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Steve Goldstein Exits Saga To Launch Amplifi Media

The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates. They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio' - Goldstein

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– After 28 years as EVP/group programming chief for Saga Communications, it may take some time to unlocking Steve Goldstein's name from his longtime home of Saga. The acclaimed programmer announced yesterday the formation of Amplifi Media, LLC, specializing in the development of digital audio-on-demand (podcast) content. “As connected cars, Bluetooth and smartphones converge, time-shifted audio will grow exponentially. People will listen to content at a time and place of their choosing, just as is occurring rapidly in the Television industry with Netflix, DVR’s and on-demand video,” Mr. Goldstein predicted. Amplifi will concentrate on great storytelling, compelling content and fresh voices on a variety of popular subjects, and will adapt, craft and focus the product for the unique needs of the digital audio business. Goldstein stated, “The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates. They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio. That’s where Amplifi will live.” Ed Christian, Chairman, President and CEO of Saga Communications, Inc., thanked Steve for his many contributions. To assist in the transition, Goldstein has agreed to serve as a consultant to the Company. Goldstein added, “Saga has been a remarkable home for 28 years. We have built some terrific brands and grown top talent. Best of all has been working with a wonderfully gifted staff. While I will miss them and Ed Christian, I am pleased to continue with Saga in a consulting capacity and am excited to move on to a more entrepreneurial role with my own company where I will be focusing on digital on-demand audio.”

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[LISTEN] Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush' Causing Stir Over Lyrics

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– Little Big Town's latest single "Girl Crush" is being pulled at some stations after fans complained the song's lyrics are inappropriate, reports the Washington Post. At WOW 104.3/Boise, host Alana Lynn (below left) told a local paper that she was surprised when fans threatened to boycott her station saying the song "promotes the gay agenda." She tells Jockline: "It's been really funny since the article came out....people from outside of Idaho are calling me a close-minded homophobe and the state of Idaho is ready to give me the key."

And what lyrics are causing the commotion: "I want to taste her lips, yeah 'cause they taste like you - I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume - I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch - Yeah 'cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much - I got a girl crush." According to the band, the song isn't about a woman in love with another woman. It's about a scorned woman who is trying to understand why her man left her. "Country music was built on songs about heartache and jealousy," Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet said of the song in an interview. Premiere syndicated host Bobby Bones, while interviewing Little Big Town, expressed his frustration saying "It shouldn’t even matter if it’s a lesbian song, is the first thing," Bones said on his show. "Is it frustrating to you that here is your song — that is one of the Top 10 sellers for weeks and weeks and weeks — and people on the radio are still afraid to play it because they think it’s a 'lesbian song?' Of note, Washington Post writer Emily Yahr is a listener of the Bobby Bones show who's been championing the song for months. In case you haven't heard 'Girl Crush' LISTEN HERE

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Chicago Hosts Issue Apologies Following Inappropriate Tweets

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– A couple of sports/talk hosts at CBS Radio's WSCR AM 670 Chicago have now apologized for an exchange of tweets involving Aiyana Cristal (L) a female sportscaster from Comcast SportsNet Chicago. According to blogger Robert Feder, The Score's midday co-host Matt Spiegel and afternoon co-host Dan Bernstein triggered a social media firestorm following series of comments Wednesday about Cristal's physical attributes. Host Matt Spiegel has since apologized for the incident.

Among the comments, Score host Dan Bernstein posted: “I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs.” Spiegel: “I am improbably distracted from them by her professional discomfort. It’s a crime.” Bernstein: “That’s a complicated thought. Unpacking that is beyond me.” Rod Zimmerman, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Chicago, did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Sources at the Score said no disciplinary action was being considered against Spiegel or Bernstein. Later, what Bernstein referred to as the “Twitter kerfuffle,” said on the air: “I’m an idiot. There are certain times where you can be childish and crass and other times where it’s just really stupid to be a child. My tweet was childish, my tweet was crass and unnecessary, and I’m sorry I dragged an innocent person into it who’s doing a job, and I made an observation I shouldn’t have made, and it was childish and silly and stupid. . . . I feel bad about it.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tom Lee Named PD of The Beast 980; iHM Las Vegas Names Big D APD/Morning Host For KPLV-FM; Scott Lindy Exits Star 94 Atlanta

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– Broadcast media executive and sports radio veteran Tom Lee has been named program director for Los Angeles all-sports station The Beast 980. Lee will be returning to Los Angeles where he launched FOX Sports Radio in 2000. Lee has also programmed ESPN Radio in Dallas, as well as sports radio stations WIP in Philadelphia and KJR in Seattle. “Los Angeles sports fans are the greatest and perhaps the most underrated in America and their passion, the distinct L.A. attitude and our great sports teams will all be represented by The Beast 980,” Lee said. “I’m very excited to get back to L.A. with the opportunity to program the only radio station uniquely built for home town fans.”

iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced that Big D has been named the new Assistant Program Director and new morning show personality for KPLV-FM. Big D will join KPLV-FM from 101.3 KDWB-FM, Twin Cities where he will continue to serve as an evening personality until a replacement is hired. He will also continue on-air duties at other iHeartMedia stations across the country including WZEE-FM in Madison, KAJA-FM in San Antonio and WQEN-FM in Birmingham. Big D said "It's an exciting new chapter for my career and my family. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad to leave KDWB and the staff in Minneapolis. Everyone has been so great to me since day one and I learned so much, but I can't wait to get started at KPLV."

After nearly five years, Lincoln Financial Op's Mgr. Scott Lindy has reportedly left the cluster. Lincoln VP/Programming John Dimick who continues his post as group while awaiting Entercom to win DOJ clearance to buy its stations will take over PD reigns in the interim. Lindy had served as Star 94's Program Director since October, 2010 arriving from two years at then Clear Channel's crosstown six-station Atlanta cluster. Lindy tells Jockline: "I think the world of Don Benson, John Dimick, Rick Mack and the entire team at Star 94. It was my good fortune to work alongside such talented and creative people everyday. Even as I imagine how I'll miss everyone there I'm excited about the wide open world of opportunities to create meaningful innovative content for radio and the wide array of current and emerging digital pathways to audiences seeking something special."

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NETWORK: Doug Stephan Joins 'America Weekend' Lineup; Lars Larson Adds 8 Affiliates

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® is proud to announce host Doug Stephan as part of the all new America Weekend lineup. Stephan can be heard every weekend hosting Good Day Weekend on affiliate stations of the Envision Talk Network, including over 15 hours of original programming broadcast on Saturday and Sunday with no repeats or “Best Of” shows. “I am thrilled to be working with the talented people at Envision Networks® to help provide this much needed service,” Stephan said. “Doug’s shows have always been destination programming for the listener and he has the numbers to prove it. We are thrilled to add Doug and his team to our impressive America Weekend lineup,” said Michael Lichtstein, VP/Programming of Envision Networks®. In addition to Doug Stephan, the new lineup also includes hosts Rolland Smith, Carl Sabatino, Ed Kalegi, Mike Bennett, Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold. For more information on America Weekend contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or valerieb@envisionradio.com. About Doug Stephan:

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– Lars Larson is experiencing a surge of new stations as part of the reshuffling of line-up’s caused by the departure of Dennis Miller and Roger Hedgecock. The Lars Larson show adds eight new affiliates. WHBY Green Bay WI WLFJ Greenville SC WLEA Elmira NY WBRP FM Baton Rouge LA WNRP Pensacola FL KCRS Odessa TX WDRC Hartford CT KTIP Porterville CA Lars comments “I prep from six to noon on the Left coast and talk from noon to six. I’ll leave the mic when they drag me away. I’ll sleep when I get old.” Contact Compass Media at 310-242-8742 or email awilbur@compassmedianetworks.com to find out more.

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Actress/Recording Artist Zendaya To Host 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– Actress and recording artist Zendaya is set to serve as host of the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards show, organizers announced this week. The event will take place April 25 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Phil Guerini, Radio Disney's vice president of programming and general manager, said in a statement. "We're going to have a great show... a lot of fun and get to watch amazing performances, so I'm very, very excited," Zendaya added. "Plus, I'm nominated again for Artist with the Best Style, so I better wear a good outfit!" Zendaya was the subject of a social media firestorm last month after Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic made a bad joke about Zendaya's dreadlocks. Rancic quickly apologized for the remark and Zendaya graciously accepted, however, since then Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne have both quit the show and it's been placed on hiatus until September.

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[WATCH] KIIS 106.5's Kyle And Jackie O Team With Ed Sheeran To Surprise Listener With $80,000 Wedding & Song

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2015 –– KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O surprised struggling young Sydney couple Kya and Matt Debono by giving them a dream wedding, worth $80,000, the couple thought things couldn’t get any better. But Kyle & Jackie, who were among the wedding guests today, had one more surprise… Kya and Matt had chosen ‘Thinking Out Loud’, their favourite song, as the first dance as husband and wife but they never imagined Ed Sheeran himself would stop by the reception to perform it for them. The shock and then joy on the bride’s face is priceless, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as Ed Sheeran gave a genuine and beautifully flawless acoustic performance. A little over a month ago, Kyle and Jackie O received an email from Matt explaining that his dream was to surprise the love of his life, and mother of two, with the wedding she was planning but had to postpone indefinitely. Money had always been tight for the young family, with Matt unemployed, but after the sudden death of Kya’s mother in 2012, it looked as though their plans for a small wedding with family and friends may never happen. Last week, Kyle and Jackie O had the young couple come to the studio under the guise of participating in a new radio segment but then surprised them on air by gifting them with the wedding of their dreams worth $80,000. Grab a hankie and listen by clicking on above slide.

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7AGT's Willis Clan Land Reality Series; Apple And Beats To Take Aim At Spotify

 

Apple And Beats Teaming To Take Aim At Spotify - [NYTIMES]

Ed Sheeran And Athina Andrelo Split - [ HOLLYWOOD LIFE]

Ashton Kutcher Punks Aussies During Visit - [ITWIRE]

UH OH: Mariel Hemingway Says In Memoir That Woody Allen Tried To Seduce Her - [TV GUIDE]

Now There's A Dating Site For People Who Believe In Ghosts - [E ONLINE]

Taraji P Henson To Host SNL - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

'AGT's' Willis Clan Lands Reality Series - [THE WRAP]

Natalie Dormer Cover's 'Self' - [BUSTLE]

Joan Collins Receives Damehood From Prince Charles - [DAILY MAIL]

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CMA Announces Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, Grady Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys As Newest Members Of CMHOF

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– The Country Music Association announced that Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, Grady Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Ed Brown and The Browns (siblings Maxine and Bonnie) will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while The Oak Ridge Boys (Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban) will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Martin will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Non-Performer” and “Songwriter” categories. The Browns, Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 124 to 127 members. Induction ceremonies for Martin (who passed away in 2001), Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, and The Oak Ridge Boys will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. READ MORE HERE

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MOTION: Corey Calhoun Joins Lineup At Louisville's 97.5 WAMZ

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– 97.5 WAMZ announced that radio personality Corey Calhoun will host afternoon drive, effective immediately. Calhoun replaces 7Coyote Calhoun, who announced his retirement. His radio career has included stops in Atlanta; Ithaca; Brunswick, Ga.; and Lexington, Ky. before landing at top-rated 97.5 WAMZ. WAMZ has been No. 1 in the market for much of its 35 year history and remains one of the most listened to radio stations in Kentuckiana. "Corey has big shoes to fill, but we are thrilled to welcome him to the WAMZ staff and Louisville," said Michael Jordan, Program Director, WAMZ. "Corey’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious, he is a great addition to the WAMZ team. We have big plans for the future for WAMZ." "What an amazing opportunity this is, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! To be a part of a station with such an impressive history and follow in the footsteps of a legend like Coyote, is what you work for your entire career," said Calhoun. 1

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[WATCH] Cissy Houston Breaks Silence On Bobbi Kristina's Condition With WBLS' New York's Shaila

'There's Not A Great Deal Of Hope'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 – The mystery surrounding Bobbi Kristina's condition continues to pervade top media circles with the most recent news of her being moved from a hospital to a rehab center. Seen by some as possibly a positive sign, Kristina's grandmother, Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston sat down with WBLS/New York's "Midday's With Shaila" to shed more light on what's been a closely guarded story. After pausing, she said "You know... there's not a great deal of hope. We're praying.' Cissy told Shaila she was very appreciative of all the prayers and rwarm words that fans are sending. Earlier this week, a source close to the Browns told People that some family members wanted to move her out of the hospital and into the rehab facility earlier, but her father, Bobby Brown, held off on the decision. In the interview, Houston said she had put her faith in God. She also clarified if Aretha Franklin is the Godmother of Whitney and talked about singing back-up on "How Will I Know."

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Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight To Air On GMA Stations Nationwide

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– Some are calling it the fight of the century; Manny Pacquiao's vs. Floyd Mayweather on May 2. And like boxing's golden years it will be be broadcast nationally on GMA radio stations. This was announced in a news conference for the fight's broadcast, according to gmanetwork.com. "We will be airing the fight live and in real-time... in all our radio stations AM and FM," said Mike Enriquez, GMA's Senior Vice President for Radio. "This is not going to be a delayed broadcast or what and this will be aired not only in Mega Manila but in all our radio station AM and FM from as far as south of Tuguegarao to as far south of Zamboanga. So even the people in places like Maguindanao and Basilan, they will have a chance to listen to live real-time blow-by-blow fight," he added. Previous Pacquiao fights have also aired live over GMA radio stations in the past. Unlike before, however, GMA-7 has waived its rights for an exclusive broadcast of the fight, allowing rival networks ABS-CBN and TV5 to air the mega-bout as well. "It's a personal request from Manny Pacquiao (to include ABS-CBN and TV5 in the broadcast)," said GMA-7 Executive Vice President Felipe S. Yalong. Pacquiao, in a short message beamed live from Los Angeles, thanked officials of the three networks and rights-holder Solar Entertainment for coming together to air his fight.

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NETWORKS: Bob & Tom Create NCAA Songs For Affiliates; FSR's Deb Carson Host 'Going For The Gold Event In LA

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– Westwood One’s popular radio comedy The Bob & Tom Show is once again helping cheer on NCAA college basketball fans in each of their affiliate markets with customized songs for local stations airing The Bob & Tom Show. “Cuttin’ Down The Nets” is a market and team specific song, customized with names of the team, coach and players. Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show said “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exclusive and fun for our listeners that can only be heard on The Bob & Tom Show affiliate stations. “Cuttin’ Down The Nets” is performed by Duke Tumatoe and The Bob & Tom sBand, and recorded at the show’s recording studio in Indianapolis. Bob & Tom have released more than 60 comedy albums, CDs and DVDs, and expanded their brand with popular comedy tour live shows.

FOX Sports Radio National Anchor and Baylor University alumna Deb Carson recently emceed the school’s 4th annual Going For The Gold Gala, which helps raise scholarship funds for nursing students. Carson was joined at the event in Dallas, Texas, by fellow alumni, NFL Quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III (BU ’10) who served as keynote speaker for the evening, and special guest Mike Singletary (BU ’81), NFL Coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. More than 900 guests attended the gala, which raised a record $1.5 million in scholarship money for students at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Below is a photo from the event: Pictured left to right: Robert Griffin III, Deb Carson and Mike Singletary

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Neil Fox Charged With Nine (S)ex Offenses

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– The Magic 105.4 London Breakfast show host and former Capital FM presenter Neil Fox has been charged with nine (s)ex offences involving six people, of whom three were allegedly juveniles at the time. The Metropolitan Police announced the 53-year-old is alleged to have carried out the attacks between 1991 and last year. He will be charged with one count of indecent assault on a female aged under 14 and two counts of indecent assault on a female aged under 16. These offences are alleged to have taken place between 1991-1996 and relate to three separate victims who were juveniles at the time of the alleged offences. Neil was working at Capital FM at the time and hosting the Pepsi Chart show. In addition he will also be charged with four counts of indecent assault against a girl over 16 and two (a)exual assaults. Neil remains off-air at Bauer’s Magic Radio where he was arrested in September 2014.

Concerns For "Brian" After John Laws Reduces Caller To Tears - On Sydney Australia’s 2SM, John Laws reduced an 80-year-old caller to tears after the elderly man called to talk about being (s)exually assaulted as a child. It's not the first time the veteran jock has found himself in trouble when discussing (s)exual assault with callers, suggesting to a female listener in 2013, women who dress provocatively were “rape bait”. The call in which “Brian” revealed his ordeal at the hands of a male attacker has angered Dr. Cathy Kezelman, President of ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) who is “disappointed” at the level of ignorance shown by Laws. During the call Laws suggested "Brian", “...go to the pub and have a lemonade for God’s sake.” Dr. Kezelman said, “Announcers who receive these calls can do best by listening, hearing, validating and being empathic, and finally provide information for the caller encouraging them to seek professional support.”

Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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NASH 94.7 New York Takes Nash Bash To Barclays Center

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media's NASH 94.7 in New York hosted the first NASH BASH Country concert at Barclays Center last Wednesday night in the Cushman & Wakefield Theater. New York Country fans enjoyed an all-star lineup of artists, including headliner Cole Swindell performing his chart-topping song "Chillin' It" and his hit single "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Other performers included Country favorites Gloriana, Jana Kramer (shown) and Michael Ray. The evening was emceed by NASH 94.7 personalities Kelly Ford (inset) and Jesse Addy. This was the first NASH BASH concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly-launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the Brooklyn venue.

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WLAV-FM Grand Rapid's Tony Gates Recognized Fro Fight Against Hunger

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2015 –– Last Thursday, Grand Rapids, MI, Mayor George Heartwell recognized popular WLAV-FM morning show host Tony Gates and other contributors to the success of Thursday's Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive, now in its 15th year at the Ultimate Sport Show. The Food Drive, which has been spearheaded by Tony Gates for the last 15 years and is one of the largest one-day drives in the State of Michigan. Volunteers from area sportsmen's clubs collected several tons of food this year from thousands of donors. The presentation to Gates was made by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwwell in the RV in front of DeVos Place, from which Gates and WLAV-FM broadcast from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. In the 15 years of this annual drive, WLAV-FM has averaged almost 2000 bags of groceries every year and delivered over 120,000 lbs. of food to Grand Rapids area food banks and kitchens.

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7'X-Files' Coming Back For Six Episodes; Malik Explains Why He's Leaving One Direction

 

CHELSEA HANDLER: (Cosby) Tried To Cosby Me - [MEDIAITE]

Paul McCartney, Metallica & Florence To Headline At Lollapalooza This Summer - [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]

Facebook Expands Messenger To Work With Other Apps - [CNET]

In Case You Missed it: The Hoff Performed 80' Hits On Idol - [HEAVY]

[WATCH] Dina Lohan Wants To Find Love On 'Millionaire Matchmaker' - [GOSSIP COP]

'X-Files' Coming Back To Fox For Six Episodes - [EW]

Zayn Malik Explains One Direction Split - [BILLBOARD]

Ringo Starr Covers Rolling Stone - [ROLLING STONE]

Emilia Clarke Has No Regrets For Passing On '50 Shades' - [E ONLINE]

Judge Joe Brown Loses Contempt Of Court Appeal - [MY FOX MEMPHIS]

[WATCH] New Trailer for 'Entourage' - [ENTERTAIN THIS]

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GAME ON: ESPN 980's Man Cave Set To Debut Following Delay

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– Following a strange turn of events a couple of weeks back, ESPN 980/Wash. DC' highly publicized new Man Cave Show is set to return AGAIN following an unexplained delay. According to The Washington Post, it will make 7its debut Monday, two weeks after it was abruptly shelved, a move which led to accusations that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who also owns the radio station, was seeking to kill the program to silence a well-known media critic. Adding to the drama, someone made prank calls to WTEM this month claiming to be the president of ESPN and demanded the show’s cancellation. Although a hoax, the person making them mimicked ESPN President John Skipper’s Southern drawl and knew enough about ESPN 980’s inner workings to initially convince station executives it was the real deal. The Man Cave will be co-hosted by former Washington Post columnist Jason Reid (shown) and veteran radio and TV personality Chris Paul. With an original debut set for March 16th, the morning kicked off with Mike & Mike and offered no explanation of what happened. Instead. As Jockline reported, sports rival 106.7 the Fan (WJFK-FM), had a field day with launch fail mocking the incident.

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103.7 KVIL Dallas Loads Up With Kannon As Its New Morning Host

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– 103.7 KVIL/Dallas Ft. Worth names Mike Kannon is the new morning drive host on 103.7 KVIL. Kannon was most recentlyo morning drive host for KLIF-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth. Prior to that, he was program director at WRDW-FM in Philadelphia. Kannon has also served as music director and nighttime host at WBTS-FM in Atlanta and held the same positions at WJBQ-FM in Portland, Me. He began his radio career as a high school student in Raleigh, hosting weekend overnights at WRDU-FM and went on to become the mix show DJ in Boston for a nationally-syndicated program, 'Open House Party,' which he now hosts on Sunday nights. 'I'm so happy to be doing what I love in the greatest city in the world,' Kannon said. The new lineup features Kannon in mornings, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Sybil Summers 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., Leigh Ann Adam and Courtney Kerr 7:00 p.m. midnight, Kory.

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MOTION: AM 560 The Answer Chicago Announces Revised Lineup; Keven Kennedy Take Afternoons At WKLB-FM/Boston

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– AM 560 The Answer announced the addition of four new programs to the radio station’s line - up, effective Monday, March 30. The station has made official the addition of Dan Proft as permanent morning co-host, alongside Amy Jacobson. Together, Proft and Jacobs on will host the newly created , “Chicago’s Morning Answer,” which will air each weekday morning from 5 to 9am. In addition, Mike Gallagher will be added from 9 to 11am each weekday. He'll be followed by Dennis Prager, who will now be heard from 11am to 2pm weekdays, replacing Dennis Miller, who announced his retirement from radio last month . The other programming change 7announced is the addition of “The Dave Ramsey Show” to AM 560. The program will air from 7 to 10pm each weeknight, following the Joe Walsh Show. Also, “This Morning with Gordon Deal,” will debut on AM 560 on Monday, March 30th. The program had aired in Chicago until late last year, when it was rebranded and relaunched through Compass Media Networks.

Yup, yet another Kennedy is headed to Boston. This time it's Keven Kennedy, aka Nudge, who will take the reigns of PM Drive on WKLB-FM. Kennedy says, " I'm so grateful for the opportunity to host a show in one of the greatest cities on the planet!" Kennedy most recently served as the Host of both the "Kennedy in the Morning" show at Movin' 107.7 WMOV in Norfolk, VA and "Nudge in the Morning" on KVDU-FM/Voodoo 104 in New Orleans, LA. Previous stints included Dial Global's syndicated "Nudge At Night" as well as on the "Hits Now" format. Other stops included KIIS-FM/LA, WSTR-FM/ Atlanta, WIOQ-FM/Philadelphia, Y100/Miami and KDBW-FM in Minneapolis.

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[WATCH] Host Lands Car Loaner With Nudge From Governor

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– Every host alive has experienced the benefits of mentioning a product on-air, like pizza, coffee or donuts, only to have one or more local merchants come knocking at the station's door with goodies galore. Numerous others have enjoyed a loaner car in station promotion. But a Corvette? Here's the short story: According to politico.com, New Jersey 101.5 host Eric Scott was interviewing Governor Chris Christie last week and mentioned that he wasn't paid much. Christie started urging the show’s sponsor, the Lester Glenn Auto Group, to give Scott a free car. One caller recommended a Corvette, and Christie suggested something dark blue. Voila! Lester Glenn president Adam Kraushaar showed up at New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) studios and presented Scott with the keys to a brand new dark blue 2015 Corvette Stingray. Granted, it was a loaner, but some, arggggg, cried conflict and made it out to be way more than just some amazing publicity for the dealership and one heck of a short-term ride for Scott. Lester Glenn VP of operations argued that it was just a temporary loaner, “We didn’t give it to him,” he said. Alex Berkett, EVP/Townsquare Media, owner of New Jersey 101.5, also defended Scott's acceptance of the gift, calling it the result of "an unsolicited humorous comment made by Governor Christie." “Neither New Jersey 101.5 owner Townsquare Media, nor Mr. Scott, paid for use of the automobile,” Berkett told PolitickerNJ. “The car belongs to Lester Glenn Auto Group." Hats off to Townsquare for clearing the air on this non-controversial story and to all the other hosts who will likely start mentioning their love for Corvettes on future shows. Just saying.

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[LISTEN] Former LA Host Lisa May Gets To Say Her Goodbyes Via Heidi & Frank Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– Los Angeles radio listeners were shocked at the recent departure of KROQ personality Lisa May (C), who was let go from "The Kevin & Bean Show." After 24 years on the radio airwaves, she was gone and not given an opportunity to say goodbye to the fans who shared their mornings with her. "It was shocking," said Lisa. Quickly after her departure, social media exploded with confusion and anger from long-time radio fans. Yesterday, March 24, 95.5 KLOS morning hosts Heidi Hamilton & Frank Kramer (shown above) gave May a chance to speak to her fans as they opened their studio and let her take the reins. Over the course of the 45-minute interview on The Heidi & Frank Show, Lisa May revealed what really happened when she was let go, she took calls from upset fans, and she did her final L.A. traffic report on the KLOS airwaves, complete with tears. PHOTO/Eric Scott Smith - Heidi & Frank Producer. LISTEN HERE

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Bobby Bones Returns To Host 2nd Annual iHeart Country Festival; More Stars Added To Lineup

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia and NBC announced, through a nationwide roadblock, the full show-stopping lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival, bringing together Country music's biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2. This year's incredible lineup will feature Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio's On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr. The live celebration of all things Country will be hosted by iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones. The iHeartRadio Country Festival will also be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET/CT. "Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in music today," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia. "I love that our iHeartRadio Country Festival gives us a opportunity to showcase such an amazing lineup of incredible artists and music not only live in Austin, but across the country on our stations, Yahoo and NBC."

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Country Superstar Miranda Lambert To Host WWO's ACM Special

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– Five-time ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” Miranda Lambert will host Westwood One’s two-hour ACM Nomination special, featuring music and artists nominated for the 50th ACM Awards. The program will be available to stations either Saturday or Sunday, April 11 or April 12, from 6 am to Midnight. Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special with Miranda Lambert will also air as the final two hours of the NASH Nights Live Weekend Show airing on Saturday, April 11 from 10 pm to Midnight. Lambert has a total of 18 ACM Awards on her shelf, the most of any solo female in ACM history, and is nominated this year for eight more. Country Music’s Party of the Year® takes the stage on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will welcome more than 50,000 fans to AT&T Stadium, becoming the largest live awards show ever staged. Westwood One will present Red Carpet Radio coverage from Backstage at the ACM Awards, featuring A-list interviews, live performances, and special programming. Stations interested in Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special with Miranda Lambert can contact Donny Walker at dwalker@westwoodone.com or (615) 727-6987.

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PROGRAMMING: Alpha Resets Programming Team In Savannah

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media Savannah/Hilton Head announced that they have realigned the programming management team, promoting Rob Walker to Director of Operations and Programming, Gabe Reynolds to Director of Digital Content, TC Michaels to Morning Drive Host and Creative Director for WXYY and Jess Jennings to Assistant Program Director for WUBB and WGCO. Rob Walker has been Program Director of WXYY and WRWN since September 2014. His previous experience includes stops in St. Louis, Seattle, Boston and Little Rock. Gabe Reynolds just celebrated his sixth anniversary with the cluster and continues to program WFXH. Gabe hosts the award winning afternoon show, The Work Release Program with his partner Marshall. TC Michaels has been part of the Alpha Savannah/Hilton Head team for two years with duties including Program Director and Afternoon Host for WUBB, BOB 106.9 and WGCO 98.3 Hank FM.

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SYNDICATION: Slow Jams Beefs Up Staff

THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2015 – Quickly approaching the 100-station mark, Benztown’s internationally syndicated Sunday Night Slow Jams and weeknight Slow Jams show recently added five new members to its “Slow Jams Army.” Mark Wilson has signed on to Slow Jams as Vice President of Affiliate Relations-East. Mark is a former record executive and was also Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Westwood One. Joining him on the Slow Jams Affiliate Relations team is programming veteran and radio consultant John Christian, who was named Slow Jams’ Vice President of Affiliate Relations-West. On the production side, the show welcomes Ryan Cota as Executive Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams. Ryan brings over 20 years of imaging and production experience to Sunday Night Slow Jams, including over 15 years as Imaging Director of iHeart Radio Arizona and Lead Producer at Red Rock Creative Services. Joining Ryan in the production department is new hire Jessica Chavez, who will serve as Assistant Producer and Content Manager. Jessica was most recently Production Director under R Dub! at Z90 and Magic 92.5, the San Diego radio stations R Dub! programs. As Sunday Night Slow Jams expands its digital offerings to affiliates, the show enlists the services of Tracy Johnson and The Tracy Johnson Media Group who will be working to grow the show’s digital platform.

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7David Lee Roth To Perform With Van Halen On Kimmel; George Carlin Website Up Again

 

Jimmy Kimmel To Shut Down Hollywood Blvd. On Monday For David Lee Roth's Return Concert With Van Halen - [HOLLYWOOD PATCH]

Bradley Cooper In Talks For Directing Debut In Remake Of 'A Star Is Born' - [DEADLINE]

[LISTEN] George Carlin's Website Relaunched; Features Rare Recordings - [VARIETY]

Fox Sues To Keep Hit Series 'Empire' - [THR]

Ferrell Lands Star On HWOF - [MIRROR]

Now 'The View' Blasts Madonna Over WH Comments - [YAHOO]

Susan Sarandon Wants To See A Woman On $20 Bill - [E ONLINE]

UP Picks Up Gene Simmons Family Reality Show - [THE WRAP]

HIDE THE CHILDREN: Nick Offerman And Chelsea Handler Go Buff On Cover Of Esquire - [ESQUIRE]

REPORT: Zayn Malik Wants Out Of 'One Direction' - [DAILY STAR]

Celine Dion Discusses Husband's Battle With Cancer - [EXTRA TV]

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– Legendary Chicago host Jonathon “Johnny B” Brandmeier debuted his new talk radio show yesterday on 89 WLS-AM. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show, which airs live weekdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Central on WLS-AM, will be syndicated by Westwood One. Chicago radio listeners are extremely familiar with the popular Brandmeier, whose show generates a legion of devoted fans. Peter Bolger, Program Director/Operations Manager for 89 WLS-AM said: “Chicago loves its personalities. With a line up including “Big” John Howell, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Dahl, and now Jonathon Brandmeier, WLS-AM can rightfully claim the position as “Chicago’s Talk Leader.” Brandmeier said: “This is extremely exciting for all of us at The Jonathon Brandmeier Show. Chicago listeners are the best—intensely spirited, animated, and opinionated. And, personally, I finally get to say the radio call letters I’ve been practicing to say since I was a kid growing up in Wisconsin—W-L-S!” 1

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Radio 1 Head Says Madonna Isn't Banned; Just Needs Better Songs

Radio 1 Now Setting Up A ‘Youth Council’ To Tell It What Is Cool

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– Madonna has been on a tear lately saying she was “shocked” after learning that 'Living For Love' would not be played on the BBC's Radio 1. Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper sees it a different way. He tells The Telegraph: “I love Madonna. I’ve been to see her concerts several times, and I’ve bought several of her records. I’ve even got a signed front cover of The Face magazine that she was on, on my wall," said Cooper. “There’s nothing personal about Madonna. It’s just about the merit of the music an artist is creating at the time. We haven’t banned Madonna .. but 7with this current record – when it’s a choice between that and, say, Wolf Alice [a 20-something British band] or a new up-and-coming artist, you go, ‘Which is more relevant to a young audience?," he added. In an effort to better understand its audience, Radio 1 is setting up a ‘youth council’ to tell it what is cool. Madonna, now 56, has endeavored to stay relevant over the years “They will meet four times a year, they will review the previous quarter’s output, and they will also tell us about what’s happening in youth culture – whether that be about Nike or Nando’s,” Mr Cooper said. The group of a dozen 16-24-year-olds “will give us insights into how we should be distributing our content, what content we should be doing, and what issues are relevant to young people today."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Joseph Robinson Promoted To Pres. iHeart Media Ventures; Jamillah 'Jam' Muhammad Takes Operations/Programming Post For Beasley Charlotte Combo; Steve Sutton Named PD For KCMO-AM/Kansas City; Gerry McCracken Named OM For Cumulus Lake Charles

THE MOUTH 24TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia tannounced that Joseph Robinson has been promoted to President of iHeartMedia Ventures, working to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies. Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Robinson founded Halo Venture Partners, a venture investment company focused on digital media, advertising and media-related technology companies. Robinson's investments include Scout Media, a sports social network sold to Fox in 2005, UGO Networks, a male targeted advertising network, which was sold to Hearst in 2007 and InterWorld, Inc., a publicly traded e-commerce solutions provider.

Beasley Media Group Charlotte has appointed broadcast veteran Jamillah “Jam” Muhammad (R) as Operations/Program Director of legendary Hip Hop station WPEG/Power 98 and Urban AC WBAV/V101.9. Jamillah started out her Radio career in Chicago as a morning show producer, then moved her way up the ranks quickly and became Music Director and Assistant Program Director of WVAZ-FM/V103. Spending over 10 years in the Windy City she left to program Urban Adult Contemporary WKKV-FM (V-100) in Milwaukee as well as WMXD (Mix 92.3) in Detroit. She continued on with her success serving as Program Director for Premiere Radio Networks “The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat” syndicated show. Finally Jam found her way to Washington, D.C., where she handled Urban Adult Contemporary WMMJ-FM/MAJIC 102.3 and Gospel WPRS-FM (Praise 104.1).

Cumulus announces that Steve Sutton (L) has been appointed Program Director for KCMO-AM in Kansas City, MO. Sutton was the Co-Creator and Vice President of Programming & Operations for Air America Radio. Most recently, Sutton was founder and managing partner of The Sinton Group, an Atlanta-based media and political consulting firm. Prior to that, he was Director of Communications for the Bob Barr for President Campaign, and ran for U.S. Congress for the 6th District of Georgia. Sutton said: “A life of amazing experiences continues in Kansas City at KCMO. We all do this because it’s fun and fulfilling. And now, thanks to Lew, John, Mike, and Mark Sullivan I get to do it again. Donna Baker and I arrive within a week of each other. We both can’t wait to start drawing on the easel.”

Cumulus announces that Gerry McCracken has been named Operations Manager for Cumulus/Lake Charles. McCracken will also serve as Program Director for Country KYKZ and NASH Icon KQLK in Lake Charles. He replaces Operations Manager/Program Director Eric Nielson, who retired at the end of 2014. McCracken comes to Cumulus after nearly 20 years as a Program Director and Format Captain for Cox Radio, programming WSOC/Charlotte, KWEN/Tulsa, and WHKO/Dayton, among others. Past stops also include WCOS/Columbia SC and KBBG/San Francisco.

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The Savage Nation Celebrates 21 Year Mark

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– Michael Savage will celebrate 21 years in radio today, March 24, as one of America’s most influential talk radio hosts with a special program that will reflect on his more than two decades on the air. Savage will celebrate the milestone live during Tuesday’s airing of The Savage Nation® by encouraging listeners to call in and share their favorite memories from past shows. The Savage Nation®, airing daily from 3p-6p EST, has become one of the country’s most-listened-to talk radio programs and a top streaming show online. Originally developed in 1994, The Savage Nation® has risen in popularity over the past two decades, evolving from strictly politics to commentary on news and other hot topics. The Savage Nation® is distributed by Westwood One to more than 200 stations across the nation, including 60 stations owned and operated by Cumulus Media. In addition to hosting The Savage Nation® for 21 years, Savage has authored more than 20 books, including six New York Times bestsellers.

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WBHJ, 95.7 Jamz's “NuYork” Named Abby Awards 2015 Radio Personality of the Year

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– WBHJ 95.7 Jamz and the Alabama Broadcasters Association announced that Jamz Midday Host NuYork was awarded the 2015 Radio Personality of the Year on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the annual Abby Awards Ceremony.The judging was done by a panel of broadcast experts from outside the state of Alabama. NuYork moved with her family to Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of 15. She learned how to use and hone her voice as a member of her middle school, high school choir and church choirs. Her drive led her to win a student internship at WEUP-FM, a 100,000-watt urban heritage station in Huntsville, AL. She was later offered her first on-air shift at AC WHRP-FM. Shortly after graduating college, she landed a position as a morning show co-host for Cox Radio’s “BuckWilde Morning show” at 95.7 JAMZ in Birmingham. She stayed with the station through multiple staff changes, continuing as co-host for two later editions of the morning show, to include working alongside Birmingham’s own, comedian Roy Wood Jr. When Summit Media purchased 95.7 and eight other Cox stations in 2013, she was retained as host of a new program, “Midday Access with NuYork,” as well as during midday shifts at CHR WHZT-FM, Hot 98.1, in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Jerry Lewis To Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that Jerry Lewis will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA) during the 2015 NAB Show. Previous award recipients include Jorge Ramos, Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others. Lewis is one of the most successful entertainers in history, having appeared in more than 50 films, 13 television specials, three television series, an NBC radio show and the Broadway hit "Damn Yankees." Off camera, Lewis is a dedicated philanthropist. As national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), he raised over $2 billion for patient care and research and helped coin the popular phrase "Jerry's Kids." Also, Lewis founded the MDA Labor Day Telethon, which is the highest-grossing charitable fundraising program in the history of television.

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Blue Sun Media Launches One Spot Sites Digital Service

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– Blue Sun Media announced that it has launched a new service for radio stations: One Spot Sites. Russ Gilbert, Founder and Managing Director of Blue Sun Media, said: “Up until now maintaining a station’s digital presence has been an exercise in frustration. In many cases, every system has its own login and control panel that doesn’t talk to the others. Editing the Website, Contesting, Text Messaging, Email Club and other functions are typically all on their own islands, and that’s before we even start talking about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. It’s very different with One Spot Sites. Everything is built into Wordpress. All the tools most stations need are there in one system. The best part is that our websites are available for the cost of just one spot per day!” Blue Sun Founder Russ Gilbert grew up in the radio business was one of the radio industry’s first digital employees in 1998. He built and oversaw the architecture for Clear Channel’s online presence at the radio company’s peak ownership period (1212 radio stations plus the venues and email marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment, now Live Nation). In the second half of the last decade, Russ was Vice President of Digital Innovation for Tribune Interactive before founding Blue Sun Media.

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FM99 Norfolk's Rick Rumble Raised Over $600,000 For Homeless Kids

Most of the people in the room were wearing the same hat, which made the place look like an AARP rave - Rick Rumble

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– This past Saturday night, FM99 Norfolk's Rick Rumble hosted the ForKids, Inc. Art Auction (Art done by homeless kids, as well as vacations, cars., and one-of-a-kind experiences) which raised over $600,000 to help homeless children and families here in Hampton Roads. Rumble tells Jockline: "We hit a new record for the evening, one that I have hosted for the last 7 years. Dr. Seuss themed, it turned out that most of the people in the room were wearing the same hat, which made the place look like an AARP rave…

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HOT 103.7/Seattle On The Hunt For New Morning Host/Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2015 –– Seattle’s rhythmic throwback station, Hot 103.7 is searching for a new morning host or show. The host will drive a music intensive show, will communicate and vibe with its passionate fans about what really matters to them—from pop culture to community. Entercom Program Manager Mike Preston says candidates should have a strong knowledge of rhythmic music genres is essential; strong blogging skills, creative video ideas and must be a social media master with a strong command of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be able to integrate them into your live show along with phones & texting and be ready to adapt as new platforms come into play as well. 5 years of on air experience required and you must submit a strong aircheck along with your resume/qualifications and any other info you think shows us that YOU are the one. (Applications without an audio aircheck included will not be considered). Email mpreston@entercom.com or snail mail Mike Preston, Entercom Seattle 1100 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101. Entercom is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No Phone Calls Mike Preston|Program Director 100.7 The Wolf|KKWF-FM HOT 103-7|KHTP-FM Entercom Radio|Seattle mpreston@entercom.com direct: 206-577-8654

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7Regis Philbin Locks Lips With Hoda Kotb; Taylor Swift Calls Out Mag' Over Misquotes

Did Mila Kunis Cop To Ashton Kutcher Marriage On Late Late Show? - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] Regis Philbin Locks Lips With Hoda Kotb In Twizzler Challenge - [E ONLINE]

Is Jennifer Lawrence Done With 'X-Men' - [MTV]

'Nashville's Connie Britton To Play Faye Resnick In 'American Crime Story's People VS OJ - [THE WRAP]

Taylor Swift Calls Out 'Princeton Review' For Misquoted Lyrics - [STYLECASTER]

Vin Diesel Names New Daughter, Pauline, In Honor Of Paul Walker - [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

Julie Andrews To Launch New Memoir - [E ONLINE]

[WATCH] Pope Francis Gets Pizza Delivery While Riding In Popemobile - [SALON]

ITV Welcomes Seth McFarlane To The Family - [ITV]

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Mancow Returns To The Airwaves Next Week On The Loop

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– Mancow announced on the air Friday that he would return to Chicago airwaves with the new show, The Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop. Mancow’s show will debut on Monday, March 30. Muller will reunite popular original cast members, Al Roker, Jr (r)., Luv Cheeze (bottom center) and Cathy Vlahogiannis (L), providing the female prospective with Carrie Ann DeYoung. The show will also feature new talent, including Abe Kanan (top left), famous for his show on SiriusXM. John Dickey, Executive Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Mancow is everything that's right about radio. The Loop couldn't have a better lead off hitter. Da Loop is back with a vengeance.” Mancow said: “This is my final act because I don't believe I'll ever top this! Chicago is a tough city for commuters and our ONLY goal with this show is to provide an escape and make our listeners laugh. There will be radio theatre. We will be three-dimensional and break out of the speaker. He continued: “Cumulus and John Dickey brought me back into radio. He is a leader I can follow into this great radio battle to victory. This guy is committed to talent and committed to winning. It doesn't matter how much you love radio (and I do); if you don't have the right people around you, you are doomed."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Elroy Smith Takes Operations Post At Summit Media; Cox Media Appoints Bob DeBlois DOS/Jacksonville

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– Longtime Chicago programmer, Elroy Smith (L), has scraped plans to purchase The Calvary Radio Network and is headed south to serve as operations manager fro Summit Media. According to Chicago media blogger, Robert Feder, he wrote via email, “I wanted you to know that Calvary Radio Network and I have mutually agreed to terminate the pending sale of translator W264BF Chicago. Instead, Smith said he has accepted a new position as operations manager of four stations owned by Summit Media Corp. in Greenville, South Carolina. He starts there April 1. “This is a great day for me,” Smith said in a statement. “The decision to join Summit Media is exciting and marks a new chapter in my radio career. I look forward in overseeing all four brands including market leader 107.3 JAMZ and Top 40/rhythmic giant HOT 98.1. Smith previously handled programming and operations positions at WGCI FM 107.5 and WVAZ FM 102.7 in Chicago.

Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville Radio has named Bob DeBlois (R)as its new Director of Sales. Previously, DeBlois served as CMG Jacksonville’s General Sales Manager for News 104.5 WOKV AM/FM. Before joining CMG Jacksonville in 2009, he was GM and Station Manager for WPEN AM (ESPN 950) for Greater Media in Philadelphia. "I'm energized by our company’s vision, and we are eager to give North Florida business owners and decision makers one-of-a-kind solutions to their growth needs," said DeBlois. “We have the best multi-media sales team in Jacksonville, and I am very excited about our future.”

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MOTION: Dana Lundon Heads To Classic Hits U92/Jackson For Afternoons Mornings!

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– How's this for a promotion? Last week Jockline announced that Dana Lundon was headed to afternoons at Forever Communications Classic Hits, U92/Jackson, TN. Well, before she even arrived in Jackson on Classic Hit U92, she posted on her Facebook page she was bumped to mornings to join her Program Director, Buzz Blackburn, on The Morning Buzz!! She tells Jockline last week, "I'm so excited to be working for this company. They are committed to local radio. I want to thank Roger Vestal, Buzz Blackburn, Kirk Patrick and company President, Christine Hillard for the amazing opportunity." Lundon most recently worked with Blaine & Allyson In The Morning on WDVD/Detroit. Other past stops have included Chicago, Hartford and Milwaukee.

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Top British Host Defends Decision To Keep Madonna Off Playlist

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– One of BBC Radio 1's most popular host, Scott Mills, has backed the station's decision to not play Madonna's new single 'Living For Love.' According to nme.com, Radio 1 have consistently denied refusing to playlist artists on the grounds of age, but Madonna has said the decision not to give airtime to the song is "discriminatory." Mills, has stepped in to defend the move and explained that Madonna does not appeal to the younger listeners that the station is trying to attract. Speaking to The Mirror, Mills said: "'I don't actually mind the new single. But do I think Radio 1 should play it? Probably not." Explaining his reasoning, Mills said that the age of Madonna fans - as opposed to the singer herself - were behind the decision: "They're trying to get the average age of the listener down and, to be honest, most Madonna fans are in their 30s and 40s. When you’ve got more relevant up-and-coming artists and bands and there’s a space on the playlist, then it’s in the BBC Radio 1 remit that it should go to a British artist anyway." Mills response comes after Radio 1 issued its own reply to Madonna's ageism claims. The station recently said that they "do not ever ban artists" and that "Tracks are chosen on musical merit and relevance to our young audience. An artist’s age is never a factor." Madonna will play London on December 1st.

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Bob & Tom Headed To Brad Garrett's Las Vegas Comedy Club

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– The Bob & Tom Show is heading to Las Vegas and they’re taking listeners with them! The show is making a special appearance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Twenty lucky contest winners and their guest will experience this live comedy event and get to hang with Brad, Bob & Tom in Vegas. The prize packages include a VIP Meet & Greet at the show plus two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The Las Vegas show will be hosted by The Bob & Tom Show cast—Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, and Kristi Lee—and will feature special guest, actor/comedian Brad Garrett. “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners across the country, and it can only be done in Vegas," Say Tom Griwold.

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Shotgun Tom Kelly Honored With Career Achievement Award

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– Once again, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will honor a pioneer radio broadcaster at its next celebrity luncheon. “Shotgun Tom” Kelly has been entertaining Southern California radio audiences for almost 50 years, and is now in his 18th year in the afternoon slot on LA’s K-EARTH 101. PPB President Chuck Southcott will present “Shotgun Tom” with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award on March 27 after a dais of Tom’s friends and colleagues relate some “off-the-air” stories about the honoree. ”Shotgun Tom” rose to fame in his native San Diego working at radio stations KGB, KOGO, B-100 and most notably, KCBQ, where he gained national acclaim. When KRTH sought a successor to the “Real” Don Steele after his death in August of 1997, “Shotgun Tom” was the obvious choice. He opened his mike on KRTH for the first time in September of that year and quickly became an LA favorite playing those oldies but goodies. Though radio is his primary profession today, while in San Diego he received two Emmy Awards for hosting a syndicated TV word game show for children, “Words-a-Poppin”; a TV dance show, “Disco 10”; and for 12 years, he was the host of “Kid’s Club” there. Scheduled on the dais are • Jhani Kaye • Harold Greene • Tim Conway, Jr. • Steve Tom • Neil Ross • Gary Bryan

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Jacapps V4 Platform Certified By Nielsen For Digital Audio Measurement

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– j?capps announced that its V4 platform for iPhone and Android mobile applications has been certified by Nielsen, making it one of the first mobile developers to embed the Nielsen digital audio measurement system. This advancement will enable broadcasters to generate measurement data congruent with Nielsen's on-air ratings, thus increasing the value of mobile streaming. "This is a great leap forward for the radio industry," j?capps President, Paul Jacobs said. "Until today, program directors have been reluctant to heavily promote their mobile app for fear of losing listening credit. Now mobile streaming data will be additive for broadcasters and will help them showcase expanded reach, and help advertisers better connect with consumers. We are proud to have worked closely with Nielsen on this process and look forward to having our clients benefit from this advancement." "With its certification, j?capps will now be able to help its radio broadcasting clients more effectively quantify the size and nature of their listening audience across broadcast and digital platforms," said Matt O'Grady, EVP, Managing Director, Nielsen. "That's a great benefit for their clients who will now have a fully integrated picture of the audio marketplace."

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CONDOLENCES: Veteran Programmer Ed Shane Passes Away

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2015 –– Longtime programmer and consultant Ed Shane has passed away following his recent battle with colon cancer. Shane was CEO of Shane Media Services and publisher of Best In Texas music magazine. Shane's career, with stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago, eventually headed to Houston where he programmed various outlets before forming Shane Media in 1977. On his Facebook page, numerous friends and associates offered their memories and condolences. Among the many included Dan Halyburton who wrote: "Ed Shane was a great radio man and a great friend. We lost Ed and it has left a big hole in the hearts of Pam, his associates and all of us who loved Ed..." Programmer John Roberts added: " Ed was a pro's pro for sure, but more importantly, he was simply a great guy. Plenty of people in radio, including me, owe significant career steps to Ed & Pam's generous advice & help..." Offer you condolences and sympathy to Pam at pamshane@shanemedia.com.

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7Ozzy Now In Comic Books; Suge Knight Collapses In Court; Kanye Stiffs Kimmel

 

Tracy Morgan Crash Lands $10 Million Wal-Mart Settlement - [THE WRAP]

GMA Co-Host And Husband Splitting Up - [FOX NEWS]

Ozzy Osbourne Has A Comic Book - [BIRMINGHAM MAIL]

Suge Knight Collapses In Court - [FOX]

'Insurgent' Tops Weekend BO - [VARIETY]

Snoop Dog Developing HBO Series - [CBS]

Kanye West Stiffs Kimmel SXSW Appearance - [PAGE SIX]

Twisted Sister Drummer, AJ Pero, Passes Away At 55 - [BLABBER MOUTH]

Julianne Hough Says She Learned A Big Lesson From Blackface Scandal In 'Allure' - [E ONLINE]

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[WATCH] FEMA Head Makes Case For FM Chips In Cellphones

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– At a Congressional hearing this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler seemed to suggest that broadcasters are seeking a government mandate. The NAB's Dennis Wharton responded saying that broadcasters are NOT seeking a government mandate; we merely seek the FCC's help in using its influence in enabling a technology that can save lives in emergency situations. He added feedback from Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Association, who strongly backs the idea of activated FM chips in cellphones. Fugate notes that cellphones often become "a brick" in a lifeline situation because of capacity constraints and the inferior one-to-one transmission architecture of cellphone networks. Referencing the Washington, DC earthquake and Hurricane Sandy a few years ago, Fugate note that "When cellphone systems went down or data was overloaded, you just couldn't get information." By contrast, Fugate noted that local radio's "one-to-everyone" transmission architecture remains reliable in emergency situations. Having activated radio chips in a cellphones can be a critical lifeline source. "It would be another way to ensure that when all else fails, you get information from the broadcasters. … The most important information is going to come from your local broadcasters" Fugate noted. Watch his full comments HERE

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iHeartMedia Names Jay Cruze Senior Vice President of Programming Augusta

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 – iHeartMedia Augusta announced that Jay Cruze has been named Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. "It’s great to have Jay back in the iHeartMedia family again," said Gator Harrison, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "After seeing his dedication and ratings success with WSCG in less than a year, we couldn’t be more confident that he’ll continue to grow and lead the great team we have in Augusta." "I started my career with iHeartMedia at this cluster in 2001 and I am humbled to have opportunity to work with the same people that I have the upmost respect for," said Cruze. "We have such a tight knit team here in Augusta and I am blessed to be part of this incredibly talented staff." 1

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: SBG's Shazam Names Michael Fischer To Advisor Post; Michael Oreskes Appointed News Chief For NPR

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today that Media 11 founder, Michael Fischer (L), has joined the company as Strategic Development Advisor. Fischer comes to Sun after serving as SVP of Music and Content at Clip Interactive for the last two years. Prior to his role at Clip Interactive, Fischer served as SVP of Engagement at Triton Digital. He has also held prominent programming positions in major radio markets including Chicago, Dallas, New York City and Denver. For more information on Shazam for Radio, contact Michael Fischer at MFischer@sunbgi.com or Ron Rivlin at RRivlin@sunbgi.com. About Sun Broadcast Group:

NPR has named Michael Oreskes (R), a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor, to run its news division. Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report. Former Senior Vice President for News Margaret Low Smith departed last summer, just weeks into the tenure of Jarl Mohn, the newly appointed CEO. Mohn said he selected Oreskes after a lengthy process and that he intended the appointment to reflect the central role that news coverage should play in defining NPR's identity. NPR has emerged in the black financially this year after six years of failing to do so. Since last summer, former All Things Considered Executive Producer Christopher Turpin has served as NPR's chief news executive. NPR said Turpin has accepted a role as Oreskes' deputy in a new position, vice president for news.

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MOTION: KJ & Paul Cross Hall To 107.9 The Mix Indianapolis

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– 99.5 WZPL's morning ace Dave Smiley has always been known as a charitable guy, so when it came time for 107.9 WNTR to reset it's morning show, why not share a couple of his longtime members? That would be KJ and Paul who've been part of Smiley's morning show for the last 12 years. Along with the move the rest of the Mix's lineup will be 10a-2p Sheryl Stewart 2p-6p Greg Tanner 6p-10p The Night Mix with Slacker & Steve (tracked from Denver) 10p-2a Jenn Wilson 2a-6a Libby PD Chase Daniels tells Jockline: "We wanted some of that Smiley success and put KJ And Paul on 1079 The MIX. Sheryl has been with MIX since the launch over 2 years ago. I worked with Greg in Jacksonville and will be a great addiction. Slacker and Steve from KALC remain in place as well as Production Director Jenn Wilson and overnight extraordinaire Libby." Look for some exciting news coming to Smiley's show shortly.

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Larry King Honored At Newseum

Larry King, longtime former Westwood One talk show host and current host of AARP segments on Cumulus stations, was honored Wednesday night at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Newseum is setting up a special Larry King exhibit which will include his radio mic, part of his CNN TV set, his suspenders, and other items. Celebrating with Larry at the Newseum (L-R) are Bart Tessler, Westwood One's EVP/News and Talk, and Pat Piper, current Assignment Manager for Westwood One News. Pat was the Producer and Bart the executive in charge on Westwood One's groundbreaking The Larry King Show.

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Brian Webber Joined By Star-Studded Co-Hosts During Fill-In On 'Under Center'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– When two quarterbacks take a week off, it takes guys with six Super Bowl Rings between them, an NFL Hall of Famer, and a Pro Bowl running back to fill the shift! NBC Sports Radio's Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone, hosts of Under Center with McNabb & Malone, are taking a well-deserved week off as of Monday, 3/23. NBC Sports Radio weekend host and Emmy-winner Brian Webber will be filling in, with a star-studded list of co-hosts. Joining Brian next week on NBC Sports Radio, Monday, 3/23: Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. Tuesday 3/24: Two-time NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook á Wednesday, 3/25: Three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown , Thursday, 3/26: Two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, Friday, 3/27: Two-time Super Bowl Champion Rodney Harrison.

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FORMATICS: The Big Lick Comes To Licking County NJ

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– WCLT Radio Inc. announced the newest addition to its radio station portfolio, 104.7 “The Big Lick” - Licking County’s Rock Station. According to newarkadvocate, Its music will focus mostly on post-70’s rock and includes 80’s rock. “We conducted an extensive third party research study to make sure we launched the correct format in Licking County” noted President and General Manager Doug Pricer. “The path was very clear. Besides the country position that we already own, the number two radio position in Licking County was rock.” WCLT Radio, Inc. also owns and operates WCLT-FM (T-100) and Licking County’s Sports Station - WCLT-AM - “SportsRadio 1430 - The Ticket.”

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Mel Greig Returns To Radio For First Time In Over Two Years Since Royal Prank

"I feel quite sick to be perfectly honest … this is quite overwhelming"

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2015 –– Hard to believe it's been over two years since the infamous royal prank. Surprisingly, Mel Greig (L), one half of the 2Day FM show responsible for the prank, hasn't stepped foot in a radio studio until this week when she returned to a studio mic at BBC Radio 2. According to news.com.au, she said of her return, “I feel quite sick to be perfectly honest … this is quite overwhelming,” Ms Greig told BBC2 Radio listeners in the UK. During the interview Greig was forced to listen back to part of the original broadcast and then took calls from listeners most of which were sympathetic although one said it was “disgraceful” the BBC should give her airtime to defend herself. She said she did try to alter the hoax call and dub over the nurses voices and it was never her idea to do the prank in the first place but she felt disgust with herself when she heard the nurse had taken her life. Asked whether 2 Day FM, owned by Southern Cross Austereo, protected her or “hung you out to dry” after the incident to she paused then retorted “well I mean what do you think? ... They were really concerned for my safety and my well being which was good, providing a psychologist straight away straight away, I mean we were in lock down for three months and I had constant security guards, bodyguards, we had bullets sent to police stations with our names on it we had so many active death threats,” she said before she recounted verbatim some of the death threat messages she had received from people in Britain.

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7Kate Upton Says Social Media Is Now 'Kinda Bull*hit; Matt Lauer Gets Back At Ellen

 

[WATCH] Matt Lauer Pulls Off Ballsy Prank On Ellen - [TODAY]

Jerry Springer Producer Arrested On Suspicion Of Murdering Her Sister - [TV GUIDE]

[WATCH] 'Pretty Woman' Cast To Reunite On 'Today' For 25th Reunion - [TODAY]

[WATCH] Adam Levine Accidentally Hits Fan With Microphone - [FOX]

Mr. T Returning To TV With New Reality Show - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] 'Back To The Future' DeLorean Gets Full Makeover - [CINEMABLEND]

US Weekly Retracts Kendall Jenner Story - [ZAP2IT]

KATE UPTON: Social Media Is Now 'Kinda Bull*hit' - [E ONLINE]

Penn & Teller Headed To Broadway - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] Will Ferrell Shows Up As Little Debbie On 'Tonight Show' - [EW]

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Billings Hosts Sue Former Employer Claiming Blacklisting

Former THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Michael Foth and Kaitlyn Stryjewski (R) are suing Connoisseur Media for allegedly blacklisting them from working at a rival station owned by Townsquare Media. According to The Independent Record, Foth and Stryjewski, known as The “Michael and Kaitlyn Show” while on The Planet 106.7 FM until Jan. 21, claim in their civil lawsuit filed March 11th in Federal District Court, that they resigned from Connoisseur to host a morning show on Townsquare station 97.1 FM “Pop Crush.” But after leaving Connoisseur, Foth and Stryjewski said they were informed by Townsquare that the deal was off. They allege that Connoisseur’s chief executive officer had contacted Townsquare to discuss “the negatives of hiring each other’s company’s employees." They are seeking $1 million in damages, according to the cover sheet filed with the lawsuit. An unidentified representative of Connoisseur Media said he was not aware a lawsuit had been filed.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Names Tom Schurr SVP/Operations; Maire Mason Rises To VP/GM For NASH-FM 94.7 New York City

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announced that radio operations and management veteran Tom Schurr will join Cumulus’ senior station operations team as Senior Vice President, Operations. In his new position with Cumulus, Schurr will oversee Cumulus station operations in multiple U.S. markets, including Dallas and Houston, with additional market responsibilities to be announced at a later date. He will report to Lew Dickey, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cumulus. Schurr was previously President of Operations for Clear Channel/iHeart Media. Prior to that, he held Vice President/Market Manager posts in Houston and Louisville, KY, for Jacor Communications, and was Vice President/Market Manager for Citicasters in Sacramento. Lew Dickey said: “Tom is an extremely talented broadcast executive with unparalleled operating experience across all market sizes. We look forward to his important contribution to our success.”

Maire Mason (R) has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager for NASH FM 94.7 in New York City where she was most recently General Sales Manager. She previously held Director of Sales positions in New York City for Merlin Media and for Univision Radio. Mason also served as Vice President/General Manager for CBS Radio New York City for over 29 years. Mason said: “It has been a privilege to contribute to the success and growth of NASH-FM. Watching listeners rediscover Country music and advertisers embrace the format has been exhilarating. I’m excited about this new role. It’s an honor to have been asked by Lew Dickey to take the vision of NASH-FM to the next level.”

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Mike Vincent To Program/Host Afternoons On NASH FM Wilkes-Barre

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that Mike Vincent has been named Program Director and Afternoon Host of NASH FM 93.7 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Vincent’s show will debut on April 1 and will air weekdays from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Vincent has held radio posts at 95.7 KBWF “The Wolf” in San Francisco; WYNY Y-107 in New York; 93.3 WFLS in Fredericksburg, VA; and 107.3 WRWD Poughkeepsie, NY, among others. Vincent said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be back home on the East Coast, working with the amazing talent that comprises Cumulus Wilkes-Barre. I am also very excited to be coming into a community chock full of hard working, family loving people. I can’t wait to ignite the airwaves during the drive home, and to super-serve the community with the country music they'll love..."

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RADIO MARCH MADNESS: Westwood One To Begin Coverage Of NCAA Playoffs Today; CBS Sports Radio To Air Nearly 20 Hours Of Championship Coverage

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– Every basket, every bounce, and every buzzer-beater of the NCAA® Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament can be heard live on Westwood One and is available to college hoops fans anywhere and everywhere—and today is the first full day of tournament play. Westwood One will have coverage from 16 games, starting at 12 noon ET today and going straight through the night! Fans can hear the games on more than 500+ radio stations, SiriusXM, NCAA March Madness Live™, plus online streaming at WestwoodOneSports.com, NCAA.com. The 2015 NCAA® Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament -- 14 Venues, 67 Games, 170 Hours of Game Action.

Beginning Thursday, April 2nd, in anticipation of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, CBS Sports Radio announced that it will broadcast a variety of programming live from Indianapolis, Ind., on the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market sports radio network. Leading off the weekend will be The Doug Gottlieb Show (3:00-6:00PM, EDT), featuring CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb from Westwood One/NCAA Radio Row at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, April 2nd. On Friday, April 3rd and Monday, April 6th, Tiki and Tierney (9:00AM-12:00Noon, EDT) will broadcast live from the Final Four Fan Fest, also at the Indiana Convention Center. The live programming continues on Saturday, April 4th. Listen to CBS Sports Radio on-air nationwide, online or by downloading the Radio.com and CBS Sports apps for mobile devices.

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Foo Fighters Take The Stage At iHeart Radio's LA Theatre

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– The Foo Fighters lit up the iHeartRadio Theater stage in Los Angeles this week with a St. Patrick's Day performance that also included a candid Q&A by host Chelsea Handler. Handler asked the band what their favorite city to tour in was and David Grohl said Boston, because Boston people are bananas, and said, "I mean Los Angeles is cool, look we have leprechauns and dads right here in the crowd!" The band revealed they may be doing a residency in Las Vegas sometime soon o Chelsea responded, " Maybe you can open and close for Britney Spears." The exclusive hour-long live event celebrated the success of the band's 8th studio album, Sonic Highways and the April 7 DVD/Blu-Ray and iTunes release of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, the critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO docuseries directed by Foo Fighters' own Dave Grohl. PHOTO/courtesy iHeart - Getty Images

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Boston College's Shake It Off Video To Play On Awards Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– After some 200,000 YouTube views last Fall, Boston College’s rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” will be featured on NBC’s iHeartRadio Music Awards later this month. According to bostinno.streetwise.co, The Taylor Swift tribute was originally produced for "Espresso Your Faith Week,” an event celebrating faith on the Boston College campus during October. In addition to impressing the over 200K viewers, the video also caught the eye of Taylor Swift, herself. She tweeted "You can catch the video on NBC’s iHeartRadio Music Awards airing on March 29." Bostinno suggested "If you're in need of a little afternoon pick-me-up this week, we suggest checking it out for yourself. Just try not to sing or hum along in the presence of your coworkers. We dare you." - WATCH VIDEO HERE

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NETWORKS: Paul Shaffer Schools Traverse City On Rock History

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® welcomes WQON-FM/Traverse City, MI as the newest affiliate of Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. With Q100.3 now airing the daily, one-minute rock history vignette, it joins over 200 other affiliates on the Envision Rock Network. Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock is available on a barter basis and illustrates the history of rock according to Paul Shaffer. The 60-second daily program draws on Shaffer’s vast musical knowledge and ability to comment on the history of rock with his unique perspective and sense of humor. Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years. Shaffer spent five years with the original "Saturday Night Live," during which he played keyboards, composed special musical material, served as musical director for The Blues Brothers, and was a featured performer (which included his unforgettable Don Kirshner impression). Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com for more information.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Is Radio Dead?

“I lost one of my best presenters (Zane Lowe) to Apple”. He predicts Apple will launch its new streaming service in June and says “We really need to be worried” - Ben Cooper

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2015 –– Is radio dead? That’s the question BBC Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper asked at Radiodays Europe in Milan, Italy this week. He delivered a strong presentation questioning the future of radio. Ben says as an industry we have lost control of our own distribution – with mobile phones and tablets taking over. “Hybrid Radio is vital for the future of the industry” he adds. “Radio already lost the first battle against the mobile phone!” Talking about Zane Lowe leaving Radio 1, Ben says “I lost one of my best presenters to Apple”. He predicts Apple will launch its new streaming service in June and says “We really need to be worried”. Compared to 10 years ago radio has lost 60% of 10-14 year old listening – 1 in 3 children have tablets, 1 in 7 have radios.

Aussie Heads to United Arab Emirates Mariam Maz Hakim now calls Studio City in Dubai home and is part of the Arabian Radio Network, one of the largest in the UAE. Maz has joined Virgin Radio Dubai’s new night show #Trending 20 with Myles and Maz. A first for Dubai, the social media driven show has Virgin allowing their target control the show in real time. They’ll also tap into features like Trending Gossip, Trending Chat and What’s Trending On the Tube. Maz joins fellow Australian Kris Fade, who has the number #1 Breakfast Show in the UAE also on Virgin Radio Dubai. Virgin is one of 9 brands that are part of ARN.

Magic FM Presenter arrested again Neil Fox has been arrested over an allegation he (s)exually assaulted a woman in the early 1990s. The arrest came as the Magic presenter, also known as Dr Fox, voluntarily attended a central London police station to answer bail. It is the third time Fox has been arrested by Metropolitan Police officers investigating claims of (s)exual assault. In December, the 53-year-old radio broadcaster was questioned over four separate (s)ex assault allegations. Two of the allegations are said to have happened in the 1990s. The third is said to have occurred in 2007. Fox was first held on September 30 last year. He has been further bailed to return on a date in late March, pending further inquiries.

Reach Graham Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7REPORT: Gaye's Family Now Targets T.I.; Aguilera Goes Brunette For 'Nashville'

 

REPORT: Trump Dropping 'Apprentice' Set To Form Exploratory Committee - [UNION LEADER]

WHOA: 'Empire' Tops Madonna; Becomes First #1 Soundtrack Since 'Glee' - [THE WRAP]

REPORT: Gaye's Family Now Targets T.I. - [TMZ]

HOLY CRAP: Prankster Papers Howie Mandel's Mansion With 4,000 Roles Of TP - [DAILY MAIL]

IT'S OFFICIAL: Robin Thicke And Paula Patton's Divorce Granted - [PEOPLE]

Lady Gaga Goes Glam For The Hollywood Reporter's Style Issue - [HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

Christina Aguilera Goes Brunette For 'Nashville' TV Appearance - [POP CRUSH]

[WATCH] Fresh Prince Pranks C-SPAN With Theme Lyrics - [HUFFPO]

[WATCH] Check Out Adam Sandler Video Game Film "Pixels" First Trailer - [GAMESPOT]

Amy Winehouse Documentary Set For July Release In UK - [DEADLINE]

'Fashion Police' Takes Hiatus Until September - [PAGE SIX]

PHOTO/Karl Lagerfeld sCover

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Big Boy Seals $10.5 Million Deal With iHeart Media Amid Legal Tussle

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Amid an ongoing lawsuit, Big Boy, host of “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” has just officially inked with iHeart' Real 92.3 Los Angeles (KRRL) for a reported 3-year, $10.5 million deal it was announced Tuesday. According to legal documents obtained by The Wrap, his three-year contract provides an annual salary of $3.5 million, plus an additional $200,000 video production budget, four weeks of vacation and the use of a private jet for domestic travel (including Hawaii) iHeartMedia, has also committed to spending a minimum of $1 million a year to promote Big Boy’s show and will make him a featured presenter at national tent-pole events. After joining Real 92.3 on Mar. 9th, the deal wasn't officially closed until a Los Angeles Superior Court lifted a temporary restraining order filed by his previous employer Emmis that would have prevented him from commencing with the new show. Following the ruling, Emmis issued a statement saying, “While Emmis is disappointed with the Court’s ruling and will evaluate our legal options, we are pleased with the Court’s indication that damages are an available remedy at trial. Emmis remains resolute in continuing to protect our legal rights and committed to the continued success of Power 106.”

Emmis Radio LLC, filed a lawsuit against Big Boy, whose real name is Kurt Alexander, alleging he breached his contract, which ended on Feb. 28, 2015. According to legal documents, Alexander, informed Emmis in January 2015 that he had received a more lucrative offer from iHeartMedia. His contract allowed for a 60-day window at the end of his deal to entertain other offers, as long as Emmis was allowed to match the offer. Emmis said it countered Big Boy’s proposed new agreement with a substantially similar deal, but “Alexander announced that he would not honor the terms of the agreement;” thus, claiming a “brazen breach” of his contract, the lawsuit stated. Since Big Boy' departure from Power 106, J Cruz has shifted from nights into mornings.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Pierre Bouvard Named Chief Marketing Officer For Cumulus

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015s –– Cumulus announces Pierre Bouvard has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer. Bouvard has over 25 years of experience in media research, purchaser targeting and advertiser ROI measurement as well as senior leadership roles in sales, marketing and operations, and was previously Senior Vice President of Sales for TiVo Research & Analytics, Inc. Bouvard past stints also include President of Sales for Arbitron Inc. and Executive Vice President at Coleman Insights. Cumulus' Lew Dickey commented: “Pierre is one of the radio industry’s most effective advocates. He understands the power of our great medium and is uniquely positioned to leverage audience insights to help advertisers take full advantage of our platform to deliver national scale with local activation." Bouvard added: “Cumulus is America’s fastest growing major radio group. Over the last ten years, their national revenues have grown tenfold from $50 Million to $500 Million. They have transformed themselves into a major market, cross-media national platform through the merger of Westwood One and Cumulus Radio Networks, the launch of the NASH country music lifestyle brand, and the Rdio online radio partnership. Radio is the soundtrack for the American worker and “king of the road”. Bouvard will be based in New York City.

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Alpha Media Nears Hundred Mark With Purchase Of Texas Cluster

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase four radio stations in the Lubbock, TX market from Wilks Broadcast Group LLC an affiliate of The Wicks Group of Companies, LLC. The stations include KONE (FM ) and KLLL (FM) in Lubbock, TX, KBTE (FM) in Tulia, TX , and KMMX (FM) in Tahoka, TX. Alpha Media will add the Wilks Lubbock cluster to the ninety-two stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to ninety-six. Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media commented on the acquisition, “We are so fortunate to be able to acquire the four best radio properties in Lubbock, TX. They combine fine signals and superb people to provide a radio winner that is perennially in the highest rated cluster in Lubbock. ” Jeff Wilks, CEO of Wilks said, “We are pleased to have entered into an agreement t to sell our Lubbock radio stations to operators that are as experienced as Alpha Media. We think Alpha will be a great owner of these properties and will continue the ongoing success of the Lubbock cluster. We believe in the power and future of radio a nd continue to look for opportunities to create value in our business, whether we are considering buying or selling assets.” This transaction will be filed with the Federal Comm unications Commission shortly and is subject to their approval.

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MOTION: Greg Curtis Inks Multi-Year Deal With 94.9 Mix Tucson's Bobby Rich Show; Dana Lundon Heads To Classic Hits U92/Jackson

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Seven-year Morning-host Greg Curtis has just signed a new multi-year contract with Journal Broadcast Group (soon to be E.W. Scripps) in Tucson where he gets to keep playing radio with the legendary Bobby Rich and Mrs. Grant every morning! He tells Jockline: 'None of it would be possible though, without the support of JBG Tucson SVP/GM Leon Clark and Ops Manager, Shaun Holly--those guys are the best! Shaun Holly, says: "I'm very excited that Greg has signed a new deal. The "Morning-Mix" is a proven ratings & revenue winner for Journal Tucson." (Pictured L-R, morning-guy Greg Curtis, OM Shaun Holly, GM Leon Clark with contract in hand!)

We are happy to report that Dana Lundon is headed back on the air for Afternoons at Forever Communications Classic Hits, U92/Jackson, TN. She tells Jockline: "I'm so excited to be working for this company. They are committed to local radio. I want to thank Roger Vestal, Buzz Blackburn, Kirk Patrick and company President, Christine Hillard for the amazing opportunity." Lundon most recently worked with Blaine & Allyson In The Morning on WDVD/Detroit. Other past stops have included Chicago, Hartford and Milwaukee.

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Tampa Vets Chris Fisher & Jesse Kage Take Show Digital

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Tampa Radio Vets, Chris Fisher and Jesse Kage, Leave Radio Behind to Join Digital Media Revolution With a focus on episodic live and on-demand digital content. “Fisher and Kage” is a video podcast that will stream live Monday-Thursday 12p-2p through the “Fisher and Kage” app and www.fisherandkage.com. The uncensored show will also be available on-demand and will stream from a brand new studio at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg. The Duo has named “Special” Ed Grube as Executive Producer. Fisher and Jesse Kage acknowledge that the time is right for personalities like them to make the move from traditional broadcasting to the digital realm. “Qualitative data on the podcast audience is impressive”, according to RadioInfo.com (March 5, 2015). “One third of Americans (89 million) have listened to a podcast.” Fisher spent 10+ (2001-2011) years in Tampa as host of the A.M. Drive show at 97X (WSUN-FM) before a short stint doing talk radio at WHPT 102.5 The Bone. When his show was canceled in August of 2013, Fisher went on what he likes to call a "Sabbatical" and his family likes to call it “We don’t talk about it”. Jesse Kage has been a dominate force with his Kage Kult Show brand in the Tampa Bay market for the past decade. Jesse started in the Tampa market in 2004 at WSUN 97X. In 2007 he moved to Afternoons at WXTB, 98Rock.

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NETWORKS: Amber Lee Tapped As New Host of 'Hangar 19'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® Hangar 19 announces Amber Lee as the new host of the three-hour classic hard rock show. “I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Amber as her Program Director for the past 4 years and she is a top notch radio talent! She has a true passion for rock and she definitely lives it,” Hangar 19 executive producer Jason Hillery said. “I’m excited that she’s joining us at Hangar 19!” She has been doing rock radio for several years, including stints at WEKL-FM/Augusta, GA; KFMW-FM/Waterloo, IA and WRQE-FM/Green Bay, WI. She is currently the music director and doing afternoons for WYDR-FM/Green Bay, WI. Each weekend, Hangar 19 relives the glory days of classic hard rock with music from the artists and groups who built the genre. Stations interested in more information should visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com. Rock out with Hangar 19 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hangar19 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hangar19. About Envision Networks®:

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Kevin Smith Leaks 'Mallrats 2' In The Works During Interview

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– Nothing like picking up a Hollywood scoop during a radio interview and then having it picked up by the national press. This was the case on Tuesday during Rock102/Tucson's Shmonty & Carolina show when director Kevin Smith, made possible with an assist from Nineball Radio, confirmed that a follow-up to his 1995 comedy 'Mallrats' is currently in the works. "Yeah, that's what we're working on," Smith told the duo. "It's half a script right now, and we're pulling our loot together. We've got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting." Smith continued: "Nobody’s clamoring for a Mallrats sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith, who is about to start shooting a third Clerks movie, added about returning to the Mallrats world: "I had a cool idea and a bunch of investors that were like, 'Do it!' so here we are, man." He recently wrapped filming on Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp and Justin Long. Mallrats, which was written and directed by Smith, stars Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee and Claire Forlani.

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CONDOLENCES: Longtime New York Host Ron Bee Has Passed Away

THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2015 –– We were saddened to learn this morning that longtime New York radio personality Ron Bee died early Wednesday morning, according to Rich Lauber at B104.7 FM. Lauber, regional programming manager for iHeartMedia, posted the following message on the station's Facebook page: "I just spoke to Ron Bee's wife Tina. I am very sad to report that former B104.7 personality Ron Bee passed away a few minutes ago after a long illness. She asked that we let his listeners know. We will miss our friend. Please keep the family in your prayers. According to syracuse.com, Bee spent nearly 35 years on the Central New York radio waves. Early in his career, he made a name as part of the "Rick & Ron" duo on WOLF 1490 AM. Most recently, he enjoyed a long run as a morning host on B104.7 FM with Becky Palmer. Bee was forced into retirement in 2007 after a car accident and resulting surgery permanently damaged his vocal cords. He moved to Phoenix, Ariz. with his family. Last spring, Bee was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He attributed the sickness to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War. He opted for a stem cell transplant -- a complicated procedure, but one that could have given him several more years. Bee went to Seattle, Wash., earlier this year to undergo the procedure. He said last September that one in three patients who undergo the surgery don't make it out of the hospital. The transplant was unsuccessful. Bee is survived by his wife, Tina, and his son, Jonathan.

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7Lots To Watch In Today's Popline; Kathie Lee And Matt Lauer Take The Swizzler Challenge

 

Apple Plans Streaming TV Service This Fall - [CONSUMERIST]

[WATCH] Kathie Lee And Matt Lauer Smash Lips In Twizzler Challenge - [TODAY]

[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel & Matt McConaughey Make Commercials For Local Austin Video Store - HILARIOUS! - [ZAP 2 IT]

[WATCH] Ryan Gosling Helps Out With Marriage Proposal At SXSW - [USA TODAY]

[WATCH] Kimmel Opens Up About Two Penis Surgeries - [E ONLINE]

David Arquette Tossed From Bieber Birthday Party For Being Too Drunk - [GOSSIP COP)

Guess Who's Back? - [RUMOR FIX]

OUCH: Dolce And Gabbana Slammed By One Of Its Executives In His Resignation - [THR]

[WATCH] 'The Divergent Series' - [APPLE]

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[LISTEN] DC's 106.7 The Fan Mocks Failed 'Man Cave' Launch

Did Redskin's Newspaper Diss Put The Kibosh On 'The Man Cave' Launch?

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2015 –– Lots of theories floatinf out there as to why ESPN 980/Wash. DC decided to pull the plug on its highly-promoted launch on Monday of 'The Man Cave.' According to The Washington Post, Jason Reid (R) said goodbye to his Washington Post colleagues on Wednesday and was headed to his new morning gig on ESPN 980 (WTEM-AM). But he never arrived. Late last week, station managers said its new program, “The Man Cave,” wasn’t airing as 7scheduled despite nearly a month of promotion. Meanwhile it was reported that WTEM's PD, Chuck Sapienza, resigned from the station on Monday, apparently over the show’s demise. ESPN 980 is the flagship station of Red Zebra Broadcasting which is controlled by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. The team's Pres./GM is Bruce Allen. Late last week, unidentified Redskins executives ordered the station to cancel the debut of “The Man Cave,” as reported by people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, 106.7 The Fan is having a field-day with the news by posting its own “uncensored” coverage with three pre-recorded spots on Monday morning. They aired on both “The Sports Junkies” and “Grant & Danny” shows. Scripts included “Unbiased, unfiltered, uncensored. And still, D.C.’s only local sports show every weekday morning. Start your day with the Sports Junkies on sports radio, 106.7 The Fan.” “No man caves, no mandates, and no Mr. Snyder signing the checks. Just D.C. sports talk all day. Another said: “Somewhere deep inside his man cave in Potomac, a diminutive billionaire tunes his trusty AM radio to 980 to listen to his favorite sports radio station. The station where he signs the checks and calls the shots. But meddle as he may, Mr. Snyder cannot control the sports discussion in Washington. For there is a station on crystal-clear FM, where fans of all genders and ages can talk freely about the Redskins. Where the Nationals, Wizards and Capitals actually exist. And you found that station. Unbiased, unfiltered, uncensored, sports radio 106.7 The Fan.” READ MORE AND LISTEN TO PROMOS HERE

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