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[WATCH] Hartford Host And Station Issue Apologies Following Offensive Video
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 ––96.5 TIC FM Hartford and it's morning host Gary Craig issued statements apologizing for a controversial video Craig posted earlier in the week, which has since been pulled. According to FOX61 TV, Local and state leaders had blasted the video posted to YouTube by Craig over comments he made during a visit to last weekend's Latino Fest.
"I walked into some kind of parallel universe or something. What the hell?" Craig says in the video. He then takes a walking tour of the festivities, later commenting "now I don't have to go to Cuba," mistaking the Puerto Rican flag for the other Caribbean nation's before singing the theme song to "I Love Lucy." He removed the video Tuesday from YouTube and his personal Facebook page after officials spoke out about it.
“Gary Craig's video is repulsive and bizarre,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford.
WTIC-FM emailed a statement this morning saying, “Gary’s video was inappropriate and was not in line with our station’s values. We are taking this matter seriously and have communicated to Gary that there is no place for this type of content on our station.” Craig, also issued a statement, saying, “I would like to take the time to address the video I made at last weekend’s Latino Festival. I recognize that it was a poor attempt at being humorous. It was insensitive and stupid, and I sincerely apologize." WATCH HERE - PHOTO/screengrab
ON-AIR: 99.5 WYCD Detroit Adds Roxanne Steele To Middays; Chris Mosser Takes Mornings At 93.3 KGSR Austin
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– 99.5 WYCD that well-known personality Roxanne Steele has been named the permanent host of the midday show airing on WYCD-FM weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Steele was born and raised in Los Angeles where her love for radio was born. After high school, she attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, CA and landed her first job on air at age 19. After stints in Washington, Texas, and Arizona, Steele’s career took off in Top 40 radio working for B96 in Chicago for 12 years. Most recently, she was the midday host for WYCD’s sister station, 98-7 AMP Radio (WDZH-FM.). This is Roxanne’s first stint in country radio.
93.3 KGSR-FM has named Chris Mosser as its new morning host. Most recently he handled mornings on 103.1 iHeartAustin and afternoons on 98.1 KVET-FM. He tells Austin360, “I’ve been a loyal KGSR fan since I moved to Austin in the early ’90s, and it’s a total honor to become part of this legendary station and hugely talented team,” he said. “Glad to get to hang with the cool kids.” Mosser In The Morning's first day on the air is July 6.
“Chris is the queso for our chips,” KGSR program director Haley Jones said. “He’s a student of the arts and culture that make up Austin, a ginormous music fan and all-around nice guy.” Loris Lowe, who had been filling in on the morning shift, will slide to evenings, KGSR said.
Mosser replaces Kelly Jordan, who left the station late last year.
Salem Media Brings The Answer To San Francisco
Becomes 26th Answer Branded Talk Station
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– Salem Media Group announced that it is launching a News Talk station in San Francisco over the July 4th weekend. 50,000 watt KTRB covers the entire San Francisco metro, including the embedded metros of San Jose, Sacramento and Modesto. KTRB will become 860 AM The Answer, the 26th Answer branded talk station in the Salem family. "We are thrilled and excited to enter market #4 with a station that reaches the entire metro population," said Salem Media Group President Dave Santrella. "Just in time for the run up to the biggest Presidential election of our lifetime, we're adding the entire lineup of Salem's outstanding network talk talent."
The lineup will include live shows from the Salem Radio Network: Hugh Hewitt, 3am to 6am Mike Gallagher, 6am to 9am Dennis Prager, 9am to Noon Michael Medved, Noon to 3pm Larry Elder, 3pm to 6pm Steve Deace, 9pm to Midnight. Salem's news talk stations and network have grown in prominence in 2016, with its coverage of the Presidential election. Salem surprised some in the media when it obtained exclusive radio rights to four of the GOP Presidential debates. SRN will offer wall to wall coverage of the GOP Convention from Cleveland from 6am to Midnight, including live anchored coverage of the evening activities. The new station in San Francisco, will be able to carry it all.
[WATCH] Actor Johnny Depp Gives First Interview Since Acrimonious Divorce With Jonesy's Jukebox On 95.5 KLOS
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– Depp and his Hollywood Vampires bandmates visited KLOS studios on Monday, June 27, 2016, and talked to Jonesy's Jukebox host, rock legend Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, about music, their band and behind-the-scenes info about their European tour, which kicks off its U.S. run this Friday, July 1, in Pennsylvania. Depp also talked about how he got his start in acting, but did not discuss his highly-publicized divorce from actress Amber Heard.
Pictured are (L to R): Johnny Depp, Steve Jones, Matt Sorum, Bruce Witkin, and Robert DeLeo. Keith Cunningham, Program Director, 95.5 KLOS/Los Angeles said, “The Rock of Southern California, 95.5 KLOS has been the country’s leading supporter of the Hollywood Vampires since their record came out last year, and while it was some great radio yesterday, Johnny and the other Vampires couldn’t have been more gracious. They hung out longer than expected, thanked everyone, and even took pictures with anyone who wanted one. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
Elvis Duran Joins Top Stars On Hollywood's Walk Of Fame
Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Tyra Banks, Eva Longoria, Sarah Silverman, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend Among Others Named
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced yesterday, June 28, 2016 by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Television Producer and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee for 2016-2017, announced the new honorees via live stream on www.walkoffame.com. In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Brett Ratner, Ryan Reynolds, George A. Romero, Mark Ruffalo and Rita Wilson In the category of TELEVISION: Tyra Banks, Andre Braugher, Ken Corday, Lee Daniels, Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria, Wolfgang Puck, Keri Russell, Haim Saban, George Segal, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor In the category of RECORDING: Clarence Avant, Jerry Goldsmith (posthumous), Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC, New Edition and Selena Quintanilla (posthumous) In the category of RADIO: Elvis Duran. WATCH HERE
j?capps Cracks The Connected Car Code For Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– In a webinar this week, mobile developer j?capps announced a major breakthrough for radio stations, podcasters, and Internet radio stations – the ability to appear in even more automobile audio entertainment systems via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and the SmartDeviceLink system for Ford and Toyota vehicles. j?capps President Paul Jacobs noted, “For us, it’s always been about how radio could have presence on the beachfront property known as smartphones. Today, that valuable real estate includes the car dashboard.”
“Over the past six years, we have focused on the changing in-car entertainment environment, and its impact on the radio industry,” remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “Today’s entertainment systems provide drivers with myriad options, many of which are accessed from their smartphone. And now, we can get radio broadcasters on the valuable screens of these vehicles to ensure that millions of consumers can enjoy hearing their favorite stations while driving.”
“It’s exciting to be first. Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems,” commented j?capps COO Bob Kernen. “It’s a major priority for us. For more information about App EverywhereSM and how broadcasters can ensure their mobile applications are available in cars, contact Bob Kernen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Burnstein at email@example.com. About j?capps
WWO Teams With Veritone For New Service To Increase ROI On Content & Endorsements
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– Westwood One has introduced a new service for local radio stations which allows them to optimize ROI, increase market share, increase revenue, and improve accountability. Veritone…powered by Westwood One -- a partnership between Westwood One and Veritone Media -- is a cloud-based cognitive audio platform that automates the capture and tagging of content and live read endorsements, making them accessible to advertisers in near real-time.
“Veritone is one of the most innovative companies in the radio industry”, said Charles Steinhauer, COO Westwood One. “This partnership will allow our affiliates the ability to make voiced reads for advertisers, in-program interviews, commercial audio, and native brand mentions searchable. This is huge.” Stations interested in learning more about Veritone…powered by Westwood One, can contact Todd Alan at TAlan@westwoodone.com or (212) 735-1107.
Radio's Longest Running Show, 'King Biscuit Time' With Sonny Payne To Celebrate 75th Anniversary This November
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– The show has done more broadcasts than both the Grand Ole Opry and American Bandstand - more than 17,500 broadcasts reports KATV. Now the longest running daily radio show in America is set to mark another milestone - 75 years of King Biscuit Time. Since the start, the show has been broadcast live on 1360 KFFA-AM in Helena. In 1992, the show moved to broadcasting from the Depot on Missouri Street, and then moved again in 2000 to its current home inside the Delta Cultural Center in historic downtown Helena.
"Sunshine" Sonny Payne has been the longest running host of the show, serving as the primary host for 65 of the 75 years the show has been around. Only recently did the 90-year-old host make his job part-time, having staff at the Delta Cultural Center fill-in for him when he's not feeling up to it." But despite health problems, even at the ripe age of 90 (he'll be 91 in November), Payne said he has no plans on retiring. "There's nothing to retire to," said Payne. "I've got it all right here." King Biscuit Time will celebrate 75 years of broadcasting on November 21. READ STORY HERE
DC's Tommy Show Celebrates 5th Anniversary With The Nats
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2016 –– The Tommy Show celebrated its 5 year anniversary with 94.7 Fresh FM in DC at Nationals Park with over 300 members of the "Fresh Family". Tommy McFLY, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer (inset) hosted a tailgate party prior to the game. This is part of an ongoing relationship the Tommy Show has with the Washington Nationals. In the shown photo, fans are waving at show members at the top of the section - The Tommy Show had an entire section. SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE
Backstreet Boys Going Country; Caitlyn Jenner, 40 Years After Olympic Gold
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MOTION: Hilary Returns To 91X San Diego; Star 104.5 Omaha Adds Terri McCormick To Mornings; Kevin and Brenda Mee Take Mornings At 101.9 The Bull Boise; Sheila Hamilton Inks Longterm With Alpha Portland
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– San Diego’s 91X (XETRA 91.1 FM) announced the return of Hilary (Chambers) where she'll serve as Music Director and cover middays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. According to sandiego.org, Following part time work at KNAC Los Angeles and then 92X in Denver, Hilary returned to California to host afternoon drive on 91X for almost a decade. After taking her talents to other stations and formats, she returns now to 91X.
--Terri McCormick posted yesterday on Facebook, "It's been 10 amazing years Austin, but it's time for my next big adventure. I'm leaving today for the great city of Omaha to be a part of the new morning show on!! Terri's headed to Star 104.5 ' where she'll join existing co-host Chris Chapman and replaces Ricky Woods, who is moving to Minnesota. McCormick spent 10 years with Entercom's "Majic 95.5" KKMJ in Austin. She tells Jockline, her first day on air with Chris will be this Friday July 1st.
--Husband-and-wife team Kevin and Brenda Mee are returning to the Boise airwaves at 101.9 FM The Bull. The Idaho Statesman reports that after vanishing at Lite 107.9 FM in April they've now reappeared on country 101.9 FM The Bull where they'll host “The Morning Bullride” from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Prior to Lite 107.9, they worked at Kissin’ 92.3 FM for more than a decade.
--Alpha Media, Portland announced today Sheila Hamilton has signed an extension on a multi-year deal. Five-time Emmy winner, Sheila Hamilton recently published her book, “All the Things We Never Knew,” in November of 2015. The book has received national recognition and accolades by numerous influential people including Ariana Huffington and Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild.”
Sheila began her career in documentary film before producing and reporting two decades of television investigative news for such television stations as Portland’s KATU and Salt Lake City's KTVX. Sheila, winner of KGW’s Best Radio Personality title for 2013. She is currently the news director and morning show co-host on KINK.
Newsradio KRLD Dallas Names Melissa Harrison Morning News Co-Anchor
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– Melissa Harrison will join Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as co-anchor of the KRLD/Dallas Morning News beginning Friday, July 1. Harrison is a veteran journalist who has worked as a television news reporter in New York and Dallas-Fort Worth as well as Birmingham, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Waco and Abilene. She was most recently a freelance reporter for KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.
“It is an honor to join the morning drive team at KRLD,” Harrison said. “I look forward to joining Mike and Scott and the entire morning team as we keep North Texans informed of what they need to know as they begin each and every day.”
ABC Radio Reaches Out To Millenials Las Vegas Style
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– ABC Radio, SLS Las Vegas and Skyview Networks have formed a strategic sales and radio programming relationship to create new opportunities for radio stations and advertisers to reach Millennials. The first collaboration from this new relationship is “Go with the Flo—Fourth of July Vegas Style,” recorded at SLS Las Vegas featuring Atlantic Records recording artist Flo Rida. The three-hour radio special, performed before a live audience, features nearly a dozen of Flo Rida’s world-wide dance hits along with exclusive party mixes by Foxtail Nightclub crowd favorite, DJ Ikon.
“Go with the Flo—Fourth of July Vegas Style” is hosted by celebrated radio personality Vic Latino (inset). The Flo Rida special will be followed July 16th by POP EDM, a new, weekly four-hour Saturday night party featuring exclusive mixes of the freshest electronic dance music (EDM). “This exciting new relationship with SLS Las Vegas provides ABC Radio access to one of America’s strongest, and most creative entertainment markets,” said Steve Jones, VP & GM, ABC Radio. “POP EDM and the July 4th special featuring Flo Rida uniquely capture the soundtrack of Millennial culture creating opportunities for appointment listening.
For information on treating your listeners to ABC Radio’s Fourth of July special with Flo Rida or our new weekly POP EDM show contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Podcasts In The Future For NPR's Garrison Keillor?
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 ––'Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor's show is coming to a close and Journal Star Peoria reporter SteveTarter wonders if podcasts are in his future. He cites Ellen Gamerman recently piece on the changing of the guard at NPR in the Wall Street Journal. While public radio's most established stars are exiting the stage, there's another issue: attracting listeners to traditional radio when an increasing number of digital channels are filled with alternatives, noted Gamerman. Keillor, who visits the Peoria Civic Center in October, continues to draw 3.2 million people to his Saturday night show, "a million less than a decade ago but still the third-largest audience among weekend programs on public radio," she wrote. Prairie Home will continue with Chris Thile (above left) but replacing a gifted storyteller may not be the biggest challenge for NPR.
"By the end of the decade, NPR projects that younger listeners under age 44 will make up only around 30 percent of the overall audience for its member stations, compared with about 60 percent in 1985," said Gamerman. The rise in the popularity of podcasts has not been lost on NPR, the nation's top podcast publisher with a monthly audience of 7.2 million listeners, according to Podtrac. While facing a challenge, NPR continues to pull big numbers on the traditional dial, attracting a weekly audience of 26 million people, according to Edison Research.
Uber Partners With Pandora To Give Drivers Ad-Free Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– Uber is integrating Pandora into its Partner app, giving drivers the ability to easily hunt for personalized music stations while on the road reports theverge.com. The company says the new feature will reach drivers in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and will be ad-free for the first six months.
Uber will also be providing aux cables to drivers to take advantage of the partnership. This feature puts control back in the hands of those behind the wheel, and comes as it tries to provide more perks like branded debit cards and discounts. Pandora, for its part, also stands to benefit. As monthly listeners slowly decline, this new feature serves as a way to keep interest in the service up in the months ahead.
CONDOLENCES: Beloved Kentucky Host Scooter Davis Succumbs To Esophageal Cancer; 102.9 KARN/Little Rock'sDonna Kelly Passes Away At 66
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– We were saddened to learn this week of the passing of Scooter Davis (far right) - who lost his battle with terminal metastatic carcinoma consistent with esophageal cancer.
According to newsdemocrat.com, He had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer early in 2015, with doctors saying he had only six months to a year to live. His career took him through Nashville, Russellville and Bowling Green. Scooter spent a great deal of his years as a host for WBVR “The Beaver” before it moved to Bowling Green, along with Scooter. Davis lived in Russellville. He was married to his wife Tammy, who survives him. He has one son, Adam of Alexandria, Al., and three grandchildren, Leigha, Ashton and Ava. PHOTO/Davis shown with Chris Allen at Left
-- Donna Kelley, a longtime news anchor and reporter for Cumulus Media-Little Rock's Newsradio 102.9 KARN passed away at her home Sunday from natural causes. Kelley was a reporter/anchor at KARN for 14 years. She previously worked in Orlando. Cumulus Media-Little Rock VP/Market Manager Keith Liesmann stated: "All of us at Cumulus are tremendously saddened by the sudden and shocking passing of Donna Kelley. Donna was an outstanding reporter/anchor who served with the highest degree of journalistic integrity at KARN for a decade and a half. This is the second death in KARN's newsroom within a month. Journalist Gary DiGiuseppe died in a car crash June 1 after a driver traveling the wrong direction crashed into his car on I-430.
Over 1,000 Listeners Take Bud & Broadway's 'Humble & Kind Week Pledge'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– 92.3 WIL’s Morning Show “Bud and Broadway” Show is pleased to announce that their first ever Humble & Kind Week – which took place June 20 through 24, 2016 – was an unqualified success! Over 1,000 listeners took the “Humble and Kind Week” pledge on the WIL Facebook page at www.facebook.com/923WIL, and reported thousands of instances of listener’s humbleness and kindness. “Humble and Kindness” acts have been reported from right here in St. Louis all the way to Las Vegas & California!
Everyone who came out to the Darius Rucker concert Friday night had the opportunity to sign a gigantic banner pledging to continue to be “Humble and Kind”.
Additional examples of the “humble and kind” occurrences can be heard on the 92.3 WIL website - www.wil92.com/bud-broadways-humble-kind-week/
PHOTOS: Jack Diamond Celebrates National Sunglass Day With Kors; WWO'S Steve Kastenbaum Cover's NYC's Pride Parade
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2016 –– Did you know yesterday was national sunglass day? Nah, neither did we, but we couldn't help but Mix 107.3 Wash. DC's Jack Diamond sporting a nice reflective set of glasses for Michael Kors.
Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum covered New York City’s Gay Pride Parade yesterday. During the end of the Pride march, Kastenbaum caught up with Carlos Menchaca and Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay New York City Councilmembers from Brooklyn and the Bronx. Carlos is also the first Mexican-American elected to the City Council.
'Daily Show Draws Heat Over Offensive Tweet; Jay Leno Okay After Stunt Fail
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ON-AIR: WGN Renews Steve Cochran Show Through 2020
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– WGN Chicago's beloved Steve Cochran Show has inked a contract extension through December 2020 reports blogger Robert Feder. The additional two-year extension, expected to be announced today (6.27), following the recent extension of afternoon host Roe Conn and vice president of programming and content Todd Manly. “Steve makes it look easy with his affable brand of intelligence, but nobody works harder to gather and share the stories Chicagoans care about,” Manley said of Cochran and his show.
“People don’t understand how bad things were when (General Manager, Jimmy de Castro) took over. He made a million tough decisions. He hired the right people. He learned what WGN was and what it could be. So with his leadership we continue to ‘honor the past, fix the present and build the future, said Cochran. He added, "I think I have a responsibility to this audience and the legacy of Wally Phillips, Bob Collins and Spike O’Dell to work harder and be better everyday. “I’m blessed to have this show and very happy that I’ll be doing it for another few years.”
Morgan Huelsman Named Digital Program Dir. For iHeart Nashville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– Beginning July 5, Morgan Huelsman will take on the role of Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia Nashville. Huelsman will work closely with the iHeartMedia Nashville's programming and sales teams to manage and grow the online and mobile content strategy for WSIX-FM, WNRQ-HD, WUBT-FM, WNRQ-FM, WRVW-FM and WLAC-AM as well as the stations’ on-air personalities.
Previously Huelsman served as the Digital Content Director for iHeartMedia Wichita's four radio stations. Her experience includes creative content production across radio, television and digital platforms as well as video editing. She received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University and grew up in Wichita, KS.
'Whad'Ya Know? Bids Farewell Following 31 Year Run
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– Michael Feldman, beloved host of "Whad'Ya Know?," presented his final show to a crowd of over 1,100 people in Shannon Hall at UW-Madison's Memorial Union on Saturday morning. According to madison.com, "Whad'Ya Know?" started in 1985. Feldman dedicated the last show to his original on air announcer Jim Packard who died of cardiopulmonary disease in 2012. "We're not even three minutes in and I'm crying," said the show's on air announcer Stephanie Lee following Feldman's tribute. Wisconsin Public Radio executives told Feldman in March that his live comedy quiz show would be cancelled after running on Saturdays for 31 years. Executives cited financial reasons for cancelling the show as it was one of the most expensive WPR programs to produce and only 100 stations across the country were paying WPR to run it.
The show was inducted into the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City in 1997 and in 2003 became a board game by Madison-based Out of the Box Publishing -- the same company that created the game Apples to Apples. In its heyday 15 years ago, 330 radio stations were playing "Whad'Ya Know?" and 1.5 million listeners were tuning in.
EXCITED, CONFUSED: British Listeners Weigh In On Brexit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– As the weekend news was immersed in Britain's vote to leave the European Union, aka Brexit it was interesting to hear how British radio listeners reacted through the unfiltered radio phone lines. Graham Mack, who pens a weekly international column for Jockline, shared feedback from his show on Friday that appeared to show both excitement and confusion by listeners. Mack says, "On my breakfast show on BOB FM in the Home Counties, I asked people to call in and tell me how they were feeling. All of the calls came from people who were delighted that Britain had voted to leave the EU. I was amazed though with how little they understood about what it means for the country and their reasons for voting to leave. One lady told me she voted to leave because crime was going up. When I pointed out that the latest figures showed crime at the lowest levels ever in Britain, she dismissed this and told me that crime HAS gone up, “because of all the muslims”.
In another example, Mack said, "An intelligent sounding lady said she wanted Britain to have more of a say in what goes on. When I asked her if she voted in the European elections, which we have every five years in Britain, she said, 'Oh, I didn’t know you could do that!' My favorite caller told me she was sick of the EU telling us what shape our vegetables should be. The impression I got was that a lot of people voted to leave because of a fears over immigration bordering on racism and a massive misunderstanding of what the European Union does and what it costs. This could be because in the run-up to the referendum, the leave and the stay campaigns where light on facts and some of their numbers were inaccurate.
[WATCH] 'Radio 'The 'Engine For Everything I Do' Says Ryan
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– In a special edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter sat down with iHeart's Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and Radio/TV host Ryan Seacrest in Cannes at the International Festival For Creativity. They were there to discuss how radio is succeeding in the digital age. Beginning with Seacrest, he asked, "You've chosen to keep radio in your business model even with all your other jobs. Why is that?" "Because it's the ultimate way to connect with the audience," Seacrest answered. "I've always believed in my business model that radio is the engine for anything else that I do."
In addressing platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook, and others, Pittman said "They just replaced the telephone. They used to call us on the requests line, dedication line, the concert line. Now they call us on social." Following Selter's depiction of radio as 'old fashioned,' Pittman countered by calling it 'well established,' pointing out that in 1970, radio reached 93% of the Americans. "Today, it reaches 93% of Americans. Radio is one of the few media's not affected by digital. In fact, we're benefiting," said Pittman. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
Nielsen's Analytics Can Help Talent Choose The Right Celebrity Guests
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– Finding the right fit for on-air talent—whether it be for a new television ad creative or as a replacement host of a hot morning talk show—is a tough job for talent decision makers these days, writes Nielsen. However, pinpointing the best personality to attract the right audience can drive big results.
Nielsen’s recent enhancement to N-Score—a syndicated solution that assesses the casting and endorsement potential of over a thousand celebrities (including actors, personalities, musicians and athletes)—will help industry players do that very thing. For the first time, N-Score will offer a “Fan Affinity” score that will quantify a celebrity's fan base to fit particular content or brands, complementing intuition in order to help inform talent decisions with actionable metrics.
A recent analysis from June 2016 that leveraged this new capability in Nielsen’s Talent Analytics suite of products looked at who some of the best celebrity talent might be for certain programming types.
The Nielsen Talent Analytics analysis from June 2016 looked at potential talk show candidates and found two that might be a good fit. Ashton Kutcher (Actor) 78 91 Tim Tebow (Athlete) 73 88 Read As: Ashton Kutcher’s fans score higher than 91% of all other celebrities’ fans in terms of tuning in to any broadcast morning show. Tim Tebow has an N-Score of 73 out of 100, taking into account his awareness score, likability score, and various attributes collected about him.
Cassadee Pope To Guest Host On Go Country 105 LA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– Beginning today, former 'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope will takeover the Go Country 105 midday show this summer. The show kicks off today, June 27, through Friday July 29 in the 10-2p slot.
Pope said, “I used to live in L.A. and listened to KKGO every day, so it’s pretty cool to join them on-air this summer. I have a lot of songs already cued up in my mind, and I hope the fans will like hearing some of my playlists.”
Pope follow fellow artist Dustin Lynch who recently filled the slot as the station continues its search for permanent midday host. May 9-June 3. Pope recently released the album“Summer” from Big Machine Label Group
Iggy Azalea Helps WZPL Celebrate Birthday At Indiana Fair
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2016 –– This year’s Indiana State Fair featured 99.5 ZPL Indy's Birthday Bash. According to The Indy Star, helpin to sell out a 6,800-capacity arena were Josh Kaufman, Troye Sivan, Ruth B, Melanie Martinez and headliner Iggy Azalea - There basking in the fun was The Dave Smiley Show Members Dave Smiley (C) Nikki Reed (R) facebook twitter Producer Will (L) and Toni Williams (second from left).
How Brexit Could Affect Music & Film Industry; Rihanna Teases 'Star Trek' Song
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CRB Honors Inductees Into The Country Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. honored the 2016 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame this week at a special ceremony, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees were Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air Category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts, and Jim Slone in the radio category. In addition, Randy Travis was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Carole Bowen was honored with the 2016 President’s Award.
Pictured below (L to R): CRB President Charlie Morgan, Kerby Confer, Bev Reno (accepting on behalf of her late husband, Jack Reno), Mick Anselmo, Lisa Dent, Blair Garner, Dana Schuff, Tim Roberts, Jim Slone, CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne (back), and Country Radio Hall of Fame chairman RJ Curtis. Photo Credit: Hunter Berry
ChyronHego's Visual Radio Brings Viewers To GO 96.3 Minny
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Go Media, voice of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins, has installed ChyronHego's Visual Radio reports broadcastingcable.com. The fully automated software solution syncs audio content with video to turn radio broadcasts into visual shows as well. Go Media recently rebranded its flagship station with a modern alternative format and later added a sister hip-hop station.
"With our recent rebrand of 96.3, we wanted to be much more than just a terrestrial radio station. We wanted to find new ways to connect with our core audience of millennials, who are accustomed to consuming media on many different types of platforms and online channels," said Sam Gagliardi, president and chief operating officer at Go Media. "When we first saw ChyronHego's Visual Radio tool, we thought it had a cool factor of 10 -- a great way to engage listeners on mobile devices, tablets, and desktops and keep them tuned in. Visual Radio is the premier offering in this space because it offers sophisticated and robust technology and yet is easy to deploy and use."
Under the control of Visual Radio, Go Media viewers are able to access the Go 96.3 website (go963mn.com) at any time and watch a live stream of the current radio program. In-studio cameras highlight the DJs, as well as guest presenters and visiting bands. When a DJ cues a song for playout, Visual Radio matches the audio file with XML data for the corresponding music video and syncs the two together for playout. - For more information about Visual Radio and ChyronHego's full product portfolio is available at www.chyronhego.com.
Historic Houston Station Finds New Home On FM HD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– KCOH, which proudly calls itself Texas’s first black radio station, has completed a long awaited move to FM HD radio after over six decades on the other side of the dial reports Houstonia Magazine. The station has been broadcasting locally since 1953, first on 1430 AM and then on 1230 AM. The move to FM follows the sale of the station to Ben Hall, the Houston attorney who ran for mayor last year. Hall had been hosting his own show, the Ben Hall Legal Hour, when the station announced it was experiencing financial trouble in late 2014.
During the transition to FM, KCOH went online-only for several months; along the way, longtime hosts like Wash Allen, Michael Harris and Don Samuel left the station. “When they left, there was a time we thought the station wouldn’t make it,” said Jerri Beasley, who hosts the station’s morning show and was promoted to station manager by Hall last year. Beasley says the station bought HD radios for some elderly listeners and taught others how to access the station’s website, which live-streams the DJs as they’re on air.
ON-AIR: Alyssa Page Joins The Lineup At 107.7 The End Seattle
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Alternative 107.7 The End, Seattle’s announced the arrival of Alyssa Page as its new midday host. Alyssa will come to Seattle after handling weekends and swing shifts at Cumulus/Atlanta’s Rock 100.5. She will also handle 107.7 The End’s social media efforts. “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit and passion makes her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I can’t wait for Seattle to get to know her,” says PD Leslie Scott.
“I keep asking myself 'is this real life?' It's not everyday you get to go work for your dream station,” says Alyssa. “The End is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do, and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team. Alyssa will begin July 18th.
Led Zeppelin Prevails In 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– A federal jury yesterday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Led Zeppelin stole the opening guitar riff of its classic hit "Stairway to Heaven" from the defunct Los Angeles group Spirit. According to The Hollywood Patch, The eight-person jury found there was not enough evidence to support claims by the estate of the late Spirit songwriter/guitarist Randy Wolfe that the guitar intro to "Stairway" was lifted from Spirit's obscure instrumental "Taurus." The jury declined to award any damages, ending the legal battle that turned into a spectacle in downtown Los Angeles with the daily attendance of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (R) and singer Robert Plant (L) both of whom testified during the trial - shown above with shown with John Paul Jones (C)
During closing arguments Wednesday, an attorney for Wolfe's estate told jurors that Page and Robert Plant should be held accountable for millions of dollars in royalties for having "lifted" a brief musical passage from "Taurus" more than 45 years ago. Zeppelin's lawyer countered that the delicately descending pattern is a commonplace "musical building block" that is in the public domain and thus not legally protectable. PHOTO/featureflash - shutterstock
Cousin Brucie Calls Stint At WABC "The Golden Moment. It Was The Mount Olympus Of Radio"
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– As he prepares for this weekend's 'Palisade Park Reunion IV at Meadowlands State Fair in East Rutherford, New Jersey, "Cousin" Bruce Morrow reflected on his lengthy career with The Examiner's Elliot Stephen Cohen. Morrow, now 78, who was born Bruce Meyerowitz, became a star on Manhattan's powerful WABC where he performed over 4000 shows from 1961 through 1974 writes Cohen.
Explaining the origin of his beloved moniker, 'Cousin Brucie,' says he got the idea while on the air at WINS Radio. He was approached by little old lady who, while hitting him up for 50¢, called him Cousin. This stuck with him and decided to call himself 'Cousin Brucie' every chance he could on the air. The next morning he says he got a call from his boss, saying, "Get your a... in here, son. You're in big trouble." My heart immediately went into my throat. So I go down to the station, and he pulls out hundreds of yellow pieces of paper that in those days were called Western Union telegrams, the extreme precursor of e-mails. These usually meant bad news, something like a war, or somebody in trouble. Then, after he actually started reading these telegrams, a smile broke over his face and he said, "We're gonna put you on a seven-year contract." That's exactly how the birth of "Cousin Brucie"
Asked about his long broadcasts career and what stands out the most, Morrow said, WABC was the golden moment. It was the Mount Olympus of radio. Something like that will never happen again." Tomorrow night's Palisades event will be broadcast on Morrow's Sirius XM show. READ ARTICLE HERE
WMMR/Philly's 11th Annual 'I Bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive' Draws Record 1,297 Units
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– 93.3 WMMR-FM listeners showed up in record numbers to help save lives at one of the times the American Red Cross needs it the most as summer sets in, schools let out, and families begin vacations plans. The radio station, in conjunction with the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, combined efforts to collect 1,297 units of blood on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Valley Forge Casino Resort- the largest blood drive in the PA, NJ, DE region.
WMMR-FM Morning Show Personalities Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison were the first to donate at 6:00am. They hung out after giving blood to greet every person until the final donor left at 4:30pm. Each donor left with the newest Preston & Steve t-shirt and a ‘Gadzooks!’ pint glass (a popular catch-phrase from the show). Preston & Steve Show members Caseyboy, Kathy Romano, Nick McIlwain and Marisa Magnatta greeted donors as they arrived and prepared to give blood.
PHOTOS: Coach John Calipari Visits ESPN's Mike & Mike; ABC's Kim Serafin Reports From Disney's 'The BFG' Hollywood Premiere
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Mike & Mike welcomed Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns.. Calipari and Towns – who starred at Kentucky and now plays with the Minnesota Timberwolves –discussed the NBA Draft, among other topics. Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, airs weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio.
--At right is ABC Radio Entertainment contributor Kim Serafin reporting from Disney’s “The BFG” premiere, earlier this week, in Hollywood.
Adele '25' Headed To Apple, Spotify & Tidal; Alec Baldwin To Host Game Show
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Share Your Favorite Video(s) With Art Vuolo For MSBC 28 Aircheck Video Channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Following yesterday's request for our readers to share their favorite show videos with radio's best friend, Art Vuolo, he tells Jockline he was 'Overwhelmed' by some of the amazing videos he received by email following our story.
As mentioned, this year we thought we'd give our much traveled friend some help by reaching out to you our readers and asking that you dig into your trove of cool videos and forward them to Art for permitted use on this year's MSBC Aircheck Video Channel.
If you have something 2 or 3 min. long that you'd like to share, mail it to him at PO BOX 55 - WALLED LAKE, MI 48390 - Or, if you have a large file mailing service, email to email@example.com - he needs them as soon as possible - call him at 248-926-1234 for more details. PHOTO/Art Vuolo with the Shotgun Tom Kelly - Hollywood Walk of Fame star! May 2013
FORMATS: iHeart Kicks Off 4th Pride Radio In St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced Pride Radio St. Louis, the pulse of LGBT St. Louis. Pride Radio St. Louis is iHeartMedia’s fourth radio station in the country with programming devoted to local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) listeners and allies. The new station kicked off commercial-free yesterday, June 22 at 2pm CT.
The station’s on-air programming will include an emphasis on local community news, plus several music and entertainment shows throughout the day with popular on-air personalities: Ricky, from 6 – 10 a.m.; Delana, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Houston, from 2 – 6 p.m.; Pacey, from 6 – 10 p.m.; and Christie, from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
iHeartMedia St. Louis is the official radio partner of STL Pride and will celebrate with its listeners from June 24 – 26 with live public performances by recording artists Jordin Sparks, Shawn Hook, Karmin, Melanie Martinez (shown) and others.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John F. Abbot Named CFO For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced the appointment of John F. Abbot as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2016. Abbot most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telx Holdings Inc., a leading provider of connectivity, co-location and cloud services in the data center industry. Abbot succeeds Joseph P. (“J.P.”) Hannan, who resigned his position after six years in order to pursue other interests.
“We are fortunate to attract a leader of John’s caliber with such extensive financial and operational experience to Cumulus as we work to accelerate the progress we have made in the company’s multi - year turnaround,” said Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media. “ His expertise and versatility will be invaluable as we continue to focus on managing the business to improve revenue performance while maintaining cost discipline and exploring available options to improve the balance sheet. We thank J.P . for his significant contributions to the expansion of Cumulus and are grateful for his dedication to the business.”
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Taps Josh Everett Dir. Spoken Word For Kentucky/Indiana Region - PD/WHAS Louisville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Josh Everett has been named Director of Spoken Word Programming for its Kentucky-Indiana Region, effective July 12, 2016. In addition, Everett will oversee NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM’s on-air and online programming. “Josh started his career at WHAS-AM and knows what this station means to the community,” said Michael Jordan, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “His focus on providing fresh, quality content and developing new ways to reach listeners will ensure that we continue to grow our audience across our eight Spoken Word stations in the Kentucky-Indiana Region.”
Everett, a Louisville native, graduated from the University of Louisville and began his career as a board operator at WHAS-AM in June 2007. He went on to serve as Program Director of WLAP-AM in Lexington, KY and Program and News Director for WGY-AM and WOFX-AM in Albany, NY. Most recently, he served as the Program Director for KHOW-AM and KDSP-AM in Denver, CO.
ON-AIR: Dan Hardee Takes Over Afternoons On 99.5 The Mountain Denver
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Entercom's KQMT'99.5 The Mountain' Denver welcomes Dan Hardee to afternoons, 3-8 pm, beginning July 18. Hardee, began his career on Hot AC KKPK-FM Colorado Springs, then moved to Denver as Production Director and night personality for country KWOF-FM. Most recently, he was swing personality for Bonneville Denver's Country KYGO-FM and AC KOSI-FM.
"It's not every day that the opportunity of a lifetime comes along. I'm beyond ecstatic to work with Sam Hill, Mike Peterson and Amy Griesheimer in growing an already monstrous radio station in the most beautiful place to live in the country. A legend like Dan Mitchell leaves very big shoes to fill, so it's probably good I have size 15 feet. It's truly an honor to carry on what he started. Let's rock," stated Hardee.
NPR One Streaming App Drawing Younger Listeners
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Thanks to it's new streaming app, NPR is drawing new and younger listeners to public radio since its launch in 2014. According to Current, The largest age group listening to NPR One is 25- to 34-year-olds, with 40 percent of listeners under 35. More than a third of users who answered NPR surveys said they never or only occasionally listen to broadcast radio. And the audience is sticking around. According to NPR data, the average user listens to NPR One for nearly two and a half hours a week.
There's an upside for broadcast radio as well: More than a quarter said they are listening more to NPR on terrestrial radio after starting to use NPR One. NPR One gives listeners a continuous stream of NPR News segments, mixed with local coverage targeted to the listener’s location. Nearly all NPR member stations that aren’t music-only can be found through NPR One, according to the network. Of those, about two-thirds are contributing local content to the platform. “That number continues to grow as we make it easier to do so,” said Tamar Charney (inset), local editorial lead for NPR One, who was hired earlier this year for the new position after working as program director for Michigan Radio. NPR hired Charney to “make sure that NPR One feels local, better represents local news and shows, and directs NPR One’s growth to support station priorities." As of last year, NPR One had been downloaded more than 650,000 times, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest State of the News Media report. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
NBC Sports Radio Now Available On Apple Music
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– NBC Sports Radio, a joint venture between NBC Sports Group and Westwood One, will now be available for live-streaming on Apple Music. The NBC Sports Radio channel is available through Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, PC, Android, and Sonos.
“We’re happy to offer listeners access to NBC Sports Radio on this exciting platform,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures. “Now, through Apple Music with its broad reach and immediate availability, NBC Sports Radio content is even more accessible.”
NBC Sports Radio is fully-amped, 24/7 sports talk programming that entertains, informs, and engages sports fans nationwide on 418 affiliated stations. For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One at NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.
Ryan Seacrest Holds Fireside Chat With Usher In Cannes
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia hosted a fireside chat this week with radio and television host/producer Ryan Seacrest and eight time Grammy award winner musician/entrepreneur Usher at Cannes 2016. Titled "An Intimate Conversation With Usher," they were introduced by iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman. The conversation centered on entrepreneurship, the path to success, and what it takes to build a lasting career. Usher spoke candidly about staying hungry, the power of hard work and dedication, and the value of radio and connecting with one's audience.
The event took place at the Lumière Theater, Palais during the Cannes Lions Festival. Photo credit: Getty for iHeartMedia.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Elton John To Play In London's Hyde Park For BBC Radio 2
Graham Mack’s WORLD SERVICE Elton John will play in London’s for Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2 Sir Elton John will headline this year’s Live in Hyde Park, organised by BBC Radio 2. Madness have also been confirmed was to perform at the event on September 11th. The rest of the lined up is still to be announced. Last year, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams all performed, along with The Shires, The Corrs and Giorgio Morodor. Photo/courtesy of Graham Mack
BBC wins Broadcaster of the Year in New York The winners of the New York Festivals® International Radio Programme Awards have been announced at an Awards Gala at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse. The title of Broadcaster of the Year was awarded to the BBC. London-based TBI Media earned Production Company of the Year. The 2016 Grand Jury honored Athena Media, the BBC, and TBI Media with the Grand Award. The BBC also earned 1 Grand Award, 7 Gold trophies, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze, 5 Finalist Certificates and two UNDPI Awards (1 Silver trophy and 1 Bronze).
Win The Station’s Promo Car! Hitz 939 in Bundaberg, Australia have been running a comp to giveaway their station promo car, The Hitz Machine. It turned out to be the station's biggest comp in 23 years with over 1,300 entries to win the i30 and over 500 showing up to the remote at Bundaberg Motor Group on Saturday. Closing down the main street and 10k on Facebook Live – it was down to five finalists. The winner was Brenda Hussey. Read more and listen to the audio HERE
Speakers announced for Next Radio in London James Cridland and Matt Deegan's radio ideas conference - Next Radio - has announced its first raft of speakers including Australian radio programmer Craig Bruce and International broadcaster, Graham Mack. Craig Bruce is one of the most experienced and respected radio talent coaches in Australia and the former Head of Content for Australia’s Southern Cross Austereo. Graham is currently Bob FM’s Programme Director/Breakfast Presenter. Next Radio is on 19th September at the Royal Institution in London.
Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Your Favorite Video(s) With Art Vuolo For MSBC 28 Aircheck Channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– No one, NO ONE has taken more video of radio talent, programmers, executives and the like than radio's best friend, Art Vuolo. This year we thought we'd give our much traveled friend some help by reaching out to our readers and asking that you dig into your trove of cool videos and forward them to Art for permitted use on this year's MSBC Aircheck Video Channel.
If you have something 2 or 3 min. long that you'd like to share, mail it to him at PO BOX 55 - WALLED LAKE, MI 48390 - Or, if you have a large file mailing service, email to email@example.com - he needs them as soon as possible - call him at 248-926-1234 for more details.
Art Vuolo with the iconic Shotgun Tom Kelly - Hollywood Walk of Fame star! May 2013
UH OH: Ivanka Trump Being Sued Over Shoe Design; ESPY Nominees Announced
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Want To Be Part Of This Year's Morning Show Boot Camp 28 All-New 'Women's Forum?'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The goal of this year's Women's Forum is to create an experience in which the truth shatters false perceptions and causes us to think differently, says moderator Dana Di Donato. "Hopefully, stereotypes of women in morning radio will shift, if they need to. Maybe we will even gain new insight on subjects we don't usually talk about. If we can leave this forum with a truer understanding and greater appreciation for each other, then it will have been helpful.
This forum will only work if you fill out the survey. Use your name or be anonymous, regardless, use your voice. CLICK ON BANNER BELOW for quick questionnaire
ABC News Takes Murrow Award For Overall Excellence A Third Year In A Row
ESPN, NBC, CBS Gather Multiple Awards
THE MOUTH, JUN22ND, 2016 –– RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, which recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row.
For the third year in a row, ABC News Radio and ABC News (television) both won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence at the network level. ABC's radio team also won awards for Breaking News and Hard News. ESPN took home three Murrow Awards. CBS News won for Hard News and Writing, and NBC News won for Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
"We present the Murrow Awards not only to recognize outstanding journalism, but to inspire radio, television and digital newsrooms across the country," said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "Journalists can learn from each other and push each other to find new and better ways to serve their communities."
Commenting on ABC's awards, Steve Jones said "Today the ABC News Radio staff learned that for the third year in a row we have been recognized by our peers for the Overall Excellence of the work we do. It was one of three awards ABC News Radio won (8 total for ABC News!). To win the Overall Excellence award once is an accomplishment but to win for the third year in a row with our ABC News TV colleagues is remarkable and humbling.
NAB Introduces Inaugural Pilot Innovation Challenge
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), through its PILOT program (formerly NAB Labs) is accepting submissions for its first-ever Innovation Challenge. The PILOT Innovation Challenge will recognize creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. The program will also provide support to the winners for development. The submission deadline is September 23. This year’s challenge question is “How can local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?”
“The broadcast industry is continuously evolving and exploring new ways to produce and deliver engaging content,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark. “The PILOT Innovation Challenge works to identify creative ideas and offer solutions and strategies that benefit broadcasters and consumers alike.” A panel of judges from the broadcast, venture capital, media and technology industries will choose 10 semi-finalists in late September. A smaller panel of judges will determine the winners. The first place winner will receive $20,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000 to assist with prototyping the winning concepts.
Learn more at www.nabpilot.org.
WABC's Joan Hamburg Honored At 41st Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards yesterday at a luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City. Host Robin Meade led the program alongside presenters Beverly Bond, Emme, Erica Hill and Ginger Zee. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg (shown inset with Meade) was presented her award by close friend Alan Alda. Ginger Zee was not only a presenter but an acceptor for Good Morning America’s win for Outstanding Talk Show- News.
Alan Alda, when speaking of Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg, said, “In a media industry where talk radio is overwhelmingly dominated by men, Joan is a woman’s voice that is graceful and lively but authoritative.” Hamburg said, “To all the people in the radio industry, including my new WABC Family who stood by me, it’s about community. Always about community. People’s lives.” SEE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE
77 WABC Brings Fashion Guru Mark Weber To Weekend Programming
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– 77 WABC Radio will expand its weekend programming line-up with a new show that goes behind the scenes of the fashion industry, 'Always in Fashion', hosted by one of the fashion industry's most successful business leaders, Mark Weber. The one-hour weekly business talk program features Weber and luminaries from the world of fashion, including fashion's top retailers, executives and designers from well-known fashion brands. '
Always in Fashion' debuts on 77 WABC on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 10:00-11:00 p.m. EST. New York City-born Weber began his four-decade high fashion retailing career as a clerk at Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, eventually becoming CEO and board member of the company which owns and oversees such iconic brands as Calvin Klein, Phillips Van Heusen and Izod. "Always in Fashion" is 77 WABC is the first station of a planned syndication rollout through KMG Networks, a division of Katz Media Group in association with Sungate Partners, Inc..1
NETWORKS: Envision Virtual Services Welcomes New Anchors Sherry Wright And Brandon Dickson
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– Envision Networks® welcomes Sherry Wright and Brandon Dickson to its team of reporters at Envision Virtual Services News Reports. Sherry Wright has been a broadcast journalist for more than 15 years in markets, including New Orleans, Austin, Portland and Long Island. Brandon Dickson has covered news, sports, business and everything in between as a host, anchor and reporter. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and currently works as the morning news and sports anchor for WPTF/Raleigh, North Carolina. He brings nearly 10 years of broadcasting experience.
EnvisionVirtualServices offers complete locally-derived news and weather solutions for radio stations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on a cash or barter basis. The news component of EnvisionVirtualServices is the easiest and most economical way for a radio station to broadcast a local newscast. For more info, contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 for more information about EnvisionVirtualServices.
ESPN Chicago 1000 Becomes Flagship Station For Notre Dame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– ESPN Chicago 1000 has reached a multiyear agreement to broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons. The deal returns the Fighting Irish to Chicago’s No. 1 sports station, which was previously the home for Notre Dame sports from 1999-2005. ESPN Chicago 1000 will produce Notre Dame basketball games, while IMG will produce Notre Dame football games, as part of IMG’s Notre Dame Football Network. The Fighting Irish will kick off their 2016 football season on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Texas.
In addition to the live broadcasts of Notre Dame football and basketball games, in-depth programming in the form of the Jack Swarbrick, Brian Kelly and Mike Brey Shows will now be available on Chicago radio. Chicago 1000 ESPN Chicago1000 is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, who's lineup includes Carmen & Jurko, Kap & Co. and Waddle & Silvy
CONDOLENCES: Legendary WMCA/New York 'Good Guy' "Dandy" Dan Daniel Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The self-described “world’s most adequate swinging disc jockey,” spent decades on New York radio stations beginning with WMCA in 1961. According to cbslocal.com, His smooth voice was loved by many. Over the years, Daniel made the rounds on several local stations, including WHN, WYNY, and most recently WCBS-FM. He was known for mixing songs and segues with the smoothest banter on the radio.
Daniel’s oldest son, Chris Daniel, put out a message saying his father died “suddenly” Tuesday morning. The cause of Daniel’s death was not indicated. Following the news, radio videographer, Art Vuolo produced a 6 1/2 minute tribute, which includes his video aircheck with the late host. WATCH HERE
iHeart’s BIG 98 Nashville To Host Sixth Annual Guitar-B-Que Concert
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The BIG 98 announced the sixth annual Guitar-B-Que, a live concert and guitar auction to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 10 at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tenn. and feature performances by Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark, Chris Lane and DJ Sinister. Hosts Amy Paige, Tige and Daniel will host the concert and the live guitar auction featuring over 10 signed guitars by various Country superstars.
Michael Bryan, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Nashville said, “We are very grateful to our listeners for their generosity as well as the Nashville music community for helping to deliver a n incredible lineup -- all to help the kids of St. Jude.” In 2015 , Guitar-B-Que raised over $ 20,000 to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For over 25 years The BIG 98 has collected more than $6 million for the organization through charity concerts such as Guitar-B- Que , as well as through radiothon fundraisers including Songs and Stories for St. Jude and Country Cares for St. Jude Kids
LAWSUIT: Robert Plant Recalls Writing 'Stairway To Heaven'
Kobe Bryant To Keynote Sport's Entertainment Summit
‘Kane Show’ Host Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Wife; Calls Accusation 'Unfounded'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Calling it "..an accusation that’s unfounded,” Peter Deibler, best known as Kane, of the syndicated “The Kane Show,” was arrested in Maryland on Friday after his soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of second-degree assault, according to court records reports The Washington Post. On Monday (June 20th,), Montgomery County District Judge William Simmons issued a temporary protective order related to the alleged assault, which took place on May 25, court records say. The temporary order bars Deiber from contacting his wife or entering the Potomac home where she lives.
Kane and his wife, Natasha Deibler have been locked in a nasty divorce, with many of its details being discussed both on his nationally syndicated show, which airs from HOT 99.5 FM in Rockville, and on his wife's personal blog. According to Natasha Deibler’s protective order petition, she said that on May 25, her husband grabbed her and threw her into a wall in the presence of the couple’s daughters, resulting in a sprained knee, head injury, bruises and a black eye. According to online records, Natasha Deibler accused him assault that same day. Last Friday Deibler posted a $3,500 bond and was released from custody.
“It’s an accusation that’s unfounded,” Peter Deibler said by phone of the assault charge. Yesterday he was absent from his show, but tweeted pictures of himself inside an elevator, where he claimed to be stuck and unable to get to work. “First day of summer, I have $500 to give away today at 7:45est…AND I’M STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR AND HAVE TO PEE!” he posted (right)
NAB Breaks Ground On Site Of New Wash. DC Headquarters
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced it has entered into an agreement with Washington-DC based developer Monument Realty and its investment partners, New York-based Angelo, Gordon & Company, to purchase upon completion a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of the nation's capital, with a scheduled move-in by fall of 2018. The planned relocation of the broadcast industry lobbying arm's headquarters is the culmination of a rigorous search for a location with easier access to Capitol Hill that will allow NAB to improve its advocacy efforts.The new headquarters building will be located at the corner of South Capitol and M Streets, SE, a "gateway" to the vibrant Capitol Riverfront section of Washington, DC. The building will be based exactly one mile from the U.S. Capitol and two blocks from the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.
"We're thrilled that we have found a new home," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "The new building will be a showcase venue for radio and television stations across America, and will send a strong message to public policymakers on the vibrant future of local broadcasting." Tommy McFly, morning host on CBS Radio's 94.7 Fresh FM served as Emcee for the announcement - Meanwhile, among the released photos we couldn't help but notice that the NAB's new site is directly across the street from Saint Vincent De Paul's Catholic Church, which offers a 'Nat Mass (inset) on gamedays. (Wash. National's) Nice!
PROGRAMMING: Chase Daniels Rises To OM For Entercom Madison Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Entercom AC WNTR (107-9 The Mix)/Indianapolis PD Chase Daniels has been promoted to OM of Entercom Madison. Daniels will oversee Hot AC WMHX (Mix 105.1), Triple AAA WMMM (105-5 Triple M), and Classic Hits WOLX.
Daniels, whose previous stops include WSTR Atlanta and WAPE Jacksonville said “I’d like to thank Jennifer Skjodt and JR Ammons, who not only helped me in my career here, but were also supporters of this decision. I’d like to also thank Chuck Sullivan and Brian Kelly for making this a smooth transition and for the opportunity.” He’ll officially start Monday, August 15th.
Powered By Adswizz, iHeart Brings First Programmatic Private Marketplace For Digital Radio To U.S.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of the first programmatic private marketplace for digital radio in the U.S. The private marketplace will allow select programmatic buyers to access iHeartMedia’s premium radio inventory across its digital properties on iHeartRadio, the company's digital music and streaming service. "Audio has a significant and growing role in the lives of today's consumers and iHeartMedia is committed to evolving the ways marketers can reach and influence their target audience through our audio channels," said Brian Kaminsky (shown), President of Programmatic and Data Operations for iHeartMedia. "Offering a programmatic approach to buying iHeartRadio's digital listening audiences is a natural extension of our direct sales and broadcast programmatic initiatives and further enables us to capture even more of the $20 billion in ad spending that is projected for 2016."
iHeartMedia's private marketplace is powered by AdsWizz’ programmatic platform and will offer programmatic guaranteed, private marketplace, and open auction opportunities to its advertising partners. With AdsWizz' technology, iHeartMedia will take full advantage of its first-party and partner data to create a rich advertising experience that leverages the effectiveness of programmatic buying.
The Generational Divide Getting Larger Blogs Steve Goldstein
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– In Steve Goldstein's last blog, he reports that new data shows that more Americans get their news from social media, than any other source (with apologies to ABC News for borrowing the phrase). The implications are profound if not yet totally clear as all of this has happened with great speed. Even a digital based news organization such as Buzzfeed, now sees 75% of its traffic originate from Facebook and other social sources. Recent data from Reuters vividly shows just how significant the differences are by each age demographic. While it is not surprising to see TV and newspaper losing dominance with younger groups, this data shows even 45-54 year-olds leaning to online news sources. This certainly was the impetus for a venerable old-school media company, The Tribune Company, to change its name this week. However the name TRONC, which is short for Tribune Online Content is unlikely to change much except generate a good chuckle over another goofy name for a company trying to finds its place in a rapidly altered media world.
A similar digital divide is occurring with audio. The rapid ascension of the smartphone has changed how many listen. Edison Research reports 68% of 13-34 year-olds listen to audio on their smartphones daily. That is a sea change from linear AM/FM listening to on-demand .. Without a direct conduit to consumers on their smartphones, many legacy media brands - not just newspaper companies - will be coming up with their own odd names to try and remain relevant. Steve Goldstein will be a featured presenter at MSBC with "The ABC'$ Of Podcasting" - set for August 11 & 12 Atlanta - READ BLOG HERE
Major Recording Artists Petition Congress Against YouTube
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2, Vince Staples and dozens of other top recording artist are petitioning Congress today against YouTube reports pitchfork.com. They say the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),“has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits ... while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish.” Today (6.21), a petition advocating Congress for reform of the DMCA which regulates the circulation of copyrighted work on the internet, will run in D.C. publications such as Politico, the Hill, and Roll Call, as Billboard and Recode report.
The petition will be signed by 180 musicians and songwriters, including Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, U2, Vince Staples, Kings of Leon, Carole King, and more. Under the DMCA, YouTube is given "safe harbor" from copyright infringement lawsuits, as long as it complies with takedown notices. The artists and labels signing the petition say this gives the service more power than it should have. READ ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: John Garabedian Greets Daya 'On Open House Party;' Florida Georgia Line Invades ABC Radio Nashville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 ––When John Garabedian books guests LIVE on Open House Party, he doesn't mess around. Artbeatz/Red recording artist DAYA, who is featured on the #1 CHR song in the USA right now ("Don’t Let me Down by The Chainsmokers), was John's guest this past Saturday, June 18th. Pictured on the attached are John and Daya. She is 17, from Pittsburgh, and is also climbing the charts with her own track called "Sit Still, Look Pretty".
From ABC Radio: *Photo Caption: “The Fourth of July must nearly be here because Florida Georgia Line spent Monday in a Nashville studio recording their 3-hour ABC Radio special! Pictured are Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley moments after tracking a script for “ABC Radio's Salute to the CMA Music Festival.” To carry this show that will put sizzle in your holiday programming, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would You Like To Be Part Of This Year's Morning Show Boot Camp 28 All-New 'Women's Forum?'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The goal of this year's Women's Forum is to create an experience in which the truth shatters false perceptions and causes us to think differently, says moderator Dana Di Donato. "Hopefully, stereotypes of women in morning radio will shift, if they need to. Maybe we will even gain new insight on subjects we don't usually talk about. If we can leave this forum with a truer understanding and greater appreciation for each other, then it will have been helpful.
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Co-Stars And Actors React To 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin's Tragic Death
Public Voting for National Radio Hall of Famers Starts Today
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Starting today through June 30, listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 17, 2016.
The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Tom Kent, The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder and Gene Baxter), and Bob Kingsley. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Sean Hannity, Mike and the Mad Dog (Mike Francesa and Chris Russo), Diane Rehm and Michael Savage.
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “The listener response we received last year since reinstituting the public voting process after a 5-year hiatus was overwhelmingly positive. Fans want to engage and be a part of the process, which is a tribute to the dynamic personalities of each show.”
Winners of the two categories will be announced July 11. For more info, visit National Radio Hall of Fame website: www.radiohof.org. In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel comprised of 400 industry professionals. For a list of nominees: www.radiohof.org. Those winners will also be announced July 11. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 17 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.
SYNDICATION: Rudy Rush, Ebony Steele And Loni Swain Team For New Nationally Syndicated 'Afternoon Rush'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Former WGCI midday star Loni Swain will soon be heard each weekday as part of a new nationally syndicated afternoon radio show which replaces "The Doug Banks Show." The show with Swain will be heard in numerous markets, but not in Chicago at this time reports crm.com. Former "Banks Show" co-host and comedian Rudy Rush (center) will take over the new show along with Loni and Ebony Steele (top right)
The new show is being renamed the "The Afternoon Rush." Rush remains as the primary host. Dee Dee Renee has been replaced by Ebony Steele, the former co-host of "The Rickey Smiley Show." A third co-host has also been added: Loni Swain. In addition to contributing on-air, Swain will serve as Executive Producer for the program. AURN Program Director Mike Love said in a statement Friday: "We've assembled a solid team and we're putting a new brand of fun and laughter into afternoons on urban adult stations." He added: "With a more current driven playlist and exciting new features, I believe urban audiences across the country are going to love 'The Afternoon Rush' radio show." All of the stations across the country that previously carried Banks' show will carry "The Afternoon Rush," with one noticeable exception: the flagship radio home of WVAZ-FM. The Chicago station chose to not go with a syndicated program in afternoons, instead promoting longtime nighttime host Joe Soto to afternoons.
NBC'S 'Today' Show To Profile Elvis Duran On July 4th
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– It’s been 20 years since Elvis Duran segued from afternoons to mornings on Z100 and then hosting one of radio's top-rated nationally syndicated shows on Premiere Networks. Meanwhile, he's landed a regular segment on NBC’s “Today Show” with his “Artist of the Month” segment and on “Entertainment Tonight.” On July 4th, “Today” will profile Duran in a special segment. In an interview with The New York Post, he explains the advantages of radio over other media: "It’s unscripted, it’s every day and our listeners are used to us. We talk about our personal lives … we do a lot of things on our radio show that they don’t do on TV … where everything is scripted, to-the-second, lots of chefs in kitchen telling you what you can’t do. On our show we just go in and do what we want, and it succeeds."
Duran adds, "Being a “radio guy” helps in a way because there’s spontaneity there — I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind. It could hurt in some ways, where people who run TV networks are like, “Oh my God, this guy is talking about whatever he wants, we gotta control that.” So I can see how it works both ways. Elvis says he'd like to dabble in TV a little more, "but only if it’s right. I’m not going to go out there and beg anyone for a job. I refuse to audition for any TV [projects] because I don’t need it. So many people in TV look at me and go, “You’re not really the TV type.” PHOTO/Premiere READ ARTICLE HERE
Cedar Rapids Host Not Taking Life For Granted Following Battle With 'Flesh-Eating Disease'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– KMRY Cedar Rapids host Ricky Bartlett had part of his left leg amputated below the knee 18 months ago after contracting necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease. According to thegazette.com, “He was given a second chance at life and he decided to live it wholeheartedly,” said Jennifer Bartlett, Ricky’s wife of 22 years.
Ricky said he believes he got the infection during a trip to Wyoming and South Dakota in 2010. While he was in the Badlands of South Dakota, one of his blistered feet became stuck in the mud. However, it wasn’t until October 2014 that he saw any symptoms. Soon, he became very ill. On Dec. 6, 2014, his wife Jennifer demanded her husband go to the emergency room. “They rolled me into the lobby and I passed out. I woke up and my leg was gone.” Ricky was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where medical staff several times told Jennifer he wasn’t going to make it. But fortunately, he did make it
“I have this mentality now of ‘if I can defeat this, I can do anything. Take advantage of the opportunities you have.’” Ricky received his first prosthetic in early February of 2015. And in June 2015, he landed a job at KMRY, as host of the mid-morning show. Ricky had worked in radio in the past, but was most recently in the IT field — to which he couldn’t return because of physical restrictions. Station Manager Eric Walker said he hired Ricky the same day they met after he felt “an immediate connection.” Since then, Bartlett “has been a great asset to the station." READ ARTICLE HERE
WALTER SABO: 'All That Matters Is What's On The Air'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Walter M. Sterling (aka, Walter Sabo) started his radio show on a dare from Chris Oliviero, EVP Programming for CBS Radio. Chris asked, "Have you ever thought of doing a talk show?" Sabo, a longtime media content builder, visionary and much in demand guest speaker, finally agreed after some coaxing and took a slot on Philidelphia's WPHT under the moniker Walter M Sterling.
Following great response and sudden interest by other stations to add his show nationally, Jockline reached out to Sabo to find out what other advice, if any, he may now offer to talent after taking a seat behind the mic himself. "Unique always wins," says Sabo. "When casting stations, I have always listened for non-duplicable talent. Honestly i never listen to other talk show hosts and I think it messes up a talent when they copy from colleagues. It dilutes talent. As a manager I have NEVER suggested that a host listen to another host for guidance. Develop your gifts, trust your gut, pay very close attention to events in your life and no attention to what other hosts do.
Sabo adds, "Being on the air has reminded me of the incredible importance of a world class chief engineer like Dave Skalish at WPHT and an on-top-of things PD like Jared Hart. Little things to management are big things to talent—successful management knows and acts on this fact: All that matters is what’s on the air.” I’m deeply gratified by the number and quality of owners/CEOs who say they want to build entire stations around the proven conversation of daily life. Meanwhile, check out Sabo.. I mean Mr. Sterling's website HERE
Y100’s Mia Amini Receives “ Best On Air Personality ” From Georgia Association of Broadcasters
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Hilton Head announced that Y100’s (WXYY) Mia Amini won Best On Air Personalit y in Division A radio from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) on June 10th. Also from Alpha Media Savannah - Hilton Head , Tim Leary and Jess Jennings from BOB 106.9 (WUBB) were recognized with merit awards and Craig Edelson was awarded a “Gabby” for his production work on Best Station Produced Commercial.
These awards publicly recognize our team’s commitment to excellence in live and local radio.” “I work with the most talented people in t he business and I’m lucky to work for Alpha Media and get to do what I love every day. Thank you Gigi South and Rob Walker for pushing us all to be the best every day,” Mia remarked.
The Gracies Luncheon Takes Place Tomorrow In New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– The Gracies Awards luncheon will be held tomorrow, June 21, 2016 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York. The Alliance for Women in Media will honor exemplary programming by, for and about women at the historic 41st Annual Gracies Awards Luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Hosted by Robin Meade, WABC's Joan Hamburg will receive AWMF Lifetime Achievement Award The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented by Alan Alda at the Gracies at the Luncheon.
The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor outstanding programming by, for and about women and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media including: news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports. For updates on the awards ceremony and luncheon, please visit www.thegracies.org. For the latest information, please follow the Gracies Awards on Facebook: TheGracies and Twitter: @TheGracies.
92.3 WIL'S Bud & Broadway Host 'Humble & Kind' Week
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– In response to recent events in the news media, 92.3 WIL’s Morning Show “Bud and Broadway” announced this morning that they are hosting the station’s first ever Humble & Kind Week June 20 through 24, 2016. In the spirit of Tim McGraw’s popular song “Humble & Kind”, Bud and Broadway pledge to be “humble & kind”, and they’re asking their St. Louis listeners to join their effort to create at least 1,000 acts of kindness and selflessness during this specially designated week.
Even Mayor Francis Slay has taken the pledge, by officially proclaiming June 20-24th at “Humble and Kind Week” for the City of St. Louis! All week long, Bud and Broadway will be taking calls each morning from listeners with reports of their random acts of kindness, suggestions on how people can volunteer within the St. Louis area, and share ideas on ways the community can be “humble and kind” to each other during the week-long campaign. For more information regarding about the “Bud and Broadway” Show and the “Humble & Kind Week” campaign, please contact 92.3 WIL Program Director Scott Roddy at 314-983-6000.
Co-Stars And Actors React To 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin's Tragic Death
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Michigan Host Lands Spot In Rolling Stone Eagle's Interview
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Kalamazoo host who helped the Eagles earn their first No. 1 hit landed him some ink in Rolling Stone magazine. Jim Higgs, now an is owner and air personality for Plainwell radio station WAKV-AM (980), was the music director for Kalamazoo's WKMI (1360) back in 1975 reports mlive.com. In a story titled "Eagles' Complete Discography: Don Henley Looks Back," writer David Browne asks Eagles co-founder Henley about Higgs' role in the band's success.
"Best of My Love" became a hit after Higgs started playing it and the song took off," Browne said. "We had more or less given up hope for the success of the On the Border album," said Don Henley, "and we'd begun work on the next album. So, when "The Best of My Love" took off, it was like a resurrection, a miracle. Henley said that on our last tour – the History of the Eagles Tour – we tracked down Higgs and invited him to our show in Grand Rapids. "Rolling Stone was a nice surprise," Higgs said, "but meeting the band was way better." PHOTO/L-R Jim Higgs, middle, with the members of the Eagles prior to the band's Sept. 8 concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. At right is a photo from 1975 with Higgs posing with signed copy of On The Border Album. Courtesy of Jim Higgs
FORMATS: WWO Introduces New Lite AC 24 Hour Format; Beasley Launches WJBX "News Talk And More In South Florida
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced that it will launch a traditional Lite AC 24-hour format, fully hosted and featuring a wide variety of music from the 70’s through today. The new satellite-delivered format will launch on Monday, July 11. Lite AC will be offered on Westwood One’s Total platform, with a structured-break, exact-timed hour, but with numerous opportunities for station and market identification.
The new format will be programmed by Cheri Marquart (shown top left), VP/Programming, Contemporary Formats, and Jonathan Steele, Director of Operations. "Lite AC will fit a nice slot between our Adult Standards, on the gold side, and our current-based AC and Hot AC formats,” commented Kirk Stirland (shown top right) , President of Programming at Westwood One. For more information, a link to a sample stream and availability in your market, contact Pat Crocker, at 720-873-5170, or email@example.com
Beasley Media Group’s South West Florida Market, covering Fort Myers, Naples and Marco Island launched WJBX News Talk and More, a new station on 104.3 FM, 101.5 FM and 770 AM, and available online at www.WJBXNEWSTALK.com “Listeners will start each weekday at 6 am, with “This Morning, America’s First News” with Gordon Deal, followed by Kilmeade & Friends, John Gibson, Dave Ramsey, Tom Sullivan, and Alan Colmes. Other features include CBS News at the top of every hour and the “Daily Dose” with Dr. Oz.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Trip Savery Rises To Pres/COO At Curtis Media; CMG Atlanta Names Amanda Allwood Its New Promotion's Director; Jeff Lyons Takes Promotions & Event Marketing Post For Adams Las Cruces
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Trip Savery has been promoted to President and COO for Curtis Media Group. The promotion was announced by company founder Donald W. Curtis, who will remain CEO/Chairman. Curtis stated, "This is actually more of a formality. We have actually been working this way for the past year." Savery added, "I am honored to continue my career at Curtis Media Group in this role, and want to thank Don Curtis and the many talented people I have the privilege of working with every day for our continued success."
--Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta has named Amanda Allwood as its new Promotions Director, beginning Monday, June 27. In this role, Allwood will oversee promotions and event marketing for B98.5, 97.1 The River, Kiss 104.1 FM and News 95.5 FM and AM 750 WSB. Prior to joining CMG Atlanta Radio, Allwood was at Sirius / XM in New York where she spent the last four years as senior manager of promotions and event marketing. Her other career highlights include promotions director for CBS Radio in Tampa and numerous promotions and marketing positions for CMG in Tampa and Orlando.
Jeff Lyons has been named Promotions and Event Marketing Manager for Adams Radio of Las Cruces. Lyons has served in radio promotions and events for over 15 years, including stints in Ventura, CA, Santa Maria, CA, Tallahassee, FL and Memphis, TN. Lyons is originally from Washington, DC area and a graduate of the University of Maryland. Lyons also attended Florida State University and has Graduate Certification in Special Events Management.
PODCAST: Jim Berk Named CEO For PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 20916 –– PodcastOne has named long-time media industry executive Jim Berk to the role of CEO. Concurrently, PodcastOne founder Norm Pattiz retains his post as Executive Chairman. Berk will report directly to Pattiz, in addition to joining PodcastOne’s Board of Directors.
Jim Berk comes to PodcastOne with over 20 years of experience as CEO of media, entertainment and hospitality companies. Most recently, Berk served as the Chief Executive Officer of Participant Media. Previously, Berk was Chairman and CEO of Gryphon Colleges Corporation; President & CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc. and was also the founding Executive Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation (The Grammy Foundation)
NIELSEN: Lollapalooza Remains Most Well-Known Music Festival Overall; Coachella Rising
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– According to Nielsen’s Audience Insights Report on Music Festivals, some 36% of the general U.S. population has now heard of Coachella, up from 22% in 2013. The shown graphic provides a snapshot of the fans of the major music festivals in 2016. For music fans, seeing their favorite musicians perform live can be an experience like no other. So it’s no surprise that music festivals—with many artists taking the stage, often over a few days—are gaining popularity. And many of the country’s biggest festivals are becoming household names.
According to Nielsen’s Audience Insights Report on Music Festivals, some 36% of the general U.S. population has now heard of Coachella, up from 22% in 2013. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza is the most well-known music festival overall, with 52% of the general populace having heard of the event. Bonnaroo also has high awareness, with 21% of Americans having heard of it. . SEE REPORT HERE
AWARDS: Greater Media's WLNK-FM Named Large Market Station Of The Year By NCAB
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Greater Media Charlotte’s WLNK-FM was awarded the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 2016 Large Market Radio Station of the Year Award at the organization’s annual convention. The event took place on Tuesday, June 14th at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. Criteria for the judging process included highlights and achievements during 2015, innovative programming, and revenue generation, audience involvement and promotion, commitment to the community, and hurdles encountered and how they were overcome.
“I’m so proud of this team and what we’ve accomplished in the past year at 107.9 The Link,” said Darla Thomas, brand manager of WLNK-FM. “To be recognized by the NCAB with this award is a great honor and one I’m pleased to share with every single person on staff who’s contributed to our success.”t for the awards, it ’ s nice to be recognized by our state organization.
[WATCH] RHCP Frontman Anthony Kiedis Tells Radio Host How He Saved A Baby's Life While Filming' This Week's Carpool Karaoke'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman told UK Radio X's Chris Moyles how he helped an infant breathe during the shooting of The Late Late Show segment 'Carpool Karaoke.' He told Moyles he managed to revive the infant while the band was shooting a dance segment.
"We had a very interesting unscripted moment. We danced-off, we tied and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner. "And a woman came out of her house holding a child, saying 'my baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!' "We all ran across the street. The lady thrust the baby into my arms. The baby was not breathing." He continued: "I thought, 'i'm going to try and do a little baby CPR real quick to see if I can get some air into this kid. I tried to open the mouth. (It was) locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles started coming out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place. The ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over who was breathing and fine." "Then we went back to shooting Carpool Karaoke."WATCH HERE - and in case you missed RHCP appearance on the Corden Show, WATCH HERE (Yes, they got naked)
Couple Wins 'Gender Reveal' At Turner Field With Star 94.1
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Jeff and Jenn Show on Star 94.1 Atlanta recently selected a lucky Atlanta couple, Jake and Abbey, to do their "gender reveal" at Turner Field (home of The Atlanta Braves) all thanks to the Braves and their first baseman Freddie Freeman and his wife Chelsea. The Freeman's recently chose the same very unique way to reveal the gender of their upcoming bundle of joy and wanted to pass down the "explosive" opportunity Jake & Abbey headed to the Braves game Wednesday night with hosts of The Jeff and Jenn Show, Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby, to throw a pitch & find out the gender of their baby.
The reveal involves which color the ball explodes with: 'blue' it's a by; pink a girl. As you can at left, it was a BOY! All the players came out the locker room to watch them do it. Braves legend Dale Murphy offered Jake hitting pointers before the game. The story also got picked up nationally by ESPN on Thursday night. As soon as the ball exploded, the inside of Turner Field turned blue, and all the signs said HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM STAR 94.1 & THE ATLANTA BRAVES. Dauler said, "It was truly one of the coolest live events I've ever been a part of. PHOTO/left is father, Jake Robinson - L-R Jenn Hobby, Abbey, Jake, Freddie Freeman & Jeff Dauler
Rocker Meatloaf Collapses On Stage In Canada; Leno Covers Monologue For Fallon
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dan Mason Joins iHeart As Senior Advisor For Broadcast Relations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that highly respected radio industry executive and former President and CEO of CBS Radio Dan Mason will join the company as its Senior Advisor for Broadcast Relations, reporting to iHeartMedia, Inc.’s CEO and Chairman Bob Pittman and iHeartMedia, Inc.’s President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler. Mason’s appointment highlights iHeartMedia’s position as a 21st century media and entertainment company whose leadership is built on the unparalleled strength of broadcast radio.
“I’ve known and deeply respected Dan for decades,” said Pittman. “Given his long and deep relationships with the broadcast industry, we feel he is ideally suited to establishing deeper and more constant communications with everyone associated with the radio industry on an ongoing and timely basis. We look forward to Dan’s wise counsel on important broadcast issues.” “I've known both Bob and Rich for many years and have admired the inroads they have made in transforming iHeartMedia into the multi-dimensional entertainment company it is today,” said Mason. “It will be great to join the team, and I look forward to continuing my relationships with everyone in the broadcast industry from this new platform.” Mason retired from CBS Radio in April 2015 after spending over a combined 15 years with the company.
Mentoring And Inspiring Women In Radio Group Names Angie Martinez Recipient Of 2nd Annual 'Airblazer Award'
To Be Presented During Upcoming 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, Aug. 11-12, 2016 in Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced that Angie Martinez has been named the 2016 MIW Airblazer. Last year, the MIW Radio Group formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. Angie Martinez, host of The Angie Martinez Show, which airs in both New York and Miami, succeeds Ellen K, recipient of the inaugural 2015 MIW Airblazer Award.
Known as “The Voice of New York,” iHeart Media’s Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience in the New York City radio market, the Power 105.1 host is also an author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness. Starting as a station intern when she was just a teenager, Angie has grown up in the radio world alongside her mother, a program director at a smooth-jazz station. Today, Angie can additionally be seen as a celebrity correspondent on Extra TV. In May of 2016, Angie released her first memoir, My Voice where she details her story, including her climb to becoming a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment, and shares never-before-told anecdotes from her years in media.
Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "Having gone from an intern to the reigning ‘queen of New York radio, Angie's story serves as a true inspiration to others in search of their dreams. I can't imagine a more perfect pick by last year's recipient, Ellen K, in choosing Angie for this honor, a perfect segue from trailblazer to airblazer." MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin adds, “Our intention with the Airblazer Award is to showcase ladies behind the microphone who lead the way as local and syndicated on-air personalities. Women honored by the MIWs have not only achieved their own success, but further understand the importance of sharing their experiences with those coming up the ranks behind them. Angie embodies this spirit and we heartily congratulate her on adding another professional accomplishment, the 2016 MIW Airblazer Award, to her collection of accolades."
Dan Mason Elected Chairperson Of Broadcasters Foundation Of America
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the charity that provides aid to broadcasters in need, has elected Dan Mason Chairperson along with several new members to its Board of Directors. The elections took place during the Board of Directors’ meeting yesterday in New York City. The new Board members are Caroline Beasley, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Perry Sook, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television. In addition, Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group, will now serve as Co-Vice Chair with Richard A. Foreman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Richard A. Foreman Associates, and Leo MacCourtney, President of Katz Television Group, will take over as Treasurer of the Broadcasters Foundation.
Mason has served as Co-Vice-Chairperson since June of last year, following his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO. He assumes the chairmanship role from Phil Lombardo, Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Communications, who is retiring from the position after 13 years and who is being recognized for his service with the title of Chair Emeritus. Also retiring from the Board are George Beasley and David Barrett.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. For more information on how to give help or get help, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delilah Takes Aim At PPM; “It’s Destroying Radio In General, And Especially Shows That Don’t Play For The Meter
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Bloomberg's Ira Boudway penned a lengthy piece on radio's Delilah and her fight to hold ground as the reigning queen of night-time FM radio. Eight million people listen at least once a week, according to IHeart. At any given moment, hundreds of thousands are tuned in. In February, Delilah celebrated her 56th birthday and 20 years in syndication (syndicated by Premiere Networks since 2004).
But now, Delilah is speaking out. Boudway says Adult contemporary has gone into decline, with programmers 'preferring newer, more up-tempo music. Many of AC stations have cut back on DJ talk. The changes have affected Delilah's show, too. As for the culprit, she points to the Portable People Meter, The device Nielsen uses to measure radio audiences.
“The damage is horrendous,” she says. “It’s destroying radio in general, and especially shows that don’t play for the meter. Delilah says, "the PPM sample sizes are too small, and the device itself is faulty." Nielsen, in an e-mailed statement , said PPM “yield statistical reliability … that is comparable to and in most instances better than the reliability from the former diary.” Industry analyst Richard Harker, a frequent critic of PPM, along with Delilah's manager, Kraig Kitchin and others in the industry, also believes that meters often fail to register softer types of programming. Beyond AC, others say PPM has affected talk radio ratings, as well as the disappearance of the Smooth Jazz format, not to mention the emergence of the Voltair as a means to boost noise from stations in an effort to capture more detections by the PPM.
Recalling her start in radio, she tells Boudway, “I wanted to do something that nobody else was doing,” she says. “I didn’t have a mentor. There were no other women on the radio.” READ BLOOMBERG PIECE HERE
Rickey Smiley & Former Co-Host Ebony Steele Have Emotional Exchange Two Years After She Was Dropped From The Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Two years ago, Rickey Smiley dropped his longtime sidekick Ebony Steele (inset) from his syndicated show with 'nary an explanation' writes AJC's Rodney Ho. 'She felt blindsided. Smiley received a lot of flak.' On his TV One reality show “Rickey Smiley For Real” that aired this week, Smiley met with Steele and tried to clear the air. “Time,” she noted, “heals everything. He might not have been able to say what he did a year ago. I might not have been able to receive it a year ago.”
On the show, Smiley told her: “I have been trying to figure out how can I air this out. What can we do to build together?” Steele: “You’re the only platonic friend I must tell you I’ve ever had that broke my heart.” Smiley: “From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize.” Steele: “You don’t have to say anymore because I knew you may have been going through something… Whatever it was, it was your show. For whatever reason, you didn’t feel I needed to be there at that time. I had to accept and understand that. I also have to remember you were the dude who helped me and put me on. What hurt me the most I think was that I felt like you left me. I never stopped loving you.” Smiley: “Same here. It’s one day at a time trying to right every wrong. I’m not perfect. I apologize for everything.” Steele: “You don’t ever have to say that again.” Smiley: “I know your heart.”
WARM 106.9 Seattle's Shellie Hart Crowned Queen Alcyone
THE MOUTY, JUN 16TH, 2016 –– Warm 106.9 Midday host Shellie Hart was crowned Queen Alcyone along with the crowning of King Neptune, former Seahawk Jordan Babinbeaux, yesterday in the Kick off Celebration of 2016’s Seafair Festival. The crowning of King Neptune & Queen Alcyone is a long standing tradition of Seafair. Covering a ten-week span and over 75 events, Seafair brings an entire community together in celebration. The King and Queen are chosen based on their philanthropic contributions to the Puget Sound region and ability to inspire the local community. The King and Queen will be featured as honored guests in the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade. Throughout the festival they will greet visiting dignitaries and perform several knighting ceremonies recognizing outstanding citizens in the Seattle area. They will also provide support to Seafair’s Royalty Program.
“What an honor! Growing up here, I always look forward to all the festivals, parades and signature events. I love getting out and meeting new friends, families and adding to my long and cherished list of favorite Seafair Summer moments. Plus, I get to spend it side-by-side with King Neptune, former Seahawk Jordan Babinbeaux. Gonna be fun!” said Hart.
PODCAST: Comedian Bill Engvall Launches 'My Two Cents'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Known for his family-friendly comedy act, talented actor and comedian Bill Engvall has partnered with PodcastOne to launch My Two Cents with Bill Engvall. The first to enter the on-demand audio world from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour team, he brings that same humor, along with celebrity interviews, personal stories and, of course, his “two cents” on current events to the show.
“Hey gang, I am really stoked about this new podcast of mine at PodcastOne,” said Engvall. “This show is going to be a blast. It's everything that I have wanted to talk about and MORE! We will have interesting guests, your input, and most of all, some big time laughs. Hope you subscribe - remember it's My Two Cents with Bill Engvall. Yeah, like there's a whole bunch of Bill Engvalls out there Haha!” You can listen to the podcast HERE
[WATCH] Bob Rivers & Spike O'Neill Team For 'King Trump'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Bob Rivers and Spike O'Neill have teamed up again to create "King Trump", a parody of the Steve Martin classic "King Tut." Rivers describes himself as being in "semi-retirement" looking for just the right gig to continue creating comedy content.
Bob currently cohosts a once a week Saturday afternoon "morning show" with his longtime friend Zip Zipfel on Cumulus Classic Hits WWFX The Pike in Worcester. Bob and Zip hosted mornings on WAAF, Boston from '81-'87. Spike, still a household name and well known rock brand in Seattle describes himself as "hungry for that next opportunity to kick butt on a morning radio show". Spike is currently doing sports and crushing it on the sales side of radio for CBS Seattle, and his morning show band Spike & The Impalers still tours regularly in the Northwest. WATCH HERE
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Jerry Springer Podcast On talkRADIO In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The new national Talk station in Britain, talkRADIO, will broadcast a bespoke version of Jerry Springer’s podcast show, every Saturday at midnight. The announcement was made by Jerry himself, who joined talkRADIO for an interview with Eamonn Holmes on his Sunday morning show. talkRADIO broadcasts on DAB (The UK version of HD radio) and online.
Another Brit Moving to Canada - Programmer, Mike Cass has revealed his next radio move after it was announced he is leaving Bauer Media in the UK. He’s tweeted to say he’s looking forward to working with the teams at Z953 and LG1043.
Zayn Refuses To Go On Stage - Zayn, former member of One Direction has cancelled his headline appearance, his first major UK solo gig, at Capital Radio’s Summertime Ball in London just minutes before he was due on stage in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium. He has released a statement on Twitter explaining his anxiety has gotten the better of him. The event featured performers including Craig David, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Tinie Tempah and The Vamps.
Radio personalities in Australia’s most unpopular list - Hugh Jackman is once again the most liked Australian personality in this year's Encore popularity index but no radio personalities made the top ten this year, but some certainly made it into the bottom of the list. KIIS breakfast duo Kyle and Jackie both ranked at the bottom of the popularity score this year, as did Triple M Melbourne breakfast host Eddie McGuire. Encore Score 2016 Bottom 10: ? Kyle Sandilands ? Shane Warne ? Eddie McGuire ? Lara Bingle ? Jackie O ? Matthew Newton ? Pete Evans ? Jason Donovan ? Johnny Ruffo ? Rhiannon Fish. The annual survey of 400 celebrities is commissioned by Mumbrella and compiled by Encore Score.
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