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Insomniac & iHeart Team To Launch EDC Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 ––Insomniac and iHeartMedia announced an unprecedented multi-platform collaboration, including the launch of the brand new EDC Radio on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. iHeartMedia will act as the premier on-air host of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas 2017 content across more than 100 broadcast radio stations nationwide. Beginning today, April 28 ,listeners can visit iHeartRadio.com/EDC to enjoy EDC Radio, a 24/7 dance music station. I'm extremely excited for this collaboration! It will allow millions of EDC fans around the world to tune in together,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “EDC Radio gives Headliners a 24/7 station packed with tracks from the best tastemakers in dance music. Check out our very special EDC Las Vegas announcement on iHeartRadio this Friday at 6 p.m.”
“We’re excited to be the on-air home for all things Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. As the largest multiplatform media company in the country, we are uniquely able to share the energy and vibrant music of the Electric Daisy Carnival with hundreds of millions of listeners nationwide, across our live broadcast stations, socially, and digitally on iHeartRadio’s new EDC Radio,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.. Find all the latest information for EDC Las Vegas by visiting ElectricDaisyCarnival.com. 1
Kelsea Ballerini To Perform During Britney Spears Tribute At 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– The year just keeps getting bigger for Kelsea Ballerini. As host of the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, she’ll also perform during a tribute to the first ever Icon Award recipient, Britney Spears reports Sounds Like Nashville. “She’s a legend, I think she’s the queen of pop music, and I adore Britney Spears,” Ballerini said in a clip posted to Twitter by RDMA. Spears has been a longtime influence for Ballerini, who has credited the “Princess of Pop” as being one of her inspirations.
In addition to her hosting duties and two performances, Ballerini is nominated for Best Crush Song, Breakout Artist of the Year, Radio Disney Country Favorite Song and Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist. The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards will be held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Saturday (April 29) and will air on the Disney Channel on Sunday (April 30) at 7PM ET.
NETWORKS: United Stations Taps Joe Breezy As Host Of 'Celebrity Top Ten Countdown'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that it has struck a deal with Air Personality Joe Breezy to take over the hosting duties of its weekly CHR and Hot AC program, the “Celebrity Top Ten Countdown.” This show had been hosted by Jackson Blue who also hosts a nightly daypart program for United Stations, but when Jackson Blue added mornings at WKLB/Boston, handling the weekend show in addition to mornings and night became too much and the network went on a search for a new host for this Countdown. Joe Officially takes the hosting duties over on May 6-7.
With the addition of Joe Breezy to the show, the radio station where he is based, Midwest Communications’ WNFN (i-106.7) in Nashville becomes the new flagship affiliate of the program. Joe Breezy's background includes four years at Boston’s WODS (CBS’s “Amp Radio”) prior to moving to Nashville. He got his start in the promotions department at KYLD/ San Francisco where he eventually hosted nights. He quickly moved into on-air positions at KKFR and KZON in Phoenix, at KHTS in San Diego, KDND in Sacramento, WWVA in Atlanta and eventually WODS Boston and WNFN Nashville. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.536.3603
PROGRAMMING: Dave Parker Adds PD Duties Along With Daily Show For WUSH-FM Norfolk
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– Dave Parker has been named PD For WUSH-FM Norfolk, effective immediately. Parker has been on the air at US 106.1 since the day it went live in 2007. He's also quite known to local media including television, radio and print over the last 20 years.. Since leaving television news in 2006, he has been a member of the Sinclair Communications family.
Parker follows Brandon O’Brien who resigned to relocate to Nashville, TN to manage a family business. He was instrumental in the success of the radio station from when he started and will continue to be involved in country radio from Nashville. The new lineup will feature the syndicated Bobby Bones Show in mornings followed by Dave Parker in middays and Allen Fabijan for afternoons.
ON-AIR: Greg Bishop Exits, Ray Lytle Returns To WMAY Springfield; Hula Ramos Joins Entercom's KSON San Diego Weekend Roster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– Greg Bishop has left his morning talk show on WMAY radio in Springfield, IL, reports sj-r.com, but maintains his full-time job with Illinois News Network, an independent project of the Illinois Policy Institute. Bishop, 33, said he “loved every minute” of his more than 10 years at WMAY, and said he will now “be able to provide even more focus on the Statehouse for newsrooms across the state” through his continued reporting for INN and the Illinois Radio Network. Succeeding Bishop will be its new morning host, Ray Lytle (L), a longtime radio personality who has had past talk shows on that station as well as WTAX.
--In other moves, our friend Joe Nelson at sandiegoradio.org reports that former Energy 103.7 Executive Producer for The AJ Show, Hula Ramos, is headed to KSON. Hula will be on early Saturdays at Midnight to 6AM, and Sundays Midnight to 5AM. Hula tells SanDiegoRadio "I'm really excited to be back on the radio and VERY excited to join the KSON team! Its going to be a new adventure and I'm excited to grab my cowboy hat, boots, and enjoy the ride!! I am also super appreciative of Kevin Callahan and Greg Raneiri for giving me a shot and excited to meet and work with the rest of the KSON team!"
CBS Philly's Angelo Cataldi And Chris Stigall Air Live From 2017 NFL First Draft In Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio Philadelphia morning drive colleagues Angelo Cataldi (Sports Radio 94 WIP) and Chris Stigall (Talk Radio 1210 WPHT) broadcast live from the heart of the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday morning along the Ben Franklin Parkway. This is the first time the NFL Draft has come to Philadelphia. The NFL Fan Experience and the Draft run through Saturday.
In addition, Chris Stigall spoke to Buzz Bissinger, who co-authored the new memoir by Caitlyn Jenner, The Secrets of my Life, on Thursday's show. Bizzinger blasted the Kardashians for 'cashing in' on Jenner's transition. Both Jenner and Bissinger will appear at the Free Library of Philadelphia tonight.
SNAPS: US99 Chicago Gets Cookin' With Trisha Yearwood At CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– US99 hosted Gwendolyn Records recording artist and Food Network star Trisha Yearwood yesterday for a cooking demonstration inside the CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen. The visit coincides with the newly announced partnership between Williams Sonoma and Trisha Yearwood. From her new line, Yearwood made “unfried chicken” showing the audience just how simple it can be to serve up delicious baked chicken that has the texture and taste of fried chicken, along with her family’s signature cocktail.
“We are beyond excited that the extremely talented Trisha Yearwood paid a visit to our CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen,” said US99 Music Director, Marci Braun. “She has truly become a food and lifestyle maven and we were very honored to have her give our audience a first look at some items from her new line.” The Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen collaboration is available online now and will be available at all Williams Sonoma retail locations in the U.S. starting May 19th.
HBO To Air RRHOF Induction Tomorrow Night
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2017 –– Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes any many more will be on hand to see during Rock Hall of Fame 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony to air on HBO this Saturday, April 29th. The ceremony took place in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 7th. At this year's festivities, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes were recipients of the induction. Roilling Stone reports The April 7th event featured a reunion between Steve Perry and Journey, though the former frontman did not sing with the band reports Rolling Stone.
The ceremony included performances and collaborations from the inductees and presenters as well as tributes to Shakur as well as Prince, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Lenny Kravitz was on hand to perform Prince's "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross" with the Love Fellowship Choir, while Alicia Keys and YG joined Snoop Dogg for the Tupac tribute.
[Listen] To Previously Unreleased Outtake Of Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper'
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Elvis Duran Inks 5-Year Extension With iHeart
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced an exclusive long-term agreement with nationally syndicated radio and digital personality Elvis Duran to renew his relationship with the company. Under the new five-year agreement, Duran will continue his current role as host of the top rated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on WHTZ, New York’s Z100, which is also syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks on nearly 80 radio stations across the country and available digitally on iHeartRadio, reaching more than ten million monthly listeners.
“There’s a reason Elvis Duran is considered one of the most important media personalities in the U.S. He uses radio’s unparalleled ability to create one-of-a-kind connections with listeners and advertisers over a vast array of platforms from broadcast radio and iHeartRadio to social media and events,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “We are thrilled to extend our more than two decade partnership with such an extraordinary talent and a good friend.”
“Even after 30 years, I still see myself as someone who loves radio and connecting with listeners every day,” said Duran. “Back when I began in radio, I could have never imagined how it would continue to expand its national presence while still retaining its core as America’s go-to destination for music, community, news and entertainment. I’m excited by iHeartMedia’s continued evolution and I can’t wait to continue my relationship with iHeartMedia, our partners and our listeners.” Duran’s radio career has spanned more than 30 years, including over two decades as the star of the wildly successful “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” In 1996, he began hosting the morning show on New York’s Z100 and began national syndication deal in 2009.
[WATCH] ESPN Hosts Air Emotional Farewells To Co-Workers Let Go In Massive Layoffs
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– In the wake of yesterday's massive layoffs at ESPN, Adnan Virk (shown) who is hosting the Rusillo and Kanell show addressed the news at the start of the show on both ESPN Radio and ESPNews. And he also paid tribute to Danny Kanell who was one of those laid off today reports awfulannouncing.com. Having worked with Kannel not just on ESPN Radio, but also on the Worldwide Leader’s college football coverage, it's understandable to see Virk getting emotional talking about friends and colleagues losing their jobs and in particular Kanell. At the end of 'The Jump,' Rachel Nichols (R) commenting on the layoffs said “it stinks” and thanked those who made ESPN better - WATCH COMMENTS HERE
Among those who lost their jobs include: Eamonn Brennan, Scott Burnside, Jim Bowden, Jeremy Crabtree, Trent Dilfer, Brendan Fitzgerald, Mike Goodman, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald, Jane McManus, Brett McMurphy, Dana O’Neil, Mark Saxon, Jayson Stark, Jean-Jacques Taylor, Jesse Temple, Derek Tyson, Austin Ward, and Ed Werder - SEE LIST HERE
NAB: 'The Key For Radio Is To Stay Relevant,' Says Ford Motor Company's Scott Brunell
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– This week's comments by Ford Motor Company's Scott Brunnel (inset) during The NAB 'Vegas Show likely proved both enlightening and a tad scary for its radio attendees. “Eventually, the living room is going to be in the car,’’ says Scott Burnell, who runs the developer program for Ford Motor Co. He told radio attendees at the NAB Show, that people in connected cars will not be turning a radio dial like they have for decades. Instead they will be using mobile devices connected to their dashboards and streaming audio or video content from apps like Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music.
"The key for radio stations to stay relevant in the modern age is to get onto those mobile devices with apps by offering content over the internet," said Burnell, who is staffing Ford’s booth at the NAB Show for the first time. “Radio broadcasters’ core competency is deliver of content. It shouldn’t matter to them the method by which they deliver it. They should want to deliver it the way their endusers want to consume it," says Brunell. WATCH HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alexander C. Taylor To Succeed John Dyer As Cox Enterprises President & CEO
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy today named Alexander C. Taylor, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as the company's next president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Taylor will succeed John Dyer, president and chief executive officer, who will retire in Dec. after 40 years with the company. Dyer and Taylor will both continue serving on the Cox Enterprises' board of directors.
Taylor is the great-grandson of company founder Gov. James M. Cox. "It's especially meaningful for me that a fourth-generation Cox family member will lead the company my grandfather started in 1898," said Kennedy. "Alex has a deep understanding of our company and its culture. Cox has thrived in business because we believe in doing good and being a contributor to society. Alex shares this commitment to our employees and communities." Taylor previously served as Cox Enterprises' executive vice president of strategic investments. Taylor began his career at Cox as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado in May 2000.
ON-AIR: Bobby Blaze Returns To HOT 96.9 Boston
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– Longtine Boston host, Bobby Blaze will be back on the air Beasley's HOT 96.9 FM Boston as he'll take over weekdays from 3-7 p.m.
“I’m so excited to be back on Boston radio and being surrounded by the most talented on-air team in Boston,” said Blaze. “You only become great when you’re surrounded by great people and that’s what HOT 96.9 represents.” Blaze formerly worked at Jam’n 94.5.
PROGRAMMING: Bobby Novosad Inks Long-Term With KSMB Lafayette, LA For Mornings And Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has signed Bobby Novosad, Brand Manager/Morning Show Host for its Lafayette, LA, station, 94.5 KSMB, to a long-term contract. His popular morning show, “Bobby Novosad in the Morning” airs Monday-Friday from 6AM-10AM. Novosad joined 94.5 KSMB in November 1984 and has served the station and community for over 32 years as Morning Show Host and Program Director.
Novosad said: “I am grateful for the opportunity Cumulus Media has given me. I actually grew up listening to and was inspired by a station that we now own and that’s KRBE in Houston. Now the station that inspires me most is 94.5 KSMB, the most listened-to radio station in Lafayette. My special thanks to Mary Berner, Mike McVay, Cat Thomas, Pat Galloway, my Market Manager, Scott Chiasson and our entire Cumulus station group, my great staff, all of our advertisers and most importantly, our listeners. Without them, none of our success would be possible.” PHOTO/Cumulus - Novosad (C) With Twenty-One Pilots
[WATCH] Ryan Seacrest To Produce Cover Song Competition On YouTube With Ludacris As Host
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– Ryan Seacrest’s production studio, and Endemol Shine North America are searching for the Best Cover Ever reports tubefilter.com. That’s the title of a new competition series, hosted by Ludacris, that will spotlight up-and-coming musicians when it premieres later this year. Best Cover Ever will engage YouTube’s ginormous community of cover artists,some of whom that have gone on to become mainstream stars, for one, Justin Bieber
“YouTube is the best place for emerging musicians to be discovered, and Best Cover Ever will encourage these artists to go for their dreams alongside the best in the business,” said YouTube global head of original content Susanne Daniels. “We’re thrilled that Ryan Seacrest will give new talent the opportunity to shine in front of over one billion fans around the world.” Musicians who wish to be featured on the upcoming program can enterby covering specific songs and uploading those covers to YouTube. Participating artists will select two competitors to receive slots in the show’s lineup, and one winner from among that number will win a chance to perform with the musician who championed them. For more information about Best Cover Ever, VISIT HERE - The first wave of submissions are due on May 19th.
[WATCH] Duke & Duchess Surprise BBC Hosts
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– The latest royal publicity stunt involved the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making a surprise appearance on BBC Radio 1 in London. They wished presenter Adele Roberts good luck with the London Marathon. Prince William and his wife dropped in on the Scott Mills show to chat to Scott, co-host Chris Stark and Adele – who ran the 26-mile course on Sunday in aid of the Heads Together charity which is supported by the Royal couple. There was no talk about what the Royals actually DO or how much they cost the British taxpayer. WATCH HERE
Alan Carr And Mel Sykes Return to BBC Radio 2 - Summer programmes on BBC Radio 2 include the return of Alan Carr and Mel Sykes with a season of live Saturday morning summer specials for a ten-week run. They’ll be on-air from 8 July to 9 September between 10am and 1pm in place of Graham Norton. Also, Radio 2 will celebrate the centenary of the birth of music legend Ella Fitzgerald, celebrating her life, career and legacy. The tributes start today with Jamie Cullum celebrating her life during his Jazz Show, Tuesdays at 7pm. Meanwhile musicians Bryan Adams, Niles Rodgers, Olivia Newton-John, Randy Newman, Gregory Porter and Gene Simmons will host special programmes.
New Voice For Red FM In Ireland - Former 98FM and Today FM presenter Ray Foley is joining Jason Coughlan as the new co-presenter of Breakfast on Cork’s Red FM. Ray replaces KC who left to join across-town rival 96FM to host the breakfast show. Ray Foley already hosts his own show on the station every Saturday morning since June of last year. Ray, who presents the Seven O’Clock Show on Friday nights on TV3, is also known for his self-titled lunchtime show on Today FM for six years and also the Irish version of Take Me Out on TV3. Ray will be joining Cork Comedian Jason Coughlan who has been a breakfast presenter on Red FM for the last seven years.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Fox News' Jessie Watters Takes Vacay Following Ivanka Flap
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NAB 2017: Ajit Pai Gives First Speech As FCC Chairman; Delilah Honored; Attendance Rises
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– Busy day in Las Vegas yesterday for day 2 of the NAB Show. The day began with an address from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. During his keynote, Pai promised renewed relationships with broadcasters and said he would pursue process reforms designed to enhance agency transparency.
The annual NAB Radio Luncheon honored nationally-syndicated radio personality Delilah, inducting her into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Radio Luncheon also featured a presentation of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards to 10 local radio stations (see below). The NAB also announced preliminary registered attendance of 103,443 for the 2017. The exhibition featured 1,806 companies spanning 1,091,792 net square feet of exhibit space. The 2016 NAB Show final attendance was 102,513 with 26,781 international attendees. Total exhibit space was 1,063,380 net square feet. International and news media attendance figures are included in the overall registration number. All numbers are based on pre-show and onsite registration and subject to an ongoing audit. PHOTO/ Sam Matheny @NABCTO
Crystal Award Winners Class Of 2017 Announced
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– The 2017 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients were announced yesterday. They were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored during yesterday's NAB Show Radio Luncheon.
KMOX-AM St. Louis, MO WREW-FM Cincinnati, OH
KRMG-FM Tulsa, OK WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.
WBLS-FM New York, NY WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH WDNS-FM Bowling Green, KY
WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL WHUR-FM Washington, D.C. WZUS-FM Decatur, IL
NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms.
MORE AWARDS: RTDNA Announces 2017 Regional Murrow Awards Recipients
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– The Radio Television Digital News Association announced its 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award regional recipients yesterday - national winners will be announced in June. Among numerous winners, listed below are some of radio's top recipients:
Region 1 Small Market Radio Overall Excellence KLCC-FM Eugene, OR - Large Market Radio Overall Excellence KOMO News KOMO Radio Seattle, WA - KUOW-FM Seattle, WA and KIRO Radio FM Seattle, WA. - It was a big day for CBS radio who swept numerous awards with four stations honored with Overall Excellence awards, including WCBS-AM, New York; WBBM-AM, Chicago; KCBS-AM, San Francisco; and WBZ-AM, Boston.
Since 1971, the annual Edward R. Murrow awards have recognized outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Recipients of these awards exemplify the excellence Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
PRODUCTS: CBS Unveils 'Airtime Analytics,' Ad Measurement Tool
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO becomes the first company to bring radio advertisers a new and exciting measurement tool that illustrates the ROI and effectiveness of their marketing campaigns. CBS RADIO Airtime Analytics measures the impact of audience delivery and engagement to show proven results. An exclusive tool offered only by CBS RADIO in the markets in which it operates,
Airtime Analytics evaluates the volume of audience delivered from an over-the-air radio campaign to an advertiser’s website. Those valuable insights are then used to optimize creative content and placement throughout the flight of a campaign to maximize results. “Radio has long been one of the most effective mediums in reaching a targeted demographic and Airtime Analytics is the next step in delivering even greater value to our clients,” said Bob Philips (L), Chief Revenue Officer, CBS RADIO. “This exclusive new tool allows us to finally measure an advertiser’s lift in website traffic following a radio spot. Armed with an analysis of consumer movement, we are then able to give our clients a clear understanding of their most successful creative and daypart executions.” CBS RADIO Airtime Analytics was developed by AnalyticOwl, a broadcast analytics platform used to measure creative effectiveness and audience response.
PROGRAMMING: Nikki Landry To Program Newly Flipped Top 40, i92.9 Lansing
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– Nikki Landry has been named PD for Midwest Communication's WLMI/Lansing where she'll oversee the flip from classic to Top 40 with the launch of “i-92.9. “The opportunity to deliver an exciting current driven Top 40 to the Lansing market is one we couldn’t avoid” said VP/Programming Jeff McCarthy. “i-92.9 is poised to seize that opportunity, satisfying both listeners and clients.”
Landry arrives from previous stints in Colorado Springs, Memphis and New Orleans. “Having been born in Michigan, this place holds a special place in my heart, she said. “I have a big job to make my birthplace proud.
MOTION: Longtime Minny Duo Zepp & Terri Exit KQRS
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– "It's a tough day here at the Q when we have to say goodbye to two friends and coworkers... We wish Zepp & Terri nothing but the best,' read a post at KQRS/Minneapolis' FB page. Terri Traen and Brian Zepp had most recently held afternoons. According to twincities.com, Traen had been there since 1989, while Zepp started in 1997. They each spent time as sidekicks to morning host Tom Barnard, who is under contract with the station through the end of 2019.
On his personal Facebook page, Zepp confirmed the news, writing: “No party lasts forever … This last year with Terri Traen has been one of my (favorites). So, no complaints here.”
HONORS: XLO's Jen Carter Recognized As 'Best Radio Personality' Worcester
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that Jen Carter, Co-Host of the XLO Morning Show on 104.5 WXLO in Worcester, MA, has been recognized as “Best Radio Personality” in Worcester Magazine’s Best of Worcester 2017 special issue, out this month. Carter has been Co-Host of the XLO Morning Show since 2000, and is active in the community through charitable organizations including: MetroWest, the Humane Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Shine Initiative.
Worcester Magazine’s Best of Worcester Awards are determined by readers who vote for their local favorites each year. 104.5 WXLO has been honored by the magazine as Best of Worcester “Radio Station of the Year” previously, and has been nominated on many occasions.
PODCAST: Legendary TV Producer, Writer Norman Lear Launches Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– Writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms as All In The Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many others that defined and revolutionized American television, Norman Lear brings his progressive and boundary-moving voice to the microphone with an intimate weekly podcast.
Lear is joined each week by great friend, actor, composer and sidekick, Paul Hipp. Early celebrity guests include Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerrod Carmichael and America Ferrera. The podcast will debut May 1, with new episodes available every Monday on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. “Circling 95, I wanted to wait until half my life was over to launch a podcast,” said Lear. “Whatever my age, I think of myself as your peer -- whatever your age. Subscribe, and see if you don’t agree.”
Bailey & Southside Come Through For Commuters
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2017 –– The good news is that construction crews are saying the massive fire that caused a portion of the heavily traveled Interstate I-85 to collapse in the heart of Atlanta will be taken care of by June, but in the meantime, traffic woes continue for thousands of Atlantans each day. Enter Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX’s morning show Bailey and Southside who has come to the rescue to help alleviate the frustration with a promotion they call “Free Ride Fridays”.
Every week Bailey and Southside will be qualifying listeners via their website for a chance to get a free ride to and from work in a premium black sedan every Friday until the interstate is fixed. Listeners fill out a form on baileyandsouthside.com with their home and work addresses, what time they need to get picked up, and why they deserve a free ride to work. One lucky winner will be randomly selected each week to receive the free ride to and from work on Friday. The show will check in with the rider on the phone throughout the morning during the winner’s commute to work. WATCH HERE
Paul McCartney Tour To Make Stop At Madison Square Garden
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NAB's Gordon Smith Urges Apple To Activate FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered the annual NAB State of the Industry address during the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas. He said, "Broadcasters have worked tirelessly to promote access to radio receivers in smartphones. Virtually all smartphones are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals, but not all phones have this feature activated, either by choice of the phone’s manufacturer or the wireless carrier. We applaud the major U.S. carriers – Sprint, AT&T, T Mobile and Verizon – for unlocking FM capability in their Android phones. NAB is also urging Apple to provide its customers with this feature, but they have not done so yet. The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate has said activating FM radio in smartphones would “ensure if all else fails, you can still get information from the broadcasters” during times of emergency. We hope our friends at Apple are listening and will soon make this potentially lifesaving technology available to their customers."
Smith added, many radio stations are broadcasting in digital using HD Radio and streaming online. We are also ensuring radio continues to evolve to retain its rightful place in the automotive dashboard of the future. Radio continues to be the dominant choice for audio entertainment, despite the proliferation of numerous streaming options. We will leverage this strength to continue offering the interactive experience that radio listeners desire wherever they may be." WATCH SPEECH HERE
ON-AIR: Cory Fitz Exits Mornings At 100.7-FM The Wolf Seattle
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– Shocker from Seattle late yesterday with the announcement that longtime host Cory Fitz of the eponymous Fitz In The Morning' would be leaving the show. In a Entercom statement, a company spox announced, 'Fitz in The Morning" will no longer be on air on 100.7-FM The Wolf in Seattle as of Monday, April 24. Fitz has been an important part of the station for nearly 12 years, but we have decided to part ways. We wish him well, and we will be conducting a nationwide search for the station’s next morning show.
Commenting on his departure, Fitz tells Jockline "I'm deeply grateful to Entercom, its management and to our amazing listeners for allowing me to host this morning show for nearly a dozen years. One of the most exciting days of my career was being there for the launch of The Wolf Seattle and remaining part of one of city's most successful brands. I wish The Wolf and its staff nothing but the best and look forward with great excitement to my future ahead. Meanwhile, I'll still be very much connecting with listeners through my daily Sun Broadcast Group's syndicated 'The Fitz Show,' along with 'The Hit List With Fitz' and 'Nashville Minute.' - To reach Fitz, contact Paul Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Late yesterday the station's website rebranded it's morning show as 'Wake With The Wolf' with cast members Ellen Taylor and Randy Stein remaining at helm.
PROGRAMMING: Jules Riley Named PD For 93.7 The Bull St. Louis; Derek Madden Inks Extension As PD For 93X Minny
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia - St. Louis announced that Jules Riley has been named Program Director for 93.7 The Bull St. Louis. Riley has over 15 years of experience in radio, including work as an Operations Manager, Brand Manager, Program Director, on-air personality and voice talent. She most recently served as Operations Manager/Brand Manager for KVOO-FM in Tulsa, OK. From 2005 until 2008, Riley was Program Director for WARH-FM and WMVN-FM in St. Louis. “I am so thrilled to rejoin the Country world as a member of the 93.7 The Bull team,” said Riley. “The country battle in St. Louis is long - standing and 93.7 The Bull is primed for victory."
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has signed Derek Madden, Program Director for KXXR-FM/93X, to a long-term contract. In addition to his role as 93X Program Director, Madden will also continue in his role as Corporate Programmer, Rock & Alternative for Cumulus. Madden joined 93X in March 2015. Prior to that, he was Program Director of KLOS-FM for Cumulus Media-Los Angeles. Madden said: ““It’s been a true joy to work at 93X. The station has an incredible history, and a team in place that rivals any in Rock. We’ve had a pretty good run the last couple of years, and I’m really excited to see what we can accomplish in the years to come. Thanks to Shelly Wilkes, Scott Jameson, Troy Hanson, Dave Milner, Mike McVay, and Glenn Goldstein for helping with this deal and giving me an opportunity to do what I love.”
Matt & Ramona Ink Longterm Extension At 107.9 The Link Charlotte; Bootleg Kev Named Co-Host Of The Real After Party On Real 92.3 L.A.
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– Ramona Holloway and Matt Harris have inked a new deal 107.9 The Link Charlotte that will keep their show on the air for another four years. Entercom made the announcement to The Link staff yesterday report qcitymetro.com.
The show has been on the air for 16 years. Ramona also co-hosted Charlotte Today on NBC for 2 years and still fills in on occasion; Matt currently also co-hosts The Edge on WCCB.
--Real 92.3 announced today that Bootleg Kev has been named co-host of The Real After Party, effective immediately. The Real After Party broadcasts weeknights from 7 p.m. – midnight. The Real After Party features Bootleg Kev, DJ Damage and Dre Sinatra. Bootleg Kev previously worked in markets such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tampa. He is known for his interviews with some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop and pop culture. In addition to being a renowned on-air talent, Bootleg Kev is known as one of the west coast’s hottest club DJs.
FORMATICS: Throwbacks Come to San Antonio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, San Antonio announced the launch of G 103.3 “San Antonio’s The Throwback Station!” KTFM-HD2, previously 103.3 The APP. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “As the other San Antonio operators show their lack of commitment to classic hip hop, Alpha Media sees this as an opportunity to super serve those who truly love the format. To put it simply, Yo! We got all the HOT throwbacks now!”
“As someone who grew up as a P1 to this format, it was a no brainer to make the switch to classic hip hop when the opportunity presented itself last week. Our team at Alpha Media executed a flawless launch that went from an idea to a reality in less than 24 hours. I’m thrilled to be overseeing the brand and helping to position our cluster for continued strategic growth,” remarked Pat Cerullo, G 103.3 Program Director.
[WATCH] WDBO Orlando's Joe Kelly Joins ABC's GMA With Stephanopoulos; Stephanie Invades Madison
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– Yesterday on ABC's “Good Morning America,” WDBO Radio Orlando morning host Joe Kelley spoke to anchor George Stephanopoulos about President Trump’s first 100 days and his promise to build a Mexico border wall. WDBO Orlando is an ABC News Radio affiliate. -WATCH HERE
-- Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour Visits Madison. The 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour - featuring talk show host Stephanie Miller and John Fugelsang - kicked off in Madison, Wisconsin over the weekend.
Pictured at right are (from l-r): Fugelsang, Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor for The Capital Times John Nichols, Miller, and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI).
NETWORKS: AdLarge Media Restructures Digital Team; Sun Broadcast Group To Outsource Affiliate Sales
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– To meet the increased demands of its growing digital audio and podcast platforms, AdLarge Media has restructured its digital team. The revamped digital arm of AdLarge Media includes new positions and expanded roles for four key team members. Ilwira Marciszek rises to Vice President of Digital Sales Strategy from Director of Ad Operations. - Stephanie Vance is promoted to Vice President of Digital Content from Director of Revenue Planning & Development - Donelle Brown is elevated to Vice President of Marketing and Client Solutions from Director of Marketing Solutions. - Rebecca Lam becomes Manager of Digital Ad Operations following her performance as Digital Operations Coordinator. “With our accelerated growth in the digital audio space, particularly with podcasts, we are fortunate to have the high caliber of professionals on our team to guide and advance our digital success,” stated Cathy Csukas, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge.
-- “In this ever changing network radio landscape, Sun Broadcast Group CEO Jason wrote: 'I have made the decision to outsource our affiliate sales operations to companies that specialize in it as well as our producer partners who have their own relationships with the stations that use their products. This has allowed us to put all of our focus on delivering great, innovative content to our 5,000 plus affiliates and the amazing advertising clients that support us. The teams in New York and Florida will miss our recently departed Ryan, Gina and Christine (Jordan) and wish them nothing but happiness and success in their future endeavors. They will always be family.” Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group." Reach Gina at email@example.com or 404.401.3959 - Ryan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.552.6539
CITIES 97 Raises Nearly $530,000 For Local Charities
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2017 –– Cities 97 Minny recently raised nearly $530,000 through its 28 th annual Cities 97 Sampler CD. For every CD sold, $1 was donated to the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, one of the largest children’s health care organizations in the country, and the remaining proceeds benefited 97 local Minnesota charities. The limited edition Cities 97 Sampler CD is the longest running music and performance compilation for charity in the country.
Cities 97’s on-air personalities encouraged listeners to buy the compilation and support important charities in the community. “The Cities 97 Sampler continues to make an impact,” said Jeff Tyler, President for iHeartMedia Western Great Lakes Region. “Our listeners love the music and they are proud to help a wide variety of nonprofits in our own community. We thank our sponsors, the artists and everyone who bought a CD.”
Megyn Set For June Landing At NBC; Crosby, Nugent Trade Barbs
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iHM Creditors Move To Block Debt Restructuring
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– A group of iHeartMedia Inc lenders has signed a cooperation agreement to oppose the debt overhaul of iHeart Media reports Reuters. HeartMedia needs more than 50 percent of the holders of its term loans to approve a debt swap for it to complete its proposed overhaul. The creditors who signed the pact told iHeartMedia they represent more than half of the term loans holders, and are seeking to put pressure on the company to either significantly improve on its loan swap offer, or propose a new way to tackle the debt altogether, sources said this week but asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.
iHeartMedia Inc., plans to include language in its next quarterly report warning investors that it may not survive another year According to marketwatch.com, the company said it continues to expect cash flow to be negative and is uncertain as to whether it will be able to refinance or extend the maturities of some of its borrowings, according to a regulatory filing. The company has almost $350 million of debt coming due this year writes Ciarra Linnane; part of $20 billion debt load it took on as part of a $24 billion leveraged buyout of then Clear Channel Communications Inc. by private-equity firms Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners in 2008. It has another $8.3 billion of debt coming due in 2019.
“Management anticipates that our financial statements to be issued for the three months ended March 31, 2017, will include disclosure indicating there will be substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern for a period of 12 months following the date the first quarter 2017 financial statements are issued,” the company said in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION CBS Radio Chicago Names Chad Feldman New Head Of Sales
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio Chicago has named Chad Feldman as its new head of sales reports blogger Robert Feder. Feldman was named vice president and director of sales this week in the latest realignment under Tim Pohlman, senior vice president and market manager of the seven-station group.
Feldman, who joined CBS Radio Chicago in 2006, most recently headed sales for all-news WBBM AM 780/WCFS FM 105.9 and sports/talk WSCR AM 670.
Insiders tell Feder that Pohlman is under increasing pressure to boost revenue as CBS Radio is poised to merge with Entercom Communications.
Cumulus Appoints Nic Merenda VP/MM For Topeka Cluster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– – Cumulus Media announces that it has named 20-year radio broadcasting executive Nicola (Nic) Merenda as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora Media, Inc. in San Antonio, TX, where he was also Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia. He was recognized as Entercom’s 2011 Sales Manager of the Year for his performance as General Sales Manager of KQRC-FM and KRBZ-FM in Mission, KS.
Merenda began his broadcast and digital sales and leadership career in Chicago with stations including WLUP, WKQX and WLS-AM, where he was Vice President and General Sales Manager. Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Kansas City, said: “Nic brings a wealth of experience and infectious enthusiasm for our industry. We are excited to welcome him ‘home’ as he joins the Midwest Region to lead our outstanding Topeka team."
PODCAST: O’Reilly Returns 'No Spin' Via Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– Bill O'Reilly may have been silenced at Fox News, but he'll continue his 'no spin zone' via the podcast airwaves. O’Reilly announced on his website that he plans to come back beginning Monday at 7 p.m. EST as shown on the above banner. O’Reilly was dumped from Fox last week following a New York Times investigation which discovered that had had paid five different women who previously worked for him or at Fox a total of $13 million in exchange for not pursuing litigation or talking publicly about their allegations reports The Blaze.
Following the NYT report, O’Reilly took off on vacation in Italy and rumors immediately began to swirl as to whether or not he would return to the show after his two-week vacation. O'Reilly , will reportedly receive a $25 million payout from the network for prematurely severing ties with him. O’Reilly’s departure prompted a change in the network’s primetime lineup, which moved host Eric Bolling his own weekday show at 5 p.m., Tucker Carlson’s moving into O'Reilly's former slot at 8 p.m. and “The Five” moving to 9 p.m. It’s unclear what O’Reilly plans to do beyond his podcast.
SYNDICATION: J. Anthony Brown Officially Joins The Steve Harvey Radio Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– After initial reports in March, Premiere Networks has now officially announced that Steve Harvey has welcomed veteran radio personality J. Anthony Brown as a daily contributor to The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey and his radio co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior will be joined by Brown effective today, April 24.
“I'm cooking up a brand new funny to bring to The Steve Harvey Morning Show while I kick it with the crew, and of course, a couple of your favorites from me. Watch out deh now!” “I’ve known J since my very first comedy gig outside of Cleveland, and it’s my joy to be reunited with the man who taught me real comedy,” shared Harvey. “Get ready folks – we’re ‘bout to turn the funny meter up 10 notches.
Alex Jones Asks Media to Be 'Respectful And Responsible In Covering His Custody Battle
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– From testimony which included an admission of pot use (to test its strength) to amnesia chili, Infowars founder and host Alex Jones attempted to inject a bit of civility in matters last week by issuing a statement relating to the ongoing news coverage of his child custody hearings. "Above all," he said. "This is a private matter. This is about my family and only my family. I have endeavored very faithfully for three years to keep this circumstance confidential for the sake of my children to protect their innocence. I urge the press to be respectful and responsible and to show due deference to the process of the law and respect the boundaries defined for this case so that a fair result can be found. As there is a gag/protective order on the trial for the safety, welfare, and preservation of our children’s private rights and what is in their best interest, I am holding my responses until the end of trial."
The statement followed a week of reports coming from the Texas courtroom, including that from his lawyer who described Jones as a “performance artist." This followed Jones's ex-wife's claim that her former husband is "not a stable person," and that his public rants are clear evidence of that. In response, Jones's lawyer countered that his on-air persona was "performance art," and said that that judging him as a father based on his public persona would be like judging Jack Nicholson's parenting skills on his role as the Joker in the movie "Batman." PHOTO/Shutterstock
J.D. Cannon Set To Retire Following 40-Year Run
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– J.D. Cannon, afternoon host on Country 97.1 HANK FM Indy, is hanging up his cans and retiring after nearly 40 years on the air on Friday, April 28. In his goodbye at HANK FM's website, he writes: "Sylvia (his wife) and I were going through my picture collection the other night and it hit me, like Kenny's song "Don’t Blink!" It was May 13, 1973 when I started out in radio dressed in a coat and tie reporting for duty in the newsroom in Madison, Wisconsin... 44 years ago! I didn't last long in the radio news side. You know, I wanted to be a "jock" like those guys on WLS in Chicago. I thought I knew it all at 19 years old—but I found out! The evening slot opened up at the station and I begged to have a shot at it. Six nights a week—6pm to midnight, an all request show."
Cannon adds, "When I was inducted into the DJ Hall Of Fame, our Nashville reporter Hazel Smith called when I was on air to share the news. I sat down on the floor and cried. Tough to finish out the airshift that night. Again, no awards would have been possible without the wonderful listeners who hung with me through the years. What a ride. What a ride.!" Wouldn’t be right not to mention by name Charlie Morgan, Bob Richards, and Fritz Moser who took me in here at HANK FM and let me continue to play on the radio. -- There are no better co-workers and bosses one could have had and I think of them all as friends. Dave O’Brien - Casey Vallier, Sean Matthews, and Lisa Wall thanks for your kindness as well. Everyone else here at Emmis Communications as well! - SEE FULL POST HERE
HONORS: MIW Radio Group Announce 2017 Mentees
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2017 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the four mentees selected to participate in the 2017 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program. Now in its 16th year, the annual initiative matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully mentored a total of 39 mentees. The 2017 class is comprised of the following radio professionals: · Andrea Geiger, Local Sales Manager, Radio One · Jenna Kesneck, Marketing/Promotions, Cox · Jenn Mulzer, Human Resources, Emmis Communications · Justine Roller, General Sales Manager, Entercom
“It is very rewarding to track the professional growth and success of our mentees,” said Kay Olin, MIW Radio Group spokeswoman and Principal of Olin & Associates. “We can clearly see a direct correlation between the participation in this supportive and impactful program and the accomplishments and professional trajectory our mentees achieve.” The program is named in the memory of Mildred Carter, who, along with her husband Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. in 1950, when they turned on KPRS Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Carter ran the Carter Broadcast Group for many years, after the death of Skip Carter, before turning over control of the company to her grandson Michael Carter in 1987.
MOTION: Gina Suarez And Ryan Kelly Exit SBG
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2017 –– Network Affiliate Relations ?Pros Gina Suarez and Ryan Kelly are officially on the lookout for new opportunities. Following a three-year run as Sun Broadcast Group's Manager of Affiliate Relations, Gina's previous industry background includes stops at ?t? he ABC Radio Networks, Global Satellite Network, and Radio Today Entertainment. She spent 14 years in Atlanta handling regional promotion duties for A&M, ALMO Sounds, and Columbia, and was Manager of Label Operations for Ryko Records.
Reach Gina at email@example.com or 404.401.3959?? Ryan Kelly started his broadcast career at Sun Broadcast Group 6 years ago. After several years of success as an Affiliate Relations Manager, he took on the responsibility of Manager of Affiliate Operations for the entire department.? ?Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.552.6539
'Happy Days' Erin Moran Passes Away; Lowe Colonel Sanders
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Tribeca Festival Opens With Star-Studded Turn Out For Clive Davis's 'Soundtrack Of Our Lives'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– Along with a cast of the biggest music legends of all-time, 'Clive Davis' The Soundtrack Of Our Lives' kicked off the 16th, annual Tribeca Film Festival from New York's Radio City Music Hall. With stars present such as Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon and Aretha Franklin who each did short sets on the stage, began the night of festivities, including the two-hour film, followed by an after-party at Tavern On the Green in Central Park reports Deadline. “Tonight is a dream come true,” commented Davis ahead of the premiere Thursday. “I was born in Brooklyn and didn’t get to Manhattan until the age of 13, when I went to Radio City Music Hall for a friend’s birthday. For my documentary film to open the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City is incredibly special.”
The Soundtrack of Our Lives spans Davis’ five-decade career from finding Janis Joplin at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967, through the decades to being a central figure in the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys (L), Sean Combs and many more. Above all, Whitney Houston looms large in the feature, and was a huge presence in the room during the concert. Jennifer Hudson brought the crowd to its feet with a medley of some of Houston’s greatest hits, including I’m Every Woman, How Will I Know and I Want To Dance With Somebody. As the Radio City portion of the night came to a climax, Aretha Franklin took the stage. Franklin apologized in advance that she “may miss some notes,” due to a respiratory infection, but said she would not have missed the night no matter what." PHOTOS/Tribeca-Image.net
Judge Blocks Release Of Unpublished Prince Tunes
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– A federal judge has blocked the planned release of a six-song record of Prince music by a sound engineer in California reports mprnews.org. U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued the order Wednesday night, after an emergency hearing in federal court in St. Paul. Sound engineer Ian Boxill and a Washington state record company had announced earlier in the week that they were preparing to issue "Deliverance," an EP of music that featured previously unreleased music by Prince recorded in 2006.
Boxill's lawyer, Tony Zeuli, told the judge that Boxill considered himself a co-creator of the music, which featured Prince playing and singing. Zeuli said that Boxill was responsible for the guitar, bass and drum tone in the music and that he had personally produced the backing vocals for the tracks. Zeuli said Boxill planned to give Prince's estate a fair share of the proceeds. A lawyer for Prince's estate, Lora Friedemann, said the estate acknowledged that Boxill recorded the music. But Friedemann said the sound engineer did not create Prince's work and had no rights to it. She said the release constituted theft, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract. "Paisley Park owns all materials Mr. Boxill created with Prince," Friedemann told the judge. "Mr. Boxill is misappropriating those assets to the detriment of the estate and for his own personal benefit." Wright issued a three-page order blocking the music release. READ MORE HERE
PROGRAMMING: Jeff Wyatt Rises To SVPP For iHeart Baltimore; Tommy Chuck Named PD For 97.1 WASH, DC
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jeff Wyatt (L) has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Baltimore, MD, effective immediately. He will also serve as Program Director for 93.1 WPOC and 102.7 JACK-FM. Wyatt is a noted radio veteran with over thirty years of programming experience, most recently as Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region and Program Director for 96.9 The Kat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early in his career, he worked as a Program Director and afternoon on-air personality at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California. He later was named Vice President of Programming for Emmis Broadcasting and held Program Director duties at Power 106 in Los Angeles. His background also includes serving as the Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region and Program Director of 98.7 WMZQ in Washington, D.C.
iHM Washington announced that Tommy Chuck (R) has been named Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM. Tommy joined the iHeartMedia team in 2000 at WKXJ Chattanooga, TN. Since then he has programmed WQEN/Birmingham, AL, WXXL/Orlando, FL, and spent eight years as Program Director and Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX in Tampa, FL. He spent the last two years programming HOT 99.5 and 93.1 WPOC in the Washington, D.C. Region. “I am honored to now lead the two most listened to radio stations in Washington, D.C.,” said Chuck. “Like HOT 99.5, 97.1 WASH-FM is a blue-chip brand with an incredible history and even brighter future. Thanks to iHeartMedia for believing in me. Thanks to my family for supporting me. I am blessed to have this opportunity.”
Heather Gersten Adds APD Stripes At WWLI-FM Providence
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Heather Gersten to Assistant Program Director for Lite Rock 105/WWLI-FM in Providence, RI. In addition to her new role, Gersten will continue as Co-Host of 'Heather & Steve', Lite Rock 105's morning show, a position she has held for the past 14 years.The show is currently the #1 rated show in Providence with Persons 25-54.
In addition to her APD and morning show duties, Gersten is part of Lite Rock's '2 Lite Chicks' with midday personality Amy Pontes. She and Pontes also co-host the "Wicked Awesome 80's Show" every Saturday night at 8pm on Lite Rock 105. Prior to joining Lite Rock 105, Gersten spent three years on-air at Star 93.7 in Boston, after serving as Danny Bonaduce's morning show sidekick on Big 105 in New York City. She was also a News and Traffic Reporter at radio stations across the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area.
Terry Foster To Retire From Detroit's 97.1 The Ticket
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– Terry Foster, co-host of the “Valenti and Foster” show on WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket Detroit, has retired from the station, effective immediately. As Foster has openly shared with listeners over the last several months, he suffered a stroke and was on medical leave for much of the second half of 2016. He returned to the show in January but has now decided to refocus his time on his health and his family.
Stated Foster, “I am retiring from sports radio but I am not retiring from life -- I found out over the past few months that health and family are the most important things in life. I will see you at the next game.” WXYT Program Director Jimmy Powers, added, “Terry has brought witty banter, laugh-out-loud humor, and engaging personal stories to thousands of Detroit listeners every afternoon over the past 13 years. He was a vital part of making ‘Valenti and Foster’ the success it is and his contributions to local radio and to our station will be sorely missed. Everyone at 97.1 is sending good vibes and well wishes for health and happiness to Terry and his family.” Mike Valenti will host afternoons (2:00-6:00 PM) solo until a new co-host is named.
BUSINESS: Radio One Acquires Red Zebra's WWXT-FM And WXGI-AM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2107 –– Radio One announced the acquisition of Red Zebra Broadcastings' WWXT-FM and WXGI-AM. While Red Zebra moves toward a more digital delivery system. The purchase expands Radio One's Washington, DC market and diversifies its Richmond market with this acquisition. DC's WMMJ MAJIC 102.3 FM will simulcast on 92.7 FM and grow its listenership. In Richmond, Radio One will diversify its all-music cluster and maintain the sports radio format of WXGI 950 AM and simulcast the new Richmond ESPN Radio on 1240 AM and 102.7 FM. The local marketing agreement is effective May 1. The deal is anticipated to close by the end of June.
Alfred Liggins, CEO of Radio One said, "I still believe in the power of terrestrial radio and am excited about this deal with Red Zebra. I'm always willing to evaluate an opportunity that allows us to grow our radio assets and continue to diversify our radio group not just through syndication and digital, but good programming that serves our listeners." Washington DC WMMJ 92.7 102.3 FM Effective 12:01 a.m. on May 1st, WWXT-FM licensed to Prince Frederick, Maryland will be the simulcast home of The Sound of the DMV, MAJIC. Listeners will begin their day with the nationally syndicated, Russ Parr Morning Show weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Midday host Vic Jagger will air Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Radio and television icon Donnie Simpson will continue with weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. John Monds will handle nights with his nationally syndicated show.
Alex Jones Admits Smoking Marijuana During Child Custody Trial, 'To Monitor Its Strength'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– During his child custody trial in Austin on Thursday, radio/tv host Alex Jones claimed he smoked marijuana once a year to “monitor its strength,” and he claimed that its gotten progressively stronger over the years reports Buzzfeed. He said he tests it yearly to "monitor its strength" and added that police do it the same way. Jones said he sometimes smokes marijuana — nearly yearly — “to monitor its strength, which is how law enforcement does it.” He added, he believes it is now too strong — a development he blamed on billionaire and political donor George Soros, whom he claimed in court has “brain damaged a lot of people.”
Jones testified that Infowars — his company, which traffics in conspiracy theories amd satirical skits — is “90% hard news.” At issue was whether Jones brought his work home with him into his family life. Jones testified that it does not: “I don’t even want to think about work when I get home. I just want to be with the kids, swim in the pool, and eat hamburgers.”
BUSINESS: Total Traffic & Weather Network Announce Agreement With Trafficcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) announced its exclusive nationwide agreement with TrafficCast. In the multi-year partnership, TTWN will serve as the exclusive U.S. radio and television distributor and marketing partner for TrafficCast’s new smartphone app, TrafficCarma. With TrafficCarma, drivers can create a personalized "My Places" dashboard to get instant route choice advisories, traffic information and roadway status for their daily commute. At a glance the personalized map allows drivers to see their best route, destination ETA and commute status. For less-distracted driving, users can listen to on-demand traffic reports.
TrafficCarma also allows drivers to submit traffic tips or record their own audio and video reports using the ‘Add Incident’ button. TrafficCarma is exclusively available through TTWN for radio and television broadcasters in the U.S. “We are thrilled to exclusively offer radio and television broadcasters nationwide the dynamic new traffic app, TrafficCarma,” said Jack Dunkle, SVP of Affiliate Sales for Total Traffic & Weather Network. “TrafficCarma provides commuters with the real-time traffic information they need to quickly make the best daily route decisions, and extends our media partners traffic brands with a new digital revenue source.”
New Breakfast Show For Capital FM London
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– London’s new Capital Breakfast show will be presented by Roman Kemp and Vick Hope (shown) from May 2nd. The duo, who host the 2Awesome TV show together on ITV2, take over from Dave Berry, George and Lilah. Roman will also host a new Saturday breakfast show across the Capital network. Roman currently hosts networked evenings on the station whilst Vick presents programmes on Capital Xtra.
New Radio Station For London - The launch date has been set for the new London DAB station aimed at tradespeople (DAB is the UK version of HD Radio but is different because it’s almost successful). Fix Radio will launch at 7am on Wednesday 26th April and will give away 20,000 bacon buttys (sandwiches) over the first 40 days of broadcasting. Three branded bacon butty vans will visit 1,400 building sites serving free hot food and promoting the new station. The owners say it will provide “music and cheeky banter” aimed at bricklayers, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, roofers, painters and decorators whether they work on site or in people’s homes.
Finalists Announced For New Zealand Radio Awards - More FM’s Si & Gary, ZM Network’s Fletch, Vaughan & Megan and The Edge Network’s Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell have been chosen as finalists in the category of Best Music Breakfast Show – Network, while Mike Hosking, Paul Henry and Duncan Garner are up for Best Talk Presenter – Breakfast or Drive. Radio Awards Committee Chairman, Jana Rangooni, also announced former NZ broadcaster Jack Klutz as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Radio award for 2017.
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EVENTS: Maney, LauRen & Roy Show Bring Back It's 'Play Anything Day'; Johnjay & Rich On Puppy Watch
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2017 –– The Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show on WNKS KISS 95.1 will host a marathon broadcast on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 starting at 6a.m. taking requests in exchange for donations to Levine Children’s Hospital for the 6th Annual Play Anything Day.Last year, Play Anything Day raised more than $51,000 in 12 hours for Levine Children’s Hospital. “This is our favorite time of the year when we get to throw the format out the window! We play any song our listeners want to hear for a donation,” said Maney. “We also get to celebrate the caregivers, the families and the patients at this tremendous facility in our community that helps our kids every day while pushing ourselves to hit our new goal!”
-- The Johnjay & Rich Show is live broadcasting the impending birth of four puppies via the #LovePup cam on www.JohnjayandRich.com. Johnjay, who regularly fosters rescue dogs and helps find forever homes for them, found 3-year old Ava on the streets of Phoenix and quickly discovered the Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix was pregnant. Since the show frequently raises awareness and donations for pet adoptions via their #LovePup campaign, they decided to share the birth with their audience. Check out the live video feed here. While Ava’s fans are waiting for the big moment, they’re attempting to guess the exact birthdate on the show’s Facebook page. WATCH HERE
Time's Covers Its 100 Most Influential People In The World
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University of Minnesota Renames Journalism School In Honor Of Hubbard Broadcasting Family
THE MOUTH, APRIL 120TH, 2017 –– The University of Minnesota said Tuesday (4/19) that its School of Journalism and Mass Communication will add Hubbard to its name this summer to honor the Twin Cities’ “first family” of broadcast news. According to The Star Tribune, The Hubbard family and its late patriarch, Stanley E. Hubbard, have donated about $25 million in total to the U. The university’s largest single donation from the Hubbards was in 2000, when it received $10 million for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The family founded, owns and still operates Hubbard Broadcasting, with its flagship KSTP-TV, Channel 5. The Hubbard Radio Group includes KS95, myTalk 107.1, 1500 ESPN and stations in seven other markets across the country.
The school, part of the U’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA), will become the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication starting July 1. It will be the first named school in the almost 150-year history of CLA, according to CLA Dean John Coleman (inset) . U President Eric Kaler said the Hubbard family is “widely known for its pioneering breakthroughs in journalism, so it’s fitting that our outstanding School of Journalism and Mass Communication should now carry this respected name in Twin Cities and American media.”
Radio Weighs In On Fox News' Firing Of O'Reilly
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– The world was abuzz yesterday following news of longtime Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's ouster by the cable network. In an industry replete with its own media stars, the news struck a special chord with radio. Jockline reached out for a few comments and our inbox and Facebook page quickly lit up with opinions. While some were disappointed by the move, many applauded Fox's decision with some wondering why it took so long. Here are just few comments:
Longtime Talk Programming executive (who now works for NASA), Laurie Cantillo (R), posted: "I hope this is a sign that Fox is serious about changing its frat house culture with regard to women. No one is above the law. This was apparently long overdue."
"...the revenues your show generates are ultimately the real ratings.." Al Peterson
Veteran broadcaster and long time Talk radio industry journalist Al Peterson (below right) commented, “In a media world where a headline goes around the world in a matter of seconds, it’s nearly impossible for anyone in public life to survive being convicted in the Court of Public Opinion. Once that happens — guilty or not — the resulting firestorm of media publicity surrounding such incidents tends to make even the most loyal advertisers more sensitive than usual to complaints from consumers and activist groups that threaten to boycott the advertiser should they continue to support the alleged offender. So what can any host learn from this incident? Never forget that the revenues your show generates are ultimately the real ratings by which your ROI to the company, and your value to the team, will always be judged."
Media Consultants weighed-in, as well: Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs wrote: "Your ratings will only take you so far. When you violate standards, jeopardize the mothership, screw with advertisers, or just act like an ass, they'll cut you loose." read Jacobs blog on this story HERE - Tracy Johnson added: “This is another indication that everything a personality does is part of their personality brand. Bill has been a tremendous broadcaster, but character and actions matter. This is particularly true with younger demographics. Brand authenticity is a major factor for millenials. It’ll be fascinating to watch how Fox manages through this major setback to their lineup.” Consultant Angela Perelli added: "#1 ratings won't save you in a controversy. O'Reilly's ratings have been dominant for years and have only grown during this latest controversy. And speculators say Fox could lose 25% of their ratings when he leaves. Ratings aren't the end game; revenue is the end game. Protect yourself maintaining solid relationships with your biggest clients, agencies and AE's. They will be more likely to stand by you. And a good rule of thumb: Don't do anything you, and your general manager, might have to defend someday on the witness stand. It's not worth it." PHOTO/Alarmy SEE MORE COMMENTS HERE
PROGRAMMING: Mike Bell Tapped As PD for WEAS-FM Savannah
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced it has appointed 15-year radio broadcasting professional Mike (“Big Mike”) Bell as Program Director for WEAS-FM/E93, Savannah’s Hip Hop and R&B Leader. Bell moves to the Mainstream Urban station from Cumulus Media-Florence, SC, where he is currently Program Director for Mainstream Urban WYNN-FM.
Prior to joining Cumulus, he held Assistant Program Director and on-air posts in Tyler, TX, and Madison, WI. Cumulus is currently seeking Bell's replacement as PD for WYNN-FM in Florence, SC. Interested candidates should apply at: www.Cumulus.com/careers.
FORMATICS: iHeart San Antonio Debuts 104.5 Latino Hits
Newly Syndicated Enrique Santos To Covers Mornings
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio announced the debut of 104.5 Latino Hits, the new home of Spanish Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) music for San Antonio, TX. The station kicked off this week with 10,000 songs of commercial-free music featuring around-the-clock Spanish and English songs as well as contest opportunities for listeners to win cash.
Beginning May 1, Enrique Santos will host Tu Manana con Enrique Santos from 5-9 a.m. The full local programming lineup will be announced at a later date. “I am thrilled to help wake the great people of San Antonio on weekday mornings with the best music and entertainment,” said Santos, Morning Show Host and Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino, iHeartMedia’s new Hispanic platform. “Everything is bigger in Texas…but better in Spanish! I’m proud to represent mi gente on the new 104.5 Latino Hits.” “
AWARDS: 101 KXL Named 2016 Station Of The Year Portland
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced that FM News 101 KXL has been awarded 2016 Radio Station of the Year from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. In addition to Radio Station of the Year, KXL also received Best Newscast, Best Coverage of Breaking News, and Best Feature from the OAB. Alpha Media, Portland Market Manager, Lisa Decker commented on the announcement, “These awards are great recognition and honor for an outstanding product that the KXL staff produces every day."
“We have tremendous talent on our news team and I’m proud to work side by side with them. Thank you, Oregon Association of Broadcasters for the recognition of excellence,” remarked Alpha Media, Portland Talk Operations Manager, Bruce Collins. The mission of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters is to promote, enhance, strengthen and defend the broadcast industry.
NETWORKS: Benztown & Momentum At Canadian Music Week; Nikki Sixx Reaches 100th Affiliate; FNTSY Sports Headed To Terrestrial
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– Benztown joined Momentum Media Networks as co-sponsors of a panel yesterday at Canadian Music Week. The panel, entitled "A Sound That Sticks: Creating a Destination Station", was moderated by Shawn Smith, Publisher, Broadcast Dialogue, Vancouver, Canada, and featured panelists Justin Case, Benztown's Director of Programming & Imaging; Sean Galbraith, Producer, Z103.5 (CIDC), Toronto, Canada; and Ron Tarrant, Head Imaging & Sound Designer, SiriusXM New York-USA, New York, NY. Canadian Music Week runs today and tomorrow (April 19-20, 2017) at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
Premiere Networks announced that Nikki Sixx’s Side Show franchise has reached a broadcasting milestone of 100 affiliates with the addition of Entercom’s WKBU Bayou 95.7 in New Orleans, La. Effective April 28, The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx will join the station’s Friday evening lineup in the 10 p.m. to midnight timeslot. This is the latest milestone for Sixx, who is also celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries this year, as well as an upcoming play based on the book.
Fantasy Sports Entertainment Group (FSEG) is now making the FNTSY Sports Radio Network available to terrestrial radio station networks and groups. The FNTSY Sports Radio Network is the world’s first and only free Fantasy Sports radio network dedicated entirely to informing and engaging fantasy sports enthusiasts.
“ With more than 60 Million engaged users in North America, the radio marketplace is ready for the FNTSY Sports Radio Network,” stated Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group. Stations and Groups interested in the FNTSY Sports Radio Network may contact KMG Networks at (201) 400-3682 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS: Clive Davis Takes The Stage With 77 WABC; Phil Keoghan Invades The Jack Diamond Show'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2017 –– 77 WABC Radio welcomed Clive Davis, the iconic music producer and Chief Creative Officer at Sony Music Entertainment, to its Stage 17 performance space in New York City today. Davis promoted the premiere of the music-themed documentary, "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives”, opening the TriBeCa Film Festival. Speaking with 77 WABC entertainment reporter Mike “Gunz” Gunzelman, Davis discussed his early days in the industry as well as his years working with the legendary Whitney Houston and iconic artists including: Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen. Davis also spoke of the vitality of radio to create hits and of his feelings about the state of music today, calling radio "vital".
--The Jack Diamond Show was excited to welcome Phil Keoghan from The Amazing Race, to talk about this season of Amazing Race and his movie “Le Ride” where he recreated the 1928 Tour de France on a steel bicycle with NO GEARS! Over 3,300 miles. Movie is great, Phil has won 10 Emmys and The Amazing Race wins it’s time slot on CBS in it’s 17th year!
[WATCH] Woman Kisses Her Way To The Keys
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20, 2017 –– We first shared this totally amazing promotion a few days ago and since then most of the world, including national TV, has jumped on the story. But yesterday, after 50 hours, seven people remained in 96.7 KISS FM's Kiss A Kia contest so it all came down to a drawing. In the end it was Dilini Jayasuriya (shown center in red) who walked away with the keys to a 2017 Kia Optima that 20 people had put their lips on beginning at 7 a.m. on April 17.
The other six remaining contestants received smaller prizes. The Kiss A Kia was held at the Southwest Kia in Round Rock and contestants had to leave their lips on the car the whole time except for during 10 minute breaks every hour. The rules stated that if there was more than one person left after 50 hours there would be a drawing. WATCH HERE
It's Tucker! Billy Bush Wants Back On TV; Serena Williams Pregnant
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PROGRAMMING: John Shomby Adds PD Duties For WKDF Nashville; Michael 'Mud' Gross Takes PD Reins At WCMP-FM Rochester; WYNK-FM Baton Rouge Taps Brittany Tully As PD; MIX 96.1 San Antonio Adds PD Stripes To Afternoon Host Russell Rush
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted John Shomby to Program Director of NASH FM 103.3 (WKDF) in Nashville; in addition to the NASH Director of Programming position he has held with Cumulus Media for the past year and half. Charlie Cook continues as VP/Country for Cumulus Media as well as the VP of Operations for Cumulus Media-Nashville with continued oversight of WKDF, and as the Program Director for 95.5 NASH ICON (WSM-FM). Shomby has more than 43 years’ experience in radio programming and management. He joined Cumulus Media in February 2016 as the NASH Director of Programming based in Nashville. Prior to that, he was with Max Media Hampton Roads where he was Operations Manager for their five-station cluster.
Entercom’s Classic Rock formatted WCMF-FM, Rochester, NY has hired Michael “Mud” Gross as its new Program Director effective 5/15/17. “Mud” replaces Chris Crowley—who has been promoted to Entercom’s Portland Classic Rocker KGON. He arrives after spending the past 12 years at iHeart’WBGG-Miami and WNRQ-Nashville. Previously, PD at WARO in Fort Myers/Naples, morning talent at WDIZ in Orlando, morning talent at WPNT in St. Louis, and morning talent at WHVY in Baltimore. I’m thrilled to roll out the rock-n-roll welcome mat for “Mud” as he joins the WCMF/Entercom team said VP/Prog. Bob Bob Barnett
--iHeartMedia Baton Rouge announced today that Brittany Tully has been named Program Director for 101.5 WYNK-FM, Baton Rouge. “Brittany’s CHR background is an innovative match for 101.5 WYNK’s leadership in the Country format locally and within iHeartMedia,” said Michael Hudson, Market President for iHeartMedia Baton Rouge.
--iHeart also announced that Russell Rush has been promoted to Program Director for Mix 96.1, San Antonio. He will continue to serve as weekday afternoon on-air personality. In addition, he serves as host of a weekly public affairs show that airs on all seven stations in the iHeartMedia San Antonio market. In 2008, he was named “Radio Personality of the Year” by the San Antonio Media Alliance. Rush also hosts The Russell Rush Haunted Tour, which is a well-known web based show where Rush and his co-stars hunt ghosts. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to grow my career with iHeartMedia in San Antonio,” said Rush. “This is such a vibrant and amazing city that deserves the best radio we can deliver and I look forward to continuing Mix 96.1’s dominance as San Antonio’s heritage CHR station.”
Matty Staudt Named New Digital PD For iHeart San Francisco
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco announced that Matty Staudt has been named the new Digital Program Director, effective immediately. Its cluster includes Wild 94.9, STAR 101.3, 106 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7 and 98.1 The Breeze - and produces legendary marquee events including KMEL Summer Jam, Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball and Martha Quinn’s Totally 80s Cruise.
“Matty stood out as the clear choice to lead our digital and social efforts in the Bay Area,” said Don Parker, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia San Francisco. “Matty has a history of driving great results on digital and broadcast platforms and I’m confident he will seamlessly transition to grow our local digital efforts.” Staudt is a broadcast and content development veteran including his work as Director of Content and Community at Stitcher and as Executive Producer at WNEW in New York and KLLC in San Francisco.
FORMATICS: Cumulus Flips WHLZ Florence To Hot AC With Launch Of Q100.5
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– The station, which also took on the new call letters, WQPD, moved from Country to play music by artists including: Adele, Katy Perry, Train, Pink, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz and more. After stunting since last Friday at 5pm with a weekend programmed as “The Wheel of Decades”, playing music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in hourly rotation by decade.
In addition, Q100.5, the Pee Dee’s Best Music, brought back the syndicated morning team, Bob & Sheri, whose new show, “Bob & Sheri Mornings” will air weekdays from 6-10am.
SYNDICATION: The Billy Madison Show Fills Morning Slot On Hubbard's 98.9 Seattle
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– Hubbard Seattle welcomes The Billy Madison Show to mornings on ROCK 98.9 KVRQ. Marc Kaye, Hubbard Radio VP/Market Manager Seattle said “Billy had me at hello. “The first time I met Billy, Derek and Nard, I knew the Billy Madison Show was going to be a part of Rock 98.9 and a huge part indeed.” Dave Numme, KVRQ’s Program Director commented, “The Billy Madison show is just fun to listen to. Billy, Derek and Nard are friends who rip on each other and pull the listener along for a good time. Billy is smart and curious performer. This is a break out show for The New Rock 98.9. Seattle now has a very unique and funny choice for mornings.”
The Billy Madison Show is syndicated by United Stations. Seattle makes the sixth, and largest market, for the show. Billy (center) is the leader. “Nard” (left) is a former listener of the show that was given a job after Billy helped him find a girlfriend. Derek (right) is Billy’s “right hand man”, offers his opinion on many topics and is the sports fan on the show. The Show takes over mornings starting Monday, April 24th.
Tampa Bay Bucs Ink Multi-Year Extension With iHeart Tampa; To Also Be Heard On 98 Rock
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced a multi-year agreement with iHeartMedia Tampa Bay as the home of the Buccaneers Radio Network, extending the partnership that began in 2004. New in 2017, the team’s games will be heard over the air on 98Rock (WXTB-97.9 FM), Tampa Bay’s Rock Station, as well as online at Buccaneers.com and on the Buccaneers mobile app.
“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing radio partnership with iHeartMedia Tampa Bay,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “One of the most exciting aspects of this partnership is the ability to consolidate all of our gameday programming on 98Rock. Our fans will now be able to listen to the pre-game shows, the game broadcast and the post-game shows all on 98Rock’s strong FM signal.” The Buccaneers Radio Network can also be heard on affiliates throughout the state of Florida. Legendary voice of the Buccaneers, Gene Deckerhoff, will handle the play-by-play duties for the 29th consecutive season. He will again partner with former Buccaneers tight end Dave Moore, working his 11th season as the team’s color analyst. T.J. Rives will serve as the sideline reporter for the 13th consecutive year.
EVENTS: CBS' SPF At Cosmopolitan 'Vegas Expands To 2 Nights; WJRR/Orlando Presents Earth Day 24'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO’s “SPF” (“SUN.POOL.FUN.”) has expanded to two music-filled nights with GRAMMY Award-winning band Linkin Park kicking off the festivities on Friday, May 19 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The band’s performance at “SPF” is the same day their highly anticipated seventh studio album, One More Light, is released wide. The following night, Saturday, May 20, the party moves poolside when DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Niall Horan and Post Malone perform at Boulevard Pool inside The Cosmopolitan. Linkin Park announced the band’s “SPF” performance across CBS RADIO’s local stations KLUC-FM, KMXB-FM and KXTE-FM this week.
Rock Pink presents 101.1 WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 24 taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Earthday Birthday is one of the largest locally-produced annual rock festivals in the state and draws upwards of 15,000 music lovers from around the globe! WJRR’s Earthday Birthday festival will feature 3 stages of music including the Bud Light Chill Zone Acoustic Stage presented by Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, plus other attractions including Colours Couture’s traveling fashion showcase featuring live tattooing by celebrity and national tattoo artists, sideshow entertainment including human suspension, knife throwing and more. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/earthdaybirthday
Alpha's Cameron-Bethany Raises Over $14,000 With Camp Quality Radiothon
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Cameron-Bethany reports their 32nd Annual Roy Eagan Camp Quality Radiothon raised over $14,000 for children with cancer. Funds raised will send 20 kids to Camp Quality this summer. Camp Quality is designed for kids with cancer, allowing them a normal camp experience. Over the one-week duration, the camp is staffed with many volunteers including doctors and nurses to assist the children when needed.
Each spring KKWK & KAAN-FM pre-empt regular programming for a day and talk almost every minute from 6am to 7pm about Camp Quality. The directors of the Camp as well as many of their volunteers and even past campers come in to the studios to be a part of the radiothon. The stations of Alpha Media, Cameron-Bethany have helped raise over $400,000 for Camp Quality throughout the 32 years.
Richard Simmmons Hospitalized; Seinfeld Goes 'Fast & Furiously'
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[WATCH] 'Infowars' Host Alex Jones 'Just Playing A Character', Say Lawyers
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– Radio/TV host Alex Jones and his ex-wife are locked in a child custody trial and his lawyers are making the case that Jones should not be judged by his on-air persona, which his ex-wife says suggests he is not a fit parent reports mystatesman.com. During a pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.” “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”
Ex-wife, Kelly Jones, who is seeking to gain sole or joint custody of her three children with Alex Jones, portrayed the public figure as the real Alex Jones. “He’s not a stable person,” she said of the man with whom her 14-year-old son and 9- and 12-year-old daughters have lived since her 2015 divorce. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.” Of note, Alex Jones has since remarried, and his new wife is expecting a child, who, his lawyers said, might arrive during the trial.
Meanwhile, the latest revelations has triggered Stephen Colbert to once again transform into his Alex Jones Character, talk host Tuck Buckford: "My Blood Is On Fire!" Monday night was not the first time Stephen Colbert parodied the conspiracy theorist Jones, but it was the first time he became him. WATCH HERE
Glenn Beck Files Countersuit Against Tomi Lahren
Claims She Mistreated Staff, Never Fired From The Network
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– Glenn Beck, and his network, TheBlaze, have filed a counterclaim against firebrand news personality Tomi Lahren after she sued the group for wrongful termination. In her lawsuit, Lahren claimed she was terminated because of her public pro-choice stance. Beck has now fired back in a 35-page counterclaim obtained by LawNewz.com and filed in Texas court on Monday. The countersuit states that Lahren was never fired from the network. Instead, the company says the network decided to bench her from the air after a slew of bad behavior including Lahren’s mistreating of staff, and making public appearances without prior approval. In addition, Beck claims it is Lahren who is violating the terms of her employment contract with the network.
The lawsuit states that Lahren’s treatment of the floor crew during her shows was “inappropriate and unprofessional” and that she constantly complained about lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting and directing. The complaint also alleges that her “word choice on air” had to be addressed on a consistent basis because she border lined on profane. “Lahren turned down a number of advertisers on TheBlaze for unexplained reasons, limiting any chance for TheBlaze to recoup its investment into her and her show,” the paperwork states. On April 7th, Lahren sued Beck claiming she was fired after making controversial remarks on 'The View' when she told the hosts that, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.” Beck states that she was not fired from the network, and, in fact, she is still an employee who continues to receive benefits and compensation with full access to her social media platforms and company email. Instead, the counterclaim contends, the company opted to exercise a standard “pay or play” clause which allows them to keep Lahren off air, and continue to pay her.
Emmis St. Louis John Beck Named 'Hero' And Inducted Into Media HOF
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– In less than a week, John R. Beck, Jr. the SVP of Emmis St. Louis (KSHE, KPNT, KFTK and KNOU) was honored as a Hero and was inducted into the STL Media Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, April 11th, BECK received the Eastern Missouri 2017 American Red Cross Heroes Award for community impact in recognition of his efforts to support the victims of the Louisiana floods.
Then on Saturday, April 15, 2017; Beck, was among 16 new members inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Beck has been GM for Emmis St. Louis for 33 years with 20 years as SVP.
PRODUCTS: Amplifi Media & Jacapps Align To Bring Radio Back Into The Home, Form SonicAi
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Two of radio’s leading visionaries, Steve Goldstein and Fred Jacobs, and their companies, Amplifi Media and jacapps, have teamed together to form SonicAi, a joint venture dedicated to strategizing and creating voice command solutions for the radio and podcasting industries. Initial development will focus on the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. Joining the partnership, as co-founder, is industry executive Lee Davis. Goldstein’s Amplifi Media and Davis will focus on sales, marketing and “skills” architecture. Together, based on their decades of combined research, programming and marketing experience they, have created the smartest solution for content creators to expand in-home listening with creative strategies.
Research has shown that in-home radio listening has been declining, but now with the ability to access a radio station’s stream or programming (such as podcasts), using voice commands, is a breakthrough for audio content creators. “This partnership is designed to maximize the in-home opportunity for radio stations and podcasters. We think this is a seismic change that needs to be seized upon and mastered,” says Steve Goldstein. “That’s why we have developed solutions to make it easy for consumers to find and access a brand’s audio content. We also think audio content creators will be more successful with enhanced choices beyond basic streams. We call these ‘smart skills,’ and we plan to have a full suite of offerings.” For more information, contact Lee Davis at 888-776-6422. Visit www.sonicai.com to learn more and to see a video of how it works.
NETWORKS: WWO & Checkpoint Radio Partner to Deliver The First Syndicated Esports Radio Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced a new partnership with Checkpoint Radio, the first, nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of esports. Checkpoint Radio is an esports talk show featuring insights, news, interviews, and updates designed specifically for the video game and esports fan. Checkpoint Radio serves the emerging world of esports. Hosts Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard, and Joe Sloan are lifelong, passionate gamers that connect with this loyal younger skewing fanbase.
According to Newzoo, 54% of esports fans are between 21 and 35 years of age. Newzoo reports esports participation has grown from 204 to 292 million; a 43% increase in just two years. And esports fans cross over to traditional sports. Nielsen reports 52% of esports fans are NFL fans; 39% are MLB fans. “Westwood One is synonymous with best-in-class Sports audio programming with over 62 million weekly listeners tuning in for live sports game coverage and expert commentary, and these passionate sports fans are also front and center with the emerging esports movement,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One, “Our partnership with Checkpoint Radio brings the excitement of esports to our sports fans and we’re excited to welcome the program to the Westwood One Sports family." Stations interested in Checkpoint Radio and/or the e-Sports Minute can contact Rich Burg at email@example.com or (212) 824-2994. Learn more at checkpointradio.com.
United Stations Adds Danny Ocean As Affiliate Representative
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) announced the appointment of Danny Ocean as the company’s newest Representative in its Affiliate Relations department. In his new role, Ocean takes over the management of affiliate acquisition and maintenance in the Northeast Region of the U.S., and he will also specialize in guiding the affiliate marketing efforts for USRN’s many Top 40 and Hot AC programs including Open House Party and The Dave & Jimmy Morning Show.
Danny Ocean has an impressive 30+ years in radio with a number of high profile positions on his resume as both a Program Director and an on-air personality. Danny’s professional history includes stops at WMC-FM/Memphis, WKCI-FM/New Haven, WJMN/Boston, KZQZ/San Francisco, WIOQ/Philadelphia and WHTZ/New York. He spent the last four ½ years working in Affiliate Relations for the Sheet Happens Prep Service. Danny is a native of the Philadelphia area and resides there currently with his family, and he can be heard on-air during weekends at WBEB-FM in that market. Danny Ocean is reachable at 610-585-8467 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE AWARDS: Gen Media Partners’ Julie Quarm & Alison Rae Win “Awards of Excellence; iHeart Music Festival Takes Shorty Award For Best in Live Events
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 – Gen Media Partners (GMP) swept the National Radio Sales categories in the “Awards of Excellence” from the Alliance of Women in Media’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter (AWM DFW), during the 34th annual Gala last Thursday. Up against sales executives from some of the biggest companies in radio, Julie Quarm, Vice President, Director of Sales, and Alison Rae, Senior Account Executive - both for Gen Media Partners’ Southwest Region - won National Radio Awards for Sales Manager and Account Executive, respectively.
--iHeartRadio nabbed a Shorty Award for the iHeartRadio Music Festival in the Best in Live Events category. The 9th annual Shorty Awards honor excellence in social media and recognize winning brands, campaigns and influencers across social media. All winners will be celebrated at the star-studded awards ceremony on April 23 in New York City. Read more about the win HERE
Charlamagne Tha God Turns Author
"Books are what helped me transcend my circumstances.”
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Premiere syndicated host, Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of Power 105.1's Breakfast Club, says “Self-help is something that I’ve always been into. I thought I was going to be a psychiatrist.” Now Charlamagne, offers advice and more in his new book, “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It” (Touchstone).
According to The New York Times, Charlamagne says , “Contrary to popular belief, all I want to do is empower people - “I grew up in a rural area. Books are what helped me transcend my circumstances.” “Black Privilege” derives its lessons from Charlamagne’s life, which began in a trailer on a dirt road in Moncks Corner, S.C., and included stints in jail for drug possession and a failed career as a rapper. Even after he found his passion for radio, he was fired four times, for reasons that mostly involved speaking his mind, before ascending to his current position."
Charlamagne opens with an unflattering story about getting beat up as a teenager, criticizes his own looks and “egg-shaped dome,” and admits to being overwhelmed when he first did radio in the city. "Being himself and speaking his true views, he ssolid foundation,” Charlamagne said. “Even if I do get in trouble for what I said, it’s something that I can stand on.” He says he has no plans to stop doing radio or speaking his mind to celebrities who may be living in a bubble. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
SNAPS: 1983 All Over Again On Scott Shannon Show; 77WABC Welcomes Julian Lennon To Stage 17; Walter Sterling Talks Radio With The Mayor
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– Beginning today, and for four continuous day, New Yorkers we'll feel like it's the 80's all over again as WCBS-FM Scott Shannon presents a mini-Morning Zoo Reunion being joined original cast member Ross Brittain and possible John Bell, too. The original Z100 Morning Zoo launched in July 1983 along with straight-man Ross Brittain, newscaster Claire Stevens, Professor Jonathan B. Bell, Captain" Kevin on the phones, and production manager J. R. Nelson.
-- Yesterday, Cumulus Media’s 77 WABC welcomed musician Julian Lennon to Cumulus Media-New York's Stage 17 on Friday, April 14. In the interview with Rita Cosby, conducted before a live audience, Lennon discussed The Beatles, his music and his new book, Touch The Earth.
-- Over in Philadelphia, Walter Sterling (Walter Sabo) and Philadelphia Mayor Kenney had a 50 minute exclusive conversation for Sterling's WPHT/Philly show. Among questions he answered were which stations did he grow up listening to. Was it WIFI, WFIL or WIBG?
[WATCH] KISS-FM Austin Fans Kiss Kia For Keys
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2017 –– A Texas Kia dealership and 96.7 KISS FM Austin are holding a contest where 20 contestants get a chance at winning a 2017 Kia Optima. According to The Drive, contestants have to continually kiss a Kia Optima until they are the last one remaining. Every hour they get a 10-minute break and if more than one contestant is left after 50 hours, the radio station does a random drawing. One nice feature of the contest is that the dealership will offer packages and exclusive deals to contestants that keep on kissing the vehicle.
They will also offer contestants “buyouts” which would likely go towards a new car. The person who keeps their lips on the Kia the longest wins the car in Austin. WATCH HERE
NEWS UPDATE: Corey & Mitch Take Mornings At KINK/Portland
THE MOUTH, April 18th, 2017 –– Just received word that Alpha Media, Portland signs Corey and Mitch to mornings on KINK FM. The show will begin airing 5:30am to 10am on May 2nd. Foley formerly co-hosted with Dave Ryan at KDWB. She then headed to San Francisco where she worked at 95.7 The Wolf with Scott Mahalick.
Mitch Elliott is a native of Atlanta who began his radio career at WRAS. From there he moved to WFOX where he would learn the craft while working in positions ranging from overnights to Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive. After nearly 16 years at WFOX, the Northwest was beckoning to Mitch for a change. He spent three years doing mornings at KLSY in Seattle before finding his forever home in Portland, OR.
[WATCH] TV Shows That Will Be Renewed/Cancelled
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BLOG: Protecting You And Your Media Property In A Social Media, Internet Connected World
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– "It seems like only a month ago that United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was being heralded as “PR Week’s Communicator of the Year," says Professor Dick Taylor. "Oh wait, that’s because it WAS only a month ago this had happened. Taylor says Radio & TV has had their 'United' moments, too. Among them include the now infamous Greig & Christian Royal Hoax, among others.
This is not another article about the United incident itself or how it was handled. There are enough of those on the internet already. This article is about you and your media property in a social media internet connected world. We’re living on a knife edge. Only a word or thought vocalized away from disaster. Taylor closes with a final thought: "Whether it’s you or your enterprise, guard your reputation. Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute just spoke at my university and he said something to us that his father always said to him about guarding your reputation: “You make a reputation over time, you lose it overnight.” READ BLOG HERE
FRED JACOBS: Is It Time For A New Version Of You?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– Consultant/futurist, Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, 'A New Version Of Yourself,' "In the best professional decision of my life, I converted myself into a tech columnist in 1991. As a result, I got to bear witness to a historic parade of exciting, revolutionary innovation — from slow, clumsy, ancient PCs to sleek, speedy smartphones; from CompuServe and early AOL to the mobile web, apps, and social media.”
Recognizing talents and giving employees permission to try something else is also part of what strong managers do, says Jacobs. All of us have that ability to recreate our careers, either by our self-recognition or by following the lead of a manager, boss, or mentor. In these disruptive times, a rapidly changing landscape can be your best friend. New ways to skin the cat and reimagine a new career path are being created every minute of every day -- I can think of many people who I’ve run across over the years who have brilliantly executed the career shift. It can be gratifying, exhilarating, and even profitable if you pull it off. And if it doesn’t work out, you can very likely return to scheduling music, selling time, producing a morning show, or however you’re earning a paycheck now. That “new version of you” take brains, planning, timing, and an open mind (especially if it’s someone else’s idea). But looking around at what else is out there at whatever crossroads you’re at right now is usually a healthy endeavor, even if you decide to stay put. Jacobs says, "there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” What’s “the new version of yourself?” READ BLOG HERE
The White House Easter Egg Roll Continues Today Less Beyonce & Radio Emcee
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– As is the tradition, the Easter Egg Roll will continue today on the White House Lawn - the day after Easter. For the past six years, Fresh 94.7's Tommy McFly has emceed the annual event on the White House Lawn, but this year, to put it mildly, things are a bit different in D.C. Gone is radio's presence with Tommy McFly at the helm and reportedly stars such as Beyonce, Ariana Grande and others who appeared during the Obama administration. Tommy tells Jockline, It's nice to see the current Administration is continuing this 139 year tradition. Emceeing the White House Easter Egg roll has been truly one of the great honors of my career. I began in 2011 as the first official emcee in American History, and in those years it included appearances from Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel, and Janelle Monae."
According to politico.com, while last year’s crowd was estimated at about 37,000 people, press secretary Sean Spicer (As spoofed above this past weekend on SNL by Melissa McCarthy) told reporters that only 21,000 are expected today, though 18,000 eggs have been ordered, “which is in line for years past." “The focus this year is on the quality of the children’s experience,” said Stephanie Grisham, a White House spokeswoman who recently became the first lady’s communications director. Tommy adds, "What I learned over time is how important the event is to families in Washington, and from all over the country. What really matters about the event is how it brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the country. Here's wishing the President and First Lady luck in pulling off such a massive and complex event.
Hartford News/Talker The Latest To End Traffic Reports From The Air
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 20917 –– WTIC-AM has halted the use of its traffic plane, moving to ground-based technology. According to courant.com, the CBS news and talk radio station said in an email it discontinued airborne traffic reports as of April 3. It's instead using a "system of live cameras that's more accurate, more comprehensive and allows for full online and social media integration."
"Typical aviation coverage only allows us to monitor one specific area at a time, which makes it less relevant in a society of smart phones, cars and roads," the station said in the statement. More data is available "through the use of this camera system allowing us to monitor real-time travel conditions 24/7," WTIC said. Derrick Hinds, communications manager of the Radio Television Digital News Association, said some stations "have been scaling back" traffic reports from the air over the past decade. He cited the cost of maintaining a helicopter or plane, pilots' pay, fuel and other expenses. In large media markets, airborne traffic reports may still be common, but elsewhere, "it's gradually been dropping," he said.
All Milwaukee Music To Stream Around The Clock On 414 Music FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– All-Milwaukee music will be broadcast and streamed around the clock on “414Music.fm,” a new HD2 radio channel and stream that 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS 88.9-FM) will launch June 20, the station announced Friday. 414Music.fm will be simulcast on 88Nine’s HD2 frequency, online at www.414Music.fm and on the station’s app. The station is inviting Milwaukee musicians to submit their music, recently recorded or from past years, to Radio Milwaukee for possible inclusion on 414Music.fm.
The station and stream will be the first in the city to play only Milwaukee music, bolstering 88Nine’s commitment since its founding 10 years ago to playing and supporting Milwaukee bands, Program Director Jordan Lee said. The station plays at least one Milwaukee artist every hour and supports Milwaukee bands via its weekly on-air “414 Live” interview and performance show and its annual Milwaukee Music Awards. “We’re launching something that the city has never had before – a 100% Milwaukee music service that will connect Milwaukee music to listeners anywhere and everywhere,” Lee said. “We want Milwaukee musicians, past and present, to submit their music now. This is your city, your scene, and we need your help.”The non-profit Radio Milwaukee organization operates WYMS through an operating agreement with the Milwaukee Public Schools, which owns the frequency. Information on the station’s history and birthday-year plans is posted at www.radiomilwaukee.org/10
Lindsay Ell & Bobby Bones Pen Songs With Children’s Hospital Patients
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– Musicians On Call (“MOC”) is a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country. The group has delivered music to over half a million patients, families, and caregivers across the country. According to countrycommon.com, Lindsay Ell and Bobby Bones have been instrumental in assisting the organization and its targeted facilities.
Ell posted on social media that she and boyfriend, Bones, stopped by Nashville’s The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial to visit with patients and bring them the joy of music. Not only was performing part of the plan for the trip; a songwriting session with some of the hospital’s patients was on the schedule.
Bones constantly devotes his efforts to organizations like St. Jude’s, in order to raise funds for cancer research and to ensure that no child’s goes untreated due to lack of finances. Bones's show has made the phrase “pimpin’ joy” viral (in memory of show co-host Amy’s late mother), reminding others to use every day to spread joy. And joy they have both spread.
HONORS: WSKO The Score's Mike Lindsley Honored By NYSBA
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that Mike Lindsley, Afternoon Host of WSKO-AM (The Score 1260) Syracuse, has been honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association with an Excellence In Broadcasting Award (Medium Market) for Best Sportscast.
Since December 2013, Mike has hosted 'In The Cell With ML' weekdays from 3-6pm on The Score 1260.
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: McVay, Milner, Walker Rise To EVP Status At Cumulus Media
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces the promotion of three Cumulus executives to newly-created EVP posts. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content & Programming, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Content & Programming. Dave Milner, Senior Vice President, Operations, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations. Bob Walker, Senior Vice President, Operations has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations.
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, said: “These promotions recognize the strong performance of these key members of our senior leadership team. Mike, Dave and Bob are terrific executives and have each been instrumental to the success we’ve achieved during the first year of executing our turnaround plan for the company.”
HONORS: T-Mobile Named RAB's 2017 Radio Marketer Of The Year; ESPN New York 98.7FM Earns 3 Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– T-Mobile has been selected to receive this year's “Radio Marketer of the Year” Award to recognize their endeavors over the past year. The company makes radio a key component in their advertising campaigns and activates programs leveraging radio's core equities to garner results.“T-Mobile’s partnership with the radio industry to drive key objectives forward truly sets it apart,” noted Erica Farber, RAB president and CEO, and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “Broadcast radio is proud to collaborate with T-Mobile on efforts such as the #MusicFreedom campaign, and we welcome their continued innovative thinking and execution.” T-Mobile will be honored with the Radio Marketer of the Year award at the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards on June 1 at Stage 48, New York City. Call for Entries remains open until Friday, April 21. 2017 Radio Mercury Awards finalists will be announced in early May. For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
--ESPN New York 98.7FM received three top honors from the New York State Broadcaster’s Association in the large market radio division. They included Best On-Air Broadcast Personality/Team— Hahn, Humpty & Canty - honored as standout broadcast team, hosted by Rick DiPietro (Humpty) Chris Canty– along with veteran broadcaster and journalist, Alan Hahn. The Michael Kay Show was recognized for “The Great Sports Debate” from Fordham University. Co-hosts Michael Kay and Don La Greca and co-host Peter Rosenberg. For the second year in a row, ESPN New York 98.7FM was awarded Outstanding Commercial. This year's winning campaign was produced in conjunction with New York Sports Clubs. Ryan Hurley, program director of ESPN 98.7FM, added, “It is always an honor to be recognized, especially for the results of hard work by a great team of people.”
Howard Stern, Sean Hannity Named Among New York's Most Powerful In Media
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual 35 most power people in New York media and there among names such Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Alec Baldwin and Megyn Kelly are radio's Howard Stern & Sean Hannity. Guest writer: Jimmy Kimmel says of Stern, "Howard is lord of an extraterrestrial radio oasis, an FCC-free forum on which major celebrities and slow adults (some are both) are given equal time and consideration. The scope of the show is staggering." Kimmel adds, "When you sit on his couch, you know that no subject is off-limits. The foundation that has been laid by years of refusing to compromise is strong, and as a result, Howard's interviews with movie stars, comedians, musicians and politicians go deeper and further than any in broadcasting. "
In explaining why Sean Hannity matters, they write, Hannity's Fox News show delivered its highest-rated quarter ever at 10 p.m. with 2.5 million viewers — and the host's close relationship with the president has its benefits: He scored one of the first interviews with Trump after the inauguration. They add, "He spent a decade working as a contractor before forging a profile as a conservative radio host. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
BUSINESS: Slacker Radio Lays Off 25% Of Workforce
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– Slacker Radio, The San Diego-based streaming radio company, confirmed it has axed 25% of its workforce according to Music Business Worldwide. The news comes three months after Pandora announced that it was cutting 7% of its workforce, appx. 100 jobs. Slacker Radio was launched in 2007 by Dennis Mudd, the ex-CEO of MusicMatch – which was purchased by Yahoo Music and became known as Yahoo! Music Radio.
The company’s current CEO, Duncan Orrell-Jones (shown), said in a statement: “Slacker Radio is laying off approximately 25% of the team as part of our ongoing effort to focus on efficiency and accelerate the path towards profitability. Our strategy has always been to innovate in the radio and music space, and we’ve been working hard to develop new experiences that we believe will fulfill the promise of radio reimagined. The Slacker Radio app will not be affected by these changes, nor will several new product releases that are scheduled for later this year.”
In 2013, Slacker was reported to have somewhere between 500,000 and a million paying subscribers in the US, amongst 35m registered users.
ON-AIR: Ryan Wrecker Joins KMOX As Host Of 'Overnight America'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO St. Louis’ News/Talk station KMOX 1120 (KMOX-AM) has signed Ryan Wrecker as the newest host of “Overnight America,” heard weekdays from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM on-air, online at www.kmox.com and through the Radio.com app. Wrecker starts at KMOX 1120 on Monday, April 17, 2017. Wrecker added, "We’re going to have fun on ‘Overnight America.’ It's a show that's inclusive to new voices and topics. Every night we will present fresh and unique ideas to the audience and explore them in a way that’s different from any other radio show.”
Wrecker moves to St. Louis from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he most recently served as the Program Director of WOWO-AM. He previously worked in radio in Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Lima, and South Bend. He studied broadcasting at Central Michigan University.
Rebecca Kaplan Rises To Newly Created Marketing Director Post At Cumulus Dallas Cluster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Rebecca Kaplan to the newly created position of Marketing Director for the company’s seven radio stations in Dallas, TX. Kaplan retains her position as Promotions Director of Cumulus Media-Dallas’ New Country 96.3 KSCS and 99.5 The Wolf (KPLX), a position she has held since 2015. Prior to joining Cumulus, she was Promotions Director for iHeartMedia in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL.
Kaplan said: “I am so honored to have this opportunity to be the Marketing Director for Cumulus-Dallas. I have had the privilege of working with this amazing team for the past two years. They welcomed me with open arms when I moved from Florida and cannot wait to continue to work with them and build upon our already amazing radio stations.”
WQXA-FM Harrisburg's Morning Show Honored With National Excellence Award From CMNH
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– The People’s Morning Show with Nipsey, Jen and Earl on Cumulus' WQXA-FM 105.7 in Harrisburg, PA, was honored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH) with the English Radio Personality of the Year Excellence Award. The show was honored for its annual “Pay 4 Play” fundraising efforts, benefiting Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. The award was presented in late March at the CMNH Annual Convention in Orlando, FL.
WQXA-FM Morning Co-Host Jen Shade said: “Our relationship with our listeners is what makes the annual Pay 4 Play event a success. Because of them, our team has been able to take this opportunity to a level never dreamed possible, raising over $1.2 million dollars over the past 10 years. That money stays right here in our community to help our children. It is a great feeling that we are elated to share!” PHOTO/P (Left to Right): Actor John Schneider, CMN; NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Steve Young, CMN; Jen Shade, WQXA-FM; Nipsey, WQXA-FM; Earl David Reed, WQXA-FM Singer/Actress Marie Osmond, CMN
NETWORKS: Westwood One Brings Top Stars & Stations 'Backstage' To Billboard Music Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– As official promotional partners of the “2017 Billboard Music Awards,” Westwood One through its partnership with dick clark productions, will offer its broadcast partners branded long-form and short-form content and promotions. In addition, Westwood One will welcome more than 20 radio stations to its Westwood One Backstage at the BBMAs event with live performances and celebrity interviews during rehearsals the day before the “2017 Billboard Music Awards” at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Billboard Music Awards Radio Row begins Saturday, May 20, 10 am-4 pm PT at the Lucky Live Lounge at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. During the course of Radio Row, Ralphie Aversa (second from right) from WPLJ-FM/NY and WPRO/Providence will be hosting content online and on Cumulus station websites. Sunday, May 21, 7 pm to Midnight ET: One-hour BBMAs Red Carpet, hosted by WPLJ-FM/New York’s Jayde Donovan (TL) Three-hour BBMAs Broadcast Companion -- Hot AC/AC formats hosted by Adam Bomb (second from left) and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn (C); Top 40/Rhythmic formats hosted by Zach Sang (TR) Westwood One Backstage at the BBMAs takes place in the Lucky Live Lounge at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Neal Bird, email@example.com or (310) 840-4207.
[LISTEN] Former San Diego Host Suing City After Wife's Implants Rupture From Sidewalk Tumble
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2017 –– We'll end the week with this story out of San Diego involving former San Diego Mayor and longtime talk host on KSDO, KOGO, KFMB-AM) and one-time nationally syndicated host Roger Hedgecock who is suing the city of San Diego because his wife’s implants ruptured when she face-planted after tripping on a bump in a city sidewalk
According to CBS 8 San Diego, a trial date is expected to be set today, April 14th. The lawsuit filed by former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, claims a 2015 fall on a damaged sidewalk in Pacific Beach ruptured his wife's silicone breast implants, requiring her to undergo "grueling" replacement surgery. The lawsuit, filed last October, contends the city was negligent by not repairing a concrete lip on a public sidewalk caused by a tree. According to the lawsuit, Cynthia Hedgecock suffered "serious personal injuries" when she tripped over the raised portion of the sidewalk on Morrell Street near Grand Avenue on July 31, 2015. She says she learned in September 2015 that both of her implants had ruptured and that silicone had been leaking into her bloodstream. After replacement surgery, she needed weeks to recover during which she used pain medication, sleep aides and required her husband's constant assistance, the suit states. Roger Hedgecock is a co-plaintiff because he suffered "the loss of support, service, love, companionship, society, affection, relations and solace from his wife," according to the couple's court papers. Roger Hedgecock spoke to KFMB's Brett Winterble on Wednesday about the lawsuit - LISTEN HERE
David Field Says He Expects CBS/Entercom Deal To Close In Second Half Of This Year
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Entercom CEO David Field wrote yesterday that he expects the the CBS/Entercom deal to close sometime in the second half of this year. "Since the February 2nd announcement of our deal with CBS Radio, we have been hard at work, making significant progress towards our transformational merger." He added that they are engaging with the CBS corporate team along with a team of expert merger integration advisors to ensure that we achieve as close to a seamless transition as possible when we close."
Field's says the first order of business was meeting the CBS staffs. "As an organization that fundamentally believes there is nothing more important than the people on our team, our first order of business upon making the announcement was to hit the road to meet and introduce ourselves to the CBS Radio staffs. Since early February, we have traveled across the country to virtually every one of the CBS markets -- We are creating a truly preeminent Radio company with an extraordinary platform of the industry’s best local brands, personalities, content and marketing solutions covering virtually all of the nation’s top 50 markets."
Since first making the initial filings with the FCC several weeks ago, which relate to the required divestiture of several Entercom and CBS Radio stations in seven markets, Fields said, It has not yet been determined which 14 stations will be divested.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jack Swanson To Exit News Director Post At KCBS/San Francisco; Donna Pickett Joins iHeart As EVP/Pres. Marketing-Digital Products
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Legendary bay-area talk programmer, Jack Swanson (L), has confirmed via Facebook, "Yes, it's true. I'm leaving the News Director's chair at KCBS on May 1. When I came off the beach for this assignment I agreed to stay a few years and my bosses agreed to give me enough rope for me to have fun. Mission accomplished. Both sides got what we expected from the bargain. And we part in a way that is rare in the broadcasting business. Feeling great about each other."
CBS Radio MM Doug Harvill added, "His title was “news director,” but think of him as one of the most skilled talk-format programmers of the last several decades. Swanson has held his current post since April of 2015 before spending 17 years as VP of Programming for crosstown, KGO & KSFO.
-- Donna Pickett is joining Heart as Executive Vice President of Marketing, Digital Products, effective immediately. Donna will report to Darren Davis, and the Marketing and Business Intelligence teams will report to Donna. She will be a close partner to Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer.
Most recently she was Vice President of Performance Based Media at Cannella Response Television, television’s leading direct response media agency, managing the world’s largest inventory of infomercial avails—nearly 50,000 each week.
PROGRAMMING: James Steele Named PD For 103.3 The App San Antonio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, San Antonio has named James Steele Program Director of 103.3 The APP (KTFM-HD2). Steele joined Alpha Media in 2015 and currently hosts PM Drive on 107.1 The Monkey in Biloxi. You can also hear his voice on a number of stations throughout the country.
Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “James Is that fun spirited guy at the party you want to be around. His creativity, energy, and enthusiasm for the Alternative format is contagious, and we are happy to advance talent from within Alpha.”
ON-AIR: WFLY Albany Debuts The New Fly's Morning Rush With Jake & Ashley; Island 106 Panama Taps David 'No Sleep' Sebastian For PMD
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Albany Broadcasting’s WFLY/92.3 FM has debuted the new FLY Morning Rush hosted by Jake Allen and Ashley Marie. Allen arrives from sister station WKLI 100.9 The Cat, where he hosted mornings for the last five years as well handled middays on FLY92.3. Marie arrives from Delaware where she most recently hosted afternoon drive on WAFL 97.7 FM.
Marc Summers Operations Manager/Program Director 97X Island 106 says he's 'conned' another person to move to our white sand beaches Island 106 in Panama City as he welcomes David "No Sleep" Sebastian to the afternoon drive position.
"Since high school I've dreamed of one day waking up on Panama City Beach. The only difference is now I'll be waking up in my own bed - not face down in the sand next to an empty keg, quipped Sebastian. "Thanks to Marc Summers, GM Misty Sims and all of Magic Broadcasting for this great opportunity to do great radio!" my last few gigs were WJQM Madison as nights and imaging director, prior to that was WQHH Lansing, and WDZH Detroit.
FORMATICS: Willobee Carlan Joins Lineup For Launch Of Public Radio 89.1 Reno, Nevada
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Nevada Public Radio’s (NVPR) music discovery channel with no commercials – is now live on 89.1 FM in Reno, on line at NV89.org and on social media @NV89Radio and #HelloNV89 . The public radio station is a champion of emerging artists and Nevada musicians who will be the stars of tomorrow , as well as established artists with a history of creating compelling music from recent years. NV89 airs NPR’s World Café and will be affiliated with the VuHaus video platform to stay connected with national musical tastemakers. Along with music, NVPR’s news magazine “State of Nevada” will air weekdays at 9am.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding into Reno, now home of Tesla’s Gigafactory and the world’s la rest data campus of Las Vegas-based Switch Communications.” said Florence Rogers, President and CEO of NVPR. Driving the station’s music is one-time Billboard magazine “Rock Personality of the Year” and renowned Reno on-air mainstay Willobee Carlan, who joins Nevada Public Radio as NV8 9’s Operations Manager and Program Director . Prior to joining N V89, Carlan was the Director of Broadcast Operations for Shamrock Communications in Reno. Working with consultant Mike Henry, Carlan has brought together a team of on-air talent that includes KROQ-FM alum and former Indie 103.1 “Cocktails in the Kiddie Pool” host Gia DeSantis, Jake Wagner, Malayna Kerton and the legendary Steve Masters from MTV and San Francisco’s Live 105.
Hartford Host Arrested After Assault At Gas Station; Tells Police 'He Believed He Was Being Robbed'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– A Hartford morning host has been arrested in connection with an assault at a Newington gas station in March. Joseph Aguiar (shown), turned himself in to police on Tuesday reports NBC TV CT. He is accused of lunging toward an unsuspecting victim who was sitting in a car outside a gas station around 10:30 p.m. on March 8, grabbing the man and throwing him to the ground, causing the man to hit his head on the pavement, according to police.
Aguilar is the morning host on iHeart's WHCN/River 105.9, where he's worked since 1997. Steve Honeycomb, Regional Market Manager for iHeartMedia told NBC, "We take matters of this kind very seriously. The employee is on temporary leave from his job until we can further review the situation and the we will take the appropriate action."
In the police report, Aguiar said believed he was being robbed when he assaulted the other man. Aguiar told police he mistook the victim’s car for his own, and confronted the man when he got in the vehicle. He claimed he thought the man was trying to steal his phone and credit cards so he got in the car and checked the center console, but realized his phone wasn't in it. When he got out and looked around he spotted his own car and took off. Aguiar told police he considered reporting the incident to police that night but decided not to. Aguiar was identified in images captured by surveillance cameras (shown). Aguiar posted bond and is due in court on April 25 and is said to be cooperating with Police.
GOLDSTEIN: How Colbert Went From Worst to First
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– Stephen Colbert’s late night show was essentially on life support, blogs Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein. Since the program’s debut, ratings significantly trailed Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. CBS Chief Les Moonves was worried and brought in a new show producer.
Today, Colbert is the leader in late night. The difference was a deep rethink of the roll the program filled versus their late night competition, combined with pivoting to the strength of its talent. Today’s Colbert "Late Show" is far more political; certainly benefiting from the Trump resistance. Beyond that, the show plays more closely to Colbert's origins with The Daily Show and his character on the Colbert Report.
For programmers producers and talent, whether broadcast or podcast, the lessons in Colbert’s ascension are plentiful as chronicled in this New York Times article. "How Stephen Colbert finally found his elusive groove." Without a strategy of differentiation, many shows and podcasts will tread water or disappear. In radio, there are far too many indistinguishable “Biff and Bonnie” type morning shows. They all do the same trivia contests and have the same take on entertainment news. Programmers scratch their heads wondering why the program is not growing. Goldstein concluded: "There is a lot of content out there. There is a lot of talent out there. The win is the combination of talent + strategy." ENJOY THIS GREAT READ FOR TALENT AND PROGRAMMERS HERE
SYNDICATION: The Drive Joins LIVE With Kelly Ripa This Week
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– The Drive host Alan Taylor (R) is a car fanatics' celebrity, who is on his annual Auto Show Week on LIVE with Kelly! He showcased new vehicles with Kelly and celebrity guest hosts Morris Chestnut, Vin Diesel, Carrie Ann Inaba, and more to come this entire week.
The Drive with Alan Taylor is a fast paced, two-hour show devoted to the latest car news and test-drive results; how-to tips; auto show coverage; automotive expert insights; track day reporting and behind the scenes action.
For more information or questions, please contact Radio America at 800-807-4703, ext 250 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRODUCTS: TM Studios Announce TM EVO Jingle Set
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 –– TM STUDIOS has announced a new product line created for six radio formats. TM EVO is the world’s first fully-customizable, interactive jingle service, allowing programmers to create their own unique sound in real-time. TM EVO presents an entirely fresh palette of sound, with new composers, singers and musicians, which stations choose in the design of their packages. Thanks to a unique Builder app at tmevo.com, PDs can choose from many logo melodies, vocal styles and levels of fx, and change these ingredients instantly to find the perfect sound for their stations. TM EVO is available for six formats, including CHR, AC and Country, plus Hot AC, Hot Country and Classic Hits, three formats which have never had an updating jingle service. All come packaged in three tiers of service, to allow stations to subscribe to a size appropriate for budget and need and are delivered via a convenient Cloud-based system, for easy access and use.
EVO CHR is now live on Q100 in Atlanta, and PD Louie Diaz adds, “These jingles have forward momentum and are perfect for us at Q100. There is nothing cliché about the package. It fits perfectly with our music playlist. Also, with the Tier Three Service, I get lots of updating content all the time. EVO is my new branding partner.” TM EVO is available for cash and barter on a format/market exclusivity basis. To order or receive more info, contact email@example.com or chat live at tmevo.com.
[LISTEN] GOLD 104.3 Australia Surprises Mother Of Six With $2.8m Home; $50,000 In Gold
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2017 – GOLD 104.3 In Australia Surprise Mother Of Six With $A2.8m ($2.1m) Home A couple has won a new five-bedroom house in the Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery, plus a staggering $50,000 in gold. Mother of six Jo Laidlaw was told of her win on GOLD 104.3’s breakfast show on Tuesday. The house was just one of 4,700 prizes that were given away, totalling more than $3 million. Lottery ambassadors and GOLD 104.3 hosts Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann were on the radio survey break this morning, leaving Craig ‘Huggsy’ Huggins to break the good news to Laidlaw. Read and See More HERE
Long-serving presenter with BBC Radio 2, Brian Matthew has died at the age of 88. Brian’s death was announced accidentally on Wednesday, after the BBC received incorrect information. A correction was broadcast later the same day saying he was alive but critically ill. Brian presented a final edition of his Sounds of the 60s programmed in February, after news at the start of the year that he was to leave the show following a period of ill health. He had hosted the 60s-themed program since April 1990, and before that presented Radio 2’s arts magazine Round Midnight from 1978 to 1990. Brian joined the BBC Light Program in the late 1950s, presenting Saturday Skiffle Club, later Saturday Club and then Easy Beat from 1960. Other shows he was involved with include The Beatles Story in 1972 for Radios 1 and 2, and weekend afternoon program My Top 12 on Radio 1 from 1973. He was given the Radio Academy’s Gold Award at the Sony Awards in 2008.
BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting a tribute programme to Brian Matthew on Sunday evening The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry Will Open Radio School - Capital, Heart and LBC will be broadcasting live from the Global Academy on April 20th when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the state school. They will officially open the Global Academy in support of Heads Together, meeting students training to be the next generation of production staff. The breakfast shows will each focus on the mental health of young people, helping to generate conversations with the Heads Together campaign in honour of the visit.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NIELSEN: Technological Advances And Global Pool Of Intel Gives Rise To News
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– According to Nielsen, technological advances have given consumers access to all kinds of immediate content—from streaming the latest sitcom on a smartphone to logging on and using a game console to play a first-person shooter against a rival on the other side of the country. But perhaps no “type” of programming content is more a perfect fit for a multi-platform distribution than news. In fact, both technology and traditional means allow consumers to quickly get up to speed on everything from world events to Wall Street to a recently wrapped Presidential election simply by turning on the tube or checking in with a device, no matter where they are.
According to the fourth-quarter 2016 Nielsen Total Audience Report, U.S. consumers have taken full advantage of news content, with adults 18+ spending over 73.5 billion gross minutes consuming news in an average week in 2016—up 18% from the prior year. This increase was powered for the most part by a rise in cable network news viewing. These adult news consumers spent close to six-and-a-half hours a week tuning in to national cable TV news in 2016—up nearly an hour-and-a-half from 2015 and 1 hour 45 minutes from the last election cycle of 2012. But the news genre has broad appeal over many different platform distribution types beyond national and local TV. In fact, both smartphone and radio news experienced increases from 2015 to 2016 in both reach and time spent in every age demographic the report reviewed. READ MORE HERE
Edison To Chart 'Rise Of Podcasting' In New Webinar
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– On the heels of last month's Infinite Dial study 2017 presented by Edison Research & Triton Digital, Edison is now set to reveal all-new data in its 'The Podcast Consumer 2017' webinar, coming next Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
This presentation contains all new data on podcast users in America, derived from the Infinite Dial 2017 study (conducted in partnership with Triton Digital) and the latest from Edison’s Share of Ear® research. This 30-minute webinar will chart the rise of podcasting over the past decade, and also includes new, unreleased information. This webinar will be presented by Tom Webster, VP of Strategy and Marketing for Edison Research, who has been covering the space for 12 years. Attendees will receive a copy of the presentation and be able to participate in a live Q&A immediately following the keynote. There will be limited space for attendees, so register early and log in 15 minutes before the session. Register for seminar HERE
CBS Radio Launches New Podcast With Reality TV Star Olivia Caridi
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO is launching a new podcast hosted by the controversial and often villainized Olivia Caridi, a season 20 contestant on the popular reality dating show, “The Bachelor.”
“Olivia’s outspoken, honest and witty personality coupled with her background in journalism, make her the perfect podcast host,” said J.D. Crowley, CBS RADIO’s EVP of Digital. “During each conversation, Olivia’s own relatable yet quirky tales of dating and relationships engage guests to open up and even dish on the people, situations and trends driving today’s pop culture scene.” Caridi added, “I've worked in broadcast media for a long time, and podcasting is the one thing I've never done, so I’m so excited to be launching Mouthing Off with so much support behind me. Obviously my mouth was a big deal on ‘The Bachelor,’ so I’m thrilled CBS Radio helped me to develop a show idea around it and was totally in tune with my vision."
Westwood One & NBC Sports Radio Present Live Audio Coverage Of Stanley Cup Playoffs
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– In conjunction with NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio, Westwood One will present live play-by-play audio coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, starting this Saturday, April 15, when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Westwood One will broadcast a Playoff Game of the Week on each of the next four Saturdays and then will broadcast every game of the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final: · Playoff Game of the Week Ø Saturday, April 15, 2017 Toronto @ Washington 6:45 pm ET Saturday, April 22, 2017 Teams TBA 3:00 pm ET Ø Saturday, April 29, 2017 Teams TBA 3:00 pm ET Ø Saturday, May 6, 2017 Teams TBA Time TBA · Eastern Conference Finals, May 2017* · Western Conference Finals, May 2017* · Stanley Cup Final, May-June 2017* *Dates are tentative based on outcomes of earlier rounds.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will serve as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast crew for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final and select playoff games. NHL programming will be available on NBC Sports Radio affiliates throughout the United States, as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports Radio mobile app, SiriusXM Radio (213/Sirius and 202/XM), and TuneIn and the free TuneIn mobile app. NHL fans can also follow the playoffs on the NBC Sports Radio station on Apple Music. PHOTO/Alexander Ovechkin-Dreamstime
SNAPS: 77WABC Stars Take The Stage In New York For Sold Out, Epic Live Radio Showdown
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– 77 WABC and Rita Cosby hosted “Pubs and Politics” Thursday evening (4/6/17) at The Cutting Room in Midtown Manhattan. This event was a sold out epic LIVE radio showdown, featuring WABC’s Curtis & Kuby vs. Bernie & Sid. This dynamic lineup of legends discussed the first 100 days of the new Trump administration.
Listeners got to see and hear it all, where conservative values versus a liberal agenda added to a night of political entertainment in a very lively discussion! Photos were taken at Midtown Manhattan's The Cutting Room last Thursday night.
95 WIIL Raises Over $120,000 for St. Baldrick’s
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Waukegan-Kenosha announced that 95 WIIL Rock (WIIL-FM) raised $127,385 for St. Baldrick’s during their annual event. The event was held March 4th at The Legendary Brat Stop in Kenosha. This is the 10th year WIIL Rock has done this event. The Tom and Emily Morning Show broadcast live. Tom Kief, host of the show shaved his head and personally raised almost $34,000.
Kief also helped arrange for Royal Bliss to perform at the event. The band used their international social media connections to assist in raising funds. Alpha Media, Waukegan-Kenosha Market Manager, Karl Wertzler commented on the announcement, “95 WIIL ROCK is proud to continue the St. Baldrick's partnership, and I'm personally proud of Tom for his commitment to making a great event.” The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
Radio 104.5 Sets Dates For Summer Block Parties
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia’s Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock, announced today the highly popular Summer Block Parties will kick-off Sunday, June 18 at Festival Pier featuring live performances by The Revivalists, Missio, July Talk, Irontom, and The Vital Stats. This summer, Radio 104.5 fans can celebrate the season at Festival Pier during a series of Block Parties taking place on June 18, July 23 and August 20.
"We’re very excited to offer our listeners another summer of free concerts with their favorite bands, and we’re also excited to begin a new tradition with the Endless Summer Show,” said John Allers, Program Director and On-Air Personality, Radio 104.5. The Summer Block Parties will feature sponsor booth activations offering special giveaways throughout the venue.
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WBT Charlotte Celebrates 95th Anniversary With Induction of Three Hosts Into WBT's Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Entercom Charlotte celebrated the 95th anniversary of WBT 1110 AM. The anniversary commemorated the station’s long history as Charlotte’s leading news talk destination and included the induction announcement of Ray Gooding, Henry Boggan and John Hancock into the WBT Hall of Fame. The station also aired special programming highlighting key moments in WBT 1110 AM’s 95 year history. WBT Hall of Fame inductee, John Hancock, joined WBT 1110 AM in 1990 as ‘Charlotte’s Most Beloved’. Hancock is currently on air weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WBT 1110 AM.
Another WBT Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Gooding, was one of the first African American on air personalities in Charlotte. He began his career in 1960 and joined WBT 1110 AM in 1971 as the host of the “The Sunday Night Hall of Fame”. In addition to hosting the Sunday night music show for 24 years, Gooding also served as WBT’s director of public affairs for over 10 years. Gooding passed away in 2007 leaving behind a legacy in the world of Charlotte radio. Henry Boggan, the third WBT Hall of Fame inductee announced, joined WBT 1110 AM in 1979 as the host of the nighttime talk show “Hello Henry”.His program was on air for 17 years until Boggan’s retirement in 1996.
The WBT Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1997 at the mark of WBT 1110 AM’s 75th anniversary with the induction of Charles Crutchfield, the stations’ general manager, program director and on-air talent who is also recognized for setting a standard in early American radio.
ON-AIR: Rita Wilde Inks Multi-Year Extension With 100.3 The Sound LA
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Entercom Los Angeles’ 100.3 The Sound KSWD-FM announced a multi-year agreement with legendary radio personality Rita Wilde. Wilde will continue on air weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight and will continue to host the popular “Album Side at 11” segment featuring the uninterrupted play of one full classic rock album side at 11 p.m.
Wilde is a Southern California native who began her career at the former KEZY-FM in Anaheim. She joined Los Angeles’ KLOS-FM in 1983. In 2013, Wilde joined The Sound as the evening on air host. Entercom Los Angeles also recently announced multi-year agreements for iconic rock DJs Cynthia Fox and Joe Benson on 100.3 The Sound.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike Hartel Rises To VP Mid-Atlantic Region For Alpha
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media announces Mike Hartel as Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Hartel will also continue to hold the position of SVP/Market Manager in Columbia, SC. Mike is a 24-year media veteran, who effectively utilizes the strengths of his brands to bring positive change to his clients and community.
Alpha Media President/CEO, Bob Proffitt commented on the announcement, “Mike Hartel has shown an incredible leadership style in form, function and results since he joined Alpha three years ago. We are excited for Mike to share his considerable talent beyond Columbia to some of our other Southern markets. Alpha loves to promote from within and this is not only deserved, but will be incredibly well-received by our markets.”
3-Time Breast Cancer Survivor, KIOA Des Moines' Pam Dixon Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Following a 35-Year run, KIOA Des Moines host Pam Dixon announced Monday morning that she will be retiring. This followed her 10-year battle with breast cancer. Dixon had returned to the station in 2013 after beating the disease. On Monday's show she said, "When you have half the state praying for you, it's a powerful thing,” Dixon said. “It's got me this far. It's been a really, really important part of my recovery."
The station posed on Facebook, Dixon is "hanging up her headphones — for good!" after nearly 35 years in the business. Dixon will be focusing on her health once again during her retirement. Dixon said during Monday's broadcast of the "KIOA Morning Show" that she remembers the day she was first diagnosed with breast cancer — June 4, 2007. She's "throwing everything at it" today, as far as treatment goes: Chemotherapy, meditation and prayer, among others.
Winner Of 18th Annual Dead Radio Contest Announced
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Oink Ink announced the winner of its 18th annual Dead Radio Contest. Cundari's Emmanuel Torres' (L) 60-second spot called PUSH for client fixauto.com earned the first-place award in a crowded field of entries. Torres, an art director in Cundari's Toronto office, had the idea for the script seven years ago in his first advertising class in college. Through the years, he has pitched it numerous times but was never able to convince a client to take such an edgy approach. "This script was born in one assignment. When I presented it to class, they laughed. It was pretty out there, but everybody got the joke," Torres said.
As part of his prize, Oink Ink flew him and a guest to New York and produced his once-dead idea for a great radio spot. Visit the website to hear the spot HERE.
Rick Ardito, a New York-based freelancer, won second place for a spot he wrote for Starz' television show Ash vs. Evil Dead called "Casting". Daniel Jordan, of OKRP/Chicago, won third place for a spot he wrote for Groupon. LISTEN TO TORRES WINNING SPOT, HERE.
NETWORKS: Johnny Stone Takes Reins For 'The Live Ride'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 20-17 –– Envision Networks welcomes Johnny Stone as the new host of The Live Ride. After many years broadcasting in New York City, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, San Diego and now Washington, DC, Johnny Stone is now putting his skills to use on The Live Ride. He’ll be bringing his passion for country music and experience in the industry to listeners every week.
“Johnny Stone’s boundless energy and enthusiasm are a perfect fit for The Live Ride,” said Envision Networks® Vice President of Programming Michael Lichtstein. “The winning mix of live country hits with Johnny’s love for all things country will bring listeners back week after week.” The Live Ride is a two hour radio show that brings a weekly “concert” to country radio, featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. As a longtime Nashville insider, host Johnny Stone provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences! Visit goenvisionnetworks.com for more details or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com
PRODUCTS: Comrex Introduces Two New Products At NAB 2017
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2017 –– Comrex will be displaying at booth C1633 at NAB Show 2017 from April 24th to April 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. New products will include ACCESS NX (R), the latest audio IP codec in its ACCESS line, and Opal , a revolutionary new IP audio gateway. Other products on display will include: ACCESS 2USB and Rack , BRIC-Link II , LiveShot (Comrex’s video-over-IP acquisition and distribution tool), VH2 (a VoIP two-line hybrid), and STAC VIP .
Additionally, Comrex is proud to be featuring ACCESS and BRIC-Link II, its line of versatile and reliable IP audio codecs that have been adopted as an industry standard. It will also be demoing VH2, a two-line hybrid designed to provide superb audio over VoIP phone lines, and STAC VIP, a VoIP call management system for larger scale talkshows (between 6 and 12 callers). Comrex will be displaying LiveShot, live ENG technology which delivers high-quality two-way video and audio in real-time over IP networks.To set up an appointment with a Comrex representative at NAB, visit HERE
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Spotify Executive, Chris Bevington, Among Those Killed In Suspected Terrorist Attack In Sweden
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– Among those killed after a suspected terrorist drove his car into an upscale department store in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday included Spotify executive Chris Bevington, who served as the company’s director of global partnerships/business development. Spotify founder Daniel Ek confirmed on social media in the statement below:
"It is with shock and a heavy heart that I can confirm that Chris Bevington from our Spotify team lost his life in Friday’s senseless attack on Stockholm. Chris has been a member of our band for over 5 years. He has had a great impact on not just the business but on everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him. There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this. Whilst this terrible news is sinking in, our primary focus is on supporting the family and loved ones of Chris in any way we possibly can. I am as deeply saddened and upset as all of you that something like this could happen in Sweden. The only light in this deeply tragic moment is the outpouring of love, compassion and solidarity that we have seen from everyone. And that was exactly the kind of person Chris was as well. We will greatly miss you Chris. Rest in Peace my friend."
21st Century Fox To Investigate L.A. Radio Host's Sexual Harassment Claim Against Bill O'Reilly
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– KFI Los Angeles radio host Wendy Walsh's claim that she was sexually harassed by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in 2013 is now being investigated by the cable channel’s parent company, 21st Century Fox. Lisa Bloom, the lawyer representing KFI talk radio host Wendy Walsh, told CNN on Sunday that 21st Century Fox attorneys say they will look into the claim that Walsh was denied an opportunity to become a contributor to Fox News because she rebuffed sexual advances made by O’Reilly. A representative for 21st Century Fox confirmed that the company is having the incident investigated by the same law firm that fielded harassment complaints at Fox News last year following the lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Bloom and Walsh called into 21st Century Fox’s corporate hotline last week to formally issue the complaint with the company. Bloom told the The LA Times that 21st Century Fox is required by law to look into the claim. The company confirmed that it will probe the matter. The controversy has played havoc on O'Reilly's advertisers. As of last Friday, “The O’Reilly Factor” had only seven national commercials reports the Times. Six of them were “per inquiry” ads, which means payment for them is usually based on how many people call a toll-free number to purchase the product or service being advertised.
Rock Hall Class Of 2017 Inducted; Journey's Steve Perry Tells ABC Radio, Fans 'ARE' The RHOF
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017 was inducted in the Performer Category and 1 individual is recognized with an Award for Musical Excellence. Your Class of 2017 Inductees are: Performer Category: • ELO • Joan Baez • Journey • Pearl Jam • Tupac Shakur • Yes Award for Musical Excellence: • Nile Rodgers The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, took place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Steve Perry spoke exclusively to ABC Radio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He didn't perform with Journey, but the former lead singer did join his ex-bandmates Friday night in Brooklyn, New York as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Perry said the support of Journey fans over the years had meant everything to him. "They ARE the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." "I have been gone...I kind of went my 'Separate Way,'" he said, referencing the band's 1983 hit and his departure from the lineup. "And I had all kinds of reasons that were important to me to do so. [And] though I've been gone...the fans have always been in my heart." "We're here because of them," he added. "They are the ones that put us here in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...It's all about them. It's always been about them. READ MORE HERE
ON-AIR: The Gresh Show Returns To WPRO Providence
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces the return of Andy Gresh to the Providence airwaves as the new 6pm-9pm host on Providence heritage talker WPRO-AM. The Gresh Show will debut on Monday, April 17th at 6pm. Gresh started his career at WPRO-AM in Providence in 1997 working behind the scenes and in October of that year he became co-host of the morning drive show on 790 The Score- WPRO’s sister station. He left in 2008 to join WFAN & ESPN Radio, as well as Sirius/XM radio. After spending most of 2008 at ESPN Radio, he joined the original staff of Mad Dog Radio at Sirius/XM in 2009. Gresh left Sirius/XM in 2010 to join 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston where he teamed up with Providence radio partner Scott Zolak
Gresh left the Sports Hub in 2015 and was most recently co-hosting afternoon drive at WTIC-AM in Hartford, CT. From 2005-2014. As of April 17th, the WPRO live and local lineup weekday schedule is as follows: 6-9am: Gene Valicenti 9-Noon: Tara Granahan Noon-3pm: Matt Allen 3-6pm: Dan Yorke 6-9pm: The Gresh Show
‘Magic Mornings With Danielle’ Comes To Magic 94.9 TAMPA
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa Radio has named Magic Mornings with Danielle as its new, permanent morning show on Magic 94-9 (WWRM – FM). “We are so excited to have Danielle join our Magic team,” said John Larson, CMG Tampa Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming for WWRM, WXGL and WDUV. “Her experience, creativity, social media expertise and infectious attitude brings a fresh, new sound to a huge brand like Magic.”
For the past 10 years, Danielle McBroom was on the air with sister station WSUN (97X). “I am so excited to join the Magic team and stay with my Cox Media Group Tampa family,” said McBroom. “CMG is a company that really believes in promoting from within and I am thrilled to have this opportunity on this incredibly powerful and successful radio station, with so much heritage in the market.”
iHeart Extends Teri Ann With Soft Rock 98.9 Fresno; Taps Monisha Mann For Nights At B95
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Fresno announced that Teri Ann Schlesser (TL) has renewed her contract as co-host of the Jason & Terri Ann Morning Show for Soft Rock 89.9. Schlesser will continue to broadcast weekdays 5 – 10 a.m. The Jason & Teri Ann Morning Show features Schlesser, alongside co-host Jason Hurst. “I’m so excited to continue my journey with Soft Rock 98.9 and iHeartMedia,” said Schlesser. “The past eight years have been wonderful and challenging and I’ve never had so much fun doing what I love!” Schlesser, a 30-year radio veteran, recently celebrated her eight-year anniversary with Soft Rock 98.9.
In a follow-up announcement, iHeart Fresno announced that Monisha Mann (BL) has been named nighttime host for B95, Fresno’s Hip Hop and Hits, effective immediately. Mann will broadcast weeknights 7 p.m. – midnight. “I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to do nights in my hometown at B95,” said Mann. “I look forward to bringing new music to our listeners and I thank the team here in Fresno for believing in me to uphold the standards and ratings of this heritage station.” Mann began her career as an intern at B95. She returned to the station from holding similar on-air positions in Bakersfield, CA.
AWARDS: KTJJ-FM's Mark Toti Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Farmington-Festus announced that KTJJ-FM Morning Host, Mark Toti has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Toti can often be found donating his time at various charity events. If severe weather hits, he has an update from the scene. When a new business opens up he will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Lifetime Achievement award is not given out every year but only when an individual has stood out above the rest. Alpha Media, Farmington-Festus Market Manager, Les Tuttle commented on the announcement, “This is a well-deserved award from an outstanding member of our community. “I am quite honored to receive this award. It is very humbling. Farmington has a number of people who give their time to the community and they deserve this award as much as me. I don't do what I do so people will say ‘Good job!’ I do it because it's the right thing to do. Having said that, I'm very grateful for the recognition,” remarked Toti.
EVENTS: St. Louis' Bud & Broadway Show On Mission To Meet 92,000 On 'Fist Bump Challenge'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2017 –– New Country 92.3/St. Louis' Bud and Broadway, are on a mission to meet 92,000 followers! This is a shot from their Friday morning, 4/7, funny stop on their 92,000 Fist Bump Challenge Tour at a pancake house “across the river” in Granite City, Illinois. The local, 23 strong, Junior High Jazz band played, cheerleaders, sports and academic stars, and community leaders along with hundreds of New Country followers had breakfast with “The Good Ol’ Boy Odd Couple!” Even the fire and police department stopped by to play a round of “The Jokes on You;” a joke face off where the first person to laugh, loses! (The cop lost…we’ll just say the punchline was Pork Chop. Make up your own joke!)
Seen fist bumping left to right: Bud Ford, local police captain, Captain Mac traffic, sidekick “Kelly from Arnold,” two firefighters and Jerry Broadway! For more information on Bud & Broadway's "92,000 Fist Bump Challenge", please contact New Country 92.3 Program Director Scott Roddy at 314-983-6240 or email@example.com
[WATCH] Albuquerque's 94.5 FM And AM 770 News Radio KKOB Celebrates 95 Years On-Air
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– A big-time birthday bash was held in Albuquerque on Tuesday (April 5) night. 800 people packed the New Mexico Natural History Museum in Albuquerque to be a part of the celebration, including listeners, clients and past on-air talent. The station signed on the air on April 5, 1922, in Las Cruces, NM, moved to Albuquerque in 1932, and in July 1941, went to 50,000 watts. Cumulus Media added the FM simulcast in August 2016. New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez declared Tuesday as Newsradio KKOB Day, as did Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. Mayor Berry and Lt. Governor John Sanchez were on hand to speak at the event.
The catered celebration included a photo booth and party gifts for guests and was worthy of the station's spectacular and historic 95 years serving the community. For a look at the remarkable history of this legendary radio station, including a congratulatory message from Mary Berner, President and CEO, Cumulus Media, VISIT HERE
[LISTEN] Joe Nolan Bids Farewell To WCBS-FM
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– For total business reasons, Joe Nolan is parting ways with his longtime cohort, Scott Shannon on WCBS-FM's Shannon in the Morning Show. As Nolan explained in detail on his Facebook page: "I work for a company called Total Traffic and Weather Network. It is a part of iHeart Radio. I do not work for CBS. I am also sure some of you already know that the business relationship between these two radio giants came to an end on March 31st. As a result of this parting of the ways and my contractual agreement, Friday (April 7) will be my last Shannon in the Morning Show. The good news, I still have a job! The really bad news is that I will no longer appear on CBS-FM.
Nolan announced that he'll soon be on another NYC radio station very soon. "Friday is by no means a happy day but at the same time it is not a sad day either. In these last three years, I have come to be very close with the people I work with. Much closer than ever before. We truly are very good friends and I consider all of them my “other” family. Everything that I have achieved in my career is because of Scott Shannon. I have been with him for just about 25 years (My son Conor’s whole life). -- There is a reason he is in just about every hall of fame there is. He is a giant!!!. PHOTO/Scott Shannon, John Elliot, Patty Steele & Nolan - LISTEN TO FAREWELL HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeff Lyon Joins Cumulus/Abilene As Vice President/Market Manager
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed veteran radio broadcasting professional Jeff Lyon as Vice President/Market Manager for its four-station group in Abilene, TX. Lyon joins Cumulus from Townsquare Media, where he was President/Chief Revenue Officer for its four stations in Victoria, TX, for 21 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President/General Manager for Sierra Industries, Inc. radio stations KSNM-FM and KXDC-FM in Las Cruces, NM.
“I’m very excited to be part of the Cumulus family and look forward to relocating to the Abilene area. It’s great to with a group committed to the industry and its future."
iHeart Launches 'On The Move' With Enrique Santos
To Anchor New English Language Hispanic Targeted CHR Weekend Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– HeartMedia announced ' On the Move with Enrique Santos, its hallmark English language Hispanic targeted content initiative that complements its already successful Spanish-language Hispanic offerings.
Today, 53 percent of the Hispanic population in the U.S. are primarily Spanish-language first households and 43 percent are primary English-language households, and iHeartMedia will now deliver to both at scale across broadcast and digital platforms. On the Move with Enrique Santos is the first English-language radio program to feature Hispanic broadcast powerhouse Enrique Santos, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino, iHeartMedia’s new Hispanic platform. On The Move With Enrique Santos will originate from Miami and debut the weekend of April 15 on more than 100 iHeartMedia stations nationwide
“The Hispanic culture plays a critically important role in America today, and we take great pride in serving that community as well as helping our advertisers reach such an important audience,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “The addition of this new English-language program adds a new dimension and immediate scale which no other outlet can match and is unique to iHeartMedia.” “I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with iHeartMedia to bring this exciting, first-of-its-kind,new program to audiences across the nation,” said Santos. PHOTO/Benhur II Multimedia Gallery
Full Lineup Announced For iHM's Daytime Village
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today the full lineup for its Daytime Village at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival. The Daytime Village Presented by Capital One will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 23 – between the two nights of the seventh annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 22 and 23. The main stage performance lineup for this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival will be announced later this summer. The 2017 Daytime Village will feature Halsey, Little Mix, Bleachers, Niall Horan, Bebe Rexha, Cheat Codes and previously announced performers Flume, French Montana, Noah Cyrus, Judah & The Lion, Kelsea Ballerini, Hey Violet and All Time Low.
“The Daytime Village Presented by Capital One at the iHeartRadio Music Festival has taken on a life of its own,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group. “It’s quickly become one of the most in demand performance slots of the weekend. Everyone from break out artists to festival veterans are excited to get on the bill.” The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.
RADIO 104.5 Philly's Annual Birthday Celebration To Offer Couple Chance To Be Married On Stage
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s Radio 104.5 is offering a local couple the chance to be married on stage during its 10th Annual Birthday Celebration on June 11. The wedding ceremony will be officiated by Reverend Mike Jones and the winning bride and groom will be serenaded by Andrew McMahon during their first dance. The couple will also be showered with gifts including a 5-star all-inclusive honeymoon at the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau. Radio 104.5’s 10th Birthday Celebration is a can’t-miss two-part event featuring the biggest names in Alternative Rock music. The first concert will be held on May 13 at the BB&T Pavilion and will include performances by Kings of Leon, Bastille, Empire of the Sun, The 1975, Fitz and the Tantrums and Rag‘n’Bone Man. The June 11 lineup will feature The Killers, Bleachers, Foster The People, Kaleo, Marian Hill and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
To be eligible to win the chance to be married at the Radio 104.5 10th Annual Birthday Celebration, couples must be over 21 and live within a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia.
NOVA Australia's Brad Leask Takes On 'Sidey' Mike Andersen In Sixth Annual 'Iron Imager Contest
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that Brad Leask (L), Network Imaging Producer, NOVA Entertainment, Victoria, Australia, has been chosen as the finalist in the sixth annual Iron Imager Contest, an international radio imaging contest where production professionals compete for the coveted title of World’s Best Imager. Leask will face off against fellow countryman and Iron Imager 2016 titleholder, Sideshow Mike Andersen (R), Triple M Imaging, Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney, Australia, in a head-to-head live competition on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Worldwide Radio Summit at the W Hollywood Hotel.
Leask and Andersen will demonstrate their world-class imaging skills by producing an original imaging piece for a format unannounced until the day of the competition. Contestants will use elements from one of Benztown’s 20 production libraries, voiceover talent roster, and an original script created by the Benztown team. The 2017 Iron Imager will be declared and presented at 10:55 a.m. on Friday, May 5, in the General Session Room. Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President, said, "Andy (Sannemann), CEO of Benztown, and I have always been impressed with how great radio is in Australia. It's amongst the most creative in the world. Sidey and Brad are both instrumental in the sound of their respective station groups and we’re honored to have them participate."
iHeart's 'Artist Stories Honored By Webby Awards
THE MOUTH APRIL 7TH, 2017 –– iHeart says its mission is to highlight our fans’ favorite artists, and to help them discover new music and rising stars. iHeartRadio’s Artist Stories in conjunction with State Farm is a popular video series that does just that. And guess what - it was just honored by the 21st Annual Webby Awards! The Webby Awards is the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet.
The iHeartRadio Artist Stories program was honored for the Best Film & Video - Unscripted (Branded) category - which means its exclusive interviews with artists like Cam, Charlie Puth, Damian Lillard, Andra Day and Prince Royce were at the top of more than 13,000 entries The Webby Awards received this year spanning 70 countries!
REPORT: Record Labels Could Yank Their Music Off Stations Under New Bill
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– Record labels would be able to yank their music off U.S. stations under federal legislation introduced on Wednesday reports USA Today. The bill was filed by U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa (R), R-California, and Ted Deutch, D-Florida. Current U.S. copyright law gives broadcast companies the right to play any song they like, but only music publishers and songwriters get paid. Record labels and artists have been pushing for years to have a performance royalty created for terrestrial radio, but last week, the Fair Play Fair Pay Act was reintroduced to create the performance royalty.
Issa and Deutch's bill gives record labels the right to decide whether the promotional value outweighs the fact they don't get paid. Internet radio and streaming companies like Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify pay record labels when their songs are used. The bill has been dubbed the PROMOTE Act, which stands for Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity To Earn Act. "The Act calls the bluff of both sides in the debate over performance rights," Issa said. "The terrestrial stations playing these works without compensating the artists argue that airtime provides exposure and promotional value, while the artists argue the status quo allows radio stations to profit on artists' performances without providing any due compensation. READ MORE HERE
Rolling Stone Launches Radio Station With Pandora To Compliment Its Publication
Aims To Provide A Soundtrack To Readers As They Flip Through The Magazine
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– Rolling Stone magazine Australia has partnered with Pandora to create monthly playlists, including audio messages and songs from featured artists reports mumbrella.com. The partnership aims to provide a soundtrack to readers as they flip through the magazine, hearing the songs of the artists seen on the pages.
The radio station ‘Rolling Stone Radio’ launched this week and will include artists from this month’s ‘Future Is Now’ section. Matt Coyte (L), publisher at Rolling Stone Australia, said: “We’ve had feedback from a lot of readers who have suggested it might be cool to have a soundtrack to the magazine, so they could listen to the music while they read the issue. “It’s great that Pandora have been so willing to work with us on creating a station that works with, or without, the magazine in front of you.” Rick Gleave, Pandora’s director of business development and partnerships, said: “Through this partnership we will continue providing music lovers a unique way to discover, enjoy and immerse themselves in the music they love thanks to one of the industry’s biggest influencers.”
Sarah Pepper Back In Houston's Morning Mix
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 – Former Hot 95.7 KKHH-FM/Houston host Sarah Pepper is back in the Morning Mix with Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly as the new morning show on Mix 96-5/KHMX-FM. The show will kick off next Monday, April 10, airing weekdays from 5:30 AM – 10:00 AM. “We have three unique and likeable personalities with creative perspectives and strong opinions. They represent every member of the KHMX audience; they are a dynamic team that will give our listeners a fresh and unique way to start their day,” said Chase Murphy, Programming Director, KHMX Mix 96-5.
Geoff joins the team from San Antonio’s KTKR and Lauren Kelly moves to mornings after hosting the afternoon show. “Being able to do mornings on a heritage station like Mix 96-5 is an amazing opportunity and I want to thank Sarah Frazier and Chase Murphy for such an exciting opportunity. Lauren is a talented woman, and after years of being friends and co-workers, I am thrilled to now call her my co-host.
Steve Dahl Returns To The Air After Hospital Stay
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– On his Facebook page, a relieved Steve Dahl writes: "Steve's new best friend is a bag of antibiotics and he's thrilled about it!" According to blogger Robert Feder, the iconic host returned to his afternoon show on Cumulus Media WLS AM 890 Wednesday more than a week after he landed in the hospital for treatment of a perforated colon.
Broadcasting from his home, Dahl said he was diagnosed with diverticulitis. “I’m on some kind of weird diet right now,” Dahl told listeners. “I really honestly am just so glad to not be in the hospital and not in pain. They can take away whatever they want from me in terms of eating. I can live with it.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Elevates Tournay Liggett To GSM/Music Stations Nashville
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-Nashville announces that it has promoted Lori Tournay Liggett as General Sales Manager of its Music stations including country stations WKDF and WSM-FM, in addition to WQQK. Liggett has more than 27 years’ experience in radio promotions, sales and management. She joined Cumulus Nashville in 2015 as General Sales Manager for WQQK. Prior to that, she was with CBS Detroit, where she was General Sales Manager for AMP (Top 40). Liggett also held positions with Crain’s Detroit Business and CBS Radio-Detroit’s WDZH (Smooth Jazz) and WWJ-AM (News Radio).
Liggett said: “I am honored to lead the WQQK, WSM-FM and WKDF sales team. Broadcast and digital media is constantly evolving, and Cumulus Nashville puts local client solutions, employee development and our communities at the forefront of everything we do. I look forward to continuing these efforts.” Cumulus’ radio properties in Nashville include: WWTN, WQQK, WKDF, WSM-FM, WGFX, and Titans Radio Network.
FORMATICS: Adams 'Hatches' KOOL Oldies In Salsbury
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– KOOL Oldies hatched on April 1st with a stellar promotion in partnership with the Salisbury Zoo. Adams Radio Group teamed up with the Salisbury Zoological Park to ru n a month long promotion leading up to KOOL Oldies making its debut on April 1st . A large egg of unknown origin was placed in an outdoor enclosure where zoo visitors could view the egg and then encouraged to go to the Zoo’s website and make a guess as to what was in the egg.
On April 1st, a curious crowd gathered to discover what was about to “ hatch.” The egg was opened to reveal a stuffed penguin and the announcement of the new KOOL Oldies station. The winner of the naming contest wins a 5,000 watt generator just in time for the warmer weather
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– Marquee artists bring the award-winning, Los Angeles-based Geffen Playhouse stage to audiences worldwide in a new podcast, Geffen Playhouse Unscripted, which debuts today on PodcastOne, the nation’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network. Geffen Playhouse Unscripted delivers the untapped, unscripted side of its world-renowned hub for theater and culture, providing unprecedented access to the most compelling creative voices of today, along with exclusive, behind-the-scenes audio tours of its widely-acclaimed productions. Former Newsweek and Los Angeles Times journalist and KPCC radio host John Horn pulls back the curtain for these unscripted interviews that explore the art and craft of live storytelling, the creative process, professional milestones, personal challenges, timely topics and more. He kicks off the series with an interview with The Office’s Rainn Wilson, while upcoming guests include magician David Copperfield, celebrated playwright and Geffen alum Neil LaBute, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor, actress and music artist Rita Wilson, Two Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs, This is Us’ Ron Cephas Jones and more. The series is available now, with new episodes every Wednesday at GeffenPlayhouse.org, PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. “Geffen Playhouse is thrilled to join PodcastOne and some
Maney, Roy & LauRen Show Hunting For Producer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2017 –– The #1 rated morning show in Charlotte is searching for their next producer. The Maney Roy & LauRen Show on Kiss 95.1 says goodbye to VICTORIA ROSA as she leaves to do afternoons on KRRQ. "When we found Victoria she had a open mind and a lot of drive" says Maney. According to Roy, The departure from WNKS is bittersweet. "She's been with us since the beginning, she quickly became family to us. So it's hard for us to see her go, but we're excited for her new adventure"
LauRen says the job search is now on! "The new producer has huge shoes to fill. Victoria helped us get to number 1 and now we're looking for a producer to help keep us there. Applicants should send their packages to firstname.lastname@example.org
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