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Sumner Redstone Suing Ex-Companions To Reclaim $150M In Gifts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, Sumner Redstone's legal team says Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland manipulated and emotionally abused Redstone to get what they wanted, reports The Hollywood Reporter. He's seeking to reclaim $150 million in gifts he had given them. "They manipulated and emotionally abused Redstone to get what they wanted — jewelry, designer clothing, real estate in Beverly Hills, New York, and Paris, and money, lots of it," writes attorney Robert Klieger. "By the time Redstone threw Herzer and Holland out of his home, and out of his life, last fall, they had taken him for more than $150 million and left him in debt on account of the immense tax obligations triggered by those 'gifts.'" This suit claims the women took advantage of the 93-yr. old Redstone, using their feminine wiles to "commandeer" his life. "Herzer and Holland took far more than Redstone's money," writes Klieger. "They took five of his last years of his life. They took time away from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They took his pride and his dignity." Redstone is suing for elder abuse, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress — and at least $150 million in damages."
Herzer's attorney Ronald Richards sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement on Tuesday: "The lawsuit has no merit whatsoever. ... All of the gifts Mr. Redstone made to my client and to Sydney Holland were made with his full knowledge and blessing." Richards says Redstone has given numerous other women millions in gifts and property over the years and this "frivolous lawsuit" is nothing more than Shari Redstone continuing to manipulate her father. READ FULL STORY HERE
PROGRAMMING: Buzz Knight Appointed VP/Programming For Beasley Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– Following yesterday's announcement of Justin Chase being elevated to EVP/Programming for Beasley Media Group, Inc., the company named Buzz Knight as Vice President of Programming. This would be contingent upon completion of Beasley's acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media, Inc. Buzz has served as Senior Vice President, Program Development for Greater Media. Buzz succeeds Justin Chase who rises from the post to Executive Vice President
“I’ve long admired the great leadership of Justin Chase in his role with Beasley and I look forward to being a part of the Beasley team.” Said Buzz. “ I am honored to follow Justin into this position and I’m incredibly excited to begin a new chapter with Beasley Broadcast Group as the company expands their portfolio of stations with the Greater Media acquisition.” “Buzz has been in the leadership role at some of the Country’s most successful an d respected brands in radio and I’m delighted that Beasley will have the benefit of his experience and talent, ” said EVP of Programming Justin Chase. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Buzz well over the last couple years, as we serve together on se veral industry related committees and initiatives, and I found him to be incredibly strategic and well suited for the Beasley company culture.”
REPORT: 94.1 WIP To Add Ike Reese & Chris Carlin To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 20916 –– While no official word yet from CBS Radio, 94.1 WIP appears to have its next afternoon show in place report philly.com. It will be hosted by former Eagle Ike Reese (left) and former SportsNet New York host Chris Carlin (R). The New York Daily News' Bob Raissman confirmed the move saying Carlin’s last day on SNY’s Loud Mouths, a show he has co-hosted since 2008, would likely be Nov. 4.
WIP would not confirm or deny that Carlin would be joining Ike Reese, the ex-Eagles linebacker and former midday host who already made his move to afternoons earlier this week. In addition to his duties at SNY, Carlin also does-play-by-play for Rutgers football. He was recently replaced as a radio voice of Rutgers basketball by WFAN’s Jerry Recco. Earlier this week, the station launched its new midday show, hosted by former 97.5 The Fanatic host Joe DeCamara and ex-Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie. The Fanatic has yet to announce a replacement for DeCamara, who hosted a show during the 6 to 10 p.m. hour. Former Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski contines to host his weekly show, which he formerly co-hosted with DeCamara, Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
[WATCH] 'Get Out Of The 'F**king Road;' Angry Driver Knocks Host Off Bike During Charity Ride
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 – "He hit the gas, hit me from behind … threw me off my bike," said KOGO San Diego's Bob "Sully" Sullivan to ABC10. Sullivan was participating in the annual Challenged Athletes Foundation's 620-mile Million Dollar Challenge with his riding partner Eric Northbrook. As they came into the home stretch, Norbrook said, "There was a guy on the horn .. excessively on the horn." A man driving a red Ford Ranger was stuck behind a support van that was escorting Sullivan and Northbrook. The van had signs on the back, said Sullivan. "'Caution,' 'Cyclist Ahead'; lights are flashing, the whole thing," he said. However, the man still blared his horn at the cyclists.
Sullivan went back and explained to the driver that Northbrook is a paraplegic and can't go that fast because he hand-peddles his bike. "'We've gone 590 miles, give me 90 seconds, I'll have him up and over this grade, you can be on your way,'" Sullivan said he told the man. "Completely agitated, he says to me, 'I don't care if it's f-ing God up there. Get out of the f-ing road.'" Sullivan said that's when he stopped talking to the man and got back on his bike. The truck's driver accelerated and hit Sullivan's bike, causing him to fall to the roadway. Sullivan sustained several injuries. WATCH REPORT HERE
Radio Host Suspended After Making Joke About Theme Park Tragedy That Killed Four People
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– A Tasmanian radio host has been suspended after making a shocking joke about the Dreamworld tragedy during her show reports couriermail.com. Anna Dare (shown above), who co-hosts the 7HOFM breakfast show with Mick Newell, referenced the theme park incident in which four people were killed during a Secret Sound segment. “I really don’t like it,” Dare said after hearing the sound that listeners had to guess in order to win $140, “it’s violent sounding”. “It’s not getting stuck in a conveyor belt at a theme park is it? Too soon?”
Dare was taken off air shortly after making the comment and has been suspended by 7HOFM and its parent company, Grant Broadcasters. “The announcer’s remark demonstrated a serious lapse in judgement and we sincerely apologise to our listeners, the broader community and everyone affected by this week’s terrible tragedy,” the CEO of Grant Broadcasters, Grant Cameron, said in a statement. Dare will now undergo counseling and training as a result of the incident and a decision will be made at a later date about when she might return to the airwaves. All references to the Mick and Anna show have been removed from the station’s website. Mick Newell has been hosting the 7HOFM breakfast show for more than three years but was only joined by Anna Dare in January this year. Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozbeh Araghi were killed alongside 42-year-old Cindy Low when the ride malfunctioned on Tuesday.
iHeartRadio, IBM Watson And GM To Pioneer Next Generation Of Radio & Music Streaming In-Dash
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– General Motors and IBM announced a partnership to bring the power of OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform. Starting in early 2017, OnStar is expected to give millions of GM drivers the ability to connect and interact with their favorite brands. The platform will deliver personalized content through the dashboard and other digital channels supported by the OnStar Go ecosystem to make the most of time spent in the car. These experiences could include avoiding traffic when you’re low on fuel, then activating a fuel pump and paying from the dash; ordering a cup of coffee on the go; or getting news and in-vehicle entertainment tailored to your personality and location in real time.
“On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car* and are looking for ways to optimize their time,” said Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy. “By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive.” These capabilities will be available in more than two million 4G LTE connected vehicles and millions of GM vehicle brand app-enabled mobile devices in the U.S. by the end of 2017. Global leader Paul Papas says, “Simply put, OnStar Go with IBM Watson transforms time wasted in the car into time well spent.” ExxonMobil, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Mastercard and Parkopedia are the first brands to join the platform.
PODCAST: CBS & Simon & Schuster Announce 'The Paper Donkey' Podcast
To Feature Conversations Between Writers And Editors About Their Work
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio and Simon & Schuster today announced “The Paper Donkey Podcast,” a conversation between writers and editors about their work, hosted on the Play.it network. The 45-minute long show will be released every other Wednesday via Play.it/PaperDonkey and iTunes, beginning this week.
This is the second podcast created by CBS RADIO’s Play.it in collaboration with Simon & Schuster. “The Paper Donkey Podcast” puts contemporary authors in conversation with their editors, moderated by host Victoria Taylor, to discuss writing, publishing and more. “The Paper Donkey Podcast” also provides a unique opportunity to peek behind the curtain of literary relationships—an inside look into the editorial process. Besides hosting “The Paper Donkey Podcast,” Victoria has also hosted the series “innoVaTe” for Vermont PBS. Victoria is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is based out of New York City.
Vanilla Gorilla Custom Imaging Services Now Available For Barter
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– Vanilla Gorilla Productions announced that it is now making its imaging, production and voice talent services available to stations for barter through Benztown, in addition to cash. Vanilla Gorilla serves stations of all formats and market sizes with the highest quality audio imaging that delivers a signature sound for its station brands.
Rich Witt, General Manager, Vanilla Gorilla said: “There’s no monkey business. After many inquiries, we are very pleased for the opportunity to offer Vanilla Gorilla Productions on a barter basis. It’s the signature Vanilla Gorilla sound at a price, and a new way of payment, that is sure to make GM’s smile.” For more information, visit www.vanillagorilla.com or call Rich Witt at 281.277.7878. About Vanilla Gorilla Productions
93.7 The Bull Presents 5th Annual Santa Jam
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2016 –– 93.7 The Bull personalities Mason and Remy announced on-air the return of the fifth a nnual Santa Jam, an acoustic holiday concert on December 1. The event will also kick off the seventh annual Boatload of Toys , a toy collection drive for Youth In Need, a nonprofit child and family services agency dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s children, teens and families in need.
Santa Jam will take place at The Peabody Opera House in Saint Louis and will feature Country recording artists William Michael Morgan, Jana Kramer and Josh Turner. 93.7 The Bull ’s air personalities will host the show and will encourage attendees to donate toys for the Boatload of Toys drive, which will take place Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.
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Warrant Issued For Fourth Suspect In Radio Host's Murder; Autopsy Showed Death From Blunt Force
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– Police have now issued a warrant for a fourth suspect in brutal murder of Terre Haute radio host Matt Luecking (inset) reports The Tribune Star. Yesterday, Terre Haute police arrested John Edward Collins, 24 (bottom left), of Terre Haute; his girlfriend, Kathleen Featherstone, 25 (bottom right), also of Terre Haute; and their friend, Benjamin Selig, 28 (bottom center), of Rockville. This latest warrant was issued for 47-year-old Donald Featherstone, who was hospitalized in Illinois on Tuesday evening, police said. Upon his release, he will be transported to a local jail for extradition to Vigo County, authorities said. Both Collins and Kathleen Featherstone face preliminary charges of murder, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Collins also faces a charge of auto theft. Selig faces a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal. They are scheduled to be arraigned on formal charges Friday in Vigo Superior Court 6. An autopsy showed Luecking died of that blunt force trauma, said Vigo County Coroner Susan Amos, who ruled the death a homicide.
Police were tipped Monday to the location of two male suspects when they reportedly tried to use Luecking's bank card and ID at the Walmart store. A loss-prevention officer at the store gave police a license plate number that led officers to Selig's home in Rockville, where police said they saw Collins and Selig loading belongings into Luecking's car. Terre Haute detectives and Parke County deputies promptly arrested the two men. Collins admitted to police he took Luecking's wallet and car keys, then picked up a heavy object and struck Luecking in the head several times, according to an affidavit.
Colleagues, friends are still in shock over Luecking's death. “He made sure he made the most of every moment of each and every day,” said Eric Michaels, program director for sister stations HI-99 and B 92.7. B 92.7.
Taylor Swift's 'Sealed' Groping Photo' Leaked Says Report
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– Just days after a judge ruled in favor of sealing a photo deemed "extremely personal and sensitive' from Taylor Swift''s lawsuit against former Denver morning host David Mueller, RadarOnline.com claims to have seen the image. Taylor had argued that "the interest in a fair and impartial trial outweigh any public interest in access to the documents identified above" and that the pic would "be shared for scandalous and prurient interests." The judge agreed and sealed the photo.
Taylor also asked to restrict access to other evidence, but the judge denied the request. In her July 26 deposition, Taylor described incident, "Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my (a)ss cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life." She added that the groping left her feeling "frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before."
PROGRAMMING: Justin Chase Rises To EVP Programming For Beasley
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group has promoted Justin Chase to Executive Vice President of Programming . Justin served as Vice President of Programming since 2013, after four years of service as Operations Manager for Beasley Media Group’s radio stations in Las Vegas .
“When I joined Beasley in 2009 as a Program Director in Las Vegas, I never imagined that I would have been given the opportunity to serve this great company at this level,” noted Justin. “Every day, I get to learn and work with some of the finest Program Directors in the industry and the amazing leadership team at the corporate office. I want to sincerely thank Caroline Beasley, Bruce Beasley, Brian Beasley and of course, our founder George Beasley for their confidence in me to lead the programming strategy of this growing company.”
“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to announce Justin’s promotion. He has a proven track record of strategically creating and evolving the direction of our products ," said Interim CEO Caroline Beasley. “We will continue to benefit from Justin's commitment to excellence in content, as Beasley expands our reach and influence."
CBS Moves Traffic Reporting To Radiate Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO has chosen Radiate Media as its new broadcast content traffic partner, effective April 1, 2017. Radiate Media will supply CBS RADIO with customized traffic data for its over-the-air radio stations, operating in 26 markets throughout the U.S., as well as on corresponding station websites. Additionally, Radiate Media will sell sponsorships within traffic reports to national network advertisers while CBS RADIO will continue to sell sponsorships to local and regional advertisers.
“We are excited to work with Radiate Media to deliver superior traffic reports to our local listeners who rely on our stations for timely updates and alerts,” said Scott Herman, COO, CBS RADIO. “The new arrangement allows for Radiate to better serve national network advertisers, while giving CBS RADIO maximum flexibility to deliver unique marketing opportunities to our local and multi-market partners.” Added Ivan Shulman, President, Radiate Media, “Radiate has proven that an independent, non-radio group can and does provide an excellent alternative for our radio partners. We look forward to working with Andre Fernandez, Scott, and the entire CBS RADIO team.”
Todd O’Neill Winner Of 2016 Nash Competition
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– NASH Next 2016 Challenge artist development competition named singer Todd O’Neill from Hammond, LA, the grand prize winner. The final competition event took place at Mercy Lounge in Nashville with live performances from the Top 10 national finalists and a special performance from Trent Harmon, Season 15 Winner of FOX’s American Idol. The finals event showcased up-and-coming country talent discovered through this one-of-a-kind national grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music sponsored nationally by Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM.
Todd O’Neill will receive national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations, a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and will have an original song produced by Jay DeMarcus, one third of supergroup Rascal Flatts. As a surprise addition to the grand prize package, Country Inns & Suites presented Todd O’Neill with a cash prize of $5,000. PHOTO/Scott Borchetta (L), Founder, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, flanks NASH Next 2016 Challenge winner, Country singer Todd O'Neill, with Mike McVay (R), SVP, Content and Programming, Cumulus Media
WOR To Replay Game 7 Of 1986 World Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– The New York Mets’ radio flagship, 710 WOR-AM/New York, announced that, it will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The special presentation will air tomorrow, October 27, and begin at 6:00pm ET with a 60-minute pre-show hosted by WOR’s “Sports Zone” host Pete McCarthy, with contributions from Mets broadcasters Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, and Wayne Randazzo.
The show will feature interviews with members of the 1986 Mets “Dream Team” Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, and Jesse Orosco, as well as Gary Thorne, who along with Bob Murphy did the play-by-play for the 1986 radio broadcast. Then at 7:00pm ET, WOR will unlock the vaults to let listeners relive the night when the Mets rocked the Sox to become the World Series champions. After a special introduction from the current voice of the Mets, Howie Rose, listeners will be treated to every call from the late, great Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne…just as they were heard exactly 30 years ago.
Garabedian Leaving As Host Of 'Open House Party'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– While no official word yet from United Stations, John Garabedian has announced he will be leaving the nationally syndicated "Open House Party" as host at the end of this year. “When I sold 'Open House Party' to United Stations four years ago, they required me to host for four more years. That expires at midnight on New Years Eve," says Garabedian. First launched on KISS 108/Boston in 1987, OHP has since spread to nearly every major market in the U.S. and Canada.
United Stations Andy Denemark tells Jockline he and Garbedian talked recently and joked "that after 25 year he probably needed a weekend off, or two." If you'd like to throw your name in the hat, reach Denemark HERE. Garabedian has just released his memoir, “The Harmony of Parts,” available on Amazon.
NETWORKS: Skratch N Sniff Signs On Nameless Ghoul From The Band Ghost To Guest Host Halloween Ghost Mix
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– Radio's top rock remix show is keeping with their Halloween tradition of having some of rock's biggest artists co-host their Halloween Mix. This 2 hour show features all the best Halloween songs and remixes. This commercial free mix is free to air for any non-competitive stations, interested programmers can get a download link by contacting Doug Ingold at Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8746 or email email@example.com SKRATCH N SNIFF is a 2 hour weekly mix show heard on 55+ stations with both an Alternative and an Active Rock Mix available HERE
Top Stars Perform At 'We Can Survive Concert'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 –– On Saturday, Oct. 22, artists came together to perform in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at CBS RADIO’s We Can Survive at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. In a special concert, headliner Bruno Mars rocked the house along with fun-filled performances by Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Pitbull. As a special treat, the Backstreet Boys came out to surprise the crowd – it was the first time the boy band has ever performed at the Hollywood Bowl.
L-R: Michael Martin, SVP, Programming and Music Initiatives and PD, KMVQ-FM and KLLC-FM; Kevin Weatherly, SVP, Programming and PD of KROQ-FM, KAMP-FM, and KCBS-FM; Fernandez; Oliviero; and Erik Bradley, APD and Music Director, WBBM-FM pose with Pitbull at CBS RADIO’s fourth annual “We Can Survive” on Oct. 22 at the Hollywood Bowl, benefiting the Young Survival Coalition.
Missing Rihanna Backup Singer Found Safe; Gaga Performs At AMA
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[WATCH] Police Arrest Three In Murder Of Terre Haute Radio Host; 'Additional Arrests Possible'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– Police have now arrested three people in connection with the death of WFNB-FM/Terre Haute afternoon host Matt Luecking (L). According WIBQ, Around 11 a.m. Following a call on Monday, Police found the body of Matt Luecking in a bedroom of his apartment. Officers were later informed that two males had used the Luecking’s credit card and identification to charge purchases at a Walmart after employees became suspicious when one of the males appeared to be looking at the identification in order to sign for the charge. When confronted, the two males fled the store leaving behind the bank card and identification belonging Luecking
Store employees obtained the license plate number and provided it to police along security video. Officers traced the plates and later found the suspects loading bags containing personal items into Luecking car. Police arrested 24 year old John Collins (L) of Terre Haute on a preliminary charge of murder. They later arrested 28 year old Benjamin J. Selig (C) on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal. Officers have also arrested 25 year old Kathleen E. Featherstone of Terre Haute on Felony Murder, Robbery, and Burglary charges. The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
The Tribstar reports other stations Luecking has worked at included WZPL-FM 99.5 in Indianapolis, WCBH-FM 104.3 in Casey, Illinois; WMGI-FM 100.7 in Terre Haute and WBOW-FM in Terre Haute. "Radio is something that has always been in my blood," Luecking wrote in a B92.7 online biography. "When I was a kid, I used to listen to the radio each night doing the hottest-song countdowns along with my favorite local DJs.."Luecking was an afternoon host for WFNB-FM B92.7. WATCH HERE
[LISTEN] Another Trump Radio Interview Goes Viral After Mocking Woman Accuser
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump took on an adult film star during a Monday radio interview who claimed he groped her. The actress, Jessica Drake, said that Trump kissed her and two of her friends without permission. She also claimed that he later offered her $10,000 for (s)ex. While calling into New Hampshire's Jack Heath show on WGIR, rawstory.com reports that Trump lashed out at Drake saying, “These are stories that are made up, it’s total fiction,”
Trump told Heath. “You’ll find out that in the years to come, these women that stood up, it’s all fiction. They were made up. I don’t know these women.” “It’s not my thing to do what they say. I don’t do that,” he continued. “I don’t grab them — as they say — on the arm. One said, ‘He grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star! This one that came out recently, ‘He grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.'” Trump added sarcastically: “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.” “This are lies,” he insisted. “These are fabricated stories, have no truth to them whatsoever. And it will come out in the future. You watch.” LISTEN HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS Names Brian McHale SVP/Information Technology; Lisa Sonnenklar Tapped As COO For Connoisseur's Integrated Solutions
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 20916 –– CBS RADIO has named Brian McHale (L) as Senior Vice President, Information Technology. He will be based at the Company’s New York City headquarters, and report to Andre Fernandez, CBS RADIO’s President. Most recently, McHale served as the SVP and Chief Information Officer of American Apparel Inc., where he rebuilt the entire IT organization from the ground up. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Journal Broadcast Group. Before Journal McHale served as the VP of Technology for Fisher Communications. Earlier in his career, McHale held various senior level IT positions with Mobile500 Alliance, DIRECTV Sports Networks, Starz Entertainment, Discovery Communications, and Verizon Communications.
--Connoisseur Media has appointed Lisa Sonnenklar as COO of Connoisseur's Integrated Solutions. Sonnenklar, who formerly served as CEO of the rep firm McGavren-Guild said, "Connoisseur has a unique culture and phenomenal properties. I am really excited to help innovative companies benefit from this platform." "Using our potent mix of radio, digital and event marketing assets, we have been able to get tremendous ROI and visibility for many of our clients. We are now putting even more firepower into these efforts," added Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey D. Warshaw.
Armstrong & Getty Mobilize Listeners Help To Forgive Debts Of Thousands Of California Soldiers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– Syndicated morning radio team Armstrong & Getty are mobilizing their listeners to help veterans by signing a WhiteHouse.gov petition to force our government to forgive the debts of the thousands of California soldiers who are being forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they went to war. Listeners can access the petition through ArmstrongandGettyRadio.com and Armstrong & Getty’s Facebook page
The Los Angeles Times reported that over 9,700 National Guard combat veterans, many of whom have served multiple combat tours, are being forced to pay back their re-enlistment bonuses. In addition, soldiers and veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan must repay bonuses of $15,000 or more that they were given to re-enlist at a time when the Pentagon was short of combat troops. A Pentagon investigation says the California National Guard paid bonuses to troops who weren't eligible, in their haste to fill enlistment quotas. "We are outraged. Our listeners are outraged,” said Jack Armstrong, co-host of Armstrong & Getty. “We are going to get something done about this. The United States cannot mistreat our veterans like this." Co-host Joe Getty added, "It's time that the bureaucrats and politicians honor our promises to our vets and honor the will of the people. And it's absolutely indisputable that these vets not get screwed."
SYNDICATION: Brooke & Jubal Take Mornings At WSHE Chicago; WE 96.3 Portland Adds Cochino To Nights
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– WSHE-FM/The New SHE 100.3 announced today the addition of Brooke & Jubal to the station’s weekday morning lineup. The top-rated show will debut November 14, 2016 and air Monday through Friday from 6 – 9 a.m. CT. “I’ve been a Brooke and Jubal fan since I first heard them last year on a trip to the Northwest,” said WSHE-FM Program Director Cat Thomas. “They’re entertaining, funny, smart, and addicting. Brooke & Jubal is syndicated by Premiere Networks in a partnership with Hubbard Radio.
Beginning this week, Tino Cochino will air weeknights, 7PM-10PM on WE 96.3 (KWEE) Portland., Program Director, Chris Stewart said, “Tino Cochino brings talent, creativity, passion and entertainment every time he cracks the mic. WE think his brand is a perfect fit for Portland.”
"I can't even begin to describe the excitement our entire TCR team is experiencing right now. The WE brand is a fresh face in what's becoming a diluted radio scene. From programming to the on-air line up, I'm humbled and ready to dominate the city! Thank you to Alpha Media and everyone involved,” remarked Tino.
ESPN Offer On-Site Coverage Of 2016 World Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– ESPN will provide comprehensive on-site coverage from the 112th Major League Baseball World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, beginning with Game 1 from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, today, Tuesday, Oct. 25. ESPN Radio, the exclusive national radio home of the MLB Postseason, will broadcast every pitch from the Fall Classic for the 19th consecutive season. Play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman and analyst Aaron Boone, following their first full season together in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth, will provide commentary on ESPN Radio throughout the World Series for the third year. There will be a one-hour pre-game show leading in to each World Series game beginning at 7 p.m. ET. on ESPN Radio.
Reporter Chris Singleton will provide pre-game and post-game analysis and interviews. The World Series is also available on ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, Sirius XM Channel 80, Slacker Radio, Apple Music and TuneIn.
NETWORKS: The Weather Channel Moves To Adlarge
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– AdLarge Media has signed The Weather Channel to an exclusive network radio ad sales agreement, bringing another prominent marquee brand to its expanding roster of partners. As part of thearrangement, The Weather Channel radio network will joinThe AdLarge ROI Network. The Weather Channel’s highly regarded weather services are utilized by more than 100 radio stations nationwide, including most of the Top 10 markets. AdLarge’s co-founders first worked with The Weather Channel radio network when it launched in the ‘90s.
“We are delighted to reunite with the team at The Weather Channel radio network and to welcome them to an AdLarge partnership,” stated Gary Schonfeld, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media. The Weather Channel provides up-to-the-minute forecasts for radio stations in every format. Basic services include local market forecasts and real-time alerts. Custom live and recorded forecasts from The Weather Channel’s meteorologists are also available, along with live severe weather analysis.
Star 94 Atlanta's Jeff Dauler Marries Callie Riggs; Co-Host Jenn Hobby Serves As Groomswoman
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2016 –– Radio personality and comedian Jeff Dauler, of The Jeff & Jenn Show on Atlanta's Star 94.1, married Callie Riggs on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in a 5 o’clock ceremony at American Spirit Works in Atlanta, Ga. Jeff’s cohost Jenn Hobby served as a groomswoman and his good friend Ed Roland of Collective Soul was one of his groomsmen.
As a surprise to Callie and her 8 bridesmaids, Jeff arranged for Bosley’s Place, a local orphanage for underage puppies, to bring in 9 pups—one for each of the ladies—for a quick visit before Callie walked down the aisle. “Callie and I are huge dog lovers and have rescued three between us,” says Jeff. “I wanted a way to make some of the wedding stress go away for Callie for at least a few minutes. What better way than to snuggle with a puppy!” Callie, who works at CNN and previously was in artist management at Red Light Management, is seen above with her bridesmaids cuddling their pups!
Rock 100.5 Atlanta Announces Gender Of Co-Host Baby Involving Family Members And Glory Hole
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 20126 –– On Monday morning, Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Bailey and Southside announced the gender of co-host Southside Steve Rickman’s baby involving family members and a glory hole. Southside is an Atlanta radio legend known for his promiscuity. The 51 year old long time bachelor married Amanda Bakalar just two years ago, and made the pregnancy announcement earlier this month. Host Jason Bailey was the only person with the baby gender results. Bailey came up with a peculiar way to deliver the news to not only Southside Steve, but also his wife Amanda, mother Helen, and mother-in-law Nancy.
Steve and the three women were in-studio Monday morning to finally find out the gender of the baby. The reveal would happen by blindfolding each of the family members and putting them on their knees in front of the “Glory Hole of Mystery”. Then three different food items were fed to them through the glory hole which were each clues to what was the baby’s gender. The three items were blueberries, beef jerky, and Sunny Delight drink. After everyone took a guess at whether it was a boy or a girl, Steve and Amanda opened the envelope to reveal the gender. The results were a healthy baby boy for Southside Steve and Amanda. The entire family is ecstatic. The whole ordeal was streamed live via Facebook. WATCH HERE
60'S Pop Idol Bobby Vee Passes ; Arnold Wishes He Were Running
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AT&T Reaches Deal To Buy Time-Warner For $85.4 Billion; CNN, HBO, WB Among Properties
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– AT&T has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion reports The Wall Street Journal. The wireless carrier agreed to pay $107.50 a share, evenly split between cash and stock. The companies said they expect the deal to close by the end of 2017. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson (L) would head the new company. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes (R) would stay for an interim period following the close of the deal to help with the transition. The combined business would pair the carrier’s millions of wireless and pay-television subscribers with Time Warner’s deep media lineup, which includes networks such as CNN, TNT, the prized HBO channel and Warner Bros. film and TV studio. “Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen,” Mr. Stephenson, 56 years old, said in a release.
On a conference call Saturday night, Stephenson played down any regulatory roadblocks saying, "Any concerns by the regulators we believe would be adequately addressed by conditions,” he said.
Bewkes said a big difference from the AOL days is that distribution has become even more central to giving consumers what they demand from media—more flexibility in the packages they can buy, and the platforms they can accesses content from. “There’s more video going on mobile,” Mr. Bewkes said.
Judge Seals 'Sensitive Photo' Of Taylor Swift, Groping Lawsuit; Allows Access To Court Docs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– As a follow-up to last week's story (JL 10/20), Taylor Swift has earned a small victory in her lawsuit against former KYGO/Denver host David Mueller. A Colorado judge ruled in favor of Swift on Friday, agreeing to keep a photo of Mueller, aka Jackson, allegedly groping her at a 2013 concert from the public until the case goes to trial. Swift's attorneys filed a motion last week requesting to seal hundreds of pages of court documents, as well as the photograph that allegedly depicts groping, arguing that the photo was inappropriate for public consumption. "It is all but assured that the photograph will be shared for scandalous and prurient interests, reasons that have nothing to do with the public's interest in the Court's decision making," Swift's attorneys stated in court documents reports etonline.com. While the motion to seal the photograph has been granted, the judge did not rule in favor of restricting access to all of the court documents requested by Swift's attorneys -- as well as the documents requested by Mueller's side.
According to records obtained by Billboard, her depositon stated: "Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my (a)ss cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional; I've never been so sure of anything in my life. I remember being frantic, distressed, [and] feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before. A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you're supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned. PHOTO/a katz-Shutterstock
Stars Gather At Howard University To Honor Radio One Founder And Chairperson Cathy Hughes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– Howard University honored Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., with the unveiling of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. During an exclusive, star-studded extravaganza, the prestigious university commemorated her lifetime commitment to excellence. University and public officials Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University; Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD 7th District); Gracie Lawson-Borders, Ph.D., Dean of Cathy Hughes School of Communications; Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD 8th District); and Rev. Al Sharpton recognized Hughes for blazing the path for African Americans in the media and communications industry.
"Becoming the namesake for Howard University's School of Communications and having my life's work celebrated – it's like a dream!" said Hughes. Hosted by Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) shown with Debbie Allen (R), along with narration from radio host and film director Russ Parr (L), the three-hour celebration featured keynote speeches and performances from a variety of award-winning and notable entertainers.
In response to Howard University's Sunday ceremony announcing the new Cathy Hughes School of Communications, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “The naming of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University is a testament to the pioneering spirit and remarkable career of a media giant -- we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.”
PHOTO/ L-R: Dean of Cathy Hughes School of Communications Gracie Lawson-Borders, Ph. D, Radio One, Inc. CEO and President Alfred C. Liggins, III, Radio One, Inc. Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes and Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications unveiling ceremony at Howard University
More Radio Shows You'll Be Able To See On TV
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– CLTV Chicago will soon join the growing list of TV outlets who will bring radio to TV as it will simulcast WGN's Steve Cochran Roe Conn shows reports robertfeder.com. Starting November 28, the 9 a.m. hour of Steve Cochran’s morning show and the 3 p.m. hour of Roe Conn’s afternoon show will air live on CLTV. If all goes as planned, says Feder, the arrangement could be expanded beyond the two hours each weekday.
Feder says, "Cameras in WGN’s Tribune Tower studios already have been used to simulcast four Sunday afternoon Chicago Bears post-game shows on CLTV this season. Worth noting, Feder adds that Pete McMurray, who just left his post WDRV FM 97.1 Chicago, turned up this week as a guest on Steve Cochran’s WGN morning show.
Radio Should Be Recruiting Future Talent In High Schools Says Dick Taylor
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– I’ve had the opportunity to work with college students looking for a career in radio, blogs Dick Taylor, prof. of Journalism &Broadcasting at WKU. He says, "It’s made me think about my own radio career and college education. Let me share with you some observations. Recruit in High School Most of the people I know who got into radio did what I did, built a radio station in their parent’s home and began broadcasting to their neighborhood. I did that in the 7th grade; junior high school. By the time I was in the 10th grade in high school I had earned my 3rd Class Radiotelephone Operators License, Broadcast Endorsed from the Federal Communications Commission, got my work permit from my state government and was working weekends at one of my local commercial radio stations.
Students today are more advanced than I was when I was their age, yet the broadcasting industry doesn’t start recruiting these days until young people are getting ready to graduate college. Why? Bachelor’s Degrees So many radio jobs I post on my “Sales Jobs Board” require a bachelor’s degree. Why? My entire radio career I had a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and not one broadcasting company I worked for ever asked me about them -- I’m not saying a college education isn’t important; it broadens you in ways that don’t pay an immediate return on your investment.
If you want to find radio talent you should be in the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools of your community. I really believe you can’t start too young in cultivating the radio talent you will need in the future. But waiting until our youth graduate college is simply too late. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
Leonardo DiCaprio To Star As 'Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll, Sun Label's Legendary Sam Phillips
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– Fresh off winning his first Oscar for 'The Revenant', Leonardo DiCaprio has signed to produce and star in a biopic about Sam Phillips, founder Sun Records. TheWrap reports, the film will be an adaptation of the book: "The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll," the rights to which were recently acquired by Paramount Pictures. While some debate whether or not Phillips actually invented Rock 'N' Roll, his list of discoveries were nothing short of amazing. They included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.
The film will be developed by DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce along with author Peter Guralnick, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, and Rick Yorn. The company, Appian Way, currently has several projects in development with Paramount, including the highly anticipated adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City and a freakin’ Captain Planet movie.
Curt Schilling To Host Radio Show On Breitbart Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– Breitbart News announced today that Curt Schilling will be joining for a new radio online show, which will air from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern Time at Breitbart.com. “I am joining the Breitbart Team for one reason,” he said. “At the end of the day, when you look at what Breitbart does on a day-in-day-out basis — you can hate all the stories all you want — but, they are backed by sources. They are backed by data. They are backed by facts.” Schilling said, as he joins the team, he is personally overwhelmed by the legend and vision of Andrew Breitbart, the news organization’s late founder.
The show marks Schilling’s return to media six months after ESPN fired him for sharing an anti-transgender Facebook post with a message. "He’s a really talented broadcaster,” Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said. Schilling’s jump to Breitbart will give him a national platform as he prepares to challenge Elizabeth Warren for her Senate seat in 2018." PHOTO/CNN Screengrab
Backstreet Boys Perform During iHeart Masters Of Marketing Conference Dinner Party
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016 –– Among the featured performances during the ANA Masters of Marketing Conference iHeart dinner party included the Backstreet Boys. They joined Bob Pittman, Chairman & CEO of iHeartMedia and Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia, and others in attendance. Photo credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.
CONDOLENCES: Legendary Chicago Radio Host Herb 'The Cool Gent' Kent, Passes Away
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2016– Known as “The Cool Gent,” “King of the Dusties” and the “Mayor of Bronzeville, Chicago radio legend Herb Kent, the longest-running DJ in the history of radio and a fixture on local airwaves for more than 70 years, died Saturday reports The Chicago Tribune. Kent's death was announced Sunday by executives at V103, where Kent worked for the past three decades. Kent did his final radio broadcast Saturday morning.
Kent, alongside Franklin McCarthy, E. Rodney Jones, Wesley South and Pervis Spann, comprised the first core group of WVON personalities, known as "The Good Guys." He often is credited for helping launch the careers of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and Minnie Riperton. He mentored "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius when the television personality first got started in broadcasting. "Herb was our radio superhero," said Derrick Brown, director of urban programming iHeartMedia Chicago. "While I'm incredibly sad, I hold so much joy remembering the fun times we've had with him and the smiles he brought to our faces. Herb will hold an eternal place in our hearts." Kent celebrated his 88th birthday earlier this month. PHOTO/V103
Bob Dylan Removes Mention Of Nobel Prize At His Website
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Given Listeners Preference For Radio, Bing Is Making It Easier To Find and Stream Stations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 12016 –– Bing has partnered with TuneIn to improve the way people find information about radio stations, as well as locate where to stream them online reports searchenginejournal.com. Searching Bing for “online radio stations” will offer 'a carousel' of links to streams of some of the most searched for radio stations. Streaming a station will require the TuneIn app and you will need to have the TuneIn app installed on your phone. If you’re searching on a desktop, Bing will redirect you to TuneIn’s website after clicking on a radio station.
According to the Bing Team, this foray into the search for streamable radio stations is just the beginning. With the help of TuneIn, Bing says it has identified 10,000 streamable radio stations and will continue to add more over the coming months. When mentioning why it has now decided to enhance the search experience for radio, Bing points to a Nielsen report which indicates 93 percent of adults listen to the radio every week. “Given this preference for radio, the Bing team has partnered with TuneIn to improve our radio-related search results.”
Michael Martin Inks Extension With CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– CBS Radio has signed Michael Martin to a multi-year contract renewal as the Company’s SVP/ Programming, Music initiatives, and PD at San Francisco’s Top 40 station KMVQ-FM, and Hot AC station KLLC-FM. Martin also serves as CBS RADIO’s Top 40 format captain. Martin also leads the efforts for CBS RADIO’s “Stars and Strings” (Nov. 9), “The Night Before” and “Sun.Pool.Fun” concerts that run throughout the year and in various cities across the U.S.
“Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago, Michael has reshaped and evolved the dynamic partnership between our stations, artists, labels and managers,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. “His leadership, his relationships and his respected reputation has helped rewrite the playbook on how radio continues to create for fans many of the best and most memorable moments in music.”
“I’m incredibly proud to be part of this amazing team with Chris Oliviero and Andre Fernandez at the helm,” said Martin. “Every day I get to do what I love and I get to do it with the best in the business. I’m excited about what's around the corner and am so glad I’m a part of it!”
94WIP Philadelphia Adds Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie To Midday Lineup
New Afternoon Show Announcement Coming Soon
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 ––CBS RADIO’S SportsRadio 94WIP today announced the team of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie as the station's new midday show. DeCamara and Ritchie will broadcast the program weekdays from 10am-2pm beginning Monday, October 24. DeCamara said, “I'm extremely excited to join WIP and CBS Radio. With Jon's background as an Eagles' player and talk show host paired with my on-air experience and passion for the Philadelphia sports teams from as far back as I can remember, we’ll provide an entertaining show while connecting with the audience. I look forward to Monday morning when Jon and I can get started.” Added Ritchie, “WIP defines sports radio to me, and Philadelphia defines passion. I'm foaming at the mouth because this is a gigantic opportunity to drop truth-bombs on a savvy fan base who appreciates brutal honesty.”
WIP says it will make an announcement regarding a new afternoon show in the coming weeks, which will include Ike Reese, who remains with the station.
Every Game Of NBA Season To Air Live On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– SiriusXM will provide live play-by-play of every game from Opening Night through the NBA Finals, plus daily in-depth talk and analysis on SiriusXM NBA Radio. The NBA begins its 71st season on Tuesday, October 25. Channels for these and future games on SiriusXM can be found at www.siriusxm.com/nba. The roster of hosts on SiriusXM NBA Radio includes current and former players and coaches, who take calls from NBA fans across the country and discuss the headline stories happening around the NBA.
Milwaukee Bucks guard and 17-year NBA veteran Jason Terry returns Thursday, November 3, to host a weekly show on the channel throughout the season. The Runway with Jason "The Jet" Terry will air every Thursday (7:00-8:00 pm ET/6:00-7:00 pm CT). Former players and coaches on the roster also include Antonio Daniels, Antonio Davis, Brendan Haywood, Eddie Johnson, Tim Legler, Rick Mahorn, Sam Mitchell and Brian Scalabrine. They are joined on air by hosts Mark Boyle, Gerald Brown, Ric Bucher, Tom Byrne, Noah Coslov, Howie Cowart, Brian Geltzeiler, Jared Greenberg, Jonathan Hood, Frank Isola, Jason Jackson, Mitch Lawrence, Joel Meyers, Mark Morgan, Jeff Rickard and Justin Termine.
105.7 The Hawk's Andy Chase Lives On A Billboard During It's Promotion to Help Kids With Cancer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– Andy Chase of 105.7 The Hawk has channeled the iconic *Bob Rivers and is living on a billboard doing week. shorebeat.com reports in what has become an annual Shore staple, the radio host is spending the week atop the billboard as part of a radiothon to raise funds for Oceans of Love, an organization which assists kids with cancer and their families in Ocean County.
The promotion raised tens of thousands of dollars for the organization as of yesterday Thursday, and will continue through Friday. The show photo is from the Target/Lowe’s parking lot in Toms River. *In the spring of 1988, at Baltimore's "98 Rock" WIYY-FM, morning host Bob Rivers gained national attention for an 11-day, on-the-air marathon during a Baltimore Orioles losing streak. He vowed to remain on the air until the Orioles won a game. He's credited with popularizing the stunt.
Cumulus Huntsville Stations Hold 'Skate & Debate' Party At 'THE INSANITY COMPLEX'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Huntsville stations 104.3 WZYP (Mainstream CHR,) 94.1 WHRP (Urban AC,) and 93.3 Nash Icon (country) teamed up to host a “Skate And Debate Viewing Party” on Wednesday night at a local amusement venue (The Insanity Complex) that features roller skating, arcade, rock climbing, batting cages and more. Listeners were invited to bring their family to the event. While the parents watched the debate, the kids could go skate and have fun… and if you got bored with the debate, you could also leave the designated huuugee viewing party room and skate too!
And, of course, they had “Donald” and “Hillary” skating around the venue as well. "When I saw the Hillary and Donald masks at the Halloween store, I knew we had to have them for this, " said Steve Smith Operations Manager Program Director/Afternoons – 104.3 ZYP Program Director – 93.3 Nash Icon. Steve tells Jockline they also worked with voting organization Head Count to register our listeners to vote at our event. The deadline to register in Alabama was Monday… so this provided an easy way for our listeners be part of the process as we pick our next president. Lori Lewis, Vice President of Social Media for Cumulus. provided us with official Presidential Debate bingo cards for listeners to use.
Old Dominion Kicks Off ANA Marketing Conference
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– Country band Old Dominion Kicked off the ANA Masters of Marketing Conference on October 19, in Orlando, Florida. The musical entertainment was provided by Westwood One. The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) conference features three days of chief marketing officers and other industry movers and shakers who share stories of how they built brands, leveraged the expanding array of media, made marketing more accountable, and improved the quality of their marketing organizations.
Photo L-R: Pierre Bouvard, Chief insights Officer, Westwood One; Geoff Sprung, Old Dominion; Kristina Sweet, VP, Sponsorship, ANA; Trevor Rosen, Old Dominion; Matthew Ramsey, Old Dominion; Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One/EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media; Brad Tursi, Old Dominion; Christina Albee, CMO, Westwood One; Whit Sellers, Old Dominion; Steve Shaw, President, Sales, Westwood One.
103.3 AMP Boston On The Hunt For Part-Timers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016 –– AMP Boston has reached out to Jockline as it seeks out part-timers. APD Matt Bosso says "If you’re local to Boston (or live within reasonable driving distance), have at least two years of CHR or Rhythmic on-air experience, and are a pop culture and social media junkie, we want to hear from you! Audio Vault and VoxPro skills are a must, along with availability to work weekends and holidays. If this sounds like you, send your aircheck and resume HERE - Also apply through the CBS Radio Careers portal HERE
Time Warner In Talks To Merge With AT&T; 'The Voice' Renewed
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Taylor Swift Wants 'Extremely Personal' Photo In Lawsuit Against Radio Host Placed Under Seal
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– Looks like you won’t be seeing any photos of Taylor Swift‘s alleged butt-groping incident anytime soon reports The Wrap. Swift who's currently locked in a legal battle with a former Denver host who allegedly groped her rear, has filed legal papers to keep evidence from the lawsuit out of the public’s hands, including one photo that is “extremely personal and sensitive in nature.” Swift is being sued by David Mueller, who says he was fired after being accused of “grabbing Ms. Swift’s bottom” at a meet-and-greet in June 2013. Mueller, who went by the name “Jackson" on the air at KYGO, has adamantly denied the accusation. Swift subsequently filed a countersuit against Mueller.
Swift and the other parties in the suit seek to keep her motion for summary judgment, as well as “confidential and private evidence” relating to it, out of the public eye. The joint motion in particular mentions a “photograph taken on June 2, 2013, and documents describing it.” “Exhibit 14 is extremely personal and sensitive in nature and should not be shared with the public until absolutely necessary (at trial),” the motion reads. The motion contends that, given the intense public interest in the case, dissemination of the evidence to the public would likely taint the potential juror pool in the case. However, the motion adds, the photo in question would likely be shared for “scandalous and prurient interests.” Swift’s countersuit, filed in October 2015, makes mention of a photo documenting the alleged incident. “Defendants admit that Mr. Bell showed Mr. Haskell a photograph of Mueller with his hand in an inappropriate place and a grin on his face,” the papers said, referring to Frank Bell, Director of Radio & Research at 13 Management, who is named as a co-defendant in the filing.
77 WABC Seeking New Revenue Via Livestreaming
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– WABC Radio in New York has begun testing streaming of some live broadcasts of three of its weekday shows reports The Wall Street Journal. In the process, they're hoping to unlock a new revenue stream. The WSJ points out it's not uncommon for top radio shows to be simulcast on TV, i.e. ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” or WFAN’s Mike Francesa, whose show in the past aired on sports cable networks Yes Network and FS1. And radio stations have long streamed audio on the web, but radio has been relatively quiet when it comes to live video streaming online. One exception is WMMS in Cleveland, which has been streaming the show “Rover’s Morning Glory” (below) for roughly four years.
WABC’s tests involve three shows: “The Bernie and Sid Show,” which airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon, “Curtis and Kuby,” which airs each weekday from noon to 3:00 p.m., as well as “The Drive at Five,” which airs at 5 p.m. The live streams will feature most of these shows’ content, excluding the station’s live news breaks. “This is a good opportunity for us to rebrand the station a bit,” said Chris Rudzki, director of digital sales and operations at Cumulus Media, which owns WABC. “It lets us dip our toe in the waters and see what’s out there.” Rudzki added. “And the algorithm changes every time you do something.” Facebook is testing some “mid-roll” video ads during live video streams. WABC has tapped the technology company Livestream to deliver the live content to the web and help the station insert video ads. Some of the new video ads will be produced by the station, while others will be sold by video ad networks - PHOTO/WABC
LA Host Suing Former Employer Claiming She And Husband Were Fired Over Objection To Payola Scheme
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– Former radio host Stephanie Himondis, known on the air as Chiquibaby (L), is suing the Spanish Broadcasting System, claiming it fired her and her husband for objecting to its illegal payola scheme, which she claims demanded $5,000 from musicians to play one song one time reports courthousenews.com
According to the Oct. 17 complaint in Superior Court. The couple claim that SBS "demanded that Mr. Lopez engage in an illegal payola scheme" as part of his job. "SBS demanded five thousand dollars ($5,000) in payment from musicians in exchange for one play of one song on the air per station," the complaint states. "SBS flat-out refused to play music on its stations if musicians refused to pay SBS's illegal 'fee' for the same. SBS in turn gave Mr. Lopez a monthly sales quota of five (5) music spots, i.e., SBS required Mr. Lopez to illegally sell and collect from musicians at least five such 'fees' each month, per station, per month, which would yield at least $50,000 per month of $600,000 per year in illegal revenue to SBS."
The only defendants are SBS, a Delaware corporation, and SBS Inc. of California. Himonidis says she hired an attorney, who sent SBS a letter in October complaining about the payola scheme and underscoring her refusal to participate in it. That brought retaliation from the station, which appointed a large security guard to hound her at work, moved her show to the graveyard shift and fired her entire support staff, according to the complaint. She says the retaliation culminated in early January 2015, when SBS fired her, citing false ratings. READ ENTIRE REPORT HERE
[LISTEN] Cumulus' McVay Bullish On Next Wave Of Radio Talent; 'They're Out There'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– As SVP/Content and programming for Cumulus Media and Westwood One, Mike McVay tells Billboard's Jim Asker, "I get to be the showbiz guy and [oversee] the content for about 500 stations." He recently sat down with Asker on the Chart Beat Podcast in Nashville to discuss a wide range of topics including the next wave of radio talent.
"If we give young people the opportunity, if we show them where the jobs are, if we don't voice-track everywhere, if we don't eliminate every opportunity for new talent to grow, we will see them come into our business. They're out there," says McVay.
When asked about listening to radio in an on-demand era, McVay says, "It's two-fold.""One, it's time consumption. You get to a point where, 'I'm busy. I just want to turn on the radio today.' The older you become, the more your life responsibilities grow [and] the less time you have to create [playlists with] your favorites. The second part of it is music discovery. [Radio] is like a CD player on shuffle. You [never] know what songs are going to come up." LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Frankie C Inks Extension With 97.1 ZHT SLC; Kenny Wall Returns To NASH Lexington; Melissa Chase Adds OM Stripes For Summit Richmond;
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– October 19, 2016 – Salt Lake City's 97.1 ZHT announced it has renewed and extended its agreement with Frankie C, on-air personality for Frankie and Jess morning show. The three-year deal will allow Frankie C to continue to host Frankie and Jess, and continue to feature on-air co-personality Jessica Ferguson. “I'm blessed to have found my home at 97.1 ZHT in Salt Lake City 19 years ago,” said Frankie C. “Here's to 19 more! Now, let's make mornings great again!”
Cumulus Media announces that it has named experienced programming professional Kenny Wall (R) as Program Director of NASH FM 92.9/WLXX in Lexington, KY. Wall joins Cumulus from Townsquare Media in Amarillo, TX, where he was Operations Manager. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager and Program Director for Cumulus Media stations KKEG-FM in Fayetteville, AR, and KBBQ-FM in Fort Smith, AR. Wall also served Cumulus previously as Program Director of WBSX-FM and WBHT-FM in Wilkes Barre, PA. He was also Program Director for stations in markets including Tulsa, OK; Birmingham, AL; Little Rock, AR; and Sydney, Australia.
-- Summit Media LLC has promoted Melissa Chase (far right) to Operations Manager in Richmond , VA . She will oversee the Summit Richmond cluster which includes Country - WKHK (K95), Hot AC - WURV (103.7 Play ), Classic Rock - WKLR (Classic Rock 96.5), Adult Hits - WJSR (Star 100.9) along with CHR - Hot 106.1 and Richmond’s new Classic Hip - Hop - G104.3. Bill Tanner, SVP of Programming for SummitMedia, says, “Melissa is a talented air personality who has grown into a strong program executive. We're looking forward to continuing to benefit from her experience and talent.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Voncile Anderson Tapped As Director Of NTR For Beasley Tampa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group has named Voncile Anderson as the Tampa Bay market’s new Director of Non-Traditional Revenue (NTR) Sales. Voncile brings two decades of Tampa radio experience to this position, beginning as a Promotion Director at Q105/WRBQ Tampa Bay. She has worked with notables in the industry, including Q105’s Mason Dixon, who is one of Tampa’s most beloved morning show hosts .
"I like to say I have earned ‘market equity ’ because I have invested my entire career doing events that entertain, raise money for charities, and help our Tampa Bay businesses grow,” said Voncile. “I’m so proud to have been chosen for this new, unique NTR opportunity."
Broadcasters & Celeb's Raise $200,000 For Foundation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $200,0000 during its Celebrity Golf Fundraiser, held recently at The Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ, home of this year’s PGA Championship. More than 150 broadcasters and celebrities came out on a rainy morning and stayed the course as the weather cleared to a beautiful day of golf for a good cause. The annual event is one of the Foundation’s major fundraisers and supports its mission to provide monthly and emergency financial assistance to broadcasters in need.
“The funds come at a time when more broadcasters than ever are in need of assistance,” stated Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Just recently, we helped 85 colleagues affected by the Louisiana floods with emergency grants of $1,000 each, and requests are now rolling in from broadcasters impacted by Hurricane Matthew.” “We are pacing to distribute $850,000 in monthly and emergency grants this year,” added Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “We are very grateful to our sponsors and to those who gave of their time to make this year’s Celebrity Golf Fundraiser a success.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to thousands of broadcasters and their families who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. For more information on applying for a grant or making a donation, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or call 212-373-8250
Top Kiwi Radio Icon Reveals All In New Memoir
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2016 –– New Zealand’s top radio host Jay-Jay Harvey has a new book out that tells all about her 22 years at The Edge. The Edge is New Zealand's most popular radio station with nearly 700,000 listeners. She has been paint balled, pierced, shaved bald, hypnotized, and whatever else was required - all to entertain her listeners. She has married complete strangers (who are all still together), fundraised while sleeping in a shopping mall, interviewed huge stars like Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga & Oprah, danced her way to fourth place on Dancing with the Stars, and been naked in public too many times to count! Find out more HERE
Another Spice Girl On The Radio - Sporty Spice, Melanie Chisholm has joined the digital station “Magic Chilled” in the UK. She’s signed up to host a series of shows in a week-long takeover each day this week from 12-2pm. Mel will be playing a selection of her favorite laid-back hits as well as showcasing her brand new single Anymore. Baby Spice, Emma Bunton is currently the co-host on Heart Breakfast in London and Scary Spice and until August 2014, Scary Spice, Mel B, was a co-host on 2Day FM in Sydney.
Fat Chance In Australia - Kyle and Jackie O on KIISfm in Sydney Australia normally get slammed with hate mail but this week it was something different. Take a listen. Jackie O got a letter written by Carol, a 78 year old who was having a meal where Kyle was eating as well. Carol and her friend recognized Kyle as a familiar face and Kyle kept catching them watching him or as he put it looking at “All the meat that fat guy was eating”. Kyle surprised them by paying their bill! Read more and listen to the audio HERE
Radio Lancashire Host Will Pull A Bed For Children in Need A Hundred Miles - BBC Radio Lancashire’s breakfast show presenter Graham Liver will pull a four poster bed over 100 miles. He’ll go from Pudsey in West Yorkshire to Bare in Morecambe on November 12th with coverage on-air and online. He’ll drag the specially-designed bed along highways and country lanes meeting listeners in many of the towns and villages covered by the station. Setting off on Saturday November 12th. he aims to complete the challenge in time to help out Pudsey Bear and friends on Children In Need appeal night on Friday, November 18th.
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Megyn Kelly Dishes On Ailes In New Book; First Look At 'Hairspray' Cast
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iHeart Takes The Woody Show National Along With Debut Of The All-New Alt 104.9 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced the debut of The New Alt 104.9, St. Louis’ Alternative Rock, effective immediately. Adding the announcement, the station will broadcast The Woody Show featuring Woody, Ravey, Greg, Menace, Seabass and Tony “Whipping Boy” Mott. b. “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand,” said Beth Davis, Region President for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of “The Woody Show” – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”
“We are truly thrilled about the launch of the new Alt 104.9 and the return of “The Woody Show.” The strength of Woody’s brand in this market coupled with the strategic launch of our new station will be like no other and will make an impact from day one,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “St. Louis is really where "The Woody Show" began,” said Woody. “It's not only the city where I built my career, but it's also the place where I met my wife and where my kids were born. So to launch into syndication and for St. Louis to be the first market is not only appropriate, but really special.”
NETWORKS: Westwood One Launches The Chris Plante Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced that it will launch The Chris Plante Show, featuring conservative talker Chris Plante, on Monday, January 2, 2017. The program will emanate from its flagship station, Washington, DC’s WMAL 105.9 FM/AM 630, from 9 am – 12 noon ET. A third-generation media pro, Plante began his radio career at WMAL in 2005 after 17 years inside the Washington bureau at CNN, where he moved up the ranks from researcher and assignment editor to Pentagon correspondent. He makes regular appearances on The Fox News Channel and The Fox Business Network. Plante follows in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather, Pat Barnes, who was a radio pioneer in New York and Chicago in the 1920’s and 1930’s following his return from Europe after World War One. His mother, father, and several brothers have also made careers in broadcasting and journalism. His stepfather is esteemed CBS News correspondent Bill Plante (L).
Plante said, “I can’t wait to engage with new audiences around the country, where I will continue to rattle the cages of the high and mighty and share the unfiltered truth in this incredibly treacherous time. It is a great honor to be invited into your community, where I hope to become a welcome guest in your daily lives. And remember, just because the wheels are coming off everywhere you look, that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh your face off about it. Stations interested in The Chris Plante Show can contact Stuart Greenblatt at (212) 419-2946 or email@example.com.
ON-AIR: Kevin Klein Inks Extension With LIVE 105 SF; LIve 101.5 Phoenix Names Daniel Valentine Mix Show Coordinator; Chris Randolph Joins Sarah Jordan For Mornings At 102.3 MAX Louisville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– KITS San Francisco Morning Show Host Kevin Klein (top left) has inked a new multi-year deal with the station keeping him at the helm of the weekday morning show alongside co-host Ally Johnson (top right). Kevin Klein LIVE debuted on Live 105 in September 2014. “Morning radio in the Bay Area has been a laughing stock, but NO ONE IS LAUGHING NOW... oh wait,” Klein said. “In just two years, Kevin Klein Live has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners,” said Jacent Jackson, Program Director of KITS-FM. “They sound like nothing else on the dial. We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for Kevin Klein Live on Live 105. The future for this show is bright.”
Daniel Valentine has been appointed the mix show coordinator on CBS RADIO’s LIVE 101.5. Valentine can currently be heard weekdays at Noon during the Eat 2 the Beat Mix and at 10:00pm for the Late Night Mix Fix on LIVE 101.5 on-air, online at LIVE1015phoenix.com or via the Radio.com app for mobile devices. “Daniel has been an important part of the LIVE mix team and we’re excited to promote him to this well-deserved position,” said Tim Richards, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Phoenix. “Radio has always been a passion of mine,” said Valentine. “I've had the privilege to learn from some of the greatest minds and hardest working people in radio. I'd like to thank Chris Hernandez and Tim Richards, who continue to give me great advice and guidance through my career.”
-- While no official word from Alpha Media as of yet, Chris Randolph announced via Facebook, "I'M SOOOOOO HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that as of this morning at 6am, I'll be co-hosting the morning show with the VERY talented and beautiful Sarah Jordan (both shown left) on the legendary 102.3 THE MAX Louisville. My non-compete contract ended a few days back allowing me to get back on the air. It's gonna be SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! "
SYNDICATION: Ebro & Laura Stylez Added To WE 96.3 Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced the addition of Ebro and Laura Stylez to WE 96.3 (KWEE). The duo will take over from 1-4pm M-F, starting October 24th. Ebro currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and morning drive on New York City’s HOT 97.
“Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real Hip-Hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting,” remarked Ebro. Alpha Media Program Director, Chris Stewart added, “It is great to have Ebro back on in Portland. He is an incredible talent whose knowledge and authenticity of the format makes him the perfect piece to our puzzle. I’m sure with him and Laura on our team WE will do big things.”
[WATCH] Baseball Great Curt Schilling Says During Radio Interview He's Going To Run Against Elizabeth Warren For Senate, Twitter Explodes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Every host dreams of extracting that one pull-quote from an interview that hits it out of the park, but for WPRO-AM talker John DePetro, this one was more like a grand slam. Cumulus News/Talker, WPRO-AM in Providence, has had Twitter lit up ever since former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's live appearance on the station yesterday. Nearly 5,000 people have immediately tweeted about Curt Schilling's announcement during the interview that he is going to run for U.S. Senate against Elizabeth Warren.
TV crews, reporters and passionate listeners swarmed the station's parking lot, on top of the Twitter frenzy. See Twitter Feed HERE. You can WATCH INTERVIEW HERE PHOTOS by WPRO'S Anita Baffoni AND Doug MacGunnigle, WPRO
Seattle Host's Car Hit By Large Falling Rock On Interstate
Police Believe Homeless People Dropped The Rocks
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– KIRO 710 Seattle host Gee Scott was one of several drivers along I-5 that were struck by large falling rock. The Sky Valley Chronicle reports that drivers could have been seriously injured or killed. As you can see in Gee's tweet, this is what the windshield on his Uber car looked like from one of the large rocks that slammed into the car's windshield.
The incident with Scott happened on Tuesday night of this week. He said he was in the back seat, "Enjoying my Uber ride...all the sudden I hear this loud boom! I'm telling you, it was loud!" Scott says the shattered window caused the Uber driver to temporarily lose control of his car. Luckily no one was hurt. He took a picture of the damage and uploaded it to Twitter not knowing the same thing had happened to other drivers. The radio station's report said the state patrol "has told victims they believe homeless people dropped the rocks, but Seattle Police have not made an arrest."
PROPS: Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Book Snags 2016 Wild Card Book Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Congratulations to Stephanie Miller, whose book "Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing" has won the 2016 Wild Card Book Award in the Northern California Book Festival! Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Fathom Events and SM Radio Productions are partnering to present Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour. Stephanie Miller, a National television and talk radio star who is a wildly popular performer with a huge and fervently devoted audience, will host a Sexy Liberal Comedy Show broadcasting to theaters for one night only.
The Monday before the general election in theaters across the country, join Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, Frangela and special guests for the nation’s largest "get out the vote" party and rally. This is a special showing of The Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour's final show of 2016 (filmed from the tour date at Saban Theatre; Beverly Hill, CA on November 5th) and will include messages from media stars and elected officials.
Coca-Cola Renews Partnership With Radio Express
The Coke Studio Radio Hour” One-hour show returns for second season to complement Coke Studio Africa TV series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Coca-Cola has partnered with Radio Express to produce, distribute and promote for a second year the original and fully customized and branded one-hour radio show for African music lovers, The Coke Studio Radio Hour. Radio Express will write and produce the 11-week program in seven versions and six languages, including: English, Nigeria English version, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Amharic and Lugandan, and will secure airtime on some of the stations.
The radio show, borne from Coca-Cola’s flagship television music show Coke Studio Africa, will debut its second season this month on key radio stations across Africa. For more information about Radio Express, visit www.radioexpress.com or contact Jessica D’Agostin at (818) 295-5800, ext. 238 or at Jessica@radioexpress.com.
104.5 KFOG Announces Concert For Kids Lineup 2016
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media’s KFOG announces the 2016 Concert for Kids lineup, now in its 31st year! The holiday concert is taking place Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Masonic in San Francisco, with Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and The Revivalists, and benefits UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Marines Toys for Tots.
Bryan Schock, KFOG Program Director, said: “Band of Horses has been one of my favorite indie rock bands for the last decade, and we’re excited to have our longtime friends, Blind Pilot, back in the Bay after their recent sold-out Fillmore show. When it comes to songs I just can’t get out of my head, Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists is at the top of the list! I can’t wait to see all three of the bands live, and when you take into consideration that it’s all for such a great cause, I know it will be a very special night in San Francisco.”
Wanda Nearing $1 Billion Deal For Dick Clark Prod.; New Moore Film
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Imus Inks Multi-Year Extension With 77 WABC
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media and 77 WABC Radio announce the multi-year renewal of New York’s iconic talker, “Imus In The Morning” . Host Don Imus and his incredible cast members will continue their historic run on 77 WABC, one of New York’s heritage radio stations and the flagship station for the “Imus In The Morning” show network since 2007. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming, Cumulus Media, said: "Don Imus is not a media icon. He is much more than that. He is an American Icon. Mr. Imus brings his ‘A’ game every day. And if you miss one day, you miss a lot. We are thrilled to have Don continue with Westwood One, Cumulus and WABC."
Don Imus commented, “I don’t know anything about this. Who are these people?” Don Imus began his career in Palmdale, CA at KUTY and has been performing the “Imus in The Morning” show from New York first with WNBC, then with WFAN, and for the last nine years on WABC Radio. Beginning January 2, 2017, “The Imus In The Morning Show” will air from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. ET with the renowned cast featuring Executive Producer Bernie McGuirk, Comedians Rob Bartlett and Tony Powell, producer Lou Rufino, sportscaster Warner Wolf, and news anchor Connell McShane. Imus is a recipient of 4 Marconi Awards, was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in America for 1997. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.1
Stern: Replaying Trump Interviews Would Be A 'Betrayal,' Not Intended To 'F**k Someone Over'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– "I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump," said SiriusXM host Howard Stern on yesterday's show. "I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about (s)ex" said Stern but replaying his old interviews with Donald Trump on the radio would be a "betrayal" During his presidential run, media outlets have seized upon controversial interviews with Howard Stern between 2002 and 2013 reports Rolling Stone. But on the Monday's radio show, Stern said, "These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren't done in private like the Billy Bush tapes – this was on the radio. Why don't I play all the tapes? I have to tell you why: I feel Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us, and I feel like it would be a betrayal to any of our guests if I sat there and played them now where people are attacking him."
Stern, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, said he was pleased the recordings have sparked a national conversation. However, he maintained that the chats were in the spirit of "having a good time" – and not intended to "f**k somebody over." He added. "I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about (s)ex ... I had a guy who loved to evaluate women on a scale of 1-10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience." Stern also rebuked Trump's infamous statement that the leaked Billy Bush tapes were nothing more than "locker room talk."
BUSINESS: Beasley To Sell Four Charlotte Stations To Entercom For $24 Million
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement to sell two FM and two AM radio stations in Charlotte to Entercom Communications Corp. for $24 million in cash following the completion of, and contingent upon, the Company’s previously announced acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media, Inc. The planned divestiture of the four Charlotte stations reflects Beasley’s previously stated intention to divest certain radio stations in order to comply with FCC ownership regulations.
Beasley intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the four stations to reduce the borrowings required to complete the Greater Media transaction. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Entercom will acquire WBT-FM, WLNK-FM and WBT-AM, all of which are currently owned by Greater Media and held in trust pending the completion of Beasley’s acquisition of Greater Media. Entercom will also acquire Beasley’s WFNZ-AM in Charlotte and an FM translator. In addition, Entercom will begin operating WBT-FM, WLNK-FM and WBT-AM upon the closing of Beasley’s acquisition of Greater Media pursuant to a time brokerage agreement . The sale of the four Charlotte stations , expected to be completed later in 2016, is subject to FCC approval and other regulatory approvals
Journey, Chaka Khan J. Geils Band Among RRHOF 2017 Nominees Announced On SiriusXM's 'Volume'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– This year's nominations committee for the Raock & Roll Hall of Fame has acknowledged a number of influential acts from previous decades. They include Chaka Khan, Chic Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey Kraftwerk MC5 Pearl Jam Steppenwolf The Cars The Zombies, Tupac Shakur Yes Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf and Bad Brains have made the ballot for the Rock Hall's Class of 2017. It represents each artist's first nomination since becoming eligible years ago reports cleveland.com.
Of note, the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced this morning by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman and 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Van Zandt, live on Feedback, SiriusXM's new morning talk-show on the VOLUME.
REPORT: Top 40 Listeners Least Enthusiastic About Voting
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– A newly released white paper from NextRadio® explains how political parties and candidates can use radio to reach voters effectively in the weeks before the election. The paper’s publication coincides with various news outlets suggesting there will be a last-minute influx of advertising dollars to persuade voters in local or down-ticket races. The data comes from a survey that NextRadio conducted earlier this year, asking its listeners if they intend to vote on November 8.
Compared with the 2012 Presidential race, in which 38%* of eligible voters abstained from voting, the high number of people willing to sit out the race puts pressure on local races and many down-ballot candidates.
Looking across station formats, Top 40 listeners were the least enthusiastic about voting, with nearly 70% stating “No” or “Undecided” on their voting plans. Country and Spanish Music format listeners fall right behind with “No” and “Undecided” responses (66% and 63%, respectively). Additionally, 1 in 4 listeners of the following formats says he/she is “Undecided” about voting in November: • Rock (26%) • Country (25%) • Classic Rock (24%) • Hip Hop (24%) • Spanish Music (24%) • Top 40 (23%) For more information about TagStation®, visit TagStation.com. SEE RESULTS HERE
ON-AIR: Corey B Joins WBBM-FM Chicago For Nights
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– Chicago’s WBBM-FM (B96) today announced the hiring of Corey B. as its new evening (7:00PM-12:00Midnight) on-air personality. Corey succeeds Eric Tyler, who was recently promoted as the afternoon host at B96 after former afternoon on-air personalities, Stylz & Roman, moved over to morning drive at country sister station WUSN-FM (US99) in Chicago. “We believe we've uncovered a true diamond in the rough with Corey B.,” said Todd Cavanah, CBS RADIO Chicago VP, Programming. “In addition to driving the station over the air at night, Corey's skill and creativity on social media is off the charts. We can't wait to introduce him to Chicagoland later this month.”
A native of Tampa, FL, Corey is an eight-year radio veteran. Prior to this role, he spent four years as the night personality at WEZB (B97) in New Orleans, LA. Before relocating to New Orleans, Corey worked on-air at WFLZ-FM in Tampa, FL.
Alpha Mankato Names Bob Rose Market Manager
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Mankato announces Bob Rose as Market Manager. The market is home to KEEZ-FM, KYSM-FM, KRBI-FM and KMKO-FM. Rose has enjoyed a 35-year career in radio, most recently managing stations in Sioux Falls, SD, and St. Cloud, MN. Rose has also worked in Minneapolis, MN, at multiple heritage stations including KQRS, KSTP and the cluster that included KDWB, KFAN, KTCZ, KQQL and KEEY. Prior to the transition into sales and management, Rose’s on air experience includes that of a Program Director, News Director, Sports Director and Music Director in Minnesota and Thousand Oaks, CA.
“After 35 years in the business with the multiple radio stations, I’m honored and humbled to have this wonderful opportunity to make my way near my hometown and continue my radio journey onward with a great company like Alpha Media,” remarked Rose.
[WATCH] Station Lip-Sync's Songs Of Artists To Album Covers With Clever New Morning Show Ad
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– Here's an ad campaign so clever that it caught the attention of Adweek. Vancouver's Rock 101 has a TV spot for its "Willy in the Morning" oldies show that used album covers along with members of the morning show lip-syncing '80s and '90s pop songs. That's Willy above, shown right, along with his face perched below David Bowies 'Heroes' cover.
The ad was made by Vancouver agency Spring, and features Willy and his Rock 101 friends. WATCH HERE
More Holiday Merriment On Tap: 107.7 The End Announces Deck the Hall Ball 2016 Empire of the Sun, The Weeknd & Sting Perform On New Year's Eve For CBS
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016 –– 107.7 The End (KNDD) announced the line-up for the annual holiday concert, Deck the Hall Ball. Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, COIN, and My Goodness will fill the bill on December 6th at KeyArena. Deck the Hall Ball is a Seattle tradition going back more than twenty years. $2 of every ticket purchased will go to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation to support the youth of Seattle.
--The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes two Grammy award winning performers, The Weeknd (Dec. 30) and Sting (Dec. 31), for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve weekend at The Chelsea. The official announcement was made yesterday (10.17) across CBS RADIO’s Las Vegas stations, including KLUC-FM, KMXB-FM and KXQQ-FM. CBS RADIO will also offer fly-away contests and promote the show across 23 of its stations nationwide. Canadian singer/songwriter and music producer Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, will jumpstart the celebrations with an electrifying performance at The Chelsea on Fri., Dec. 30. On Dec. 31, the resort welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Sting to The Chelsea for what is sure to be a memorable New Year’s Eve concert.
Trump, Hillary Spoofs Sparks HUGE Rating For SNL; Gaga's New Look
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[WATCH] Rochester Legend Brother Wease On The Mend Following Potentially Career Ending Surgery
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– 95.1/Rochester, NY host Brother Wease is recovering at home following vocal cord surgery for a condition that could have ended his career reports 13 WHAM. His new daily routine includes blowing bubbles into a cup. "I'm supposed to do these exercises one minute on, ten minutes off,” said Wease. What looks like child’s play is actually therapy following vocal cord surgery earlier this month. Wease tells Jockline, This is me (below), right now, in my hyperbaric chamber to speed healing. Go in every f'n day
Wease watched video of the 2 1/2 hours procedure following the surgery. "You could see him with his little tools, it's crazy. The great big thing he dragged out of here,” he said. The surgery came with risks. One that could have ended his career. "Doc I don't want to hear this crap. I'll sign. I don't want to know it. She starts reading me this list of stuff, one was you could lose your whole voice,” said Wease. Fortunately, doctors found the growth wasn't cancerous. "I was preparing myself that if it was that I'd get treatment and I wouldn't be on the radio anymore, but whatever be is. That's how it's going to be. I've been lucky, I've been lucky a lot,” said Wease. Wease hopes to return to the air on November 3rd.
Talk Host Who Bolted From Show Over 'Nasty Political Tone' Returns To The Air Sans Politics
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– Eau Claire Wisconsin John Murphy returned to his radio show last Friday, a day after walking out during live show on WAYY over 'exasperation over the nasty tone of political discussion." According to The Leader Telegram, Murphy said on Friday he agreed to remain involved with the revamped format because he still loves the radio business after 34 years stint and nearly 14 years as co-host of the “WAYY Morning Show.” The new morning format will feature Murphy, Luc Anthony and Dan Kasper, who previously hosted a local sports talk show called “Luc & The Captain,” In anchoring a call-in show that will focus on sports and lifestyles. Murphy said his longtime co-host Bob Bosold also may be involved at times The working title, Murphy said, is the “No Politics Zone,” and it will air from 7 to 10 a.m. weekdays on AM 790 and FM 105.1. At least initially the show also will steer clear of talking about local current events, he said, as even discussions of seemingly nonpartisan issues often devolved into political rants.
Murphy said on Thursday that he was fed up with the constant spewing of political venom that had come to dominate discussion on the morning show and felt he couldn’t continue enabling what he dubbed the “hurricane of hate” 1
[WATCH] Clinton Targets 'Conspiracy Theorist' Radio Host In New Ad
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– Where does Trump get his talking points from, asks Dem. Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's latest Twitter post. "Often this alt-right conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, she adds. Jones, who made news lately with being connected to Bill Clinton hecklers, is well-known for his over-the-top antics. In a year where other radio hosts have been linked to election news, here's one that makes it all the way to political commercials - WATCH HERE
ON-AIR: KSON San Diego Inks Amber Rainey To Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– Entercom's KSON San Diego has extended Amber Rainey with a multi-year deal. Amber arrived at KSON from Denver as a part time air talent in 2015, before she moved to middays earlier this year after Brooks O’Brian left to take over programming reins at sister-station Sunny 98.1 KXSN FM.
“I’m ecstatic that Amber has signed a new deal with KSON. I couldn’t picture our midday with anyone else,” said Kevin Callahan, Operations Director and Program Director at KSON-FM/San Diego. “I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the KSON family! It's such an amazing station to be working for and I couldn't be happier!" said Amber.
MOTION: 93.3 FLZ Names Kruz Program Director Tampa, FL; Andrew Berger Named Imaging Dir. For Emmis Power 106/Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– 93.3/ FLZ announced today that Rob Kruz has been named Program Director, effective immediately. “I could not be more excited for Rob to join our team at 93.3 FLZ, which already amazes and humbles me on a daily basis,” said Travis Daily, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “Rob is the perfect fit for this family and we can’t wait for him to help write the next chapter in the history of a very special radio station.”
Kruz previously served as the Program Director and afternoon drive personality for WZFT in Baltimore, MD. He has worked as on-air talent for WIHT-FM in Washington, D.C. and WQAL-FM in Cleveland, OH. He began his radio career in Detroit, MI at WDRQ while he attended the University of Michigan.
KPWR-FM/Power 106 Los Angeles has tapped Andrew Berger as its new Imaging Director. Berger said, "I can't wait to join the Power 106 family. Emmis is where I fell in love with radio and now to have the opportunity to contribute to this legendary station as its Imaging Director is a dream come true. I look forward to working alongside the great talent that makes Power 106 the leading brand in radio."
Emmis VP/Programming Jimmy Steal added, "We did an extensive search for this position and Andrew Berger was beyond impressive with his amazing imaging skills, great work ethic and high energy. He's the perfect fit for our talented team."
Radio/TV's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Sells Medical Drama To ABC
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2016 –– Radio/TV host Dr. Sanjay Gupta's has sold a medical drama to ABC, according to Deadline.com. ABC's Josh Berman, Sanjay Gupta and Sharon Lee Watson has teamed with long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker for a medical drama. Berman and his production company Osprey Productions have closed at Sony Pictures TV, the writer-producer’s fourth consecutive overall deal with the studio. It starts in June 2017, when Berman’s current Sony pact expires. Watson, who recently served as a co-executive producer on CBS’ Criminal Minds, is rep'd by WME and the Shuman Co. The Firm’s portfolio include series Salem at WGN America and Haters Back Off at Netflix as well as Lifetime pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare.
Gupta host Westwood One's "A Better Life," a daily one-minute feature designed to improve lives.
Nash Nights & America's Morning Show Join Garth Brookes At AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX
NASH Nights Live and America's Morning Show joined Country superstar Garth Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, today as he announced his new single "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" and his partnership with Frito-Lay. Please see the attached photo, taken today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. PHOTO ID'S: (L-R:) John Shomby, Director of Programming, NASH Network; Kelly Ford, Co-Host, America's Morning Show; Elaina Smith, Co-Host, NASH Nights Live, Country superstar Garth Brooks; Shawn Parr, Co-Host, NASH Nights Live; Chuck Wicks, Co-Host, America's Morning Show; and Ty Bentli, Co-Host, America's Morning Show.
Billy Bush Could Be Paid Millions For 'Today' Exit; Trump TV?
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[WATCH] Couple Saved From Burning Car, Track Down Good Samaritans With Radio Show Assist
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 –– The KVJ Show at WRMF in West Palm Beach received an e-mail from a woman, named Alexis (above right) , who was trying to find the Good Samaritan who pulled her and her new husband, Eric (above left), out of a burning car after a date night, which saved their lives. After a quick on-air interview, one Good Samaritan, Bruce Morrell (bottom right) was found after his stepmom heard about it on the KVJ Show (Kevin, Virginia & Jason - bottom left). Kevin tells Jockline, "We have still not found the second Good Samaritan, but we're continuing to look. He was said to be dressed in a business suit and driving a white BMW. He and Morrell kicked in the windshield and helped drag the couple to safety. Alexis and Eric were able to thank Bruce for saving their lives on The KVJ Show., but the search is still on for the remaining Good Samaritan that Alexis thinks might have just been her guardian angel. Kevin describes Morrell as a low-key guy and didn't want any attention, so he left as soon as he saw that the couple was safe. Bruce is covered in Batman tattoos. So when Alexis and Eric thanked him for saving their lives, they gave him a Batman mug and hat.
CBS12 West Palm Beach reported that Eric and Alexis had gone out on a date to celebrate two weeks of marriage when their car crashed. It landed upside down and caught fire. Alexis said a couple of guys came out of nowhere and kicked the windows out and pulled the couple to safety. WATCH HERE
ON-AIR: 95.5 WPLJ Extends Race Taylor To Multi-Year Deal; Erik Zachary & Emily Bermann Take Night Slots For iHeart Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media's 95.5 PLJ New York has re-signed long-running on-air host Race Taylor to a multi-year contract extension. Taylor has been part of the 95.5 PLJ on-air team since October 1999. Prior to that, he hosted PM Drive and was Assistant Program Director for Mix 102.9 KDMX in Dallas/Fort Worth, and was PM Drive Host and Assistant Program Director for Q102 WKRQ in Cincinnati. Taylor has also been a prominent voice on ABC Television for many years, where he is heard daily on 'The View,' 'The Chew,' 'General Hospital,' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Taylor’s voice work also airs regularly on primetime television shows including: Dancing With The Stars, The Middle, Modern Family, The Bachelor, Castle, Scandal, Nashville and many others. Taylor said: “I am thrilled that our tri-state audience has allowed me to be part of their every day on 95.5 PLJ for nearly 20 years! Thank you Mary Berner, Mike McVay, Dave Milner, Chad Lopez, Gillette and the entire Cumulus New York family for the opportunity to continue.
-- iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Erik Zachary will host week nights from 6-11 p.m. on 103.5 KISS FM and Emily Bermann (both right) will host week nights on BIG 95.5 from 7 pm - midnight . Bermann will also serve as BIG 95.5 ’s Assistant Program Director. Zachary recently worked as night host on BIG 95.5 and weekends on 103.5 KISS FM. Bermann joined BIG 95 .5 as the Promotions Director and swing on-air personality in 2015. She previously hosted overnights and weekends at iHeartMedia’s WXXL in Orlando , and she worked as the Promotions Manager at iHeartMedia Nashville. 1
'A Symbiotic Relationship; 'Top Comedians Name The Most Influential Radio Shows For Stand Up
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 –– Chad Zumock is the former radio host who recently sat down with Gregg “Opie” Hughes and his former long time partner, Anthony Cumia (this was the first time in two years O&A were on the air together during Opie's new afternoon show on SiriusXM). Zumock writes in theinterrobang.com that he began thinking about how radio has been so important to so many comedians through out history. He recalls that through radio he became acquainted with the likes of Jim Norton, Rich Voss, Bill Burr, the late, great Patrice O’Neal and how he heard about Louis C.K. from the Opie and Anthony Show. Zumock adds that in the early days of radio, comedians like vaudevillians Eddie Cantor and Ed Wynn did classic bits and over the years and decades since comedy and comedians in radio would continue to grow and evolve."
"Are there still radio shows out there that are changing the lives of comedians like some have in the past?" he ponders. This led to his reaching out to several of the top comedians and radio hosts to find out which shows still remain the most influential to stand up comics. Troy Hanson (Corporate Program Director of Rock formats for Cumulus Media) tells Zumock, "It’s really a symbiotic relationship isn’t it – morning radio shows & comics. Both bring a great piece of the puzzle that the other needs to the table. When I think about how great Nick DiPaolo sounds on Tom Barnard’s show at KQRS in Minneapolis, or how Jim Breuer absolutely kills it when he goes on Opie’s show, it’s the way a naturally funny conversation happens. CHECK OUT COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
Emmis To Sell Texas Monthly Magazine For $25 Million
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 –– Emmis Communications Corporation announced the signing of an agreement to sell the assets of Texas Monthly to an affiliate of Genesis Park, LP, a partnership founded by Paul Hobby, for $25 million, subject to working capital adjustments.
The nationally recognized authority on life in the state of Texas, Texas Monthly has won 13 National Magazine Awards and has chronicled life in contemporary Texas since 1973.
“Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman & CEO of Emmis. “We want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work. “This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts TM in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys,” Smulyan concluded. On August 18, the Company announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives for its publishing division, excluding Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Emmis has owned Texas Monthly since 1998. The transaction is expected to close in early November.
PROGRAMMING: Pete McNair Named PD For Wichita Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 –– The E.W. Scripps Company announced that Pete McNair has been named PD for KICT/T-95 and KFXJ 104.5 The Fox in Wichita, KS. Pete arrives from Tucson, AZ where he spent the last 12 years at KFMA.
"Pete has great enthusiasm for rock music, programming and a strong commitment to developing talent," said Justin Case, Operations Manager for the Wichita station group. "In addition to his solid insights on programming, he is well-connected in the rock industry. We welcome his experience with station-produced rock events." "I'm appreciative and humbled to have this opportunity," said McNair. "I'm ready to take the next step in my career with a company that shares my values and vision."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Justine Roller Rises To GSM At Entercom Sacramento
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016 — Entercom Sacramento announced that Justine Roller has been appointed to the position of General Sales Manager, including Entercom Sacramento’s portfolio of stations, (KDND-FM, KKDO-FM, KRXQ-FM, KSEG-FM, KUDL-FM, KIFM-AM,) Sacramento’s division of Entercom’s digital solutions agency (Smart Reach,) and in-house production and events.
“We are proud and excited to internally promote Justine Roller into this key role on our sales management team,” stated Lance Richard, VP/Market Manager, Entercom Sacramento. “Her leadership and experience are going to make an impact for our clients and Entercom Sacramento.” Prior to her promotion, Roller was a Senior Account Executive for 11 years with Entercom Sacramento, where she specialized in business development of integrated marketing campaigns that included radio, digital and events.
Chris Moyles Freaks Out And Compares Himself To Zoo Animal
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– Chris Moyles, the Breakfast Show host on Radio X in London, went mad over a visitor looking through the Radio X studio window while he was on the air. Watch the video HERE
UK State Broadcaster, The BBC, Just Like North Korea’s State Broadcaster - In North Korea, you’re not allowed to make fun of the head of state. The BBC in Britain is run the same way. BBC Radio 4 has axed a show hosted by David Baddiel after harmel jokes about the Queen’s sex life on her 90th birthday. Don’t Make Me Laugh, which is created and fronted by Baddiel, features panelists discussing topics they are given. One pre-recorded episode, which aired at 6.30pm on the day of the Queen’s 90th birthday, included the subject “The Queen must have had (s)ex at least four times”. Radio 4 is Britain’s most listened to network with an audience of millions. The BBC received only 120 complaints about the show. The corporation’s governing body, the BBC Trust, ruled that the panelists’ comments were “personal, intrusive and demeaning”. The corporation has now decided to cancel the program.
Australian Radio Station In Trouble For Scary Clown Stunt - Ryan Jon on Hit104.7 in the Australian capital, Canberra, set up a Clown prank that didn’t work out too well with what appears to be Ryan being assaulted. Ryan Jon turned up on two listener’s doorsteps Monday night dressed as a Clown – the general play is they frighten people, threaten them or take some kind of aggressive action in some instances. In hit104.7’s play, they say it was a planned stunt and while a video of the stunt surfaced on the hit104.7 Facebook page the local police weren’t too happy. The Police issued a warning advising if people feel unsafe or see anyone behaving in a suspicious and threatening manner to call the police. Once the station became aware of the police warning, they removed the video and Canberra GM issued a statement. Read more HERE
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Billy Bush Lawyers Up; Rousey Back To The Ring; Bone Alone?
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[WATCH] Pandora Unveils New Logo And Rebrand
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 – Pandora has unveiled a new logo and rebrand as part of the company's plan to increase its paid subscribers and go head-to-head with Spotify, Apple Music and others reports idownloadblog.com According to the company: "We’ve been with you for years. We’ve adapted to your musical tastes, served up your favorites, and surprised you with unexpected discoveries. And we’ve continued to evolve your listening experience with the launch of Pandora Plus, which is now available to everyone. To celebrate that milestone, we’re unveiling a new brand to enhance your Pandora experience and help bring your music to life.
Pandora says the new brand identity and logo with its vibrant and bold color scheme allows Pandora to be more flexible with colorful overlays, as evidenced by the animation above.The company first announced this was coming when it bought up bits of Rdio last November, but the latest reports are that it won't launch until later this year. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Cumulus Media Announces Reverse Stock Split
Every 8 shares of each class of Cumulus common stock will be converted into 1 share of the same class common stock
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS) announced at a special meeting of the Company's stockholders held on October 12 that its stockholders voted to approve a 1-for-8 reverse stock split of each class of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock. Upon the effectiveness of the reverse stock split, every 8 shares of each class of Cumulus common stock will be converted into 1 share of the same class of such common stock. No fractional shares will be issued in connection with the reverse stock split.
A stockholder who otherwise would have been entitled to receive a fractional share of stock as a result of the reverse stock split will instead be entitled to receive one whole share of the applicable class of common stock. The reverse stock split will also result in a corresponding reduction in the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock. The reverse stock split is being implemented primarily to increase the trading price of the Company’s Class A common stock to permit the Company to regain compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements and to enhance the liquidity of the Class A common stock. The reverse split was expected to become effective as of 5:00 p.m. yesterday, October 12, 2016, and the Company’s split-adjusted Class A common stock is expected to begin trading on The NASDAQ Capital Market today, October 13, 2016. There will be no change in the Company's NASDAQ ticker symbol (CMLS) as a result of the reverse stock split.
New York Stations End Battle Over Who Owns 'Woodstock' Calls Following Court Dismissal
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– A U.S. District Court has dismissed a case brought by WDST radio claiming that not-for-profit radio station WIOF had infringed on the “Radio Woodstock” trademark by using “Woodstock 104” to identify itself reports dailyfreeman.com. Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. issued the ruling Sept. 19 after “an agreement of the parties” was reached to end the case. He wrote that it was “with prejudice” and would prevent the case from being brought again. The resolution leaves WIOF free to continue identifying itself as “Woodstock 104”.
Information provided by WDST showed the station trademarked the phrases “Radio Woodstock” in 1994 and “Woodstock Radio” in 2002. Representatives for both stations have sought to identify themselves as small, independent voices in a broadcast world that conglomerates otherwise control. WIOF, which began operations in September 2014, is at 104.1 FM and operates on 100 watts, while WDST has been on the air since 1980 at 100.1 FM and uses 3,000 watts. While both sides agreed to pay for their own attorney fees, Steele said a lawsuit seeking damages could still be filed to recover other costs.
Woodstock, NY was near the home of the legendary 'Woodstock Music & Art Fair,' which attracted over 400,000 people in 1969. It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills - 43 miles southwest of Woodstock, New York - ref. wikipedia
Howard University To Officially Rename Communications School, Cathy Hughes School of Communications
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– In honor of her lifetime commitment to excellence in the media industry, Howard University's School of Communications will officially rename the school, Cathy Hughes School of Communications during its unveiling ceremony and celebratory brunch on Sunday, October 23. Leading up to the celebration, Radio One, Inc. is saluting Ms. Hughes with an integrated, cross-platform congratulatory promotion consisting of on-air and online announcements and special programming across its 56 Radio One stations, national television network, TV One, 10 nationally syndicated Reach Media radio programs and its six Interactive One branded websites.
On Monday, October 17, in honor of this significant occasion, Ms. Hughes will be a guest on many of her urban media company's nationally syndicated shows including, Russ Parr Morning Show, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, DL Hughley Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Ed Lover Show, and Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. Also throughout the week of October 17-22, Washington, D.C.'s WOL-AM will broadcast Ms. Hughes' classic radio shows in a marathon, "The Best of The Cathy Hughes Morning Show," from 12-2 p.m. ET and 12-2 a.m. ET. Additionally, Ms. Hughes will sit down for an exclusive interview with Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now. As the first African American woman to chair a publicly traded company, Ms. Hughes will walk Martin through her journey from teen mom to urban media maven in a live-to-tape interview from where it all began – Howard University.
PROGRAMMING: Michael Czarnecki Promoted To PD At WRKO Boston; Jagger Named PD For Hartford iHeart Combo
Michael Czarnecki has been elevated to program director of WRKO in Boston. He assumes the role after spending the last 15 months as assistant program director and operations manager of the heritage news and talk station. Prior to joining WRKO, Czarnecki was assistant program director at iHeart Media’s WHYN-FM and WRNX-FM in Springfield, MA. He’s also held on-air and programming positions in Boston, Hartford, Medford, OR and Manchester, NH. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” he remarked. “ It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of revitalizing the heritage brand that is WRKO, and this is just the beginning. Special thank you to Phil Zachary, and to Entercom, for having faith in me, and giving me the guidance and tools needed to get here.”
iHeartMedia announced that (MIke) Jagger has been named Program Director for KISS 95.7, KC101 Hartford, effective October 24, 2016. Jagger recently served as the Music Director for Z100/WHTZ-FM and as a nighttime personality for 103.5 KTU/WKTU for iHeartMedia New York City. He is also the creator and host for the nationally syndicated The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger show, heard in more than 40 cities. In addition, Jagger previously worked at radio stations in Salt Lake City, UT; Indianapolis, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Mobile, AL; Birmingham, AL and New Haven, CT.
Pilot Innovation Challenge Announces 10 Finalists
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the 10 finalists of its first-ever PILOT Innovation Challenge. The PILOT Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Winners will be selected and announced October 31 at the NAB Futures conference. Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, “How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?” The first place winner will receive $20,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000 to assist with prototyping the concepts.
“The PILOT Innovation Challenge showcases and helps develop creative ideas and solutions that have the potential to positively impact the broadcast industry and its consumers,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark (L). “Our 10 finalists have come up with a variety of proposed concepts to address this year’s challenge question. We’re excited to announce our finalists and ultimately decide the winners at NAB Futures.” This year’s finalists HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Promotes Robin Riehl To Corporate Controller Post
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Grouphas elevated Fayetteville Business Manager Robin Riehl to the position of Corporate Controller. Robin will relocate from Fayetteville, N.C. to Beasley’s corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida, with a start date of November 1. Robin Riehl has worked in the radio industry in North Carolina for 30 years, and has served in business management positions with Beasley for the last two decades.
“The radio business is my passion and I am honored to fulfill my dream of working with Beasley in the Corporate office!” said Robin. “The Beasley Media Group is my professional home, and I remain deeply grateful for my start with Beasley in our outstanding Fayetteville cluster.”
[WATCH] 'Man In Red,' Ken Bone Tour Continues; Confirms He Bought Red Sweater At Kohls
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– Not sure how much longer his 15 minutes of fame will continue, but internet sensation Ken Bone continues his media blitz - now covering radio beyond St. Louis. KLOU's Billy and Julie Show were among the first garner the red-sweater clad Bone for a studio visit this week - LISTEN HERE.
MOVING SOUTH, yesterday he was interviewed by Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Bailey and Southside about his appearance at the town style 2nd presidential debate where he took America by storm. Bailey and Southside were able to lock him down for a 20 minute interview and ask him some questions others have yet to ask. Jason Bailey simply asks, “The sweater you bought at my favorite store Kohls?” Bone replies “Yeah I bought it up in Wisconsin at Kohls. When asked if he has been accused of being a “plant” at the debate Ken said, “Not so far.” And went on to say that he did, in fact, write his question himself and nobody saw it but the moderators. Aside from the interview, Bailey and Southside produced “music videos” for parody songs about Ken Bone - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE - And for songs, CLICK HERE
SNAPS: Wilson Bros. Meet Steve Jones At KLOS
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2016 –– Yesterday in L.A., the famed Wilson brothers (Owen, Luke and Andrew) - all actors - were in-studio at 95.5 KLOS with rock legend Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, on his weekday show, Jonesy's Jukebox, which airs from Noon-2pm. Jones hosts the two-hour open forum show where the only rule is doing whatever Jones wants!
The Wilson brothers got down to some serious fun with Jones on The Rock of Southern California, 95.5 KLOS! (L to R): Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Steve Jones, and Owen Wilson.
Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature; Top Dead Celeb' Earners
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7 Things Brands Have Wrong About Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– We’ve heard that “Millennials don’t listen to radio” and “most people stream music online.” Not true. It’s time to check the facts. Cumulus Media and Westwood One examined frequently heard beliefs about consumer media habits, turning to research leaders in the field — Nielsen, Edison Research, and The Advertising Research Foundation. A new blog post -- “7 Things Brands Have Completely Wrong About Radio,” debunks several myths with the facts:
• At a 93% weekly reach, AM/FM radio is America’s number one mass reach medium, according to Nielsen.
• Even among 18-34 Millennials, AM/FM radio is the number one mass reach medium. (Nielsen)
• Share of time spent listening to AM/FM radio is eight times bigger than Pandora and 19 times bigger than Spotify, according to Edison Research.
• With a 71% share of in-car audio listening, AM/FM is the centerpiece of in-car audio. (Edison)
• More Millennials listen to AM/FM radio weekly than any other generation. (Nielsen)
• AM/FM radio listening is up among key selling demos. (Nielsen)
• The optimal media mix is 71% traditional and 29% digital for Millennials; 78% and 22% for Adults 18+, according to the Advertising Research Foundation. SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
GOLDSTEIN: YouTube Crushes Networks in Debate Coverage With 124 Million Views
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Sunday night's debate attracted 63 million TV viewers. That was down 20% from the first debate. Football games and other factors including those simply fed up with the barroom brawling may have contributed to the drop in viewership. But there was another viewing destination which was up 40% over the first debate - YouTube. Debate content garnered 124 million views on YouTube. Facebook Live in partnership with ABC News had 7.4 million views. Twitter's livestream added another 3.2 million. What happened here? Many chose to watch bite-sized segments rather than the entire event. YouTube's livestream averaged 25 minutes. Now in fairness, the 124 million includes viewers from around the world, so it is not an apples-to-apples comparison but it is the digital age, it is a monster reminder that change happens.
And of course there was plenty of debate related content from both parties and beyond. Millions have watched Trump and Clinton singing "I've Had The Time of My Life." And there was Trump's pre-debate stunt streamed via Facebook Live. Facebook reported 20 million people liking and sharing debate content. Twitter had 30 million tweets sent during the 90 minute event. CBS led the TV networks with 16.5 million. CNN topped cable channels with 11.2 million Today, TV ratings tell only part of the story. Who won the debate? Digital media crushed it. Steven Goldstein is CEO of Amplifi Media, LLC, an advisor in strategy and content development for corporations and podcasters. Steve can be reached directly at (203) 221-1400 or email@example.com.
Larry Wert Elected As Interim Chairman Of MBC
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Veteran broadcasting executive Larry Wert has been elected Interim Chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Wert, a Tribune Broadcasting executive, will serve until December 31, 2017. He is a long-time supporter of the Museum and was instrumental in attracting a $2.5 million donation from Comcast in 2012, while serving as President of WMAQ NBC Chicago. "I am honored to lead the MBC at this pivotal time in its history and pleased to be working with Bruce DuMont to see his dream live-on for decades to come, “Wert said.
The position of MBC Chairman has been vacant since 1995 when broadcast titan Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. stepped down after leading the museum board since 1984. Museum founder Bruce DuMont has served as President/CEO since 1982. But last December DuMont announced to the board (after being re-elected unanimously) that it would be his last two-year term. What followed was the board appointment of former Museum board member Ron Culp to direct an independent succession planning process. As part of DuMont's plan to ease into retirement he transferred the Chairmanship of the National Radio Hall of Fame to respected radio industry leader Kraig Kitchin in 2013.
ON-AIR: Star 96.7 Joliet/Chicago Adds Lisa Jordan As Morning Co-Host; Trenni K Usnierek Joins WEEI Boston's Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Star 96.7 (WSSR Joliet/Chicago) has announced the addition of Lisa Jordan as its morning co-host. Lisa joins current host Josh Coope (both shown left) on morning drive. A Chicago area native, Lisa joins Star after a stint as afternoon personality at WUVA (92.7 NASH Icon), Charlottesville, VA. Scott Childers, WSSR Program Director and Afternoon Host added "I am very excited to have our bench complete. Lisa brings a passion and an electric personality that will perfectly compliment Josh's style. It's a win-win for everyone!" Lisa succeeds Jamie Bell, who exited for opportunities in Los Angeles.
WEEI-FM and the WEEI Sports Radio Network announced that Trenni Kusnierek will join the station's on-air lineup as a weekend and substitute program host. Kusnierek retains her full-time role as sports anchor and reporter for COMCAST SportsNet New England, where she's been employed since 2012. Prior to joining t he regional cable network, Kusnierek was a sports reporter and talk show host at WTMJ and ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. She has also been a reporter and anchor for the MLB Network, the NFL Network and The Big Ten Network and covered the 2016 Olympics from Rio de Janiero last August.
Rhode Island Station Struck By SUV
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Shortly after midnight this morning, Woonsocket Rhode Island news/talker WNRI 1380 was badly damaged after being struck by an SUV. Police say one person in the auto was transported to Rhode Island hospital with minor injuries, reports wpri.com.
We tuned into the station this morning and, fortunately, found them broadcasting as normal - No surprise, they were speaking with callers about the accident - The morning host explained that none of the studios (or billing department) were damaged .
PHOTO/Before & after photos of station shown right.
[WATCH] Spencer's Neighborhood Scoops Interview With Internet Sensation Ken Bone
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Still sporting his red sweater from Sunday night's presidential debate, the audience member/turned internet sensation, Ken Bone, was quickly snatched by Spencer Grave's Spencer's Neighborhood morning show for an early interview. Along with reciting some of his favorite tweets (Ken Bone once gave Bonnie Raitt 'something to talk about) he explained his much discussed choice of clothing for his Sunday night appearance. As it turns out, Bone also has quite a sense of humor. Especially when asked if his bedroom is known as the 'Bone Zone." PHOTO/Spencer, Ken Bone, Ricki & Brando - We'll let you see and hear for yourself HERE
The Beat Orlando Brings Back Its Runway Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– 104.5 The Beat, Orlando’s Hip Hop and R&B radio station, announced the return of its Beat The Runway event, a free music and fashion show featuring live performances by Kayla Brianna, R&B group Glamour and singer and producer Kevin Cossom, plus the latest fashion trends by world-class and local rising star designers. Beat The Runway will take place on Thursday, November 3 at the Orchid Garden in downtown Orlando.
104.5 The Beat’s on-air personalities DJ D Strong, D Royale, Viva La Koi and Young Scholar will host the show. Leading up to the event, 104.5 The Beat will encourage listeners on-air to bring gently used warm clothing to the event for a collection effort that will benefit the Salvation Army.
CONDOLENCES: Iconic New Orleans Host Bobby Reno Passes Away At 72
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2016 –– Bobby Reno, famed New Orleans radio host, has died reports WWL-TV. For the past 21 years, he handled afternoons on WTIX-FM. Reno, who's real surname was Guarino, did his last show there about three weeks ago before taking a brief hiatus over health issues. According to nola.com, Reno began his career during Hurricane Betsy in 1965 when WTIX was on 690 AM. He would later join WRNO-FM and WNOE-FM. In 1995, he returned to WTIX.
WWL reports that funeral services will be held Oct. 22 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., and a memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Reno was 72.
Now 'Sir' Rod Stewart; 'Law & Order SVU' Plan Trump Inspired Episode
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[WATCH] Carson Daly Filling In For Billy Bush On 'Today' Following Indefinite Suspension
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Carson Daly, who in addition hosting NBC's 'The Voice' and CBS LA 97.1's Morning Show, will host Today‘s third hour at 9:00am with Tamron Hall reports The LA Times. He's filling in for Billy Bush who's been suspended. As of now, no one knows how long Bush will remain suspended, or if Daly will continue to serve as fill in. Bush was suspended indefinitely Sunday after he was heard in a leaked 2005 video engaging in lewd conversation with Donald Trump. Prior to his suspension, Bush issued an apology for his behavior, saying he was “younger, less mature and acted foolishly in playing along.
”Meanwhile, Savannah Guthrie briefly addressed Bush's suspension on yesterday's show. Guthrie said: 'We want to note one other thing. Pending further review of the matter, NBC News has suspended Billy Bush, the host of TODAY’s third hour, for his role in that conversation with Donald Trump." Today executive Noah Oppenheim first announced Bush's ban in an email to the show's team on Sunday night. WATCH HERE
ON-AIR: Trey Morgan To Co-Host Mornings On The Wolf Dallas; Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo & Nina Extend With 92.3 AMP New York; Remy Maxwell Rises To Afternoons At JACK-FM, Fish Exits KS95 Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named on-air personality Trey Morgan as Co-Host, Mornings on 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX in Dallas/Fort Worth. Morgan joins longtime 99.5 The Wolf morning co-host Lisa Taylor (above left) on the Wake Up with the Wolf morning show weekdays from 5AM-10AM CST, debuting Monday, October 31, 2016. Morgan comes to Cumulus Media-Dallas Fort Worth from CBS Radio-New York City, where he was Host, Afternoons on Fresh 102.7 (WNEW-FM).
We're happy to report that Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo and his co-host Nina have extended their deal for mornings wit ht CBS 923 AMP New York. The duo took first arrived at AMP in early 2015.
CBS KZJK/Jack FM Minneapolis has announced that imaging director Remy Maxwell will be taking over afternoons and become its first-ever live afternoon-drive host airing from 3-6 pm. SVP/Market Manager Shannon Knoepke commented: "Remy possesses all of the winning qualities of a great talent and we can’t wait for him to open up the mic and connect with the audience.”
In other news from Minneapolis, KS95 morning co-host Fish announced on yesterday's show that Wednesday (10/12) would be his final show on the Hubbard outlet. Listen HERE to announcement on-air - Reach out to Fish at 608-669-4739 - Meanwhile, KS95 is now looking for one more member, male or female, for its morning show - email info to Leighton Peck HERE
ABC News Radio Accepts Edward R. Murrow Award For Overall Excellence
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– On Monday night (10/10) ABC News Radio accepted the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Radio, Breaking News- Radio and Hard News- Radio. Steve Jones,Vice President (shown with NBC's Lester Holt) , ABC Radio said, "It's an honor for ABC News Radio to be recognized by our peers for the excellence of our work. We are deeply appreciative of the support we receive every day under James Goldston's leadership and from all of our ABC colleagues, particularly those here tonight.
This is the third year in a row ABC News has been recognized for Overall Excellence in TV and Radio!
ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone accepted, on behalf of ABC News Radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News- Radio for coverage of the San Bernardino terror shootings PHOTO/Steve Jones
Cumulus Announces Names Of 10 Finalists in the NASH Next Challenge
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– The 10 finalists were selected by a celebrity panel of some of the biggest names in country music, including Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Kix Brooks, half of Grammy-winning duo Brooks & Dunn, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Danielle Bradbery, Season 4 Winner of The Voice. These panelists will be joined by a fan judge to select the winner of the NASH Next Challenge 2016.
The winner will receive a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and their original song produced by Jay DeMarcus, as well as national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations across the U.S. In addition to the 10 national finalists competing at the NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finals Event, Trent Harmon, Season 15 Winner of FOX’s American Idol, will give a special performance. The finals event will take place Tuesday, October 25th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. SEE MORE HERE
PODCASTS: Jerry Springer Teams With WWO
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Westwood One has announced a new partnership with renowned talk show host and former mayor of Cincinnati, Jerry Springer, whose Tales, Tunes & Tomfoolery weekly podcast has joined Westwood One’s Podcast & On-Demand platform via audioBoom. Westwood One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for the show, and advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements.
The Jerry Springer Podcast: Tales, Tunes & Tomfoolery, is streamed live every Tuesday night and emanates from Ludlow, Kentucky’s Folk School Coffee Parlor. It’s an easygoing and intimate conversation between three friends -- Springer, Jene Galvin, and Megan Hils – who provide a mix of comedy, liberal political talk, and contemporary roots music. Tales, Tunes & Tomfoolery, which simultaneously streams live on jerryspringer.com and Facebook Live, is also posted on YouTube. Each episode ends with Springer singing “Goodnight, Irene.” For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.
Tony Robbins Joins Roberts For Special Episode
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Robin Roberts will air a new episode featuring Tony Robbins. Considered the ultimate motivator, counseling everyone from Oprah to Bill Clinton—he opens up to Robin about what motivated him to become arguably the most famous life coach: a horrifically abusive childhood.
"Robin Roberts: Everybody's Got Something" is Robin Roberts’ first ever podcast. The series features conversations with captivating and compelling guests about redemption, recovery, and embracing inner strength after being struck in life by that "something." All episodes are available on iTunes, Google Play Music, the ABC News mobile apps, RobinPodcast.com, and ABCNewsPodcasts.com.
Stars Begin Lining Up For Radio Christmas Specials
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Our inbox is beginning to look A LOT like Christmas as stations, coast to coast, announce their holiday specials. Among many include Mercedes in the Morning’s annual Not So Silent Night will bring its rockin’ holiday show back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s lineup will feature OneRepublic with special guest Lindsey Stirling and more to be announced soon.
Next up is X107.5 Las Vegas who announced return of its annual concert, Holiday Havoc, presented by Dollar Loan Center, with two incredible nights of music at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on Thursday December 8th and Friday December 9th! Night One features Blink 182 and special guests Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil, Weathers and The Hunna. Night Two features Weezer, Grouplove, Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame, and 888.
Down in Florida, Mix 100.7/Tampa has announced it Mistletoe Show featuring Blue October, fellow Grammy winner Colbie Caillat and Joshua Radin. Additional performers for the Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show will be announced shortly.
And this just in: 103.5 KISS FM morning show hosts, Fred+Angi , officially announced the all-star performers for 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2016 which will include : Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Backstreet Boy s, Tove Lo, Lucas Graham, Daya and Hailee Steinfeld, plus a Special Guest appearance from Niall Horan. Capital One will sponsor the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour
Benztown Holds Open House At Its New Studios In LA
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Benztown held an Open House at the company's snazzy new studios at the Glendale Galleria in L.A. Friday night. The Benztown Brigade celebrated in style with friends across the radio industry, who enjoyed great company, music, food, drink, door prizes, favors, tours and a visit from Benztown's much-loved mascot, Gary.
The company, founded in 2008 by Andreas Sannemann, Chief Executive Officer, Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, and Oliver Klenk, Head of Production & Composition, continues to grow and was recently named to the exclusive Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year, a rare feat. PHOTO/ L-R Chachi Denes, Bob Moore, Jhani Kaye, Rick Cummings and Kevin Carter.
More Funds Pour In For WHO Simon Conway's 'Puppy Jake Foundation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2016 –– Two years ago WHO Des Moines Afternoon Driver, Simon Conway, adopted a charity and put on a BBQ in the iHeartMedia News Talker’s parking lot for two hours. $4,000.00 was raised. Everyone was impressed. A year later, Conway repeated the event and in the same two hours smashed the first year’s figure with a $6,000 haul! And then came Friday of last week - the Third Annual free sandwich giveaway to benefit the Puppy Jake Foundation. In the same two hours, more than $22,000 was raised!
The Puppy Jake Foundation, which acquires, raises and professionally trains service dogs for physically and mentally wounded Veterans is the official charity of his show. “I was speechless for about two seconds! People drove long distances, handed over huge sums of money and donated enough to acquire, train for two years and ultimately hand over for free a service dog for a wounded Veteran." The charity is only three years old and in 2016 has given 11 dogs to veterans. Nine more will graduate the program in March.
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FUTURI RATES DEBATE: #LockerRoomTalk; Bill Clinton Accusers, Billy Bush Suspension Among Top Social Trends
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Futuri Media powered real time sentiment analysis for last night's Presidential Debate in St. Louis. Through a live voting window embedded on TV and radio station apps and websites, thousands of self-reported registered voters across America voted tonight during the debate on whether they agreed or disagreed with the candidates in real-time. In addition to largest engagement spikes and most significant AGREE votes among each party, Futuri also provided insight on social media trends during the debate. The conversation was dominated by posts about the Trump tape: #LockerRoomTalk Trump's personal highlighting of Bill Clinton accusers ahead of the debate Trump, companies accused of mistreating women in at least 20 lawsuits GOP reaction to Trump tape Various memes about Bill Clinton's face during the debate NBC suspending Billy Bush for role on Trump tape Clinton (see below).
Other trends on social during the debate: Tax, changes to federal tax, bringing the tax rate down, corporate tax. Clinton: "It's good that someone with his temperament is not in charge of law." Trump: "Because you'd be in jail." Trump mentioning Bernie Sanders several times in the first hour of the debate. Futuri will continue to offer its real-time sentiment analysis tool for its clients at the final debate on October 19. For more info, visit HERE
Former Radio Host Billy Bush Suspended From 'Today' Show; Past Radio Cohorts Weigh In
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Billy Bush has been suspended from the "Today" show "pending further review of the matter," NBC News said Sunday night. CNN's Brian Stelter reports" It's unclear if he'll ever return to the broadcast. This comes amid calls for disciplinary action against Bush over his vulgar 2005 conversation with Donald Trump that was caught on tape and revealed on Friday. NBC sources initially said Bush was not being disciplined and that he would be in his usual spot as co-host of the "Today" show's 9 a.m. hour on Monday morning. One source told CNN Bush would use Monday's broadcast to reiterate the apology he made Friday. But on Sunday afternoon, senior NBC executives made the decision to bench Bush on Monday, effectively reprimanding him. A couple of hours later, the executive in charge of "Today," Noah Oppenheim, said in an internal memo that the executives had decided to go even further and suspend Bush.
"I know we've all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours," Oppenheim wrote. "Let me be clear -- there is simply no excuse for Billy's language and behavior on that tape," he wrote. "NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter." At the time the video was recorded, Bush was a co-host of NBC's entertainment show "Access Hollywood.
Meanwhile, some of his former cohorts from then Z104/Washington have spoken out to The Washington Post. “He always let people shine in their own way, whether it was an intern or a musical guest,” said Janet Elliott, who spent five years co-hosting the morning show with Bush at D.C.’s Z104. “He was definitely on the entertainment side of things, always.” Sammy Simpson, who worked as Z104’s marketing director at the time, said one of Bush’s main duties was to participate in entertaining stunts, like at a Cinco De Mayo event, where he agreed to wear a Velcro suit covered in prizes so listeners could knock them off with pool noodles. “That’s his personality,” Simpson said. “He’s a silly entertainer.”
Tom Joyner Now Among 'Giants Of Broadcasting'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Thursday October 6th, celebrated nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner was among ten distinguished members of the media industry were saluted at the 14th Annual GIANTS OF BROADCASTING & ELECTRONIC ARTS Luncheon in New York’s Gotham Hall. Joyner, a trailblazer in syndicated radio, reaches 7.4 million listeners weekly on nearly 100 radio stations. He earned the moniker “The Fly Jock” in the mid-1980s flying between Dallas and Chicago, doing his number one morning drive program in Dallas and then commuting to Chicago for his number one afternoon program.
The 2016 Honorees join 191 Giants of Broadcasting who have been honored by the Library since 2003. 2016 HONOREES: MARIA BARTIROMO Anchor and Global Markets Editor FOX BUSINESS NETWORK – FOX NEWS CHANNEL TOM BROKAW Special Correspondent NBC NEWS Former Anchor and Managing Editor NBC NIGHTLY NEWS DICK EBERSOL Retired Chairman NBC SPORTS GROUP TOM JOYNER "The Fly Jock" Host THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW PAUL KARPOWICZ President, Local Media Group MEREDITH CORPORATION STEVE KROFT Correspondent 60 MINUTES CBS NEWS SUSAN LUCCI Iconic Actress ABC's ALL MY CHILDREN LIFETIME'S DEVIOUS MAIDS PERRY SOOK Chairman, President & CEO NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP, INC. SUSAN STAMBERG Special Correspondent NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO Former Co-Host ALL THINGS CONSIDERED Posthumous Award to: WALT DISNEY - PHOTO/Wendy Moger-Bross
BUSINESS: CBS Corporation Announces Pricing Of Debt Financing By CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio Business CBS Corporation announced that its radio business, CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”), has priced an offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.25% senior unsecured notes due 2024. CBS also announced that CBS Radio has established pricing for a $1.06 billion senior secured term loan B facility maturing in 2023 at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.50%, with a LIBOR floor of 1.00%. The $1.46 billion debt financing to be effected through the issuance of the notes and the borrowing under the term loan are being made as part of CBS’s plans to separate its radio business. The offering of the notes is expected to close on October 17, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.
CBS also announced that CBS Radio is expected to enter into a $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility maturing in 2021 simultaneously with the term loan, subject to the completion of documentation and customary closing conditions. The revolving facility is expected to be undrawn at the closing date and will be available to CBS Radio for general corporate purposes. The notes will be offered and sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to non-U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.
ON-AIR: DJ Bonics Joins WE 96.3 Portland
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced the addition of DJ Bonics to WE 96.3 (KWEE). DJ Bonics will be on air from 4-7pm starting October 17th.
As the official DJ for Wiz Khalifa (Taylor Gang), Bonics has played stages such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Made in America and the UK Wireless Festival. Not to mention television appearances on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, The Ellen Show, Saturday Night Live, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, BET, MTV and ESPN SportsCenter. He also has extensive radio experience hosting shows on stations in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. He was a Red Bull 3Style US National DJ Finalist in 2010 and 2015. Bonics has performed in 20 different countries in over 75 cities including; Vegas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Paris, Sydney, Sao Paolo, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Lebanon and London.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cox Tampa's Megan Caldwell Rises To Digital Sales Mgr.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa Radio has promoted Megan Caldwell to Digital Sales Manager effective immediately. Prior to this promotion, Caldwell was Digital Media Strategist working with some of CMG Tampa’s biggest digital clients, managing campaigns and working with the CMG Digital team on analytics, fulfillment and revenue generation. She began her career at CMG in 2013 as a Digital Producer working on B2B sites, social media, mobile, apps and permission marketing initiatives.
“Megan knows the digital space, knows our marketing partners and knows what it takes to compete and win in this competitive and fast moving space”, said CMG Tampa VP and Market Manager, Keith Lawless. “I am beyond excited to be leading our team in digital,” said Caldwell.
CBS Chicago Radio Airs Live Broadcast From Wrigley Field On First Day Of Division Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Last Friday, five of CBS RADIO Chicago’s radio stations hosted live broadcasts from Wrigley Field, including 670 The Score (WSCR-AM), B96 (WBBM-FM), 93XRT (WXRT-FM), US99 (WUSN-FM) and 104.3 K-HITS (WJMK-FM).
The broadcasts, which included Cubs guests on all shows throughout the morning, brought a huge Chicago audience to the stations. Shown left is broadcast “B96 J Show” with Niice Shelly (top right) Showbiz Shelly (top center) and Gabe (top left) and US99 Stylz and Roman” (bottom) PHOTO/Marty Rosenbaum
Kix Brooks Honors Veterans with a Two-Hour Holiday Music Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016 –– Westwood One and Kix Brooks -- one-half of the best-selling duo in country music history, Brooks & Dunn -- celebrate the service of all U.S. military with his annual two-hour Veterans Day music special, A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks. The popular award-winning host of Westwood One’s American Country Countdown, will honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the U. S Armed Forces.
"It has always been close to my heart to make sure to celebrate the servicemen and women who do so much for this country," said Brooks. "I couldn't be more proud to work alongside Westwood One and give them the recognition they deserve and show our gratitude." Several of Brooks’ fellow Country stars join him for this musical salute, where they share their personal appreciation for our veterans, including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, and more. Stations can air Westwood One’s “A Salute to Our Military Veterans” any time Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2016, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 727-6987.
Chelsea Handler Donates $100K To Hurricane Victims; Gaga Carpools
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WARM 98.5's Bob Goen, Host Of '96 Miss Universe, Breaks Silence On Trump's Machado Comments
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– In 1996, Warm 98.5/Cincinnati morning co-host Bob Goen, who at the time co-hosted TV's Entertainment Tonight, hosted The Miss Universe Pageant. Goen and Trump's then-wife Marla Maples co-hosting the ceremony The winner than year was Miss Venezuela, a 19-year-old named Alicia Machado. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Goen this week to recall the event. "She was really enjoying the moment. She was enjoying her chance to shine in the spotlight," Goen says. "She seemed very upbeat, and she seemed comfortable with the position, and that was it."
Twenty years later, Machado has found herself in the spotlight once again after Hillary Clinton criticized Trump during the first presidential debate for his previous comments about Machado. After the debate, Trump also went on Twitter to discuss her past and an alleged (s)ex tape she had made — an accusation that has been proven to be untrue. THR says Goen didn't watch the debate (he goes to bed early for his morning radio show, Bob & Marianne in the Morning on Cumulus Cincinnati's Warm 98.5), but responding to Trump's comments Goen says "I think his position is inexcusable. I thought it was self-serving. I'm not a fan of the way this was handled."
In 1997, Trump called her an "eating machine" and discussed how her weight had become "unacceptable." "He flew in that day for the pageant," Goen recalls. "I do remember seeing him backstage beforehand and talking with him and talking with Marla, and it was quite genial." Goen recalls his time with Machado fondly. He says, "As much as the language barrier would allow, we got along great, and she was a very sweet gal."
Matthew Weakens Slightly But Continues To Pummel Florida Coast; Radio Host Admitted Fear
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly Friday morning to a Category 3 storm reports CBS NY, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says it’s expected to remain a powerful hurricane. As of 5 a.m. this morning, Matthew was centered about 40 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving north-northwest near 13 mph with its strongest winds of 120 mph just off shore. Matthew's aftermath have left street signs dangling in Palm Bay BS billboards ripped from their frames in Juno Beach. The National Hurricane Center says sustained winds of 46 mph and a gust of 70 mph have also been reported in Melbourne. Massive power outages have left more than 270,000 in Florida in the dark and major airports closed down along with Walt Disney World and other amusement parks.
“I’ve been through earthquakes, I’ve been through tornadoes, but I’m not gonna lie — I’m scared,” Tony Zazza, a local radio DJ, posted to Facebook. In an update this morning, Zazza posted: "We are all curled up in haul. Winds are loud and creepy and the shaking and rattling is eerie. But it looks like the storm weakened to a Cat 3 and the eye stayed over the ocean. Daylight approaching and still 6-8 more hours of the pounding winds and rain!"
Matthew has already killed well more than 300 people in the Caribbean (Reuters reporting this morning that 336 have died in Haiti). Mandatory evacuations are also underway in Georgia and South Carolina where the hurricane is expected to hug the coasts of those states this weekend.
For those wishing to help Hurricane Matthew Victims, NBC has created a list agencies to consider. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST - PHOTOS/screengrabs
It's Complicated: Sean Hannity And Megyn Kelly Make Nice After Kerfuffle
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– As you may have heard, Premiere syndicated radio host/ Fox TV News' Sean Hannity and cohort Megyn Kelly had a slight kerfuffle this week; thus, setting the internet on fire. This followed Kelly saying on her show, “Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10:00, will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days, which doesn’t exactly expand the tent.”
Hannity fired back on Twitter posting that Kelly should instead be mad at Clinton, adding that Kelly wouldn't criticize Clinton because she "clearly supported her." Predictably, this set off a twitter storm along with a bevy of news sites claiming the beginning of an internal war at Fox News. Some Twitter users suggested that Hannity should stand by his Fox News colleagues, which is when he replied simply: "Sure. When they stand by me."
Somehow calmer minds prevailed and the above photo was posted on Instagram with the caption: "We're Irish. It's complicated. #friends." That said, some of those who commented on the photo weren't totally buying this latest truce - SEE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS Radio Appoints J.D. Crowley To Newly Created EVP/Digital Post
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio announced that it has appointed J.D. Crowley as executive vice president of digital. Crowley joins CBS RADIO in this newly created position from the Company’s sister division CBS Television Distribution, where he served as senior vice president and general manager of digital media. Crowley will be based at the Company’s corporate headquarters in NYC and report to CBS RADIO President, Andre Fernandez.
“J.D. joins us at a monumental time for both CBS RADIO and the industry overall,” said Fernandez. “As we continue to evolve and reshape the future of CBS RADIO, the digital properties within our portfolio – both existing and forthcoming – play an increasingly important role in how we reach and engage consumers, provide value to advertisers and grow revenue. With J.D.’s appointment we are better poised than ever to harness the joint power and reach of our local and national digital properties.” Crowley began his career as a producer at KCAL/KCBS Television in Los Angeles, and has created and produced programming across genres from newsmagazines, reality, investigative and special events. Crowley is the recipient of multiple Emmy, Promax/BDA, Telly, AP and RTNA Awards.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Taps Mark Wildman As SVP, Strategic Partnerships; AdLarge & Marketron Develop Programmatic Platform For Networks
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced the hiring of Mark Wildman as SVP, Strategic Partnerships. In this key role, Wildman is charged with leveraging Westwood One’s vast portfolio of multimedia assets including award-winning content, digital audio, and experiential opportunities across marquee events such as The GRAMMYS®, Super Bowl, ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards, just to name a few. He is based in New York City and reports directly to Steve Shaw, President, Westwood One Sales.
Wildman joins Westwood One from William Morris, where he was responsible for selling media, sponsorship, and content programs to clients by leveraging WME/IMG’s entertainment, sports, and music event platforms and talent resources. His worked closely with a number of high-profile brands, including ABInBev, Heineken, Ford, Cadillac, Samsung, Gatorade, and Pepsi. Prior to William Morris, Wildman held executive sales positions at Three Lions Entertainment, Bonnier Corporation, Readers Digest, and Condé Nast.
--AdLarge Media and Marketron are collaborating on a new programmatic platform that will automate the buying and selling of network radio advertising. The platform will give advertisers access to radio inventory across a broad and deep market list on Marketron’s Mediascape marketplace and deliver immediacy, accountability, transparency, and campaign analytics. "The Mediascape Marketplace allows more stations the opportunity to publish and trade inventory in an efficient manner. We are always looking for opportunities that offer our customers new ways to monetize their inventory," said Jeff Haley, Chief Executive Officer of Marketron. "
PODCAST: RAB Launches Radio On Main Street Podcast Hosted By Erica Farber
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2016 –– Radio on Main Street is the podcast devoted entirely to radio hosted by Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO, Erica Farber. Each podcast will feature individuals creating, marketing, influencing, innovating or just making a difference on America’s most listened to medium. Through conversations with radio's leaders, influencers and marketers who are achieving success, the focus of this series is to amplify and share radio’s meaningful impact in the homes, offices, and cars of Americans across the country.
The first podcast in this series features RAB Board Chair, Hartley Adkins, President of the North East Division and Corporate Operations at iHeartMedia, Inc.
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