma as of September 1 , 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). DIRS is currently activated for all areas of Florida, Puerto Rico , the U.S. Virgin Islands , and parts of Georgia and Alabama . Note that the operational st atus of communications services during a disaster may evolve rapidly, and this report represents a snapshot in time. It should also be noted that not all communications providers have reported in DIRS, so some outage information may not be complete . The following counties are in the geographic HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS' Andre Fernandez Selected By FCC Chair Ajit Pai To Serve On Advisory Committee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio President & CEO, Andre Fernandez, has been selected by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). The ACDDE’s mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries.
The Committee will also make recommendations on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks. Andre is among a select group of leaders from media and telecom companies, the financial world, civil rights groups, think tanks, public interest groups and trade associations serving on this Advisory Committee. A full list of ACDDE members is available in the posted Public Notice at https://go.usa.gov/xRFRe The Commission has additional information about the ACDDE, available at https://www.fcc.gov/advisory
SYNDICATION: Nikki Sixx Launches 'My Favorite Riff' Series; Skid Trax Partners With Envision To Offer The Ashley & Brad Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks host Nikki Sixx announced the launch of 'My Favorite Riff', a first-ever multiplatform music and conversation series highlighting guitar legends and the hottest upcoming new artists. As part of the weekly audio and video series launching today, September 14, Sixx will invite some of world’s best guitar and bass players to take their instruments to his Sixx Sense radio studio in Los Angeles and talk music, gear and life, as well as showcase their favorite riffs.
These exclusive, one-on-one conversations between Sixx and fellow rock stars, along with exclusive performance sessions, will be available on Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx. Joe Bonamassa will kick off the series on September 14. Click HERE to see a preview
Skid Trax Partners With Envision Networks to offer The “Ashley & Brad Show” On Barter Ashley & Brad, a Los Angeles based morning show duo provide their top market talent to radio stations nationwide with a daily voice tracked show offered at www.skidtrax.net. Ashley has made stops at KZLA and KKGO. Brad is a Los Angeles based on-camera actor, voice over actor and radio host, with past on-air duties at WMMO Orlando and WZTA Miami. The duo is currently the morning show for KWSV 99.1 The Ranch. Stations interested in adding The Ashley & Brad Show to their programming should contact Amber Wade at email@example.com or 216-831-3761.
WEEI Boston/NESN Jimmy Fund Event Raises More Than $4M In 36 Hour
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– The Jimmy Fund, WEEI Sports Radio Network ( 93.7 FM ), NESN, and the Boston Red Sox announced that the 16th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio - Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation raised more than $4 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Telethon featured special guest, Academy Award winning actor Casey Affleck, who also threw out the honorary First Pitch at the Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on August 15.
“We are grateful for the support from Red Sox Nation, near and far, who helped us raise more than $4 million for the Jimmy Fund and Dana - Farber during the 16 th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio - Telethon,” said Chairman of the Jimmy Fund Larry Lucchino. “Together, we are working to help find cures for cancer to con quer this miserable disease, and progress is being made every day.” PHOTO/L-R: Phil Zachary- Entercom Boston Vice President & Market Manager, Joe Zarbano-WEEI Program Director, Sean McGrail- NESN General Manager, Rose Marakian- NESN Coordinating Director Beverly Tangvik- Arbella Insurance Charitable Foundation President and Larry Lucchino- Chairman of The Jimmy Fund
EVENTS: 98.5 KLUC Teams With Zappos For Good, Lyft And The Salvation Army
for a three-day broadcast last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to collect items for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. After three days of broadcasting, 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo filled five semi-trucks with donated supplies and hit the road this past Saturday for the 1,200 mile trek from Las Vegas to the Salvation Army Divisional Disaster warehouse in Arlington, Texas, just outside of Dallas. There they helped unload the much needed supplies which the Salvation Army immediately began prepping for distribution. "Our listeners have done it again! FIVE semis filled in three days for people who really need it in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma is PHENOMENAL!,” said 98.5 KLUC morning show host Chet Buchanan. “Much love and thanks to our new best friends at Zappos For Good, The Salvation Army, and Lyft for being amazing partners. Thanks to The Westgate Resort and Casino for financing an adventure we will never forget, and Mercer Transportation for getting all of the donations there quickly and safely. We love you all!"
Absolute Shake-Up In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Absolute radio has confirmed their line-up changes for the autumn. Danielle Perry is moving to evenings, with Peter Donaldson taking over the late show as Dave Berry (L) joins Absolute Radio from Capital next month. Dave has been sitting out his non-compete since leaving Capital earlier in the year. He will do the 4-7pm slot. He’ll be joined by co-host Matt Dyson (R), who he worked with at XFM. Matt moves from being the newsreader on Absolute’s breakfast show. Absolute Radio Hometime starts on 2nd October as part of other changes to the show times on the station.
In Ireland, Today FM’s Ian Dempsey Says Yes To The Dress - After pressure from his listeners on Today FM, Ian Dempsey agreed to present his show in front of a live audience in a wedding dress! Wedding Dress Wednesday’ is 20th September – part of the station’s Dare to Care campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Ian will join the women of Ireland on the day and put on a white dress. There may even be a garter involved! Ian’s Big Day will take place in Dublin City Centre and the station is inviting listeners to join him for his Bridal Breakfast by applying online. There’s only one condition; anyone attending is asked to wear a wedding dress and get sponsored for doing so. Last year Ian Dempsey got tattooed live on air as part of the fundraising campaign after reaching his target of €25,000 ($30,000). Read more and watch the campaign launch video featuring Today FM presenters and cancer survivors HERE
In Australia Kyle & Jackie O Look For Road Rage Offender On Rival Station - KIIS 106.5’s Jackie O was the victim of road rage while making her way to the studio. A man in a red commodore lashed out at her while she was driving her SUV through the Harbour Bridge tunnel in Sydney. During this morning’s show, she and Kyle went on the hunt to find the man. They pair dialled through to rival FM station Triple M to consult The Grill Team for more information. Read more and listen to the audio HERE
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HONORS: Country 105 Calgary Takes Station Of The Year Honors At CCMA's
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– This past weekend at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Corus Radio's Country 105 was named Radio Station of the Year - Large Market and we were also received a Slaight Humanitarian Award for its annual Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon Photo features from l to R - Dan Carson -
PHOTO/ L-R - Dan Carson - Morning Host Country 105, Nicolette Harris - Promotions Manager Corus Radio Calgary, Phil Kallsen Program Director Country 105, Robyn Adair and Roger Rhodes - Morning Hosts on Country 105
SNAPS: Unveiling Of 88Nine Milwaukee Commissioned Mural Takes Place Today
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– The Outside wall of Penfield Children's Center will feature today the completion of the building-sized mural commissioned by Milwuakee noncom 88Nine. With help of a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Mary L. Nohl Fund, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee commissioned artist Stacey Williams-Ng to design and paint a giant (122’ x 27’) and colorful mural on a blank outside wall of the Penfield Children’s Center in this central city neighborhood.
The mural, entitled "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea; Joy to you and me!" plays on themes of rhythm, community and cohesion. It recognizes that music brings us all together, and that differences disappear when we bind together as a community.
NTSB Issues First Report On Troy Gentry's Helicopter Crash
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WTMX Chicago's Morning Show Gets A New Name Following Kathy Hart Exit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– As first reported by Chicago media blogger Robert Feder, Jockline has now confirmed that Hubbard's top-rated WTMX 101.9 Chicago will rebrand its morning show to ‘Eric in the Morning’ and share billing with ‘Melissa & Whip’ (R).' After 21 years as “The Eric & Kathy Show,” sources tell Feder that Ferguson is expected to unveil the new name during today's (9/13) show. The rebranding was prompted by the announcement of Ferguson's longtime co-host, Kathy Hart formally parting ways with the station last week. Ferguson, along with Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch will take over the show with no new personnel expected. McGurren and Paruch were said to be included in the new name at Ferguson’s insistence.
Hart’s exit also got the attention of iHearts WKSC FM 103.5, home to morning rivals Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor who this week unveiled billboards on Chicago area expressways that read: “Kathy Hart, Thank You For 21 Incredible Years.”
WFAN's Craig Carton Breaks Silence; Denies Charges; Mike Francesa Open To 'Staying On' If It Helps The Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– WFAN New York's Boomer and Carton' co-host Craig Carton has broken his silence following fraud charges which allege his involvement in a Ponzi scheme and a concert ticket-selling scam. Carton flatly denies charges and vows to fight back. In a released a statement Tuesday on Twitter he says he is confident he will not be found guilty after his arrest on Sept. 6 in New York City.
"As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly hard to be silent while there is an endless stream of vitriol being hurled my way, but I’m confident that when the facts come out, you’ll see that I am not guilty of these charges," Carton wrote on Twitter. "My fight has only just begun and I know when this strange episode is over, I’ll be back, stronger than ever."
Meanwhile, WFAN cohort, Mike Francesa, is reportedly open to staying on with the top-rated sports outlet in the wake of Carton’s arrest and subsequent suspension last week, The New York Post reports. Mike Francesa, who is set to leave the station after 30 years when his contract expires Dec. 15, has told station management he is at least willing to discuss postponing that move. “The only thing I said is that … I would not turn my back on the company if I thought it was in trouble,” Francesa told The Post in a phone conversation Tuesday. “That’s something that had to play out in the weeks and months ahead. And I don’t really know if it is [in trouble], so I don’t know if that’s going to mean anything. “Has this changed things? It has created some conversations. I don’t know that it has changed anything. I would say my gut feeling is no, but I would say that it has at least created conversations that weren’t there before.” READ NYP STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: NAB Extends Gordon Smith Through 2023
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– The National Association of Broadcasters has extended the contract of President/CEO Gordon Smith through March 31, 2023. By that date, Smith will have headed the group for nearly 14 years. Smith became the NAB’s CEO in November of 2009, succeeding David Rehr, who resigned suddenly in March of that year after three-and-a-half years heading the group. His predecessors included Eddie Fritts, who served for 23 years, and Vincent Wasilewski, who headed NAB for 17 years.
In announcing the extension, NAB Joint Board chair Caroline Beasley said, "Gordon Smith has shown a steady hand guiding America's local radio and television stations through the public policy challenges of Washington. "He has enormous credibility on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, and is a determined advocate for local broadcasting," Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, added. "We are thrilled that we will benefit from Gordon’s leadership into 2023."
ON-AIR: Larry Glover Takes Middays On NT 590 WVLK; Britt Rose Named Afternoon Host On WJTQ-FM Pensacola
Cumulus Media announces that it has named award-winning Lexington, KY-based talk radio personality Larry Glover as Midday Host of News Talk 590 WVLK-AM. Glover moves from his 6pm-8pm drive time slot on 590 WVLK-AM, where he has hosted “Larry Glover Live” since January 2008. Glover’s new Midday show debuts today and will air weekdays from 12 Noon-3pm. Concurrently, syndicated talk radio host Chris Plante will move into the 10am-12 Noon position on News Talk 590 WVLK-AM. News Talk 590 is now simulcast on FM at 97.3.
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Britt Rose as Afternoon Drive personality on Classic Hits-Rock station WJTQ-FM (Jet 100.7) in Pensacola, FL. She segues from Cumulus Media-Oklahoma City’s KQOB and KATT, and debuts on Jet 100.7 today from 2pm-7pm.
SYNDICATION: 102.7 GNI Adds John Tesh Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-Wilmington announces that Adult Contemporary radio station WGNI-FM/102.7 GNI has added the John Tesh radio show, “Intelligence for Your Life” to its programming line-up. The show airs Monday through Friday from 7pm-12 Midnight and Sunday from 7pm-12 Midnight, and debuted Monday on 102.7 GNI. The impetus for “Intelligence for Your Life” was Tesh’s wife, actress Connie Sellecca, whose nightstand was covered with issues of Oprah’s Magazine, “O”.
Tesh said, "People have called me the “Oprah of radio”, but the difference is that our pieces are sometimes very short, like two minutes, or even 25 seconds — all geared at motivating listeners to move forward... it’s all about passion and purpose. If something I share can help save someone’s marriage, inspire someone to go to the doctor to get checked out, or spend more time with their kids, I’ve done my job.” WGNI Program Director Steve McKay said: “Adding Intelligence for Your Life with John Tesh is an exciting opportunity to engage women with a show unlike any other.
PRODUCTS: Perry Broadcasting Chooses Vipology Companywide
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Vipology, Inc announced that Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company, the largest independent minority owned and operated radio broadcasting company in the U.S., has chosen Vipology as its content partner, securing fresh daily content for its station websites companywide. Perry Broadcasting’s 16 radio stations air in diverse formats including: Urban, Urban AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country, Classic Rock, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz. Kevin Perry, Vice President/General Manager, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, said: "Vipology's content specifically targets our listeners and is such a great deal!"
Vipology creates original digital content with 100% licensed images, and provides its format-specific Music Report in 13 formats, along with the Hollywood Report, Sports Report, Girl Power, and Bird Feed, the industry’s only compilation of curated Top Twitter feeds. Hollywood Report, Sports Report, and Girl Power are each available in Spanish and English. Chris Peaslee, Chief Executive Officer, Vipology, said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Perry Broadcasting to provide high quality original and relevant format-specific content for its radio station websites.” For more info on Vipology's Fresh Daily Content for cash or barter, visit vipology.com, or contact Michael W. Kay, CRO at email@example.com, or 213-432-1800.
EVENTS: Cumulus WWO Media & iHeart Air 'Hand In Hand' Event; CBS Radio St. Louis Raises $83,000; Fills Trucks With 100,000 LBS Of Items For Houston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Among those joining last night's Hand In Hand telethon on the audio side included Cumulus Media/Westwood One and iHeart Radio. NASH Nights Live and The Zach Sang Show/Westwood One affiliates had access to the Two-Hour Live Broadcast, including George Strait’s Hand in Hand Benefit Concert Live From The Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Some of the biggest stars in entertainment joined for the event including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Wayne Brady, Connie Britton, Sterling K Brown, George Clooney, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, David Copperfield, Chace Crawford, Terry Crews, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and more. George Strait performed directly from his benefit concert at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre.
-- iHeartMedia aired the special on over 150 radio stations and on iHeartRadio's Hit Nation. Proceeds from the Hand In Hand telethon benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and numerous other organizations managed by Comic Relief USA. Donations from the George Strait concert will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. READ MORE AND SEE PHOTOS HERE
-- Recently, CBS RADIO St. Louis rallied the local community to raise $83,000 for the American Red Cross and filled six 53’ trailers with more than 100,000 pounds of items to be donated to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The goods will be transported to the Houston area by the Teamsters of Joint Council 13. A number of efforts contributed to the final donation amount. On Friday, September 8, CBS RADIO St. Louis hosted a “STL for Houston Donation Drive” at a local area Schnucks Supermarket. All three local stations, KMOX 1120, 102.5 KEZK and Y98, broadcast live from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on location. “Putting the reach and strength of KMOX, Y98 and KEZK together to raise $83,000 and 50 tons of supplies further proves the giving nature of St. Louis and the power of radio,” said John Sheehan, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO St. Louis.
The iPhone X Is Here; Bruno Mars To Perform At The Apollo
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[LISTEN] Boomer Reveals Speaking With Craig Carton For The First Time Since His Arrest; 'It Was A Very Somber Call'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– “I’m lost and heartbroken over the whole thing, trying to figure out what the future holds,” Esiason told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Show in Boston where he guests each Monday during the NFL Season. 'We just have to wait and see, and only time will tell.” This follow's news of Esiason’s co-host on WFAN/NYC, Craig Carton, who was arrested last week on conspiracy and securities fraud charges in an alleged ticket-selling scam. Esiason addressed the situation with Toucher & Rich, saying he is still searching for answers.
Esiason revealed that he spoke with Carton for a few minutes on Saturday for the first time since his arrest. “It was a very somber call; I was more interested about his family. You can imagine how that must be. If you guys have worked with anybody who has had problems in their life, you want the best for them; want to love them and their family, give them hope and support. But under the current circumstances there is only so much support I can give and a lot of it can’t be public,” he said. “All I can do is tell him I love him dearly, I’m pulling for him and privately I’ll try to help him the best I can. “For 10 years it’s been so unpredictable every time we go into the studio. He walked into that studio and it was a four-hour show to him,” said Esiason. “Ninety percent of the show he’s doing a standup routine and I’m reacting. I’m the laugh track, the older brother who is being more mature, the guy bringing it back to the center or the guy being brought into an awkward situation.” Boomer said Carton hopes to clear his name. “He has been basically ridiculed and scorned, people are attacking him left and right. That’s the mine field that goes with being a shock jock in the morning. It’s sad, but according to all accounts and I think it stared last week, he’s going to fight as hard as he can,” said Boomer. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
UPDATE: Nielsen Says September Week One Data Will Be Released This Week
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Following an earlier statement by Nielsen indicating that due to Hurricane Irma its ratings would be delayed, a company spokesperson has since contacted Jockline to say that September Week One Data will, in fact, be released this week. As Nielsen stated earlier, "Our first priority and thoughts are for the safety of our clients, Nielsen associates, and communities in which we operate and serve. The team that reports ratings has evacuated the Tampa Bay area due to Hurricane Irma." The company added, they were actively monitoring the situation in Florida and would provide another update.
ON-AIR: WWL New Orleans Debuts The Newell Normand Show; Tracy Jones Exits WLW-AM Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Entercom New Orleans announced that WWL FM/AM debuted a new morning show named “The Newell Normand Show” hosted by retired Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand. The new show will be on air weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on WWL 105.3FM, 870AM and WWL.com. “I’m very excited and I have to admit, I am a little nervous. It’s a truly humbling experience to sit behind the WWL mic,” said Newell Normand. “I have such reverence for the station, what it means to our community and its reputation as one of America’s super brands. On my first day, I really feel like I’m part of the team here at WWL radio. I feel very comfortable and everybody has been nothing but supportive and welcoming.”
Tracy Jones (RL) was let go by WLW-AM Friday afternoon in "a corporate decision over which no one (at the station) had any control," said Bill Cunningham on his show Monday afternoon. According to wvxu.org, Cunningham told listeners that the decision to lay off Jones, the afternoon co-host for nearly 10 years, "had nothing to do with Tracy Jones." "Tracy Jones is alive and well," Cunningham added. Tracy Jones, the former Reds outfielder had co-hosted afternoons on WLW-AM (700) for nearly 10 years. In early 2008, Jones was paired with WEBN-FM morning host Eddie Fingers to do the "Eddie & Tracy Show" 3-6 p.m. several weeks after humorist Gary Burbank retired.
FORMATICS: Radio One Dallas Flips KSOC-FM To MAJIC 94.5
Tom Joyner Returning to Mornings; DL Hughley To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 ––Radio One Dallas has added some “majic” to KSOC-FM, flipping from BOOM and bringing today’s R&B and throwbacks to 94.5. As a part of the change, the Metroplex gets reacquainted with a familiar voice during morning drive with radio legend Tom Joyner. “We’re excited to bring a fresh, new vibe to the airwaves with MAJIC 94-5 and I think the Metroplex will like what they hear,” says Tami Honesty, vice president and general manager, Radio One Dallas. “With today’s fast-paced news cycle, the return of Tom Joyner during mornings and the addition of D.L. Hughley in afternoons, we’ll connect with our listeners on another level giving us the right balance of music and entertainment.” The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which reaches 7.4 million listeners nationally, can be heard weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. (CT).
"So excited…on the air in Dallas! It's hard for me to keep a secret,” says Joyner. “I wanted to get on stage with Frankie Beverly and announce it on Saturday," (referring to a concert attended by Joyner this past weekend). “I've always loved gigging (comedy) in Dallas,” says Hughley. “Now I get to gig there four hours a day, five times a week.” Cindi B. will continue during middays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evenings from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight (CT) will belong to radio veteran John Monds.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Radio One Houston Names Pamela B. McKay VP/GM For Urban Cluster
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Radio One Houston announced Pamela B. McKay as its new Vice President, General Manager. McKay, a radio veteran with over 20 years of sales leadership and station management experience, will oversee the urban powerhouse cluster of MAJIC 102.1 FM, The Box 97.9 FM, Radio NOW 92.1 FM and Praise. McKay previously held sales leadership positions at KHMX, KPRC and KSEV of Houston, TX.
David Kantor, CEO, Radio One and Reach Media said, “Today is a good day for Radio One Houston. Our team continues to literally weather the storm, but now can do so with a first class leader who is willing to get into the trenches with them. We’re excited to have Pam join our team and look forward to the growth of the market based on her multifaceted skill set and robust experience.” “ I'd like to thank Alfred Liggins and David Kantor for providing me the opportunity to represent this great team and these iconic brands to the Houston community," said McKay. Her position is effective immediately.
ReelWorld Offers Dropbox Business For Barter
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld is doubling-down on its mission to provide everything needed to #makegreatradio. This week marks the arrival of the second premium partner product being made available to radio stations for barter, exclusively from ReelWorld. Announcing Dropbox Business as the newest member of the ReelWorld family. Mike Thomas, ReelWorld’s CEO: “ Since their launch, Dropbox has been instrumental in streamlining our workflows and processes, allowing our global teams of content producers to collaborate like never before. Their attention to detail and commitment to team-based collaboration makes Dropbox an easy choice for ReelWorld. Adding Dropbox Business to our premium products for barter allows ReelWorld to offer our friends in radio the kind of high caliber product we trust.”
"At Dropbox, our mission is to simplify the way teams work together,” added Eddie O'Brien, Global Channel Chief at Dropbox. “In radio, that could mean making it easier for a team of imaging and audio producers to collaborate with the promotions department, sales, or even the ‘crazy’ morning show team. We are excited to offer Dropbox Business through ReelWorld, making it even easier for stations to simplify the way they work together and make great radio.”
ReelWorld also proudly champions the annual ReelWorld Rising Star Awards (US) and the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 (UK) initiatives which recognize the industry’s brightest new talent. ReelWorld supports those who #makegreatradio. For information, contact Meryn Shetye at firstname.lastname@example.org
IRMA RECAP: Marathon Coverage At Beasley Tampa; WWO's Sterling Hears From Radio Personnel Affected By Irma
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group's Q105 (WRBQ-FM) Tampa engaged almost its entire airstaff doing a marathon broadcast and taking listener phone calls during the brunt of hurricane Irma. Shown above - L-R: Midday host Paula Street, Afternoon host Flash Morgan, Morning Co-host & Traffic Reporter Bobby Rich, and Morning Host Mason Dixon. We are very proud of our staff for stepping up when so many of our listeners without power only had radio to receive their information.
Westwood One's syndicated Walter Sterling Show reached out directly to station hosts and personnel affected by hurricane Irma. Sterling, who airs from WPHT/Philadelphia, heard from talk host Casey Bartholomew in Orlando who said, "I'm on the second floor of a hotel and water is coming under my door and from the ceiling. A tornado watch alarm is blowing" Talk host Brooke Daniel escaped from Fort Lauderdale and aired live from New Orleans. She told Sterling, "It took 9 hours to get from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando." Jay Clark, affiliate programmer in Sebring Florida, told Sterling, "Every door of my Orlando home is being pounded, pounded, pounded. ....I'm scared." Ciera Crawford provided informative audio from the Westwood One Newsroom. Production handled by AJ Essington and Matt DeSantis at WPHT Philadelphia.
EVENTS: KRBE Houston Teams With 'Why Don't We' To Aid Harvey Victims; Johnjay & Rich Give $50k To Red Cross
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– The 104.1 KRBE “Care-A-Van” offered volunteer services and donations to Kids’ Meals and the Houston Food Bank on Sunday afternoon, September 10th. WHY DON’T WE, who took time out of their busy promotional tour, made a special visit to these charitable organizations to help Houstonians affected by Hurricane Harvey via KRBE’s “Care-A-Van”, the station’s community program to provide relief and recovery efforts – i.e. assisting the cleaning and demolishing of homes impacted by the floods, donation of supplies, and support of various local programs on its on-air and digital platforms.
Jack Avery proudly declared, “Why Don't We is Houston Strong!” VP/MM of Cumulus Media Houston stated, “KRBE has a long history of serving the community and we're currently supporting the victims of hurricane Harvey in many ways. Our team is forever grateful to Why Don't We for participating in the ‘KRBE Care-A-Van’ relief effort. Their willingness to help people in need says a lot about the character these young men have. KRBE thanks you … and H-TOWN thanks you!”
-- The Johnjay and Rich #LoveUp Foundation presented the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000 to benefit the hurricane relief effort. Last week, Johnjay and Rich - hosts of the Premiere Networks-syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show - invited listeners nationally to “love up” and purchase #LoveUp T-shirts with all proceeds benefiting victims of recent hurricanes pounding the United States. In just eight days, thousands of shirts were sold. The #LoveUp Foundation also contributed additional funds to achieve the $50,000 total donation. - shown right is The Johnjay & Rich Show presenting Don Speck, Chief Development Officer, and Madeline Winney, Regional Donor Development Officer, of the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000 for the hurricane relief effort.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime WJR Detroit Home Improvement Host Glenn Haege Passes Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Glenn Haege, longtime Detroit radio host and columnist for The Detroit News, died of cancer Monday. He was 70. Haege, called "America's master handyman," had hosted his show on WJR AM 760 for more than a decade, a release stated. He was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Glenn Haege's (Hay-Gee) program originated at Cumulus AM WJR Detroit and was syndicated to dozens of stations nationwide.
Art Vuolo tells Jockline, "When his longtime friend and business partner Rob David was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame about 2 1/2 weeks ago, many of us wondered why Glenn was not present.
George Strait & Big Names Join For Harvey/Irma Telethon
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As Hurricane Irma Weakens, Help Gets Underway From Radio For Its Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Hurricane Irma, now a Category 1 storm, was battering Orlando early this morning and headed north to Georgia and Alabama. According to ABC News, more than 4 million people were without power in Florida and many towns and cities imposed curfews. Forecasters say it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by late today. As with Hurricane Harvey, The Salem Radio Network—which has so-far raised $401,844.00 in emergency relief for victims has already partnered with the non-profit relief organization SAVE THE CHILDREN to rush life-saving emergency supplies to children and families throughout Florida following the still-unfolding devastation of Hurricane Irma. Lou Dobbs—host of SRN’s Lou Dobbs Financial Reports is lending his personal support to the campaign with messages in SRN’s nationally-syndicated talk shows hosted by Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder and others.
For those thousands of motorists who fled the area, plus numerous others without power, they were able to keep informed via radio with extensive efforts from outlets such as iHeart, Beasley, ABC News Radio and more. iHeart, in partnership with NBC 6 and Telemundo’s over 51 meteorologists, 610 WIOD, Miami’s 24/7 News, Traffic and Weather Station, they provided wall-to-wall coverage in both English and Spanish. Plus, news was delivered to all its markets via Premiere Satellite and streamed on iHeartRadio. Contributors to 610 WIOD’s coverage include iHeartMedia personalities Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Froggy, Papa Keith and Doc Reno, and Jimmy Cefalo and Manny Munoz, as well as WHYI, WBGG, WMIB, WMIA, and WZTU personalities. Todd Schnitt, WOR morning drive host and afternoon host in afternoon drive of The Schnitt Show, which Compass Media Networks syndicates, flew down to Tampa (where he formerly lived, still owns a home, and is heard on WFLA) to broadcast live today. He will be on the air today from Tampa, too.
Beasley reports its stations in Fort Myers remained on the air, which is remarkable given the strength of the hurricane. Beasley spokesperson Heidi Raphael tells Jockline, "Our building is currently sustaining flood damage and our team is currently dealing with it now. We don't know yet as to what the extent of it is. Our people, who went without much sleep, were very brave and did an amazing job." Raphael added, 'As of this morning, all of Beasley's FM’s are off in Ft Myers. These stations have major flooding at studios. All the stations are off in Boca. Two have issues getting programming to site. WLLD is only station off in Tampa. Our hope is that it is just a generator issue. Our incredible teams are working around the clock to get things up and running as quickly as possible."
ABC News Radio correspondents Jim Ryan and Alex Stone were also there and reported direct from Florida with multiple one minute updates each hour On Sunday, live coverage was anchored by correspondents Aaron Katersky, Ryan and Stone, and Correspondent Karen Travers. Worth noting is this piece from theverge.com with the subtitle: 'Sometimes old school is better' which details the continued reliance of radio during national catastrophes such as Harvey and Irma - READ HERE - Photo/ABC screengrab
REPORT: WTMX Chicago To Announce New Name For Morning Show This Week
Eric Ferguson Says He Feels 'Rejuvenated' Following A Very Strange, Very Unpredictable, Very Unforeseen Summer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Eric Ferguson, longtime co-host of the highly popular WTMX-FM 101.9 morning show tells Steve Johnson, contributor for The Chicago Tribune, that he's is feeling 'energized and rejuvenated after the station announced the official departure of his longtime morning show co-host Kathy Hart' (Jockline 9/8/17) following what he said was a “very strange, a very unpredictable, a very unforeseen summer.” Ferguson added, “It had the potential to be really, really, really difficult, but I have to tell you, it turned into an unbelievably positive experience and that is directly attributed to the great support, the unwavering support, the encouraging words that all of you gave us this summer.”
Jeff England, Hubbard Radio VP/MM Chicago, declined to say whether Hart was fired, but when asked if the station is considering naming a new co-host, England said “we're in discussions and that's all being considered at this time.” Ferguson said Friday a new name for the show will be announced next week. Meanwhile, a quick listen to this morning's show found them referring to it as 'The Mix Morning Show.'
In a Facebook post last month, Hart thanked her supporters and said it has been “challenging, mentally and physically, to be away for this long," but she fully intends to be back on the air. Hart and Ferguson had been partnered on WTMX since 1996, and the duo was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame last year.
RANDY LANE: Is Your Morning Show Playing Too Much Music?
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Talent wants to play less music, management wants to play more. Talent consultant Randy Lane says, how much music to play in the morning is one of the most common questions we get from clients," he says . Conventional PPM wisdom is that radio stations have to play more music in the morning to win. This view is valid in some situations, but not all. The strategy of playing more music in the morning works for new formats, stations that are re-establishing their music position, and morning shows that are under-performing their station's average share in the ratings.
'When two or more stations in the same music format are in a head-to-head battle, the station with the highest performing morning show will seize the day.'
When a show’s ratings are significantly outperforming the station, many listeners who prefer other music formats are tuning in just to hear the show. Then the music actually causes a loss in time spent listening. Country fans might love the Top 40 show, but not Rihanna every 75 minutes. Or Pop fans might like a rock morning show for the funny, edgy content, but switch stations when Metallica comes on.
The song count averages will vary by format expectations. Male targeted Rock stations can get away with less music in the morning. Conversely, there is a higher expectation for more music on Country and older targeted AC stations. When two or more stations in the same music format are in a head-to-head battle, the station with the highest performing morning show will seize the day. The song count on these shows can be decreased on passion music formats like Country, yet it is best to stay close to the competitors. Gradual changes are less noticeable. Drop one song per hour for a period of time that coincides with the ratings. Be sure to play the most familiar and multiple-format appealing songs on high performing shows since they are attracting listeners with other music preferences. What do you think?
John Madden Returns To All News KCBS/San Francisco
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– KCBS RADIO announced that the legendary Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden has returned to ALL NEWS KCBS 106.9FM | 740AM Mondays and Fridays live at 9:15 AM, PT. His first day back on air was on Friday, September 8. John Madden previously hosted live morning drive sports reports on KCBS RADIO from August 1997 through July 2016.
“With the start of football season, I thought it was the right time to come back to radio. I am excited to be back with KCBS,” commented Madden. “John Madden is like family to KCBS. His passion for football, stories new and old, and ability to discuss the games’ behind-the-scenes and on-field strategy is second to none,” said Doug Harvill, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO San Francisco. Madden excelled during his tenure as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. He steered the Raiders to an overall record of 108-32-7, leading the team to seven AFC Western Division titles and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. His winning percentage (.750) is the best of any head coach in NFL history.
Adams Names Colleen Carew PD/Midday Host At WGBG Salisbury-Ocean City
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Adams Radio Group has named radio veteran Colleen Carew as the new Program Director and Midday personality of WGBG “Big Classic Rock” in Salisbury-Ocean City. Carew comes to Adams from 100.7 “The Bay” in Baltimore where she has spent the past 13 years doing middays on Baltimore’s premier Classic Rock station. Prior to The Bay, Carew spend several years at 98 Rock also in Baltimore. Carew started her radio on the Eastern Shore and was part of the team that launched WZBH “The Beach”.
Carew says “get ready to have some fun with me on the radio at my new favorite station, Big 98.5, Delmarva’s Classic Rock! I’m certainly not new to the area, but it’s been awhile – and I’ve missed you! I worked at a few stations here on the Eastern Shore many moons ago – even helped get WZBH going when they first went on air (yes, I started when I was 12, lol!). Carew replaces Laura Lee, who has been interim PD since the departure of Johnny Maze in August.
SYNDICATION: Pop Crush Nights Begins Today On Saga's WNRG Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Pop Crush Nights hosted by Lisa Paige, now heard on over 70 markets, will now be heard on Saga's WNRG/Milwaukee beginning today. Jeremy “Cousin Ed” Schulz – WNRG Brand Manager says “In our competitive CHR arena, we were looking for a personality-driven night show jam packed with content. Lisa’s got it! It made ‘Pop Crush Nights’ an easy choice.”
Along with the popcrush.com site, the show plugs into the music, artists and celebrity news that women want to hear about. To find out more about POP CRUSH NIGHTS for your market visit www.compassmedianetworks.com , Email email@example.com or call 310-242-8742.
EVENTS: Harry Styles, Kesha & More To Kick Off CBS 5th Annual 'We Can Survive'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO will present its fifth annual WE CAN SURVIVE show at the historic Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 21. This year, the show features its biggest line-up yet with performances by ALESSIA CARA, HARRY STYLES, KESHA, KHALID, LORDE, MACKLEMORE, P!NK, SAM HUNT, and SAM SMITH. To celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary we’ve assembled our biggest ever line-up at the legendary Hollywood Bowl,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. “We Can Survive is an especially unique show which brings together today’s most popular artists and their fans to raise awareness for a worthy cause and celebrate survivors.”
A national Radio.com contest will award one lucky listener with a grand prize trip, including roundtrip airfare for the winner and one guest to LA, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to WE CAN SURVIVE. Entries will be accepted at Radio.com and WeCanSurvive.com from September 18 to September 29, 2017. One winner will be chosen randomly. The contest is sponsored by Westinghouse. Then, from October 2-6, 2017, 25 CBS RADIO stations across the U.S. will host a local text-to-win contest. Three times per weekday, each station will offer a special entry code on-air that listeners can text to be entered for a chance to win roundtrip airfare for each winner and one guest to LA, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to the show. There will be 15 lucky winners in this contest. for show updates and exclusive show-related content. Tweet using the hashtag #WeCanSurvive.
SNAPS: Fred Jacobs Replays The 2017 Radio Show Story With An Assist From Twitter
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, "Leave it to us (Fred with his brother Paul - shown right) to find this great eating spot in south Austin. A taco truck backed up to a great coffee joint and bar. And you have to love the name, right?
He adds, "Another Radio Show is in the books, and many have already asked me for my “take” on the proceedings. It’s virtually impossible to see it all, so I’m relying on a hundred or so “reporters” on Twitter to bring the vibe of radio’s biggest event to you. READ BLOG HERE
[LISTEN] Star 94.1’s Jeff & Jenn Show Helps Save Wedding Of Bride and Groom Evacuated From Hurricane Irma's Path
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the southeastern coast, Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby, of Star 94.1/Atlanta's Jeff & Jenn Show, called on their Atlanta radio family in a mighty way last week. Engaged couple Tori Omstead and Nick Rhodes (shown) of Jekyll Island, Ga., were to be married last Friday on the coast. Now in the path of Hurricane Irma, the bride and groom as well as their wedding guests fled to Atlanta as the storm was set to hit their area on Saturday. Called upon by one of Tori’s bridesmaids, Jeff and Jenn put out an all points bulletin to save Tori and Nick’s wedding. Wedding planners, caterers, venues, florists, photographer, DJs and more responded and within an hour, the wedding had been planned.
Tori and Nick were able to say their ‘I dos’ on Sunday in Atlanta. Audio of the segment with call in from Tori as well the mother of the bride can be heard below. “Our listeners never cease to amaze us—they said, 'Not this time, Hurricane Irma!' and rose to the occasion in a big way for Tori and Nick,” says Hobby. “Take that Irma!” says Dauler. “There are lots of big hearted people out there and we are grateful to a part of this amazing city." LISTEN HERE
Miss North Dakota Snags 2018 Miss America Title
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2017 Marconi Award Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Winners of the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the 28th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Austin. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are: Legendary Station of the Year WCBS-AM, New York, NY AC Station of the Year WBEB-FM, Philadelphia, PA Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Rickey Smiley (TL), Reach Media Inc. CHR Station of the Year KRBE-FM, Houston, TX Major Market Personality of the Year Funkmaster Flex, WQHT-FM, New York, NY Classic Hits Station of the Year WPBG-FM, Peoria, IL Large Market Personality of the Year Linda Lee, WYCD-FM, Detroit, MI Country Station of the Year KPLX-FM, Dallas, TX Medium Market Personality of the Year Steve McIntosh & Ted Woodward, KNSS-FM, Wichita, KS News/Talk Station of the Year WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL Small Market Personality of the Year Ken Thomas, WJJY-FM, Brainerd, MN Non-commercial Station of the Year WRHU-FM, Hempstead, NY Major Market Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. Religious Station of the Year WLIB-AM, New York, NY Large Market Station of the Year WKRQ-FM, Cincinnati, OH Rock Station of the Year KSHE-FM, St. Louis, MO Medium Market Station of the Year KRMG-FM, Tulsa, OK Sports Station of the Year KTCK-FM, Dallas, TX Small Market Station of the Year KNDE-FM, College Station, TX Urban Station of the Year WHQT-FM, Miami, FL
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show also featured a performance by Grammy Award-winning country music band Asleep at the Wheel. Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley served as the event’s emcee. Additional information about the 2017 Radio Show is available HERE
TOP PHOTO L to R: John Beck, KSHE-FM; Bruce Avery, WRHU-FM; Steve McIntosh, Ted Woodward, KNSS-AM; Tucker Young, KNDE-FM; Joel Oxley, WTOP-FM; Mike Fredrick, WKRQ-FM; Jeff Catlin, KTCK-FM; Ken Thomas, WJJY-FM Second-to-Last Row L to R: Jim Loftus, WBEB-FM; Representative from WLIB-AM; Mike Wild, WPBG-FM; Alex Cadelago, KRBE-FM; Mac Daniels, KPLX-FM; Second Row L to R: Dan Lawrie and Levi May, KRMG-FM; Pete Spriggs, WDBO-FM; Katy Dempsey, KNBE-FM; Scott Herman, CBS Radio Front Row L to R: Rickey Smiley, Reach Media; Leslie Whittle, KRBE-FM Representative; Marc Rayfield, WCBS-AM
WTMX Chicago & Kathy Hart Part Ways
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 8TH, 2017 –– After months of suspense and speculation, 101.9 THE MIX (WTMX) announced that morning co-host Kathy Hart will not be returning to her role on the “Eric & Kathy Show” after 21 years. “We wish her all the best as she moves on to the next phase of her career,” said Jeff England, Vice President at Hubbard Radio Chicago, which owns and operates THE MIX in addition to 97.1 The Drive ( WDRV ) and SHE 100.3 (WSHE). “We will always be grateful to Kathy for her contributions over more than two decades with the station,” said Drew Horowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hubbard Radio, LLC. THE MIX will move forward with Eric Ferguson and the rest of the morning show team, including Melissa McGurren, Brian “Whip” Paruch, Cynthia DeNicolo and John “Swany” Swanson (shown below with Hart)
Last month after nearly four months of silence, Kathy Hart issued a three paragraph statement and thanked those who have supported her during her long absence. She stated that her long silence was “uncharacteristic,” adding: “I trust from the many years of our connection, you will support and respect the personal nature of why I have been off the air." Last month the show, sans Kathy, completed its 18th annual “Eric & Kathy’s Kids” to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, no word on what the new show will be named.
Radio Prepares For Hurricane Irma, Provides More Aid To Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, iHeart stations in Tallahassee, 100.7 WFLA, 94.9 TNT, X101.5, 107.1 Kiss FM and 105.3 The Beat, are tracking updates on Hurricane Irma and are prepared with a full staff to broadcast wall-to-wall coverage of the storm, including up-to-date storm and traffic information as well as resources for emergency situations and community relief. Currently we’re on-air reminding listeners that if their power goes out they can still hear our stations’ emergency broadcast information as well as updates on when it’s safe to return home via battery powered radios and the iHeartRadio app.
-- Over in Tampa, Beasley stations are doing regular updates as well with weather partner, ABC Action News. The radio hosts are giving updates on weather, shelters, sand bag stations, etc. We’re directing everyone to the station websites /Storm (ex. 995QYK.com/Storm) for all updates. On the Storm pages, they're populating feeds from ABC Action News and posting information and announcements from our local governments and the state. Beasley Media is also prepared in Ft. Myers on WXKB/B1039, WRXK/96KRock, WJPT/Sunny 106.3, WRXK-HD2/Playa 98.1, WWCN/99.3ESPN, and WJBX.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Harvey is still very much on the minds of radio. Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s Radio stations, News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM), B98.5 (WSB-FM), 97.1 The River (WSRV), and KISS 104.1 (WALR), partnered with WSB-TV Ch. 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal Constitution with its Convoy of Care. They are traveling with a law enforcement escort to deliver the approximately 500,000 bottles to those in need in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.
Further north, CBS Radio Philadelphia stations KYW Newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, 98.1 WOGL, Talk Radio 1210 WPH, 96.5, and 925XTU partnered with The Travis Manion Foundation to host 9/11 Heroes Run 5K races and 1 mile Fun Runs in the Philadelphia region during the month of September. Due to the tragic flooding, the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run has been postponed until November 11th – Veterans Day. Additionally, donations will be collected on-site from runners and spectators who will "Stuff the Boot" to directly support the hurricane relief efforts and rebuilding in the Houston area.
FORMATICS: Houston Gets Another R&B Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Houston announced the launch of 104.5 KISS FM - Beginning October 9th, mornings will kick off with The Steve Harvey Morning Show - Weeknights and Sunday nights will feature The Sweat Hotelhosted by Keith Sweat, the legendary R&B singer and music producer.
“We have a great opportunity to deliver some of the hottest names and music in the R&B industry to the diverse Houston audience combined with spoken word entertainment from some of the biggest names in show business with Steve Harvey and Keith Sweat” said Urban Brand Coordinator Michael Saunders.
Cumulus Kicks Off neXt2rock Competition
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Rock’s popularity is on the rise again, and what better way to discover the nation’s newest rock star than through a national and local grassroots search led by Cumulus Media! Kicking off today, Cumulus’ neXt2rock 2017 competition pays tribute to the great tradition of radio as a launch pad for our favorite musical talent and celebrates rock music in all its irreverent, loud, poetic and powerful formats. Cumulus reaches over 245 million listeners weekly, and is home to some of radio’s most iconic rock stations, including KLOS, KQRS, WLUP, KATT, WGRF and KSAN.
The neXt2rock 2017 contest is being announced on-air by iconic Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (shown), with the winner of this four-month-long competition receiving a record deal with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, as well as substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. Music Producer Bob Ezrin, Musician, Songwriter and Producer Desmond Child, Sex Pistols’ Rock Guitarist Steve Jones, Gavin Rossdale and Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta (R) will serve as Mentor Judges for the competition’s finale. neXt2rock 2017 is Cumulus Media’s second installment of its “Next” franchise, which was launched last year with NASH Next. Sixty-one Cumulus stations in 47 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Minneapolis, will conduct local grassroot searches, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated rock shows. PHOTO/CarlaVanWagoner - Shutterstock
The New England Pats Extend With CBS Boston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO and the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots jointly announced a multi-year contract extension to keep Patriots games on Boston’s WBZ-FM, 98.5 The Sports Hub. Team President Jonathan Kraft joined today’s pre-game show to share the news. Bob Socci and Scott Zolak will continue as play-by-play host and color analyst, respectively. CBS RADIO has served as the flagship radio partner of the Patriots since 1994 when the games aired on WBZ-AM, before transitioning to WBCN-FM in 1995.
“Our continued partnership with the New England Patriots underscores CBS RADIO’s leadership in sports radio,” said Andre Fernandez, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “We have enjoyed an incredible relationship with this storied franchise for over 20 years and are proud to continue our partnership into the future.”
KYW Philadelphia To Launch 'Flashpoint' With Cherri Gregg
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– KYW Newsradio will debut “Flashpoint,” a new 30-minute program designed to provide a forum for local and national influencers, as well as listeners, to share their points of view on the most relevant Philadelphia news stories of the week. The show airs on KYW Newsradio every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM. Hosted by KYW Newsradio Community Affairs reporter, Cherri Gregg, “Flashpoint” offers context on the week’s headlines with a particular focus on community affairs, political news, civil rights and grassroots issues impacting the Philadelphia area. “I am very excited to be a part of this effort to provide a platform to flesh out issues affecting our community,” said Gregg. “With so much happening in the news, it is imperative that we create a forum where we can dig deeper and more fully explore multiple points of view.”
In addition to her work on KYW Newsradio, many of Gregg’s stories also appear on CBS3-TV. She is the immediate past president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
SNAPS: Boston's TJ Show Flips To Tom BRADIO; Daliah Wachs Gives Blood During Donation Week
Hey Don- Thought you might get a kick out of this. This morning, The TJ Show flipped 103.3 AMP Radio to 103.3 TOM BRADIO as a way to show support for the reigning football champs and New England's favorite QB. We've continued with a full re-imaging and rebranding of the station all day, and will return to 103.3 AMP Radio at midnight. Audio highlights can be found here: LISTEN HERE
--This year Governors Chris Christie and Kasich joined 40 other states to proclaim state blood donation days! National Blood Donation Day is September 8 and National Blood Donation Week is September 4-10th. That's GCN Network, and iHeart's Daliah Wachs with on local news 3's with Jeannine McCoy, Regional Donor Recruitment Manager, United Blood Services showing people how easy it is to donate blood.
Janet Jackson To Visit Shelters In Texas During Concert Tour
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REPORT: Boomer Esiason 'Blind-Sided' By WFAN Co-Host's Carton's Arrest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– After first thinking his longtime WFAN New York co-host Craig Carton was out sick on yesterday's show, Boomer Esiason finally commented, "I am aware now why Craig is not here this morning. Unfortunately, he was arrested this morning," Esiason said. "Over here at the station they're aware of it as well. They're cooperating with authorities. I'm taken aback by it and surprised, just like I'm sure everybody else is. I have no other information. There's nothing else I can say ... So I guess there will be more news to come, I'm sure, from somewhere, but it's not going to come from me, because I don't have any. That's all there is about that. Not easy," he said. According to the New York Daily News, Carton, with his face hidden by a hoodie, marched quietly yesterday from a Manhattan Federal Courthouse to a cab. Alec Tabak. This followed yesterday's shocking news of Carton being charged with defrauding customers in an estimated $5.6 million fake-ticket scam. Allegedly, Carton and his partners formed a business that promised to sell blocks of concert tickets they claimed they had access to. In reality, the tickets did not exist.
Carton had reportedly become saddled with “millions of dollars worth of gambling-related debts to casinos and other third parties” — and allegedly turned to crime in an effort to get solvent." wrote NYDN's Alec Tabak. Carton and co-defendant Michael Wright Wright, were both charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. They face a maximum of 45 years in prison and fines running into the millions of dollars. Both were released on $500,000 personal recognizance bond after an afternoon court appearance. WFAN issued a statement late Wednesday, saying Craig Carton of the "Boomer and Carton" show has been suspended. Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms will co-host Thursday morning's show with Boomer Esiason in Carton's absence and future fill-ins will be announced "as needed."
BUSINESS: Saga Announces Purchase Of 5 Radio Stations; Sell-Off Of TV
'It Was Time For Us To Return To Our Roots In Radio"
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Saga Communications, Inc. announced that on September 1, 2017 it closed on the previously announced sale of its television stations to the Evening Telegram Company d/b/a Morgan Murphy Media for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $66.6 million. Edward K. Christian (L), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company said, "It's a bittersweet time as we complete the sale of our Joplin, MO and Victoria, TX television stations. We've enjoyed owning the stations and they have been great contributors to our overall performance over the years. With all the changes taking place in the television industry it became time to turn them over to a fine company that plans to continue to grow in the television segment. It has been a great experience for us to serve both communities with terrific television stations that focused heavily on the local markets. Ultimately, we made a very difficult decision that it was time for us to return to our roots in radio."
The Company also announced that effective September 1, 2017, it completed the previously reported purchase of the assets of WCKN(FM), WMXZ(FM), WXST(FM), WAVF(FM), WSPO(AM), W261DG and W257BQ, serving the Charleston, SC radio market, and WVSC(FM), WLHH(FM), WOEZ(FM), W256CB and W293BZ, serving the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, SC radio market, from Apex Media Corporation for approximately $23.0 million.
Cumulus To Simplify Station Advertising Process Through Installation Of WideOrbit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– WideOrbit and Cumulus Media announced they have entered into a licensing agreement to install WO Traffic software and other WideOrbit software at all 447 Cumulus Media radio stations across the U.S Under the terms of the agreement, WideOrbit will provide Cumulus with a comprehensive operations solution for traffic management, digital advertising, network and barter ads, electronic payments, revenue optimization, and hosting.
WideOrbit products will replace Cumulus’s Stratus traffic system, with implementation expected to commence before the end of the year and continue through the First Quarter of 2019. Cumulus’s move to WideOrbit comes after an extensive search for dedicated traffic software to simplify station advertising processes while offering its managers greater business insight and control. “WideOrbit’s best-in-class traffic operations system will support and propel our businesses across the U.S. by simplifying and streamlining the advertising process,” said Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media. “This step is another move to further integrate operating systems companywide, empowering managers in local markets with tools to maximize revenues by making it easier for our customers to buy radio in every Cumulus market.”
WCMF-FM Unveils 'Bitch Voice' Brew
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Entercom Rochester’s Classic Rock station 96.5 (WCMF-FM) has unveiled a new India Pale Ale in a trademark license agreement with CB Craft Brewers. The beer, “Bitch Voice IPA,” will be available in select bars and restaurants throughout the Rochester area this month. In addition, special tasting events hosted by WCMF’s “The Break Room” on-air personalities will take place at local sports bars on Buffalo Bills game days. “The beer creation started as an inspired topic during the station’s morning show,” said Michael “Mud” Gross, Program Director, WCMF.
The Break Room’ hosts, Tommy, Duffy and Kimmy, thought it would be great to have a WCMF branded beer and listeners were thrilled with the idea. CB Craft Brewers responded with the offer to brew a beer and share the trademark with us.” In August, as part of CB Craft Brewers 20th anniversary celebration, a beer tasting party was held where listeners helped select the final beer flavor- an India Pale Ale. Following the flavor selection, WCMF’s listeners suggested a unique beer name and “Bitch Voice IPA” was born. The name was inspired by the most talked about fan feature of the station’s morning show “The Break Room.” According to Nielsen Scantrack, Rochester is one of the top 10 beer cities nationwide.
Alpha Media, Amarillo Adds 97.5FM To 710 KGNC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Amarillo announced that KGNC-AM is now serving the Amarillo metro on 97.5FM. KGNC will continue to serve listeners in the Texas Panhandle with 10,000 watts on 710AM. The station is now known as “Amarillo’s News, Talk, Sports - 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.”
Alpha Media, Amarillo Market Manager, Robert Mueller added, “We are very excited to begin a new era for our listeners on KGNC. For the first time, radio listeners in Amarillo can enjoy their favorite KGNC-AM programs on FM at 97.5. Our commitment to local news and agriculture business will be enhanced along with giving passionate sports fans in the area a place to call home with Dallas Cowboys football, Texas Rangers baseball and ESPN Radio’s suite of shows and live play by play coverage.”
IRMA/HARVEY SUPPORT: 25 Houston Stations Team For Harvey Aid; Genesis Offers Continuous Coverage Of Irma
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– 25 Houston radio stations will simultaneously air a fundraiser to support the Houston Food Bank in order to feed those affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning Friday, September 8th and running through Sunday, September 10th. Houston Radio will run live and recorded promotional announcements asking for monetary donations to aid in Harvey relief efforts. “Radio’s strength is rooted in its connection to the community, and Houstonians rely on Radio to inform, protect and nourish their spirits. Now, Houston Radio stations come together to literally nourish those harmed by Hurricane Harvey. So starts Houston’s recovery, with the power of its people – and Radio – behind it” said Oscar Rodriguez, President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
"Our amazing city has been devastated, but we have an abundance of pride and generosity...we're resilient...and we WILL bounce back" said Eddie Martiny, President, Houston Region, iHeartMedia Markets Group. The Houston Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives. They will work closely with a network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most. Mark Krieschen, Vice President of Cox Houston said,
-- Genesis Communications, which owns and operates AM 820 News, WWBA and AM 1060 News WIXC will provide continuous coverage of the Hurricane Irma event expected to impact the state of Florida beginning this weekend. The company will provide extensive coverage with its on air talent and news team. It also will continue to update consumers through its digital web publication, News Talk Florida. Allison Leslie, News Talk Florida Editor stated, “We will provide reports in areas across the state that will keep consumers, in and out of the state, updated as to what is happening with Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.”
94WIP Raise $207,970 During Radiothon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– The Philadelphia Eagles and SportsRadio 94WIP announced that the 2017 Eagles Radiothon, presented by Santander Bank, raised $207,970 over a two-day auction that ran from Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Wednesday, Sept. 6. As part of the annual Radiothon, Eagles fans and 94WIP listeners were provided the opportunity to bid on exclusive experiences involving their favorite Eagles players and 94WIP radio personalities. All proceeds will benefit Eagles Charitable Foundation, the team’s 501(c)(3) public charity that provides the Greater Philadelphia region with greater access to vision care and autism research. At a cost of $30 for a comprehensive vision exam and a pair of eyeglasses, more than 6,932 children in need will be able to receive vital eye care through the funds raised during the 2017 Eagles Radiothon.
Over the course of the two days, callers were able to place bids during the following 94WIP shows: Angelo Cataldi (R) and The Morning Team, the Midday Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie, and the Afternoon Show with Chris Carlin and Ike Reese. “Once again this year, the staff at SportsRadio 94WIP is overwhelmed by the generosity of our listeners and Eagles fans in the Delaware Valley,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia.
Dancing With The Radio Stars
By Graham Mack - BBC Radio Berkshire’s Debbie McGee has been announced in the Strictly Come Dancing line-up (The UK version of Dancing With The Stars). Debbie presents Berkshire’s Sunday mid-morning and here she is talking to Andrew Peach after her name had been announced on the One Show on BBC television - WATCH HERE
Wham Bam, Thank You Sam! - Bam Bam has “left” the breakfast show on the British South Coast regional station. Sam Fm after six years. He joined in July 2011 as the station rebranded from Coast 106 to JACK fm, and stayed with it as it changed to Sam FM in 2015. Bam Bam left Kiss FM in London in 2006 after the station was fined £175,000 ($226,000), the largest financial penalty ever imposed on a commercial radio station in the UK following a series of complaints about Bam Bam’s breakfast show. The fine included £75,000 ($100,000) for a prank call and £100,000 ($129,000) for standards breaches in which sexual content and offensive language were broadcast when children were listening. The new breakfast show hosts are Damien and Jules.
Jocks & Socks Charity Drive In South Australia - In Adelaide, FIVEaa breakfast boys David Penberthy and Will Goodings are encouraging listeners to donate some of life’s essential items as part of a two-week long promotion. FIVEaa’s Jocks & Socks Drive began with Dave & Will broadcasting live from Victoria Park in Adelaide (jocks are what Australians call underwear). Read more here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/fiveaa-helping-homeless-jocks-socks-charity-drive/
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First Look At Rami Malek As Freddy Mercury
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WFAN New York Co-Host Craig Carton Arrested By Feds In Fake-Ticket Scam
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 – Craig Carton (top right), co-host of the highly popular “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN in New York along with Boomer Esiason (TL), was arrested today at his home in Manhattan. Carton is charged with defrauding customers in a $2 million fake-ticket scam, reports WPIX TV. Allegedly, Carton and his partners founded a business that promised to sell blocks of concert tickets they claimed they had access to. In reality, the tickets did not exist. A CBS spox told WPIX, "We are aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities."
Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio. He became the co-host with Boomer Esiason in 2007. The U.S. District Court Southern District of New York is reportedly expected to release more information about the arrest today reports The New York Daily News. Carton and Esiason have hosted the radio show together since September 2007. The show is simulcast daily on CBS Sports Network. PHOTO/facebook
PROGRAMMING: Mike Thomas Inks Multi-Year Extension With CBS
To Continue Roles As VP/Sports Programming And CBS Radio Boston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO has announced it has signed veteran programmer Mike Thomas to a multi-year contract extension. Thomas will continue in his multi-platform role as Vice President of Sports Programming for CBS RADIO and Vice President of Programming for CBS RADIO Boston.
“Mike is an accomplished programming executive whose outstanding talent has led our company to success across both music and spoken word formats, which is a rare feat in our industry,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. I look forward to partnering closely with Mike for years to come on growing our Boston properties along with our industry leading sports platform coast to coast.” “I'm extremely fortunate to work with the best in the business on a day-to-day basis. I want to thank Mark Hannon, Chris Oliviero and the rest of the CBS RADIO leadership team for this great opportunity to continue in my role for years to come,” commented Mike Thomas.
Sly Returns To 101.5 WIBA-FM Madison; Doug & Mary Show Exit KISS-FM Green Bay
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– 101.5 WIBA-FM, Madison’s Classic Rock, announced the return of John “Sly” Sylvester, effective immediately. "Even years after I left WIBA-FM, listeners come up to me and say I miss you on 101.5,” said Sly. “It is such an honor to be back home. 101.5 WIBA-FM is a station that not only has a rich heritage, but continues to thrive after 48 years of rockin' Madison.”
KISS-FM Greenbay posted on its Facebook page last Friday that the husband-and-wife team, along with sidekick Travis, are no longer employed with Woodward Radio Group. “Legally, we cannot discuss the details of this confidential personnel matter,” the post reads in part. According to The Greenbay Gazette Kelly Radandt, general manager of Woodward Radio, declined to comment on specifics of the decision but said the station plans to have a new morning show in place in a couple of months. It will be a local show, not syndicated, she said.
Dick Broadcasting To Acquires 20 Stations From Alpha Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 6TH, 2017 –– Dick Broadcasting Company will expand it's group in Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC, to twenty more stations across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, having signed a definitive acquisition agreement with Alpha Media. The markets include Greenville-New-Bern NC, Myrtle Beach SC and Savannah-Hilton Head.
Dick Broadcasting COO Dick Harlow commented, "This acquisition is a natural next step as we move into the third generation of ownership in the Dick family. I could not be happier to be able to work with Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt at Alpha on this acquisition. It's ironic, for DBC sold a majority of their broadcast properties to Larry back when he was running Citadel Broadcasting, and now 17+ years later, we expand our footprint by acquiring stations from him."
Alpha Media Chairman Larry Wilson said, "I've known (DBC CEO/Owner) Allen Dick for many, many years and am thrilled to assist him in growing his company with the sale of these 3 great markets. My vision of this industry aligns with Allen's, which makes me confident these stations and talented employees are in great hands."
FORMATICS: iHeart Debuts 104.1 The Spot New Orleans
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia New Orleans announced today the debut of the new 104.1 The Spot, New Orleans’ We Play Anything station, effective immediately. 104.1 The Spot will broadcast top hits from the 70s, 80s and early 90s including songs from artists like Madonna, Boston, Bon Jovi and Duran Duran. The station celebrated Labor Day Weekend with three and a half days of commercial-free music.
“104.1 The Spot provides New Orleans listeners with something they don’t have, a home for all of their favorites,” said Angela Watson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia New Orleans. “Fans will be able to listen for 30 minutes straight and sing along to every single song they hear.” “New Orleans has a classic rock station, and we also have an easy listening station, but 104.1 The Spot will take the best from those worlds, sprinkle in some more recent favorites, and play all of the hits, non-stop, 24/7,” said Joseph Sergio, Program Director for 104.1 The Spot.
Nikki Corl Named Marketing Director For iHM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Nikki Corl iHeartMedia/Charlotte has announced that Nikki Corl has been named Marketing Director for the Charlotte Market and the Carolinas. Corl will work closely with Program Directors, sales and on-air personalities to create unique marketing opportunities in Charlotte. She will also oversee marketing for all on-air programming, events and partnerships across the Carolinas. “Nikki is a proven leader,” said Meg Stevens, EVP/Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northeast Division. “She is the right choice to lead a very diverse and creative team in The Queen City.”
Corl most recently held a Promotions Director position for iHeartMedia’s Richmond Cluster. She previously worked as a Sales Coordinator for The Winston-Salem Dash before being promoted to Associate Director of Events and Marketing. She also served as an Entertainment Trainee for the Atlanta Braves. “The strength of our brands coupled with the dedication of the team is like no other,” said Corl. “I am extremely honored and eager to lead our marketing and promotions efforts in our Charlotte market and the Carolinas.”
PRODUCTS: Phantom Producer Streamlines Automation Integration
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced major enhancements to PHANTOM PRODUCER’s Auto-Load feature that can push customized production to a user’s on-air automation system – from any device – fully programmed. The new upgrade means station Programmers and Producers, using a range of automation platforms including Wide-Orbit and NexGen, can load and schedule imaging via the cloud with one tap of the finger, thereby eliminating the need for real-time “dubbing” of the audio and eliminating the time and manpower usually needed to trim, time and program the piece. As programming and production staffers find themselves covering more stations over wider territory, the Phantom Producer App allows the freedom to work from multiple locations while still being connected to each studio play-out system.
This announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark along with Phantom Producer’s Executive Producer, Jeff Thomas (L)– known for creating the Killer Hertz music and sound design libraries. Phantom Producer is operated by a team of world-class station imagers and is currently serving the CHR, AC, Hot AC, Rock, Classic Rock and Classic Hits formats as well as two Country services and one service exclusively for morning shows. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN email@example.com 212.536.3603
Shazam & SBG Enter Multi-Year Extension With Shazam For Radio Platform
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group and Shazam have entered into a multi-year contract extension to continue their exclusive Shazam for Radio platform. The groundbreaking service allows programming and advertising content on radio stations across America to be recognized by the Shazam app, launching rich, interactive experiences in real time on listeners mobile devices. National brands and stations alike have harnessed the magic of Shazam for Radio continuously throughout the past 2 years and the service is now widely available to nearly 1,000 stations across multiple groups such as Alpha Media, Beasley Broadcasting, Hubbard Communications, Cumulus, and CBS in addition to syndicated shows including The Hit List with Fitz, The Fitz Show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Slacker and Steve. “When we launched Shazam for Radio in 2015, I knew we had a game changer on our hands,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “With over a half million Shazams, countless forward-thinking advertisers and MOUNDS of incredible data that we’ve gained on over the air radio listeners....there’s simply nothing better for the future of our industry than Shazam for Radio! Is your station Shazamable? If not, what are you waiting for?!” For more information on Shazam For Radio, contact Danno Wolkoff at (216) 831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Futuri Media’s TopLine App On Track To Deliver $100 Million In Broadcast Revenue
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Futuri Media announced that its patent-pending TopLine app is on track to deliver $100 million in 2017 revenue for its partners. By entering prospective client information into the TopLine app, sales executives receive turnkey, data-rich sales presentations, all written in client-speak and beautifully designed, in as little as one business day. Sales managers have access to dashboards that keep them on top of their team’s performance, and everything is done via the TopLine app.
“Today’s advertisers are inclined to make data-driven decisions. TopLine maximizes time for sales teams, empowering them with customized, research-driven presentations, infographics, and collateral to close more sales,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “To see TopLine delivering beyond our expectations is gratifying. Yielding more than $100 million in revenue for our clients this year is just the beginning for this unique platform.” TopLine, led by veteran broadcast sales strategist Sophie Fry, has more than doubled its client base in the past year. More information on TopLine and its unique capabilities can be found at futurimedia.com/topline.
Entercom With Launch Of 'I'm Listening Campaign' For Mental Health Awareness
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Entercom has announced today the launch of the “I’m Listening” campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The campaign includes a two-hour on-air special that will be broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. MT / 7:00 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms, a first in the company’s history. Additionally, the campaign includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations beginning today. The two-hour live special will focus on personal stories from artists and celebrities while offering help and resources to listeners via a live call-in option.
The conversation will be led by BJ Shea, Entercom Seattle KISW-FM on-air personality, and will feature guests such as Christine Moutier, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org. Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause are coming together to help end the stigma connected to talking about mental health. “Like so many millions of people, my family has dealt with mental illness. Until very recently, most people kept quiet about the experience,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “‘I’m Listening’ aims to end the stigma of talking about mental health and is the result of all of our stations uniting to offer hope to those affected and the friends and family supporting them. As a media broadcaster, we know that talk saves lives and that is exactly what this show is about – saving lives.” If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
Radio Show Day 1: Maximizing Use Of Smart Speakers; Live-Streamed Events
By Renee Cassis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– With the proliferation Alexa, the coming of Google Assistant, and a plethora of other smart speaker choices hitting the market over the next several years, radio is trying to find its way across this new terrain... or more precisely, it’s trying to figure out how it’s going to lead its listeners across this new landscape to the radio station. During the “Smart Speakers, Radio, and How to Seize the Audience” panel, presented during the RAIN Conference in Austin yesterday, audience interactivity was a big take-away on how this new platform can be a boon for keeping radio at the forefront.
“You want to bring them back to the radio station,” said Charles Steinhauer, Chief Operating Officer of Westwood One, Interacting in new ways with the audience was a big take-away, especially with station podcasts. “Take the blinders off and come up with new ways of interactivity,” advised Rob McCracken, Director of the Digital Solutions Group for E.W. Scripps Company. M Midroll, the digital audio arm of Scripps, is getting ready to launch an interactive spoken-word story where the listener can choose which path the story goes in. The panel also advised the attendees to get the listener accustomed to pre- and post-roll ads when listening on smart speakers. The panel predicted that Google Assistant will rise to the top, and that it may have the potential to unseat the current front runner. Renee Cassis, President & Founder of RC Communications Marketing
OF NOTE: To follow those essions at the 2017 Radio Show that will be streamed live, visit at www.radioshowweb.com
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Texas Radio Host's Body Recovered Following Attempted Harvey Rescue
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 – The body of a Lufkin radio host who went missing trying to help evacuate Harvey victims has been recovered reports KTRE-TV. According to family members, the body of Alonso "DJ Ocho" Guillen was found Sunday. Guillen, 31 of Lufkin, Tomas Carreon and another friend had left Tuesday afternoon to help rescue stranded Harvey victims. On Wednesday, the radio station Y-100 Your Country Choice reported on their Facebook page that their boat had capsized after entering water with heavy currents. One of the men was able to hang on to a tree long enough to be rescued. He was recovered a mile from where the boat had capsized.
Guillen and Carreon were among a reported 60 people who had died as of Monday afternoon in connection with the storm. The struck a chord with immigrant communities in Texas and beyond. Of note, Guillen was a “dreamer.” He came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 15 years old. At the station's Facebook page, it posted: "Yesterday afternoon (Gullien) left the work early to address the Spring Texas (near Houston) area to help rescue Harvey's victims. The boat he was in was overturned after entering the water with strong currents. There were three men on the boat, one is in the hospital recovering."
NIELSEN: Employment Fuels Listening By Teens While They're Away From Home
SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– A closer look at 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report reveals how adulthood changes the way Gen Z and Millenials listen to the radio—the medium with the biggest national reach. Back in spring of 2011, consumers 12-17 spent an average of 9 hours and 15 minutes with radio and their digital stream stations each week. Fast forward six years later, and these same consumers (now 18-to-24-year olds) spend an average of 10 hours and 15 minutes with radio each week. In other words, when teens grow up, they spend more time listening to the radio. How can this be?
Employment is a major factor to consider among these age groups because a large amount of total radio listening comes from employed Americans who tune in when they’re away from home. Comparing the data from 2011, where only 5% of radio listeners aged 12-17 were employed (either full or part-time), it’s clear why radio usage increased as they’ve aged: now, 64% of these 18-to-24 year-old listeners are employed. Whether they’re in their cars more commuting to and from work or using radio as a companion throughout the workday, employed people have a greater opportunity to spend time with their favorite radio station. And according to our first-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report, radio reaches 88% of Generation Z and 93% of Millennials each week. What’s more, the amount of time spent listening to radio each day increases as you compare generations from younger to older.
2017 CMA Broadcast Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Finalists for the 51st Annual CMA Broadcast & Personality of the Year Nominees for were revealed yesterday on ABC TV. Listed by market size: NATIONAL "American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks-shown) - Cumulus "The Big D and Bubba Show" (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks "The Blair Garner Show" (Blair Garner) – Cumulus "The Bobby Bones Show" (Bobby Bones) – iHeartMedia "Country Gold" (Terri Clark) – Westwood One
MAJOR MARKET "Bud and Broadway" (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, and Kelly Rebal) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo. "Michael J On Air" (Michael J. Stuehler) – WPOC, Baltimore, Md. "Mike & Amy" (Mike Chase and Amy Faust) – KWJJ, Portland, Ore. "Paul Schadt and Meg" (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C. "The Q Morning Zoo" (Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, and Erica Rico shown BL) – KKBQ, Houston, TX
LARGE MARKET "Amanda and Jesse" (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio "The Boxer Show" ("Boxer" Brandon Nasby) – WCOL, Columbus, Ohio "Double-L" (Lois Lewis) – KWNR, Las Vegas, Nev. "The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show" (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and JoJo Meza) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas "Tige And Daniel" (Tige Rodgers, Daniel Baker, and Mari Mueller) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn. "Woody and the Wake-UP Call" (Woody Johnson, Dan E. Zuko, and Kayla Hanley) – WCOL, Columbus, Ohio
MEDIUM MARKET Brent Michaels – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif. "Cash and Bradley" (Natalie Cash and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla. "The Dex and Mo Show" (Bill "Dex" Poindexter and Melissa "Mo" Turner) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn. "New Country Mornings" (Nancy Wilson and James Frye) – WHKO, Dayton, Ohio "Tom & Becky" (Tom Owens and Becky Palmer) – WBBS, Syracuse, N.Y.
SMALL MARKET "Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore. "Ben and Arnie" (Arnie Andrews and Ben Butler) – WCOW, La Crosse, Wis. "The Cat Pak Morning Show" (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla. "Officer Don and DeAnn" (Don Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky. "Scotty & Cara in the Morning" (Scotty Cox and Cara Denis) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo. The Final CMA Radio Station of the Year Nominees for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" (by market size):
MAJOR MARKET KPLX – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas KUPL – Portland, Ore. KWJJ – Portland, Ore. WIL – St. Louis, Mo. WKKT– Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C. LARGE MARKET KCYY – San Antonio, Texas WCOL – Columbus, Ohio WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C. WQIK – Jacksonville, Fla. WSIX – Nashville, Tenn. MEDIUM MARKET CKRY – Calgary, Alta. KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y. WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn. WYRK – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. SMALL MARKET KCLR – Columbia, Mo. KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore. KORA – Bryan-College Station, Texas WCOW – La Crosse, Wis. WYCT – Pensacola, Fla. HERE The 51st Annual CMA Awards will televise on ABC - Nov. 8th 8|7 c
MOTION: Gary Spears Says He's Stepping Down From Afternoons On WJMK-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Gary Spears, who began in Chicago radio 35 years ago, is calling it quits reports Robert Feder. Spears announced Friday he’s stepping down as afternoon personality on CBS Radio classic hits WJMK FM 104.3 and plans to move to Florida. His last day on the station known as K-Hits will be October 13.
“I want to thank the great people in Chicago who have supported me here over the past 6+ years AND my other 2 tours of duty in the 80’s and 90’s at B-96,” Spears wrote on Facebook Friday. “ So, it’s now official. Those of you who know me know that I been been going to Florida for vacations now for SIX years as I have a house there that I am planning on moving into this October. I want to thank the great people in Chicago who have supported me here over the past 6+ years AND my other 2 tours of duty in the 80’s and 90’s at B-96. I guess I became a weather snob after living in L.A. for nearly 15 years and the thought of another Midwest winter doesn’t thrill me. I have decided to step away from my PM drive show at KHITS which will make October 13th (Friday) my last day on air here. I would also like to thank the good people of CBS Chicago for 6 years of fun and frivolity. Mostly, I want to thank my Chicago Friends and listeners for being there on a daily basis. Onward and upward!
FORMATICS: Alpha Brings Throwbacks To Myrtle Beach; Adds Jack FM Dayton; Curtis Launches WSJS Across NC's Triad
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 – Alpha Media, Myrtle Beach announced the launch of G105.5 “Myrtle Beach’s The Throwback Station!” WRNN-AM 1450/105.5, previously ESPN, will play your favorite throwbacks and more. Energy 92.1 Program Director, Zack Williams commented, “We’re crazy excited to bring throwbacks to Myrtle Beach. You can take your radio to the beach, cruise up and down Ocean Blvd and have a great time listening to the best throwback Hip Hop and R&B!"
In Dayton, Alpha Media announced the addition of 92.9 Jack FM to WGTZ. The station previously known as Soft Rock 92.9 switched to Jack FM last Friday, September 1st. WGTZ is now the ‘Jack’ of Popular Music, and master of a fresh, surprising and unpredictable variety of the absolute best music! 92.9 Jack FM makes radio fun by breaking the conventional radio format rules. Dayton listeners and clients are going to be all ‘Jacked-Up’ when they hear the all-new 92.9 Jack FM,” remarked Keith Wright, Alpha Media, Dayton Interim Market Manager.
Beginning last Friday September 1, the new WSJS SPORTS will be heard across N.C.’s Triad on heritage signals that include 600 am, 1200 am, and other Curtis Media AM and FM frequencies. WSJS SPORTS will be a full-market sports talk outlet in the Greensboro / High-Point / Winston-Salem market. “Local sports fans have been asking for a forum like this. WSJS SPORTS is the Triad’s new destination for sports talk”, said Al Bunch, Curtis Media Group’s Triad General Manager. “Our roster of a local afternoon sports talk show, local high school football, N.C. college sports, NASCAR, and popular FOX Sports Radio hosts is unmatched. We’re excited to offer this untapped audience to local businesses market-wide.” “Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis” (FOX Sports Radio, 6am-9am) will start the day followed by “The Dan Patrick Show” (FOX Sports Radio, 9am-12pm), “The David Glenn Show” (Statewide in N.C., 12pm-3pm), and “One-On-One with The Schass” (Local Show/ Triad, 3pm-6pm).
BUSINESS: Binnie Media Moving National Ad Sales To Gen Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Binnie Media is moving its national ad sales representation to Gen Media Partners as part of a strategic alliance to drive regional and national ad revenue. The deal goes into effect on September 7, 2017. As part of the agreement, Binnie Media’s Boston office will handle all national business for Gen Media Partners, giving both companies, as well as Gen Media Partners’ other station partners, expanded Boston and New England presence and increased regional opportunities.
“Considering where national and regional business has been heading, we were looking for a partner open to a new kind of relationship that would capitalize on each company’s platforms to grow revenue,” said Lee Kinberg, President of Binnie Media. “We needed a sales and marketing team that was open to breaking down the lines of the traditional rep-station relationship without the inherent conflicts of interest that sometimes arise in the national representation business.”
Radio Continues With Aid To Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 -- More than a week after the horrific damage and flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey, radio all across the country continues its efforts to aid victims. Here are a few examples among many: As Labor Day Weekend got under way one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and south Texas, the Salem Media Group (through its owned-stations across the country, national news networks, and syndicated talk hosts including Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher and others) had raised over $350,000 in donations to non-profit relief organization SAVE THE CHILDREN…with more still pouring in over the long holiday weekend. The emergency campaign—created at the direction of Salem Radio Division president David Santrella—was lauded by Carolyn Miles, CEO of SAVE THE CHILDREN U.S. who states: “We are so grateful to Salem for this. It has been a tremendous boost to our fundraising and raising awareness that SAVE THE CHILDREN is on the ground and that kids have these special needs.” Pictured left: Michael Payne, San Antonio market manager for Salem; Tom Tradup, Salem Radio Network v.p./News & Talk Programming, and Baron Wiley, AM930 The ANSWER and KSLR-AM Sales Manager.
Beasley Media Charlotte Stations’ Joined to to fill Truckloads for Texas: Charlotte’s New 103.7, Kiss 95.1, Power 98, V 101.9, 94.7 SMOKE and K 104.7 have partnered with Metrolina Greenhouse and Circle K to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Last Wednesday, September 6, all six Beasley Media Charlotte stations will broadcast live at Circle K, located at 6519 Brookshire Blvd., in Charlotte, from 6am to 7pm to collect a variety of needed items, including bottled water, batteries, first aid supplies, formula, mosquito repellent, towels and toiletries.
Meanwhile, crosstown Ace & TJ of The Ace & TJ Show on Channel 96.1 went live on the roof of the Charlotte Motor Speedway until the show raises $50,000 for its victims. They took up residence at the Speedway starting Tuesday, September 5th at 7:20AM. “This is what we’ve always done as a radio family. In times of need this is an area that has proven itself to be the greatest at coming together and helping others and this is definitely a time of need.” said Ace. “This is one of those times when the people of this country come together to help each other without consideration of anything other than their fellow American’s immediate needs. It’s the least we can do.”
Nationally, it was iHeart's Texas Strong movement - In addition to its south Texas radio stations, the iHeart produced 'Texas Strong' helped inform other parts of the country and provide avenues for listeners to help. Hosted by iHeartRadio’s nationally syndicated personalities Elvis Duran and Enrique Santos. The program looks not only at what is ahead for those in the affected region, but also how the rest of the country can come together and show support during this critical time. SEE MORE HERE
REPORT: People Use Their Phones To Tune Into Radio In 'Massive Numbers' During Situations Like Hurricane Harvey
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– When broadcasters embrace the critical role of keeping people informed during an emergency situation, it's interesting to note how people use radio. The NextRadio data team tracked listening during several storms and saw a pattern emerge. People use their phones to tune to radio in massive numbers. harvey-nextradio-emergency-listening. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, August 25 at Corpus Christi, Texas. Compared with an average Friday, local NextRadio listening was up 186% and session starts up 124%. Total listening minutes were down 3% and TSL per session down 54%. As the storm continued to pound Houston on Sunday, August 27, the number of NextRadio listeners here rose 50% and session starts rose 22%. Total listening minutes were down 11% and TSL per session down 26%. This echoes what we saw during a 2016 tornado in Kokomo, Indiana. The number of NextRadio listeners spiked 4.2 times the daily average. Yet session minutes were down.
The report shows a correlation of sessions going up but length going down as they believe people are checking back more frequently for up-to-the-minute news. Listening numbers also rose outside the direct path Listening to radio on their phone trended similarly in Texas markets not directly impacted by Harvey. In Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, the number of listeners tuning to radio via the NextRadio app was up 79%, 52% and 34%, respectively. TSL by session was down 27%, 29% and 8% for these markets. Built for times like these, Oscar Rodriguez, President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, led an effort to remind people with Android phones to download the NextRadio app. On Friday, he encouraged all stations to mention listening via the app, citing benefits of the FM chip in preserving battery life and data packages. People need radio. And radio never fails them. No matter what kind of day it is. TOP PHOTO / michelmond / Shutterstock.com
FCC Chairman Pai To Visit Areas Impacted Harvey
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 1ST, 2017 -- The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday, September 5, Chairman Ajit Pai will be in Texas to inspect the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and meet with those engaged in recovery efforts. “Working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the FCC will do every thing it can to help restore communications services after this terrible storm,” said Chairman Pai. “I look forward to meeting those on the ground in Texas and seeing firsthand what needs to be done to make sure that those affected can get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
Additional details regarding Chairman Pai’s visit to Texas will be released closer to the trip. For more information on the FCC’s response to Hurricane Harvey, visit HERE
The Seattle Times Has Banned Its Sports Writers From Appearing On KJR Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 -- The Seattle Times has come under fire after deciding to ban its sports writers from appearing iHeart Sports Radio 950 KJR. According to local reports, the Times cites “competing forms of media” as the reason for instituting the ban. Barrett Sports Media reports that Times CEO Frank Blethen is said to be the driving force behind the decision. KJR has previously served as an outlet for Times’ sportswriters to appear regularly.
An issue which is at the center of the tension between paper and radio station is the Seattle Arena situation. The Times have produced a number of pieces highlighting the Seattle Center’s Key Arena project and ignoring Blethen has pushed for positive coverage of the city’s Key Arena redevelopment plan and negative coverage of private businessman Chris Hansen’s competing Sodo arena project, which has taken significant flak from hosts on KJR and other local media outlets. KJR hosts have been against the Key Arena suggestions and have called out the Times and Blethen for slanting their coverage. For now, Times writers won’t be appearing on KJR, which, as Barrett Media points out, may or may not turn out to be beneficial for their local competitor, 710 ESPN Seattle.
105.1 The Bounce Detroit Adds New Ambassadors
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Beasley announces that 105.1 The BOUNCE/WMGC-FM will welcome more home grown “Ambassadors” to the station’s new weekend line-up beginning on Saturday, September 2nd at 10am in the Motor City. Starting Labor Day weekend, Cortney Hicks (TL) will now be heard on every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Cortney is known for her many years of hosting popular shows on several Detroit stations, plus shows in other major cities, including Chicago, Washington D.C. and Charlotte N.C.
In addition, 105.1 The Bounce recently added Detroit Hip Hop radio favorite A.P. (TR) “The Absolute Princess to the team, following a year-long social media campaign in which listeners actually encouraged the station to put her on the station. A.P. will now be heard starting at 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday nights. “Our goal is to assemble a team of the finest in Detroit radio, as well as the best Hip Hop personalities, to navigate our fans through each experience listening to this iconic music,” said Bounce Program Director Al Payne. “That’s why all of our announcers are known as Ambassadors." Payne added, “Beginning on Tuesday September 5th, Detroit’s ‘Cuzzin’ Reggie Regg will now be heard every Monday through Friday from 7 to 10pm with his new “Bounce Fam Time” show, followed by DJ Dinero hosting the highly rated ‘Set It Off Radio Party Mix’ from 10pm until midnight.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Curran Named Market VP Over Radio/TV For Cox Media Group Orlando
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Paul Curran Market Vice President for Orlando, effective immediately. In this new role, he will lead a converged market of trusted radio and TV brands, including WFTV (ABC) and WRDQ (Ind), News 96.5, K92.3, WMMO, Star 94.5, Power 95.3, 107.3 Solo Exitos, ESPN Orlando, CMG Local Solutions and Cox Events Group.
Prior to his new role, Curran served as VP and General Manager of Orlando TV stations WFTV and WDRQ. He also has worked as CMG’s VP of Sales. Curran began his Cox career in 1995 as an Account Executive at KTVU Television in San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose. Other career highlights include working as Director of Sales in Pittsburgh. “The opportunity to bring together the talented people and dynamic products of CMG Radio and CMG TV under one entity in Central Florida is an exciting one,” said Curran. “No other media company can match our combined TV, Radio, and Digital footprint here, and the possibilities to build on collaboration and improve the experience for our viewers, listeners, and customers are limitless. I can’t wait to get started.”
John Richards Appointed Brand Manager/Middays At WDEZ, Wausau, WI
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 -- Midwest Communications announced the hiring of John Richards who will assume the position of Brand Manager and Midday host for WDEZ, Wausau, WI. John, a native of San Diego, most recently worked as the Operations Manager for Ingstad in the Yakima, Tri-Cities area of Washington State. John’s radio career began in Flint, MI after he completed a stint in the US Air Force. Brett Lucht, Wausau Market Manager stated, “John’s passion for radio and the current Country format is off the charts. We look forward to John bringing his leadership skills and programming experience to our Wausau operation”.
Richards remarked, “ I've always known Midwest Communications was the best place in radio to work. I'm looking forward to taking WDEZ to new heights and being the dominant radio station in Central Wisconsin." John will join the WDEZ team on Tuesday 9/5.
The Max Louisville Flips To Jack-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 -- Alpha Media, Louisville the station formerly known as 102.3 The Max/WXMA has flipped to Jack FM. Sarah Jordan will continue as Program Director. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Ronnie Stanton commented, “What an exciting day for Alpha Media and the great city of Louisville. Jack will be a breath of fresh air both musically and in its fun attitude.”
“We are about to change the radio landscape in Louisville. We are ‘jacked’ to launch 102.3 Jack FM...an unpredictable radio station that breaks all the rules. Listeners are going to enjoy a new, fresh approach to hearing their favorite songs, and advertisers are going to love reaching a larger audience,” remarked Bill Gentry, Alpha Media, Louisville SVP/Market Manager.
HONORS: Leslie Scott Selected As Inaugural Mentee For MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 ––– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group and Nielsen Music announced that Leslie Scott has been selected as the inaugural mentee for the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program. This new initiative is a collaborative effort that was launched to help increase the number of women in programming positions in response to the annual MIW Gender Analysis Study from December 31, 2016. The study found that the percentage of women program directors has remained flat at roughly 12% over the past 10 years, compared to a growing number of general managers (17.8%) and sales managers (31.5%).
The one-year mentorship matches a female programming candidate with key mentors from both the MIW Radio Group and Nielsen Music, offering her the opportunity to sharpen programming and professional skills in order to further her career in music-formatted radio. Leslie Scott, who was selected from a competitive field of 40 candidates, currently serves as Program Director at KNDD “107.7 The End” and Digital Program Director of Entercom Communications in Seattle, WA. She will be officially introduced at the MIW Group’s traditional Radio Show dinner at next week's Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will be held September 5-8, 2017 in Austin, Texas. 2
EVENTS: St. Louis Spencer Show Hosts Diaper Drive; Entercom/CBS Austin Team For Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 21017 -- This weekend, 106.5 The Arch and Spencer’s Neighborhood will be hosting a “Diaper Drive” Collection Campaign for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Today, they'll broadcast LIVE from the West Oak Dierbergs Friday morning, September 1st from 6:00 am-9:00 am - and then again from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017. Dierbergs has kindly offered to match donations up to at least the first 5,000 diapers donated. Additionally, SHIPT, who recently announced their partnership with Dierbergs launching grocery delivery in St. Louis region, has made a generous monetary donation to help Spencer’s Neighborhood and 106.5 The Arch deliver the diaper donations to Texas. Then on Tuesday September 5th, The Arch’s Afternoon Host Robert Fithen will be climbing into a semi-truck and riding along down to Texas to personally deliver the diapers to relief agencies and organizations.
-- In Texas, Entercom's Mix 94.7 (KAMX-FM), Majic 95.5 (KKMJ-FM), 95.9 RnB (KKMJ-HD3) and Talk Radio 1370 (KJCE-AM) have teamed up with CBS Austin to support local phone calls in collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey. The first day of collections raised over $116,000 for the Red Cross and given these results, we are happy to announce a second day of collections for listeners to donate. In addition, Entercom Austin’s FM stations have partnered with grocer H-E-B to rally listeners to make donations at local H-E-B stores through their tearpad campaign. Each FM station will send all on-air personalities to three H-E-B locations and will be doing live broadcast call-in’s encouraging listeners to visit their closest H-E-B and make a donation.
Apple Invites Media To New Spaceship; More Aid For Victims
NAB's Dennis Wharton Slams 'Grim Radio Future' Study; Calls Report 'Silly'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 –– A new study, titled 'Why Radio Must Adapt to The Rise of Digital published by Larry S. Miller New York University’s Steinhart Music Business Program, casts a grim outlook on the future of terrestrial radio. In his 30-page report, Miller argues traditional radio has failed to engage with Generation Z — people born after 1995 — and that its influence and relevance will continue to be subsumed by digital services unless it upgrades. According to Variety, his key points, Miller says Generation Z, which is projected to account for 40% of all consumers in the U.S. by 2020, shows little interest in traditional media, including radio, having grown up in an on-demand digital environment. He adds that AM/FM radio is in the midst of a massive drop-off as a music-discovery tool by younger generations, with self-reported listening to AM/FM radio among teens aged 13 and up declining by almost 50 percentage points between 2005 and 2016. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
'Since its inception, critics of broadcast radio have mistakenly forecast its demise' - Dennis Wharton
Following the report, the NAB's EVP/Communication's Dennis Wharton (top left) fired back calling the report "silly." "Since its inception, critics of broadcast radio have mistakenly forecast its demise. This silly report – backed by SoundExchange (a group bankrolled in part by giant record labels pushing a radio “performance tax”) continues that tradition. Contrary to the report’s conclusions, millennials are NOT abandoning local radio. According to Nielsen, millennials are listening in greater numbers than ever before, not just to over-the-air programming, but also to local radio on digital platforms. Every week, 265 million Americans tune into hometown radio stations for their favorite songs, to discover new artists, and to hear legacy artists whose careers have been sustained by local radio airplay -- Most importantly, radio’s unique role as a local medium allows stations to provide listeners with relevant news, community programming and lifeline emergency weather information – day in and day out." SEE WHARTON'S FULL RESPONSE HERE
REPORT: Companies Who Will 'Definitely Advertise' In Podcasts In Coming Months Up 'Threefold' Since September 2015
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 –– Westwood One is revealing the latest advertiser sentiment on podcast advertising in the Westwood One State of Podcasting 2017 report. This is the third update to the report, which is refreshed annually and includes data from Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” and “Infinite Dial” studies, IPSOS, and Advertiser Perceptions. Key findings from an Advertiser Perceptions tracking study show that the proportion of advertisers and agencies who have discussed podcast advertising for potential media investments has soared from 41% in September of 2015 to 68% in May of 2017.In May 2017, brands and agencies are over twice as likely to definitely consider podcast advertising versus September, 2015. (18% to 37%). The marketers and agencies who say they will definitely advertise in podcasts in the coming six months has increased threefold (10% to 27%) since September, 2015. Compared to September 2015, marketers and agencies are twice as likely (15% to 29%) to be currently advertising in podcasting.
“We knew that advertiser sentiment for podcast advertising was growing, as we have seen a significant increase in advertising spend on the Westwood One podcast network,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “The Westwood One State of Podcasting 2017 report quantifies the conversation, consideration, and intention among marketers to place their brands in the expansive podcast programming environment. It’s great news for all of us in the fast-tracking on-demand space.” SEE STUDY HERE
WAAF's Greg Hill Mulls Running For Soon To Be Vacant Congressional Seat
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 – WAAF/Boston's highly popular Greg Hill is thinking about running for the congressional seat being vacated by Niki Tsongas reports The Boston Herald. Hill, of course, is host of “The Hill-Man Morning Show” on WAAF. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney who serves as Greg's spokesperson, says Hill is exploring all of his options, including running for the open congressional seat” said Army Jr.,. He says through Hill’s philanthropic work through the Greg Hill Foundation, which he founded in 2010 to raise money for families hit by tragedies, “Public service would be a logical next step for Greg,” he said. “He is considering whether it would be the best way to give back to a community that’s given him so much.”
Hill has met with staff at both the state Republican party, as well as Jim Conroy, who managed Gov. Charlie Baker’s successful 2014 run. Hill has public ties to Baker, who has regularly appeared on Hill’s morning show since taking office and has attended events for Hill’s foundation. Army said the two have known each other for “many years.” His charitable organization — which raised roughly $252,000 in 2015 — matches donations made by Hill’s listeners, according to the nonprofit’s public filings, and has raised money for families of Boston Marathon victims, among others. Hill is also the founder of the restaurant company, Whole House Group, LLC, which includes Battle Road Brewing Co. in Maynard, 29 Sudbury and the Waltham steakhouse, Flank. .S. Rep. Martin Meehan; and Steve Kerrigan, a past lieutenant governor nominee. - Top Photo Composite/Jockline
More Radio Aid Headed For Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 –– Called 'Standing Strong For Texas,' Mid-West Family Broadcasting (WMAY, WNNS, WQLZ, WUSW) will broadcast live from a Walmart in Springfield from 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM on Friday, September 1 to help collect donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Houston, Texas. Along with WICS ABC NewsChannel 20 and FOX 55/27 Illinois, they will be accepting donations of dry goods and checks, to benefit the Salvation Army in person at Walmart, as well as at their Springfield & Champaign offices. Sinclair Broadcast Group will also match all check donations up to $100,000.
--Beasley Media Group announced its Ft. Myer's outlets, B103.9, 96KRock, and Sunny 106.3 will be partnering with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to collect donations during a special “MUSIC THON” to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Beginning today, August 31th. B103.9’s Big Mama and the WiLD Bunch, 96KRock’s Zito and Stan & Haney, and Sunny 106.3’s Randy Sherwyn and Sheila will broadcast live and stay on the air to play special song requests for donations. “We are trying to do our part in helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.”
--Disney/ABC has expanded its Harvey Aid efforts to include ESPN & A&E Networks For 'Day of Giving' Event. Anchored by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Disney|ABC Television Group Launches Network-Wide Telethon and Call-to-Action today, August 31, across ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E, History, Lifetime, ABC Radio, Radio Disney, Local Stations and All Network Social Platforms Disney|ABC Television Group will air special programming in support of its “Day of Giving” initiative on Thursday, August 31, to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
In Atlanta, B98.5, 97-1 The River, WSB Radio and Kiss 104.1 partnered with WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal Constitution for Convoy of Care. They put out the all-call on radio and TV and our audiences came out in force. In TWO days they filled FIVE tractor trailers with bottled water all donated by its listeners.
MOTION: Mark Thomas Tapped As MM For Alpha Saginaw; Kathy Kates Stepping Down From At B105 Duluth After 20-Year Run
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Saginaw has named Mark Thomas as its Market Manager. The market is home to WSGW-AM, WSGW-FM, WTLZ, WGER, and WCEN. Thomas has over 30 years of industry experience, including working for iHeart Media in Riverside, CA., and serving as a Market Manager and Regional Vice President with Regent Communications/Townsquare Media in Flint, MI., Evansville, IN., and Grand Rapids, MI.
B105’S Cathy Kates is stepping down from mornings after a 20-year run. Following the move, she'll serve as Admin. Assistant For a financial group reports FOX 21 TV. Leaving on her terms at the end of the week, she says, “Probably just the fact that I feel I am going to be disconnected from everyone who I wake up with every single day,’ said Kates when asked what she will miss the most from her job. On Wednesday evening, co-workers threw Cathy a going-away party before her last day on the air this Friday. Cathy says after 20 years in the business she’s simply stepping away to take on a new opportunity locally as an administrative assistant. Meanwhile, Ken Hayes, Cathy’s co-host for the past 10 years, said mornings on the B105 Breakfast Club will not be the same without her. “Ya know, we have had really good chemistry over the years. We have always had a really good chemistry. I look at her; I know what she’s thinking. She’s always knowing what I am thinking across the room,” Hayes said.
CBS RADIO Pittsburgh today announced that Pittsburgh area native singer and entertainer Chris Jamison will be the newest member of its live and local air staff on 100.7 Star (WBZZ-FM). Chris’ first studio show will be Monday, September 4 from 5:00-10:00 AM. Chris will be heard on Sundays from 3:00-9:00 PM and on holidays. Chris’ connection to 100.7 Star dates back to 2014 when the station and its Bubba Show (Weekday Mornings, 5:00-10:00 AM) served as his official hometown cheerleaders during his successful run on The Voice.
EVENTS: Scotty McCreery Joins For NASH FM 94.7 'Boots On The Boardwalk' Event
With Country Music's Scotty McCreery, A Thousand Horses, Todd O'Neill, Elizabeth Lyons and MORE! First-Ever NASH FM 94.7’s End of Summer BASH to be held this Friday, September 1st, at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey NEW YORK, NY August 30, 2017 — Cumulus Media announces its first-ever NASH FM 94.7’s “Boots on the Boardwalk” end of summer bash, giving its loyal listeners THE BEST SUMMER EVER and a chance to party one last time this summer season! This FREE event will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017, from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. “Boots on the Boardwalk” will feature live performances by Scotty McCreery, A Thousand Horses, NASH Next 2016 Winner Todd O’Neill, and Elizabeth Lyons.
Russell Brand In Trouble With British FCC
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2017 –– Russell Brand has put Radio X in London in breach of its licence conditions after a discussion about sex on his pre-recorded Sunday morning show. He was talking to an Elvis tribute act and asked him if he’d ever had sex as Elvis. The segment also talked about how Elvis apparently complimented a prostitute for giving tremendous head. Ofcom decided to find Global and Radio X in breach of Rule 1.5 and Rule 1.3, saying it had not had particular regard to times when children were likely to be listening.
Irish Listeners Design Reworked U2 Album Cover - RTÉ’s 2FM is inviting listeners to help design the album artwork for the charity version of U2’s The Joshua Tree, due for release in October. The tracks have been re-recorded by Irish acts including Gavin James, Kodaline, AllTvvins, and The Academic. The iconic album, which features hits including Where The Streets Have No Name and With Or Without You, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The covers version, “The Joshua Tree – New Roots”, will be raising money for children’s hospice LauraLynn. It’s been put together by 2FM and Universal Music Ireland. Now, 2FM listeners are being invited to create and design the album sleeve to be featured on the CD case cover and in record stores across the country. Steve Averill, who designed the cover for the original Joshua Tree album is among the judges for the competition.
Radio France On Demand - Radio France will soon launch the website "Un monde de Radio France". It allows you to listen to a selection of replay radio programs. With the programs of france info, France Inter, France Bleu, France Culture, France Musique, Fip and Mouv. The channels of Radio France are to "re-listen online all over the world". Need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
'Harvey' To Become One Of The Most Expensive Disasters Ever
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FEDER: Over 30 Chicago Radio Stations Band To Promote Aid To Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 – More than 30 Chicago radio stations will team today, Aug. 30, to promote relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Harvey reports Robert Feder. A one-minute commercial urging support for American Red Cross activities in Houston and the Gulf Coast will air simultaneously across AM and FM frequencies at 4:29 p.m.
“We urge all Chicagoans to contribute to the relief efforts that are so desperately needed,” said Matt Scarano, chairman of Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland, which is coordinating the broadcast roadblock. “We are using the power of radio in both English and Spanish to help out those in need.SEE FULL STORY HERE
Radio One Houston 'Makes Stations Their Home' Throughout Hurricane Harvey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30H, 2017 –– Like other radio outlets in Houston, Radio One refuses to be defeated by Hurricane Harvey and commits to being live and local as long as the power allows. Terri Thomas (R), Operations Manager, Radio One Houston is living onsite at the station with a skeleton crew of dedicated talent and engineers; and working remotely with a team of digital marketers to ensure the listeners of The Box 97.9 FM and Majic 102.1 FM are informed, inspired and entertained while the historic rain counts continue to fall in the Houston area.
Thomas said, “This is worse than Hurricane Ike and an unusual occurrence. People are still stranded in their cars. Homes and personal possessions have already been lost, but this is our city. We planned for this. Making the station our ‘home’ is considered our standard operating procedure. As long as the power allows, we will be live and local providing our listeners with the real time information they need, the inspiration we all seek and yes, the entertainment to lift us during this tragic time.” Shown above inset: TL - Anthony – Majic 102.1 FM , Jessica Jeanz – Majic 102.1 FM & The Box 97.9 and DJ Eric getting a nap before going live on The Box 97.9 FM
Bone's Joy Week Event Raises Over $150K For Hurricane Harvey Relief
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show kicked off its fourth-annual Joy Week celebration on Monday, August 28, and has raised more than $150,000 to benefit the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Texas through the sale of #PimpinJoy apparel, and more than $50,000 benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Maren Morris launched the week-long celebration yesterday (8/28) with Brett Eldredge (L) continuing yesterday (8/29) as various Country stars join the show cast in encouraging listeners to choose joy, spread happiness and do good things for others.
Listeners were also encouraged to share their Joy Week efforts via Twitter and Instagram using #PimpinJoy, and limited-edition neon #PimpinJoy apparel was made available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Harvey. Joy Week continues today with an hour-long, in-studio concert featuring Dustin Lynch, followed by Rascal Flatts on Thursday, August 31, and a special surprise guest on Friday, September 1. For more information or to purchase #PimpinJoy apparel, please visit HERE
Entravision Raises Record $3.2 Million For CMN Hospitals
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– Entravision Communications Corporation and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals announced that $3.2 million was raised for member hospitals during their 10th annual network-wide Radiothon, under the theme of "Un Million Para Los Niños" (One Million for the Children). This year, over 95 communities nationwide will benefit from the Radiothon due to the participation of Entravision's talented on-air staff and the increased reach of its online and mobile platforms.
"Our tenth annual Radiothon in collaboration with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was a huge success, and we would be remiss to not congratulate this incredible charity for all their hard work over the years. Entravision continuously looks for ways to support and give back to our local communities and we are grateful for this partnership and pleased to have surpassed last year's donation, in turn, benefiting even more families," said Jeffery Liberman, Entravision's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our partnership with Entravision Communications has produced a monumental achievement for the kids in this 10th annual Radiothon, which has evolved into a full blown Mediathon with comprehensive digital support," said Danny Garcia, National Director Hispanic Media Partners. "We are extremely grateful to the entire team for their all-out effort to make this an absolute success, which impacts so many families and communities across the country. The 24/7 uninterrupted live stream on unmillionparalosninos.com kicked off Thursday, August 17th and featured radio personalities from Entravision's syndicated shows: Erazno y La Chokolata, Alex 'El Genio' Lucas, Armida y la Flaka, Piolín, and other guests.
NuVoodoo Launches Snapchat Video Ads For Radio & TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announced the addition of Snapchat Ads to its portfolio of digital marketing solutions for broadcast media clients. NuVoodoo worked directly with Snapchat this summer to help develop these tools specifically for Radio and Television media campaigns, enabling stations to reach their targets most effectively through Snapchat Ads. This comes in conjunction with the release of NuVoodoo’s tenth Ratings Prospect Study, which showed daily use of Snapchat among likely Nielsen respondents up a robust 28% since January of this year. Growth is even stronger among those under the age of 35. Over the past six years, NuVoodoo has been the first to bring highly-targeted, lower-cost digital solutions to broadcast media to help drive higher ratings.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “Social media use across all major platforms is significantly higher among those likely to wear a meter or fill out a diary. These are human buzz agents who consume media of all types at much higher levels than those who would never participate in the ratings. While Facebook and YouTube remain the juggernaut social platforms, the next tier of Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter have grown significantly since our January study. While the numbers below reflect daily use among 14 to 54’s likely to say ‘yes’ to Nielsen, for specific formats and narrow demographics, the penetration levels are nearly ubiquitous.” Watch PJ Kling, Vice President, Product & Business Development, introduction to a Snapchat video HERE
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MOTION: Chicago's Mike North Retiring From Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– Chicago's Robert Feder reported yesterday that Mike North has announced he’s quitting sports radio for good. Feder says "It’s been 25 years since the high school dropout and former hot dog stand owner became one of the founding personalities at CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670."
North exited WSCR/The Score in 2008, taking on various sports-related media ventures, including network and local radio, podcasting and a column in the Daily Herald. “I’m heading in another direction because I think the timing is right,” he told Phil Ponce Monday on WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.” “I’m not leaving broadcasting. I’m leaving sports radio.” North, 65, said he plans to live part-time in Las Vegas.
Benztown Launches Classic Hits Format 'Behind The Song'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– Benztown has launched the Classic Hits format’s “Behind the Song” series, 30-second audio documentaries that give Classic Hits radio listeners a comprehensive look at the stories behind the biggest Classic Hits songs of all time. The new audio series for Classic Hits radio stations is an addition to Benztown’s “Behind the Song” audio documentaries for the Classic Rock and Classic Country formats, which debuted last year. Stations can find the Classic Rock “Behind the Song” series in Westwood One’s Avalanche library; Classic Country “Behind the Song” series in Westwood One’s Horsepower library; and the new Classic Hits “Behind the Song” series in Benztown’s Classic Hits library. Each category will be updated weekly moving forward, for a complete library of stories behind the top 100 songs in each genre.
Justin Case (L), Director of Programming and Imaging, Benztown, said: “All of our favorite classic hits have catchy lyrics and grooves that make you do weird things on the dance floor, but they’re also classic because of their stories! Ray Avila and KC Styles did a fantastic job of bringing these stories to life. For more information about the “Behind the Song” series and Benztown’s imaging libraries, visit: www.benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at (818) 842-4600 or at email@example.com.
Fresno's Powertalk 96.7 & AM1400 Team For New Partnership With LA Chargers
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Fresno’s PowerTalk 96.7 and AM1400 announced today a broadcast partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2017 NFL football season. PowerTalk 96.7 and AM1400, The Valley's Next Generation of News Talk, will be the official Los Angeles Chargers affiliates in Fresno and Visalia, California.
The broadcasts will feature play-by-play announcer Matt “Money” Smith and color commentator and former Charger Nick Hardwick. In addition, Shannon Farren and Kris Ankarlo from iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI AM 640, the Chargers flagship station, will handle sideline, pre-game, halftime, and post-game broadcast reports and interviews.
After Calling Out Trainer Who Body Shamed Her, The Bert Show's Cassie Young Draws Story In 'People'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2017 –– Cassie Young, cast member of the syndicated Bert Show, is newly engaged. She was celebrating her bride-to-be status on social media when a trainer reached out to her on Twitter, offering his services “to get you in shape for your wedding.” When Young turned him down, replying that she’s “in shape,” he was undeterred, and continued to send her body shaming messages writes People's Julie Mazziotta.
“I know you want to look your best on your wedding day,” he wrote. “If you don’t hire me hire someone. Those pictures lasts[sp] centuries.” Young remained cool, kindly explaining why she’s happy with her body. “I know it’s probably hard for you to understand this, but it’s taken me a long time to love my body. I’m constantly shamed or reminded that I’m heavy and I should be embarrassed — or people are embarrassed for me — or just straight up rude, calling me ‘disgusting.’ I’ve battled past all that and like how I look,” she responded. “I’ve worked really hard at accepting my self-worth and disassociating the idea that my weight is a direct correlation to my value as a person or how much people will like me. And I found someone who loves me no holds barred — just the way I am, thus proving that true.” Young posted screenshots of their conversation across social media, explaining that she’s “posting this because I want every woman and man to know that it does not MATTER what you look like.” Her posts now have over 3,000 likes, and Young thanked her followers on Instagram for their support. READ STORY HERE
'Idol Auditions Cancelled In Texas; Apple: 1st Trillion Dollar Company?
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Houston Hosts Go Off-Script During Storm; Air From Both Stations And Homes
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– KBME/Houston sports host Matt Thomas (TL) told The Houston Chronicle he had not seen his family since Friday while anchoring iHeartMedia's radio simulcast of Hurricane Harvey coverage on Monday. Thomas, like numerous other radio hosts in Houston have put regular programming on hold as they went into 24/7 coverage of Hurricane Harvey. CBS Radio and other local owners, unlike iHeart, has no news-talk presence, so their stations' hosts went into news-mode. "They want to hear each other's voices," Thomas said. "They want to know what areas are being affected, what is happening in other areas. As much as they want to hear from meteorologists and civic leaders, there is a part of them that wants to hear from fellow citizens on how they have been navigating these waters."
"Radio Is The Ultimate Connector," Says CBS/Houston's Sarah Frazier
CBS Radio cluster hosts from KILT (100.3 FM) and KHMX (96.5 FM) have joined for the simulcast. Sarah Frazier (BL), GM of CBS Houston, said the company went to a five-station simulcast at 4 p.m. Sunday, working from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and picking up the audio portion of Channel 2's newscasts during the evening. "Radio is the ultimate connector," she added. "We're connecting people to information and to the relief effort and to each other. Knowing which (grocery store) is open and which one has water is very important information."
KRBE/Houston's Eric Rowe, executive producer of The Roula and Ryan Show, tells Jockline, "We are a Cumulus standalone in Houston and while we don't have sister stations to help out, we are so lucky to have Cumulus to give us any and all resources that are needed. Our KRBE team has been working nonstop since Friday on air and behind the scenes. Roula (BR), Afternoon Host Kevin Quinn (TL), Special K (TR), Midday Host Freddy Cruise, Night Host Tyler Frye, Phoenix, our traffic reporter Tiffany, and our weekend warriors such as Corinna (BL) are all doing nonstop coverage in the studio. The rest of us (Ryan, OM/Leslie Whittle and Rowe) are trapped in our homes. We’re all working hard coordinating guests, and coming up with a plan every day since Harvey is so unpredictable. Right now Houstonians are feeling scared and they want to get information. We want to help them by giving them the right information, and making them feel safe and protected. We're all in this together and it’s great to see so many people working for one goal and that’s to help each other.
Scripps Milwaukee, BFOA, Reach Media Shows Extend Aid To Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– What's surely the first of many radio groups and associations lending support to Hurricane Harvey victims, Scripps' WTMJ Radio and 94.5 KTI Country kicked off a fundraiser Monday afternoon to collect donations for disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the stations will host a fundraising phone bank at the station to collect donations for the American Red Cross. "People in Wisconsin are looking for a way that they can help the victims of the Hurricane,” said Tom Langmyer (L), VP/GM for Scripps Radio in Milwaukee and vice president, news/talk/sports for E.W. Scripps. “Using the power of local media we can combine our efforts to enable giving on a large scale and truly make a difference to support the American Red Cross.” As of this morning,$69,095 has been raised through last night's Radiothon!
--Next up is The Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) who are encouraging broadcasters who have been hit by Hurricane Harvey to find out if they qualify for emergency aid by completing the emergency grant request form on the website below. The Broadcasters Foundation’s emergency relief program distributes one-time grants of $1,000 each after a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or other serious misfortune. The BFOA delivered aid to colleagues who were struck by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area in 2012, the tornadoes in Joplin in 2011, and Hurricane Matthew in the Carolinas last year and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 - To see if you qualify, CLICK HERE
--Also pitching in are REACH Media’s Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley (R), Erica Campbell, Willie Moore Jr, Russ Parr, DL Hughley, Ed Lover and Darlene McCoy who provided interviews with those affected as well as experts from the region to inform those listeners thousands of miles away on what they could do to impact others just like them. The following is a sampling of focus and commitment that took place: Tom Joyner launched BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund. The syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show Spoke live with Mad Hatta from the Box radio station in Houston to understand what people in affected areas are going through - connect HERE - The Russ Parr Morning Show encouraged listeners to call in and donate to the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, City of Houston hurricane relief fund and took calls from Houston residents to report their experiences Posted donation links on Social Media.
Q104's Jim Kerr & Shelli Sonstein Celebrate 40 Years On New York Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– August 29, 1977 marks a day in radio history when Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein emerged as what would become the top rated morning show in New York City, The Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show. Kerr has been on-air for 50 years, where his career began at age 21 as the morning show host at WPLJ, a position he held for 15 years until Sonstein showed up and surprised Kerr at WPLJ studios as his new co-host, being only 23 years old. Kerr had no idea this young woman from Atlanta; Georgia would be his co-host for the next 40 years. “I saw this woman and I didn’t know what she was doing there. No one told me who she was and why she was there” Kerr said.
Sonstein and Kerr plan to keep their morning show rocking. “When people ask Jim and me when we plan to retire, we both respond the same way, “why would we ever want to stop doing what we love?” says Sonstein. Q104.3 Program Director, Eric Wellman is amazed at their chemistry after being on the air for four decades together. “That Jim and Shelli could be together for 40 years and still be as connected and vibrant today as they were in 1977 is amazing! It is a privilege and an honor to work with this team every day (and producer “Grumpy” Joe Cristiano too who’s been with them for “only” 14 years). They make me look good daily and make my job so easy. Q104.3 is lucky to have them and so is New York. Here’s to another 40!” Wellman says. Kerr and Sonstein can be heard weekdays on iHeartMedia’s Q104.3 New York’s Classic Rock from 5am – 9am.
Beasley Teams With Radio Talent Institute For Emerson College Debut In 2018
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group, in conjunction with Xperi and Marketron Interactive, have partnered with the National Radio Talent System to unveil the Beasley Radio Talent Institute. The ten-day program will officially debut in the summer of 2018 at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. The Institute is designed as a talent incubator and farm system for aspiring broadcasters.
“As a company, we are absolutely committed to supporting and encouraging the development of new talent in our company and our industry,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley (L). “The Beasley Radio Talent Institute further underscores this commitment and provides an incredible incubator for developing tomorrow’s leaders today. We look forward to members of our incredible teams at ALT 92.9, HOT 96.9, WKLB-FM, WROR-FM and WMJX-FM all being involved in this important initiative.” “We are thrilled to bring the Beasley Radio Talent Institute to Boston,” said Dan Vallie, Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System. “From the beginning, Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley grasped the vision we had for the program and immediately stepped up. The National Radio Talent System will be reaching out to broadcasting professionals in Boston and across the State of Massachusetts to teach sessions at the Institute. About the National Radio Talent System:
TLD Domain Name '.radio' Now Available
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 –– The top-level domain (TLD) name “.radio” is now available to the radio industry and Amateur Radio enthusiasts reports http://www.arrl.org/news/top-level-domain-name-radio-now-available. And is being reserved for individuals and companies with active interest in the radio sector. The .radio TLD can be used for web and e-mail addresses and will be managed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with support from other world broadcasting unions. Visit the .radio domains registration site to request a .radio domain. Individuals or entities in these categories will be accepted for the use of a .radio domain:
Radio broadcast stations, Unions of Broadcasters Internet radios Radio Amateurs Radio professionals (journalists, radio hosts, DJs, etc. Radio-related companies selling radio goods and services Radio products and services One or more .radio domain name(s) can be requested during the launch period, which ends on October 31, 2017. The cost for individual radio amateurs is about $30, including tax. Starting in November, first come, first serve rules will apply, although eligibility requirements remain the same. For more information, visit www.nic.radio.
REPORT: Ryen Russillo To Return To ESPN; Jordan Zeh Takes Mornings On 97X/WYYX Panama City, FL
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– RRyen Russillo will be back reports The New York Post. The ESPN host has not been on the airwaves since his arrest last Wednesday, charged with a misdemeanor. Writer Mark Sanchez says he will not be heard again until Sept. 5 while he serves out a suspension, says to a source. But he will return to “The Ryen Russillo Show,” ESPN said in a statement.
This follows Russillo allegedly entering a stranger's Wyoming condo and later being found with just his pants around his ankles and “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” Jackson police told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Russillo, a popular radio host formerly teamed with Danny Kanell and once was part of Scott Van Pelt’s “SVP and Russillo Show.” The 42-year-old has been a radio host with ESPN since 2009.
--Zeh's long resume includes stints at TK101, 95 Rock in Augusta, screenplay writing, along with a stand-up comedy career. He will bring his formidable on-air talents, and an extensive catalog of comedy material, to the format he loves the best, active rock. He will join Fister Wilson/PD of WYYX and help return 97X to its foundation of cutting edge, often over-the-edge, morning show content, taking the incredible ratings success of Stroke Mastro. "I'm super-excited to rejoin my relationship with DeMers Programming, and get to the format I love. I look forward to working with long term programmer, Marc Summers, and GM Misty Sims, and joining a company that recognizes the value of talented people and gives them a home to grow, and the training to take their talents to unbelievable heights!" said, Jordan Zeh.
NETWORKS: SBG Partners With Gow Media To Bolster Podcasts Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced hey have partnered with Gow Media and Podcast Arena to bring a variety of exciting podcasts to its lineup as of September 1st. “As the media landscape is constantly changing, we’re always looking for new ways to connect and engage with our listeners and advertisers,” says Julio Aponte (L), COO, Sun Broadcast Group. “With Gow Media and Podcast Arena, we’re thrilled to offer high quality content, new and exciting advertising solutions, and expand our lineup.”
Podcast Arena is one of the fastest growing platforms for long-form sports on demand with over 14 million listens within their first year with podcasts such as SB Nation, ESPN Houston, The Sean Salisbury Show, Mike North’s Sticks and Stones and many more. “We are excited by the growth of podcasts listens on Podcastarena.com,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “We look forward to working with the team at Sun to capture this opportunity.” For more information on Sun Broadcast Group’s programs and offerings, please contact Ron Rivlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-380-9303
EXECUTIVE ACTION: AdLarge Hires Gina Suarez; Promotes Frank DeSantis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– AdLarge Media has hired Gina Suarez as Director of Affiliate Marketing and promoted Frank DeSantis to Senior Vice President of Business Development. The new hire and promotion come as AdLarge is growing its portfolio of radio programs and services, which includes the recently announced five-hour, Monday-Friday nighttime Serene & Pearl Show, the popular A-List Comedy Prep Service, and the social audio interactive mobile tool Shout To Me. In making the announcements, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AdLarge Media Gary Schonfeld stated, “We are delighted to have found the perfect affiliate marketing professional in Gina. She is respected by program directors across the industry and brings valuable experience and insights about radio stations’ needs to her position at AdLarge.”
Cathy Csukas, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AdLarge Media noted, “Frank has been extremely influential in AdLarge’s growth. With deep relationships and a diverse radio background, Frank is exceptional at identifying the highest-quality programs and services for radio stations.” DeSantis joined AdLarge Media as Vice President, Business Development in 2011. Beginning on the air in Los Angeles, he moved into the business side at Westwood One, then MediaAmerica, JonesMediaAmerica, and Dial Global Radio Network. Most recently, Suarez was Manager of Affiliate Relations at Sun Broadcast Group. Her background includes similar roles at ABC Radio Networks and Global Satellite Radio Network, and several positions in the music industry.
HONORS: Beasley Media Unveils 2017 Operating Achievement Awards Winners
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced the winners of the company’s annual Operating Achievement Awards. The presentations were made during a special dinner that took place at Beasley Media Group’s annual Management Meeting on Friday, August 25th at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. The celebration honors the achievements and contributions made by individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months.
The 2017 honorees include: · Mac Edwards Market Manager of the Year/ Detroit, MI · WBAV-FM Station of the Year/ Charlotte, NC · Robin Colfax-Herrschaft Director of Sales (DOS) of the Year/ Charlotte, NC · Jeff Anderson Program Director of the Year/ (WBAV/WPEG-Charlotte, NC · Steve Wright Engineer of the Year/Tampa, FL · Brenda Yelton Business Manager of the Year/ Charlotte, NC · Stefan Anderson Digital Content Professional of the Year/Tampa, FL · Jenna Land Digital Sales Professional of the Year/Charlotte, NC
PHOTO/ L-R: Beasley Media Detroit VP/Market Manager Mac Edwards, Justin Chase EVP Prog., Tampa VP/Market Manager Kent Dunn, President Bruce Beasley, CEO Caroline Beasley, Charlotte VP/Market Manager Bill Schoening , Founder George Beasley, COO & EVP Brian Beasley, CFO Marie Tedesco, and EVP of Digital Steve Meyers
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Flood-Stricken Texans Turn To Media For Rescue And Aid As More Rain Predicted
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 –– As numerous people in Houston and surrounding areas are still being rescued from rooftops and flooded homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many turned to radio, TV, and social media for help. The Daily Mail reports the storm has already dumped a historic 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas - with another another 23 inches expected to come within the next few days.
As usual, radio is doing its part in working around the clock with coverage and aid. HeartMedia's broadcast radio, digital and billboards helped inform its listeners in the Corpus Christi, Houston and Austin areas over the weekend. In Corpus Christi, all stations are simulcasting News Radio 740 KTRH/Houston. K99 Country, Big 93.9 and Tejano 99.9 are broadcasting in English and Spanish to address the needs of the both communities. In Houston, iHeartMedia's local staff has been broadcasting in long form nonstop since 8 AM on Friday, as well as reporting on Facebook Live to provide local listeners with up-to-date information and emergency resources. Though the region lost a station's vehicle, multiple employees' homes are affected, and KPRC-FM's transmitter is down due to water damage, iHeartMedia continues to broadcast from our five remaining stations (Sunny 99.1, 94.5 The Buzz, 93.7 The Beat, KTRH News Radio 740, and Sports Talk 790 AM)
Salem Media Group has also mobilized its platforms nationwide to rush life-saving aid to children and families impacted by the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years. Salem’s twin 24/7 national news networks—SRN News and TOWNHALL News—Friday evening began round-the-clock appeals for donations for non-profit relief organization SAVE THE CHILDREN, already on the ground in Texas and Louisiana.
PHOTOS/top photo - screengrab - right-middle and lower right/courtesy of KRBE's Eric Rowe of The Roula and Ryan Show who, like many other area radio hosts, will be broadcasting from his home today. Take note of KHOU-TV who posted a cover photo on its Facebook page (bottom left) that best expresses everyone's thoughts for those affected by this deadly storm with 'Prayers for Houston' (Lower Left)
[WATCH] How To Help Hurricane Victims
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 –– The Red Cross have already set up a way to donate to victims with a simple text reports ABC News' Tom Llamas (inset). Simply text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit redcross.org or call 1- 800-RED CROSS. The United Way has also announced a way to text a donation: Text 41444 to UWFLOOD to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund. Donations to support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
ABC cautioned to check the charity before you donate to make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating. Make sure your donation is secure by going through an organization's official website or sending a check in the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are easier for scammers to target. For Llamas' report, WATCH HERE
Other fundraising efforts have begun to help Houston area flood victims, including one led by Texans star JJ Watt (he donated $100,000 to get it started. He hopes to raise $500k for flood victims.
Study Finds On-Demand Listening Skews More Female And Younger Than AM/FM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 – On-demand audio -- portions of AM/FM shows that are repurposed for post consumption via online platforms -- are growing in popularity, but the question is, who’s listening? Westwood One collaborated with Nielsen on a custom study using the Nielsen Total Audience measurement framework to measure the audiences for local on-demand content from the Cumulus Media owned-and-operated stations, as well as national on-demand content from Westwood One shows. The findings were surprising.
“It’s hard to believe, but this is the first ever study of the demographic profile of on-demand radio content,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Our biggest learning is that on-demand content skews more female than AM/FM radio content across all genres. This is an incredible insight for brands and content creators, as it opens up new opportunities to connect with women.”
Nielsen provided demographic estimates for Westwood One on-demand audio content consumed on their properties leveraging their Nielsen Total Audience measurement framework. Seventy-five on-demand programs over three genres – News/Talk, Sports, and Entertainment --were examined and measured via listening on the audioBoom content platform. The on-demand content originally aired on Cumulus Media radio stations or via Westwood One’s nationwide radio network. Programs included Westwood One’s The Mark Levin Show, NBC Sports Radio’s Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio, WNNX/Atlanta’s Bailey and Southside, KRBE/Houston’s The Roula & Ryan Show, KABC/Los Angeles’ Dr. Drew Midday Live, and more. SEE MORE HERE
iHeart Debuts ALT 102.3 Portland, Ore.
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia Portland announced the debut of the new Alt 102.3, Portland’s New Alternative, effective immediately. And you can chalk up another affiliate for The Woody Show as it takes over mornings. “We’re excited to be able to bring The Woody Show and the best in Alternative music to the fans in Portland,” said Ben Marcotte, Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Alt 102.3. “Portland has an avid Alternative Rock fan base and The Woody Show has built an incredibly compelling and entertaining brand that we can’t wait to share with our listeners.”
“Returning to Portland is a homecoming of sorts for me,” shared Woody. “I was unceremoniously fired in 1997, but thanks to the folks at the new ALT 102.3, I now have the opportunity to return and reaffirm that decision.” iHeartMedia Portland iHeartMedia Portland owns and operates KKCW-FM, KKRZ-FM, KLTH-FM, KXJM-FM, KFBW-FM, KEX-AM, KPOJ-AM, KFBW-HD, KKRZ-HD, and is part of iHeartMedia.
PROGRAMMING: Brian Scott Named Assistant OM For Cumulus' Peoria Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Brian Scott as Assistant Operations Manager for NASH FM 97.3/WFYR and 92.3 FM/WZPW in Peoria, IL. Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in radio, and has programmed stations in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Mobile, AL; and the Quad Cities. His appointment is effective Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Joe Cook, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Peoria, said: “Brian Scott is a true radio professional and a great leader who brings considerable expertise, energy and enthusiasm to Radio Peoria.
Scott said: “I’m truly excited to be working with Joe Cook again, and with market veteran Matt Bahan.” Cumulus Media owns and operates Peoria radio stations: WVEL-AM/1140; WIXO-FM/105.7 FM; WGLO-FM/95.5; WFYR-FM/NASH FM 97.3; and WZPW-FM/92.3 FM.
NETWORKS: Betting Expert R.J. Bell Joins Fox Sports Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– FOX Sports Radio announced that R.J. Bell, Las Vegas sports-betting expert and founder/CEO of Pregame.com, will join the network’s lineup. Just in time for football season, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell will debut September 1, broadcasting Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight PT and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight PT, on more than 300 stations nationwide, as well as FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio and FOX Sports channel 83 on SiriusXM.
Bell and Las Vegas radio personality Steve Cofield, along with Pregame.com’s top analysts, will give listeners the true Vegas perspective on all the leading sports stories and the major games, including how breaking news and injury updates affect the odds. Bell will also feature numerous interviews with the biggest names each week, integrating the best mainstream insight into the Las Vegas conversation. Bell will continue to serve as a contributor to FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup, including The Herd with Colin Cowherd’s Blazing Five podcast, The JT “The Brick” Show with Tomm Looney, and Steve Gorman SPORTS. “We’re making history,” shared Bell. “This is the first Vegas sports show on a major national radio network. FOX Sports Radio understands that even those who don’t bet on sports want to know who the favorites and underdogs are - it’s not a ‘hot take’ when the opinion is backed by cold cash. Pregame is honored to break this ground and we’re ready to produce a show different than any other, a show worthy of the faith shown in us.”
105.9 The X Pittsburgh Extends With The Penquins
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia Pittsburgh’s 105.9 The X announced a multi-year extension to its broadcast agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins, effective through the 2020-21 NHL season. 105.9 The X, Radio Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will remain the official Pittsburgh Penguins flagship. NHL Hall of Famer Mike Lange and two time Stanley Cup Champion and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Bourque will provide play-by-play and live analysis of each game. The station will also broadcast the Penguins Radio Network Pregame Show, beginning an hour before each game, as well as the Penguins Radio Network Post-Game Show, following each game hosted by Josh Getzoff.
“I’m excited to continue our agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins through 2021 in what remains a mutually-beneficial relationship,” said Tim McAleer, President of iHeartMedia’s Pittsburgh Region. “iHeartMedia Pittsburgh will continue to bring the most comprehensive Penguins coverage that our community and fans can find.” The Pittsburgh Penguins’ games have aired on iHeartMedia stations since 1999 and exclusively on 105.9 The X since 2003.
GOLDSTEIN: Top Takeaways From Podcast Movement
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2017 –– Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein says, "Three years ago there were seven people from the radio business at Podcast Movement. That's not hyperbole. Along with public radio and hobbyists, there were only seven radio people. I was one of them. Three years later, it looks a lot different. A significant contingent from the radio business was at last week's conference, including several radio group heads. That says a lot about the rapid ascension of podcasting in general, and broadcasting specifically." As for the rest of the crowd, Goldstein says, "Sure, it's a YouTube video-centric generation, but most of Podcast Movement's 2,000 attendees are younger than a typical radio gathering and energized about audio storytelling and conversation.
The “Broadcaster Meets Podcaster” track assembled by Jacobs Media was packed. Seeing some radio group heads on hand was encouraging. It finally feels as though there is some traction, but commercial radio has a great deal of catching up to do. Among the top takeaways, included:
There is energy in new content ideas – The hallmark of podcasting is the innovative content and fresh ideas that come from fertile minds not bound by linear thinking and structure. -- Public Radio’s leadership is unmistakable – They continue to lead in content, sales and thinking. -- Teach – There is an openness and collegiality of sharing. -- Content creators are data-starved – It’s hard operating in the blind. At previous Podcast Movement conferences, there was little data to share or inform. This year Larry Rosin and Tom Webster of Edison Research headlined a keynote with well received podcast data. Goldstein adds, The Podcast Movement was once again inspiring and exhilarating. As Alex Blumberg said at last year's conference, "it's the second golden age of audio." It sure feels that way," says Goldstein.
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Beloved Radio/TV Star Jay Thomas Passes Away At 69
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– Jay Thomas, longtime radio host and TV actor, as passed away at 69 following his battle with cancer reported his agent and friend, Don Buchwald. Following radio stints in Charlotte, New York, LA, parlayed his talents into an impressive TV career with roles on 'Murphy Brown' from 1989-98, NBC's Cheers and more recently, a recurring role on Showtime's Ray Donovan. Returning to his radio roots, Thomas most recently aired on SiriusXM.
Along with his many accolades, Thomas will perhaps best be remembered his annual Christmas appearances on David Letterman's Show where he would recall his infamous story on meeting Clayton Moore, star of TV's The Lone Ranger during his days as a host on the legendary Big WAYS in Charlotte. As Letterman would quip, 'It was the only time of year the term 'Herbed Up' would be heard.' WATCH HERE
Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, but raised in New Orleans. From there he held radio jobs in Panama City, Knoxville, Nashville, Jacksonville and Charlotte. Thomas then moved to New York for mornings at 99X/WXLO-FM where he worked for then GM, Erica Farber. From there he got his start on TV in 1979 as Remo DaVinci on ABC's Mork & Mindy. He then returned to radio for mornings at Power 106. Farber tells Jockline, "At 99X in NY. He left us to go to Hollywood to be in the TV show Mork and Mindy. He was such a big talent and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I am truly heartbroken." In memory of Thomas' passing Art Vuolo prepared this special VIDEO TRIBUTE - WATCH HERE Thomas Photo/Alamy
SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Debuts On 104.1 The Edge Albuquerque
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s 104.1 The Edge, Albuquerque announced the addition of The Woody Show to the station’s weekday morning lineup beginning today, August 25. Concurrently, morning personality Baxter will transition to the 2 to 6 p.m. MT timeslot. The Woody Show features Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, The Woody Show is described by listeners as “authentic,” “raw," “unapologetic,” and “recess/happy hour on the radio.”
In 2016, the popular program was a NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist for “Major Market Personality of the Year,” and it was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in 2017. “Thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia Albuquerque for making this happen,” shared Woody. “Even though it’s clear to us that someone lost a bet, we are very excited to join the team at The Edge.”
Radio/TV Vet Josh Binswanger Returns To WBZ-AM Boston
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM announced Thursday that veteran television and radio anchor, Josh Binswanger, will be rejoining WBZ NewsRadio as a morning drive anchor beginning in early September 2017. Alongside WBZ’s Deb Lawler, Binswanger will deliver the morning’s news stories, weekdays from 5 AM to 10 AM, on one of the most widely known and top rated all-news stations in the country.
“This is a homecoming that’s a perfect fit for WBZ and for Josh,” said Peter Casey, WBZ Director of News & Programming, “He brings a wealth of local knowledge and national news experience, and needs no tutorial on how to pronounce Gloucester or Worcester.” “I look forward to digging into the daily process of providing great journalism on the radio every day,” added Binswanger. “In an era of news anytime anywhere I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of that on WBZ.” Josh began his career in broadcasting when he was 14 years old and never looked back. From 1990-1995 Josh was the host and a producer of WBZ’s Kid Company, a live weekly two-hour radio talk show for children ages 8-15. In 1993, Kid Company won a Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcasting.
DGital Media Rebrands As Cadence13
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– DGital Media has rebranded as Cadence13 and announced new programming and sales leadership team members, a brand integration division, an expanded studio footprint, and a new brand identity. The company, formerly known as DGital Media, continues to grow the team and operations to keep up with the rapid pace of on-demand audio programming and audience growth. Cadence13 recently added a roster of new leadership team members, including Bill Schultz, EVP of Content Development, Serena Kodila-Regan, SVP of Programming; Rich Boerner, SVP of Programming and Operations; Chris Colbert, VP of Programming; Richard Cooke, VP of Programming; and Dave Easton, VP of Audience and Business Development. In addition, Nick Freeman joined Cadence13 as EVP of Brand Partnerships.
“Our new brand identity, Cadence13, reflects our focus on the unique character of our company and our commitment to ensuring that we take a creative approach to making each show successful,” said Spencer Brown, CEO of Cadence13. “As our company continues to grow, our partners and the shows we publish are always our number one priority.” The company’s new web site can be found at www.cadence13.com.
CBS Airs An Inside Look At The Making Of Old Dominion's 'Happy Endings'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO’s 12 country stations will be offering listeners an opportunity to hear directly from the bandmates of Old Dominion about their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Happy Endings,” which drops today, August 25. KMPS-FM/Seattle Program Director, Kenny Jay, sat down with the band to talk about the inspiration for the album and little-known facts behind several songs. “Old Dominion has proven already to be a major force in country music and CBS RADIO is proud to be part of their much anticipated ‘Happy Endings’ album release which will be a huge event for the country radio format,” commented Tim Roberts, Vice President, Country Programming, CBS RADIO and Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO Detroit.
Debuting last night on KMPS and then across CBS RADIO’s country portfolio over the next few days, the 30-minute Impact special will uncover what the band was watching on TV when they wrote the lead single “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.” The band also debated if the song “So You Go” has a happy ending, what their favorite Fleetwood Mac songs are in “Not Everything’s About You,” recording “Stars in the City” with Little Big Town, and the desire to push their boundaries as a band with the album’s second single, “Written in the Sand.”
iHeart Teams With Snapchat For Lorde Ticket Giveaway
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– iHeart launched a social contest this week using Snap Map to give away tickets to the “iHeartRadio Secret Sessions By AT&T ft. Lorde." This marks one of the first times a brand has used Snapchat in a fun contest like this! Now through August 27, they're giving away a pair of tickets per day to the intimate live performance on August 29 at a secret location in LA. Local fans can enter by finding iHeartRadio on Snap Map, represented by one of iHeartRadio’s Los Angeles on-air personalities’ Bitmojis (102.7 KIIS FM’s Tanya Rad and Freddy Rivera and ALT 98.7’s Harms).
iHeartRadio was one of the first brands to sign on to Snapchat’s Discover platform back in 2015; this year they were the first to announce 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards winners through artists’ Snapchat acceptance speeches; and now we’re the first brand to launch a social contest using Snap Map on Snapchat.
Ford’s Scott Burnell Featured As Keynote For Beasley Group's Annual Meeting
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– Ford Motor Company’s Scott Burnell, Global Lead for Business Development and Partner Management, discussed the company’s impact on the future of autonomous vehicles and radio’s future in cars during the 2017 Beasley Media Group Managers Meeting on Thursday, August 24th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida.
“Scott provided an incredible wealth of insight and knowledge with our team regarding the future of where the auto industry is headed and radio’s place in that space,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley (shown with Burnell). “It was incredibly valuable and underscored our continued commitment to innovation as a company.” (Featured L to R): Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley with Ford Motor Company’s Scott Burnell.
[LISTEN] The Arch St. Louis' Morning Co-Host Cassiday Proctor Reveals 'Big News'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 –– On The Arch St. Louis' Spencer's Neighborhood show yesterday, co-host Cassiday Proctor led Spencer and Brando (shown above) through a three envelope game to guess which scenario was the true statement. After reading the three scenarios aloud on-air, Cassiday revealed through a process of elimination that the third one - that she and her husband were expecting a baby in March 2018 - cheers from the audience ensued, plus a few tears.
Fans of the show can also keep up with Cassiday's pregnancy updates online at www.1065thearch.com or via the show's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spencersneighborhood/ LISTEN HERE as Cassiday breaks the news.
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Jesse Kage Takes PM Drive & APD Duties At WNNX FM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Jesse Kage as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Personality for WNNX-FM/Rock 100.5, Atlanta’s Rock Station. Kage, longtime PM Drive host for WXTB-FM/98Rock in Tampa, was most recently PM Drive host at WBRN-FM in Tampa. Kage will debut on Rock 100.5 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Greg Ausham, WNNX Program Director said: “This is a huge step for WNNX. We searched for the right replacement for the Rock 100.5’s afternoon show and Jesse showed us the personality and enthusiasm that we needed to keep our momentum going.” Kage said: "I'm incredibly jacked to get the opportunity to be at Rock 100.5! Atlanta has always been one of my favorite cities to visit and I'm looking forward to living and working with the amazingly talented people already in place. Thanks to Mike McVay, Sean Shannon and Greg Ausham for believing in my brand and bringing me into the family."
PROGRAMMING: Chuck 'DZL' Thompson Returns To The End Charlotte As PD/PM Drive;Natalia Soniak Adds WPTE/Norfolk PD Duties
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte announced that Chuck “DZL” Thompson (FL) has been named Program Director and Afternoon Host for 106.5 The END, Charlotte’s New Rock Alternative, effective immediately. DZL will host weekdays from 3-7 p.m. DZL most recently served as Program Director and Midday Host for XL102 in Richmond, VA. He also previously served 8 years as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 106.5 The END. “I love the Queen City and to have the opportunity to continue to help grow our iHeartMedia brands in my honorary hometown has me beaming,” said DZL.
Entercom Norfolk announced that WNVZ-FM/Z104 PD, Natalia Soniak (L) will take over PD reins at WPTE-FM 94.9 The Point in addition to her current programming duties for Z104. "Natalia is one of our great leaders and talents, and we are delighted that she will be taking on the extra responsibilities of the 94.9 The Point," said Bennett Zier, Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Norfolk. "Entercom Norfolk is one of Entercom's great radio clusters and I am delighted to be taking on WPTE and working with such a great team," said Natalia Soniak.
MIW Group Names KDEC Station Mgr. & Morning Host Jeni Grouws Its 2017 Rising Star
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– In 2016, the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced an alliance with Marketron to establish the “MIW Rising Star Award.” Named in honor and memory of the late Renée Roth, Marketron’s long-time Rising Through the Rank’s 2017 class was held August 16-17 at BMI’s Nashville offices, where Decorah Broadcasting, Inc. KDEC Radio Station Manager and Morning Show Host Jeni Grouws was recognized as the 2017 MIW Rising Star.
“The MIW Group was created to nurture leadership and management skills in the next generation of female radio professionals; Rising Through the Ranks represents the essence of this mission,” said MIW Spokeswoman and Mesnik Group President Denyse Mesnik (R). “Marketron’s generous support enables us to recognize one participant as the MIW Rising Star and underwrite their attendance at the upcoming 2017 Radio Show in Austin. Grouws added, "What a thrilling and humbling moment it was to be presented with the MIW's Rising Star Award! Women and men in this industry have worked together to make radio a place where anyone with the interest and the commitment can not only find a job, but also find a fulfilling and incredibly rewarding career -- On a personal note, as the mother of three incredibly talented, nerdy (their word!) and fun teenage girls, I can't tell you how proud I was to show them this award."
Amazon Echo’s Alexa To Guest Host BEN FM/Philly This Friday
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2107 –– Beasley Media Group announces as part of the launch of the new 95.7 BEN FM skill on Amazon Echo, “Alexa” will guest host on the station this Friday, August 25th, from 2pm to 6pm in Philadelphia. “The Alexa Show on 95.7 BEN FM” will present a great variety of music on the station in a way that only she can do! In addition, Alexa will giveaway Amazon Echo Dots during her on-air shift.
“Beasley is rolling out Alexa Skills for all of our stations nationwide and this is a creative example of how we are promoting it to our audience on BEN FM,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “We’re very excited about the 95.7 BEN FM Skill going live on Amazon Echo,” said BEN FM Program Director Chuck Damico. “We thought having “Alexa” do an air shift and give away some Amazon Echo Dots is a really fun way to help launch the BEN FM skill and introduce it to our audience.” Beasley Media Group recently partnered with SonicAi to make it easier for its listeners to play its radio stations’ streams and access on-demand content at home and at-work with innovative multi-command skills for Amazon Echo smart speaker systems across most of the company’s 63 stations over the upcoming months.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gen Media Hires Lauren Boyle; Lauren Welch Promoted
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– Gen Media Partners has hired sales marketing pro Lauren Boyle (FL) to will lead the Dallas office as Vice President and Director of Sales. In addition, Lauren Welch (L) has been promoted to Account Executive, also based in the Dallas office. In making the announcements, Chief Executive Officer of Gen Media Partners, Kevin Garrity, observed, “Transactional avails no longer move our business. A top marketer like Lauren (Boyle) knows how to integrate radio’s local attributes with the needs of national advertisers to drive revenue for our client stations. I am delighted to welcome her to our team.”
Garrity continued, “Lauren (Welch) has built relationships with some of our agency partners in the Dallas market. She has proven herself to be an asset and possesses all the necessary skills to be successful in an Account Executive role. I am pleased to reward her talent." With 20 years of broadcast ad sales experience across local, national, General Market and Hispanic broadcasting, Boyle is an expert in segment marketing and an authority on bi-lingual and multicultural marketing." Welch moves into her new role following two years as a Sales Support Coordinator at Gen Media Partners’ Dallas office. Prior to that, she was a Sales Assistant at Katz Media.
ESPN Host Arrested After Being Found Naked In Stranger's Condo (Report)
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– Popular ESPN host Ryen Russillo was arrested in Jackson, Wyoming on Wednesday for criminal trespassing after he allegedly wandered into a stranger’s condo drunk and naked reports Fox News. Police were called to the scene where they reportedly found Russillo, host of “The Russillo Show” on ESPN Radio, in a bedroom around 3:30 a.m. A condo resident told police he heard someone enter his home, but assumed it was a family member until Russillo reportedly walked in the bedroom. Police discovered Russillo, lying on a bed naked except for his pants around his ankles," according to an affidavit.
Russillo appeared to be intoxicated and couldn’t coherently answer questions about his situation, Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz told the news outlet. There appeared to be no signs of forced entry. He was charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of a $750 fine. Russillo was apparently on vacation in the area.
94WIP Philadelphia Announces 'Voice Of The Fan' 76ers Coverage For Next Season
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 20-17 –- SportsRadio 94WIP Philly has announced coverage of the 2017-18 Philadelphia 76ers season to reflect that mission. The voices, writers, and outlets that got people through the last four years of “The Process” will take fans through this year’s season with the addition of Derek Bodner as an on-air contributor, a new content partnership with Liberty Ballers, and the new show “Rights to Ricky Sanchez” Radio featuring the hosts of the popular podcast.
94WIP will not broadcast 76ers games. 94WIP Program Director Spike Eskin said, “With the Sixers ready to take the next step on the court, we’re proud that WIP is taking the next step in covering the team. With Jon Marks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Liberty Ballers, and Rights To Ricky Sanchez Radio as a complement to our air staff, we’re offering Philly fans a new and exciting outlet to engage around one of their favorite teams.” WIP’s coverage of the team starts with “The Process Pregame Show,” led by Jon Marks, prior to the start of every game (when not preempted by Eagles or NFL Football). 94WIP is not a radio partner of the Philadelphia 76ers and will not broadcast games. All coverage, commentary and reporting will occur outside of actual games and is intended solely as supplemental content.
CBS Radio's Bill Reiter & Scott Ferrall To Air Live From Las Vegas Ahead Of Mayweather McGregor Fight
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2017 –– CBS Sports Radio hosts Bill Reiter and Scott Ferrall will broadcast live this week from Radio Row in Las Vegas prior to the highly anticipated fight between professional boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather, and current UFC Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.
“Reiter Than You,” hosted by Bill Reiter, will air this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from Las Vegas, 6:00-10:00 PM, ET. “Ferrall on the Bench,” hosted by Scott Ferrall, will air on Thursday and Friday from Las Vegas, 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM, ET. Special guests will be featured throughout the shows, including UFC Lightweight Fighter, Kevin Lee, former UFC Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, and rapper and actor, Ice Cube.
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BBC Commentator Remains On Air Following 'Unacceptable' Racial Comment
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2107 –– The BBC says Geoffrey Boycott will remain part of the Test Match Special commentary team, after apologizing for an ‘unacceptable’ comment during a cricket event. The former England player was reported to have made comments during a Q&A in Birmingham at the weekend that he was more likely to be knighted if he had a black face, in reference to the number of West Indies cricketers who have been given the honor.
Ivan Yates Returns To Dublin Airwaves In Ireland - Ivan Yates is returning to a full-time show on Newstalk as he takes over the Drivetime show from September 4th 2017. Ivan left the station’s breakfast show to go travelling with his wife in July 2016 but returned for a weekly show in April. Current afternoon drive presenters Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney are in discussions with management about alternative roles within the Communicorp Group.
Legendary Australian Radio Broadcaster Gary O’Callaghan Has Died - Gary has passed away at the age of 83. He was a staple on Sydney’s 2UE from 1956 to 2003, pioneering the breakfast format and winning countless awards and radio surveys. Well-known as his alter-ego Sammy Sparrow, O’Callaghan dominated breakfast radio in the 60s and 70s and at one stage managed to hold 46% of the overall audience.
Paddy McGuinness Gone From Radio In The UK - Paddy McGuinness will “take a break” from the Bauer City Network Show he hosts on weekends in Britain. Paddy will concentrate on TV projects instead of broadcasting across Northern England on Sundays. Paddy’s last show will be Sunday (27th August). Wes Butters will step into the 9-12 slot on Sunday mornings from 3rd September.
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Swift's New Album Revealed; OMG! A $758M Powerball Winner
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Rover Unveils Custom-Built Tour Bus To Serve As Mobile Radio/TV Studio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 -- Take a breath. You're about to turn pea-green with envy. For over a year, Rove, of the syndicated Rover's Morning Glory' Show, has teased something “BIG” was in the works. At 53,000 pounds, 13 feet tall and 45 feet long, “big” is certainly an apt description of Rolling Glory One, a custom-built tour bus that now serves as a mobile radio and television studio for show based in Cleveland at WMMS-FM. “As we expand our syndication footprint, I wanted a way to be able to visit and interact with fans around the country,” says Rover. “We don’t want to be a show that people think of as coming from another city, we want to broadcast from every city!” Rolling Glory One is completely self-contained. With both satellite uplink and bonded cell connections, the show can broadcast video and audio from any location in the United States.
The advanced technology onboard ensures programs produced on the road are of equal quality to those produced from the show’s main studios, based at iHeartRadio’s WMMS-FM in Cleveland, Ohio. “If we were just producing audio, it would have been a much easier project,” states Rover. “But with RMG-TV, it adds an insane level of complexity.” In addition to having seven onboard cameras, Rolling Glory One also integrates all the cameras from the show’s home studio, allowing any staff remaining in Cleveland during a road trip to seamlessly appear on screen. The bus includes four bunks, a master bedroom, two bathrooms and a shower, so show staff can be on the road for weeks at a time. The entire project was engineered by Rover himself. The tour bus was delivered pre-wired to Rover’s specifications, then he configured and installed all broadcast equipment over the course of four months. “We don’t travel with an engineer,” says Rover. “So it was important that I have a complete understanding of every system onboard Rolling Glory One in case we need to troubleshoot on the road.” Rolling Glory One’s next trip will be to Las Vegas for the iHeartRadio Music Festival September 22-23. PHOTO/courtesy of Rover
NIELSEN: More Than Half U.S. Households Are Home To Podcast Listeners
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 -- Nielsen has released its first “Nielsen Podcast Insights” report. After making the connection between podcast fans and their purchase behavior, there’s little doubt that podcasts, which have long been un-tethered from the iPod, are a media force to take note of. In fact, more than half of U.S. households are home to podcast fans—that’s more than 60 million homes. And while the reach of this up-and-coming medium grows, many marketers and advertisers have yet to see the connection between podcast engagement and consumer spending. Yes, podcast fans are voracious media consumers who are extremely committed to the programs they’re engaged with, but they’re also very influential at the check-out counter of their local stores and retail outlets.
Nielsen recently looked at the correlation between podcast tune-in and category spend by focusing on spending habits of podcast audiences across more than 300 key advertising categories. As the results of the study were too extensive to publish in a single report, highlights from the correlation between podcast audiences and three key categories (bottled water, baby food and beer) have been released in a new report that presents definitive insight. Among the three categories, bottled water has the greatest household penetration, as 104 million U.S. homes (84%) buy bottled water. Of the homes that buy bottled water, 51% are podcast listeners. Drilling down even further, almost 12 million are avid podcast fans. Avid podcast fans are those who consider themselves extremely interested in a certain genre of podcast. When we look at the amount of money these consumers spend on bottled water per year, we see that the podcast audience influences $2.8 billion in annual bottled water sales. More importantly, the avid podcast fan spends more per year on bottled water, making them a more desirable target for advertisers. SEE REPORT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chris Wegmann Named VP/MM For Entercom New Orleans
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Chris Wegmann as Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom New Orleans, overseeing WWL AM/FM, Magic 101.9 (WLMG-FM), 95.7 The Bayou (WKBU-FM), B97 (WEZB-FM), Hot 103.7 (WWWL-AM), and The New Orleans Saints Radio Network. Wegmann, a Louisiana native, is a radio veteran with 40 years of experience managing stations in markets including New Orleans, Austin, Pittsburgh, Houston and Atlanta. Prior to joining Entercom, Wegmann served as President of the Radio Division of Radio One.
“I am excited to have someone of Chris’s background joining Entercom in New Orleans,” said Michael Doyle, Regional President, Entercom. “He started his career in New Orleans, and is returning with an impressive resume of success in our industry.” Wegmann is a New Orleans native and began his career at WBOK–AM, an R&B station, later moving to WWIW-AM, Music of Your life, as General Manager. Wegmann also worked with Dick Oppenheimer’s Signature Broadcasting as General Manager of K98 KHFI-FM in both Austin and McAllen, Texas as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wegmann was Regional Vice-President for Gulf Star and Clear Channel, overseeing five markets including New Orleans. In 2001, Wegmann joined Cox Radio in Houston and subsequently was promoted to run the WSB flagship cluster in Atlanta, Georgia.
ON-AIR: Mick Dolan Joins The Lineup At Bud 94.1 Orlando
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 – Bud 94.1, Orlando’s King of Rock, which signed on the air July 13 to little fanfare but with lots of bravado, has announced their first air staff member, veteran Orlando rocker Mick Dolan (shown left) . Mick spent numerous years at Orlando’s legendary WDIZ, later at the even more legendary WJRR and then Smooth Jazz WLOQ. Mick joins Bud 94.1 from Salem Media Group.
Bud 94.1 self-described 'Chief of Stupidity and Brazen Catch Phrases,' Len Shackelford commented, “This is the first of many employment searches we’ll conduct for Bud 94.1 - King of Rock. Mick commented, 'Where else would I want to work but at the King of Rock? That’s a rhetorical question. You don’t need to answer. And besides, my car knows the way home". When asked what shift Mick would be working, Shackelford, as usual, seemed perplexed, and stopped petting his ferret. “I don’t know. Something. I’m not even sure if we have one of those long, tubular shaped things you talk into. A micro-chip? No, that’s not it. I guess I should know, being a radio professional.” Dolan began work at Bud 94.1 Monday, August 21st. Bud 94.1 is owned by JVC Broadcasting, is a leading independent, locally owned radio and events company with properties and event venues in Orlando, FL, Long Island, NY, Gainesville-Ocala, FL and West Palm Beach, FL.
BLOG: Are Meet & Greets Due For A Reset?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 –– In one of Fred Jacobs latest blogs "Rethinking The Meet & Greet,' he writes that the often symbiotic but sometimes awkward relationship between radio and records took a crazy turn earlier this month as superstar Taylor Swift and ex-DJ David Mueller sued – and counter-sued – one another in what became a high-profile trial. 'In the end,' Jacobs adds, "the case was really all about what became the most (in)famous meet & greet in the history of these often chaotic backstage events.For KYGO, it certainly was not a win." Jacobs then wondered about the actual value of such events..
"Record labels and artist managers have long used these events as perks for programmers (and other station personnel) to feel good about adding an artist’s records and supporting the concert tour. Obviously, in the case of Mueller vs. Swift (and Swift vs. Mueller), something went terribly wrong in Denver back in 2013. In thinking about why artists do meet & greets in the first place, and what radio truly gets out of them, perhaps a reset is necessary. READ BLOG HERE
Fresno Morning Host Gnarley Charley's Wife Passes Away A Month After They Were Married
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 –– Sandra Farris Cliff Fitzgerald, wife of Cumulus' KSKS/93.7 Kiss Country Fresno's Morning host Gnarley Charley, died Monday after a 20-month battle with colon cancer. Charley shared his wife’s passing on social media posting, “My wife Sandra Farris Cliff Fitzgerald passed away today. No more pain. We didn’t know we were making memories we were just having fun!!!”
According to the Fresno Bee, It was roughly a month ago that the couple had gotten married while Fitzgerald was in the hospital due to her deteriorating health. The couple had been together for a few years and was engaged the past two years. A gofundme.com page revealed that Fitzgerald was diagnosed with colon cancer back in January 2016. Charley appeared to react the news of his wife’s passing by posting on social media lyrics to the Garth Brooks song “The Dance.” “Looking back on the memory of The dance we shared beneath the stars above For a moment all the world was right. How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye - And now I'm glad I didn’t know - The way it all would end, the way it all would go - Our lives are better left to chance - I could have missed the pain - But I’d have to miss the dance.” PHOTOS/ Facebook - Charley's last updated profile photo at right.
SNAPS: Shotgun Tom Pays Tribute To Late Jerry Lewis; And Yes, Someone Did Walk Away With That 'Totally Used' Eclipse
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2017 –– Lamenting the loss of comedic great Jerry Lewis, radio's legendary Shotgun Tom writes, "In San Diego and Los Angeles I was one of the Television co-host's of the Labor Day MDA Telethon. We would join other Radio and TV Telethon hosts from around the country and would meet with Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas for Telethon meetings and promotion photos.
The photo at right was my MDA Telethon photo that was blown up and on display at every 7/11 store in 1974. All of us who worked with Jerry Lewis in Radio and Television owe Jerry a tremendous debt of Thanks for letting us help him raise money for Jerry's Kid's,' says Tom - PHOTO/courtesy of Shotgun Tom
-- Meanwhile, with regard to 106.5 The Arch St. Louis solar eclipse promotion, PD Scott Roddy tells Jockline, 'Spencers Neighborhood' outdid themselves with better event coverage than the moon. Listener Kelly from Waterloo won a brand new…a gently used…okay, a totally used 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse when Spencer’s Neighborhood broadcast live from Waterloo in the path of totality! That appears to be Kelly with arms raised behind the car. Morning hosts Spencer and Cassiday are shown in front.
The Arch played an exclusive soundtrack for the entire eclipse including "Moon Dance", "Walking on Sunshine", "Sunglasses at Night" and more! Chris Files shared photos with more than 10k social reach within 30 minutes of totality!
New Taylor Swift Music On The Way; Seinfeld In New TV Special
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NIELSEN: 37% Of Millennials Listening To Podcasts At Least Once A Day
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– Millennials are often the most stereotyped, yet coveted, group for marketers. The second-largest generation group in the U.S. has now “grown up,” and its consumers have disposable incomes. This provides a plethora of opportunities for advertisers and marketers who are so eager to reach them, as Millennials are highly engaged, using multiple platforms for many hours on a daily basis. In Volume II of Nielsen’s Millennials on Millenials report series, produced and researched by a team of Nielsen Millennial associates, they compiled data and insights about the lifestyles of their peers—who are often the first to recognize emerging trends, technologies and cultural phenomena.
So what drives Millennial media involvement when it comes to music streaming? Millenials are active listeners of music streaming services and are 21% more likely to frequently choose songs than to let the music play without making changes. They also access digital music more regularly than consumers 35 and older. While Millennials are active listeners, they’re 18% more likely to use multiple music apps on a monthly basis. In fact, nearly 60% of Millennials use two or more apps for streaming, compared with only 39% of consumers aged 35 and up.
Millennials Using Multiple Apps for Streaming Podcasts are also popular, and Millennials are no slouch when it comes to their listening habits. Thirty-seven percent of Millennials reported listening to podcasts at least once a week, which encompasses daily use. Additionally, persons 18-34 are almost three times more likely to listen to podcasts daily. For additional information about our Millennials on Millennials series, click HERE
PROGRAMMING: Gene Sandbloom To Exit KROQ
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– Following a 25-year run, KROQ OM Gene Sandbloom announced via Facebook that he would soon be leaving his longtime post as OM for an eventual move to France. "After 25 years at KROQ, I'll be leaving next week. It's been an amazing run, and throw in Music Director at KIIS-FM, A&R Director at MCA Records and Managing Editor of Network 40 Magazine, that's 35 years in the Music Biz in LA. It's time to move on. I'm off to the Sierras to solo backpack the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mount Whitney in September. Then a quick stop in Cuba before I head to France. I'll be picking up an off-road motorcycle when I land, and lots and lots of maps. I can't take up French residency until 2019, so next year I'll be traveling the world looking for my next job. Africa, Asia, Europe, or back here in the States - anything and everything is on the table."
In a staff memo, CBS Radio SVP/Programming Kevin Weatherly commented, "Gene's dedication, passion and tremendous work ethic will be sorely missed. He first came to KROQ as Music Director in 1992. He quickly rose to the position of Operations Manager and took on whatever challenge was thrown his way. He's made so many important contributions to the success of KROQ throughout the years and has always done it with a first-class attitude and approach."
Weatherly added, Please join me in thanking him for all his years of service, loyalty and devotion to KROQ. We wish him much success and happiness as he begins this new chapter." 2
Inc. 5000 Ranks The Mix Group As Fastest Growing Company In Radio
Company Ranks Number 1802 Out Of 5,000 Companies Named Across All industries
MIAMI, August 22, 2017 – The Mix Group’s three-year revenue growth of 215 percent caught the attention of Inc. 5000, which ranks them the #1 fastest growing company in the radio industry. The radio imaging production and voiceover company ranks #1802 out of 5,000 companies named across all industries. For more information on The Mix Group’s ranking and performance in this year’s Inc. 5000, CLICK HERE.
President of iHeartMedia Networks Group Darren Davis comments, “Our iHeart programmers rave about the quality and consistency that The Mix Group provides; a sound that wins and a team that goes above and beyond to get it done day in and day out. We’re honored to be such close partners with Jason (Garte) and his awesome team.” Founder/President of The Mix Group Jason Garte says, “It has been a tough and painful, yet powerfully rewarding journey growing this dream from a tiny concept back in 2003 into the gold standard for Imaging it has become today. I’m in the deepest of debts and forever thankful to the many personalities, programmers and executives in our stellar radio biz who took a chance in giving us a shot many moons ago and have continued that loyalty and connected bond every sweeper and promo since. Make no mistake, I know how we got here – it’s the duality of my hard working, ultra-talented team, a nd the love and trust from our treasured clients.”
Inc. Radio featured The Mix Group earlier this year. Host Alan Taylor commented on air, “Radio imaging is so important. The beautiful part is you become a partner with each and every one of these radio stations…this is relationship marketing at its best.” Listen to the full interview at Inc. Radio HERE
31 Recipients Complete 'Rising Through The Ranks' 10th Annual Training Program
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI) ®, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), announced completion of its tenth annual Rising Through the Ranks Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Thirty-one scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI Offices on August 16-17. Scholarships were courtesy of BMI. Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day seminar focused on the specific needs of women in radio management roles and worked to enhance their overall knowledge and skills.
The customized curriculum featured practical and real world applications that participants of the course can put to use in the workplace immediately. The topics included: The Role of Today's Radio Manager, Managing Up and Down, Having Difficult Conversations, Budgeting and Forecasting, Women in the Radio Workplace, Recruiting, Hiring, and Firing, Building Your Personal Brand, and Managing Multiple Generations. “This year’s graduates have left this two-day seminar with a renewed energy, creative management skills and a new found network of peers,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “These 31 women now have the necessary tools to lead the business and to inspire others.”
Bob Shannon Issues Updated Edition Of Turn It Up!
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– Author Bob Shannon radio career has taken him from Tehren to Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, and to the Pacific Northwest. He's been a disc jockey, a programmer, and a nationally known creative/marketing executive.
Turn it Up chronicles the lives of radio’s most notable personalities from 1946 – 1996. Over 50 influential personalities are featured including: Wolfman Jack, Dick Biondi, Larry Lujack, Rick Dees, Casey Kasem, Ruth Meyer, Alan Freed, Tom Joyner, Scott Shannon, Charlie Tuna, Gary Owens, Bill Mack, Art Roberts, Todd Wallace, Lee Abrams, Jack Armstrong, Bill Mack and many more.
Bob chose August 16th as the release date for a special reason. It’s was the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Elvis was special in Bob’s career–Bob was the one entrusted with letting the Dallas radio audience know about Elvis’ passing. Order HERE
NETWORKS: GLR Media Networks Teams With talkSPORT For Exclusive U.S. Hispanic Partnership
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– GLR Media Networks and international sports radio brand talkSPORT announce that they have launched an exclusive partnership for broadcast radio distribution and ad sales representation of the hugely popular English Premier League (EPL) in Spanish. As a result of the deal, which launched the 2017/18 EPL season with Manchester United hosting West Ham, followed by Tottenham vs. Chelsea this past weekend, the EPL is now available for the first time at scale to U.S. Hispanic radio stations, their listeners and advertisers.
“We’ve had a great response from radio stations that want to drive listener engagement with riveting live EPL action, world class players and dedicated programs,” said Jimmy Perez, Vice President of Affiliate Relations for GLR Media Networks. “EPL is a five-star soccer league and we are excited to bring affiliates and advertisers the opportunity to connect with passionate EPL fans.” “The team at GLR Media Networks is exactly what we wanted in a U.S. radio partner,” noted Jimmy Buckland, Director of International at talkSPORT."
YES HE DID! Watch MIX 94.9 Cincinnati's Sandy McIlree Skydive From 13,000 Feet
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– Following all the hoopla surrounding yesterday's total eclipse, we thought you'd enjoy this video of MIX 94.9's Skydive with The Sandy Show’s Big Eclipse Trip. Sandy was looking for listeners who wanted to see the eclipse from 13,000 feet aboard a StartSkydiving.com plane.
During yesterday's eclipse, Sandy did indeed take the leap and it's definitely worth watching. From the moment he and his rider jumped from the plane (inset top left), all the way to his safe landing (inset bottom right). And, of course, there's Sandy mid-flight making it look easy in the middle - NICELY DONE! WATCH HERE
Ellen K Posted 'Best Mix For The Eclipse'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2017 –– While we're at it, here's yet another look at how radio peeps made the most out of this week's eclipse, KOST FM LA's Ellen K was inspired to promote 'The Best Music Mix For Your Eclipse' - Graphic provided courtesy of Ellen K - created by Craig Rogers
Google May Be Building Smart Headphones Says Report
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Radio Rev's Up For First Total Solar Eclipse Visible In U.S. In 38 Years
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– Looks like a busy day on the radio for both those covering today's solar eclipse and others just making the most from the occasion, the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 38 years. Among the numerous eclipse events taking place around the country, here are a few worth noting. iHeart has created it's own 'Eclipse Party Radio.' Included is Channel 955’s Mojo In The Morning Show. Although Detroit will have about an 80% view, they'll mark the occasion by giving listeners a chance to win a brand new Mitsubishi Eclipse. In Chattanooga, TN, KISS FM listeners will hear exclusive interviews from Chattanooga Zoo’s animal caretakers about the animals’ eclipse reactions. Poughkeepsie, NY’s Q92 will hold a contest to see if listeners can guess how many times the station plays "Total Eclipse of the Heart." - Visit HERE for more details.
Over in Milwaukee, It's an Eclipse of 102.9 The Hog! (top center). When the eclipse hits Milwaukee at 11:53am, THE HOG will mark the moment with the reverence, awe, and historic respect it deserves by playing an iconic masterpiece from Milwaukee’s favorite sons – The Violent Femmes’ Blister In The Sun. And then we’ll play it again and again and again until Milwaukee reaches maximum darkness approximately 90 minutes later. The first listener that is able to sit through all of the plays of the song and is able to call in with the correct count of plays will win $1,000. See The Total Eclipse of THE HOG video at http://1029thehog.com/eclipse
Last week, Jockline told you about MIX 94.9's Skydive with The Sandy Show’s Big Eclipse Trip! Sandy has been looking for listeners who want to see the eclipse with us from 13,000 feet aboard a StartSkydiving.com plane. Then when the peak of the eclipse happens, you’ll leap from the plane and enjoy a once in a lifetime view of the solar eclipse while skydiving! No one’s going to have a better view than you!
If you want eye-witness coverage right from the path, ABC News Radio will provide live coverage anchored by ABC News correspondents Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston from New York. They will be joined by ABC News correspondent Alex Stone in the path of totality in Lincoln City, Oregon, ABC News correspondent Brad Mielke in the path of totality in St. Joseph, Missouri and retired NASA astronaut William McArthur, who is one of the few people to witness a total solar eclipse from space. ABC News Radio will provide live coverage of "The Great American Eclipse" from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET and will offer multiple status reports each hour.
Jimmy Barrett Joins 740 KTRH/Houston As Morning Co-Host; Alan Hahn Takes Over Evenings On ESPN New York's 98.7
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Houston’s Newsradio 740 KTRH announced that Jimmy Barrett will join Houston’s Morning News as the program’s new co-host effective Monday, September 11, 2017. Barrett will join Shara Fryer, Houston’s Morning News anchor from 5 - 8 a.m. on weekdays. Barrett joins Houston’s Morning News from Richmond, VA where he served as the morning host for iHeartMedia’s News Radio 1140 WRVA for 16 years. He’ll replace former KTRH morning host Matt Patrick who passed away in early July after a lengthy and heroic battle with cancer. “Jimmy has a big voice, a big heart and big shoes to fill,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “It’s impossible for anyone to replace Matt Patrick and we all know that. I think Matt’s audience will embrace Jimmy as we move forward from what has been a very difficult time.”
-- Alan Hahn will begin hosting evenings on ESPN New York 98.7FM starting today, Aug. 21. Dave Rothenberg to Become New Co-Host of Humpty & Canty Beginning Monday, Aug. 21, ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Alan Hahn will host The Alan Hahn Show – weekdays 7- 10 p.m. ET. The re-named Humpty & Canty will continue to be hosted by Rick DiPietro and Chris Canty alongside new co-host Dave Rothenberg. Rothenberg, who has hosted The Dave Rothenberg Show weekday evenings, will join Humpty & Canty Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Saturday edition of The Dave Rothenberg Show will continue from 9 a.m. – noon.
Christie Drops Out Of Contention For NYC WFAN Job; Rude Exits The Fan Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– Gov. Chris Christie has pulled himself out of contention as a sports radio host on WFAN NYC, he said Sunday. This was in response to a NY Daily News report that he had been informed he was no longer in contention for a job currently held by Mike Francesa who will leave at the end of the year. According to USA Today Christie called the story "completely incorrect." Christie, who leaves office next year, has been a regular fill-in to co-host the morning "Boomer and Carton" show in recent years, but he began to audition this summer in the afternoon slot as one of a handful of candidates known to be in contention to succeed Francesa. Christie said in a statement issued by his spokesman on Sunday that he was approached by WFAN three weeks ago to do additional shows with other potential co-hosts. "After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows. Christie added, he would be happy to continue to fill in for Boomer when asked and when available.
-- Atlanta Sports Talk 680 and 93.7/The Fan has decided to part ways with Christopher Rude after 15 years as the morning host reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini will remain with a new name to be unveiled next month, according to David Dickey, who runs the station. The show for many years was called the Rude Awakening, even after Dimino and Cellini joined the show following their departures from the now defunct 790/The Zone. “I did not renew his contract,” Dickey texted Ho. “Chris [Rude] did a great job for us and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner New Head Of HR For CMG
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner as its new Senior VP & Chief HR Officer, beginning Sept. 11. She succeeds Karen Bennett, who was named as Cox Communications’ new Executive VP & Chief HR Officer last month. “Mary Ellen is a proven Cox leader, with over 20 years in the Automotive business, and she brings with her a strong understanding of our Cox values, most importantly that our employees are truly our most valuable resource,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie. “Cox is a special company that develops its people internally. This fosters an environment where we can promote our most talented leaders from within.”
"I am thrilled to join Cox Media Group and to work alongside Kim Guthrie and the respected CMG leadership team,” Marcilliat-Falkner. “As a long-time Cox employee, I have always admired our award-winning media brands and the unprecedented connection those businesses have with their communities and their customers.” She added, “I look forward to helping the company win with its people in this changing media landscape." At Cox Automotive and Manheim, Marcilliat-Falkner held roles of increasing responsibility in People Strategies and Finance.
Jacobs Media And Public Radio Group Team For Millennial Research Project
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– The Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD) released the findings of the Millennial Research Project (MRP) at this year’s PRPD Content Conference in Washington, DC. The PRPD conducted the project with Jacobs Media. Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media, noted the MRP is a unique ethnographic look at a key segment of the audience: “We immersed ourselves into the lives of a dozen Millennial public radio listeners. We spent a full day with each of them, from the time they woke up, through their workday, and back at home, observing their media and lifestyle activities. This project speaks volumes about media, journalism, politics, and the perceptions of Millennials. . The MRP was in the field from August 2016-February 2017. The research subjects were spread over ten different markets (St. Louis, Phoenix, Austin, New York City, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, and Charlotte). The key findings include:
There is no Millennial archetype – As with all groups, facile generalizations are dangerous and the study found that to be no less the case for this massive cohort.
Public radio is loved, but expectations are high – MRP participants are consuming a great deal of public radio and value the current aesthetic, but are also looking for a more direct and incisive style of journalism.
News access declines during the day and they’re OK with bite-sized packages – In the smartphone-dominated lives of these participants, the leading edge of news consumption shifts to social media as the day progresses and, with it, a willingness to track the key stories in smaller packages.
Podcasts are important and will grow in importance – Media choice, variety and control are central themes in these cohort’s lives so it is to be expected that podcasts are a highly attractive option. Public radio that is diverse and locally rooted is highly valued – MRP participants, and Millennials, in general, are an extremely diverse, locally engaged group and expect the same from their public radio station.
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NuVoodoo & Amplifi Media To Co-Present 9,000 Millennial Podcast Study During Anaheim Event
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– Steve Goldstein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amplifi Media, and Leigh Jacobs (R), Executive Vice President, Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services, will present these new research findings, along with insights and video highlights of dozens of one-on-one interviews of Millennial podcast listeners at the Anaheim Marriott on Thursday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m. during the Podcast Movement annual event.
Amplifi Media and NuVoodoo Media Services will show results from primary quantitative – and video from the qualitative – research and share insights including: What podcasts they listen to; · Which devices they use; · Which apps they use; · Whether they download and listen later or “stream” right away; · Number of podcasts they listen to each week; · Whether they listen all the way through podcasts; · How they find new podcasts; · What they think about the ads in podcasts; · Where they listen to podcasts.
EVENT: Eric & Kathy Kids Event Delivers $1,001,556 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 – 101.9fm THE MIX/WTMX Chicago raised $1,001,556 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago during its 18th annual fundraising efforts. In celebration of their eighteenth year of raising money for the children and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, MIX Morning Show host Eric Ferguson along with Melissa McGurren and Whip hosted an unprecedented five-day movement, Eric & Kathy’s Kids for Lurie Children’s that aired the week of August 14, 2017. They capped off the week with a live broadcast and check presentation in the Crown Sky Garden on the 11th floor of Lurie Children’s.
Famed Comedian, Actor & Telethon Host Jerry Lewis Passes Away At 91
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– Publicist Candi Cazau revealed that Lewis died Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side. Lewis dealt with many health issues over the years, including type 1 diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis and a chronic lung disease. “I’ve worked under the most painful conditions any man has ever felt in his life,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014. “But when I walk out on that stage, the pain goes away.” (read more below in Popline).
Known for his slapstick routines, Lewis became an undeniable force after teaming up with Dean Martin in 1946. Lewis later starred in more than 50 films with iconic rolls in “The Nutty Professor,” “The King of Comedy, “The Bellboy” and more. To millions, Lewis was known as the emcee of the “Muscular Dystrophy Telethon” for decades. Through his fundraising efforts, he raised nearly $2.5 billion by the late 2000’s. With 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for TV and another for film, and a lifetime achievement award given by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the comedian will continue to make the world laugh for years to come. Today, we remember Jerry Lewis. (clip)
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Radio Great Kevin Fennessy Passes Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2017 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of radio great, Kevin Fennessy, who passed away this weekend. Kevin's brother, Richard P. Fennessy, posted on Facebook earlier in the week, "I was afraid this bad news was coming. Kevin contacted me last weekend after I sent him a card in the hospital and we chatted the day before his final illness. This, a blessing to me. It was a privilege to know and be mentored by Smilin' Irish Kevin Fennessy. A talented and hard working broadcaster with many years of service to his communities. A loss long to be felt."
His friend Jeff Katz wrote: "He was one of the mast naturally gifted and talented broadcasters who ever lived. In fact the Fennessy family has given us some incredible talents including Richard P. Fennessy and Ed Fennessy. I was in awe listening to Kevin when he was on the air in (WFIL) Philadelphia and was amazed when I finally got to work with him years later in Atlantic City - May his memory always be a blessing. Following past stints in Baltimore, Philadelphia & Buffalo, Fennessy most recently lived in Florida where he worked in sales.
Friends, Fans Mourn Deaths Of Jerry Lewis & Dick Gregory
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Kathy Hart Breaks Silence; Says ‘I Fully Intend To Be Back On The Air’
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 –– With nary a word in nearly 4 months, Kathy Hart, one-half of the top-rated Eric and Kathy Show on WTMX/Chicago, finally broke her self-imposed silence and thanked those who have supported her during her long absence. According the Chicago media blogger Robert Feder who has covered the story closely says Hart’s contract is up in December, and Hubbard lawyers are in talks with Hart’s agent, Steve Mandell, on resolving the matter. The show continues to draw top ratings with host Eric Ferguson and a cast that includes Melissa McGurren, Brian “Whip” Paruch, John Swanson and Cynthia DeNicolo (shown L-R)
Feder says during her absence she had not communicated with Ferguson, their co-workers or listeners, nor had she responded to requests for comment from the media. In a three-paragraph statement she emailed Thursday, Hart acknowledged that her long silence was “uncharacteristic,” adding: “I trust from the many years of our connection, you will support and respect the personal nature of why I have been off the air. . . . I have always considered The Mix and our listeners as family, and want to express my infinite gratitude to everyone who has reached out to me personally and supported me publicly.” Feder says her absence has been especially notable this week during “Eric & Kathy’s Kids,” the 18th annual radiothon to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. “It has been challenging, mentally and physically, to be away for this long, especially on days like Friday for the live broadcast from Lurie Children’s for ‘Eric & Kathy’s Kids,’” she said. PHOTO/ekkids.org
KLAQ El Paso's Buzz Adams Off The Air Indefinitely After Motorcycle Wreck
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 –– Popular KLAQ-95.5 El Paso morning host Buzz Adams won't be back on the air for awhile as he recovers from serious, but not life-threatening injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening. KLAQ issued the following statement below:
Wednesday evening (Aug. 16), Buzz Adams, host of the popular Buzz Adams Morning Show, was involved in an accident on a motorized bicycle. Buzz suffered serious, but not life-threatening, facial injuries. The necessary repair and recovery period will keep Buzz off the air indefinitely. In the meantime, the Buzz Adams Morning Show will feature some golden moments from recent shows. The remaining show cast, Lisa Sanchez, Brandon Coates, Joanna Barba, along with the various cast of characters who regularly appear on the show, will supply the audience with the latest, news, Rock News, Hollywood Buzz, and the usual shenanigans. We wish Buzz a speedy recovery and you can expect regular updates while the world awaits his return sometime in the not too distant future.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Keith Hotchkiss President North Ohio Region
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Keith Hotchkiss has been named Region President for North Ohio, effective immediately. As Region President, Hotchkiss will be responsible for iHeartMedia’s business in the region, which includes the Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Lima, Ashland, Mansfield, Marion and Defiance markets. He will report to Tom McConnell, President of the Midwest/Southeast Division for iHeartMedia.
Hotchkiss joins the region from iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region, where he most recently served as Regional Senior Vice President of Sales. He began his career at iHeartMedia Cleveland, where he spent 15 years working as an Account Executive and later General Sales Manager at WMMS-FM and WAKS-FM. In 2014, Hotchkiss joined iHeartMedia Charlotte as Director of Sales and was promoted to Market President the next year. He is a graduate of Ohio University. “My first job in radio was as an intern at WMMS-FM in Cleveland more than 20 years ago, so the Cleveland market and I have a long history,” Hotchkiss said. “I’m looking forward to serving the communities in the North Ohio region, and to working closely with our advertising partners to help grow their businesses.”
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Taps Chris Clare As Program Director for WNNF/NASH FM 94.1 Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Chris Clare as Program Director for WNNF/NASH-FM 94.1 in Cincinnati, OH. Clare leaves 99.9 The Wolf/WTHT-FM in Portland, ME, where he was Program Director, for his second stop in Cincinnati, having previously been on-air at Star 96.5/WFTK-FM. He’s also programmed and worked at stations in markets including: Indianapolis, Denver, New Orleans and Pensacola. Keith Mitchell, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Cincinnati, said: “The team here in Cincinnati is excited for Chris’ arrival in September and the wealth of country experience and enthusiasm he brings to NASH-FM.” Mitchell added: “Knowing Chris is an avid runner, the NASH team will be rooting for him when he runs the Flying Pig marathon!”
Clare said: “I want to thank Mike McVay, Charlie Cook, Dave Crowl and Keith Mitchell for this opportunity. I look forward to working with them to achieve the goals that have been set for WNNF. I also want to thank Lee Kinberg, Massimo Rossati, Mark White and Stan Bennett at Binnie Media for everything they've done. Now, I have to remember how I like my chili!?”
ON-AIR: Miguel 'Mijo' Irizarry Joins Power 96 Miami Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry will join the air staff of CBS RADIO’s Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami beginning Monday, August 28. He will host weeknights from 7:00 PM to Midnight. The announcement was made by Rob Morris, VP/Programming, CBS RADIO Miami and PD of Power 96. Mijo replaces Ivy “Unleashed” who was elevated to afternoon drive host, Monday-Friday, 2:00-7:00 PM, last month.
Mijo commented, “Excited doesn’t begin to justify the feeling of joining such an incredible team at CBS RADIO Miami and Power 96. Mil gracias to Rob and Will Calder [Power 96 APD/MD] for allowing me to become the newest member of such a super talented group!” “We searched the country far and wide to find the perfect fit to continue the Power 96 Miami legacy!,” added Morris. “We can’t wait to get Mijo down here, on the air, in the streets and under the palm trees!” Mijo joins Power 96 from Hot 104.7 where he hosted afternoons and also served as the station’s music director, imaging director, including web graphics, and mix show coordinator. Prior to that, he was with Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia where he hosted nights. He began his radio career at Hot 106.3 in Providence in 2010.
HONORS: Entercom Named A Finalist For Prestigious 2017 Acquia Engage Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced it has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Acquia Engage Awards in the Media and Entertainment category. The Acquia Engage Awards recognize the amazing sites and digital experiences that organizations are building with the Acquia Platform. The winners will be announced at the Acquia Engage event in Boston on October 16-18, 2017. In 2016, Entercom began the process of building a digital platform, “Frequency,” to provide new websites and functionality for all its radio stations. The result has been a new face of digital for the local brands while providing a state of the art content management system.
“This recognition is exciting for Entercom and especially the Digital Services team that works tirelessly to provide a modern day CMS,” said Amy Van Hook, Director of Digital Operations, Entercom. “Our goal was to have a best-in-class platform to inspire our content contributors to create more content and a front-end experience to engage with our fans” More than 200 submissions were received from Acquia customers and partners, from which 80 were selected as finalists. Nominations that demonstrated an advanced level of visual design, functionality, integration and overall experience have advanced to the finalist round, where an outside panel of experts will select the winning projects.
Sun Broadcast Group Tops 500,000 Mark With Shazams
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group headed by Jason Bailey (R) has hit a milestone of 500,000 Shazams on their exclusive Shazam for Radio platform over the past 12 months. These half million Shazams translate to 700+ experiences, 200 markets, and roughly 10 million impressions outside of the Shazam app itself. Over the last 12 months, Sun has seen incredible results with Shazam for Radio. A half million Shazams, a 90% unique user base, and close to 2 minutes time spent within an experience.
Compared to the average US user, the Shazam for Radio user is significantly more engaged. Shazam for Radio user clicks through to YouTube 202% more, streaming 182% more, sharing 437% more, buying 279% more and interacting with other content 485% more than the average US user. Not only can Shazam for Radio track individual listener behaviors, but it gathers additional key data points across all media outlets to build unique profiles on each user such as music, TV, and movie interests. The Shazam for Radio service is currently widely available to over 1,000 stations across multiple groups such as Alpha Media, Beasley Broadcasting, Hubbard Communications, Cumulus, and CBS in addition to syndicated shows including The Hit List with Fitz, The Fitz Show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Slacker and Steve. For more information on Shazam For Radio, contact Danno Wolkoff at Envision Networks. (216) 831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
[LISTEN] Howard Stern Hijacks Beth Stern's Call Into Scott Shannon Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– Looks like WCBS-FM New York's Scott Shannon's latest ratings has drawn the attention of most everyone, even the King of All Media, Howard Stern. During this morning's show, Stern's wife Beth | https://www.instagram.com/bethostern/?hl=en | rang into the show to wish her best to Shannon when Stern interrupted the call to offer his own congratulations to his longtime New York radio cohort - LISTEN HERE
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WABC Morning Co-Host Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Trump On Fox TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– Eboni K Williams, co-host with Curtis Sliwa on their 77 WABC New York Curtis & Eboni Show, tells Variety in an interview on Wednesday that her personal website, which usually receives an average of 10-15 emails after each segment, was inundated with over 150 emails, only three of which were anything other than “seething, scathing” takedowns. This comes after her appearance on Fox News where she aired her grievances with President Trump on “The Fox News Specialists.” In her “Eboni’s Docket” segment she criticized the President for failing to specify white nationalist groups in his condemnation of the violence that occurred at Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
Williams is now being escorted to and from the building when she arrives to work says Variety. Many of Williams’ critics took issue with their perception that she didn’t address the role of the counter-protesters in the violence that occurred at Charlottesville in her “Docket” speech. Eboni, who replaced Ron Kuby on WABC in June, began her radio career in Louisiana and later joined the FOX News Channel. She also served as a CBS News correspondent, HLN contributor and talk host for KFI AM640 Los Angeles.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Way Media Names John Scaggs President/CEO
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 – WAY Media has appointed John Scaggs as its new President & Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Bob Augsburg, who founded the organization 30 years ago with his wife, Felice. Augsburg is retiring from his day-to-day role to take the position of Founder/President Emeritus. Scaggs has previously held various roles such as Administrative VP/Engineering at Morningstar Radio Network and various technical sales roles for Wegener, Wide Orbit, Dalet, Harmonic, and most recently, Vice President at Encoding.com.
Scaggs commented, "Years ago, the board and the Augsburgs together mapped out a succession timeline and began praying about the successor. This included Bob and Felice, as the ministry founders, changing roles and moving back to Nashville to be close to family. We were blessed with a number of strong candidates to consider, and are thrilled to bring aboard a new leader with such a rich history both in the field of media and technology and with the organization."
PROGRAMMING: Bill Black And Theodore ‘Big Bink’ On The Rise At Radio One; Jay Dabhi Adds MD Duties At AMP NYC; Danni Bruns Rises To OM For Cumulus Memphis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– Radio One announces two promotions from within its Programming Department. Bill Black (TL), the current Operations Manager for Cleveland and Cincinnati picks up Columbus, giving him Ohio regional programming oversight of the urban powerhouse markets. And Theodore ‘Big Bink’ moves to Indianapolis as Operations Manager. Bill Black will be adding to his role as Operations Manager the Columbus cluster: Power 107.5 FM, Magic 95.5 FM, Joy 107.1 FM, and Boom 106.3 FM. Bill has had a stellar career in broadcasting. Beyond his midwest experience, he has worked at five radio stations in the southeast region including WXVI, WZHT, WXFE, WHXT, and WHTA Theodore ‘Big Bink’ Turner is moving from Radio One Columbus to Indianapolis as Operations Manager for 106.7 FM WTLC, AM 1310 The Light, Hot 96.3 FM and Boom 102.9 FM.
-- Jay Dabhi (R) has been promoted to music director at CBS RADIO’s 92.3 AMP Radio in New York. Jay also hosts the station’s weekday afternoon mix show and often broadcasts live on Saturday nights from the metro areas hottest nightclubs. Jay reports to both Jim Ryan, SVP of programming for CBS RADIO, based in New York, and Michael Martin, SVP of programming and music initiatives for CBS RADIO, based in San Francisco. Martin also has format oversight of the company’s 16 Top 40 stations.
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Danni Bruns, a native Memphian and 21-year industry veteran, to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus Media-Memphis’ four-station cluster. In her new role, Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She will continue to serve as Program Director of 98.1 The Max and will also continue to co-host 98.1 The Max’s Afternoon Drive show, Bruns said: "I want to thank Morgan Bohannon, John Dimick and Mike McVay, who really made this new opportunity a reality simply because they believed in me."
PODCAST: Jim Ballas Promoted To Executive Level At PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– PodcastOne has promoted Jim Ballas to Vice President, Technology and Operations, effective immediately. In Ballas’ expanded role, he will oversee network digital initiatives and sales operations, including the website, app, dynamic insertion, virtual reality and reporting metrics. Jim will report to CEO, Jim Berk. “Jim Ballas has been with PodcastOne since its earliest days, and his leadership in technology and sales operations has well-earned him a place on our executive team,” said PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz. “
Prior to joining PodcastOne, Ballas managed a sales operational team at radio syndicator, Premiere Networks. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Beasley Teams With Sonicai To Advance Listeners' Alexa Use
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 – Beasley Media Group announced the company is making it easier for listeners to play its radio stations’ streams and access on-demand content at home and at-work with innovative multi-command skills for Amazon Echo smart speaker systems. SonicAi, the partnership between mobile developer jācapps and Amplifi Media, is designing these skills in collaboration with the Beasley’s programming team. These skills represent more than just a way to play the station stream, highlighting specific station features. They will be heard across most of Beasley Media Group’s 63 stations over the upcoming months.
Beasley Media Group has enjoyed recent success with the launch of the Amazon Echo technology at WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, providing voice access to station content when Echo users simply say, “Alexa, open MMR”. After a welcome from station morning team Preston and Steve, users can listen to the station live, hear that day’s Preston and Steve podcast, or the popular “Bizarre Files” segment with just a simple voice command.
“Innovation in the smart speaker device space is critical for Beasley and our industry as a whole,” said Meyers. “I’m excited to be partnering with SonicAi to extend the reach of our brands across the company and open up new opportunities in this space.” “Beasley is a company that ‘gets it’ when it comes to digital,” stated jācapps Chief Operating Officer Bob Kernen.
Unidentified Man Arrested After Taking Woman Hostage At Dutch Radio Station
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– An unidentified man has been taken into custody after taking a woman hostage at a Dutch radio station. The man threatened a female employee of of 3FM Radio in Hilversum, southwest of Amsterdam. According to The Daily Mail, the woman was forced into the building where the man held her hostage. Early this morning the man was arrested and the woman attended to by paramedics
The incident follows the departure of DJ Giel Beelen, who announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the station after 19 years. The media park (shown)in Hilversum, home to many Dutch broadcasters, has been tightly guarded for years, since populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was gunned down in a car park there in 2002. PHOTO/twitter@niekfroma
--Manchester's Key 103 breakfast co-presenter Gemma Atkinson will be taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing With The Stars. Gemma is the first radio presenter to be announced for the show – joining former The Saturdays singer Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford. In previous years, BBC Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Heart presenter Mark Wright have all taken part in the BBC One show. Read more and see Gemma’s video HERE
AM Deathwatch UK; BBC Local Radio Dumps AM - Ten BBC local radio stations which simulcast on AM and FM will lose AM transmitter in January 2018. BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire will no longer be accessible on AM, BBC Radio Devon, Radio Lancashire and BBC Essex will reduce their number of frequencies. The BBC says it knows the changes will have an impact on some listeners but encourages them to listen on FM, DAB, Freeview or online instead.
'Radio Dead' Comes To iHeartRadio Australia - iHEARTRADIO AUSTRALIA has partnered with U.K. broadcaster STEVE PENK, to create the world’s first radio station that only plays music by artists who have died. Inspired by the music he loved, U.K. broadcaster PENK created and launched RADIO DEAD and now he has brought it exclusively to iHEARTRADIO across AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND.
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Benztown Makes 'Honor Role' Of Inc. 5000' For 5th Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2017 –– INC 5000 has named Benztown to its exclusive “Honor Roll” of Inc. 5000 companies, in recognition of its designation as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the fifth consecutive year, an exceptional feat. Fewer than one-tenth of all Inc. 5000 honorees ever achieve this milestone through a consistent high-growth trajectory that places them on the elite list for five years or more, putting Benztown in rarefied company.
Inc. magazine released its 2017 Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies today. Benztown increased sales 524% since the start of 2011, with sales increasing by 47% since 2013, placing it at number 4773 on this year’s list of Inc. 5000 companies. The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2013 and at least $2 million in 2016 to qualify for the listing. T
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, and longtime Benztown customer, said: “Benztown has been on Cumulus’ ‘Honor Roll’ of best-in-class providers of professional audio production tools and services for several years now, and for good reason: They consistently provide us with the highest quality audio products with exceptional customer service, and their creativity, talent and response time are unmatched. We congratulate Chachi, Andy and the entire Benztown team on being named to Inc. 5000’s Honor Roll as one of America’s fastest growing private companies for five straight high-growth years.” Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said: “This was all made possible thanks to the support of our friends in the Radio industry and we share this honor with them as they continue to grow with us. As a token of our appreciation, we want to buy you a pizza so you can celebrate with us! We will have a pizza delivered to the first 100 people to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Benztown and its products and services, visit www.benztown.com, or call Masa Patterson at (818) 842-4600.
MIX 94.9 Cincinnati's Sandy Show Takes A Skydive In Its 'Big Eclipse Trip
Skydive with The Sandy Show’s Big Eclipse Trip! Some people are driving 4 hours south to get closer to the solar eclipse… but we’re going to literally put you closer than anyone else. It’s The Sandy Show Big Eclipse Trip! We’re looking for adventurous listeners who want to see the eclipse with us from 13,000 feet aboard a StartSkydiving.com plane. Then when the peak of the eclipse happens, you’ll leap from the plane and enjoy a once in a lifetime view of the solar eclipse while skydiving! No one’s going to have a better view than you! Enter below right now for the chance to hop on board The Sandy Show’s Big Eclipse Trip and enjoy a front row seat to the solar eclipse! Thanks to StartSkydiving.com (From StartSkydiving.com: You must be over 18 to participate. There is a weight limit of 235 lbs.) Hurry, the deadline is Friday, August 18th at 3pm.
[WATCH] Following Court Loss, David Mueller Takes His Case To TV & Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Following this week's court defeat, David Mueller still insists he's innocent of groping Taylor Swift. “What I’m saying is I didn’t do what they said,” the former KYGO told ABC News’ Clayton Sandell in an exclusive interview. “I never grabbed her. I never had my hand under her skirt and I can pass a polygraph.” He added, “I wasn’t invited to be in the photo. I just moved into the shot the best I could.” He told Sandell, “I asked for something in writing which stated that there was a misunderstanding," Mueller said. "And I can take that to possibly convince someone at a radio station to hire me." When asked if he wanted no money and just the note, Mueller said, "Absolutely." The jury voted on Monday after four hours of deliberation to award Swift the $1 she filed for in the civil court case. WATCH HERE
On Tuesday, Mueller returned to radio with a call-in to the107.7 The Bone's Lamont & Tonelli Show. Lamont, who said he first met Mueller, known on the air as Jackson, some 15-years ago. He asked, 'Give me the parameters around this, what exactly happened at the meet and greet where Swift accused you of groping her)? David Mueller: We stood in line, we eventually made it to the point where you go into a tented off area, it’s about 10 x 10. My girlfriend went in first -- she went in first and she said hi, I said hi. Taylor shook our hands. The two ladies started talking and I kind of stood near where we came into that tented area and abruptly Taylor said, ‘How bout a picture?’ and she put her arm around my girlfriend and pulled her tight and turned her toward the photographer. That’s when I realized ‘Hey were going to take a photo right now’ and I tried to get into the photo. No one said anything, no one did anything. By the way, there was a 350-pound body guard standing two feet away from me. No one said anything, then they thanked us for coming, shook my hand, they gave me a couple autographed headshots."
Mueller later revealed "In civil court, there are certain things…I can’t talk about. For instance, I submitted myself to two polygraph tests. Two, independent polygraph tests and I passed them both. You can’t mention that in civil court or it’s an immediate mistrial. To everyone listening, all those people out there that are sending you hate mail, just listen to this: I passed two polygraphs, what else can I do? If anyone has an idea for me, how I can prove I’m innocent, I’ll do it." Lamont asked, "Did you accuse her of lying during the trial? "I’m not going to make accusations. I can tell you right now if you want to look at my motive, what’s my motive? I had a great career. You guys knew me 15 years ago, I’ve been building my career since I met you guys, and ‘I’m going to walk into a tent with my beautiful girlfriend and a 350-pound body guard and I’m going to grope a celebrity?’ That’s insanity, that makes no sense. LISTEN TO COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE
Amy Dash to Contribute To CBS Sports Radio And WFAN
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Emmy Award-winning Legal Correspondent Amy Dash will begin contributing to CBS Sports Radio and WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66AM as a legal analyst. Amy will be a featured guest across the popular shows on CBS Sports Radio. “I am thrilled to contribute to CBS Sports Radio and WFAN, working alongside the station’s top-notch talent, producers and management,” said Dash. “I am especially looking forward to bringing legal straight talk to passionate sports fans. A high profile case can sideline an all-star on championship day or incite a national dialogue about patriotism and civil rights. The law is its own sport and fans who understand it can help shape the future of the game. I hope audiences will join me in debating the biggest cases in sports!”
“Now more than ever it’s the right time to add a legal analyst to keep CBS Sports Radio listeners informed of the latest legal issues affecting the teams and players we report on, follow and celebrate,” added Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio. “Amy will offer her keen insight and commentary on everything from breaking legal news involving professional and college athletes to fantasy sports. We’re excited for her to provide this additional level of coverage.” 1
Beasley Media Group Unveils Company-Wide Community of Caring Initiative
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced the unveiling of a new company-wide “Community of Caring” Public Service initiative that will run throughout the organization’s 63 radio stations. The initiative will consist of several aspects. A rotating PSA series will be aimed at shining a spotlight on important issues impacting our communities. In addition, Beasley Media Group will host specific “Day of Caring” events throughout the year in which teams, made up of employees from each market, will adopt specific non-profit organizations within the communities they serve and volunteer during company supported work hours over the course of the year in an effort to make a difference for those in need.
“As a company, we take all of these issues very seriously,” said Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Media Group. “The rotating PSA and social media campaigns, combined with our Day of Caring events across all of our markets, underscores our company’s strong commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve.”
NETWORKS: Kix Brooks Countdown Show To Switch Ranking Source To Billboard Chart
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One and Billboard announced that they have joined forces as American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks will utilize Billboard’s Country Airplay chart to run down the week’s top songs in the U.S., beginning the weekend of September 9-10. The pairing of American Country Countdown (ACC) and Billboard is a return to the show’s roots as Billboard served as the chart source for the program for more than 35 years, beginning with ACC’s inception in 1973.
“We could not be more excited to have Billboard’s country radio chart back on the air, exclusively with American Country Countdown,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s vice president of Charts and Data Development. “Our partnership with Kix Brooks, a chart-topping legend himself, and the Westwood One team, will give country fans everywhere unparalleled insight into the week’s biggest country songs.” Brooks said, “Having ACC and Billboard back together is long overdue. American Country Countdown was established on the Billboard chart information in 1973, so I’m thrilled that we were able to reestablish that history and relationship.”
HONORS: Five Broadcasters Honored By TAB
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– The Texas Broadcasters honored five industry leaders during it TAB’s Annual Awards Gala in Austin last week.. A Lifetime Achievement Award went to Wendell Mayes, Jr.Wendell Mayes, Jr. - Pioneer of the Year – Bob White, Corpus Christi - George Marti Award for Engineering Excellence – Errol Coker, KHCB Radio Network - Associate of the Year – Dan Sessler, RF Specialties. and Brian Purdy (L) was recognized last week by The Texas Association of Broadcasters’ (TAB) as its “Broadcaster of the Year.
"Every day is a terrific adventure working with our outstanding team, who responsibly inform, entertain, serve and protect Texans throughout the state,” Purdy said in accepting the honor. “I wish they all could be standing up here with me right now.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
PRODUCTS: Comrex Now Shipping Access NX
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Comrex is now shipping ACCESS NX, the latest in its IP audio codec line. Customers should contact a Comrex dealer to place an order. ACCESS NX was introduced at NAB 2017. Perfect for a wide range of applications - including ENG, sports announcing, talk show hosting, community outreach, and more - ACCESS NX has been built from the ground up, implementing a decade of knowledge into a brand new hardware platform. New features include an added audio channel and a 5-inch capacitive touch screen. ACCESS NX features CrossLock, Comrex’s custom reliability layer that enables both powerful error correction and network bonding. Rather than simply splitting data between two networks, CrossLock monitors each network in real time and dynamically adjusts network usage based on performance.
Other features: ? Two USB jacks for 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, Ethernet port, and POTS modem compatibility (POTS modem sold separately) ? Two stereo headphone outputs (¼” jacks) with individual controls ? Digital mixing and headphone busses ? Digital peak limiting ? Field-changeable internal lithium battery with built-in charger (5 hours of power) ? Serial data & four contact closures ? Optional mixer (adds 4 channels) ACCESS NX is compatible with ACCESS Rackmount and BRIC-Link II . To place an order, contact your preferred Comrex dealer
The Arch St. Louis Spencer Show Giving Away 'Used' Eclipse Auto Next Monday
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know by now that a total eclipse of the sun across America (and specifically, in Missouri and Illinois) is taking place next Monday, 8/21! Sooooooo, 106.5 the Arch is celebrating by giving listeners a brand new…well a gently used…okay, a totally used 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse. First, listeners can have breakfast with Spencer’s Neighborhood and enter to win Monday
In a release, it says The ‘Hood will give you the keys to your 2007 Eclipse, complete with sunroof and CD player with Total Eclipse of the Heart on repeat, when the eclipse starts at 11:30 am! 106.5 The Arch will play THE soundtrack for the Eclipse starting at 12:30 pm on Monday, 8/21/17.
KKLZ's Mike & Carla Show Delivers Over 1,200 Cases Of Water For Salvation Army
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2017 –– Morning hosts Mike & Carla's Project: H2O collected more than 1,200 cases of water to benefit the Salvation Army of Las Vegas. What began as a simple idea by the morning duo of putting the word out via the airwaves that the Salvation Army was in dire need of bottled water, turned into a massive bottled water collection to benefit the non-profit organization.
In addition, 96.3 KKLZ-FM received a total of 500 $50 gift cards from Metro Pizza to give to individuals that donated 5 or more cases as well as received a challenge match from a local car dealership after they donated 100 cases. “When we found out The Salvation Army had run out of bottled water, we simply put the word out and it was great to see KKLZ listeners respond,” said Program Director Mike O’Brian. “Most people think the city is just the Las Vegas Strip, but behind the lights, the marquees, the celebrities, and everything else that goes on, people should know there is a true community spirit here. This was a great example of that!”
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