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It's Anchors Away For Beats 1 Radio, Now Taking Requests

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THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– The world finally got their first listen to Apple's Beats 1 Radio and judging by feedback on social media it made a huge splash. Zane Lowe opened with Spring King's "City," a spin that even caught the group off-guard as Spring King quickly tweeted "are you kidding?!!?!? you just spun our tune! you're an absolute legend!!. Lowe also threw in several Apple Music exclusives including Pharrell's new "Freedom" Perhaps surprisingly, Taylor Swift didn't appear until nearly two hours later when Beats played her "Bad Blood" remix featuring Kendrick Lamar. And like a lot of new launches, Beats 1 experienced 7a 30 minute crash after host Jaden Smith requested Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

One question that many wondered has now been answered, Beats 1 is taking requests - If you want to hear a particular song, Beats has local phone numbers set up for users in the US, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, 7Australia, Ireland and the U.K. Requests will be played by host Travis Mills Los Angeles. He follows Ebro Darden who's on in the afternoon. Not sure how long it will take to hear a particular request, but listeners are apparently happy to wait. Positive feedback exploded on Twitter as the list of followers was growing by the thousands. 1

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MOTION: Cumulus Kicks Off New On-Air Line-Ups This Week In Pensacola

JULY 1ST, 2015 –– Cumulus Pensacola announces a new on-air line-up that debuted this week on NASH FM 102.7/WXBM and on Soft Rock 94.1/WMEZ. On NASH FM 102.7, midday talent and Program Director Jeni Lane takes over the 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday shift, while former midday talent Ryan Andrew rolls to PM Drive to cover 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. NASH FM's mornings are covered by America's Morning Show with Blair Garner, with Evenings featuring NASH Nights Live.

On Soft Rock 94.1 WMEZ, former NASH FM 1027 PM Drive co-host Lindsey Marie Addison R)joins Soft Rock 94.1 for the midday 10am-3 pm shift, effective Monday, July 6. Former WMEZ midday talent and Program Director Chuck Whitaker slides into PM Drive from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Former PM Driver Terry Michaels comes off afternoons to devote full time to his duties as Promotion Director for Cumulus Pensacola’s five-station cluster, which also includes Classic Soul-Urban AC station Magic 106.1/WRRX-FM; News Talk 1370/WCOA-AM; and Classic Hits JET 100.7/WJTQ-FM.

Jerry King, Operations Director for Cumulus Pensacola said: “The forward movement of Jeni and Ryan on NASH FM 1027 further solidifies our strong NASH branding and marks it as a consistent player on the Gulf Coast. We are delighted that Lindsey Marie will make the jump to Soft Rock 94.1 to further enhance the brand of our heritage cluster AC. Friendly and natural, Lindsey’s is a strong voice that will speak directly to the busy lifestyle of today’s 25-54 AC listener.”

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[WATCH] KGO's Ronn Owens To Undergo Surgery To Ease Pakinson's Symptons

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– KGO/San Diego talk host Ronn Owens announced Monday that he will undergo surgery to help ease his symptoms from Parkinson's disease. On ABC7's Beyond the Headlines he spoke publicly about his battle with the disease and said he will undergo a surgery called "deep brain stimulation."

Owens says his symptoms have become obvious in the past year. "I mentioned buttoning a shirt took me about a minute and a half to get one actual button on this morning. The others I was able to do, but that's not something that happens to you unless you've got something like Parkinson's," he said.

The doctors at UCSF involved in Owens' procedure are conducting the largest clinical trial of Parkinson's treatment through deep brain stimulation in the country. Owens' surgery is in August. WATCH HERE

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Radio Hosts Rates High In Forbes' Highest Paid List

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– With a closer look at yesterday's Popline link to Forbe's Top Celebrity Earners,' it appears some of radio's top host held their own with the likes of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Coming in at number 5 was SiriusXM's Howard Stern ($95m), followed by Rush Limbaugh at #11 ($79m). Slightly down at #21 is Ryan Seacrest ($60m) and further down the list, Sean Hannity at number 89.

And if you wonder why Glenn Beck isn't on this list, look again. Forbes says unlike other celeb's, Beck owns his own business; thus, pays himself a salary. They write that a conservative valuation of his company Mercury—based on publicly traded comparable companies—would be around $200 million, making Beck’s estimated two-thirds stake worth $120 million. At the mid-point of those figures, Beck would be worth $180 million. SEE ENTIRE LIST HERE

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iHeart Flies High With Virgin America

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– iHeartRadio announced it has joined forces with Virgin America to bring a new music selection to 35,000 feet in the air­ curated for the airline by iHeartRadio and Virgin Produced (Virgin Group's entertainment arm). The partnership will integrate iHeartRadio-branded music stations into Virgin America's award-winning Red® in-flight entertainment system at every seatback and will also be available through iHeartRadio, allowing travelers to continue listening everywhere they go after landing via their own computer, tablet or mobile devices.

"We're excited to partner with one of the most innovative and popular airlines to bring quality music and entertainment to consumers ­ even at 35,000 feet," said Michele Laven, President of Business Development and Partnerships at iHeartMedia. "This is the first step in a robust partnership between Virgin and iHeartMedia and it paves the way for more exciting integrations in the near future." NOTICE: In a previous website post, another file with the same title as Michele's featuring Michelle Rodriguez of KSCS/Dallas was placed by accident into the photo slot at right - our apologies for the oversight.

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Popular UK Host Returns To The Air Following Gender Transition

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– Stephanie Hirst, formerly known as Simon, who formerly hosted a show on Capital FM Yorkshire and Gold last June is now returning to the air a year away.

According to The BBC, she will join BBC Radio Manchester for a weekly show, saying she "wanted to ensure that my return is gentle". "Hirsty made the decision to take time out to focus on the process he was going through.

When asked about claims that she was treated wrongly by her former employer, Ms Hirst said last October: "Everyone was supportive. There is nothing more I can add that can be of use to you." 'Brilliant broadcaster' Ms Hirst, who has won three Sony Radio Awards, said her new role "allows me time to grow into a broadcaster as Stephanie". Her new show will start on July 4th.

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Cumulus Plays Ball In The Big Apple

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– The radio boys and girls of summer got together in New York yesterday for some a good ol' softball match. It slated NYC's 'The Dump Buttons" against its rival, 970am's The Answer. The Dump Buttons prevailed 5-4!

Teams consist of talent from WABC,PLJ, NASH, and WNBM. Cumulus market manager Chad Lopez aka "Chay-Lo" is a big reason for the victory.

Not seen in the picture, WABC's Curtis Sliwa who pulled his groin sliding into 2nd!! TEAM is the key word here!!

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CONDOLENCES: Radio Great Grady "Doctor" Brock Passes Away At 66

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2015 –– Having served on some of radio's most legendary stations during his career including, WCFL Chicago, Big Ways in Charlotte, WNOE New Orleans and more, we were deeply saddened learn yesterday of the passing radio great, (Doctor) Grady Brock.

According to his funeral home's obit, it post that Mr. William Grady Brock, 66, of Pineville, LA passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his residence. His love for radio began at the age of 16 and continued for 42 years. His career in radio would carry him from coast to coast, and many states in between, with the exception of a small hiccup called the Vietnam War. He served his country in the US Navy aboard the U. S. S. Boston, during the Vietnam War. Brock fought a long, hard battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org. Memorial services for Mr. Brock will be held at a later date.

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7Trump Suing Univision; Tim McGraw Giving Away 36 Mortgage Free Homes To Vets

 

Trump Suing Univision - [NY TIMES]

Cheryl Burke & Thomas Roberts Pull Out Of 'Miss USA' Pageant - [VARIETY]

Tim McGraw Giving Away 36 Mortgage Free Homes To Vets - [GOSSIP COP]

Blake Shelton Tops Country Charts For 20th Straight Week - [BILLBOARD]

Take First Look At 'Ghostbusters' Uniforms - [CONSEQUENCES OF SOUND]

Alex Trebek Rapping. No, Seriously - [MASHABLE]

Check It Out: Taraji P Henson Goes Purple - [E ONLINE]

Janet Jackson Announces Unbreakable Diamond Collection - [ET]

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Split After 10 Years - [US]

REPORT: Journey Drummer Charged With Rape - [DAILY CALLER]

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Beats 1 Radio Takes To The World Stage

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– Today's the day for Trent Reznor's brainchild, the launch of Apple's much publicized and long awaited Beats 1 Radio. Much of the discussion and curiosity has centered around its three main hosts: Zane Lowe (L), formerly of BBC Radio 1 who will host from L.A., Hot 97's Ebro in New York, and Rinse FM DJ Julie Adenuga (R) in London. If Apple has their way, these three personalities will go on to become among the world's first globally famous radio hosts.

According to theguardian.com, Zane Lowe will feature 'The World Record,' where he'll focus on one song a day and then host an interview-based show called 'Gratitude' where artists talk about other musicians who influenced them. Overnight, content will switch to artist-led shows, hour-long features such as Dr Dre’s The Pharmacy.

But, according to The Guardian, there remains a host of unanswered questions about Beats 1. 'Will it remain free and ad free forever, acting as a loss-leader for the company’s music service, or will adverts sneak in to the free version once the three-month trial ends? How much of the content will be pre-recorded versus live or as-live? How will Apple adapt the style of a geographically-centered radio station such as Radio 1 into a worldwide service? Will there be audience interaction, or will it be a strictly one-way affair?

The channel kick off with Lowe interviewing rapper Eminem at 12pm ET/9am PT. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

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MOTION: JJ Kincaid Joins The Party In Denver; Otis Named PD/Afternoons On WDJX/Lousiville

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that JJ Kincaid will join 95.7 The Party to host mornings beginning this August. JJ Kincaid has been heard in the afternoon on New York’s Z100 since 2006. JJ’s career started with humble beginnings as an Ice Rink DJ in his hometown of Columbia, MD. He later transitioned to radio with shows at Minneapolis’ KDWB, Dallas’ KHKS and nationwide via iHeartRadio.

"This has been months in the making and I can’t thank the fine people I work for at iHeartMedia enough for believing in me," said Kincaid. "JJ Kincaid is one of the top talents in the country and is master at connecting with listeners on air and socially – he certainly is a first-round pick," said Jim Lawson, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Denver.

Otis (R) has been named PD and Afternoons on WDJX Alpha Media. Since his start as an overnight jock/fill-in on WBNQ in Bloomington, IL 14 years ago, Otis has always had a passion for radio and goals to program one day. He worked his way from nights at WNDV (U93) in South Bend & filling in at Radio Now in Indy, to Nights at WZEE (Z104) in Madison, WI, to finally spending the past 9 years at WNKS (Kiss 95.1) (starting at Nights and w orking his way to APD/Afternoons).

“It's an amazing feeling to have finally reached a goal I set w hen I started in radio, and it’s even more exciting that I get to program at a legendary station like DJX, with a great team of people, including OM Ben Davis", says Otis.

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Carole Caine of 'Dave & Carole' Exits WKLH-FM 96.5; Dave Luczak Remains

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– After careful consideration, WKLH has made the decision not to renew Carole Caine’s contract. In a station release, they added that Carole has been an integral part of WKLH’s morning show for almost thirty years. Her last day on the morning show was yesterday, June 29th.

The originator and founder of the morning show, Dave Luczak, will continue on in mornings. Some will recall that Luczak started the show almost thirty-three years ago, debuting as “Girard & Luczak” on 96.5. He will stay on as the host of the show. Vice President, Annmarie Topel comments, “We look forward to growing what we’ve built thru the years and being a favorite with Milwaukee morning listeners. Change isn’t easy, but it’s inevitable. We are very grateful for the many years Carole Caine has been with us. She has had a long, admirable and impressive career with WKLH. We wish her well and thank her for her years with us.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jose Valle Elected To NAB's Radio Chair; Broadcasters Foundation Names Dan Mason As Co-Vice Chair/Treasurer; RAB Appoints Jeff Schmidt SVP/Professional Development; iHM's Clay Hunnicutt To Join Big Loud Records

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– Jose Valle (above left), president of Political & Advocacy Sales, Univision, has been elected Radio Board Chair by the NAB Radio Board. Mary Quass, president and CEO of NRG Media LLC, was re-elected Radio Board first vice chairman while Don Benson, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Media, was elected Radio Board second vice chairman.

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has announced that radio sales and training executive Jeff Schmidt (above second from left) will join the organization as SVP of Professional Development effective July 6, 2015. In his new position, Schmidt, will report to Erica Farber, RAB President and CEO. Schmidt transitions from EVP/Partner at Sparque, a leading sales training and sales management development company.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected former President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO, Dan Mason (center) as Co-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of its Board of Directors.

iHeartMedia EVP/GM/National Prog. Platforms & Country Brand Manager, Clay Hunnicutt, (second from left) has been named President of Big Loud Records, a new division of Big Loud Mountain publishing and management company. In an internal company memo, iHM's Tom Poleman said: "After more than 15 years here with us, Clay Hunnicutt has decided to leave iHeartMedia to become President of Big Loud Records, a record label startup .. Clay has not only been a great partner to me in the day-to-day operations of National Programming, he’s also become a great friend..", said Poleman.

Cumulus announces that it has appointed Jason Courtemanche as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Los Angeles. Prior stops include VP/Sales for iHeart Media in Chicago; Sales Manager for WBBM-AM in Chicago and Director of Sales for MVS International Communications in San Diego. Courtemanche also served as General Sales Manager for Clear Channel (iHeart Media) in San Diego.

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CMG Launches New ‘Your Georgia Country’

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Radio has launched its new “Your Georgia Country” radio station in Atlanta, Athens and across north Georgia. 106.1, a heritage country radio station that has been serving Athens and Northeast Georgia for over 40 years, and 107.1. “Your Georgia Country” also will be the largest country signal in the Southeast with 200,000 watts of power on 106.1 and 107.1 FM. Featured artists include classic and new country stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, George Strait and many more.

“Country is the hottest format right now and was our greatest opportunity in our number one market,” said Donna Hall, CMG Atlanta Radio VP and General Manager. “We’re now thrilled to bring another exciting choice for country in Atlanta and north Georgia that complements the other great CMG radio brands in the Greater Atlanta area. LAMBERT PHOTO/Randee St. Nicholas

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ABC Radio To Present “Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece” Special

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– kelly Clarkson will share details on her 'Piece by Piece Tour' and how motherhood has changed her life in her live, One-Hour Music Special available for broadcast from July 10 - August 2 from ABC Radio. As for motherhood, she welcomed daughter River last year. This comes on the heels of ABC Radio’s July Fourth special with country powerhouse Lady Antebellum. For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456. 5541 or heidi.b.oringer@abc.com

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WPLJ's Todd & Jayde Play Matchmaker For Gay Bachelor During Pride Week

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– WPLJ/New York's Todd & Jayde have been celebrating Pride Month by helping Frank the Gay Bachelor meet the man of his dreams. Over the last three weeks, Frank has been meeting some of New York City’s most eligible bachelors who entered online at PLJ.COM.

On Friday, they hosted a Gay Bachelor Cocktail Party to give Frank one last chance to meet his suitors. You can check out all the photos from the party at PLJ.COM.

Frank went on dates with 6 men: • Brian, the technology consultant from Florham Park • Chris, the Special-Ed teacher from New Rochelle • John, the minister from Bedminster • Karl, the University Administrator from Manhattan • Jonathan, the dog walker from Astoria • and, Jeremy, the library technician from New York. Yesterday morning, Frank chose Jeremy as the one! Pictured: Todd, Frank the Gay Bachelor and Jayde.

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CONDOLENCES: Popular Pennsylvania Host Jay Daniels Passes Away At 61

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2015 –– Jeffrey Longaven, known on-air as Jay Daniels. has passed away. According to thetimes-tribune, he co-hosted the morning show on radio station WEZX/Rock 107 for a quarter-century as part of the Daniels & Webster show. He died Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre after a lengthy illness. He was 61.

Mr. Longaven joined Rock 107, which is owned by Times-Shamrock Communications, which also owns The Times-Tribune, in January 1985. As Jay Daniels, he hosted the morning show solo until the following March. Then he joined John Gasper, who went by the on-air name John Webster, and became “Daniels & Webster.” . The pair co-hosted the show through March 2010, when Mr. Gasper resigned. In July 2010, Mr. Longaven became the host of Rock 107’s midday slot. He continued to work with Times-Shamrock until April 2011.

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7Forbes Reveals Its Highest Paid Celeb' List; Billboard Announces 1st-Ever Music Festival

 

Billboard Announces First-Ever Music Festival - [BILLBOARD]

NBC 'Fires' Donald Trump - [BUSINESS INSIDER]

Jon Stewart's Targets Get To Say F--k Off - [PAGE SIX]

UH OH: Adam Lambert Rips Kanye's Bohemian Rhapsody Cover - [GOSSIP COP]

Check Out Forbes Highest Paid Celebrity List - [E ONLINE]

Iconic Comedian Jack Carter Passes Away At 93 - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] Ed Sheeran Joins The Stones On Stage - [TODAY]

[WATCH] 'Live' With Kelly And Michael Interrupted By Alarm During Taping - [MSTARZ]

Uber Takes To The Water With Taxi Boat - [DIGITAL SPY]

[WATCH] First Peek At 'I Am Chris Farley' Trailer - [BUZZFEED]

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Apple Bets Big On Beats 1 Radio Starting Tomorrow

Along With Its Music & Beats 1 Launch, Apple Will Also Release Its iOS 8.4.

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Beginning tomorrow morning, all eyes and ears will be on Apple as the $750 billion dollar magnate launches it highly anticipated Beats 1 Radio along with its streaming service. Apple Music is set to launch at 11am ET/8am PT tomorrow alongside the release of iOS 8.4 One hour later at 12pm ET/9am PT, the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast will take place presented by DJ Zane Lowe.

Billing itself as a first global radio station, it will be available in more than 100 countries with a lineup led by Zane Lowe (L), formerly of BBC Radio 1 in L.A., Hot 97 Ebro in New York, and Rinse FM DJ Julie Adenuga (R) in London. Other feature shows will be hosted by Dr. Dre, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Josh Homme and Jaden Smith.

According to Yahoo, Beats 1 marks a revival of the human element in streaming radio by using a model of Songza, which allows real people to help select listeners' playlists. Writer Shaun Tandon notes that adult radio listeners still tune in to traditional AM/FM broadcasts 86 percent of the time, according to Nielsen figures. Cortney Harding, a consultant to music start-ups and a former editor at Billboard, said not to underestimate the appeal of traditional radio with its mix of local news, weather and event listings. "People still respond to that. So I think Beats 1 is going to do well, I think it's going to be interesting; I don't know that it's going to be that massive," she said.

Along with the announcement will be Apple launch of its iOS 8.4 with updates available starting June 30th at 8 AM PT. Reportedly, all of the users upgrading to iOS 8.4 will receive the Apple Music app incorporated in the operating system. PHOTO/Times Square Billboard - Lowe/Twitter 1

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Racine's 92.1 The Lake Flips Again To 'The Shore'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Lot of moving parts here, so just to recap: Just hours after Milwaukee flipped from pop-formatted 94.5 The Lake back to its iconic calls, WKTI and became 94.5 KTI Country, that format and label were scooped up by Racine's WMKQ as they became 92.1. That didn't sit well with WKTI's owner E.W. Scripps Co. with its Vice President of Radio Steve Wexler telling The Racine Journal Times that he was "surprised to see any appropriation of a slogan and logo like that."

7As Jockline first reported last week (6.24), Magnum's Dave Magnum said it was too early to announce a resolution but confirmed his company is still calling 92.1 FM “The Lake” and using the similar logo. He added, “There are developments, but I must respect the process and not discuss it until it’s appropriate to do so.” For now, both “The Lake” and logo remain in place.

Now, according to jsonline.com, Magnum announced to its staff this weekend that, beginning today (6.29) it will become 92.1 The Shore. This marks the third name change for the station in the past year. It was WEZY-FM. Then when Magnum acquired it they changed its name to WMKQ and began playing country, a switch that lasted six months before switching to The Lake.

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Townsquare To Expand Ultimate Classic Rock Into Daily Show; Zach Martin To Host

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media will launch on June 29th a new nationally syndicated show, Ultimate Classic Rock - based on the popular music brand ultimateclassicrock.com. UCR will air 7p - midnight local on 28 Townsquare Media radio stations across the United States. The show will also be available to affiliates and national sponsors through Compass Media Networks.

"We are more than excited to name Zach Martin as host of our Ultimate Classic Rock show, said Townsquare SVP/Programming, Kurt Johnson. “With a foundation of years in rock radio and many relationships in the genre, Zach will create unique, compelling entertainment across our content platforms, starting of course with an incredible radio show.” Martin is known for his years on-air in New York City at K-ROCK, WCBS-FM and Q104.3. He’s also renowned for his years working with the iconic Scott Muni. Martin also was also popular on-air at in Philadelphia at WMMR as well as Baltimore’s 98 Rock.

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PROGRAMMING: Troy Hanson Named Corporate PD/Rock Formats - WKQX/Chicago PD

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named Troy Hanson as Program Director for Chicago Alternative station WKQX. In addition to his new role overseeing day-to-day programming for WKQX, Hanson will continue to oversee Rock Formats as Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats for Cumulus.

Hanson joined Cumulus in 2013 as Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats and as Program Director for WNNX/ROCK 100.5 in Atlanta. Prior to Cumulus, Hanson was Operations Manager for Cromwell Radio Group in Nashville. A 25-year programming professional, he has held various programming positions at stations in markets including: Duluth, MN; Saginaw, MI; Milwaukee; Des Moines; Detroit; Miami; Nashville and Atlanta.

Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Troy continues to do an excellent job Corporate PD/Rock for Cumulus. His experience, combined with the need for WKQX to continue to excel, makes him the perfect candidate for this position.” Hanson said: “Cumulus has put together an amazing group of highly talented people in our Chicago cluster. Many thanks to John Dickey and Mike McVay for their continued trust in the course of direction our rock brands are charting and in particular, for this new assignment on WKQX.

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MOTION: Bryan Laroche Named PM Drive At WKIS/Miami; LaPreciosa Launches New Morning Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Bryan LaRoche has been named the new PM Drive talent for WKIS-FM, it was announced today by Rob Morris, Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO Miami. LaRoche comes to the market from Alpha Media Portland where he has been serving as a talent on CHR KBFF-FM and Country KUPL-FM.LaRoche will join CBS Radio Miami effective on Monday, July 6th and will be on air from 3-7pm weekdays.

LaRoche’s experience includes stops at WKSL/Jacksonville, WKQI/Detroit, WMTX/Tampa, WNOU/Indianapolis, WJFX/Fort Wayne and WSTO/Evansville.

La Preciosa Network announced that Pepe Reyes and Velia Irene have been named the hosts for the new “Levantate” morning drive program to be featured on the La Preciosa Network, effective June 29, 2015. The show will broadcast weekdays from 6-11:00 a.m. PST in Monterey/Salinas, Fresno, Bakersfield, Riverside, Ca. and Tuscon, Ariz. Born in Ures, Sonora, México; Pepe Reyes attended Broadcasting School in México City and graduated as a Radio and TV Announcer. His first radio job was in Nogales, Sonora in XEHN and his career has taken him through radio stations such KAZA in San Jose as and Radio Express in Los Angeles. Reyes has also been active in television. Velia Irene’s radio career has taken her through several cities in the United States including: Houston, San Jose, and now the La Preciosa Network headquarters in Fresno.

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[WATCH] One Hit After Another, ‘Smokin 94.1′ Lights Up In Denver

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Marc Paskin is a 66-year old, self-made millionaire who decided after 30 years in real estate to take up a hobby. He tell KDVR TV, 'Not fishing or golf, but marijuana. “This is a marijuana themed radio station.” Paskin says. With $875,000 dollars burning a hole in his pocket, Paskin bought a Denver FM station and is calling it Smokin 94.1. one hit after another - All day, all night, all weed.

“It’s the first in Denver and on FM radio it’s the first anywhere in the United States.” In addition to his Bob Marley hat, Paskin wears many other hats as well. DJ, producer, engineer, and owner. “I didn’t do it to promote marijuana, I did it to have a fun, off the wall crazy radio station.” Paskin likes his station so much, he calls it his toy. But the burning question is, does he himself use pot? “I forgot the answer, I don’t remember.” Smokin 94.1, where one hit leads to another.

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Deadheads And Foghead Join For Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour

The folks at KFOG shared some great photos from the San Francisco Bay Area Grateful Dead's sold out Fare Thee Well concerts Saturday and Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. KFOG's promotions team and listeners had fun with special social media backdrops and giveaways. The station also played around with a Jerry Garcia doll, who was on hand at KFOG's various booth and tailgate areas throughout the crowd and concert-- but then was "stolen", making for some great "Where's Jerry?" pics for KFOG's social media feeds. KFOG replayed each night's entire performance 30 minutes after that night's show concluded. CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS HERE

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Bob & Tom Host 20 Winners In Vegas At Brad Garrett Club

The Westwood One-syndicated The Bob & Tom Show hosted 20 lucky winners and their guests to laughter and entertainment with comedian, actor, and writer Brad Garrett at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past weekend. Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Kristi Lee, and Chick McGee were all on hand to congratulate the winners at a VIP Meet & Greet with the comedy legend and long-time friend of the show. Photo: The Bob & Tom Show with comedian Brad Garrett at The MGM Grand during the meet & greet prior to the performance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club (L-R, front: Kevoian, Lee, McGee. L-R, back: Garrett and Griswold)

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7Joni Mitchell Able to Speak Following Aneurysm; Trump Pinatas Big In Mexico

Joni Mitchell Able To Speak Following Aneurysm - [IBT]

And The BET 2015 Award Winners Are... [THE BOOM BOX]

More Changes On 'The View'? - [DEADLINE]

Why Amy Schumer Turned Down 'The Daily Show' - [THE DAILY BEAST]

Donald Trump Pinatas; The Rage In Mexico - [NYDN]

UH OH: [WATCH] CNN Mistake Dildo Ad For Isis Flag - [THE WRAP]

UH OH 2: Kanye West Interrupted On Stage By Comedian - [METRO]

'Top Gun 2' Returns; Tom Cruise Said To Be Coming Back As Maverick - [HINDUSTANTIMES]

Hamptonites Up In Arms Over Madonna's Farm - [NY POST]

Stars Of Amy Winehouse Documentary Open Up About Her Legacy & Tragic End - [BILLBOARD]

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Making Another Movie Together - [ET]

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SiriusXM Settles Royalty Dispute Over Pre-72 Songs

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2015 –– Last Friday, one of the lawsuits involving royalties from pre-72 songs was settled when SiriusXM, announced it would pay $210 million to several major record companies over its broadcasting of songs made before that year. According to The New York Times, the settlement may open the door to millions of dollars in new royalty payments for older performers, who in many cases have not been paid from Internet and satellite radio.

“This is a great step forward for all music creators,” said Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which coordinated the suit on behalf of Sony, Universal, Warner and Abkco, an independent that controls rights to early Rolling Stones songs. “Music has tremendous value,” Mr. Sherman added, “whether it was made in 1970 or 2015. Members of the Turtles have sued Sirius claiming they are owed royalties, but that case remains unresolved. The Turtles sued Sirius in three federal courts, saying that their songs before 1972 were still covered under state laws in New York, California and Florida although last week Sirius was granted summary judgment in the Florida case.

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Suspect Arrested Again After Stalking MPR host

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Patrick Henry Kelly (below), who was charged in October with stalking Mary Lucia (L), host of MPR/Twin Cities' 89.3 Currents program, has been arrested again for allegedly leaving flowers and a manila envelope on Lucia's doorstep, which was caught on a surveillancee camera.

According to twincities.com, the envelope contained a book and a letter signed "Patrick." Lucia had a surveillance system installed because of previous interactions with Kelly, and that system captured video of him coming to her door and leaving the items. Lucia called 911, and investigating officers noted she was "very fearful" and "filled with dread due to the defendant's actions," according to the complaint.

Kelly was first charged with stalking Lucia last October after first sending her unwanted gifts to the radio station in St. Paul and later bringing gifts and letters to her home in Minneapolis. After his initial court appearance, he posted bond and was released from jail on the condition that he have no contact with Lucia. Kelly is scheduled to go to trial on the stalking charges Aug. 31. Lucia took a leave of absence from The Current in April and has not returned to the schedule since then. PHOTO/Hennepin County jail) 1

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CRB Honor 2015 Class Of Inductees Into Country Hall Of Fame

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. honored the 2015 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame this week at a special ceremony, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees were Joel Raab, Sammy George, Mike Kennedy, Randy Carroll and Karen Dalessandro (shown). In addition, Dwight Yoakam was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Jeff Walker was honored with the 2015 CRB President’s Award.

For information about the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487. Pictured below: The 2015 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame (pictured L to R): Randy Carroll, Mike Kennedy, Karen Dalessandro, Joel Raab, and Sammy George. PHOTO/Kristen England

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Pharrell, Elton John, Drake And Dr. Dre Among Others To Host Shows On Beats 1

7THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Fresh off the heels of yesterday's annuouncement that Eminem will be Zane Lowe's first guest on Apple's Beats 1 Radio, comes word that Elton John, Dr. Dre, St. Vincent, Pharrell, Josh Homme and more will host their own radio shows on the streaming station as well. Add Jaden 'son of Will' Smith to the lineup, too. The service launches on June 30th.

According to The New York Times, Dr. Dre's show will be called "The Pharmacy,' while Elton John's will be called Elton John's Rocket Hour." NYT's Ben Sisario describes Beats 1 as a throwback to free-spirited old FM radio' and says its closest rival may be Sirius XM, .PHOTO/Ebro Darden, Julie Adenuga and Zane Lowe, who will share Beats 1 weekday anchor duties. Credit Apple

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Taylor Swift & Apple Make Nice; 1989 Now Available For Music Streaming Launch

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Taylor Swift and Apple have officially kissed and made up as the mega star confirmed on Thursday (June 25th) that 1989, the best-selling album of 2014, will be available on the company’s music streaming service, set to launch on June 30.

According to qz.com, their tiff began last week ass Apple revealed it would not be paying artists royalties during Apple Music’s three-month free trial period. On Sunday (June 21st) Taylor posted an open letter on Tumblr to Apple, saying she would withhold 1989 from the service until the policy changed. “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” she wrote.

Apple swiftly issued a mea culpa n Sunday evening confiming the company would indeed pay royalties during its trial period. Among a number of tweets, posted "This is simply the first time it's felt right in my ut to stream my album. Thank you Apple for you change of heart."

Swift also said 1989 will not be exclusively streamed on Apple Music.

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FRED JACOBS: Non-Competes Being Redefined By The Internet

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– The Death of Non-Competes?, is the title of a recent blog from media consultant and visionary Fred Jacobs. He writes: "It is fascinating that some of the weapons that radio management historically wielded are becoming obsolete." Among them, Non-Compete Agreements. "The ability to “disappear” a DJ or show has been usurped by fans who immediately start their protest Facebook pages,' he writes. "While this rarely results in a change of heart by management, it does make the ability to quietly change out talent far more difficult and precarious. Similarly, the “non-compete” may be taking that same route."

The once constraining non-compete which, in the past, kept a host or show 'out of sight or mind, is now, as Jacobs puts it, 'Is being disrupted by social media and digital tools that allow talent to stay very present.

'7Stephen Colbert is showing us how it’s done,' adds Jacobs. "Months before he sits behind the desk on CBS’s Late Show. The new show won’t debut until September 8, but as the New York Times reports, Colbert is all over the digital universe, test-driving his humor and keeping connected with his legions of fans, more than 8 million of whom follow him on Twitter.' Colbert’s YouTube video has already garnered more than 1.2 million views. Jacobs also refers to WRIF Detroit's hiring of Dave & Chuck the Freak (right - with Dave Hunter, Lisa Way and Charles Urquhart). "The non-compete clause in their contract with their former station loomed large. But with a base of more than 90,000 fans on Facebook, the team could easily communicate with listeners off the air," says Jacobs.

"The “non-compete” has been redefined. But more than that, how a personality spends that time “on the beach” is being reshaped as well. The opportunity to stay connected to the audience while trying out new routines and content ideas are becoming the norm. Once again the Internet is redefining how the game is playing, forcing both management and air personalities to adapt," says Jacobs. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

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STEVE GOLDSTEIN: 32 Million Listened To A Podcast Last Week; Should We Still Call It Podcasting?

7THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Ampilfi Media's Steve Goldstein, in his Blogstein posted that 32 million listened to a Podcast Last Week (ed. note: nearly 1 million downloaded Marc Maron's podcast with President Obama).

Goldstein asks: "Should we call it podcasting? It's really not a great name. He then links a recent Edison Media report on the state of podcasting which shows that in 2006 only 22% had heard the term. Now, it's at the 50% mark. "It has some ubiquity. Not sure "on-demand" is a better "handle," Goldstein adds. 46 million Americans (17% of the population) listen to podcasts monthly,' he continues. 'While it is not truly an apples-to-apples comparison, but worthy of mention, Sirius/XM has 27 million subscribers. 50% of podcasts are listened to by people 12-34 versus the U.S. population at 36%. This follows the on-demand arch of television which skews younger as well. On a weekly basis, podcasting reaches 10% of the U.S. Population. That's 32 million. Way beyond "hobby" level. Not surprisingly, podcasting is a mobile experience. Which does not necessarily mean listening occurs out of the home, but rather occurs via smartphone. The phone is where the content lives which has major implications for the trajectory of the in-car experience as tethering becomes easier for consumers,' writes Goldstein. See complete post HERE

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Influence FM To Offer Free 15-Day Radio Sales Training Course

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® is thrilled to share Radio Sales School from influence FM. Through a partnership with radio sales trainer Chris Rolando, influence FM is able to offer this valuable asset to radio stations absolutely free. This 15-day course is a great tool for training new sales hires and providing a refresher for more experienced radio sales reps.

Radio Sales School training program is available online at RadioSalesSchool.com. In addition to this course, influence FM is offering access to free scripts, pre-produced spots and more to help stations recruit the best candidates possible to join their sales teams. Find these materials online at influence.fm/free-radio-tools. influence FM radio management software is available on a cash or barter basis. The complete influence FM product suite includes Connect CRM, SmartRate, Production and WikiCopy. For more information about the influence FM product suite or to schedule a walk through, visit www.goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Chris Evans Buys Daughter $500k Home After Inking Slot On 'Top Gear'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host and new 'Top Gea'r anchor Chris Evans is bringing back his old TV show 'TFI Friday' for a new series after a successful anniversary special earlier this month. He also just spent £330,000 (over $500k - U.S.) on a brand new home for the daughter according to The Daily Mail. The BBC Radio host recently announced as the replacement for Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

A Sea of Purple Bras For Perth Raises Big money In Western Australia - on Friday night it was a sea of purple bras that flooded Perth's Subiaco Arts Centre, for hit92.9’s Purple Brala. In one night they raised over $12,000 (US $9,300) for the Breast Cancer Care WA. hit92.9’s Heidi, Will and Woody took centre stage introducing the specials guests for a night of comedy, magic, cabaret dancing and purple pantomime.

David FitzGerald Moves To Radio Devon Mornings - BBC Radio Devon’s drive presenter David FitzGerald is moving to mornings, replacing Judi Spiers who announced she is leaving the station and causing a huge stir in the UK. Weekend presenter Pippa Quelch will be the new host of Drive Time, each weekday 5pm till 7pm. Pippa currently presents the Sunday morning show on the station. David FitzGerald and his Producer Monica Ellis will be moving to the Mid-Morning Show on BBC Radio Devon from Monday 6 July. A petition to stop Judi from leaving BBC Radio Devon’s morning show has been launched by listeners and the local newspaper.

Headed to MSBC in Chicago? Want to meet there? Call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Simon Cowell On AGT's Radar To Replace Stern? Trump Threatens To Sue Univision

Forbes List Highest Paid Celebrity Couples - [FORBES]

Simon Cowell On AGT's Radar To Replace Stern? - [MIRROR]

Two Miss USA Contestants Quit Following Donald Trump Immigrants Comments - [PEOPLE]

Donald Trump Now Threatens To Sue Univision - [FOX NEWS]

Pharrell & Adele Collaborate In A Dash - [NME]

Courtney Love Tweets Uber Protest In France As Car Is Attacked - [BUSINESS INSIDER]

[WATCH] Willie Geist Accidentally Calls Amanda Seyfried Titsy On 'Today' - [E ONLINE]

Jon Stewart To Get Month Long Farewell - [THE WRAP]

UH OH: MSNBC's Chris Hayes Apologizes To Bill O'Reilly - [THE WRAP]

Bristol Palin's Baby Daddy Revealed - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]

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Stern Says He's Leaving 'America's Got Talent'

Teases Offer From Unnamed TV Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– What would a year be without the self-proclaimed King of All Media bringing up contracts? On yesterday's Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM he announced he is leaving NBC's “America’s Got Talent” at the end of his fourth season -- that's what he said anyway. “I told them, this is my last season,” Stern said on his SiriusXM show. “I am going though my own career evaluation right now. I’m just too f'n busy.” Stern, who's on a year-to-year contract, said NBC wanted to know from him whether he would return for Season 11 by July 4th. According to The New York Post, NBC had no comment but a network insider told The Post that Stern says he’s leaving the show every year right around the time his deal is set to expire.

Stern added that he has an offer from another, unnamed TV show that interests him. As for his replacement, he suggested AGT's executive producer, Simon Cowell. Of note, Stern's contract with SiriusXM comes to an end this year, as well.

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Eminem To Be Zane Lowe's First Guest On Apple's Beats Radio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– When Apple first announced the hiring of BBC Radio's Zane Lowe for its upcoming Beats 1 radio, his contacts with top artists were said to be among his many attractions. Well, it looks like Lowe has already begun flipping through his black book as Eminem appears to be the first scheduled guest.

Lowe posted a photo on Instagram showing him interviewing the rapper. According to businessinsider.com, Lowe was known for his interviews with stars like Eminem, Kanye West, Chris Martin, and Jay Z. Now it looks like this just may be the first of many. PHOTO/instagram

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Bay Area Legend Don Bleu To End Daily Show On BIG 103.7

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco announced that Bay Area radio icon, Don Bleu, will end his daily San Francisco morning show on KOSF-FM. His last show will be this Friday, June 26th. Bleu has been a legend in Bay Area radio for over 30 years and was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame in 2007. He also starred in several television shows, winning an Emmy for his work on "Evening Magazine." Bleu moved to the San Francisco market to take over mornings at KYUU-FM from 1981-89 and then moved to KIOI-FM for a 22-year run in morning drive. He has been anchoring mornings at BIG 103.7 (KOSF-FM) since 2011.

"This has been an incredible run at iHeartMedia, both Star 101.3 and Big 103.7. I am so fortunate. When I meet listeners, I’m amazed at the memories and moments they bring up. They have listened for years, their children have listened for years. As I have ended each broadcast for many years in the Bay Area, 'Thanks for bein' on the show," said Bleu.

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FOX News To Launch 24/7 Headlines News Channel On SiriusXM

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– SiriusXM and FOX News announced the launch of FOX News Headlines 24/7, a new national headline news service and full-time satellite radio channel produced by a dedicated team of FOX News journalists and contributors. The channel, part of a multi-year agreement, will launch this Fall to all SiriusXM subscribers on channel 115.

FOX News Senior Vice President of News Jay Wallace will oversee operations of the new channel, in addition to his current responsibilities managing news at FNC. Utilizing the resources of FOX News, FOX Business Network, FOX News Radio, Foxnews.com, and Foxbusiness.com.

FOX News and SiriusXM already broadcast three dedicated satellite radio channels, including: FOX News Channel, featuring an audio simulcast of the most watched cable news network, on channel 114; an audio simulcast of FOX Business Network on channel 113; and FOX News Talk on channel 450, which offers opinion programming from popular FOX News personalities such as Brian Kilmeade, Alan Colmes, John Gibson and Tom Sullivan.

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MOTION: Zach Dillon Named PD For KHFI/Austin; Fayetteville's 92.1 The Ticket Adds The Paul Finebaum Show; Courtney Foxx Returns To Middays At Alpha's MIX 95.1

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Austin announced that Zach Dillon has been named Program Director for Top 40 station KHFI-FM (96.7 KISS FM), effective July 12, 2015. Dillon joins the Austin cluster from his most recent job programming Top 40 KTBT 92.1 The Beat in Tulsa. Prior to that, Dillon was Program Director and morning host at sister Top 40 KPLV in Las Vegas, and has also programmed KWTX in Waco, TX and Hot AC WDAQ in Danbury, CT.

Cumulus Media’s 92.1 The Ticket/KQSM-FM announces that pre-eminent Southeastern Conference broadcaster Paul Finebaum’s weekday radio show, The Paul Finebaum Show will air on 92.1 The Ticket in Fayetteville, AR, beginning Monday, June 29 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Finebaum is known for his ability to tap into the deep-seated emotions that college fans have for their teams. As both moderator and provocateur, Finebaum has curated this forum for passionate discussion and debate across the spectrum of college sports while amassing an audience of millions nationwide.

Alpha Media has announced the return of midday personality, Courtney Foxx, to MIX95.1 Chambersburg, PA/Hagerstown, MD. Foxx began her career as an air personality on WCHA in the late 80’s. She eventually became MIX 95.1’s midday personality spanning from 1997 through 2004. In 2004, Courtney left her first love of radio to be a full time mom to son, Casey.

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Edward R. Murrow 2015 Award Winners Announced

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– With winners being recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12, this year's recipients were announced yesterday. Among them included CBS Radio' WCBS Newsradio 880 (WCBS-AM, New York) that was awarded with “Overall Excellence in Large Market Radio.” WCBS Newsradio 880 truly exemplifies the finest in news radio,” said Scott Herman, Executive Vice President of Operations for CBS RADIO and New York Market Manager.

Also receiving an award for 'Overall Excellence in Network Television and Radio' was ABC News. ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones posted on Facebook: 'A great day at ABC News as both ABC News Radio and TV are each recognized for Overall Excellence in broadcast journalism! — with Andrea Dresdale, David Muir, Jeff Fitzgerald, Andrew Kalb, Scott Goldberg, Matt Wolfe, James Goldston, Robin Roberts and Brad Mielke (shown)

See complete list of winners HERE

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Fraze And Bentley Debut Podcast With Special Guest Jon Lovitz

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced the launch of The Fraze & Bentley Podcast, hosted by radio personality, actor and comedian Frazer Smith, and actor, magician and comedian Jim Bentley. The Fraze and Bentley Podcast premiered on Wednesday (June 24th) with special guest on Lovitz.

After 30 years in the business as a comedian, Frazer has made stops on numerous TV shows, as well as being one of the nation’s most-listened-to jocks on KLOS/Los Angeles for years. Frazer, who also hosted NBC’s Rock 'N' America and has made recent appearances on Comics Unleashed and Maron. Jimmy Bentley is an actor and entertainer, and has appeared on many television shows, including LAX, Cold Case, Friends, ER, and Growing Pains, and in movies, such as Tequila Sunrise, Into the Night, and Fatal Beauty – to name just a few. Bentley’s resume includes work as an actor and stuntman in Terminator 3, Ride with the Devil, Strange Days and more, and work in commercials, ranging from Honda to Fixodent.

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The Studio Center Network Teams With iHeartMedia In Louisville

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2015 –– The Studio Center Network, a division of Studio Center, announced a new production partnership with iHeartMedia’s 8-station cluster in Louisville, WAMZ-FM, WQMF-FM, WHAS-AM, WNRW-FM, WLGX-FM, WTFX-FM, WKRD-AM and WKJK-AM. The Studio Center Network is offered exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Gary Krantz's Krantz Media Group, which provides production to broadcast groups across the country, including Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, ESPN, Greater Media, iHeartMedia, Pamal Broadcasting, and Radio One.

“We are thrilled to be working with iHeartMedia in the Louisville market. They have a terrific cluster and a great sales staff! All of us at Studio Center look forward to helping them bring the nation’s very best radio production to their local clients!” said William “Woody” Prettyman, Studio Center’s CEO.

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7Bobbi Kristina Moved To Hospice; James Taylor Charts First-Ever Number 1 Album

 

Carrie Underwood To Keep Singing Sunday Night Football Theme Song - [RADIO.COM]

Bobbi Kristina Moved To Hospice - [PEOPLE]

LeBron James And Serena Williams Among ESPY 2015 Best Athlete Finalists - [THE WRAP]

UH OH: Sarah Palin Parts Ways With Fox News - [POLITICO]

45 Years Later, James Taylor Charts First Number One Album - [BILLBOARD]

UH OH 2: 'Millionaire Matchmaker's' Patti Stanger And David Krause Split - [E ONLINE]

'Dukes Of Hazzard''s Ben Jones Will Keep Selling Confederate Flags - [JOURNAL NOW]

UH OH: Couple Caught In The Act On The Red Carpet At Cannes - [MIRROR]

Paul Rudd Relaxes On The Cover Of The Hollywood Reporter - [COMIC BOOK]

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Radio Is Now America's #1 Mass Reach Medium Says Pierre Bouvard

Radio’s reach has remained consistent while television has eroded. Radio now finds itself as America’s number one mass reach medium

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– Following release of this week's Nielsen Q1 2015 Total Audience Report, Pierre Bouvard, Chief Marketing Officer for Cumulus Media and Westwood One noted: 'Radio is now America's #1 Mass Reach Medium. Radio's reach remains consistent, while Television has eroded." He added, 'This is a huge story for 7our industry.

Radio Beats TV in Reach among 18+,18-34 and 35-49 according to just released Nielsen Q1 2015 Total Audience Report All: Last night, Nielsen released its Q1 2015 Total Audience Report (attached). Some quick take-aways: Radio is #1 in reach among Adults 18+, 18-34 and 35-49. Among Adults 18+ Radio’s weekly reach (93%), surpasses TV (87%), Smartphones (70%), Social Networks on Smartphones (61%), PC (54%) and Smartphone video (37%) Radio’s 18-34 weekly reach advantage over television (93% to 76%) is significant. Among 18-34’s, the number of days of weekly usage is led by Smartphones (5.9), followed by Radio (5.0), Television (4.7), Tablet (4.6) and PC (3.6).

While radio is known as a frequency medium, we have always had significant reach. Radio’s reach has remained consistent while television has eroded. Radio now finds itself as America’s number one mass reach medium. PHOTO/Nielsen - SEE COMPLETE NIELSEN REPORT HERE

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[WATCH] Heads Up Apple; Google Play Music Adds Free Ad-Supported Radio Stations

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– Looks like Apple Music may have a serious competitor. With a week to go before it launches its new music service, Google has just updated its Play Music service to include free, ad-supported radio stations curated by music professionals. According to phonearena.com, the free radio stations are only available through the web, but Google says that the official Play Music apps for iOS and Android will be updated to include the new features by the end of the week.

Google's free ad-supported radio stations likely goal is to convince users to become a paid Google Play Music subscriber. The full service costs $9.99 per month. Paid subscribers will also getaccess to human-curated radio stations, but in an improved version, allowing users to skip at will through playlists, or even download a playlist for offline listening.

Phone Arena writes 'where Google Play Music has the upper hand is the fact that its free stations will remain free forever, while Apple will only offer three months of free trial.

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92.1 The Lake Still Afloat In Racine, But Owner Says 'There Are Developments'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported last month, No sooner had Scripp's owned 94.5/Milwaukee's The Lake returned to its iconic calls WKTI, becoming 94.5 KTI Country, Magnum Communications, which owns 92.1 FM in Racine, switched from country to adult hits and became 92.1 The Lake. Company President Dave Magnum (R) said in a news release he was “gladly adopting” the other station’s listeners.

According to The Journal Times, its owner Scripps then contacted Magnum about the unauthorized use of the name and a 'remarkably similar logo' for “The Lake." “We were kind of surprised to see the mark (logo) that looks exactly like our mark being used,” Scripps VP of Radio Steve Wexler said earlier. This past Monday, Magnum said it was too early to announce a resolution but confirmed his company is still calling 92.1 FM “The Lake” and using the similar logo. Magnum adds, “There are developments, but I must respect the process and not discuss it until it’s appropriate to do so.” For now, both “The Lake” and logo remain in place. READ STORY HERE

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NETWORKS: Alice Cooper Takes Best Radio Show Award; IMGR App Wins 'Best Innovation' Award At NY Radio Fest; The Dana Show On The Rise; Q106 Great Falls Rocks With Full Metal Jackie

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) announced that its long-running network radio show 'Nights with Alice Cooper' was named “Best Radio Show” at the Relentless Kerrang! Awards in London last week. For Alice Cooper it was the second award of the night—he also walked away with a “Legend” award at the annual event hosted by the legendary magazine. USRN was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.

IMGR has won the Best Innovation Award in the 2015 New York Festivals Radio Competition. IMGR’s Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing, Jessica Sherman, accepted the award during the gala ceremony at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. Stations interested in learning more about IMGR can contact Jessica Sherman at 646-759-8431, Jessica@imgr.com.

The Dana Show announced the addition of following new affiliates: WOWO-AM/FM, Ft. Wayne, IN; WNFZ-FM, Knoxville; KKFT-FM, Reno, KVOI-AM, Tucson; WYAB-FM, Jackson, MS; KIVA-AM, Albuquerque; KQTY-AM; KBJT-AM, Fordyce, AR and WBCF-AM, Florence, AL. Last month, The Dana Show helped raise over $840,000 for a small Indiana business, Memories Pizza, impacted by the backlash to Indiana's religious liberty law.

Envision Networks® Full Metal Jackie Radio welcomes STARadio Corporation’s KQDI-FM/Great Falls, MT as the newest affiliate of the largest metal show on radio. Full Metal Jackie Radio is hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie (FMQB Metal Host of the Year, four time winner, and 2015 Radio Contraband syndicated DJ of the Year nominee For more information on Full Metal Jackie Radio visit www.fullmetaljackieradio.com. About Full Metal Jackie: Amber Wade Marketing Manager Envision Networks P: (216) 831-3761

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PRODUCTS: Futuri Platforms Achieve Explosive Growth; TopicPulse Soars to 130 Broadcast Stations in 30 Months

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– Over the last two-and-a-half years, Futuri Media continues its industry-leading pace of expanding its audience engagement platforms atradio and television stations throughout the United States and internationally. More than 525 broadcast and network partners across America, as well as 10 other countries around the world, are now connecting with listeners and viewers with one or more of Futuri’s four major platforms: Listener Driven Radio (LDR1), Takeover, TopicPulse and Futuri’s Mobile custom app services. LDR1 and Takeover, which empower listeners to vote and control live radio programming or get alerts when their favorite songs are about to play, has more than tripled from 104 to 311 stations; TopicPulse is up nearly 12-fold from 11 to 130 stations; and Mobile (introduced in 2013), has grown to 165 custom apps in the mobile marketplace, doubling from 80 in the past 18 months.

Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig says, “As proud as we are of our year-to-year increases, the number of actual users is even more astounding than these figures indicate. For example, our popular TopicPulse platform, a dashboard which tracks real-time trends in social media, is now installed in over 130 newsrooms, but is actively used by more than 3,500 media professionals across TV, radio and digital platforms.”

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Geraldo Broadcast Radio Show Live From 28th Annual Geraldo Golf Classic

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media's 77 WABC in New York City hosted Geraldo Rivera’s annual Golf outing at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, NJ. Geraldo's radio show was broadcast live from the Edgewood Country Club yesterday from 10 AM to Noon.

Registered golfers participated in contests, watched the broadcast, golfed all day, and enjoyed an extended cocktail hour in the evening. All proceeds benefited Life’s WORC, providing support and services that facilitate a full rich life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

PHOTO/Geraldo Rivera with Steven G. Santino, this year’s honoree.

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Island 106's Mandy Williamson Jumps From Plane For Kyleigh

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– Mandy Williamson, co-host of Island 106/Panama's Chubbs and Mandy show, says she had a crazy idea a few months ago that she wanted to jump out of a plane to help raise money for baby Kyleigh. Mandy saw that Kyleigh and her parents and family were facing their biggest fear every time she had to undergo another heart surgery, so Mandy wanted to face her biggest fear...HEIGHTS! They ended up dedicating an entire weekend to baby Kyleigh and held a cookout for anyone that stopped by and made a donation towards Kyleigh's heart. The turn out we had was amazing and really shows how great the community is and how we can come together for a great cause! WATCH SKYDIVE HERE

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James Taylor Performs And Holds Q&A With Jim Kerr During iHeart Event

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia hosted a very special iHeartRadio ICONS event this week featuring James Taylor. The event featured a live performance and Q&A with Taylor and Jim Kerr, as they discussed and listened to tracks from his new album, Before This World, which was released earlier this week.

iHeartRadio ICONS featuring James Taylor broadcast across iHeartMedia Classic Hits radio stations on Tuesday night, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. The event took place at iHeartRadio Theater in New York City.

PHOTO/Katherine Tyler - iHeartRadio

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7Family Feud Top Syndication Ratings For The First Time; Gaga's Dog Lands Endorsement

 

Family Feud With Steve Harvey Tops All In Syndication Ratings For First Time - [VARIETY]

'Eight Is Enough's' Dick Van Patten Passes Away At 86 - [FOX NEWS]

Lady Gaga's Dog Lands Endorsement Deal - [FASHIONGONEROGUE]

Film Fans Pick The Greatest Character Of All Time - [E ONLINE]

I'm The Last Chick On Alternative Radio' Says Courtney Love - [ROLLING STONE]

New Bionic Ear Can Pick Up Radio Stations - [FORBES]

HIDE THE CHILDREN: Bond Girl Tula Was First Transgender To Bare All In '81 Playboy - Caution: Adult Content - [PLAYBOY]

KEEP THEM HIDDEN: 'Empires' P Henson Lets One Slip In W Spread - [US]

[WATCH] Go Ahead And Watch AGAIN As Fox's Pete Hegseth Nail Man With Axe

Check Out The Book Cover Kanye West Designed For His Pastor - [PEOPLE]

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Florida Judge Rules In Favor Of Sirius XM Over Pre-1972 Music

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– SiriusXM finally prevailed in a courtroom over its public performance of pre-1972 music. Flo & Eddie of The Turtles filed separate lawsuits in California, Florida and New York, aiming to use state laws against SiriusXM for misappropriating their common law rights to their songs such as 'Happy Together' and others played on satellite radio. California and New York judges have supported the argument. According to The Hollywood Reporter, This win streak came to a halt yesterday as Florida U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles on Monday decided to rule in favor of SiriusXM's summary judgment.

Gayles wrote "Florida is different. There is no specific Florida legislation covering sound recording property rights, nor is there a bevy of case law interpreting common law copyright related to the arts." He continued, "If this Court adopts Flo & Eddie’s position, it would be creating a new property right in Florida as opposed to interpreting the law. Gayles says it's the job of the Florida legislature to address the issue, and if he were to step in, there would be difficultly resolving who sets and administers licensing rates, who owns sound recordings for dead artists and what exceptions there might be to a public performance right. 1

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Marko Radlovic Returns To SBS; WTOP Taps Mike McMearty Dir. New/Prog.

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23D, 2015 –– Marko Radlovic has returned to his former company, Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), but this he'll rise to SVP/West Coast Regional Manager including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. This comes on the heels of last week's exit as President/MM of Cumulus L.A. Prior to arriving at Cumulus in 2011, Radlovic held various positions at SBS including General Manager, Market Manager and Chief Revenue Officer. "Marko's radio experience and acumen are a matter of indisputable record and we're confident of his leadership abilities in taking our stations to the highest level of operational excellence," says SBS President, Raúl Alarcón, Jr.. "He knows radio, he knows the market, he knows the Company and its people and he's intimately familiar with our West Coast stations."

Longtime WTOP/Washington News Director Mike McMearty is promoted to Director of News and Programming for DC’s top-rated news station. McMearty has been at WTOP for 23 years, where he’s served as an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, Assistant News Director and — for the past 15 years –as News Director. He succeeds former PD Laurie Cantillo who left the Hubbard Radio-owned all-newser last March to join NASA’s Office of Communications. “Mike has been an integral part of our success for more than two decades,” said SVP/GM Joel Oxley. “He has led the newsroom to hundreds of industry awards for excellence in journalism, including 18 National Murrow Awards and more than two dozen honors already in 2015. I look forward to him taking the department to new heights.”

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MOTION: Chris Randolph Re-Ups With 97.5 WAMZ Louisville

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– 97.5 WAMZ announced that morning drive personality Chris Randolph has renewed with the station. Randolph, who marks 6 years with 97.5 WAMZ this year, will continue to entertain Kentuckiana, along with co-host Amy Nic, every weekday from 5-10 a.m. ET.

“Wow, this is awesome…I am thoroughly enjoying working with my new co-host in the morning, Amy Nic! I’d like to thank Bill Gentry, Kelly Carls, Carl Anderson, Rod Phillips and Michael Jordan for allowing me to continue to do a Morning Show in the community where I was born and raised. I’m so excited about this opportunity!”

KMPS/Seattle has moved midday host Seth Hughes to mornings where he'll be joined by current producer Kat. After much deliberation, they'll be called The Seth & Kat Show. They follow former host Johnson and Johnson exited following a four year run. Deanna Lee moves to middays.

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Nominations Now Being Accepted In ReelWorld's 1st Annual Rising Star Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– Is there a radio host or show that you think is destined to become one of radio's next major stars? ReelWorld, in conjunction with Morning Show Boot Camp 27, is on the hunt for ten special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom in its first annual 'ReelWorld Rising Stars Awards.'

These awards are designed to showcase and pay recognition to those individuals whose uniqueness and exceptional talents have caught the attention of their peers, but are relative unknowns to most others beyond an individual market. If one or more personality (including yourself) fits that description, nominate them using the link below. "We're extremely excited and honored to help recognize the future of on-air radio talent. The ReelWorld Rising Stars awards reminds us that radio is in capable hands for the coming years." says ReelWorld’s Brand Director, Tyler Huggins. Don Anthony, founder and host of Morning Show Boot Camp, calls The Rising Stars Awards a reality check. "I've never doubted the presence of great talent just waiting to be discovered. ReelWorld's Rising Stars endeavor is an opportunity to step up this reality by soliciting input on a national basis."

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 10, 2015. WHO SHOULD ENTER? The Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than ten years, in either a supporting or leading role. The goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. Ready to submit? CLICK HERE

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KMVQ/99.7 Launches The Pulse; 100.9 The Beat Debuts In Hartford; Bakersfield Gets Energy

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– CBS RADIO’s 99.7 'NOW' KMVQ, has launched PULSE, a station that reflects the LGBTQ community. Available on 99.7 HD2, streamed online at www.pulseradio.com and via the Radio.com app, PULSE is anchored by 99.7 [Now!] morning show personalities Fernando and Greg, and the station’s weekday host, St. John.

“PULSE is all about celebrating pride and community through a love of music,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, CBS RADIO, and Program Director KMVQ-FM. “We’re thrilled to make PULSE a destination for new and classic dance music, surrounded by the unique lifestyle and culture that only the LBGTQ community can offer.”

iHeartMedia, today announced the debut of 100.9 The Beat in the New Haven market, beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. EST. 100.9 The Beat’s programming line-up will feature Big Nat, Angie Martinez (R), T-Roy and The Breakfast Club, launching later this summer. The new 100.9 The Beat will be New Haven’s home for hip hop and R&B and they're kicking it all off with 10,000 joints in a row!"

Alpha Media Bakersfield, CA announced the launch of Energy 95.3 (KLLY). The new CHR format was “Energized” Friday, June 19th at 5pm. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “Adding the new Energy 95.3 to our roster of CHR stations is something that we’re excited to bring to Bakersfield. KLLY Program Director and Morning Show Host, Danny Hill added, “Not only is 95.3 bringing a new energy to Bakersfield, Energy 95.3 will be paying the energy bill for lucky listeners with our Phrase that Pays contest beginning July 13th!

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Kerri Kasem Added As Featured Speaker MIW Radio Session During NAB Radio Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced that multimedia personality Kerri Kasem will be the featured speaker of the MIW Group session “The Importance of Finding Your Voice” during the upcoming Radio Show in Atlanta, GA. The 2015 Radio Show is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). Kerri Kasem will speak to the importance of finding your voice and further understanding the power that all of our voices have to advance careers and elevate change.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Kerri join us at the Radio Show as our MIW voice,” said MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin. “The MIWs are committed to mentoring and elevating the leadership skills of women and Kerri Kasem’s story is a powerful example of finding one’s voice and advocating on behalf of others.”

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Radio's Best Gather Back Stage At The 40th Annual Gracies

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2015 –– It was quite a night in New York for this year's Gracie Awards - The Gracies are presented by the AWM (American Women In Media) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports. Shown above, L_R: Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency Lori Lundin, Anchor/Reporter WTOP and Gracie winner Kristen Welch, Chair, AWM/F and SVP, Global Content Operations, Discovery Communications, Inc. (Discovery Channel) Chad Lopez, VP/Market Manager, Cumulus NY Kelly Ford, NASH FM NY Host and Gracie Winner Maire Mason, VP/GM NASH FM NY Valerie Blackburn, VKB Media Consulting and Past Chair of AWM/F Pavlina Osta, Gracie Winner Loren Raye, Gracie Winner and co-host of “The TJ Show” WODS FM, CBS Boston Matt Bosso Emme, and Kay Olin, Olin and Associates and Past Chair of AWM.

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7Lester Holt Breaks Silence On Brian Williams; Megyn Kelly Is Fox's New Star

 

Lester Holt Breaks Silence On Brian Williams - [NYDN]

Megyn Kelly, Fox News New Star - [VARIETY]

'Jurassic World' Top $1 Billion - [EW]

Patsy Cline Hologram In The Works - [THE BOOT]

UH OH: Hugh Hefner Strikes Back At Holly Madison - [EXTRA TV]

Kanye And Ryan Gosling Among GQ' Most Stylish - [THEFASHIONISTO]

Fox To Launch Megyn Kelly Newsmaker Specials - [VARIETY]

Sean Diddy Comb Arrested On Suspicion Of Assault With Deadly Weapon - [LATIMES]

Martha Stewart Living To Be Purchased By Sequential For $353 Million - [WSJ]

Oscar Winning 'Titantic' Composer Killed In Plane Crash - [PATCH]

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Apple To Pay Royalties In Trial Period Following Swift Tiff

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2015 –– As if there's any doubt that Taylor Swift is one of entertainment' most powerful stars, less than 24 hours after Ms. Swift complained publicly that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during it three-month trial period, the company quickly backtracked and then confirmed it will pay its full royalty rates for music during the free trial.

“When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services. This followed Taylor's note on her Tumblr page, called “To Apple, Love Taylor” where she posted she would be withholding her '1989 from the service. She posted: “We don’t ask you for free iPhones .. "I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

In less than a day, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue responded, "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple," added #AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period — Eddy Cue Cue told Re/CODE Sunday night that Swift's letter and complaints from other artists prompted the change and that Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the move. Cue reached out directly to Taylor on Sunday and let her know that we heard her concerns,and wanted her to know that we were making changes," Cue told Re/CODE. "She was thrilled to hear from us and that we were making the change, and we were grateful for that." Early Monday, following a show in Amsterdam, Swift tweeted a response. I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13)

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Radio Speaks Up On Charleston Killings

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2015 –– Radio hosts from across America took to their mics last week speaking out on the tragic killing of nine church goers at the storied Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. According to The New York Times, Hot 97 New York's Morning Host Ebro Darden shifted from his usual banter to say,, “Don’t just try to sweep what’s happening in America under a rug and not deal with the real issues,” before breaking down in tears. “The black church is really all we got .. It’s the last place that we always know ...” Down in Atlanta, VP/Urban programming, Reggie Rouse commented “When something like this happens, whether it’s Charleston or Ferguson, we have to stop the music and open up the phone lines.” It' V-103, like other urban stations, hosted interviews with local political and religious leaders, and also carried President Obama’s news conference on the killings live. A lot of those folks had never really heard our position articulated,” he said.

In South Carolina, Stephen Crumbley, the PD at Charleston’s mainstream urban station, 99.3 the Box and sister station Star 99.7, said “There was a great deal of tension and we wanted to calm that tension by giving people the complete story,” Mr. Crumbley said. “We were really worried about people taking the law into their own hands and we were trying to keep a sense of calm.” At least two people employed by his stations grew up attending Emanuel, according to Mr. Crumbley, while many more had some connection to the dead. “It’s family — we’re telling them it’s going to be O.K.,” he said. “That’s what radio is supposed to do.” Frank Ski, a veteran radio host whose show airs on WHUR 96.3 in Washington (and former longtime host of V-103), appeared as a guest on Q100 (WWWQ-FM, 99.7) in Atlanta on The Bert Show. Pastor Andy Stanley from North Point Community Church were among the Bert show's guests. LISTEN HERE

Nationally syndicate TV/Radio host, Glenn Beck visited AME in Charleston on Friday after saying on his show on Thursday that he wanted to stand for peace in the community. He was accompanied by his wife, Rabbi Irwin Kula, and a bishop from Birmingham, Alabama. He wrote on his Facebook page, "This is not a rally but rather a personal journey where we can pray together and show our support." he posted a photo of himself with the words "Charleston Your Life Matters."

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Billboard Reveals Top To Bottom Media Salaries

Syndicated Radio Hosts; Local Morning Show Top Radio Earners

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22NDE, 2015 –– With the headline "Who makes more, a radio show host or an 'SNL' Music Booker? Billboard Magazine compiled a list to determine who's pulling in the largest (or smallest) paychecks in the industry. Among the findings, it reports that a local morning hosts and syndicated shows take in the top dollar on the radio side, but over at TV being a late night band leader or even TV booker draws some pretty impressive bucks, as well.

Billboard writes that the job of morning radio air personalities is much more work-intensive, but they tend to be well-compensated, and their salaries are augmented by endorsements, appearance fees, ratings-based bonuses.

Of note, morning hosts in both medium and small markets appeared to draw quite impressive salaries, from $100K-$200K on the high end. PD's appeared to garner lucrative salaries as well, ranging in small to large markets from $90K to $250K.

Not surprisingly, station mascots were on the bottom end of radio salaries. Story to appear in June 27th issue of Billboard.

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REPORT: 2Day Network To Offer Kyle & Jackie O $12 Million To Return

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2015 –– Jockline readers are well familiar with the Australian radio power couple of KIIS-FM's 101.1Kyle and Jackie O. Now comes word that Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson will reportedly be offered $12 million by former employer Southern Cross Austereo in a bid to bring back the pair to its longtime home on 2Day FM.

According to smh.com.au, the show left the network after contract negotiations failed and were made an offer of $10 million from rivals Australian Radio Network to join KIIS 101.1 FM. Now, according to The Daily Telegraph, Southern Cross Austereo is now preparing to make a bid to lure back the rating's dominant Kyle and Jackie O Show after their split some 19-months ago.

Sandilands said an offer of $12 million was appealing, but he wouldn't return to the 2Day Network just for money. "I just don't jump through hoops for money any more," he said. "But I'm happy for Southern Cross to throw money at us because whatever they throw, ARN will throw more back so it just drives my price up." A spokesperson for Australian Radio Network said "Kyle and Jackie O have achieved great success at ARN and KIIS 1065 and we are focused on our strategy of building on that success - READ MORE HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: WWO Taps Ron Russo As EVP/Northeast Region; Rollin Isbell And Monika Acree Named To iHM Jacksonville Executive Sales Posts

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has hired sales executive Ron Russo as Executive Vice President, Northeast Region, in its network sales division. Prior to joining Westwood One, Russo was the GSM for iHeart’s New York cluster of stations. Before joining iHeart, Russo was an account executive for CBS RADIO’s WWFS/NY “Fresh 102.7.” Prior to that he was a media buyer, planner, and broadcast media supervisor for Macy’s.

iHeartMedia Jacksonville announced today that Rollin Isbell has been named General Sales Manager for 97.9 Kiss FM, 107.3 Jack FM and 106.9 Planet Radio. In addition, Monika Acree has been named Local Sales Manager. Isbell’s most recent career stops have included Sales Manager of WEJZ in Jacksonville and Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Popular NH Host Andy Blacksmith Passes Away While Awaiting Heart Transplant

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2015 –– Andy Blacksmith, one of the long-time members of the Greg And The Morning Buzz show has died. Blacksmith passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after being airlifted on Tuesday from a Portsmouth Hospital following heart complications.

"Morning Buzz" host Greg Kretschmar said in a statement. "Andy was truly a one-of-a-kind personality whose absence will be felt for a long time." The unionleader.com report that Blacksmith, who would have turned 50 next month, was open with listeners about his heart condition after being diagnosed five years ago. Complications set in Tuesday, when he was flown to Boston from Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Blacksmith's ill health kept him off the air at times. He had spent several months already this year at Brigham and Women's. The final post on his Facebook page was on June 4, when he told friends and fans that he hoped to be going home soon.

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The Fitz Show's Ellen Tailor Vies For Spot On 'The Bachelor'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2015 –– Ellen Tailor (center), co-host of the syndicated Fitz In The Morning Show in Seattle appears to be working on her 'charm' smile in case she has to ask Fitz for six week's off during filming of ABC's "The Bachelor." They are currently embarking on a nationwide search for contestants. Tailor was one of the many hopefuls but she didn't go alone. Recruiting a few fellow Fitz P1's the ladies were pampered by a local hair salon and even given lunch before heading to the open casting call in downtown Seattle. ?What happens next? She tells Jockline, "If things don't work out, at least I'll have some juicy stories to tell at Morning Show Boot Camp," she jokes.

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7Lester Holt Is NBC's New Anchorman; Brian Williams Sits Down For Chat With Matt Lauer

 

Chris Rock Took A Pass On 'The Daily Show' - [INQUISITR]

[WATCH] Blake Shelton Comes To The Rescue Of Oklahoma Truck Driver - [KFOR]

[WATCH] Lester Holt's First NBC Promo - [COMPLEX]

UH OH: Sammy Hagar Rips Eddie Van Halen: 'You're A Liar' - [CONSEQUENCES OF SOUND]

UH OH 2: Britney Spears Sets Off The Alarm During LAX TSA Check - [TMZ]

UH OH 2: Holly Madison Talks 'Down The Rabbit Hole' On Hefner Mansion - [NY POST]

Julia Stiles To Rejoin Next 'Bourne Identity' - [DEADLINE]

Iggy Azalea To Let James Corden Officiate Wedding - [GOSSIP COP]

Eddie Van Halen Talks Surviving Addiction, David Lee Roth And More In Billboard - [BILLBOARD]

Cara Delevingne Looking Good On Cover of Vogue - [HUFFPO]

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This August, Frankie And Geena, along with KDWB's Dave Ryan and co-host Falen (shown) will join with moderator Dennis Clark for a special session at Morning Show Boot Camp 27 | Chicago on getting the most out of each show member.

 

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Betsy Morgan Steps Down As CEO of TheBlaze; Kraig Kitchin Takes Over On Interim Basis

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– Betsy Morgan, CEO of Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, is leaving the multi-platformed media company and will be replaced on an interim basis by Kraig Kitchin, the company’s chief revenue officer reports recode.net.

In a memo to her staff, Morgan said that in the last six months “we 7found ourselves on a rough sea, but stayed true to our course.” Morgan joined Beck’s company in 2011, after running the Huffington Post.

Back in April, Adweek reported that The Blaze had hired Bill McCandless as SVP of its video strategy division. McCandless said at the time Morgan was one of the people who drew him to the job. Morgan joined The Blaze from The Huffington Post. She previously worked as general manager of CBSNews.com. 1

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NRHOF Opens Ballotting To The Public Again

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– Radio listeners will once again have a voice in selecting inductees to the National Radio Hall of Fame. According to Media blogger Robert Feder, via social media the public will be invited to vote later this year in two categories among eight 7nominees to be designated by the 18-member Radio Hall of Fame steering committee.

The process will involve a 400-person panel, including radio executives, programmers, past inductees, executive directors of state broadcast associations, and members of the trade media. Inductees will be honored November 5 at the 2015 induction ceremony. Since 2011 the public has been shut out of the Radio Hall of Fame voting process

Kraig Kitchin, who succeeded Bruce DuMont last July as chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, told All Access in 2014 “Voting is one part of the process that should be open to the public. The nominating committee knows the radio industry well enough to take into account the entire body.” Kitchin is the co-founder and former president and chief operating officer of Premiere Radio Networks, is co-president of Los Angeles-based Sound Mind Inc., co-president of Big Shoes Productions, a programming production company owned by syndicated radio host Delilah and now, as reported above, will serve as interim CEO for TheBlaze. Assisting in the NRHOF social media voting process will be Darren Davis, networks Pres. for iHeartMedia.

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George Beasley To Receive National Radio Award

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– George G. Beasley, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30. “George Beasley’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our business have made a very positive and lasting impact on all of Radio," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "The NAB is proud to recognize a true family broadcaster for a remarkable and honorable legacy in broadcasting.” Beasley began his broadcasting career in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia when he launched his first radio station in 1961 in Benson, NC. At that time he was serving as assistant principal at a public high school in Ringgold, VA. In 1962, Beasley accepted the position of principal of Meadow High School in nearby Benson in order to be closer to the radio station. During his seven years at Meadow High, Beasley worked at the station evenings and on weekends. In mid-1969, he left education in order to pursue his entrepreneurial goal of broadcasting on a full-time basis. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, is headquartered in Naples, Florida, and now owns and operates 53 radio stations (34 FM and 19 AM) located in 12 large and mid-size markets across the United States.

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PROGRAMMING: Jim Lawson Rises To SVP/Programming For IHeart Denver

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jim Lawson has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Denver market, effective July 1, 2015. Lawson most recently served as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Colorado Regional Markets; Colorado Springs, Pueblo & Ft. Collins and Hispanic Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms. He joined iHeartMedia in 2001 as Program Director of KFMD/Denver (KISS 95.7). Prior to that, Lawson was one of the architects and Program Directors of the first Modern A/C station, KALC/Denver (Alice 105.9).

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Magic 107.3, Tom Joyner And Others Celebrate Negro Leagues Baseball Mueum's 25th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– Magic 107.3 Kansas City and nationally syndicated morning show host, Tom Joyner, along with Jay Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes will host a celebration in honor of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s 25th Anniversary.

“It is with great pride that we reflect on the many memories and milestones of our first quarter century of operations. It’s also our opportunity to say “thank you!” We pledge to continue to work hard to ensure that the legacy of the Negro Leagues plays on,” said Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President, Bob Kendrick. 107.3 Program Director, Jerold Jackson said “We are thrilled to have Tom Joyner host the celebration along with Jay Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes, giving our listeners the chance to meet the national morning show team and celebrate this wonderful piece of Kansas City.”

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WNIC Detroit's Jay Towers To Host Two-Hour Tribute To The Late Alan Almond

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– WNIC will air a two hour tribute to Alan Almond tonight at 7pm. At WNIC's website it posted 'All of us at WNIC are sad to learn of the passing of long-time WNIC night host, the legendary Alan Almond. Alan was a popular host of the program “Pillow Talk” on WNIC for more than 25 years. Alan’s show featured love songs, but it was his incredibly unique voice and delivery that set him apart from all others. The show was heard in several markets, syndicated across the country. One of the most popular radio programs on WNIC during his tenure, “Pillow Talk” was unlike any other radio program before, during and since Alan’s time on the air'. Jay Towers In The Morning will host and pay tribute to WNIC's Almond, and share listeners' memories of Alan and what he means to them.

WNIC on air talent and Assistant Program Director, Theresa Lucas, shared a few memories of Alan… “Alan was passionate and a perfectionist about everything he did in life and on the radio. Even though he was a man who never wanted to be in the spotlight, he unquestionably touched the lives of thousands of people. Alan was one of my radio mentors but most of all a dear and loyal friend I spoke with nearly every day for the past 15 years. He was a mentor for me in my life outside of the industry too.

Those that knew Alan know that he would want us to remember him by his voice, not his picture. Alan was rarely photographed.

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'True Media Hero' Introduces New 'Workflow' Software

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– After two years of beta testing at a group of radio stations and several new features, True Media Hero is now ready to help radio stations with everyday workflow connecting all departments together in real time. This new cloud based software will keep Programming, Sales, Promotions, Interactive, Engineering and even the front office working together in a seamless and simple to use hub. From instantly updating studio copy to updating your FCC file with a simply click of the button, True Media Hero will eliminate communication and scheduling errors. True Media Hero features include the new studio sponsor report that you can quickly track on air mentions for Sales and Programming. Find out how you can secure True Media Hero for your station for only a few dollars a day. Request your demo right now.Chase@truemediahero.com

The True Media Hero platform was conceived in the summer of 2010 by our resident "radio" guy, Chase Landon. After two years of research and input from talented broadcasters, True Media Hero was born! The True Media Hero Platform is now available on a cash or barter basis, depending on station audience and market size.

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[WATCH] Geena Subs For Ellen K On Seacrest Show, Talks 'Magic Mike XXL' With Jada Pinkett

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2015 –– While longtime morning co-host Ellen K takes a couple of day off from The Ryan Seacrest Show, that voice Los Angelinos are hearing this week comes courtesy of its sister station, Channel 933/San Diego's co-host, Geena The Latina of the Frankie & Geena Show.

Jada Pinkett Smith was there to promote her new fillm Magic Mike XXL' where she stars as the manager of erotic dancers Mike (Channing Tatum), Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello). According to kiisfm.com, “Jada joked that she actually found it difficult to keep her hands off Matt Bomer when the cameras stopped rolling: Matt Bomer. “I was so glad that he didn’t sue me for (s)exual harassment.”

Despite the amount of half-naked men onscreen, she assured listeners that the movie is entertaining for all [s)exes and may actually be beneficial for men. “I think that if guys go, there might be some nice little treats afterwards if you ask me,” she warns. LISTEN TO Pinkett INTERVIEW HERE PHOTO/Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Enterprises

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7Lester Holt Is NBC's New Anchorman; Brian Williams Sits Down For Chat With Matt Lauer

 

Lester Holt Is NBC's New Anchorman - [NBC]

Brian Williams Sits Down For Interview With Matt Lauer - [USA TODAY]

Amy Schumer To Open For Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Tour - [FUSION]

Martha Nearing Deal To Sell Empire - [WSJ]

[WATCH] Robin Williams Final Trailer In 'Boulevard' - [SCREEN RANT]

[WATCH] First Photos Of 'Ghostbuster's' Filming In Boston - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Arnold Schwarzenegger Pranks As 'The Terminator' On Streets Of Hollywood - [FOX CLEVELAND]

Now On Newstands: 'Magic Mike XXL' - [EW]

Channing Tatum Has A Name For His Little Mister - [MTV]

Breanna Sinclaire Becomes First Transgender To Perform National Anthem Before Game - [MEDIAITE]

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[LISTEN] Beck And Stern Hit It Off; Both Call Radio 'The Best'

Beck Calls Stern 'A Brilliant Interviewer'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– As it turns out, Howard Stern and Glenn Beck have more in common that most would ever imagine - especially when the subject turns to radio. As a guest on yesterday's Howard Stern show on SiriusXM, Beck said of Stern, 'He’s a brilliant interviewer. He really is a brilliant interviewer."

According to glennbeck.com, Beck was surprised to learn that Stern used to watch him on FOX. “I thought he was very nice. He even corrected his language around me. He was very nice. He threw this word out. It was just stunning to me. You know, people don’t talk that way around me. And he just — and he’s Howard Stern. And so he said something. And then he went, sorry. And he changed his language.” On the subject of radio, it was clear this is where they had a clear connection. When Beck was asked how he felt about radio, he gushed, "Radio is the best," to which Stern quickly agreed. 'It's just you and listener,' said Beck. LISTEN TO SEVERAL AUDIO SNIPPETS HERE

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Chicago Host Draws One-Day Suspension Following Another Offensive Tweet

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– For the second time this year, WSCR AM 670 talk show host 7Dan Bernstein (L), one half of the popular Boers And Bernstein Show, is in hot water again after tweeting an offensive message about a another female TV personality. According to media blogger Robert Feder, CBS Radio pulled Bernstein from his afternoon show on Wednesday and ordered him to delete a tweet he posted Monday night about Cheryl Scott,the meteorologist on Chicago's WLS-Channel 7.

Bernstein's tweet came just minutes after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, when he posted “And the real award for this year’s close connection to the @NHLBlackhawks is @CherylScottWX!!” Apparently a veiled jab at unsubstantiated rumors linking her romantically to one or more Blackhawks players which she flatly denied last March. According to Feder, on Wednesday Bernstein was hit with a one-day suspension and was ordered to remove the message.

You may recall last March when Bernstein landed in hot water following an exchange of tweets with midday co-host Matt Spiegel that took aim at Aiyana Cristal, an anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The comments were viewed by many as (s)exist and offensive and both hosts later apologized with Bernstein adding: “I’m an idiot.” Bernstein is expected back today for his afternoon show.

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MOTION: Amy Nic To Co-Host Mornings On 97.5 WAMZ Louisville; Randy Scott & Alana Lynn To Exit KAWO-FM Boise

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Louisville announced that Amy Nic has been named its new Morning Show Co-Host for 97.5 WAMZ. Nic will join with Chris Randolph weekdays from 5-10:00 a.m. ET. ""I'm absolutely thrilled to be working for the station I was raised listening to and on top of that I get to be Chris Randolph's partner - what an honor to be working with such a pro!" says Nic. "We are very fortunate to bring on someone with Amy’s vision, creativity, energy, sense of humor and sass," said Michael Jordan, Program Director, WAMZ. "Amy knows great morning shows are more than just a few songs played back-to-back; it's becoming a part of the community, being real, having fun and making a difference in listeners’ daily lives."

KAWO/BOISE morning team Randy Scott and Alana Lynn have made the decision to move on after five years of hosting Idaho’s number one country morning show. Their last day on the air will be at the Boise Music Festival on Saturday, June 27th. Alana has served as the station’s Music Director for the last two years and has previous stops at iHeartMedia KBQI/Albuquerque and Alpha KUPL/Portland, OR. Randy has served as APD of KAWO his previous stops include CBS KMPS/Seattle and Journal KFDI/Wichita. The two are looking for their next opportunity. Reach them at randyandalanashow@gmail.com

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NASH TV Partners With Qello Concerts For Global Availability

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announced that NASH TV will now be available globally through a strategic partnership with Qello Concerts. Qello Concerts will feature NASH TV’s original content across its worldwide OTT streaming platform. NASH TV's regular programming includes “NASH Nights Live,” “Grits & Hits,” “America’s Morning Show,” and “Real Live Performances.”

“Qello Concerts is a powerful platform to catapult our distribution into hundreds of millions of households across the globe through the connected TV market, bringing our popular lifestyle and entertainment programming to Country music fans to enjoy anytime, anywhere,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. Cumulus created the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in January 2013 starting with the flagship “America’s Country Station” NASH FM 94.7 in New York City. In addition to dozens of Country format radio stations, the NASH brand includes NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts/events, online and TV content, the NASH Icon joint venture with Big Machine Label Group and the upcoming NASH Next talent competition.

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Cox Tulsa Forms Digital Solutions Alliance; Heather Boethin Appointed Manager

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Tulsa TV and Radio stations have formed a collaborative digital solutions alliance with Cox Media Inc. (CMI), the sales division of Cox Communications in Tulsa. Heather Boethin has been named Manager of Cox Local Solutions and will oversee Tulsa’s digital sales and fulfillment efforts with the support of a team of digital marketing experts at Cox’ corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

Boethin joined CMG in 2007 as Radio account executive and found success in sales by mastering CMG’s digital capabilities. She was promoted to Local Sales Manager in July 2013 and was charged with leading Tulsa’s digital sales effort. In December 2014, she was then promoted to Digital Sales Manager with a heavy focus on collaboration with her Tulsa TV and Cox Communications counterparts.

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WCCO-AM/Minny Lands NAB Service To Community Award

Last night (June 17), CBS RADIO Minneapolis News/Talk station WCCO-AM accepted their NAB Service to Community Award for their year-round outreach to help the hungry. The award was presented by the National Association of Broadcaster’s Education Foundation (NABEF) in Washington, D.C.

For the campaign, WCCO-AM engaged listeners, celebrities and charity groups to collect food and replenish food shelves across 59 counties. For more details on the award, click here on the CBS Minnesota website. PHOTO CAPTION L-R: Scott Herman, Executive Vice President, Operations of CBS RADIO and Market Manager of CBS RADIO New York; Mick Anselmo, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Minneapolis; Andre Fernandez, President of CBS RADIO; and Bob Shomper, Program Director of WCCO-AM with the Service to Community Award

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK's Heart 100.7 Ed & Rachel Take Listeners To Times Square

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– Ten Heart West Midlands listeners spent three nights in New York with breakfast presenters Ed James and Rachel New. It was a promotion with Birmingham Airport and American Airlines. A giant Heart billboard was displayed in Times Square. Ed and Rachel also broadcast it Heart Breakfast show live from the Big Apple, too.

2BR Radio Stunt Fools Lancashire Newspapers - A stunt by 2BR presenter Christopher Dean fooled local newspapers in East Lancashire. Chris, who is leaving the station to join KLFM as Programme Controller, staged a link at the end of his last show with programme controller Gemma Baron saying he was quitting. The Burnley Express plus the Clitheroe Advertiser ran the headline “Local radio presenter quits live on air” and proceeded to report the two had an argument on-air about whether or not to drop a particular feature.

Rod Stewart To Play Radio 2’s Hyde Park Gig - BBC Radio 2 has secured Rod Stewart to sing at its annual music event in London. BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, which takes place this year on Sunday 13 September, has also lined up Bryan Adams, Giorgio Moroder, The Corrs, Leona Lewis, Kate Rusby, Will Young, Shaun Escoffery, and The Shires and Ward Thomas.

Complaint Upheld for Heart Scotland Incident - A technical problem, which caused a private conversation to be broadcast on Heart FM Scotland, has put the station in breach of the broadcasting code. Presenters Robin and Adele accidentally went on-air after their show had finished at 10am. Their conversation was heard in the background during a news bulletin but was clearly audible afterwards. Adele could be heard saying “… Oh it’s a shame that flat’s away. Sh*t. Motherf*cker”.

Going to MSBC in Chicago? See you there. Make sure you say hi! Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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Adam Lambert Performs For iHeart Radio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2015 –– This week iHeartMedia hosted a very special performance with Adam Lambert for iHeartRadio Live to celebrate the debut of his third studio album, 'The Original High,'s which was released yesterday.

The performance featured his current single "Ghost Town" along with other songs from the new album. PHOTO/ Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio).

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7Melissa Rivers Joins 'Fashion Police;' Woman To Replace Hamilton On $10 Bill

 

FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million Over Misleading Unlimited Data Plans - [RECODE]

Melissa Rivers Joins Fashion Police - [E ONLINE]

Woman To Replace Hamilton On $10 Bill - [BREITBART]

Smokey Robinson To Receive BET's Lifetime Achievement Award - [BET]

Charlize Theron, Sean Penn Call Off Engagement - [US]

NBA TV Finals Draw Highest Ratings Since Michael Jordan' Last Title - [WAPO]

UH OH: Lady Gage At Center Of Love Triangle In 'American Horror Story' - [E ONLINE]

Miley Cyrus Auctions Off Her Caitlyn Art Work For $69K - [COSMO]

Stars Gather For Dalai Lama Birthday Tribute - [ROLLING STONE]

[WATCH] New 'Peanuts' Movie Trailer - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

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ON-AIR: Jim Krenn Returns To Pittsburgh Radio; Ben Ferguson Exits WBAP's Weekday Lineup For More TV Duties

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– WLTJ/Pittsburgh has announced that Jim Krenn, longtime host of WDVE will take over its morning slot beginning next month. According to pghcitypaper.com, he'll replace previous hosts Dave Cook and Maria D'Antonio. Krenn and the Q Morning Show will reportedly be joined by local comedians Mike Wysocki, Terry Jones, and Mike Sasson, along with WLTJ midday host Debbie Wilde.

Q92.9 FM PD Zak Szabo said: "Jimmy's an iconic local radio personality. Jimmy and the morning show understand the goal we are aiming for; a local show with local content hosted by local talent, combined with a lot of laughter. It's going to be the most fun you can have in the morning."

A little more than three years after taking over the 9-11 am slot at WBAP/820 AM, the Ben Ferguson Show will depart the daytime reportedly on his own. According to the startelegram.com, he'll continue to air his national show on Sunday. Ben arrived in 2012 where he followed Mark Davis who joined KSKY/660 AM. In addition to radio, Ferguson is a frequent guest on TV's Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC. At his Facebook page, he posted: “I am taking on more TV responsibilities. I will be able to make the announcement later this week!” “Ben had done a great job over the past three years,” Tyler Cox, operations manager/program director for WBAP, said in an email. “We have great respect for him and wish him well.” Chris Salcedo is said to be taking over the 9-11 slot.

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PROGRAMMING: Kobi Takes PD Reigns For iHeartMedia's Louisville Combo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Louisville announced that Kobi will become the new Program Director for 98.9 Radio Now and 100.5 MYfm.

Kobi currently serves as Program Director for iHeartMedia’s 101.9 KISS-FM in Memphis, with previous service in Raleigh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and other markets. "We conducted a nationwide search for our next great Program Director, and were blown away by Kobi’s energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas," said Kelly Carls, Regional Senior Vice-President of Programming, iHeartMedia Louisville. "We’re thrilled he’ll be bringing his talents to Louisville."

"Thank you to Kelly Carls, Bill Gentry and Carl Anderson for entrusting me with the 98.9 Radio Now and 100.5 MYfm brands. I can’t wait to get started."

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BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans To Replace Jeremy Clarkson As Host Of 'Top Gear' TV Series

Top Gear Is Watched Each Week by 350 Million Viewers Worldwide

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 - As tipped last week by Jockline's, Graham Mack, The BBC has now confirmed that the internationally popular 'Top Gear' TV Series will now be hosted by BBC 2 Radio's Chris Evans. He'll replace Jeremy Clarkson as the lead host of an all-new Top Gear line-up, says the BBC.

According to bbc.com, Clarkson was dropped in March after punching a producer while on location. Well known car enthusiast Evans, who has signed a three-year deal with the BBC Two show, had been tipped to replace his good friend Clarkson but had previously insisted he was not interested. An "all-new" line-up means Clarkson's co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will not be involved.

7Top Gear is watched by 350 million viewers worldwide and is one of the BBC's biggest shows, with overseas sales worth an estimated £50m a year. Once the news broke, Evans tweeted: "First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I'm not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show." In a statement, he said: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. "Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless. "When in fact of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success."

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WKQX Re-Images As “101WCoachQX” To Honor Blackhawks

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media Chicago announces that beginning Monday night, after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years, 101WKQX re-imaged the entire radio station as “101WCoachQX”. The station also changed its logo to prominently feature Coach Q’s iconic mustache and shared the audience’s “Cup faces” after the win throughout social media. 101WCoachQX listeners will be “hearing from the Stanley Cup” throughout the week on-air and online.

PJ, Program Director for 101WKQX, said: “We’re proud to salute the Blackhawks for their amazing three-time Stanley Cup win. 101WCoachQX is honoring the team by continuing to play the Altern-- Correction: HAWKternative music that our audience loves.”

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NETWORKS: Premiere To Air Blaze Radio Network's 4th Of July Special

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced today an exclusive three-hour Fourth of July radio special - TheBlaze Radio Network’s Independence: An American Story hosted by TheBlaze Radio Network’s (BRN) Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe (shown). Featuring appearances by several BRN hosts, including Andrew W.K. and Sheriff David Clarke, the special will highlight stories and conversations about the American Dream being achieved; the renewal of national pride and the accomplishments only possible in an independent, free nation; and why, despite the challenges facing Americans, this is the greatest nation on Earth.

TheBlaze Radio Network’s Independence: An American Story is available for News/Talk stations to air from July 3 - 5, 2015. Stations interested in this special should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300. About TheBlaze

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Media Portland Appoints Jerome LaChance To DOS Post

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– Jerome LaChance has been named Director of Sales for Alpha Media Portland. Jerome has over 20 years’ experience in the broadcast industry including serving as General Sales Manager at Entercom and iHeart Media in Portland. He also spent 5 years with the Portland Trail Blazers as Corporate Sales Manager and served as President of the Portland Area Radio Council for 3 years.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of the Alpha Media team, our Portland Cluster of six stations are a major partner to the community we serve” added LaChance.

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CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler Honored With Talkers Lifetime Achievement Award

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2015 –– CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler was honored with TALKERS magazine's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend in New York. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison stated, " Harvey is the face of and force behind one of the finest operations in all of radio. At a time when the very reputation of journalism is in jeopardy and its role as a distinguished, vital institution in a great nation is in flux, CBS Radio News has stood proudly and strong as a bastion of consistency, quality and dependability."

The award was presented to Harvey by Heather Cohen (right), EVP of The Weiss Agency.

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Congratulations To Westwood One's Bernie Mack & Wife On Birth Of Their First Child

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Call him Daddy Mack... or Mack Daddy. Congratulations to WESTWOOD ONE "Nighttime Radio Program" host BERNIE MACK on the birth of his first child, Annabelle Marie.

Born Saturday afternoon. She weighed in at 7lbs. even. Both mom, Emilie, and baby girl are healthy. "I'm blessed beyond belief that our baby is healthy and perfect," said Mack, "but now that my wife isn't having cravings anymore, I guess I'll eat ice cream for dinner all by myself now."

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7Emmys Ditch Paper Ballots For Online Votes; Ed Sheeran Duets With 13-Yr. Old In Mall

 

Does Madonna's New Video Look Familiar? - [INDEPENDENT]

WHOA: Look Who Bought J-Lo's Miami Mansion For $33 Million - [MIAMI CURBED]

Marlon Wayans Spoofs With '50 Shades Of Black' - [THR]

Fan Refuses To Take Money From 'The Rock' Who Sideswiped His Truck - [BLEACHER REPORT]

Check It Out: Make Up Artist Tranforms Into Both Kris Jenner And Caitlyn - [E ONLINE]

Debbie Matenopoulos Named New Co-Host Of 'The 'Insider' - [THE WRAP]

'Big Brother' Welcomes First Transgender Guest - [TMZ]

Emmys Now Taking Online Voting As Paper Ballots Go Away - [DEADLINE]

[WATCH] Ed Sheeran Surprises 13-Yr. Old Mall Singer With Duet - [CBC.CA]

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Canada Ban On Voltair Stirs Questions On Its Future In U.S.

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Numeris, the Canadian rating organization, has now banned the use of the Telos, 25/7 Voltair from its member stations. Following last weeks announcement, researcher Richard Harker now wonders if the U.S. could be next.

'By forcing stations to pull Voltair.' He says, 'Canadian radio will return to the old way, rewarding PPM friendly formats and punishing formats that PPM has trouble encoding or decoding." Harker is troubled that Numeris appears to have made its decision based on erroneous information saying, "We now have convincing evidence that PPM picks winners and losers based on station programming material, format, and listening environment. With PPM listeners alone do not pick winners and losers."

Unlike Nielsen, Harker points out, Numeris is a not-for-profit, member-owned organization. Its responsibility is to its members, not to shareholders. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

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Rush Limbaugh Lands New Home In Boston With Debut Of Talk 1430

JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced the launch of TALK 1430 WKOX, effective June 29, 2015. WKOX will feature an all-new programming lineup of America’s top talk radio personalities, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, with FOX Sports Radio programming during overnights.

“We are proud to have the best talkers in the business back home at iHeartMedia Boston,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President Programming, iHeartMedia Boston. TALK 1430 WKOX joins a number of iconic brands and franchises, including 94.5 WJMN-FM, 101.7 WBWL-FM, 101.7 WXKS-HD, Kiss 108/WXKS-FM and 1200 WXKS-AM — and produces legendary marquee events including Kiss 108's Jingle Ball, JAM'N 94.5's Summer Jam, Kiss 108’s KISS Concert and JAM’N 94.5’s Monster Jam. 1

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John Lanigan Joins Cleveland's 'The Spew' From His Florida Patio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Cleveland's iconic John Lanigan can be heard once again on the air in Cleveland where he broadcast live each morning from his patio in Clearwater, FL. Airing five days a week, he'll join his former nemisis Mike Trivisonno on 'The Spew,' a sort of male version of TV's 'The View.'

According to cleveland.com, Lanigan said "Last summer I was home in Cleveland and the guy who had the job before me had left for some reason. They called me and asked if I wanted to fill in. When Trivisonno and I had been at different stations he was always taking shots and making digs at me. So that made for some controversy." The combustible chemistry worked for listeners and the station asked Lanigan to become the regular guy. "I have this little device which connects me right to the station," he said. "I do the show from the outdoor patio behind my house here in Clearwater. A lot of shows do that now."

As for the show, Lanigan says they're both trying to make a good radio show. "When I first went into the studio in Cleveland to do the show and we met in person I was surprised to find that we actually got along."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Randy Bush Named GM For Salem Little Rock Cluster; Leander F. Cooper Rises To GM At Beasley Atlanta Combo; Dave Clapper Exits PD/On-Air Posts At 97.1/The River And X107.1 Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Salem Media Group announced that Randy Bush has been appointed GM for its Little Rock, Arkansas cluster of KDIS-FM, KHTE-FM, and KKSP-FM. Regional VP of Operations John Peroyea commented, "We are excited to have Randy Bush, a seasoned broadcast professional with an outstanding track record of success, join Salem and manage our three FM stations in Little Rock. Having previously managed several successful Little Rock stations provides him with unique insights and perspective of this important market."

Beasley Media Group has appointed LeAnder F. Cooper (R) to the position of General Manager at WAEC-AM 860 and WWWE-AM 1100, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Cooper has been elevated from her position of two years as Assistant Business Manager for both stations. She was hired at WAEC and WWWE after three years of employment at Strayer University, where she served as Business Office Manager. She came to Georgia from Oklahoma, where she worked as an auditor for public schools.

The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Dave Clapper has parted ways with WSRV, X107.1/Atlanta as PD. Clapper also hosted an afternoon show. He posted on Facebook, 'After 13 years with Cox Radio Atlanta, I am officially unemployed for the first time in 20 years. It was a good run!!! What’s next?!?!? “The only constant in life is change!” Steve Craig is said to be taking over Clapper's afternoon slot

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MOTION: Andrew Hart Teams With Charly Kayle For Mornings On KOIT/San Francisco

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, ,2015 –– 96.5 KOIT has officially announced the hiring of Andrew Hart as Morning Show Host. Hart will debut with current host Charly Kayle on Monday, July 13th “Andrew has an exceptional ability to naturally connect to his listeners. His passion for entertaining and giving back to the community is a perfect fit with Charly Kayle in mornings,” said Brian Figula, 96.5 KOIT Program Director. 96.5 KOIT has been a heritage Bay Area radio station for more than 40 years.

“I'm beyond excited to host the Morning Show on the nation's best Adult Contemporary radio station, KOIT,” said Hart. “It's an honor to join the talented Entercom team.” Harts’ on-air career includes successes at 101.9 The Mix (WTMX) in Chicago, 103.5 KISS-FM (WKSC) in Chicago and Z107.7 (KSLZ) in St. Louis.

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Michael Bolton To Perform During NABEF Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Grammy Award-winning artist Michael Bolton will perform during the NAB Education Foundation's 17th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, held today, June 16 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

The gala recognizes radio and television broadcasters for outstanding service to their local communities. Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, who has sold more than 55 million records worldwide. Bolton is also committed to humanitarian causes through the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 22nd year.

As previously announced, this year's Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award will honor renowned actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise for his ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support for veterans. Host of the nation's top-rated syndicated newsmagazine "Inside Edition" Deborah Norville will serve as master of ceremonies.

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Benztown Acquires 50% Of Alien Imaging

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Benztown announces that it has entered into an agreement with Jeff Schmidt to acquire 50% of Alien Imaging, a San Francisco, CA based sound design company and form Alien Imaging LLC. Concurrently, Benztown announces that it will offer Alien Imaging’s new audio production package, “AI FX”, to radio stations for cash or barter.

The new audio imaging package includes 300 brand new sound effects, music elements, drones, and other creative Imaging elements, and will build upon Benztown’s existing production library offerings. Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “We are fired up to be partnering with Jeff. He’s an icon amongst Imaging Directors and his sound design truly is out of this world! (No pun intended). For more information and to get Alien Imaging’s new audio package in your market, visit www.benztown.com/alienimaging or www.Alien-Imaging.com or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

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'Coast To Coast' Host George Noory Launches Dating Website

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Do you believe in ghosts, the afterlife or UFO's? Millions of Coast to Coast AM listeners do, and world renowned, U.S. nationally syndicated radio host George Noory realized an opportunity for his listeners, and others like them to meet. "Millions of people use dating services worldwide but few have a chance to meet people sharing their same interests in the paranormal. I speak all over the country and always people come up to me and say 'I can't find someone who understands,'" explained Noory. Enlisting the help of long-time friend and colleague, Mark Rollings, the duo created Paranormal Date, at www.paranormaldate.com.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to get people of like minds together for a lifetime," says Rollings, adding, "ParanormalDate.com was designed for people who enjoy the subject matter covered on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. It's a specialty category and we feel we are able to bring people together through the website.."

There will be options to upgrade your membership at a reasonable fee, and we are discussing hosting events allowing members to meet in a casual, social environment." What sets Paranormaldate.com apart from other dating websites dabbling in the genre of paranormal interests? "GEORGE!" explains Rollings. "Our founder is undoubtedly one of the foremost authorities on the subject matters that are of interest to members of Paranormaldate.com."

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1400 KFRU Named Missouri's First-Ever Station Of The Year

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Columbia-Jefferson City announces that heritage radio station News-Talk 1400 KFRU was named Missouri’s first-ever “Radio Station of the Year” by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association's top community service award. The station was honored among all Missouri radio stations for excellence in delivering community-centered programming through broadcast time used to benefit the community, station resources used to benefit the community, and individual involvement in the community by the station’s on-air talent. News-Talk 1400 KFRU was presented with the award at the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s 2015 Annual Convention and Awards Banquet earlier this month. This is the second honor that KFRU will receive this year, as it celebrates its 90th birthday. PHOTO/Left to Right: David Lile, Simon Rose, Renee Hulshof, George Young, and David Gaines.

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7Today Show Scoops Interview With Rachel Dolezal; Katy Perry Pitches Moschino

 

Today Show Scoops First Interview With Rachel Dolezal - [VARIETY]

Ellen's 'Design Challenge' Renewed For Second Season - [THE WRAP]

Janet Jackson Announces 'Unbreakable' World Tour - [BET]

Rush Finally Makes Cover Of Rolling Stone - [ROLLING STONE]

Channing Tatum Appears On 'Magic Mike XXL' Float During L.A.'s Pride Parade - [TIME]

'Jurassic World TV Series?? - [OUTER PLACES]

Amy Schumer Leaves $500 Tip For Long Island Waiter For $49 Tab - [HUFFPO]

Frank Sinatra's Little Black Book Goes For $8,960 At Auction - [PAGE SIX]

Katy Perry Pitches Moschino In A Most Revealing Way - [TV3.IE]

'Grey's Anatomy' Adds New Surgeon To Cast - [E ONLINE]

Rita Ora Covers Marie Claire's July Issue

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FCC's O'Rielly Rips Into Enforcement Bureau

Says Commission seems more intent on obtaining newspaper headlines trumpeting accusations and eye-popping fines - O'Rielly

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2015 –– In a speech to the Federal Communications Bar Association last Thursday, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly ripped into the agency's enforcement bureau saying they seem dangerously misguided; more intent on obtaining newspaper headlines trumpeting accusations and eye-popping fines,' he said.

In a copy from his speech, O'Rielly said "I am before you today to discuss the state of the Federal Communications Commission enforcement. My central premise is that the FCC's overall approach to enforcement has gone astray over the last many months. In fact, let me go a step further to report that it has entered a territory that can only be described as dangerously misguided...The Commission seems more intent on obtaining newspaper headlines trumpeting accusations and eye-popping fines. In other words, self-aggrandizing fanfare is a major objective and often appears to be more important than case foundation, correcting the violation or establishing a reasonable deterrent. I recently heard from a couple of parties that were potentially subject to enforcement actions. Having the good sense to try to discuss their issues with the Enforcement Bureau, each was told that any potential settlement would generate a penalty in the multiple-hundreds of millions or billions and require an admission of guilt. To make the situation more outrageous, the Bureau indicated that there was little room to negotiate; it was a take it or leave it offer rather than the beginning of a process to come to a settlement position. Suffice it to say, no agreements were reached in these circumstances."

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MSBC27 | UPDATE

Exclusive Content Study Presented By Tracy Johnson Media Group And Strategic Radio Solutions

7 Key Findings That Will Change The Way You Approach Choosing Content On Your Show

Tracy Johnson Media Group & Strategic Radio Solutions to reveal 7 Key Findings Guaranteed to Change the way you approach choosing content for your show. Every “expert” agrees that unique compelling content is the key to radio’s future. Relevant content delivered by compelling, charismatic personalities is our greatest weapon in the battle for attention. While every expert agrees, Wnobody has defined exactly what works-and what doesn’t. Until now. In the perfect marriage of science and art, Strategic Radio Solutions and Tracy Johnson Media Group have teamed up to show MSBC attendees exactly what drives listener behavior. Drawing on hundreds of research projects with thousands of radio listeners (the science), Strategic has compiled millions of data points that measure listener’s reaction to air talent in real time. Among highlights: * Talk And Music Get In A fight. Who Wins? And Why? * The 3 Things That Drive Listeners Nuts. * Personal Stories About Your Lives? Who Cares? You’ll Be Surprised. * Length: Does it Matter? * Live and Local. Fact or Myth? * 3 Things to EXCLUDE From Entertainment Reports * When Does Listener ADD Kick In? In this session, Tracy Johnson (TJMG) and Hal Rood & Kevin Cassidy (Strategic) answer these questions and more with facts supported by research and actionable next steps for your show. And, they unveil a formula that shows exactly how you perform against the song you could be playing. COMING AUG. 6/7 TO MSBC CHICAGO - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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