Former Host Dave Herman Pleads Not Guilty To (S)exual Abuse Charges
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– Former New York host Dave Herman was arraigned in federal court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted sexual abuse, according to nj.com. As Jockline Daily reported last month (2.19), federal authorities charged the former legendary New York host Dave Herman (shown) with trying to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands to sexually abuse her. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg set June 30th as Herman's trial date for Herman who was then returned into custody. Herman, 77, has been in custody since being arrested last Oct. 24 at the St. Croix airport. Authorities claim Herman went to the airport with the intent of meeting the girl and her mother, so he could then bring the girl to his house and abuse her. If convicted, Herman faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life. Herman worked for decades on New York’s WNEW-FM during the 1970s on his “Dave Herman Rock and Roll Morning Show." Herman's lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, has said that Herman may ultimately use an entrapment defense in the case, because Herman believes he was set up by the undercover officer. He then said that Herman was interested in meeting the mother, Kris, not the child -- and it was the undercover officer who had pushed the "banter" about the child during her internet chats with Herman.
Boston's Howie Carr Unknowingly Wins Election In Write-In
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– Longtime Boston Host and Herald Columnist, Howie Carr, was elected Wellesley's Town Meeting to represent Precinct F. Only problem was, he didn't run a campaign but won the election as a write-in candidate with a staggering 40 votes. Yesterday, according the Wellesley Patch, Carr formally accepted the position tweeting"I am now an elected official!" Carr came in 8th on the Precinct F ticket, and was the second write-in candidate to win.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Appoints Mark LaNeve, Man Behind 'Mayhem' Campaign, To BOD
PHARRELL WILLIAMS: Happy Turned A Song Into A Movement [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– Behemoth recording artist, Pharrell Williams took time this week to ring up NOW 105 James Steele in his hometown of Norfolk/Virginia Beach. He tells Steele with a song that's now number 1 in 175 countries and a album which tops the list in over 60 countries, 'turn happy has turned a song into an entire movement. The Grammy-winning performer used much of his time with Steele to his supporters, giving special thanks to his high school band coach who inspired him and to all the radio people there in Virgina Beach, saying "All those radio people, they shake my life." And just how happy is Williams? . "I can't believe you've lifted me so high," he said. "I can see the stars from here. It's crazy." CHECK OUT AUDIO HERE And just in case you need one more infusion of 'happy' as you head into the weekend, enjoy HERE
Legendary Radio Hosts Take To The Book Tour
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– Gerry House hosted the top-rated “Gerry House & The Foundation” for more than 25 years in Nashville and won virtually every broadcasting award there is including a place in the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Now, in his book “Country Music Broke My Brain,” Gerry reveals never-before published conversations with many of country's top stars. In its synopsis, it prints "Nashville is filled with stars and lovers and writers and dreamers. Nashville is also teeming with lunatics and grifters and dip wads and moochers. Gerry House fits easily into at least half of those categories."Tonight, Gerry will be at the Grand Ole Opry from 7-9pm signing books. –––––––––– And House won't be the only one on the radio book tour. Back in the day, Jerry Blavat was know in Philadelphia as “The Geator With the Heater." On March 16th, he adds the title of author as he appears at a local book store to sign copies of his memoir "You Only Rock Once." Today at 73 he's still going strong hosting a show on WXPN/Philly, also broadcast on 88.7 FM in Lancaster. According to lancasteronline.com, Blavat's foreword in the book was penned by none other than the late Dick Clark who called Blavat “truly one of a kind.” Blavat debuted on the original “Bandstand” TV show in 1953 and began in radio in 1960. His book shares stories from Joan Crawford to Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. He even writes of his relationship with the late Philadelphia mob boss Angela Bruno, which caused the DJ to end up on the FBI’s radar screen.
Student Fulfills Dream, Lands Sole Local Slot On Memphis Station
It Has Been My Dream To Be On The Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– Yes, there are still those who dream of being on the radio. Ben Murray (shown) is apparently one of them. He's a University of Memphis student who, since 2010, has been working primarily as a club jock. But starting today, he'll begin appearing regularly on on FM 101.9 Radio Now on Friday evenings. According to The Daily Helmsman, Murray's break began after befriending one of the station’s staff members at the club. “The station just got a new program director and I was starting to be around the station’s staff more and more. Eventually the director came to the club and heard me spin. He asked me to start deejaying on the radio station every Friday.” “Ever since I’ve started deejaying, it has been my dream to be on the radio,” Murray said. “It’s a big deal because 101.9 doesn’t have any local DJs. The station is all syndicated, so it’s a big deal to me to be the only local DJ on the station.” He adds “DJs are important because they are typically the first people to break songs—play it for everybody else to hear,” Murray said. “It’s how a lot of people hear music for the first time, and, before blogs and music sites, it was the only way people would hear new music for the first time. Photo by Brandon Caradine
Big D & Bubba Welcome Seven New Affiliates
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
BBC Apologizes For Scream SFX Over Oscar Pistorius Report
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2014 –– The BBC has apologized after accidentally broadcasting sound effects over a news report, according to The Digital Spy. As the news person said "Oscar Pistorius has pleaded not guilty,"listeners heard various sound effects including a woman screaming. BBC's on-air host, Vic Minett, apologized for the incident, saying: "Apologies for a couple of technical problems during that news bulletin. A few odd things sneaking in there." A BBC spokesperson later said: "There was a technical mistake where sound effects being prepared in another studio for an unrelated item were accidentally broadcast over the news bulletin. We apologized for the error immediately afterwards."
107 Jack FM Berkshire launches Reading's newest local radio station - 107 Jack FM Berkshire, launched on Sunday. Former national broadcaster and now 107 Jack fm’s morning show presenter, Robin Banks, got the station off to a lively start with plenty of music. In January it was announced that Reading 107 is relaunching as 107 JACK fm Berkshire, with a new playlist of music, where “we play what we want” and an enhanced news service across Berkshire on 107 FM and DAB Digital Radio.
Lilo To Guest On 'Two Broke Girls' Next Month - [CBS LA]
Katy Perry Leery Of Miley Cyrus Kiss: 'God Knows Where That Tongue's Been' - [E ONLINE]
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Nicki Minaj Takes Selfies In Shower - [COMPLEX]
Khloe K Buys The Bieb's Infamous 'Egging' Home In California - [US]
Adam Lambert & Queen Confirm Tour - [UTSANDIEGO]
Do Floridians Have Legal Right See Bieber Weenus Video? - [LA TIMES]
Prince To Perform 'Secret' Show At Palladium - And How Is This A Secret?? - [THE WRAP]
First Clips Of Jimi Hendrix Biopic Released - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Jessica Hart Doubles Up For GQ Cover - [CELEBRITY FIX]
Is This Michael Jackson's Long Lost Son? - [EXTRA TV]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Annie' Remake - [INQUISITR]
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Mojo In The Morning Now Available Nationwide
To Be Distributed by Envision Networks@
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® announced this week that they'll be distributing Mojo in the Morning which broadcast from WKQI-FM/Detroit. The show consist of Mojo (C), Spike (L), and Shannon (R), along with Producer Rachel (not shown). Envision Networks® will handle affiliate relations and ad sales for the new morning show network.“For years I've been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!” said Mojo. “We are excited to offer our show nationally.” “Mojo in the Morning consists of real people who are really funny,” said Danno Wolkoff, CEO/President of Envision Networks. Voted one of the Top 25 Best Morning Show Hosts of the last 25 Years during last year's Morning Show Boot Camp, Mojo is consistently the highest rated morning personality having worked at legendary radio stations like B96/Chicago, KRQQ/Tucson and Channel 955/Detroit. Mojo in the Morning is available on a barter basis. Visit goenvisionnetworks.com for more details or contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com for information on how you can get Mojo in the Morning on your station.
Hot 97 New York, Setting For New VH1 Series [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 –– Chalk up Hot 97 New York as the latest in a growing number of stations whose personalities will be showing up the TV. This latest offering will come courtesy of VH1 where various hosts Hot 97 will gather for the setting for humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the hip hop radio. According to The New York Post, each half-hour episode of “This Is Hot 97” will premiere on March 31 at 10:30 p.m. It will feature 'rivalries and quirky personalities' among co-workers. VHI says "When it comes to hip-hop radio, New York's Hot 97 has built quite the legacy. Not only has the staff at Hot built a history breaking the hottest records in rap, the storied station is home to some of the game's biggest DJs and on-air personalities — no wonder they're getting their own show on VH1." The trailer for "This is Hot 97" premiered online yesterday and stars Funkmaster Flex, Angie Martinez, Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, DJ Enuff, Miss Info, Laura Stylez, Karlie Hustle and Ebro Darden, the station program director and morning show host. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Former TV Game Show/Radio Host Geoff Edwards Passes Away At 83
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 –– For the second time in as many weeks, a popular west coast radio personality/turned Game Show host, Geoff Edwards, has passed away at 83. Known for his popular TV game shows such as “Jackpot,” “Starcade” and “Treasure Hunt,” Edwards began his career while in college, working at a local radio station in Albany, New York. Later moving to Southern California, he landed gigs at KFMB-AM in San Diego and KMPC and KFI Los Angeles. While at KMPC, he shared the mic with other L.A. radio icons such as Robert W. Morgan, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens and Jim Lange (who passed away last week). Former Nielsen Audio executive Ron Rodrigues posted on his Facebook page:'Early in my radio career I had the extreme fortune to be the music director at KMPC Los Angeles and work with the likes Gary Owens, Roger Carroll, Wink Martindale and Robert W. Morgan. I also worked with Geoff Edwards, who many may remember as a game show host. But Geoff was an outstanding radio personality. Every day he hit the air, he found a way to tie current events, his personal life and the music he played into three witty and captivating hours. I am saddened to learn that Geoff died today. He was very kind to me and I will always have great memories of him. Here's to the ultra-wide lapels of Geoff Edwards.' Survivors include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and his current wife of more than 30 years, Michael; son Todd; daughter Shawn; stepsons Justin and Jason; and nine grandchildren.
STUDY: Continued Penetration of Smartphones In America Changing Behavior Significantly
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 ––The Infinite Dial 2014, the latest in this long-running series of studies by Edison Researh and Triton Media on consumer adoption of digital media, found that the weekly audience for all forms of online radio is now 36% of all Americans age 12 and older, or 94 million nationally. The study, the 22nd in a series dating back to 1998, revealed among other findings: More than six in ten (61%) now own a smartphone; that number increases to approximately eight in ten age 18-34. • Internet-only audio services continue to grow, led by Pandora — now consumed by 31% monthly. • Growth in the adoption of the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter has slowed this year, compared with previous editions of The Infinite Dial. Facebook usage is flat compared to 2013, at 58%, while Twitter grew slightly from 15% to 16% year-over-year. • Podcasting is on the rise, as weekly audio podcast consumption grew 25% year-over-year, from 12% in 2013 to 15% in 2014. • In-car usage of online radio and other forms of digital audio continues to grow. In 2014, 26% of mobile phone users have connected devices to a vehicle, either physically or via Bluetooth, up from 21% in 2013. • Snapchat is now one of the leading social networking services; 53% of mobile phone users are familiar with Snapchat, while 13% of Americans 12+ — and 46% of 12-24 year-olds — use the image sharing service. “The continued penetration of smartphones in America is changing behavior significantly,” noted Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Edison Research. “We are now seeing activities that were dominated by desktop usage in 2013, flip dramatically to become mobile behaviors. For millions of Americans, the smartphone has become ‘the first screen.’” SEE REPORT HERE
UH OH: Chelsea Handler Calls Alex Rodriguez A Pile Of S--- On Stern Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 –– Apparently, Chelsea Handler isn't too fond of Baseball's Alex Rodriguez. According to The NY Daily News, she said yesterday's Howard Stern show that A-Rod recently approached her, asking why she makes fun of him all the time?" Handler said she replied by saying “Get away from me you're disgusting ... “You're gross" A-Rod then asked “Why am I gross? We got off on the wrong foot. I read all of your books. I'm a big fan.” Handler said “I go, 'I don't know why you're a big fan. I think you're a f---ing a--hole.” Asked by Stern why she feels that way, Handler said, “Just the way he conducts himself ... he just sleeps around ... He is a pile of s---.” PHOTO/s_bukley
Music Radio Co-Host Running For Office Reaches Out To Opposing Candidates To Stay On-Air
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2014 –– Here's an interesting situation for those considering running for office who currently host a radio show. We, of course, have seen a number of politically-oriented shows take a leave of absence when they ran for office. But what about if you're on a music station that doesn't talk politics? That's the case for Maureen Scott-Taylor (shown), who is running for Talbot County Council. She's “Mo” part of The Morning Rush with Matt and Mo on the 96.7 WCEI in Easton, MD. According to stardem.com, it's OK with the FCC if she runs for office, but according to Section 315 of FCC rules she would have to go off the air 60 days prior to the general election in November. That would mean that she would not work from mid-September through the election in November. But since her show doesn't talk politic, she apparently may have found a way to stay on the air, so long as she gets each of the other candidates — nine in all — to sign a waiver and return it to WCEI or she either cannot run for office or must not do her morning broadcast during the campaign. She's yet to decide what she’s going to do if the waivers are not sent in. She said she would regret very much giving up her morning talk show. She just celebrated its first anniversary on March 1. Jockline Daily will follow up and let you know the outcome.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mark Rosenthal Named Katz CEO
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– Katz Media Group announced that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Radio Group, has taken on the additional responsibility of CEO of Katz Media Group and will now also oversee Katz Television Group, KMG’s television representation company. “In this highly competitive media environment it’s important to have the right leadership in place, and Mark's enormous range of experience across radio, television and digital media, as well as the agency world, makes him the perfect person to lead both Katz Radio Group and Katz Television Group,” said Rich Bressler, President and CFO of Clear Channel Communications. “Under Mark’s strong leadership, the KRG team is already spearheading major integrated marketing campaigns for key media partners and taking significant steps forward in our intensified effort to drive substantial growth for all Katz clients.” For nearly a decade Rosenthal served as the President and COO of Viacom’s MTV Networks. In 2009, Current Media, founded by Al Gore, selected Rosenthal to become Chief Executive Officer of the cable news network and online destination. He will continue to be based in New York City and report to Rich Bressler, President and CFO of Clear Channel Communications.
Katy Perry Does The Weather In Australia
REPORT: NBC Threatening Jimmy Fallon Celebrity Guests Over Appearances On Other Shows - [TMZ]
Conan O'Brien To Host 2014 MTV Awards - [MTV]
[WATCH] Katy Perry Does TV Weather In Australia - [CELEBUZZ]
Former DWTS Host Brooke Burke-Charvet Lands Gig On 'Melissa & Joey' - [THR]
'Medium's' Patricia Arquette To Star In 'CSI' Spinoff - [TV GUIDE]
OH JOY: Kimmy & Kanye Set A Wedding Date - [US]
Katie Holmes Is Fresh & Fabulous On Cover of 'Elle' UK - [MYDAILY]
Matthew McConaughey Says He Has A Lot To Be Thankful For - [PEOPLE]
Leah Remini Lands Reality Series Along With Family - [E ONLINE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Heaven Is For Real' With Greg Kinnear - [RED CARPET CRASH]
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Bobby Bones Show Spreads To 98.7 WMZQ Washington; Boxer Show Moves To Middays
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– CCME Washington, D.C. announced today new programming for 98.7 WMZQ, Washington D.C. with The Bobby Bones Show joining 98.7 WMZQ for mornings beginning Monday, March 10, 2014. Along with the announcement, Boxer (below right) from The Boxer Show will move to Middays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., while co-host Aly Jacobs (below left) will remain on-air from 6-10:00 a.m. with traffic and weather updates and current Midday talent Jenni Chase will move to WASH-FM. “No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones," said Meg Stevens, Vice President of Programming/WMZQ Program Director. "WMZQ listeners will enjoy waking up with the award-winning Bobby Bones Show and his unique and entertaining insight on Country music, and so much more!" Bobby Bones stated, “I have been a fan of WMZQ for quite some time, so it’s an honor to join their amazing lineup. I can’t wait to be on the air in Washington, D.C.!”
Fox Sports & Premiere Networks Extend For Longest Commitment In 14 Years
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– Premiere Networks and FOX Sports today announced a long-term extension of their agreement for Premiere Networks to continue producing and distributing the FOX Sports Radio Network’s entertainment programming to nearly 400 stations across North America and Canada. Specific terms were not announced. Earlier this year, FOX Sports Radio debuted a new weekday lineup featuring the top sports talk personalities in the country. Jay Mohr, Dan Patrick, Steve Gorman, J.T. “The Brick (BELOW),” Jason Smith, Andy Furman and Mike North, are among the network’s diverse program and personality offerings “This renewed partnership affirms our commitment to sports fans, our affiliates and partners to provide the ultimate, multi-platform destination for sports entertainment,” stated Julie Talbott (L), President of Premiere Networks. The extension is reported to be the longest commitment in the 14-year partnership between the two companies, whose last renewal came in April 2010. “There was no nail-biting,” Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott told USA TODAY. “We’ve been partners way too long.” "I don’t think we just want to duplicate what we have on TV on radio," says Bill Wanger, Fox Sports’ executive vice president of programming, research and content strategy. "You’re going to have what’s good for each distribution platform ... I think you’re going to start seeing some of the FOX TV people on radio from time to time and potentially have their own show. But we also want to be true to the medium of radio. It might mean the best person isn’t a TV person and we’re OK with that.”
Guy Phillips Hits 35 Year Mark At CBS' Y98 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– Okay, think hard. How many hosts do you know that have been with the same station, in morning drive, and have remained dominant in the ratings for 35 YEARS?? Yup, that's what we thought. Well, you can now add St. Louis iconic morning host Guy Phillips (L) to that extraordinary list. Today marks 35 years since he was first given the shot by then KSLQ-FM PD, now All Access Chief, Joel Denver. Phillips, who once appeared three different times on TV's 'The Dating Game,' tells Jockline Daily, outside of his radio career, his other claim to fame was being a bachelor on the show three different times. "My winning record 2 for 3. Claim to fame, I was on an episode before infamous serial killer Rodney Alcala's appearance. We were both Bachelor Number 1." And for those currently grappling with involved, multipage contracts, harken back to the golden days of one-page telegrams. Phillips shared the actual wire from Denver which details the terms for KSLQ-FM's new morning show "Phillips and Walls." Of course, some things still remain the same. No, not the $25K base salary, but needing TWO ESTIMATES for moving expense. Oh wait. They still offer moving expenses, right? Ahh and those wonderful memories from The Clayton Inn
JON BON JOVI: Got Big Career Break From New York DJ [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– The stars are still descending on WCBS-FM New York's newest arrival, morning host Scott Shannon. Joining him this week was none other than Jon Bon Jovi who said "Every band has their own “big break” story." He shared with Shannon the moment which became the catalyst to jump start his career. “The way I went about getting a record deal was different than most. I had sent my tapes around through various record companies and I didn’t get any answers from anybody,” said Bon Jovi, recalling the struggles he was confronted with in 1983. “I was frustrated and then I thought to myself, ‘Who is the loneliest man in the music business?’ And my head rang back and it said, “The DJ!’” That radio station was WAPP, known as The Apple 103.5 (later became WKTU). “They were so new, they didn’t have a receptionist,” recalls Bon Jovi. “So I knocked on the DJ’s window.” That DJ was Chip Hobart, who suggested he submit his song to a compilation record the station made, highlighting local artists and endearing them to the community. “I was against it initially because the last thing I wanted to do was have a singles deal.” But the track — “Runaway” — gained traction and airplay across the country, leading to the band signing a major label deal. “[I] dropped out of their contest and signed with what is now Island/Def Jam — then Polygram, the same label — for 30 years,” added Bon Jovi. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Morning Show Drives Successful Effort For Airport Name Change
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– The power of radio strikes again. This time it involved life long Wichita residents and morning hosts on 104.5 The Fox's Jan Harrison and Phil Thompson. Last October they began a campaign to rename it's local airport after former president and Kansas native, Dwight. D Eisenhower. No sooner started, it picked up a huge outpouring of support from Kansans' such as former Senator Bob Dole and others. According to KMBC TV, there were some dissenters, who claimed Eisenhower had no direct connection to Wichita and the approximate $160,000 for sign changes could be put to better use. This week, however, the airport naming committee gave their recommendation in favor of the name change to the City Council of Wichita, and the council agreed and APPROVED the measure. The hosts, who used the same slogan Eisenhower used during his presidential campaign "I Like Ike." Supporters said it would bring recognition to the city and honor a fellow Kansan native who led during wars and difficult times.
BBC Radio 1 Marks International Women's Day With 39-hour Female Lineup Marathon
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 –– BBC Radio 1 will celebrate International Women's Day this Friday with a 39-hour-long all-female DJ lineup. The lineup will run from Friday, March 7 at 7pm to Sunday, March 9 at 10am. According to The Digital Spy, hosts include Jameela Jamil, Gemma Cairney, Adele Roberts, Annie Mac (shown), Annie Nightingale, B.Traits, Heidi, Magda, Monki, Sarah Jane Crawford, Sian Anderson, Jamz Supernova, Madam X and Claira Hermet. Head of programs at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Rhys Hughes added: "Radio 1 is delighted to announce that we are extending our commitment to International Women's Day by adding an all-female line up to daytime on Saturday, March 8 as well. "So from 7pm on Friday, March 7 until 10am on Sunday, March 9 we have a 39-hour celebration of our female presenter talent."
MOTION; Tony Bristol To Program L & L's New Y100 Savannah/Hilton Head; Jenny Perry Joins For Mornings At Kicks 99/Augusta
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2014 ––L & L Broadcasting of Portland, Oregon announced that Savannah/Hilton Head has launched Y100. Tony Bristol will program the new station which will replace Y107.9. Y100 will still be home to The Bert Show mornings from 5-10am, Patty Steele in mid-days and Tony Bristol in afternoons. L & L Broadcasting Director of Programming, Scott Mahalick remarked, “Y100 will bring a great jolt of energy and vibe to Savannah/Hilton Head. Tony is the man when it comes to programming and creating a cool, hip and entertaining environment.” L&L Broadcasting, headquartered in Portland, Oregon owns and/or operates stations in seven markets across the United States including Peoria, Illinois, Savannah, Georgia/Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Bluefield, West Virginia, Biloxi/Gulfport and Jackson, Mississippi, Columbia, South Carolina and most recently San Antonio, Texas.––––––––– WKXC-FM/New Country Kicks 99 Augusta, GA, adds Jenny Perry to its morning show which will now rebrand as "Kicks Wake-Up Krew with Mike, Steve & Jenny." Perry arrives from WRJY-FM/Brunswick, GA.
Mila Kunis To Guest On 'Two & A Half' Men - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
'Gotham' Finally Names Its Young Bruce Wayne And Catwoman - [E ONLINE]
Angelina Casts A Spell On Cover of EW - [EW]
Hollywood's First All iPhone Film To Debut At SXSW - [COMPUTER WORLD]
OPRAH TO LILO: "You Need To Cut The (Expletive) - [EW]
Jessica Alba Talks Reinventing Herself In 'Redbook' - [REDBOOK]
'Captain Phillip's' Barkhad Abdi Was Paid Only $65K For Role; Rented Clothes For Award's Circuit - [THR]
Teresa & Joe Giudice Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges - [US]
'12 Years A Slave' Screenplay Stirs Rift Between Producer & Writer - [THE WRAP]
Babe Ruth's Yankee Contract Up For Sale - [PAGE SIX]
Fake Chef Makes Local TV Look Really, Really Lame - [DAILY CALLER]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' With Mark Wahlberg - [DIGITAL SPY]
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Atlanta Host Shot By Police Following Scuffle [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Hot 107.9 Atlanta host Ronald Robinson, known on-air as 'Beestroh,' was shot early Monday morning by DeKalb County police after allegedly firing a shot at officers. According to myfoxatlanta.com, the shooting occurred at the Velvet Room Club during an album release party for rapper Rick Ross. Police claim at around 3 a.m. following a dispute between Robinson and another man in the club's parking lot, after attempting to intervene, Robinson began waving his gun toward them. Robinson was then shot in the leg. Reportedly, Robinson ran back into the club, where he was arrested. Officers involved in this shooting have since been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Robinson is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Apple's CarPlay To Invade The Dash This Week
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– If you're planning to buy a Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz or Volvo anytime soon, listen up: Apple® announced leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri® without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. “CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.” Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.
MOTION: Todd & Erin Are Back On The Air In SLC; Jarrett Payton (Walter's Son) Joins The Game Chicago
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Longtime Salt Lake City married morning duo, Todd and Erin Collard are back on the air at Rewind 100.7. Following 11 years on KBEE/B98 until last July when they were replaced by a syndicated show. ––––––––– Former NFL running back, Jarrett Payton, son of Bears legend Walter Payton, has been tapped as afternoon co-host at Tribune Broadcasting WGWG LP 87.7. According to media blogger, Robert Feder, beginning today, he’ll join Harry Teinowitz and Spike Manton from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday on The Game 87.7 FM. “I think Jarrett is way more than sports royalty in this town,” said Todd Manley, vice president of creative content at The Game. “He’s the sort of creative, inventive mind that will help us define the future of this brand.”
The Bobby Bones Show Celebrates One-Year Mark With Pimpin' Joy Week
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– The Bobby Bones Show is celebrating Pimpin’ Joy this week on the heels of the program’s one-year anniversary. This also follows being co-honored with the 2014 Academy of Country Music Award in the “National On-Air Personality of the Year” category, the week-long celebration features special guest appearances and live performances by Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Worsham, A Great Big World and others. Created by The Bobby Bones Show, which launched nationwide on Country radio in February 2013 and currently reaches more than two million weekly listeners on more than 60 stations, Pimpin’ Joy is a movement dedicated to inspiring people to choose joy, spread happiness, and do good things for others. It was first launched to honor co-host Amy and her mother Judy, who has been battling Cancer for two years. Throughout their struggle, both women made a conscious effort to not let hardship or difficulty cause them to lose hope or positivity in their lives - instead, they choose to be happy, pass on joy, and influence others to do the same. Bones stated, “It’s awesome to see the Country community come together for a cause that is so important to us and our listeners.
BBC 1' Nick Grimshaw Exits Morning Show Early After Swallowing A Piece of Glass
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Nick Grimshow, one of the U.K.'s most prominent host, cut short (no pun intended) his show this week after swallowing a piece of glass. According to heraldscotland.com he was quickly taken to hospital for a scan. While on the air, he told listeners that he had swallowed "something weird" and fellow host Fearne Cotton had to step in 45 minutes, ahead of her own scheduled programme. Grimshaw then took to Twitter to reassure his listeners he was okay, posting "Went to hospy, had X-rays, coughed it up, all fine now." The Glass was thought to have been from a mug he drank from in the studio. In spite of the fear, Grimshaw kept his sense of humor asking Cotton "Can I have a shout-out from 9.30?"
Talent Specialist Tracy Johnson Expands Services To Digital And Promotions
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Radio programming and consulting veteran Tracy Johnson announces the expansion of his international company with a new brand and new service offerings. The company, Tracy Johnson Media Group, now provides full service programming consulting and talent coaching to the radio broadcasting industry, while adding new digital and promotions services to the firm’s offerings. The new promotion division creates and manages custom promotional campaigns to engage new and existing customers with creative online, social and mobile solutions. Johnson said: “This is a natural expansion to help stations master the most important growth areas for radio. In the past, radio competed for four key positions: Information, music, personality and promotion. The Internet has made it difficult, if not impossible, to win information and music, leaving promotion and personality as critical battlegrounds. Tracy Johnson has a long and decorated career as a broadcasting executive, specializing in programming, talent coaching and management. He has written three books about developing on-air superstars that collectively have been described as “The Bible of Personality Radio”. Tracy Johnson will be a featured speaker at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago set for Aug. 7 & 8th at the Renaissance Hotel In Chicago.
San Diego's Geena The Latina Named Best Radio Personality By Magazine
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Always nice to see some of our favorite radio peeps and frequent attendees of Morning Show Boot Camp making the news. Here's yet another. KHTS Channel 933 San Diego personality Geena the Latina (of the Frankie and Geena morning show) was just named "Best Radio Personality" in San Diego by "Ranch and Coast" magazine in their annual "Best of San Diego" 2014 issue. She was selected in its 'Best of 2014 personalities and philanthropy category.
Rick & Bubba Recite Children's Book To World's Largest Classroom
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Beginning yesterday, Syndicated Solutions' Rick & Bubba Show once again created their 'World's Largest Classroom.' Reaching nearly 800 schools and 50,000 students in at least 13 states, the World's Largest Classroom was created as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America program, which calls for every child to read a book in recognition of the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey celebrated this event to motivate and promote reading by narrating Dr. Seuss' popular book 'Green Eggs and Ham' in animated fashion to their live in-studio audience. There to join them was a local elementary school, as well as 50,000 students across America, plus their regular 60+ radio affiliates, 50+ television outlets carrying TNN-TV/Heartland, UStream.
Benztown Fields Entries For 'Iron Imager Contest 2014
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– Benztown announced that it is sponsoring the third annual Iron Imager Contest, an international radio imaging contest where production professionals compete for cash and other prizes and the coveted title of World’s Best Imager. Challengers will demonstrate their imaging skills using audio ingredients from Benztown’s production libraries, paired with contestants’ original scripts. The first and only competition of its kind, the Iron Imager contest begins today and runs through April 10, 2014. Benztown’s Iron Imager Contest is open to all radio imaging, production and programming professionals (18 or older) and will be judged by top producers and programmers from the U.S. and around the world. The winner of Round 1 will face last year’s Iron Imager, Dan Kelly (Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York), in a head-to-head live competition during the All Access Worldwide Radio Summit. Dan Kelly, Iron Imager 2013 Champion, said: “For the past year, the Iron Imager belt has been mine. Wanna take it away from me?? BRING IT ON!....Ok…they sort of told me to talk all tough, but really I have no idea what we’ll have to make this year…A jazz promo? Russian news/talk? Sports en Espanol? The possibilities are endless…But go for it. We’ll go head to head in LA in just a few weeks. It’ll be like “Chopped!” for imaging!” To enter and for full contest rules, visit the official Iron Imager Contest 2014 website at www.benztown.com/ironimager. Final pieces must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Pacific) on March 10, 2014.
Ellen's Star Studded Selfie Sweeps Radio With Photo Covers
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2014 –– It's a photo that just keeps on giving. Especially for radio. If you were on Facebook or Twitter yesterday, you witnessed literally dozens of inset solo shots of hosts all across the globe, as well as, completely redone photos of shows emulating the now most tweeted photo in the history of twitterdom. Among just a few of our favorites included Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke who posed with 106.1 FM host The Rob for a selfie - it even got local coverage in The Courier Press. Another favorite was from 99.9 Virgin Toronto's Mad Dog & Maura Show, who blew up images of each face in Ellen photo, then covered they faces for special photo - SEE HERE. Sadly, the moment has pretty much come and gone, but it was fun while it lasted. BTW, at last count, she's drawn 3,122,628 retweets and earned 1,709,947 favorites.
Cast Revealed For DWTS 2014 - [ABC]
Oscar's Telecast Draws Largest Audience In 10 Years - [WASHINGTON POST]
At Last, Ellen's Pizza Boy, Actual Co-Owner Of Pizza Joint, Revealed; Got $600 Tip - [THE WRAP]
Jimmy Kimmel Takes Post Oscar Videos Viral, But Are They Still Available? - [ABC RADIO NEWS]
Lady Gaga & Kelly Osbourne Make Nice At Oscar Party - [GOSSIP COP]
HEY SHOTGUN TOM: Arby's Buys Pharrell William's Hat For $44,100!! - [AD WEEK]
Kanye West And Jay Z Announce Partnership - [HIP HOP DX]
Scarlett Johannson Is Preggers - [E ONLINE]
Teresa Giudice Wants On DWTS - [THE EXAMINER]
OKAY, ONE MORE LOOK: TV Reporter Gets Whacked By Snow From Plow During Live Broadcast - [DAILY MAIL]
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SCOTT SHANNON: 'Time To Turn The Page' [AUDIO]
AUDIO OPEN, AVAILABLE BELOW
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Radio's beloved Scott Shannon began a new era of illustrious career with the launch of today's morning show on WCBS-FM New York. Kicking off with a blend of harps and the theme to 'Space Odyssey it was soon interspersed with various audio of legendary New York hosts, including Murray The K, Alan Freed, Dan Ingram and more. The track ended with the 1993 kick-off of the legendary Z100 - WHTZ. This led into audio from his most recent close on WPLJ's Scott & Todd Show where he said goodbye just days ago. As the production finally ends, a live Scott Shannon says "Time to turn the page,' amid background applause, and says hello to his audience on WCBS-FM and goes into "Survivor's 'Eye of The Tiger,' the same song he used to begin Z100. Of course well before today's debut on WCBS-FM, Shannon stayed busy taking calls from hosts, coast to coast, to wish him well. Most surprisingly among them was SiriusXM's Opie and Anthony who called from an interview on last Friday's show. With Scott having been the brunt of many of their jokes, he began by saying "I've been told I'm a f'n idiot (an apparently reference to agreeing to the interview). He then reads from O&A's invite, saying this would be a 'total serious' interview and not an attack.." Seconds later Anthony (Cumia) quips, 'Who the hell would write that? Shannon then points their infamous digs of his 'homo radio show' and the 'tree that fell on his house.' Shannon explained to Jockline Daiy: They used to call us the homo show!...and worse. They would play back clips of our show and make fun of us, and then isolate lines they found funny and just play em over and over, including from the storm Sandy, when I said "a tree fell on my house" Anthony says his friend Brother Wease from The Brew in Rochester, has often made him "feel guilty" over their digs at Shannon. LISTEN TO OPIE AND ANTHONY INTERVIEW HERE And in case you missed yesterday's show open by Scott, LISTEN HERE
FCC Puts Kibosh On Critical Information Study
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– The Federal Communications Commission has canceled its controversial Critical Information Needs study according to a released statement. An FCC spokesperson wrote: “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study. The Commission will reassess the best way to fulfill its obligation to Congress to identify barriers to entry into the communications marketplace faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses.” Commissioner Ajit Pai, followed up with his own release writing "I am pleased that the FCC has canceled its Critical Information Needs study. In our country, the government does not tell the people what information they need. Instead, news outlets and the American public decide that for themselves. I look forward to working with my colleagues to identify and remove actual barriers to entry into the communications industry. This newsroom study was a distraction from that important goal." Had the study proceded, it could have allowed FCC representatives into news rooms to see how stories were chosen.
TheBlaze Radio Network Announces New Lineup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– TheBlaze Radio Network announced a new weekday lineup over the weekend. Beginning Monday 3/17, "The Buck Sexton Show" moves to weekdays 12n-2p; Pat & Stu move to PM drive (5p – 7p Eastern) Buck Sexton, also co-host of Real News from TheBlaze, is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer and NYPD Intelligence Division analyst with hands-on expertise in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations around the world. Joel Cheatwood, President and Chief Content Officer said: "Over the past 18 months or so Buck has emerged as a very strong new voice in media. We're excited to see what he can do with the expanded opportunity on TheBlaze Radio Network."
WOMG/Columbia, SC Rebrands to NASH FM 98.5; WCOA-FM Takes Off As The Jet 100.7
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Cumulus announces the expansion of the NASH Country music and lifestyle brand to WOMG/Columbia, SC. As of 5 p.m. ET today, the station will be known as NASH FM 98.5 – with their logo, website and on-air promotions using “NASH FM” and “Powered by NASH” language. NASH FM 98.5 will feature exclusive NASH programming content including “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks (shown), “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and “Kickin’ It with Kix” with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander. The station will also feature Program Director T.J. McKay in the afternoon. “We are excited to introduce NASH FM 98.5 as we continue to grow the NASH brand across the country,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and Co-COO of Cumulus. “NASH FM 98.5 listeners and advertisers will benefit greatly from the variety of Country lifestyle content opportunities associated with the NASH brand.” In other Cumulus news, WCOA-FM/Pensacola switched from a News/Talk simulcast with sister station WCOA-AM at 10:07am Central today and launched “The Jet 100.7” as a Classic Hits formatted station. Jerry King joins the Cumulus owned stations, from Cumulus Media Networks, as Operations Manager for the Pensacola cluster and as PD of Jet 100.7FM. The nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show will anchor the morning show.
MOTION: Jonathan Wilde Exits 92.5 The Wolf Denver; Don Geronimo Off WJFK-FM/D.C.'s Lineup; Rob Stevens Name Producer To Hill Man Show WAAF Boston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Jonathan Wilde has left KWOF/ 92.5 The Wolf Denver as PD and morning host. In a staff memo, he wrote: "I want to thank Jeff Wilks and Jeff Sanders for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to take The Wolf and completely turn it around and make it a viable second Country outlet in this market. We've done a lot in four years, including the hurdle of neutralizing the market from a concert standpoint and gain reporting status with the labels." In the meantime, KXKL PMD, Bo Reynolds will take over mornings and midday host Brooke Diaz will oversee programming. Wilde's previous stints have included Denver's KXKL-FM (Kool 105) and crosstown KYGO-FM where he and Kelly Ford co-hosted mornings for eight years. –––––– Over the weekend, Jockline Daily confirmed that following a short stint, Don Geronimo is off WJFK's, 106.7 The Fan's lineup. Geronimo, who spent over two decades as one half of The Don And Mike (O'Meara) Show through 2008, later moved to KHTK/Sacramento, before leaving late last year and joining WJFK-FM. ––––––– Rob Stevens has been named producer of The Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF-FM/Boston. He most recently served as morning co-host of "The Show" on KIOZ-FM/San Diego. Stevens will join with Greg "The Hill-Man" Hill, Lyndon Byers and Danielle Murr.
Sandy McIlree Launches 'Beamer & The Bald Guy' Radio Golf Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Sandy McIlree of Austin's heritage "JB and Sandy Show" fame is launching a new syndicated show with 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beam. "Beamer and The Bald Guy" delivers a golf show like none other. "We just wanna sound like a couple of guys shooting the bull after 18 holes!" McIlree said from his studio inside Austin's "W" Hotel . The show is available through "Nine Ball Radio" Sunday mornings from 9am-12N EST. Demo is available here http://www.nineballradio.com/
John Legend Talks Marriage WITH NIKKI Thomas In The KBLX Lounge [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– This week KBLX hosted music legend John Legend for an in-depth interview and performance. KBLX Host Nikki Thomas as part of the KBLX Music Lounge interviewed Legend. He performed four songs, opened up about his marriage to Victoria’s Secret Model Chrissy Tiegen and talked about his current hit song ‘All of Me’, calling it “the biggest song of my career so far”. SEE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE
Ellen Selfie Tops Obama Tweet As Most Popular Of All Time
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– We can pretend last night's Oscar broadcast isn't radio's top story, but one more slip by Jennifer Lawrence put it right on the upper shelf. That, plus Ellen Degeneres's selfie including some her BFF's like Brad Pitt, Anglina Jolie, Lawrence and others, knocked Barack Obama's 'Four More Years' tweet off the top slot as the most popular tweet of all time. According to publicasity, Ellen snapped a pic and within 30 minutes it was nearing Barack Obama's record of 778,800. SEE MORE OSCAR NEWS BELOW IN POPLINE DAILY
Team Sablan Invades The Oscars Again
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– Jockline Daily has once again been sworn to secrecy by not revealing how KyXy/San Diego's Tommy Sablan Laura Cain Anita Bartram manage to get primo seats and take unlimited snaps with mega stars year after year at the Oscars, but here are details of yet another saga. Last night, Tommy Sablan, shown upper right, stands next to film producer Caltrin Rogers, along with Laura Cain and Anita, as she shares the award from her acceptance of the Best Documentary '20 Feet from Stardom.' Upper right, Ellen hands out pizza to actor Harrison Ford with a beaming Tommy just two rows back. At lower left Leonardo DiCaprio poses with Laura and Anita, as well as a newly coiffed, John Travolta. Our thanks to Tommy for sending along numerous other snaps and for that, your secret is good with us for another year.
CONDOLENCES: Pittsburgh's Legendary Craig “Porky” Chedwick Passes Away At 96
THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2014 –– According to WPXI TV/Pittsburgh, Craig "Porky" Chedwick died Sunday morning in a Pittsburgh hospital. Known as the “Daddio of the Raddio” and “Platter-Pushin' Papa,” Chedwick was credited with bringing R&B music to legions of Pittsburghers for more than 60 years. He was among the first white DJs to play music by black artists on the radio, starting at the former WAMO. Chedwick, whose real name was George traded it for Craig. As for Porky, he claimed his mother gave him that name because he was a chubby little baby. Chedwick began his radio career in 1948. He and his wife, Jean, most recently hosted an oldies program at the Brookline Pub on Sundays.
'12 Years A Slave' Tops Oscar Winners
'12 Years A Slave' Tops List of Oscar Winners - [THR]
Jimmy Fallon Takes Frigid Dip For Charity - [DAILY MAIL]
Nick Lachey to Host 'Big Morning Buzz' On VH1 - [CSMONITOR]
Fan Plays Grab-(A)ss With Justin Timberlake In Philly - [MARQUEE]
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Complete List of 'Razzies Awards' - [FANSIDED]
IN CASE YOU MISSED: Heroin Shooting Oscar Statue Near Red Carpet - [THE WRAP]
George Lopez Explains Arrest In Canada - [PEOPLE]
Hitting News Stands This Week - Hayden Panettiere On Cosmo - [COSMOPOLITAN]
Joan Rivers Gets Caked In Face During Pre-Oscar Party - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, is taking break To Work On Web TV Show - [STAR TELEGRAM]
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Hostage Situation At Radio Station Turned Out To Be A Hoax [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2014 –– Another day, another hoax. This one took place in Tulsa at the expense of radio station KVOO. According to News On 6 TV, Tulsa Police responded to a hostage report sometime before 7:00p.m. on Wednesday night. They were told that masked men were inside the station and holding hostages. Within minutes, more than 30 Tulsa officers arrived on the scene only to find workers inside who were unaware of the report. A witness told News On 6 she was next door at a church choir practice, when she said police officers told everyone inside the church to get away from the windows. She then moved all the kids to an indoor room and notified everybody else in the building," Sergeant Mark Mackenzie said the call came in through a third party and they were having a hard time tracking the original caller. In an updated report from tulsaworld.com, Bill Berry, GM of the Journal Broadcast Group, said he and KVOO employees are still confused about exactly what happened and why but are glad no one was hurt. “It was a text message to somebody who then called police,” Berry said. “It was kind of shocking to the employees when multiple police came into the building.
MOTION: Stacy Cunningham Named OM For Entercom San Francisco; 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Names Sean Demery PD
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2014 –– Entercom Communications announced that Stacy Cunningham (L)has been hired as Operations Manager for their San Francisco cluster. “Stacy has been instrumental in re-tooling KBLX’s music mix and repositioning a heritage brand for success. She has taken a leadership role and facilitated a positive working partnership between programming and sales, helping us deliver results for our clients,” said Steve DiNardo, Entercom San Francisco Vice President/Market Manager. “I’m excited for this new role of Operations Manager for Entercom San Francisco and continuing to work with amazing these heritage brands. Our brands have power, reach and momentum and I’m looking forward to seeing their continued growth in 2014,” said Stacy Cunningham. “Entercom San Francisco has one of the most talented programmers, sales managers and staff, led by Steve DiNardo, and I'm honored at the opportunity to take a greater leadership role with this powerful cluster.” Cunningham has been with Entercom since 2012, first as Program Director of KBLX and then as Director of Marketing for Entercom San Francisco. Prior to joining Entercom, Cunningham, who has nearly 13 years of San Francisco radio market experience, served for 9 years with Clear Channel Radio as Program and Promotions Director for varies stations such as KMEL, KIOI and KISQ. ––––––––– Veteran radio programmer Sean Demery (R)has been named Program Director of non-commercial 88Nine RadioMilwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9, www.radiomilwaukee.org), the station announced Thursday. Demery begins on March 3. Demery has worked in a variety of programming and on air positions, including as PD at CBS Radio’s San Francisco’s “Live 105” (KITS) and as APD at Atlanta's “99X” (WNNX). He has twice been recognized as Program “Director of the Year” by Radio & Records and FMQB. A station programmer and consultant for more than two decades, Demery has focused on creating centralized cultures, ground-breaking creative content and improving station positioning. Other stations Demery has worked with include KXRK Salt Lake City, KMTT Seattle and Radio Central Networks, San Francisco. Most recently, he served as program director/partner for the new Paragon/Sparknet Communications syndicated CHR offering, ”QuickHitz.”Paragon’s Mike Henry will continue to provide programming consulting services to RadioMilwaukee, which he has done since helping launch the station in 2007. 1
Glenn Ordway Set To Launch 'The Big Show Unfiltered'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2014 –– Longtime New England host, Glenn Ordway is set to return to the region’s sports scene next month in a multi-platform project called “Big Show Unfiltered” set to debut on Monday, March 17, from 3-6pm and will be heard on the internet through Ordway’s brand new website SportstalkBoston.com, as well as mobile radio. Ordway will host alongside a slew of local personalities and contributors, some of whom will be familiar to the audience and as well as some fresh new voices. The show will available in its entirety on demand following its initial airing. In addition to “Big Show Unfiltered,” Ordway and his team will produce a wide variety of new content that is part of a larger plan to populate his website with fresh programming throughout the day. “I am so thrilled to once again be talking local sports in my hometown with the best fans in America,” said Ordway. “I look forward to presenting an alternative in the market that will feature the best of the past with some new, innovative elements and voices. And there is no reason to hold anything back anymore. It’s all unfiltered. Listeners will be able to access “Big Show Unfiltered” across multiple platforms, including mobile radio on all smart phones, tablets and internet enabled devices via TuneIn or sportstalkboston.com. Ordway adds that talks are underway of future plans to build a terrestrial radio network with affiliates throughout New England, as well as with satellite radio.
Pandora Surpasses 250 Million Users Mark
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2014 –– According to The Business Standard Internet radio behemoth Pandora has surpassed the 250 million users mark, having created more than six billion stations on the web-based radio service. In spite of new competition from the likes of Apple and Google, Pandora has continued to pace at roughly 50 million registered users a year. According to Cnet, Pandora crossed it 200 million milestone in April last year and even though its first 100 million users took six years to generate; the next 100 million only took two years. Pandora is also set for the South by Southwest festival in Austin to stream live performances to be streamed on its radio station.
CBS Sports Radio's John Feinstein Releases Latest Book; One Day Would Like to Write A Play
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2014 –– John Feinstein, host of The John Feinstein Show on CBS Sports Radio, joined in an interview with his partner Andrew Bogusch to chat about his latest release: "Where Nobody Knows Your Name, a behind-the-scenes look at minor league baseball players and their pursuit of the big leagues. This week's release marks Feinstein's 32nd book. He tells Bogusch "I follow all 30 Major League Baseball teams … and having written previous baseball books, I’ve come to have a sense of the huge gap between life in the major leagues and life in Triple-A. The best way to show that is the salaries. The minimum salary in Major League Baseball is $482,000 a year. The maximum salary for someone who’s on a minor-league contract, and these are usually guys who’ve been banging around down there for 10, 11, 12 years, might get it to $100,000 a year — might — most make less than that. Very few guys in Triple-A are going to get to that $100,000 plateau. And it’s the difference between staying in a Hampton Inn or Ritz-Carlton," says Feinstein. And what remains the fantasy project? asked Bogusch. "All kidding aside, there are two things, and I was just talking to my wife about this. You know me and you know I’m not kidding when I say this: I really would love to write a hockey book. I love hockey.." says Feinstein. He adds "if I ever got time, if I ever had actual down time, I’d love to write a play. I love theatre, and I’ve always wanted to write a play. I’ve tinkered with a one-man play based on the Red Auerbach book that I wrote. I have a couple other ideas, but those are the two things I would really, really love to do.
C95 On A Mission To Find Saskatoon's Quickest Baby Crawler
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Engaged - [US]
Justin Bieber Back On Cover of Rolling Stone - [ROLLING STONE]
Flotus To Appear On 'Parks And Recreation' - [MEDIAITE]
Rosie O'Donnell Denies She's Following Piers Morgan, But... - [HUFFPO]
Maksim Chmerkovskly Back To DWTS - [TOO FAB]
Paula Deen Compares Self To Black Ball Player Who Came Out of The Closet - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Disney World Drops Boy Scout Funding Over LGBT Flap - [THE WRAP]
Adam Driver 'Star Wars' Role Swirling - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
[WATCH] Jeff Gordon Goes Undercover; Takes Another Man On Wild Ride - [FOX]
[WATCH] Hair Raising Billboard In Swedish Airport - [TIME]
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Cumulus Makes Key Appointments For NASH Programs
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Cumulus has announced four key NASH talent and programming appointments for the popular syndicated radio programs “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown,” hosted by Country music personality Kix Brooks (below). The new appointments are: Suzanne Alexander (R), Co-Host of “Kickin’ It with Kix” Alexander brings to NASH a deep knowledge of the Country music industry, with extensive Country format radio experience and more than a decade spent in Nashville. She is a Country music broadcast veteran, currently serving as host of Great American Country’s “The Playlist.” In addition to co-hosting “Kickin’ It with Kix,” Alexander will serve as substitute host of “American Country Countdown” while continuing her role with Great American Country. Lonnie Napier, Executive Producer of “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown” Napier is promoted to his new role after serving as Associate Producer of “American Country Countdown” for four years. Prior to joining Cumulus, Napier spent more than 20 years as Producer for the legendary DJ Wolfman Jack and 10 years as VP of Wolfman Jack Entertainment. He has also served as Executive Producer for Jones Media Networks’ “Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend” as well as Producer for Great American Country’s video request show, “CRL.” Holly Ennen, Head Writer of “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown” Ennen is promoted to her new position at both programs after serving as Associate Writer for “American Country Countdown.” Nikita Palmer, NASH Network Producer Palmer joins NASH programming from the Cumulus Digital Division, where she served as a Producer, Content Manager and most recently, Social Media Director of “American Country Countdown” and “Kickin’ It with Kix.”
Longtime Bay Area Radio Host/Turned TV Game Star, Jim Lange Passes Away At 81
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Long before there dating websites, Jim Lange became the first host of the highly popular "The Dating Game" on ABC. According to CBS TV/San Francisco, 'The Dating Game,' which debuted in 1965 and then aired for more than a decade, featured many future stars as contestants including Farah Fawcett (introduced as a artist and sculptress), Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among many others Lange was born in St. Paul, Minn. and at 15 landed his first radio job after winning an audition at an area station. Lange later moved to the west coast where he held radio gigs in both L.A. & San Francisco. Upon his retirement, he returned to radio in 2005 where he handled mornings on KABL-FM, which played classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s. His wife told the Associated Press on Wednesday, “As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said. “He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized ... Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest "Good radio is still the most fun," he said, "It always will be. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup
Did We Mention That Ryan Seacrest Also Debuted His New Sitcom 'Mixology' This Week?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Adding to this weeks' announcement of iHeart Radio's First Ever TV Awards show on NBC with an assist from Ryan Seacrest Productions, his 10 year anniversary on KIIS-FM, we should also mention lost somewhere in his massive schedule was last night's premiere of 'Mixology' on ABC which, along with Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Shahs of Sunset and Married to Jonas, he also produced. Brought to you by the same guys who wrote 'The Hangover,' this is the show that takes place over a 24-hour period in a trendy New York City bar called Mix, and follows 10 different characters, both male and female, as they meet up, interact, hook up, break up and more. According to ABC, "The entire season is one night long," Seacrest ABC News Radio. "And if you've ever been in a relationship or not been in a relationship I think you'll get something out of this. So I hope it's appealing to everybody. It's very, very funny ... We follow the characters as they date or don't date certain people that they want to date or not want to date over the course of one night," Seacrest continues. Mixology premiered last night at 9:30 p.m et ABC.
Free Beer And Hot Wings Snag Interview With Madison Rising's Dave Bray [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– The Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings Show tracked down Dave Bray, the lead singer of Madison Rising on this morning’s show. Since last Saturday, Madison Rising has been taking a ton of heat for their rock rendition of the National Anthem, which they performed before the NASCAR Nationwide race at Daytona. After a lengthy Twitter war with co-host Eric Zane, a band member finally agreed to pass along the show’s phone number to Bray, who had an open invitation from the show o call in at anytime. Much to Free Beer and Hot Wings’ surprise, Bray called in just before 9am on Wednesday to discuss what has been one of the most polarizing stories in recent memory. Madison Rising’s Dave Bray performs the National Anthem before the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday.! Many have said that the rock-themed performance showed a lack of respect for the National Anthem and what it stands for. In response, the lead singer of “America’s most patriotic rock band” said "We didn’t get up there to, you know, degrade the song. We kept the reverence to the song and though it may not have looked that way from the outside, we’re a rock band. This is exactly what we do.” Bray also noted that the band’s aim with the National Anthem was to “evolve it into a new form that could be enjoyed by people young and old and that’s exactly the response we’ve gotten”! LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
KVOO'S Sunny Leigh Becomes Latest Radio Host To Join 'Let's Ask America'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– In case you haven't noticed, radio hosts are popping up on TV more than ever. According to KJRH TV, Shannon Franco, better known to KVOO Tulsa listeners as co-host Sunny Leigh along with her partner, Rowdy, will be TV's latest contestant on the game show Let's Ask America on Feb. 28. As she apparently seems to have a knack for them. She was formerly a contestant on 'The Price is Right' and ''The Weakest Link. For those unfamiliar with LAA's format, features contestants playing via Skype from their home or work while host Kevin Pereira throws questions out to players in front of a studio audience. Catch Shannon on Let's Ask America tomorrow - check stations and listings in your area for exact time. "Let’s Ask America" was named best new game show of 2012.
REPORT: Radio Digital Sales Poised To Grow 22% This Year
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– With a digital revenue increase of 15% in 2013, radio is poised to grow 22% this year -- surpassing the half-billion mark in digital advertising for the first time -- according to a new report issued by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau. The report, Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues, states that the average station made $166,490 in digital advertising, or about 3% of its total revenue. Some large-market stations are making millions, Borrell reported. Average revenue for four-station clusters is approaching three-quarters of a million dollars. The report is based on Borrell's ongoing industry-wide surveys of more than 7,400 local online operations in the U.S. and Canada, including more than 2,790 radio stations in 751 clusters. This report analyzes data from three principal sources: ad revenue as reported by the stations, local business ad spending, and a radio manager survey asking questions about digital revenue resources, sales methods, expenses and other digital operations. This year’s manager survey is comprised of 294 respondents representing 2,010 stations. "There are a lot of positives here," said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates. "We’re still seeing three-fourths of the managers say they believe digital sales hold a lot of growth potential, and now we’re seeing some clear suggestions on how to tap it. Training is an opportunity, as is the need to get more buy-in from upper management. Apparently, the rank-and-file are trying to get the word back to the general that there’s gold in them thar’ hills." webinar is complimentary to survey participants.
Longtime Illinois Host, Bob Murray, Loses Battle With Brain Cancer, Dies At 66
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Springfield, IL radio host Bob Murray (L), whose career covered more than four decades, died Wednesday at the age of 66. From 2003 until his recent illness which he announced in December, Murray was host of the Morning Newswatch on WTAX in Springfield. According to sj-r.com, Murray, a 2009 finalist for the NAB's Marconi Award, once said “To me, the listener is so important. You have to put yourself in their place: Would I listen to what I’m doing? You can never forget that they are the most important part of your presentation.” He and his wife were married in Springfield in 1984. He is survived by his mother, Irene Williamson, his wife, and families of their two daughters, including three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. March 7 at Holy Family Parish Center, 2400 S. Franklin St., Decatur. Family funeral services will be private.
MOTION: Chris Dimino Returning To The Air In Atlanta; Connor McKnight Crosses Over To 87.7 The Game Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Beginning March 17th, Former 790/The Zone morning host Chris Dimino (L) will be returning to the air in Atlanta for mornings on sports talk 680/The Fan. He'll join with Perry Laurentino and Christopher Rude on the Rude Awakening, the Fan president David Dickey confirmed with The AJC's Rodney Ho. Dimino, who's actually been with the Fan for the last five months, hasn’t been able to go on the air because of a non-compete. As Jockline Daily reported, last June, Dimino was part of the Zone’s morning shot Mayhem in the AM, until a bit involving Steve Gleason, an ex-New Orleans Saints football player suffering from ALS, cost him his job. Dimino began his career at The Fan but spent the past decade-plus at rival 790/the Zone. –––––––––– According to Chicago blogger, Rober Feder, after more than four years as a host, anchor and reporter for CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670, Connor McKnight has jumped to Tribune Broadcasting’s upstart competitor WGWG LP 87.7 'The Game", where he’ll become part of the regular lineup. Todd Manley, vice president of creative content for The Game 87.7 FM, confirmed the hire and said McKnight would make his first appearance Thursday on Mark Carman’s show, which airs from 7 to 10 p.m. This move comes on the heels of two other additions — midday producer and weekend host Ben Finfer, who joined The Game as midday host, and Tribune Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson, who signed on as NBA expert.
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
Nick Grimshaw & James Corden Smash Lips During BRIT Awards
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 –– Nick Grimshaw and James Corden shared a kiss at the BRIT Awards I attended the Brit Awards (our version of the Grammys) at the O2 in London. In a night filled with awkward moments which included Harry from one direction being late to pick up an award because he was “having a wee” and presenters making jokes about drugs, one awkward moment stood out above all others when the host James Corden kissed the Radio One Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw. You Think?
Ex Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles Claimed To Be Second-Hand CAR DEALER To Save £1 million ($1.67M) - Chris Moyles earned around £700,000 ($1.64M) a year from his time presenting the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, which he tried to offset using a tax avoidance scheme popular with high earners. He now faces a whopping bill after a tax judge said he did not believe the former Radio 1 star had been buying and selling used cars.
Weekly 6 Music Radio Show For Iggy Pop - Iggy Pop will host a weekly radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music for the rest of the year, covering Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday slot. Iggy Pop was last on the network at Christmas for a couple of special programmes but takes up his regular show from March 16th. The show will occupy the 4pm till 6pm slot vacated by Jarvis Cocker, who is taking a year-long sabbatical.
Want a British host to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Feel free to call me on +44 7752 416905.
50 Shades' Trilogy Now Tops 100 Million Sales Worldwide
Sandra Bullock To Draw $70 Million Or More From 'Gravity' - [THR]
'50 Shades' Trilogy Now Tops 100 Million Worldwide - [LA TIMES]
Rihanna Recording For DreamWorks Animation Film 'Home' - [DIGITAL SPY]
Are Katy Perry & John Mayer Calling It Quits? [US]
Yes, Another Kardashian Cover - [COSMOPOLITAN]
Man Accused Of Being Philip Seymour Hoffman's Gay Lover Wins Suit Against Enquirer - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
Adam Sandler To Star In Sony's Video Game Film 'Pixels' - [THE WRAP]
'Entourage' Finally Gets A Release Date - [VARIETY]
Jane Lynch To Guest On 'Girl Meets World' - [EW]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Repentance' With Forest Whitaker - [RED CARPET CRASH]
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NBC And CCME To Launch iHeartRadio Music Awards Show On May 1st
[WATCH] Seacrest Hits 10 Year Mark At KIIS-FM; Releases Video With Pharrell
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014 –– As it turns out, there is apparently room for yet another music awards show. NBC and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that NBC will televise the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will showcase this year's biggest artists and songs and feature live performances, never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. The show, which will feature performances from other Los Angeles venues, will also broadcast and stream live the audio across all participating Clear Channel radio stations and their websites, and on iHeartRadio. The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman (shown) of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will produce the show for NBC Studios. Hamilton will also direct.
In addition to his Seacrest Productions helping to produce the iHeart Music Awards, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Seacrest is celebrating 10 years of being on-air on 102.7 KIIS-FM, Los Angeles No. 1 Hit Music Station, as well as a decade of hosting American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. For the occasion, The KIIS-FM Team has released a Commemorative Viral Video with Pharrell - WATCH HERE
DAN MASON: Glad To Have Shannon On Our Side Of The Mic [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014 –– New York City is still buzzing with news of Scott Shannon taking over mornings on WCBS-FM. No sooner announced, he was interviewed on their local TV affiliate saying "There is nothing like the power of music "A TV show, a close, they don't have the same emotional impact as a great song that says something about where you were, what you were doing, who you were hung up on .. all the memories come rushin' back,' said Shannon. Meanwhile, CBS radio chief, Dan Mason, welcomed Shannon via a company memo, writing: "It gives me great pleasure to let you know Scott Shannon has joined CBS RADIO as the new morning show host at WCBS-FM. He is by far one of the most accomplished on-air talents in our industry, and there are few names more synonymous with New York radio than Scott's." It's personalities like him that make local radio so special and we can't wait for his debut this coming Monday." Mason added "I'm excited for this move on several fronts, and I'm thrilled to see those in and outside of radio taking notice of our commitment to making big investments in our over-the-air product and belief that great local hosts are what will drive this business forward. Scott and I have known each other for many years, and he has always been a formidable competitor. Having him on our side of the microphone can only strengthen CBS-FM and the entire line-up that follows." WATCH VIDEO HERE
JOSH INNES: One Month In Philly Is All It Took To Get Death Threat
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014 –– Newly arrived WIP-FM - 94.1 night-time host, Josh Innes tells philly.com, "One month is all it took before getting his first death threat. He claims It happened via Twitter on Feb. 4, about four weeks after he took over the 6-to-10 weeknight shift. Innes, who arrived from WIP's sister station in Houston, had been defending Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. For those not familiar, Cooper began last season in controversy after a video surfaced showing him using the N-word at a concert. "Somebody said something to me on Twitter, and I used the phrase "'Dodged the bullet." "A guy then tweeted, 'If you keep defending Riley Cooper, you'll have to dodge real bullets.' I probably should have not talked about (the threat) on the air, but it was interesting. WIP Operations Director Andy Bloom defended Innes saying "There are people who strongly dislike him, as they disliked Howard Cosell . . . and Howard Stern. Some will hate him and listen every day, some will [not listen] and others will find he is the most unique and compelling personality that they've heard, and he'll find an audience. And you don't have to have 50 percent of the audience to be No. 1." Bloom should know, too. He launched Stern's national career in 1986 s then PD of WYSP-FM. This was the first station to syndicate Stern's New York-based show. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
MOTION: The BJ Shea Show Extends With 99.9 KISW Seattle; John Mason Takes Over Mornings At KISS 105.9 Detroit; Jack Daniel Expands Duties In Charlotte; Portland's Buffalo Wild Wings' Extend With The 1080 The Fan/Portand
Daly's Download Hits 100th Affiliate
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014 –– WestwoodOne announced that its weekend show, The Daly Download with Carson Daly – This Week’s Top 30, has reached a milestone of 100 stations. “This is really exciting and could not have happened without the listeners who tune-in and the many stations that air our show around the country,” said Daly. “Carson Daly is a brand unto himself. We are thrilled to align with him and to watch the ‘Daly Download’ continue to build and grow,” said Dennis Green, WestwoodOne SVP, Affiliate Sales. “He brings incredible knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm to the show and has a unique way of engaging and connecting with music fans across multiple platforms. We look forward to the next 100!” The Daly Download with Carson Daly – This Week’s Top 30 airs on 14 of the top 20 markets, including WNOW, New York; KAMP, Los Angeles, WBBM, Chicago; KLIF, Dallas-Ft. Worth; WODS, Boston; WWWQ, Atlanta; WDZH, Detroit; WQAL, Cleveland; WVMX, Columbus, OH; WHBQ, Memphis, TN; and WPXY, Rochester, NY. The program is produced by CBS RADIO. WestwoodOne manages affiliate relations and sales.
Joe Piscopo Is Salem's Answer In New York
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014 –– Salem Communications announced that legendary Joe Piscopo of Saturday Night Live fame is joining AM 970 The Answer in New York City as the new morning talk host, effective immediately. Piscopo, who starred on the popular NBC program from 1980-84 has been on the air for the station doing the morning show since January 3rd. He is joined on the air by morning show producer Frank Morano and newsman Al Gattullo. "One of the best things I get to do in this job is find talented people who have accomplished something on one stage and are ready to take on another one," said Salem VP Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. "Joe is extremely talented on the radio, bringing a level of entertainment to mix with the information that you seldom get to hear." "I have my college degree in Broadcasting. I remain a dedicated student of the most intimate medium, radio. And with legendary broadcast giants like GM Jerry Crowley and current day guru of all radio personalities past and present, Phil Boyce, this is the positively perfect storm of talk radio," said Joe. "I honestly believe that this is not only the reinvention, renaissance and revitalization of AM radio, (not to mention a totally new and exciting journey of my career) but the best thing to happen to NY radio since David Sarnoff." Piscopo was recently inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, is involved in a multitude of charities too numerous to mention, and is a dedicated father and family man, living in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This new morning radio program “Piscopo in the Morning" airs on AM 970 The Answer weekday mornings, 6-9am.
NO HOAX: Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Arrested In Atlanta Over Alleged Camera Theft - [CNN]
Michael Phelps Makes Guest Appearance On TV's 'Suits' - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD
Katie Couric To Play Talk Show Host Who Grills Alec Baldwin In 'Law & Order: SVU' - [THR]
New 'Odd Couple' Could Be Headed Back To TV Starring Matthew Perry - [THE WRAP]
Jamie Lee Curtis Tapped To Star In New CBS Medical Soap Pilot - [VARIETY]
Jef Holm Calls Juan Pablo "Sleaziest Bachelor That's Been On The Show" - [US]
Justin Timberlake Responds To Being Flipped Off By Concert-Goer In Finger Licking Style - [CRUSHABLE]
Woman Arrested After Calling 911, Then Wanting (S)ex From Officer - [NBC 2]
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Scott Shannon Returns To New York's Airwaves On WCBS-FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 –– WCBS-FM New York's website apparently jumped the gun last night by posting on their website the announcement that iconic New York host Scott Shannon would be taking over mornings. While the official announcement came this morning, Jockline Daily confirmed late yesterday that the longtime co-host of WPLJ New York's Big Show with Todd Pettigill, would indeed be taking over the show beginning March 3rd. Joining Shannon will be Mr. G with weather and Joe Nolan with traffic. Meanwhile, look for current morning host Dan Taylor to shift to middays. Broadway Bill Lee in afternoons, Joe Causi from 7-midnight and Dave Stewart in overnights. In the release, Don Bouloukos, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio New York, commented "Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years. CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall-Of-Famer Scott Shannon. We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS Radio family."
Atlanta's Regular Guys Pull Off Mother of All Hoaxes; Draws Praise From Neal Boortz [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 –– By now you're aware that the infamous coalition by local neighbors in the posh community of Buckhead in Atlanta who protested Justin Bieber's potential residency was nothing more that a brilliant hoax created by Rock 100.5's Regular Guys. No sooner was the fake neighborhood group called the 'Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition" created before numerous sources such as CNN, TMZ, Gawker, NY Time, Huffpo, Time and even the BBC jumped on it. The Regular Guy's Larry Wachs (shown upper right) claims over 45,000 news stories have resulted from the hoax, so far. Adding to the authenticity, The Regular Guys Tim White played the role of Harold White in interviews with outlets such as BBC, pretending to head the protest. And the whole event was staged in front of a mansion currently on the market (below). On yesterday's show, host Larry Wachs admitted that the whole scheme had been a hoax and called the prank “a big win.” Following the reveal, longtime Atlanta host, Neal Boortz called it "Brilliant! You've gotta hand it to the Regular Guys, it was Brilliant!," said Boortz. But did Bieber weigh in on the hoax? Larry Wachs told Jockline Daily that the pint star tweeted stonily and vaguely in response to the "hate." LISTEN TO BOORTZ AUDIO HERE PHOTO/Wachs
Jeopardy "Villain" Story Draws Quick Shot Of WMMS's Rover [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY, 25TH, 2014 –– it's a story that's driving some "Jeopardy" fans crazy, but producers of the show must be in heaven given the publicity and likely rating's boost. This is the story surrounding controversial contestant, Arthur Chu (R) who has been shaking up the news lately with his unconventional strategy for winning which includes jumping from category to category. In an CNN report yesterday, Chu noted that the show is about winning "actual money," Point taken. And then CNN's Brooke Baldwin goes on to include comments from various people who have branded Chu a villain on social media, and among them, yup, WMMS Cleveland's Rover (above), of Rover's Morning Glory. Not sure how the piece came about, or how Rover's pic and comment was included, but it was nice to see a radio peep get some love in the middle of high trendiing story. Meanwhile, Chu will be back today for more "actual money." PHOTO/Screen grab - WATCH VIDEO HERE
Did Howard Stern Call Piers Morgan Demise On Second Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 –– Lost in all the news flashes of Piers Morgan canceled show on CNN was a prescient Howard Stern who joined Morgan on his second show after taking over for Larry King. According to kpopStarz.com, Howard wasn't too optimistic from the starting saying to the new host: ""I want to congratulate you on unseating a 95-year-old man. Poor Larry King is sitting home right now pulling what few hairs he had in his head out right now." He added "I like you. ... But who the hell knows what you're going to do on here. They tell me you're a journalist." Morgan retorted that he had been a journalist for 25 years in England, to which Stern said "OK. But people in America don't know that. What is your background? ... As I said to your people, Piers was in England. To be successful in England -- very nice. But England's the size of Philadelphia. To conquer England it takes about two days." Stern later predicted that Morgan wouldn't last, saying "I heard a rumor that you were going to challenge me today. You wanted to be confrontational. You were going to say YOU are the best interviewer in the world. I'm glad you're confident. My friend, you have a lot to prove here. Here's my prediction: In three months you'll have fired your talent booker... I said, the first week is great. You have Oprah, you have me. What's going to happen three months from now when you're interviewing Scott Baio? Who's gonna care?" Afar as we know, Scott Baio was never booked, but the numbers never quite delivered a knockout punch. In an official statement this week, CNN confirmed that 'Piers Morgan Live' is ending. The date of the final program is still to be determined." Reportedly, Morgan may be used elsewhere at CNN.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bill Cahill Joins Premiere Networks As VP/Prog.; CMG's Appoints AJ Punjabi Atlanta Digital SM; L&L Portland Cluster Names Tim "TC" Michaels PD
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 –– Bill Cahill is joining Premiere Networks as Vice President of Programming. Bill has been Program Director at WASH and WBIG in Washington since 2008 and also serves CCM+E as a Brand Manager and Premium Choice expert. Beginning April 1, Bill will give up his WASH/WBIG duties and begin his new Premiere role (and he’ll retain his PC and Brand Manager work for CCM+E). Bill will report to Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP of Programming, and partner closely with her in managing and enhancing the programming and operations of Premiere’s programs and services. ––––––––– Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named AJ Punjab (R)i Digital Sales Manager for Atlanta Area Radio, which now includes the Athens market. Punjabi, who currently serves as CMG’s Atlanta Radio Digital Sales Manager, will now work along-side Athens Digital Sales Specialist Kate Pelon to deliver digital sales solutions to valued clients in the Atlanta and Athens markets. “AJ Punjabi has a done a tremendous job for CMG Atlanta Radio sales team and their customers,” said CMG Atlanta Director of Sales Walt Phillips. “With his leadership, we’re maximizing all digital revenue opportunities while delivering solid digital marketing solutions to Atlanta area businesses. I couldn’t think of a better person to also help lead the already successful Athens market. His focus will be continuing to build on Athens success in the digital space while driving new business development initiatives.” ––––––––– L & L Broadcasting of Portland, Oregon announced today Tim “TC” Michaels has been promoted to PD of WUBB-FM, BOB 106.9 and WGCO-FM, Hank 98.3 in Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC. Before working for WUBB Bob 106.9 in Savannah, Michaels hosted Middays on WUBL 94.9, The Bull in Atlanta. Prior to WUBL, TC hosted Afternoons on WKHX Kicks 101.5 in Atlanta. “I’m very excited to continue working with WUBB and WGCO’s incredibly talented team as Program Director!"
MARK RAMSEY: 'Liking' And 'Listening To Them,' Two Different Things When It Comes To Choosing A Morning Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 –– Popular media strategist and researcher Mark Ramsey compiled a list of "6 reasons why listeners may not listen to your morning show. Topping the list:"Because they’re just not that good." Citing managers not being known for spotting and nurturing talent, he says there’s a reason why Howard Stern was fired all the way to the top. He adds "Radio fans know what they like and what they don’t like and everything else is likely to fall in the vast, bland, vanilla middle. And while that vast, bland, vanilla middle can be tweaked with a bit of coaching or a new producer, there’s an old saying: “You can’t polish a turd.” Ramsey's second reason was "Because they’re not meaningfully different in a crowded field." "The problem with formulas for what makes a great morning show is that every station has access to the same formulas. And when every radio station is playing the same morning show game for the same audience at the same time using versions of the same bits, the audience will default to the show they’ve listened to longest, even if it’s not necessarily the best – because it takes a lot of time and effort to find the “best” and no time or effort at all to succumb to habit. Moving to the bottom of the list, Ramsey says “liking them” and “listening to them” are two different things." "Your new morning host may be a great guy and a model citizen, but if I’ve got twenty minutes of drive-time I intend to spend it with the most compelling, entertaining, or informative morning show I can find, not with an audio Boy Scout," says Ramsey. READ ENTIRE POST HERE
Bob Rivers Listeners Sponsor 349 Children In Zambia
KISS Cancels Rock HOF Performance Following Dispute - [ROLLING STONE]
Judy Garland's Kids Reunite For 'Oz' Tribute - [THR]
Harold Ramis Of 'Ghostbuster's' Fame, Passes Away At 69 - [VARIETY]
Robin Thicke & Paul Patton Separate After Eight Years - [US]
Amanda Seyfried Set For Female Lead In 'Ted' Sequel - [DEADLINE]
Jason Collins Signs With The Nets; Becomes Leagues First Openly Gay Player - [MASHABLE]
Tamron Hall Joins 'Today' Cast - [TODAY]
AND THIS TIME HE MEANS IT? Alec Baldwin Calls Public Life Quits - [USA TODAY]
Ann Margaret To Join 'Ray Donovan' In Recurring Role - [THE WRAP]
NBC'S 'Heroes' Gets 13 Week Extension - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Male Passenger Killed In Sports Car Driven By Selma Hayek's Brother Following Crash On Sunset Blvd. - [DAILY MAIL]
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Dramatic Rescue Captured On Radio Draws National Attention [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014 –– A dramatic rescue by a Miami woman during a Friday traffic jam prompted listeners to contact a radio station who in turn took the story live. The woman, Pamela Rauseo, whose nephew appeared to have quit breathing, pulled the infant from the car and administered CPR. Traveling in a car behind Rauseo was Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz who quickly reached out for help and later captured startling photos of the rescue (which have since gone viral). Within minutes, numerous authorities arrived on the scene. During NBC's Nightly News, Lester Holt (above) reported the story on his evening news and shared audio from WFTL. Unnamed in the report was WFTL host Rich Stevens who departed his regular programming to carry the dramatic story live on the air. He told Jockline Daily: "This was on the Dolphin Expressway. We saw on our traffic cams it was at a complete standstill." He says on today's show he'll interview Rauseo, the woman who saved the child. WATCH VIDEO HERE
NEW ERA: The Todd Show Debuts On 95.5 WPLJ New York
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014 –– The Todd Show debuted this morning on 95.5 WPLJ in New York City, marking the start of a new era following the historic 23-year run of “The Big Show” – with Pettengill now the sole host of the 6a-10a timeslot. The Todd Show’ is the natural progression for WPLJ and Pettengill. He is one of the most talented people that I have met in this business and I am proud to be working with him as a part of PLJ’s re-birth,” said Kim Bryant, Cumulus New York Vice President/Market Manager. “I’m beyond excited to anchor a live and local morning show in the number one radio market in the world,” said Pettengill. “Thank you to Governor Chris Christie for giving me my own lane on my commute in from New Jersey and to Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing me to follow his caravan to get me to the studio quickly.” Before Pettengill became a part of New York radio history, he honed his skills in the Albany, New York combo WPTR/WFLY where he hosted the morning show and held the titles of Program Director, Operations Manager and Vice President of Programming. In August 1991, Pettengill joined the air staff of WPLJ-FM as morning show co-host. Since then, he has won five New York “AIR AWARDS” and was also awarded an Emmy for his work on the NBC TV show, TV NATION. The Todd Show follows the recent announcement that longtime co-host Scott Shannon was retiring from the show. Pettengill will be joined on-air by long time Executive Producer/Spiritual Adviser Joe “Monk” Pardavila, Cooper Lawrence, Anne Marie Leamy, Sheila Cichon Watko, Bill Fitzpatrick and Meatballs.
Jennifer Lopez And Ryan Seacrest Team For NBC Drama Series
CCME Names Clay Hunnicutt EVP/GM of National Programming Platforms; Other Changes/Promotions Announced
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Clay Hunnicutt has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Platforms, effective immediately. He will be based out of New York City and report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms. Hunnicutt most recently served as Executive Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel's largest markets. He began his 23-year career at US-101 FM in Chattanooga and moved through the ranks, formerlly programming CMA Radio Station of the Year, WUSY-FM; held the position of Director of Programming for Clear Channel Nashville and Atlanta; Vice President of Programming for the Southeast markets; and Senior Vice President of Programming for the Eastern Region. The company also announced the realignment and promotion of key executive programming leadership. Thea Mitchem, Vice President of Programming for New York City, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C./Baltimore markets; Andrew Jeffries, Vice President of Programming in Los Angeles, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for the Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego markets; Brad Hardin, Senior Vice President of Programming for the West Major markets, has been named Executive Vice President of Programming and adds Houston and Dallas to his responsibilities. In addition, Gene Romano, Executive Vice President of Programming, has added Chicago to the markets he oversees.
Cumulus Announces New Maternity Leave Policy
ATLANTA, February 24, 2014 – Cumulus announces the implementation of an industry-leading maternity leave policy providing new mothers with six weeks of fully-paid time off in addition to the paid time off and disability benefits currently provided to employees. The policy takes effect immediately and is available to all full-time, non-commission employees with at least one year of service."Cumulus continues to grow and innovate thanks to the dedication of our colleagues across the country. We are committed to providing benefits that recognize employees' health and family needs, and providing fully-paid leave to new mothers after they give birth is the right thing to do," said Lew Dickey, chairman and CEO of Cumulus.
Entercom Greenville Debuts ESPN UPSTATE; CRN Goes 'Wall to Wald Sports
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014 –– Entercom Communications announced that today they will launch their 6th brand, ESPN UPSTATE. It will air on 950 WORD-AM, 1330 WYRD-AM, 97.1 FM, WFBC-FM HD-3 and will stream 24/7 at www.ESPNUpstate.com. “ESPN is the biggest name in sports and adding the most powerful brand in sports makes our dominant cluster of radio stations even stronger,” said Entercom VP/Market Manager Steve Sinicropi. “This past year we have had tremendous success in the sports arena with Clemson football play by play, Greg McKinney anchoring our College Football Today pregame show, and Carolina Panthers football with our Carolina Kick Off pre-game show hosted by The Rise Guys. Adding ESPN is another major step as Entercom Upstate becomes THE place for sports radio in the market.” “Our sports coverage in terms of talent, teams and signal coverage is unmatched in this market and joining forces with ESPN provides our clients with an additional and valuable touch point to connect with a highly sought after consumer,” added Sinicropi. “We are especially excited to add local talent Greg McKinney to our afternoon lineup with a live and local show that will be fast paced and entertaining.” He currently anchors College Football Today, on 93.3 The Planet, prior to each Clemson football game. Beginning today the lineup will be: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. “Mike & Mike in the Morning” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo” 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Afternoon Huddle” with Greg McKinney 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Hill and Schlereth” / ESPN Play-by-Play 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. “SportsCenter Tonight” 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. “SportsCenter All Night” ––––––– CRN Digital Talk Radio has announced the launch of "Wall to Wald Sports," a program that is a hybrid of sports and politics. Hosted by radio veterans Ronnie Wald and Fred Wallin, the show airs Fridays at 1pm ET on the network's CRN 1 channel. Wald and Wallin discuss sports in what they term their own "novel" way before shifting to politics -- an area in which they differ significantly. For example, the duo says that "to Wald, Ronald Reagan is a hero -- but to Wallin, he was a bad actor."
Stars Turn Out For 3rd Annual FAST4Kids Event Hosted By Dr. Daliah
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014 –– This past weekend, syndicated host, Dr. Daliah, hosted the third Annual FAST4Kids Gala at the LVH hotel (formerly Las Vegas Hilton). FAST4Kids raises money for the educational needs of autistic children. Among the star studded entertainment line up was Pia Zadora (shown right with Dr. Daliah, legendary comedian Steve Rossi and to everyone's excitement, a surprise performance by Rich Little. In quick order, over $10K was quickly raised and money is still pouring in.
Erin Andrews Joins DWTS As Brooke Burke-Charvet Exits - [USA TODAY]
Coalition Formed To Keep The Bieb' Out Of Posh Atlanta Neighborhood - [FACEBOOK]
Piers Morgan Show Coming To An End - [NY TIMES]
Eminem & Rihanna Team For 'Monster Tour' - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Miley Cyrus & Katy Perry Smash Lips During Bangerz Concert - [E ONLINE]
Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson Set for Stamp Series - [NJ.COM]
Hulk Hogan Returning To WWE - [EW]
Snooki Expecting Another Baby - [PAGE SIX]
Jared Leto Covers 'Confidential' Magazine - [GLOBAL GRIND]
The Ebersols To Produce 'Space Jam 2' - LeBron James Starring Vehicle - [DEADLINE]
Russel Crowe Breaks Down Over News Of Lifelong Friend's Passing - [DAILY MAIL]
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Popular Charlotte Host's Photo Used To Catfish Women At Single's Site
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014 –– Longtime Charlotte host, Matt Harris, one half of the popular Matt & Ramona show on 107.9 The Link, was stunned to discover his photo on a popular dating website. Only problem is, Matt is a happily married man and father of two and 'not on a dating website. He tells WCNC TV “Someone who found my picture on a website Googled the image, found out it was me and then sent me an email saying, ‘Hey there’s some guy using your likeness to try to scam people.’ His photo appeared on the website 'Our Time,' a site for 50+ singles. "At first you think, ‘This is awesome,' says Harris. "This person is trying to hit on the ladies. He picked my mug to do it with.’ The man behind the photo turned out to some guy claiming to be in Kansas. Ramona joked "How is it that yet another person is pretending to be Matt Harris? Why? He’s no George Clooney, you know what I mean?” “That’s nice of Ramona to say I’m not George Clooney. It's true. I’m not George Clooney,” Matt laments. Jokes aside, make takes the matter seriously saying “My initial response was, ‘Wow, they must think I’m okay looking.’ But then I realized that this guy is scamming people with my likeness.” Both Matt and Sheryl say it's a warning for us all in this social media society. WCNC checked with authorities and earned this happens all the time and there is not much you can do. The Better Business Bureau advised that if this happens to you, you should post online that people are using your picture in their profiles. If anyone searched by that image, they will find that statement.
MOTION: Power 96.1 Atlanta Takes Mornings Local With Scotty Kay
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014 –– After the recent departure of the syndicated Elvis Duran show from Power 96.1/Atlanta's lineup, there were lots of questions raised as to who might follow him in the slot, including whether the CCME outlet may opt to plug in another syndicated show. Those rumblings came to a halt yesterday as former WKSC-FM/103.5 Chicago's very popular Special K, aka Scotty Kay would fill the position. On his Facebook page he posted: "It's been hard to hold in the excitement, but had to wait to tell you guys ... I'm starting the next step in my career and life as the new morning show host at Atlanta's Power961 ... This is going to be an amazing journey! You can listen every morning on iHeartRadio .." According to crm.com, Kay started out as a professional dancer and was even featured on the first season of the FOX television show "So You Think You Can Dance." Kay was a popular nightime host of 103.5 Kiss FM until he became victim to a budget cut last summer. Duran's show had been in place since September, 2012. PHOTO/KAY -Roper Fuentes Photography
WHEELER: FCC Won't Regulate Journalist's Speech
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Talker Stephan's Dairy Farm Animals Victim To Heavy Snow
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014 –– Unknown to many in the industry, Doug Stephan (R), host of the nationally syndicated Doug Stephan’s Good Day program, has a second passion in addition to radio - he has preserved and operates one of last family dairy farms in MA.. Eastleigh Farm Dairy, just west of Boston, sells natural dairy products directly to the public and not to dairy mega-producers. On Wednesday, one of the barns collapsed under the weight of snow that had accumulated on the roof. Ten of his beloved Jersey cows were trapped inside - two were killed instantly, four were treated for trauma and the others were able to walk out. An amazing group of firefighters, police and neighbors rolled up their sleeves to help. Seven veterinarians from nearby areas volunteered to help treat the cows at the scene. The tragedy became a top story on all Boston Television and Radio newscasts for the day, and was cited on ABC's National TV News broadcast. Eastleigh Farm is a historic landmark and a not-for-profit business, dedicated to preserving family farming in America.
Bob Kingsley's Surprise Celebration Raises $50,000 For Opry Fund
Portland Jam'n Again
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014 –– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Portland announced today the return of JAM'N 107.5, debuted yesterday at 12:00 p.m. PST. "We’re excited to bring back JAM'N for Portland listeners," said Mark Adams, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Portland. "We’re keeping all of the things our listeners loved about Wild, while embracing the musical heritage of the JAM'N brand in Portland." "By bringing JAM'N back to town, we are meeting a need for a musical genre that is not being adequately met in the market right now," said Robert Dove, Market President, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Portland. "This is the perfect station for listeners who love Hip Hop and R&B from back in the day as well as the newest rhythmic hits. It’s the both of best worlds."
K-EARTH'S Gary Bryan Visits Arsenio Hall Show - [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014 –– K-EARTH 101/LA morning host, Gary Bryan was invited to the Arsenio Hall Showearlier this month and even interviewed the host of one of the ewer late night shows on the set. Arsenio and Gary also talk about the recent renovation of 'The Forum' and how this iconic music venue has such a vibrant history in Los Angeles. “It’s also a resurgence, a renaissance period for Inglewood, and that place where Magic and Kareem won all those championships,” he said. “We’re gonna have concerts there…I’m so glad they renovated it and they’re going to make it a wonderful place for shows now.” Arsenio also noted that former Eagles guitarist Don Felder was sitting in with his late night band all that week long WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
SHOCKER: 'Idol Lawsuit Claims Underwood, Clarkson And Others 'Stiffed' By Sony - [THR]
Kendall & Kylie Cover Marie Claire Mexico - [GOSSIP COP]
Kendall & Kylie: Novelists! No, Really - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
Jet Skier Found Guilty Of Murder In Death of Usher's Stepson - [TMZ]
Christina Aguilera Is Pregnant - [US]
DeCaprio Foundations Throws In $3M To Save Ocean Wildlife - [PAGE SIX]
'Wolf of Wall Street' Being Sued for $25M By Man Portrayed In Film - [NEWS SKY]
UH OH: '3 Doors Down's' Todd Harrell Busted Again For DUI; Dropped by Band - [PEOPLE]
'Taxi' Alumnus, Judd Hirsch Cast In ABC's 'Forever' - [TV GUIDE]
WHOAAAA: Babs Gets Endorsement Offer From (S)ex Toy Company - [TMZ]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Maladies' Starring Jame Franco - [RED CARPET CRASH]
Viking Calendar Predicts The World Will End Tomorrow - You Have A Nice Weekend, Okay - [USA TODAY]
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Kerri Kasem Wants Laws Changes For Children's Access To Ailing Parents
Broadway Steps Up For The Imus Ranch
EDISON STUDY: Country Radio, Like All Radio, Is In The Fight Of Its Life Among Younger Consumers
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– Edison Media Research presented their comprehensive Country music research study presentation on Millennials and Country radio on Feb. 19 at Country Radio Seminar 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. The CRS panel shared key findings of Edison Research’s “Understanding Country Radio’s Next Generation of Listeners,” just-released research on the music and media habits of 12-to-34-year olds. The full survey was unveiled today at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville by Edison’s Larry Rosin (R) and Megan Lazovick, along with Jayne Charneski, an expert on “Millennials.” According to the findings, Country has grown sharply over the last 13 years among younger radio listeners. Since 2000, both the percentage of 12-to-24-year-old listeners who “listen regularly” to Country and those who list a Country outlet as their most-listened-to radio station have doubled. But millennial Country fans are not merely radio fans. While Country Radio is the top way that younger Country Music fans consume their music, they are also making use of many digital options. “Country radio, like all radio, is in the fight of its life among younger consumers,” said Edison president Larry Rosin. “Country radio is stronger than ever in the broadcast radio universe, especially among younger listeners. But broadcast radio no longer is the entire universe. Programmers who have been laser-focused on other radio stations, or other format competitors, will need to adjust their sights.” Rosin also commented on the widespread use of voicetracking, saying the data showed that localness and being relatable is why people choose FM radio (and ease). That is Radio’s brand. And as such – voice tracking and nationalization are a disaster for radio. But – as I also said – if you are forced to voice-track or nationalize – you STILL have to work as hard as you can to be local and relevant…"
CMT All Access With Cody Alan To Launch Next Month
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– Premiere Networks and CMT announced today the launch of CMT All Access with Cody Alan. The one-hour, Country music and entertainment program will feature the latest news, information and interviews with artists, along with the top Country music songs. Available to Country music stations beginning the weekend of March 22, CMT All Access with Cody Alan will also be heard on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel ’s all-in-one free digital listening service. Award-winning Country radio and CMT personality Cody Alan stated, “We’re building CMT All Access as the ultimate one-stop weekend show for fans who want the latest on what’s happening in country music - plus, A-list interviews and all the behind the scenes exclusives we can pack into one hour. It’s going to be fun!”
Dee Jay Silver To Kick Off Weekly Syndicated Country Radio Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver is bringing his distinctive style of party rock country to radio listeners as he launches a weekly syndicated country radio show, “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver.” The new show will provide from one hour up to five hours of entertainment with radio veteran Keith Kaufman serving as Operations Manager, programming and producing the show, and Compass Media Networks providing syndication. Over the past 10 years, Dee Jay Silver has entertained millions of listeners on such superstars’ tours as Brad Paisley (current), Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, and Eric Church, among others. Peter Kosann, CEO, Compass Media Networks adds, “Country music is hot and getting hotter. We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this cutting-edge type of programming to market.” For more info, contact Adam Wilbur, Compass Media Networks’ Vice President, Affiliate Sales, at (310) 791-7744.
MOTION: The Woody & Wilcox Show Add 107.7 The Buzz To Affiliates
Dallas Host's Foundation Donates $30,000 To Family Of Fallen Firefighter
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– A foundation run by Dallas host Russ Martin (B) of KEGL/97.1 The Eagle has donated $30,000 to the family of firefighter Scott Tanksley, who died in the line of duty last week, according The Dallas News.Tanksley fell to his death from an overpass after he was hit by a car while working an ice-induced car-wreck. He was survived by his wife Wendi and three young children — his son Levi and his daughters Laynee and Lynlee Grace (L). Martin told the Dallas Morning News via email that he never asks what the money goes toward. “It’s intended as a stop-gap while they wait on insurance and other fundraising monies to come in,” Martin said. “Finances should be the last of their concerns at an emotionally debilitating time.” Since 2001, The foundation has written 22 checks totalling nearly $500,000 total. This latest donation follows another $30,000 check to the family of firefighter Stanley Wilson, who died in an apartment blaze last year.
Artist Chris Wallace Surprises McDonald's Drive-Thru Customer With Singing Order Check - [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– You can now add big SURPRISE in addition to big mac's for at least one McDonald's franchise in Charlotte. Yesterday morning, Kiss 95.1/Charlotte's Drex & Maney were joined by national recording artist Chris Wallace on Think Say Records to promote his single "Keep Me Crazy". In keeping with the spirit of his song the duo put him up to a task that is sure to ‘keep him crazy’ before performing the National Anthem at last night's Charlotte Bobcats NBA game. Chris agreed to Drex & Maney's idea to send him out to a drive-through and sing people's order back to them. He had a blast singing his hit single “Remember When” as well as a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”. Some customers loved it and some were just confused...either way you've got to see the video. WATCH VIDEO HERE
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
Radio 1 Hands Over Studio To Listeners
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 –– A studio at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in London is being handed over to the audience as part of Access All Areas month. Listeners were invited to apply for one of 36 hour-long slots in the working studio. Alongside those making radio demos and mix tapes, expect world record attempts, a gang of girl guides, an anti-hipster rant, a World War 1 musical, an homage to Korean pop and an end of BBC radio skit and origami. Radio 1 and will use clips from the recorded hours, dip into the studio live and speak with some of the characters who pass through. Contributors will walk away with video and raw audio from their hour - interview fodder for some, unusual memento for others - like the the hen party (bachelorette) who will start their celebrations in the BBC studio.
Sara Cox celebrates last day at BBC Radio1 - Sara Cox has spent her last day at BBC Radio One this week. She’s moving over to sister station Radio 2. Sara has spent the last 14 and a half years on the station, including a stint presenting the Breakfast show between 2000 and 2003. She's spent the past two years covering for other BBC Radio 1 presenters and now presents Sounds of the 80s on Saturday nights between 10pm and midnight on BBC Radio 2. There are no concrete plans for her to present any new shows at the moment. The station celebrated her last day on Monday with special programming including tributes from listeners and special guests. Cox is currently sitting in for Fearne Cotton on the 10am – 12.45pm slot. Current Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw said, "Having a final farewell brekkie with my radio hero Sara Cox. Love this woman - quick witted, funny, super smart. What a brain. And proper mental too."
New Juice FM breakfast team gets happy - Juice FM in Liverpool has created a video to soundtrack of Pharrell Williams’ Happy song to promote, The Juice FM Big Breakfast. The new team has been created after the departure of previous co-host Leanne Campbell who quit to join a new breakfast show on cross-town rival, Radio City.
CMG Miami Seeks Program Director for WFLC-FM HITS 97-3
Cee Lo Green Not Returning To 'The Voice'
Cee Lo Green Not Returning To 'The Voice' - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Bette Midler To Perform First Time Ever At Oscars - [UPROXX]
Seth Green Not Keen On Ben Affleck As 'Batman' - [E ONLINE]
Seth Myers Dishes On 'Late Night' Jitters - [THR]
Did You Know 'Breaking Bad's' Aaron Paul Once Appeared On 'Price Is Right'? - [INQUISITR]
Jada Pinkett Joins Cast of 'Batman,' But You Won't Guess Who She'll Play - [INSIDE TV]
Haley Joel Osment Joins 'Entourage' Cast - [DEADLINE]
Vanilla Ice Kraft Ad Brings Back Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
Woman Plops Down $587 To Buy Out Store's Indecent T-Shirts - [HERALD EXTRA]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' - [MTV]
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Former New York Radio Legend, Dave Herman, Indicted On (S)ex Charges
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– On Tuesday, a jury indicted 78 yr. old Dave Herman (R) on the charge of attempting to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. According to lohud.com, authorities said Herman thought he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother with a young daughter, and tried in multiple telephone and online conversations to arrange illegal sexual encounters with 7-yr. old child. Herman's lawyer countered by saying his client only engaged in banter about the child because he was interested in the 36-year-old. Herman, who was arrested last October, remains jailed without bond. Herman was best known for his tenure at WNEW in New York, where he hosted the “Rock & Roll Morning Show” for more than two decades.
Bobby Bones Draws First ACM Award As 2014 Winners Are Announced
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– The Academy of Country Music announced it full list of radio award winners that will not be televised due to time constraints during its 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosted on April 6th on CBS. Among those named, include first-time recipient in the National On-Air Personality of the Year competition, was Bobby Bones, Amy and Lunchbox of The Bobby Bones Show (shown) who shared the honor with Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA who took his 3rd award in the category. Radio winners will be invited to receive their awards at a private reception in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 5, the day prior to the televised awards. Other winners included MAJOR MARKET Paul Schadt, Meg and Geof – WKKT-FM – Charlotte, NC - LARGE MARKET Lisa McKay – WQDR-FM – Raleigh, NC - MEDIUM MARKET Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt – WIVK-FM – Knoxville, TN - SMALL MARKET Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry – KKNU-FM – Eugene, OR. Station honors went to MAJOR MARKET (TIE) KUPL-FM – Portland, OR WXTU FM – Philadelphia, PA - LARGE MARKET WCTK-FM – Providence, RI - MEDIUM MARKET WBBS-FM – Syracuse, NY - SMALL MARKET WUSY-FM – Chattanooga, TN. The televised awards will be hosted Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Rumors Fly As Elliot Segal Exits WOR New York,
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– Less than two months after WWDC-DC 101/Washington's Elliot Segal, of Elliot in the Morning, began airing his show on WOR 710/New York, his show was suddenly pulled from the lineup. In a company statement, they wrote “After much thought and discussion it’s clear that we’d have to make significant changes to ensure the show resonates as successfully with the NY audience as it does with Elliot’s DC audience. And given Elliot’s loyalty to his DC fans, we support his decision to continue to broadcast from Washington.” No sooner did the news break of Segal's departure before speculation that legendary New York host, Scott Shannon, who recently announced his retirement from WPLJ, could be in line for the slot. While this move seems unlikely, Shannon's only comment was that he'll be back soon. Meanwhile, on yesterday's morning show, Mark Simone, WOR’s midday host, sat in for Segal. Reportedly, this was a one-day event and Simone expressed no interest in taking over the morning slot. Segal's appointment to the morning show caught many by surprise, including longtime fans of John Gambling who left the station after an eight-decade run by the Gambling family. In addition to DC-101, Se gal also airs on WRXL-FM Richmond.
MOTION: Rob Anthony Named Op's Mgr. & PD for CCME Providence
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– CCME Providence announced that Rob Anthony (L) has been named Operations Manager and Program Director, effective immediately. Along with his new role, he'll also continue as Regional Programming Manager for New England, which includes Manchester and Portsmouth, N. H. as well as Springfield and Worcester, Mass. "I can't even begin to express my excitement for the opportunity to work with such heritage brands as Coast 93.3, B 101, News Radio 920 and the mighty 94 HJY. This is truly an honor, and I can't wait to get to work," said Anthony. "Thank you to Clear Channel's programming team and Rhonda Lap ham for all their continued support and guidance." ––––––––– CRN Digital Talk Radio has announced it will broadcast the "Lars Larson Show (R) ," starting yesterday on CRN 2 channel. Lars adds another unique, passionate voice to the CRN schedule," said CRN's President and CEO, Michael J. Horn. "He's a newsman, a reporter, and a host - so he brings extra doses of preparation and personality to his show" The "Lars Larson Show" is syndicated by Compass Media Networks and launched on September 1, 2003 with 105 stations and grew nearly 50% in the first four months.
Arty Mc Fly To Host Envision Networks' The Country Download
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® has launched The Country Download, a brand new Country day part show available Monday through Friday from Nashville with the latest artist news and Hollywood entertainment and gossip. Hosted, programmed and produced by Arty Mc Fly (Host/Producer of The Live Ride), The Country Download will feature artist interviews, Nashville news headlines, Hollywood news, and the daily trending topics all designed to blend into a music intensive format. The Country Download is a “breaks only” show that can run in any day part with five hours of airtime available so stations can program their own music. “Getting to know the Envision crew the past three years hosting and producing The Live Ride has been a blessing,” said Arty Mc Fly, Host & Producer of The Country Download. “Dan no has always been supportive of all my ideas, and I look forward to launching another country program with him.” “We have been looking for a country radio talent with a strong personality to provide a daily day part program to complement our lineup,” states Dan no Wolff, CEO/President of Envision Networks. “Arty has been the perfect talent for The Live Ride. Mc Fly ties together all the trending topics, Hollywood news and artist interviews from Nashville.” For more details, contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LDR Interactive Teams with Total Traffic & Weather Network For Launch Of New TopicPulse
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– LDR Interactive announced the newly upgraded version of TopicPulse; a real-time social media monitoring system for newsrooms and content producers. TopicPulse scans social media including Twitter and Facebook, local message boards, comment boards, and news sources to track trending topics in a local market. In addition to tracking local and national topics, producers can also access trending video and images. The system then produces a user-friendly, real-time report that newsrooms can use to drive local, regional, and national content. "TopicPulse was inspired by feedback from the world's leading broadcasters, who said they were in critical need of a better way to track and monitor social media to produce news content," said Daniel Anstandig, CEO of LDR Interactive. "With those needs in mind, we built and optimized TopicPulse for broadcast and digital newsrooms and released the system on beta to LDR's media partners in 2012. Since then, we've seen tremendous momentum and positive results from media companies in all market sizes. TopicPulse provides newsrooms with the around-the-clock, critical social media insights needed to drive competitive content." In conjunction with the system launch, LDR Interactive has partnered with the Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) as the TopicPulse national sales partner. The TTWN sales team will serve as the major force behind local market integration of the platform in newsrooms across the U.S. For more info, visit TopicPulse website at www.TopicPulse.com.
Gold Medallists White And Davis Make Time For Radio Stop
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014 –– The Olympic dancing duo, Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who won the ice dance gold medal Monday --the first Olympic title in the event for the United States -- took time to pose above with WestwoodOne figure skating announcers Olympian Paul Wylie (‘92/Silver) and Jason Horowitz who are there covering the event. The pair, whose dance was choreographed by DWTS' Derek Hough, have been skating together since 1997 while growing up in Michigan. According to people.com They're not dating, but they take it as a compliment when people ask. And, no surprise, they would be willing to appear on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Want to guess how long it will take for DWTS producers to make that happen?
De Niro's 'Irishman' With Pacino, Peschi & Scorcese Still In The Works - [PAGE SIX]
Stevie Nicks Wants To Write Music For 'Game of Thrones' - [ZAP 2 IT]
Sharon Stone Defies Age In 'Shape' Cover - [EXTRA TV]
91 Year Old Actress Elaine Stritch Launches 'F-Bomb' On 'Today' - [HOLLYWOOD LIFE]
Boxer Ray Mancini Wooing Mickey Rourke For Film Role - [PAGE SIX]
JOAN RIVER'S RETURN TO 'THE TONIGHT SHOW: 'I had a Taxi waiting outside NBC Since 1987' - [NY DAILY NEWS]
'CSI' Spinoff In The Works - [TY GUIDE]
Lamar Odom - Remember? - Making Basketball Comeback In Spain - [ESPN]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: De Niro & Cusack In 'The Bag Man' - [RED CARPET CRASH]
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Jimmy Fallon Kicks Off New Era Of 'The Tonight Show' [VIDEO]
"I'm Jimmy Fallon. I'll Be Your Host.. For Now!'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– No doubt, Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show' is what every radio show is buzzing about this morning, and based on most reports, it was HUGE success. For the first time in over 40 years, the popular show returned to its roots in New York City. Fallon opened by saying 'I'm Jimmy Fallon and I'll be your host...for now," he joked. He then went to thank the show's previous hosts who he says made it possible for him getting here. He then thanked Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and then Jay Leno AGAIN. The lifelong New Yorker was joined in the audience by his parents, Jim and Gloria Fallon. "I wish we could've gotten you better seats," he quipped. Following the monologue, Fallon returned to his new, stylish desk and made note of the person who bet him a $100 dollars he'd never make it to 'The Tonight Show." "You know who you are," said Fallon. "You owe me a hundred bucks, buddy." At this point, Robert De Niro walks on from backstage and plops down a hundred dollar bill. He's then followed by others such Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Mariah Carey (who took a while pulling the bill from her cleavage), Kim Kardashian, Rudy Gulliani, Mike Tyson, Joe Namath, Lady Gaga & Stephen Colbert who, instead of a bill, doused Fallon with a hundred dollars in pennies - WATCH VIDEO HERE
Bob Kingsley's 50 Year Career Honored By 50 Artists At Opry
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– WestwoodOne syndicated host and Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present). The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him. "I could not have been more surprised," said a visibly moved Kingsley, "and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference--well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special." SHOWN IN PHOTO: (L-R) Wade Jessen- Billboard, Teddy Gentry, Blair Garner-NASH/America's Morning Show, Bob Kingsley, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner, Lon Helton-Country Aircheck, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Pete Fisher- VP & General Manager, Grand Ole Opry. PHOTO/Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry 1
Cumulus Planning Massive Media Drive To Expand 'NASH' Brand
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– As CRS Nashville gets underway this week, Cumulus Media is reportedly putting into play this week a plan to take its Nash FM radio brand and stretch it across TV, print, streaming audio, concerts and even household products, according to The New York Post. Reportedly, they'll announce today buying a 50 percent interest in American Media’s 17-year old magazine, Country Weekly (see below). This is part of Cumulus Chief, Lew Dickey's (shown) five-point plan after the acquisition of Dial Global and its NFL, NCAA and Nascar rights. In addition to forming a dedicated Nash channel on digital radio service Rdio, in which Cumulus recently purchased a major stake; there's also plans for a Nash Bash concert series; teaming with a cable channel to form the Nash Network; a home-goods line including furniture, paint and clothing. Cumulus is also said to be exploring partnerships with other media groups in order to create a new country awards show for radio.
Country Weekly To Feature 16-Page 'NASH' Section
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– American Media, Inc. and Cumulus Media announced a partnership to form a glossy, 16-page section called NASH in Country Weekly beginning with the February 24th issue. The partnership provides a unique opportunity for Cumulus Media to further brand its flagship country brand. The NASH editorial supplement is designed to provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of today’s hottest country stars, industry news, and the personalities behind its popular radio broadcasts. The introduction of NASH in the pages of Country Weekly is the first part of this multi-level partnership that will also include integration of Country Weekly into NASH’s regular radio programming. AMI and Cumulus Media will also introduce a website that will provide an in-depth and unique look at both the business and lifestyle aspects of the country music industry. The website will be built in collaboration with the launch of the partnership.
101 WKQX Chicago Relaunches With New Look And Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– It has been a big week for launches in Chicago. First, yesterday's news of Tribune's launch of 'The Game' on it's new LMA'd FM, 87.7 frequency. Mere nano seconds later, WKQX-FM (formerly WIQI-FM) played a brief, pre-recorded message announcing their new name '101WKQX" and then the music began. According to crm.com, the lineup will include one noticeable change, that being its hosts, Lou Lombardo, Lauren O'Neil, Walt Flakus, and PJ Kling -- will have regular airshifts, instead of randomly voicetracking throughout the day. Also, CRM reports that Brian Phillips has been tapped for Mornings. He most recently had been voicetracking for 101.1FM when it was known as i101. He worked briefly at Merlin Media's former New York station WRXP-FM. He'll co-host the show with Lou Lombardo starting today.
MOTION: Race Taylor Extends With WPLJ/New York; Dr. Daliah Adds Affiliates
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– Race Taylor has extended his deal with Cumulus Media’s WPLJ New York with the signing of a new long-term contract. Under the new deal, Taylor continues to host exclusive concert events for the station and the company’s national Hot AC format during PM drive. Taylor comments, “It has been an amazing 14 years here in New York on WPLJ. Thanks to John Dickey and my PD John Foxx, I’m looking forward to doing this show for many more years to come.” “Race and WPLJ are synonymous with great radio,” says John Dickey. “We’re very proud of his success and we believe in his talent and ability to keep the momentum going.” John McConnell, managing partner of ACM Broadcast, a talent management company, negotiated the deal on behalf of Taylor. In addition to his work on the air at 95.5 WPLJ, Taylor is the billboard voice for ABC -TV’s Prime Time, Daytime and Late Night programming. Nationally he can be heard on shows like The View, The Chew, General Hospital, Dancing with the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Nashville, CMA Music Fest, Modern Family and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His on camera work includes appearances on All My Children, Three Men and a Chick Flick, VH-1′s Top 20 Countdown, Behind the Music, True Spin, PIX Saturday Night and several entertainment magazine shows as a music analyst. –––––––– Popular Las Vegas-based Dr. Daliah's syndicated show rang up Jockline Daily to announce new affiliates in WHTC Holland, MI and WZGM Ashville, NC. Daliah is also a regular guest on the popular syndicated TV Series 'Pawn Stars.'
America's Talk Radio Network Set To Launch Next Month
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– Tampa based, America's Talk Radio Network, is set to launch on March 1st. The Network will provide long form talk programming as well as short form vignettes. The new company will debut with four shows, including "My Cool Inventions" with Akos Jankura ‘The Solutionist’ and John Cremeans ‘The Doctor of Shopology’" (inset); Sunrise America," which also features Akos, and the long-running program "Talkin' Pets With Jon Patch." Patch will also serve as VP/Affiliate Relations and Programming. Patch has spent the last 12 years with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks as Affiliate Relations and hosts the largest and longest running pet radio and Internet show in the U.S.
Two Last Valentine's Day Stunts That Take The Cake [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 –– Okay, we lied. We said we only had room for just a few Valentine's Day stunts from last week, but these two take the cake --LITERALLY! As my friend, Paige Nienaber would likely agree, involve a large giant cake and things almost always goe well. Take KS95/Minneapolis' Ryan & Shannon morning show's 'From Dud To A Stud' promotion. have wives nominate their ‘romantic dud’ of a husband. They all gather at the Mall Of America to crawl through 100 cakes looking for a tiny heart charm. Whichever dud finds the charm and reclaims his stud-ness wins a trip to the sunny warm beaches of Mexico. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MESSY MADNESS. ––––––– Next up, let's head over to 971zht Salt Lake City's Frankie C's Morning Zoo where they presented their now famous 'Diamond Dive.' He tells Jockline Daily, 'We've done the Diamond Dive for 14 years. Every Valentine's Day we get ONE big cake, ONE diamond ring and let 97 women jump into it! Each year it gets crazier and crazier! We get about 900 entries (each time) from women who want to participate!' As you see from the fine photo at right - yes, that's a huge cake in the middle. CLICK HERE and see how things turned out and meet the lucky lady winner.
KISS' Paul Stanley Calls Rock Hall of Fame 'Tainted, Corrupted And Distorted' - [ANTIMUSIC]
UH OH: The Bieb' Eyeing Mansion In Atlanta - [GOSSIP COP]
WAWAWAWAWA - Barbara Walters Has A Toy - [DAILY MAIL]
'Son of God' Edits Devilish Scene With Obama Lookalike - [THE WRAP]
Julianne Hough Strolls With New Beau - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
'Jackass' Star Lives Up to Name By Faking Seizure In Coffee Shop - [CELEBRITY CAFE]
Khloe Kardashain Makes Statement With 'Fxck Yo Fur' On Back Of Faux Fur - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Ru Paul's 'Drag Race' Gets Extension - [DEADLINE]
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The Game Gets Underway In Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Jimmy De castro, as promised, let the cat out of the bag this morning with the announcement of new WGN LMA of 87.7 FM becoming 'The Game" According to blogger Robert Feder, he'll combine a group of seasoned veterans, plus "promising young talent and a few players to be named later" to expand Tribune Broadcasting’s WGN AM 720's franchise to a brand-new sports/talk station on 87.7 FM. it's called “The Game.”
Long Island Morning Hosts Suspended Following Fake Homophobic Note
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson of Long Island's WKJY/K-98.3 KJY admitted they fabricated a note from a parent regarding an invitation to a child’s birthday party. Claimed they wanted to trigger a ‘"healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic." They apologized on Friday for fabricating the note from a parent who refused to allow her child to attend the birthday party of a classmate with gay parents. The fictitious parent chastised a same-sex couple over their child's birthday invite. According to New York's Daily News, the hosts continued with the story even after it found 'a life of its on' on the Internet. Harper and Karlson then posted an apology, saying the story, in fact, was totally fictitious, and created by the two of us. This was done without the knowledge of K-98.3 management or ownership. WKJY since released a statement on their Facebook Page from K-98.3 GM/Market Mgr. for Connoisseur Media Long Island, Dave Widmer (R) writing in part that K-98.3 (WKJY) Morning Show 'aired a story about a girl’s birthday party and one parent’s objection to the same-sex situation of that girl’s parents. After this aired, it was brought to K-98.3 management’s attention that all the details of the story were completely fabricated independently by Steve and Leeana ... An internal investigation was quickly launched which has resulted in the immediate suspension of Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson from the K-98.3 Morning Show..." SEE ENTIRE POST HERE
Radio Spreads Love, Marriage And Sliders On V-Day [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Whewww! Leave it to Valentines Day to give Jockline Daily's inbox a workout. To be fair, there's not enough room to share the many wedding tie-ins, including a few at burger joints. But while we still attempt to wrap our heads around the combination of white wedding dresses and jalapeno cheese sliders, here are a couple others that caught our attention. At Cumulus' KBUL/Reno they married 16 couples as they went round-and-round on the Ferris Wheel (R) inside the world’s largest sporting goods store. Derek, Bob, Tanner, JJ, Jay and the entire KBUL crew did a great job of erecting the large wheel, smack dab in the middle of the store as excited wedding couples, friends, family and listeners enjoyed the festivity. ––––––––– At WXMA - MAX 102.3 MAX Louisville, they had a different kind of love affair as they delivered Valentines to the kids at Kosair Children's Hospital! The "Cupid's Kids" campaign was hoping to collect 2,000 valentines for the children and instead MAX Listeners collected over 200,000! Morning Show Host/PD George Lindsey (upper right) said "...it was overwhelming, It really brings into focus what true love is on Valentine's Day. We are humbled and so blessed" –––––––– Oh yes, about those burgers. Z107.7 St. Louis's Curt Copeland officiated for the marriage of a St. Louis couple at a local White Castle Fast Food Restaurant. "Every princess wants to get married in a castle," said Kelsey Hallcock (now Kelsey Gillespie) to the Belleville News Democrat, who married Joe Gillespie. Copeland officiated via his license to from the New Life Church in Modesto, Calif. WATCH
Phoenix Host And Wife Perform Record Breaking Kiss [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– By now your head is swirling with Jack Jone's Love Boat' theme, but go ahead and fire up the 'twin spin' jingle with news of Mix 96.9FM KMXP Phoenix's Mathew Blades and his wife Niccoli (Nick O Lee) shattering the Guinness Book of World Records “Longest Kiss on a TV Show” Record formally 3:47 now 4:38. So the rules were simple the camera can’t cut away from their kiss not even for a second and their lips can’t part. Executive Producer Justin tells Jockline Daily Fox10 agreed to give us 5 min of live airtime to help. Check out the Full wet and wild video HERE - WATCH FOX 10 COVERAGE HERE - CHECK OUT FULL VIDEO HERE - SING ALONG WITH JACK JONES HERE
106.1 BLI's Jayson Takes Mariah Carey's Advice, Sends Selfie To Partner Who Was Away On Valentine's Day [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– As most of the universe now knows, Mariah and hubby Nick Cannon weren't together for Valentines Day. While out promoting her newest single "You're Mine," she told WBLI/Long Island's Dana and Jayson, "I'm still rocking the lingerie ensembles for this Valentine's Day!" Jayson lamented that he would be spending the holiday away from his long-time boyfriend, to which Mariah advised, "All of us who have our significant others somewhere else . . . even if you just take a selfie and post it . . . I mean just look GOOD." The 3 of them discussed everything from what Nick did for Mariah for Valentine's Day, whether or not she does anything special for him despite the holiday being all about her, and she also gave some valuable advice that applies to all large-breasted ladies - like sending selfie wearing candy bra (L) - SWEET!. The chat then went viral showing up on sites such as E-Online and Perez Hilton. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Kanye West Rips On Radio Hosts During Concert - [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Just when we thought more than a week could go by without more of Kanye West's vainglorious ramblings, how wrong we were. During his Yeezus tour at Penn State, the often controversial rapper ripped into The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne & Sirius XM 'Sway In the morning as he discussed his 10 years as a solo artist: "Ten years of this (s)hit," Kanye West said. "If I go to a radio interview, shut the f--- up. If you're on your talk show at night showing a picture of me walking with my girlfriend, shut the f--- up...What have you done with the past 10 years of your life, Charlamagne? Sway? "Everybody who -uckin' writing all that -hit, just to diss me and talk -hit, what the -uck did you do?" he said. "..I am Yeezus." The comments comes following Kanye West's much publicized shouting match with Sway back in November after the pair got into a heated discussion over West's clothing line. “You ain’t got the answers," Kanye West said back then. "You ain’t got the answers. You ain’t got the answers. You ain’t got the answers, Sway." Later that month, Charlamagne Tha God referred to West as a "walking contradiction" during the rapper's interview Power 105.1. On Friday's show, Charlagne responded to Kanye West rant, telling listeners: In his response, Charlamagne publicly wondered why the rapper didn’t confront him during the interview. “I just wanna know where was all that when he was here on The Breakfast Club,” the co-host said. “How can ya’ll respect that? How do you get mad after the fact? If you felt that way, you sat here in this studio for over an hour and didn’t say none of that, but now, three to four months later, you ranting about me again. C’mon dog.”WATCH KANYE VIDEO HERE AND CHARLAMAGNE RESPONSE HERE
Paul Shaffer's '60-Second Rewind' Adds Pop Culture
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 -– Envision Networks® has announced that Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind, the daily vignette featuring David Letterman’s longtime musical director, has expanded to cover pop culture from the 60s, 70s and 80s, including topical facts about hit songs, movies and TV shows from the era. Paul Shaffer commented on the feature’s changes: “We’re breaking down the barriers and jacking up the fun quotient. I hope I don't hurt myself!" David Letterman’s longtime sidekick and musical director reveals fun pop-up facts about your favorite hit songs, movies, and TV shows from the sixties, seventies and eighties with Paul Shaffer's 60-Second Rewind! From The Beach Boys to Barney Miller to Beverly Hills Cop, Paul Shaffer takes a comedic look at the pop culture landscape spanning three decades. Interested stations can find more information about Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind at 60SecondRewind.com or by contacting Hannah Rosenthal at email@example.com or 216-831-3761.
Country Weekly Features 16-Page 'NASH' Section
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Country Weekly announced a partnership between our parent company, American Media, and Cumulus Media, writing "Together we have created a 16-page section within Country Weekly called NASH Magazine, beginning with the Feb. 24 issue, on stands now." It describes the premiere issue (R) to feature a fun, candid interview with the sizzling-hot duo Florida Georgia Line, soundbites from some of our favorite artists, including Keith Urban, Sara Evans and Luke Bryan, a peek inside Darius Rucker’s man cave, the NASH Q&A with the talented Thomas Rhett and “10 Things You Don’t Know About” The Band Perry. The Feb. 24 issue of Country Weekly, with the first-ever 16-page NASH Magazine insert, is on stands today! Look for Alan and Denise Jackson on the cover.
Dave Ramsey Counsel's Bone's Producer After Losing Bet
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– Syndicated talker Dave Ramsey (R)made a guest appearance last Friday on the Premiere syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show” from his WSIX-FM studio Nashville. After losing a bet on the Super Bowl, associate producer Ray lost his truck and is in the hole over eight thousand dollars. Bobby had Dave on to counsel Ray and the entire crew on various topics including the terrible odds of gambling, tax withholding, and even the psychology behind using the debt snowball to pay off debt. In what could turn out to be a HUGE side business for syndicated host (counseling on-air radio peeps on managing money), on the subject of gambling he tells Bones 'He doesn't understand how losing money can be fun." When Ramsey asked Ray what he learned from the experience, Bones injected "He learned never to trust Peyton Manning again. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
MOTION: 93.7 The Beat Houston Names Mara Melendrez PD; Phil Hendrie Exit Broadcast Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– 93.7 The Beat announced that Mara Melendez (L) has been named the station’s first Program Director, effective immediately. Melendez most recently programmed 103.5 The Beat in Miami after years of success in New York, where she was part of the team that launched Power 105.1 WWPR-FM. The Beat's lineup will feature the nationally syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club from 5-9:00 a.m. with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God UB Rodriquez takes over from 9 a.m.-2 p.m Rudy Rush handles 2-6:00 p.m. Devi Dev, a familiar voice in Houston, will air from 6-10:00 p.m. The Beat Between the Sheets airs evenings from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., featuring Chris Michaels who has hosted Whispers in the Dark on Chicago’s WGCI. –––––– Radio favorite, Phil Hendrie has decided to leave terrestrial radio in order to have time to focus his energy on his podcast and other ventures in media. The last day of terrestrial radio broadcast will air on March 14, 2014. At his website he posted: "The digital world is where we have made our living the last 7 years so as radio attempts to find itself we'll put our energy in our digital & online product, our animation project, my one man show and of course TV and film opportunities wherever they may occur. To our fans, we haven't gone anywhere! Our daily show will continue on Tune In, iTunes, Sideshow Network and www.philhendrieshow.com following the conclusion of our terrestrial presentation."
AWWWWWW - Simon Cowell Holds Newborn Son - [NY DAILY NEWS]
UH OH: Rosie Perez Book Spills Beans On J-Lo Feud - [NY POST]
UH OH: 'Bethenny' Show Canceled - [HOLLYWOOD LIFE]
WHOAAA: Christina Aguilera Gets Engaged - [OTRC]
OHHHHH: Charlie Sheen Proposes To Girlfriend On Valentine's Day - [E]
Nigel Lythgoe Gets Pilot Picked Up By CBS - [VARIETY]
Rosie O'Donnel Reveals She Underwent Weight Loss Surgery Following Heart Attack - [DAILY DISH]
Joel McHale Tapped To Host White House Correspondent's Dinner - [WASHINGTON POST]
Jim Henson's Son, John, Dies From Heart Attack At 48 - [CNN]
'Snake Salvation's Star Jamie Coots Dies Following Bite - [NEW.COM AU]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: John Cusack and Thomas Jane In 'Drive Hard' - [INSIDE MOVIES]
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Ryan Seacrest Clothing Line Coming To Macy's This Fall
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 –– Uber media mogul Ryan Seacrest adds yet another highlight to his bulging resume, clothier. Called “Ryan Seacrest Distinction,” according to The Wall Street Journal, the line is aimed at men who have a hard time putting an outfit together which, by our count, is pretty much the majority. The clothing line, a team effort between Randa Accessories and Seacrest, is geared towards 25-to-45 year old men. Each style is modeled after Seacrest’s own preferred uniform of slim-fitting suits and skinny ties. But Seacrest makes it clear he's not a designer, or just putting his name on the product; but he's definitely involved. “I’m not a designer, nor do I think I am,” he tells WSJ. “I see an opportunity to help curate these different pieces for guys at an accessible level.” Seacrest adds "I had in my mind the first time I walked into the Fox offices to audition to host. I didn't have the means to buy an expensive suit but I wanted to look the part." His collection will reflect what he'd actually like to wear and colors he prefers. "I plan to wear my line," said the Idol host. The collection also will debut outerwear sweaters in fall 2015. Until then, the Ryan Seacrest Distinction line will be available at over 150 Macy's store this fall.
CCME Renews Agreement With 'Relativity' For Film Releases
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 CCME and Relativity, a next-generation studio that produces and distributes entertainment content across multiple platforms, announced today that the companies are renewing their cross-media marketing collaboration to promote Relativity film releases. Over the next 18 months, Relativity and Clear Channel will develop one-of-a-kind campaigns that utilize Clear Channel's cross-platform media assets, promoting upcoming movies in creative and compelling ways designed to drive box office sales. Previous successful collaborations between the companies included campaigns for the films Limitless, Immortals, Act of Valor, Safe Haven and Free Birds. The programs will also include organic promotional support from popular radio personalities such as Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick and Steve Harvey; naturally integrated film imaging across local stations and iHeartRadio's national digital and mobile ad units; homepage website takeovers; and national and local on-air commercial inventory. Looking forward, Relativity will release the heart pounding action-thriller 3 Days to Kill (in theaters February 21, 2014) starring Kevin Costner, the supernatural horror film Oculus (in theaters April 11, 2014), and the live-action family adventure Earth to Echo (in theaters July 2, 2014).
After 90 Years, WGN AM Expands To FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2014 –– After 90 years, WGN AM 720 is finally expanding its reach to the FM band. According to Chicago media blogger, Rober Feder, Tribune Broadcasting will lease the frequency of 87.7 FM through September 2015. Under the terms of the LMA, Tribune Broadcasting will take over programming, sales and marketing for WKQX LP 87.7. and is expected to unveil a new identity for the station at 1:02 p.m. Monday — a minute after Cumulus Media drops its alternative rock simulcast with WKQX FM 101.1. “We’re outgrowing WGN with great talent,” Jimmy deCastro, president and general manager of WGN, told me. “Everything we have said we wanted to do is based on the strength of WGN and our personalities. It’s all about getting the best spoken-word talent and getting more bandwidth.” The new signal will be led by morning host Jonathon Brandmeier. Since September, he's been heard on WGN.fm, a virtual station, where he’ll also continue to appear. He formerly handled mornings on WGN-AM.
Apple's Siri Speaks Up On The Radio [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 –– You just never know who's going to follow you on Twitter. Yesterday Susan Bennet began following WFTL/Miami's Rich Stevens. Within nano seconds, he hit her up for a guest appearance and, voila, guess who was talking on the radio yesterday in Miami? In case you don't know who she is, she's the voice of Siri, the woman you hear on Apple's iPhone. As it turns out, she tells Rich she got the job like anyone else, she auditioned. But make no mistake, you've heard her on many other places, including the airport. She's the voice of all the Delta airport gates. As for Siri, she tells Rich she didn't know when she did this the recordings in 2005 that it was going to be for Apple. Back in 2005 there was no such thing as a phone that would do what Siri does. Then in 2011 a friend of hers called after the iphone 4s came out, she heard the voice and recognized Susan so she called her. This is how she found out it was her. And, of course, the big question is: how much she got paid? Unfortunately, she wasn't able to comment and she also couldn't do a station id. Rich asked her why she finally revealed she was Siri and she said It took her a long time to make the decision to come out and she just wanted a chance to finally say, Yeah, I'm Siri. Rich then asked "What does the fox say... LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Radio Mercury Awards Announces Final Round Judging Panel
EXECUTIVE ACTION: 1080 KRLD Dallas Mann's Up
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 –– Paul Mann has been named program director for NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and the Texas State Networks (TSN), effective immediately. Mann has served as news director for KRLD and TSN since June 2006. In his new role, he will be primarily responsible for all programming and talent and will report to Gavin Spittle, Vice President of News/Talk/Sports for CBS RADIO Dallas-Fort Worth. “Paul has shown tremendous leadership as news director, with the sole focus on serving the North Texas community,” Spittle said. “He’s helped put together a tremendous team which shares a great pride in this heritage station.” Prior to joining KRLD, Mann worked in newsrooms in Houston, Atlanta and Tampa. Under his leadership, KRLD has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, in 2008 (spot news) and 2013 (newscast).
Random Storm Photo Goes Viral - And It's Real!
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 –– Here's the story behind the amazing photo at left that stations/shows coast to coast were buzzing about yesterday on the air. In case you're wondering, the photo was the real thing. It was randomly taken by Lindsay Webb on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC. Of all the thousands of weather-related photos shared on the internet, this one captured the true severity and power of the storm that engulfed numerous states, including an extra wallop to the south, and northeast. Perhaps the car on fire is what first caught the attention of CNN, The Huffington Post, Gawker, Slate and numerous other sites. But the biggest question asked, was it real. Webb told wral.com “This morning, I turn on the news, and I’m watching CNN, and my photo came up, and I’m like, 'Oh my gosh!'" said Lindsay Webb, who shot the picture with her iPhone and says the photo is 100 percent authentic. She works as a stylist at an area salon and says she had been in the car for three hours with a stranger who asked for a ride when she took the picture. As it turns out, it was her boss then shared the photo and since then she received calls from news outlets all over the world. BTW, WRAL was finally able to uncover the identity of the shown woman with the cell phone, whom many originally thought was Webb. They learned it was Michelle Everest of Raleigh. Read COMPLETE STORY HERE
JEFFREY ROSS: A Couple Of Hours May Have Cost Him Hosting SNL's Weekend News Anchor Desk [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2014 –– Talk about tough luck. On yesterday's Paul & Young Ron Show, comedian Jeffrey Ross covered a number of topics, including Sid Caesar's recent passing. When Paul Castronovo asked Ross about his humble beginnings, he shared the story of how he ALMOST landed the dream gig of anchoring SNL' Weekend Update." As it turned out, following a very impressive audition before Lorne Michaels and four other producers, he headed off to LA for another engagement. No sooner had he landed, he checked his messages only to find his agent had desperately been trying to reach him - Michaels had put in a a call. But apparently, in the hours between, other cast members stepped up to the plate and Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey became the anchors. While its not certain he would have landed the job, Ross believes it made the difference, plus, he says, SNL prefers to hire from within - GO TO ABOUT THE 5:00 MARK AND LISTEN TO SNL STORY
Alec Baldwin Returns To TV For 'Law & Order' Episode - [E]
Sports Illustrated Goes For Threesome On Swimsuit Cover - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Jim Parsons To Guest As SNL's First March Host - [SCREEN CRUSH]
Rolling Stone To Drake - STFU Over Cover Change - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
'Sharknado 2 Cast Revealed - Kelly Osbourne To Make Cameo Appearance - [US]
Veronica Mars Covers EW - [POP WATCH]
Check Out Courtney Love's #CourtneyOn Web Series - [TIME]
Jerry O'Connell Spoofs Shia LaBeouf With #IAMSORRYTOO Exhibit - [NY DAILY NEWS]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: Nicolas Cage In 'Joe' - [RED CARPET CRASH]
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HOTLANTA? Stations Hunker Down During Winter Blast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– As you may have heard, since Tuesday the polar vortex has been exceptionally rough on the south and north east. For many Atlanta radio peeps, it's been a time for extended bonding as well, as several hosts are literally holed up in nearby hotels with hopes that today's expected rise to upper 30's will finally offer some travel relief. Kicks Cadillac Jack sent us this photo telling Jockline Daily "We have been bunked at 285 and Roswell Rd since Tuesday. We have been walking to dinner every night here at Longhorn." Over at sister station Q100, The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler tells us he actually moved at the start of the year and lives within walking distance from the station. A 5-minute walk away. This storm and the one two weeks ago I've had people from the station either sleeping, eating, or showering wherever there is room in the house. Also had a few friends of friends from the nearby hospitals doing the same. There has been about two-dozen people camping at the station from us, 680, Rock, KICKS, and (of course) ALL NEWS 106.7. Bert co-host, Kristin Klingshirn has been at a hotel, Bert had to walk to work today, Producer Tommy slept on the couch in the studio. Tracey and Cassie worked from home. There's also an air mattress in a vacant office (Is that an empty case of beer on the floor inset? -- Nahhhh, we're probably mistaken) meanwhile, Greg Frey, corporate PD of Atlanta's KICKS 101.5 sent a nice view from Piedmont Ave looking at Piedmont Park (L). PHOTO ABOVE - Cadillac, Dallas McCade, Jenn Hobby, Tug Cowart and Producer Blue (morning show) HOTLANTA??? 1
Scott Shannon Hints At Radio Return
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– Taking a closer look at last week's blockbuster announcement that ginormous radio legend Scott Shannon was retiring from WPLJ, it appears leaving radio entirely wasn't the case. In yesterday's New York Daily News, he says “It’s not an option that I will leave radio. I retired from WPLJ,” he says, “not from radio. I love radio. I love doing a morning show. I love getting to know the listeners.” He adds he'd be open to satellite radio, as well, saying. I like the idea of talking to people all across the country.” He’s also optimistic that his Cumulus syndicated True Oldies Channel will continue. As for the unexpected retirement from WPLJ, he wasn't keen on a long goodbye. “The original plan was for a five-day farewell broadcast,” he says. “But last Thursday, I called Todd [Pettengill] and the program director and said that emotionally I didn’t think I could go through that. It was just going to be too difficult. I said let’s just do it in four hours.” And will he miss waking up early? Not really, says Shannon. “I never minded the hours,” he says. “It’s only hard from 3:15 to 3:20. Then it’s smooth sailing.” And in “a couple of weeks,” he says, he’ll be off the course and headed back to the radio game. WE'LL KEEP AN EAR ON THIS ONE
Beck Opens Up About Receiving 'Ashwood Award' [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 -– For those present during last week's Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas where Glenn Beck was surprised by being named recipient of this year's 'Ashwood Award,' it was moment they'll likely never forget. Beck most likely will remember as well. On this week's show, where he celebrated his 50th birthday, he opened up about the award and his brief, but emotionally charged, comment upon acceptance. "Andrew was a friend of mine," said Beck.. "and he was an amazing man; and a good decent guy; everyone loved him.. well, he died way too prematurely .." Beck then airs audio of WTOP Emeritus Jim Farley (last year's recipient) presenting him with the honor. Following a long pause, a clearly surprised Beck walks up to the mic and says "As a guy who was --excuse my language -- an a------ most of my life ... I thank you.' After playing the audio, Beck, who was clearly surprised by the award, says 'That's all I could think of because that's who I used to be." In explaining to his audience why he shared this story, he says "It marks that you CAN change. He then shares his own personal transition over the last 20 years. If you're looking some morning inspiration, LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
MOTION: Marty McFly Crosses To WSM-FM For Mornings; Tony Bristol To Program Y107.9 Savannah
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– Former WKDF-FM/Nashville morning host and current PD Marty McFly crosses over to Cumulus co-owned WSM-FM mornings beginning February 17. This comes after recent news of WKDF being rebranded as NASH-FM and Blair Garner's "America's Morning Show" taking over mornings. With McFly's move to WSM, he'll take over for current host, Rick Marino, who exits. McFly's previous stints included KNIX-FM/Phoenix and WSIX-FM/Nashville. ––––––––– Tony Bristol has been announced to program Y107.9 in Savannah/Hilton Head owned by L & L Broadcasting of Portland, Oregon. Bristol programmed and held on air positions at the leading stations in Providence, RI; 92 PRO-FM & WWLI-FM, KC-101 in New Haven, CT and WTIC-FM in Hartford, CT. L & L Broadcasting Savannah/Hilton Head VP, Market Manager; Gigi South commented, “Tony and I got to know each other when he was consulting Hot AC brands nationally for Citadel. He is a legendary programmer of female formats and we are honored to have him join our growing team of programming pros in Savannah! Tony is the perfect fit for Savannah's Y107.9! Welcome to the South, Tony!” "I want to thank Ops Manager; Gabe Reynolds, Market Manager; Gigi South, Director of Programming; Scott Mahalick and CEO Bob Proffitt at L & L Broadcasting for the opportunity to get back in the game in beautiful Savannah, GA. Live and local radio truly exists and I'm honored and excited to be a part of their vision and grateful for their confidence in my contribution to grow their brands there,” said Tony Bristol.
Mariah Carey Brings Own Lighting Crew & Champagne To Power 105 Interview [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2013 –– Mariah Carey may no longer be a judge on American Idol, but she is still making the news. This week she joined Premiere syndicated Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God at Power 105 New York. Charlamagne noticed Carey seemed unusually brighter than the rest of the crew then looked up and realized Carey's people had added lighting. The pop diva also brought along her own champagne. And, of course, she found time to weigh in on her highly publicized, often explosive 'idol stint with Nicki Minaj and other issues. This included 'dem babies' where she says she frequently fires nannies who have cared for them. She later offered her thoughts on Beyonce to her dress at the recent BBC awards, which show members wondered how she kept from fallin out. WATCH VIDEO HERE
USRN To Distribute 'Gotgame' Hosted By Steve Masters
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. announced they've struck a deal to take over the national distribution of the long-running short feature, GotGame. GotGame is created and hosted by media veteran Steve Masters (L), who has been producing the feature for approximately a decade. GotGame is all about what’s hot in the 70 billion-dollar-a-year video gaming industry, and the feature provides one minute of news, tips and tech information dedicated to all things gaming. Steve Masters has been an influential figure in radio since the 1980’s. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, he was on air at WILD in that same city. After experimenting with radio in Europe, Steve landed in northern California, first working in the Stockton market, but then joining Top 40 KITS-FM where he introduced a “modern music” show. That show helped evolve KITS into “Live 105” one of the most influential Alternative Rock stations in the history of that format. He became that station’s Music Director, worked on air at MTV and then became a music executive at MCA Records. It was in the early 2000’s that Steve launched a video promotions company, Triple C Promotions, and that’s where GotGame was born.
Talk Radio's Joe Crummey Planks His Way Unto The Book Shelves
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– Debuting his first non-fiction book, Planking on Headstones: Your Future Outside of Time, talk host Joe Crummey takes the reader on a journey through space-time that’s rich in love, loss, fear and contemplation. With notes of his on-air quick wit persona, Planking on Headstones distills complex issues of religion and science into memorable anecdotes that elicit laughter, tears and a sense of connection. Crummey openly shares about his life, from his brain tumor to the death of his parents, as he explains his theories, such as the “Fonzie Principle,” amd the “Boston Market Revelation."He also explains why he believes the Big Bang is the most evil thing that has ever happened. The paperback book is available for $18 on Amazon. “Throughout my career, I often discussed and challenged religious tenets on air with my audience,” says Crummey. “But after going through the brain tumor experience, my quest for meaning in this life and beyond intensified. I began to understand the importance of thinking outside of time and allowed myself to imagine the impossible while I explored this subject matter.”
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
London Radio Welcomes Charles & Camilla
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 –– The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Global Radio, BBC Radio and Bauer Radio in London this week. They met Capital London Breakfast hosts Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon, Classic FM’s Aled Jones and Myleene Klass, and Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton, who host London’s Heart Breakfast. At New Broadcasting House, Prince Charles and Camilla visited BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. They were given a tour by Ben Cooper, Controller, meeting Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton along the way. They also visited Mappin House, home of Bauer Media’s Kiss, Planet Rock and Magic 105.4. Kiss tweeted a photo of the Royal Couple saying they were now playing “Royals” followed by “Fresh Prince”.
talkSPORT signs former England Captain Former England football team Captain - Stuart Pearce is joining to talkSPORT. Stuart will be part of talkSPORT’s on-air team for this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup where the station will broadcast full commentary of every match of the tournament live from Brazil which kicks off on 12 June.
Angry residents may force DJ to sell pub - Lickfold Inn, in West Sussex, has fallen into disrepair. It was bought by the Radio 2 Breakfast Show Host, Chris Evans for £1 million ($1.6 million) in 2008. People in the village say it is an eyesore. Evans may be forced to sell it to villagers who are angry it has been ‘left to rot’. The inn, now looks shabby with windows boarded up and a metal fence surrounding it. Local authority historic building inspectors found damage to the roof, grass growing out of the gutters and broken windows. As the owner, Evans, has a duty to repair the damages and maintain the building because of its listed status. His company Evans Pubs also owns the Mulberry Inn, Surrey, and the Newbridge Inn at Tredunnock, Monmouthshire.
TV Comedy Pioneer, Sid Caesar, Passes Away At 91 - [HUFFPO]
Sean Hannity Leaves $5k Tip At Steakhouse - [THE INQUISITR]
Olympian Shaun White Delievers Wish For Cancer Survivor - [TODAY]
Paula Deen Lands $75 Million Deal From Private Investor - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Derek Jeter Announces Retirement At End Of 2014 Season - [NY TIMES]
John Singleton Returns To Direct Tupac Shakur Biopic - [VARIETY]
UH OH: Miley Cyrus Arrives Last In AskMen's Most Desirable Women Poll - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Greta Gerwig To Lead 'How I Met Your Dad' Cast - [DEADLINE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Authors Anonymous' With Kaley Cuoco And Dennis Farina - [YAHOO MOVIES]
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Host Fired Over Ex-Husband's Actions, Ponders Future [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– A popular Johnstown, PA host who was fired last week following various threats and actions by her estranged husband now ponders her future and taking care of her kids. Nancy Lane, known on Forever Broadcasting's Froggy 95 and Rocky 99 as Daisy or Lexi, tells WJAC TV 6 'Not only has my personal life been greatly affected and influenced, terror, fear, all of that, but I've worked very hard as a person in the public eye to maintain a certain reputation and now that's been stripped from me as well.' Lane alleges she was fired not for her performance, but 'because her estranged husband kept threatening the station. Lane said it's been a horrible seven-month journey the company has supported her through. Now that same company, at the corporate level, has cut ties because of her ex. "Regrettably recent events involving your former husband has caused severe disruption to our business and has made this decision necessary," Lane read from her termination statement. She said she's not sure what's next for her, but said her main priority right now is focusing on her children. George Lane is currently in jail for impersonating police. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Jillian Barberie Joins John Phillips On 790 KABC
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– TalkRadio 790 KABC welcomes Jillian Barberie (L) to join John Phillips (R)for the new “Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips” as part of the station’s recently launched live and local in SoCal lineup. “Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips” will air weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, February 17. Barberie is well known to Southern California for her 18 years as co-host of Fox 11’s top-rated morning show, Good Day LA. She also spent a decade on the Fox NFL Pre-Game Show working opposite Curt Menefee, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. “Jillian’s energy, experience and love for Southern California are unmatched. We’re absolutely thrilled that she’s joining the TalkRadio 790 team in this important role,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-COO of Cumulus. Phillips began his radio career as the youngest major-market radio talk show host in the country. He is also a columnist for The Orange County Register and makes weekly appearances on Fox 11 Good Day LA as a political analyst, in addition to regular appearances on cable news.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS Radio Appoints Max Krasny VP Sales/Strategic Alliances
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio announced Max Krasny as Vice President, Sales and Strategic Alliances, Altitude Group. Based in Los Angeles, he will represent the division’s local engagement expertise to Fortune 500 clients, working to create distinctive marketing campaigns and promotions. The Altitude Group is tasked with helping brands connect with consumers using CBS RADIO stations, along with CBS Television Stations and their digital properties, as well as CBS’s outdoor assets. Krasny most recently was Executive Vice President/GM, Strategic Partnerships and Western Sales for WestwoodOne programs and alliances including the GRAMMYs, ACM’s, and Live Nation. He spent close to 20 years at WestwoodOne in a variety of roles, spearheading content, affiliate sales and ad-sales divisions. He started his career in local radio in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles where he worked on a number of hit shows such as “Ferrall on the Bench” and “Loveline.”
MOTION: Jayn Takes Afternoons At Alice 97.3 San Francisco; WFHN/New Bedford MA Taps Loren Petisce For Morning Cast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– Alice Radio (KLLC) San Francisco will be taking over afternoons on Alice. 97.3 beginning Feb. 18th. “If Alice had a middle name it would be Jayn. We’re so happy she’s a part of our daily life at Alice@97.3” said Doug Harvill, Sr. VP & Market Manager, CBS Radio San Francisco. “Jayn is the heart and soul of Alice. Her musical genius and on air swagger makes her the perfect choice for Afternoon Drive. I’m happy as hell she is with us and in this daypart,” said Michael Martin, VP of Programming, CBS Radio San Francisco. Jayn began her radio career writing news for radio as a summer intern in the gallery of the House of Representatives. Once back in Reno, where she went to college, she worked at the local sports station KPLY and soon moved on-air at the sister FM station KKMR. Next, Jayn joined Reno's KRZQ, where she began at nights and moved to mornings. She moved on to mornings at KEDJ in Phoenix, and from there headed north to KNRK in Portland, Oregon where she spent 8 years in middays and as Assistant Program Director and Music Director. She joined KLLC in 2004 and has hosted middays, 10:00am – 3:00pm, since 2006. ––––––––––– Loren Petisce joins Townsquare CHR WFHN-FM/New Bedford, MA, as its newest cast member on the Fun 107 morning show. Petisce arrives from WCTK-FM (Cat Country 98.1/Providence.
Emmis Acquires WBLS-FM/WLIB AM New York
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– Emmis Communications announced the acquisition of WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM in New York - $131 million accretive transaction. Emmis, which already owns WQHT, HOT 97 in New York, will nearly double the company's annual station operating income through this acquisition. 'Today's announcement is indicative of our belief in the US radio industry and our desire to increase our footprint in the nation's largest market," said Jeff Smulyan, President & CEO of Emmis Communications. "Emmis has deep ties to the New York African-American community, and it is with great pride we take the helm of these iconic stations." The purchase price will be paid in two installments. The first, approximately $55 million, will follow the initial grant of the FCC's consent to assignment of the stations' FCC licenses, expected to be in the summer of 2014. The second, approximately $76 million, will be paid in February 2015. During 2013, WBLS and WLIB reported approximately $31.9 million of net revenues and approximately $16.5 million of station operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization, resulting in approximately $15.4 million of station operating income. In addition, Emmis expects to realize approximately $3 million of annual expense savings by combining these stations with HOT 97 in New York.
Radio's Charlamagne Visits Arsenio; Rips DMX And Zimmerman Over Celebrity Boxing Match; Hearts Katy Perry - [VIDEO]
101.9 AMP Radio Invades Orlando
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 –– Orlando’s All New 101.9 AMP RADIO hit the air yesterday in Orlando. WJHM-FM continued its evolution as a contemporary music station by introducing its new name 101.9 AMP RADIO. The station will continue to feature “All the Hits” from today’s popular artists. The station had previously been known as 102 JAMZ. “This is the next step to better strengthen our brand as a pop music station,” says Bobby Smith (L), Program Director of the All New 101.9 AMP RADIO. “Exciting energy and the pulse of today’s pop music is what drives 101.9, and with our new AMP RADIO branding we’ve positioned ourselves to more closely reflect those traits. We are thrilled about the station’s transformation and know listeners will be, too.” Added Dave Robbins, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Orlando, “WJHM has always been a highly attractive format for young adult listeners looking to discover new music. This latest development will increase the station’s already powerful reach with advertisers and listeners on air, online and through our mobile platforms.”
WNOR's Sportsguy Goes Olympian; Breaks Through Station Bathroom Door [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014 - You just knew this was going to happen. Now, thanks to Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn's (shown below) now famous door demolition in Russia, WNOR-FM Norfolk is now one bathroom door less. Sportsguy, Rod Fitzwell (Above right), with strong encouragement from Rick Rumble in the morning and team members, decided on an re-enactment of the event. As best we can tell, the station door apparently pales compared to one Quinn destroyed (left), but it still got the bobsledder's attention. Rumble tells Jockline Daily 'Our “tweet” of the video got a retweet from Johnny Quinn himself and is now on The Sporting News website! As for the door, it was real. Rumble says "we bought it at Lowes for cheap, but none the less, it was real." CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE
UH OH: Letterman Loses 'Sports Illustrated' Cover Debut To Kimmel - [ZAP 2 IT]
Shakira Joins Blake Shelton With Country Song On Her New Album - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
Hugh Jackman To Host Tonys Again - [NEWSTIMES]
Julia Robert's Half-Sister's Suicide Note Details 'Tortured' Relationship With Star - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Sharon Osbourne Says If She Managed Justin Bieber 'He'd Have To Go To The Hospital To Get MY Foot Out Of His *ss' - [CELEBUZZ]
Bieber's Wax Model Pulled Following Excessive Groping - [PAGE SIX]
Rosanne Barr Takes On Mom Role In 'The Millers' - [TV GUIDE]
Lena Dunham's Book Cover Revealed In Retro Look - [JEZEBEL]
Lara Stone Covers Vogue Paris - [THE FASHION POST]
HBO Gives Greenlight To Comedy Pilot With Jack Black & Tim Robbins - [DEADLINE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Under The Stone' With Scarlett Johansson - [RED CARPET CRASH]
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Will Cutting Hosts Spell Doom For SiriusXM?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– The Motley Fool's Daniel Kline asks: If cutting back on 'DJs' at SiriusXM is not for financial reasons, is it because they believe people want only music on its music channels.? Kline adds "That might be true. But with it becoming easier for people to stream Internet music services in their cars, not having DJs makes SiriusXM -- as a music service -- a less-effective version of Pandora." New York Daily News Columnist David Hinckley, who covers media, wrote last week (Feb. 5) that the service was becoming "music intensive -- a trend that has permeated all of music radio over the last 10 years." But added "The loss of DJs makes the SirisuXM stations less distinctive and removes a differentiating factor between satellite radio and music services like Pandora. While SiriusXM has retained a few of its top hosts such as Howard Stern (R), Opie and Anthony, and Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo, it has also let deals lapse with hosts like Bubba the Love Sponge, Scott Ferral and hosts such as Pat St. John from its '50's On 5' channell. Hinkley opines "The disappearance of more jocks at SiriusXM also feels disheartening because it takes satellite radio another small step away from what make it so distinctive in the beginning. XM, in particular, positioned itself as an alternative to terrestrial radio. It played a wide range of music you’d never hear on commercial stations, and it hired jocks like Matt the Cat, a young guy with an old-time personality.' PHOTO/Helga Esteb " READ ARTICLE HERE
SURPRISE: Listeners Not Happy When Stations They Like Change Formats
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– Listeners often cry foul when a station they like change ratings, but Michigan based researcher, Mark Kassoff decided to get specific by asking over a 1000 respondents - 18-64, exactly how they feel when a station pulls the plug on a format they like. Kassof says "What brought this to mind was my own work — research that guides stations to better ratings, sometimes requiring dramatic format changes. Most recently, a client changed format from one that excelled among 45-and-older listeners to one that focuses on 18-44′s. There was a major emotional backlash among those left behind, who went online to express feelings like: “I am so upset,” “I’m in morning,” “This is a blow…very depressing,” and some even threatening bodily harm to station execs!' So, last month Kassof asked 1009 18-64 year olds in the U.S., how much they agree or disagree with the statement: It upsets you when a station you like changes format. As you'll see in the graphic, nearly 1/2 of those polled agreed strongly with that premise, even if only a station they like…not necessarily their favorite. From a demographic perspective, 35-44′s agree the most…89% 0f them agree, 55% agree strongly. By age, 18-24′s agree least, but even then, 80% agree, 32% strongly. Most indifferent are 18-24 men; still, 70% agree, 26% strongly! From a format perspective, the P1′s of Oldies/Classic Hits stations (89% agree, 61% strongly) and Rock stations (89% agree, 59% strongly) would be most upset when a station they like changes format.
Glenn Beck Gets 'This Is Your Life' Surprise Birthday Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– What an amazing fews days it's been for syndicated radio and TV host, Glenn Beck. Following last Friday's surprise receipt of The 'Ashwood Award' during Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas (see recent news), on yesterday's TV show, Beck celebrated his 50th birthday with family and staff. But, unbeknownst to him, however, he was interrupted by his radio co-hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, who took him on a whirlwind trip through his radio history with guest appearances from longtime Seattle broadcast exec. Mike O'Shay, who gave Beck his start in radio, as well as, Gabe Hobbs, co-presenter of Talk Show Boot Camp V, who Beck credits with giving him his break in talk radio and syndication. Tim Hattrick, Beck’s Y95 co-host in Phoenix, joined as well. O'Shay posted on FB: I hired Glenn when he was 15 for part time dee jay work at KUBE, Seattle. It was a tremendously fun hour show. Of course, the biggest surprise may have been the 1958 Chevrolet Apache Beck’s wife, Tania, gave him. But she didn’t ask him to come outside to see it — the group arranged for the truck to be driven right onto the set of Beck’s show, with his family inside. “I got my grandpa’s truck!” Beck said in shock. “Oh my gosh, this is so great! This is so great … I have wanted an old truck like my grandfather’s for I don’t know how long.”WATCH VIDEO HERE
Michelle Obama 'Mothers' The Bieb On Univision's Enrique Santos Show [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– You can now add 'First Lady' to the ginormous list of those commenting on Justin Bieber's reckless behavior. Last week, the topic even found its way in one of the daily press briefings at the White House where press sec. Jay Carney weighed in on the petition to deport Justin Bieber. This followed a petition calling for the U.S. government to deport Bieber and revoke his green card. After topping the required 100,000 signatures, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked to comment during a briefing. More recently, in an interview with Univision Radio's Enrique Santos (R), First Lady, Michelle Obama shared this advice as to how she would handle if Bieber were her son: “I would pull him close. You know, I don’t know if it would be advice as much as action,” Obama said. “I would be very present in his life right now. And I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what’s going on in his head, to figure out who’s in his life and who’s not, you know.” LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
MOTION: Michael Smerconish Tapped By CNN For Saturday Morning Shown
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– Satellite radio host Michael Smerconish has been hired by CNN to host a Saturday morning show, network president Jeff Zucker announced Monday. In a statement, Zucker said “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.” The move lures Smerconish away from his work with MSNBC where he has served as a contributor and guest host for shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews.” ""I've long wanted to host a program of my own and I'm appreciative of Jeff Zucker for making that dream a reality. I think the type of content I seek to provide is perfectly suited for CNN's non-ideological brand," said Smerconish. During his time on-air, Smerconish has interviewed 5 U.S. presidents including Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is also currently working on his sixth book TALK: A Novel of Politics and the Media, which is due out in May.
USRN Adds "The Forgotten 45’s” With Bobby Bitman To Weekend Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. announced it will be distributing a new weekend show geared to Oldies and Classic Hits radio stations called The Forgotten 45’S. The program, which will be produced and hosted by Bobby Bitman (shown), marks an expansion of the network’s already talent-rich lineup of offerings for Classic Hits/Oldies stations, and this new program will begin airing nationally on the weekend of February 15th and 16th. The Forgotten 45’s provides radio stations with two-hours per week of what are often referred to as “oh, wow” songs, and the music programmed for the show might include tracks from superstars such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other top artists of that era including many notable “one hit wonders.” After several years of hosting “The Forgotten 45s” online where it developed a large and passionate following, Bobby is now bringing those great oldies back to the airwaves.
WestwoodOne Broadcast From Winter Games In Russia
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 –– From the Superbowl to the Winter Olympics, WestwoodOne Networks is keeping you on top of the latest news from Russia. Team USA’s Jamie Anderson, gold medalist in slopestyle snowboard, makes a quick stop by the WestwoodOne studios in Sochi, Russia, during weekend coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. According to CBS, Anderson gave the United States a gold-medal sweep in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics, while Jenny Jones took bronze to win Britain's first medal in any snow sport. Anderson soared to victory in a near flawless run in the women's final on Sunday, a day after Sage Kotsenburg captured the men's gold medal. The 23-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., did it, as is her fashion, when the moment absolutely required it.
Shirley Temple Passes Away At 85 - [BRIETBART]
DID YOU KNOW: '50 Shades' Lead Character Based On Italian Real Estate Agent - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Mizzou's Michael Sam Comes Out - [ESPN]
AWKWARD: TV Anchor Confuses Samuel Jackson For Laurence Fishburne - [PAGE SIX]
Julia Robert's Half Sister Dies From Apparent Overdose - [PEOPLE]
Mega Stars Arrive For Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show Debut Week - [EW]
A&E Puts In Another Order For Wahlburgers - [TV GUIDE]
Chris Kattan Booked For DUI In LA's Valley - [CBS LA]
Just Like That, Britney Spears Goes Brunette - [E]
DUMB Starbucks Gets Shut Down - [HOLLYWOOD PATCH]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: ' Two Faces Of January' With Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac - [SCREEN CRUSH]
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Rover's Attorneys Ask Judge To Dismiss Charges; Claim Police Destroyed Evidence
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– Attorneys for Shane French, WMMS/Cleveland host of "Rover's Morning Glory" are asking a judge to drop charges against him involving a July 5 altercation with an off-duty Cleveland police officer claiming police destroyed evidence. According to cleveland.com, Rover and his sidekick Michael "Chocolate Charlie" Toomey were indicted in October on charges of assault, criminal damaging, resisting arrest, including panic from the July incident. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges, which French described on air as "absolutely absurd, ridiculous and not based in fact whatsoever." The off duty officer, Steven Kinas, reported that he was on his boat at a marina when a drunken French shot fireworks in his direction – nearly hitting him at one point. The officer said he confronted French, who then shoved the officer. French was later arrested. According to French's attorneys, an audiotaped statement from Kinas was deleted and replaced with a second statement that is riddled with inconsistencies when compared with police incident and use of force reports. The motion argues that first statement can't be used for comparison with the various other conflicting statements and evidence from events that morning that could call Kinas' credibility into question. Spokespersons for the Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office could not be immediately reached for comment on the court filing. The case is set for trial on May 20.
Mother Of Teen Who Attempted Suicide After Topless Photo Was Posted Online, Reaches Out To KRBE/Houston's Roula And Ryan Show - [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– A Houston mom reached out to KRBE's Roula & Ryan Show after her 15 yr. old daughter sent a topless photo to a guy she liked, but in turn posted it on aTwitter stream. Shamed by the incident, the girl then attempted suicide by taking prescription pills. Her mother then contacted the show via its listener line saying she was desperate for them to help her because her daughter was a victim of a scam and tried to commit suicide. Roula & Ryan then had the mom join them in-studio. She told R&R with the photo showing her half-naked, her showing her upper body. Just couldn’t handle it anymore and she took something. She just wanted to end it that way,' she said. 'They have my child’s photo on there. They have other children’s photos on there. She has friends they are on there. She is 15. They are children they are minors." Some people began blaming her daughter by sending the photo, but the bigger issue were other girls like the 15 yr. old, being coerced into sending photos to sites as such. R&R reached out to its listeners and specialists to call into the show for advice and help. Executive Producer, Eric Rowe, told Jockline Daily "We received so much gratitude and credit from our listeners for bringing this to the forefront. Our social media traffic and response from the city has been immeasurable." This story and interview has since been picked up by numerous news sites both here and abroad, including the UK's Daily Mail - Listen to Part One HERE --And Part Two HERE
Glenn Beck Presented With Ashwood Award During TSBC Dallas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– Speaking before a capacity crowd during last week's Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas, syndicated TV & Radio Host, Glenn Beck, was surprised by being awarded the 'Ashwood Award', presented in honor of the late Fox Sports Radio programming chief, Andrew Ashwood. Shown at right, Beck is presented the award by WTOP Emeritus, Jim Farley, who took honors last year. The Ashwood Award is presented each year during TSBC to an individual who's made a 'positive' difference in radio. Each year's recipient is then charged with choosing the following year's choice, plus making the presentation. Past recipients have included Gabe Hobbs, Bruce Gilbert, Rick Scott and Jim Farley. Prior to receiving the award, Glenn Beck dazzled the packed audience with a rousing, inspirational speech which drew a standing ovation upon conclusion. He told attendees “Radio is still the most powerful medium ever,” he said. “It is a medium where listeners think of you as their friend and one where you can build an intimate relationship with your audience.” This year's TSBC was co-presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media.
Cumulus Expands National Rollout Of 'America’s Morning Show' With Blair Garner
Art Laboe And His 'Devil Music' The Focus Of NPR Feature - [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– Rock and Roll radio pioneer Art Laboe is the focus of an NPR feature which chronicles his career dating back to 1943 on KSAN/San Diego. Born in 1925 as Arthur Egnoian in Salt Lake City. He says from the moment his family got their first radio, he was hooked. "I was 8 years old and we plugged it in, and I told my mom, 'Mom, the box is talking!' " Laboe recalls. "And after that, she couldn't tear me away from this radio." After serving in World War II, a station manager at KSAN in San Francisco talked him into changing his last name from Egnoian to Laboe. By the mid 50's he had moved to L.A. where he says "People are playing Doris Day, [and] 'Que Sera, Sera,' " Laboe says. "And I'd say, 'OK, Mothers, gather up your daughters. Here comes Art Laboe and his devil music!' Even at 88 yrs. old, Laboe still has no plans to retire. "It's "difficult" to think of leaving the business: "I'm still a radio guy," he says. PHOTOS/Art Laboe READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Envision Debuts New Name & Branding
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® is the new name and branding for Envision Radio Networks®. The 11-year-old media network, which provides content and services to more than 1,500 radio stations across the country, has grown beyond the scope of a radio-only syndication company. The new name Envision Networks® encompasses its heritage radio business as well as its growing digital networks, streaming networks and on-demand listening. “Envision Networks® is a more accurate representation of our current evolution and growth in radio, digital, streaming and product placement,” said Danno Wolkoff, CEO and President of Envision Networks®. “The Envision Networks® name and branding now reflects everything we supply to radio stations and other media while creating a desirable audience for our advertisers and partners.”
UPDATE: High School Student Who Asked Miley Cyrus To Prom, Gets Response
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily reported last week, High School student Matt Peterson (L) reached out via YouTube and the syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show to uber pop star Miley Cyrus to join him as his prom date. In his video he said "I have been a fan of yours from the beginning. You've changed my life, and I want to repay you by giving you the best night of your life." Back In 2009, Matt waited outside JJ&R's studio in Phoenix beginning at 3 am for a chance to meet Miley and finally did. Five years later he joined JJ&R last week and this time he popped the question for a prom date. Unfortunately, she tweeted to Matt "I don't think I'll be able to make it to prom, but why don't you come to my AZ show & hang w me? Don't forget a corsage." He quickly tweeted a reply accepting her offer saying "THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE!!! #mileyprom'
Free Concert Held After Raising $1 Million For Kid's Charity
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 –– On March 1st Charity Case (from the Ace & TJ Show on Channel 96.1) will celebrate raising $1 million dollars for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids with a special free concert at Hickory Metro Convention Center. Thirteen years ago one half of the nationally syndicated Ace & TJ Radio Show, Ace (shown above center), decided he wanted to start a band. Through a variety of means, the players who are to be Charity Case, came together. The reason they play is to raise money for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. No other band in history has played exclusively for charity and raised a million dollars. Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids (501c3) is dedicated to enriching the lives of terminally ill or chronically disabled children. The aim is to provide their Grin Kids with a magical memorable trip to Disney World with fundraising done through events, dedicated support members and listeners. “This was never supposed to be more than one show, much less 13 years," said Ace.
Jimmy Fallon's Final 'Late Night' Show Topples Ratings' Record - [THE WRAP]
CNN Pulls Plug On Anderson Cooper's 'AC360 Later' - [VARIETY]
Adam Lambert & Daughtry Returning To 'Idol As Mentors - [ZAP 2 IT]
Fox Confirms Cancellation Of U.S.' 'X-Factor' - [DAILY MAIL]
Clint Eastwood Saves Man From Choking To Death - [PEOPLE]
George Zimmerman, DMX Charity Boxing Match TKO'd - [TIME]
Miley Cyrus Channels Marilyn Monroe On Vogue Germany Cover - [FASHION GONE ROGUE]
Shia LaBeouf Bolts From 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference In Berlin - [NY DAILY NEWS]
'Batman' Prequel To Star 'Southland's Ben McKenzie In Lead Role - [EW]
Rita Moreno To Star In Amy Poehler TV Comedy - [DEADLINE]
Jackie Collin's 'Wild Child' Book To Become A Film - [PAGE 6]
Scott Shannon Announces Retirement From WPLJ; Todd Pettengill To Take Over Show As The Todd Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH 2014 –– After many successful years together with Todd Pettengill hosting "Scott & Todd in the Morning" on 95.5 WPLJ, Scott Shannon announced on the air this morning that he is retiring from WPLJ after 22 years at the station. Pettengill will continue as the host of "The Todd Show" during the same 6am-10am drivetime slot. "Scott & Todd in the Morning" has been New York City's longest continuous running radio show. “Of course I’ll miss being a part of the morning show here on PLJ and I might even pop back in from time to time and try to get Todd to play a Rascals song or two,” Shannon said. "Scott and I had an amazing run and I'll miss our mornings together and cherish the memories we made. I'm also very excited about the opportunity ahead with a very talented group of people that I know our listeners are going to love," Pettengill said. "Scott's contributions to the industry and the station are incalculable and we thank him for his many years of amazing service and dedication to his many morning listeners," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-Chief Operation Officer of Cumulus. Executive Producer Joseph "Monk" Pardavila and news anchor Cooper Lawrence will continue on "The Todd Show" in their current roles.
Cumulus Launches NASH FM 94.1 in Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7th, 2014 –– Cumulus announces the launch today of NASH FM 94.1 in Cincinnati. NASH FM 94.1 joins the growing list of what will eventually be more than 60 owned-and-operated Cumulus Country stations operating under the NASH brand. The station was formerly Country formatted WNNF. “We are thrilled to introduce NASH programming content to Cincinnati’s large and very active Country music listening audience. NASH FM 94.1 will bring the superstars of country to listeners in authentic, entertaining and informative ways never done before,” said Dave Crowl, Cumulus Regional Vice President and Market Manager. Cumulus launched the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in January 2013 with the flagship NASH FM 94.7 in New York City. In addition to country radio stations, the NASH brand will include a NASH magazine, concerts/events, online content and television programming. Stations "Powered by NASH" feature exclusive programming content including “Kickin’ It with Kix” hosted by Kix Brooks, “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and “American Country Countdown.”
Daughter Of Tampa Host Killed In Double Homicide
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2014 –– A double killing in the Tampa Bay area has taken the lives of a Tampa man and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Chelsea Sizemore, the daughter of David Sizemore, aka Dave "Flash" Morgan of Q105- WRBQ-FM 104.7. According to tampabay.com, Tampa police released few details about what may have led to the killings. Detectives were working several leads, they said. But as of Thursday afternoon, the killers were still unidentified. A caller to 911 reported the deaths about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The man, Eric Salabirria and Sizemore were dead when officers arrived, both had been shot to death. The young couple had been together off-and-on for several years, family members said. David Sizemore posted a message about her death Thursday morning on his Facebook page. "It is with the saddest heart that I have to report that my youngest daughter Chelsea was killed last night in what appears to be a home invasion," he wrote. "I am living a parent's worst nightmare. … I have endured a lot of things in my life, but this is by far the most difficult thing to try to understand. My child has been taken from me, and I am broken."
Jeff & Jer' Snag Leno Interview Before Final Episode Of The Tonight Show [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2014 - Jay Leno talked with Jeff and Jer today before his final episode of “The Tonight Show.” The interview wasn’t planned. Executive Producer Tommy literally called him up at 6 am and randomly got him on the phone for an interview. It’s a terrific listen. Following much praise from J&J show members on how much they love watching, Leno jokes how they they all have empty lives. After Jeff shares story about Jay once giving up his suite at a hotel to a young man who had been drinking too much, Jay jokes how his new cause is helping drunken children everywhere. PHOTO/screengrab LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Rush Limbaugh Featured ON FX's 'Justified'
Energy 103.7's AJ Show Treats Military Couples To Special Valentine's Day Event
San Diego, CA – TOD Energy 103.7’s The AJ Show will be making Valentine’s Day special for forty military couples. The show will broadcast live from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina where forty lucky listeners will receive free boudoir photos for their deployed significant other. “It's our way of bringing a special Valentine’s Day gift to listeners a week before Valentine’s Day.” says Hula Ramos producer of The AJ Show. Listeners emailed the show for the chance to get on a list and it was subsequently booked solid within minutes of being announced. A few of the participants and even members of The AJ Show’s photos will be posted on ENERGY1037.com.
MOTION: ALT1063 Dave Ramsey Joins The Line-Up At KEIB-AM/LA; ALT 106.3/Iowa Names Mike Killabrew PD
WestwoodOne's Kevin Kugler Is Ready For Sochi Olympics
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2014 –– WestwoodOne Sports announcer Kevin Kugler is in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games! WestwoodOne coverage of the Games begins tonight with the lighting of the torch. Stay tuned to WestwoodOne for round-the-clock programming from the Winter Olympics.
Blair Garner Takes Over Mornings At NASH 103.3 Nashville
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– While the official word from Cumulus Media is expected shortly, on yesterday's Nash-FM 103.3 Facebook page, along with its new look (above) it posted: "If you missed the big announcement, as of Monday, Blair Garner and America's Morning Show with Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, Robin Meade and Erika Grace Powell will be on in the mornings on The New NASH FM 103-3. Becca, who formerly handled mornings with Marty & Stew, will be returning to middays, where she worked for 13 years before taking on mornings. Stew will be working with America's Morning Show and helping out behind the scenes and Marty will be working on some independent projects he's always wanted to do, plus, he has a new job that he can't talk about now, but he will let you know about soon. THANK YOU for listening to Nashville Mornings, thank you for your support and concern and we hope you will check out America's Morning Show beginning Monday, here on The NASH FM 103-3. Reports have the initial syndication rollout of America's Morning Show with Blair Garner to involve nearly 20 more Cumulus stations.
Mystery Bone's Boards Popping Up In Nashville [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– Turning out to be quite a couple of weeks for Premiere Networks syndicated Bobby Bones of the Bobby Bones Show. Last week he got tongues wagging when he announced via Twitter that he might be leaving radio to pursue another job offer. A day later, he quickly followed up by saying he was sticking with radio and passing on an undisclosed TV offer. Just as that news began to settle down, at least four billboards popped up around Nashville saying “Go away Bobby Bones (photo).” This prompted Bones to send out show member Lunchbox to head out and take a look for himself. According to examiner.com It’s unclear whether the billboard purchaser was already anti Bobby Bones and had planned the billboards all along or if Bobby’s recent news of leaving radio, then passing on the offer was enough to upset someone enough to to spend over $2,000 a board. Stay tuned. Something tells us there's more MYSTERY to come.
Player Who Walked Away From NFL And Giant Salary, Wants To Do Radio [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– Nice piece on ESPN recently about the former Broncos offensive lineman John Moffitt (and former Seattle Seahawk) made news because he walked away from the NFL and nearly $1 million in salary because he was unhappy. John, as he now reveals, wants to do radio. ESPN aired the special during Super Bowl Sunday, and who, other than BJ (R), of The BJ Shea Morning Experience, there to give him a taste of radio at 99.9 KISW Seattle (where John lives). We understand BJ has not removed his number 12 Seahawks jersey since Sunday. As you probably know, The Seattle fans had such an impact on the success of the team in the 1980's that Seahawks President Mike McCormack retired the number 12 jersey on December 15, 1984 forever. WATCH VIDEO HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CCME Dallas Names Jay Shannon PD FOR KDGE-FM and KDMX-FM; Amy Bolton Teams With CMG's Rare; Shannon Sonderen Named Promotions Director At 101.9 KINK Portland
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– CCME Dallas announced that Jay Shannon (L) has been named Program Director for KDGE-FM and KDMX-FM, effective March 15, 2014. Shannon will join from CCME Austin, where he has programmed multiple formats for more than 11 years. He most recently served as Vice President of Operations for the Austin cluster. Shannon excels in talent coaching and has helped develop many national on air personalities, including nationally syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones. “I’m THRILLED for the opportunity to work in an amazing market and be a part of such strong brands like KDGE and KDMX,” said Shannon. “Thank you Clay Hunnicutt, Patrick Davis, Deidre Richter and Kelly Kibler for this incredible opportunity! –––––––––– Rare, powered by Cox Media Group, is a news site with a point of view. "Our audience is the center of America: everyday people, not Washington insiders," says Amy Bolton. "..Americans don’t want government regulating their healthcare, listening to their phone calls, monitoring their bedrooms, dictating education standards, telling them what they can put in their bodies or policing the world. Rare offers opinions from a wide berth of personalities, Like David Limbaugh, Jack Hunter, Michael Graham and many others. Amy Bolton, media pro, is building brand awareness, content development and new revenue streams for the new website. ––––––––101.9 KINK Portland announced that Shannon Sonderen (R) has been hired as the new Promotions Director. Sonderen has worked for several stations in the Portland market within the Sales and Promotions Department including, KRSK, KGON, KFXX and KYCH. Commenting on bringing Shannon aboard, KINK Program Director Chris Mays said, “We are excited to have someone of Shannon's expertise join the Alpha team.
Bischoff Hervey Entertainment TV And Paul B. Anderson Media Agent Team For Eric Bischoff Radio Talk Platform
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– Bischoff Hervey Entertainment LLC (BHE) and Paul Anderson Media Agent, Inc. will jointly develop, package and produce a new weekly “Talk” platform for the New York Times best selling author of “Controversy Creates Cash” and outspoken on air television personality Eric Bischoff. Most recognized for his fame as an on-air character/writer/producer in professional wrestling as well as his real life battle with Vince McMahon and WWE during cable televisions “Monday Night Wars.”“I have always enjoyed the freedom and improvisational nature of radio, and look forward to bringing an unfiltered and unique perspective and conversation to the table,” says Bischoff. “This is going to be a fun ride.” The project aims to secure distribution on satellite, terrestrial radio, internet or syndication and may include a televised component and plans to leverage an active presence through social media. Talks are currently underway, being led by the project’s partner Paul Anderson, who has an extensive reach and track record within all aspects of the radio business. Anderson adds: “Eric’s background and magnetic personality makes him uniquely suited to take advantage of the new opportunities in the spoken word format. I’m confident Eric will be embraced by an even bigger audience.”
MOTION: Rat Boy & Staypuff Head To Afternoons At Q102 Philly; Scratch & Sniff Debut On 89X Detroit
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– WIOQ-FM/Q102 Philadelphia has tapped into its CCME co-owned WFLX-Tampa for nightimers Rat Boy & Staypuff, where they will move them to afternoons from 3-7pm. Along with the move, they'll now be known as Jeff and Josh. The duo has handled nights in Tampa for the last seven years. –––––––––This Saturday night marks the debut of Skratch N Sniff in Detroit on 89X ! Rock radio's hottest re- mix show hosted by Production mastermind Malcolm Ryker and DJ Mike Czech bring their wheels of steel to the motor city! 89X (CIMX) joins WWDC, WEND, WAAF, WXTB, KBPI, WMMS, KIOZ and many more. APD Phil Kukawinski says, “We’re very excited to have Skratch N Sniff on the airwaves of 89X here in Detroit! Detroit has a very wide range of tastes when it comes to music. Skratch N Sniff’s unique style of fusing rock, alternative, hip-hop, and electronic will be a huge asset to the station in our effort to help keep things fresh and exciting on the airwaves.”
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
London Mayor And Union Leader Go At It On The Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014 –– London Mayor Boris Johnson's (L) regular LBC phone-in show took a call from the rail union boss Bob Crow. The two had a spirited conversation about this week’s tube strike. Bob asked the mayor to listen to his members' point of view. Johnson repeats his call for the union to call off the strike. CATCH THE DUST UP HERE:
Meanwhile LBC Announce They’re Going National - LBC’s owner, Global Radio says they’ll invest millions in Britain’s only non-sport commercial talk station. Presenters include Nick Ferrari, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Beputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. After broadcasting to the capital for more than 40 years, LBC will go national on DAB digital radio (our version of HD radio) from 11 February. LBC has enjoyed a surge in popularity of late with more than 1 million listeners per week on average tuning in across the three months to the end of September in London. It was the first commercial radio station launched in the UK in 1973, at the time standing for London Broadcasting Company. The station was rebranded as “London's Biggest Conversation” in 2007, and when it goes national next month it will morph again, to “Leading Britain's Conversation”.
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Lady Gaga Goes Glam For Harper's Bazaar' Cover - [IDOLATOR]
UH OH: Bieber Pilots Wore Gas Masks To Avoid Pot Smoke - [GOSSIP COP]
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Drug Addiction Focus Of People Cover - [EAR SUCKER]
IT'S OFFICIAL: Clay Aiken Running For Congress - [NEWS OBSERVER]
Lady Gaga And Britney Spears Set To Duet - [US]
George Zimmerman, DMX Boxing Match Looking Real - [TMZ]
Jared Leto Fires Back At Woman Upset With His Transgender Woman Role - [EXTRA TV]
Did 'Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson Lose Too Much Weight? - [NY DAILY NEWS]
UH OH: Selena Gomez's Secret Rehab Trip Revealed - [POP CRUNCH]
Death Of Philip Seymour Hoffman Hits Close To Home For KYXY San Diego's Tommy Sablan
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– Longtime Jeff & Jer' producer felt extra anguish upon hearing the news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Shortly afterward, he took to his blog to share his own family's experience with heroin and how it led to the death of his two brothers. He wrote: "The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought back many memories for me…I grew up surrounded by heroin. I had two older brothers and a cousin that got loaded and had monkey’s on their backs. My brothers were addicted to heroin for much of their lives. YES, my brothers got clean later in their lives, and were inspirations to many others to get clean. But ultimately – their decades of addiction took their toll, and their lives ended too soon. My mom didn’t do a drug in her life, she was our saint, but drugs killed my mom – I honestly feel she died of a broken heart from missing my brothers so much. I’m no angel, but I grew up knowing that I was to stay away from heroin. BUT, I did everything else as a teen and young adult. Although, my brothers and cousin Woody did it in front of me. Yet it was known to me, to stay away from it. PHOTO/s_bukley READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
World Listens As Senator Tells WNOR's Rick Rumble He'll Sign Petition To Deport Bieber [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– File this one under radio gold. WNOR/Norfolk's legendary Rick Rumble, of Rumble in The Morning, was having a fun chat with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) and Rumble brings up the deportation story involving pint rocker, Justin Bieber. A laughing Warner says “As a dad with three daughters, is there someplace I can sign?” As of now the whitehouse.gov petition calling for the deportation of the pop star had over 245,000 signatures by Tuesday. No sooner was the show over before news outlets such as Time, Washington Post, Huffpo, Variety ... basically, the entire news planet jumped on the story. After getting off the air, Rumble told Jockline Daily "Spoke with Senator Mark Warner today about his most recent townhall meeting. It’s not every day that a US Senator offers to help deport someone, even if it is in jest…Ha!" Less than an hour later he sent an update saying "..story I sent earlier is now exploding: Time, Huffpo, Variety.. amazing" And just to confirm this wasn't some kind of misspeak, Warner tweeted later "It's true, I'm not a #Belieber." "Senator Mark Warner offer to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber fm99.com/rumble/senator." Jockline should add, we were pleased to see that Rumble's name was listed in all published reports we saw--NICE! LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
RADIO HOST: Actor Hoffman Seemed To Be Wasted The Night Before He Died [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– Paul Pabst, a member of the syndicated Dan Patrick Show, was one of the last people to speak to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman shortly before he died. On this week's show he said the actor appeared to be "wasted" as he ran into him shortly before his death last Sunday. According to danpatrick.com, Pabst, who's a producer for the Patrick Show, said he spotted Hoffman walking along Greenwich Street around 5 pm. Pabst was with his wife and his sister, who got up the courage to say helloi to Hoffman. Pabst said Hoffman seemed surprised a stranger recognized him, but he gave Pabst's sister "a half high-five" before continuing on his way. Pabst says his sister commented that Hoffman seemed "out of it." Reports say that after Hoffman left Pabst he took out $1,200 in six transactions from an ATM machine inside a grocery store. A witness told police that Hoffman bought drugs from two men. A memorial service is being planned by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, the mother of the actor's three kids.
Did YES Network's Michael Kay Take Subtle Diss At Former Host With Diet Coke Toss? [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– As you may have read, The Michael Kay Show recently replaced the popular New York sport's host Mike Francesa of WFAN Radio, on the YES TV Network. This week Kay launched his first show and less than two minutes into the broadcast, without mentioning anyone's name, he picked up a bottle of Diet Coke, which Francesa frequently drank during the show, and tossed it into a garbage can held up by co-host Don La Greca. Perhaps a signal that a new era had begun on the channel. According to The New York Daily News, this apparently 'pissed off' Francesa off in the process. Newsday's Neil Best asked Francesa about the shot later, and Francesa didn't pull any punches while responding to Kay:"Listen, I mean, I don't know what the message is there. I really don't know. I guess there's a message there," he said. "I don't usually comment on other shows, but that show, I've never considered them competition, I still don't. They've never been competition for me, so I still don't even consider them that." Best reported that off the air, Francesa was even more harsh, saying Kay and LaGreca's stunt was a “classless, loser move from two guys I have been burying in the ratings for over a decade.” Francesa wasn't the only one not happy with the gesture, as Kay was immediately ripped by viewers on Twitter. WATCH VIDEO HERE
97.5 The Fanatic's Mike Missanelli Calls News Source Of Email Story "Journalistically Corrupt"
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– News broke yesterday of Philly sports host Mike Missanelli being suspended in the wake of an email exchange with a listener in which Missanelli alleged the man was gay. Greater Media Inc., owner of FM station 97.5 The Fanatic, released a statement saying the emails, first published on the website Deadspin, were unacceptable behavior, adding that Missanelli, one of the station’s top host, had been “harassed” by the emailer for years, but that did not excuse his responses. In a statement, they said "We are aware of the email communications between Mike and one of his listeners. This individual has been harassing Mike by email for several years, which is cause for concern, and we are working with Mike to try to identify this person and stop the abuse. However, that does not excuse Mike’s conduct. The content of his emails is unacceptable and does not reflect our values as a company. Mike has been suspended and understands that future similar conduct will not be tolerated." Meanwhile, in today's philly.com, Missanell fired back saying "There is so much wrong with the Deadspin story ... I am not sure where to begin." Missanelli added,“Deadspin doesn’t even know the IDENTITY of the guy and they ran it! Journalistically corrupt.” Missanelli went on to call the person who leaked the story “a lonely loser psycho, allowed to create drama in this day and age simply through social media.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alissa Pollack On The Rise At CCME; Jennifer Leimgruber Extends Through 2017
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– CCME VP/Integrated Music Marketing Alissa Pollack (L) has been named EVP/Music & Partner Integrations for Premiere Networks. "Alissa will report to me and be a close partner in developing and integrating artist, partner, and advertiser opportunities into our Premiere programs," said Clear Channel Networks Group President Darren Davis. "Alissa's relationships with the music community, the advertisers, and within the radio industry are unmatched, so Alissa returning to her roots at Premiere will be a real advantage for us." "I am excited to continue to grow within Clear Channel and Premiere," added Pollack. "Working directly with Darren and his team, while continuing to work with National Programming Group and Mediabase, is an awesome opportunity. We will all do great things together." –––––––––– Meanwhile, Premiere's EVP of Entertainment Programming Jennifer Leimgruber has inked a new deal that will extend her services through 2017. Jennifer has been with Premiere since 1993.
Sun City Café and Sun City Café Saturday Night Debuts on Envision Networks
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® welcomes Sun City Café and Sun City Café Saturday Night to their line-up. Sun City Café is a three-hour weekly show that features mass-appeal, 100% Hall of Fame Classic Rock 'n Roll and Comedy Flashbacks from legends like George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, and Steven Wright, along with a myriad of pop-culture flashbacks. It's hosted and produced by Joe Kelly with special guests Kate West and Engineer Bill. “It’s great to be back on the air, working with Kate West. And we are thrilled to be represented by Danno Wolkoff and all the wonderful people at Envision Networks!” said Host and Producer Joe Kelly. “Re-packaging Classic Rock songs is critical to keeping the format sounding energized,” stated President and CEO of Envision Radio Networks® Danno Wolkoff. For more information contact Melissa Bachtel at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taylor Prefers Keeping Her Clothes On
Jay Leno Welcomes Jimmy Fallon On Tonight Show - [GOSSIP COP]
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Eerie Premonition Before Death - [EXTRA TV]
Nick Jonas To Become Demi Lovato's Musical And Creative Director - [ROLLING STONE]
Paul Walker Named Daughter, Heir To Entire Fortune - [BUSTLE]
Taylor Swift Prefers Keeping Her Clothes On - [TOO FAB]
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'Bachelor's Juan Pablo Tells Claire He Regrets Sleeping With Her - [HUFFPO]
'House Of Cards' Renewed For 3rd Season - [TV LINE]
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TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Divergent' - [INDIE WIRE]
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Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Fires Up Ad Campaign On Boston Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014 –– Add Massachusetts to the latest state sniffing out the possible benefits of medical marijuana. Last weekend, The New England Grass Roots Institute began promoting pot on Boston's 92.9 FM and HOT 96.9 FM. “Did you know you do not have to smoke medical marijuana to enjoy its medical benefits?" says the ad. ... “This all-natural herb can be infused into almost any food or beverage. Used properly, medical marijuana adds to a healthy lifestyle. Medical Marijuana: Is it right for you? Talk to your doctor, then talk to us.” According to The Boston Herald, this hasn't sat well with critics who say that state regulations bar dispensaries from making any advertising claims on “the safety or efficacy of marijuana unless supported by substantial evidence, or for any purpose other than to treat a debilitating medical condition.” TNEGRI founder Mike Fitzgerald said those rules don’t apply to him. "We’re trailblazing,” said Fitzgerald. “We’re the first cannabis institute,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re really focused on people who have never seen cannabis before. Since the American Medical Association isn’t teaching anything, we thought we need to step in.” Wayne Sampson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said the ads, though apparently legal, are another challenge for law enforcement. “It certainly doesn’t seem that if this was truly a medical issue that they would have to be advertising for clients,” said Sampson, a retired Shrewsbury police chief. “This is purely a commercial operation.”
11 More Cumulus Stations Go NASH
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that 11 additional stations will adopt the NASH FM including WKDF/Nashville. The group of stations will be known as NASH FM – with their logos, websites and on-air promotions using “NASH FM” and “Powered by NASH” language. The new stations join the growing list of what will eventually be more than 60 owned-and-operated Country stations operating under the NASH brand. The following is a list of the new NASH FM stations and launch times: WKDF/Nashville, TN NASH FM 103.3 - KRMD/Shreveport, LA: NASH FM 101.1 - WIWF/Charleston, SC: NASH FM 96.9
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve DiNardo Named Vice-President/Market Manager for Entercom San Francisco; Michele Laven On The Rise At CCME
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014 –– Entercom Communications announced that Steve DiNardo (shown) has been named Vice-President and Market Manager for their San Francisco cluster. DiNardo has been with Entercom since 2012, first as General Sales Manager of KOIT and then rising to Vice-President of Sales for the cluster. Prior to joining Entercom, DiNardo, who has nearly 20 years of San Francisco radio market experience, served for 15 years as a Vice President/General Manager with CBS Radio. DiNardo was also the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Admissions for Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and he served as President of the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Society of Television, Advertising, and Radio and the Northern California Broadcasters Association. ––––––––––– CCME announced the promotion of Michele Laven (right) to President of Partnerships and Local Activation. In this new position, Laven will continue to create strategic alliances and marketing programs with key distribution and content partners, while expanding the capacity of Clear Channel¹s local market sales organizations to develop multi-market revenue opportunities. Laven, previously Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, has been with the company for eight years. She is responsible for many of Clear Channel's strategic partnerships and integrations including automotive, in-home entertainment, gaming consoles, smartphones, tablets and more. She also previously served as Vice President of Integrated Media for Clear Channel Los Angeles and was responsible for advertising programs that connected on-air, online, mobile and on-location marketing solutions for advertisers. Prior to joining Clear Channel Laven was President and Chief Operating Officer of New Times Media.
MOTION: Energy 106.9 Milwaukee Taps Ashley Z For Middays; Dwyer & Michaels Extend With 97X
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014 –– Saga's Milwaukee Radio Group announced that Ashley Z will take over middays on WNRG/Energy 106.9 Milwaukee. Ashley once interned at Ryan Seacrest Productions and most recently hosted the evening show on WKHQ-FM/Traverse City, MI. She replaces Taylor Vaughn. Townsquare Media's 97X/Quad Cities has inked a multi-year contract extension with long time market phenoms Dwyers and Michaels. “We are completely amped to work with Townsquare,” said Michaels “and happy that we’ll be imposing ourselves on our listeners for at least another five years!” Greg Dwyer added, “We love the Quad Cities and with Townsquare our listening family can now interact with us even more through the web, video, and who knows where else!”
[WATCH] 17 Yr. Old Reaches Out To Miley Cyrus With Prom Invite
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014 –– Here's the story: In 2009, Miley Cyrus (now making the news with her bleached and bare W cover photo - R) was in-studio with Johnjay and Rich. A then 13 year old Matt Peterson (L) knew she would be visiting that day, so he camped out in the parking lot starting at 3AM. Hours later, in the midst of a throng of screaming teenagers, Miley hand-picked Matt to come up and meet her in-studio. He did, and his life was changed forever! Johnjay and Rich gave him front-row tickets to the show that night! Miley even mentioned him while on-stage that night! Flash forward to present day. Matt is now 17 years old and a junior in high school. His prom is coming up in May. He needs a date. He wants his date to be Miley! And he created a video asking her to prom. This video has already gone viral (around 75,000 views) - #MileyPromwith a few entertainment websites picking it up, and Matt stopped by our studio once again this morning. Next step: Miley's in town on February 27th. Can we make something happen by then? W COVER PHOTO/Matt Alas And Marcus Piggot WATCH VIDEO HERE
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111.5 Viewers: Most Watched Super Bowl Ever; Bruno Mars Breaks Madonna's Halftime Numbers - [DEADLINE]
[WATCH] Big Game Ad You Probably Didn't See On Sunday That's Now Gone Viral - [DEADSPIN]
Scott Bakula Headed To 'NCIS New Orleans' - [TV LINE]
Sneak Peek At Vanity Fair 20th Anniversary Hollywood Issue - [VANITY FAIR]
Barbara Walters Defends Woody Allen On 'The View' - [GOSSIP COP]
[WATCH] Fan Rushes Stage During Taylor Swift UK Concert - [E]
Kate Moss Turns Vogue Fashion Editor In Daria Werbowy Shoot - [DAILY MAIL]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Need For Speed' With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper & Scott Mescudi - [RCC]
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'Puppy Love', Last Night's Ad Meter Winner
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 –– Aside from the Seattle Seahawk's blowout win over The Denver Broncos, Budweiser's Super Bowl XLVIII featuring their beloved Clydesdales and the puppy, topped last night's SB ad-meter winner. According to USA Today, aside from the fact it aired with just two minutes left in the game, for the second consecutive year — and the 12th time in the past 14 years — Anheuser-Busch earned one the most coveted of U.S. advertising honors, winning USA TODAY's consumer-judged Ad Meter for Super Bowl commercials. Coming in second was a chuckle-generating commercial for Doritos. It also appeared that advertisers were feeling nostalgic as it featured numerous ads including past TV stars such Hulk Hogan, Eric Estrada and other 80's stars in its Radio Shack ad. Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander also appeared in a post game webisode edition of Jerry Seinfeld's Crackle series, 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' which was teased during the game, showed Jerry & Jason reuniting at Tom's restaurant. The recent filming (see recent news with Boomer & Carton below) had fueled rumors that the old gang might be getting back together. As it turned out, this wasn't the case, but then again much about nothing is better than nothing in the case of Seinfeld, right? TISSUE ALERT: in case you missed it (or, were asleep by the 4th quarter), take another look at Anheuser-Busch's puppy ad HERE.
Super Bowl XLVIII A Game Of Numbers; Over 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings Consumed
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– As you likely tell by the amount of food and beverage you purchased for last night's big game, The Super Bowl is a game of numbers. According to wallethub.com, as the first social network built from the ground up around personal finance, wallethub decided to audit the figures that make the game tick. As you'll see in a portion of its Super Bowl XLVIII By The Numbers infographic below, local restaurants were predicted to serve more than one billion chicken wings n Super Bowl Sunday. In addition, Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut were projected to sell 29 million slices of pizza. Oh yes, we also woke up slighly heavier. The average fan is expected to consume an average of 1,200 calories. Speaking of fat, advertising was expected to be quite robust as well. With a 30 sec. ad estimated at $4 million, pre-game publicity was quite beneficial as well. Dorito's 'Finger Cleaner' got 2.4 million first-week views. Check out the entire infographic HERE
REPORT: Stern Overwhelmed By Birthday Bash Turnout
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– Apparently, Howard Stern's much publicized birthday bash turned out to be even bigger than expected. With a lineup already featuring top performances from acts such as Steven Tyler (L), David Grohl and others, the added list of celeb's was nothing short of staggering. According to USA Today, The four-hour party rivaled the Golden Globes. The party also served as a four-hour SiriusXM radio show, broadcast live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Stern called it , "Overwhelming." Host Jimmy Kimmel said "We know exactly how long this man's penis is! He is the most self-absorbed person on the planet and we can't get enough of him." Among the noted glitteratti included Robert Downey Jr., Tracy Morgan, Johnny Knoxville, George Takei, Barbara Walters, Jeff Probst, Larry King, Heidi Klum, Joan Rivers, John Stamos, Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin, David Letterman, Bryan Cranston, Sandra Bernhard, Chelsea Handler, Katie Couric (who reported offered to have a threesome with Howard and his wife), Steven Tyler, Whoopi goldberg, Lena Dunham, Rosie O'Donnel, Sarah Silverman, Natalie Maines, Adam Levine, John Mayer, Train, Rob Zombie, and yes, even the Tan Mom was there. Comedian Jeff Ross was also there saying of Stern, You're like a Jewish rock star. Guns & Noses. I want my nickel back!"
The Breakfast Club Join For Wake Ups On KUBE 93
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– KUBE 93 announced that The Breakfast Club, will be heard in Seattle in mornings effective today. Seattle's own DJ SupaSam will join The Breakfast Club weekday mornings to provide local content and programming throughout the show. The Breakfast Club originates from Power 105.1 in New York City and stars Charlamagne Tha God, former co-host of The Wendy Williams Experience and current host of MTV2’s Guy Code; Angela Yee, one of the stars of the VH1 reality show The Gossip Game, and correspondent for MTV2’s Sucker Free; and DJ Envy, legendary DJ, mixtape master, and host of MTV2’s Sucker Free and Week in Jams. Each morning, fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the No. 1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It’s also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining morning shows today. The Breakfast Club is currently syndicated in 15 markets.
Dan Sileo Tackles The Mighty 1090 San Diego
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– San Diego's The Mighty 1090 announced Dan Sileo (B) as its new weekday morning show from 6am to 9am. Sileo has an impressive history of talking sports on some of the country’s top sports radio stations and networks. Beginning 1994 with the Oneon- One Sports Network based in Las Vegas where he had recently retired from professional football. Only a year later, he was based in Northern California on legendary radio station KGO in San Francisco where he added the responsibility of anchoring sports on KPIX-TV, Channel 5 and KTVU, Channel 2. Within one year, he was lured away by the top sports station in the bay area, KNBR, hosting the early evening time slot before being promoted to sister station 1050, The Ticket hosting the morning show. He later moved to Tampa to accept an offer from WDAE, The Sports Animal. In less than two years, he caught the ear of Fox Sports as they were launching the Fox Sports Radio Network and moved back to California to join the inaugural lineup on the Los Angeles based network. Eventually he decided to return to the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2002 where he resumed hosting mornings on WDAE. He enjoyed an unprecedented run until moving south to Miami in 2012 to host the afternoon show on the legendary 560 WQAM. It wasn’t long before Sileo caught the attention of The Mighty 1090 where he'll handle mornings. "We are sure he will make a dramatic impact on the Mighty 1090,” Norm Feuer, Vice President–General Manager shared. Sileo will replace long time sports radio veteran Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton who will remain with The Mighty 1090 in a new capacity to be announced in the next few weeks. STUDIO PHOTO/Twitter - Sileo
[WATCH] WARM 98'S Marianne Curan To Appear On 'Let's Ask America'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– Looks like the national game show "Let's Ask America" has tagged one more radio peep for a chance today to win $50,000 for one of her favorite charities. According to WCPO TV, Marianne Curan, co-host of Warm 98/Cincinnati's morning show "Bob & Marianne Radio," will compete against radio hosts from around the country on the Skype-based program to win money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "I've hosted game shows before. I have never been a contestant. So this is a little weird for me," Curan said. "Because I've got something really true to heart to root for, I'm going to go for it. It's bringing out the competitive side in me." "I asked them if I could split [the money] between two charities....[Make-A-Wish Foundation] is a large part of my heart, and if it's with kids, it's pretty hard not to want to do something for these kids," Curan said. "I'm also a huge animal lover. Crazy about dogs. If I can help them out a little bit, that would be great." "Let's Ask America" is a daily, half-hour, television game show where four contestants play the game from the comfort of their home via web chat. Of course, Marianne's radio partner, Bob Guen, is a former 'Entertainment Tonight' host. He and wife Marianne Curan now co-host the morning show on Cumulus AC Warm 98, WRRM-FM Cincinnati.
WE LOVE YOU, YEAH, YEAH: Beatles Set To Invade U.S. Again This Weekend
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014 –– Baby boomers and millions more will likely be glued to their tvs once again for this weekend's '50th anniversary of the Beatles' American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. CBS, who carried the Beatles's first live broadcast, will air the special. And just like 50 years ago, it will air in Sullivan's 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) slot in a segment titled: "The Night That Changed America: The special will also carry a a Grammy salute to the group in a concert taped in Los Angeles the day after the Grammys. Among those performing will be the Eurythmics, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, John Legend, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Maroon 5 and many others. As they did during the Grammys, McCartney and Starr performed in the tribute along with the families of John Lennon and George Harrison enjoying the spectacle. The special will also includ footage of the Beatles's 1964 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. On the night The Beatles made their American TV debut, an estimated 45.3% of U.S. households with televisions (mostly one set per household) watched the group on February 9, 1964. With approximately 73 million people, this meant one in three Americans watched. After the show, it was reported that WINS radio's, Murray The K (R) (often referred to as the 5th Beatle) took John, Paul and Ringo to the Playboy Club along with a police escort.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46
Phillip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead At 46 - [DIGITAL SPY]
Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg And Stefon Join For Seth Meyer's SNL Goodbye - [ZAP 2 IT]
Dylan Farrow Makes Shocking Claims About Step-Father In Open Letter - [NY TIMES]
Michael Strahan Leads The Pack Into 2014 NFL Hall of Fame - [FOX SPORTS]
NBC Lays Off 164 'Tonight Show' Burbank Workers Following Leno Exit - [THE WRAP]
'Friends' David Schwimmer Cast In ABC Comedy - [EW]
ACT SURPRISED: Miley Cyrus Goes Natural With Hair Extensions On Cover Of W - [WET PAINT]
Two Rappers Want In On George Zimmerman Celebrity Boxing Match - [CONTACT MUSIC]
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