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Atlanta Hosts On The Mend Now Set For Return

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– Kicks 101.5’s morning host Cadillac Jack is set to return on air Monday, March 27, a month after having a heart attack reports's The AJC's Rodney Ho. He’s actually in good shape and his doctor told him that is why he survived. As a result, he’s been able to bounce back relatively quickly and has been given the clearance to go back to work full time next week. This week, he has been coming in a couple of hours a day to get himself back into full gear. Cadillac has enjoyed his place on Kicks for more than 22 years. In a post on Twitter, his morning co-host Dallas wrote: "Omg @ATLCadillac is in for a quick meeting today..feel like I am getting my life back" SEE HERE

We were also happy to learn that Cox Medla's Tripp West (R) is making progress and looking to return to the air in the next few weeks on B98.5. Although still in rehab after a brain tumor was removed a few weeks ago, his wife Jill posted this update on his Facebook page: "We are still in rehab in North Carolina .. had a slight set back two weeks ago as Tripp became dehydrated and had to have an IV. The dehydration is part of an issue with the pituitary- his diuretic hormone (managed by the pituitary) was off balance. We find out (today) if we will be discharged home or if insurance will give him another week in rehab. Drex is covering for him on air in the interim. He does not have a return date set yet.

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Reverse Racism Complaint Filed Against Radio Show's Video Company

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– White workers claim they were victims of reverse racism in a complaint against executives at Revolt TV, which televises the Power 105.1's Breakfast Club Radio Show. The suit does not name Power or "The Breakfast Club" as defendants, but according to The New York Daily News, five white men who produced broadcasts of the popular morning show for Revolt TV, which is owned by Sean (Diddy) Combs (shown), allege in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that they were victims of reverse racism. Todd Baker, Douglas Goodstein, Richard Wilson, Michael Schiff and Jason Preziosi charge they were ostracized and mocked by execs after being hired in Jan. 2014 because they didn’t get “the culture.”

WW“Revolt treated them worse than other employees who were younger and African American,” the suit reads. The crew of men who are 39 years old or older allege they were not treated the same as other black employees despite their experience having produced years of episodes of "The Howard Stern Show" for television. Val Boreland, Revolt's executive vice president, “was always rude, condescending and dismissive" to the production team led by Goodstein, according to papers. The team seeks damages to be determined at trial.

“These claims are without merit and have previously been dismissed by the (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Revolt Media and TV, LLC has always been committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer,” Revolt said in a statement.

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Q100.5 Las Vegas Taps Natalia Hernandez For Middays

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– KXQQ Q100.5 announced Natalia Hernandez has been named the new Midday host on Q100.5 airing weekdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM effective immediately. Prior to joining Q100.5, Natalia was on-air with sister station 98.5 KLUC.

"14 years ago I got my first radio gig at CBS RADIO in West Palm Beach and I'm so happy to be back with the company it all started with,” said Natalia. “My career has come full circle and I have to thank our OM/PD JB King for believing in me for the midday opportunity at Q100.5.

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Johnny Burke Returning To The Air At 103.9 The Fox Flint

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– Longtime Michigan host Johnny Burke is returning to the Michigan airwaves fourteen months after exiting WHNN 96.1 following a format change. mlive.com reports that Burke has inked an agreement with WRSR-FM 103.9 The Fox and will start his new morning show on Monday, March 27. Burke tell mlive that his show is going to continue his "Homegrown" feature, which highlights local musical artists from the region, and have a noticeable presence in the community.

Of note, Johnny Burke Live, won't include his longtime sidekick Blondie, real name is Bonnie Belger-Holzhei. Burke said it was Belger-Holzhei's choice not to return to the show. She has worked with Burke for the past 15 years. Burke had launched an internet show after leaving WHNN and said the show 'made money, but not enough to keep a full staff employed.'

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PODCAST: ABC Radio Launches 'Uncomfortable'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– Beginning this week, ABC News’ Amna Nawaz goes one-on-one with influential voices in America to tackle issues dividing the nation – race, gender, economics, religion – in the ABC Radio podcast “Uncomfortable.” “We hear a lot about how our country is divided, about how far apart we are on some of the big issues that define us, as Americans. But our divisions don’t go away if we ignore them,” says Nawaz.

New episodes of “Uncomfortable” post every other Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, ABCNewsPodcasts.com and the ABC News apps. Additionally, a video of the episode will be available for streaming on ABCNews.com/Live the same day, and fans can use #UncomfortableTalk on Twitter to engage in the conversation. “Uncomfortable” joins ABC Radio’s growing roster of podcasts including “10% Happier with Dan Harris,” “Robin Roberts: Everybody’s Got Something,” “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis” and “Powerhouse Politics.”

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AWARDS: Radha Subramanyan Named Honoree For 2017 Cynopsis Top Women In Digital Awards

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– Radha Subramanyam, President, Insights, Research and Data Analytics at iHeartMedia was named an honoree for the 2017 Cynopsis Top Women in Digital Awards. The awards honor women who excelled in digital content, marketing, advertising, online and social media over the past year. Radha received the award on Tuesday, March 21 at the Yale Club in New York City.

Radha Subramanyam is President of Insights, Research and Data Analytics for iHeartMedia. Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Subramanyam held senior executive roles at Yahoo! and MTV Networks and was one of the founding leaders of a new analytics and consulting practice at Nielsen. She began her media career at NBCUniversal after having previously taught media and entertainment courses at Vassar College and New York University.

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SNAPS: CBS Hosts Annual Nashville Gathering

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2017 –– CBS RADIO recently hosted its annual country music gathering in Nashville, bringing together the format’s top record labels, management teams and artists. This year, the team was visited by country music greats Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Sam Hunt.

SHOWN ABOVE: Sam Hunt (bottom row, center); EVP, Programming, Chris Oliviero (bottom row, right of Hunt); EVP, Digital Media, JD Crowley (bottom row, second from left), VP, Country Programming, Tim Roberts (top row, seventh from left); VP, Programming, Jeff Sottolano (bottom row, fourth from right); VP, Music Initiatives, Chad Fitzsimmons (top row, sixth from right); and CBS Radio Country PDs from around the country. They are joined by Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO, UMG Nashville (bottom row, second from right) and Royce Risser, Senior VP, Promotion, UMG Nashville (top row, second from left).

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7RIP: 'Gong Show's' Chuck Barris; Clooney Surprises 87-Yr. Old Woman

 

[WATCH] Pink Floyd Drummer Crashes Multi-Million Dollar Auto

[WATCH] Omarosa Bails On 'Daily Show' Appearance At Last Minute

[WATCH] Adele Rips Security Guard For Telling Fans To Sit Down

[WATCH] James Corden Performs Donald Trump Musical With Tim Minchin, Ben Platt, Abigail Spencer

MGM Television Becomes First Studio to Produce Snapchat Shows

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Is Becoming the Holiday Movie of Your Dreams

Drake’s 'More Life' Shatters Streaming Records With 89.9 million Streams On Apple Music in 24 hours

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Announce A Joint Summer Tour

George Clooney Makes an 87-Year-Old Fan Very Happy With Surprise Visit to Nursing Home

'Gong Show's Chuck Barris' Passes Away At 87

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BUSINESS: Beasley Broadcast Group Reports 4th Qtr. Net Rev. Increased 89.1% To $53 Million

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. headed by B. Caroline Beasley Chief Executive Officer, today announced operating results for the three month period and year ended December 31, 2016. On November 1, 2016, Beasley acquired 17 radio stations (net of divestitures) (“the Greater Media stations”). The actual results presented reflect the Company’s legacy Beasley Broadcast Group broadcasting and digital operations and two months of results from the Greater Media stations. The 2016 and 2015 fourth quarter and full year pro-forma results presented herein reflect the Company’s legacy Beasley Broadcast Group broadcasting and digital operations and the results from the Greater Media stations as if the transaction had been completed on January 1, 2015.

Today's Conference Call and Webcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET 719/325-4772, conference ID 6911994 or www.bbgi.com - SEE FULL REPORT HERE

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Justin Craig Rises To Top Programming Post At ESPN

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM program director Justin Craig has been named Senior Director, Programming and Operations for the national ESPN Radio network. In this capacity, Craig will be responsible for all aspects of ESPN Radio programming and production, including oversight of Mike & Mike, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Russillo & Kanell, and nighttime and weekend programming.

Craig transitioned out of his current role at 98.7FM earlier this month and is now based at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., reporting to David Roberts, vice president, ESPN Network Content. Ryan Hurley, formerly the Assistant Program Director at 98.7FM, has been promoted to Program Director and will oversee all aspects of programming at the station. Jonathan Winthrop, who has previously served as a producer at 98.7FM will take on a leadership role as the new Assistant Program Director and will continue to produce The Stephen A. Smith Show.

Prior to his role at ESPN Radio New York, Craig served as the Program Director for ESPN Chicago 1000 for four years. In that time, the station became the number one sports talk station in the city. He also helped create the station’s flagship show Waddle & Silvy, now the top-rated afternoon drive show in Chicago. Craig joined ESPN in January 1998 as a part-time overnight board operator, before becoming one of the original producers of Mike & Mike in 2000. 1

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Veteran Broadcaster Chip Arledge Appointed OM for Cumulus' Shreveport/Bossier

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed seasoned radio programming and operations professional Chip Arledge to Operations Manager for its five-station cluster in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA. Arledge will also serve as Program Director for KRMD-FM and KRMD-AM. He joins Cumulus from Eagle Radio Group/Results Radio Network in Marquette, MI, where he was Director of Commotion & Product Development. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager/Program Director for WYSF and WZRR in Birmingham, AL, and has held Operations Manager/Program Director positions for stations in markets including Fayetteville, AR, and Chillicothe, OH. Arledge was also Regional Brand Manager/Adult Contemporary for Clear Channel Radio.

“After leaving the corporate world about a decade ago to join some of the friendliest people and black bears in the world in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I'm thrilled to return to the Lower 48 and work with the talented folks at Cumulus. To have custodial care of KRMD and the other great stations in the Shreveport cluster is an honor and responsibility I'm thrilled to accept. Let's go have fun," said Arledge.

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Jimmy deCastro Launches Sports Marketing Firm

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– Beloved industry icon, Jimmy deCastro, who stepped down last fall as president and general manager of news/talk WGN AM 720, is back in business reports media scribe, Robert Feder. deCastro announced Monday the launch Monday of After The Whistle LLC, a sports marketing company and representation firm. The new enterprise is an offshoot of The Content Factory, deCastro’s national syndication and new media company. “Let the games begin,” deCastro said in a statement. After The Whistle will represent college football and basketball coaches as well as “select media personalities,” deCastro said. The firm will specialize in “contract negotiations, branding, creative services, career planning, media training, imaging design, and production analytics to build, amplify and develop clients’ unique brands,” according to its website.

DeCastro also announced the hiring this week of Shanae Paulus as the company’s creative director. Paulus most recently served as creative media manager for WGN and Digital.And Then Some, the station’s in-house creative agency. Additional hiring and partnerships for After The Whistle will be introduced in the coming weeks. As head of The Content Factory, deCastro successfully managed Dan Patrick’s transition from ESPN to his own brand across a multitude of media platforms. In 2013 deCastro returned to local radio to head WGN under his onetime protege at Evergreen Media, Larry Wert, president of broadcast media for Tribune Broadcasting. After after three and a half years, he stepped down in October 2016.

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NY Host Would Be Forced To Give Up Radio Job In Declaring Run For New Jersey Governor Primary

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– Comedian turned radio host, Joe Piscopo has made it clear he's quite serious in his desire to run for governor of New Jersey to succeed Chris Christie. But even though he was a Donald Trump supporter, he plans to run as an independent in one of only two governor's races in the U.S. this year.

Piscopo, who airs on New York's AM970 The Answer, said "I am more serious about this than ever before. We're coming up with initiatives. It's all working out," he said. "I'm very, very excited to have an opportunity to help the people of New Jersey. I'm not being coy. I'm very careful and respectful," reports ctpost.com, He said he reached the decision because of the pending April 3 deadline to declare in the primary, which would force him to quit his radio job because of rules mandating that candidates get equal time on public airwaves. He also cited the need to set up campaign committees, which he hasn't yet done. He now faces a June 6 deadline to file as an independent, but says he hasn't decided when he will. Piscopo would face Christie's top deputy, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who he trailed recent polls of GOP voters, but not by much. BOTTOM PHOTO/Al Gattullo, Debbie Duhaime & Frank Morano

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ON-AIR: KBEQ Kansas City Shuffles Lineup; Rip City Radio 620 Debuts Chad And Travis Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– Following a Facebook post announcing 'Your favorite radio station is getting a makeover', Jockline confirmed that beginning March 27th, Steel City's KBEQ/Q104 Kansas City's afternoon host Mike Kellar will be swapping shifts with morning host TJ McEntire (shown)and join with existing co-hosts Zeke and Jillian and be rebranded as Mike, Zeke and Jillian. TJ McEntire will now move to afternoons.

-- Rip City Radio 620, Home of Dan and Nigel in the Mornings, announced the debut of the new Rip City Drive with Chad and Travis, effective immediately. Rip City Drive with Chad and Travis will broadcast on weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m. Rip City Drive with Chad and Travis is a sports talk show that will provide listeners with unique insight into the Portland sports market and a strong passion for the Portland Trail Blazers. This will be Portland’s true sports talk show in the afternoons. Chad Doing will continue to host Blazers Warm-up and The 5th Quarter on Trail Blazers game days. The afternoon show complements Rip City Radio 620’s Rip City Mornings with Dan and Nigel which airs on weekdays from 6-9 a.m.

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NETWORKS: CBS Sports Radio's 'Tiki & Tierney & 'The DA SHOW' Move To New Times; Stephanie Miller Launches 'Resistance Tour'; Sammy Hagar Creates 'Dream' Van Halan Setlist

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney” and “The DA Show,” will move to new weekday timeslots, effective Monday, April 17, as part of new multi-year agreements with their respective hosts, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney and Damon Amendolara. Additionally, “Tiki and Tierney” will be simulcast live on CBS Sports Network, a first for the program. The addition of “Tiki and Tierney” on CBS Sports Network adds to the network’s robust lineup of programming which also includes the simulcast of “Boomer & Carton” every weekday morning. “Tiki and Tierney” will move from weekday mornings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, to afternoon drive, 3:00 – 6:00 PM, replacing “The Doug Gottlieb Show” which will have its final broadcast on Friday, April 14.

--Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang and Frangela return in 2017 as the Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour, fully aware of the probability their taxes will be audited. Touring for several years as the Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, the election forced us to rethink early retirement and return to the stage for a multiple city tour. We face Washington and laugh out loud at the tragic comedy of politics, to throw our finest, most scathing satire at the feet of our not so elected politicians. To fight on with comedy....to offer the real fake news.....to offer true alternative facts. The 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is playing ten dates this year beginning in Madison, Wisc on April 22 and ending in Maui, Hawaii on December 23 rd. FOR MORE INFO, Contact: Ron Hartenbaum 917/881-9669 hartenbaum@wydmedia.com Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour Logo Cast Head Shots ( top to bottom) Stephanie Miller John Fugelsang Frangela

-- USRN is excited to unleash a very special episode of its weekly rock program, SAMMY HAGAR’S TOP ROCK COUNTDOWN. During the episode of the show that airs this week (and on the weekend of March 25-26), host Sammy Hagar thinks about the un-thinkable and delivers a show that stacks up the best songs from the David Lee Roth years of Van Halen with the best material from the era during which Hagar himself fronted the band. In an episode of the series titled The Best of Both Worlds¸ Hagar imagines a future where Van Halen hits the road with BOTH lead singers, and Hagar has assembled the dream setlist for that concert. \For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN at 212.536.3603 or andyd@unitedstations.com

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SNAPS: Art Vuolo Invades The Mix Group Miami's Headquarters

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2017 –– You can likely add one more monogramed t-shirt to Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo's wardrobe after a recent lunch at the The Mix Group Miami headquarters. Following his trip to Atlanta to cover the 8th annual Talk Show Boot Camp, Vuolo traveled south to Florida where he visited with the company at its Miami headquarters

A beaming Vuolo is shown with Jason Garte (President, The Mix Group), Luis Portuondo b)top left (Affiliate Relations Manager), Vuolo, and Alex Rosario, top right (Affiliate Services Manager).

Based in Miami, The Mix Group services nearly 1,200 radio stations worldwide and is represented nationally for advertising by Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia.

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CORRECTION: In yesterday's story on the passing rock icon Chuck Berry which referenced a Huffington Post article, it reported that Berry spent his final days in Ladue, Missouri. Jockline reader Mary Hediger of Big Bang Marketing Consultants LLC was quick to inform us via email that Chuck Berry was actually living out his last years at his residence located out near Wentzville, Missouri. Ladue is in St. Louis County, Wentzville is located in St. Charles County. "The significance is that Berry had a 150+ acre spread in Wentzville, and he was found dead there on Saturday. It may not mean much to the casual readers, but to his fans, it will mean everything. And to St. Louisans like me," wrote Hediger.

 

7Brad Paisley Performs 'Johnny B. Goode;' Napoliatano Benched

 

Music From Chuck Berry’s Final Album Released This Week

[WATCH] Brad Paisley Honors Chuck Berry With 'Johnny B. Goode'

REPORT: FBI Tracks Tom Brady's Stolen Super Bowl Jersey To Journalist In Mexico

[WATCH] Luke Bryan Destroys Guitar in Concert

Tom Hanks To Interview Bruce Springsteen For 'Tribeca Talks' Series

George Michael's Burial Location Revealed

Nicki Minaj Passes Aretha Franklin With Most Billboard Hot 100 Hits Of Any Female Artist

Kevin James To Headline Netflix Standup Special

UH OH: Judge Napoliatano Benched by Fox News Amid Presidential Wiretap Claims

[WATCH] Alec Baldwin Teaches Kid How To Do Trump

Colin Farrell To Star As Oliver North in Iran-Contra Series

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Rock ’N’ Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry Passes Away At 90

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– Credited with influencing numerous rock groups, including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and more,. rock ’n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry passed away in Missouri last Saturday at the age of 90. Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as Chuck Berry, penned numerous hits in the 1950s and 1960s like “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music." He went on to become one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to an line by John Lennon, “If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry." Others like Bruce Springstreen tweeted: "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived." The Rolling Stones posted on their website: "The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock 'n' roll and a massive influence on us.

According to Huffpo, the notoriously interview-shy Berry, had been living out his later years in Ladue, Missouri — near his hometown. He never stopped writing music, and performed regular gigs at a local restaurant and club called Blueberry Hill.

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Guy David Leaps To KYGO/Denver For Morning

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– From the same town that brought you Jonathon Brandmeier, Guy David, of WFON K107.1 FM Fond du Lac will be joining KYGO 98.5 FM Denver/Boulder as morning co-host with Tracy Dixon. “I Ram beyond excited to work with Tracy,” David said. “It’s an absolute honor to be at KYGO and Bonneville. I look forward to getting to know the community and calling Denver home for many years to come.”

“I have been searching for a morning host since I arrived in October” said KYGO Program Director John E. Kage. “Guy really jumped out of the speakers. He’s is a great storyteller, naturally funny, and engaging. With all of the great morning radio in Denver, I feel like this immediately gives us what we need; A unique sound with two talented and compelling hosts on KYGO. David will begin his Co-Host duties with Tracy Dixon in early April.

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Entercom Austin Slides 96.3 RnB Over To 95.9

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– Entercom Austin announced that 96.3 FM RnB will move to a new position on the dial at 95.9 FM. The station will be live on the new frequency at 9:59 a.m. on Friday, March 24th.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all of our loyal listeners at our new home on the dial,” said Stephanie Callihan, vice president and market manager, Entercom Austin. The frequency will go live at the beginning of the Suga Rae show in the late morning.

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Star 94.1 Atlanta's Jeff & Jenn Show Launch 'Reese's Magic Fund With $40,000 Donation

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– The Jeff & Jenn Show on Entercom Atlanta’s STAR 94.1 (WSTR-FM) announced a starting donation of $40,000 to “Reese’s MaGIC Fund” at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). The MaGIC Fund, named after Reese Rivera, daughter of morning show co-host Jenn Hobby, is earmarked to help doctors treat other children through the Malignant Germ Cell International Constortium (MaGIC), lead by Dr. Thomas Olson and Dr. Megan Durham at CHOA’s Eggleston campus.

“Reese’s MRI shows no residual signs of a tumor, and no signs of cancer,” Hobby said, “and there are simply no words for the gratitude we feel for her medical team. Because ‘thank you’ see ms insufficient, this is our way to express it.” The funds raised came from listener donations, as w ell as proceeds of Jenn’s “Big Deal Birthday” event last month at The Vista Room in Decatur. This marks the first major charitable donation from The Jeff & Jenn Show since launching on Star 9 4.1 on year ago. PHOTO/L TO R: GRANT RIVERA (Jenn’s Husband and Reese’s Father), LAUREN RIVERA (Reese’s sister), JENN HOBBY, DR. TOM OLSON, REESE RIVERA, JEFF DAULER,

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[WATCH] Futuri Launches Alexa Skills For Radio

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– Futuri Media announced that their clients will NOW have access to customized Alexa Skills for their radio stations. With Alexa Skills, stations can deliver their streaming and on-demand content to devices like the Amazon Echo, Tap, and Dot. “Amazon Alexa-enabled devices have exploded in popularity this year. Seeing the potential audience and revenue lift associated with this rapidly-expanding audio distribution channel, we’ve made development t in the ‘smart speaker’ space a priority,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “It’s a tremendous us opportunity for broadcast brands to stay on the cutting edge.”

Some examples of Futuri ’s customized Alexa Skills: Streaming your favorite station can be as simple as asking... • Alexa, start playing Star 95 • Alexa can play your station’s custom forecast (with a sponsor!)... • Alexa, ask Star 95 for the weather • Or your latest local news... • Alexa, ask Star 95 for the latest news - WATCH HERE

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WJR's Paul W. Smith Scoops Interview With New FCC Chair

THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2017 –– Turned out to be an extra lucky day for WJR Detroit's Paul W. Smith. Smith who managed to scoop an interview the newly place FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on his morning show.

Pai, who has been an occasional guest on WJR as FCC Commissioner, called WJR to say he'd be in Detroit today and graciously accepted Smith's invitation to appear on Smith's St. Patrick's Day show. Lucky day for WJR listeners, too.

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7Mick Jagger & Others Pay Tribute To The Late Chuck Berry

 

Mick Jagger Lead Celebrity Tributes To Chuck Berry

...Others React

REPORT: Artie Lange Arrested for Heroin, Cocaine Possession

Marvel Teams With Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am for Graphic Novel

Jennifer Lopez ‘Shades Of Blue’ Renewed For Season 3 By NBC

REPORT: Garth Brooks To Open/Close RodeoHouston 2018 Rodeo

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Smashes Box Office Records With $170 Million Debut

UH OH: Coachella Files Lawsuit Against Urban Outfitters for Trademark Infringement

CHECK IT OUT: 'Monopoly' Launches New 'Token'

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WSB Atlanta Radio Celebrates 95 Years On-Air

Cox Media Group ’ s (CMG) News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) launched on March 15, 1922. The station has served the metro Atlanta area with news, weather and local information for 95 years. Condace Pressley, Georgia Radio Hall of Famer and WSB Radio’s Manager of Program Operations and Community Affairs, said of the milestone, “In 1922, WSB was licensed to deliver weather reports. Today, delivery of accurate and dependable news, weather and traffic remain s our calling card, but this station and its people are so much more. Service to the Atlanta community is in WSB’s DNA.”

Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming, added, “ The WSB brand of local news, weather and traffic has grown from being on AM only to now serving north Georgia on FM, mobile, and digital. It all boils down to our slogan – Depend On It! ” Click here to listen to an interview with Bebe Meaders, who is also 95 and has listened to WSB Radio since the beginning.

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REPORT: Music Industry Now Taking Podcasting Seriously

88% of subscribers to any given podcast listen to most or all of its episodes - Midroll

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– Cherie Hu, pens an article for Forbes, saying "If 2017 alone is any indication, the music business is investing heavily in podcasts as an integral part of its future -- Major labels like Sony Music Entertainment are experimenting with short-form audio podcasts centered around their back catalog." Hu adds, "Even Techstars Music is sensing a financial link between music and podcasting, counting dynamic audio advertising startup Pippa in its inaugural class."

Today, an estimated 42 million Americans (15% of the country’s population) listen to podcasts every week, writes Hu. "Hence, coming from a newly growing industry that historically has wielded songs, videos, news feeds and concerts as its only storytelling canvases, music companies and publishers see podcasts as a long-overdue means of reaching their most passionate fans. "There’s a generation of internet-native journalists who didn’t get a journalism degree, but rather fell in love with blogging straight out of school,” says Naomi Zeichner (L), Editor in Chief and Director of Content of The FADER and the host of Showstopper. “Now they’re growing up and gaining influence in media. And like everyone else, they’re adjusting to these new platforms and tools that have emerged for telling stories.” Midroll reports that 88% of subscribers to any given podcast listen to most or all of its episodes -- From developing dynamic advertising and subscription models to improving metadata and recommendation engines, podcasters are taking hints from Spotify, Netflix and similar companies in an attempt to secure their foothold as legitimate catalysts of music-industry innovation. READ ARTICLE HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Geoff 'G-Off'' Owens Named PD For iHM Washington State Combo

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– – iHeartMedia announced that Geoff “G-Off” Owens has been named Program Director for JAM'N 107.5, Portland's #1 for Hip Hop and Throwbacks, in Portland and KUBE 104.9. Owens will also serve as afternoon drive host for both stations, a position he’s held at JAM'N 107.5 since 2012.

“Nobody knows the JAM'N 107.5 brand, core audience and Portland community better than Geoff,” said Tim Herbster, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Region. “It’s always special when you can watch a hard-working employee’s career grow from intern to Program Director."

Owens is a well-known local media personality who has worked at JAM’N 107.5 since 2004, when he joined the radio station as an intern. He was promoted to night on-air host in 2010 and moved to host afternoons at the station in 2012. In 2016, Owens was named Assistant Program Director and Music Director for JAM’N 107.5.

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PRODUCTS: iHM Introduces 'SmartAudio' Data

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia introduced its SmartAudio digital data advertising product, an added feature of its groundbreaking programmatic solution, this week at its “SoundFront” advertising industry event. SmartAudio leverages the power of iHeartMedia’s programmatic solution to help advertisers evaluate, plan and buy broadcast radio, enabling them to build innovative campaigns that target key audience segments. With SmartAudio, iHeartMedia can now mine its digital data from more than 95 million registered iHeartRadio listeners, along with leading second and third-party digital data, consumer and behavioral resources and social networks, to create robust audience segment profiles --including Millennials, auto intenders, mothers and more.

Advertisers will be able to utilize these enhanced profiles to select the best broadcasting schedules and methods to reach their targeted consumers. By utilizing the product’s capabilities, brands will receive the massive scale of broadcast radio and the targetability of digital. iHeartMedia has already developed more than 700 SmartAudio audience segment profiles, and will continue to create more based on advertisers’ requests. “SmartAudio allows us to easily sort through the millions of combinations of stations, shows, dayparts and markets, and hone in on the ones that best reach the audiences we care about,” said Seth Goren, Senior Vice President of Media Strategy and Analytics at Discovery Communications. “Combining the efficiency and scale of radio with data and advanced analytics of digital, moves iHeartMedia beyond the standard age and demo paradigm to create enhanced audience-based plans that drive real business outcomes for us.”

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PODCASTS: WWO Brings More Girl Power To Its Podcast/On-Demand Platform

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced new partnerships with Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, better known as the comedic duo Frangela (L), and radio industry veteran, “The Diary of a Sugar Mom” author, blogger, and cancer survivor Robin Marshall. Frangela: The Final Word, Westwood One’s first fully produced podcast, offers insights and witty perspective on news and culture. Sugar Mom is for smart and sexy women who want to try something new.

Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton say, "Frangela is THRILLED to be the newest member of the Westwood One Podcast Family! We are excited to be America's BACKUP and BLACKUP during the #RESISTANCE." “Sugar Mom” Robin Marshall agrees, saying “I’m thrilled Westwood One has offered me this opportunity to spread the word on what a Sugar Mom is, and just how she thinks! They’re allowing me to take my podcast to the next level and shock even more listeners! I get to throw you into a tailspin twice a week now, too! Tuesdays and Thursdays – hold on to your hats!” In addition to helping these shows find new fans, Westwood One provides exclusive ad sales representation for Frangela: The Final Word and Sugar Mom. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements as well as opportunities across all of Westwood One broadcast, digital, live events, and social platforms. Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One’s President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media, said, “Frances, Angela, and Robin are powerful women who inspire, motivate, and make us laugh. Westwood One is proud to help these fresh and funny shows build audience and brand partnerships.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Benztown Appoints Katrina Woolverton General Counsel

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 — Benztown announced the appointment of Katrina Woolverton, J.D., LL.M, as General Counsel, a newly created position for the four-time Inc. 5000 company. Woolverton is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and San Diego State University, was admitted to the California State Bar in 2002, and has practiced law in the Los Angeles area. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown, said: “We’re very excited to welcome Katrina to the Benztown team. Her Master’s Degree in Media and Entertainment Law coupled with her experience as an artist give her an insight into our industry like no other.”

Woolverton and her husband, Los Angeles attorney George Woolverton, a fellow graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, were honored last week with the Alumni of the Year Award at the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association’s 28th Annual Awards Gala benefiting the Domestic Violence Advocacy Initiative.

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EVENT: Channel 93.3 Denver Host It's 12th Annual Keggs & Eggs St. Patrick's Day Concert

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s Channel 93.3 is holding its 12th annual Keggs & Eggs event, a St. Patrick’s Day party and concert featuring live performances from American Authors (shown), Bishop Briggs, & Bryce Fox. The event is free and open to the public ages 21+. Keggs & Eggs will broadcast live on Channel 93.3 starting at 6 a.m. hosted by popular local personalities Steve Burrell, Bailey, Nerf, Nick Cage and B-Large.

"Keggs and Eggs, now in its 12 th year, is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in the West. Bands like AWOLNATION, The Dirtyheads, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have all played this amazing concert. Listeners begin lining up the day before the party – a great way to get our community together for a fun event!” said Jeb “Nerf” Freedman, Program Director for Channel 93.3.

 

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[WATCH] Couple Does More Than Just KIIS

THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2017 –– Kyle and Jackie O in KIIS in Sydney Australia pulled their latest stunt, nude dating. Even Kyle was gobsmacked, admitting he was, "lost for words," with how quickly two strangers got their gear off and got it on in the KIIS - NSFW [WATCH]

Danny Oakes Out Of Capital Yorkshire - In northern England, Danny Oakes, part of the Capital Yorkshire Adam, Danny & JoJo Breakfast Show, has left the station. He’s not been on the station for the last four weeks after off-air incidents, which co-host JoJo says are very private and personal issues. Danny has been on the station for 14 years.

JACK Raises Money As Helen & Douglas FM- JACK fm in Oxford, England has returned to a local hospice and changed its name to Helen & Douglas FM for 29 hours to raise money. The Dig Deep event raised over £51,000 ($62,000) for children’s and young adults’ hospice: Helen & Douglas House. Presenters Trevor Marshall, Annabelle Buckland and Howard Taylor raised awareness across Oxfordshire and Surrey and used their persuasive skills to ask listeners to donate to the charity. They were sometimes reduced to tears by the stories that were shared by those touched by the work of Helen & Douglas House.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Melissa McCarthy To Host SNL In May; Daniels' Releases Memoir

 

[WATCH] Amazon’s Hugh Hefner Docuseries; 'American Playboy'

[WATCH] 'SNL' Wrapping Up Season With Nationwide Live Telecasts for First Time

SAVE THE DATE: Melissa McCarthy To Host SNL May 13th

Tyra Banks Returning as Host of 'America's Top Model,' Replacing Rita Ora

[WATCH] James Corden Stage 'Beauty and the Beast'

[WATCH] Matthew Perry Says He Beat Up Justin Trudeau When They Were in Grade School

Shemar Moore Returning to 'Criminal Minds' for the Season 12 Finale

[WATCH] 'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Had Brain Tested To Prove She Has Gift

Charlie Daniels To Release Memoir

Selena Gomez Covers 'Vogue'

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REPORT: Michael Savage 'Left Bloodied And Shaken' Following Assault Outside Restaurant

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One syndicated host Michael Savage was attacked outside of a Bay area restaurant Tuesday night reported Rich Lieberman on his 415 Media blog. Savage was having dinner at Servino Aristocratd 8:30 PM, when a guy started mocking Savage's legal last name, screaming, "weener, weener." "The guy threw Savage to the ground, after allegedly shoving Savage's poodle, Teddy (left) out of the way.

Savage posted at his website: “We’re going to seek felony charges against the man, and we’re going to investigate this as a hate crime because of Michael’s political views,” his attorney Dan Horowitz said. In a statement to Lieberman, Savage said he was leaving the restaurant “when a total stranger followed me out of the restaurant and confronted me.” The man said, “Are you Michael Weeeeener?” mocking Savage's legal name, Weiner. Savage said: “I turned to him and said, ‘Go away, I don’t know who you are.’ I turned to leave and he pushed me and I fell down. He moved toward me to push me down and he shoved my 10-pound poodle out of the way to get to me. SERVINO PHOTO/Nora Stratton READ MORE HERE

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UPDATE: Taylor Swift NOT Launching Streaming Service

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– Taylor Swift is NOT launching her own streaming service reports Gossip Cop. This followed reports from TMZ and others, but Gossip Cop exclusively learned the story wasn’t accurate. The pop star currently has no intention of creating her own streaming service.

The music world had been abuzz following TMZ's report that Taylor Swift was eyeing the streaming business after filing docs giving her the right to brand a website "featuring non-downloadable multi-media content in the nature of audio recordings." She reportedly wanted to call the website "Swifties."

With a hint that there was less to this than rumored, Jockline linked a story in Vanity Fair. that featured Martin Schwimmer, a trademark lawyer who told VF, "The filing could be entirely about a Swift Web site already in existence that uses the word “Swiftie” and plays her music. As Schwimmer pointed out, the line that TMZ focused on—“featuring non-downloadable multi-media content in the nature of audio recordings”—cites its “first use” as October 2014. Second, there’s the number of categories that TAS Rights Management, Swift's trademark lawyers, filed to—a total of nine—from musical instruments to online retail stores to bags to notebooks to educational resources. PHOTO/shutterstock

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MOTION: Real 103.9 Las Vegas' Midday Host Roxy Romeo Adds APD/MD Strips; DJ Riddler Joins Radio One Houston

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– Las Vegas’ REAL 103.9, Las Vegas’ announced Roxy Romeo as Assistant Program Director and Music Director, effective immediately. Roxy is currently on-air on REAL from 10am-3pm each day, and will remain in that timeslot. REAL 103.9’s Program Director, Chris Pickett says, “I couldn’t be more thrilled for Roxy to help bring something different and unique to Las Vegas. Her passion, experience and excellence as a talent in the format have long been recognized, now she will excel as a member of our great iHeartMedia Las Vegas programming team!”

--Radio One Houston's KROI/92.1 Radio Now names DJ Riddler as its new Music Director and on-air host. Riddler joins Radio One from CBS Radio's former Top 40 KKHH/Hot 95.7 where he served as APD/MD until December of last year. "We're excited to add DJ Riddler to the 92.1 Radio Now family. He brings a high level of talent and local market experience to our Top 40 product”, says Radio One Houston's VP/GM Gary Spurgeon.

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The Bobby Bones Show Helps Build Home For Air Force Captain Paralyzed From Waist Down

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– This week, listeners of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show joined efforts to honor wounded United States Air Force Captain Nathan Nelson, who was paralyzed from the chest down during his third tour in Afghanistan and in need of a home to accommodate his needs. After sharing his story on air, Bones and his on-air crew announced they would donate proceeds from the sale of camouflage #PimpinJoy T-shirts on TheShopForward.com.

In just a few days, listeners of The Bobby Bones Show purchased enough T-shirts to raise $100,000, doubling the original goal of $50,000. Thanks to Building Homes for Heroes, a new ADA certified custom home will be built for Captain Nelson, his wife Jennifer and three-year-old daughter Eva, in Miramar Beach, Fla. With the extra money raised, The Bobby Bones Show will also send Captain Nelson and his family on an all-expense-paid trip to Disney World. Since 2014, the sale of #PimpinJoy apparel has raised more than $1 million to support many worthy causes, including nationwide disaster relief efforts of The American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Orlando shooting victims and their families.

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PROGRAMMING: Bryan 'B-Dub' Washington Named PD/PMD For 92.5 The Bull Sacramento

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– Bryan “B-Dub” Washington has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for 92.5 The Bull, in Sacramento, effective immediately. “B-Dub thinks big. He’s a fun and entertaining personality. B-Dub is a destination, lean forward and pay attention type of air-talent,” said Curtiss Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “I have no doubt he will put 92.5 The Bull front and center in the minds of Sacramento Country fans.”

Washington joins 92.5 The Bull from KMLE-FM in Phoenix, where he served as Music Director and Afternoon Drive Host. He has also worked as an on-air personality in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Portland, where he was an on-air host at KUPL-FM, which was one of the first “Bull” branded Country stations in the U.S. Washington is also the host of Buckwild Saturday Night, a nationally syndicated Country program that airs on 48 stations.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Mark Fuhrman Area President For Pittsburgh/W. Virginia Region

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia West Virginia announced that Mark Fuhrman has been named Area President in the Pittsburgh/West Virginia Region, effective immediately. He will report to Tim McAleer, President of iHeartMedia’s Pittsburgh Region. “Mark knows the market area and has an incredible history of growing positive and productive cultures, while achieving bottom line goals,” said McAleer. “His exceptional background makes him the perfect person to lead our West Virginia Markets and I’m confident our stations will continue their success under his leadership.”

Fuhrman joins iHeartMedia from IMG College, where he served as General Manager and managed Thundering Herd Sports Marketing for Marshall University in West Virginia. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Major League Lacrosse expansion franchise Atlanta Blaze and spent 10 years as Vice President/General Manager of Comcast Sports Southeast regional sports television network in Atlanta.

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BUSINESS: TagStation & Nielsen Enter Into Data Evaluation Agreement For NextRadio

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– TagStation LLC and Nielsen have reached an agreement to evaluate TagStation’s NextRadio data. The NextRadio app delivers over-the-air FM broadcasts to the consumer’s smartphone and captures precise data about a radio station’s listeners. TagStation and Nielsen will explore methods to incorporate NextRadio listening data into Nielsen’s audio datasets, potentially paving the way for future big data integrations for the radio industry.

“Nielsen is focused on measuring consumers across all platforms and distribution paths; this is a critical element of Nielsen Total Audience strategy for Audio” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director of Nielsen Audio. “NextRadio is a growing, high-profile, and industry-supported platform that has the potential to serve as a big data source for the radio industry. We are pleased to take this important step to unleash the power of big data in our core audio measurement services.” “We are excited to be working with Nielsen to identify the mutual benefits of our FM radio station listener data that will support the entire radio industry,” said Paul Brenner (shown), President of TagStation, the power behind NextRadio. “We have robust listening and user data that stations can use now to help them better understand their listener and listening share, and we look forward to positively contributing to radio measurement and Nielsen ratings in the future.”

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FORMATICS: iHeart Wash. D.C. Debuts 104.7 Cherry Blossom Radio

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today the debut of the new 104.7 Cherry Blossom Radio, effective immediately. Cherry Blossom Radio will broadcast for the duration of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., ending April 16th, 2017.

The station will be your soundtrack for the Cherry Blossoms and feature festival fun facts, music, calendar of events for the festival and interviews from festival attendees, participants and historians. “iHeartMedia is extremely proud to partner with one of D.C.’s greatest traditions,” said Michael Preacher, President iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Region and Government Initiatives. “104.7 Cherry Blossom Radio will celebrate the history and the incredible memories while becoming the soundtrack to this year’s festival.”

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AWARDS: ABC's Steve Jones Receives First Amendment Service Award; Cumulus Dallas Combo Earns Multiple Awards In Texas AP Contest

THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2017 –– Congrats to ABC Radio VP/GM Steve Jones on receiving the First Amendment Service Award. That's ABC News’ Robin Sproul introducing Jones at the 2017 RTDNF First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. this week

--Cumulus Media announced that its Dallas radio stations WBAP-AM and KLIF-AM have won multiple awards in the 2016 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) Contest. WBAP captured 1st Place for Spot News by a Station for its coverage of the July 7th Police Ambush. WBAP also received an Honorable Mention for Continuing Coverage of the July 7th Police Ambush. For the third consecutive year, KLIF’s Dave Williams and Amy Chodroff won 1st Place for News Anchor/Anchor Team. WBAP’s Brian Estridge received 1st Place for Sports Play-by-Play. Forty-seven stations submitted 788 entries in the annual contest. Shown in photo at left L-R Brian Estridge, Amy Chodroff and Dave Williams.

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7Emma Burton Pranks Airplane Passengers; 'Matrix' Reboot

 

Do You Want To Be Madonna's Next Challenge Dance Trainer?

[WATCH] Emma Bunton Pranks Airplane Passengers

[WATCH] 'Matrix' Reboot In The Works

[WATCH] Dave Chappelle Tackles Isis And OJ In New Trailer

REPORT: Heath Ledger Next Subject of Spike’s ‘I Am’ Documentary Series

Adele 'Lurking' On Twitter?

Netflix To Complete Orson Welles' Unfinished 'The Other Side of the Wind'

Tom Jones In Works To Write Musical Based On His Songs

National Enquirer Parent Company To Buy US Magazine

Paris Jackson Out To Make Her Own Mark

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Radio Talent Institute Breaks Ground In Knoxville

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– Chalk up another University that's teaming with The Radio Talent Institute for its latest 10-day program. The University of Tennessee along with the Tennessee Broadcast Association announced the inaugural TAB Radio Talent Institute. “The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is the perfect geographic location for our program.” says Katie Gambill, President/General Manager for Saga Communications, radio and digital cluster in Clarksville, Tennessee and Chairman of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors.

Dan Vallie (inset), Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System , commented : “We are very excited to be partnering with the University of Tennessee and working with Sam Swan and the College of Communication and Information , and with Benny Smith, at their award winning college radio station, WUTK. And we couldn’t be happier to partner with Whit Adamson, President, and the TAB , who have been supportive of the National Radio Talent System almost from the very beginning. The TAB Radio Talent Institute is accepting applications from students now, and we encourage all broadcasters to urge their interns at the stations now and from this past summer to apply at http://tab.nationalradiotalentsystem.com/ - The inaugural TAB Radio Talent Institute will debut May 15 - 24, 2017 -

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iHeart Music Festival 2017 Returns To Las Vegas

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced the return of the annual star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22 and 23 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and its Daytime Village presented by Capital One, which will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 23. The Daytime Village will feature live performances by both popular and emerging artists, including first revealed artists Flume, French Montana, Noah Cyrus, Judah & The Lion, Kelsea Ballerini, Hey Violet and All Time Low, with more to be announced. The main stage performance line-up for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival will be announced at a later date.

The iHeartRadio Music Festival will broadcast live on iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations across the country that weekend including the iconic Z100 in New York; KIIS-FM in Los Angeles; Y100 in Miami; KISS FM in Dallas, Chicago and Boston; as well as many more, and will also be featured as an exclusive national television broadcast special on The CW Network at a later date. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeart

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TSBC 2017 RECAP: 'Heavy Listeners To Morning Radio Shows Spend More Time With Podcasts'

THE MOUTH, MARCH NuVoodoo’s Carolyn Gilbert (BR) was with Steve Goldstein (BL) from Amplifi Media at Talk Show Boot Camp in Atlanta last week sharing some findings from the first-ever NuVoodoo Podcast Study. Starting from a sample of nearly 9,000 Persons 14-54 across all PPM markets, we drilled down to just under 3,000 respondents based on at least regular, monthly usage of a podcast. Comparing the overall population composition with the composition of the respondents we identified as heavy podcast listeners was startling.

While Men 25-44 account for about 1/4 of the population, they comprise 1/2 of the heavy podcast listeners. The epicenter of podcasting is these could-be/should-be spoken word radio listeners. While the podcast “heavy deeps” concentrate among Men 25-44, there’s significant sampling and trial going on. Among our sample of nearly 3,000 podcast actives, the average time per day with podcasting is about 26 minutes – and about a half hour among Men 25-44.

Consumers are connecting with podcasts in many facets of their lives beyond driving. Exercising tops the list, followed by its opposite – relaxing. Driving, where podcasts are more likely to compete with broadcast, is mid-pack, but will grow as connected cars replace the fleet. Among these podcast-friendlies, we find that these are people who like to listen to entertaining audio. So, those who are heavy listeners to morning radio shows also spend more time with podcasts. Of course, they probably won’t consume a downloadable replay of your 4-hour morning show. But, they more likely will listen to a well-edited summary of the best moments of the day’s show or new content from the show’s host(s) that didn’t (or couldn’t) make it to the radio. PHOTO/Courtesy of Perry Michael Simon/All Access - SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE

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NPR’s President, Jarl Mohn, Recovering From Heart Surgery

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– NPR President Jarl Mohn is recovering at his home in Los Angeles after undergoing heart surgery, according to the network. Mohn required heart surgery while on vacation in Utah, said NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara. Lara declined to disclose why the surgery was required but said Mohn had not had a heart attack.

He was released from the hospital Thursday, according to a memo to staff from NPR COO Loren Mayor. Mayor and NPR’s senior executive team are handling day-to-day operations in Mohn’s absence. Mohn “has been making steady and positive progress,” Mayor said in a memo Thursday, and “his doctors are very pleased with his recovery.” Mohn’s “on email already,” Lara added. Mohn began his tenure at NPR in July 2014.

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iHeart St. Louis Teams With Anheuser-Busch Help Local Tornado Victims

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia 93.7 The Bull and ALT 104.9 , St. Louis' are teaming up with Anheuser - Busch Biergarten for 314 Day , a benefit event to raise money for the victims and first responders of the recent tornado that affected Perryville, Missouri . Late last month, the tornado killed one person and destroyed dozens of homes in the Perryville area.

314 Day took place yesterday, March 14 at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten in St. Louis. “93.7 The Bull is always prepared to help members of our community that are in need ” said 93.7 The Bull ’s Program Director and on-air personality Dusty. The Bull’s on-air personalities Dusty and Hemmy, and ALT 104.9 ’s Fletcher broadcast their shows live from the event.

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[WATCH] Arkansas Combo Raises $155,593 For Children's Hospital

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media Little Rock, AR, announces that KLAL and KURB raised $155,593 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital through its successful Radiothon, held live on KLAL and KURB on March 2-3, 2017

The 13th annual Radiothon brings Cumulus Media-Little Rock’s grand total of giving to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to over $2.8 million. WATCH HERE

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Island 106 Panama City Lets Listeners Help Feed Hungry Children By Simply Listening

THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2017 –– Island 106 Panama City is offering their listeners a chance to donate to hungry children and all they have to do is listen, earn Cashpoints, and then donate them. "Widespread unemployment, ever-increasing costs of living (rapidly rising food, gas, utility and other costs), the lingering devastating effects of the BP Oil Spill and many other unforeseen changes in local families' finances have created a need for supplemental food resources for many of our area's residents" says PD Marc Summers.

Recognized by Mayor and City Council of Panama City Beach by declaring May 2015 "Child Hunger Awareness Month." Food4Kidz is an approved charity of the Panama City Beach Rotary Club.

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7Bowie Stamps Shot Into Space; SNL's 'Update' Going Primetime

REPORT: Megyn Kelly Now Free To Join NBC

[WATCH] Ed Sheeran Smashes Multiple Guinness Records With Album Release

SNL'S 'Weekend Update' To Spinoff Into Primetime Comedy At NBC

Alec Baldwin To Be Honored On Spike TV With One Night Only Special

David Bowie Commemorative Stamps Launched Into Space

Russell Simmons Releasing Documentary Series On Hip-Hop History

REPORT: Research Finds Music Can Be Used To Hack Smartphones, Computers And Cars

Jeff Daniels to Star In Hulu 9/11 Drama

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Post Rescheduled Tour Dates

The Eagles Announce Festival Appearances

Ben Affleck Admits Completing Treatment For Alcohol Addiction

Anne Hathaway Dazzles On Cover Of Elle

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Nielsen Removes PPM Panelist In Tampa Following Streaming Controversy

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– Following WYUU-FM/92.5 Maxima Tampa's surprising rise to number one in persons 18-34 via its stream, Nielsen Audio elected to remove a PPM panelist in Tampa from its February, 2017 PPM results. A Nielsen spox added, that in early February, they identified a household in Tampa whose meter wearing compliance warranted additional coaching. Subsequently, they conducted an on-site visit to ensure proper usage of the device, but following their visit, the household's meter wearing compliance behavior didn't change. Thus, they removed the household effective with the start of the March survey.

Beasley's COO, Brian Beasley (R), commented, "Our company and other broadcasters play no role in selecting panelists and households for inclusion in PPM data gathering. In the case of the Tampa household that was removed from the PPM panel, it was Nielsen that chose to have two different users in that household be PPM participants. Most notably, we do not and have never had any relationship or contact with the household or users removed from Nielsen's Tampa panel of PPM holders."

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TSBC 8 RECAP: Talk Radio's Overall Share Performance Up First Time In Last Five Years' Shows Gabe Hobbs In 'Talk Radio Report Card'

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– In a study that included 122 News/Talk stations in 44 of the Top 50 markets spotlighting Adults 25-54, Gabe Hobb's presented his 3rd Annual 'Talk Radio Report Card' during last week's Talk Show Boot Camp in Atlanta. Among the findings showed the formats overall share performance was up for the first time in at least the last five 5years. The share increased from a 2.4 to a 2.5. Looking at AQH Persons the format increased by 15% (year over year) from 2600 to 3000 AQH Persons. However, that same 3000 AQH Persons was down by 12% from the last election year of 2012.

When looking at the fourth quarter only (Oct-Nov-Dec) TOTAL AQH was up 20% year to year and down 6% from the election period from 2012. From a pure persons 7listening (AQH) standpoint WAMU-FM in Washington, DC was the 800-Pound gorilla with 15,800 AQH Persons. As far as cume-trending, based on AQH growth and cume growth, news/talk radio, particularly commercial news/talk radio, did a better job at getting their existing listeners to use the station more as opposed to attracting NEW listeners.

The Trump Factor: The overwhelming majority of any “Trump Bump” went to non-commercial radio. The report shows that Non-Commercial news/talk passed AM news/talk in 2012. It passed FM talk in 2016 and leads that format category based on a resurgence during the 2016 presidential election. 43 of those 67 were on FM. Out of those 43 FM stations 31 were non-commercial. SEE FULL REPORT HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Sean Demery To Program KINK-FM Portland; Bryan Simmons Joins KMGA Albuquerque As PD/Afternoon Drive

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland names Sean Demery Program Director of 101.9 KINK FM. His experience includes stations such as; WNNX/Atlanta, KITS/San Francisco, KMTT/Seattle, KXRK & KLRZ/Salt Lake City, WYMS/Milwaukee, and KGGI/Riverside & San Bernardino to name a few.

Veteran radio programming pro and on-air host Bryan Simmons joins KMGA as Program Director and Host of Afternoon Drive. Simmons’ radio career spans many years in Los Angeles; most recently, with CBS Radio’s KTWV and prior to that, as longtime Afternoon Drive Host for iHeart Media’s KOST-FM. He is heard nationally on Westwood One.

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Tony Russell Joins The Bull Morning Show Portland; Alana Lynn Takes Afternoons At KMLE Phoenix; Dan Markus In The Lineup At Cumulus Appleton/Oshkosh

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced Tony Russell (L) will join the morning show team at KUPL-FM 98.7 The Bull. Past stints includes morning shows in Dallas, Miami, and Seattle. He'll join current members McKenzie and Jake. “This is without a doubt the greatest opportunity I've had in my broadcasting career - I want to thank the very talented McKinzie Roth and Jake Byron for allowing me to join their team!” remarked Tony.

-- Alana Lynn (C) has been appointed Music Director/Afternoon Personality of CBS RADIO Phoenix’s the New KMLE @ 107.9. “Alana is an amazing talent and we couldn’t be more excited for her to join the KMLE family,” said Tim Richards, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Phoenix. “It’s been a radio dream to have an opportunity like KMLE come along,” said Lynn. “I am incredibly excited and humbled to join a team with so much drive and talent!” Lynn’s most recent experience includes holding the morning host position on KTRR and midday host position on KUAD in Fort Collins, CO.

Cumulus announced that veteran radio host Dan Markus (R) will join its on-air line-up on Appleton/Oshkosh, WI, radio stations as host of Mornings on Adult Standards station WNAM and host of Middays on sister station 103.9 WVBO. This marks a return to WNAM and WVBO for Markus, who most recently programmed 103.1 WOGB in Green Bay, WI, a position he held for 17 years. During Markus’ radio career, he has been on-air and programmed stations in markets including: Duluth, MN; Fort Atkinson, WI; Milwaukee, WI, Springfield, IL, and Green Bay, WI.

Cumulus Media announces that it has named Doug Durocher as Morning Co-Host with Meredith Dunkel on the Meredith & Doug Show on KMGA/99.5 Magic FM in Albuquerque, NM. The show airs weekdays from 5-9am. Durocher joins KMGA following 10 years as Morning Host on KCXX-FM in Riverside, CA, and on KPOI in Honolulu.

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FORMATICS: Pride Radio Comes To Philly

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced the debut of Pride Radio Philly, The Beat of LGBTQ Philly. Broadcast on 102.1 HD2, Pride Radio Philly will be the area’s first radio station featuring programming devoted to local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) listeners and allies.

The station’s on-air programming will include an emphasis on local community news, plus several music and entertainment shows throughout the day with popular on-air personalities: Ricky, from 6 – 10 a.m.; Delana, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Houston, from 2 – 6 p.m.; Pacey, from 6 – 10 p.m.; and Christie, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Other voices of Pride Radio Philly will include local market veteran Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs, as well as Q102 on-air personality Casey, and Power 99 on-air personality Mutha Knows.

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HONORS: WJR Detroit Takes Top Honors At MAB

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– For the second consecutive year, WJR-AM/News Talk 760 in Detroit took top prizes as 2016 Commercial Station of the Year in the Broadcast Excellence Awards presented by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). WJR was also honored by MAB with 11 Best in Category and 10 Merit Awards.

The Broadcast Excellence Awards were presented by MAB at the annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 7-8, 2017, at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.

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Benztown Announces Call For Entries In Its 6th Annual Iron Imager Contest

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– Benztown announces a call for entries for its sixth annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World's Best Imager. The first and only competition of its kind, the Iron Imager contest is open for submissions today through the Round 1 Submission Deadline of Monday, April 3, 2017 (12:00pm/NOON Pacific).

The Iron Imager Contest is open to all radio imaging, production and programming professionals 18 and older, and will be judged by top producers and programmers from the U.S. and around the world. Challengers will demonstrate their imaging skills using audio ingredients from Benztown's production libraries, paired with contestants' original scripts. The contest culminates in a live final round on Thursday, May 4, 2017, between the winner of Round 1 and current Iron Imager, Sideshow Mike ('Sidey') Andersen, of Triple M Imaging, Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney, Australia. The final throwdown will be held at the Worldwide Radio Summit 2017 at the W Hollywood Hotel.

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95.5 WPLJ Presents The Band Perry From 'Stage 17 Live' Atop Madison Square Garden

95.5 WPLJ in New York continues the momentum and excitement that Cumulus Media-New York's new live performance space is generating for music lovers. The live performance space, tagged "Stage 17 LIVE", is high atop Madison Square Garden on the 17th Floor of 2 Penn Plaza. This is the first of many VIP experiential opportunities that we will have to offer to our advertisers and listeners and we couldn’t be more excited." Gillette, 95.5 PLJ Program Director, said: "The Band Perry's new song may be titled “Stay in the Dark”, but they totally lit up Stage 17 LIVE for the very first full-band performance in our new “house”! Now the Perry family is forever immortalized as part of the 95.5 P(erry)LJ family!" Gillette added:

"Clean Bandit, literally passing The Band Perry in the freight elevator as the second act of an intense soft launch day, was the perfect group to illustrate the diverse breadth, range and flexibility of experiences we can create at Stage 17 LIVE. Their performances were amazing, and the room handled them with aplomb." PHOTO/The Band Perry 2) Clean Bandit with Anne-Marie and 95.5 PLJ Program Director, Gillette

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EVENTS: Foreigner, Cheap Trick Join For Lonestar 92.5 Dallas' 6th Annual Bo & Jim Bash

THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s Lonestar 92.5, Dallas/FW announced the return of Bo and Jim Bash VI, taking place on August 18, 2017 at Starplex Pavilion, in Dallas, Texas. The annual event will host classic rock legends Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Stone Cold Sweat featuring Bo and Jim.

“What a great line up! We call it the Bo and Jim Bash because we’re going to bash you right in the head with a rock’n’roll right cross!” said Bo Roberts, one half of the Bo & Jim Morning’s duo. “The Bo and Jim Bash is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Dallas. “The guys invite bands they have played on the radio for years to enjoy a great night out with thousands of their closest friends.” “Foreigner is coming off a sold out show last month in Dallas and we have been after Cheap Trick since year one, so to say we are excited about this line up would be an understatement.” said Don Davis, Program Director for Lonestar 92.5.

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7MTV Rebrands Annual Film Awards To Include TV Honors

 

Nick Cannon Congratulates AGT's New Host, Tyra Banks

How Pandora Aims to Take on Spotify and Apple Music

Mark Wahlberg To Pitch AT&T

CBS Orders 'The Big Bang Theory' Spin-off Of Young Sheldon

[WATCH] MTV Rebrands Annual Movie Awards to Include TV Honors

[WATCH] Two ''Game of Thrones' To Take A Ride In 'Carpool Karaoke'

UH OH: Trump Unfollows 'Morning Joe'

HEY NOW: Chrissy Metz, Hollywood's New Pin-Up Girl

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Texas Panhandle Residents Still Fuming Over Radio Host's 'Barbeque' Quip During Wildfires

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2107 –– Ashley Till (inset) of Sirius XM's 'The Highway's has Texas Panhandle residents fuming following her "barbecue for everyone" comment during wildfire coverage, which impacted hundreds of thousands of acres being affected and 4 people killed reports News Channel 10. After the story went viral, Till apologized Friday on her personal blog, saying the comment was a mistake because she did not know the full story and made light of a tragedy. And added post by Till didn't help matters, either

"Sadly, it's turned into a telephone game," Till wrote. "People are assuming I have no regard for human life or that I don’t care about the damage that has been done. This is simply not the case. I honestly didn’t know the full story of the fires. And from the bottom of my heart I am sorry. Trust me, I have spent the past 24 hrs crying and feeling sick to my stomach because of the entire situation. Just because you don’t see a post of my face on social media doesn’t mean I’m hiding or “proud” of my comments. I’m not."

Unfortunately, in a later Till post she wrote: "to everyone who gets their panties in a bunch over nothing... Happy National Get Over it Day." Till said the post was not in regard to her on-air comment and blamed "poor timing" for the outrage. @anhelica_xoxo that was a reference to something completely different. Trust me. Poor timing? Yes...but wasn't about that at all." Channel 10 says not many are buying the explanation or her apology. PHOTO/Till Blog - Twitter 1

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BLOG: Radio Has A New King, And 'It's Scary'

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– The Future of Mass Media 'Won’t be all that “mass” anymore' says Communications Professor Dick Taylor. Instead, "the future will be a media that is built around relevance and quality of message, not volume. And that’s scary. Not to just us broadcasters but to the ratings service known as Nielsen. We aren’t going to need to know the volume (aka cume) or AQH (average quarter hour) numbers in the future. The real value that we will deliver will be based on how relevant we are to our listeners and what value we deliver."

Remember the catch phrase coined by Bill Gates, “Content is King”? Taylor says, "There were others that felt that distribution was king. Turns out the “king” is dead for both of these theories and the new king is RELATIONSHIPS.!" adds Taylor. "Relationships are based on mutual interests and relevancy. Facebook: What’s the power of Facebook? Relationships. Oh sure it uses complex algorithms to manage our relationships, but we are not smitten with algorithms we are drawn to relationships and we friend or unfriend based on the relevance of those relationships too. Google gets it too. Each of us is an individual and these social media companies go to great lengths to treat us in just that way. One Size Does Not Fit All Commercial radio broadcasting still strives to deliver the “one size fits all” solution. Those days are over." - READ BLOG HERE

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FORMATICS: Entercom Debuts New R&B, HOT 103.7 New Orleans

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 – Entercom announced the launch of Hot 103.7 FM, a new R&B station in New Orleans. The station will join Entercom New Orleans’s WWL 870 AM/ 105.3 FM, B97 FM, Magic 101.9 FM and Bayou 95.7 FM. Hot 103.7 FM will be the only R&B station in New Orleans to host live and local programming in morning drive. “We are focused on delivering the content and music that we know listeners in New Orleans are looking for,” said Chris Claus, vice president and market manager, Entercom New Orleans.

The station debuts with the kickoff of “Big Abe in the Morning”, hosted by Abraham “Big Abe” Johnson (shown). Johnson is an on-air veteran in New Orleans and has previously worked as a producer and assistant program director in the market. In afternoon drive, Hot 103.7 FM will air Terrence “Terry Bello” Burton. Burton is a recognized on-air personality and hosted the nationally syndicated “Soul Lounge”. He will also serve as the station’s assistant program director and music director. Tom “Jammer” Naylor will serve as the program director for Hot 103.7 FM and will continue his role as the program director for B97 FM.

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ON-AIR: Milwaukee's FM 106.1 Debuts Ridder, Scott & Shannen In Mornings

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– FM106.1, Milwaukee's Best Country radio station, announced the debut of their new morning show, Ridder, Scott and Shannen, effective immediately.

Born and raised in Richfield, Shannen grew up listening FM106.1 and discovered a passion for country music. Her radio career began with an internship in the station’s promotion department her freshman year of college. After five years with the company, Shannen is now the newest member of the FM106.1 morning show. Ridder, a three-year veteran of the afternoon drivetime show, will move to mornings joining Shannen and current morning host Scott.

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Greg Cypin Joins WKSE Buffalo For Afternoons

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– WKSE, KISS 98.5 FM Buffalo has named Greg Cypin as the station’s Music Director and afternoon drive time host. Greg joins us from Boise after doing stints in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Portland and will now join the renaissance in Buffalo. In addition to his on-air abilities and knowledge of music, Greg has an extensive background in web editing, social media and Production. Greg officially joins the staff of KISS 98.5 March 27th.

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Power 98 & V101.9 Charlotte, NC Announce Changes

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group’s Power 98/WPEG-FM has hired Ya Girl Nikki (top left) for the Evening host on Power 98, heard weekdays from 7pm – Midnight. Nikki most recently served as a part-time on air announcer at WPEG’s sister station (WZFX) in Fayetteville, NC. Additionally, Brian Mr. Incognito Robinson (above center), who has served as afternoon talent, will shift into his new role as a new member of The Maddhouse Morning Show. He will also continue his duties as Power 98 Music Director. With Mr. Incognito moving to mornings, this means that the afternoon position will be filled by newcomer John Sport E. Odie Adams (top right). He will host the afternoon shift from 3p.m.-7p.m.

--Beasley Media Group’s V101.9/WBAV-FM also announced some recent staff alignments. Cortney Hicks (L), who has served as afternoon talent, will shift into her new role as the Daytime announcer from 10am – 3pm. She will also continue her duties as V 101.9 Music Director. With Cortney Hicks moving to middays, this means that the afternoon position will be filled by a familiar friend, named Tone X. He was a mainstay as writer and talent on BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show”, and currently still tours with comedian and Academy Award winning actress Mo’Nique. WBAV also welcomes back Derrick “Fly Ty” Jacobs. Kenneth “DJ Rham” Blackmon also makes his way back to Charlotte after being away since 2012 when he worked for Radio One WQNC/WPZS.

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Kathy Brown Tapped As PD For Cumulus Charleston Combo

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has appointed 20-year radio programming professional Kathy Brown as Program Director for WWWZ-FM and WMGL-FM, heritage Urban radio stations in Charleston, SC. Brown joins Cumulus Media-Charleston from iHeart Media-St. Louis, where she was Program Director of Urban station KMJM and Gospel station KATZ-AM. She was previously Assistant Program Director at CBS Radio-Atlanta’s Urban station, WVEE. Prior to that, Brown was Operations Manager for Radio One’s WWIN-AM/FM, WERQ and WOLB in Baltimore, MD, and became Regional Program Director during her 14-year tenure, serving Urban AC stations in markets including Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, as well as Augusta, GA, Detroit, MI, and Los Angeles, CA.

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SYNDICATION: The Breakfast Club Takes Mornings At Foxy 99 Fayetteville; Dan Maduri Takes Afternoons At WIXC Melbourne-Cocoa FL

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– Fayetteville’s FOXY 99 debuted their new syndicated morning show, The Breakfast Club today, March13. This program will run 5:30am –10:00 am, Monday-Friday. The Breakfast Club stars Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. First launched in December 2010, T

--Genesis Communications announced today that well known Tampa figure, Dan Maduri moves into afternoon drive on WIXC – AM 1060 in the Melbourne-Cocoa market on the east coast of Florida. Dan Maduri - America’s youngest major market talk host -- has spent the last 2 years handling afternoons on WWBA – AM 820. The company has signed an agreement to air Florida Live with Dan Maduri on WIXC starting today, March 13, 2017.

The program has been on Tampa Bay’s AM 820 50,000 watt signal, covering the west coast from Tallahassee to Naples. The show will air during each weekday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm.

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[WATCH] Sabrina Carpenter Draws Thousands To Michigan Malls With Live Event For Cumulus Group

THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2017 –– Cumulus stations: WHTS/HOT FM 105.3); 102.5 WIOG; and WWCK (CK 105.5) behold the power of Sabrina Carpenter as she performed for 2,500 Cumulus listeners in Michigan Wednesday at three Michigan malls.

Cumulus stations promoted these live events (one in Grand Rapids, another in Flint, and a third in Saginaw) for five days and drove impassioned to join WATCH HERE

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7Ed Sheeran To Guest On 'Thrones;' Sister Sledge's Joni Passes Away At 60

 

[WATCH] Sister Sledge Member, Joni, Passes Away At 60

Ed Sheeran to Guest On 'Game of Thrones'

[WATCH] Tyra Banks to replace Nick Cannon as ‘America’s Got Talent’ host

[WATCH] Press Sec. Sean Spicer Gets Grilled At 'Apple Store'

Dalian Wanda & Dick Clark Deal Officially Dead

[WATCH] Chris Pratt, Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart Among Those 'Slimed' Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

[WATCH] Scarlett Johnsson Goes All Ivanka Trump On SNL

WATCH] Jeff Bridges Brings Back 'The Dude' To Honor Big Lebowski Co-star John Goodman

[WATCH] John Goodman And Sara Gilbert Stage ‘Roseanne’ Reunion On ‘The Talk’

[WATCH] 'Wonder Woman' Origin Trailer

Schwarzenegger Says He Won’t Run For Senate

REPORT: TMZ Staffers ‘Uncomfortable’ With Harvey Levin’s Trump Ties

[WATCH] Magician Criss Angel Back On Stage Following Failed Stunt That Landed Him In The Hospital

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INFINITE DIAL 2017: Podcasting Continues To Boom; Weekly Online Audience Rises To 53%

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2017 –– Yesterday's much anticipated 2017 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital was unveiled and showed that Podcasting continues to be a growth medium, as 40% of Americans 12+ say they have listened to a podcast, while 24% say they have listened to one in the past month, up from 21% one year ago. In addition, six in ten Americans are now familiar with the term “podcasting,” a number that has risen 22% in two years.

The 2017 Infinite Dial, the latest report in a series dating back to 1998 that covers consumer usage of media and technology, also introduces coverage of “Smart Speakers,” a category which includes voice-controlled devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, 63% of Americans 12+ are aware of at least one device in this category, while 7%, an estimated 20 million Americans, live in households that have at least one smart speaker. The study has become the report card on digital audio and other digital media, and is widely used and quoted by broadcasters, Internet radio, ad agencies, and the financial community. Among the many other highlights:

The Weekly Online Radio audience is now 140 million Americans, or 53% of Americans 12+ • Time spent listening to online radio surges to an all-time high of 14:39 per week • Pandora continues to lead in the online radio space—32% of Americans have listened in the past month—but Spotify is a strong second at 18%. • Social Media usage is beginning to consolidate around a few platforms, with Twitter’s growth rate continuing to decline—especially 12-24

“With 7% of Americans 12+ now owning smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google home products, this represents an extraordinary opportunity for increased consumption of internet radio in the home,” said John Rosso (shown), President of Market Development at Triton Digital. “Content producers would be wise to pay close attention to this growing segment of the market.” SEE MORE HERE

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[WATCH] WMIL's Dalessandro Says Goodbye

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2017 –– Longtime Milwaukee co-host Karen Dalessandro bid farewell - for now - as she aired her last show on country outlet WMIL, FM 106.1 reports Fox6 TV. "It's been an honor to wake everybody up," Dalessandro said. Afer 19 years as part of Karen Scott and Radar with Shannen," Dalessandro said it's time to sleep in. "It is going to feel weird to be able to stay out late and hang out with people because my bed time was 8:00 or 8:30 at night with a wake up call at 3:30," Dalessandro said.

From 1998 through 2017, it has been a good run. "If you get to spend five years with someone on a radio show together, it is an eternity, and we all got 19 together," Dalessandro said. As she said goodbye on Thursday, she hinted that it might not be her last time on air. "Take care Milwaukee. If there is something without an alarm clock, and it's on the radio, you may hear me again," Dalessandro said. WATCH HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mark Gray Rises To CEO Of Katz Media Group

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2017 ––Katz Media Group announced it has named Mark Gray, to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Katz Media Group, overseeing both Katz’s radio and television companies. Gray, who most recently served as President of Katz Radio Group, has been a leader in the media industry for more than 25 years

Gray’s tenure with Katz has included various management roles, including President of the Katz Radio division before being promoted to President of Katz Radio Group in 2006. Gray is a member of the Board of Directors for the Broadcasters Foundation of America; a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s Executive Committee; and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Alliance for Women in Media.

Gray replaces Mark Rosenthal as CEO. After nearly four years with the company, Rosenthal announced his decision to step down as CEO of Katz Media Group at the end of March. Rosenthal will continue as an advisor to Bressler and iHeartMedia, Inc. CEO Bob Pittman. 1

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[LISTEN] Houston's Morning Bull Selected By CBS For National Podcast Series

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10, 2017 –– With a on this year’s “ACM Awards,” each episode you'll hear who they think will win, should win, and who “better NOT win”. They'll have new episodes every Thursday until the 52nd Annual ACM AWARDS on April 2nd from Las Vegas (and a BONUS wrap-up episode).

In the 1st episode, the show digs into the nominees for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Next Thursday they'll tackle the New Female/Male/Group categories. LISTEN HERE

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[WATCH] Mike Stern Shares Comedy Tips By Steve Martin

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10, 2017 –– Jacobs Media’s Mike Stern is always searching for that talent coaching edge and provides a peek at comedy legend Steve Martin's master-class course (see Popline 3/3). The class costs just $90 and includes 25 online lessons. Stern says, what sold him was the promotional video for the class. Here is one of the tips that caught his attention:

1) “You are a thought machine – everything you see, hear, and experience is usable.” While being timely and topical is an important part of a great radio show, so is being relatable. Too many hosts spend their entire day staring at weird news stories on the Internet and instead of balancing the search for content with real life experiences they can bring back to their show. Opening your eyes and ears and experiencing life is prep…if you use it wisely. Stern says, "The way I figure it, if he hit on several worthwhile points in a 2-minute free trailer, an investment of under $100 is well worth it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you in class. WATCH HERE

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TSBC 8 Wraps Up In Atlanta

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2017 –– Following yesterday's loaded agenda of day 1 of Talk Show Boot Camp 8 Atlanta, things wrap up today with a special star-studded "Talk From The Top" panel, followed by Gabe Hobb's 3rd annual "Talk Radio Report Card."

Among yesterday's many highlights included a special presentation of the 'Ashwood Award 2017 to this year's honoree, Premiere Networks President, Julie Talbott (R). It was presented by 2016 recipient Chris Oliviero, EVP programming CBS Radio.

Quoting from the unofficial 'by-laws' for choosing each year's recipient, Oliveiro said, "I had 365 days to choose this year's choice, but I knew who I was going to pick on day one."

Today's agenda kicks off with a star-studded panel featuring WSB Atlanta's Erick Erickson, WMAL Wash. DC's Larry O'Connor, Compass syndicated host Joe Pags, WPHT/Philly's Chris Stigall, WBAB Long Island & The Bone Tampa's Roger & JP - moderated by WINS New York's Lee Harris - Closing out the day is Gabe Hobb's highly anticipated 'Third Annual Talk Radio Report Card.' Coming next week, Jockline will provide more details and highlights from this year's event. PHOTO/Sam P

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Brothers Osborne Kicks Off Music City's Biggest Week With NASH-FM 103.3

THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2017 –– Brothers Osborne and NASH FM 103.3 for their NASH Country Kick Off Party on Tuesday, June 6th at Cannery Ballroom. The event, featuring Brothers Osborne with special guests Runaway June and NASH Next 2016 Winner, Todd O’Neill, will benefit Musicians On Call (MOC), a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country. Tickets for the event, with doors opening at 6pm, are $35 and go on sale Today (Thursday, March 9th) at 10am. “Musicians On Call is proud to celebrate our 10-year partnership with NASH to help kick off country music’s biggest week. It’s a special year for MOC as we also celebrate our 10 year anniversary in Nashville,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “We’re excited to bring these intimate performance to country music fans, just as we bring our Volunteer Musicians to bring similar intimate performances to patients in Nashville hospitals and across the country.” To learn more go to: http://www.nashfm1033.com.

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7HBO To Air '2016 Election' Mini-Series; Baby Jessica 30 Years Later

 

 

REPORT: Brandon Mychal Smith Tapped As 'AGT' Host

[WATCH] Fox Sets 'You The Jury' Reality Series - Audience Determines Verdict

[WATCH] Timberlake Doesn't Think Adele Should Have Won Album Of The Year

[WATCH] Watch Samuel L Jackson Perform Scenes From His Biggest Films In 11 Minutes

BILLBOARD: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Music Making

HBO Greenlights 2016 Election Miniseries

[WATCH] Baby Jessica 30-Yrs. Later

[WATCH] Mama June Shows Off Her Vanishing Figure

[WATCH] 'Fate Of The Furious' Trailer

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Dana & Jayson Take Mornings At KBZT San Diego

THE MOUTH MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– Following a few days of video teasing, the suspense is finally over. Former WBLI Long Island morning hosts Dana and Jayson announced they'll join Alternative KBZT-FM/San Diego beginning Monday 3/13. Dana (DiDonato) joins the Entercom outlet after an 11-yr run at WBLI. Jayson (Prim) joins after co-hosting for 3 years with DiDonato.

DiDonato, a reformed sorority girl and married mother of 3, and Prim, the gay son of a Baptist preacher, bring their unique relationship as two unlikely best friends to morning drive on San Diego’s number one Alternative station, FM 949. DiDonato is one of the few lead female hosts in morning radio.We are so excited to invite the San Diego community into our lives, and we hope they make our show a part of theirs,” said DiDonato. “Thanks to Kevin Callahan, Pat Paxton and everyone at Entercom, your belief in us is humbling. We are so ready to do this.” Prior to joining WBLI, Prim worked as a performance artist in New York City. He is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Of note, 'The Radio Sisterhood,' a group started at last year's Morning Show Boot Camp during the women's forum, has now engaged more than 800 women in radio following/engaging on Instagram.

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WDST Woodstock Gets Boost From Fan Fund Drive

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 - Radio Woodstock has gotten a boost from its listeners with the aid of pledges made by nearly 300 supporters in a fund drive last week. recordonline.com reports supporters made either a single payment of $100.10 or committed to a monthly contribution of $8.35. "It's really inspiring to us," Richard Fusco, general manager for the station, said Wednesday. "It is one thing to have listeners say they love the station. It is another thing for them to put their hands in their pockets and pull out $100."

WDST is among a shrinking number of independent commercial radio stations left in the country, he said. He believes it is the only one of those to operate as a listener- and local business-supported broadcaster. The results of the drive allow the station to limit commercials to no more than two-and-a-half minutes at a time and only 10 minutes per hour, Fusco said. The infusion of money gives the 3,000-watt station a chance to deepen its mission. "We think of ourselves as a lifestyle station," Fusco said. "We have tried to create a radio station dedicated to classic rock 'n' roll, but to turn on listeners to new music too. PHOTO/Buff talks with Jennifer Maidman about her new record “Dreamland,” and Jennifer plays a tune live, too!

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ON-AIR: KBCO Denver Announces Return Of Keefer

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced the return of popular afternoon host Keefer to 97.3 KBCO, Denver’s World Class Rock, effective March 20, 2017. “Being on-air at 97.3 KBCO - one of the most respected radio stations in the country - setting up Studio C recordings for some of the most prolific musicians in the industry, and working alongside some of the most creative, professional, and hard-working people I have ever encountered, I was truly living my dream,” said Keefer. “I’m excited about coming home to 97.3 KBCO.”

Keefer previously served as afternoon host on 97.3 KBCO from 1999 until 2012 before taking a five-year hiatus. “The legacy of KBCO has Keefer’s DNA all over it. I am thrilled beyond words to welcome him back,” said Scott Arbough, Program Director of 97.3 KBCO. “Keefer’s gift is his honest and smooth baritone combined with great interaction and a clever command of language that is a rare gift. We are so excited to share this gift with the Denver / Boulder radio listeners. He’s back!”

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Broadcasters Foundation Announces 2017 Awards Recipients

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced the recipients of the 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards and the Chairman’s Award. The Awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual breakfast in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. The 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards recipients are: Harry Jessell, Editor and Co-Publisher, TVNewscheck and NetNewscheck David Lougee, President, TEGNA Media Diane Sutter, President & CEO, Shooting Star Broadcasting John David, Executive Vice President of Radio, National Association of Broadcasters Scott Knight & the Knight Family, President & CEO, Knight Media Group Larry Patrick, Managing Partner, Patrick Communications

The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal. In addition, William Duhamel, President, Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises, will be honored with the 2017 Broadcasters Foundation of America Chairman’s Award for his numerous contributions to the broadcast industry and his community.

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The New WSOC Charlotte Goes Glam

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 –– The New1037/WSOC is giving away free Prom dresses to area high school girls in need! It’s happening on Saturday, March 11 at a 1037 booth in the Carolina Place Mall in Pineville. Starting at 10am, the New1037 will offer beautiful, donated Prom dresses for girls to keep, as well as free tux rentals courtesy of Men’s Wearhouse, for high school guys to borrow. The New1037 is currently asking listeners to empty their closets and donate prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and formal gowns for Project Glam.

This concept was created by The New 1037 Team. ”For three successful years, our New1037 Project Glam has offered local girls the opportunity to find that perfect dress that they might not have been able to afford, so they get to look glamorous on Prom Night! ” said DJ Stout, operations manager and program director for WSOC. “I can’t think of a more worthwhile way to help make their prom dreams come true.” Donated dresses are now being accepted at The New 1037 Studios located at 1520 South Boulevard Suite 300 and the eight locations of Elite Cleaners in Charlotte and Matthews and Indian Trail through March 10. Special thanks to our partners Carolina Place Mall, Lily Rose Bridal, JCPenney, Sears, and Reeves Enterprises. The New 1037 is available on-air, online at thenew1037.com and through the iRadioNow app on a variety of mobile devices.

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PodcastOne And AdsWizz To Announce Partnership

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 –– AdsWizz and PodcastOne announced today a new partnership that allows PodcastOne to offer its advertisers dynamic audio advertising with unique one-to-one targeting abilities. The relationship leverages PodcastOne’s more than 400 million monthly impressions and AdsWizz’s suite of audio-centric technology products, including Audio Ad Insertion Software (AIS) for on-demand content, AudioServe for campaign management, and PodWave, the largest marketplace for podcast audio inventory, to increase monetization of inventory at scale. The expanded global dynamic insertion capabilities will also be utilized for the new PodcastOne Australia platform, launching soon.

AdsWizz’s programmatic advertising platform will enable PodcastOne to offer its digital audio inventory to the many programmatic buyers that are connected.

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BBC Radio Gets Comic Relief

THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2017 –– - In London, BBC Radio 1 afternoon show presenters Scott Mills and Chris Stark will stay on air for 24 hours next week telling jokes in a marathon show to raise money for the BBC charity, Comic Relief. The LOLathon will start at 4pm on Tuesday 14th March and end at 4pm the following show. Scott and Chris will join other presenters on the usual Radio 1 schedule, but will need to stay awake and tell jokes every link to complete the Red Nose Day challenge. The following week, BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox is doing a 24-hour Danceathon in the run up to Red Nose Day on 24th March.

Gone After 40 Years - BBC Local Radio stalwart Ken Snowdon has announced his retirement after more than 40 years on air with the corporation, most recently with BBC Tees in the north east of England. Ken began as a Speedway and Northern League reporter on BBC Radio Cleveland in the 1970s, going on to Radio Blackburn before joining the launch team at BBC Radio Cornwall to present the midmorning programme. From there he joined BBC Radio York as Programme Organiser, before returning to Radio Cleveland in February 1993. During the last 24 years he has presented the breakfast show, midmorning show, drive show and also spent 11 years as an Assistant Editor until 2006. Ken Snowdon will be replaced on BBC Tees by former Century FM breakfast presenter Paul Gough. ‘Goffy’ already does the Saturday lunchtime show and will now be on Sundays too from 26th March.

Women Of OZ Radio - In an Australian radio first, the women of the Hit Network have united to broadcast across Australia for International Women’s Day, streaming the event live on Facebook and Twitter. Fox FM’s Fifi Box co-hosted the all-female national metro breakfast show alongside 2Day FM’s Em Rusciano. It featured prominent female guests Heidi Anderson (Hit92.9), Abby Coleman (Hit105), Cat Lynch (Hit107), as well as Hit Network national show hosts Carrie Bickmore, Ash London, Sam Frost and Constance Hall. The broadcast sparked conversation about a number of issues such as women’s safety, domestic violence and social media. Carrie Bickmore, co-host of Hit’s afternoon show Carrie & Tommy and Channel 10’s The Project, expressed her concerns over gender pay parity and the need for change. Read more HERE

REACH GRAHAM HERE +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Airbnd Enters The Music Space; The Godfather Turns 45

 

Airbnd Enters The Music Space With New Initiative

[WATCH] Dr. Drew: 'Nothing Natural About George Michael's Death

REPORT: Jennifer Lopez Now Dating Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez

Ed Sheeran Planning Movie

[WATCH] Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer's 'Happy Street' Animated Video

Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino Will Reunite for ‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary Celebration

[WATCH] Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Call Off the Divorce — For Now Say Sources

[WATCH] Eva Mendez Wonderfully In 'Shape'

CNN Adds 360 Video to Mobile Apps, Website as Part of VR Push

[WATCH] Thor Gets A Makeover

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Ajit Pai Gets Nod For Another 5-Year Term At Commission

–THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2017 – President Trump has renominated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for another five-year term which began July 1, 2016, when his previous term formally expired. In response to the reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been renominated, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement:

“NAB congratulates Chairman Pai on his renomination for another term at the FCC. During his tenure at the Commission, he has shown a deep understanding of broadcasting’s indispensable role in serving American communities with free, local and lifeline programming. We are especially grateful for Chairman Pai’s support of AM radio revitalization, moving forward on a Next Gen TV standard, and reforming outdated media ownership rules. NAB urges his speedy confirmation.”

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STUDY: Pop Music Formats Battle It Out For 30-39 Yr-Olds

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 20-17 –– Results to be released today from the Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research deep dive into AC and Hot AC will show that all three contemporary pop music formats fight over thirty-something women.

“While top 40 dominates women in their 20s, and women in their 40s gravitate to mainstream AC,” noted Strategic EVP Hal Rood, “30-39 is a dogfight. It’s the top end of Top 40, the young end of mainstream AC, and the core of Hot AC.” “In our data,” said Burns VP Jeff Johnson, “42% of Hot AC P1s, 35% of Mainstream ACs P1s, and 22% of Top 40’s were between 30 and 39. That’s partly due to the gradual contemporization of Mainstream AC. In today's webinar, it will take a close look at the favorite artists and most-liked music styles and eras of both the Hot and Mainstream strains of AC.” For more information contact: Alan Burns (251) 243-1592 Hal Rood, Strategic Solutions Research (206) 347-2188, ext 702

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Howard Stern's First And Last Film, 'Private Parts' Turns 20

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2017 –– Howard Stern's 'Private Parts' hit theatre screens 20 years ago on March 7th. The film, which became a cult favorite, was an adaption of Stern’s eponymous memoir and took the No. 1 spot at the box office the weekend it opened grossing $41 million. Stern, who had final script approval, reportedly rejected upwards of 22 drafts and revisions. Producers were tasked with turning “Private Parts” into a romantic comedy and meant developing the 7role of Stern’s then-wife Alison, portrayed by Mary McCormack (bottom right) in the film. “I knew from the beginning that the story was about Alison and Howard’s relationship,” writer Michael Kalesniko says. “It would be a love story that coincided with his rise to fame.”

7And how accurate was the film’s depiction of Stern’s on-air antics? “It was exact,” says comedian Jackie Martling, who portrayed himself in the movie, first appeared on the radio show in 1983. He became a full time cast member three years later, and eventually served as head writer of Stern’s syndicated TV show in the early ‘90s.

Despite the success of 'Private Parts,' Stern hasn’t appeared in another film since then. STERN PHOTO/Paramount - READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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PROGRAMMING: 92.3 KGON Portland Names Chris Crowley Program Director

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2017 –– Entercom Portland welcomes Chris Crowley as the new program director for 92.3 KGON, Portland’s Classic Rock Station. “Getting to work for Entercom Portland and having the opportunity to oversee heritage call letters like KGON is a once in a career kind of deal” said Crowley. “The chance to take this 48 year heritage station back to the top is one I just can't pass up and I’m looking forward to forging new relationships in Portland. Thank you to Pat Paxton, Michael Doyle, and Tim McNamara for this phenomenal opportunity.”

Crowley has spent 26 years in various radio companies, including programming and working with Jacobs Media

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KOA Denver Extends With Colorado Rockies' Announcers

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2017 –– Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel have signed multi-year contract renewals and will continue as the radio play-by-play voices of the Colorado Rockies. As previously announced, KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM has secured the Colorado Rockies broadcast rights through the 2021 season. KOA NewsRadio has served as the Rockies’ flagship station since the club’s inception in 1993. “Coming to Denver after a long stint in my hometown of Cleveland, I didn’t know what to expect. The past 14 seasons have been beyond great, thanks to KOA, the Rockies and, most especially, the fans,” said Corrigan.

“I am humbled by this new contract, and I look forward to working with Jerry to bring the best baseball coverage for the Rocky Mountain region for many years to come.” "I am thrilled to be back doing the Rockies games,” said Schemmel. “My relationship with iHeartMedia and the Rockies has been tremendous in the seven-years I've been doing the games. I'm looking forward to more."

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U.S. Radio Engaging More In Women's Day Event

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 20127 –– Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo, heard mornings on 98.5 KLUC, will recognize the “A Day Without A Woman” movement in its own unique way. Chet, Spence and Kayla will recognize International Women’s Day by hosting “A Day with Only Women.” Today, March 8 from 6:00am to 10:00am, the show will only play songs that prominently feature female artists, like Katy Perry, Adele and Lady Gaga. While women and their allies across the globe unite for equity, justice and the human rights of women, Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo will, in turn, celebrate the female musicians and performers that make 98.5 KLUC one of the top radio stations on the west coast.

Meanwhile, at Cumulus Media’s WUHT/Hot 107.7, Birmingham they'll share the sound of “A Day Without a Woman” for International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The station’s March 8th programming will reflect the absence of women for the day. Midday Host, Tasha Simone, and station voice, Jeannie Johnson, will be off the air for the day and all songs played in non-syndication hours will feature men only.

International Women's Day, March 8, is a day meant to tout the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women while urging more gender equality. Ken Johnson, Operations Manager, WUHT-FM/Hot 107.7, and Vice President, Urban, Cumulus Media, said: “This was an easy decision for us.

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Greenville's WRNS Raises $168,145 For St. Jude

THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2017 –– Greenville’s WRNS Raises $168,145 with Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon GREENVILLE, NC, March 8, 2017 – Alpha Media, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville is proud to announce Your Country 95.1 WRNS raised $168,145 for the kids of St. Jude with their 12th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon. The two-day radiothon took place March 2-3. WRNS Program Director, Carletta Blake commented on the announcement, “I'm so incredibly proud of our team, and so thankful for the volunteers, sponsors, and especially all those in ENC who donated. This Radiothon is a labor of love and this amazing total just shows the giving nature and huge hearts of those in Eastern Carolina.” St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas and is the leading childhood cancer research hospital in the world. All of its research is shared freely and protocols developed at St. Jude are used at hospitals everywhere to treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It costs almost $2 Million a day to operate the hospital, and it’s ran primarily through individual donors and fundraising events, such as radiothons. No family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

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7George Michaels Cause Of Death Revealed; Casey Anthony Speaks

LES MOONVES: 'Probably 4 New Shows' Picked From 17 Pilots For CBS 2017-2018 Season

[WATCH] Trump Meets With TMZ's Harvey Levin

Ryan Gosling To Play Neil Armstrong In 2018 Biopic

Ed Sheeran Covers 'Rolling Stone'

[WATCH] David Cassidy's Nephew to Audition On 'The Voice'

CORONER: George Michael Died Of Natural Causes

[WATCH] Casey Anthony Talks For First Time About Murder Case Since 2011

[WATCH] Journalist Throws Up While Proposing To Girlfriend On Flight

Fantasia Barrinio Cancels Concert After Suffering 2nd Degree Burns

[WATCH] Chance the Rapper Announces Donation of $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

 

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Mike Agovino & Paul Anderson Team For Influence Marketing Company, 'Workhouse Connect'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– Former Triton’s COO Mike Agovino and Workhouse Media CEO Paul B. Anderson have teamed for the Launch of Workhouse Connect, a new influence marketing company. "Workhouse Connect offers a commensurate 'value exchange' powered by artists, entertainers, opinion leaders, athletes and other taste makers who align their talent and their tribe with products and services for which they have a true affinity. Now more than ever what's transparent and authentic works,” said, Mike Agovino.

Paul Anderson added, "Our alliance allows talent to be selective and advertisers to be partners. We will soon launch a partnership pairing boxer and entertainer Mike Tyson with sports enthusiast, radio and television personality, Peter Rosenberg. This collaboration illustrates our ability to attract tier one talent and partner with leading brands.”

Mike Agovino will serve as President and CEO for Workhouse Connect. Workhouse Connect will serve as an extension to Workhouse Media and Workhouse Creative, both started by Anderson.

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Nielsen Wants Bubba's Latest Conspiracy Theory Tossed; Says They 'Stem From Wild Speculation"

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– Nielsen says allowing Bubba The Love Sponge’s claim that Nielsen, Cox and Cox morning man Mike Calta conspired against him are “based on fanciful conspiracy theories with no basis in fact,” and will delay the upcoming June trial reports radioink.com. Bubba had claimed that Nielsen, Cox and Calta conducted a sting operation designed to entrap him into engaging in ratings distortion. The original allegation filed by Bubba in January was denied by a Judge and Bubba then filed an amended version of the same allegation in February. Nielsen calls it a delaying tactic on Bubba’s part, saying “Just the process of Cox getting up to speed will take months and the added delay and prejudice to Nielsen is yet another reason to deny Defendants’ Motion.”

Nielsen says, “Defendants’ proposed counterclaims stem from wild speculation and conspiracy theories lacking any factual support and, if permitted now, may ultimately still be dismissed for failure to state a claim. To survive a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, a complaint must contain enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Nielsen also says Bubba has revealed confidential internal documents between Nielsen and subscribers Cox and Beasley, ” including gratuitous direct quotes from these confidential communications. This detail is not only irrelevant, it is not necessary to support the claims asserted in any of the proposed counterclaims.” The trial is scheduled for June 5.

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95.5 WSM FM Nashville Will Be First To Test iDitty Interactive Souvenirs

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced that 95.5 NASH ICON/WSM- FM in Nashville will be the first to test iDitty Interactive Souvenirs as an exclusive VIP credential for the LOCASH concert at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on March 14, 2017. The fully interactive VIP laminates offer an enhanced concert experience for LOCASH fans, while connecting them with LOCASH, 95.5 NASH ICON and Reviver Records long after the event. iDitty VIP credentials also provide information about concert attendees for the station, label, band and event sponsors.

LOCASH’s March 14th Nashville concert is part of 95.5 NASH ICON’s Rhythm and Boots concert series and will raise money for the non-profit organization, Musicians On Call.

 

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[WATCH] Country Stars Pitched In To Host 'America's Morning Show' While They Were Off The Air

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– Following last week's terrible auto accident involving the crew of Cumulus' 'America's Morning Show 7Members, Ty, Kelly and Chuck, they returned to the air this week - with Chuck having to broadcast from his home after suffering a fractured skull and vertebrae. Yesterday, WKRN-TV's Cherish Lombard (who's engaged to producer Glenn Johnson) reported that the country music community showed tremendous support for the show while they were off the air, including Big and Rich, Chris Y7oung and Maddie and Tae stepped in to host the show.

Chuck revealed on the air Monday that Reba McEntire called him while he was in the hospital to wish him well. Meanwhile, Kelly Ford shared a few pics following the accident. Including this one on Instagram with her (complete with a black-eye) along with Ty Bentli looking thankful they made it through the ordeal without serious injuries. WATCH HERE

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NETWORKS: Westwood One News Expands Coverage; Renews With Top-10 CBS Stations

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– The demand for locally branded, trustworthy news is increasing as consumers insist on more credible news and information. Westwood One News is answering that call and expanding its reach across America. Today the network announces it has grown its coverage and listener base with the renewal of top-10 CBS stations WINS/New York, KYW/Philadelphia, WBZ/Boston, and the addition of WWJ/Detroit. Westwood One News can now also be heard across Bloomberg major market stations WBBR-AM/New York, WDCH-FM, Washington, DC, WXKS-AM/Boston, and KNEW-AM/San Francisco. Beginning this week, Westwood One News can now be heard anywhere in the U.S. on the SiriusXM POTUS and Progress channels.

“We are very pleased to extend our relationship with CBS RADIO and to welcome our new partners at Bloomberg and SiriusXM to Westwood One News,” said Bart Tessler. EVP News & Talk, Westwood One. “This is a significant expansion of the distribution of our news product and testament to the resources we have committed to our breaking news; special reports; custom Q/As; and particularly our newscasts, which are extremely important to our stations and carried throughout the country on our top market Cumulus and Bloomberg affiliates, among others, and nationwide on SiriusXM.”

Stations interested in learning more about Westwood One News can contact Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 895-2339.

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Neil Barry Named Exec. Director, Brand Partnerships At USRN

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced the addition of Neil Barry to its Advertising Sales Department as Executive Director/Brand Sponsorships. Effective immediately, Barry will handle the development of multi-platform advertising programs and branded content experiences for the network’s marketing partners. Neil Barry will be based at USRN’s New York office, and he joins USRN following over twenty five years in the media industry.

Barry has an extensive resume that includes stops at CBS Radio, CBS Local, Cox Digital Solutions and ABC Radio Networks where he was VP/Digital Sales. At Cox, Barry was VP/Publisher Development where he oversaw the sales efforts and implementation of a number of digital products, and at CBS Local he was the Eastern VP of Digital Sales leading a team of executives responsible for the development and execution of sales strategies for premium sponsors connected to everything from local digital assets to national tent-pole events. Neil Barry is reachable at USRN at 212-536-3658 or via email at neilbarry@unitedstations.com.

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ON-AIR: News/Talk 760 WJR-AM Debuts New Sports Feature, “After Further Review”, With Eli Zaret

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– Zaret’s new feature, will air weekdays at 4:36pm on The Guy Gordon Show, which is broadcast from 3:00pm-5:00pm on 760 WJR-AM. Zaret is widely known for his coverage of the Detroit Pistons as a sideline reporter and for his blog, “Blue Collar Blueprint”, based on his 2004 book about the Pistons’ rise to their third NBA championship.

Zaret’s career began in 1974 at WABX-FM in Detroit, where he was regarded as the "first FM sportscaster" in Detroit. Zaret became the lead sports anchor for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV in the 1980’s and served a similar role at WABC-TV in New York, where he shared weeknight sports reporting duties with Corey McPherrin. Zaret was Sports Director for Detroit’s WCSX-FM and for WRIF-FM and served in the same capacity for WJBK-TV, where he was also Lead Anchor.

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PODCAST:iHeartRadio And Top Podcast Creators Team For #trypod

THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2017 –– For the month of March, iHeartRadio and the largest podcast creators are teaming up to help share #trypod, a movement to spread the word about podcasting. There are thousands of shows available say iHeart's Chris Peterson, "so there’s something for everyone: politics, audio dramas, sports, crime, history, business, comedy and more. And, we want you to do the same and show those who are new to podcasts how to listen to them — preferably on iHeartRadio ?? — and when, like at work, during your commute or just sitting at home on the couch. In the spirit of #trypod, let me get the ball rolling.

Here are a few of my favorites that I think you will enjoy: Missing Richard Simons: This brand new show has me hooked. In 2014, Richard Simmons vanished from the public eye and this podcast investigates what exactly happened to the man that was so available and public. I can’t believe how hooked I am on this. Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast: Bill Burr is one of the funniest comedians out there and his Monday Morning Podcast is the perfect way to start your week. And, of course, WTF with Marc Maron. Marc Maron’s podcast is a staple in the industry. He records the show from his garage, and some of the biggest celebrities swing by for captivating interviews - Tweet your favorite to hashtag #trypod

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7Winners From iHR Music Awards; Adele Says 'I'm Married'

 

Robert Osborne, Host of Turner Classic Movies, Dies at 84

[WATCH] Alec Baldwin Says He Won’t Do Trump Impression Much Longer Because Of ‘Maliciousness’

David Letterman Would Like Another Shot At Interviewing Trump

REPORT: ESPN To Undergo Another Round Of “Significant” Layoffs

Matt Damon To Narrate New Boston Marathon Documentary

ACT SURPRISED: Adele Named Music Biz's Artist of the Year

[WATCH] Katy Perry 'Roars' While Meeting Fan At iHR Music Awards

Jimmy Buffett Launching Margaritaville Retirement Homes

[LISTEN] Carrie Fisher Wrote A Song With Sean Lennon And Got Willow Smith To Sing It

Jon Cryer To Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Losing It’

Chrissy Teigen Goes Makeup Free On ‘Glamour’

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Elton John 'Moans' American Radio Stations Won't Play His Music Because They're 'Ageist'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– In Elton John's upcoming memoir, Captain Fantastic, he calls out American radio stations for not playing his music, claiming they are 'ageist' reports The Daily Mail. The singer who turns 70 later this years points to last year's "Wonderful Crazy Night," saying it was never played on the radio despite getting good reviews and being listed in Rolling Stone's 50 best albums of 2016.

Heatstreet reported that in a new biography, Captain Fantastic by Tom Doyle, John says: 'There comes a point where you have to admit that you're not going to get played on the radio in America because it's ageist. 'There's a whole stream of different music come along now. And you have to face up to it.'

His last big hit in the US was the single Candle In The Wind after the death of Princess Diana in 1997. He added that his classics such as I'm Still Standing and Your Song still get played on the radio but he thinks it is a shame his newer music is overlooked. Two years ago Madonna similarly cried foul over 'ageism', saying British radio stations were snubbing her new music.

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Tommy Page, Former Singer, Billboard Publisher, Cumulus SVP Of Brand Partnerships, Found Dead

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page was found dead Friday (March 3) reported Billboard. He was 46. Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records and found success with his hit, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990, a song he co-wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He eventually joined Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he served as an A&R executive and vice president of top 40 promotion. He left Warner Bros./Reprise to join Billboard as associate publisher. The following year he was promoted to publisher.

"Ever since childhood, I've had big aspirations for my music career," Page said at the time. "In the inscription below my senior picture in my high school yearbook, I actually wrote 'Billboard charts, here I come!' -- a hopeful pipe dream from an ordinary Jersey kid." In 2013, Page left Billboard to become Pandora's VP of artist and brand partnerships and then In 2015, he joined Cumulus Media as senior vice president of brand partnerships. Page most recently served as VP of music partnerships at the Village Voice. A 'Remembering Tommy Page' Facebook page has been set up which features New Yorks' Bryant Park on its header (shown) - He is survived by his partner, Charlie, and their three children.

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BLOG: Was The Tampa PPM Story 'Fake News?'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– On the heels of last week's story involving Tampa's January PPM and Amazon Echo," Jacobs Media head Fred Jacobs blogged: "Like the Russian and wiretapping scandals wafting their way through Washington, the Tampa January PPM story would still be in the trades if not for Nielsen stepping up and putting out the fire. Yet, there are several important aspects to this tale that combine truth and speculation."

"What’s the real truth and what part falls under the popular heading of “fake news?," asks Jacobs. "Beasley’s WYUU stream (92.5 Maxima), a Spanish Contemporary station, popped a #1 18-34 ranking in the Tampa January PPM survey. Previously, the station’s stream had not shown up in months. Other Tampa broadcasters were reportedly up in arms, demanding that Nielsen disqualify the two meters in question – both young Hispanic respondents. The speculation: Based largely on a blog post from Randy Kabrich, the rumble was that this Tampa area household must have received an Amazon Echo device for Christmas – a plausible explanation for hours and hours of streaming usage. Jacobs adds: Randy’s point that just a meter or two can swing the rankings of an entire report is sadly accurate - READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

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STUDY: Feeling 'Connected' And Entertaining Personalities Help Women To 'Love' Your Station

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– New data from the Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research “What Women Want” study shows that just over half (55%) of all women have a radio station that they love. And while it may take hard work and great execution to produce that kind of affection, Burns and Strategic have calculated the return on that effort.

“If a radio station connects with a woman well enough for her to say she loves it, she is 75% more likely to be or become a heavy listener (three or more hours per day) than a light one,” says strategic EVP Hal Rood, “and that’s a big difference in TSL. There are other benefits as well; for example, women who have a radio station they love are 75% more likely to actually keep a diary or carry a meter in a ratings survey than those who only ‘like’ their P1 station.

What produces that high level of affection and thus those rewards? Alan Burns says that two things: “First and foremost, the difference between being just a ‘most listened-to’ station and a ‘most listened-to and loved’ station is whether she feels that the radio station really ‘gets’ her,” said Burns. “Women who love their P1 station are 51% more likely than the average listener to say that station understands her very well. The second characteristic is a greater tendency to enjoy entertaining air personalities. Women who are passionate about their favorite station are 30% more likely to feel strongly that entertaining personalities are a key reason she listens to radio.” For more information contact: Alan Burns (251) 243-1592 Hal Rood, Strategic Solutions Research (206) 347-2188, ext 702

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ON-AIR: 'America's Morning Show' Back On The Air This Morning

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– We were relieved to learn on Friday (3/3) that the syndicated NASH Morning show starring Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford, and Chuck Wicks (shown), plus producer Glenn Johnson, would return to the air this morning (3/6) following their harrowing car accident last week in Mississippi.

As Jockline reported, the foursome were headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in a downpour when their car hydroplaned and rolled over twice before ending up in a water-filled ditch. All four of them were transported to a hospital. Kelly, Ty and Glenn were soon released with minor injuries, while Chuck was held overnight for additional observation. Fortunately they are all OK except for Chuck Wicks who suffered a fractured skull and vertebrae. In spite of his injuries, Chuck will also join the show bedside from his home.

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Chuck Lakefield Steps Up To Mornings On 103.9 WVBO Appleton/Oshkosh

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media’s 103.9 WVBO Appleton/Oshkosh, WI, announced that popular morning radio personality Chuck Lakefield will step up to the WVBO morning mic as Host of the “Chuck Lakefield Morning Show” beginning Monday, March 20, 2017. Lakefield joins WVBO Mornings after serving WVBO as Midday Personality. He was also Morning Host of sister station 1280 WNAM-AM, and has hosted morning shows at stations in markets including Duluth, Lansing and Terre Haute.

The appointment follows longtime broadcaster and WVBO Morning Personality Dan ‘Skip’ Willis’ announcement last week that he will retire later this month after more than 45 years in radio. Willis’ final 103.9 WVBO broadcast will be on March 17 from 5:30am-9::00am, before heading to sunny Florida for his new gig as full-time grandpa.

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Radio's Dr. Daliah Attempts World Record For Checking Pulse

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– To raise awareness for the importance of checking one's pulse as its a marker of heart health, Dr. Daliah Wachs organized a Guinness World's Record Attempt with the students, faculty and staff at Touro University Nevada.

"Our students wanted to do something fun, exciting, and beneficial to people's health that I asked Guinness World's Record if we could make a record for the most pulses taken... and they said 'Yes'!". No record had currently been set for "Most number of pulse recordings in an 8 hour period", so the attempt needed to surpass 250. "We performed 362 pulses in less than 90 minutes." GWR is currently reviewing the evidence to approve it for their book. Dr. Daliah Wachs created the "Peek at your Pulse" campaign to remind individuals to check their resting pulse. A high resting pulse rate has been associated with higher cardiovascular mortality, so frequent checks of your resting pulse is one easy and inexpensive way to determine if you need to see your medical provider. For more information on pulse rate and heart health visit HERE

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SNAPS: The Band Perry Celebrates Launch Of 'Pop Career' In Atlanta With Cumulus Executives

THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2017 –– Grammy winning country trio The Band Perry kicked off its series of nine pop-up shows last night at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA, to officially launch their pop career. Last month, the group released "Stay in the Dark", the first single off its forthcoming pop album, "My Bad Imagination", to be released later this year. Please see the attached photo of The Band Perry with Cumulus Media's John Kilgo and Mike McVay at last night's intimate show in Atlanta. PHOTO ID's: (Left to Right) Sharon Kilgo; John Kilgo, VP/Music & Label Relations, Cumulus Media; Reid Perry; Mike McVay, SVP Content & Programming, Cumulus/Westwood One, Kimberly Perry and Neil Perry.

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7Winners From iHR Music Awards; Adele Says 'I'm Married'

 

Drake, Chainsmokers Rule At 2017 iHR Music Awards

...Radio Disney Awards Nominees

[WATCH] Oscar Producer Describes Backstage Fiasco Following Best Picture Flap: 'It Was Like Hindenburg'

ADELE: 'I'm Married'!

Trump Fires Back At Schwarzenegger Over 'Apprentice' Diss: 'He Was Fired'!

David Chappelle Heading Back To TV

[WATCH] Rod Stewart Apoligizes For Mock Isis Beheading Video

[WATCH] The First 'Deadpool 2' Teaser

[WATCH] Hugh Jackman Bids Farewell to 'Wolverine'

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STUDY: Entertaining Personalities, Adele, 21 Pilots Tops In Top 40 And Hot AC

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 20-17 – As Burns/Strategic Solutions dived deep into Top 40 and Hot AC they found that fun and personalities play vital roles in both formats. “Not only are fun and entertaining personalities important to the two formats’ listeners generally, but they also attract heavier listeners and ratings cooperators, with the added bonus that they are radio’s best assets versus competing media,” said Burns VP Jeff Johnson. The study surveyed 2000 women 15-54 who cume either Top 40 or Hot AC weekly.

Adele is by far the most popular artist with listeners of hit-based formats Top 40 and Hot AC, according to the national study of women’s media and music behavior, with one in every four women naming her as one of their three favorite artists. The English star won every demo except 15-24s, where she was second to 21 Pilots. “It’s a pop world,” commented Strategic EVP Hal Rood, “with Top 40 and Hot AC sharing the same top two music styles: current Pop, such as songs like Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’, and slightly more pop-rockish hits like Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance.” You can register HERE for webinar.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeffery Liberman Rises To President/COO At Entravision

THE MOUTH, MARCH 32RD, 2017 –– Entravision Communications announced that it has promoted Jeffery Liberman to the additional position of President, effective immediately. As Entravision's President & Chief Operating Officer, Liberman will continue to lead the management and operation of all of Entravision's radio, television and digital media properties, and will continue to report directly to Walter F. Ulloa, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Entravision.

"Jeff has helped grow and lead the company through his service, business insights and commitment ever since joining Entravision almost two decades ago," said Ulloa. "He has been an integral part of our senior executive team in setting our strategic vision and executing on our business plans, in addition to his numerous contributions to serving the Latino community." An industry veteran with over forty years of experience and a strong background in Spanish-language media, Liberman has been instrumental in Entravision's success, including expanding the company's media portfolio, overseeing the company's digital initiatives and launching new content initiatives. Liberman has served as Entravision's Chief Operating Officer since 2012.

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Entercom Charlotte Appoints Darrin Arriens Director Of Operations; iHeart Names Kavi Halemane GM Digital Programming

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 – Entercom Charlotte announced the appointment of Darrin Arriens to the cluster’s newly formed director of operations position. The director of operations will oversee the market’s 5 stations including WBT-AM/FM, WFNZ-AM/FM and WLNK-FM across programming, syndication and promotions. Additionally, Arriens will manage the syndication efforts for the “Bob and Sheri Network” program.

Arriens joins Entercom with over 25 years of radio experience across News and Talk, Sports, Hot Adult Contemporary, Top 40, Hip-Hop and Rhythmic, Active Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock and Triple A formats at ABC Radio, Citadel Broadcasting and Cumulus Media, among others. Previously, Arriens served as a regional director of operations for Citadel Broadcasting, overseeing 55 stations in the Midwest.

-- iHeartRadio recently named Kavi Halemane (L) as the General Manager of Digital Programming. Halemane will work closely with iHeartRadio’s marketing, editorial and sales teams to connect music fans, partners and artists with exclusive iHeartRadio Original Stations, playlists and podcasts. He will report to Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio, and will oversee a team of expert programmers as well as Bill Cahill, Senior Vice President of Programming and Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio. Previously, Halemane served as the Vice President of Premiere Digital Media. He also worked as the Executive Vice President and Head of Digital for The Collective, Vice President of Marketing for YouTube, as well as a variety of digital, marketing and product management roles at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

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Slacker & Steve Ink New Five Year Deal At KALC

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 –– Entercom Denver’s Alice 105.9 (KALC) rewards brand icons, Slacker & Steve with a five year contract extension. The high profile personalities will continue their successful afternoon drive program weekdays from 3pm – 7pm. Slacker & Steve have been together in afternoons for Alice 105.9 for 10 years, hosting a show that is a blend of talk and music. "We are thrilled to have Slacker and Steve stay part of the Entercom Denver family and continue building on their long track record of success!” said Amy Griesheimer VP/Market Manager, Entercom Denver. “Slacker and Steve have defied PPM odds proving that a personality-forward afternoon ‘show’ can not only exist, but thrive with massive ratings success over the years thanks to their consistent hard work. I’m glad they’re on our team!” stated Mike Peterson VP Programming, Entercom Denver.

Slacker & Steve said, “In a business where people get fired every two years we would have expected Alice to divorce us by now. Thanks to David Field, Weezie Kramer, Pat Paxton, Amy Griesheimer, and Mike Peterson for keeping us around!”

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Maryann Morgan Joins Joel Katz For Mornings At Magic 98.3 Somerset, NJ

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 –– Joel Katz just got a studio mate! He has invited Magic 98.3 show host Maryann Morgan to be his co-host. Their morning show airs 5:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., Mondays through Fridays. “We are so happy to be waking up Central Jersey every morning! Well, that is… of course…excluding my Saturdays, my Sundays, my long weekends and my vacation days! ” Joel said, with a smile. “This could be the best morning show ever! Well, it’s not…but it could be!”

Maryann added, “This is definitely not my first love affair with Magic! Back in the 1990’s, I was the host of Magic’s evening program called the ‘Call-in, Love and Dedication’ show! Now, I am getting the chance to work with Joel in the early mornings. So, this is a big change, but you definitely will find out exactly how much we enjoy working with each other.” Magic 98.3 is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.

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Entercom & CBS Radio Announce Pricing Details

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 –– Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) and CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”) announced that CBS Radio has established pricing for a seven-year, $500 million senior secured term loan B to be issued in connection with their previously announced merger. The loan will have an interest rate of LIBOR plus 2.75%, with no LIBOR floor, and will be issued at par.

The new term loan will be issued to refinance Entercom’s capital structure, with proceeds used to repay its existing term loan and redeem its preferred stock, as well as pay transaction fees and expenses. CBS Radio’s credit facility is being amended to include the new term loan, which is expected to be funded at the closing of the merger. That transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2017, subject to the approval of Entercom shareholders, certain regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.

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Ford The Latest Carmaker To Dump CD Player In New Car, Replaces It With Streaming Device

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THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 –– Among the topics Jockline keeps a close eye on are those that deal with radio's best friend ever (next to Art Vuolo, of course )the dashboard. Here's news worth pondering. The 2018 EcoSport will be Ford's first vehicle in 725 years without a disc player reports NPR Instead, the 2018 EcoSport will have an upright touch screen console (shown), where, as pitchfork.com says, passengers can access streaming services through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In addition, SiriusXM Radio is available, and there are multiple USB ports and power outlets, as well as a storage bin for devices.

7Ford follows carmakers such as Toyota and Honda with the move. Beginning with the 2016 models, CD players were not included in the Toyota Scion or Honda Civic. Like the EcoSport, the cars come with a touchscreen that are designed to accommodate streaming.

With this first step by an American car manufacturer, Fred Jacobs, head of Jacobs Media and host of DASH conferences commented, "What took so long? Automakers will build anything into the dash as long as there's consumer demand for it. And that's why it's essential that radio continue making its case that it must always be standard equipment in cars and trucks today - and down the road." Meanwhile, Chevrolet announced it will become first big automaker to offer an unlimited data plan - see link to story below in Popline.

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NETWORKS: Envision Networks Welcomes 21 New Affiliates

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2017 –– During the month of February, Envision Networks® welcomed the following 21 new affiliates to its networks: WEEU-AM/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Live Ride) KMKO-FM/Mankato, Minnesota (Full Metal Jackie) KGPZ-FM/Duluth-Superior, Minnesota (DUKE) KSIG-FM/Lafayette, Louisiana; KOGM-FM/Lafayette, Louisiana; KXLW-FM/Anchorage, Alaska; WCJC-FM/Indianapolis, Indiana (Collin Raye’s Rewind Country) KCAL-FM/Los Angeles, California (Guest Services) KBHQ-FM/Springfield, Missouri (Chop Shop/Chop Shop Classic, American Biker Minute, Classic Rock Live, Notorious 90s, Rock Recall) WBQB-FM/Washington, D.C. (Spot VO) WBT-AM/Charlotte; WFNZ-AM/Charlotte; WLNK-FM/Charlotte; KITS-FM/San Francisco-Oakland (Jelli) WNUZ-FM/Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York (Radio Playbook) KRBE-FM/Houston; KKOB-FM/Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico (Shazam for Radio)

Stations interested in more information on any of Envision Networks® offerings can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or amberw@envisionradio.com. About Envision Networks®

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7Steve Martin To Teach Online Comedy Course

 

Jane Fonda Reveals She Was Raped And Sexually Assaulted As A Child

Garth Brooks To Keynote At SXSW

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Back On The Market - With A New Name

Shorty Awards Finalists Announced

[WATCH] J-Lo & Fallon In Dance Off

[WATCH] Ariana Grande Fan Crashes Stage

Mary Murphy Returning As Judge On ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Ellen DeGeneres To Host ‘Ellen's Game Of Games' On NBC

Kaley Cuoco and Big Bang Co-Stars Offer To Take Pay Cuts So Mayim Bialik And Melissa Rauch Can Get Raises

Steve Martin to Teach Online Comedy Course

Chevrolet First Big Carmaker To Offer Unlimited Data Plan

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Elvis Duran Getting Star Treatment In Hollywood; To Be Honored In New York At Charity Concert

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– Chalk up yet another radio host being honored with a coveted star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Today (March 2nd) singer Chris Martin will present the Premiere syndicated Elvis Duran Show host with his very own Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Duran, who’s been the voice behind the top syndicated show for over two decades and host of Z100 New York tells People, “Next week will be one the greatest highlights of my career. I love what I do, I love the music, and I’m honored to be presented with a star by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.” He adds, “And having the support of friends like L.A. Reid and Chris Martin is so surreal! I’m so grateful to have two of music’s most respected contributors by my side.”

Meanwhile, back in New York, on March 21st Demi Lovato will headline a charity concert benefiting Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to patients in hospitals around the country. During the show they will honor one of the nonprofit's longtime supporters, Elvis Duran. He'll receive MOC's Leadership in Music "Golden Ukulele" award. SEE MORE HERE

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CHUCK WICKS: 'Honestly, I Was Scared' - Suffers Fractured Skull And Vertebrae Fracture In Mishap

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– Chuck Wicks, co-host of Cumulus' 'America's Morning Show,' took time yesterday to post a very long thank you and more details of he and his show members horrendous car accident en route to Mardi Gras. "First... Thank you to all of you who have reached out with your concerns messages text/calls prayers.. you name it.. Thank you!! It's been a scary couple days to say the least." He explained that While driving through a bad rain storm our car struck a puddle and hydroplaned, causing it to roll twice into a ditch full of water. "It was as if the world literally stopped. When the vehicle did finally stop I immediately heard Ty say is everyone ok... is everyone ok."

" I couldn't stop shaking. I told the paramedic I had neck and head pain and they immediately put me on the backboard/Stretcher. As my head got stiffer through the ride and I knew everyone else was ok I started to panic a bit.. and honestly I was scared ... I fractured my skull and I also have a cervical vertebrae fracture in my C2 region. What does this mean? It means I'm lucky I'm alive and not paralyzed. Good news. I'm not. I will however be wearing a Neck Brace for about three months with a lot of discomfort for awhile. I'm hoping I get released today but it has been nice being jacked up on Morphine. Cause when I'm not. It's pretty painful. READ FULL POST HERE

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[WATCH] NAB Touts Credibility Of Local News Coverage In 'We Are Broadcasters' Campaign

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– The NAB has launched a campaign called "We Are Broadcasters" that encourages its member stations to carry :15 and :30 second radio and television spots in English and Spanish. The campaign seeks to differentiate the credibility of local broadcasters' news coverage versus our cable, satellite or streaming competitors.

The site posts, "For news I can trust, I stay local. Just the Facts There’s a big difference between local broadcast news and other sources of information. Unlike cable, satellite or streaming services, local television and radio stations are part of our communities. They bring us the news, weather, entertainment and emergency updates that are relevant to our lives. And when we seek a trusted news source to give us “just the facts,” we know we can always rely on our local broadcasters on every device – for free. For news Americans can trust, they stay local. WATCH HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Appoints Brian Kalinowski EVP/Digital

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group has appointed Brian Kalinowski to the position of Executive Vice President of Digital. Brian, a digital media professional, joins Beasley from XMark Consulting, a full service Digital Strategy firm he founded in 2015. Prior to XMark, Brian served in numerous senior executive roles in pure play digital, traditional media, and high tech markets.

“I’m looking forward to starting immediately with the team at Beasley Media Group, a company with a truly exceptional portfolio of stations and talent,” commented Brian. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be joining a company committed to creating a world class digital experience for their 19 million weekly listeners, while also being completely focused on growing their audience nationally through digital channels.” “Brian’s track record for growing and developing profitable businesses within the digital landscape make him the ideal person for this new role,” added Caroline. “As we expand Beasley’s national reach, a progressive digital strategy will be imperative for our company. We are confident Brian will lead that charge.”

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ON-AIR: Milwaukee's Big 920 Debuts 'The Drew Olson Show'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– The Big 920, Milwaukee's Sports Station, announced that longtime Milwaukee sports journalist Drew Olson will be the new midday host on the station, for the “The Drew Olson Show, powered by OnMilwaukee.com. “As we continue to grow we are thrilled to add two strong Milwaukee brands to The Big 920 lineup,” said Tim Scott, Senior Vice President of programming for iHeartMedia Milwaukee.

“I have been an OnMilwaukee.com fan since the site launched in 1998,” said Olson, who spent four years as a senior editor and columnist with OnMilwaukee.com between 2006 and 2010. “I enjoyed great years working there and I cannot wait to reconnect with the staff and collaborate on multiple platforms in new innovative ways.” For the past several months, he has served as co-host of “The Mike Heller Show,” which airs from 3-6 p.m. on iHeartMedia’s The Big 1070 and The Big 920, as well as two other stations. Olson will continue in that role, in addition to replacing “The Mitch Nelles Show.”

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PRODUCTS: USRN Launches New 'Phantom Producer' Website And Upgrades

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) announced the official launch of a new PHANTOM PRODUCER website featuring a re-imagined user interface (UI) known as the Sequencer. Inspired by feedback from both affiliates of the production tool and Phantom’s partners, the new UI promises multiple viewing options that can be personalized to suit one’s individual needs as well as improving usability and optimizing workflow. In re-designing the interface, focus was placed on the user experience while keeping the platform as intuitive and accessible as it has always been. Phantom Producer’s search and navigation functions were improved and they now provide simple yet comprehensive access to all of the imaging and music content available to subscribers. Additionally, new back-end efficiencies have made ‘patience’ and ‘waiting’ completely a thing of the past.

Affiliates will now have the power to attach newly created imaging material with their own station ID’s and jingles embedded and the finished mixed files can be shared with the user’s office or studio via text, email, desktop sync or to the station’s server through an ftp connection. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN andyd@unitedstations.com 212.536.3603

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PODCAST: Scott Levy Debuts 'The Raven Effect'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– Former WWE star Scott “Raven” Levy brings his infamous Raven Effect finishing move to PodcastOne. Under The Jericho Network on PodcastOne. The Raven Effect will become the newest show on The Jericho Network!

The Jericho Network launched on PodcastOne in July 2016, and has debuted new podcast series regularly under this production, distribution and product marketing partnership. Shows include wrestling-focused Keeping It 100 with Konnan and Killing the Town with Storm & Cyrus, pop-culture based Team Tiger Awesome and paranormal-centered Beyond the Darkness. To listen to the show, visit http://www.podcastone.com/the-raven-effect. For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at info@podcastone.com.

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Newsreader Apologizes
For C**k-Up Slip Of The Tongue

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2017 –– In London, BBC Radio 2 newsreader Clare Runacres has apologised after getting her words ‘mixed up’ during a bulletin. Instead of saying mix-up, when referring to a story about NHS England, Clare said cock-up before carrying on with a slight hint of laughter in her voice. Read more and listen to the audio HERE

Bulgarian Radio Station Sees Boost In Listeners After Pop Music Ban - Bulgaria’s public radio has been given a surprise boost in listeners after a copyright war limited the broadcaster to airing music recorded at least 70 years ago. The station has been playing classical music and long-forgotten jazz and folk pieces for almost two months now after its management refused to pay increased annual royalty fees to the Musicautor performers’ rights organization. The refusal has forced the radio to drop contemporary music and dig up older tunes from its dusty archive. Under EU regulations, copyright lasts for 70 years after a composer’s death. A listener's’ survey conducted by the IPSOS institute showed a 20 per cent boost in listenership in January, when the changes entered into effect, compared to the average monthly levels in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Alex Lester to take over BBC WM Breakfast in Birmingham,England - Former BBC Radio 2 presenter Alex Lester is returning to BBC WM as its new breakfast show presenter. Alex is taking over from Adrian Goldberg who’s doing more national radio cover, including at 5 live and Radio 4. Alex started his broadcasting career at BBC WM / Radio Birmingham in 1977 and worked in local radio around the country before moving to Radio 2 in 1987. Breakfast with Alex Lester will kick off on Monday 20 March, weekdays 6-9am. Mollie Green presents Early Breakfast 5-6am.

Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Accountants In Epic Oscar Flub Banned From Show For Life

 

Accountants In Oscar Mega Flub Banned From Show For Life

[WATCH] Oprah Mulling Presidential Run

[WATCH] Alicia Keys Nail Adele Impersonation On Fallon Show

[WATCH] Meet The New 'Flip Or Flop' Couples Getting Their Own Spinoffs

The Temptations, Michael Jackson & Mary J. Blige Top First-Ever All-Time R&B/Hip-Hop Rankings

[WATCH] Ellen Gives Scott Foley Chance To Audition For First Dream Job

Kurt Andersen & Alec Baldwin To Pen Satirical Book About President Trump

Bob Harper Shares Update Following Heart Attack

[WATCH] Disney's First 'Exclusively Gay Moment' Hits Screens In 'Beauty and the Beast '

[WATCH] Selena Gomez In '13 Reason Why'

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'America's Morning Show' On The Mend Following Haunting Auto Accident

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– As we reported yesterday, Ty Bentli, Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford (inset) and the show’s producer, Glenn Johnson (shown below), were involved in a serious auto accident on Monday night while traveling to New Orleans where they were scheduled to be grand marshals in a Mardi Gras parade. Nash Country Daily reports, while the foursome drove through a downpour, their car hydroplaned and rolled over twice before ending up in a ditch. All four passengers were hospitalized but are recovering. After being transported to a hospital, Kelly, Ty and Glenn were released with minor injuries, while Chuck was held overnight for additional observation.

Kelly posted a photo of the wrecked car (shown) on Twitter with the caption: “We are all genuinely feeling lucky to be alive today. Thanks for your prayers, messages and texts. They mean more than you could know.” A source tells Jockline they all had their share of bumps and bruises, but all should be OK. Reportedly Wicks suffered most with a fractured vertebra.

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NIELSEN: N/T Revitalized By Current Politics; Breaking New Ground With Younger Demos

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– With just more than a week before Talk Show Boot Camp 8 pitches tent in Atlanta, you can bet the mood will be upbeat with the latest news from Nielsen. In their latest post, they write: "Much has been said about resetting norms in the political sphere, but Nielsen’s unique insight into total audience behavior across a variety of platforms allows for more macro trends to emerge. When it comes to media consumption, and in this particular case, radio listening, 2017 could turn out to be a year where traditional patterns and results don’t repeat in the ways we’ve seen in the past. Look no further than the performance of some of America’s top radio formats in January in PPM markets:

News/Talk has been revitalized by current politics and is breaking new ground with younger listeners, while Millennial audiences aren’t listening to the same formats they did as recently as just a year ago. We’ll start our analysis with News/Talk, which has dominated the headlines in radio for several months now. The trend continued in January 2017, as News/Talk posted its best numbers since November of 2012 and claimed a new record among listeners 18-to-34. News/Talk Listening Comparison AQH Share Top PPM Share (month) January 2017 Persons 6+ 11.1% (Nov 12) 10.7% Persons 18-34 4.9% (Jan 17) 4.9% Persons 25-54 8.4% (Nov 12) 8.1% Source: Nielsen In looking at News/Talk tune-in over the past seven years, the format has gained a full percent among Millennials, with the biggest jump happening between January 2016 and January 2017. SEE FULL REPORT HERE

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STUDY: Pureplay Streamers Now Out-Cume Radio With 15-24 Yr. Olds, But They 'Love' Radio More

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– According to Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research study of 2000 Top 40 and AC listeners. Data to be released tomorrow in the companies’ “Deep Dive into Top 40 and Hot AC” show the weekly cume ratings at 92% for radio and 96% for pureplays among the youngest consumers. “15 to 24-year-olds are extremely mobile-centric,” notes Strategic EVP Hal Rood, “and every smartphone can pull in a pureplay from the internet, but far fewer phones are radio-enabled. So the internet is closer at hand than radio much of the time. Yet those same 15-24-year-olds spend much more time listening to radio than to streaming music. While half (49%) of them spend three or more hours a day with radio, just over a quarter (28%) of them spend that much time with pureplays.”

“Also, 15 to 24-year-olds who cume both radio and pureplays express much greater affection for radio than the streamers,” added Burns Associates Pres/CEO Alan Burns. “52% said they loved their favorite radio station, compared with 34% for Pandora and 35% for Spotify. Given their time spent listening to the medium and their affection for it, radio still dominates with 15-24s.” Todays free webinar in the “What Women Want-2017” series will take a close look at both Top 40 and Hot AC formats – who their most important listeners are, what drives higher TSL with them, their top artists and music style preferences, their content desires in the morning, and propensity to wear a meter or keep a diary in a ratings survey. You can register for the series of 30-minute presentations by CLICKING HERE

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[WATCH] Dana & Jayson Set For Return To The Air At Unnamed Destination

THE MOUTH MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– This one may go down as the all-time greatest new gig tease ever. Radio's beloved morning duo, Dana & Jayson, who last aired on their longtime home WBLI Long Island, posted a video on Facebook announcing 'They got the job." "After months of failing as housewives," say Dana DiDonato, "this seemed to be the best thing for everyone involved. We're counting down the days to the first morning we are back in the studio together, and so are our families.

As for their destination, they've been sworn to secrecy', but look for news come March 6th." Of note, The Radio Sisterhood- a group started at last year's Morning Show Boot Camp during the women's forum,l has now engaged more than 800 women in radio following/engaging on Instagram. - WATCH HERE

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NRHOF Opens Doors To Suggestions For 2017 Nominees

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– The 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration will take place on Thursday evening, November 2, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Today through March 31, the NRHOF Nominating Committee is accepting suggestions for 2017 nominees. This year people can visit www.radiohof.org and click on the NOMINATE tab to submit their picks for consideration.

National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “It’s always our priority to engage as many people possible in this process because there’s such a wealth of talent to be represented. By streamlining the communication through the website, we’re anticipating more feedback than ever.” Suggestions should be made for individuals in the following categories: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality. Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

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PRODUCTS: Futuri Media Launches #engage

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– Futuri Media has announced the launch of #engage, a suite of features that gives programmers the tools to turn their music station into a dynamic interactive experience. Combining text messaging, social media, and web-based capabilities, #engage empowers station brands with flexible, customizable options to interact with their audience. #engage combines the best of Futuri Media’s industry-leading interactive radio programming tools LDR and Takeover and adds powerful new features to drive ratings and revenue.

Some of #engage’s key features include maximum listener interactivity - with maximum PD control. With interactive programming tools, programmers can create voting sessions, empower listeners to control the station’s programming within a set of rules configured by the PD, and sync it all with their playout systems with #engage’s automation integration. Tools like patented Song Alerts drive Nielsen-verified audience growth by alerting listeners via texts and/or tweets when their favorite songs are about to play. #engage’s tools also allow programmers to strategically time automatic social posts with their playlists.

“#engage takes the best of LDR and Takeover, products that have delivered results for nearly 1,000 stations worldwide, adds innovative new features, and turns the whole thing up to 11. The Futuri Media team is incredibly excited to introduce #engage to the market and give our existing clients an even bigger competitive advantage,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “We founded Futuri Media on the premise, ‘‘What if radio was invented after the Internet?’ We’re impassioned about delivering ROI-focused solutions that allow broadcasters to use technology to their advantage as opposed to seeing it as an inconvenience or threat.”

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B98 Atlanta Looking For Morning Co-Host

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2017 –– Cox Media's AC/HotAC Format Leader and B98.5 PD, Chris Eagan, tells Jockline: "We are looking for a morning show co-host to join Tad Lemire weekday mornings from 5-9am on B98.5! This is a great job on one of the biggest AC brands in the country. Quailified applicatns will have a proven track record of PPM success, understand how to deliver relevant content to the audience, be great on social media, on the street and in the hallways here at the station. This is a great gig with a terrific company.

The official link to apply is here: https://jobs.coxmediagroup.com/job/atlanta/wsb-fm-morning-show-co-host/1646/4109354

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7Two Tourists Headed To The Moon In 2018; Gaga Does Coachella

 

PwC Accountant Brian Cullinan Warned Not to Tweet During Oscars

Lady Gaga Takes Over For Beyonce At Coachella

Comedy Central Planning New ‘Colossal Clusterfest’ Festival

SpaceX Plans To Send Two Tourists Around Moon in 2018

OUCH: U2 Slapped With $5 Million Lawsuit For ‘Sealing’ Fly Tune

[WATCH] DWTS's Cheryl Burke WILL NOT Return for Season 24

...New Cast For 2017 Revealed

Top Gear: Extra Gear Will Return With Comedian George Lewis As Its New Host

[WATCH] Tupac's Death Car For Sale

Why Emma Watson Won't Do Selfies With Fans

Major Studios Throw Support Behind L.A. 2024 Olympics Bid

YouTube Expected To Unveil Its Paid Virtual Bundle At Next Week's Presser

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'America's Morning Show' Members Transferred To Hospital Following Auto Accident En Route To Mardi Gras - Rolled Over Twice; Landed In Water

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– Jockline learned late yesterday that Ty, Kelly & Chuck along with Producer Glenn Johnson of Cumulus' syndicated 'America's Morning Show' were involved in an serious auto accident on their way to New Orleans to for Mardi's Gras. While details are still limited, we're told their vehicle rolled over at least twice and came to rest in water. They were then transported in ambulance to a hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

We learned this morning that Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Producer Glenn Johnson were released, however Chuck Wick was held overnight and we've been unable to determine the extent of his injuries. We'll provide more details as they become available. 1

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PROGRAMMING: iHeart San Diego Names Rob Scorpio SVP Prog.; Kid Jay PD/KGGI Riverside

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Rob Scorpio (TL) has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the San Diego/Riverside region, and that Kid Jay has been named Program Director of KGGI-FM in Riverside, effective immediately. Currently, Scorpio oversees iHeartRadio’s six stations in Riverside/San Bernadino, while also acting as program director of KSSX-FM in San Diego and KGGI-FM in Riverside. In his newly expanded role, Scorpio will now oversee both markets. Scorpio brings more than 15 years of radio industry experience to his new position.

Kid Jay, has enjoyed a successful career as a professional club and concert DJ. He joined KGGI-FM in 2003 and is currently the station’s nighttime host. Kid Jay will continue his on-air role at KGGI-FM while also assuming day-to-day programming operations of the station, which is a consistent ratings leader for the Riverside-San Bernadino market.

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ON-AIR: Jackson Blue Added To Mornings At WKLB Boston; Island 106 Names Jenn Ryan As Morning Co-Host

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– WKLB Country 102.5 Boston welcomes Jackson Blue to the Country 102.5 morning show where he joins Hannah Byrum. Jackson had been recently promoted from hosting Afternoon Drive on WBQT HOT 96.9 to his new co-host position on WKLB’s Country 102.5 Morning Show.

“It’s been my dream to wake up Boston, a city I’ve loved working in for over a decade,” noted Jackson. “A big thank you goes to our Beasley Boston Market Manager, Mary Menna, Beasley Boston, Director of Programming, Cadillac Jack, and Country 102.5’s Program Director, Mike Brophey for believing in me in this role on one of America’s most successful and respected country brands.

ISLAND 106 Panama City has a new Morning Show member as Jenn Ryan is named for wake-ups, beginning March 27th. She will join Jimmy Phillips, formerly with Mandy in the Morning who recently departed for Lexington, KY.

Jenn has aired on several top markets across the US, including her most recent stop at KCHZ and KCJK in Kansas City. Other past stints have included WKDD in Akron, KLLY and KBKO in Bakersfield. "I've always said 'I want to be the host of a morning show' and now I'll be doing just that on an amazing heritage station, Island 106! Thank you Marc Summers and Misty Sims for giving me this incredible opportunity!" said Ryan.

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SYNDICATION NETWORKS: WTKS Orlando, FL Adds Syndicated ‘Connections' Relationship Show; Focus 360 Renews With Envision Networks

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– CONNECTIONS, the nightly syndicated relationships talk show, has been added by iHeartMedia’s WTKS (Real Radio 104.1)/Orlando, FL. The show, hosted by Al “Blackjack” Spry, Glenda “G-Love” Chauncy, and Melissa Foxx, is a nightly show that builds on the proven relationship format pioneered by Dr. Ruth and “Loveline”. CONNECTIONS will start airing in Orlando on March 6th at 10pm (ET). CONNECTIONS is consulted by Walter Sabo and SABO MEDIA. “This is a double digit share show for any station. The hosts and their cast tell engaging stories about relationships and romance. You would hear similar conversations on Wendy Williams' TV show and ‘The View’. But this is an up-to-date, fast moving show made by radio pros.” said Sabo. Connections also airs on 104.9 The Talk of Gainesville, News-Talk 1490 WWPR, Sarasota-Tampa, and on Alex Bennett’s GABNet.net.

--Focus 360 has renewed its arrangement with Envision Networks® for affiliate sales representation of its “Powered by Jelli™” Networks. “The team at Envision Networks has built a robust affiliate base that allows us to deliver top stations across the country to our national advertisers,” stated Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Focus 360. “We are excited to renew our partnership with them and look forward to the continued expansion of our “Powered by Jelli” Networks.” “The successful partnership between Focus 360 and Envision Networks has delivered exceptional results to affiliated radio stations,” said Danno Wolkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Networks®. “We are delighted to continue offering this opportunity to radio stations.”

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AWARDS: Greenville’s Jim Mantel To Be Inducted Into Country Radio Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville revealed that Jim Mantel will be inducted into The Country Radio Hall of Fame this summer.. The ceremony will be held at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, TN this June. Jim’s 35-year radio career started in West Texas at KNFM, KRYS, and KKBQ. He then spent 18 ½ years hosting the morning show at WGAR in Cleveland, OH. Jim has won the CMA Personality of the Year award and is an inductee in the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled. When you see names like Ralph Emery, Terry Dorsey and Gerry House. That anyone thinks that I am worthy of being in their company is mind boggling,” remarked Mantel.

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Entercom Teams With Ed Sheeran For 'Across The Great Divide' National Radio Contest

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– Entercom is giving a lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to attend global superstar Ed Sheeran’s concert in Amsterdam on Monday, April 3rd. The contest kicked off on Monday, February 27, when fans could tune into their local Entercom station and listen for the code word for a chance to win a trip to Amsterdam and tickets to the concert. Entercom radio stations in 22 cities across the U.S. will reveal the code word at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time. Fans who enter the code word on their station’s website within 15 minutes will be entered for a chance to win. The contest ends on Friday, March 10th, and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday, March 13.

The prize includes round trip airfare to Amsterdam, Netherlands, hotel accommodations for 3 nights and tickets to Ed Sheeran’s concert for the winner and a guest. For the last two weeks, Entercom has been publishing exclusive Ed Sheeran interviews across all participating stations’ platforms. Ed Sheeran’s anticipated new album “÷” (pronounced divide) will be available everywhere on March 3rd.

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Radio Milwaukee Non-Comm 88Nine Turns 10

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– At its 10th birthday celebration Sunday, award-winning non-commercial 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS - FM) unveiled plans for a series of special events and new programming throughout 2017 to mark its first decade and highlight Milwaukee music and community. The self-supporting, non-profit station launched exactly 10 years earlier, on Feb. 26, 2007. It has become recognized for its unique mix of new and Milwaukee music; its “community stories” features; and for fostering community engagement and positive change.

“Radio Milwaukee has come so far in just 10 years, from its beginnings in a basement at Milwaukee Public Schools to our $2.8 million state-of-the art studio and performance complex in the Walker’s Point neighborhood,” Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Glenn Kleiman said . “We’re proud that we’ve been able to bring great music and stories to Milwaukee for 10 years and have an even greater impact on the Milwaukee community.” At the birthday celebration, Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled an official proclamation declaring Sunday as “ 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Day . SHOWN/A photo of Mayor Barrett and Program Director Jordan Lee at the birthday party - TOP PHOTO/ Ignacio Catral

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[WATCH] That Time Radio's Jeff & Jer REALLY Went To 'Judge Wapner's People's Court

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 –– With the recent passing of the beloved People’s Court star, Judge Joseph Wapner, KYXY/San Diego's Jeff & The Showgram felt compelled to share this flashback from The recently inducted in National Radio Hall of Fame'sJeff and Jer show. Back in the 90’s, the Jeff and Jer Show was taken to The People’s Court. Yes, THE PEOPLE’S COURT.

Tommy Sablan was the defendant against a woman who sued him for $30, for tickets that Tommy claimed were a donation. Did they win? Watch and find out. Remember, “What you are witnessing is real. The participants are not actors, they are actual litigants with a case pending in a California municipal court.” That hair though ....YIKES!. WATCH HERE

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7Jimmy Kimmel Explains Real Culprit Behind Epic Oscar Flub

 

[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel Explains Who Really Caused Oscar Fiasco

...Last Star To Deliver Wrong Envelope

[WATCH] Trump's First 100 Days The Focus of Showtime's Circus Season 2

'Biggest Loser' Host Bob Harper Hospitalized With Heart Attack

Rosie O’Donnell to Lead Anti-Trump Protest Outside White House

[WATCH] Will Smith Is Fantasy Cop In Netflix’s 'Bright'

Warren Buffett More Than Doubles Apple Stake, Now Owns $17 Billion Of Stock

YouTube Coming To Comcast’s Xfinity X1 Set-Top Box

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's 'Incorporated' Cancelled

[WATCH] Did Samsung’s Oscars Ads Basically Promise No More Exploding Phones?

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STUDY: Personalities Not Connecting As Well With Female Teens Compared To Older Demos

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– In general, radio’s personalities are not connecting as well with 15 to 19-year-olds as with older demos,” says consultant Alan Burns. Alan Burns and Associates, along with Strategic Solutions Research, continue to release data from “What Women Want – 2017”. This week they'll look deeper into Top 40 and Hot AC formats. Strategic EVP Hal Rood noted that young women aged 15-19 were nearly 40% (39%) less likely than 25-34-year-olds to strongly agree that one of the reasons they listen to radio is “because some of the people are entertaining.” “And they’re almost 50% less likely to say that radio personalities are one of their top three reasons to listen,” said Rood.

In addition to probing women’s connection to air personalities, this week’s “What Women Want” data release will look at the music tastes and top artist preferences of Top 40 and Hot AC listeners, the differences between the two formats, P1 desires in early morning, and how likely their core listeners are to cooperate with ratings surveys. Register for the free 30-minute webinar by clicking HERE

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Judge Rejects Cumulus Refinancing Plan

THE MOUTH FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Cumulus Media's bid to proceed with a refinancing plan that the group hoped would help reduce its $2.4 billion debt load, but was opposed by some lenders reported Reuters. The decision by U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla came in a lawsuit the company filed in December, accusing JPMorgan Chase & Co of withholding consent to parts of its refinancing plan. In its lawsuit, Cumulus said that JPMorgan's actions in its role as administrative agent under a 2013 credit agreement had threatened a deal it reached with bondholders that would deleverage the company by up to $305 million. But JPMorgan and a group creditors who objected to the deal, disagreed and argued the transaction was not permitted under the credit agreement. Failla agreed saying, "I do not believe it permits the proposed refinancing."

The lawsuit by Cumulus aimed to reduce its debt load, which includes $1.8 billion in secured loans and $610 million of unsecured senior notes due in 2019. Cumulus on Dec. 6 announced a plan to exchange the senior notes for a combination of stock and up to $305 million in secured debt borrowed through a $200 million revolving credit line. Cumulus said the deal would allow the company to retire the notes at a discount and avoid a "springing maturity" on the $1.8 billion in loans that occurs if more than $200 million of the notes are outstanding in January 2019. Following the Judge's ruling, Cumulus, led by Mary Berner, issued a statement - “While we are certainly disappointed by the court’s decision, we will continue to review all available options to address our balance sheet issues. We are making solid progress in our turnaround, and remain focused on exploring strategies that would give us the runway needed to fully execute our plan.”

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PROGRAMMING: Tim 'Minnesota Fattz' Snell Named SVP/Prog. For iHeart Augusta

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Tim “Minnesota Fattz” Snell has been named the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Augusta. Snell is one half of the Fattz and Cher Morning Show on 96.3 Kiss FM and the program director for the iHeartMedia Augusta urban brands, urban adult contemporary, WKSP 96.3 Kiss FM and hip-hop formatted WPRW Power 107.

“We are really thrilled to have a guy with Tim’s kind of experience and longevity in the market to lead our cluster's programming efforts,” said Brian Michael, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “He has a proven track record of driving ratings as an on-air talent and programmer and I know he will be an asset to our cluster’s continued success.” “I am honored to be given this tremendous opportunity,” said Snell. “iHeartMedia Augusta has great products and a super team who have passion and a winning attitude that continues to grow our brands. I am excited to start another chapter in my career and look forward to the new challenge.” With a historic thirty-year broadcasting and programming career, Tim “Minnesota Fattz”

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ON-AIR: Loper & Randi Extend With WRKZ 'The Blitz' Columbus

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– North American Broadcasting Company announced that, "Loper and Randi in The Morning" have signed a contract extension that will keep them in mornings at WRKZ, The Blitz in Columbus, Ohio until at least 2021. The new four year deal coincides with the married duos 5th anniversary with the station in April.

North American's Vice President of Programming and Operations Hal Fish said, "We’re so pleased that the Loper family has found a home in Columbus with The Blitz! Loper and Randi have built an important connection with Blitz listeners and we’re excited to see where the next four years takes us! Loper said, “I am beyond exited to resign with The Blitz. Randi and I have found a true home for our family and brand. The Blitz listeners are unreal. It's a true honor to entertain Columbus for 4 more years. I have to thank the station owner, Matt Mnich. Matt is first class and has made NABCO one the best companies to be apart of. Also, I want to thank Hal Fish for supporting us and sharing his extensive knowledge of the business. Here's to four more years in the best city in America. O-H!!”

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750/102.9 The Game Portland Adds “The Irregular Guys” To Afternoons

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland announces “The Irregular Guys” as its new afternoon hosts, Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm on 750/102.9 The Game (KXTG). The show features Justin and Chop. Justin Myers grew up in Winston, Oregon playing football, basketball and baseball. He began hosting a local sports talk show in 2004. In 2014, Justin moved to 710 ESPN in Seattle hosting a midday sports talk show and hosting the Mariners pre/post game show.

Chop joins Myers as Co-Host of The Irregular Guys. Alpha Media, Portland News/Talk/Sports Operations Manager, Bruce Collins commented on the announcement, “It’s much more than just a sports show, it’s pure afternoon entertainment on your drive home.”

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Cody Whistler Takes Nights At 107.7 The End Seattle

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– 107.7 The End, Seattle announced that long time team member Cody Whistler will take over nights, effective immediately. Cody joined the station’s promotions team over ten years ago and added a swing role on-air three years ago. “Anyone who meets Cody can’t help but smile,” says Program Director Leslie Scott. “He’s funny, creative and passionate about The End. Seattle is in for a treat each night.”

"I was 19 when I started working for Entercom as a Modulator, so you could say I grew up with The End,” says Whistler. “I've been on weekends and filling in for almost 3 years now and am so excited and thankful to get this opportunity." Cody is on air every Monday through Friday from 7pm – midnight. For more information about 107.7 The End, and to stream the station live, visit 1077theend.com.

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Peoria’s 104.9 The Wolf Tops $66,000 for St. Jude

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 20917 –– Alpha Media, Peoria's 104.9 The Wolf (WXCL) raised $66,362 with John & Jaymie’s Radiothon for St. Jude Kids with Chick-Fil-A Peoria. The Wolf staff broadcasted from the Alpha Media building February 2-3 for 12 hours each day. Nearly 7 million dollars has been raised over the past 27 years during The Wolf’s radiothon. 104.9 The Wolf Program Director, Chris Michaels commented: “Thank you to all the members of The Wolf Pack that donated or became a Partner in Hope. It takes people like you to make miracles happen every day!

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WRKO Boston Seeking On-Air Morning Show Producer

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 –– Legendary heritage talker, WRKO in Boston, is seeking an on-air producer to lead its Boston Dot Com morning show. We are looking for a leader says PD Michael Czarnecki. Someone who can come in each day and put together a compelling four hour show that addresses what’s happening in the world from the conservative viewpoint. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years medium to major market experience in an on-air host and/or producer role.

You should be fully engaged in social media, and ideally a political/entertainment junkie. You should have an understanding as to how to relate to a conservative audience, but at the same time appealing to the masses. Experience coaching and developing talent is a plus. Familiarity with Wide Orbit (or other digital automation systems), Audition and/or Pro Tools, Photoshop, and video editing software are required. Please send your package, including resume, on-air/imaging/production demo, and your philosophy on morning radio, to Program Director Michael Czarnecki at mczarnecki@wrko.com. You must also apply on-line at entercom.com

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i[WATCH] It Took Awhile, But 'Moonlight' Wins Best Picture Honors At Oscars

...And All The Awards They Got Right

...[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel Tweets Trump

[WATCH] Stars Pay Tribute To Passing Of Bill Paxton

'People's Court' s Judge Joe Wapner Passes Away At 97

Meryl Streep Still Waiting On Apology From Karl Lagerfeld Over 2017 Oscars Dress Claim

Ricky Gervais To Begin First Standup Tour In Seven Years

37th Annual Razzie Awards Announced

Kesha Set to Star In ‘Highly Gifted’ Animated Series

[WATCH] 'Voice' Coaches Cover 'Waterfalls'

[WATCH] Carrie Underwood Hit Becomes Trump-Inspired ‘Before He Tweets’

UH OH: Falcon's Player Blames Lady Gaga For Epic Second Half Collapse

[WATCH] Metallic's James Hetfield In 'Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar'

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STUDY: 43% of Actual Ratings Participants Wear Earphones During Half or More of Their Listening

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 –– In the latest data released by Alan Burns and Associates and Strategic Solutions Research it suggests that the amount of listening by women while wearing headphones may be far higher than most would have guessed. “Almost half (49%) of all women 15-54 told us they wear headphones during some of their time spent with radio” said Alan Burns, “and the number is higher among heavy radio listeners (56%) and at work listeners (57%). Those numbers are well beyond ours and most people’s expectations.”

The Burns/Strategic “What Women Want” survey of 2000 respondents found 142 former ratings survey participants among the sample. “The numbers escalate dramatically among women who had actually been part of a ratings sample,” said Burns. “More than four out of every ten of them said they wear headphones or earbuds during half or more of their radio listening. For more information contact: Alan Burns (251) 243-1592 Hal Rood, Strategic Solutions Research (206) 347-2188, ext 702 - Mimage Photography | Dreamstime.com

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Pete Norden Named SVP Sales For iHeart Tampa

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Tampa announced that Pete Norden has been named Area Senior Vice President of Sales. Stations include 93.3 WFLZ; 103.5 WFUS; 95.7 WBTP; 100.7 WMTX; 97.9 WXTB; 106.5 WRUB; 970 WFLA AM; 620 WDAE AM; 1250 WHNZ AM; 94.5 and 105.9 FM WMTX HD 2

Norden has been with iHeartMedia for more than 19 years, most recently serving as the Market President in Sarasota for the past nine years. “We are very excited about adding Pete to our team,” said Sam Nein, Area President for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “Pete has an established track record of performance success, is a great leader and will be a very strong addition to our team!”

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PODCAST: Westwood One Grows Podcast Portfolio; Spotify Launches Original Podcasts From Gimlet Media

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 –– Westwood One is rapidly growing and developing its podcast content vertical and just announced new podcast partnerships with NBC Sports Radio’s The Leisuremen, personalities Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff (TR); political website The Daily Wire, featuring two podcasts from Ben Shapiro (TL) and Andrew Klavan (BL); and Entrepreneurs En Vogue, featuring Miss New York US, Iman Oubou (BR).

The Ben Shapiro Show is the number one conservative podcast on iTunes, and ranked in the top five for News & Politics. - The Andrew Klavan Show laughs its way through Armageddon with political satire, cultural commentary, interviews, and relentless mockery of racial pieties. · Entrepreneurs En Vogue is a weekly podcast hosted by Miss New York US, Iman Oubou (bottom right) who highlights notable millennial women innovators from around the world.

Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One’s President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus, said, “I’m very excited about welcoming these four podcasts and emerging audio talents to the Westwood One family - By diversifying and expanding our podcast offerings, we are meeting the needs of the marketplace and advertisers are starting to take notice.”

-- Spotify is adding to its offering of exclusive podcasts. The music streaming service announced three new podcasts that all look at a different facet of the music industry, from TV's top music moments to the career of executive Chris Lighty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The new shows represent a larger push into the podcasting world for Spotify, which first began carrying the format in 2015 and has since experimented with original podcasts such as Mic-produced 'Clarify' First up among the new series is 'Showstopper,' which premiered this week and is produced in partnership with Slate and Panoply Studios. Hosted by The Fader editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner, the series look at the impact of music on television through interviews with the music supervisors for Girls, Stranger Things, Being Mary Jane, The O.C. and others.

Led by CEO Daniel Ek, Spotify has made a push to grow beyond its music streaming roots. In addition to adding podcasting the company has also begun offering video content. Last spring, it unveiled 12 original series, including animated series Drawn & Recorded. Listen to the trailer for Showstopper below.

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Jacobs Media Presents CES For Radio Podcast Series

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– In early January, the Jacobs Media team headed out to Las Vegas for CES 2017, North America's largest trade show, with nearly 180,000 people attending from over 140 different countries. Every year, companies showcase their latest gadgets at CES, from drones and robots to 3-D printers and virtually reality headsets. While Fred and Paul Jacobs led executives from radio broadcasting companies on a guided tour of the event, Jacobs Media's Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler, sought out the people behind the technologies that will have the biggest impact on radio broadcasters. He conducted a series of interviews that are now being released as a podcast called "CES for Radio Broadcasters."

The series covers everything from 3-D sound to car sharing to data collection at concerts. "There's a lot of cool technology coming down the pike, and it's going to have a huge impact on the way people listen to audio entertainment," says Resler. "We are producing this series to give broadcasters a peek at what's coming next." The first six episodes are available to listen to now, with six more episode on the way. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher. You can also find the episodes on the Jacobs Media WEBSITE - Join Resler at TSBC 8 In Atlanta for special Podcast Forum - Thursday, March 9th - DETAILS HERE

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Bruno Mars To Receive 2017 iHeart Innovator Award

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 –– The iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor Bruno Mars with its most prestigious award of the evening, the 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award. The fourth annual televised music event will air on Sunday, March 5 live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. iHeartRadio will honor 21-time Grammy Award nominee and multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars for his unparalleled contribution to popular culture and the music industry. In addition to a highly anticipated performance, the critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and director who recently released his second single “That’s What I Like” from his third studio album, is also nominated in the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Best Cover Song category.

Mars has sold over 170 million singles, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. This past November, he released his brand new hit single “24K Magic,” which marked his highest single debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the album 24K Magic and its lead single simultaneously hit No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Albums and Overall Songs charts week of release, garnering Mars his highest first week album sales debut. The single has since climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has officially been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA.

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AWARDS: NAB Crystal Awards Finalists Announced

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 30th Annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon. The Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, will be held Tuesday, April 25 during the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas. SEE ALL FINALIST HERE

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NETWORKS: Envision's Full Metal Jackie Wins Metal Programmer Of The Year

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH 2017 – Jackie Kajzer, host of Full Metal Jackie, has been named Metal Programmer of the Year at the 2017 RadioContraband Awards. “I amhonored to win such a great award in an area that is not only my job but an area I’m super passionate about,” Kajzer said. “I love playing hard rock & metal on the radio and supporting this genre I live for. Thanks to the many great stations that carry my show.”

Jackie began her radio career as an on-air personality at WHTG (Neptune, NJ), and later at WDHA (Dover, NJ). After a short stint as on-air host at San Diego’s 94.9 KBZT, Jackie landed the opportunity she had been working toward since her early WSOU days: host and producer of her own (and L.A.’s only) commercial heavy metal radio show, CHAOS on Indie 103.1. For more information on Full Metal Jackie Radio visit www.fullmetaljackieradio.com.

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BBC 4's Beloved Steve Hewlett Has Passed Away

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 –– Radio presenter Steve Hewlett has died just days after sharing his experience of being diagnosed with cancer on BBC Radio 4. Steve, known by millions of listeners to Radio 4, was also admired by his industry colleagues for his reporting and commentating on the media and radio industry over many years. He was diagnosed last March with cancer of the oesophagus. He passed away on Monday morning while listening to Bob Dylan with his family, at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

"Did That Go To Air, Did It?"- In Australia, 2HD breakfast presenter Richard King left his microphone turned on during a weather update. The end result was over 90 seconds of cringe radio. In a live cross to the local Williamtown Bureau of Meteorology just after 6am, King unknowingly interrupted BOM rep Carter by repeating the weatherman's forecast and mocking his foreign accent live on-air - READ MORE HERE

Katy Perry Pranks A Superfan During Radio Appearance With A Lie Detector - WATCH HERE

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Just In Time For The Oscars, Kimmel Gets A Makeover

Anthony Anderson to Host Live Post-Oscars Special for ABC

[WATCH] Ellen Gives Jimmy Kimmel A Makeover

SURPRISE: President Trump to Make First Morning Show Appearance on ‘Fox & Friends’

COACHELLA Announces Beyonce WILL NOT Perform

[WATCH] Mama June Now A Size 4!

Rihanna Named 'Humantarian' Of The Year

Rick Ross to Host 2017 MTV Woodies

[WATCH] 'Voice' Coaches Lose It During First Blind Audition

[WATCH] ‘Rock and a Hard Place’ As Dwayne Johnson Helps Give Convicts a Second Chance

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'We Want Personalities And Fun!' Says Actual Women Ratings Panelists In Study

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– The 2000 female contemporary music radio listeners surveyed in the Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research “What Women Want” study included 142 women who identified themselves as having previously kept a diary or wore a meter in an actual ratings survey. Today’s webinar (2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific) will reveal how those ratings participants differ from other women.

“One of the biggest differences is that actual ratings cooperators are more strongly attracted to entertaining personalities (64%) and fun in the morning (67%) than the average listener,” says Burns founder Alan Burns. “Those two elements are among radio’s best assets versus online pureplays streamers as well,” added Strategic EVP Hal Rood. Another topic today’s webinar will probe is whether there is a significant amount of headphone and earbuds usage by women while listening to radio. Burns Associates VP Jeff Johnson offered a preview of the results: “it’s enough that if it’s not fully captured and measured, it could make at minimum a 7 to 8 point difference in radio’s AQH. And that’s just with the average listener; we think the numbers we’ll show today from actual ratings panelists will kick this controversy into the next higher gear.” TO REGISTER , CLICK HERE

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ENTERCOM CEO: CBS Deal Could Lead Advertisers To 'Rediscover' Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– Entercom CEO David Field said Wednesday that the radio industry has been "punching below its weight class" by capturing only about 7 percent of the advertising share, and that he seeks to boost radio's share to 8 to 10 percent with his company's CBS Radio deal reports philly.com. "There is a potential for radio to be rediscovered" by advertisers, Field said. This follows Entercom announced on February 2nd that it would merge with CBS Radio.

Field said the merged entity will be financially stable and locally focused on its audiences. On Wednesday, Entercom reported its fourth-quarter revenues rose to $123 million, from $117.7 million a year ago. Net income available to shareholders fell to $10.8 million, from $13.7 million. For the year, Entercom's revenues rose to $460.2 million, from $411.4 million. Net income for the year rose to $36.1 million, from $28.4 million in 2015. The deal still needs government and shareholder approvals. PHOTO/Entercom

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ACM Announces Radio Winners For 52nd Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced its radio award winners for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ and for the fourth time, ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year honors went to Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA. Radio winners will be invited to accept their award onstage at ACM Party for a Cause® at The Joint in Las Vegas the day prior to the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.

This year's winners include: ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR FOR MAJOR MARKET (TIE) George, Mo & Cowboy Dave ­– KILT-FM – Houston, TX Rob & Linda Show – Rob Stone & Linda Lee – WYCD-FM – Southfield, MI LARGE MARKET Q Morning Crew – Mike, Marty and Janie – WQDR-FM – Raleigh, NC MEDIUM MARKET Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7 – KXKT-FM – Omaha, NE SMALL MARKET Scotty Cox & Cara Denis – KCLR-FM – Columbia, MO RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS: MAJOR MARKET KKBQ-FM – Houston, TX LARGE MARKET WUBE-FM – Cincinnati, OH MEDIUM MARKET WIVK-FM – Knoxville, TN SMALL MARKET KKNU-FM – Eugene, OR For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Country Music’s Party of the Year®. Radio award winners are not televised due to time constraints during the live telecast of the 52nd ACM Awards. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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Governor Chris Christie Being Eyed By WFAN New York

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– The Hill reports that Governor Chris Christie (R) is being considered for a key lineup spot on WFAN New York. "I would certainly at least want to consider him," said PD, Mark Chernof in an interview with the Bergen Record. "If he's interested and we're interested, it's worth pursuing."

It's rumored that Christie would be a possible replacement for the departing Mike Francesa (shown), who has anchored afternoons since the station launched in 1987. Christie is a frequent guest of WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" morning show. He's also appeared last month on New York sports TV station SNY-TV, where he caused a stir by mocking the Philadelphia Phillies fan base. "The Phillies suck, let’s just start with that,” Christie said. “They’re from Philadelphia, they’re an awful team, they’re an angry, bitter fan base and it’s not safe for civilized people to go to Citizen’s Bank Park if you want to root for the other team." The comments evoked a quick reaction from the Phillies' official twitter feed, which mocked Christie for Bridgegate.

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[WATCH] KZOK Seattle's Danny Bonaduce Speaks Up About David Cassidy's Battle With Dementia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– KZOK-FM Seattle host Danny Bonaduce opened up with KING 5 TV about news that his Partridge Family co-star and longtime friend David Cassidy was battling dementia. "He's a guy I've known my whole life, who's been there for me, been more than a brother to me and all of a sudden I see him slurring and falling down in public. It just breaks my heart," said Bonaduce, referring to a weekend performance in California in which the 66-year-old appeared to forget his words and fall off stage.

Cassidy admitted, a short time later, that he was suffering from the memory robbing disease. In retrospect, Bonaduce said he suspected something was wrong. Throughout much of their friendship, Bonaduca said, he never saw Cassidy take a drink, "and then all of a sudden one day at 60-years-old, he gets a DUI?" Bonaduce credits Cassidy for helping him get sober and back to work in the 1990's, "When David said straighten up, you're an idiot, I knew he was right." Bonaduce, who spoke with Cassidy just hours before speaking to KING 5, had a clear message for his friend: that he's proud of him. And he's there, for him. "I'll do anything and I'm not kidding. Whatever it is." WATCH HERE

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ON-AIR: Q100 Atlanta Taps Ashley Z For Nights

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– Cumulus Top 40 WWWQ (Q100)/Atlanta has filled its 7-midnight vacancy with the hire of Ashley Elzinga, a.k.a. Ashley Z, who starts this week. She succeeds syndicated host Adam Bomb, who recently moved up to afternoon drive.

Z most recently did nights at Entercom Top 40 KDND (now 106.5 The End)/Sacramento. Prior to that, she did middays at Saga Rhythmic WNRG (Energy 106.9)/Milwaukee, nights on WKHQ/Traverse City, MI and she was a member of the digital media team with Ryan Seacrest Productions in Los Angeles.

"I'm thrilled and extremely humbled to join Q100! The electric energy that Cumulus Atlanta has is so inspiring and I couldn't be more excited to bring my all to this already amazing team," said Ashley. Thanks so much, Mike McVay, Sean Shannon, Jeff Brown and Louie Diaz for this incredible opportunity and very warm welcome!"

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3rd Annual Benztown 50 List Of Top Voiceover Professionals Released

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARYU 23RD, 2017 –– Benztown released its third annual Benztown 50 list, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. Benztown enlisted P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that was the foundation for the list. This year’s Benztown 50 reflects increased industry participation and interest. More than 300 U.S. and Canadian radio groups provided information for this prestigious annual list, which was analyzed and evaluated by P1 Media Group’s proprietary algorithm. The Benztown 50 list is based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown, said: “We established the Benztown 50 three years ago to raise awareness and shine an appreciative light on the important role that voiceover professionals play in creating successful radio brands. Since that time, the value and visibility of voiceover professionals in building distinctive audio brands has only increased." They will be honored at a reception in May at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood. To view list, visit https://www.benztown.com/50/2016.

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PODCAST: Jacobs Media Presents CES For Radio Series

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– In early January, the Jacobs Media team headed out to Las Vegas for CES 2017, North America's largest trade show, with nearly 180,000 people attending from over 140 different countries. Every year, companies showcase their latest gadgets at CES, from drones and robots to 3-D printers and virtually reality headsets. While Fred and Paul Jacobs led executives from radio broadcasting companies on a guided tour of the event, Jacobs Media's Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler, sought out the people behind the technologies that will have the biggest impact on radio broadcasters. He conducted a series of interviews that are now being released as a podcast called "CES for Radio Broadcasters."

The series covers everything from 3-D sound to car sharing to data collection at concerts. "There's a lot of cool technology coming down the pike, and it's going to have a huge impact on the way people listen to audio entertainment," says Resler. "We are producing this series to give broadcasters a peek at what's coming next." The first six episodes are available to listen to now, with six more episode on the way. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher. You can also find the episodes on the Jacobs Media WEBSITE - Join Resler at TSBC 8 In Atlanta for special Podcast Forum - Thursday, March 9th - DETAILS HERE

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Andy Grammer To Perform At Golden Mike Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced that BMI songwriter and S-Curve Records recording artist Andy Grammer will perform at the 2017 Golden Mike Award this coming Monday, February 27, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation’s charitable mission to provide financial assistance to broadcasters in need.

This year, the Broadcasters Foundation honors Paul Karpowicz, President of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group, with the Golden Mike Award and Bill Hoffman, retired President of Cox Media Group (CMG), with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. As previously announced, three of the most highly influential leaders in broadcasting will help present this year’s Golden Mike Award -- Steve Lanzano, President of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), Mike O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), and Gordon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

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7Did A 'Jeopardy' Contestant Give Trebek The Finger?

 

[WATCH] Campaign Launched For David Bowie Memorial

SOURCES: Facebook In Talks To Live-Stream One MLB Game Per Week

[WATCH] The Moment Harrison Ford Flew Over Jetliner During Landing

[WATCH] Contestant Give Alex Trebek The Finger

[WATCH] Jay Z Becomes First Rapper Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

[WATCH] First The Internet, Now James Corden Shreds Britney Spears Biopic

Demi Moore Set For Recurring Role On 'Empire

Paula Abdul To Star As Herself In New NBC Comedy Pilot

[WATCH] Tom Hanks First Book To Hit Book Shelves In October

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NIELSEN: News Radio, The Talk Of The Town

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– It's no secret that the 'Trump Factor' affected nearly all media, but particularly News/Talk Radio. In a recent report from Nielsen, it says with radio reaching 93% of U.S. consumers, it’s no surprise that listeners tune to News Radio formats more than in non-election years in the lead up to November 11.

In 2012, News Radio audience levels spiked during the election year, and 2016 proved to be no different. The News Radio format gained significant listenership across personal people meter (PPM) markets in 2016 and was the No. 1 ranked format among persons aged 6 and older. Weekly listenership rose by 2 million from 2015, as audiences were highly interested and invested in the unique election season. Although last year’s election has now come to an end, much of the political buzz remains front and center, and we’ll have to stay tuned for how the format performs in 2017.

(OF NOTE: At this year's 8th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp set for March 9 & 10 at The W Hotel Atlanta/Buckhead - Joshua Wurmlinger along with Chris Berry, Buck Sexton & Eric Stanger will share exclusive data on how the 2016 election impacted talk radio - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS)

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108 Complaints Received By FCC Over Madonna's F-Bombs Rant At Women's March

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– Among other issues facing newly appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the growing complaints over Madonna's infamous Women's March rant in Washington, DC last month. Pai revealed in an interview this week that so far the agency has fielded 106 complaints“blowing up the White House.”

According to documents obtained by Morning Consult. The complaints primarily targeted the networks’ failure to implement a delay to censor potential vulgar language when they picked up Madonna’s Jan. 21 speech, which came one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f*** up,” the pop star said. The speech continued on CNN and MSNBC, and almost exactly two minutes later, she added, “to our detractors, that insist that this march will never add up to anything: f*** you. F*** you!” Seventy-four of the complaints mentioned CNN, while 21 complaints targeted MSNBC’s failure to bleep Madonna’s swearing, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Her “I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House" also triggered some of the complaints sent to the FCC.

When asked about swearing on TV in an interview with Fox Business last week, Pai said that if the agency is presented with indecency complaints, they are “duty bound to enforce the law, and the law that is on the books today requires that broadcasters keep it clean so to speak.” READ ALL COMPLAINTS HERE

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Chicago Host Dave Fogel Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer; Kicks 101.5 Atlanta Host Cadillac Jack Recovering From Heart Attack

Station Put A Microphone In My House. I'll Be Broadcasting From Home Next Week'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– Longtime Chicago host, Dave Fogel revealed via Facebook that he will undergo prostate. Fogel, who host mornings on CBS' 104.3 K-HITS/WJMK, hopes he'll be able to return to the air soon.

In his Tuesday post, he wrote: "OK, here goes. My boss, (who's also a good friend) encouraged me to tell my "story" on the radio. Tomorrow I will, but I'm starting here first. I really hesitate because I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me and I don't want any special attention. But, I also know that I may be able to help other men if I share. Before Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I'M GONNA BE FINE! As I told my kids, I'll still walk my daughter down the aisle-someday, and I'll play many many more rounds of golf with my son! I won't be on-the-air Friday, that's when I'm having the surgery. BUT, the radio station put a microphone in my house! I'll be broadcasting from home next week and until I can come back to the studios for work! What guys need to know: get a "PSA test"! It's a simple blood test-that's it. The awareness starts there! Easy! They caught mine early because of one. Early detection is the key."

--Shortly before today's deadline we received word that popular Kicks 101.5 Atlanta morning host Cadillac Jack (R) is resting comfortably after surgery to install three stents to clear a blockage to one side of his heart. “Caddy was swimming yesterday and began to feel dizzy,” his wife Donna reports. “Fortunately my nanny forced him to call 911. It saved his life. The crazy thing is he just had a physical with an EKG that looked fine. The doctors credit his commitment to fitness and the fact that he’s only 43 for him surviving this serious a heart attack.” “The prognosis for Cadillac Jack is good and he should be home to recuperate later this week,” Kicks 101.5 program director Scott Lindy says. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Caddy, Donna and the kids as he gets back on his feet.”

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ON-AIR: Mary Walter To Co-Host WMAL DC's 'Mornings On The Mall' With Brian Wilson

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has been named Mary Walter co-host of WMAL/Washington, D.C.’s morning show, “Mornings on the Mall”, joining co-host Brian Wilson. Walter has been a frequent guest host on the station for the past several years and recently concluded an assignment as evening host at WHAS in Louisville, KY.

Previously, Walter was prime fill-in host for several programs on FOX News Radio, and has appeared as a pundit on television’s FOX News Channel. She currently handles occasional guest-hosting stints on Sirius XM’s Patriot Channel. Walter also did two stints as host on New Jersey 101.5/WKXW-FM in Trenton, NJ. As host of “Mary in the Morning” on WCTC-AM in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the first woman to anchor a morning radio show in the state.

Bill Hess, WMAL Program Director and Vice President/NewsTalk, Cumulus Media, said: “Mary’s experience, energy, and familiarity to our audience made her the perfect addition to our team.” Walter said: "I am really excited about joining ‘Mornings on the Mall’. Bill Hess has built WMAL into a powerhouse and this is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up. I am honored to be working alongside Brian Wilson, and to be on the same station as Chris Plante and Larry O'Connor - it's an incredible line-up! My thanks to Bill, Mike McVay, and Jake McCann for their support.” PHOTO/Fox News' Ed Henry, Larry O' Connor & Brian Wilson.

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PROGRAMMING: Blaine Jackson Named PD For Augusta Combo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Blaine Jackson has been named program director for WLUB 105.7 The Bull and WLUB HD2 106.3 The Bull Icons effective immediately. “We are very excited to have Blaine here to represent our two new Augusta brands,” said Ivy Elam, Market President for iHeartMedia Augusta. “We look forward to her delivering quality Country format programming that we know our listeners, partners and advertisers will love.”

Jackson joined iHeartMedia in 2010 as a part time board operator for the cluster of stations in Macon, GA. Shortly after, she became the Program Director of iHeartMedia’s three stations in Newnan, GA where she oversaw the stations’ programming, promotions and branding. Later, Jackson returned to iHeartMedia Macon to serve as the Program Director for WIHB-FM, 96.5 The Bull, the market’s country station.

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STUDY: As It Turns Out, 'Local Info' Isn't What Keeps Women Away From Pureplays

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– In yet another tease to its upcoming 'What Women Want' study, Alan Burns and Associates and Strategic Solutions Research write: Local information – news, weather, traffic, sports, and “what’s going on around here” – is not high on women’s list of top reasons they listen to radio. Many, if not most, radio professionals feel that radio’s local information and local touch are its best defense against encroachment by pureplays like Pandora and Spotify” commented Alan Burns, “and it’s obviously crucial in extreme emergencies. But on the average day, it’s more of a marketing tool to both listeners and advertisers than a defense against online streamers.”

“As a medium, radio’s top defenses are the fact that it’s so easy to use and that you can switch stations instantly depending on your mood,” noted Strategic EVP Hal Rood. “And content-wise, personalities and fun are, for women, more important than local information.” Radio’s top assets versus pureplays, and vice-versa, will be detailed as part of tomorrow (Thursday 2/23)’s second webinar in the release of data from the national survey of 2000 women aged 15-54. “We’re going to have some stunning information about the amount of headphone usage in this webinar” said Burns, “along with what’s happening in connected cars, radio’s competition in morning and at work, and how the actual ratings participants we surveyed differ from other listeners.” You can register for the free 30-minute webinars by clicking here: What Women Want 2017 Webinar or the What Women Want icons at www.burnsradio.com or www.strategicsolutionsresearch.com. You only need to register once for the entire series. Alan Burns and Associates has provided winning strategic and tactical advice to radio broadcasters and other media for over 30 years. Strategic Solutions Research provides strategic research, music testing, interactive focus groups and sales research to radio and TV brands in markets like New York and Los Angeles, as well as in 24 countries. For more information contact: Alan Burns (251) 243-1592 Hal Rood, Strategic Solutions Research (206) 347-2188, ext 7

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KFI Launches 1st Installment Of Online Museum

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– KFI AM 640 LA has Launched the first installment of its 3D, Online Museum. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at The Tim Conway Jr. Show, which broadcasts weeknights from 6 – 10 p.m. Listeners can explore the KFI AM 640 virtual studio with optional virtual reality glasses and solve riddles for a chance to win prizes. KFI and Tim Conway Jr. in 3D is the first installment of The Official KFI Online Museum, which utilizes innovative virtual reality and 3D technology to allow listeners one-of-a-kind VIP access to the KFI AM 640 studios, programming and rich background as both a heritage station and an outlier.

With almost 95 years of broadcasting history in Southern California, KFI AM 640 has evolved into the region's preeminent news and talk station. The station will announce more details about the museum at a later date. “KFI and Tim Conway Jr. in 3D is an interactive scavenger hunt that’s a must see for any true blooded KFI fan,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI AM 640. “What makes it so unique is that listeners can tour the studio in VR glasses and really get to experience The Tim Conway Jr. Show. You can peer over Tim’s shoulder while he works, do a news update with Mark Thompson, cozy right up to Bellio and sit behind the board with Mondo. It’s like being on the show without having to fight L.A. traffic to get there.” TAKE MUSEUM TOUR HERE

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ACCOLADES: Mojo Hits 17-Year Mark At WKQI Detroit

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– Props to our special friend Mojo, morning host of iHeart's Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955 Detroit. He posted on Facebook: "17 years ago today I started on the air at WKQI, 7Detroit. Congratulations Spike, Sara, Chad & Eric on starting something truly special. Thank you to Rachel, Shannon, Slim, Joey & Mike for stepping up each & everyday.

My biggest Thanks goes to my wife Chelsea and sons Joey, Jakob & Luke for allowing me to expose your lives to all our listeners. I know I've sometimes made mistakes exposing too much. I'm so grateful you accepted my apologies and still have trust in me."

Mojo tells Jockline: 'I started 2/21/2000... First guest on the show that day... Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson & Sen. John McCain... Original show was Mojo, Spike, Sara, Eric Harthen & Chad Mitchell. "Detroit has been the 3rd Best Decision I've done in my life (Wife & Kids). I love this City and I'm so happy that my kids can call themselves Detroiters!!"

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NETWORKS: A-List Comedy Prep Adds PA Combo; KBHQ Ark.; Bob Barker Guest On Envision's Animal Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– A-List Comedy Prep from AdLarge Media has signed WXSS-FM in Milwaukee, and WKQW-FM, an AC station outside of Pittsburgh. A-List Head Writer and comedian Jimmy Failla has been making the rounds this winter, appearing more than 10 times in January on two of Fox News’ most popular programs, Red Eye and Kennedy. Jimmy is gearing up for his fourth time on Gotham Comedy Live this month on AXS-TV. Here he is pictured with funny lady Sherri Shepherd, who is also scheduled to appear on the comedy special. Stations interested in learning more about the A-List Comedy service may contact Sherman at 646-759-8431 or jessica@adlarge.com.

Envision Networks®’ Animal Radio® welcomes television icon Bob Barker as a guest host on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26. America’s most-listened-to pet talk can currently be heard on 133 radio stations across the country on the Envision Talk Network. Bob Barker may be best remembered for his “Spay and Neuter” messages at the end of The Price is Right, but many also know the 93-year-old TV host as a loud proponent towards the elimination of performing animals, including elephants. “This marks the most-frequent guest host on Animal Radio,” co-host Hal Abrams said. “Bob joins us for the 15th time in as many years. For more information on Animal Radio® contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or amberw@envisionradio.com.

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7David Cassidy Reveals He Has Dementia; MLB Adds Major Change

 

David Cassidy Reveals He Has Dementia

[WATCH] Eric Church Cancels 25K Tickets Bought By Scalpers

WHOAAA: Major League Baseball Announces Major Rule Change

Yiannopoulos To Start New Media Company

Jimmy Kimmel Dishes On Oscars With The Hollywood Reporter

[WATCH] Jimmy Fallon Unveils Latest 'Trump News Network'

Nick Cannon Planning Legal Action Over Tabloid Article

Fox News Orders Harvey Levin Series ‘OBJECTified’ Following Trump Special

[WATCH] Keanu Reeves Up For 'Matrix 4'

[WATCH] Alex Tredbek's Rap Video

Ronda Rousey To Appear In TV Show

Ottawa Bluesfest Announces Lineup

[WATCH] The Rock And 15,000 WWE Fans Leave CM Punk Epic Voicemail

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BLOG: Is Donald Trump Impacting Radio Ratings?

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog that his company has been conducting one-on-one interviews with Millennials, as well as radio news listeners. These disparate groups are telling us the same thing; interest in politics is driving an increased interest and focus on the news, whether they like it or not. He adds that all of this may be changing the media usage equation. And of course, that has an effect – both good and bad – on radio ratings.

A recent analysis in the Columbia Journalism Review by Jed Gottlieb suggests the President’s impact on news and our attention spans is like a “black hole,” sucking the oxygen out of the media room – TV, movies, radio, music, and whatever else is in the way. Gottlieb points out that even big music news stories – the Grammy awards and Beyoncé’s pregnancy – have been overshadowed by incessant Trump coverage.

For News/Talk radio and radio talk shows in general, Jacobs says there’s no problem here. In fact, the only question revolves around how to keep up with the frenzied pace of each day’s events, including weekends. -- For music radio, it a very different challenge. The political maelstrom that’s been roiling for months has only intensified since the inauguration. That leaves stations that specialize in formats like Country, Classic Rock, and Hot AC with an attention-deficit disorder as their audiences are distracted by the politics of today. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

(OF NOTE: At this year's 8th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp set for March 9 & 10 at The W Hotel Atlanta/Buckhead - Joshua Wurmlinger along with Chris Berry, Buck Sexton & Eric Stanger will share exclusive data on how the 2016 election impacted talk radio - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS)

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KMLE Phoenix In Search Of Afternoon Host

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Phoenix’s the New KMLE @ 107.9 is searching for an Afternoon Personality/Music Director. Bryan “B-Dub” Washington currently holds the position, and will be leaving for a programming opportunity in a market to be named at a later time. “We want to thank B-Dub for his hard work and commitment to KMLE over the past year,” said Tim Richards, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Phoenix. “We are grateful for his time here and we wish him the best with his new adventure.” “I’m thankful to Tim Richards and Dave Pugh for giving me the opportunity to be part of KMLE and the CBS RADIO Phoenix family,” said Washington. Candidates interested in applying to the KMLE Afternoon Personality/Music Director position can apply on CBSRADIO.com/careers.

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SALES: CMG Atlanta Names Jaleigh Long DOX

Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Jaleigh Long as its new Director of Sales, effective immediately. Long is responsible for all sales efforts for CMG Atlanta’s five-cluster group, which includes News 95.5 AM 750 WSB, B98.5 FM, 97.1 FM The River, KISS 104.1 FM, and Your Georgia Country 106.1/107.1. Long joined CMG Atlanta Radio in 2014 as General Sales Manager (GSM). Previously, she was with South Central Media in Evansville, Ind. for seven years as GSM, and she started her media career in Indianapolis as an Account Executive for Susquehanna Radio.

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Fire Breaks Out At Seacrest's $50 Million Mansion

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 –– A fire broke out at Ryan Seacrest’s Beverly Hills mansion on Sunday, February 19. He posted on Instragram: “Fire last night at the house - thank God everyone is ok. Thanks again @beverlyhillsfirefighters." He captured an image (inset top right) showing burned furniture and other items scattered outside his home on Monday. Beyond the photo, Seacrest didn't reveal much more, but TMZ reported that an electrical fire ignited on his driveway and jumped to trash cans nearby.

According to US Magazine, Seacrest purchased the home, which has nine bedrooms and sits on more than three acres, from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres after she listed it for $49 million in 2012. 1

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Atlanta Braves Go To Bat For Seacrest Foundation

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 –– The Braves tweeted this picture of a custom Ryan Seacrest Jersey to announce their partnership with his Ryan Seacrest Foundation. This partnership will support the foundation's work at children's hospitals across the country including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Seacrest, an Atlanta native, will lend his voice to the Braves' "Welcome Home" broadcast campaign as they start their first season at SunTrust Park reports CBS 46 TV.

"My entire family is delighted that we were able to create this meaningful partnership with the Atlanta Braves," said RSF Executive Director Meredith Seacrest, adding that the foundation is grateful for the partnership. Braves players will visit kids at the hospital, including the Seacrest Studios there, which lets kids explore radio, television and new media careers. "Like the Braves, Ryan Seacrest has Atlanta roots which is what makes this such a natural partnership," said Derek Schiller, president, business for the Atlanta Braves. "All of Atlanta is proud of Ryan's success, and we are excited to support the meaningful work The Ryan Seacrest Foundation does here in our city, as well as nationwide."

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Comedian/Talk Host Joe Piscopo Mulls Run For New Jersey Governor - No Joke!

I've Never Been More Serious About Anything In My Life

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 –– 970 The Answer New York's Joe Piscopo is considering a run for New Jersey Governor reports The New York Times. "I'm very serious about it. I've never been more serious about anything in my life," Piscopo said. Mr. Piscopo pointed to Mr. Trump’s victory as upending the notion of a candidate needing political experience. It was on the Trump campaign trail that Mr. Piscopo started to seriously consider running, saying he received encouragement from Reince Priebus, then chairman of the Republican Party and now Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, and from the former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Piscopo says Donald Trump's win shows that someone with no political experience has a chance, he told The Times. “Joe Piscopo obviously goes into this with a whole lot of name recognition,” said Ashley Koning, the director at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers. “Whether that turns into actual approval and support among New Jersey residents and New Jersey voters, that’s another story, but I think there’s a lot of ground that every candidate has to cover.” READ STORY HERE

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STUDY: Most At Work Listening Goes To Radio

JUST OVER HALF OF AT WORK LISTENING GOES TO RADIO THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 – Just over half of at-work listening to radio is just one of the statistics that will be released this Thursday and the next batch of data from the Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research national study of 2000 women. Alan Burns noted that three out of four women (74%) who work full-time listen to music while they work. “40% of them listen to over the air radio, and another 14% listen to the online stream of an AM/FM radio station.

Pureplay music streamers now account for 21% of women’s at work music choice.” Counting YouTube, 85% of all women now listen to a pureplay at some point during the typical week, according to the study. “Custom music streamers online have become ubiquitous,” said Strategic EVP Hal Rood, “but radio has some terrific strengths versus pureplays that we will detail on Thursday.” REGISTERE HERE

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BLOG: Why Isn't Podcasting Bigger Asks Steve Goldstein?

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 –– Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein answers in his latest blog: it is becoming bigger. But the lens needs to be adjusted properly to see the growth. Music and spoken word are generally presented together as “audio.” Podcasting, is a subset of spoken word. So, let’s separate.

As one might guess, Americans spend more time listening to music than spoken audio. Music can be consumed in the background, while speech usually requires the ability to ‘lean-forward’ and listen with intent. For the overwhelming majority of people, the available time for the involved listening that speech (Talk shows, podcasts, sports, newscasts, etc.) requires is significantly less than what is available for music.

Podcasting has quickly taken 10% of the speech-audio market. Importantly, that number rises sharply when focusing on millennial and teen listeners. AMONG 13-34 YEAR-OLDS, FULLY 29% OF SPEECH GOES TO PODCASTING Broadcast radio, with its hundred-year head start, is the biggest player in the space --- talk radio, news, and sports stations - and satellite radio is a factor. But podcasting is rapidly transforming the spoken word space from its historical form as a river of content that listeners dip their cups into as it flows along, to an on-demand medium that provides the exact content they are seeking at the time they wish to listen. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

(OF NOTE: At this year's 8th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp set for March 9 & 10 at The W Hotel Atlanta/Buckhead - Steve Goldstein presents '7 Reasons You Can't Wait To Get Into Podcasting - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS)

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Opie Hughes Says His Job At SiriusXM Could Be In Jeopardy After Breaching Stern's Sealed Off Wing

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 ––Gregg 'Opie' Hughes said his job as an on-air personality could be in jeopardy after he breached the King of All Media's sealed-off wing of the New York City building. According to The Daily Mail, Hughes said his fate with SiriusXM could be in the hands of his longtime rival, Howard Stern after he convinced a cleaning lady to grant him access to Stern's sealed-off quarters at the company's New York City headquarters.

Hughes who live-streamed on YouTube told the cleaning lady that he had forgotten something inside the area, to which she granted him access to Stern's facility. In a Facebook post, Hughes said "‘I feel horrible about the cleaning lady and it wasn't right to get her involved,' noting that SiriusXM officials told him that 'her job was never in jeopardy. Security quickly caught wind of the breach and asked Hughes and comedian Sherrod Small to leave. Hughes said he was 'yelled at for 45 straight minutes' by SiriusXM’s president & chief content officer Scott Greenstein in the wake of the security breach. SEE MORE HERE

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7Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite In Studio; Jolie Eats Bugs

 

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite

[WATCH] Seth Myers Sets One Condition For Donald Trump To Appear On His Show

Daniel Craig Becomes Second Longest Bond Star In 007

[WATCH] Wilmer Valderrama Wins HUGE On Celebrity 'Price Is Right'

[WATCHJ] David Cassidy Slurs Words, Fall Off Stage During California Event

CHECK OUT Nirvana’s Top 20 Most Played Songs On Day Of Cobain’s 50th birthday

Dick Clark Productions Sale to Dalian Wanda Falls Apart

Fox News Channel's Brenda Buttner Passes Away

*NSYNC To Reunite At Walk Of Fame Event

[WATCH] Angelina Jolie Eats Bugs - No, Really

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STUDY: Radio’s Numbers Lower In Connected Cars, But Still Dominant Choice Of Women

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– In our continued peek at Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research study of 2000 women, the latest news shows that AM/FM radio is still the dominant audio choice in those connected cars. “Most women now know they can connect to the Internet through their phone or the built-in dashboard entertainment system,” said Strategic EVP Hal Rood. “Yet those women continue to listen to radio most. 71% of them listen to radio most in their car. The components of that are 65% to the over the air signal of a local AM/FM station, 4% to the online stream a local station, and 2% to the stream of a station in another city. By comparison, only 14% choose to listen to a pure play streamer most, and 6% to satellite radio.” In comparison, the numbers from “What Women Want – 2017” show that among women who can’t or don’t know they can connect to the Internet in their cars, the “listen most” sources are 81% to AM/FM radio over the air, and 2% to radio streams.

“Radio’s numbers are lower in connected cars, but not to the degree I think most people expected,” said Burns founder Alan Burns. “In aggregate, that’s a loss of only about 15% for radio in the connected car. That’s significant, but certainly not a disaster.” The Burns/Strategic study results are being released in a series of four free webinars. The next, on Thursday, February 23 at 2pm EST/11am PST - REGISTER HERE

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People Spend More Time Listening To Stations That Engage Them Through Social Says NuVoodoo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– Last week’s North American Broadcasters Association Symposium, held at NAB headquarters in Washington, showed off coming enhancements in digital technology and connected cars, which will allow instantaneous feedback from listeners while they’re driving. These possibilities come about as connected cars learn to communicate with: • Other cars (for accident avoidance). • Manufacturers for service and performance updates. • Service providers (Filld, for example, a service that brings gas to your vehicle; Bentley is offering this service to people who buy their vehicles as an option, where the service is available.).

7NuVoodoo's Carolyn Gilbert & Leigh Jacobs (L) participated in a panel about building radio audiences in a world that includes new media choices for listeners. An interesting perspective on Social Media was provided by Lux (above), the morning host on Emmis’ KNOU (Now 96.3) in St. Louis. As a Millennial who’s spent her career with the Emmis cluster in St. Louis, Lux has deep experience in station promotions, but is relatively new to on-air work. For her, Social Media allows an extension of her show, from live streaming after her show and at station events and appearances, to using different Social Media platforms to tell stories surrounding her show. She knows instinctively what NuVoodoo Research data shows: People spend more time listening to stations that engage with them in Social Media.

Here’s a large market morning host who got her job because she understands listeners, having seen them up close and in person at station appearances. Organically, she differentiates between the push of legacy media and the increasing preference of today’s consumers to pull what they want at their convenience. Frankly, they’re better qualifications for being on the radio than the old days when being able to slip cue a record and back-time to the news was required - Leigh Jacobs.

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[WATCH] American Idol Clears Hurdle For Return

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– Seems like ever since Fox TV's American Idol left tube and ended one of radio's most beloved and engaged series, it's been followed by a steady stream of rumors hinting at its possible return. The Hollywood Reporter reports 'It isn't definitely coming back to television, but the producers of the singing competition show have overcome a major hurdle for its return. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Stuart Bernstein blessed an amended agreement between 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media Limited. According to court papers, the agreement "memorializes the parties’ intention to re-launch American Idol on American television by seeking a new license agreement with a broadcaster, network or other platform subject to various terms and conditions."

Although the parties have come together on reviving American Idol, there's still massive litigation pending. Should NBC in fact revive series, it will be interesting to see how it manages alongside its other competition blockbuster, 'The Voice.'

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Metallica To Perform For The Loop Chicago's 40th

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– We’ve waited 40 years for this party! announced Cumulus' legendary WLUP, The Loop Chicago. Adding to the occasion they've booked "the biggest rock band in the world! Metallica" They'll be taking over Soldier Field on June 18th, which marks its 40th anniversary. It was just two years later on July 12, 1979 that the heralded 'Disco Demolition took place at Comiskey Park.

It will also include a performance of “Master of Puppets” Watch Tim Virgin’s interview with Kirk Hammett! and more Loop interviews with Metallica HERE

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SYNDICATION: iHeart Y100.1 Fort Myers’ Adds Lulu & Lala For Nights

Will Continue Their Afternoon Show On 103.5 'KTU New York

February 16, 2017 – iHeartMedia Fort Myers announced that popular twins Lulu and Lala have joined Y100.1 as nighttime hosts effective immediately. Lulu and Lala will broadcast weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez, better known as “Lulu & Lala,” began to captivate the Latin market in 2007 as part of The Luis Jimenez Morning Show on Univision’s X96.3 in New York. Six years later, these Cuban-Salvadorian sisters carried their loyal Latin following over to mainstream as co-hosts of Ty Loves NY on 92.3 NOW.

The sisters will also continue to host their afternoon show in New York on 103.5 KTU. In addition, throughout their tenure the girls have been regular correspondents for the entertainment news show "El Gordo y la Flaca,” Univision's highest rated national TV show. They have also been correspondents for many events including Premios Juventud, Premio Lo Nuestro, the Latin Grammys and the multiple auditions for Nuestra Belleza Latina in New York.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kevin Mussleman Rises To VP/GM Adams Radio Ft. Wayne

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– Adams Radio Group has named Kevin Musselman VP & GM for it Fort Wayne, Indiana cluster. Kevin has been with Adams in Fort Wayne since it entered the market via acquisition of Oasis Ra dio and Summit Media Fort Wayne serving as Director of Sales. Adams owns and operated WBTU, WJFX, WXKE, WWFW, WGL AM, WLYV AM and Metro stations B96, The Patriot 103.3 and Kool Oldies 104.3.

From 2007 to 2012 Kevin served in GSM and GM roles for Federated Media. Kevin has called Indiana home for the past 27 years. When asked to comment on Kevin, Ron Stone, President and CEO of Adams Radio Group, said “Kevin is a perfect fit for the GM role. He has been with Adams from the day we acquired the market a nd has built an amazing sales organization. It’s a big job overseeing 9 frequencies in one market, and I am confident Kevin is the leader we need. Kevin is a team player with strong sales skills and creates amazing partnerships both internal and external.

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Eric Benet, Joe, Leela James & Yuna To Perform At WDAS Philly 'Women Of Excellence Luncheon'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017–– 105.3 WDAS FM Philly announced that recording artists Eric Benet, Joe, Leela James and Yuna (shown) will perform live at the third annual WDAS Women of Excellence Luncheon, a celebration of local women and their achievements in the community. The luncheon will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel.

The Women of Excellence Luncheon will honor Trailblazing Woman of Excellence Susan L. Taylor, Editor in Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine, and Founder and CEO of the National Cares Mentoring Movement. 105.3 WDAS FM’s on-air personalities Patty Jackson, Frankie Darcell, Mimi Brown and Loraine Ballard Morrill will host the event. In addition, 105.3 WDAS FM will honor four remarkable women nominated by 105.3 WDAS listeners, one of which will receive the Mary J. Blige Award for Perseverance and Courage.

 

The Loop’s 40th Anniversary Show with Metallica February 13th, 2017 | Web Team Win Tickets Scroll down below for your chance to win! We’ve waited 40 years for this party! It’s The Loop’s 40th Anniversary Show, and we’ve got the ultimate birthday present…the biggest rock band in the world! Metallica is taking over Soldier Field on June 18th with Avenged Sevenfold to help us ring in 40! Tickets go on sale Friday, February 17th @ 10 a.m. but we’ve got an early presale for Loopers!

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CONDOLENCES: Former WTAX Springfield Host 'One-Eyed Jack' Passes Away

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 –– Former WTAX /Springfield, IL host Donald “One-Eyed Jack” Jackson passed away Friday evening following a brief illness at St. John’s Hospital. He was known throughout Central Illinois as a boisterous, outspoken radio talk host and the owner and operator of The Dr. of BBQ.

“Jack” as he was known by his friends and family, began his radio career in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1972, and began his Springfield radio career in 1976. His most recent radio position was Morning Show Host at WTAX from 2002 until 2003. Jack then was owner of the Dr. of BBQ restaurant until November of last year.

 

 

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New FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, Advocates Activation Of FM Radio Receiver Built Into Your Smart Phone

THE MOUTH FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017–– During yesterday's Future of Radio and Audio Symposium in Washington D.C., newly appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai encouraged the activation of FM radio receivers built into nearly every smartphone, as part of his opening remarks. According to macrumors.com, many smartphones sold today, including iPhones, have an FM receiver built into the LTE modem that would allow people to listen to FM radio over the air; however, many carriers and phone makers have not enabled the functionality, forcing users to use an app to stream FM radio over Wi-Fi or cellular data (see All Research Graphic).

Pai cited a NAB study that found only 44% of the top-selling smartphones in the United States had activated FM receivers as of last year. The vast majority - 94% of the non-activated smartphones are iPhones, according to the study. "We could be doing a lot better," said Pai. "It seems odd that every day we hear about a new smartphone app that lets you do something innovative, yet these modern-day mobile miracles don’t enable a key function offered by a 1982 Sony Walkman --You could make a case for activating chips on public safety grounds alone," added Pai. Pai said that while he will keep speaking out about the benefits of activating FM receivers in smartphones, he is a believer in free markets and the rule of law, and he thereby cannot support a government mandate requiring activation of these chips, nor does he believe the FCC has the power to issue said mandate. Of note, Apple will unveil the future of iOS, macOS, and more on June 5th - see Popline below for link - READ TEXT OF FULL SPEECH HERE

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ON-AIR: 'Uncle Joe' Benson Inks Multi-Year Extension With Entercom's 100.3 The Sound L.A.

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 –– Entercom Los Angeles’ 100.3 The Sound KSWD-FM announced a contract extension for classic rock DJ “Uncle Joe” Benson in a new multi-year agreement. Benson will continue to host on-air weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including his popular “10 at 10” feature which airs at 10 a.m. daily and spotlights 10 great songs from 1 great year. Benson will also continue to host“Uncle Joe’s Garage,” a popular video podcast of his many celebrity interviews, and his syndicated “Off The Record” program.

“Joe is the best known and most loved classic rock DJ in Los Angeles,” said Dave Beasing, program director, 100.3 The Sound. “The reason is simple. He’s literally written the book on classic rock, and he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.”“Signing on for several more years doing what I love is the best,” said Joe Benson. Benson began his career in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1968. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to join KLOS-FM and is remembered for his successful run as the morning DJ on KCBS-FM during that signal’s “Arrow 93” era. Benson joined The Sound in February of 2013, where he has been joined by Los Angeles’ iconic classic rock DJs Rita Wilde and Cynthia Fox.

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Danni Starr Returning To The Air In DC; WMMR'S Kathy Romano Adds 'Her Story' To 95.7 Ben FM Philly

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 –– Danni Starr is returning to the air in DC as the new co-host of The Fam in The Morning. She'll co-host with QuickSilva starting February 21. Jeff Wilson, Senior Regional Vice President and General Manager, Radio One DC said, “Danni is the full package. She’s amazingly smart, well versed in music and community activism. Danni is authentic and transparent about her struggles and victories. That kind of energy and wit will serve our listeners well on-air, in social media and on the street." Starr formerly co-hosted with DC's The Kane Show on HOT 995.

--BEN FM announced that Philadelphia radio veteran, Kathy Romano, has joined the radio station to host a new Sunday morning show called “Her Story” (Sundays at 7:30am). Romano will continue her role on BEN-FM’s sister station 93.3 WMMR as co-host of the Preston & Steve® Show. Her first show on BEN FM is Sunday, February 19 at 7:30am. "I’m thrilled to be the host of ‘Her Story’ on 95.7 BEN FM! This is giving me the opportunity for some girl talk that just doesn’t make sense on WMMR's Preston & Steve® Show!” said Kathy Romano. Romano joined the Preston & Steve® Show at Y100 in 2003. The show moved to WMMR in 2005, and they will celebrate their 12th anniversary at the station this year.

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Tom Ackerman & Michael Calhoun Expand Roles At KMOX St. Louis

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017– – CBS RADIO St. Louis’ KMOX 1120 has signed morning show host and Sports Director, Tom Ackerman (L), and morning show host and News Reporter, Michael Calhoun (R), to multi-year contract extensions with expanded roles at the station. Tom and Michael can be heard weekdays from 5:00 to 8:30 AM on KMOX 1120

KMOX Program Director, Steve Moore, said, “Tom and Michael are talented personalities who play integral roles at the station. Tom was born and raised in St. Louis so reporting the news and sports in the city he loves is a natural progression for him. Michael is an award winning field reporter who brings a unique voice to KMOX that instantly connects with listeners.” Ackerman, who has served as Sports Director since 2009, will expand his role to serve as co-host of Total Information AM, the station’s daily morning show, alongside Debbie Monterrey and Michael Calhoun. Calhoun, who debuted on KMOX in 2006 as a part-time reporter, will continue co-anchoring Total Information AM, and add field and spot news reporting to his responsibilities.

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STUDY: Yes, Women Like Radio, But..

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 –– Data just released from Alan Burns and Associates and Strategic Solutions Research in “What Women Want – 2017” indicates that radio is extremely healthy with female consumers, but has two areas that need shoring up. “Just over half (53%) of all women agreed that they could foresee a day when they might not need radio for music, and almost six in ten (58%) agreed that ‘radio is kind of old’,” said SSR'S Hal Rood. “Technologically, radio is feeling dated in the context of all the digital choices out there, and needs to work on that.” The other concern is some weakness with the youngest consumers.

According to the study, nearly half (48%) of all women who don’t listen to radio are ages 15 to 24, and almost 1 in 4 (23%) of the teens who do listen gave “I can’t get the internet in the car” as one of the top three reasons they still listen. “There are definite bright spots for radio with 15-24s, though,” noted Burns. “The vast majority (90%) like radio, radio has higher ‘love’ scores than Pandora, Apple, or Spotify, and more than eight out of ten 15-24s (82%) look forward to listening and would be disappointed if they couldn’t.” The Burns/Strategic study results are being released in a series of four free webinars. The next, on Thursday, February 23 at 2pm EST/11am PST. You can register for the free 30-minute webinars by clicking HERE

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PODCAST: Jordan Harbinger Host 'The Forbes List'

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 –– The Forbes on PodcastOne network premieres The Forbes List this week, featuring an in-depth look at the world’s top billionaires. The show is hosted by Jordan Harbinger, who dives into the stories behind Forbes’ most famous lists, including the Forbes 400 list featuring the wealthiest Americans, as well as lists covering celebrities, music, sports, entrepreneurs, companies and the world’s most powerful people. The show is available now on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes.

New episodes of The Forbes List air every Thursday. Harbinger, who is also host of the fan favorite Art of Charm podcast, celebrated 10 years in podcasting last month. He brings experience in the medium, and is creating an additional place for his loyal fans to connect with him every week. To listen to the show, visit http://www.podcastone.com/the-forbes-list or http://apple.co/2lH05Mo. For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at info@podcastone.com.

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Radio Mercury Awards Announces Final Round Judging Panel

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 –– The Radio Mercury Awards announced the final round judging panel for the 26th Annual Radio Mercury Awards today. The jury, drawn together with the help of Chief Judge Mark Gross, includes Wade Alger, executive creative director, TBWA\Chiat\Day, New York Chris Beresford-Hill, executive creative director, executive vice president, BBDO NY – Sean Bryan, co-chief creative officer, McCann NY - Bill Cimino, executive vice president, chief creative officer, McCann Detroit – Gustavo Lauria, co-founder and chief creative officer, We Believers - Paula Maki, managing creative director, mono San Francisco - Jorge Murillo, vice president/ executive creative director, Alma DDB and Andres Ordonez, chief creative officer, Energy BBDO

The Radio Mercury Awards will announce the total number of awards to be given out when the 2017 Finalists are announced in early May. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards event on June 1 at Stage 48 in New York. For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.

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