Steve McCoy Returning To Mornings In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that longtime Atlanta radio personality and two-time Marconi nominee Steve McCoy will join News Radio 106.7 as host of the morning show. McCoy’s first day on News Radio 106.7 is Monday, March 2. McCoy’s stellar 25-year career as an Atlanta radio institution began at Z-93, when he moved from Nashville to Atlanta to take over Mornings for Ross and Wilson. McCoy then spent 18 years on Star 94 with Vikki Locke. He has also hosted successful shows on Power 99, and WSB-FM. “McCoy said: “After months of fishing, and finding myself grabbing the mic at the supermarket checkout, I figured it was time to get back on the air. By the way I still get requests from aisle six. Seriously, I’m thrilled to be back on Atlanta radio and reunited with all those I grew up with. What makes this even more special is joining the team at News Radio 106.7, Atlanta’s home for local news and talk.” Steve replaces John Lisk and Cheryl Castro who will be moving to afternoons with Gregory Tantum as the host of the News Radio 106.7 Afternoon News. Cheryl White, currently co-anchor of the afternoon news, moves into mornings with Steve.
Westwood One Takes Brandmeier National; Kass and Cohn Exit 89WLS; Lauren Cohn To Audition For Mornings, Says Source
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced it has signed a partnership and syndication deal with popular Chicago radio personality Jonathon “Johnny B” Brandmeier that will bring his brand of talk radio back to Chicago and to listeners nationwide in March. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show will air live weekdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm ET on stations around the country, including WLS-AM Chicago, KABC-AM Los Angeles, KLIF-AM Dallas, KKAT-AM, Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM Providence, KTBL-AM Albuquerque, and many more. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus, said “Jonathon is one of the most versatile performers in radio today, and we know audiences will enjoy his lively humor and take on each day’s topics. His radio career began at age 15 in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and before long his on air antics in Milwaukee created a buzz when a national radio talent search named Brandmeier one of the Top 5 Talents in the country alongside Howard Stern. From there Brandmeier went to mornings at KZZP in Phoenix. After quickly becoming a force in the Phoenix radio market, Brandmeier took over morning drive at WLUP/The Loop in Chicago and then dominated Chicago radio for several years until making a move to Afternoon Drive in Los Angeles. In 1998, CBS Radio simulcast Brandmeier in Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2005, Brandmeier returned to Chicago to host mornings on The Loop and, most recently, on WGN-AM.
With the move, marks the end WWO's Dennis Miller Show. “I’m stepping aside from radio at the moment,” Miller said. “It’s been a great run and I’ve had a phenomenal time interacting with my guests and audience. But with so many other commitments right now, it’s hard to maintain a daily talk show ... I wish Johnny B lots of luck.”
Meanwhile, with Brandmeier's move, Chicago blogger Robert Feder reports that Lauren Cohn, half of the midday show with John Kass of Kass And Cohn on WLS which was canceled on Thursday, could be shifting to a new role at WLS AM 890 as a contributor to Big John Howell’s morning show. Feder says sources say Cohn was given the option of trying out for a spot with Howell. Howell, joined WLS in January after nine years at Salem WIND AM 560. At WIND he was teamed with Amy Jacobson.
LARRY ROSIN: Radio Has A Hardware Problem?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 ––According to a special study commissioned by CRS which looked at country listener's wake-up routines, Edison Media Research chief Larry Rosin says radio has a hardware problem. Using video, slides and on-the-street interviews to make their case, Edison's Megan Lazovick revealied results from a survey of 1,540 online respondents showing that most listeners awake by 6:30 am, but then spend an average of 30 minutes in bed, 50% checking their mobile devices from which 40% is spent checking social media. TV came next, with 17%. Only 36% of those who described themselves as frequent country listeners have a radio in their bedroom, compared to 59% who have a TV. Rosin said the technology used in respondents’ bedrooms clearly indicated that radio has a “hardware problem.” The study tracked respondents’ activities throughout the morning. Choosing from a list of over 60 items, the average respondent said he/she did one-third of the activities listed between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Respondent data indicated the peak hour for respondents in the car to be between 7-8 a.m. Rosin suggested programmers might consider adjusting the morning clock. “People are in their cars, yet we do these staccato breaks. We are talking to people at the one place they have the most access to the station-changing button and we create radio that is designed for tuneouts. Then they get to work and go into at-work modality where they are less likely to tune out and we create ‘no tuneout’ clocks.” 'News' topped the list at 88%. SEE MORE RESULTS HERE
MOTION: WCOD/Cape Cod Adds Former Bachelor Contestant, Peyton Lambton To Morning Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– 106 WCOD Cape Cod announced that TV sensation Peyton Lambton will join the station's morning show, effective immediately. The popular ABC reality television personality will join longtime local DJ Dan Mahoney each weekday morning from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the launch of the “Dan and Peyton Show.” Lambton is a Season 10 contestant on “The Bachelor,” and Season 1 staple of “The Bachelor Pad,” as well as co-host of HGTV and DIY Network gardening shows “Going Yard”, “Smart Home” and “Dream Home.” Lambton is married to Cape Cod native and TV personality Chris Lambton, a former Season 6 contestant on “The Bachelorette” and current HGTV host. “There is nothing like hearing from people first thing in the morning as they grab that first cup of coffee or after they drop their kids off at school," said Lambton. "They are excited to be a part of the conversation. My goal is to help listeners start their day off in a positive way with a smile on their face.” "Bringing Lambton to WCOD was an easy decision to make," said Allison Makkay Davis, Market President, iHeartMedia Cape Cod. "WCOD already has a hit morning show with Dan Mahoney at the helm.
Mel Karmazin To Be Honored By Broadcasters Foundation
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Mel Karmazin has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award that will be presented during The Broadcasters Foundation of America annual breakfast held at 7:00AM on Wednesday, April 15 during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. Recognized as an industry leader and innovator, Karmazin was the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of SiriusXM when he retired in 2013. He held a similar position at Sirius Satellite Radio and oversaw the merger with XM Satellite Radio. Before moving into satellite radio, Karmazin was President and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, where he served on the Board of Directors and was responsible for all of Viacom's operations. Previously, he served as President Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corp., following a stint as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Karmazin first joined CBS in January 1997 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Radio, following the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, where he had been President and Chief Executive Officer. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Rachel Williamson To Head New Revenue Post
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Rachel Williamson as its new Director of Digital Revenue Development. Before joining CMG, Williamson was the Director of National Sales at Cumulus Radio managing national local spot business for more than 480 radio stations in over 95 markets. Additionally, she oversaw national and network digital sales as the Digital Specialist for the Midwest. Other career highlights include six years with CMG as a Sr. Account Executive and Sales Manager at its previously-owned Louisville stations and as a Sr. Account Executive at Cox Digital Solutions (now known as Gamut) in New York. She also has held positions with Arbitron/Nielsen covering Radio Sales in the Midwest, Hubbard Broadcasting Chicago, and Forever Communications. “I’m truly looking forward to working with the great Cox Media Group Radio brands and being able to be able to utilize a diverse and best-in-class portfolio of Radio and digital assets to drive results for our advertisers,” said Williamson.
Steve Harvey To Host 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Steve Harvey, EMMY winning talk show and Family Feud host and star of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, announced the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend, hosted by Steve Harvey. The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend features over 15 events and activities with the return of the Ford Neighborhood Awards and Ford Celebrity Blue Carpet to Philips Arena on Saturday, August 8th, and the State Farm Neighborhood Awards Expo to the Georgia World Congress Center, August 7-9th. Radio Row will feature 30 radio stations from across the country broadcasting live from the expo floor, along with Celebrity Row and 2 shopping zones featuring over 100 vendors. Steve Harvey and television/radio/film producer Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and Neighborhood Awards Weekend to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more.
NETWORKS: SpotVO & ExpressVO Now Serving Mapleton Comm. Chico
SpotVO & ExpressVO Now Serving Mapleton Communications Chico Stations Using Envision Networks® Turnkey Spot and Voice Production Services (FEBRUARY 2015) – Envision Networks® is proud to welcome Mapleton Communications’ KFMF-FM, KALF-FM, KQPT-FM and KZAP-FM in Chico, CA as the latest affiliates of SpotVO and ExpressVO, the turnkey spot and voice production service that offers next day, fully-produced radio commercials available on a barter basis. With Mapleton Communications’ Chico Stations now utilizing SpotVO and ExpressVO, they join over 700 affiliates on the Envision Services Network. SpotVO and ExpressVO’s voice talents have been featured collectively in the NBA, NFL, NHL, Discovery Channel, Subway, Comcast, Mazda and more! SpotVO features the best production talent in the industry, ensuring that every commercial is quality produced and customized for your needs. Top-notch spot production options include thousands of library scripts, written by professional copywriters, and a selection of on-demand music beds available in a wide variety of formats. Simply submit a script or pick one from the library, choose one of the industry’s top voices, select a music bed that suits your format and click send. A fully produced spot or voice read will be sent to you the next day ready for broadcast or client approval. SpotVO and ExpressVO are the creation of talent/imaging producer AJ (KDWB/ Minneapolis, KDMX/Dallas, KRBE/Houston, WIAD/Washington DC) and legendary Los Angeles programmer, consultant, and The Rooster and Radio Playbook prep creator Mike Marino (former PD of KHHT-FM and KYSR-FM/Los Angeles), who are also the creative forces behind Imaging Chop Shop. See for yourself how easy spot and voice production can be by visiting www.spotvo.com or www.expressvo.com to hear audio samples. Contact Valerie Brooks at ValerieB@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 for more information about SpotVO and ExpressVO.
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[LISTEN] Kanye West Starts Crying During Radio Interview
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– According to E Online, while discussing his mentors, the late fashion professor Louise Wilson, Kanye said, "Last time I saw her," West recalled, taking a deep breath, "we had dinner at my favorite restaurant in London. And I think she knew that she was going to pass, and she just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward, and she was asking me about my daughter, asked me about my wife...and she said, you know, 'So many students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good when they're 2 years old, 3 years old, their parents clap.'" At about this point trying to soften the emotion, Zane Lowe promptly started clapping. Kanye smiled. "Exactly," the rapper agreed. WATCH HERE
The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has given her second car crash interview in as many hours on LBC Radio, with listeners describing the performance as “a complete meltdown”, “extraordinarily bad” and “awkward beyond words”. After telling host Nick Ferrari that the Greens would build 500,000 new social rent homes, Ms Bennett appeared to be stumped by his response: “Good lord, where would you get the money for that?” Despite saying the policy was “fully costed”, she struggled to explain how much money the homes would cost or where the money would come from beyond an unspecified amount from “mortgage relief from private landlords”. One Twitter user described it as “the worst party leader interview ever given”. Listen HERE
“PJ & Damian in the Morning” is giving away a luxury trip to the UAE in their “Doing it for Dubai” competition. One lucky listener will win a prize of a trip for 2 to the Bonnington Hotel & McGettigans Irish Bars for the multi-city classic hits station’s special Paddy’s Day Breakfast Show broadcast live from Dubai. Damien Farrelly and stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher took over the breakfast show from Jim McCabe in November, when McCabe moved to mid-morning, replacing Robbie Fogarty. They’re giving listeners 15 seconds on air to show off their talent – do an impersonation, rhyme off the 32 counties at super-speed, tell a joke – ANYTHING goes!
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Robin Thicke Performs In Court During Blurred Lines Trial; Catwoman Comes Out
CBS Attempts World Record With World CSI Day - [VARIETY]
Catwoman Comes Out - [THR]
Drew Barrymore To Pen Book About Her Life - [PEOPLE]
Robin Thicke Performs Music Medley On Stand During Blurred Lines Trial - [THE WRAP]
Kardashians Sign $100 Million Deal With E! - [PAGE SIX]
UH OH: Amber Rose Writing Tell-All Book - [RUMORFIX]
Detectives Probing Who Stole Lupita Nyongos's $150,000 Oscar Dress - [LA TIMES]
Robert De Niro Slapped With $6.4 Million Tax Lien - [THE SMOKING GUN]
Russian TV Soap Star r Wakes Up To Find His Testicles Were Stolen - [DAILY MAIL]
MOTION: Fish Joins Ryan & Shannon Show For Mornings On KS95/Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Longtime Madison host Fish Calloway has left his morning post on Midwest Family's 93.1 JAMZ to join The Ryan & Shannon Show KS95 Minneapolis. PD Leighton Peck tells Jockline, 'We're really happy to have Fish come to work at KS95. I've not only been friends with him for many years I'm also a huge fan of his work going back to the Connie & Fish days. Actually having the opportunity to have someone as fun as Fish on our team is really amazing! Our lineup will be Ryan, Shannon and Fish with producers Rudy and Bangs. It's a great group, we have a lot of fun. I'm very fortunate to be with a company that continually gives you the tools to succeed including hiring talented people that can bring a new dimension to the station. We really do believe in and support talent." Fish commented: 'The 14 years I've been doing radio in Madison have been amazing. I am beyond excited to be moving to Minneapolis and working for Hubbard Broadcasting. The bonus, I'm staying in the cold weather. As a fluffy guy, everybody will want to snuggle with me. I'm hairy like a teddy bear."
[WATCH] Madonna Takes Ugly Fall Off Stage Steps During Brit Awards Show; Stunned Star Returns To Complete Number
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– We're happy to report the 56 year old Material Girl is still in one piece following an ugly fall the stage step of performance finale during the BRIT Awards 2015. According to The Daily Mail, she was pulled backwards off the stage down a set of steps by her cape designed especially for the performance. On the final step, dancers pulled Madonna's cape from behind before she had time to fully untie it. Stunned after landing on her back, she quickly rose, took to the steps again and completed her performance. Taylor Swift and model Karlie Kloss quickly took to social media to assure concerned fans that she was 'fine' after the show. Although visibly shaken, Madonna continued with her performance. This marked her return to the BRIT Awards for the first time in 20 years. She later said on Twitter, 'Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight. But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! #livingforlove'. Syndicated radio host Mario Lopez took to Twitter and added, 'Tell you what though not many artists would continue after that fall. Way to go Madonna for being a trooper & carrying on! #Legend' WATCH HERE
Michael Bryan Named SVP/Prog. For iHeart Media Nashville
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– iHeart has promoted Michael Bryan as its new SVP/Programming for iHeart Radio Nashville. He'll also serve as PD of the Premiere Networks-syndicated "Bobby Bones Show" and "Tige & Daniel" shows. Bryan joined the Nashville five-station cluster in 2012 as OM. Prior to Nashville, Bryan served as Digital Program Director for Clear Channel/Orlando and Program Director of Top 40 WXXL 106.7 FM in Orlando. "Great programming is built on connecting incredible personalities with our collective audience. It's a true privilege to lead such legendary brands in Nashville. I can't think of a bigger honor than getting the opportunity to work more closely with both The Bobby Bones Show and Tige and Daniel,' said Bryan.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Miles Hlivko Named Imaging Dir. For KIIS LA; Entercom New Orleans Adds Mark Boudreaux As DOS
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– 102.7 KIIS-FM LA announced that Miles Hlivko has been named Imaging Director, effective March 23, 2105. He will also work with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team on all aspects of the show's imaging. He arrives from iHeartMedia Cleveland, where he most recently served Assistant Program Director for WMMS. Hlivko began his radio career in Northeast Ohio, where he grew up, as a part time comedy producer. He went on to expand his radio career at iHeartMedia to include imaging for WMMS and WAKS in Cleveland as well as on-air duties. "We had a ton of great applicants from some of the best imagers inside and outside of iHeartMedia, but Miles stood out above the rest," said John Ivey, Senior Vice President of Programming and KIIS-FM Program, Director, iHeartMedia.
Entercom New Orleans announced the hiring of a veteran radio sales executive Mark Boudreaux as Director of Sales for three stations: Magic 101.9, Bayou 95.7, and B97. Before rejoining Entercom New Orleans, Boudreaux was most recently the director of sales for Midwest Communications in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to Midwest, Boudreaux spent 15 years at Entercom New Orleans station WWL where he served as an Account Executive, Local Sales Manager, and General Sales Manager. “I am very excited to return home to Entercom New Orleans and partner with VP/GM Chris Claus and dozens of old friends and colleagues to continue to grow all of our radio brands and digital assets,” said Mark Boudreaux.
2015 HOF Inductees Announced At CRS
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– The 2015 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees in both the Radio and On-Air categories were announced yesterday, Feb. 25, during the CRS 2015 Opening Ceremonies. The Radio inductees are Joel Raab, Sammy George and Mike Kennedy. The inductees in the On-Air category are Randy Carroll (KAJA/San Antonio, TX) and Karen Dalessandro (WMIL/Milwaukee, Wis.). The class of 2015 will be officially inducted at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The event, which is typically scheduled in conjunction with Country Radio Seminar, will now coincide with the Country Radio Broadcasters annual summer Board and Agenda committee meetings.CRS 2015 is being held Feb. 25-27, 2015, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. SEE MORE DETAILS HERE
KTSA San Antonio To Simulcast On FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media San Antonio, TX announced that their News/Talk station KTSA will now be simulcast on 107.1 FM as well as its original frequency 550 AM. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “Adding the FM frequency to our news talk station will not only help increase ratings and revenue, but will play a key role in exposing our brand to the FM audience and the socially conscious and connected community.” Program Director, Greg Martin commented, “This is a great step forward for KTSA and talk radio around the country. We all know taking this format to the FM opens us to an audience that has never been inclined to use AM. This move also says something about Alpha Media’s commitment to the growth and success of all of its brands.” Alpha Media San Antonio’s Market Manager, Lance Hawkins commented, “KTSA being available on both the AM and FM dial enables Alpha Media to reach out to a larger and more broad audience in the San Antonio Metro area. The simulcast is key in opening up new Live and Local opportunities in our community.” Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered
Benztown Teams With Vipology To Bring Cost Effective Websites To Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Benztown Radio Networks announces that it has entered into an agreement with Los Angeles-based Vipology to market its high quality turnkey websites and social incentive programs to radio stations for barter. Vipology websites are mobile responsive and are known for their clean, contemporary look and feel, speed and ease of use. Vipology provides station websites with automated format-specific content every day to keep station sites vibrant, topical, relevant and engaging. The content includes: Music, Hollywood, and Sports reports accompanied by eye-catching licensed photos. In addition, Vipology websites include powerful advertising modules for instant ROI. Vipology websites are priced at an affordable $99 per month, with no set-up fee. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown Radio Networks said: “I had the pleasure of working with Vipology’s Tom Pinkus and Chris Peaslee a decade ago. I will never forget how impressed I was by their creativity, attitude and vision to foresee our industry’s need to embrace technology. When the opportunity arose to work with them again, I jumped at the chance! NFor more information, visit: www.benztown.com/vipology or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com and at (818) 842-4600.
94WIP Philadelphia Holds 'Great Birds Debate'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– SportsRadio 94WIP will hold the Great Birds Debate today, February 26th beginning at 12pm. This is one of the few times all year that the WIP airstaff is on the same stage together. WIP personalities Al Morganti, Michael Barkann, Ike Reese, 2014 Champ Josh Innes, Tony Bruno, four time champion Rob Ellis (also a member of the CBS 3 Sports Team), Howard Eskin, Glen Macnow and Philadelphia Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro will all be present and there is a lot to debate about the Birds. In his first season as Eagles Head Coach, Chip Kelly turned around a 4-12 Eagles team to 10-6 and a playoff berth. This season the Birds again finished 10-6 but failed to make the playoffs. What do the Birds need to do get back to the playoffs and bring Philadelphia its first Lombardi trophy? Will the team stick with Nick Foles at QB or make the moves to go for Marcus Mariota? What will the team do to improve its beleaguered secondary? These are just some of the topics sure to generate heat during the 8th Annual Great Birds Debate. For the first time ever, WIP’s Angelo Cataldi will moderate the Great Birds Debate. Rob Charry and Ray Didinger will host the Debate pre game show from 10-12:00pm and the postgame show from 1:30-2PM. The format will be a presidential debate style. Each participant will be at a podium, make opening and closing statements and answer questions from the moderator and the audience. Each host will have a challenge flag that can be thrown once during the debate. Challenge flags have been known to cause fireworks between debaters and have become a favorite part of the event.
The Ace & TJ Show Announce Its 18th Annual 'Second Chance Prom'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– The Ace & TJ Show announces the 18th Annual Second Chance Prom to benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Charity. The event will take place at Rooftop 210 at the Epicenter on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Tickets are $35 each and include a fun night of dancing and mingling with Charlotte’s number one morning show crew from Channel 96.1. Dust off your tuxes and gowns, even your retro looks because anything goes. The Second Chance Prom promises to be the biggest outdoor party of the year. “The fact that the Second Chance has sold out for the past 17 years in a row is a testament to the loyalty of our “Radio Family,” said Ace. “We also throw a really good party. Taking it Uptown and outside this year will be even better.” “Ace always has to brag about how many years we’ve sold out, not realizing it makes us sound Really Old,” added TJ. Grin Kids was designed to enhance the lives of terminally ill and chronically ill and handicapped children in our listening areas ages 5 and 12. We take the children and their immediate family on a once in a lifetime trip to Walt Disneyworld. Over 300 children and their families have enjoyed a 5 day all-expense paid, once in a lifetime, VIP vacation. Grin Kids is a 501(C)(3) charity and funded by listener donations, fundraising events and corporate donations. Every dollar helps put a little magic in the lives of these children with a vacation to the “Happiest place on earth.”
[WATCH] Victoria Secret Super Model Stops By Boomer & Carton To Discuss Swim Special
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– We're guessing Supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambroio, had them 'hello' after stopping by the Boomer (Left) and Carton's (Right) Morning Show to discuss The Victoria's Secret Swim Special. The show willl air Thursday, Feb. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. For the first time on network television, viewers will get a glimpse into Victoria’s Secret’s sexiest swim show of the year. Also featured on the show will be Grammy Award-winning artists Maroon 5 and Juanes. The lovely and beautiful Ambrosio is a Brazilian model — not Australian, as Boomer quickly learned — and she talked with the duo about being one of the most recognizable Victoria’s Secret models in the world; being a fan of soccer and surfing; Brazilian swimsuits vs. American swimsuits; Craig’s missed Playgirl opportunity; Boomer’s time as an underwear model; and Sports Illustrated’s decision to put a plus-sized model in their wildly popular swimsuit edition. Before saying goodbye we learned that Alessandra does not even know what a bench press is — and she’s a big fan of Pearl Jam. WATCH HERE
Lady Gaga Reveals 'American Horror Story' New Season; Madonna Takes On Ageism
'Swiftie' Gets Surprise Selfie With Taylor Swift After 20 Hour Wait - [E ONLINE]
Madonna Takes On Ageism In 'Rolling Stone' - [ROLLING STONE]
[WATCH] Lady Gaga Reveals American Horror Story Season 5 - [VANITY FAIR]
'America's Next Top Model Found Murdered In North Carolina - [SALON]
Paul McCartney To Headline Firefly Festival In Delaware This Summer - [DELCOTIMES]
Kevin Hart Becomes First Comedian To Play Football In New Philadelphia Stadium - [RUMORFIX]
Another Cosby Accuser Comes Forward - [CNN]
EW Covers 'Empire' - [EW]
REPORT: Bobbi Kristina Back On Medication Following Seizures - [Q13 FOX]
Judge Tacks On More Community Service For Li-Lo Following 'Shadowing' Report - [LATIMES]
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REPORT: CBS Urged By Hedge Fund Group To Merge Radio Division With Cumulus
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– According to The Deal Pipeline, Sandell Asset Management Corp. has 'lobbied CBS to spin out the business and merge it with Cumulus Media Inc.' According to a person familiar with the situation, Sandell suggested that the groups pursue a reverse Morris Trust merger of their radio businesses. By spinning off the radio stations to shareholders, CBS would divest an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS. Currently, executive Chairman Sumner Redstone controls 79.6% of the shareholder vote. CBS owns 117 radio stations, with more than three-quarters of them in the top 25 U.S. cities. In December, the company strengthened its holdings in Philadelphia and Miami through a station swap with Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. "Lew (Dickey) has always said that would be his ultimate deal," said Macquarie Capital analyst Amy Yong of a combination of Cumulus and CBS's radio stations. CBS and Cumulus declined to comment on speculation.
NAB Introduces Local Radio Freedom Act
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters expressed its strong support for a bipartisan resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and will be introduced in the House of Representatives later tonight with more than 90 co-sponsors. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) signals Members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay. "For decades, local radio airplay has jumpstarted and sustained the careers of countless musicians and record label moguls," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "Local radio's unparalleled promotional value drives increased record and merchandise sales and sells out concert venues. NAB applauds lawmakers for standing with hometown broadcasters in opposing a job-killing performance royalty that would damage the No. 1 platform for exposing new music." Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives, which will have bipartisan co-sponsorship from more than 90 Members of Congress. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are the principal sponsors of S. Con. Res. 4, the bipartisan resolution in Senate. "Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act. Introduction of the LRFA comes as 600 radio and television broadcasters from across the country are visiting Washington for the NAB State Leadership Conference.
SYNDICATION: The Bobby Bones Show Marks Two-Year Anniversary With Joy Week Celebration; Sun Broadcast Group's Dee Jay Silver Announces Las Vegas Residency
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The Bobby Bones Show will mark its two-year anniversary on Country radio with its second annual Joy Week celebration. From March 2 - 6, the show will once again encourage listeners to choose joy, spread happiness, and do good things for others with the biggest week of live studio performances by Country music stars. Kicking off with Luke Byran and closing with Garth Brooks, the program will also welcome Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Lee Ann Womack, Old Dominion, The Swon Brothers, Jerrod Niemann, Kelsea Ballerini and Cam, who will stop by the show to sing their favorite songs and help spread the message of joy to fans. Bones stated, “We just want people to be nicer to each other. It’s that simple.” Garth Brooks, who recently stopped by the show and announced he’d be back to support Joy Week, shared on air, “You can’t spread enough joy, so good for you for doing that. We need good news. We need to believe in ourselves.” Listeners will be encouraged to share their Joy Week efforts via Twitter and Instagram using #PIMPINJOY. Limited edition Pimpin Joy T-shirts will also be made available for purchase for one hour on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. CT, with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sun Broadcast Group Syndicated host and RCA recording artist Dee Jay Silverjay has been announced a Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Body English Nightclub and Rehab Pool, according to musicrow.com. The Casino will also host Rascal Flatts during their Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot residency. “I’m really looking forward to these dates at the Hard Rock Hotel,” says Silver. “Las Vegas is my second home and I’m proud to bring the music I love, to a place I love. Between Rascal Flatts and me, I know we can give country music fans an exciting reason to come out to Vegas and let loose!” The report says Sillver will also continue to tour with Jason Aldean on his Burnin’ It Down Tour with Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.
MOTION: Adam Kaufman Tapped As Morning Sports Anchor For WBZ Boston
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately A multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade, Kaufman will continue to be a show host at 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBS Sports Radio in addition to being a columnist for Boston.com sports and serve as a regional television anchor on Comcast SportsNet New England. Before being named Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio’s morning newscasts, Kaufman served as a radio talk show host, anchor, and sports reporter at three CBS-owned properties: WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), and CBS Sports Radio. Previously, Kaufman worked for two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of the Boston College men's hockey team and five years with the Providence Bruins, the top affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
The Bob & Tom Show And 92.5 The Fox/Cincinnati Kick Off MLB Again ON Opening Day From Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that The Bob & Tom Show will kick off the 2015 baseball season with a live radio broadcast for the REDS’ Opening Day 2015 with Cincinnati’s Fox 92.5 (WFOX). The LIVE broadcast will originate from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located in the Horseshoe Casino, from 6:00am-10:00am ET on Monday, April 6th. 2015 marks the fourth year Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold have celebrated Opening Day with Cincinnati’s Fox 92.5 (WFOX), the heritage rock station where The Bob & Tom Show handle mornings. The live broadcast will feature the comedy of Bob & Tom, along with fan favorite comedian Greg Hahn, in getting listeners pumped for the home opener featuring Red’s vs. Pirates. Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show, said “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners that can only be heard on 92.5 The Fox. Red’s fans will enjoy this early morning live broadcast to start their season of celebration of their beloved Red’s.”
Mentees Selected For 2015 Mentoring & Inspiring Women In Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced the mentees selected to participate in the 2015 MILDRED CARTER MIW GROUP Mentoring Program.
* Andrea Bogdonas, On Air Personality & Promotions Director, Neuhoff Media (Springfield and Decatur, IL) * Stephanie Theisen, General Sales Manager, Leighton Broadcasting (St. Cloud, MN) * Michelle Maro, Sports Sales Manager, CBS Radio (Chicago) * Crystalyn Portwood, Local Sales Manager, CBS Radio (St. Louis)
This is the thirteenth year of the mentoring program, launched in 2002, that matches women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting. To date, the MILDRED CARTER MIW GROUP Mentoring Program has successfully worked with a total of 31 mentees. "We had an outstanding and enormous variety of women apply this year, which made the decision to narrow to only four very difficult," said Lindsay Cerajewski (L), spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program and General Sales Manager of CBS Radio's WUSN-FM in Chicago, Illinois. The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group consists of top-level female radio professionals, from across the Country, who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help other women in the industry develop strong management and leadership skills. The Group is equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting. For more information, please visit www.RadioMIW.com.
[LISTEN] Glenn Beck Draws Tweet From Lady Gaga After Praising Her Oscar Performance
Media Blown Away That He's Blown Away
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Like most of us who saw Lady Gaga's amazing Oscar performane, Glenn Beck reviewed Lady Gaga's Oscar performance on his radio show then, surprisingly, Lady Gaga responded with a tweet: "A very humbling review of my Oscar performance … I love this piece of music so much, thank you." Glenn praised the performance and called Gaga a “genius”. “I’ve said this for a long time. This woman is an absolute artist. She is a genius. And at first everybody mocked her. Then she just became such a big pop star, but a lot of people, again, continued to mock her,” Glenn said. “This woman is the way artists should be,” he said. “Somebody told me at one time on radio when I was really, really young. He said, ‘Don’t be a rule breaker until you know all of the rules.’ When you know all of the rules, then you can break all the rules. Because then you can break them with intelligence. You know why you’re doing it. And it makes it more effective. Where too many people are just rebels. I just don’t want to do that. They don’t master the craft,” Glenn said. “You have to master the craft first. And Lady Gaga proved last night, she is a master craftswoman.” Adding to Gaga's special performance, Julie Andrews, star of The Sound of Music, greeted her on stage saying 'It’s hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since that joyous film was released.”
Equally blown away were numerous media outlets, who seemed strangely surprised by his praise. Among them included mediaite.com whose headline: 'Glenn Beck Gushes About Lady Gaga’s Oscar Performance; She Thanks Him — World Explodes!" Writer Andrew Kirell added: 'Here’s a public positive interaction we thought we’d never see: Glenn Beck and Lady Gaga thanking each other. LISTEN TO BECK HERE - And assuming you've been trapped in a closet for the last few days and missed Gaga's performance, WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Rachel Ray Flies In Phoenix Producer And Fiance To Show Following 'Amazing' Proposal; Gets $10,000 Plus Trip
Surprised by visit from Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan; Receives $10,000 And Honeymoon To St. Lucia
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported last December, Justin Scheman told us he always wanted to propose under the under the Northern Lights. After 7 years he was finally able to do it. Justin is co-host/executive Producer for The Mathew Blades Show on Mix 96.9/Phoenix. With her living in Philadelphia at the time, the proposal involved 6 States, 2 Countries and 5000 Miles. Well, his YouTube Amazing Race Proposal Video caught the attention of BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo, Right This Minute and Rachael Ray. This week, Ms. Ray flew Justin and fiance Diana and to NY to be on her show! The episode aired yesterday and Justin tells Jockline he's now allowed to talk about it. Ray surprised the couple by bringing out Phil Keoghan the host of the Amazing Race. Phil then told us that Rachael was giving us a $10,000 honeymoon to St. Lucia! WATCH VIDEO HERE
Taylor Swift Donates Big To NYC Schools; Olberman Suspended By ESPN Over Tweets
Oprah Shocks Blogger With Bathroom Stop On Way To Oscars - [PAGE SIX]
Keith Olberman Suspended By ESPN For Penn State Tweets - [THE WRAP]
Christina Aguilera Nails Britney Spears Impression - [POPSUGAR]
Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 To NYC Public Schools And Then Some - [E ONLINE]
Pee Wee Herman Film Headed To Netflix - [ET]
Jimmy Buffet Returns To The Hollywood Bowl - [CBS]
Kylie Jenner Leaves Kardashian Compound For $2.7 Million Pad - [CURBED]
Tea Leoni Talks Aging Wtih 'More' - [PEOPLE]
Tom Rothman Replaces Amy Pascal At Son - [DEADLINE]
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106.1 KISS Dallas Honors Passing Of Local Teen With 24 Hour Name Change
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– 106.1 KISS FM announced that the station will change its name to 106.1 LAURA FM in a 24-hour tribute to Laura Diosdado, a North Texas girl who passed away battling cystic fibrosis. Diosdado, who passed away February 19, 2015, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child and was identified as terminally ill. Despite her prognosis, she spent her time raising awareness of cystic fibrosis to help find a cure for the disease. When 106.1 KISS FM learned of her story in February 2012, the station shared her journey with its listeners and changed its name to 106.1 LAURA FM to help Laura raise awareness of cystic fibrosis in the community. The radio station will again honor Diosdado by changing its name to 106.1 LAURA FM, and throughout the day personalities will broadcast the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis and the importance of finding a cure for the disease. “Three years ago, 106.1 KISS FM heard about an incredibly strong girl named Laura who was battling cystic fibrosis,” said Billy the Kidd, on-air personality for 106.1 KISS FM. “Laura wanted to find a cure for cystic fibrosis - not for herself, but for her little brother, so he would not have to suffer from the same disease. Last week, we lost that beautiful girl; although our hearts are breaking, we know that Laura would want us to keep fighting to find a cure.”
MOTION: Connected K Joins 96.3 KSCS/Dallas Morning Show; Kevin & Bean Welcome Allie Mac Kay To KROQ/LA's Morning Show Cast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that Katelyn Maida, known on air as “Connected K”, will join the New Country 96.3 KSCS morning show with Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and “Trapper" John Morris. Connected K comes to KSCS and Cumulus from Cox Radio’s KKBQ 93Q in Houston. She will debut on March 9. Connected K said: “"I am ecstatic to join the KSCS family and help to highlight social media within Cumulus Dallas/Fort Worth. Social media gives us such an amazing marketing tool and when used to its full potential, it can dramatically increase brand awareness. There's definitely a secret sauce and we're about to spread it all over Dallas/Fort Worth!"
Following the just announced exit of longtime morning traffic reporter, Lisa May, at KROQ/Los Angeles, comes word that popular TV host and frequent Kevin & Bean fill-in, Allie Mac Kay will be joining the show permanently. Yesterday, she posted on her Facebook page, 'Today was my 1st day as part of the dysfunctional family that is "The Kevin and Bean Show" on KROQ. Growing up here in LA, If you would have told me this was even a possibility, I wouldn't have believed it. At the same time, change isn't easy (for anyone involved) especially when you come after someone so beloved. I'm just there to do my best and hope it makes you happy (for some of you…that will hopefully come in time). I'll still have chances to do tv - so don't get too used to not seeing my face! I can't thank you all enough for being BEYOND supportive and so kind with your posts. It's meant the world. Truly. xo'
Chad Benson Takes Over Roger Hedgecock's Daily Radio Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– After years in syndication, Roger Hedgecock will end his nationally syndicated radio program at the end of March. "Roger has been a strong leader in Radio America's lineup for years and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. He will be missed," says Radio America C.O.O. Mike Paradiso. Taking over for Hedgecock will be Chad Benson, a rising star from the Next Generation of talk hosts. On Monday March 30, Chad debuts in the Monday-Friday 6p-9p ET time slot from flagship station, Alpha Media's Freedom 970 in Portland. At 44, Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format. Chad is an accomplished talk show host boasting over 22 years experience in the entertainment industry. He started in music radio in the 1990s at the legendary KRTH in Los Angeles as the Executive Producer of the Robert W. Morgan Show and has also been featured on Los Angeles radio stations such as KZLA-FM and KNCI-FM and KWOD-FM in Sacramento. Chad honed his talk skills at Talk Radio UK as one of the first commercial talk hosts to take on the mighty BBC, boasting over a quarter million listeners per week. With success and experience abroad, Chad returned to the U.S. and hosted programs in Palm Springs at K-NEWS-FM and in San Antonio at KTSA-AM.
RDIO: Selma's 'Glory' Draws Biggest Spike On Oscar Night
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Music streaming service Rdio compiled insights from the most-streamed Oscar's-related content, including Best Original Song "Glory" from Selma, which saw a 250% jump in streaming on Rdio. Other findings include: Most Popular Original Score: "Interstellar" Most Played Oscar Nominated Song: "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie Most Popular Soundtrack: "Divergent" Top 10 Soundtracks onX Rdio: 1. "Frozen" 2. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" 3. "Pitch Perfect" 4. "Divergent" 5. "Burlesque" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Twilight: Breaking Dawn XPart 2" 8. "The Bodyguard" 9. "Oblivion" 10. "If I Stay" Top 10 Soundtrack Songs on Rdio: 1. "Let It Go" from Frozen 2. "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey 3. "Beating Heart" from Divergent 4. "Once Upon a Dream" from Maleficent 5. "Elastic Heart" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 6. "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie 7. "Hooked on a Feeling" from Reservoir Dogs 8. "Bellas Final" from Pitch Perfect 9. "A Thousand Years" from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 10. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" from Inside Llewyn Davis In addition, film lovers using Rdio can listen to a station curated with the most popular songs from soundtracks, which can be found HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Media Names Any Leimbach To Regional Post
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 – Alpha Media has named Amy Leimbach Regional Director of Business Development. Leimbach has been a part of Alpha Media since the company started in August, 2009 . Prior to Alpha, Amy was Director of Sales for CBS Radio Portland, and CBS Radio Phoenix. Most recently, Amy has acted as Director of Sales for Alpha Media, Portland, managing a six - station sales team. Bob Proffitt, Alpha Media President and CEO commented on the announcement, “Alpha Media VP of Business Development, Lindi Glasgow remarked, “ Amy has a long track record of creating and executing marketing concepts that drive results for our clients. I’m thrilled that we will be able to share the great work that Amy brings with more of our Alpha Markets. ” “Developing results driven marketing solutions for clients has alw ays been my passion and I couldn’t be more excited to take this to another level within Alpha Media ,” noted Leimbach
NASH FM 94.7 And Barclays Team For First Nash Bash Concert
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– New York's NASH FM 94.7 and Barclays Center will present their first-ever NASH BASH Country concert on Tuesday, March 24 as part of their new partnership. Country artist Cole Swindell will headline the star-studded show at the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center with additional performances by Country stars Gloriana, Michael Ray and Jana Kramer. The March 24 NASH BASH is the first in the live content partnership between Cumulus and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the Brooklyn venue. In September 2014, Barclays Center launched its Country in Brooklyn platform by hosting Billboard's reigning 'Top Country Artist” Luke Bryan for the arena's first Country show, which sold out. "We are thrilled to bring NASH into Brooklyn and onto the stage at Barclays Center," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. "This NASH BASH will be a must-see for New York's Country music fans, including the over one million NASH FM 94.7 weekly listeners." BROOKLYN SHOWTM, the concert and major event programming franchise of Barclays Center, is presented by Norwegian Cruise Line.
[WATCH] Grieving Mom Who Recently Lost 19 Yr. Old Son Surprised By Morning Radio Show While Driving
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Looking for a way to take your next prize giveaway from ordinary to extraordinary? Check this out: This one involves a grieving mom named Michelle who recently lost her 19-year-old son Blaine and, according to aplus.com, was struggling to get her life back to normal. As you'll see in the video link, her daughter, Crystal, reached out to Australia's KIIS 106.5's Kyle And Jackie O for help and they decided to pay off six months of Michelle's mortgage. But they also wanted to do it in grand radio fashion. The plan included Crystal taking her mother to the spa and making sure KIIS 1065 was on the radio. While listening to the Kyle and Jackie O, they announced the random recipient of a special "give back" gift, Michelle soon came to realize they were talking about her. Jackie O. literally spoke directly to Michelle through the radio and explained that with the help of Clarendon Homes, the next six months of her mortgage would be paid, and that she'd also receive an additional $5,000 to finish renovations that her son started before he died. Yesterday, the station released the video of the surprise and set up a GoFundMe page in the family's honor. Jockline reached around the world for this story, but it's one that any show in the world can appreciate. Go ahead and grab the tissues. This one is gonna make you tear up. WATCH HERE
Salem Becomes Salem Media Group
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SALM) announced that it has changed its name to Salem Media Group, Inc. to better reflect the dynamic growth of Salem's multi-media business. From its start as a single radio station, Salem has grown into an industry leader across multiple media platforms, including radio, digital, print and mobile. Salem is still a powerhouse in radio; Salem owns 106 radio stations across the country, and produces several of the largest nationally-syndicated radio shows on-air today. In addition, Salem owns several of the most influential brands in the Christian and conservative media space, including Crosswalk.com, GodVine.com, Christianity.com, BibleStudyTools.com, TownHall.com, HotAir.com, RedState.com, Human Events.com, the Conservative Book Club, and Regnery Publishing. "Salem's mission has always been to serve our two core audiences – Christian and conservative – with engaging and meaningful content" explained Edward Atsinger, Salem's Chief Executive Officer. "That mission brought us into radio, and it has guided our growth ever since. As more and more of our audience seeks new ways to get information and inspiration, we have added new media platforms to our traditional radio offerings. Now nearly one-third of our total revenue comes from non-broadcast sources. This rebranding of Salem acknowledges our evolution and confirms our commitment to serve our market." Follow us on Twitter @SalemMediaGrp.
Hoda Takes 'Today' On Radio Tour; Richard Pryor's Wife Calls Cosby 'F--king Hypocrite'
Melissa Rivers Pays Tribute To Her Mom At Oscars - [E ONLINE]
UH OH: Richard Pryor's Widow Calls Bill Cosby 'F--king Hypocrite' Says Report - [SALON]
UH OH: Cleveland TV Reporter In Hot Water For Using Racial Slur On Lady Gaga's Oscar Performance - [TV 8 CLEVELAND]
Hoda Takes 'Today' Behind The Scenes At Her Radio Show On SiriusXM - [TODAY]
Neil Patrick Harris SWEARS There Was No Penis Enhancement During Diaper Bit - [GOSSIP COP]
Kanye & Rihanna Set Tour Dates - [CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND]
American Horror Story's Ben Woolf Dies After Being Hit By Car - [VARIETY]
Wesley Snipes Is Back In NBC Pilot 'Endgame' - [EW]
Chris Brown Sells Artwork For Over $60K - [THE GRIO]
J-Lo Gets Photobombed By Fellow Stars At The Oscars - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
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93.9 The Beat Indy Leaps To Number One In First Full Month
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Following its recent flip from CHR to Classic Hip Hop, 93.9 The Beat is the new #1 station in Indy! "93.9 the Beat's "Classic Hip Hop" format is a different twist on what others are doing, focusing on the big old school Hip Hop hits, but also mixing in some R&B from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. 93.9 the Beat is truly a unique station, playing "throwbacks," says Jay Michaels (L), Program Director, WRWM-FM & WJJK-FM/Cumulus Indianapolis. According the latest numbers, the station is #1 in the following demo's: (Mon – Sun 6a – Mid) 6+ P 18-34 P 18-49 P 25-54 W 18-34 W 18-49 W 25-54 M 18-49 M 25-54 In All Persons demo’s, 93.3 the Beat is #1 in EVERY daypart, except for AM Drive… in W & M 18-49. To give more insight on how much this format has changed the market: In October 2014, in Persons 25-54, WRWM was ranked 12th… WHHH was ranked #1. Now-- In Jan 2015, WRWM was ranked #1 and WHHH ranked 11th.
CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG: Radio's Laura Cain Is An Oscar Seat Filler
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– After years of being sworn to secrecy, 2015 Oscar host, Neil Patrick Harris, finally revealed what we never could, that San Diego's Laura Cain, longtime member of CBS' Jeff & Jer' Show is a Oscar seat filler (see photo). On last night's show Harris put the spotlight on the seat fillers in two bits which included the seat fillers, three of them in particular. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his first on called out Laura and Heidi, and his third drew attention to a woman sitting in Octavia Spencer's seat. THR tracked down Laura Cain. As a sidebar, part of Valentine's Day, Jeff and Jer hosted "Laura's Week of Love," where contestants were selected to go on a date with her at a variety of restaurants. Cain gave a quick summary of her dates on her online diary she keeps on the station's website. Of course, none of this would have been possible over the years without the shrewd dealings of mega-producer, Tommy Sablan, who's been snagging at least three seats a year, then taking selfies and more with some of the biggest names in show business. And just to prove Sablan was smack dab in the middle of things again this year, he snapped this quickie with Oprah who, as you can see, looked just THRILLED with the opportunity before calling security (ok, we that part up)
Cindy Vero Joins 95.5 PLJ as Traffic Reporter NEW YORK,
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2015 - 95.5 PLJ announces that veteran NYC radio personality Cindy Vero begins today as a traffic reporter appearing from 6AM -10AM on "Todd & Jayde in the Morning" and from 3PM - 7PM alongside John Foxx. Vero joins 95.5 PLJ after 13 years at 103.5 KTU in New York, where she served in a variety of on-air positions including co-host of "Cubby and Cindy in the Mornings," a program covering local news, traffic and celebrity gossip. Prior to 103.5 KTU, Vero worked for multiple stations in the tri-state area as a traffic correspondent, producer and news and entertainment reporter. "To be a part of the WPLJ family and a heritage radio station like 95.5 PLJ is any radio personality's dream," said Vero. "It is an honor to work along some of the best people in the business like Todd, Jayde and John Foxx. I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of a such an amazing team." "Cindy is a great addition to New York's 95.5 PLJ," said John Foxx, WPLJ Program Director. "Cindy is a native New Yorker and knows this town. She brings a lot of energy and can really connect on a local level. We are excited to have her guide our listeners through the tough commute each day." Vero discovered her passion for radio after an internship at WYNY and has worked in the industry ever since. In addition to her on-air radio roles, she runs a celebrity entertainment blog, "The Cindy V.," emcees charitable events and does voice-over work.
MOTION: Fernando & Greg Extends With 99.7 NOW/SF; CBS Radio 100.7/Pittsburgh Welcomes Lindsay Cochrane To Nights; ESPN Launches 'The Man Cave' With Chris Paul & Jason Reid; Kelly Meyers Takes Middays On 107.9 The Link Charlotte; WHO/Des Moines' Simon Conway Doubles Up On 600 CMT Cedar Rapids
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– CBS RADIO San Francisco is pleased to announce that Fernando and Greg have extended their contract with 99.7[NOW!] (KMVQ) and will continue to serve as hosts of morning drive as part of the multi-year agreement. Fernando and Greg got their start in radio on Energy 92.7 (KNGY) where they hosted a show from 2005-09 before joining 99.7[NOW!].
CBS Radio Pittsburgh welcomes Lindsay Cochrane to it CBS Radio Pittsburgh team as the new Night Personality and Assistant Music Director on WBZZ. Lindsay began her Radio career in 2007 with Entercom in Norfolk, VA, and joins from West Virginia Radio Corporation where she hosted several different dayparts on various stations and formats, most recently Middays on nearby WVAQ/Morgantown. "I want to thank the CBS Radio Pittsburgh team and Operations Manager Mark Anderson for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love in the "City of Bridges"!
Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that long time morning drive personality Chris Paul and national sports columnist Jason Reid will team up and form a new morning drive program on ESPN980 (WTEM 980AM; 92.7FM and 94.3FM). VP/Programming Chuck Sapienza said of the new show “The Man Cave With Chris Paul And Jason Reid. Chris Paul formerly co-hosted the Donnie Simpson Show on WPGC-FM, Washington D.C. for 16 years and for the last 6 years on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jason Reid began his professional journalism career at the Los Angeles Times where he covered the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Clippers and provided college basketball analysis.
Greater Media Charlotte has named Kelly Meyers as its new midday host for WLNK-FM/107.9 The Link from 10am-3pm weekdays. she most recently worked at crosstown CHR WNKS-FM (Kiss 95.1) in middays from 2009 until late last year and also briefly served as interim morning host back in in 2001. She replaces Kelly McKay, who resigned back in December to focus on her own business. Prior to her arrival in Charlotte, she did swing and weekend shifts at Z100 New York and hosted "Cosmo Radio" at Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition, Meyers worked at Z100 in Portland. Meyers began her career at Q102 in Philadelphia.
WHO/Des Moines Afternoon Driver Simon Conway, has added a second daily show. He's also now hosting weekday mornings 9-11 Central on iHeartMedia sister station 600 WMT/Cedar Rapids. The new show started today.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WWO Names Douglas Johnston EVP/Sales Midwest; Nate Bell Land Ops Post For Radio One Detroit
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has hired veteran sales executive Douglas Johnston as Executive Vice President, Midwest Region, in its network sales division. Prior to joining Westwood One, Johnston was the SVP, Sales, Central Region, for Premiere Networks. He also served in several sales executive roles at Univision, XM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio, and Katz Media. Johnson said, “I am excited to work with Steve and everyone at Westwood One as they strategically leverage their unrivaled content portfolio to create custom solutions for our marketing partners.”
Radio One announces that Nate Bell will move from its cluster in Raleigh to the Ops Mgr. role in Detroit overseeing Urban Hot 107.5 FM, Urban AC 105.9 KISS FM, Inspiration Praise 102.7 FM and AM 1200 News Talk. Bell previously oversaw operations at Urban WQOK-FM and Urban AC WFXC-FM since 2010. Prior to his post in Raleigh, Bell served as PD of Urban AC WMIB-FM/103.5 The Beat Miami. Before that, he was Director of Urban Programming for Clear Channel in New Orleans.
Russell Brand Teams With Audioboom And Adlarge For Podcast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– AudioBoom has today announced that it has signed an exclusive partnership with comedian, actor, and radio host Russell Brand to deliver twice-weekly comedy podcasts that are centered on Brand’s world-views and general humor, delivered in the iconic Brand fashion. The Russell Brand Podcast is a 45-minute show that will be available on audioBoom every Wednesday and Sunday, beginning February 25th for a total of 24 podcast programs. audioBoom’s advertising sales partner will be AdLarge Media. Brand’s team includes writer Matt Morgan and poet laureate Mr. Gee. The Russell Brand Podcast will be made into an hour-long show and syndicated to audioBoom broadcast partners in the UK, the US, and Australia. Jay Green, Vice President, Digital Sales & Content Partnerships, AdLarge Media added, “Russell Brand is one of those rare talents who combines comedy and entertainment with pure intelligence and raw emotion. We are excited for the opportunity Russell’s show brings to our brand investors.” The Russell Brand Podcast will be available at www.audioBoom.com/channel/RussellBrand
ESPN's Dan Le Batard To Simulcast On National TV
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Chalk up another radio show you can see on TV - make that national TV. Fusion and ESPN Radio announced an agreement for Fusion to present a live simulcast of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show beginning this Spring. He'll broadcast live from Miami Beach’s Clevelander Hotel along with his co-host Stugotz (Jon Weiner). The Dan Le Batard Show joins Mike & Mike (ESPN2), The Herd (ESPNU), SVP & Russillo (ESPNEWS) and The Paul Finebaum Show (SEC Network) as the latest ESPN Radio show to be televised nationally. In addition to hosting The Dan Le Batard Show for ESPN Radio, Le Batard hosts 'Highly Questionable' weekday afternoons on ESPN2 along with his father Gonzalo Le Batard (“Papi”) and Bomani Jones. Le Batard joined the ESPN family in 1998 as a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. He also served as a reporter for ESPN’s College GameDay, Sunday Night Conversation and Outside the Lines series. In 2013, Le Batard brought his local radio show, heard on The Ticket in Miami since 2004, to ESPN Radio’s national audience.
[LISTEN] Louie, Louie Turning 50; How The FBI & DJ Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg Made It A Legendary Hit
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– The ginormous 60's hit 'Louie, Louie' will soon turn 50, but the controversy over its supposed lyrics remains one of radio and records greatest tales. In fact, those lyrics and the help of Boston jock Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg (R) along with an assist from the local FBI, help stamp this tune as one of radio's most legendary songs ever. According to tbo.com, the Tampa FBI office back then managed to find time in February 1964 to spend hours each day listening to a version of the song “Louie Louie” recorded by the Portland, Oregon, band The Kingsmen. Not because they were fans. Rather, they were charged with figuring out whether the lyrics were profane, a violation of federal law at the time. “Looking back, it’s funny,” said Dick Peterson of The Kingsmen. “But the FBI was serious. They wanted to prove the song was dirty and they wanted to punish us for it. Even funnier of course is there was nothing dirty about it.” . For those old enough to remember the actual lines such as, “Three nights and days I sail the sea. Think of girl, all constantly. On that ship I dream she’s there. I smell the rose in her hair.” Well, that ain't even close to what people THOUGHT the lyrics were. In fact, The governor of Indiana prohibited playing it on radio stations in his state. A A teacher in Sarasota wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy asking him for a national ban. “Who do you turn to when your teenage daughter buys and brings home pornographic or obscene material being sold ... in every city, village and record shop in this nation?” the letter wrote. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had the album sent for evaluation to his Tampa region, which included Sarasota. According to FBI archives, Tampa’s FBI agents tried to figure out what The Kingsmen were singing by slowing the record down. It was still unclear. They even tried playing the song backward. In March 1964, the Tampa FBI office released the statement saying it was ending its investigation because no one had been able to decipher the complete lyrics to “Louie Louie.” READ FULL STORY HERE - “Louie Louie” celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Oh yeah, watch how your parents were 'shakin' it' in 60's HERE
'Birdman' Comes Up Big At The Oscars; Nude Kris Jenner Surveillance Video Hacked?
And Here Are 2015 Oscar Winners - [VARIETY]
Neil Patrick Harris Blunder: Does 'Birdman' Joke After Winner Dedicates Award To Son Who Committed Suicide - [DAILY MAIL]
No, Really, Lena Dunham To Guest Star On 'Scandal' - [E ONLINE]
Check Out This Year's Razzie Winners - [INDIE WIRE]
Check Out A Very Young Jay Z Rap For The First Time - [ET]
Dr. Dre Covers AARP As He Turns 50 - [HIPHOPWIRED]
Nude Kris Jenner Video Hacked From Home Surveillance Says Report - [NYDN]
'The Tonight Show's' First Black Musician, Clark Terry, Passes Away At 94 - [DEADLINE]
Nick Gordon Says He'll Abide By Bobby Brown's Conditions To See Bobbi Kristina - [POPIST]
Karlie Kloss Retiring From Victoria Secret At 22 - [RUMORFIX]
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[WATCH] Burst Pipe Leaves Worcester Cluster Under Water
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Quite a day yesterday at Cumulus Worcester, MA cluster. Operations Manager Lance Ballance tells Jockline, 'At about 8:40 yesterday morning, Bruce Palmer (inset) was on air when he heard a thundering crash — a commotion loud enough to penetrate his soundproof studio. He told a local paper, "Someone looked outside the studio and saw ankle-deep water running down the hallway. We grabbed what we could and ran out of the building," Palmer said. Ballance said 'We didn't know what had happened until we heard water beginning to drip from the walls and ceiling. We looked out the studio door, and saw the water rushing down the stairwell. We first thought that our rook had collapsed due to the weight of the snow. We immediately began to evacuate the studios, as I ran upstairs to my office and our engineering area, as that seemed to be where the water was coming from...and saw even more water rushing in, as a 6 inch water main had broken in the stairwell. The first concern was for the rack room, but water was heading for the stairs, which spared that room. As water cascaded down the staircase inside, water began pouring from the ceiling into the WXLO studio, which effectively wiped it out. As I was retrieving some of our staff's personal effects (we got out THAT fast), I was met by the fire department, and let them in. We were ordered to cut all power until the electrical could be evaluated. After a time, we were able to continue to use the WWFX (The Pike), and WORC-FM (Nash Icon) studios. In addition to the damage to the WXLO studio, we also lost two production rooms. However, we were able to restore audio to all 3 stations before 1pm. We will have a makeshift studio for WXLO completed by Monday, as we get set to begin rebuilding. It turns out that the cause was that the water main had frozen completely solid, and finally gave way due to the pressure. WATCH VIDEO HERE
[WATCH] Anthony Cumia Calls Howard Stern 'Greatest On-Air Personality” In History; Doesn't Speak With Opie Much Now
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Well, we didn't see this one coming. Anthony Cumia, longtime co-host of the Opie And Anthony Show sat down for a chat with Will Cain of The Blaze's Will Cain Show. In speaking about hi current relationship with his former co-host of 20 years, Gregg “Opie” Hughes he said, “We don’t talk much now,” Cumia said. “I think we both needed kind of a break from each other. Twenty years is a long time to spend everyday with somebody.” He also said he once had a lot in common with Hughes because the biggest goal in both of their lives in the beginning of their relationship was to build a wildly successful radio show. But as they got older and achieved success, he said, they “grew into different lives which weren’t that similar.” “He got married, had some kids and stuff and was doing fantastically. And I decided not to do that,” Cumia added. “I like it to be a little off-balance and unpredictable.” But somehow, even through disputes, Cumia said their chemistry inexplicably returned as soon as the microphones went on. In a bit of a shocker, after years of on-air sparring with fellow New York host, Howard Stern, Cumia named Stern as the greatest “on-air personality” in history. “I think you’d be crazy to not say Howard,” Cumia said. “We have butted heads with Howard for 20 years. … You can’t deny that from the mid-80s at NBC, up until he went to Sirius with that giant fanfare that he wasn’t the biggest guy in radio.” WATCH VIDEO HERE
Gregg “Opie” Hughes Upgrades To $6.85 Million Condo At Trump's Place
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– In case you're wondering how Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes has been doing since his well publicized split with Anthony Cumia, you can relax. It appears he's doing just fine. According to the realdeawl.com, he has opted to remain in Donald Trump’s 200 Riverside Boulevard and trade up for a nicer condo, The Real Deal learned that Hughes purchased the five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom apartment on the tower’s 43rd floor for $6.85 million, and will live there with his wife and two children. The 4,285-square-foot unit features sweeping views of the Hudson River from the living room, kitchen and dining areas, according to the listing. Douglas Elliman’s Gilad Azaria represented the seller in the transaction. It is unclear who represented Hughes. SiriusXM fired the “Anthony” half of the famous duo last summer following a series of racially-charged tweets about an alleged incident in which he was punched in Times Square. The firing forced the end of “Opie and Anthony,” which had been a radio mainstay since 1995. Hughes resumed the show with comedian Jim Norton as his new partner.
NETWORKS: Compass Media 'Gets Cookin' With Paula Deen
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Paula Deen Ventures announced today an agreement with Compass Media Networks to launch daily radio vignettes called “Get Cooking with Paula Deen” and weekly long-form podcast called “What’s Cooking with Paula Deen.” Both shows will debut on May 1, 2015. Paula Deen comments - “I am so thrilled to partner with Compass Media Networks on my new radio shows. Get Cooking with Paula Deen will be a one minute daily tip to help you in both the kitchen and life. What’s Cooking with Paula Deen will be a live thirty minute weekly show with myself and my Creative Director Brandon Branch. And one thing is for sure the two of us together can cook up a mess of fun! Can't wait to be back in your homes daily and weekly!” “Get Cooking with Paula Deen” will be offered to country music and news-talk radio stations. These daily vignettes will offer recipes, cooking tips, and good-living-tips. “What’s Cooking with Paula Deen” will air weekly on-demand via PaulaDeen.com, iTunes, and other leading digital platforms.
The Bobby Bones Show To Bring 'Ask Anything' To Fans Nationwide
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks and The Bobby Bones Show announced a partnership with Ask Anything, the first chat platform created to maximize an artist's social media fanbase, that will bring exclusive interviews to Country music fans across the country. In addition, www.BobbyBones.com will now host these exclusive, candid conversations featuring fan-submitted questions. Bobby Bones will host the inaugural video chat with UMG Nashville artist Dierks Bentley on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 a.m. EST. Following the release of Dierks Bentley’s seventh studio album “Riser” on February 28, Country music fans can tune in to the video chat on www.BobbyBones.com to see if their questions get answered. UMG Nashville “Sounds of Summer” tour opening acts Kip Moore and Canaan Smith are also scheduled to participate in the video chat on March 3. “We love any opportunity to get our listeners closer to the artists, and Ask Anything is another great opportunity,” shared Bobby Bones. “Thanks to Bobby Bones, Premiere Networks, Jennifer Leimgruber, Justin Cole, and Michael Bryan for allowing Ask Anything to be a part of their growing Nashville family, and for supporting a platform that gives fans the unique opportunity to connect with their favorite artists,” stated Dave Reynolds, founder of Ask Anything.
MOTION: Tyler Frye Takes Nights At KRBE/Houston; Todd Michaels On The Rise At The Coyote/Las Vegas; Dave Akerly Takes Over Mornings At WILS-AM/Lansing; Ginny Harmon Exits KKGO/LA
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 Cumulus announced that Tyler Frye has been named host of the night show at 104.1 KRBE. Frye comes to Houston from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he spent three years hosting nights WDCG/G105. Tyler began his radio career at WFLZ in Tampa, eventually serving as full-time swing talent and also hosted nights on Hot 107.1 in Denver. "Frye said: “I am extremely honored and excited to join the fantastic team at KRBE. The history behind those call letters means something really special and I look forward to being part of this team. I would like to thank Leslie Whittle, Alex Cadelago and Jan Jeffries for this amazing opportunity. I’d also like to thank Zac Davis for his guidance and mentoring these past years. Lastly, J.J. Watt for MVP. Go Texans!” ########### Beasley Media Group Las Vegas and The Coyote 102.7 KCYE-FM Vegas’ New Country 102.7 KCYE-FM announce the promotion of night host Todd Michaels (above left) to afternoon drive. Todd Michaels joined the station last December after ten years of hosting, producing and writing syndicated shows for Westwood One, Radio Express, Premiere Networks and TeshMedia. He fills the vacancy recently left by Cadillac Jack, who relocated at the end of the year to Beasley Media Group’s WQYK/Tampa-St. Petersburg. ########### Dave Akerly will take over the weekday morning on Lansing talker WILS-AM. Akerly, is best known as a news anchor at WLNS-TV, also has served as director of communications in the state Department of Human Services. ########### laradio.com reported yesterday that Ginny Harman (L) was let go from KKGO Go Country. Since 2008, Ginny has worked virtually every shift on the Country station. Most recently she had been teamed with Larry Morgan in afternoon drive. Reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Shari Gonzalez Named VP/Sale iHM Miami
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Miami/Ft. Lauderdale announced that Shari Gonzalez has been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. Gonzalez started her local career in sales at WJZE and WGAY/WWRC in Washington, D.C., before going to WMAL News/Talk 630 as a Senior Account Executive. Her management career also started at WMAL as National Sales Manager, and then Local Sales Manager. She later moved to CBS Radio Washington, D.C., where she held positions as General Sales Manager and Director of Sales for the five-station cluster. Gonzalez most recently served as General Sales Manager for WPOW, previously owned by Beasley Broadcast Group.
Mancow Readies For Chicago's Loop
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– As we reported last month, Chicago's 97.9 The Loop is conducting a morning show search where candidates take over the show for a week and listeners are then asked to vote online. So far Abe Kanan, Shadoe Steves And Liz Wilde (shown) have competed, but next week all eyes and ears will be on longtime Chicago morning vet Erich 'Mancow' Muller's Morning Madhouse." After an extended run in talk radio, he's returning for week long stint next week on The Loop. Mancow was last heard on a music outlet at Emmis' Alternative WKQX/Chicago in Spring of 2006 leaving behind a history of impressive ratings. He had first joined WKQX-FM/Q-101 in 1998. And is Mancow nervious about next week's appearance? He tells Jockline "There' no galloping megalomaina her - I'm nervous as all get out." - As for his show, most of his old crew will be back for the occasion.
'Parks & Recreation' Executive Producer Found Dead At 30; Jay Z Facing Paternity Suit
UH OH:Farrow & Reid Out AT MSNBC - [BREITBART]
'Parks And Recreation's Executive Producer Found Dead At 30 - [CNN]
[WATCH] Allison William Opens Up About Her Father, Brian William's, Suspension - [TIME]
[WATCH] It Was Ashton Kutcher HUGE Prosthetic Penis That Saved '2 1/2 Men' - [ET]
[WATCH] Will Smith Not To Old To 'Get Jiggy With It' - [SALON]
[WATCH] Eddie Murphy Took A Pass On Cosby Impression - [NBC]
Shelly Smith Shaves Her Head Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis - [E ONLINE]
UH OH: Jay Z Facing Paternity Suit From Man Claiming To Be Love Child - [NYDN]
Instagram And Vanity Fair Partner For Oscar Portrait Studio - [THE WRAP]
'Fashion Week' Creator Not Impressed With Kanye West - [NY POST]
UH OH: '50 Shade Author Demands Control Over Sequel Script - [VARIETY]
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Former Cleveland PD To Launch oWOW Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– After two years in the making, legendary WMMS/Cleveland, PD John Gorman is set to launch oWOW radio this Friday, a locally-based live and local internet radio station. He tells freshwatercleveland.com, "We're on the air right now, testing," says the chief content officer. On-air staff members include Ravenna Micelim Steve Pappas (R), Susie Frazier and Charlotte DiFranco (L), all of whom have lengthy radio experience. "What used to get people interested in radio was that it was exciting," says oWOW director of sales and marketing Jim Marchyshyn. "You looked in. You saw the DJ and you thought: this is cool. We are in show business. That's been forgotten." Gorman says of traditional radio today, "Studios are all empty. They don't have an air staff. Most of them are disembodied voices coming from another city. We're real live people. We're based in Cleveland. We can do all the things that radio can no longer do." Two sponsors are already lined up, including Budweiser who will join for the launch this weekend. And if the logo seems familiar, David Helton, who created WMMS's legendary buzzard, was its designer. According to the report, oWOW was funded by a host of private investors, a local bank and a loan and grant from the City of Cleveland. "We had the odds so far against us at one point that it looked like it would never happen," says Gorman. "It made us fight even harder. We refused to give up."
Mark Cuban Says Net Neutrality Will F--k Everything Up
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Not one to mince his words, Shark Tank's Mark Cuban is not happy about net neutrality. Speaking at the Code/Media conference on Wednesday, Cuban plans to change how the FCC classifies the internet will "f--- everything up." He said there is little evidence that giant tech companies have ever "throttled" the internet to reduce speeds, so he doesn't see them as a threat. Cuban added, "net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies." According to businessinsider.com, The FCC wants to introduce laws that keep big internet companies from being able to pay internet service providers for priority web traffic. To do that, the FCC is planning to reclassify the internet as a utility. Cuban previously spoke to Business Insider about his concerns over net neutrality. He told us he did not want the government to have too much control over the internet: You may not like the depth of competition wireless currently provides, but wireless networks are getting better by the day and standards are being set for 5G that will compete with wired broadband. PHOTO/ABC SHARK TANK
What Apple's Hire Of Radio Star Means For Talent
Plus, Five More Things They Should Steal From Broadcast Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– As the media world continues to ponder Apple’s latest decision to hire a top radio star from the BBC, on the surface it may just look snatching a great talent for its radio arm, iTunes. But is there more to this move than meets the eye? Jockline reached out to a few of radio's top creative thinkers for their take, and how it could translate for broadcast talent in the future. Walter Sabo (above left), an influential International consultant and content expert says, "Hiring a radio star from a BBC popular music station is part of a historical progression. 40 years ago AM's top stars like B.Mitchel Reed, Don Bleu, Tom Donahue, Dan Daniels, Dick Summer, and others made the risky move to an uncertain future on FM. 20 years later, I recruited FM stars to digital Satellite radio. Now a number of celebrities like Adam Corolla and Tom Leykus are moving to podcasts. Today new digital stages like TuneIn, iTunes, iHeart, Pandora, Spotify and others offer an exciting, pristine stage for radio stars. Execs who embrace the power of radio stars, like Kevin Straley at Tunein, will thrive. Other digital audio execs will discover how important radio stars are to the future of their businesses or their product will become just a box of records. There has always been a box of records…right next to the radio." --- Mark Ramsey (above center) commented: 'I can't speak to why (Zane Lowe - right) stood out. My understanding is that he was one of the best the Brits have to offer. He has talent, musical cred, knowledge, and a national profile. National profiles are easier to find in the UK because more audio brands are NATIONAL. But the main reason talent should pay attention is because somebody will pay for talent. Assuming they are able to SHOW that talent on the radio station of their choice today. Did you see that a Hollywood agency just signed up a slew of YouTube stars? You have to be at that level to make a difference in this transmedia world. Apple and others will look for talent that can connect with millennial audiences, and that means it's likely that they will look beyond radio. In this case, after all, they looked beyond the US. The world is now their oyster assuming the platform is worldwide. ----- Valerie Geller of Geller Media International Broadcast Consultants says, "In truth, real talent is rare. And since talent is always a magnet for audiences, its a risk, but it's a calculated risk. While Apple has not exactly shown all their cards on this, like everything they do, they have a plan. This decision, which seems to have rocked the music radio world, is based on creativity, originality, success track with young consumers and hiring someone who they believe has great ears." - Meanwhile, Geller shared a link to a story from Chris Price which was posted as a guest blogger on Matt deagons blog, and James Cridland's post as well. It offers 'Five More Things Internet Radio Should Steal - Interesting read - SEE ARTICLE HERE
NAB Crystal Radio Awards Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 28th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon. The Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, will be held Tuesday, April 14 during the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon, where Golden Globe nominee, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality Marilu Henner will present a keynote address. Radio hosts of Southern California's longest-running a.m. drive show, the "Kevin & Bean Morning Show (shown) ," Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. SEE ALL FINALISTS HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Charlie Ochs Returns To Lead Beasley's MoneyTalk 1010 Tampa; Ralph Renzi Joins CMG As DOS For Miami
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group Tampa Bay announced MoneyTalk 1010 AM has hired market veteran Charlie Ochs (pronounced OAKS) as the General Manager of MoneyTalk 1010. Most recently, Mr. Ochs served as a financial professional for Prudential Financial in Tampa. Prior to that, Ochs was a senior executive in the broadcasting industry, including serving as Senior Vice President and Market Manager with CBS Radio. Ochs’ radio career included cities such as Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Houston. He managed clusters of radio stations in San Diego, Washington D.C., and most recently the six CBS Radio stations in the Tampa Bay Area from 2000 through 2008.
Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has named Ralph Renzi as its new Director of Sales, overseein WEDR, WHQT, WFLC and WFEZ. Prior to joining CMG Miami, Renzi was a member of the sales management team at WTOP in Washington D.C., which has been the country’s No.1 billing radio station for four consecutive years. "I am honored and excited to join the CMG Miami team,” said Renzi. “Cox Media Group's unique combination of innovative resources, the proven leadership of Rob Babin, and the talented team of professionals create a dynamic recipe to serve south Florida and provide appreciable results for our clients.” Renzi studied Mass Communications at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. and was a member of the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2013 class of Broadcast Leadership Training in Washington D.C.
NETWORKS: 60 Second Rewind's Paul Shaffer Talks SNL's 40th; Phantom Producer Unveils Imaging App
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Before Paul Shaffer was David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick, he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980. This past Sunday Shaffer joined a slew of other former cast members for Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special. “Seeing a conglomeration of 40 years’ worth of casts and writers was a unique experience to say the least. ‘Twas an honor to be a part of it,” Shaffer said. Shaffer appeared on the special providing accompaniment to Bill Murray who returned to his role as lounge singer Nick Ocean. Together the duo performed the “love theme” from Jaws. As his tenure on the Late Show with David Letterman approaches its end on May 20, Shaffer will continue to host Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock and Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind on radio stations across the country. Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com and 60SecondRewind.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., has unveiled the latest tech development from Phantom Producer, THE PHANTOM APP. This newly conceived iOS application gives full functionality of the Phantom Producer imaging services to your iPhone or iPad – and the ability to send the mixed files directly to your on-air studio. The concept opens the door to the idea of out-of-the-studio production, where imaging content can be auditioned and automatically customized from anywhere. The announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark along with Phantom Producer’s creator and Executive Producer, Jeff Thomas. Phantom Producer’s founder, Jeff Thomas commented, “In an industry full of time-poor, multi-tasking content creators, we’ve developed a product that is truly mobile. If you’d like to do production on your bus ride, just click a button, and you can have a mixed file in your studio before you arrive."
REPORT: Vanilla Ice Arrested For Burglary & Grand Theft
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Remember Vanilla Ice? Back in the '90's he was a popular rapper, but more recently he' been renovating homes in Florida for the DIY Network on its 'The Vanilla ICE Project. That was as of yesterday being that, according to truthrevolt.com, he arrested for burglary and grand theft. Allegedly, police found items in his home that had been taken from a house next door to one he was fixing up. Items included a pool heater and some furniture. Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, says he thought the home had been abandoned. The property is in the midst of foreclosure, however, and the owners identified the items as their own. The property has since been returned to its owner. ICE voluntarily metwith detectives and was then taken into custody. The question now is will HGTV keep the show?
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
[LISTEN] Woman Giving Birth Calls Graham Mack Show For Help
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– A drama unfolded on BOB fm in the Home Counties when Graham Mack, our very own international correspondent, (took a call from a couple on their way to hospital. Tracy Payne went into labour so her husband Gary was driving her to the Lister Hospital. They were diverted from the A1 after a serious accident closed the road. Listeners started calling in to suggest alternative routes. In the end, Tracy’s mum Linda who was in the back of the car, pulled rank and called 999 (their version of 911). Listen to how the drama unfolded on the air here; http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/fresh-criticism-of-qeii-maternity-service-closure-after-a1m-crash/
Princess Stephanie Goes Live On Radio Monaco - Monaco Radio listeners will hear a new edition of the monthly program "Jungle Fight" co-hosted by Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Each month, Princess Stephanie, President of Fight Aids Monaco, will report on research, prevention and the fight against HIV / AIDS.
Nova 106.9's Extreme Car-E-Oke - Australia’s Nova 106.9 are back with Ash , Kip and Luttsy’s Extreme Car-E-Oke. This week they got Bronco’s Rugby League teammates Matt Gillett and Jack Reed to go through a car wash while singing Wrecking Ball. Their efforts below. Nova and the Bronco’s are giving a Hyundai i20 away with Extreme Car-E-Oke, hopefully not the one that just went through with the windows down. Watch the video here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/fun-stuff/6361-nova-106-9-s-extreme-car-e-oke.html
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[WATCH] Larry King Talks Pop Culture Phenoms With iHR
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Larry King stopped by the iHeartRadio studios to talk about his show "Larry King NOW." There he took a moment to chat with iHeartRadio's Paul Costabile about music's hottest artists and pop culture phenomenons. I think you'd agree, for a seasoned vet, he's still pretty quick on his feet. Check out the video HERE
Nicki Minaj Staff Member Killed In Bar Fight; WOF Contestant Stuns With One Letter Solve
Nicki Minaj Staff Member Killed, One Injured In Philadelphia Bar Fight - [NYDN]
Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood to Host 2015 ACM Liftin Lives Event - [ROLLING STONE]
Ben & Jerry Introduce Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Dough' Ice Cream - [BENJERRY]
MORE FALLON: Jimmy And Taylor Swift Do Jumbotron - [IDOLATOR]
Unretouched Photos Of Beyonce Go Viral - [THAT1960CHICK]
Neil Patrick Harris Featured In New London Fog Ads - [E ONLINE]
CBS Sports Brings Boxing Back To TV In 2015 - [CBS]
WOF Contestant Stuns With One Letter Puzzle Solve - [SALON]
Yup, Kimmy Gets North West A Bullet Proof Vest - [RUMORFIX]
Dr. Seuss Is Back Following Book Discovery - [USA TODAY]
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[LISTEN] Dan Aykroyd Weighs In On Eddie Murphy's Bizarre SNL 40Appearance
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Of all the memorable takeaways from last weekend's airing of SNL's 40th Anniversary, unfortunately, Eddie Murphy's bizarre appearance and speech is what many are still talking about. That includes SiriusXM's Howard Stern who, along with guest Dan Aykroyd, weighed in, as well. Co-starring with Murphy in 'Trading Places, Aykroyd tried his best to be respectful of the comedy legend, but did admit that he would have loved it 'if he’d just gone off on that Eddie rant on somebody in the audience.' According to Mediaite, the whole thing was so uncomfortable that NBC had to edit the video clip before posting it online the next day. “Am I wrong in thinking that this Eddie Murphy moment was very awkward?” Stern asked Aykroyd. “It seemed to me like Eddie Murphy had a gun to his head.” With so many celebrities in attendance, Aykroyd said Murphy “could have riffed on that audience and just ripped it.” LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
MOTION: Scott Miller Follows McMurray And McNeil To Chicago's Drive; Watts And Lolo Exit Magic 95.9 Baltimore
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– As first tipped last week by Chicago blogger Robert Feder, Hubbard's WERV-FM 97.1 The Drive made it official yesterday by announcing that beginning early next month, hosts Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil will follow longtime host, Steve Downes, in morning drive. McNeil said: "I've coveted a show like this for a long, long time. That it's coming to a reality on The Drive -- the crown jewel of Chicago radio, is incredible. I'm enormously grateful because my real life again is exceeding the dreams I had for it." Co-hosting with Dan will be Pete McMurray who exits WGN-AM where he's been since November 2012. McMurray came to Chicago from Rockford's WXRX-FM, where from 1993-1998. In 1998, he joined WCKG-FM. In 2001, he took over mornings at WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop, which lasted until 2003, at which point he returned to WCKG-FM. In January 2007, McMurray returned to hosting mornings at WLUP-FM. He worked there through the end of July 2012. But the news doesn't stop there. Following McMurray from WGN, his producer/sidekick Scott Miller has accepted an offer to join Hubbard Radio, as well, to serve as producer.
According to the Baltimore Sun, two veteran hosts at Radio One's Magic 95.9, Tim Watts and Lolo are off the air. Watts, a fixture on Baltimore radio for decades and at 95.9 for 17 years, and Milliner, a veteran of 22 years at the station, were reported to have been go last week. Radio One officials said they had been "challenged with the performance of Magic and we've tried various things in an effort to gain share. This change unfortunately impacted radio veterans Tim Watts and Lorraine 'Lolo' Milliner."
SYNDICATION: Townsquare Launches Syndicated PopCrush Nights With Lisa Paige; Envision Debuts The John & Leah Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media has announced the launch of a new nationally syndicated show PopCrush Nights, hosted by Lisa Paige. The nightly show will feature the hottest new pop music, as well as trending entertainment and music information. It's set to air from 7p-midnight across 38 Townsquare Media stations. The show will also be available to affiliates through Compass Media Networks. Lisa Paige's resume includes stints at WHTZ 100.3 FM /Z100, WFLZ 92.3 FM in Tampa, WIOQ 102.1 FM in Philadelphia and WBMP 92.3 FM NowFM in New York.
Envision Networks has announced the debut of The John and Leah Show, a talk show focusing on media, politics, sports and pop culture with hosts John Ziegler and Leah Brandon. The show airs live every Sunday night at 10 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. PST. "Even though Leah Brandon and I haven’t worked together since the days of my KFI show, I actually believe the show is clearly better now than it even was then,' Ziegler said. His career began in Steubenville, Ohio as a sportscaster and reporter with an NBC affiliate. He made the switch to talk radio as an evening host at WWTN-FM/Nashville and went on to work at a number of other outlets. Eventually he wound up at KFI-AM/Los Angeles, where he and Brandon first worked together. While at KFI he was #54 on the Talkers 100 list and part of breaking several national news stories. After four years at the station, Ziegler opted to leave talk radio to produce documentary films. Brandon started out as a DJ in Roanoke, Va., and then came to Los Angeles where she began her radio voiceover imaging career. She currently resides in Birmingham, Al.
Zane Lowe Explains Why He Joined Apple
It's About Connecting With Audiences On A Global Level
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– A lot of radio eyebrows were raised this week with Apple's hiring of BBC/Radio 1's highly popular, Zane Lowe, for what presumably is a role at iTunes. While not many details were given other than the hire, he explains in an interview with The Guardian that the move came down to the opportunity of connecting on a global level. "It's not easy being faced with the prospect of leaving somewhere as amazing as the BBC," he said. "It's about the best place I've ever worked in my life. And it's got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons -- because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honored at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don't leave. You just don't." So why leave then? Lowe explained that he is excited at the prospect of reaching a bigger audience. His job, he added, has always been to connect the listener and the artist, so his decision has nothing to do with ego. "It's about being able to get great music to an audience on a global level. I know that there is an opportunity to come out here and to build something that will reach parts of the world that I've never reached before," he said. Lowe goes on to explain that he wants a new platform for music lovers while bringing back a human aspect that's been absent since the decline of record stores. Tomorrow, Jockline takes a look at what this move represents to other broadcast hosts.
[WATCH] TOM BARNARD: Reflects On Difficult Childhood
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– One of Minneapolis' most beloved personalities, Tom Barnard, longtime morning host on Cumulus' 92.5, tells WCCO TV that being wealthy is hard to explain; 'I don't care about money," he says. Barnard, who recently inked a new five-year contract opens up to Channel 4's Frank Vascellaro who says being so successful for so long is impressive, but when you understand how he grew up, it’s pretty remarkable. Barnard grew up in north Minneapolis, one of seven kids. He said his life choices back then were basically get out or go to prison. Walking in his old neighborhood, he stopped in front of a home on Russell Avenue North “This particular house: There’s not a whole lot of happy memories, a lot of misery in this one,” he said. He knew he was poor. Nine people were living in a three-bedroom house. To say times were tough is an understatement. “We went for stretches where we literally ate fried bread dough and watermelon for six months because we couldn’t afford any food,” he said. Despair was more prevalent than hope. “You grow up in a neighborhood like this and you are convinced you’ve got no shot because you’re told, ‘Basically, I’m never going to make it out of here,’ so why try?” he said. But Barnard did try, says Vascellaro. He worked hard. “I started work when I was 11 years old,” he said. “I was a janitor, and I’ve been working ever since.” Mom worked hard too. She was a waitress in a diner. Dad, Barnard said, was the problem. “My father was schizophrenic,” he said. “It caused a lot of problems. And my mother — he just wore her down.” Mental illness led to instability. Barnard said frequent evictions meant he lived in 43 different houses growing up. As for his father: “He came back for a couple of months when I was 15 or 16, and then he left and I didn’t see him until 17 years later when he died.” .... Money aside, Barnard still loves what he does.”“I will always work,” Barnard said. “I love doing the KQ morning show, I just love it, and now I have the afternoon show, and I love that, too, because I get to work with my family.” KQRS radio will soon begin airing the best of the Tom Barnard digital show on Sunday mornings. WATCH ENTIRE PIECE HERE
Blackberry Suing Ryan Seacrest's Typo Again
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– BlackBerry is suing Ryan Seacrest's Typo again for copying its keyboard design. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after a US District Judge in San Francisco previously ordered Typo to pay BlackBerry $860,000, the Ryan Seacrest-backed company now faces another suit from the smartphone maker for continuing to sell its iPhone case with an integrated hardware keyboard. According to the report, BlackBerry has filed a new complaint against Typo in California this week claiming the company’s latest products "slavishly copied .. down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys." Seacrest reportedly invested $1 million in the company and has promoted the start-up on CNN, at the Consumer Electronics Show and elsewhere. Upon introduction to the market in early 2004, Typo was hit by a lawsuit from BlackBerry, which prevailed upon the judge to issue a preliminary injunction. In reaction to the judge's sanctions order, a Typo spokesperson stressed that the lawsuit "has no impact on the Typo 2 product currently in the marketplace." The lawsuit quotes various product reviews in the press that make comments like the "Blackberry influence remains," and stresses that Typo has willfully copied "instead of re-designing their product to steer clear of BlackBerry's trade dress designs." Seeking various damages, including another injunction, BlackBerry via its lawyers at Quinn Emanuel says it aims "to put an end to Defendants' pattern and practice of unlawful conduct." Typo declined comment about the lawsuit, but mediation is scheduled for this morning.
Benztown Brings Top Talent To ConnectPal
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Benztown Radio Networks today announced that it has entered into an agreement with ConnectPal.com to bring its key talent relationships to ConnectPal. Under the agreement, Benztown will monetize podcasts with major media stars including entertainment expert David Tutera (L), whose hit primetime show "David Tutera's CELEBrations" is now in its second season on WE tv. Benztown will bring its stable of media stars to ConnectPal, including: Navy SEAL Chris Heben, the Digital Doctor Jeff Levy, world-renowned psychic Dougall Fraser, and A.J. Barrera. In addition, Benztown will produce creative content and provide imaging services for the user-friendly ConnectPal marketplace. ConnectPal.com was founded in 2014 by Andy Dean (R), a former Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio host. Today, ConnectPal connects audiences with content creators, including radio legend Neal Boortz, Fox TV Star “Judge Alex”, Washington Insider Paul Westcott, International Supermodel Julia Gilas, and more. For more information, visit: http://www.benztown.com/connectpal/ or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org and at (818) 842-4600. ConnectPal.com was founded in 2014 by Andy Dean. He was featured on NBC's “The Apprentice,” and can be seen regularly on Fox News, CNN, and HBO's “Bill Maher Show” providing political commentary.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Sales Vet Dana Senit Joins PodcastOne For Management Post
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced the addition of digital media and sales veteran Dana Senit in the position of Sales Manager, Western Region. In her new role, Senit will work with local and national advertisers in the western region to collaborate on digital media initiatives across the network of all-star podcasts to maximize campaign effectiveness through personality-driven strategies. Previously, Senit was the Vice President, Western Region at TargetSpot, working on digital-audio advertiser opportunities. Senit also served as a Senior Account Manager at XM Satellite Radio, National Radio Supervisor at Carat North America, and Senior Media Buyer at Focus Media.
NBC Sport's Radio Hosts Strike A Pose With NBA Legend Dr. J
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– NBC Sports Radio’s Anita Marks, Jon Stashower, and Chris Mannix strike a pose with NBA Hall of Fame legend “Dr. J” - Julius Erving who was the special guest during a live broadcast of The Anita Marks Show at the Harman store on Madison Avenue in New York City this past weekend. The in-store event celebrated the exclusive audio partnership between JBL and the NBA.
'Happy' Kids Books On Tap For Pharrell; Meet The Stars Who Passed On '50 Shades' Role
Meet The Stars Who Passed On '50 Shades' - [BUSINESS INSIDER]
Melissa Rivers Joins ET For Interview Series - [THE WRAP]
Pharrell Williams Inks New Deal For 'Happy' Kid's Books - [BILLBOARD]
[WATCH] Christina Aguilera Treats Her Fans To Coffee - [YAHOO]
UH OH: Selena Gomez Drops Top For 'V' - [DAILY CALLER]
[WATCH] Justin Bieber Getting Egged For Roast Promo - [ET]
What's One More? Rihanna Covers Yet AnOther Magazine - [VIBE]
Kanye West Says He Lost Friends When He Began Dating Kimmy - [PAGE SIX]
Homeless Woman Walked Miles To Court To Make Sure Rapist Got Jail Time - [DISPATCH]
Check Out First 'Ghostbusters' Cast Photo - [E ONLINE]
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BBC's Radio 1 Denies Ban On Madonna Music
Alleged Report Sparks Charges Of Ageism
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 1 has responded to this weekend's report by The Daily Mail that it banned Madonna from its playlists. Over the weekend, the Mail reported that the 56-year-old pop star was deemed too old to be played on the station, adding that her new single 'Living for Love' has been played just once since its debut in December. They later posted on Facebook, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone - please don't believe the papers. "The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor. "In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks - 'FourFiveSeconds' and 'Only One' - on the Radio 1 playlist."
According to digitalspy.com, this isn't the first time that the station has come under fire for its apparent reluctance to play songs by older artists. Morning host Nick Grimshaw previously claimed that Robbie Williams was "not relevant" to the 13 and 14-year-olds who listen to the station. However, Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson denied that age is a factor - pointing out that Pharrell Williams has had many tracks playlisted recently, and is the same age as Robbie. Meanwhile, whether this story turns out to have merit or not, it's sparked charges of ageism. According to inquisitr.com, On Radio 1’s Facebook page, listeners decried the station’s alleged decision not to play Madonna’s new song “Living for Love.” Many of the posters said that the station’s blatant ageism towards Madonna is just as bad as racism and homophobia. Others mocked Radio 1 for being irrelevant itself. All bickering aside, Madonna’s “Living for Love” now registers as one of the fifty most-played songs at pop radio.
[WATCH] Popular Baltimore Host Gets Second Chance At Life
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported nearly a year ago, Mix 106.5/Baltimore midday host Maria Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, according to WJZ/CBS TV Baltimore, she’s getting a second chance at life and feels lucky to be alive. “They gave me a 50% chance of making it,” she said. Last March, after suffering from bad stomachaches, routine tests prompted hearing what everybody dreads. “I said, `Leukemia? How is that possible?'” Dennis said. She immediately began treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After four rounds of intense chemotherapy, she was put on a list for a bone marrow transplant. In June, Dennis’ prayers were answered. “I just can’t imagine someone going through a surgery for a stranger and giving their bone marrow and saving someone’s life,” Dennis said. She hasn’t decided what she’ll say to the donor. Dennis says she always expected to survive. Finally, Dennis has beat cancer. “I got an email from my doc. He’s like, `Congratulations. No signs of leukemia, cancer-free.’ It was wonderful,” she said. She believes her battle with leukemia has reminded her what’s really important in life and she hopes her message reaches others going through the same thing. Dennis says she'll continue to take chemo pills every day. WATCH HERE
Were There Two Winners In Last Night's 'Celebrity Apprentice?
THE MOUTH, FEBURARY 17TH, 2015 –– In case you didn't tune in to last night's Celebrity Apprentice finale, first, the not so good news for 77WABC/NY midday host and popular TV personality, Geraldo Rivera. He came 'this close' to earning this season's honors but, on the bright side, both Leeza Gibbons, this year's winner, and Riviera raised over $700,000 for their charities. Gibbons becomes the first female winner on the series since 2009. WATCH HERE
George Noory And Richard Belzer Tackle Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 In New Book
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– A year after the disappearance and commencement of the international search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, no sign of the plane has been found—no debris, no bodies, no sign of the much-talked-about black box. Richard Belzer, George Noory, and David Wayne want to know why. They have written a new book, SOMEONE IS HIDING SOMETHING. Scrutinizing the theories the media and politicians claim are the “most likely” reasons the plane crashed, Belzer, Noory, and Wayne argue that if a year after a huge Boeing 777 has gone missing, and there’s still no sign of it whatsoever, it’s time to think outside the box. The public needs to stop being misled. If a plane and its passengers went "missing" once, what's to stop it from happening again? Some of the theories the authors consider seem implausible on the surface, but the thorough research they've done and the continual failure of politicians, aviation authorities, and military members around the world to give any indication they're wrong makes their arguments as good—if not better—than the more widely shared ones. The title of this thought-provoking volume, SOMEONE IS HIDING SOMETHING, is a line spoken by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad—perhaps the only government official to publicly acknowledge the true reason that neither Flight 370 nor the 239 people onboard have been found. Richard Belzer is a comedian and actor, best known for his role as John Munch, the character he portrayed for twenty-one years on the NBC police dramas Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. George Noory is the host of the national radio show Coast to Coast AM, which features discussions on news and current events, conspiracy theories and all things curious and unexplained. David Wayne is coauthor with Richard Belzer of the New York Times bestsellers Hit List and Dead Wrong, and coauthor of They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK, with Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell.
Futuri Receives Patent for "Instant Alert" And Listener Driven Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– Futuri, developer of social and mobile audience engagement technology for broadcasters, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,874,026 for its Instant Alert™ and Listener Driven Radio® technology. The patent describes a broad range of methods related to Listener Driven™ programming, including Instant Alerts, where listeners can receive e-mail, SMS text, and tweets moments before their favorite songs play on the air. This is also one of several US and foreign patents and pending patent applications held by the company that describes and protects its unique interactive mobile and social apps. Futuri’s CEO, Daniel Anstandig and CTO, Brian Seeders are named as inventors on the patent. “Futuri has invested a significant amount in R&D related to interactive broadcasting as well as social and mobile technology for local broadcasters,” said Daniel Anstandig, CEO of Futuri. “The issuance of this patent is a milestone for our company and our many innovative broadcast partners, who have used this and our other technologies to drive ratings and revenue since the company’s launch in 2009." “Protection of our team’s innovations is critical,” said Brian Parsons, CIO of Futuri. “Our goal is to shape the future of media with social and mobile technology that makes it possible for consumers to embrace and personalize their favorite media brands."
[WATCH] The Bert Show Pulls Out All The Stops For Special Listener V-Day Makeover
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– The Atlanta-based, nationally syndicated Bert Show provided a lucky listener a Valentine’s Day they will never forget on Saturday, February 14th. Co-host Kristin Klingshirn (far right) surprised a newly single, Tory, (shown left) with a complete makeover. Over 22 years ago, Tory was involved in a tornado leaving her paralyzed and losing her mother in the tragic accident. Today, Tory is a mother of two and although she is wheelchair bound for the rest of her life, she has overcome incredible odds and touched so many people. After reading an email she sent to the show, Kristin knew she wanted to do more than just list her favorite nail salon, boutiques and spas. Kristin surprised Tory with a Valentine’s Day makeover and with the help of some local businesses, Kristin and The Bert Show made Tory The Bert Show’s official Valentine! The Bert Show community came together to grant a great day for Tory, including complimentary transportation from Cooper Global Transportation, outfit shopping, facial and massage, manicure/pedicure, hair cut and style, makeup and a surprise dinner. The day's event were captured by Tim Redman Photography. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Pittsburgh's Flick Becomes 'Man In A Box' For Second Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– On one of the coldest weeks of winter, 100.7 Star Pittsburgh has partnered with The Salvation Army, Highwoods Properties, Highmark and other sponsors to raise awareness of family homelessness through the "Man in a Box" campaign. Flick, afternoon radio host of "Flick and Kelly" on 100.7 Star, was so overwhelmed by the community's response that he is taking on the challenge again, February 25 through the 27, 2015. "Living in a 4 ft. x 8 ft. Plexiglas box 12 hours a day and staying in a homeless shelter at night was not easy, but it's nothing compared to challenges that people who are actually homeless face day in and day out. If doing this for 3 days again this year helps to educate and inspire more people to help, it's more than worth it," says Flick, of his upcoming time in "the box" that will be situated at Highwoods Properties' PPG Place, near the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink in downtown Pittsburgh. Flick will once again be experiencing some of the hardships of living homeless first hand. He will have minimal shelter and heat, and only the same food provided to the homeless by The Salvation Army. It can be easy to forget that homelessness is a daily reality for many people. "The issue of homelessness is serious and deserves everyone's attention and compassion," said William Bode, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army's Western PA Division. "I thank and commend CBS radio, and especially Flick, for helping us in such a unique way to educate the public and encourage support of The Salvation Army in addressing the needs of the community." As for this week's weather in Pittsburgh, Wed/Thur/Fri's forecast calls for lows of -2º -6º -7º on each successive night.
[WATCH] Another Peek At The Late Gary Owens Via Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– The legendary Gary Owens passed away at age 80 on Friday the 13th and while he's best known as the announcer on NBC's Rowan & Martin's Laugh In in the late 1960's, he also did a syndicated radio show 'Music of Your Life. Following the sad news of his passing, radio' best bud, Art Vuolo quickly fired off a link to a video he shot during one one Owen's shows.
Lady Gaga Engaged; 'It's My Party's' Leslie Gore Passes Away At 68
Lady Gaga Engaged - [HELLO]
'It's My Party's' Leslie Gore Passes Away At 68 - [FOX]
Conan O'Brien Broadcast From Cuba - [DEADLINE]
'TV's '2 1/2 Men' Comes To An End - [NYDN]
[WATCH] Fox TV Affiliate Accidentally Shows Obama As Rape Suspect - [THE WRAP]
Are Will Smith And Kanye West Working On A New Music Track? - [HOTNEWHIPHOP]
Unretouched Cindy Crawford Magazine Spread Makin Waves - [ET]
Amber Rose Now Claims OJ Simpson Is Kim Kardashian's REAL Father.. But Wait, There's More - [DAILY MAIL]
Apple Working On Secret 'Car' Project - [DIGITAL SPY]
[WATCH] Billy Crystal And Josh Gad In 'The Comedians' - [MOVIEHOLE]
McCartney, Swift & Fallon 'Shake It' At SNL After Party - [THEDISHH]
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Apple Recruits Top British Jock To Bolster Radio Division
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Zane Lowe, one of the UK's most influential radio host, is leaving BBC's Radio 1 after being recruited by Apple in the U.S. The 41-year-old host who joined the network in 2003 will air his last show will air on March 5th. While the BBC didn't mention Lowe's exact position, news outlets such as The Guardian believes that Lowe is leaving to work on iTunes Radio. It's been pretty successful in the US, but not as much as Apple hoped. The Guardian suggests a familiar voice like Zane Lowe to iTunes Radio could make it more appealing to listeners (as well as convincing traditional radio listeners that internet radio is the way to go). 'The Zane Meets' series has been watched by millions online during his time on the station. The New Zealand-born jock has become well known for championing emerging talent and many acts have made their breakthrough after having one of their tracks named as "hottest record in the world" on Zane's show. Zane has helped launch the careers of many acts, including Ed Sheeran. Since starting at the station Zane has picked up the gold Radio Academy Award for best music broadcaster in 2010, 2011 and 2014. His show was also named best radio show at the NME Awards on four occasions. Some of the biggest names in music have played live sessions on Zane's show. Annie Mac (shown right) will take over Zane's current weekday evening new music show, starting on March 9th.
REPORT: BBC's Radio 1 Drops Madonna From Playlist; Calls Her 'Irrelevant And Too Old' For Teen Audience
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015 –– 50 may be the new 40, but, according to a report, that wasn't enough to convince The BBC's Radio 1 from keeping Madonna on its playlists. Word from the UK is that Radio 1 has now banned 56-yr. old from airplay for being what it describes as ''irrelevant and old' for its teenage listeners. According to The Daily Mail, she's dominated the airwaves during 30 years as a chart-topper, but Radio 1 has decided that Madonna is an 'immaterial girl and just too old for its teenage listeners. Despite her determined efforts to look – and sound – youthful, the 56-year-old has been dropped from the station’s playlist that determines which songs are played by DJs during the day. Madonna’s latest song is 'Living For Love' and has been available for airplay since December 20 last year. ‘At the end of the day it’s all about relevance,' says a BBC rep. 'It’s natural that as an artist gets older their audience goes elsewhere and Radio 1 has to reflect that. ‘The station has a duty to meet the needs of younger listeners. I don’t think the audience is losing sleep that it is not playing Madonna in the same way that it used to.’ Contrast this with Sir Paul McCartney’s new single that IS being played by Radio 1 even though the former Beatle is 72. This is because the track is a collaboration with rapper Kanye West, 37, and pop mega-star Rihanna. A Radio 1 spokesman said: ‘Tracks are chosen on musical merit, and while around 40 per cent of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor.’ Madonna’s spokesman declined to comment. Read More HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rick Straus Named PD Of WIYY/98 Rock Baltimore; Erik Bradley To Continue Working With WBBM-FM Chicago Following Move To Dallas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015 –– Rick Strauss has been named Program Director for WIYY-FM/98 Rock Baltimore. The move marks his return to the rock outlet where he programmed from 1994 to 2002. In making the announcement, Pres/GM Cary L. Pahigian commented: 'Rick's experience with our industry's digital evolution makes him one of the best strategic and creative thinkers in music radio today. We're THRILLED to welcome him back 'home' to 98 Rock/WIYY." For the last 10 years, Strauss has served on the National Programming Platforms for iHeartRadio as Senior Director of Digital Music Programming. Before that he was Director of Marketing and Content for Clear Channel Radio Digital. Strauss has also programmed WMGK-FM/Philadelphia and WZZO/Allentown. Strauss follows Dave Hill who originally replaced him on WIYY who left in December when he was named VP of Programming of iHeartMedia's Portland, OR cluster. ######## WBBM FM 96.3/Chicago's Erik Bradley will retain his programming duties following hi move to Dallas. According to media blogger Robert Feder, they arranged to keep him on the job as music director and assistant program director. “If anybody deserves it, Erik does,” said B96 program director Todd Cavanah, who hired Bradley to succeed him when Cavanah was promoted to the top job in 1993. Bradley will continue to work from CBS Radio offices in Dallas. He’ll return to Chicago occasionally to fill in when Cavanah is on vacation and to attend station events. Calling Bradley “the Michael Jordan of the industry,” Cavanah said: “He’s the best music director in the business. He’s got the cell phones of every artist, every manager and every agent. He’s the man. We’re a better company with Erik Bradley than without him.”
NAB To Present New Digital Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters has announced it will present a new NAB Digital Leadership Award at the 2015 NAB Show. The award will be presented to an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms in a measurable way. The honoree will be recognized at the 2015 NAB Show Technology Luncheon in Las Vegas on April 15. NAB is currently accepting nominations for the first NAB Digital Leadership Award through March 5, 2015. The new “Digital Exchange Strategies for Television” workshop (formerly “Digital Think Tank” for television) will take place April 14 – 15. This two-day workshop covers issues of importance to TV managers who are moving their operations into the digital space. High level presentations will include the value of digital partnerships, social strategies, and multiplatform monetization ideas, including TV Everywhere. Additionally, the “Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio” (DSX4r), presented by NAB Labs, returns with a one-day workshop on Wednesday, April 15. Radio’s digital leaders and others will share a variety of best practices and updates on connected car technology, hybrid radio, digital audience measurement, branding, social media and emerging services. CLICK HERE FOR NOMINATIONS
USA TODAY: How Tom Leykis Blew Up The Internet - [LISTEN]
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Former broadcast radio host/turned podcaster Tom Leykis tells USA Today that on revenue of $527.000 he's realized profit of $2500 last year, which he calls 'a start.' "The business is self sufficient. I have four employees. Last year we went up 65% in audience. It's possible that this year I will get a nice paycheck." Leykis began podcasting in 2012, after his former station switched formats. Out of a gig, he moved to podcasting. From Burbank, he broadcast each day from 6-9 p.m. ET. Beyond selling advertising time to finance the shows, Leykis also has a subscription service, starting at $11 monthly for access to his archive, and to download past programs. For a listen, go http://blowmeuptom.com or Tunein Radio. it's here where he holds the no. 1 on the site during his three hours on the air, and averages 125,000 to 160,000 listeners per month. As for his success, he says. "People want to listen to what they want to, when they want to." LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
NETWORKS: Envision Rebrands Remote Weather & News Service
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® is rebranding its remote weather and news service as EnvisionVirtualServices to better reflect the current virtual reports and future offerings of traffic and sports. “EnvisionVirtualServices has been specifically designed for radio stations,” said Danno Wolkoff, President and CEO of Envision Networks®. "Radio stations’ sales departments can still sell local advertising and sponsorships for each weather forecast and newscast delivered,” said Danno. With EnvisionVirtualServices Weather Reports, radio stations receive up to five daily forecasts each weekday and 24-hour on-call severe weather coverage. EnvisionVirtualServices News Reports provides quality local news written and voiced by a remote team of experienced reporters available anytime and anywhere. It is the easiest and most economical way for a radio station to report the news. By delivering the news remotely, EnvisionVirtualServices News can increase the quantity of newscasts and the quality of the reporting without jeopardizing a station’s budget. For more info, contact Valerie Brooks at ValerieB@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761
102.1 The Edge Announces Edgefest 2015 Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015 –– 102.1 The Edge KDGE-FM has announced EDGEFEST 2015, an iHeartRadio Festival, which will take place on April 25, 2015 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. For over 20 years, Edgeheads have gathered together for this legendary concert event in Dallas / Ft Worth. Tickets go on-sale on Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Fans can listen to 102.1 The Edge to participate in a 'Win It Before You Can Buy It,' promotion beginning Friday, February 13, through Friday, February 20, 2015. Complete show details are available at www.KDGE.com. Jay Shannon, Program Director, 102.1 The Edge said “This is one of the strongest line ups yet, with some of the biggest names in the alternative rock world right now. We know it will be a win for the Dallas Fort Worth area.” The Edge: 102.1 The Edge is the DFW station offering the Dallas / Fort Worth area the best alternative rock music. Jagger Mornings wakes up the metroplex weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Ayo hits the airwaves during middays. Jessie takes over during rush hour from 3-7 p.m., and Kade rounds out the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.
OUCH: Station Handcuffs Groom To Mother-In-Law For A Week
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2015 –– By our count, there were at least one million (give or take a few) Valentines Day promotions being featured at stations across the country this past week, far too many to post. That said, here's one that will continue through this week. This was Vancouver's Z95.3 which offered a Valentine’s Day ‘Doomed Groom’ contest where one lucky (or unlucky) groom would be locked to his mother-in-law-to-be for a full seven days. If they both survive, the couple (he and her daughter) will win a dream wedding in sunny Mexico. Nothing says romance like a man being handcuffed to his ‘mother-in-law-to-be’ for an entire week. Z95.3 is testing the limits of love with the Doomed Groom Contest! In January of this year, Z95 listener Matt proposed to the girl of his dreams. On the morning of Friday the 13th, he demonstrated his devotion by handcuffing himself to his future mother-in-law, Diane, for a period of ONE WEEK. There’s no love like a mother’s love for her daughter… Except maybe a husband-to-be’s love for his soon-to-be bride… So, how will they eat? Sleep? Shower? Or go to the bathroom? Ewwwwww. Check out videos at z953.ca.
REPORT: Bobbi Christina's Organs Shutting Down; Willie Nelson Pens Autobiography
REPORT: Bobbi Christina's Organs Shutting Down - [INQUISITR]
The Stars Turned Out In Droves For SNL's 40th - [NY POST]
'50 Shades' Dominates Weekend Box Office - [THR]
UH OH: Amber Rose Calls Kimmy Fake - [CAMBIO]
Willie Nelson To Release Autobiography - [EXCLAIM]
[WATCH] Meteorologist's Epic Reaction To Thundersnow - [ZAP2IT]
WHOAAAAA: Check Out Taylor Swift & Karlie Kloss' 'Vogue' Cover - [STYLE]
Not To Be Outdone, Rihanna Does Triple Covers For 'W' Magazine UK - [DAILY MAIL]
Christina Auilera To Guest As Pop Star On 'Nashville' - [E ONLINE]
Prince Performs Valentines Day Concert With Star-Studded Crowd In New York - [NY DAILY NEWS]
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Legendary Radio/TV Host' Gary Owens, Passes Away At 80
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Gary Owens, the radio host who coined the phrase 'Coming to you from beautiful downtown Burbank', has passed away at 80. Forever remembered as the cupped-ear announcer on the hit TV series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, succumbed to diabetes said his son, Chris to the The LA Times. Owens, evolved from his on-air radio work at KFWB-AM (980) and KMPC-AM (710) and other LA stations into national stardom as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's 'Laugh In.'
As the story goes, Burbank landed his job at 'Laugh In' in the men's room at the historic 'Smokehouse' restaurant across from NBC's Burbank Studios. George Schlatter who produced and directed Laugh-In, was having lunch there and had gone to the men's room where he stood over a urinal. Schlatter told The Hollywood Reporter: "I was peeing. Gary Owens came in and stood beside me and said, 'Hi George.' I said, 'What?' and he said (raising his voice), 'Hi George.' "That's wonderful,' said Schlatter. 'What's that?' Owens asked. 'The sound of your voice.' Schlatter answered. 'Cupping his ear, Owens then said, 'Yeah, the acoustics are good in here.' 'That's what I want you to do,' said Schlatter. 'What do you mean?' asked Owens. 'You want me to pee?' "Schlatter said, 'No, I want you to be my announcer,' answered Schlatter. ''Put your thumb in your ear and say, Ladies and gentlemen, welcome.' 'That's it. I want you to do that.' Owens continued: 'You want me to pee and to put my thumb in my ear?' Schlatter said, 'No! Just talk.'
Prior to LA, Owens first job was at KORN in Mitchell, SD. At 22, he moved to KOIL in Omaha, where he was still doing news. Owen's credits include voicing over 3,000 cartoons, including Space Ghost, Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, Powdered Toast Man and Batman. In addition to his son Chris, Owens is survived by his wife of 47 years, Arleta, and another son, Scott.
Wink Martindale Remembering Gary Owens
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Gary was best known as the announcer on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, but his career was already well rooted in radio. According to rumorfix.com, he hosted a national radio show on the Music of Your Life Network for 30 years and also hosted shows on KMPC, KFI, KIIS FM, KFWB and KKGO. It was at KMPC that he and radio/TV host Wink Martindale became friends. In a photo that Wink posted Friday on Facebook, it shows the late Casey Kasem and himself mimicking Gary’s trademark ear-cup gesture. Wink wrote on Facebook, “I'm saddened to announce that Gary Owens passed away today. This is a photo I have cherished for many years, taken by Sandy (Wink's wife) at a far happier time for Gary, Casey Kasem, and me. Gary's passing is particularly sad for me. Of all the professionals I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the business Gary stands tall above them all. In particular I will always cherish the twelve years I worked with him at KMPC and was witness to his talents close-up. Gary Owens possessed talents that come along rarely. It is almost a cliche to say it but this man will truly be missed. Best blessings to his family.' In captioning the photo, Wink wrote: My wonderful wife Sandy was looking all over for this photo of Casey Kasem, Gary Owens, and me. I don't recall where this was taken, but knowing Gary, maybe it was in "beautiful downtown Burbank."
[WATCH] Dallas Car Chase Victim 'Mama Bear' Surprised With New Van From Help By KISS-FM's Big Al Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– This is likely one Valentine's Day weekend Jessica Liesmann won't soon forget. She's the 29 yr.old Dallas woman whose van was rear-ended by a carjacker, then, along with her boyfriend, helped abduct the robbery suspect. Dallas police have since named her 'Mama Bear,' but that's not all Liesmann experienced on Thursday. With the help of the syndicated Kidd Kraddick show member, Big Al Mack (upper left), she was later surprised with new Van. Shortly after video of dramatic chase scene went, KISS-FM reached out to Liesmann to be on yesterday's show. “I was like, wow! It just kinda caught me,” said cast member “Big Al" Mack to DFW/NBC TV. Mack said initially he and the other cast members just wanted to talk to Liesmann about what happened. But the more he heard her story, the more he wanted to help. Mack found out that Liesmann had lost her 4-year-old son last year due to a medical condition, and without her van, she wouldn’t have a way to drive her two other children to school. Her 13-yr old son was also in the van at the time of accident. "So I said Kidd (who passed away in 2012) would not just send this woman out and say bye. He would do something. So that’s what we came up with. She needs a new car,” said Mack. He then reached out to Southwest Kia who presented a new van to Liesmann. She immediately started crying as she first sat in the driver’s seat (upper right). Liesmann also got an apology on Thursday from robbery suspect who police say caused the chase and crash apologized. Her 13-year-old son was also in the car.
[LISTEN] Call To Louisville Show Led To Kidney Transplant And Then Came True Love
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– You can add matchmaker to 840WHAS Louisville's Terry Meiners (inset) list of accolades, but this one involved an organ other than just the heart. It all goes back to January 2014, when a radio conversation Meiners had with a worried mom resulted in a life-saving kidney transplant for her son. Another mom was listening while driving between Nashville and Louisville and mentioned the story to her daughter. The daughter emailed Meiners to get info and the connection was made. Then the donor, Ashley McIntyre, and the recipient fell in love and are now engaged - oh yeah, they're expecting their first child, too. The guy with a new kidney and a fiance, Danny Robinson, called into Meiners show on Thursday for what has to be the top Valentine' Day story of the week. Ashley McIntyre and Danny Robinson got engaged on Christmas, less than a year after McIntyre heard about Robinson's plight as a 25-year-old dialysis patient and decided to donate her kidney to him, a total stranger. She told the courierjournal.com, "I never in a million years imagined this would happen. ... It was a whirlwind," said McIntyre. "It's crazy how it all worked. It was all planned out by God." Theirs is a Valentine's Day tale of how compassion can save lives, bring families together and blossom into love. Robinson's story touched McIntyre deeply. "He was so young" and had lost his father to cancer, she said. "It was devastating." The next day, she sent a Facebook message to Meiners and soon got in contact with representatives from UK's transplant program. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
MOTION: REPORT: Deena Lang Exits Sunny107.9 West Palm Beach; Live 95.5 Gives Portland A Huggie At Night; 94.5 The Buzz Houston Adds Casey 'Catnip' Atnip As Morning Show Producer
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– Deena Lang, a longtime morning host in the West Palm Beach has reportedly left WEAT/Sunny 107.9 according to gossipextra.com. Although station officials haven't commented, the show is now Sunny Mornings With Jennifer & Bill. On her Facebook page she posted, “I’m very sorry I’ve been quiet here for the past few days ... I’m just recalibrating. I promise you will be the first to know what’s next. ###### In other news, Alpha Media Portland, OR announced that Dan “Huggie” Amsden (L) will join Live 95.5 for nights starting Monday, March 2, 2015. Huggie's previous stints include KVEG Hot 97.5. Nights at 103.3 Kiss FM (Now 103.5 Kiss FM ) in Boise, Idaho. Huggie has been in Boise for 2 years, as the Night and Afternoon drive host/Imaging Director. “Wow! Honestly, I am SUPER GEEKED, like I’m going Urkel right now; suspenders, flooded pants, striped shirt and all. Truly GEEK ED to bring my show to PDX! No, but seriously, I am beyond excited to have my weirdness accepted into the team at Live 95.5 and can’t wait to be in Portland! Nights on Live 95.5 will never be the same. Portland, let’s get weird together ! I lo ve your face!” Huggie remarked. ###### 94.5 The Buzz Houston has hired Casey 'Catnip' Atnip as morning producer for The Rod Ryan Show. On Facebook he posted: 'Very humbled and thankful for the people who have guided and given me such incredible opportunities. Also.... I probably can't get you free concert tickets.
Marc Bertrand Joins Scott Zolak For Middays On 98.5 The Sports Hub
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) announced that Marc Bertrand will join Scott Zolak as co-host on the new “Zolak and Bertrand” show which will premiere on Tuesday, February 17 and air weekdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Bertrand will also co-host The Sports Hub’s Patriots pre- and postgame shows. He joined the station at launch in 2009 from Metro Traffic and has most recently served as the sports headline anchor for the “Felger and Mazz” show. In addition to his role providing news updates and headlines during the “Felger & Mazz” show, Bertrand also hosted the popular “The Final Word” segment. Previously, he was co-host of the “Bertrand & Gasper” show (broadcast Saturday’s 8-11AM) with Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe. The Sports Hub was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with a Marconi Award for “Sports Station of The Year;” this was the Sports Hub’s second Marconi award for “Sports Station of the Year” in the last four years.
Tim Leary Goes Nationwide With New Country Countdown Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– It was announced today that Tim Leary, morning host of “ Tim Leary and The Morning Showgram” on Savannah’s Bob 106.9 is now hosting brand new weekly syndicated show, “The 20 20 Country Countdown.” Tim Leary has been hosting
mornings at BOB 106. 9FM (WUBB) Savannah, GA/ Hilton Head, SC for 3 years and is a six-time CRB Humanitarian Award nominee. The 20 20 Country Countdown is a new Countdown format counting down the 20 biggest songs in the country according to the airplay of our affiliates. The 20 20 Country Countdown will be handled by United Stations Radio Networks. "I'm so excited for this incredible opportunity to host The 2020 Country Countdown! This is something that every country personality dreams of! My thanks to Scott Mahalick and Andy Denemark! I can't wait for the launch of the show, ” said Leary. “The introduction of the new 2020 Country Countdown is a triple treat for us at United Stations – we get to present a hot, new countdown format for the future, we get to showcase Tim Leary as our talent, and we get to work with Scott Mahalick, Gigi South and a great team of broadcasters at Alpha Media. Interested stations should Contact Luke@unitedstation.com or call 212.536.3612.
KASSOF: 'AM Radio Not 'On The Radar;' Approval At 44%
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– On Tuesday, Kassof Research revealed FM radio’s approval rating — a glowing 83%. Yesterday, they revealed, based on an online survey of 1,190 18-64 year olds, conducted from January 21-23, 44% approve of AM: How much do you approve or disapprove about the job AM radio is doing these days? STRONGLY APPROVE 13% SOMEWHAT APPROVE 31% SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 14% STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 5% Don’t know 37%
Kassof says a major reason AM’s approval is little more than half of FM’s is that AM simply isn’t “on the radar” for a high percentage…37% have no opinion about AM one way or the other (versus only 5% for FM). That in itself is a big problem. And even though fewer have any opinion about AM radio (leaving fewer to approve or disapprove), its disapproval is still higher — 19%, versus FM’s 12%. Among those who do approve of AM, its information is the main reason why, followed closely by Talk radio: Why do you approve of the job that AM radio is doing? NEWS/WEATHER/TRAFFIC/INFO 17% TALK SHOWS/RADIO 14% JUST LIKE IT/DOES GOOD JOB 13% SPORTS (COVERAGE/TALK) 8% MUSIC POSITIVE 7% INFORMATIVE 5% IT’S OK/NOT BAD 5% LIKE SPECIFIC STATION(S) 3% LOCAL 3% ENTERTAINING 3% VARIETY OF PROGRAMMING 3% Other 29% Don’t know/Don’t listen/No answer 11% Multiple responses permitted. SEE COMPLETE STUDY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tanya Van Pool Named VP/President Of NAB Research
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2015 –– Tanya Van Pool has been named vice president of Research for the National Association of Broadcasters,. Van Pool takes over as head of NAB Research, a division of the NAB Communications Department, in a position held previously by Sharon Warden, who retired from the organization at the end of 2014. After joining NAB in March 2011, Van Pool has managed numerous research projects regarding the broadcast industry for use in the association's public policy advocacy work before Congress and the FCC. Prior to joining NAB, Van Pool worked for Discovery Communications, where she developed research and analysis related to audience measurement, business goals and growth strategy. Prior to Discovery, Van Pool worked at Tribune Broadcasting's WDCW-TV, Washington, D.C., in multiple capacities. While with the station, Van Pool's held responsibilities in various areas, including programming strategy and scheduling, FCC compliance and advertising. Van Pool is a graduate of Florida State University.
Lady Gaga To Perform At The Oscars; Rolling Stone Ranks 40 Years Of SNL Cast Members
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Court Hits Big Boy With Temporary Restraining Order From Employment With KHHT-FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– A Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday granted Emmis Radio, LLC, a subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation, a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring Kurt Alexander, aka “Big Boy,” from commencing employment at iHeartMedia, Inc.’s KHHT-FM pending a further hearing. The order stems from a breach of contract suit by Emmis vs. Alexander, which seeks a permanent injunction to prevent their longtime morning host from moving to KHHT-FM. The Court scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing for Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm during which time it will determine whether an injunction is warranted until the completion of trial. Following the order, Emmis issued this statement: “We are pleased with the Court’s ruling, and look forward to continuing to make our case to protect Emmis and our rights under our employment agreement with Big Boy. As Jockline reported on Feb. 4th, the suit alleges Big Boy brought Emmis a copy on Jan. 16th of iHM's offer for $3.5 million annually and Emmis says it matched the offer but that Big Boy told them he would take the iHM offer. Emmis chief Jeff Smulyan (R) said at the time he was personally saddened by his actions and the impact they will have on our brand and our people.
MOTION: Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Ink Multi-Year Extension With 98.5 KLUC Vegas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– CBS Radio Las Vegas and Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo have signed a new multi-year deal that will continue to have them waking up Las Vegas on 98.5 KLUC. The show, produced by Davey The “Showkiller”, has been heard on 98.5 KLUC since its debut in 1999. “We are beyond excited that the longest running and most successful Morning Show in Las Vegas has decided to stay at KLUC!” says, Cat Thomas, KLUC Program Director. The show has become engrained in the Las Vegas community over the last 16 years in large part due to the love and support they have for their listeners. Chet, Spence and Lauren are involved with countless charities throughout the valley and spearhead one of the largest single location toy drives in the country. 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive just celebrated its 16th year this past December by breaking all previous records over the course of the 12 day event that included filling (29) 50-foot semi truck trailers with toys, collecting 5,146 bikes and raising $323,092 in cash and gift cards. "It seems like it was just yesterday that we joined together! We're proud to be Las Vegas' longest running morning show with the most fantastic listeners anywhere, and we're only getting better every day,” says Chet Buchanan. “Thank you to CBS Radio, our Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Jerry McKenna, and our esteemed fearless leader and Las Vegas Radio Legend Cat Thomas for the opportunity to stay together for another three years!"
FORMATICS: San Antonio Goes Alternative With 103.3 The App
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media San Antonio, TX announced the launch of San Antonio’s Alternative Station , 103.3 The App which will target millennials ages 18 - 44 . “ San Antonio is ground zero for the first station using our national service mark; The App. Alpha Media continues to innovate by launching the first app with a radio station attached to it. Many stations have an app , but only one app has a radio station atta ched to it ,” remarked Scott Mahalick (R), Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming. Greg Martin, Director of Operations, added, “103.3 The App most certainly fills a void in the San Antonio market. This is a very exciting new sound unlike any heard in t his market in many years”. “I’m thrilled to be programming San Antonio’s exclusive home for alternative music, 103.3 The App! So many hit records have been absent from this market over the past few years, but now that is finally going to change. We’ve positioned the station as the first app with a terrestrial FM signal, since prior to our launch, listeners had to seek out this format via o ther mediums,” said Program Director, Pat Cerullo.
Marty & Miller Show To Air On Statewide TV
Being Celebrated As First Full-Time, Iowa Based Sports Radio Show To Be Televised Statewide
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Following recent news of Ken Miller and Marty Tirrell bringing their antics to central Iowa' The Champ/KBBG 1700 AM, comes word they'll now also air in living color. According to The Des Moines Register, The sports duo announced a new partnership that will extend the "Marty and Miller" show to a statewide television audience on Mediacom's local channel, MC22. They'll televise the live show on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, beginning March 2. The broadcast will be televised week days from 4 pm to 6 pm and will include timely video highlights, as well as the popular listener call-in feature. The show will be produced at Mediacom's television studio in downtown Des Moines and will be viewable on cable television lineups in more than 300 Iowa communities and in adjacent states. The partnership between the Marty and Miller show and Mediacom is being celebrated as the first full-time, Iowa based sports radio show to be televised to a statewide audience.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scott Masteller Tapped As PD For 1090 WBAL Baltimore; KCBS/San Fran's Ed Cavagnaro Announces Retirement; Entercom Appoints Stacey Kauffman GSM Sacramento
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Former ESPN Senior Director of affiliate and syndicated content, Scott Masteller, has accepted the position of Program Director at Newsradio 1090 WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Masteller posted: 'So appreciative of all the kind thoughts and well-wishes from my friends as well as my colleagues in the broadcast industry over the last several months. WBAL is an iconic brand with a great commitment to news, news talk and sports. Looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to lead one of the truly great local radio brands! ######### KCBS Director of News and Programming Ed Cavagnaro announced his retirement effective April 2015. Cavagnaro first arrived at KCBS in 1977, and was named the director of news and programming in 1988. In 1990, Ed supervised the KCBS transition from a mostly-news station to Northern California’s only all-news station, consistently ranking among the top stations in the Bay Area, and now heard on both 740 AM and 106.9 FM. ######## Entercom Sacramento announced that Stacey Kauffman has been appointed General Sales Manager. Before joining Entercom Sacramento, Kauffman was with Hubbard Broadcasting in Chicago where she was the local sales manager for WDRV. Before Hubbard, Kauffman was with Merck (formerly Schering-Plough) as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Kauffman started her radio career with Emmis Communications.
NETWORKS: Racing Rocks! With Riki Rachtman Moves Broadcast To Nascar Hall of Fame Studio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. marks the start of the 2015 NASCAR racing season with the announcement that Riki Rachtman, the host of its long-running show, “Racing Rocks!” is now anchoring his weekly program from the radio studio at The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The program has been consistently airing on over 100 affiliated radio stations weekly since the Spring of 2003, and Rachtman moved to the Charlotte area just recently to be closer to the many key players in the auto racing industry for the kickoff of the 2015 NASCAR schedule in Daytona on February 22nd. The show is produced at USRN by Dave Kaufman. In the driver’s seat as the host of both versions of Racing Rocks! is well-known air personality Riki Rachtman, a serious NASCAR fan and highly recognizable rock radio and TV figure. Rachtman emerged on the music scene in the late 80’s when he opened his legendary rock-and-roll venue The Cathouse and served for five years as the host for MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.” Additionally, with Rachtman’s move to North Carolina comes the addition of WRFX-FM (99.7 The Fox) as an affiliate of Racing Rocks! with Riki Rachtman. The station will begin airing the program on Sunday mornings this weekend (Feb 15) which is the final week of the NASCAR pre-season.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Breakfast in America for LBC’s Nick Ferrari; Heidi, Will And Woody Host Reception For Same (S)ex Wedding
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Nick Ferrari is following the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to the USA as Nick presents his breakfast show live from New York all this week. Boris is on a six-day trade mission to Boston, New York and Washington to talk up London’s tech sector – and LBC has exclusive access to the Mayor during his trip.
HIT92.9 Throws Aa Big Fat Gay British Wedding - HIT92.9's Heidi, Will and Woody are hosting a wedding reception for for a local same-(s)ex couple who have found a loophole in Western Australia’s same-(s)ex marriage legislation. The Big Fat Gay British Wedding can occur because one of the couple holds British citizenship making them eligible to apply via the British Consulate in Perth to legally get married as a same (s)ex couple. They are asking for listener support to make a magical night by sending in suggestions on social media with #BigFatGayWedding.
Chris Evans Takes His Vintage Ferrari For A Spin Whilel House-Hunting - The Radio 2 Breakfast show host, Chris Evans took time out of his busy schedule to indulge in a spot of house-hunting in London's Primrose Hill this week. He took one of his Ferraris for a spin on the expedition, which could see him become neighbors with the likes of Gwen Stefani and Kate Moss.
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Industry Vet Joe Galante Honored With Bob Kingsley Award
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Music industry veteran Joe Galante was honored this week with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award for his work and impact on modern Country music. His oversight of countless superstar careers over the past 40+ years has transformed the perception of Nashville as a music center and helped propel Country music into the global phenomenon it is today. Further, his continued engagement in cutting-edge business ventures proves this visionary is far from done making history in Music City. Last year the inaugural event honored Bob Kingsley, host of Westwood One’s Country Top 40. Among the artists who participated in the honor for Joe were Matraca Berg, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Jessi Colter, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Foster & Lloyd, Brett James, Naomi Judd, Lonestar, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, KT Oslin, Kellie Pickler, Eddy Raven, Restless Heart, The Robertson Family, Sylvia, Phil Vassar, and The Warren Brothers. Photo (L-R) Pete Fisher (Opry VP/GM), Honoree Joe Galante, Bob Kingsley, and Kenny Chesney
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[LISTEN] Beloved Memphis Host Zeke Logan Passes Away
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– Shortly after an announcement on last weeks' show that Zeke Logan, half of the highly popular Drake & Zeke in the morning on Cumulus owned 98.1 The Max/Memphis, had been diagnosed with cancer, came word yesterday that he had passed away. His longtime partner Drake said last week that about two months ago his partner had learned of his condition; thus, explaining his absence from the show. “It’s not going well,” said an emotional Hall. “Whatever happens, we are going to do all in our power to continue this in his name and for his legacy.” "We will remember our brother Zeke forever who has left us far too soon," read a statement on the Drake & Zeke's Facebook page. The Drake & Zeke Show has been a radio fixture in Memphis for more than 20 years and has been the top rock radio morning show in that market for most of that period. Yesterday his son Zach took to the air to make the announcement. LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Dan McNeil & Pete McMurray To Take Over Mornings On Chicago's 97.1 The Drive
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– A first reported by media blogger Robert Feder, Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray are headed to classic hits WDRV FM 97.1 The Drive for mornings. They'll follow longtime host Steve Downes, who announced Friday he was retiring after 14 years on The Drive. McNeil, who has spent the last 30-years in the sports/talk in Chicago, recently turned down an offer to return to his former job on WSCR AM 670. Meanwhile, for longtime Chicago host , Pete McMurray, who's held down a night shift at WGN AM 720, this marks a return to the FM dial having formerly hosted shows on WCKG, WLUP FM 97.9, and WKQX FM 101.1, McMurray landed at WGN as late-night host in September 2013 and was promoted to evenings five months later. McMurray told WGN bosses Tuesday that he was leaving to accept an offer from The Drive. Greg Solk, senior vice president of programming for Hubbard Radio, has worked with both personalities in the past. According to Feder, in the latest Nielsen Audio survey, mornings on The Drive tied for eight place overall with a 2.9 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 341,400. Among men 25-54, mornings tied for ninth place with a 3.4 share and weekly cume of 133,900. No official word on when McNeil And McMurray will begin, however, Pete will reportedly remain on-air at WJR through the week. 1
Iowa Host Relieved After Avoiding Deportation
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– A Mason City radio host says it's like the "weight of the world" was lifted off his shoulders after learning he could stay in the U.S. following a potential deportation to Canada. James Shaman of 103.7 The Fox tells the Mason City Globe Gazette he's learned federal prosecutors have agreed to settle his case. The former Manitoba, Canada native says he should get his green card back soon. As Jockline first reported last December, Shaman e came to the U.S. with his parents when he was 2. He says a record check over three years ago at a border crossing alerted officials to a 1993 burglary conviction. He says he has turned his life around since then. Federal law allows legal foreign residents to be deported for a number of criminal convictions. The threat of deportation had been looming over Shaman for 3½ years. Shaman's case was going to be heard in April. A few days ago, he learned that might not be necessary as officials intended to let him stay. The order still has to be signed by a judge, but Shaman is ecstatic. He told his teen daughter first: Had he been deported, she would have stayed in the United States and they would have been separated. His co-workers at The Fox and other North Iowa Broadcasting stations were excited to hear the good news. Some had written letters of support to convince officials to let Shaman stay.
Former Host Sentenced Nearly Six-Years In Prison For Fraud
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– Former WIND-AM 560/Chicago radio host and attorney, Kathleen Niew was sentenced to nearly 6 years after stealing $2.3 million from clients, reports The Chicago Tribune, Niew was sentenced for fraud after stealing more than $2.3 million from clients. Prosecutors said Niew, then an attorney, led an local couple to believe she would hold the money for them for use at closings on commercial real estate deals but then misappropriated the money for herself, financing purchases of gold mining operations around the globe in an ill-fated scheme to garner hefty finder's fees. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Niew's risky investments were tantamount to ""putting it all on some long shot" at the racetrack. Prosecutors had sought a 10-year prison term for Niew, who had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud last June. Before her indictment, she was a self-styled real estate and probate law guru known for her Saturday morning show on WIND-AM 560. The judge said Niew's betrayal of her clients played a part in his decision to sentence her to five years and 10 months in prison. He also ordered her to pay restitution of $2.34 million. Niew, rose to address the judge, asking for forgiveness from both Leinenweber and the victims. "It's my fault that the money is gone," Niew said. "What I thought was taking place was not what was taking place. I regret every action that was taken." PHOTO/screengrab
Rdio & AEG Team To Let Concert Fans Listen To Their Favorite Music Anytime, Anywhere
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– Rdio announced an exclusive partnership with AXS, an AEG joint venture, that enables concert goers to hear their favorite songs anytime, anywhere even before the concert starts – on mobile phones, on the web, in some cars and on Internet-connected TVs and wireless speakers. All AXS.com ticket buyers will automatically be eligible to receive free, trial subscriptions to Rdio Unlimited, which provides on-demand access to Rdio’s comprehensive catalog of more than 32 million songs. Rdio Unlimited also includes Rdio's curated Internet radio stations that create programming based on genres and your musical tastes. “We are thrilled to partner with AXS to provide millions of concert goers access to our vast music library of over 32 million songs through this seamless integration with the live performance purchase experience,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “Rdio’s music discovery features and unlimited streaming service will provide AXS customers a unique and always-on experience that is second only to hearing your favorite music live.” “AXS has always been about more than just ticketing. Our goal is to provide technologies that unify every aspect of the event experience and Rdio’s superior user experience and deep catalog will allow AXS.com users to easily find and listen to their favorite music, discover new artists they might want to see live, and help us alert them to events by their favorite artists," said Bryan Perez, CEO of AXS. This innovative partnership is believed to be the first between a major live event company and a leading music streaming service, connecting passionate concert-going music fans with the benefits of music streaming.
PodcastOne Launches 'Get Into It' With Former Jersey Shore' Member Vinny G
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced that former Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino will be hosting the newest podcast available from the network. Get Into It with Vinny G will feature the host, alongside his crazy friends and family members, celebrity guests, and other people from all walks of life, as they “get into” every topic imaginable. The weekly podcast will debut on Thursday, February 12 and feature a reunion with The Jersey Shore’s Pauly D. "I'm extremely excited to partner up with PodcastOne and have my own podcast,” said Vinny G. Getting his start on MTV’s reality show Jersey Shore, Guadagnino has been a featured guest star on MTV’s scripted comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, 90210, and starred in the Syfy original movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. He later went on to host own talk show, The Show with Vinny, in addition to co-authoring a book with Samantha Rose entitled Control The Crazy: My Plan To Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool.
NETWORKS: Yahoo Sports Radio Marks 25th Anniversary Of Steve Czaban; Sun Broadcast Group Adds More Affiliates; Envision's Rooster Adds 92.5 KVPI/Lafayette
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– Starting his career doing play-by-play and hosting a sports show on KTMS-AM/Santa Barbara, Calif., then moving to WTEM-AM/Washington, D.C. post-college, 25 years later, Steve Czaban holds a post as the afternoon-drive host on the new WTEM, in addition to hosting a highly successful national morning show on Yahoo Sports Radio. He also contributes to The Bob and Brian Show on 102.9 The Hog/Milwaukee, Wis. ####### Sun Broadcast Group adds The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver KXLW-FM Anchorage WDNB-AM Jeffersonville NY KAJA-FM San Antonio KWRK-FM Albuquerque DMA WJVL-FM Madison WXRO-FM Beaver Dam WI WSCG-FM Augusta GA Marilu Henner WZON-AM Bangor WSRQ-AM Sarasota WLSC-AM Myrtle Beach Yahoo! Deportes WCNZ-AM Ft. Myers KBJA-AM Salt Lake City WOIR-AM Miami Accuweather en Espanol WCNZ-AM Ft. Myers WLTS-FM Atlanta ########## Envision Networks(r) is proud to welcome Ville Platte Broadcasting Co.'s KVPI-FM/Lafayette, LA as the latest affiliate of The Rooster, a new multi-tasking content resource for morning shows available 24/7 at GotRooster.com<http://gotrooster.com. They join over 250 affiliates on the Envision Morning Network. Stations interested in a FREE two-week trial should visit GotRooster.com, or for more information contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761.
Station Issues Apology After Host Shows Up Unannounced At Doorstep Of Lorde's Mom
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 –– Pop star Lorde's mom, Sonja Yelich, was none too pleased when New Zealand's Thane Kirby, morning host along with Kara (below), on George FM showed up at her doorstep where she claims he attempted to film her pop star daughter. According to The NZ Herald, Yelich calledv the incident "intrusive" and "upsetting" in her latest post on Instagram. "It was invasive and upsetting to have @georgefmnz's @thanekirby on our property and at our front door yesterday morning rxecording me for his breakfast programme," she wrote. "He had another man with him who videoed me while @thanekirby recorded me on his cellphone. He could see that I was upset and yet he STILL broadcast me live on his programme." In a statement released to the Herald, George FM said the segment was intended to be "fun" but admitted it was the wrong thing to do. It said there was "no plan or intention to film Lorde". "Knocking on Lorde's door was an off-the-cuff moment of live radio intended to be light hearted and fun. There was no malicious intent, but George recognizes the moment was inappropriate and ill-advised. "Apologies were made to Sonja Yelich and her family yesterday, both on air and in a formal letter."
Brian Williams Suspended For Six Months; Jon Stewart Leaving 'Daily Show'
Brian Williams Suspended 6 Mos. Without Pay For Irag Tale - [WAPO]
Jon Stewart Leaving Daily Show - [EW]
REPORT: 'The View' Staff Are 'On Eggshells' Amid Rosie's Pending Exit - [NYDN]
Kevin Hart To Serve As Roast Master At Bieber Roast - [UPROXX]
UH OH: Taylor Swift Demands Computer Tech Guy Drop Domain Name - [NYDN]
Is This Uma Thurman? - [EXPRESS UK]
Soap Star Alison Sweeney Poses Braless For 'Health' - [E ONLINE]
Vince Vaugh Named Grand Marshall For Daytona 500 - [FOX SPORTS]
Lebron James Producing First-Ever Fashion Show On TNT During All-Star Weekend - [COMPLEX]
Chris Pratt Honored As 'Hasty Puddings' Man Of The Year - [THE CRIMSON]
Buddy Holly's Bassist Joe B. Maudlin Passes Away At 74 - [ROLLING STONE]
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NPR'S JARL MOHN: Broadcast Radio Is The Cockroach Of Media. You Can't Kill It
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, longtime broadcast radio's Lee Masters, must be exuding a lot of panache these days. On the heels of monster successes such as 'Serial' and the recent blockbuster 'Invisibilia,' he has a lot to be happy about. In a lengthy interview with current.org's Ben Mook, when responding to a prediction that Vivian Schiller had made when she was NPR’s CEO, Mook quoted her as saying the Internet radio would be replacing terrestrial radio within ten years. 'We’re now five years into that decade. What’s your prediction about the future of terrestrial vs. Internet radio? Mohn: Broadcast radio is the cockroach of media. You can’t kill it. You can’t make it go away, it just gets stronger and more resilient. That doesn’t mean that I see digital radio as a passing fad. It’s for real. I’m a huge Spotify user. I think it’s a great service, but I use broadcast too." With regard to commercial radio, Mohn said, "It’s suffering right now, in part because of the incredible consolidation and cost-cutting that has occurred in the business. There’s less room for creativity, innovation and local relevance. Most often, it’s not live .. Over-the-air commercial radio is not as good as it can be." Mohn added, 'We are in the golden age of the spoken word, whether it’s about news, culture or science. Some of it’s going to be on broadcast, and some will be digital. It’s not an either-or. The radio listeners and digital users aren’t making either-or choices. Mohn’s background includes managing and owning radio stations, working as a program director, managing VH1 and MTV, and holding the chief executive job at E! Entertainment. Consultant Walter Sabo, a friend of Mohn, told Jockline, “Jarl Mohn is an amazing man. He grew from progressive rock DJ and programmer at WLRS in the 1970’s to a formidable media visionary. I would pay close attention to what he says about NPR and its appeal." READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
First-Ever, Live On-Stage Focus Group Of Talk Listeners Reveals Key Insights
While there was an overall feeling that talk radio could do some things better, there was a clear love of the product
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has released the findings of a live focus group of talk radio listeners conducted on stage at the Talk Radio Boot Camp on Saturday, February 7, at the W Hotel in Buckhead/Atlanta. Carolyn Gilbert, President of NuVoodoo Media Services and Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Analysis for NuVoodoo Media Services, conducted a live focus group of talk radio listeners in front of a room of talk radio managers, consultants, programmers and hosts. Panelists were men and women, aged 40-54, who were active talk radio listeners from Atlanta who were comfortable speaking in front of a room full of people. There was no mirror or video camera between respondents and viewers. Gilbert and Jacobs moderated the panel that later took live questions from the industry heavyweights in attendance.
The eight panelists represented a balance of Conservatives and Liberals, but even the Liberals admitted to spending time with the more Conservative-leaning talk hosts. Conversely, the Conservatives in attendance were aware of offerings on NPR and several referenced shows they listen to regularly on the local NPR station. While those in the room reaped the full benefit of experiencing the comments and insights shared by the respondents, several themes lit up the session: Among the takeaways, many complained about too much political talk. Others mentioned the boredom of a string of callers who do nothing more than agree with the host. While there was an overall feeling that talk radio could do some things better, there was a clear love of the product and a passion for myriad variations of the talk format. For more information about these findings, contact Carolyn Gilbert at NuVoodoo Media Services at 888.9VOODOO (888.986.6366) and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] Domestic Violence Advocates Up In Arms Over Radio Host Being Served Divorce Papers On-Air
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– Domestic violence advocates are up in arms following Real Radio 104.1/Orlando's Russ Rollins being served divorce papers on-air. According to wftv.com, advocates said the host shouldn't be 'cashing in' off his divorce now that a staged video has has gone viral. WTKS-FM posted video of Russ Rollins supposedly being surprised by divorce papers that outline domestic abuse claims. “Wow, so she had me served on the air. That’s very nice,” Rollins said in the video during his "Monsters in the Morning" program. Rollins' estranged wife accuses him of beating her. She's now demanding transcripts of the radio show in her legal battle. Channel 9's Steve Barrett contacted the station to ask if it was taking domestic violence issues seriously. Carol Wick, CEO of domestic violence shelter Harbor House, said the station may need a better domestic violence policy. "I think this is the kind of thing that happens when companies don't have those kinds of policies in place." In recorded video, there's a look of shock on his face, Barrett said. Rollins' estranged wife said she, too, has received threats from those who believed the videotaped stunt. According to WFTV, Rollins has not commented on the incident other than on his radio show. He has not been charged with domestic violence.
ABC News Radio To Offer Special 2015 Tax Tips Programming
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– ABC News Radio Offers Special 2015 Tax Tips Programming Hosted by ABC News Correspondent Richard Davies & ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis 30-Part Feature Series Available Now ABC News Radio has launched its annual Tax Tips series, tackling all the tough tax topics to provide listeners with a wide range of helpful information when filing for returns this year. ABC News Correspondent Richard Davies and Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis anchor the 30-part series with insight from the best tax experts in the field and the IRS. From understanding new tax laws and protecting private information from hackers to cataloging and organizing all of the proper paperwork, Davies and Jarvis answer the questions most concerning during tax filing season. ABC News Radio’s “Tax Tips 2015″ is now available in :60 and :30 second versions.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Media Tampa Names Steve Triplett DOS
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group Tampa Bay has named Steve Triplett Director of Sales for the Company’s Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater cluster of six radio stations (five FMs and one AM) that includes: 92.5 MAX!MA WYUU-FM; BUBBA 98.7 WBRN-FM; Tampa Bay’s Country Station 99.5 WQYK-FM; Tampa Bay’s Hits of the 70s, 80s and more! Q105 WRBQ-FM; The Bay’s Party Station WiLD 94.1 WLLD-FM; and Money Talk 1010 WHFS-AM. Steve spent the first decade of his career in various account management roles for Jacor Communications, Clear Channel Radio and Cox Radio. Steve Triplett adds, “I’m thrilled to join the Beasley team. The company has a rich history and a stellar reputation within the broadcasting community. We are living in one of the most innovative times in the history of marketing and it’s clear to me that Beasley is committed to leading the way with engaging brands and a relentless focus on generating results for advertisers.” Steve Triplett can be congratulated at 727-579-1925 and email@example.com.
[WATCH] Gordon Ramsey 'In The Doghouse' With Wife After 'I'd Put A Hole In Her Donut' Comment About Radio Host
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– Looks like TV chef Gordon Ramsay will have to come up with more than a romantic dinner to get out of the doghouse with his wife. This came after his comment: ''I’d put a hole in her donut'' directed to syndicated Kraddick show member Kellie Rasberry. According to mirror.co.uk, Ramsay admitted he was thinking of the Dish Nation host Kellie, being his date and then admitting after the boast that he is now in the doghouse with wife Tana. While on Dish Nation, he described his ideal Valentine’s night, saying: “Do it at home. Start with oysters, take dessert to bed.” Ramsay, then admitted he was thinking of Kellie and Dish Nation host Kellie, 46, being his date. And he stunned viewers by blurting out: “I’d go out on Valentine’s Day with Kellie, definitely 'I’d like to put a hole in her donut.” The Hell’s Kitchen star then quickly said, “I’m in s*** now. I’m definitely in the doghouse. “I only came on the show because I thought Kellie was gonna be here.” WATCH HERE
MOTION: Art Laboe Searching For Next Opportunity; Rocky D Exits WQSC-AM Charleston
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– In the wake of iHeartMedia/Los Angeles flipping KHHT - Hot to Real 92.3, there are many Pros on the Loose including Art Laboe and his syndicated show… Being a part of the Hot 92.3 programming for so many years afforded The Art Laboe Connection the opportunity to work with some of the best and most talented industry professionals. We wish the best of luck to the new format and to all those that were let go to make way for Real 92.3… Art Laboe is exploring options with iHeartMedia and in talks with other stations to find a new L.A. home for his nightly show. In the meantime, the show continues in syndication. The show is available for other markets, inquire with Dale Berger at 760-699-2297. ####### Local afternoon radio personality Rocky D has left WQSC/Charleston after nearly three years at the station. Rocky, whose full name is Rocky Disabato, gave The Post and Courier the news on Monday. Operations manager Ted Byrne said the slot is being filled by Todd Schnitt.
Big 98.7 Fargo's Jesse And Amanda Finally Make It To 'The View'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 –– Without a minute to spare before Rosie O'Donnell's just announced 'second' departure from the popular tv show, Fargo's Big 98.7 FM "Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning" show, along with family members finally made it to the the set of "The View" on Monday morning to meet Rosie O'Donnell. This all began when Amanda Lea tweeted a plug to an upcoming segment on Rosie's well publicized gaffe calling their show 'Talk,' their top competitor. This got a response from O’Donnell herself who called into to the show for an extended interview. She then invited the hosts to fly to New York for a taping of “The View.” Although not featured during the taping, which featured Ashley Graham, actor Victor Rasuk and director Spike Lee, they were allowed to walk on stage. O’Donnell also introduced Pike to co-host Whoopi Goldberg whom he admitted to have a crush on. Of course, the mood may have been tempered a bit by the announcement of Rosie's departure from the show just days before their arrival. Eerily, not a word was mentioned on the show and Lea said It was kind of awkward for everybody.” Aside from the show's trip to the show, this was an extras special occasion for Lea who was able to bring along her Mother who’s been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer and got to visit New York City for the first time PHOTOS/Courtesy of Jesse James - From left to right. .. Stephanie, Jesse 's wife, Jesse James, Rosie O'Donnell, Amanda, Amanda's mom, Amanda's boyfriend Steve, Pike and Pikes girlfriend Lauryn.
Brian Williams' Controversy Not Letting Up; Steve Harvey Reads '50 Shades
Skydivers Nearly Cut In Half By Nosediving Plane - [NY DAILY NEWS]
Brian Williams Controversy Shows No Signs Of Letting Up - [DEADLINE]
Kanye West Rips The Grammys - [HUFFPO]
Jenner Car Crash Victim Identified As Neighbor - [US]
[WATCH] Steve Harvey Reads '50 Shades' - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
Scarlett Johansson Tells 'W' Everyone Has Seen My Breasts - [E ONLINE]
Woman Suing '50 Shades' Peeps Over Ineffective Lubricant - [SALON]
Gwen Stefani Dazzles On Cover Of 'Fashion' - [FASHION]
Kris Jenner To Guest n 'Mindy Project' - [PEOPLE]
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Judge Rules Jean Kasem Responsible For Legal Costs In Husband's Estate
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– A judge said on Friday that Casey Kasem‘s widow, Jean Kasem, has no legal right to object to payment of attorney’s fees and costs related to the establishment of a conservatorship over her late husband, thus, clearing the way for money to be obtained from the Casey's estate or the family trust. According to mynewsla.com, LA Superior Court Judge Lesley Green will make the final determination of how much to award, but the petitioners collectively are asking for about $350,000. Attorneys will also seek additional fees to compensate them for having to oppose Jean Kasem’s objections to the fees requests. The attorneys involved in the filing the petition said they also will seek additional fees to compensate them for having to oppose Jean Kasem’s objections to the fees requests. Jean Kasem’s attorney, Frank Busch, argued that his client is the only one who has been looking out for her late husband’s interests from the start, but Green said that did not give her the right to object to the fees. “Your client had the opportunity to establish standing and hasn’t done that,” Green told Jean Kasem’s attorneys. The petitioners, who include the lawyers for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, said the primary evidence offered by Jean Kasem’s attorneys amounted to two declarations from Kjetil Johansen. He is a lawyer in Norway, where Casey Kasem is buried. Kasem's estate and trust' worth are estimated at $80 million including Kasem's home in Holmby Hills valued at about $40 million. Kerri Kasem is asking to be reimbursed for travel expenses to the state of Washington, where Kasem died after his wife moved him from a Santa Monica care facility.
MOTION: iHeart Fresno Taps Steve Weed Operations Mgr.; Teefa To Host Hip Hop Show On Soul 106.3 Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Fresno announced today that Steve Weed has been named Operations Manager, effective immediately. As Operations Manager, Weed will oversee all aspects of iHeartMedia Fresno's eight stations' operations. He previously served as Operations Manager for the Fresno cluster in 2010 and in 2011 became Operations Manager for iHeartMedia Sacramento. Weed's experience includes past roles as a media brand manager and broadcast programmer in key major markets such as Detroit, Seattle and St. Louis for Entercom, Bonneville Broadcasting and EZ Communications. He also worked as an on-air personality in New York City and Los Angeles. ####### Soul 106.3 recently announced plans to debut a new feature show entitled, “The Basement” hosted by Chicago rap artist and former Power 92 on-air personality Teefa, reports rollingout.com. Calling it a show designed for the 'mature' hip-hop lover, listeners tuning into “The Basement” can expect to hear tracks frm Notorious B.I.G. to Master P. Teefa said not only is the music a natural fit for her, but it’s something the market needs as well. “I was raised in hip-hop culture. It literally shaped me to be the woman I am today,” Teefa said. “Throwback hip-hop has been homeless in terms of mainstream radio in Chicago for a long time now. I’m honored to be on 106.3 with my family and playing music I am passionate about. I am truly blessed. I can’t even call it work because I’m having too much fun.” “The Basement” is set to premiere on Soul 106.3 (WSRB-FM) on Monday, Feb. 9 and will air each weekday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
KIPPER MCGEE: Will Broadcasting Exist in 2525?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– At this past weekend's Talk Show Boot Camp in Atlanta, veteran radio manager, program director and consultant Kipper McGee announced publication of his new book ‘Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting Missed the Mediamorphosis’, which offers 7 ways YOUR brand(s) can avoid their mistakes. The book is being published by Eckhartz Press in Chicago. “We live in a time when broadcasters are being attacked in ways not even dreamed about a decade ago”, said McGee. Noting the need for broadcasters to reboot their brand portfolios, he added “many operators insist on acting penny wise and PPM foolish”. The writing has been on the web for decades. Now Kipper reveals common traits of the biggest winners and losers and offers powerful takeaways for ANY brand planning to thrive in the ever-changing digital world order. Helping drive home key points is noted illustrator Jessica Hagy. “I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s brilliance since her first book, “Indexed” was released and follow her blog (www.thisisindexed.com) every day. “I’m thrilled to have her join me on this exploration of our changing mediascape.” The book is expected to drop in spring. Pre-publication orders are being taken at HERE
TSBC6 ATLANTA: Packed With Plenty Of 'Wow' Moments
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– As a rule, the producers of Talk Show Boot Camp usually let its attendees and others recap highlights. Making one exception, TSBC founder and co-presenter, Don Anthony, expressed special pride with this year's event saying 'This one had an uncanny number 'wow' moments.' With a lineup that boast numerous top executives, programmers and talk personalities, attendees were also treated to a 'Live' focus group presented by NuVoodoo Research's Carolyn Gilbert. Anthony added, 'Ours goal has always been to inspire as much as inform. Judging by an inbox full of enthusiastic comments, it appears we hit our mark." Among many comments: "The marquee names that gathered at Talk Show Boot Camp speaks to the importance our industry places on spoken word radio, and to the willingness to keep learning how we can keep our shows in the hearts and the hands of the fans," Lori Lewis/Jacobs Media. "#1 takeaway is we need to stop talking like radio people and communicate like normal human beings," Cumulus Media's Bruce Gilbert. "This was my 5th TSCB. Each year, you are able to identify the needs of the industry and gather together the most respected minds to contribute their honest and humble opinions as to what we ALL can do to make great radio and ensure our industry evolves with the times. This year was no exception,"- Victor Lisle ReelWorld. "Truly a great event! It's more important than ever for the industry to meet and tackle the tough questions in a rapidly changing content environment, and (TSBC) provides the platform for that valuable discussion," - Dom Theodore The Blaze. "Last year was great. I thought this year's content surpassed it," Bryan Crabtree. "Congrats on TSBC6! As always, this event tackled the most important issues and opportunities facing our industry like no other. Herman Cain was just ONE of the "wow" points in an outstanding lineup," Kipper McGee. Look for more details and info on NuVoodoo's focus group in an upcoming edition.
77 WABC Celebrates Valentine's Day With Live "What Women Want" Series
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– 77 WABC New York celebrates Valentine’s Day every day this week with the “What Women Want” live webcast series on wabcradio.com. Hosted by 77 WABC’s Cooper Lawrence, “What Women Want” reveals the secrets women hold dear on keeping relationships strong and fulfilling. Each day this week, leading up to Valentine’s Day, Cooper interprets the rules of the romance game... From what women want in a man, to real advice on keeping relationships exciting. Check it out this week-- and thanks for spreading the news! The “What Women Want” webcast series airs live today thru Friday, February 13, at 12 Noon ET, exclusively on wabcradio.com.
Westwood One Hangs With The Stars Backstage At the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015 –– The Hollywood Hills were alive with more than just recording artists this past weekend for the 52nd, Annual Grammy Awards. There were radio peeps roaming the halls, too, there for Westwood One’s “Countdown to the GRAMMYS." Backstage for Red Carpet Radio Row, some of entertainment's top stars such as Jack Antonoff took time to visit Ty Bentli, co-host of Westwood One’s “Countdown to the GRAMMYS” and NASH/America’s Morning Show’s Erika Grace Powell. Jack’s other indie-pop band Bleachers’ debut album, Strange Desire, was one of USA TODAY’S top five albums of 2014. Also stopping by was country star Miranda Lambert, who was nominated in four categories—“Best Country Album,” “Best Country Solo Performance,” “Best Country Duo/Group Performance,” and “Best Country Song”—is interviewed backstage at Westwood One’s GRAMMYS Red Carpet Radio Row. Last month, Miranda launched her Certified Platinum Tour, and will be playing nearly 30 cities with special guest Justin Moore and featuring some of Country’s hottest up-and-coming female artists.
Sam Smith Rules At The Grammys; Brian Williams On Career Hiatus
Winners And Highlights Of Grammys 2015 – [CBS]
Sam Smith Dominates At The Grammys - [GRAMMY]
One Killed Outside Of Unofficial Grammy Pre-Party - [THE WRAP]
Rosie O'Donnell To Exit The View - [THR]
Brian Williams On Career Hiatus - [WAPO]
The Real Reason Rosie Left - [PEOPLE]
Police Turn Attention To Nick Gordon In Bobbi Kristina Case - [RUMORFIX]
Sponge Bob Takes Over Weekend BO From 'American Sniper' - [GOSSIP COP]
REPORT: Bruce Jenner Was Smoking, Not Texting Before Accident - [TMZ]
Target Stands Behind '50 Shades' Toys - [WGN]
Courtney B. Vance To Play Johnny Cochran In OJ Film - [INDIE WIRE]
CHECK IT OUT: CI Kendall And Cara Transformed By Computer Animation On Mag. Covers - [DAILY MAIL]
Remember The Name Cameron Grey; Delievers Live Audition For Kanye West - [JAMN945]
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iHeartMedia Launches Hip-Hop R&B Real 92.3 Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced the debut of Real 92.3, the new home of Hip Hop and R&B for Los Angeles. It kicked off with "10,000 joints in a row" commercial-free, featuring hits from major Hip Hop and R&B artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The company also announced today that Doc Wynter, iHeartMedia's Senior Vice President of Urban Programming and the country's foremost urban programmer, has expanded his responsibilities and will become Program Director of the new station. Doc Wynter has been with iHeartMedia since 1988. Throughout his tenure, Doc has been instrumental in creating a number of iHeartMedia's legendary urban stations, including New York's popular Power 105.1 urban station and most recently 103.5 The Beat in Miami and 93.7 The Beat in Houston, and also oversees the urban stations for iHeartMedia and on iHeartRadio. "Doc is the best urban programmer in America," said Tom Poleman, iHeartMedia's President of National Programming Platforms. "His leadership, passion and creativity ‹ and his incredible track record of success ‹ will have a huge impact on Real 92.3.
WDRV Chicago's Steve Downes Announces Retirement After 44 Year Run
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– WDRV “The Drive” morning host Steve Downes announced this morning on the air that he is set to retire after a 44 year career behind the mic. Downes, who has been the only morning drive host on WDRV since its launch in April of 2001, plans on traveling, spending time with grandkids and sleeping. Here’s a partial transcript from his “What I’m about to say comes with mixed emotions. After much thought, 44 years playing rock and roll on the radio, the past 18 of which here in Chicago, and the last 14 as your morning man on the greatest rock station in America, I’ve decided it’s time to call it a career. I’ll be retiring from full time radio work in the next month or so." Greg Solk, Hubbard Chicago Sr. VP/Programming adds, “Steve has generously agreed to allow us to use his pipes in station promos and will continue to host the United Stations syndicated weekend show ‘The Classics’ that is Downes has been broadcasting for 44 years, beginning his career in Dayton, Ohio and has worked for and programmed stations in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Tampa. Downes may be even more famous as the voice of “Master Chief” from the wildly popular Halo X-Box video game series. Downes will continue to host mornings on The Drive until a replacement is found.
WNKS Kiss 95.1 Charlotte Launches New Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Charlotte’s WNKS/Kiss 95.1 has announced a new on air lineup featuring a new Morning, Midday and Night Show. Maney, LauRen and Roy Brown (R) have inked a deal to take over mornings on Beasley Media Group’s Top 40 WNKS/Kiss95.1 weekdays from 6am to 10am. Maney has been part of the Kiss morning show for over three years and is excited to bring a fresh approach to local Charlotte radio that will host a listener driven, entertainment based show with the addition of LauRen Merola and Roy Brown. LauRen has done television in Pittsburgh and talk radio stints in Sports Radio in Miami on 940 WINZ and most recently 730ESPN Radio in Charlotte. Hailing from Roanoke’s WXLK/K92, Roy Brown brings a unique perspective to Kiss Mornings. From 10am-3pm Kiss middays will continue to be music intensive with Riley who has been with the station since last September. Afternoon drive host and Music Director Otis will continue his success during the 3pm-7pm shift. After searching for the perfect fit for nights, AJ Anelli is filling the 7pm to Midnight slot weekdays.
Gabby Diaz Joins Wild 94.9 For Nights In San Francisco
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Wild 94.9 KYLD announced that Gabby Diaz will join the station as its new nighttime host, beginning February 23, 2015.Diaz will join Wild 94.9 from Power 106 in Los Angeles, where she most recently served as a weekend host, promotions coordinator and digital content contributor. In addition she also has been hosting nights on KEGY in San Diego. Diaz started her career at KKUU in Palm Springs as an on air talent. "I am so excited to hit the airwaves in San Francisco at Wild 94.9," said Diaz. "I want to thank Mark Adams for the opportunity – I'm looking forward to connecting with San Francisco listeners and being part of such a great radio station." "Gabby is a fun and charismatic personality with a passion for music and the internal drive to dominate nights in San Francisco," said Mark Adams, Program Director, KYLD. "I'm very excited to have her join our team at Wild."
Mobli Partners with iHeartMedia New York For Live Video Broadcasts With Radio Legend Angie Martinez
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Mobli and iHeartMedia New York announced a new groundbreaking partnership that will bring legendary multimedia personality Angie Martinez's namesake radio show to fans around the world by exclusively broadcasting her daily interviews and special behind-the-scenes content, on the mobli app. The focus on supporting creative talent was boosted by the recent launch of the mobli Beach House in Venice Beach, California, where artists and bands regularly perform, record new music and even shoot music videos. "mobli is built on the vision of letting people see the world through the eyes of others, and this partnership is an amazing evolution of that ideal and an example of the value we bring to high quality content creators," said Moshe Hogeg, Founder and CEO of Mobli Media. "Teaming up with mobli allows Angie and iHeartMedia New York to extend our reach to new platforms and further share our original content each day." "iHeartMedia New York is excited to partner with mobli. This gives fans an opportunity for the very first time to peek into the studio 'live' to see and hear Angie Martinez celebrity interviews as they are happening," said Joe Puglise, Market President, iHeartMedia New York. "As the leading live music and entertainment company in the world, this is a fitting and appropriate way to extend consumer access to world-class content."
Envision Networks Launches Photo Library ShutterMonky Royalty-Free Images For Radio Stations
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® is thrilled to announce the launch of ShutterMonky, a brand new photo library available exclusively for radio. The online archive features thousands of images of musicians from a wide variety of genres including rock, country and pop. The service is available for barter and the images are royalty-free with unlimited usage. “ShutterMonky puts photos and images of artists and groups at your fingertips...you get it all in one easy to use website,” said Danno Wolkoff, President and CEO of Envision Networks®. “You also get full access to an online library completely devoted to timely concert photos and access to over thousands of licensed archived images.” Licensing individual photos can get costly and using unlicensed photos can have you and your station facing an even more expensive lawsuit. With ShutterMonky, one price gets you unlimited digital use of all images in the library. You won’t have to worry about any licenses or legal battles. ShutterMonky is continually updated with exclusive images only available through the online library. Contact us today to sign up for a free trial with 10 downloads.
Taylor Swift Dances It Up At Grammy Museum; Jack Black Performs At Oscars
Amy Pascal Steps Down At Sony - [THR]
Jimmy Fallon Comes To Aid Of 'Saved By The Bell' Cast Reunion - [SLATE]
Rosie Slams Brian Williams - [SLATE]
Jack Black To Perform Special Sequence At Oscars - [EW]
Taylor Swift Dance It Up At Grammy Museum - [ZAP2 IT]
Hannah Davis Score Cover Of SI Swimsuit Edition - [SI]
Kerry Washington Covers InStyle - [E ONLINE]
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Longtime Memphis Host Zeke Logan Battling 'Aggressive' Form Of Cancer
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Zeke Logan, half of the highly popular Drake & Zeke in the morning on Cumulus owned 98.1 The Max/Memphis, has been off the air for the last several weeks. His co-host. Drake Hall, finally explained on Wednesday's show that Zeke had been diagnosed with the unspecified cancer about two months ago. “It’s not going well,” Hall said, apparently becoming emotional. “Whatever happens, we are going to do all in our power to continue this in his name and for his legacy.” According to thecommercialappeal.com, the team has been a mainstay on rock radio there for 27 years, routinely being voted best local radio personalities by local publications, including The Commercial Appeal. Starting out in afternoons on Rock 103, they left the station in December 2004 then resurfaced six-months later in mornings on WXMX-FM 98.1 the Max. Hall’s brief announcement did not say whether there was any chance Logan would return to the show. “...At this point, there is nothing really to say. He is very sick. And all we ask is that — if you pray to something — do it for him today.” Hall then closed by saying “that’s pretty much the story.” On their FB page, Drake described Zeke as battling and 'aggressive form of cancer.' He added: 'We've all tried to maintain privacy and respect for his wife Lori and for his kids Piper and Zach and for his mom Sarah and for us and to carry on as we have as he would have wanted us to do. At this point there is nothing really to say; he is very sick and all we ask is that if you pray to something, do it for him today because it's not going well. And whatever happens, we're going to do all in our power to continue this in his name and for his legacy. 27 years we have been with you guys, so that pretty much is the story. So today just have a good thought for him please and we'll see you tomorrow."
Sun Broadcast Group And VH1 Launch The VH1 Radio Network
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group, KMG Networks and VH1 announced today that they have entered into an agreement to bring the VH1 Radio Network to stations across the country beginning today. The new network will include exclusive radio content and experiences based on VH1 brands as well as expanded services and artist access never before offered to radio. VH1 will produce and distribute the content from their Times Square studios while Sun will handle advertising and affiliate sales. “Our mission at Sun continues to be bringing best-in-brand, exclusive content to listeners across the country.” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “Nothing says music and entertainment like VH1. They are pioneers in creating amazing connections between the artists and their audience and we couldn’t be more excited to finally bring this level of artist access to the great listeners of radio.” The new VH1 Radio Network will include multiple services, long-form shows, as well as daily and weekly features for stations in the CHR, Hot AC, Rock, and Classic Rock formats. Stations will also have access to VH1 audio archives, radio tours, event coverage and content from VH1 franchises such as “VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown” and “VH1 Storytellers.” . Other produced products available to stations are “VH1 Radio News Briefs,” “This Day In Music,” “VH1 Radio Movie Minute,” “VH1 Throwback Thursday” and “Post This Audio,” a unique service that includes exclusive artist drops and interviews perfectly timed to hit song posts. For more information on the VH1 Radio Network contact Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
MOTION: Innes And Bruno Team For Afternoons On 94WIP; Stephen A. Smith Inks Multi-Year Deal With EPN; Trevor Carey Joins Power Talk/Modesto/Stockton
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– SportsRadio 94WIP announced that Josh Innes (L) and Tony Bruno (L) are the station’s new afternoon hosts. Innes and Bruno will be broadcast weekdays from 1:00-6:00PM. Innes joined WIP in 2014 as evening host from CBS RADIO station Sports Radio 610 in Houston. Bruno began his sports radio career on the WIP morning show with Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti in 1991. He also was part of the original crew to launch both ESPN Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio before beginning his own night time syndicated program “Into the Night.” Bruno said, “25 years after helping WIP build the morning show and pursuing my dreams in national radio, it’s great to be back at the station, helping to take WIP to No. 1 in afternoon drive. ####### Stephen A. Smith has inked a new multi-year deal with ESPN where he will continue to be seen and heard across a variety of platforms, particularly as a featured commentator on ESPN2's live weekday morning debate show, First Take. Smith will also continue to serve as a major contributor to SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN shows and properties. Smith hosted The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio from 2005-08 and was also the host of ESPN2's Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith from 2005-07. He has hosted a local radio show on ESPN New York since 2011. He also hosts The Stephen A. Smith Show daily from 1 - 3 p.m. on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 85 which broadcast from ESPN Audio's headquarters in Bristol. ########## Power Talk 1360/1280/Modesto/Stockton, CA, announced that Trevor Carey will join the station as Afternoon Drive Host, effective Monday, February 9. The Trevor Carey Show will air weekdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. PST. Carey, returns to California to join Power Talk from 96.1 WJYE in Buffalo, where he hosted afternoons. Prior to that he hosted shows on KBOS - Fresno, KHQT – San Jose, and KERN - Bakersfield.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tom Watson Announces Retirement; iHM Names Rob Scorpio Regional Programming Manager for California
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH 2015 –– One of radio's legendary programmers, Tom Watson, has announced his retirement. On his FB page he wrote: 'After 55 years of doing day-to-day radio, I've decided it's time to pass the torch to the next generation of broadcasters. I started my broadcasting career in radio in February 1960 & it has been a Wonderful ride! Being an on air "DJ", Program Director & International Consultant was more than I ever dreamed of doing. I've met a lot of wonderful & talented people over the past 5 decades and made some wonderful friends. I will miss radio but it's time for some "me time" and enjoy what life I have left. Thank you God for giving me the ride of my life for the past 55 years.' ############ iHeartMedia announced that Rob Scorpio has been named Regional Programming Manager for California, effective immediately. As Regional Programming Manager, Scorpio will oversee all programming operations for the Riverside, Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto, Stockton and Monterey markets. He most recently served as Operations Manager for the iHeartMedia Riverside/Temecula cluster, which includes 99.1 KGGI. Scorpio's programming background also includes Program Director duties at KBXX in Houston, KKBT in Los Angeles, KREV in San Francisco, WPGC in Washington D.C. and KFRH in Las Vegas. Scorpio said, "I would like to thank Tony Coles, Brian Olson, Jeff Negrete and Mark Thomas for this opportunity."
[WATCH] Dan Patrick Calls Out Colin Cowherd Over Comments
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Looks like syndicated host Dan Patrick didn't take too kindly to comments made on Monday by sports host colleague Colin Cowherd on ESPN. According to The Chicago Tribune, It started when Cowherd came to the defense of network cohort Skip Bayless, who had been criticized for calling Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel an alcoholic. Somehow this led to a knock on Dan Patrick. "I've worked in this business 25 years -- Skip outworks all of us," Cowherd said. "And I'm here to tell you, brother, the hardest working guy when I got into this business was Jim Rome. ... Dan Patrick doesn't work as hard as Rome, not even close ... Patrick needs 35 producers to fill a segment. Rome-y doesn't. Bayless doesn't. I don't. You work hard, i always have your back." Later on Patrick's show, he denied having 35 producers, but said he gives his two-man team credit on-air while Cowherd fails to recognize his producers. "As far as work ethic, I don't know how hard Colin Cowherd works, or Skip Bayless or Jim Rome," Patrick said. "I assume they work hard; hope they do. ... But Colin should understand two people who worked with me on "Sports Center" who are in management at ESPN actually emailed yesterday to apologize, saying they were embarrassed that Colin would bring up something like that. ... Colin needs to work harder at understanding how hard we work on this show, that would be my suggestion." Adding to the fuel, Patrick advised Cowherd "Get out and do what I do. Try it. Try a radio network, try simulcast, maybe a column for Sports Illustrated. Oh, that's right, host the Olympics and "Football Night in America" and do "Sports Jeopardy" as well, Colin. Try that and then we can discuss work ethic." LISTEN HERE
SiriusXM Reports Record Revenue In 2014
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– SiriusXM today announced fourth quarter and full-year 2014 operating and financial results, including record revenue of $1.09 billion and $4.18 billion for the fourth quarter and full-year, respectively, up 9% and 10% versus the prior year periods. Net income of $143 million and $493 million in the fourth quarter and full-year 2014, respectively, compared to $65 million and $377 million in the fourth quarter and full-year 2013. Net income per diluted common share was $0.03 and $0.08, respectively, in the fourth quarter and full-year 2014, versus $0.01 and $0.06 in the fourth quarter and full-year 2013. Adjusted EBITDA was $381 million and $1.47 billion, respectively, in the fourth quarter and full-year, up 17% and 26% versus the prior year periods. "As our results demonstrate, SiriusXM had a great year by delivering to subscribers new and exciting music, sports, and talk programming; executing on our growth plan; and driving 36% growth in free cash flow per diluted share, all while investing in the future of the connected car," said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer.
WWO Goes Backstage At The 57TH Grammys
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Westwood One "Backstage at the GRAMMY®s" Radio Row is kicking into high gear with two exclusive Red Carpet Radio Row performances on Thursday, February 5th and Friday, February 6th, from inside the Staples Center. In addition to two days of interviews between hosts, presenters, and performers at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Westwood One’s backstage event will also feature exclusive performances from singer-songwriter and social media star Shawn Mendes and British singer-songwriter James Bay. More than 100 national and international radio stations, NASH/America's Morning Show, Rdio, and Benztown will join sponsor Gibson Brands at the Westwood One Backstage at the GRAMMYs Radio Row for two days of interviews and live broadcasts leading up to the Music's Biggest Night® -- happening live on Sunday, February 8 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Westwood One’s GRAMMYs coverage continues with live Red Carpet Radio coverage from the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 8, featuring a five-hour radio special that salutes and recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry.
Poo-Pourri Takes Top Honors In Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2015 –– The 2015 Champion of Sound is the brand Poo-Pourri, with a humorous spot about the Super Bowl. The spot was custom made for the Big Game, and it represents a great example of a smaller brand using the power of audio to reach consumers through huge cultural moments such as the Super Bowl. The other brands rounding out the top 5 most votes of the Super Bowl Sound Awards: Motel 6 (with two commercials), Subway, and Exergen. More than 40 advertisers participated in the Super Bowl Sound Awards, presented by Westwood One, the exclusive national radio partner of the NFL. Westwood One Studio is powered in part by PDQ Productions and TM Studios, both of which produce audio content for advertisers and radio stations. In addition to custom audio, Westwood One Studio provides multi-platform marketing solutions including on-air, digital, and experiential components. In its second year, the Super Bowl Sound Awards are an annual celebration of creative sound, showcasing the best radio commercials during one of the biggest cultural events of the year.
ACT SURPRISED: Kimmy Takes It All Off For Another Cover; Gaga And McCartney Record
Doctors Say There's Little They Can Do For Bobbi Kristina - [FOX411]
ACT SURPRISED: Kimmy Poses Totally Nude Again - WARNING: NSFW - [DAILY MAIL]
NBC's Brian Williams Admits To Fake Story - [WAPO]
Plus-Size Bikini Model Makes History Posing In 'SI' Swimsuit Edition - [DAILY MAIL]
Lady Gaga Records With Paul McCartney & Mike McCready - [STEREOGUM]
SHE'S EVERYWHERE: Katy Perry Now Covers Elle's March Issue - [ELLE]
'VIEW' HOST: Houston Biopic Must Have Killed Bobbi Kristina - [IN TOUCH]
Jennifer Hudson And Rita Ora To Guest On 'Empire' - [THE WRAP]
Marcia Cross Returning To TV ON 'Law & Order:SVU - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] First Peek At 'Magic Mike XXL' - [HUFFPO]
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Emmis Files Suit Against 'Big Boy' Over Breach-Of-Contract
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– A suit alleging breach-of-contract has been filed against popular LA host Big Boy of Power 106 by Emmis. In a release yesterday by the company, the suit alleges that Kurt Alexander planned to accept an offer from a station owned by iHeartMedia. The suit claims Emmis matched the offer, but Alexander opted to accept the iHeartMedia offer. Emmis has requested a hearing on the motion before Alexander's contract expires on Feb. 28th. The release states that "Emmis first discovered Big Boy working as a body guard more than 20 years ago, and has invested substantially in helping him develop into the star that he is today." The suit, filed in CA. Superior Court in LA County claims that Big Boy has breached his contract by failing to honor its right-of-first refusal provision to match an offer from iHeart Media. Emmis says Alexander took iHeartMedia's offer without giving them a chance to match the offer according to the terms of his contract. According to allaccess.com, rumors in LA are swirling about a possible rebranding of Urban AC/Rhythmic Oldies KHHT (HOT 92.3), possibly with the return of the slogan "The Beat." The suit alleges Big Boy brought Emmis a copy on Jan. 16th of iHM's offer for $3.5 million annually and Emmis says it matched the offer but that Big Boy told them he would take the iHM offer. Emmis chief Jeff Smulyan said he was personally saddened by his actions and the impact they will have on our brand and our people.
iHM And NBC Announce 2015 Music Awards Nominees
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia and NBC announced today the finalists for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which returns to the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29. The event will be televised live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT and broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide. iHeartRadio On the Verge artist Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith lead nominees with five nominations, including Best New Artist, while Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande each received four nominations. The nominations are a true reflection of a banner year for female artists especially Swift, who released her multiplatinum album "1989." Swift, Azalea and Grande will go head-to-head against Luke Bryan and Sam Smith for the coveted Artist of the Year award. The inaugural 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards telecast showcased the year's most popular artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio Chart and music fans nationwide who cast more than 65 million votes using hashtags on Facebook and Twitter. More than 5.5 million people, up 86 percent vs. the time period average, tuned in to watch exhilarating performances by music's biggest names and to see which of their favorite artists were selected as winners for categories such as Best Collaboration and Alt Rock Song of the Year. The 2014 award show received a record-setting 8.5 billion social impressions and was a dominant social media topic throughout the week of the show. Voting will begin on Monday, March 2 and extend through Friday, March 20. iHeart Emblem Photo by Jonathan Leibson
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHM Sets New Talk Brand Management Team; WWO Extends Partnership With CBNC; John M. Zamoiski Joins AdLarge As Chief Opportunity Officer
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– iHM's Clay Hunnicutt announced that Carl Anderson (R) has been named the new Talk Brand Manager, adding to his duties as Executive Vice President of Programming Midwest. As Brand Manager, Carl will lead the new Talk Brand Management team which will include: Grace Blazer (R), Brand Coordinator, who will also continue in her role as Director of Talk Programming in Miami. Greg Foster is also named Brand Coordinator, adding to his duties as Vice President of Programming in Denver. Finally, Kelly Carls also will join the team as Brand Coordinator and will continue as Regional Programming Manager. Let me know if you have any questions. ######## In other news, Westwood One announced an extension of its partnership with CNBC Business Radio, which includes expanded content with the addition of a second hourly business report. The robust station lineup is enhanced with the addition of top market Cumulus stations, including WLS-AM/Chicago, WMAL/Washington, and KCMO, Kansas City. Dennis Green, Westwood One’s SVP, Affiliate Sales, said, “Westwood One is delighted to expand the content that we offer affiliates in the business space. CNBC is the best-in-class brand that listeners have grown to trust for many years and it’s evident by the number of new stations that are signing up.” ####### Media and marketing agency veteran John M. Zamoiski has joined AdLarge Media as Chief Opportunity Officer to support the company’s continued expansion into new content acquisitions, while also working on cross-platform integrated marketing partnerships. Zamoiski sold his agency Bottlerocket Marketing Group to Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s Brand Connections in 2012, where he continued for two years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary while serving as Executive Vice President of Client Innovation for the parent company. “I am thrilled to be joining AdLarge to help support the growth of the company and the success or our clients and content partners,” explained Zamoiski. “It's exciting to be working with Cathy and Gary and the AdLarge team as we redefine the engagement models in this new audio media landscape.
LDR Rebrands As Futuri Media; Bolsters Management TeamLDR
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– LDR Interactive announced that it has become Futuri Media bolstering its management team with two key appointments. Brian Parsons has joined Futuri Media as Chief Information Officer, having served as an Executive Vice President for iHeartMedia and Triton Digital Media. Parsons and Chief Technology Officer Brian Seeders, a founding team member, will lead product innovation and software development. Veteran broadcast engineer Craig Bowman also has joined Futuri Media as Vice President/Support, overseeing client services. The newly named company brings several media technology assets under its banner including the LDR (Listener Driven Radio), Takeover®, TopicPulse®, as well as Futuri Mobile™, which designs custom mobile features and apps for broadcasters, with more than 150 iPhone, Android, and tablet apps in the marketplace. Explaining the changes, Futuri Media CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Anstandig (shown center) says, “We rebranded as Futuri Media and expanded our leadership team to reinforce our commitment to innovation ... By strengthening our senior information and support tiers, we are bringing our ‘high-tech, high-touch’ approach to every client.”
iHeart Media Launches Branded Content Studio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of "iHeartMedia SoundBoard," a one-of-a-kind audio-centric branded entertainment studio. iHeartMedia SoundBoard will invite brands to collaborate with iHeartMedia's portfolio of talent and personalities to produce original long and short-form audio, video and experiential content that moves seamlessly across radio, apps, and events, creating the next generation of brand storytelling. iHeartMedia SoundBoard productions will each be designed from the ground up, uniquely pairing the right brands, creators and talent to tell stories in new ways designed to take particular advantage of the power of audio to engage, entertain and capture the imagination. "As the number one creators of live, daily content, brands have been asking us for more ability to craft original stories that leverage the power of sound to reach consumers when they're ready to be entertained," said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. "We're launching the first branded audio studio for the digital era to prove the power of radio, the power of live content, and the power of cross-platform programming designed for a media world without walls." The new iHeartMedia SoundBoard Studio will be led by John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia's Entertainment Enterprises Group, Gayle Troberman, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of iHeartMedi and Vanessa Adamo, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Enterprises.
NPR's 'Invisibilia' Reaches 10 Million Plays
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– Invisibilia, a new show about the invisible forces that guide human behavior, has become one of NPR's most popular programs earning its current status of number one podcast on iTunes. Now, less than one month since its launch, the show has reached another benchmark – episodes of the podcast have been downloaded or streamed more than 10 million times. "Invisibilia will have more downloads per episode in January than any other NPR podcast, which is unprecedented for any new show and much more for one that has been on the air for less than a month," said NPR's Vice President of Programming Eric Nuzum. "This confirms that expert story-telling, approaching difficult subjects with a combination of rigorous reporting and a human perspective, works across all platforms." NPR introduced Invisibilia on January 9 with the biggest public radio program launch to date. The radio show and podcast, hosted by award-winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (shown), was from day one made available on all NPR platforms. It currently airs on more than 300 public radio stations around the country and can be streamed in podcasts and web players everywhere. Excerpts can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and have aired on This American Life and WNYC's Radiolab.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Worker Suing Group For (S)exual Harassment; Claims They Said She Didn't Look As Good As Her Twitter/Linked In Account
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– A former employee of Star Radio in the UK is suing for (s)exual harassment claiming she was humiliated by 'sexist' comments about her appearance. Dawn Carney claims boss John Clayton said recruits needed to be 'like her': 'blonde, have big boobs and blue eyes'. Carney said that as a result of his remarks she changed her hair color to brown after leaving Darlington-based Star Radio. She claims her boss, John Clayton claims he said that was what worked in the 'good old days.' The 37-year-old is suing for sexual harassment and unfair dismissal She was fired last March a week after undergoing hospital treatment. Carney said her boss told her she did not 'look as good' as she did on her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Carney faced her former employer in an employment tribunal hearing this week. READ MORE HERE
Breakfast presenter blows up co-host’s car - A car bought at auction by Metro Radio/TFM breakfast show presenter Steve Furnell in the North East of England has gone up in smoke after his co-presenter Karen blew it up. After a recent race around a local racing track, which Karen won, they wanted to sell their cars but Steve’s didn’t manage to attract a buyer. A call from 21 Engineer Regiment Warrant Officer (2nd Class) Gavin Cleverley suggested something different they could do with the car. Helped out by the Army Reserves 103 Field Squadron, Steve’s Renault Laguna was sent to meet its maker. Steve and Karen took the car to a Military Firing Range in North Yorkshire, where Karen blew Steve’s car up.
This is Merrick.. and Australia ‘Merrick… and Australia’ is the name of Merrick Watt’s new show on Australia’s Triple M network. The former 2DAY FM Breakfast Show host started his new show this week to mixed reviews. The comedian had a rather forgettable 2014 which saw his breakfast show on Today’s Hit Network in Sydney (featuring Sophie Monk and Jules Lund) struggle in the ratings from day dot and ultimately get the chop.
BBC’s response to F-word, another meeting. - Ofcom has found BBC Radio 1 in breach after airing a session recording of the Foo Fighters performing their new song “Something from Nothing” at breakfast, complete with the F-word. The track, which was broadcast at 7.55am, containing the lyrics: Fu*k it all! I came from nothing…”. Ofcom considered the broadcast of the word “fu*k” raised issues warranting investigation under Rule 1.14 of the Code, which states: “The most offensive language must not be broadcast…when children are particularly likely to be listening…”.
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98.7 The Bull Raises Over $178,267 For St Jude Hospital
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 –– 98.7 The BULL (KUPL-FM) announced today they helped raise over $178,267 for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital during their (2) two day Radiothon, January 29th & 30th held at the Skype Live Studio in Portland, Oregon. Country Superstar, Kip Moore stopped by the Skype Live Studio for a special noon time performance and even answered phones to help the kids at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “I’m deeply touched to live in such a generous city that the listeners are always willing to come together and support those in need.” Senior Liaison - Radio Programming at ALSAC/St. Jude, Travis Moon says "The amazing team at the Bull got in the trenches with thousands of radio listeners in Portland and took the fight forward against childhood cancer in a big way!. I am so proud to have the privilege to watch the Bull team's energy
[WATCH] Remember The Guy With The Double Seahawk's Tattoo?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015 – Remember the guy who was so sure his beloved Seahawks were going to win this past Sunday's Super Bowl that he had a tattoo put on last December that said "Back to Back Champions"? Well, as of Sunday night, his tattoo is factually inaccurate, but 97X Davenport' Dwyer and Michaels caught up with the 'poor *astard' (their words) on Monday. He told them he may try to have something tattooed over it. Hmmm. Anyone reading who has a tattoo they now regret? WATCH HERE
Li-lo And Mom Suing Fox; Take A Peek At Vanity Fair's 2015 Hollywood Issue
Comedy Central To Present 'Night Of Too Many Stars' In March - [COMEDY CAKE]
[WATCH] Jimmy Fallon Parodies 'Fresh Prince' For 'Tonight Show's' Trip To LA - [UPROXX]
[WATCH] Mark Wahlber's Wicked Awesome Celebration - [TOOMUCHTV]
UH OH: Li-Lo And Mom File Defamation Suit Against Fox - [FOX]
Take First Peek At Vanity Fair's Hollywood 2015 Issue - s
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Dick Biondi Returning To The Air At WLS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY, 3RD, 2015 –– So happy to read in Robert Feder's blog that Chicago's iconic Dick Biondi is headed back on the air at WLS-FM. Biondi, who’s been off the air dealing with health issues since before the holidays, will return for his 11 p.m. to 2 a.m Biondi told Feder by phone that he was eager to return pending approval from his doctor. “To be very honest, I’m going crazy sitting here and waiting to go back to work,” he said. His absence, says Feder, marks the longest Biondi has ever been off the air for health reasons. Biondi in enshrined in both the Radio Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and been a part of Chicago's airwaves for over six decades. He first joined WLS AM 890 in 1960. In 2010, Chicago named an alley near the old WLS studios Dick Biondi Way. Biondi was actually expected to return this week, but was delayed by weather. “Dick is delaying his return due to icy conditions on roads and sidewalks,” said Jan Jeffries, senior vice president of corporate programming and program director of WLS FM. “We are now looking to tomorrow (today) for his return.”
REPORT: Cipha Sounds And Alicia Keys' Improv TV Show In The Works
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015 –– According to xxlmag.com, former Hot 97 New York's Cipha Sounds and Alicia Keys have an Improv TV Show in the works. After last week's surprising exit from his longtime home Hot 97, Sounds promised some major news. Perhaps this was it. After Angie Martinez left back in June to join competing station, Power 105, Cipha Sounds took over her slot only to be replaced by Nessa who arrived from the west coast. Sounds, as reported in Jockline, voiced his frustration on a Juan Epstein podcast and less than 24 hours later he and the Emmis outlet parted ways. Cipha shared with xxlmag a few of his new endeavors, like a VH1 show in the works with Alicia Keys, as well as, Nessa's arrival at Hot 97 and his ventures in hip-hop comedy. READ ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE
More Details On Tampa's Bubba 98.7 Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015 –– As we reported yesterday, Beasley Media Group has all but given the keys to Bubba the Love Sponge at his new Tampa radio home, 98.7 FM WHFS which, pending FCC approval, will switch to WBRN-FM and be known as Bubba 98.7. Joining the lineup in the midday slot will be Manson; afternoon drive by Nedley Mandingo III (L) and nights by 25 Cent. In his own release, Bubba says this move marks history in terrestrial radio broadcasting where for the first time an entire radio station is being branded by a personality while having 100% of the programming both dedicated to and programmed by that personality. “I am so thankful and excited to be part of radio history and to have such an innovative broadcasting company like Beasley Broadcasting believe in me and my team to give us such a tremendous opportunity” Bubba explained. "This format will be unlike anything else that's ever been done before!!!” Brian Beasley, Executive Vice President of Operations for Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. also commented, “We are excited to be involved in the continued building of the Bubba brand while providing the cutting edge programming that our listening audience demands. The Bubba Radio Network is based in Tampa and is heard on 10 stations from Ft. Myers Florida to Reno, Nevada. 1
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve Mills Tapped For New Corporate Post At Cumulus; Brian Panerali On The Rise At Beasley Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that Steve Mills has exited his position as Program Director of Cumulus Topeka stations Classic Rock KDVV and Classic Hits KWIC to transfer to Cumulus Corporate for a position in the company’s digital Department as Manager of Stream Support and Quality. Mills will report to Wynn Corliss, Director of Digital Operations for Cumulus. The transfer is effective immediately. #Brian Panerali######### Beasley Broadcast Las Vegas announced the promotion of Brian “Hammer” Panerali to assistant program director of Star 107.9 Vegas’ Best Variety KVGS-iFM. Hammer joined KVGS-FM in 2013 as morning show host, an on-air position he continues to hold Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Additionally, he remains the station’s music director, a position to which he was promoted in 2014. Hammer’s radio career began at the legendary K-ROCK WXRK-FM in New York City. He was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California before becoming a promotion’s assistant at K-ROCK. From there, he worked at WBAB-FM in Long Island and WDHA-FM in Morristown, NJ. In 2003, Hammer headed back to California where, over the next ten years, he held a variety of on-air and management positions at such stations as KKXX-FM and KRAB-FM in Bakersfield, CA. KBEAR-101 KVCI-FM in Idaho Falls, ID and KDKB-FM, KEXX-FM, KPKX-FM in Phoenix, AZ. Send your best to Hammer HERE
MOTION: KODJ/SLC's Meredith Joined By Husband As Morning Show Co-host; Jeff Lamb Lands Mornings At WPFX/Toledo
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015 –– 94.1/KODJ Salt Lake City Meredith has landed none other than her husband AJ as her new co-host. The show will now be rebranded as Meredith & AJ in the Morning. "I'm so excited to have my husband, AJ, join me in the morning!," said Meredith. The couple has been married for 12 years and have a combined 25+ years of radio experience, with 15 of those years on Utah’s airwaves. ########### Jeff Lamb ha been picked for for Mornings At WPFX for Toledo's WPFX/107.7. "The Wolf is excited to have Jeff take over mornings,” said WPFX OM Sid Siddall. Lamb previously worked at crosstown rocker, WIOT along with added stints in Peoria and Flint.
SYNDICATION: Delilah Picks Up 92.7 KBAY Corpus Christi; Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence Joined By Joe Diffy As First Celebrity Guest; Lady Antebellum Stops By Nash Campus
POPULAR NIGHTTIME HOST DELILAH JOINS 92.7 KBAY CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, February 2, 2015 – 92.7 KBAY (KKBA-FM), The Rhythm of Corpus Christi, announced today the addition of popular nationally-syndicated personality Delilah to its nightly lineup. Beginning today, the program will air from 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. The top-rated show features Delilah's blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement - all scored with adult contemporary music. Often referred to as the "Oprah of Radio," Delilah attracts millions of listeners on more than 150 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. “As we continue to build a solid radio station catering to the 25-49 female demo, the addition of Delilah makes our lineup that much stronger,” stated Gino Flores, KBAY Program Director. “Let’s be honest, women LOVE Delilah!” ########## Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence launched in January with over 25 markets was joined by Special Guest Joe Diffie. It was an honor to have my friend Joe Diffie be my first celebrity guest. It’s a little different being on the other side of the microphone during an interview, but Joe made it easy for me. A Special Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence Launch Party will take place Wednesday February 25, 2015 10pm at the City Winery in Nashville during CRS. Tracy Lawrence and special guests will be performing and the event will be hosted by Big D & Bubba, Sam Alex of Taste of Country Nights and Tracy Lawrence. ######## Lady Antebellum stopped by "America's Morning Show" yesterday to talk about their new Wheels Up 2015 Tour, their new single “Freestyle”, and their first headlining show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Please see the attached photo, taken at the NASH Campus in Nashville. PHOTO ID's: Pictured, left to right: Terri Clark, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Blair Garner.
Florida Host Wearing Adult Diapers After Failed Game Bet Draws Attention Of Motorists And Cops
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015 –– Nick Diakum (Nick D), PD at 104.1 The Wave and afternoon host on Magic 105.9 Brunswick, GA paid off his lost Super Bowl bet for all to see. Standing along a busy intersection wearing adult diapers he not only caught the attention of passing motorist, but the cops caught an eye as well. According to jacksonvillel.com, Nick heard a lot of honking horns, and learned something about adult diapers and traffic law. “The city police came by and said I was fine,’’ Diakum said. “But then a state trooper stopped and said, ‘I’m not telling you to move, but...’ ’’ Diakum wasn’t breaking any laws, but had there been an accident caused by a distraction he could have ended up in the trooper’s report, he said. Nick's sign said, “I voted against the Patriots." Had the Seahawks won, Diakum’s cohort, Paul Laseter, on Wave 104.1 FM, would have been on the traffic island at Altama Road and the Golden Isles Parkway. Diakum said he learned some adult diapers come in gray, and “they’re a little translucent. So, he put on boxers underneath.” Asked why he didn’t just bet for money and spare himself the embarrassment, Diakum joked, “I work in radio. I don’t have any money.”
Suge Knight's $2.2 Million Dollar Bail Revoked; Mega Stars Turnout For SNL 40
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Kasem Children Demand Arrest Of Stepmother Over Abuse
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2015 –– Casey Kasem's daughter, Kerri Kasem, said in a press conference on Friday that she wants her stepmother Jean Kasem to be arrested for elder abuse. She told The Holllywood Reporter, "The LAPD is just sitting on it, but we will continue to fight... Jean took him across state lines, and we can go to the Feds, we can go to Washington... We are not going to stop. I'm gonna get her." Jean Kasem allegedly removed Casey from a Santa Monica hospital last May and took him to Washington state, where he died in June. His body was then moved to Montreal and Oslo Norway where it was stored in a freezer before being buried shortly before Christmas. "If this isn't a case of elder abuse, I don't know what is," Keri's attorney Martha Patterson told THR. "It's equivalent to taking a baby out of an incubator." A private investigator claimed Jean then took Casey on a 'five day odyssey. They ran out of food, bought a six-pack of Ensure at a drugstore, poured it into the feeding machine, and jammed it — and they're saying this woman didn't kill him?" Kerri, who was the appointed custodian of her father, said the Santa Monica Police Department has stopped the investigation on the case, according to CBS. "Police spokeswoman Jane Kim, however, said the investigation is still ongoing.
Host Michael Medved Tells Audience He Has Throat Cancer
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2015 –– Syndicated host Michael Medved told his listeners on the air and in a letter on Friday afternoon. "I always knew that it would take something serious to keep me away from the microphone I cherish for an extended period of time," Medved wrote. “I was diagnosed in the middle of December with stage three throat cancer. I began medical treatment immediately at one of the finest cancer centers in the country and my prognosis for full recovery is very good; in the great majority of cases, this is a highly curable form of cancer. In fact, given my fierce desire to keep doing the show I managed to broadcast every day while completing more than half of my daily radiation and weekly chemotherapy treatments." Medved said he'd like to keep broadcasting, "but my voice -- the most essential tool in radio -- won't cooperate." According to kspr.com, Fellow talk radio host Mark Davis will fill in while Medved is away. Medved said he'd like to return shortly after his "last scheduled radiation treatment" on February 26. "The exact time of my return will be determined by my medical progress, but rest assured that I'll be straining to get back to work just as soon as humanly possible," he wrote. Medved closed his note saying that he would be speaking with his fans again soon. "Here's hoping for cures, and causes, well beyond the range of earthly laws or rulers," he wrote. "You'll be hearing from me soon." PHOTO/facebook
Beasley's Flips WHFS Tampa To WBRN - Bubba 98/7
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2015 –– Following a lengthy tease on this morning's show, Bubba The Love Sponge announced that beginning shortly, 98.7 WHFS will transition to WBRN/Bubba 98.7. As for the much promised new format, Bubba says 'it will be whatever he chooses to play, no really." All this week, listeners have heard possible format options and station nicknames. Bubba and his crew have solicited feedback over the airwaves and through social media. Stay tuned for more details to follow.
Fargo Host Heads To 'The View' Along With Terminally Ill Mom
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2015 –– As Jockline reported last week (JL 1/26), following a random tweet by Big 98.7 Fargo morning show Jesse And Amanda along with Pike, ABC TV's 'The View' co-host, Rosie O'Donnell, called into the show for an extended chat and ended with an invite for the trio to attend her show in New York. Now, according to bismarktribune.com, co-host Amanda Lea is bringing her mother, Barb Wohlwend, along for the trip to today's show. Known to listeners as “Big Momma,” Barb has terminal ovarian cancer and recently decided to stop chemotherapy treatments to live her life. The two of them along with Jesse and Pike flew out Friday for the trip to New York City, as well as sit in on the taping of ‘The View.’ “It’s a trip of a lifetime,” Wohlwend said. “I just have to pinch myself, is this really for real?” In March 2012, when Wohlwend received a Stage IV cancer diagnosis, doctors said she had about a year to live. “We joke about it,” said Wohlwend. “I had one year, three years ago.” She went through two rounds of chemotherapy, but had several complications. While the treatment shrunk the tumor, Wohlwend the cancer never went into remission. Lea doesn’t know yet if their will participate in the 'The View' or simply be in the studio audience. “It’s almost like a big mystery date,” she said. Lea said her employer is covering the trip costs for the radio threesome, and their families are paying their own share.
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