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Detroit Legend, Rosalie Trombley, 'The Girl With The Golden Ear,' Passes Away At 82
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of Detroit radio legend, Rosalie Trombley who passed away on Tuesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease in her home town of Leamington, Ontario Canada. She was widely known as "The Girl with the Golden Ear" whose skills as music director at the legendary The Big 8/CKLW Windsor, made her one of the most powerful executives in radio. She was credited with launching the careers of artists like: Bob Seger, The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Tony Orlando and dozens of others.
"Rosalie was an icon, a trailblazer, and our friend," Said Bob Seger. "Through her hard work and incredible instincts, she achieved a rare level of influence and power in music. When she got behind your record, other stations would follow suit. She was literally a gatekeeper to national success and we were so fortunate to have her support, especially on many of our early records. She was an integral part of our journey and we are eternally grateful. We will miss her."
In June of 2011 she was honored at a huge gala in Windsor, Ontario. It was all captured on a special 42 minute video by Art Vuolo - WATCH HERE. One of her other many admirerers is former radio talent and media executive Scott Westerman, a.k.a. Scott Owens of shortwave 5085 known as WTWW. He quickly produced a powerful 5 minute audio tribute with clips from the 2008 documentary, by Michael McNamara, known as "The Rise and Fall of the Big WATCH HERE - PHOTO/University of Windsor
iHeart Connecticut Helps Collect Nearly 4,000 Turkeys, 6,300 Lbs Of Food And Raise Over $150,000 To Benefit Connecticut Foodshare
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– iHeart Connecticut announced that two of its Thanksgiving Week food drives events collected 3,827 frozen turkeys, 6,380 pounds of non-perishable food items and raised over $151,000 in monetary donations to benefit Connecticut Foodshare.
iHeartMedia Hartford stations The River 105.9, KISS 95-7, Country 92-5 and 97-9 ESPN supported Bank of America for the 22ndannual Turkey Tuesday which took place at City Place in Hartford on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The River 105.9’s on-air personality Renee DiNino, broadcasted from the lobby of City Place to raise awareness and encourage donations from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“Hunger is a chronic problem that affects one out of every seven people in Connecticut, especially those most vulnerable in our community,” said Joe Gianni, president, Bank of America of Greater Hartford. “Our continued partnership with Connecticut Foodshare is one way that we are working to address critical needs locally. We are pleased that ‘Turkey Tuesday’ has become the single-largest Thanksgiving food collection event in Greater Hartford.”
Later in the week, the 31st annual “KC101 Stuff-A-Bus” took place on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19 at the Hamden Plaza in Hamden from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on both days. The event featured on-air personalities Vinnie Penn (960WELI), Rob Dibble (97-9 ESPN) and Adam Rivers (KC101) who hosted live broadcasts from inside a tent in the parking lot.
“Every year, for the past 31 years, we continue our holiday tradition of dedicating days to collect donations and meet local residents of the community,” said Vanessa Wojtusiak, Vice President of Marketing for iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven. “We take to heart our role as a local media organization to provide this service to the people of Connecticut. It’s wonderful to see so many people answer the call to selflessly help their neighbors in need and benefit a tremendous organization whose impact is felt statewide in Connecticut, especially during the holiday season.”
Greg & The Morning Buzz 31st Annual Lend A Helping Can Raises Over $268,000 To Feed The Hungry
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– Greg & The Morning Buzz on 100.3 WHEB, Rock 101, 104.9 The Hawk, Q106, 101.9 and 101.7 The Peak and 107.1 Frank FM, announced that its 31th annual Lend A Helping Can radiothon and fundraiser to benefit 12 charities working to combat local hunger and homelessness raised over $268,000---and still counting!. On Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, Greg & The Morning Buzz extended its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon each day, from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. “It’s incredible! It looks like we’ll definitely beat last years record amount raised”, said Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg & The Morning Buzz. “We never focus on a goal dollar amount—because we know that every dollar raised means a meal for someone in New Hampshire and Vermont who needs it. And even though contributions are down everywhere, our listeners always respond to the call, and outdo themselves each year!”
iHeartMedia, NH VP of Programming Tim Moore commented on the ability of The Buzz to get the phones ringing, saying “I have never seen an audience that is so passionate about a radio show---and each member personally. Not only is the audience massive, but they are engaged heart and soul—and their trust in Greg, Laura, Scott, Kelly and Kayla is so high that when the Buzz gets behind a cause, virtually all of New Hampshire joins them!”
FORECAST: Podcasts To Grow +31% In 2022
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– As the end of 2021 nears, the Cumulus | Westwood One Audio Active Group assessed leading revenue forecasts and key trends to watch for in the coming year. This week's blog outlines the key findings and major audio trends predicted for 2022. Key takeaways: 2020 AM/FM radio revenue growth projected to +6% to +8%. Podcasts will grow +31%.
Of the big ten categories that represent 60% of local revenues, there are five to watch: Auto, TV/cable, healthcare, home improvement, and communications/cellular. Travel and entertainment should also surge. Network: Look for continued growth in pharmaceutical, financial, business-to-business brands, recruitment, consumer packaged goods, restaurants, insurance, and auto.
A return to work and labor force participation will determine future AM/FM radio audience growth. Ad-supported audio: AM/FM radio remains dominant, AM/FM radio streaming passes Pandora and Spotify, podcasts continue to explode, and Pandora collapses. SEE BLOG HERE
KIRO'S Tom & Curley Show Co-Host Tom Tangney Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– After nearly three decades at KIRO Radio, Tom & Curley Show co-host Tom Tangney is retiring. Tom’s last show will be on Wednesday, Dec. 1, having spent 27 years doing everything from news desk reporting to reviewing movies, all culminating in his co-hosting talk radio gig alongside John Curley on the Tom & Curley Show.
“This is the greatest job,” he said on Monday’s edition of the show. “I just realized, at the age of 67, I’ve got other things I still want to do — there are just fascinating things in the world.” “I’ve worked in radio for 30 years and been on talk shows for the last decade, and now I want to try other things,” he continued. “I want to travel, I want to read, I want to study and all these kinds of things.”
KIRO says stay tuned for more details on KIRO Radio’s plans for afternoon drive-time listeners.
The Alliance For Women In Media Announces AWM Connects Virtual Mentoring Program
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In its 70th year since inception, the Alliance for Women in Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new program – AWM Connects presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and Ziploc © Accessory Bags. AWM Connects is an exciting new virtual mentoring program that will connect young/new professionals with senior level executives throughout television, radio, and digital media.
“The Alliance for Women in Media has been connecting, educating and recognizing women in all forms of media for 70 years and this is the next opportunity to fulfill our important mission,” said Becky Brooks (shown), president of AWM. “We strongly encourage up and coming women in radio, television and digital medias to apply for an opportunity to experience this unique mentoring program and stay engaged with AWM as we move into the next 70 years.”
The event will be held on December 15th from 12-1pm ET and will include an opportunity for mentees and mentors to interact. Mentees will also be connected with mentors for a one-on-one conversation following the conclusion of the event. Mentors will be members of the AWM and AWM Foundation Board of Directors as well as high-level executives specifically selected to match up with the mentees that apply for the program. Mentees interested in participating in this inaugural program should apply by December 1st. FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE
EVENTS: WTOP Raises Money & Awareness For Local Charities In Week of Giving Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In partnership with EagleBank and 4giving, WTOP announced the conclusion of its inaugural Week of Giving holiday charity campaign aimed at raising money and awareness for local charities. The WTOP Week of Giving holiday charity campaign sought to raise awareness and fundraising dollars through WTOP’s Live Local page, a digital charity marketplace supporting amazing organizations making an impact locally right here in the DMV. WTOP’s goal with this campaign was to help as many people as possible in D.C., Maryland and Virginia through partnerships with local charities working directly in the community.
The WTOP Week of Giving Campaign ran for one week from Monday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 12 during which time $9,054 was raised for local charities. In addition to the money donated by WTOP listeners and readers, WTOP also matched donations made as part of an internal employee match program encouraging employees, as well as their friends and family, to donate during the Week of Giving.
“We’re so honored to be able to give back to our community in this way and thankful for the giving spirit of our loyal audience. We couldn’t help these charities and the people they support without them,” said WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley. WTOP’s Week of Giving Campaign was launched as an extension of its Live Local charity marketplace, which went live in May 2021.
Praise Seattle Rebrands As 'Christmas Praise 106.5 For The Holidays Beginning This Friday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– KWPZ/PRAISE 106.5 announced that it will rebrand itself as “CHRISTMAS PRAISE 106.5” beginning Friday of this week and continuing all the way through Christmas Day on December 25. As part of the rebrand, the station will carry 100% Christmas music over the course of 29 days. General Manager John Randolph stated: “This is really about the spirit of Christmas, and delivering that to our listeners through music and message in the next 4 weeks leading into Christmas. The response to going to all-Christmas music has been overwhelming in the past. This year we are blessed and excited to step up to provide an extra helping of hope and joy to those we are so honored to be serving in southern B.C. and the state of Washington.”
Lynette Morgan, co-host of the “A New Day with Lynette and Greg” morning show, added: “ Christmas Praise gives us an exciting opportunity to engage with the community during this busy but incredibly joyful period to close out 2021.” .
Tune In To The Pee-Wee Herman Show On KCRW Santa Monica This Friday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– As previously reported (JL 11/16) Pee-Wee Herman will be hosting a radio show KCRW this Friday November 26th! After campaigning for a slot, he says, "his amazing fans called and called and jammed up their phone lines (hee hee)!" Herman added, "Thank you fans because they are going to get me some donuts and leave me the keys to the studio while they are on vacation! Join me and my friends Chairry, Magic Screen, Miss Yvonne, and some surprise special guests (HINT: they are super famous!), while we listen to some of the greatest music ever recorded!
This is all happening on Friday, November 26, at 6 p.m PST on KCRW. Pee Wee says, "You better get out your transistor radio and listen to my amazing voice!
Lawrence Mooney Gone From Triple M Sydney
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Lawrence Mooney is no longer the Breakfast Show host on Triple M Sydney. Lawrence was hired in early 2019 to host the Moonman in the Morning breakfast show alongside Jess Eva and Chris 'Pagey' Page. His contract, believed to be worth $2million ($1.45 million US) per year, was set to expire in 2022. This comes two weeks after he vanished from the airwaves without explanation, and amid rumors of a 'major' falling out with co-host Jess. He caused controversy in June when he was caught flouting Covid restrictions after travelling to Byron Bay for a holiday. He was given a $1,000 ($727 US) fine for his breach and made a public apology on air the following month. READ MORE HERE
Mix 106.3 Bus Will Help Families This Christmas - Mix 106.3 in Canberra, Australia is filling a bus with food and toys to deliver to families in need this Christmas, and listeners are being asked to help. The mission, in partnership with Transport Canberra and Communities@Work, will hit the road from Monday 6 December 2021 on a two-week journey to collect items from around the region for those in need. The Transport Canberra bus will be hard to miss with its colourful wrap that makes it look like a present on wheels – or a futuristic sleigh. Santa and his helpers will be on board the bus to help collect donated goods from registered workplaces, retail outlets and schools every weekday over the two-week period between 9am-3pm.
Free Radio In The UK Is Getting Smaller - Free Radio’s two breakfast shows across the West Midlands will become one next week as Dan Morrissey leaves the network. Dan currently hosts breakfast across Free Radio Birmingham and Shropshire & Black Country (previously BRMB & Beacon) and has been with the station for 15 years. He’ll continue to host shows on Magic.
As we pause our daily newsletter until next Monday, please know how truly grateful and thankful we are for your continued readership and support (and occasional tolerance for a typo or two). From all of us at Jockline, here's wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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Longtime Detroit Radio Host John O’Leary Found Murdered; Roommate Now In Custody
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– John O’Leary, a longtime former host in Detroit, was found murdered and buried in his backyard on Sunday and police now say they have a roommate in custody. Radio vidographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline, O'Leary was well-known within the rock radio community in Detroit and in out-state Michigan. Having worked at legendary stations like: WWWW (W4), WABX, WLLZ, and most recently at WCSX all in Detroit. John also worked across the river in Windsor, Ontario at CIMX (89X), WIQB Ann Arbor and at WILS-FM Lansing, MI.
Fox 2 TV reports that according to local police, O’Leary was murdered by a roommate in the house he lived located in Detroit’s Highland Park. Cause of death was determined to be by stabbing with a knife. His body was discovered by police Sunday afternoon at his home. What provoked the crime is currently unknown. Any news about a funeral or memorial is also incomplete. SEE MORE HERE
WTIC 1080 Hartford's Ray Dunaway Announces Retirement; Brian Shactman To Host Mornings Beginning In January
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23ND, 2021 –– As we reported yesterday, After nearly 30 years on the air at 1080 WTIC News Talk (WTIC-AM) in Hartford, Ray Dunaway announced on Monday that he is retiring from the station. His last day on the air will be December 24, 2021. Dunaway has been heard on WTIC since May 1992. Prior to that, he was at now sister station 98.1 KMBZ FM (KMBZ-FM) in Kansas City.
Following the news, Audacy announced yesterday, that beginning Monday, January 3, Brian Shactman, who has co-hosted with Ray for the last year, will host WTIC mornings along with Aaron Kupec (news), Bob Cox (weather), Mark Christopher (traffic) and Matt Sirois (sports).
“It’s been a long, wonderful run, but having hosted morning shows since 1980, the time has come to sleep in (at least I hope I can),” said Dunaway. “I want to thank you for listening since 1992 here at WTIC. You are truly wonderful people, as are the staff here at Audacy. I can honestly say these friends are the best I’ve ever worked with.”
“We want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ray Dunaway, who has dedicated almost 30 years of his career to 1080 News Talk WTIC,” said Stephanie Perl, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Hartford. “Ray is known as the morning man, and his iconic personality is synonymous with our station. In addition, he had a significant impact over these past 29 years with Audacy and the larger Connecticut community. Ray is a true broadcaster and we will miss him greatly. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Audacy's 94.9 The Point Raises Over $200,000 For Pediatric Care Norfolk
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Audacy's WPTE/94.9 The Point raised $220,000 for pediatric care in Norfolk, VA through its 20th annual Radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD).
“Year after year, the generosity of our local communities is so inspiring,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Norfolk. “It’s truly our honor to be a part of this annual event that benefits so many families and children in Hampton Roads. We thank each and every person, family and business who donated over the last few days to improve the lives of children in our communities.”
94.9 The Point morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo broadcast live from the station studios from November 10-12 in effort to raise critical dollars for the region’s only children’s hospital. Radio listeners learned what makes a children’s hospital unique and heard stories of strength and resilience from CHKD patients and their families. Since its inception 20 years ago, 94.9 The Point Radiothon has raised more than $5 million to purchase equipment, fund research, support patient care programs, and expand the mental health program at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
101.7 The Bull And NBC 10 Boston Raise Over $51,000 For St. Jude Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s 101.7 The Bull and NBC10 Boston announced that “One Night Only” broadcast special raised over $51,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“One Night Only” aired on Saturday, November 20 from 7pm - 8pm on NBC10 Boston and was simulcast on 101.7 The Bull, Portsmouth’s 95.3 The Bull, Springfield’s Kix 100.9, NECN and NBC Connecticut. Hosted by 101.7 The Bull’s on-air personalities Colton Bradford, Amanda Jo and Jess the one-hour special featured performances by country artists. For the past five year the radiothon raised over $1.8 million to benefit St. Jude. “One Night Only” continues the dedication these stations have for the cause.
Steve Harvey Morning Show And Premiere Network Celebrate Thanksgiving With 12th Annual 9,000 Turkey Give
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– For the 12th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks will give away thousands of turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Nearly 9,000 turkeys will be provided to affiliates of the top-rated, award-winning morning radio show to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The giveaways will take place today and tomorrow, November 22 and 23, in affiliate markets across the country. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 100,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for all of us here at The Steve Harvey Morning Show to help those in need,” said Harvey during a recent broadcast. “Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all this holiday season.” www.SteveHarvey.com.
NETWORKS: Lady Gaga Talks 'House Of Gucci' Available On ABC Audio's Power Portal
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– In a one-on-one with ABC News, now available on ABC Audio’s Power Portal, Lady Gaga talks about her new film “House of Gucci.” She opens up about why it's a "wild ride," why she thinks the Gucci family should've seen the murder coming, and why she's "nervous" about portraying a real person. Photo attached. ABC Power Portal is the first on-demand original video service optimized for radio station websites, apps and social media platforms. Interested in previewing the service or becoming a Power Portal affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BLOG: How To Market Your Podcast Like A Business
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– In Audry's newest episode, Niklas Hildebrand, Co-Founder and COO, Audry, talked with Sharon Taylor, Managing Director at Triton Digital. With more than 13 years of experience in the technology space, Sharon Taylor joined Triton Digital in 2019. Before that, she was CEO of Omny Studio. Taylor grew Omny Studio into one of the leading audio on-demand hosting and publishing platforms in the world.
In the 30-minute video, Sharon and Niklas discuss: Why everything starts with finding your audience. Why you can’t sit back and wait for the downloads and the money to come pouring in (but what you need to do). Why it’s important to interact differently when you use several platforms to promote your podcast. And some concrete tips to improve your downloads. In addition, Taylor shared these concrete tips for growing your podcast audience: If you have a bigger audience on Spotify versus Apple, then it helps you tailor the content a little bit better. If you have a larger audience on Apple, maybe you could do more editorial with their team in terms of promotions and those types of things. Listen to the full interview HERE
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, this weeks' spotlight shines on WCDA/HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson, co-host of the Mandy & Jimmy Morning Show.
Mandy says her career started out not for the love of radio but for the need of an internship. "Back in 2009 when MySpace was still huge and Facebook was just coming onto the scene I found myself reading a post from a guy who was the host of a local morning show on Island 106 Panama City looking for interns. I reached out to him, he brought me in for an interview and that’s when my radio career began. I interned for “That Guy” Kramer in 2009 for a full year for free. It was supposed to be three months but that turned into six which turned into a year. Kramer, Holly, Miguel and I just clicked. It felt right so I stayed because I loved it. After a year, she finally went fulltime and started getting paid.
To this day, she still calls Kramer, Miguel & Holly her top mentors. She stayed at Island 106 Navigating my way through several morning shows until she landed at her current job in Lexington Kentucky. Over the next several years, Mandy says she I spent a lot of time on ellipticals listening to other shows in different markets learning from them. Making mental notes of what they did best and how they got in and out of a break or how they interacted with listeners. Some of her biggest inspirations were The KVJ Show on WRMF/West Palm Beach, Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955/Detroit and Mercedes in The Morning on Mix 94.1 Las Vegas. "They all were very different yet all had wonderful qualities that’s inspired me in the way I want to do things on my show". Mandy started out solo in Lexington in 2017, then teamed later with Jimmy who had previously served as an intern.
She says, "I've had a ton of support from all the lovely people I’ve met through the years at Morning Show Boot Camp which is where I’m going to give a lot of credit to. Meeting all the different mornings shows from all over and hearing their stories and ideas definitely helped shape my career. Brady DeAngelo who had been doing a solo morning show for quite some time was my biggest mentor in my transition to Lexington. Not really sure where I’d be with out his guidance at the time.
Of note, Mandy also does TV as well in a segment called Mom to Mom that airs every Monday a few times a day on the local ABC 36 affiliate and it’s syndicated in 7 different markets. She tells Jockline, she was able to get that job thanks to radio.
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SNAPS: Jackie Green Of Cumulus' 105.3 HOT-FM Grand Rapids Crowned Mrs. America 2022
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Props are in order for Jackie Blankenship, aka Jackie Green, co-host on Cumulus' The Gray & Green Show (R), West Michigan's first all female morning show on 105.3 HOT-FM Grand Rapids who was crowned Mrs. America 2022. She'll now compete in the Mrs. America World pageant set for next year.
And that wasn't the only radio connection - the event was hosted by 98.5 KLUC morning icon Chet Buchanan was the emcee.
Meantime, Jackie is on the way back from Vegas where she'll join Rachel Gray who've been waking up West Michigan for the past seven years at 105.3 HOT FM. Jackie Green started her broadcast career hosting nights and middays at WGRD-FM before seguing to TV. In 2016, Jackie moved back to radio for afternoons on 105.3 HOT FM, then joined Rachel in 2019 for mornings?
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iHeart's 760 KGB Helps Raise $1,455,471 To Send Warriors Home For The Holidays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced that its annual “Give-A-Thon” broadcast on AM 760 (KGB-AM) has helped raise $1,455,471 (and counting) for the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station to reunite injured service members with their families during the holiday season. In addition to AM 760’s 12-hour broadcast, the station’s syndicated morning show Armstrong and Getty are a driving force behind the fundraising effort, promoting the Give-A-Thon for an entire week. The Give-A-Thon is also promoted by AM 760’s fellow iHeartRadio station, NewsRadio 600 KOGO.
The origins of the Give-A-Thon go back to 2004 when the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station’s Sandy Lehmkuhler contacted AM 760 asking their listeners to donate shaving razors for holiday gift bags being given to warriors in recovery at Balboa Naval Hospital. From there, it has grown into an annual fundraising effort that reunites families during the holidays, and helps warriors face the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation and transition from military service to civilian life all year long.
“We are forever grateful to our wonderful media partners and donors for giving back to our nation’s service members during this special time of year,” said Sandy Lehmkuhler, CEO and Founder, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. “The 2021 Give-A-Thon brought in over $1,455,471 and it would not have been possible without the generosity of AM 760, Armstrong & Getty, and News Radio KOGO 600. By shining a spotlight on our warriors, and their brave struggles with the visible and invisible wounds of war, they rallied the support of thousands of people to fly our heroes home for the holidays. It’s a gift our troops will remember forever.” billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.
Audacy's 830 WCCO Twin-Cities Raises Over $365,000 For Union Gospel Missions
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy's WCCO/Twin Cities raised over $365,000 to provide over 186,000 meals and care to those in need through 19th annual “Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon” in Minneapolis. The amount raised during the 19th radiothon, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), brought the overall fundraising total to over $3.6 million since 2003. “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s hard work on this event,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly help change lives. We’re so grateful that WCCO can partner with UGM and impact the community in such an amazing and rewarding day.”
As part of the radiothon, the station broadcast live from UGM’s St. Paul campus on November 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. Station hosts spoke with current and past Union Gospel Mission clients, as well as staff members and the charity’s leaders.
Founded in 1902, Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving people facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community. The mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.
Audacy's 99.5 The Wolf’s 'Nick and Kristen’s Drive 'Has Now Eradicated Up To $3.5 In Medical Debt
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– As we first reported last week, Audacy Portland's Nick & Kristen Show has now helped eradicate over $3.5 in medical debt for those in need in Oregon and Washington through “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff.” The event, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, was hosted by 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland and morning show hosts Nick and Kristen on November 15-18.
“Medical debt affects millions of Americans each year and we’re honored to have united with RIP Medical Debt – a leading advocate for medical debt relief – and our community to use our platform to help those in need,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “We’re equally as proud of selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to help us achieve our goal.” “We are beyond humbled by the generosity of the Pacific Northwest,” said Nick and Kristen. “This $3.5 million will help so many people who have been struggling for so long. No one should have to worry about paying their medical debt or gifts for their children. We are thrilled to help ease that burden for them.”
RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Antico and Ashton met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need. They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to relieve medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then relieve that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients. From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). Over 5.3 billion in medical debts has been eradicated so far, providing financial relief for over three million individuals and families.
Over 840,000 Meals Served During FM99 & 106.9 The Fox Norfolk's Mayflower Marathon Food Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Over 840,000 meals will be served thanks to donations made at the FM99 & 106.9 The Fox 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive, presented by Bud’s Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric. The three-day food drive benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Operations Manager, Mike Beck: Thanks to the support of our generous listeners and client partners, the shelves at the Foodbank are overflowing with much needed donations. More than 840,000 meals will be created from what we collected at the 25th Annual FM99 and The Fox Mayflower Marathon. We are proud to support the Foodbanks in their mission and we thank everyone for helping feed Hampton Roads!"
“We are always so thankful and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community, whose donations will bring joy and nourishment into the lives of those experiencing food insecurity across the greater Peninsula,“ said Karen Joyner, CEO of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “We are also thankful for 106.9 the Fox and FM99 for continuing on the tradition of this annual food raising event for 25 years. They should be very proud of knowing the impact that this event has on our community today, tomorrow and into the future. Being able to put a healthy meal on the table is a basic need that will now happen for thousands of families because of these donations.”
[WATCH] WAJI, Majic 95.1's Andy Beckman Runs In His Undies To Benefit Grieving Children
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– WAJI, Majic 95.1 FM hosted “The Andy in the Morning Underwear Run” to benefit Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Saturday, November 20 at the minor league baseball stadium, Parkview Field. What started as a fun on-air wager between on-air hosts Andy Beckman and Kat Walburn, turned into a community event.
“The goal was to raise awareness and funds for every single Erin’s House family this holiday season,” said Beckman, host of “The Andy in the Morning Show” on Majic 95.1. Since 1993, Erin’s House for Grieving Children has provided a safe, nurturing, and comfortable environment for children to process their grief. They learn how to express their emotions, share their feelings, and reinvest back into their lives. They do this by spending time with other children who understand their grief." WATCH HERE
The Multicultural Media And Correspondents Association (MMCA) Honors iHeart's Enrique Santos
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Enrique Santos, President and CCO of iHeartLatino, was honored with by MMCA, The Multicultural Media and Correspondents Assn. with the 2021 Radio Broadcast Award. The event took place last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and featured an array of entertainers, media industry insiders and influencers, policymakers, executives and corporate and advocacy organizational allies.
For more information on MMCA's 6th annual Multicultural Media and Correspondents Dinner and Summit honorees, check out the organization's website.
Buzz Knight Launches 'Takin A Walk' Series
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Consultant Buzz Knight has launched a new podcast series that will consist of interviews with a wide range of guests from music, media, literary and sports along with everyday personalities who have a unique story to tell at locations all over the country. The series will first start in podcast form but will add video to the platform in the future. The first two episodes focus on “takin a walk” at Walden Pond in Concord Mass with episode two focused on legendary Boston radio personality Wally Brine formally of The Loren and Wally Morning Show. Other future episodes will include singer songwriter Peter Himmelman, Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach Authors of the new business book “Provoke” with many more in the pipeline.
According to Buzz, “The joy of this project is because there are no boundaries to the type of guests we can book and the locations as well. We’re excited about this project along with future content creation opportunities.” “Takin A Walk” is produced in collaboration with industry veterans Harry Jacobs and Bob Malatesta and reunites Buzz’s team while successfully programming WZLX Boston. You can find the “takin a walk” podcast on Apple, Spotify and wherever you find your podcasts.
EVENTS: KISW Seattle Brings Back 'Live Day' For First Time Since The Pandemic
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– It was KISW’s first Live Day back since the pandemic. This is the event where the station goes 100% live for BJ & Migs and The Mens Room - Live bands, sound effects, everything. This year it was held live at Snoqualmie casino in front of a live audience.
The theme was solid gold 70’s since it’s KISW’s 50th anniversary and the station was born in 1971. So they all wore gold or 70’s theme; The music. The costumes. Everything! Live bands, live laughs, live sound effects, even a live barbershop quartet and music from Diamond Star Haloplus a rotating cast of vocalists from local PNW bands.
And after over a year of lockdown, the station welcomed back its favorite Rockaholics to be part of our live studio audience. Attendees had to be 21+ with valid photo ID to attend. Masks and proof of vaccination were required.
Steve Migliore (shown above in shades with BJ Shea) tells Jockline, "Last year we were unable to do Live Day in front of an audience, so it was absolutely incredible to be in front of our listeners again. And to have it be a celebration of our KISW’s 50th anniversary just made it even more special. It’s one of those days where you get to see everyone from the station bring to fruition many months of hard work and preparation, I am extremely proud to be a part of this station."
Photos by Heather Hale For KISW - shown above - BJ & Migs and The Men's Room on stage - bottom photo of BJ & Migs show adorned in gold.
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57th Annual ACM Awards To Be Livestreamed From Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas In 2022
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– The Academy of Country Music, Prime Video, and MRC announced today that the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Event will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, marking the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively. Information regarding tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to return to Las Vegas to celebrate country music’s Party of the Year in this incredible brand-new stadium and on the Prime Video streaming service for the first time ever,” said Damon Whiteside (L), CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We can’t thank the city of Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium enough for welcoming us for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards—a party so big only a stadium can hold it!”
Recently, Amazon Music announced that its global music brand Country Heat had surpassed 13 billion streams in the U.S. since its first station launched in October 2016, showcasing Amazon customers’ love for country music. R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
Lisa Dent To Join The Lineup At WGN Chicago
Effective January 3, new programming schedule adds special reporting with Anna Davlantes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– On January 3, WGN Radio will debut a new weekday programming schedule. The station has also hired longtime radio personality Lisa Dent, who will be heard weekday afternoons.
“Lisa Dent has long been a significant and well-known presence in Chicago radio,” said WGN Radio Vice President and General Manager Mary Sandberg Boyle. “Her vibrant personality andwarmth, understanding of the city and an ability to authentically connect on a personal level with listeners makes her a natural fit for afternoon drive on WGN as we embark on our 100th year of being the voice of Chicagoland.”
A native of Rockford, Lisa Dent began her radio career in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin in 1981. She has worked at stations in Minneapolis, San Diego, Seattle, and Houston. Dent returned to Chicago in 2002 and previously hosted at country music stations WUSN 99.5, US99, and Big 95.5. Lisa Dent was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. Dent has been heard as a fill-in host on WGN Radio since January.
Veteran Chicago journalist and Northwestern alumna Anna Davlantes (R) will assume the role of investigative correspondent with special reporting, covering news stories in-depth. Davlantes will continue to be heard frequently across the station’s dayparts. “Anna Davlantes’ impeccable resume includes decades of award-winning investigative reporting. Few rival Anna’s commitment to serving the public in anticipating, exposing, and breaking important stories,” said Sandberg Boyle. “We are fortunate to have her expertise at WGN Radio.”
Beginning January 3, WGN's lineup will feature -6am – 10am: Bob Sirott -- 10am – 2pm: John Williams -- -2pm – 6pm: Chicago’s Afternoon News with Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand -- 6pm – 7pm: WGN Radio’s Money Matters (airing early 2022) -- 7pm – 10pm: John Landecker
SYNDICATION: Erick Erickson Offers Multi-Hour Christmas Special –
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– - Syndicated national radio host Erick Erickson is excited to offer his annual Christmas special “The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” to a national audience. The special program combines Erick’s theological background, with conversations about Christmas and the best Christmas music, which is played throughout the program. Erickson commented
“Christmas is the perfect time to focus on the big picture and not the daily news headlines. The Erick Erickson Christmas Show is designed so everyone can come together, exhale after a crazy year, and focus on the holidays.”
“The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” has been a listener favorite at flagship affiliate 95.5 WSB Radio in Atlanta. “The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” is available for its affiliates and interested new markets on a first come, first served basis. Window: Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25, broadcast anytime from 6am-midnight. Details: 3 hours, available via FTP download, beginning Friday, December 17 or XDS satellite Inventory: NO NETWORK INVENTORY and 17 minutes of LOCAL availability
For more information on affiliating The Erick Erickson Christmas Show or The Erick Erickson Show, please contact Andrew Kalb at email@example.com or 917-217-4050.
Ryan Lieberman Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Riverside/San Bernardino
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Riverside/San Bernardino has named Ryan Lieberman has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the region, effective immediately. Lieberman will report to Melissa Forrest, President of iHeartMedia San Diego, Riverside/San Bernardino. Lieberman is a seasoned radio professional, having spent almost two decades with CBS Radio in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
For the last three years, he has served as Market President for Townsquare Media in Tri-Cities, Washington. "I am thrilled to return to Southern California as part of the iHeartMedia family by joining the Riverside Team,” said Lieberman. “Having spent the better part of my career competing against iHeartMedia, and being envious of how their teams execute marketing solutions for their clients, I'm excited to lend my expertise to an already high-functioning team.”
“We look forward to having Ryan on board,” said Forrest. “His knowledge, leadership and passion will be a tremendous addition to the region and to our team.”
iHeartMedia New York’s 106.7 LITE FM Flips To 24/7 Christmas Music With The Rockettes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– iHeart New York’s 106.7 LITE FM will make its annual switch to New York’s Christmas station and will broadcast around-the-clock in the New York Tri-state area beginning at 5 p.m. 106.7 LITE FM and the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes are kicking off the annual Christmas music station flip. 106.7 LITE FM personalities Cubby and Christine will announce the official switch at the Christmas Spectacular.
In addition, 106.7 LITE FM will also feature an interview and special performance by Michael Bublé, which can be streamed on the station’s website. “All of us at 106.7 LITE FM are excited to bring our yearly tradition back to Radio City Music Hall,” said Chris Conley, Program Director for 106.7 LITE FM. “Every year, the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes brings so much joy to our kick-off to Christmas music, and we’re so happy to be able to bring back holiday cheer.”
WZYP Huntsville Sends Mojo Show To Roof Top Of Toyota Field For 'Bikes Or Bust' Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– You can add Mojo Radio to the list of brave on-air personalities who are rising once again -- literally -- to bring holiday cheer and cash to area families and children in the Huntsville area. The 19th Annual Bikes or Bust, taking place now throught November 22. Over the years well over 25,000 plus bicycles have been donated through this event that benefit families and children here in our community through the US Marines Toys For Tots campaign.
It's taking place at Toyota Field where 'ZYP Morning Show host Mojo will once again spend 104 hours over encouraging Tennessee Valley listeners to bring new bicycles and/or cash donations for the Toys For Tots campaign. ZYP staff, local Marines, and Marine Corps Reserve members, along with area volunteers, will be on hand 24 hours a day to accept donations. Top photo from Facebook shows a clearly excited Mojo who ready for the long weekend.
The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) Re-Ups Vipology As IBA Digital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– Ron Stone, CEO of the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA), is pleased to announce that it has signed Vipology to a multiyear contract extension as its exclusive digital consultant and partner, offering an exclusive IBA member website with original daily content, Ad serving software, and feature rich Alexa skills at a significantly reduced members-only pricing.
“We are thrilled to continue to work with the IBA, dedicated to the digital success of the IBA and its members, offering the latest digital solutions at the industry’s lowest prices. We’re proud to be standing side by side with Ron and IBA members,” said Chris Peaslee Vipology CEO “There would be no IBA without Vipology’s vision, technology and execution. I’m thrilled to continue to have Vipology on board to advise and provide the best digital products and services,” stated Stone, IBA CEO.
The IBA which launched in July of 2020 serves independent radio stations in ways they are not currently being served by existing organizations; providing strategies that drive revenue with cost benefits at scale. The IBA represents a membership base of 1,500 stations. To join the IBA, log on to https://www.iba.media/ or reach out to IBA CEO Ron Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha On The Hunt For Multiple Posts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– As Alpha prepares for 2022, we learned they are looking to make some key hires.
Markets include: Portland, San Jose, San Antonio, Louisville and Amarillo.
If interested in learning more about these opportunities, contact Executive Vice President of Content, Phil Becker Direct at email@example.com
Beasley Detroit Unveils The RIFF Rock Hall Detroit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group Detroit’s 101 WRIF has officially launched “The RIFF Rock Hall”, an online experience highlighting 50 years of Detroit’s legendary rock station. Through its unique interactivity, listeners can easily move from room to room, clicking through five decades of history in an immersive virtual environment, showcasing WRIF’s rock n’ roll leadership and innovation in Detroit radio.
In addition, special theme areas were created highlighting the station’s rich legacy of events, artists and their music, dynamic personalities, and of course, the millions of listeners who have enjoyed WRIF Radio through the years. “The RIFF Rock Hall is yet another great example of how our company continues to focus forward on providing a complete interactive experience for our listeners on multiple platforms,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “This is our first step into Radio 4.0, leading the radio industry into the Digital Revolution, in collaboration with our partners Quu and Interactive Life”.
“While the Rock Hall is primarily reflective of the past, it’s also about what WRIF is today, a brand synonymous with live and local radio in the country’s most iconic city for music” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Detroit Director of Programming, Scott Jameson. “I’d like to thank WRIF Marketing Director Ken Wasilewski, Program Director Jade Springart along with Joe Harb and his Stellar team for the creative collaboration.” Welcome to the RIFF Rock Hall: www.WRIF.com/rockhall
Rover's Morning Glory Inks Multi-Year Extension With iHeart's 100.7 WMMS Cleveland
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Cleveland’s 100.7 WMMS announced a contract extension for “Rover’s Morning Glory.” The multi-year extension for Shane “Rover” French includes the continuation of his nationally syndicated morning show and development of additional audio and video content for iHeartMedia and Rover’s own company, via RMG TV. “Rover’s Morning Glory” will continue to broadcast weekday mornings from 100.7 WMMS. “Rover is a once-in-a-generation talent who, fourteen years ago, saved the legendary Buzzard from extinction and began what will be the most successful run in the mornings at 100.7 WMMS, which is saying a lot,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia Cleveland. “His influence reaches far beyond Cleveland, with a giant audience on radio, streaming services, podcasts and video. Now he’ll expand upon his incredible run with iHeart for many years to come. Stay tuned for what’s next!”
“I’m thrilled to continue and expand my partnership with iHeartMedia, the undisputed leader in audio entertainment,” said Rover. “Thanks to this deal, ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ will reach the incredible milestone of 25 years on the air in Cleveland, which is even more remarkable since I’m just 29 years old.”
Rover began his radio career in his hometown of Las Vegas in 1996. He has been an on-air personality in several cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Knoxville. Fans can follow “Rover’s Morning Glory” through the interactive RoverRadio.com website that includes RMG-TV as well as iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.
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Freddy Cruz Announces His Exit From Longtime Home KRBE-FM Houston
Station Now On The Hunt For New Dir. Creative Services
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– After two decades with the Cumulus top-40 Houston outlet, Freddy Cruz announced yesterday that he'd be exploring new options with his contract expires. He posted on Facebook, "When I hear the phrase that “we stand on the shoulders of giants,” I think of my career and how so many titanic names played an integral part of it. For that, I’m forever grateful. What’s next? More of the same. Writing, producing, writing, podcasting, and writing. I have a network of people who push me to be a better version of myself and because of that, anything is possible and that excites me. Free agency, here I come"
With his pending departure, VP/Hot AC and KRBE PD, Leslie Whittle, posted a job listing for a Creative Services Director asking, "Do you know how to write timely, creative, and local copy that speaks to women who love pop music and culture? If producing compelling audio content is your dream job, we should talk. Candidate will also host a short weekday on-air show in-studio, so living the Houston and CHR lifestyle is a mandatory. The job requires at least 3 years of imaging/production and on-air commercial radio experience (preferably CHR format) -Work with station voiceover talent to create and produce station imaging and promos -- -Be proficient in Pro-Tools and Adobe Audition -- -Be able host a weekday show in a prime daypart and run a tight, forward moving board. The post adds: All new hires must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by date of hire, subject to legally-mandated accommodations.
If all of the above applies to you, include Imaging Demo and On-Air Audio Aircheck in your submission and apply immediately at https://cumulusmedia.jobs.net/. Reach out to Leslie.Whittle@cumulus.com with any questions.
As for Cruz's announcement, Whittle added, “Freddy is a true on-air innovator and is also widely acknowledged as one of the absolute best in the creative services arena. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for the better part of the last 21 years. While I’ll miss him every day, I’m excited to watch as he writes his next chapter (literally).”
HONORS: Radio Mercury Awards 2021 Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Winners for the 30th anniversary Radio Mercury Awards were announced virtually this evening at the 2021 event. During last night's awards, Alejandro Ortiz, executive creative director, Campbell Ewald Detroit/NY, was announced as the chief judge for the 2022 Radio Mercury Awards. Additionally, it was announced that the Creative Use of Nonbroadcast Audio category ended in a tie, resulting in two winners. Chris Smith (l) and Robin Fitzgerald (r)
"This year, it took us two days to fully deliberate, as this year's winners really impressed the jury with their overall approach to messaging and storytelling," said Robin Fitzgerald, chief judge and chief creative officer, BBDO Atlanta. "The winning work shone through, made us laugh, feel inspired and even made us a little hungry for soup dumplings."
The virtual presentation, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and hosted by Fitzgerald and Chris Smith, principal and chief creative officer, Plot Twist Creativity, featured this year’s final round jury, who served as presenters for the awards alongside previous Radio Mercury Awards best-of-show winners.
SYNDICATION: YEA Networks' The Greg Beharrell Show Debuts On 106.5 The Arch St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– YEA Networks’ syndicated “The Greg Beharrell Show” debuted this week on Hubbard Radio’s 106.5 The Arch, St. Louis (WARH), taking on the 7pm – Midnight shift. When pressed for comment, Marty Linck, Brand/Content Director of WARH said, "Greg is really something... What, exactly, I don't know, but I find him to be intriguing. I expect that his unique style will catch people's ears, and that's a big part of the game! Also, I took this show on a dare."
Looking for something a little different for your Rock, Alternative, or Classic Hits station? The Greg Beharrell Show is available for afternoon or night via YEA Networks. Contact Scott Kerr at 843-270-2836 or Scott@YEANetworks.com
Bobby Bones And Rachel Smith to Host CBS’ ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– CBS announced that radio and TV host Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith will co-host the upcoming special, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. It marks the eye network’s return to live New Year’s programming after two decades, with some of country music’s biggest stars set to perform at the event. The celebration kicks off from Music City on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on CBS and Paramount+.
Smith, an Entertainment Tonight guest correspondent who also has worked on Nightline and Good Morning America, added, “I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned,” said Bones, who hosts the nationally Premiere syndicated The Bobby Bones Show. “I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.”
The star-studded special will feature almost 50 performances from some of country’s hottest acts, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and Zac Brown Band.
Bones also host the National Geographic series 'Breaking Bobby Bones' and has served as a regular on American Idol. Smith is a former Miss USA and competed in the 2007 Miss Universe.
EVENTS: 99.5 The Wolf's Nick and Kristen Help Eradicate Over $2.1M On Medical Debt For Those In Need In Oregon and Washington
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Nick and Kristenhelped eradicate over $2.1 in medical debt for those in need in Oregon and Washington through “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff.” The event, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, was hosted by 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland and morning show hosts Nick and Kristen on November 15-18.
“Medical debt affects millions of Americans each year and we’re honored to have united with RIP Medical Debt – a leading advocate for medical debt relief – and our community to use our platform to help those in need,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland.
“We’re equally as proud of selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to help us achieve our goal.” “We are beyond humbled by the generosity of the Pacific Northwest,” said Nick and Kristen. “This $2.1 million will help so many people who have been struggling for so long. No one should have to worry about paying their medical debt or gifts for their children. We are thrilled to help ease that burden for them.” RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Antico and Ashton met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need. They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to relieve medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then relieve that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients.
From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). Over 5.3 billion in medical debts has been eradicated so far, providing financial relief for over three million individuals and families.
Katz Media Group Raises A Total Of $400,000 For BFOA's 11th Annual Membership Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced Katz Media Group has raised nearly $45,000 for the Foundation during its 11th annual company-wide membership drive, bringing the total amount raised to nearly $400,000 since the drive's inception. All money raised during Katz’s annual two-week campaign goes toward the Stu Olds Memorial Fund that commemorates Katz’s former CEO and supports the Foundation's mission to provide support to broadcast professionals in acute need. This year, the Foundation will give away more than $1.8 million in monthly and emergency grants, including victims of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.
“As a longstanding board member, I have seen first-hand how the money raised helps broadcasters in need. I’m incredibly proud of the continued generosity of the Katz team to continue this tradition to honor Stu’s legacy and give back to our industry,” said Mark Gray, Chief Executive Officer for Katz Media Group. “As a current officer of the Foundation, I strongly believe in their mission to help broadcasters who have fallen on hard times. The Katz team has been a tremendous supporter for the Foundation, and we are proud to continue that legacy,” said Leo MacCourtney, Katz Television Group. “We are grateful to Mark, Leo, Christine Travaglini and the entire team at Katz for their continued support of our charitable cause,” noted Jim Thompson, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
PRODUCTS: Futuri Launches TopicPulse SportsEdge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Futuri announced the launch of TopicPulse SportsEdge, a version of its real-time, AI-powered story discovery and social content system customized for eSports, betting, VR, and fantasy content.
Of the more than 2,000 U.S. consumers surveyed: 92% of eSports and gaming fans go to a local news program on TV for information on their favorite sports, teams, and athletes. 90% of eSports and gaming fans go to a local news website and/or a local news app for that content. 61.5% bet on sports, with 32.5% betting on both regular-season games and playoffs, and 29% betting on big events like the Super Bowl and March Madness. 36.5% would be more likely to watch a local news program if they included sports betting information in their content.
“The eSports market is predicted to grow to $3 billion by 2023, and sports betting advertising is one of the fastest-growing revenue streams for broadcasters,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Given the explosive growth of this space, TopicPulse SportsEdge is right in line with Futuri’s mission to help media companies grow their content, grow their audience, and grow their revenue.” For more on TopicPulse SportsEdge, visit TopicPulseSportsEdge.com.
'Kylie Christmas' Comes To Nova Downunder
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 ––Kylie Christmas is a new radio station playing Christmas music in Australia. You can tune in to Kylie Christmas (Kylie Minogue - shown) via the Nova and smooth Players can stream the station on smart devices. Kylie Minogue is the highest-selling female Australian artist of all time
BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy Is On “I’m a Celebrity” this year - Snoochie Shy has been announced as one of the celebrities in the I’m a Celebrity show on ITV for 2021. This year the show will return to the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales and Ant & Dec will host live every night on ITV and ITV Hub from the castle. Snoochie, real name Cheyenne Davide, started working in radio at Radar Radio in London before joining the 1Xtra Residency in 2017. She took over the 1Xtra late show in 2019. Last year she teamed up with Jeremy Vine to host the Audio Production Awards in London.
BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 Work Together On BBC Children In Need Single - Radio 1 and Radio 2 are joining forces to work with Niall Horan and Anne-Marie to create the BBC Children in Need single this year. The charity single, Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac, is available for pre-order now, will be released by Atlantic Records on the day of the charity’s fundraising spectacular, Friday 19 November. Everywhere (BBC Children in Need) will be released on Friday as The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2 and The Greg James Breakfast Show on Radio 1 bring the stations together for the first broadcast. The accompanying video will be given its exclusive debut during BBC Children in Need’s 2021 Appeal Show on BBC One that evening. A minimum of 50p (63 cents) from the sale of each download in the UK will benefit BBC Children in Need.
Coventry Will Host BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Music Event In 2022 - BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend will return in 2022 with a three-day music festival in Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Over 70,000 Radio 1 fans are expected to attend across the weekend from 27th to the 29th of May. In 2022 the festival will return to the field, with performances to air across Radio 1, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer. Acts will be announced soon.
Mairead Ronan Is Leaving Today FM In Ireland - Today FM lunchtime presenter Mairead Ronan has announced that she is stepping away from her radio show to spend more time with her young family. She made the announcement on air on Friday then she played a track that was recorded live in Today FM, Foy Vance’s version of the Cheers theme tune “Where everybody knows your name”. Mairead began presenting her own lunchtime show on Today FM in September 2019 and during that time has grown both audience numbers and appeal.
You 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
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Edison: Top 50 U.S. Podcasts Rank By Audience Size (Not Downloads) For Q3 2021
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Edison Research has unveiled it's U.S. Top 50 Podcast chart for Q3 2021. This list ranks the 50 biggest podcasts by audience size, based on the Podcast Consumer Tracking Report, the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcast networks. The Podcast Consumer Tracking Report is the only measurement based on actual listening, not downloads. Among the top 10 shows based on measurement from Q4 2020 – Q3 2021 include : The Joe Rogan Experience -- The Daily -- Crime Junkie -- This American Life -- Stuff You Should Know -- My Favorite Murder -- Pod Save America -- Serial -- Office Ladies and Call Her Daddy
“We are continuing to see strong performances from the true crime and news categories. What I find most compelling is the strong movement by some of the independent shows on the chart. It’s a testament to how remarkable this medium is that both large networks and independent creators continue to be able to amass a sizable audience.” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster (R).
The Edison Research Top 50 Podcasts of Q3 2021 list is derived from data collected continuously from Q4 2020 – Q3 2021, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. The results are then coded and analyzed to ascertain the genre, network, and sales representation for each podcast. The relative audience size of each podcast network is then calculated and expressed as the percentage of weekly podcast listeners reached by that network. Surveys of over 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q4 2020 through Q3 2021. For information about the Podcast Consumer Tracker, contact Edison Research SVP Tom Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audacy Names Dave LaBrozzi & Kraig Riley To Brand Manager Posts In Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Audacy has named Dave LaBrozzi as Brand Manager of KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM/100.1 FM) in Pittsburgh and elevates Kraig Riley to the same role for sister station 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM). Both LaBrozzi and Riley will oversee content strategy, talent, operations and branding for each station, effective November 29. “As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”
“I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city and second home,” said LaBrozzi. “I consider it an honor to lead KDKA, a true legend in the industry. Thank you to Michael Spacciapolli for the opportunity to return to the city I love and lead an amazing group of talent on such a legendary station.” LaBrozzi has nearly four decades of experience in radio, most recently as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City. Prior to WABC, he was Program Director of WPLJ-FM. In addition to his work in New York, Dave spent 14 years as Vice President of Programming for Audacy’s Baltimore stations and has also spent time programming in Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.
Riley has been with the station since its inception in February 2010 and has been the afternoon drive producer since August 2010. He has also hosted the station’s Pirates pre and postgame shows from 2018 through 2021.
Jeff Gonsales Named SVP/MM For Audacy Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Audacy has appointed Jeff Gonsales as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of its Minneapolis market. In this role, Gonsales will oversee the market’s portfolio of stations, which includes 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM), 104.1 JACK FM (KZJK-FM) and 102.9 The Wolf (KMNB-FM), effective December 6. “We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Gonsales to oversee our Minneapolis market and the operations of our three stations,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President, Audacy. “Throughout his tenure in the Twin Cities, Jeff has built a strong reputation as a leader with integrity who cares about his people and his business partners. We trust that invaluable quality coupled with his rich experience in this area will set Audacy Minneapolis up for continued growth and success under his leadership.”
“I am excited to join the Audacy team in Minneapolis,” said Gonsales. “After starting my radio career at 830 WCCO, I look forward to returning to move this group of local favorites forward in the digital audio world.” Gonsales joins Audacy after spending the last 18 years with Hubbard Radio in St. Paul, MN, including the last ten years as Director of Sales, managing top line revenue budgets for Hubbard Radio Twin Cities and Hubbard Interactive. He joined Hubbard in 2003 as General Sales Manager/Director of New Business Development. Prior to that, Gonsales was the Regional Director of Business Development for Clear Channel Radio from 1999 to 2004.
Nadia Cowart Appointed Digital Sales Manager For Cumulus Beaumont
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Nadia Cowart as Digital Sales Manager for Cumulus Beaumont, TX/Lake Charles, LA. Cowart, who was previously Promotion Manager for Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles from 2002 through 2008, rejoins the company from KBMT-K-JAC12 News in Beaumont, where she was Marketing Director.
Cowart commented, "The way to build a better community is to listen and let every voice be heard. Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles has deep roots in our region and delivers on its promise to help advertisers engage with the community 24/7/365 through our popular platform of radio stations, websites, social media, events and more. I'm excited to work with our customers and with the entire Cumulus Beaumont-Lake Charles team and look forward to doing great things together!."
Alek Halverson Named Program Director for KJ97/KAJA-FM San Antonio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio announced Alek Halverson has been named Program Director for KJ97, effective immediately. He will report to Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio and Austin. “Alek is one of the rising stars within iHeartMedia,” said McCollim. “With his tremendous knowledge of the country music format, we knew he was the right person to lead this excellent brand. I know our entire team in San Antonio is excited to watch him take the reins and elevate the brand of KJ97. Let’s Go!”
Halverson joins iHeartMedia San Antonio market from its sister market iHeartMedia Austin, where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM. He also served and will continue as the Afternoon Drive Talent for KASE 101. He began his career at KVOX in Fargo, North Dakota.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be programming KJ97,” said Halverson. “Going to high school in San Antonio, I fell in love with the city and the state of Texas. Getting to run one of the biggest country stations in San Antonio is a dream come true and I can’t thank iHeartMedia enough for this opportunity.”
EVENTS: Anitta, Tai Verdes, Trevor Daniel And CL Join Lineup For KIIS-FM LA Jingle Ball Pre-Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– iHeart Los Angeles’ 102.7 KIIS FM announced its Jingle Ball Pre-Show Village featuring performances from Anitta, Tai Verdes, Trevor Daniel and CL. The KIIS FM Jingle Ball Pre-Show. They'll perform live on the KIIS FM Jingle Ball Pre-Show Village stage on Friday December 3, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT at The Forum Parking Lot. KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball Pre-Show Village is free to the public.
The previously announced KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2021 sold-out event will include live performances by Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, The Kid LaRoi, Saweetie, Black Eyed Peas, Tate McRae, Bazzi and Dixie D’Amelio. PLUS, BTS will open the show and perform their hits “Butter” and “Dynamite. , Listen to KIIS FM for a chance to win tickets. KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2021 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One.
99.1 PLR's Chaz & AJ Announce Annual Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Chaz & AJ officially announced their annual Toy Dive set for Friday, December 10th. It starts at 5:30am at Jordan's Furniture New Haven. John Cafferty will perform live, plus local celebs, politicians, and newscasters will stop by, and a lot of laughs from Chaz & AJ.
The duo added that this Friday, they are also hoping you can give back some help to its Connecticut neighbors in need. It's our 99.1 PLR Sam Tilery Food Drive happening at Connecticut Fresh Food and Produce Market in Wallingford. We are there starting at 10am collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and glorious CASH for Connecticut Foodshare.
NETWORKS: G Accelerate Announces Agreement With Virtual News Center
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– G Accelerate Networks, the recently launched radio network under the leadership of Jim Higgins as President & Chief Executive Officer, is proud to announce its first advertising sales agreement with Virtual News Center. With this deal, radio stations across the country will have expanded access to Virtual News Center’s top quality, professional local news content from dedicated reporters on a barter basis. The Virtual News Center team consists of award-winning journalists with solid experience in broadcast news. Anchors and reporters are assigned to specific markets and stations to ensure consistency, accuracy, and reliability.
“Virtual News Center delivers the highest level of local radio news reporting, while providing radio station owners and operators with a cost-efficient, professional news operation on a barter basis,” stated Higgins. “Virtual News Center is the kind of first-in-class radio service that radio stations need and that we are looking for in content partners.” “Jim’s track record of success in network radio made partnering with G Accelerate a great choice,” said Joel Dearing, Chief Executive Officer of Virtual News Center. “Jim’s expertise will help us grow and super-serve our affiliates and advertisers.”
“This is a perfect opportunity for local stations and national advertisers to reach listeners where they live, work, and play,” added Higgins. To learn more about G Accelerate Networks, content creators and radio stations may contact Jim Higgins at Jim.email@example.com.
ABC Audio Announces Its Thanksgiving Weekend Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– ABC Audio will provide three different specials to affiliates for use over Thanksgiving weekend, including a country music special hosted by country music group Pistol Annies, a news special about the latest transportation technology on Earth and in space and a rock music special.
ABC Audio’s “Front & Center Holiday Special with Pistol Annies,” hosted by Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, kicks off the holiday season.
ABC News Radio’s “On the Move,” hosted by correspondent Alex Stone and featuring reporting by ABC Audio’s anchors and correspondents, reports on the newest transportation technology on Earth and in space. The three-hour special explores jet packs, the latest aviation developments, the goal for auto manufacturers to become all-electric, and how to take a vacation via virtual reality. It also features interviews with scientists and engineers working on a spacecraft designed to gather crucial information while orbiting an asteroid in deep space, and with a woman breaking speed records with a special car on ice in Antarctica.
“Rock at the Movies,” presented by Speakeasy and hosted by ABC Audio’s Matt Wolfe, dives into popular rock songs from iconic films such as “The Breakfast Club,” “Iron Man,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The special features music from Led Zeppelin, Heart, Foo Fighters and more. Interested in becoming an affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTO/For ABC Audio’s “On the Move” special Alex Stone reports on a company building electric planes.
PODCASTS: iHeartMedia and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Debut Weekly Podcast: “Amazing Wildlife”
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) announced the debut of a weekly podcast series, “Amazing Wildlife.” The 52-episode podcast series, hosted by SDZWA staff, highlights unique wildlife stories from around the world, as well as the conservation efforts happening on site at the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park.
The podcast is hosted by Rick Schwartz, an experienced wildlife care specialist and ambassador for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and Ebone Monet, a senior editor at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Together, they will take listeners around the world as they discuss and explore animals from across the globe—from elephants on the African savanna to polar bears in the Arctic tundra and koalas in Australia.
“We are excited to expand iHeart’s educational and entertaining podcast offerings for families and kids of all ages with ‘Amazing Wildlife,’” said Will Pearson, chief operating officer for the iHeartPodcast Network. “We have so much to learn around wildlife and conservation efforts, especially when it comes to how we can all be helpful in ways big and small. We’re excited to work alongside the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to continue to provide these educational resources.”
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Matty Blake Joins Heather Gersten Perry For Mornings On Cumulus Lite 105 Providence
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– While we await the official word from Lite 105 Providence, an announcement was made Monday morning that Matty Blake would be joining up with Heather Gersten Perry to co-host the radio slot, just in time for the holiday season. According to golocalprov.com, Lite 105 shared a video of Gersten Perry’s “prom-proposal” inspired “popping the question” to ask Blake to officially team up with her on the show moving forward, after she was joined by a series of guest hosts in recent months.
Both Gersten Perry and Blake took to social media Monday morning to promote the announcement of the new show. “Over 20 years ago I met Heather working together on a radio show,” Blake wrote Monday morning. “This morning we announced our new show: 'Heather & Matty'. “It only took us 2 separate careers & 2 families…better late than never indeed!” he added.
Tracy Johnson: Creating Great Radio When Everyone's Away For The Holidays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– In an updated blog courtesy of Talent Coach Tracy Johnson, he says as Christmas approaches, audience attention is at its peak. But personalities start to become fatigued with Christmas music and topics. And once the rating period ends, many go on auto-pilot. Rating services may not be measuring listenership, but this is a key time to finish strong. Talent takes well-deserved time off, but here are some tips for making it sound great and building momentum when everyone’s off for the holidays:
Don’t Move Personalities To Other Time Slots. This is tempting but doesn’t work well. When a show is disrupted, listening levels are at risk. It has nothing to do with the quality of content. It’s just different, and that puts listeners in motion. Avoid the temptation to replace a show with talent from another show. It weakens both time slots. The station loses twice! Rating data also indicates that when recorded 'Best Of Shows' air, listenership declines. Right? Yes, but only when it’s programmed so it’s obvious that the show is a rerun. Whenever a show sounds different, it’s always a short-term negative. So never call it a Best Of Show. Why would you advertise that it’s a rerun?
Be Careful With External Solutions: It’s usually not a good idea to bring in a substitute personality from outside the station to fill in unless the guest is a high-profile talent that attracts a broader audience. For example, a major local athlete filling in as co-host on a sports talk station or a compelling artist on a music station can be terrific promotional opportunities.
The decision often comes down to a recorded Best Of Show or live shows with a different or incomplete ensemble. No matter what you do, something is compromised. Here are some best practices for programming a Best Of Show:
Conclusion Enjoy your time off. But take steps to make sure the audience continues to enjoy your show when everyone’s off for the holidays. For more information, follow these principles for Best Of Shows and get details on holiday programming in my eBook Radio Guide to Christmas Programming.
Brian Foster and Les Tuttle Rise To Regional VP Posts For Alpha
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Alpha Media announced the promotion of Brian Foster (L) and Les Tuttle (R) to the roles of Regional Vice Presidents. Foster will oversee Alpha markets in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan, while Tuttle will handle Missouri, Minnesota, and select markets in Iowa. Both Foster and Tuttle will report to Chief Operating Officer Larry Bastida.
Following the recent announcement that Zoe Burdine-Fly had joined the company as a Regional President, Bastida said,“We are excited to have Brian and Les join Zoe as we continue to evolve the senior leadership team. Throughout our extensive search to fill the Regional President position, it became clear that Brian and Les could play crucial roles. In recent weeks, the added collaboration from these three has enhanced the discussion as the company gains momentum going into 2022,” said Bastida
"Years ago, I discovered my passion, not for radio or digital, but for telling our clients' stories,” commented Brian Foster. “This message-first approach has led to sustainable growth inside my market, and I am thrilled to continue this endeavor with my new role. Alpha is home to me, and to say I am excited about this next chapter is a huge understatement. I want to thank the Alpha executive team for the confidence they have shown in me.”
Les Tuttle has been Market Manager for Alpha Media in Moberly-Farmington-Festus, including eight radio stations, two information portals, and all digital marketing services. Les has managed radio stations for 36 years. In addition to Missouri, his career has taken him to markets in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
WBHT-FM Wilkes-Barre Rebrands As Hot 97.1
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Cumulus announced that WBHT-FM, Wilkes-Barre, PA, has rebranded as Hot 97.1. The Top 40 station, formerly known as 97.1/95.7 bht, will continue to simulcast on 95.7 FM in the northern region.
Chris Kenney, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton said: “Listeners will feel the energy and excitement Hot 97.1 brings to the market. The hottest music, live and local content, along with community involvement. That's Hot 97.1!”
Valentine, Program Director and On-Air Personality, WBHT-FM, added: “Excited to turn the page on the next chapter in the evolution of the legendary 97.1 FM. The Hot 97.1 brand reflects what we are… HOT! A hometown station that is the home of the hottest music and artists.”
SYNDICATION: The Bob & Tom Show Ink Long-Term Extension With iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– The Bob & Tom Show announced it has renewed its agreement with iHeartMedia to air the award-winning nationally-syndicated morning show on 17 of the company’s radio stations across the U.S. The renewal extends a highly successful broadcast partnership that has spanned nearly four decades. Each of the following iHeartMedia stations has featured the iconic Radio Hall of Fame morning show for 14-38 years: Indianapolis, IN, WFBQ-FM, 38 years Lexington, KY, WKQQ-FM, 25 years Charleston, SC, WRFQ-FM, 25 years Toledo, OH, WIOT-FM, 24 years Madison, WI, WIBA-FM, 23 years Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA, KKRQ-FM, 23 years Rochester, MN, KRCH-FM, 23 years Farmington, NM, KDAG-FM, 23 years Springfield, MO, KXUS-FM, 21 years Bakersfield, CA, KDFO-FM, 21 years Louisville, KY, WQMF-FM, 20 years Dayton, OH, WTUE-FM, 20 years Eau Claire, WI, WMEQ-FM, 19 years Fort Smith, AR, KKBD-FM, 17 year.
Tom Griswold, Host, The BOB & TOM Show, said: “We’re very pleased to extend our successful relationship with our longtime partner, iHeartMedia. We have a brilliant team of broadcasters, comics, writers and producers here at The Bob & Tom Show and we look forward to continuing to serve our iHeartMedia affiliates and listeners with laugh-out-loud morning entertainment. The radio party has just begun!”The Bob & Tom Show is exclusively syndicated by Westwood One. For more information about The BOB & TOM Show, visit: www.bobandtominfo.com or contact Todd Alan at email@example.com or at 212.735.1107.
EVENTS: Greg & The Morning Buzz To Hold 30th Annual Lend A Helping Can Fundraiser
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New Hampshire’s Greg & The Morning Buzz syndicated on 100.3 WHEB, Rock 101, 104.9 The Hawk and Q106, announced the 30th annual Lend A Helping Canradiothon and fundraiser to benefit 12 charities working to combat local hunger and homelessness.
On Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, Greg & The Morning Buzz will extend its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon, from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. On-air personalities from the morning show will encourage listeners to donate to Lend A Helping Can by calling the station or by participating in an online auction.
“Our 31st year of Lend a Helping Can is a testament to the support we have received for so long” said Greg Kretschmar, on-air personality of Greg & The Morning Buzz. “Although we’re in a better place than last year, COVID and its lingering effects make this campaign challenging---and the need is greater than ever”
Lend A Helping Can started 31 years ago as a canned food donation drive. As the support from the New Hampshire community grew, the fundraiser turned into an online auction and a radiothon. Last year, Lend A Helping Can raised over $275,000 to benefit local charities. Since its inception, the event has raised well over $1.5 million and hundreds of tons of canned food items to feed residents in need.
HONORS: Applications For 8th Annual Benztown 50 Window Now Open
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Benztown announces that it will release the 8th Annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from November 15, 2021, to January 7, 2022, at: https://benztown.com/bz50-apply/.
The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “This is our eighth year to recognize the biggest voiceover talent in the U.S. and Canada, and we couldn’t be more excited. The role of outstanding voice imaging in creating successful audio brands cannot be overstated, especially in a listening environment that is more competitive than at any other time in history. Great voiceover artists shape the listening experience in a way that captivates and holds listeners.:
Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group said: “P1 Media Group is proud to partner with Benztown to shine a bright light on the value of station voices in powering the signature sound of high-performing audio brands. It is our great pleasure to reveal and honor these often-unsung heroes of North America’s most popular radio stations and underscore the importance of their work.” For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On ABC News Radio's Dana Schaeffer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, the spotlight shines on ABC News Radio New York producer Dana Schaeffer. You may know her as a regular staffer at MSBC. Long before her radio journey began, she tells Jockline she would go to these ABC vs. WPLJ charity baseball games in her home town back when she was a child (below left).
"I’d meet the News Anchors and Radio DJ’s, and tell them I wanted to work with them one day. Fast forward to college at William Paterson University - the exec producer Monk -- for the Scott & Todd Morning Show, visited his alma mater. She told him it would be a dream to intern at WPLJ... and then after her interview – "I did! It all started there," she says.
In 2013 she started at CBS Radio ( Entercom, Audacy) where she worked on the street team for CBS-FM, FRESH, AMP, and beyond. From there, she moved to 1010 WINS where she fell in love with news/talk radio. To this day she admits to a soft spot for WINS and everyone there.
On a whim, she flew to LA to interview at KIIS-FM in 2017 where she became producer for JoJo on the Radio, re-launched the globally-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown, started a podcast “Paranormal-ish” and worked with Bill Handel at KFI. Radio in Los Angeles taught me a lot. I really learned all the ropes of not only producing so many different shows, but hosting those shows too."
"I have to shout out Morning Show Boot Camp for the networking opportunities as well, because without those conferences, my jobs may have been very different. They gave me face time with people in the industry that may not have been possible because of schedules, or distance."
And where would Dana like to see career path eventually take her? "The ultimate media goal is to be on Good Morning America, or have a morning show," says Dana. "I’m that morning person that’s super bubbly the minute she wakes up, no coffee needed! I’m the person who wants to lift you up, hear about YOU and bring positive energy into YOUR life."
Dana adds, If you ever want to talk radio for hours on end, reach out – I’m your gal. @danamschaeffer
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Pierre Robert Celebrates 40 Years On The Air At Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s 93.3 WMMR announced the 40th Anniversary of legendary Philadelphia Rock n’ Roll host, Pierre Robert. The station will host a month-long celebration of highlights commemorating local radio’s iconic moments broadcast by a most unique, warm, and recognizable personality. Pierre’s career at WMMR includes 40 continuous years live and local, including his beginnings on overnights, short-lived, mid-90s venture into AM Drive as well as his current market-leading position on the air middays in Philadelphia - Photos HERE
The award-winning radio host began his journey aboard his trusty microbus, Minerva, when he left his hometown of San Francisco in 1981 to look for a radio home in the City of Brotherly Love. Upon his arrival, there was a natural fit with 'MMR, the progressive Rock N Roll radio station located on Rittenhouse Square in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. “To quote a little band from San Francisco, ‘What a long, strange trip it’s been’… to which I would add wonderful and absolutely magical,” said Robert. “A thousand thanks to this radio station, its’ staff through the years, and most importantly our amazing loyal listeners, who have allowed me to continue the journey!”
“I've never worked with a more beloved air talent,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Talent Development and WMMR-FM Program Director Bill Weston. “Go to a concert with Pierre Robert you'll never make it around the concourse as he is stopped every 7 feet by an otherwise perfect stranger shouting, ‘Hey Pierre!’ typically followed by smiles, conversation, and a selfie- only to be repeated steps away. It says something about him that his fans are unafraid of dismissal or rejection, trusting he's the same man they love listening to each day on WMMR. He is a gift to our city.”
PHOTO/WMMR’s Pierre Robert setting the stage for complete concert coverage of WMMR’s 50th Birthday Concert starring Bon Jovi, May 3, 2018 inside Wells Fargo Center -PHOTOS/Photo Credit/BP Miller/Chorus Photography
98.1 The Max Memphis Raises a Record-Breaking $533,435.01 For Ronald McDonald House Charities
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Cumulus reports that Memphis Rock radio station 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) has raised $533,435.01 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis through its 31st Annual Radiothon. The record-breaking amount was raised by the station’s generous listeners and RHM partners in less than 12 hours on Friday, November 5, 2021. The radiothon is the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis.
Morgan D. Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Memphis, said: “Serving our community in ways that matter is part of our mission as local broadcasters. I am very proud of the MAX team and our listeners taking us to new heights every year.” Danni Bruns, Program Director, 98.1 The Max, and Operations Manager, Cumulus Memphis, commented: “The Radiothon is the most rewarding part of my job and when you put the best radio team with the best local charity, you get huge results.”
(Left to Right): Ross Turner, Host, Morning Drive, 98.1 The Max; Ditch, Host, PM Drive, 98.1 The Max; Jill Crocker, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House; Malayna McGhee, Director of Donor Services, Ronald McDonald House; Country Cory, Co-Host of Danni and Country Cory in the Morning; Danni Bruns, Ops Manager, Cumulus Memphis and Program Director/Morning Co-Host, 98.1 The Max.
WRKO Boston Raises Over $192,000 For Disabled Veterans Suring 6TH Annual Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s AM 680 WRKO, The Voice of Boston, raised over $192,000 during sixth annual DAV Radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Department of Massachusetts. The radiothon took place on Thursday, November, 11 for Veterans Day, from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. AM 680 WRKO’s on-air personalities Jeff Kuhner, Barry Armstrong and Howie Carr held a 13- hour live broadcast encouraging listeners to donate and raise funds for the DAV of Massachusetts’ homeless shelter and transportation programs.
“It’s an honor for AM 680 WRKO to dedicate Veterans Day to help the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our great country.” said Rob Sanchez, Vice President of News, Talk, Sports for iHeartMedia Boston. “Our generous listeners always amaze me and have once again shown their support to raise $192,082 for the DAV of Massachusetts.” Since 2016, DAV Radiothon has raised over $800,000 to benefit veterans in the community.
99.5 The Mountain Denver's 'Project Sanctuary' Raises A Record $58,619.44 on Veterans Day
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– The 2021 Project Sanctuary Radiothon to benefit military and veteran families raised a record $58,619.44 on Veterans Day on Audacy's 99.5 The Mountain. Project Sanctuary, a 100% donor-supported, Colorado-based, non-profit organization that serves military and veteran families all around the United States. Their mission is to help at-risk families heal. Many military and veteran families struggle post-deployment or with transition to civilian life. Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can make those transitions even more difficult. Most veterans’ organizations help the individual but not the entire family.
The Mountain morning host Dave O’Brien broadcast for 12 hours soliciting donations. “It was amazing!” said O’Brien. “The average amount of each caller's donation was nearly $150!” O’Brien also attended a retreat this past summer and saw first-hand the impact Project Sanctuary has on families. PHOTO/99.5 The Mountain
EVENTS: Z100 Announces Lineup For Its 'All-Access' Lounge Presented By 'Splash Blast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia’s Z100, New York unveiled the lineup for Z100’s All Access Lounge Presented by Splash Blast on December 10, the official pre-event celebration for Z100's Jingle Ball 2021 Presented by Capital One. This year’s event will include performances from Tai Verdes, Charli XCX, Oliver Tree, Nessa Barrett, bbno$, Mae Muller, Trevor Daniel with a special appearance by Chlöe at Hammerstein Ballroom from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. In addition to performances, the event, which is free to the public, will feature interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products.
Attendees of the Z100 All-Access Lounge will also have an opportunity to win tickets to the sold-out Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden that evening. Z100's Jingle Ball 2021 will feature star-studded performances from Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Jonas Brothers, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, Saweetie, AJR, Kane Brown, Tate McRae, Bazzi and Dixie D'Amelio. The event will be hosted by Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” as well as the entire Z100 family of on-air personalities, with more to be announced.
Sunny 106.3 Ft. Myers Flips For Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s Sunny 106.3 Ft. Myers, FL announced that it's now Southwest Florida’s Ultimate Christmas music station! WJPT-FM officially flipped to the holiday format with Andy Williams’ holiday classic, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at 5:00PM ET on Friday, November 12, 2021.
“We are excited and proud to continue our annual tradition of Sunny 106.3 of serving as Southwest Florida’s Ultimate Christmas Music Station,” said Operations Manager Adam Star. Listeners can tune into Sunny 106.3 to hear all of their favorite holiday classics from yesterday and today on the air until at 11:59pm on Christmas Day! About Beasley Media Group:
The Mix Chicago Is Looking For A New Morning Host; WSHE On The Hunt For New Host & MD
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago is posting a lookout for two blockbuster opportunities. The first at WTMX-FM where it's searching for a new a new host to entertain 25-54 Adults in mornings. Among numerous attributes, it wants someone who can serve as a director/motivator of team understanding needs, wants, desires, interests of target. Utilizing non morning show personalities daily to create show content. Cultivating all pop culture (local & national) and slab relationships to benefit the show. Continual presentation improvement by keeping all bits and imaging fresh. Create talk/buzz w/ self-generated content receiving TV, Internet, Social Media coverage. Plus, must represent the station in a timely and professional manner.
The job also requires a strong oral and written communication skills; someone who's a good conversationalist, well-read, knowledgeable, articulate dealing with current affairs. Ability to enunciate clearly and interpret and read copy fluently. Articulate information in clear, concise manner to others. Ability to read, hear and speak clearly and follow both oral and written direction.
Meanwhile, Hubbard is also looking for a Host/MD at sister station WSHE-FM. If either of these jobs sound like something you'd fit, APPLY HERE EEO Statement - Hubbard is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Morning Show Hosts Needed In Four Markets
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– The Randy Lane Company is looking for music station morning drive air personalities in four markets. Lane says, "We’re canvassing North America for female talents in three markets and a male talent in one. If you are creative, collaborative, and are willing to share your life on-air, please submit an audio demo, photo, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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REPORT: Young And Multicultural Listeners Drive Consumption For Spoken Word Growth
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– NPR and Edison Research released the 2021 Spoken Word Audio Report this week revealing the continued increased consumption of spoken word audio in the U.S. and the drivers behind the growth. The latest installment of the Report finds consistent growth in spoken word listening, particularly among young and more multicultural audiences, many of whom are relatively new to spoken word audio. The findings were presented in a webinar hosted by National Public Media (NPM) VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson (R) and Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick (L) and is available now at npr.org/spokenwordaudio.
The 2021 Reports finds seventy-five percent of those in the U.S 13+ (212 million people) are monthly spoken word audio listeners, and 45% (127 million people) are daily spoken word audio listeners.
Spoken word audio listening is up 40% in the past seven years, and up 8% year over year, with the share of time spent listening to spoken word audio reaching 28% of time spent with all audio. A look at a seven-year trend shows dramatic increases among young and multicultural listeners. The study shows 26% of 13-34-year-olds’ audio time is spent with spoken word audio, an increase of 116% over 2014.
Similar increases are noted among multicultural listeners: · Black listeners spend 22% of their audio time with spoken word (an 83% increase over 2014) · Hispanic/ Latino listeners spend 27% of their audio time with spoken word (an 80% increase over 2014). · White listeners now spend 29% of their audio time with spoken word, a 26% increase over 2014. While most listeners cite the ability to multitask as one of the main motivations for spoken word audio listening, young and multicultural audiences are more likely to cite other reasons such as connection, education, new perspectives, and self-improvement.
According to Lazovick, Digital listening is also changing the spoken-word audio landscape. Mobile listening has increased 278% over the past seven years, with one-third (34%) of all time spent listening to spoken word audio being done on a mobile device. The increase in consumption on a mobile device holds for all ages, not just younger demos. Of all spoken word audio consumed by those 13+, 22% of it is to podcasts, a 176% increase over seven years ago (8%). “It’s exciting to see the growth in spoken word audio over the past few years, particularly among young and diverse listeners. The demography of our country is changing, and it’s imperative that publishers and audio content creators are responding to those changes in the audio they’re producing," said NPM VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson. Download report HERE
Detroit’s New Country 93.1/WDRQ-FM Detroit Raises Funds To House 10 Area Homeless Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' New Country 93.1 (WDRQ-FM) in Detroit held the Broadway’s Veterans Matter Honor-Thon on Thursday, driving emergency funds to provide 10 local homeless veterans with long-term housing. The Honor-Thon was presented by FreeStar Financial Credit Union. The Honor-Thon aired on New Country 93.1 from 6:00am-10:00am during the morning show. In those four hours, listeners donated $7,100. During the 8:00am hour, sponsor JDog Junk Removal provided a match hour incentive to double donations up to $900, bringing the funds raised to a total of $8,000 – enough to provide long-term housing to 10 area homeless veterans.
Broadway, On-Air Host, New Country 93.1, said: “Today, we shared many stories from veterans about their time served, and their feelings about homeless veterans. Their inspirational tales inspired our listeners to open their wallets and give a hand up to our deserving heroes. Detroit has the most generous listeners I have ever experienced in my 20+ years in radio.” Shawn A. Clark, Executive Director, Veterans Matter, commented: “Veterans Matter has helped to house over 5,000 veterans nationwide, and thanks to Cumulus and the Honor-Thon that is currently going on – we are that much closer to housing a thousand more! We can’t thank all of you enough for making sure that our brothers and sisters have a safe place to call home this winter!”
Veterans Matter is a program of 1Matters.org, a Toledo-based non-profit 501c3 sparked and supported by singer John Mellencamp. The organization works directly with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to identify veterans in need and move them from the streets to permanent housing. Veterans Matter has a 100% success rate housing homeless vets in long-term housing, and a 91% success rate keeping them housed. Learn more, and discover more ways to help, by visiting VeteransMatter.org.
PODCAST: WBBM Newsradio Chicago's Lisa Fielding Launches 'Back Stage Chicago'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– WBBM Chicago's Lisa Fielding says she's covered just about every kind of story/beat over her 30 year radio/TV career: "crime, courts, politics, sports, health care, education, social Justice, you name it…but the pandemic really drew me back to my first love of arts and culture reporting. In the last few years, I’ve met some amazing, talented, fascinating people who spend their lives cultivating their craft and who were suddenly sidelined. I’ve also realized how important arts & culture is in our lives. 16-18 months without, it’s something not to take for granted. It’s also an economic engine for our economy."
Next month, says Fielding, she's launching a new arts & culture podcast. "This is a project that’s been floating in my brain for about a decade (even before podcasts were a thing) so I’m excited it’s finally becoming a reality. Thanks to my company Audacy for investing in the tools and technology to make it happen. “Back Stage Chicago” will drop new episodes once a week. Media scribe Robert Feder says, "“Backstage Chicago follows the launch of another original podcast from WBBM Newsradio — “Gains with Andy Giersher,” hosted by the longtime producer of the station’s “Noon Business Hour.” It's part of Audacy’s “multiplatform transformation” of its news brands nationwide, WBBM Newsradio also recently added two new digital producers under Zawaski. PHOTO/Fielding Facebook
Kimberly Bryant Rises To Director of Client Services Post At Coleman Insights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– Coleman Insights announced that Field Coordinator Kimberly Bryant has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Client Services for the media research firm. Her promotion will be effective Monday, November 15th. According to Coleman Insights President Warren Kurtzman, her new responsibilities will be integral to the company’s customer service efforts.
“We have created the Director of Client Services position to ensure our clients continue to receive the highest level of attention and service,” said Kurtzman. “Kimberly is the perfect person to handle this position and is well deserving of this promotion. She has always been laser-focused on supporting our teams internally and ensuring projects stay on track for our clients.”
In accepting the new role Bryant said, “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to playing a larger role at the company, as I truly love being a part of the Coleman Insights family.” Kimberly Bryant has a long history with Coleman Insights; she started as a part-time Research Assistant in 2004 and was promoted to Field Coordinator in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University.
iHeart Brings Christmas Music To Philly With 106.1 The Breeze
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– You can add iHeart's 106.1 The Breeze to the latest station flipping to Christmas Music Thru Christmas Day. The switch took place yesterday at 10:00 a.m.
The Breeze Program Director Chris Conley said, “We’re excited to present the best Christmas Music playlist on the radio to our loyal breeze audience. We’re the spot on the dial for relaxing Christmas favorites 24/7 now through Christmas Day."
iHeartMedia Raleigh Debuts Christmas 95.3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Raleigh has launched Christmas 95.3, a new holiday music station for listeners in the Raleigh community. “We are thrilled to announce the launch of Christmas music on our new holiday music station, Christmas 95.3, Raleigh’s New Home for the Holidays,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh. “It’s exciting to spread holiday cheer in Raleigh and The Triangle with non-stop Christmas favorites throughout the Holiday Season.”
About iHeartMedia Raleigh iHeartMedia Raleigh owns and operates WDCG-FM, WDCG-HD2, WNCB-FM, WRDU-FM, WTKK-FM, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] is the leading audio media company in America, reaching over 250 million people each month. It is number one in broadcast and streaming radio as well as podcasting and audio ad tech, and includes three segments: The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group; the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group; and the Audio and Media Services Group.
Carrie Underwood Joins As Special Guest On Country Top 40 With Fitz’s Holiday Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– Skyview Networks’ Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40) will be producing two special programs for the holiday season. Among the highlights include country superstar Carrie Underwood as Fitz’s special guest on this year’s six-hour program. Plus, the Top 50 Year-End Countdown for 2021 will spotlight the biggest country hits of this past year. The four-hour program will feature the best music in typical Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40) fashion. "I can’t wait to continue Bob Kingsley’s Christmas in America legacy for a new generation, by starting a new tradition with guest host Carrie Underwood. It’s going to be a Very Carrie Fitzmas!” said Fitz.
These two programs join Country Top 40 with Fitz’s Thanksgiving Weekend special Thankful for the Hits Countdown, as Fitz wraps up 2021 in grand form. Christmas in America with Fitz features music and country stars for its affiliated and interested new markets on a first come, first served basis. Window: Monday, December 20 through Sunday, December 26, broadcast anytime from 6am-midnight Details: 6 Hours, available by FTP download Network Inventory: 6 minutes per hour (total of 36 minutes) This show will be provided in lieu of the regular 4-hour version of CT40 for the weekend of 12/25-12/26.
The Top 50 Year-End Countdown window is Monday, December 27 through Sunday, January 2, broadcast anytime from 6am-midnight Details: 4 hours, available by FTP download Network Inventory: 6 minutes per hour (total of 24 minutes) For more information on the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend special and affiliation, please contact email@example.com and visit Skyview Networks’ country platform at skyviewnetworks.com/skyviewcountry to learn more.
CBS Audio To Present Two Thanksgiving Holiday Specials
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– CBS Audio announced that it will present two Thanksgiving specials that is available on Wednesday November 24 – Sunday November 28. Hosted by Gil Gross your listeners will get three hours of bright and informative conversation about America’s most beloved holiday. This special offers fascinating stories, delicious recipes, and traditions old and new to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Next up is 'Home for the Holidays' - Among the highlights, find out which Country star is allergic to natural Christmas trees? Which Country star makes gumbo for the Holidays? Which Country star will substitute beer for eggnog?
All will be revealed as CBS Presents Country Home for the Holidays Three hours of Country Holiday hits & classics as stars like Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Cole Swindell and the Pistol Annies share their favorite holiday memories and songs.
Available for multiple airings from Tuesday November 23rd through Sunday December 26th, 2021. Available via FTP only beginning Wednesday, November 17th. For more info, contact Amy Bolton at BoltonA@cbsnews.com
iHeart Realigns Its 'Show Your Stripes' Campaign To Focus On Evolving Issues Facing Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced the relaunch of its award-winning iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes social impact campaign with an all-new series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), a broadened focus on veteran wellness, and a multi-year commitment to create a more supportive world for veterans returning home. The program also aims to connect veterans and their families with the communities, businesses, resources, programs and nonprofits that can support their different wellness needs.
Launched nine years ago to address the national veteran unemployment crisis, iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes will now realign with some of the most pressing issues facing veterans today, including a focus on wellness — from health and emotional wellness to environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness.
Additionally, beginning this week, iHeart will launch a series of PSAs voiced by nationally-recognized iHeart on-air personalities Ryan Seacrest, Bobby Bones, Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Steve Harvey and Woody as well as recording artists Craig Morgan and Walker Hayes to encourage veterans facing challenges or family and friends looking out for the wellbeing of a veteran to visit showyourstripes.org for national and local support.
WEBINAR: Mike McVay & Jackie Parks To Host Benztown's '5 Ways You're Leaving Digital Dollars On The Table
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– Benztown pairs Mike McVay, President, McVay Media and Jackie Parks, Founder/CEO, Envisionwise, for a free webinar for radio professionals, “5 Ways You’re Leaving Digital Dollars on the Table.” The 45-minute webinar will provide specific tools for optimizing station revenue through station websites, including blogs, ad inventory, contesting, sponsorships, and e-clubs. It will also show you how to take advantage of blogs, updating with current events, how to maximize and monetize your website’s real estate, plus ways to guarantee traffic to your station’s website with contesting ands how to monetize features of your website through sponsorships
It takes place next Thursday, November 18, 2021, 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET. Register for the Zoom webinar HERE
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2021 NAB Marconi Awards Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) revealed yesterday the winners for the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards The awards were announced during the virtual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Celebration, now available on demand on NAB Amplify. Sponsored by Xperi, the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards were hosted by Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated morning show, “The Breakfast Club.”
This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award winners are: Legendary Station of the Year WSB-AM, Atlanta, Ga. - Legendary Manager of the Year Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting - Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Rickey Smiley, Reach Media, Inc (shown left). -- Major Market Personality of the Year The Musers - Dunham, Miller & Keith, KTCK-AM, Dallas, Texas (shown top right) --Large Market Personality of the Year Ann Kelly, WDUV-FM, Tampa Bay, Fla. --Medium Market Personality of the Year Dan Potter, KRMG-FM, Tulsa, Okla. -- Small Market Personality of the Year -- Frito and Katy, KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas
Major Market Station of the Year KYW, Philadelphia, Pa. -- Large Market Station of the Year KTMY-FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. -- Medium Market Station of the Year KRMG-FM, Tulsa, Okla. -- Small Market Station of the Year WTAW-AM, College Station, Texas
AC Station of the Year WTMX-FM, Chicago, Ill. - CHR Station of the Year KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas -- Classic Hits Station of the Year WCBS-FM, New York, N.Y.-- College Station of the Year WPSC-FM, William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. -- Country Station of the Year WYCD-FM, Detroit, Mich. -- News/Talk Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. -- Religious Station of the Year WGTS-FM, Washington, D.C. -- Rock Station of the Year KLOS-FM, Los Angeles, Calif. -- Spanish Language Station of the Year KLLI-FM, Los Angeles, Calif. -- Sports Station of the Year KTCK-AM, Dallas, Texas -- Best Radio Podcast of the Year "We Need to Talk," WGTS-FM, Washington, D.C.
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.
Vince Vitrano Jumps From TV To Radio As News Host On WTMJ 620 Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– Newsradio 620 WTMJ has named Vince Vitrano, longtime morning news anchor at TMJ4 News, as the new host of “Wisconsin’s Morning News,” replacing Gene Mueller, who announced his retirement after 44 years in Milwaukee radio. Mueller will retire in February 2022 as Vitrano segues into the role.
For Vitrano, the move to 620 WTMJ fulfills a lifelong broadcasting dream. “For a kid born and raised in Wisconsin, this job is like playing for the Brewers and the Bucks! Salute to Gene Mueller, who is a friend, a colleague, and someone I’ve looked up to in our business. To succeed him in this role is truly an honor.” Vitrano continues, “The job presents a different opportunity while continuing with the legacy of great stations.”
“Vince Vitrano is a perfect choice to fill ‘the big chair’,” said Gene Mueller, on-air host on Wisconsin’s Morning News.” He continued, “He’s a true Wisconsinite— a solid news veteran who shares the interests, sensibilities, and concerns of our listeners. I will sleep better and longer knowing Vince is there, continuing a legacy broadcast with passion, care, and integrity.”
Steve Wexler, Vice President and Market Manager of Good Karma Brands, which owns and operates Newsradio 620 WTMJ said, “We are excited to welcome Vince to WTMJ Radio and are thrilled that WTMJ’s tradition of excellence, community service and news, both in TV and radio, continues today. As we thank Gene for his amazing career and contributions, we can’t wait for Vince to lead us forward.”
Keith McPherson And Sal Licata Added To Night Lineup At WFAN AM/FM New York
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced new nightly programming for WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM) in New York. Keith McPherson (TL) will join the station and be heard from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET, effective November 22. Sal Licata (TR), who has been on air in a part-time role since 2018, will now host from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET, effective November 15. “Keith and Sal will form a dynamic evening one-two punch, as both have the passion and drive to usher in an exciting new era on The Fan,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy New York. “These hours became a must listen for decades with the iconic Steve Somers behind the microphone, and that will continue as Keith and Sal entertain the tristate area nightly be it on the road or even at home under the covers.”
“This is really a dream come true,” said McPherson. “I find no greater joy or entertainment than live sports and it's a blessing and an honor to have this opportunity at a place like WFAN. I look forward to talking sports every day in New York and helping to lead this station into the future.” Keith McPherson joins WFAN after serving as social media manager and podcast host for Jomboy Media since January 2020. Prior to that, he held roles including social media strategist for Transition Sports & Entertainment; manager of digital marketing and strategy (sports) for Roc Nation; social media manager for fuboTV; social media coordinator for MTV Networks; and MLB Fan Cave representative for Major League Baseball.
“Having a full time show on WFAN means everything to me,” said Licata. “It’s an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to talk sports every night with the most passionate fans, in the greatest city in the world, on the best sports talk station ever created. It’s all I have ever wanted.” Sal Licata started his broadcasting career as an intern at WFAN in January 2003 and worked his way up since.
Howard Greiner Named Area President For iHeart Albany
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has named Howard Greiner has been named Area President for the Albany area, which includes Poughkeepsie and Sussex, NJ. Greiner will take on the position effective December 31, 2021, when current Area President Kristen Delaney retires. He will report to Dan Lankford, Division President for iHeartMedia Community Markets. “I’m excited to welcome Howard to the iHeart family,” said Lankford. “Howard’s extensive marketing knowledge and years of experience building winning teams will be a great asset to our Albany area operations.”
Greiner joins the Albany area after a three-year stint at his own consulting firm and 18 years with Buntin Out-Of-Home Media, where he most recently served as the President and COO. “I am excited to join America's leading audio company bringing over 30 years of national, regional and local marketing and media experience to an exceptional team of professionals in the Albany, Poughkeepsie and Sussex, NJ markets,” said Greiner. “Our team will continue to deliver best-in-class marketing initiatives to the region’s business community in an ever-evolving media landscape.”
Dekki Yang Rises To SVP/Sales For iHeart Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has promoted Bekki Yang to Senior Vice President of Sales for Minneapolis, effective immediately. She will report to Greg Alexander, Market President for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. “Bekki thinks big and acts big,” said Alexander. “Innovation and creative thinking are at the core of her career success. I’m thrilled to promote her to Senior Vice President of Sales.” Yang has a 22-year history with iHeartMedia, most recently serving as the Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. She began her career with iHeartMedia Milwaukee as an intern and has since taken on multiple roles within the company, from Promotions & Marketing Director for V100.7 (WKKV) to Account Executive for Mix 92.3 (WMXD).
“I’ve had a very long career with iHeartMedia and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role with the iHeartMedia Minneapolis team,” Yang said. “I look forward to the continued success that Minneapolis has established while adding new ideas and leadership to the team.” iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Minneapolis market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.
CMG Adds vPromotions To Its Suite Of Products
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– vCreative announced today that Cox Media Group has completed its deployment of vPromotions, vCreative’s promotion, contest and event management software, expanding their long-term partnership. As promotion and event strategies continue to evolve, broadcasters have seen a measurable upswing in social media use and digital engagement, giving radio stations new opportunities to reach audiences. vPromotions enables CMG to capture this demand while also saving time through more efficient and streamlined workflow. Chris Eagan (shown below left), Vice President, Audience & Operations of Cox Media Group states: “With vPromotions, not only are we able to manage promotions centrally, but we have broadened what we can offer to our advertisers and our audience. The ability to integrate Aptivada digital contests, social media and remote events into a single platform, as well as promote podcasts and other programming, was long overdue. vPromotions gave us a bridge to the future.”
“We are thrilled with CMG’s decision to add vPromotions to its vCreative suite of products,” said Susie Hedrick (shown right) vCreative’s CEO. “vCreative’s mission is, and has always been, to develop technology that helps our clients to grow and thrive. CMG’s decision to consolidate on our platform gives us confidence that we are achieving our goal.” Learn more at vcreativeinc.com.
Beasley And ABC7 Team Up to Support Southwest Florida Veterans For Homebase
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– On today's Veteran's Day, Beasley Media Group and Waterman Broadcasting will join forces for the second annual Southwest Florida Salutes our Veterans event to raise awareness and support for Home Base Southwest Florida and its Veteran and Family Care initiatives. Through the partnership, B103.9 FM Morning Personality and Army Veteran Jason “Big Mama” Jones, host of the “Big Mama and the WiLd Bunch Morning Show” which airs from 6-10AM, and the 96K Rock’s Stan and Haney Show which airs from 2- 6PM, in conjunction with the ABC7 morning and evening news broadcasts, will showcase the Home Base Southwest Florida (SWFL) programs that treat Veterans, Service Members, and their Families coping with the invisible wounds of war.
“Our Veteran community continues to face challenges, from the ongoing pandemic to tensions around the globe. Veteran suicides have increased 20% since the onset of the pandemic, with nearly 20 Veterans losing their lives to suicide each day. The recent events in Afghanistan impacted the military community in devastating ways, reopening old wounds for some and deepening current wounds for others. Now more than ever, these heroes need a grateful nation to fulfill their promise of serving them as they have so courageously done for us.” said Home Base Executive Director Brigadier General (USA ret.) Jack Hammond. Florida is home to one of the largest Veteran populations in the United States. Proceeds generated by this annual on-air event will provide essential services to Veterans, active Military and their families living across Southwest Florida.
[WATCH] Pure Radio’s Robin Galloway Pranks Chip Shop During Biden COP25 Stop In Glasgow
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– While US President Joe Biden was in the area, Robin and his crew from Pure Radio rented a limo, hired some security guards, bought a couple of American flags off Amazon and drove around Glasgow. The local newspaper reported on one of the stops at a local chip shop. Read more and watch HERE
International Radio Veteran Brad McNally Has Passed Away In Australia - After a long battle with brain cancer, Brad McNally sadly passed away on Saturday 6th November 2021 in Perth’s, St John of God Hospital. Brad enjoyed a stellar 45 years in the radio industry, beginning in Canada and working in several places abroad, before eventually deciding to settle in Australia. Brad was group program director of stations across Scandinavia for Scandinavian Broadcasting Systems. Brad also worked in Toronto, Canada, London in the UK and Dublin, Ireland. In Australia, his roles included Program Director at 96FM Perth, Gold FM Melbourne, and Sea FM and Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast.
K107fm Supports #BringYourGaelicToWorkWeek In Kirkcaldy, Scotland - K107 is supporting the #Bringyourgaelictoworkweek initiative to help raise the profile of Gaelic Language. Based on the various “Bring your ‘something’ to work days” the concept is to bring your Gaelic to work – and for a whole week. Now, the Kirkcaldy-based station is set to share a six part conversation series with masters of their instruments, which celebrates the finest traditional music Scotland has to offer. The series is presented by Native Gaelic speaker Bekah NicLeòid. In each episode Bekah chats in Gaelic to people from the world of Celtic and Gaelic music looking at their instrument of choice and the resulting relationship with the music they love to play. The programmes will be illustrated with examples of their own music and tracks featuring musicians who influenced them. All 6 episodes are available at k107.co.uk
More Singers Added To Magic FM’s, ‘Magic of Christmas’ At The London Palladium - Mica Paris, Emeli Sandé, James Arthur and Jamie Cullum have been added to the line-up for Magic’s Christmas event at the London Palladium. Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott, who are presenting the event, announced the final line-up live on the Magic Breakfast Show this week. Breakfast co-host Ronan Keating will also be performing on the night alongside the previously announced Rag’n’Bone Man and Will Young. Tickets for the show are now sold out and the only way to be there is to win on Magic Radio and online at magic.co.uk. Magic of Christmas is happening on Sunday 21st November.
PLR 99.1 New Haven's AJ Has Entered The Box; Will Listen To 'Chicken Dance' On Repeat For 24 Hours
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2021 –– Starting this morning at 9am, PLR 99.1 New Haven's AJ will live in a box for 24 hours, outside of McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus of New Haven. All to raise money for The Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus Toy Drive.
The Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus of New Haven Toy Drive is set for Friday, December 10 at Jordan’s Furniture! Join the entire morning show starting at 5:30am to 10am. Proceeds benefit local children’s’ charities. Meanwhile, see how many times you can listen to Chicken Dance in a row, HERE
WEBINAR: Last Chance To Signup For Futuri Webinar With Futuri's Zena Burns & Jim Tarantine
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Research shows that today's consumer uses the term "radio" interchangeably with many non-broadcast audio sources. That means that it's crucial for your best broadcast content to be easily accessible as content from those other sources, and on your listeners' terms. A new study from Futuri and Nielsen examines the current state of On-Demand Broadcast Audio, also known as time-shifted audio — like who's listening, where they're listening, and how they're listening. It uncovers opportunities for broadcast brands to grow audience and revenue with a smart time-shifting strategy.
Register now for access to the white paper on the study and webinars covering key findings on Thursday, November 11, with sessions at 11a and 4p ET. This 30-minute webinar, presented by Futuri’s Jim Tarantine and Zena Burns, will cover key findings from the research and ways that you can capture podcast audience and revenue opportunities with the content you’re already creating. Register at futurimedia.com/podcast21.
BFOA Launches Annual Year-End Giving Campaign Amid Cancelled Fundraisers Due To Pandemic
More Than $1.8 Million in Aid to be Awarded in 2021 to Colleagues in Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has launched its annual year-end giving campaign with an appeal for tax-deductible donations that will allow the Foundation to continue providing financial assistance to those in broadcasting who need it most. A 501(c)3 charity, the Broadcasters Foundation is the only organization dedicated exclusively to delivering financial aid to broadcasters and their families whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe. Personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative can be made at www.broadcastersfoundation.org/donate.
This year’s plea for donations follows a year-and-a-half of several cancelled fundraising events due to the COVID 19 pandemic, even as more broadcasters than ever are reaching out for monthly or emergency relief. The Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.8 million in monthly and one-time emergency grants in 2021. Monthly grants have increased 75% and more than 500 emergency grants have been awarded since 2017. Over the past 20 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $15 million to broadcasters in need.
“Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters from across the country and from all size markets, who have been hit by challenging, often life-altering circumstances,” stated Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “With the support and generosity of the people in our industry, we can help your colleagues and their families get through their toughest times.” “Requests for assistance have escalated at a significant rate over the past several years,” said Jim Thompson, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Combined with the cancellation of several fundraising events due to the pandemic, personal and corporate donations are vital to continuing our charitable mission of disbursing financial aid to those in your industry who need it most.”
To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
Preston & Steve’s Camp Out For Hunger Raises Over $1 Million Dollars; 2.3 Million LB's of Food
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s 93.3 WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger event raised over 2.3 Million pounds of food and $1.04 Million dollars cash to benefit needy individuals and families residing throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Proceeds will directly benefit local hunger relief organizations through Philabundance - Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, which acquires, rescues, and distributes food to help feed those in need, while also advocating for policies that increase food access.
Beginning at 6am on Monday, November 1st through 11am on Friday, November 5, 2021, Radio Hall of Fame Morning Personalities Preston and Steve camped out and broadcast live in the parking lot of Xfinity Live!, (shown) located within the Wells Fargo Center Sports Complex in South Philadelphia, in an effort to collect food and monetary donations from listeners and businesses throughout the tri-state area. Their initial goal was to raise one ton of food. Listeners were welcomed back into the broadcast tent after a year with no audience last year. Dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes were either on hand, or ‘zoomed in’ this year to lend their support.
While online and ACME in-store cash donations were the focal point to maximize social distancing, donations were accepted on site via a ‘Drive Thru’ system to make it contactless, while the volunteers loading the food were treated to free Dunkin coffee in the morning, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day from event sponsors. Subaru of America provided the largest donation from a business, – 618,433 pounds of food, earning them a live Preston & Steve broadcast from their headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. PHOTO CREDIT/ Philly Photo & Philm
HONORS: Angela Yee To Announce NAB 2021 Marconi Winners 'Virtually' Today At 2:00pm EST
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Following last month's announcement by NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith of next year's NAB/RAB combined NAB Show in Las Vegas, he shared that this year's Marconi Awards would be presented today, November 10th, virtually this year by Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated morning show, 'The Breakfast Club.' The Marconi Awards will once again honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Today's winners will be chosen from among 23 categories.
Prior to the awards presentation, Smith will deliver his final State of the Industry address, where he'll reflect on his tenure with the association.. “It has been my great honor to represent America’s broadcasters in Washington D.C. and around the world for the past 12 years,” said Smith, who will assume an advisory and advocacy role beginning next year. “While I am disappointed we are not able to gather in person in Las Vegas, I look forward to connecting virtually and seeing everyone in-person at the 2022 NAB Show.” WATCH PRESENTATION HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brian Benedik Named Chief Revenue Officer For Audacy
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Audacy has named Brian Benedik as the company’s Chief Revenue Officer, effective December 1. He will report to Chief Operating Officer Susan Larkin. “We’re thrilled to welcome Brian to Audacy and our executive leadership team,” said Larkin. “His resume speaks for itself, with key roles at audio publishers like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Audible and Katz Media, where his strategic vision enabled the former to quickly elevate from a newcomer in our industry to a multi-billion dollar leader in the audio streaming space. Brian’s considerable expertise and experience will amplify our revenue generation efforts as Audacy continues its upward trajectory.”
Benedik added, “The audio industry is booming with innovation and consumers are enjoying wonderful content experiences across a number of platforms. The Audacy re-imagination efforts are beyond impressive and the portfolio of assets across radio, streaming, podcast, live events, sports play-by-play and sports betting are best in class. I’m looking forward to working with David Field, Susan Larkin and the Audacy executive team to drive value to marketers and our loyal users.”
Brian Benedik joins Audacy from Niantic, an AR developer platform and real world gaming publisher. Prior to Niantic, Benedik spent over 25 years in the over-the-air and digital audio space across a number of global and U.S.-centric organizations. For seven formative years at Spotify, Benedik was a key member of the senior leadership team. Other previous roles include Founder and President of Katz Digital, President of Christal Radio within the Katz Media Group; and General Sales Manager for WHTZ-FM New York at iHeartMedia.
Gen Media Partners And Jim Higgins Team For “G Accelerate Networks
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Warren Friedland, Managing Partner of Gen Media Partners and well-known network radio executive Jim Higgins have announced the launch of G Accelerate Networks, a joint venture in which both parties hold a stake and which Higgins will lead as President and Chief Executive Officer. “Too many radio content producers are getting lost and not getting the attention and dedicated sales and affiliate services required to keep them top-of-mind with stations and thriving financially,” said Higgins. “Warren and I are committed to changing that result for those clients that join us at G Accelerate. We welcome the opportunity to provide them with the effort, resources, and passion required to deliver growth and success.”
With an eye towards its expansion, Friedland stated, "We’ve known Jim for many years, and he was always the shining star of the companies lucky enough to have worked with him. His vast executive experience and client relationships with both creatives, producers, agencies, and advertisers is unmatched in the network business. We are thrilled to be a part of his new venture.” Higgins added, “This is an exciting new phase for me, and I’m thrilled to be part of the Gen Media Partner Companies.”
Jim previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as an equity investor and partner, at United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) for many years, delivering continued content and revenue growth from a virtual start-up formed in the early 1990’s. He most recently was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Key Networks to learn more about G Accelerate Networks, content creators and radio stations may contact Jim Higgins at Jim.email@example.com.
EVENTS: Benztown And MRC Team To Produce AMA's Backstage
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Benztown and MRC are producing "American Music Awards Backstage" for radio stations, free programming that includes fully-produced artist interviews from the 2021 American Music Awards, along with fully-produced promos - all market exclusive and all for FREE.
Highlights include: The American Music Awards will be hosted by Cardi B, with nominees including Jason Aldean, BTS, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Kacey Musgraves, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood and more. The 2021 AMAs will air live on ABC on Sunday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST and will be available the next day on Hulu. Hour-long nomination special hosted by Jeff Timmons or un-hosted for local customization – To air the weekend before the AMAs Access exclusive artist interviews from the American Music Awards to air on stations on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, 202. Format exclusivity Available to Pop/Top 40, Hot AC, AC, Country and Rock Stations - Interviews will be fully produced by Benztown along with promos MRC and Benztown are providing this programming content for your station – Consulted by McVay Media.
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PODCASTS: Audacy's Cadence13 Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension With Author Glennon Doyle
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Leading premium podcast studio Cadence13, an Audacy company, today announced that it has signed a multi-year contract extension with #1 New York Times bestselling author, activist, and thought leader Glennon Doyle for her critically acclaimed #1 podcast We Can Do Hard Things. On the show, Doyle, along with her sister Amanda Doyle and her wife Abby Wambach, shares stories of her life and explores topics including love, relationships, parenting, mental health, recovery, boundaries, redefining family, sex, and more. Soon after its launch in May 2021, Cadence13 expanded We Can Do Hard Things from a weekly to a twice-weekly show, with new episodes dropping Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new agreement includes bonus episodes, events, and an early drop of select episodes of We Can Do Hard Things on the Audacy app.
“From the first episode of ‘We Can Do Hard Things,’ Glennon’s innumerable talents and instincts--including her raw honesty and natural ability to bond with listeners over shared vulnerabilities and the things that make us human, along with her extraordinary sense of humor--immediately catapulted her and the show not only to the top spot on the Apple Podcast charts, but into the hearts of millions around the world,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. “We’re incredibly proud of the show, honored to count Glennon as a member of the Cadence13 family, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.” For more information, visit WeCanDoHardThingsPodcast.com. Glennon Doyle is repped by WME.
Audacy Announces Revised Lineups At 98.1 WOGL, B101.1 And 96.5 TDY In Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– Audacy has announced revamped weekday programming lineups for 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM), B101.1 (WBEB-FM) and 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM) in Philadelphia. Effective November 15, 98.1 WOGL will welcome Coop (shown) as morning show host from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET, alongside a soon-to-be-announced co-host. Coop, who had previously hosted mornings for sister station 96.5 TDY, succeeds Glenn Kalina, who recently announced his retirement. Effective November 8, the station will also welcome Domino as afternoon drive host from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. Domino will continue in his role as afternoon host for Orlando sister station 1059 Sunny FM (WOGL-FM). Concurrently, Bobby Smith will transition to host afternoon drive on B101.1 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
New 98.1 WOGL weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: Coop 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Race Taylor 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Domino -- New B101.1 weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “Jenn & Bill” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET: Bill Tafrow 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Michael Bennett 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Bobby Smith 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET: Laura Boss 96.5 TDY Also effective November 15, Bennett will move from 96.5 TDY afternoon drive to the station’s morning drive from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The station subsequently welcomes Raven, who previously hosted middays at KHKS-FM in Dallas. Bru, who had previously been heard at nights, will now be heard from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET. The station will add Kenzie K to host from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET. She will continue in her role as midday show host for Chicago sister station B96 (WBBM-FM).
New 96.5 TDY weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “Bennett & Raven” 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET: Julia 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Bru 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET: Kenzie K.
Mean Jean' Fremont Named HOT 104.5 PD In Knoxville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– SummitMedia has named Jean ‘Mean Jean’ Fremont as the new program director for Hot 104.5 (WKHT) in the company’s Knoxville cluster. He continues hosting afternoons from 3pm to 7pm. Fremont has served as assistant program director, music director and afternoon talent for the past two years. Fremont spent four years with Hot 104.5 under a previous owner until his departure in June 2018. Before returning to Knoxville, he worked with Cox Media Group in Orlando as Power 95.3 on-air personality.
“Hot 104.5 has always been a special station to me. I’m really excited to be able to lead the first station that gave me my first full-time opportunity,” Fremont said. “I thank the team for their guidance and trusting me to take Hot 104.5 to the next level.”
Originally from New York, Fremont began his radio career as an intern with CBS Radio Orlando in the summer of 2009. He joined the station full time in November 2010 as on-air personality until leaving for Knoxville in 2014.
“I am delighted to see Jean continue to grow in his contributions to our brand and the strategic direction of Hot 104.5 now as our program director,” added Knoxville Market President Chris Protzman. “His commitment to the station, music and community we serve are his driving passions.”
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BLOG: Amid Covid Decline, Morning Numbers Rise To Highest Levels In 20 Months
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– As Covid infections fall, public concern over COVID wanes, and commutes to work and school resume, Nielsen announced last week that American AM/FM radio listening has increased to new highs in the October 2021, in 48 Portable People Meter markets. This week's Cumulus | Audio Active Group blog outlines the key findings.
The 22-month Google search trends for the term “COVID” have sunk to near-record lows Consumers are on the road in their cars: Geopath reports U.S. October 2021 miles traveled were +7% greater than October 2019; Apple Maps says October 2021 driving search volumes surged +59% past pre-COVID levels U.S. AM/FM radio had its strongest reach performance since COVID, recovering 99% of the March 2020 PPM cume audience in PPM markets Nielsen October 2021 PPM AQH audiences rose to 96% of March 2020 levels, the second best showing since the pandemic.
Morning audiences exploded to their highest levels in 20 months; Versus a year ago, women 25-54 AQH increased +20% and teen AQH rose a massive +74%. Black and Hispanic AQH among persons 18-49 and persons 25-54 increased +4% to +8% versus a year ago. Format shares were stable with Sports stations notching a record post-COVID high Nielsen’s September continuous diary markets showed stable audience trends as markets ranked 50+ never saw any COVID impact to audiences. SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
Cassiday Proctor Takes Mornings At The Edge Buffalo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– As first tipped last week (JL 11/4) following Jaye Powers move to afternoons on Kansas City's 105.1 the X (KCJK-FM), Cumulus has now OFFICIALLY announced that former afternoon host Cassiday Proctor gets back to mornings at 1033 The Edge Buffalo. Proctor will also host down middays on Adult Contemporary station Classy 100 (WXKC-FM) in Erie, PA. Proctor was previously Midday host for 95.7 The Vibe (KCHZ-FM), and Afternoon host, 105.1 the X (KCJK-FM), both in Kansas City, MO, where she also served as Spotter for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to Kansas City, she was Co-Host, Mornings, and Host, Afternoons, on 106.5 The Arch (WARH-FM) in St. Louis, MO. She also hosted Mornings on Star 94 (WSTR-FM) in Atlanta, GA, and co-hosted mornings on Kiss 95.1 (WNKS-FM) in Charlotte, NC. Proctor started her radio career in 2008, as a member of the on-air team of The JB and Sandy Morning Show on Mix 94.7 (KAMX-FM) in Austin, TX.
Cassiday Proctor commented: “I am thrilled that my journey with Cumulus brings me to Buffalo. To get back into morning drive was my dream, and to be able to do it in a city I love is the ultimate career win for me. Thanks to Donna Baker and the KC team for being so gracious in this process, and thank you to Jim Riley, Joe Siragusa, and John Dimick for believing in me and trusting me with this opportunity."
Palak Forbes Named SVP/Digital Business Operations For Audacy
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– Audacy has named Palak Forbes as Senior Vice President, Digital Business Operations. Reporting to Audacy’s Chief Digital Officer, J.D. Crowley “As we make consistent strides to evolve and enhance our digital and podcast businesses, Palak is a perfect choice to lead our day-to-day efforts to provide a world-class experience for our customers, creators and consumers,” said Crowley. “Her deep experience launching and scaling innovative new businesses, and expertise managing strategic relationships with companies across the media and technology sectors will enable us to continue delivering robust growth.”
“Digital audio is in a really exciting phase where we have evolving audio formats and listening experiences as well as new ways of life emerging from the pandemic,” said Forbes. “Audacy has brought together a portfolio of innovative brands to meet the needs of the modern listener, content creators, and advertisers alike. I'm so excited to operationalize our strategy across the digital portfolio. It's an honor to join the leading creator of original and premium audio during this time of growth and transformation.”
Palak Forbes was most recently Head of Business Development & Operations at The New York Times, where she oversaw the development the company’s audio business and spearheaded their foray into virtual reality with the NYT VR app which won the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions. Forbes also led strategic and commercial partnership teams to broaden and deepen reader experiences from Apple News to the digitization of millions of historic photos with Google Cloud.
Scott Gaines Named OM Over SummitMedia Knoxville Cluster; To Serve As PD For 100.3 The Wolf
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– SummitMedia has tapped Scott Gaines to manage operations for the company’s Knoxville cluster and serve as program director for WCYQ, 100.3 The Wolf. Gaines brings a solid track record of leadership in multi-station, multiformat programming, and management.
“Summit Knoxville is excited to welcome a radio veteran of Scott’s caliber to the Knoxville market,” said Randy Chase, Summit’s Executive Vice President. “I’m looking forward to having his expertise and passion part of our team.”
Gaines radio career dates back 35 years. Most recently as operations manager for Alpha Media LLC, he oversaw the on-air and digital programming for 11 stations in the Amarillo, Texas, cluster. He was also the program director, content director, and afternoon personality for Country KGNC-FM. He’s also had stints with Cumulus Media, Westwood One, and iHeart.
“I am so unbelievably honored to be chosen for the Summit leadership team in Knoxville,” Gaines said. “The heritage of these stations runs deep in Knoxville. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
NETWORKS: Skyview Network Teams With OutKick For Launch Of 'OutKick’s 360 Show'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– OutKick has teamed with Skyview Networks to build market share and maximize network advertising revenue opportunities. “We’re thrilled to work with Skyview to expand OutKick’s brand and reach,” said Clay Travis, founder of OutKick. “Beginning with the OutKick 360 show, we’re working with the best talent to bring authenticity, perspective and fun back to Sports radio. Radio is at the core of OutKick, and we could not ask for better partners than Skyview to grow our network.”
The OutKick radio network launches with OutKick 360, where Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky provide unique perspective that spans the world of sports. The trio formerly hosted one of the highest-rated sports radio shows in the USA for nine years. “We’re excited to be working with the OutKick team in launching a new sports network that provides radio stations dynamic and entertaining programming that will drive ratings and revenue,” said Steve Jones, COO and President of Skyview Networks.
Skyview Networks will provide distribution services and serve as the exclusive affiliate and radio network sales partner for OutKick. For info, contact email@example.com and visit www.skyviewnetworks.com/outkick.
EVENTS: AWMF Announces 47th Gracie Awards Call for Entries
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), has opened its call for entries for the 47th Annual Gracie Awards.
“The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for and about women. We know the circumstances of this year made production much more difficult, which is why we are more committed that ever to honor the remarkable work by so many in our creative community”, says Becky Brooks AWMF president.
Serving again as chairs for the 2022 Gracie Awards are Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and AWM/F Board member, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks and AWM/F Board member and Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards in 2022.
The 2022 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates are from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Early Bird rates for entries end on December 16, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed HERE
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JR Tapped As New Afternoon Drive Host On iHeart Media Denver’s HITS 95.7
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2021 –– HITS 95.7 Denver announced that JR will be the stations new Afternoon Drive Host, effective today November 8. “JR is a super talented jock, with a track record of success in Top 40 stations, said John E. Kage, Program Director for HITS 95.7. “His social media skills are next level and I’m excited to bring his passion and excitement to HITS 95.7 and the Mile-High City.” “JR is one of the final pieces to the puzzle to level up Hits 95.7,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “His passion, content and social media skills are a perfect match to drive home Mile High city listeners.”
“I’m excited to be a part of the iHeartMedia Denver team,” said JR. “I can’t wait to get to work and help build HITS 95.7 into a powerhouse while connecting with the Colorado community. I’m thrilled to call Colorado my new home.” JR joins the Denver market from Midwest Communications Inc. in Nashville, where he most recently served as the PM Drive Host on WNFN-FM. He began his career at Q97.9 (WJBQ) in Portland, Maine.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Utah's McCall Of The AJ & McCall Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, please meet Utah's McCall, co-host of The AJ & McCall Show On 94.5 VFX. McCall's radio journey began in 2014. Back then she was working at a bank and someone just happened to come in saying they worked at the top 40 radio station in town. She tells Jockline: "I RAN across the lobby (IN HEELS nonetheless) to ask how to get a job there. They told me to go talk to the boss, so I did the next day. I was brought on as an intern, and about a month later the afternoon jock didn't show up for his shift, so I got his slot on on KXRQ-FM."
Some years later after she and her boyfriend had moved, she heard an ad, YES, ON THE RADIO, about the Utah Broadcasters Association Job Fair happening that week. I took off from my job to see what it was all about, and met my now bosses and landed the position on the morning show on KVFX in Logan Utah (they also track shifts on 3 different stations across the state). I've since picked up 1 more station in St. George Utah, and have been a part of the AJ & McCall show in my home town for almost 5 years."
And who are some of her 'go-to' shows for radio inspiration? "There's so many," she says. Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly are some of my favorite people to go to for inspiration; Audacy syndicated The Julia Show, I also love 99.5 Portland's Nick & Kristen and Throwback 2K's Chris Cruise have been so darn helpful. With each of these shows, I love seeing their hustle. I'm so inspired by them all. They make me want to be better, and have been so supportive.
"Ultimately, I want to do everything," adds McCall. "Because if I don't try everything, I don't know that I don't like it. I'd also love to syndicate my midday show, I'd love to blow up as an Influencer, but at the end of the day, I just want to support the community that raised me and serve as an example to the community that you can love the being that you are, AS you are. And also make beaucoup bucks. PS, "Can't wait for next year's Boot Camp"!
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WTRY Albany Celebrates 20th Year As Capital Region’s Holiday Music Station
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Albany announced today “The Greatest Hits of Christmas,” a holiday music station for listeners in the Capital Region on 98.3 TRY. 98.3 TRY is now broadcasting around-the-clock festive music.
“We’re excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary of holiday music,” said Kristen Delaney, Area President for iHeartMedia Albany. “As families look to celebrate a more ‘normal’ holiday season this year, we are thrilled to be a continued part of that celebration with them.”
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The Show Inks 5-Year Extension With iHeart's ROCK 105.3/KIOZ-FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced it has renewed its agreement with “The Show” for Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), San Diego’s Rock Station. “The Show” will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for another five years. “The Show,” featuring Eddie Pappani (left center) Sky Williams (right center), Tylhor “Thor” Dodd (top right), and Emily Griffiths (top left) has been entertaining San Diego audiences during morning drive since 2010 on Rock 105.3 FM.
“I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeartRadio and Rock 105.3 in San Diego, said Pappani. “Sky and I have been on-air in morning drive at Rock 105.3 since 2004, and I can't believe they haven't grown sick of us yet! I want to thank the rest of ‘The Show,’ Sky - my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.”
“I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with ‘The Show’ on Rock 105.3! Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listener’s loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience and show, even more, said Shauna Moran, Program Director for Rock 105.3 FM. “Cheers to another five years!”
MIW Launches New Webinar Series: 'Recognizing Women In Operational Excellence'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, together with vCreative are joining forces to recognize and celebrate women in radio whose unsung efforts ensure efficiency, both operationally and financially, for their stations and groups.
The program’s inaugural free webinar, “Recognizing Women in Operational Excellence” will be held Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 1pm-1:45pm Eastern. Hosted by vCreative CEO Susie Hedrick and MIW Board Member Valerie Blackburn, the Dec. 2nd webinar showcases three uniquely talented women who make a significant impact daily on their company’s Operations: Becky Degener, TSM, Vice President of Traffic Operations; Mildred Sibley, Entravision, Vice President of Station Traffic Operations; and Melissa Mitchell, Bonneville, Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. Webinar participants will hear how these professionals strategically embrace emerging technologies; integrate new products into existing workflows; and hire and train teams.
“The women on this panel exemplify the spirit of our industry,” says Susie Hedrick. “They fearlessly embrace technology, never back away from a challenge, and approach their jobs with curiosity and passion. Although operating mostly behind the scenes, they are the first to be called for the toughest projects. It is my honor to shine a spotlight on their careers, the attitudes that define them, and the positive impact that they have on their businesses.” MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff added, "Our new ‘Recognizing Women in Operational Excellence’ webinar series provides a channel through which we can highlight the wide variety of ways women contribute to the audio industry. We thank Susie Hedrick and vCreative for their vision and insights in helping us turn this idea into a reality.” Reserve your spot and learn more HERE
Morning Show Boot Camp & 'Radio Fam' Form Alliance
"After just a few conversations with Marie, I was convinced she was the perfect compliment to MSBC's future path," says Anthony. Her solid grasp of social media, promotion, keen sense of branding, and eye for great talent - particularly those on the horizon - is nothing short of extraordinary. Both she and I believe this synergy will further highlight talent's unrelenting power and presence for generations to come."
LeMaitre adds, "I'm thrilled that Don asked me to be a part of such a well-known and respected radio conference and I'm very much looking forward to shaking things up next year!" LeMaitre background included 15 years experience doing promotions/marketing in Seattle, Colorado Springs, and Denver.
The Radio Fam is community brand for radio people (also podcasters, streamers, creators, and more) with heavy focus on networking, innovation, inspiration, and advocating for respectful treatment and fair compensation across the radio industry. The Radio Fam curates, creates, and distributes informational content across social media, the website and blog to help guide the future of radio. To learn more or shop great radio gifts, visit theradiofam.com and follow @theradiofam across all social platforms.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On iHeart Radio's Zach Boog
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Zach Boog of WGCI-FM Chicago. His night show also airs in Nashville, Memphis, Milwaukee and Norfolk. In addition to radio, he's a much in demand standup who appears regularly at top clubs in Chicago and Nashville. He tells us, "The Zach Boog story started on YouTube, I was a freshman in College and majored in mass communications and had a college radio show. I started making YouTube videos that became so popular that I got the attention of one of the local DJs at a radio station and he got me an internship (2009).
Zach says he worked his way up the ladder the traditional way. "I interned for a year in Nashville and was then hired as a Promotions Tech. I worked in every department in Nashville I had a digital position, was the courier for the sales department and I would drive the station van to pick up checks from clients, I was still working in promotions and had a show on the weekend. I eventually worked my way to Nights in Nashville and after a few years with top ratings I was promoted to weekends in Chicago and then promoted (in 2017) to the position I currently have which is Nights in Chicago.
JL: And you still do standup at top clubs there in Chicago, Nashville, too. How different is comedy on stage than from behind a mic in a studio? ZB: Comedy on stage is different than from behind the mic in a studio because Comedy on stage you get a instant reaction after you tell your jokes. You know instantly if the joke, or observation was received by the audience. When you are behind the mic on the radio, you’re not sure if your joke landed because you can’t see the reaction. But I will tell you this even though they are different I enjoy them both equally.
JL: I've seen other talent, like Moe on The Bert Show here in Atlanta, who came from stand up. For shows going this route, what would you suggest would be the best way to adapt their talent to radio? ZB: Well, I actually started with radio first then transitioned to stand-up comedy, so that was never a transition I had to make. But my advice would be if you’re a stand up first trying to transition to radio please be faster. You have to learn how to adapt to your team and get your jokes in quick. Being funny alone is one thing but being funny with a group is totally different. It's kind of like basketball you got to know when to shoot and when to pass.
JL: Where would you like to see Zach Boog land in radio's future? ZB: I would like to see myself on a nationally syndicated morning show. I look up to comedians who have their own morning shows like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. I want to be mentioned with those greats one day.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Looks At Hot 101.5 Tampa's Scott Tavlin Of The Miguel & Holly Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Scott 'Scotty With The Body' Tavlin, executive producer of CMG's Miguel & Holly Show on HOT 1.1.5. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Scott's story began after his first year in college. He tells us, "I became an Orientation Leader at the University of South Florida and I had my first experience of getting on stage and speaking in front of nearly a thousand people and…. I LOVED IT!!!!! It launched me into truly finding what my passions were in life. So I ended up switching majors to Communication and one day a friend was casually mentioning the radio station on campus and how they thought I should start a show…" He and his best friend started our weekly show called “The Scotty T and Logie Log Show” and it became addicting. Then, one day in his media class, his professor had a quick announcement before class about a Cox Media Group hiring event. Scott emailed CMG right away for an interview and landed a job on the promotions team.
Then he says, this is when the moment happened. "I was working a remote with Miguel Fuller of HOT 101.5 and we started talking and I shared my goals and dreams with him and he connected with all of it. He ended up asking if I wanted to shadow the show and I pretty much never left. I would just show up everyday and I eventually asked if I could do “Street Bits” for the show to get funny audio of bits like “Drunk Trivia”. Eventually sI got bumped up to programmin and then I asked our PD for a chance at on-air time and that’s when the air-checking sessions started, then overnight shifts to practice, then I got the chance to jock weekend shows. Well, a couple years later the moment finally happened where I was offered a FULL TIME position to become the Executive Producer, the Midday Host, and the Evening Host on K92.3."
Scott has three Full Time Jobs with CMG. He's the Executive Producer for Miguel and Holly Mornings on HOT 101.5 then he host middays 10am til 3pm, and also voice tracks 7pm to 12am for K92.3 as the night jock!
As for the future, he says, "My goal and vision is to have my own morning show one day, “The Scott Show” “Scotty in the Morning” (ahhhh that sounds nice). But also to become a motivational speaker to help inspire others to go after what they deserve in life. I got into radio because I wanted to have a place to inspire, entertain, and inform and I’m forever grateful that I get to do that everyday. I want to be able to do it at the highest level to be able to positively impact as many people as possible."
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FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show', which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler.
Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA."
This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 96.5 in Kansas City and is syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.
As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me. Of course, Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydreamed about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition."
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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Close Up Look At The Joey & Lauren Show Boise
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature for Jockline, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take The Joey & Lauren Show - hosted by Joey & Lauren Jenkins, a married couple who host mornings at My 102.7 KZMG in Boise and also heard on The Q106.7/KIRQ, an affiliate in Twin Falls.The show started in a very interesting way. Joey has been in radio for many years, 12 of which he worked exclusively in sports radio. While working for an ESPN affiliate in Boise, ID, the CEO made the decision to flip formats and asked Joey if he would like to make the jump over to the pop station in the radio group and host mornings. So he said yes! Then the GM told him that they wanted to bring on his wife, Lauren to co-host. Lauren tells Jockline, "Joey's jaw literally dropped. That was a complete shock to both of us as I had zero radio experience. Joey was all in and so excited - but it took some convincing for me. After meeting with the PD, CEO, and GM, I made the decision to jump in, and the rest was history! That was 3 1/2 years ago, now with one with one affiliate and more on the way.
Jl: I'm told to succeed as a married team you have to try sounding like two individuals who just happen to be married? Is that your approach? Lauren: yes and no. For us, we don’t “try” to sound one way or another, we truly are just 100% ourselves with everything that we do. Yes, we are married, but we grew up together and have known each other over half our lives, so there is so much natural comfortability and chemistry that shines through. We were friends for years before becoming a couple, and I feel that our relationship has always been fun, honest, and we truly are uniquely ourselves without having to try to showcase that we’re married (And hey, Joey was in the friend-zone for many years, so that was a great start lol!)Joey: Oh I totally agree with that. You have to find the perfect balance. No one wants to listen to the honeymooners, but don’t be afraid to share real life stuff ... Chemistry is everything when it comes to a good show, and a good marriage should have good chemistry, but our show doesn’t revolve around our relationship, which I think is a good thing.
JL: Where do you see the Joey & Lauren Show in the years ahead? J&L - Our hope is to grow the Joey & Lauren family, while also raising our family in Boise. Our show is not hyper-local content but has had great success, which we believe is a recipe to help other stations and markets that don’t have the budget or time to put together a morning show. We know that podcasting and social media is a huge part of the future, and we are just as focused on that as we are a morning show. Oh and a pickleball court in our backyard one day (hey, we can dream, right?!)
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Closer Look At Of Some Of Radio's Next Generation Of Stars
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's up and coming hosts, say hello to Janda, co-host of The Seaver & Janda Show on Hubbard's WDRV-FM/97.1 (shown right). Janda got her start in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She began by answering phones for the Allan Handelman Show on classic rocker WRFX, then worked her way onto a local music specialty show. Her first paid airshift was at WEND in Charlotte, which was launched in 1995 with PD Jack Daniel at the helm. It was Jack that gave her my first shot on the air. After WEND I went to WAVFCharleston, where I worked with Rob Cressman, who is now the PD at WDRV-FM in Chicago. After Charleston she went to KNDD Seattle, then to Soundbreak in LA where she was hired by MTV VJ Mark Goodman, then at KCRW LA. Cressman brought her to The Drive in 2018.
For a closer look, we asked: JL So you're on from 2-7 pm and there's obviously more music. How are you able to blend your own content with the music. J: My co-host Seaver and I do several features on our show that are very local to Chicago, including a trivia game every weeknight. We live in a great city and there is always something going on here that our listeners can get excited about.
JL: How much does Social Media play into your brand beyond the show? J: Social media is important because it gives the ability to add a visual layer to what I'm doing every day on the air, and because it gives our listeners a chance to join the conversation. I like to have fun with it.
JL: Tell us about your podcast. J: My podcast is called Behind The Song. It's a music history podcast about classic rock song lyrics launched in 2018, and a new episode drops every two weeks. It was nominated for a Marconi Award, and is currently sponsored by DuPage Credit Union. It averages around 30,000 downloads per month, with an accompanying Youtube channel with video episodes. It is a labor of love and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.
JL: Where do you see your future taking you? J: I don't have a crystal ball but I'd love to grow as the station grows, while expanding my podcast to live shows and full-scale productions. I like to try new things with storytelling!
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Randy Lane - Complaints Are A Good Thing…Usually
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2021 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog, he points to his recent to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Specifically, the panel 'Managing Content In A PC-Driven World.
Panelist included: Cumulus OM Atlanta and VP of Contemporary Programming, Louie Diaz who shared that he screens many Bert Show complaints by responding to them himself. It was also pointed out that most complainers can be diffused by simply thanking them for their feedback. We are living in a PC-sensitive period where complaints can quickly blow up to the thousands on social media -- just ask Kiss 108 Boston’s Matt Siegel. Lane says, The highly polarized audience today is easily offended. Management often overreacts or flips out over one or two random talent complaints. Air personalities often get reprimanded or cautioned to never let it happen again.
"Conversely, there is truth to the idea that if a show isn’t receiving any complaints, it’s not connecting and creating audience reaction," says Lane. "That may be a bigger issue than complaints. As managers, it’s important to know who the complaints are coming from and which ones to take seriously. Irrelevant Complaints There’s a segment of the population that loves to complain about anything. Their grievances are typically petty, random, and non-specific"
" Most complaints are not coming from fans, they are generally coming from satellite P3 and P4 listeners," says Lane. "Also, be wary of aggressive competitors who launch complaints to get your station to react irrationally. Handling Complaints Always listen to the audio so you can be 100% accurate in your assessment. The complainer may have misheard what was said or heard it on a competing show. Only share legitimate complaints with talent that could hurt their brand, ratings, or station revenue."
In rare situations that blow up to hundreds or thousands of complaints, advise talent to address it on-air. "Air personalities can effectively rally their fans by playing back on-air petty grievances or by reading social media posts. When talent responds to a complaint, the listener is not only appeased, but they are usually thrilled!"
Lane closes by saying, "The internet has sped up awareness and acceptance of many social issues. What was once considered funny is now offensive."
AQ3 - What Talent Said About Life Since Covid - 'Everyone Was Impacted - Especially Women'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021 –– Hundreds joined yesterday for Fred Jacobs AQ3 webinar which tracked input from over 600 air personalities, producers and more on the state of radio their perspective since Covid. In case you missed it, see details below for yet another look. Jacobs blogged recently that the radio business, like most industry sectors doesn't have a “census.” There's no way of knowing how many jobs were lost in 2020 (and 2019) due toCOVID and other “reductions in force” that aren't coming back.
Jacobs said his first conclusion is that at a time when if you asked leadership at the competition – Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc. – to name broadcast radio's “secret sauce,” he bet that personalities would be at or near the top of their checklists. "Yet talent in radio is a shrinking breed at a time when the industry needs to recapture attention and buzz. And respect," he lamented.
Jacobs added, "And of course, everyone on the air is impacted – especially women. This was made clear during his first unveiling of findings from the third annual AQ3, the air talent study during Morning Show Boot Camp held earlier this month in Chicago.
The data also identified that women are losing ground at radio stations all over the U.S. – in all sized markets and companies. The #MeToo movement seems to have lost some momentum, said Jacobs. Similarly, on the question of whether women have as good a chance advancing on the air as men, the degree of agreement is lower than what we saw back in 2019 in AQ2.
If you missed the original presentation, or yesterdays webinar from Jacobs Media, - CLICK HERE For another look.
HONORS: DeDe McGuire Honored With MIW Airblazer Award At MSBC33
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– DeDe McGuire, host of the Compass Media syndicated, "DeDe in the Morning" show was the recipient of this year's 2021 MIW Airblazer Award.
Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, in conjunction with “Morning Show Boot Camp” (MSBC), annually honors an on-air talent for their dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities they serve.
Shown above is MIW Board Member, Lindsay Adams (L), Vice President National Partnerships, Integrated for Audacy, who presented DeDe with the 7th annual MIW Airblazer Award at MSBC on August 12th in Chicago. Prior recipients of the MIW Airblazers award include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, visit www.RadioMIW.com.
Charese Fruge With A Close-Up Look At MSBC33
By Charese Fruge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2021 –– (Reprinted with permission from AllAccess) - For those of you who have never attended Talentmasters' Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Conference, you should know that it’s one of the best in the business. Most attendees are talent on any level, and they all have a lot in common. They all get up at God awful hours to prep for a show where they basically live their lives on the radio in order to relate to and entertain those who are living normal lives.
There are genuine relationships and networks where talent help and hope for one another’s success. Like most industries, there are some politics, but there isn’t a lot of ass kissing and sucking up to the boss at this convention because most of the bosses aren’t in attendance.
Despite the concerns of the rise of the Covid Variant, the turnout was still really good, and this year, there were a lot of “first time boot campers,” and a lot of new faces. That was a good sign, and a good energy boost for the conference since the radio business continues to struggle with the “old school” mentality and the dominance of the “usual suspects” in positions of power and influence. It’s good to know that despite the massive layoffs, lack of diversity, low pay, and inability to grow unless you fit into a certain mold, are not discouraging Millennials and Gen Zers to work in the radio industry. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
PHOTO/L-R: Charese Fruge, Hot 99.5 Washington DC’s Riley Couture , nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Phoenix, Rock 95 Chicago’s Angi Taylor, Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s Holly O’Connor, Audacy Chicago’s Julia Lepidi, KOIT’s Joey Fortman - Special thanks to AllAccess' Joel Denver for his continued support and coverage on this year's event.
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PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE