MOUTH ARCHIVES - 2014 (photos listed, not included)
Sirius XM CEO Says They'll Appeal Turtle's Lawsuit Ruling
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– Sirius XM plans to appeal a federal-court decision that found it had violated California's copyright law by playing Turtles songs, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a transcript of Sirius XM CFO, David Frear's remarks during a Finance Conference, he said: "We intend to appeal the decision all the way through the appeal process." The Turtles' two founding members, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (R), who later adopted the name of Flo and Eddie, filed the lawsuit last year because Sirius XM, among other digital music services, has never paid performance royalties on songs recorded before 1972. In a summary judgment issued last week, it found that Sirius XM had performed the group's songs in California without permission and in doing so had violated state law. Frear said that the ruling implied that "every AM/FM station, bar, restaurant, stadium, Internet webcast or satellite guy has been operating in violation of California law since 1982. Not one case brought by one act ever. By that logic," he said, "the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Frank Sinatra have all been "neglectful in protecting their own economic interests." Frear added that they were "happy to pay" for pre-1972 recordings, but only if its competitors are forced to pay under federal law as well. The Turtles have similar cases pending against Sirius XM pending in New York and Florida. 1
Chaz & AJ Help Replace Stolen Cash Going To Kid's Charity
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– After news broke in Connecticut earlier this week of a man breaking into a brewery and stealing a jar of cash going to a local kid's charity, morning hosts Chaz and AJ (L) reached out to their listeners and helped raise over $2,500. According to wfsb.com, the man broke into Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield and stole a donation jar (inset - notice man on foot in rear) that contained somewhere between $800-$1,000. The entire burglary was caught on four of the brewery's 16 cameras, but the person behind this break-in and theft is still on the loose. Chaz and AJ who broadcast from WPLR 99.1 FM in New Haven are also heard on WDRC 102.9 FM/Hartford and WFOX 95.9 FM/Stamford-Norwalk. In less than an hour they rallied their listeners to contribute $2500. “This audience continues to prove that they care about our community and want to help those in need,” said Chaz. “It is no surprise that we were able to raise this much money in less than 30 minutes.” WATCH HERE
MOTION: Fox Sports Radio Extends Long Term With Jay Mohr
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– FOX Sports Radio today announced a new long-term agreement with Jay Mohr, national radio host, actor and comedian. As part of the agreement, Mohr will continue hosting Jay Mohr Sports, which launched into national syndication with FOX Sports Radio in January 2013 and currently broadcasts on more than 150 stations nationwide. “I’m so happy to be on the air with FOX Sports Radio and iHeartMedia for years to come,” shared Mohr. “I have always been a huge sports fan, and obviously, I have a difficult time keeping my mouth shut." “Jay’s unique, lightning fast, high energy sports talk program is unique, interesting, funny and fun,” stated Bruce Gilbert, Premiere Networks SVP of Sports Operations. “We’re ecstatic that he has agreed to continue with us for several years to come.” Fans of Jay Mohr Sports can tune in Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. ET, or 24/7 on the Jay Mohr Sports station on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio platform. For more information, please visit www.FOXSportsRadio.com. For affiliations, please call 818-377-5300.
Westwood One Signs Sales Rep' Agreement With Sports USA
B98.5's Melissa Carter And Girlfriend Katie Jo Welcome A Baby Boy
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– Melissa Carter, half of the Jeff & Melissa Morning Show on B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta), and her girlfriend Katie Jo welcomed their son on October 1st at 12:59pm. Melissa says "he's here and perfect. 9lbs 2 ozs, 21 inches.” Mr. Carter and his moms are doing great,' Carter tweeted. In fact, tweet your well wishes to @MelissaCarter using #MrCarter. Melissa will return to the air on October 27th. Carter joined B98.5 last year after a move to All News 106.7 (now, NewsRadio 106.7). Before then, she spent ten years with Q100’s Bert Show.
NETWORKS: Envision Networks Adds 24 Affiliates In Aug/Sept; The Billy Madison Show Picks UP KBAR-FM/Victoria, TX
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– Envision Networks® Welcomed 24 New Affiliates in August & September. Among them included: WSRM-FM/Atlanta, GA (Looking Up Country), WISX-FM/Philadelphia, PA and WLFX-FM/Lexington, KY (Radio Playbook)
iHeartMedia Teams With Live Nation For "On The Rise" Tour Sponsored By Find Your Grind
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Two Competing Stations Run Same Contest; Listeners Question Timing
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2014 –– Two radio stations in Sydney, Australia are both running the same contest on air at the same time. The classic game ‘Beat the Bomb’, where listeners have to ‘stop’ the clock before the so-called “bomb” goes off while the cash snowballs, is running on Nova 96.6 and Kiss 106.5. KIIS is making the game a highlight of the city’s number one FM morning show with Kyle & Jackie O. One hour later, the same game is running on Nova with Fitzy and Wippa. Apart from the confusion among listeners about which brand the contest belongs to, some listeners wonder whether the contests are appropriate at all, given Australia’s raised terrorism threat (to the highest level) in recent weeks.
Neil 'Dr.' Fox Makes Bail - Neil 'Dr' Fox bailed after getting arrested by police over claims of three historic '(s)ex assaults' and one this year Breakfast presenter at London’s Magic FM, Neil 'Dr' Fox was arrested at his studio over claims that he (s)exually assaulted two women. He was held on suspicion of four alleged offences just moments after he finished presenting his show. The married father-of-three was taken to a central London police station where he was questioned for more than seven hours. He is best known as one of the judges on Pop Idol alongside Simon Cowell.
Hayley And Michael Quit SAFM Breakfast Show - In Adelaide South Australia, SAFM breakfast duo Michael and Hayley have told their audience that they have decided to finish up on the breakfast shift. Hayley Pearson and Michael Beveridge's last broadcast will be on October 10th. After years of early morning radio starts, Hayley, who is pregnant with her second child, is looking forward to a change of pace and spending more quality time with her husband Jimmy, young son Austin, and upcoming new addition to the family.
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Lewis And Floorwax Host Leaving Show For Medical Reasons
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– Longtime KRFX/103.5 The Fox/Denver's morning co-host, Michael Floorwax (L), has announced he's leaving the show for medical reasons. On Wednesday's show he told listeners through a statement read by his radio partner Rick Lewis (R) that he is suffering from medical issues. “I feel like I’m ready to talk about this and feel like you deserve to know,” he said in his statement. “As you know if you’ve listened to the show at all for the past 24 years, I’ve struggled with certain medical issues. I’ve openly talked about it on the radio and I’ve made many jokes about my own medical issues that have plagued me for many years .. Some of you may know that with these types of conditions doctors will experiment with different kinds of drugs to see what will work. Some work for a while, some don’t work at all, and others can actually make things worse. This past year has been the biggest battle of my life as I continue to seek relief. Unfortunately I will not be coming back as I have to focus all my energy on my health and well being.” Floorwax also dismissed rumors that had been floating around that he was struggling with substance abuse. “I did not fall off the wagon,” he said. “I have been clean and sober for 30 years and am proud of that.” He also wanted to make clear that his employer, iHeartMedia, didn’t fire him. The Duo has entertained Denver listeners for more than two decades.
Norway Funeral Home Refuses To Bury Casey Kasem
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– Kerri Kasem happily posted on Facebook and Twitter: "GOOD NEWS!!!
MOTION: Opie And Jim Norton Staying On SiriusXM; Sonic Exits Power 96.1 Atlanta; Johnny D Joins Schaffer Show In Toledo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– Looks like Opie will continue on with life beyond Anthony as he announced on Twitter that he and Jim Norton had 'Re-signed" not 'Resigned' from the satcaster SiriusXM. According to emptylighthouse.com, Greg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton have taken the reigns of The Opie and Anthony Show since Anthony Cumia was fired and honored their contracts that expired at the end of September. Now, according to Opie's Tweet the pair moved forward and re-signed new deals SiriusXM. Both Anthony and Norton expressed sadness at doing the show without Cumia, but Opie did hold out some hope. He said he had spoken to SiriusXM executive Scott Greenstein about Cumia returning to the show and the company had asked for more time, but did not close the door completely. Cumia has since moved to hosting his own subscription-based video and audio show at AnthonyCumia.com. ###### Jockline has confirmed that one of Power 96.1/Atlanta's original host, Sonic, is leaving his afternoon drive slot with the station after two years. At the station's website, the syndicated Ryan Seacrest show is shown now covering that slot. ######### Cumulus announces that popular Toledo on-air talent Johnny D (John DiModica) will join the new Star 105 (WWWM-FM) as PM Drive Host, debuting tomorrow from 3:00-7:00 p.m. He was most recently Morning Drive Host on WPFX in Toledo. In his new position, Johnny will be reunited with Star 105 Morning Host Denny Schaffer, from their days together at WVKS.
Slacker Returns To The Air After Health Scare
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– As a follow-up to last week's lead story on KALC/Denver's afternoon co-host, Slacker (shown left with his co-host Steve), blacking out while on the air and being rushed to the hospital, we were pleased to learn yesterday that he was able to return to his "Slacker and Steve Afternoon Show." After undergoing numerous tests at the hospital, he was able to go home and even call into the show with an update last Friday (JD 9/29). During his call-in, his radio partner Steve said "We were scared, obviously," but Slacker joked "I was way more scared on the drive to the hospital in your car." As reported by Denver's 9 TV News, last Thursday, listeners heard a loud "thump" and then music began playing. Host Lil D later went on air to confirm that Slacker did lose consciousness during the broadcast. "I just remember taking a phone call, I'm fuzzy on a couple of details leading up to it," Slacker said when describing the incident. "Next thing I knew, Steve, you're over me, you're holding my head in your hands and I'm like 'how did I get here?'" Slacker said Friday that he's undergoing tests to determine what caused him to pass out, but that he's thankful for the public support.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Media Promotes Justin Schaflander And Jason Mosher In Atlanta; Zac Davis OM Of Myrtle Beach Cluster; WWO Names Jack Foley VP/Bus. Dev.' Darrin Arriens Appointed PD 93.7 Fresno
iHeart Media & Dodgers Ink Multi-Year Deal Including Equity
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– The Los Angeles Dodgers and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year agreement renewing AM 570's broadcast rights of the Dodgers regular season games, select Spring training games and potential post season games. In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming. "We are looking forward to expanding KLAC's content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base," said Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten. "We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin, Rick and Charley." Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully recently announced he will return for his record 66th season in the booth. Scully calls the first three innings on radio in the simulcasts. Former Dodger outfielder Rick Monday is in his 22nd season as a Dodger broadcaster and is in his 30th season overall with the organization. Four-time Emmy Award winner Charley Steiner is in his 10th season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. Monday and Steiner will return to the booth in 2015 as well.
Scott Shannon Takes The Stage Again To Welcome Neil Diamond For Surprise Performance
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– WCBS-FM morning show host and New York radio legend Scott Shannon was talking about Neil Diamond, from the stage of the auditorium in Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., the very school that Diamond attended six decades ago. The occasion for the homecoming was special, one-off show on Sept. 29 with Diamond promoting his upcoming album, Melody Road, due next month. “Today if you want to sell a half million, you have to sing about your big butt!” Shannon joked. Diamond performed in the same hall where he took piano lessons and had detention he says a time or two when he was late for school. "This is a meaningful place for me. My life changed here. I learned so much at Erasmus Hall," he said. According to Channel 7 ABC TV News, Diamond put on his Facebook fan page two weeks ago that he would be having a free surprise concert. Then Monday morning, he tweeted out the location sending crowds of people here and bringing in fans from as far as Miami. The performance was filmed for a documentary Neil Diamond is working on. He was supposed to perform five or six songs but ended up doing many more than that. A performance at the Barclays Center is scheduled for March 26 as part of an upcoming tour of North America and Mexico City. This also marks the second time Shannon introduced the music icon. He first welcomed him 1986 at Madison Square Garden. PHOTO/sweetcaroline. See more here at sweetcaroline.com
[WATCH] Kevin Rolston Wins Trip To MSBC 2015 In Wise Brother Media's Bit Competition
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– Wise Brother Media announced their first Studio Think Tank Battle of the Bits contest last week. Modeled after the Battle of the Bits that happens each year at Morning Show Boot Camp, the grand prize is a registration and hotel stay for next year's Morning Show Boot Camp 2015 set for Aug. 6th & 7th. The contest concluded yesterday with its three celebrity judges consisting of Dave Ryan of “The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show” on KDWB, Rick Rumble of “Rumble in the Morning” on WNOR, and Eric Rowe, producer for “The Roula and Ryan Show” KRBE naming WRMF/West Palm Beach's Kevin Rolston (L), The KVJ Show, as its winner with his Facebook Fishing/Fights's bit. Kevin's entry topped nearly 40 other bits in the competition For more details visit www.StudioThinkTank.com. Or, for questions contact Danny Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org Check out the full recap, HERE
[LISTEN] Carrie Underwood Talks New Song And Baby With The Bobby Bone's Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– Six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood joined The Bobby Bones Show live in Nashville this week. Underwood stopped by to talk about her new single “Something In The Water” from her upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, which is due to hit shelves on December 9, as well as her pregnancy. Underwood, who said the most difficult part of being a mom-to-be is not being able to fit in any of her jeans, shared about her new song: “It just makes me happy. I mean, all my songs I love, obviously, or I wouldn’t sing them, but there’s something about this one that’s special.” LISTEN HERE
Rich Eisen Debuts 3-Hour Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 –– PodcastOne Announced the launch of The Rich Eisen Show, hosted by veteran sports broadcaster and NFL personality Rich Eisen. Debuting Monday, October 6, an audio version of the recently-announced DirecTV program, which features Eisen’s take on the best in the day’s sports news and conversation, will be available on-demand at www.PodcastOne.com and via the PodcastOne app. Eisen is no stranger to the world of podcasting. He launched the highly popular The Rich Eisen Podcast under the NFL Media label in 2010, garnering 17 million downloads worldwide over its four-year run. Eisen has made his mark in sports journalism as a television anchor and NFL commentator, launching his career as a staff writer for newspapers in New York and Chicago, and as a local television sports anchor in California. Eisen later joined the ranks at ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor and host of several programs, before becoming the first talent signed by the NFL Network at its inception. An esteemed personality with the league network, Eisen hosts their flagship program NFL Total Access, as well as NFL GameDay Highlights and Thursday Night Football.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jon Pinch Puts Retirement On Hold With Return As Cumulus's Atlanta Market Manager; iHeart Media Names Earl Jones SVP/Urban Operations And Matt ScaranoMarket President Of Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that Jon Pinch has been appointed Market Manager for its six-station cluster in Atlanta. Pinch has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Cumulus for the past 14 years. Earlier this month, Cumulus announced Pinch’s retirement from the company, initially scheduled for late November. Pinch, a 45-year radio broadcasting veteran, has since decided to take on one more key assignment for the company, as Market Manager of Cumulus’ Atlanta stations Kicks 101.5/WKHX-FM, Rock 100.5/WNNX-FM, Q100/WWQ-FM, Nash Icon 98.9/WWWQ-HD2, Q100 email@example.com/WWWQ-HD3 and All News 106.7/WYAY-FM. Cumulus’ Atlanta Market Manager position has been open since former Market Manager Jeff Brown was promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President in April. ######## iHeartMedia announced today that Earl Jones has been named Senior Vice President of Urban Operations, effective immediately. In addition, the company announced today that Matt Scarano has been named Market President of iHeartMedia Chicago. In this new position, Jones, previously Market President for the iHeartMedia Chicago cluster since 2005, will develop and implement Urban sales and programming initiatives and strategies to generate revenue for the Chicago, New York, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Orlando markets, as well as iHeartMedia Urban stations throughout the country. Scarano will return to the Chicago market, where he first joined the company in 2009 as Director of Sales. In 2012 he moved to iHeartMedia Atlanta, where he has served as Market President.
Recently Missing Host Now Accused Of (S)ex Offenses
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– Christopher Elwick, also known as Shecky of Winnipeg's Energy 106, vanished briefly last week, but now he's facing Internet luring and child pornography charges following an investigation. The Winnipeg Free Press says the host is accused of sexual assault and (s)exual interference on a minor for alleged incidents between January 2009 and December 2010. Court records show the alleged victim is a boy whose age isn't disclosed. Elwick is also charged with possession of child pornography, however, none of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent. Elwick was released on strict bail conditions Monday, which include having no contact with anyone under the age of 16. Elwick, who had been working for Energy 106 as an on-air personality, was first contacted by police Sept. 19 regarding the ongoing (s)ex-assault investigation. Elwick promised to meet with investigators in the days ahead. No charges had been filed but Sept. 24, the police missing persons unit received a call from concerned family members who hadn't heard from Elwick for more than 24 hours. They expressed concern to police he was suicidal. Several colleagues who work in local radio also took to social media seeking help in finding him. Some of Elwick's former colleagues expressed frustration on social media Monday police hadn't provided the whole story in making the initial public plea for help. Elwick was located on Saturday. Sources told the Free Press he had suffered an injury, apparently by his own hand. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Elwick has since been fired from his latest job at Energy 106, where he had worked for about three weeks.
STUDY: Few 13-20 Yr. Olds Choose FM As Number One Music Source
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– Researcher Mark Kassoff said that he couldn't recall the last time he had conducted a survey that included under-18’s… "It’s clear that radio stations don’t care about teens. And for too many younger listeners, the feeling is mutual…" In an online survey of 506 online 13-20-year-olds, he determined that only 7% name FM radio as the device they listen to most for music! That puts it well behind smartphones, iPods and even PCs: When asked, which ONE device do you use MOST to listen to music? . CELLPHONE/SMARTPHONE 41% - IPOD/MP3 PLAYER 25% - COMPUTER/PC 16% - FM RADIO 7% - IPAD/TABLET 5% - CD PLAYER 3% - SATELLITE RADIO 1% - None 1% - Don’t know 1%. Kassof says FM is more of a secondary music source, but even then, it’s the second secondary source. Today he plans to get into 13-20-year-olds’ attitudes about FM radio. SEE COMPLETE RESULTS HERE
New Study Says Radio A Great Choice For Reaching Swing Voters
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– A new national survey from Vox Populi Polling, a leading polling company that designs and fields surveys to uncover what is happening within the political and public policy landscape, finds radio an extremely effective way to reach swing voters. Research shows that 81% of swing voters say they listen to AM/FM radio on a regular basis. Moreover, voters across the political spectrum report that radio ads are more credible than the ads they see on the internet by a 56-35 margin, which increases to a 62-38 margin among low turnout voters. The survey, commissioned by Katz Media Group, examined how much influence radio has in the electoral marketplace. The sample size for the survey was 1,059 active voters and has a +/-3.0% margin of error. Other key findings from the survey include: Swing voters spend 10% more time with radio daily than the average American voter. 67% of swing voters listen to FM regularly, while 14% are exclusively AM radio listeners. 65% of low turnout Republicans and Democrats say they listen to FM music on a regular basis.
MY 98 WMIM To Relaunch As 98.3 Nash On Friday
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that My 98 WMIM in Monroe, MI, will launch as 98.3 Nash Icon on Friday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m EST. Nash Icon is a new format playing the best Country hits from Country music’s most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans’ desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists from 1980 through today. The station will feature artists from Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney. 98.3 Nash Icon will feature local on-air personalities including Chris King and Mark Benson and will be operated by current WMIM staff, with no personnel changes anticipated.
FM News 101, KXL Takes 2014 OAB Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Portland announced that FM News 101 KXL won three “Oregon Association of Broadcasters” Awards this weekend at the 2014 OAB Fall Conference held at Sun River Resort. Awards won by KXL included; Best Single Story Newscast by reporter, Rosemary Reynolds on a piece covering Robert Yuille, Best Investigative Reporting for the K-9 Shooting earlier this year and Best Newscast for the coverage on the shooting of Officer Robert Libke. KXL’s sister station, 750 The Game (KXTG-AM) won Best Station Promotional for the Oregon Ducks Football pre-game show produced by Head of Alpha Media Production, Bryan Griggs. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “We are very proud of all of our talent and these awards are a great honor in recognition of all the hard works that is required for excellence. “I am very proud of our spoken word team. There is nothing better than being recognized by your industry peers,” remarked Alpha Media Portland Senior VP and Market Manager.
[WATCH] Kansas Woman Awarded $1Million In Suit Against Station
Hosts Open Up About Mistake - Say They Are Forever Changed
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2014 –– A jury has awarded a woman a total of $1 million after morning hosts on 96.5 The Buzz/Kansas City identified her as a "(p)orn star" on the air and online in 2012. According to KSHB TV, Ashley Patton, of Olathe, Kansas, sued Entercom Kansas City, the owners of 96.5 The Buzz, home of hosts "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz (below)," for false light invasion of privacy and negligent supervision. Patton received $250,000 for actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. During jury deliberations, attorneys for both sides agreed to a high-low settlement, which means Entercom will not appeal the verdict and pay the award in 45 days. Patton said she was surprised and encouraged by the verdict. She told KSHB TV: "I was hoping for their verdict," she told KSHB TV: "I am surprised by the amount. It will make stations think twice about what they put on the air." As Jockline reported in its lead story on Friday, Patton had sued over an April 2012 broadcast in which hosts Afentra (Bandokoudis) and Danny Boi (Daniel Terreros) asked listeners to send in the names of local residents who "were said to be local (p)orn stars," according to the lawsuit. Two listeners texted Patton's name, the lawsuit claimed, and during a Google search, Danny Boi found an adult film actress with a similar, but distinctly different name. The hosts announced Patton's name and high school, as well as placed it online and kept a podcast of the show online until Patton complained, according to court documents. Fritz Riesmeyer, attorney for Entercom, said that although false and highly offensive, identifying Patton as a porn star was a mistake and not done with malice, as the law required for her to collect damages.“While we are very disappointed in the outcome, we will abide by the jury's verdict,” Entercom spokesman Kevin Geary said Friday. Afentra And Danny Boi were back on the air this morning following last Friday's blockbuster $1 million settlement. Following the verdict, they sat down with KSHB TV's Lisa Benson with Afentra telling her they are 'Forever changed' by the settlement. "We're moving forward and very grateful to still be here; to still be on the air.' WATCH HERE 'PHOTOS/screengrab 2
Steve Cochran Fires Back At Steve Dahl Over WGN Rant
'So we’ll keep winning and you keep whining. But definitely keep analyzing photos like you did about the Pat Hughes picture. Radio Photo Analysis . . . good bit.' - Cochran
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014 –– Last Friday media blogger Robert Feder reported on a Steve Dahl's podcast where he went off on WGN Chicago calling it the worst radio station ever. "It’s as bad as it was when I got to town in 1978, only it’s people my age and younger doing it — committing these heinous broadcasting crimes.” What apparently fueled the comments was a photograph posted on Marianne Murciano's (WGN's Bob & Marianne Show) Facebook page of WGN staffers posing at a dedication of Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes (R). Kneeling in front is Jimmy deCastro and Todd Manley, VP/content & programming. Regarding de Castro's pose, Dahl said: 'That guy’s such a *ucking glory hog.” This was just one of several other shots aimed at the venerable talk outlet. Taking exception to Dahl's rant, WGN morning host Steve Cochran (L) fired back with a letter to Feder: '..We both know your goal here is to use us to get someone to subscribe to your “show.” Can’t help you there ... Why so bitter, Steve? You had a nice run. Enjoy your golden years ... Maybe break out some old tapes and listen when Bill and Wendy (WGN's afternoon show) were on your show. You were occasionally funny then. Or listen to how you sounded when you worked for deCastro because you certainly must know he didn’t need you . . . you needed him ... So we’ll keep winning and you keep whining. But definitely keep analyzing photos like you did about the Pat Hughes picture. Radio Photo Analysis . . . good bit." READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
[LISTEN] Slacker Calls Into Show With Update After Blacking Out On Air
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014 –– As Jockline was first to report last Friday, Slacker, half of KALC/Denver's popular "Slacker and Steve afternoon show," fell unconscious during a live broadcast during their show on Thursday. According to KUSA TV, listeners heard a loud "thump" and then music began playing. His co-host went on the air later and confirmed that Slacker did lose consciousness during the broadcast. He was taken to the hospital for some tests and was then resting. Later on Friday, Slacker was able to call into their show and joked that Steve's drive to the airport 'way more scary' than his collapse. Steve commented that when Slacker fell unconscious, 'He banged his head pretty hard.' As for Slacker's recollection, he remembered taking a phone call and the next thing he knew Steve was standing over him holding his head and then asking himself 'how did I get here?' Steve quipped, "Don't act like that's never happened before.' Slacker reported that he had gone through a number of tests to determine what exactly happened. He then said he was headed back later on Friday for more tests. After thanking Steve and show member Lil' D for their help, Slacker said he woke up with over 3,000 texts on his phone. LISTEN HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike Scott On The Rise At Adams; Angie Handa Appointed APD/Middays At NASH-FM 92.3 San Francisco; Tracey Millman Takes Director Of Operations Post For Ace And TJ Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014 –– Mike Scott has been promoted to Program Director for “Your Country US93.3” and “Great Country 103.3” for Adams Radio of Fort Wayne. Mike said “I can't thank Adams Radio enough for their confidence in me and look forward to building two power house country stations for Fort Wayne serving up today’s best country on “Your Country US93” and all the legends of country on “Great Country 103.3”. Ron Stone, CEO of Adams Radio said: “It is very hard to ignore Mike’s thirty years of major-market programming specifically a dozen years with country great WYCD in Detroit. His coaching skills and incredible on-air experience is exactly what we need in Fort Wayne to develop our country stations into the market leaders they are capable of becoming." ########### Cumulus has announced that KBBY/Ventura Program Director and popular on-air talent Angie Handa has been appointed Assistant Program Director and Midday personality for KSJO/NASH FM 92.3 in San Francisco. Handa’s show will debut on NASH FM 92.3 on Monday, October 20, and will air weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. ######The Ace & TJ Show has hired Tracey Millman as its new Director of Operations effective immediately. After working with the Sony Music Group, Tracey worked for 10 years with Sirius/XM as Operations Manager for Sirius/XM Talk Channels including acting as liaison between The Howard Stern Show and all Sirius/XM departments, “We're excited to have someone of Tracy's stature join our team. We just hope it takes a while for her to figure out that we are not as a big-a-deal as we led her to believe.” - Ace, The Ace & TJ Button syndicates through The Radio Button and is heard worldwide and soon on local affiliate streams.ey 1
Entercom Debuts The Wolf 94.1 Memphis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014 –– Promising half the commercials of its country competitors with a maximum of six per hour, Entercom/Memphis has launched Country WKQK 94.1 FM The Wolf. With the flip from Classic Rock, this marks Memphis' third country outlet which includes WQKX 105.9 FM KIX106 and WEBL 95.3 FM The Rebel. In a statement, PD Chris Michaels says that 94.1 The Wolf will be locally focused on the music that country fans want. "We are thrilled to introduce the highly successful Wolf brand to Memphis, there's a huge appetite for today's country music and we are proud to share this with Memphians." said VP/Market Manager Dan Barron. "94.1 The Wolf is the perfect complement to our local Entercom stations including 92.9 FM ESPN Radio, FM 100, 104.5 The River and ESPN 790AM."
NETWORKS: Radio America Launches Financial Show with Dawn Bennett
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014 –– Financial Myth Busting, is designed to help Americans separate financial facts from fallacies. Host Dawn Bennett is the CEO of Bennett Group Financial Services. "Our message of being true to what is really happening in the financial world as it relates to geopolitical events has struck a cord with listeners," said Bennett. "We've brought an array of guests on the show to report on subjects that deserve more attention. Partnering with Radio America allows us to take these important ideas to a much larger audience, and I couldn't be more excited." "Dawn has a way of cutting through the noise and providing clarity in the cluttered world of financial and economic opinion," the chief operator officer of Radio America, Mike Paradiso, said. Bennett regularly interviews CEOs, politicians, best-selling authors, and even the occasional celebrity. Past guests have included Sen. Rand Paul, David Stockman, Jim Rickards, Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock.com), Dr. Ben Carson, Mort Zuckerman, Magnus Carlsen (No. 1 chess player in the world), Marc Faber, Ted Nugent, Grover Norquist, David Malpass, MEP Daniel Hannan, Steve Forbes, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Peter Buffett (the musician son of Warren), Dambisa Moyo, David Walker, and more.
[WATCH] Jay Tower's Confuses 'Peonies' For 'Panties
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 298TH, 2014 –– WNIC/Detroit morning host, Jay Towers, who in addition to his radio show also somehow manages to air on Fox 2 TV News in the morning slot as well. Perhaps some of Tower's radio instincts kicked in on a recent show as TV co-host Anqunette Jamison (shown) and Jay Towers were bantering about flowers. Jamison spoke of her love of peonies. Towers thought she said “panties.” Needless to say, the floor crew, as well as Jamison, had trouble containing their laughter. Some 4,000+ YouTube views later, it appears both Tower's TV, as well as, radio listeners had some fun with it as well. The story also got tagged at numerous other national websites as well. WATCH HERE
Denver Host Recovering After Blacking Out During Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Slacker, half of KALC/Denver's popular "Slacker and Steve afternoon show," fell unconscious during a live broadcast during yesterday's show Thursday. According to KUSA TV, listeners heard a loud "thump" and then music began playing. His co-host went on the air later and confirmed that Slacker did lose consciousness during the broadcast. KALC has not said what caused the DJ to pass out. On their Facebook page they posted: "just wanted to leave a quick comment about what happened to Slacker today. First, thank you all for your well wishes. He was taken to the hospital for some tests and is now resting. That's really all the information I have as of right now. If I hear anything from Slacker or his family, I'll be sure to let you all know. Thanks again! Lil D." The station will update his condition on its website Friday.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Spriggs as NTS Radio Format Leader, Anderssen As Format Coordinator
MOTION: Live 95.5 Welcomes Bryan LaRoche To Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Alpha's Live 95.5 welcomes Bryan LaRoche to Mornings. He joins co-host, Hannah Byrom LaRoche was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and went to college on a golf scholarship but was bit by the radio bug! He got his official start in radio in 2008 as an intern for the Dave Smiley Morning Show at WZPL in Indianapolis. Eventually, he made his way to Jacksonville, FL as Afternoon host on 97.9 KISS FM WKSL where he was named, “Jacksonville's Top 30 Under 30” in
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– The recently syndicated Billy Madison Show began airing 6A-10A Monday through Friday on rock station WXNX-FM (93X), Fort Myers, FL (Sun Broadcasting). The Billy Madison Show flagships out of KISS-FM (Cox Media Group) in San Antonio, TX and is also heard on WHPT-FM (The Bone) in Tampa, FL. The show is being syndicated through Nineball Radio Networks and delivered via XDS. For more information call Stefan Jones at Nineball HQ, the number is 651-793-8400 or his cell is 651-276-2920. ######### Envision Networks® announced that Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold will be part of the all new America Weekend lineup. “I am delighted to be working with the fabulous Leslie Gold as we host a weekly show together focusing on fascinating personalities and celebrities, trends and curiosities,” said Valerie Smaldone. “We look forward to having our audience laugh along with us and learn some new things while being entertained. There is nothing like good conversation and that’s what our America Weekend is all about.” “We couldn’t be more excited to have Valerie and Leslie join the team of hosts on America Weekend,” said Michael Lichtstein, VP/Programming of Envision Networks®. America Weekend's new lineup includes hosts Mike Bennett, Ed Kalegi, Smith and Sabatino, Animal Radio® and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline. For more information on America Weekend contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poll Questions Effectiveness Of Traditional Radio Spots
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– A new poll by CRN says marketing professionals indicate they are “fed up” with the quality of results from traditional radio spot advertisements and believe “there must be a better way” to achieve marketing objectives using radio. Sixty-two percent of consumer brand marketers and advertising agency decision-makers agreed with that sentiment in a random poll conducted by radio marketing company CRN International. More than 90 percent reported less-than-stellar results from spot commercials. At the same time, 57 percent said they feel promotions, branded content and other non-advertising strategies collectively generate the greatest results for their brands. The findings, generated from 75 marketer respondents, by no means were an indictment of radio as an effective marketing medium. In fact, the vast majority of respondents reported they have used radio in their marketing mix and achieved success in a variety of ways. More than 244 million Americans listen to radio every week, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. The responses suggested high levels of satisfaction with a number of non-traditional radio marketing tactics. For example, while 57 percent indicated they were very pleased with the results of campaigns that employed branded radio content and 71 percent reported being very pleased with the results of campaigns that employed on-air celebrity DJ endorsements and recommendations, 68 percent said they would be interested in exploring radio marketing beyond traditional advertisements to separate themselves from the pack. “The results support our belief that traditional advertising, while still the most common way to deliver a marketing message on radio, is not the most effective way,” said Robert O’Mara, CRN’s Managing Director of Strategy and Development. “It’s not necessarily the fault of the ads themselves. But the nature of radio broadcasters to combine all commercials within a designated ‘stop set’ of several minutes often causes listeners to lose focus. READ COMPLETE STUDY HERE
iHeart Radio Music Fest Generates More Than 5 Billion Social Media Impressions; On Par With Academy Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– This year's iHeartRadio Music Festival generated more than five billion social media impressions, more than double from last year, putting the festival ahead of the year’s major events such as the high profile Big Game Halftime Show, in terms of related social media activity, and on a par with the Academy Awards. Twitter emerged as the dominant platform of choice for fans at this years’ event, representing two-thirds of the overall social media activity and resulting in #iHeartRadio trending worldwide on both days of the event. After Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr were the next most popular platforms. Other noteworthy statistics include: 80 percent of posts came from Millennials, the 18-34 year old demographic - A total of 37 topics related to the event trended across local, U.S. and Worldwide on Twitter over the course of the two days, including #iHeartRadioMusicFestival, #OneDirectionAtiHeartRadioFestival and #NickiAtiHeartRadio. iHeartRadio reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history, and reached the 50 million registered user milestone faster than any digital music service and even faster than Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. PHOTO/Andrew Swartz for iHeartRadio
Garrison Keillor's Play, 'Radio Man,' To Debut This Weekend
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Garrison Keillor's 1st full-length play, 'Radio Man,' is set to debut this weekend at The History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Humorist, best-selling author and longtime host of NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion,' Keillor will present his first-full length play, "Radio Man," with the main character, "The Host," played by actor Pearce Bunting (R) modeled after Keillor himself (note red shoes). Bunting's other credits include HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Keillor and Richard Dworsky, who leads The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on "Prairie Home," wrote the songs. Keillor's first full-length play will offer a glimpse of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" onstage, offstage and through the eyes of the show's creator. Seats go for $45-$15 - check it out at http://historytheatre.com. 'Radio Man" will run through Oct. 26th
RADIO'S BEST: WHAS Louisville's Terry Meiners Takes 'Best Radio Personality' Honors For 20th Time
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– In our ongoing recognition of radio host(s) taking honors in local magazine polls, you can now add WHAS/Louisville's Terry Meiners to list - FOR THE 20TH TIME! He was just named 'Best Radio Personality" although some years the category was called "Best Radio Show" "Best Talk Show" or "Best Male Radio Personality" etc. It was usually just "Best Radio Personality" over the years. I won the first one in 1986.
Benztown Profiled In Business Journal
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Benztown was profiled this week in the attached San Fernando Valley Business Journal story, "More Than a Jingle". Reporter Mark Madler visited Benztown's Burbank, CA, studios and spoke to Chachi Denes, Benztown President, and others on the Benztown team on the heels of Benztown's placement at No. 596 on the Inc. 5000 ranking of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (for the second consecutive year). Show left is Benztown President Chachi Denes and Benztown Composer Shane Drasin (on guitar) in the studio with Chachi Denes.
Tom Joyner Foundation Set To Make History
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is set to make history with an unprecedented music line up to set sail raising money to help keep students in school at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The historic voyage will take place on Carnival Breeze, the newest ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet, departing from Miami April 11, 2015. The customized eight-day itinerary includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and is the longest standing music themed and empowerment cruise. The line-up of performing artists for the 2015 cruise includes R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, TLC, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip and Fantasia. TV One’s R&B Divas, Chrisette Michele, Michel'le , Syleena Johnson, Lil’ Mo, and Monifah will be featured; plus concerts from Mary Mary, War, Ruben Studdard, Millie Jackson, and The Family Stone will be a part of the eight day Party with a Purpose®. The Tom Joyner Foundation started its annual voyage to raise money for HBCUs in 1999 as the first to charter an entire ship.
The Gene & Julie Show Are Looking For You
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– MIX 101.5 is searching for a Morning Show Producer for The Gene & Julie Show. Candidates must be highly organized, able to take direction and comfortable working in an extremely fast-paced environment. Candidates should possess strong technical abilities with previous audio production experience along with a general knowledge and interest in pop culture and current events. Candidates must be comfortable working in both the studio and on location as needed. Primary responsibilities will include (but not limited to) assisting with daily show preparation, audio editing and production, assisting with on-location broadcasts, minor on-air contributions and manage all morning show online postings. Please include a current photo and mp3 audio sample of production and/or on-air work. Interested parties should reach out to Barry Fox at email@example.com or submit info to http://www.capitolbroadcasting.com/careers/
Radio Takes Center Stage At 11th Annual Ad Week Conference
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– The radio industry will once again take center stage next week in New York at the 11th annual Advertising Week Conference, the world’s premiere annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders. Executives and on-air talent from the radio industry will prominently be featured throughout the week’s confab. Below is a list of sessions and programs featuring the radio industry. Among the featured sessions include Voices of the Original Social Media - Tuesday, September 30, The Microsoft Stage, 11:30 AM – A star studded panel (L-R) features NBC Sports Radio Network, Amani Toomer iHeartMedia’s, Bobby Bones, Angie Martinez; Hot 97’s Ebro Darden. They'll sit down with Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) president and CEO, Erica Farber to discuss their social media tactics and how they keep connected with listeners and how advertisers can leverage radio’s unique relationship. “We are thrilled to see radio playing such an important role at the media and advertising industry’s biggest assembly of forward thinking minds at Advertising Week,” noted Farber, Radio Advertising Bureau. “We will be out in full force spreading the message that radio is thriving in the media marketplace.”
MOTION: Colleen Shea Joins WKTU's Cubby & Carolina Show As Producer; Elise Woodward Exits Middays On KJR-AM Seattle; WWHX-FM Bloomington, IN, Adds Amanda Habrowski To Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– Colleen Shea (L) is joining WKTU/New York to produce the newly paired Cubby And Carolina In The Morning. Carolina Bermudez was recently teamed with Paul "Cubby" Bryant following a stint on TV. She formerly was co-host on The Elvis Duran Show. Shea will continue to serve as Executive Producer of the iHeartRadio weekly countdown hosted by Romeo. ####### Elise Woodward, a longtime host at KJR-AM, has exited her midday show on the Seattle sports outlet. Woodward began at KJR in 2002 with a nightly show, but in 2008 moved to afternoons to co-host with Mike Gastineau before his retirement in 2012. Woodward has been a sideline reporter for UW football games since 2003 and will remain in the position on KOMO.####### Connoisseur Media Hits 100.7 Bloomington, IN, adds former reality star Amanda "Ice" Habrowski to afternoons. She'll voicetrack the show from Alpha Media Live 95.5 Portland, OR, where she is based. Dana McKay joins for middays from nights at 94.7 Fresh FM/Washington, DC.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Andy Ludlum Exits KNX LA; Julie Chin To Serve In Interim
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– CBS/LA market head Dan Kearney confirmed yesterday that KNX and Andy Ludlum have parted ways. In the meantime, Julie Chin, KNX news director, will be acting program director until a replacement for Ludlum is found. Ludlum oined CBS Radio/Los Angeles in 1998 and has worked for both KNX and one-time sister-station KFWB during his time in LA. Prior stints have included stops in San Jose, Seattle and Kansas City before moving to L.A. in the mid-1990s. Kearney told NTS MediaOnline Today. “We are starting a nationwide search for a new KNX Program Director immediately.”
WGN Chicago Takes Aim At WBBM's News Listeners
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– Looks like a classic radio battle is shaping up in Chicago as WGN Radio has begun beefing up its news content, adding reporters and rolling out new features to provide an alternative to WBBM. WGN President Jimmy de Castro tells the The Chicago Tribune. "We're going to put more emphasis and energy into news, particularly while they're doing baseball," he said. Beginning Monday WGN will launch "Business Lunch," a weekday business news program going head-to-head with "The Noon Business Hour" on WBBM. The program will kick off with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano afternoon show and will focus on Chicago business and tech sector news. Morning drive is being highlighted with the hiring of TV news veteran Anna Davlantes, who stepped down as co-anchor of WFLD-Channel 32's "Good Day Chicago" last year. Davlantes will join the Steve Cochran Show beginning Oct. 13 to deliver "The Big Story," a 90-second report on a trending story delivered at the bottom of each hour. The new feature will replace an hourly headline news update and will tap into social media for topics the station hopes will generate lively on-air discussion with listeners. "The emphasis on news reflects a return to the station's roots, a mandate under de Castro, who has brought back a number of WGN alumni since taking the reins last summer," prints The Trib's Robert Channick. WBBM, which simulcasts its all-news programming on 780 AM and 105.9 FM, ranks No. 2 in Chicago in listenership with a 5.4 share in the latest Nielsen audience ratings for Chicago. WGN is tied for eighth with a 3.7 share. READ ARTICLE HERE
[LISTEN] Bob Rivers Makes Guest Appearance On BJ Shea Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– They may have spent the last few years competing in morning drive, but their friendship and mutual admiration for each other remained well intact. Yesterday, Radio great Bob Rivers paid a visit 99.9 KISW, the very station that brought him to Seattle 25 years ago, and joined The BJ Shea Morning Experience to chat about life post-retirement. Bob is a part of a charitable cause called One City, One Cause, One Week. The campaign's first mission is to raise at least $500,000 to help World Vision finish building a new hospital and clinic in Zambia. Joining Rivers was his longtime executive producer, Arik Korman, who donned a pair of headphones out of habit. No word on whether his finger was on the 'dump button.' As for the cause, get more info here: www.onecityonecause.com - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
‘Sports Jeopardy' Debuts With Fox Sports Radio's Dan Patrick
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– From Crackle, the same platform that brings you shows like Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,' debuted its newest show "Sports Jeopardy' hosted by Fox Sports Radio's Dan Patrick. “It's serious. It's game on,” Patrick tells TheWrap ”Sports Jeopardy!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiered yesterday on Crackle. The show, which attracted more than 30,000 contestants at auditions across the U.S., will be available to stream on demand year-round every Wednesday for a total of 52 episodes each year. TheWrap talked with Patrick about his new role, his main takeaway from “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and more. WRAP: How many jobs can one man have? PATRICK: I guess that depends on the day, or the week, or the month, but I have to keep busy. I was in between jobs for six weeks when I left ESPN, and I never want to have that feeling again. I just sat around. I keep working, and I'm glad I have the opportunity to have these jobs. WRAP: Have you sufficiently picked Alex Trebek's brain on hosting duties? PATRICK: He helped. He was very kind. He gave me the type of pen that you use that doesn't make a noise when you're marking up the categories. He said, “Have fun.” He said the one thing he probably didn't have enough of when he was starting was fun. And if you do, the audience will have fun with you. He even makes a cameo in one of the “Sports Jeopardy!” shows, which was awesome." READ INTERVIEW HERE
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
There's Doctor In The House For B105 Brisbane
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– A relationship expert, (s)exologist, presenter & media commentator is now part of the b105 breakfast team with Labby and Stav in Brisbane Australia. Dr Nikki Goldstein (R) is joining Labby and Stav while Labby is on maternity leave. Nikki has been a radio regular, appearing on Kiis and Edge 96 One, talk brands 2UE,4BC and on SCA’s stations as well. b105 is now home for a bit. Nikki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and a Doctorate of Human (S)exuality and is a highly credible authority on the topics of love, (s)ex, dating, romance and relationships.
Former Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host Lee Found Guilty Of Indecent Assault - Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been found guilty of indecent assault. He was cleared on a second charge of the same offence following a trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court. The jury were unable to agree a verdict on another charge of (s)exual assault and were discharged. Travis, 69, who became a household name in the 1970s, had faced a retrial after jurors failed to reach verdicts on two of the charges earlier this year.
Nick Grimshaw To Attempt Live Twerking Record On BBC Radio 1 - The breakfast show host will constantly twerk for an hour with a Guinness World Record official keeping a close eye. The attempt will take place live on Tuesday, September 30 at 8.30am in the Radio 1 Live Lounge. Next week, Grimshaw will complete a training regime with twerking 'expert' Brooklyn. Listeners will be able to submit suggestions for a twerking playlist via the station's Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #GrimmyTwerks.
FUBAR Radio’s Jon Gaunt plans to sue talkSPORT Jon Gaunt has said he will take talkSPORT to court after his upcoming case at the European Supreme Court. Jon is heading to Europe after losing his high court freedom of expression challenge against Ofcom (the UK version of the FCC). The regulator ruled that an interview, in which Jon called a councillor a “Nazi” and “ignorant pig” breached its broadcasting code. talkSPORT sacked Jon after the incident in 2008 but he claimed the watchdog’s decision to uphold complaints against him in June 2009 was an unlawful interference with his freedom of expression. He told RadioToday that once he wins in Europe, he’ll be suing the national UTV station.
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RADIO'S BEST: The Bone's Mike Calta Takes Tampa's 'Best Of The Bay' Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– Jockline recently began reaching out to radio shows who took honors in local magazine polls. Among our latest entries include Tampa's highly popular Mike Calta of CMG's 102.5 The Bone Morning Show who took 'Best Local Personality' honors in Creative Loafing's 'Best of the Bay Competition. Runner ups in the category included WUSF's Carson Cooper and Bubba the Love Sponge. Back in April, Calta retired the name Cowhead. Then in June signed a five-year contract to keep him at WHPT-FM 102.5 the Bone. In late August, The Bone announced it would discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show in morning with his show being replaced by the Mike Calta Show from 6-10 a.m. WHPT-FM remains one of the highest rated all-talk FM formats in radio.
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Gabe Hobbs Recalling The Amazing Power Pig 25 Years Later
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2014 - This weekend comes the long awaited 25th Anniversary of the legendary Power Pig Tampa. Chief organizer, Gabe Hobbs tells Jockline Daily 'Before I can tell too many stories I need to check the Statute of Limitations on certain things in the state of Florida. But I can tell you watching the sick genius of Marc Chase was an amazing experience. The brains and talent that knocked off a station that was believed to be unbeatable (Q-105) were also incredible. People like B.J. Harris, Jeff Kapugi, Tim Dukes, Tom Steele, Hawk Harrison, Dave Reinhart and dozens of others were heavily involved. There was no playbook for what we were doing and most things just happened organically like “flipping the pig.” That came about because when we would have our hand-painted graffiti promotional vans cruise the Q-105 parking lot they would always come outside and flip us the bird. So we announced that from this point forward it would be known as “flipping the pig” instead and it means I LOVE THE POWER PIG!! Nothing like having cops and otherwise normal people flip you a bird as you are driving down the street. I’ve never seen a buzz like the Power Pig.
Should Gabe recover by next February, he'll also serve as co presenter of the 6th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp - Details coming soon.
SiriusXM Dealt Crushing Blow In Pre-1972 Recording's Battle
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24T5H, 2014 –– U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, who previously acknowledged that the case "could have far-reaching effects," has 'made up her mind' to grant summary judgment to the plaintiffs on the issue of whether SiriusXM violates public performance rights. According to gigaom.com, the ruling that could put major new costs on digital radio services, ruled that the music industry can claim additional copyright in pre-1972 recordings under state law. In Los Angeles, Gutierrez sided with sixties band The Turtles, declaring Flo & Eddie (Mark "Flo" Volman and Howard "Eddie" Kaylan - shown) of The Turtles the victors in a lawsuit against SiriusXM over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The plaintiffs are seeking $100 million in damages, but the ruling could eventually disrupt the satellite radio provider as well as other services like Pandora. In her summary judgment, Gutierrez found that SiriusXM had violated California state laws by performing 15 recordings of The Turtles dating from before 1972 without a license. The lawsuit began as a state class action suit in 2013, in which singers Flo & Eddie of the Turtles — known for hits like “Happy Together” — said SiriusXM owed $100 million in unpaid royalties. The dispute between The Turtles and SiriusXM is up for debate since the federal Copyright Act explicitly covers music recordings dating from 1972. SiriusXM is also facing another lawsuit from the RIAA in California as well as more lawsuits from Flo & Eddie in other states.See 1972 Ruling HERE
Rush Limbaugh Names Names Behind 'Stop Rush' Movement
It’s remarkably tiny. Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– After an investigation, The Rush Limbaugh Show has discovered a far darker story to Stop Rush, and yesterday released the hidden story of the people and motives behind the conspiracy. At his website, he writes: 'The Stop Rush group claims to be made up of ordinary consumers unhappy with Rush Limbaugh’s comments. The group claims to be “grassroots,” just concerned consumers who won’t shop at businesses that advertise with Rush Limbaugh. In truth, however, there are no potential customers here, just a small number of hardcore political activists founded by Angelo Carusone, EVP of Media Matters for America. It’s remarkably tiny. Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers, amplified by illicit software. In addition, almost every communication from a StopRush activist originates from outside the State of the advertiser. Thus, these activists are not and never would have been customers… their only role is to harass small businesses in an attempt to interfere with their operations, as long as they are advertising with Rush. “A small number of politically motivated out of-state activists are distributing target lists indiscriminately, and annoying small businesses until they give up the advertising deals that help them grow, or risk being unable to conduct business at all. It’s not even activism… it’s blackmail,” according to Brian Glicklich, Rush Limbaugh Show spokesperson. READ ENTIRE POST HERE - PLUS NAMES OF THOSE BEHIND CONSPIRACY
JVC Broadcasting Kicks Off 93.5 The Bar In West Palm Beach With 24 Hours Of Bubba The Love Sponge
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– On Tuesday, 9.23, JVC Broadcasting closed on the second of two purchases in the West Palm Beach Market bringing WSWN 900 AM and WBGF 93.5 FM into its group of stations which also own stations in New York and Gainesville, FL. By noon, The Bar kicked off with 24-hours of Bubba the Love Sponge for a Grand Opening featuring 10,000 songs commercial free. JVC Florida Executive Vice President Shane Reeve says, “this is the only place on the dial to hang out where there’s great music, good conversation and tons of fun”! We’re doing radio the old-fashioned way, personality driven, and the Happy Hours are going to be unbelievable."
Peter Smyth, Regis Philben Among Honorees At 'Giant's' Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– The Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts is an annual celebration of the distinguished individuals who have for the past century been the creators, the innovators, the entrepreneurs, the performers and the journalists who have brought the electronic arts to the prominence they occupy in the United States and the world today, and who have set the stage for the future. The Giants Honors were established in 2003 by the Library of American Broadcasting. The Giants of Broadcasting events have in their first 11 years honored 168 individuals and two broadcast series. The next class of the best in broadcasting and electronic arts will join the honor roll in New York’s Gotham Hall on October 16, 2014. Among this year's honorees include: Regis Philbin, David Barrett, Greater Media's Peter Smyth (L), Fred Silverman, Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, a special tribute to Pat Weaver by Sigourney Weaver, Chuck Scarborough. The Library, located on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland, has grown to be the primary academic and professional resource into the history and the traditions, the struggles and the triumphs of the media that have continued to evolve from the beginnings of radio through mobile applications that are revolutionizing communications everywhere.
PHOTO/Jeff Granit, Greater Media
[LISTEN] Leann Rimes And Host Spar On Air Over Comments
RIMES: "No more talking crap. I will come kick your ass."
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– Proving once again that stars DO LISTEN to your show when they're in town, check this out: KNIX/102.5 Phoenix morning co-host, Matt McAllister, half of the Ben And Matt Show, were talking about the David Gray concert at the Comerica Theatre on Sunday. According to azcentral.com, McAllister said he heard her loudly speaking about going on stage and assumed she was "some indie-folk songwriter person we never heard of." He was surprised when Gray announced that Rimes would be joining him, and was impressed by her vocals. After she sang, he said she returned to her seat and instead of being "really respectful and gracious, she talked for the next hour... It's just as as annoying as ifyou're in a movie and the person next to you won't shut up. ... She talked like it was her show. I don't know how to explain that. It was almost like she was speaking so loudly she wanted everyone to know she was there." And, he added, "she was singing the songs louder than (Gray) was." Unbeknownst to McAllister, a not-too-happy Rimes called into McAllister's show. She said " "I was singing for the rest of the concert," she said. At the end, McAllister tried to move past the subject. "I call it like i see it, she's calling in to say something different," he said. "No more talking crap," Rimes said. "I will come kick your ass." "No more talking during shows," McAllister countered. LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Entravision Launches New Radio Program "LA's Mananitas Morning Show" On Super Estrella 107.1 FM in Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– Entravision Communications Corporation announced the launch of a new morning show called LA's Mananitas. The program, hosted by a talented cast led by Francisco "Paco" Galvez (R), Naranjito Jorge Velasquez, Hyacinth and Juan Manuel Navarro, began airing on Entravision's Los Angeles, California Super Estrella 107.1 FM on September 15, 2014. "This exciting program will be distributed on multiple media platforms including radio, mobile and digital, capitalizing on our ability to reach Latinos across mediums," said Matt Cardenas, SVP Integrated Marketing Solutions for Entravision in Los Angeles. Airing weekday mornings, Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00, LA's Mananitas will also deliver special reports from Miami, FL and Mexico City newshubs.
RADIO'S BEST: JB & Sandy Tie With Jason & Deb For Austin's Best; Miguel Fuller Takes Honors In Panama City
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– Jockline recently reached out to radio shows who took honors in local magazine polls. Among our latest entries include Austin's venerable JB & Sandy on the Fringe 105.3 and 101X's Jason & Deb who tied in The Austin Chronicle's Best Of Austin Issue for best radio personalities/shows. ####### Moving down to the gulf coast, FOJD Miguel Fuller of Panama's Island 106 took honors in Panama's City Living Magazine. He posted on his FB page "There are days I walk into the studio with Mandy and Holly (co-host) and I just want to get back in the bed. But as soon as 6am hits and we start laughing and having fun and YOU, The Miguel Show family start calling, tweeting, snap chattin us, I know getting out of bed at 3:45am is all worth it." He added: This award as Best Radio Personality would not be possible without those two women." HAVE YOU OR YOUR SHOW RECEIVED LOCAL HONORS? Send details and photos HERE PHOTO/Todd Wolfson
NETWORKS: BAMA Country 98.9 Adds AmeriCountry
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® welcomes Bluewater Broadcasting’s WBAM/Montgomery, AL as the latest affiliate of AmeriCountry, the morning show content service designed specifically for country radio. AmeriCountry features: Nashville 60, an exclusive daily entertainment report brought to you by Nashville Correspondent Becca Walls (L); Today’s 10, a daily breakdown of the top 10 most important stories of the day; one-on-one guest interviews; and even humorous content for your blog. AmeriCountry is the creation of longtime Los Angeles-based programmer Mike Marino (creator of The Rooster and AudioBitXchange) and 10 year programming veteran Jason Hillery (creator of RadioCurrents.Com, writer/producer of The Rooster, current PD at The Drive/Green Bay, WI and former PD of WIXX-FM/Green Bay, WI). AmeriCountry can be accessed at www.americountry.com and is available now for barter. Contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com for more information.
CBS Radio's Annual 'We Can Survive' Concert Returns To The Hollywood Bowl On Oct. 24th - Hosted By Carson Daly
4th Annual iHeartRadio Music Fest' To Air In 2-Night TV Special
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– The fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the MGM Grand Las Vegas wrapped up Saturday night after two days of performances. The multi-genre lineup included nearly 40 headliners who entertained concertgoers both on the main stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 19 and 20 and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon. Performers included Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki, 50 Cent, Weezer and more. More than 20,000 music fans experienced the amazing two-day event LIVE, including thousands of broadcast radio listeners from across the country who won all-expense-paid dream trips to Las Vegas as part of iHeartMedia’s summer-long on-air and online promotion. In the past four years the Festival has helped raise $1.3 million for a number of national charities, including the American Association of Cancer Research, Alliance for Lupus Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, CureDuchenne, Autism Speaks and many more. Additionally, the Festival plays host to a number of critically ill children and their families through its partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation and other similar organizations. PHOTO/Andrew Schwartz For iHeartRadio
MOTION: Fitz In The Morning Extends With 100.7 The Wolf Seattle; Boxer Heads To WCOL Columbus For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– Entercom's 100.7 The Wolf/Seattle's Fitz In The Morning has inked an extension with the country outlet. "We're thrilled to extend our partnership with Fitz on 100.7 The Wolf said VP/Prog. Dave Richards. This comes on the heels of Fitz's recent move back to Seattle from Austin where he had previously broadcast his show. ######### Boxer (L), former WMZQ, 98.7 FM Wash. DC host who recently moved to middays from mornings, is now headed to Columbus, OH. where he'll takeover afternoons and be voicetracked on other stations across the country. In his farewell message at the station's website he wrote: "I will miss you so much, but at the same time, I’m excited to go back and serve the great people of Columbus, Ohio in so many ways. My last day is this Friday (9/26) on WMZQ, and then I’ll continue to do Afternoons (3-7pm) on it’s sister station-WCOL and many others heard from East to West coast. I very much wish to stay in touch with you & hope we’ll remain together for many years to come. Thank you so much for giving my family a wonderful life here in DC - As a proud Scandinavian, I leave you with something in Norwegian…”Jeg er takknemlig til deg” -I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU…"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lauren Macleash Named Op's Manager For CBS Minneapolis Combo; Sports Talk Legend Barry Warner Becomes Yahoo! Sports Radio National Contributor; Mike Conway Tapped As Digital PD For KDWB-FM/Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– Lauren MacLeash (R) has been named Operations Manager for CBS RADIO’s KMNB and KZJK in Minneapolis. MacLeash will be responsible for overseeing the operations of both KZJK and KMNB, in addition to managing the programming, talent and production as Program Director of KMNB. Her appointment is effective Friday, September 26, 2014. KMNB – The NEW “BUZ’N@1029” - is Minneapolis’ newest country station playing NEW. BUZN. COUNTRY. at 102.9 FM. KZJK – 104.1 Jack-FM – plays classic hits for Minneapolis, at 104.1FM, streaming online at www.1041jackfm.com and the Radio.com mobile app. MacLeash's past stints have included WGFX in Nashville, WAFX Norfolk, and in 1991 transitioned to Triple A WKOC in Virginia Beach. In 1994, she headed to the Twin Cities to program Cities 97 through August 2013. MacLeash also served as Program Director for Classic Hits KQQL from 2010 to 2013. ######### Entering his 53rd NFL broadcasting season, Houston Sports Talk Legend Barry Warner joins Yahoo! Sports Radio as a national contributor and host of the “Barry Warner Classic Minute,” a new daily benchmark on KGOW 1560 and KFNC 97.5. Appearing weekly on national programs Prime Cut with Sean Salisbury and John Granato, and Hit ‘Em Up with Geoff Ketchum, Warner will take to the airwaves live from the Houston-based Yahoo! Sports Radio flagship studios Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. PT and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. PT to chat sports and entertain listeners with some of their favorite hosts, effective immediately. ######## iiHeartMedia;s KDWB-FM/Minneapolis has appointed Mike Conway as its Digital Program Director, beginning October 1. He previously served as Director of Digital Programming for Clear Channel in Madison, WI. and hosted afternoons on WMAD-FM, before exiting last June.
Townsquare Media Acquires XXL, King & Antenna From Harris
Adds Urban Music & Lifestyle Focused Digital Properties To Diversified Digital Asset Portfolio
[WATCH] 'F**k It I Quit' TV Reporter Issues Apology
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– It may be a TV story, but there wasn't a radio station in sight who didn't feast on the story. By rare chance you missed it, this involved KTVA-TV/Alaska's Charlo Greene who quit on-air during its 10 p.m. newscast Sunday, revealing herself as the owner of the medical marijuana business Alaska Cannabis Club and telling viewers that she would be using all of her energy to fight for legalizing marijuana in Alaska. At the end of the report, during a live shot, she announced that she was the club's owner and would be quitting. "Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.” Then, she walked off camera. According to The Alaska Dispatch, when asked why she quit in such a dramatic way, she said, "Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real ... most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine." "If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made," she said. In a statement posted on KTVA's Facebook page Sunday night, news director Bert Rudman said, "We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated." Alaska voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational use of pot in the state, as Colorado and Washington have. And if you must, join nearly 7 Million so far who've viewed video HERE
NETWORKS: Jim Ryan Joins ABC News Radio Network; SBG's Nashville Music Minute' Add Three; Envision's Audio Chop Shop Lassos Texas Affiliate
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– WBAP/KLIF reporter/anchor and longtime regular ABC News Radio contributor Jim Ryan is moving to the network full time. Ryan has spent his entire 30-year career at WBAP, which has had a succession of owners during his tenure including ABC Radio, Citadel Broadcasting and current owners Cumulus Media. In a memo issued to staffers earlier today, ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones confirmed the two-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner will soon work be working exclusively for the network, reporting from Dallas where he’ll cover events across the southwest and also continue to travel for breaking news assignments. “Jim is a tremendously talented reporter with significant experience covering every imaginable type of story,” said Jones. Ryan will begin his new full-time assignment for ABC News November 1st. ######### SBG's Nashville Music Minute has announced three new affiliates this week. They include WBBC-FM Richmand-Petersburg VA WKPE-FM Boston(Manchester) - KLDG-FM and Wichita-Hutchinson Plus ####### Envision Networks® AudioChopShop Welcomes KQBR-FM/Lubbock ###### Envision Networks® is proud to announce Townsquare Media’s KQBR-FM/Lubbock, TX as the newest affiliate of AudioChopShop. With Lonestar 99.5 now utilizing AudioChopShop, it joins over 700 affiliates on the Envision Services Network.
Radio & The Auto Industry Converge For Dash Conference In Detroit Oct. 15-16
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2014 –– On October 15-16, leaders from the automotive industry, Tier One suppliers, broadcasters, advertising agencies, and others will come together for this important event. Keynote speakers include the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro, and Group M's Chief Innovation Officer, Cary Tilds. Additional presentations will be provided from execs from The Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Panasonic's Aupeo division, Pandora and Slacker, Nielsen, Edison Media Research, experts from CBS Radio's WWJ and The Detroit News, Zipcar and Zagster, along with best selling author, Valerie Geller. "For radio, it's simple. The car is the #1 listening location. And automotive is the #1 sales revenue category," notes Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "These two storied industries need to form new partnerships to discuss the future. That's why we created DASH." Jacobs Media VP/GM Paul Jacobs points out, "The connected car is a technology that has snuck up on radio. There is no more important agenda item than broadcast radio's future in the car because while the automotive industry is important to radio, radio does an outstanding job selling cars." The DASH Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Information, agenda, and registration can be found at www.dashconference.com. The early registration deadline expires September 30.
Was There Really A Car In 101 WKQX Chicago's Big Black Box?
[WATCH] Iowa Host Rappels Skyscraper For Special Olympics
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Saying 'He's never done this before,' 97X Quad Cities's Bill Michaels, co-host of the hugely popular duo 'Dwyer & Michaels Show, went over the edge with Pat Miletich, a retired MMA Hall of Famer, 16 time UFC Welterweight world champ for Special Olympics. Bill Michaels tells Jockline 'He called me out on the air to do it with him because he has a HUGE fear of heights. We were 350 feet up.' So, the duo rappelled down the side of the Financial Building in Des Moines (25 stories) with Pat Miletich. When asked if he would ever do it again, Michaels quickly snapped "No!!" Check out all the photos and WATCH HERE
REPORT: Top Stars Forego Big Paychecks At Radio Shows For Media Exposure
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Some of entertainment's top stars are willing to perform for next to nothing in exchange for a media exposure, according to The Wall Street Journal. In accordance with federal law, shows such as iHeartMedia doesn't promise artists or labels airplay in exchange for their appearances. WSJ cites one veteran promoter who calls it "showola." Many artists and their labels fight for the chance to appear at a discount while promoting new songs—especially new televised shows such as the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which drew more than five million viewers for its debut in May. The televised events offer national exposure that further augments the record and ticket sales generated by that radio play. IHeartMedia has broadcast its holiday Jingle Ball and summer Pool Party events on the CW Network; it plans to televise its second annual country music festival next year as well. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
JOHN SYKES: VH1 Was Formed To Stop Ted Turner From Creating Music Channel
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– iHeartMedia's President of Entertainment Enterprise's, John Sykes tells The New York Daily News 'Confidenti@l that as co-founder of VH1, the network was first formed to stop Ted Turner from forming a music channel to compete with MTV. “We started VH1 on a $5 million budget, and the studio was literally the size of a closet,” he said. “It was Cinemax to HBO. I really thought VH1 could be for MTV graduates. I knew we had to play more than music videos, and so I created music-themed programming.” Credited as being the 'brains' behind features such as 'Behind the Music,' 'VH1 Storytellers' and 'Pop-Up Video', Sykes told Confidenti@l about his music career before kicking off the fourth annual iHeartRadio Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this past weekend. Before his network days, Sykes worked in music management and represented Mariah Carey. And what was mega-star like back then? “She was living in a studio apartment with her cat and playing songs on her piano,” he said. “She was a 19-year-old girl from Long Island with these great songs. She became this giant pop sensation, but I remember seeing her as a brilliant gospel singer. She had an amazing voice and the ability to write great songs.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Allison Warren Appointed VP/Market Manager Cumulus Nashville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Allison Warren Joins Cumulus as VP/Market Manager for Nashville Radio Stations NASHVILLE, TN, September 22, 2014— Cumulus announces that veteran radio sales and marketing executive Allison Warren has been appointed Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Nashville. Warren was previously Director of Sales for Entercom’s Austin radio stations. Prior to that she was Director of Sales for Entercom in Madison, WI, and was Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Entercom in Milwaukee, after holding consecutive Marketing Director positions for both Entercom and CBS Radio’s Denver stations. The appointment is effective immediately. Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Allison was a key part of my team in Denver some years back. She did great work there and has since built a portfolio of successes in vibrant radio markets including Austin, Madison and Milwaukee. Her results-driven, collaborative leadership style will infuse our Nashville operations with the energy and focus needed at this pivotal point in the cluster’s growth. Allison will be an incredible asset to Cumulus’ leadership team.” Warren said: “I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Cumulus Nashville team. I am excited to reunite with Jeff Brown, connect with the team, and become part of the Nashville business community. It's a great time for radio and Cumulus Nashville hosts six strong brands delivering local, personal and engaging content. With our ability to deliver innovative solutions, we are poised for success.”
MOTION: Denny Schaffer Returns To Toledo; Delilah Joins Easy 98.1/San Diego's Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that popular radio personality Denny Schaffer (L) will host an all-new morning show for the new Star 105 WWWM. Schaffer’s new weekday show debuts on Monday, September 22, from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. EST. This marks a return to Toledo for Schaffer, who formerly hosted shows on Toledo’s WSPD and WVKS. Most recently, Schaffer hosted the morning show on WRNO-FM in New Orleans. Prior to that he hosted shows on WGKA/920 and 640 WGST-AM. Joining Schaffer on the Star 105 morning show are Tricia Courtney Tischler and Suzie Moser (“Suzie the Board Op”), who were part of “The Breakfast Show” with Schaffer at WVKS. Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President & Market Manager for Cumulus Toledo said: “Denny is a magnificent talent. His ability to engage an audience is rare and we are all looking forward to working with him on the new Star 105. Schaffer added: "To come home to work with Andy Stuart again and for a company like Cumulus is a blessing! Cumulus gets that talent drives the medium and I'm ready to shake up morning drive once again!" ########## Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary station KIFM (98.1 FM) announced the addition of popular nationally-syndicated personality Delilah to its weeknight lineup. Often referred to as the "Oprah of Radio," Delilah attracts millions of listeners on more than 150 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. Delilah airs from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, beginning today, September 22.
ACQUISITIONS: Adams Acquires 8 Stations From Great Scott
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell the majority of its radio cluster in Salisbury – Ocean City, MD to Adams Radio of Delmarva Peninsula, LLC. The acquisition includes: WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM (both licensed to Seaford, DE), WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM (both licensed to Georgetown, DE), WKHI-FM (licensed to Fruitland, MD), and WOCQ-FM (licensed to Berlin, MD). The deal also includes FM Translators W242AV and W262BF. Ron Stone (L), President and CEO of Adams said "We are very excited to join the broadcast community in Salisbury – Ocean City! This cluster is another rare opportunity to acquire a company that has been in the same family for almost 50 years. We are honored to be chosen by the Scott family to be the next stewards of these great stations! These stations are a great compliment to the other markets we have acquired." This is the fourth market for Adams Radio Group since reentering the radio business last July. Adams owns and operates clusters in Las Cruces, NM, Fort Wayne, IN and suburban Chicago area in Northwest Indiana referred to as “The Region”.
iHeart Media Columbus Flips WCGX-FM/106.7 From Alternative To Hip Hop 'The Beat'
The Premiere Syndicated 'Breakfast Club' Fills Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 22ND, 2014 –– Formerly Alternative, WCGX 106.7, rebrands as The Beat. In a release, it states the new lineup will feature 'world-class on air personalities' and opportunities to be part of bigger than life events and promotions.' "106.7 The Beat is ready to take the ‘Hip Hop’s Heavy Weight Title’ in Columbus," said Doc Wynter, SVP/Urban Programming, iHeart Media. Taking over mornings will be nationally syndicated The Breakfast Club, live from iHeart Media Power 105 in New York City which is hosted by DJ Evny, Angela Yee and Charlamange Tha God. They will take over on October 6th at 5:30am.
[WATCH] NPR Host Uses Kickstarter To Keep 'Snap Judgement' Alive For Sixth Season
Reaches $54,000 First Week
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Glynn Washington (L), host and executive producer of NPR radio's, Snap Judgement launched a crowdfunding campaing on Kickstarter last week to raise $150,000 in hopes of keeping the show alive for a sixth season. In the first week, he drew $54,000 from 1,000 backers. 'Snap Judgement' is described as exploring real life drama complete with “lush’ soundscapes that are paired with 'DJ driven rhythms.' “Snap ain’t free,' says Washington. 'If you want the biggest, baddest, Season Six of Snap – complete with Storytellers, Sound Designers, Writers, Musicians, Fire-eaters, Raconteurs, and Regular Folk – time to pony up. Put your money where their months are and get great gifts along with the stories that rock your world. Let ‘em know you live your story… with a BEAT.” The campaign is expected to close on October 10th. WATCH HERE
Wise Brother Media Offers Free Trip To MSBC 27 In Contest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Wise Brother Media has announced their first Studio Think Tank ''Battle of the Bits'' contest. Modeled after the legendary 'Battle of the Bits' session that happens each year at Morning Show Boot Camp, the grand prize is a registration and hotel stay for Morning Show Boot Camp 2015. The contest will start today, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 and run through Friday, September 26th, 2014 at NOON PST. Studio Think Tank members can post up to three of their best bits on the Studio Think Tank website. The contest will be judged by celebrity guest judges Dave Ryan of “The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show”, Rick Rumble of “Rumble in the Morning”, and Eric Rowe, producer for “The Roula and Ryan Show”. The grand prize will be a free registration and hotel accommodations for next summer's Morning Show Boot Camp happening August 6th & 7th, 2015 (details coming Oct. 1st) The winner will be announced during a live video chat with the three celebrity judges on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. For full details or to enter the contest with a free trial membership to Studio Think Tank, visit www.StudioThinkTank.com. For questions, contact Danny Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] KRBE Houston's Mumbles Steals Attention During iPhone TV Coverage With Multiple Video Bombs
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2014 –– Hopefully, your breakfast has been fully digested before watching KRBE's Mumbles, of The Roula And Ryan Show, who turned his well-placed iPhone body graffiti into a TV attention-getter. It happened last week on not one, but three local TV show including the popular "It's the Isiah Factor on Fox 26, Univision and KPRC TV as well. for the release of the new iPhone 6. See more photos HERE if you dare. Also, Watch VIDEO HERE
WNOR Norfolk's Rick Rumble Show Gives The Finger To Cancer Awareness
MOTION: TT Torrez Takes MD Post At Hot 97 NYC; Things Turn Smelly For The Bone's Lamont And Tonelli Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Emmis New York has named TT Torrez (L) as its new Music Director of Hot 97 New York. Torrez arrives from Radio One's iPower 92.1/Richmond, VA, as its MD/midday talent. "I would like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steal, Deon Levingston, and most of all, Jay Dixon and Ebro Darden, for believing in my talents and allowing me the opportunity to further grow my career with the Emmis family," Torrez said. "As a young girl growing up in New York, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to work for the station that I grew up on. My desire to get into radio was because of the influence Hot 97 had on me as kid. This opportunity is an amazing blessing and a perfect example that if you work hard, stay humble and put God first, dreams really do come true!" ########## Over on the west coast, after sifting through countless applicants (three), the Lamont and Tonelli show proudly announces the hiring of their third choice, Eric Smeltzer (inset). Smeltzer, or "Smelly" as he's famously known throughout the industry, will assume the title of "Director of Creative Content/Man Servant.” Eric comes from Premiere Networks where he has worked for the past 13 years, in various roles, including producer of the infamous Hazardous Comedy Network. Smeltzer commented, "I’ve been waiting my whole life to be underpaid and underappreciated. I am beyond thrilled to contribute my material and make others rich." Smeltzer’s disappointed parents could not be reached for comment.
The Beast 980 Set To Feed On LA Sports
Marques Johnson and Jeanne Zelasko to Host the Only Local Morning Sports Show in Los Angeles
Bobby Bones, KHAY Ventura Take Honors In Local Magazine Polls
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– The Tennessean's 2014 Annual Toast of Music City contest choices has been released. In its Entertainment category, among 90 other categories, Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones, who airs on Nashville's The Big 98 WSIX, took gold medal honors, followed by Silver going to Woody & Jim at the River 107.5 and Bronze going to Bone's show cast member, Amy Paige. ########### Meanwhile, back in southern cal, Cumulus' KHAY has won the VC Reporter’s “Best Ventura Radio Station” for the second consecutive year. The attached picture is Operation's Manager, Chris Cox, accepting the award from the VC Reporter publisher David Comden during yesterday's morning show.
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[LISTEN] More On Dottie Ray, 90 Yr. 2014 Marconi Recipient
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Like many who glanced over the recent winners of this year's Marconi awards during the NAB/RAB Radio Show, there was at least one winner who definitely deserved some special attention. Dottie Ray, who retired in May from KXIC Radio in Iowa City, took honors after an impressive 55 years with the station, which included 14,144 shows and 32,397 guests. According to thepresscitizen.com, Ray said from her apartment, which had been converted to a radio studio some years ago, "My radio show in retrospect turns out to be one of the greatest luxuries in my life and what fun to have this, the greatest luxury, so I thank you. I'm overwhelmed." Ray was selected from a group of five finalists for the Marconi Small Market Personality of the Year award. She was the only Iowan finalist. Ray was first approached by Gene Clausen, the founder a new local radio station with the call letters KXIC, to host a weekend show. Ray hosted the "President Alice" show, which focused on the youth of Iowa City, for three years before "The Dottie Ray Show" first aired Sept. 4, 1959. Read more about Ray HERE - LISTEN TO AUDIO STORY HERE
NETWORKS: Dr. Oz Extends With WWO; Meltdown Takes The Core Past The 100th Show Milestone
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Westwood One is pleased to announce it has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the daily one-minute feature, Daily Dose with Dr. Oz. The popular feature airs on nearly 150 stations and in six of the top 10 markets. “Not a day goes by that I don’t get positive feedback from listeners of Daily Dose. My goal is to spread the message of good health – body, mind and spirit. Syndication with Westwood One helps to expand that message to an attentive and diverse audience,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Dr. Oz,” said Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk for Westwood One. “He’s a brand and a voice that people trust for great insight. They seek him out and we are happy to oblige.We love being able to connect our listeners to content that can improve their lives.” ######### Envision Networks announced that The Core is celebrating its 100th show milestone. TheCore is a weekly two-hour program featuring the music and artists that thrived in the 90’s and is heard on affiliate stations of the Envision Rock Network. Hosted by Meltdown (L) and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF. As one of the first nationally syndicated shows to follow the PPM format, The Core is programmed with extended music plays and only two commercial breaks an hour. The Core uses weekly benchmarks to dig deeper into the roots of the bands that formed their sound in the 90’s by highlighting interview clips and actualities in the “Artist Profile,” remembering the big musical event of the week in rock history with the “Core Sample.”For more information, visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com.
CARSON DALY: I’ve Been Able To Raise A Family On Counting Backwards Thanks to Someone Like Casey Kasem
"I Do A (Radio) Show Everyday, And I’m Most Proud Of It"
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Fresh off news that he and former radio-mate, Jimmy Kimmel has sold a radio-themed script to ABC TV, comes a nice piece in this week's Variety on Radio/TV host, Carson Daly. When asked on his takeaways from his days on MTV's “Total Request Live?," he said “TRL” was live for an hour every day. It was great boot camp or training for “The Voice,” just how to handle any situation that could possibly come up in tough circumstances — like teenage girls screaming, music videos playing and guests dropping by. It was great training for the ‘Today” show, too." He was also asked to comment on Casey Kasem's recent passing. "My mother was in radio, so I grew up around it. Then I ended up getting into radio, interning for Jimmy Kimmel when I was 18. I do a show everyday, and I’m probably most proud of it. So people like Casey who were giants in the business, I have a great deal of respect for radio and all his contributions to it. … And I count backwards for a living — now I do a weekend countdown show on CBS Radio. I’ve only been able to raise a family on counting backwards thanks to someone like Casey Kasem. Read Entire Piece HERE
[WATCH] Darrell Hammond To Replace Don Pardo As Announcer On ‘Saturday Night Live’
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Darrell Hammond, a cast member on SNL from 1995 until 2009, will succeed Don Pardo as the show's announcer. In an announcement from NBC on Thursday, they wrote: A new voice will be introducing the cast of SNL's 40th season – but not an unfamiliar one. Darrell Hammond, an SNL cast member from 1995 to 2009, will be taking over for Don Pardo, who passed away in August. Hammond spent 14 seasons on the show, longer than any other cast member in the show's history. His first episode serving as announcer will be the September 27 premiere hosted by Chris Pratt with musical guest Ariana Grande. Hammond's time at SNL is best remembered for his spot-on impressions, including President Bill Clinton (L), Vice President Al Gore, Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain, Sir Sean Connery and Regis Philbin. In addition, Hammond is also a New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian and actor. According to nytimes.com, Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator and executive producer, said replacing Mr. Pardo was a task he had never looked forward to, having continued to employ Mr. Pardo’s legendary voice well into the announcer’s advancing years. He died in August at 96. "There were a lot of sweet ideas about carrying on with Don somehow,” Mr. Michaels said in an interview. “Because everyone has a Pardo impression. But he had the greatest run and he’s a completely beloved figure. So I thought: Don’t turn this into something else. That period ended.” WATCH CLINTON IMPERSONATION HERE
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Piers Morgan Fills In On talkSPORT
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Piers Morgan to co-host talkSPORT Drive Journalist, judge, editor and presenter Piers Morgan is joining talkSPORT for a one-off programme this week. He tweeted that he was the ‘anchor man’ of the afternoon drive programme on the UTV station. He was co-hosting with Adrian Durham as Darren Gough takes the day off.
Today FM in Australia Donates To Family Of Royal Hoax Nurse –– Southern Cross Austereo, owners of Sydney’s Today FM have donated A$500,000 (US$454,000) to the family of a UK nurse, Jacintha Saldanha who killed herself after putting through a hoax call to the hospital room of Prince William's wife. Southern Cross Austereo expressed its "deepest sympathy" to Jacintha Saldanha's relatives. The hoax call was made in December 2012, during the Duchess of Cambridge's first pregnancy, by Southern Cross Austereo presenters pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince William's father Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. The fact the call was put through to the Duchess of Cambridge's room at King Edward VII's Hospital in London, meant that details about her treatment for severe morning sickness were revealed to the public. Mrs Saldanha, 46, from Bristol, was found dead just days after taking the call. Last Friday, one of the radio presenters involved in the prank call made a tearful apology at the inquest into Mrs Saldanha's death. "This tragedy is always going to stay with me as a constant reminder," Mel Greig said in a statement.
ELO Returned To Radio 2’s Hyde Park Sell-Out –– Jeff Lynne played hits including Mr Blue Sky and All Over the World to a sell-out crowd in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday. It was the first live performance in 28 years by the Electric Light Orchestra. Fifty thousand tickets were snapped up in less than 24 hours for Radio 2's 'festival in a day'. Jeff’s last performed a live concert in ELO guise in 1986, before forming the Traveling Wilburys supergroup and taking on production and writing duties for the likes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Brian Wilson. Chrissie Hynde opened Sunday's show, with Blondie also on the bill. Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park was broadcast live on Radio 2 and the Red Button on BBC television on Sunday September.
CBS' Moonves Puts Number On Stations He'd Like To Reduce
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– After hinting CNBC's David Farber last week that he would be open to selling some radio stations outside its major markets, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said yesterday he'll seek to decrease CBS' current number of 126 stations to 'somewhere in the high to low 80's.' According to Reuters, Moonves hopes for the decrease to happen "over the next year or so," he said at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference. He did not specify how the company would sell the radio assets. PHOTO/cnbc
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Charese Fruge Rises To VP/Programming For CBS Las Vegas; iHeartMedia Taps Cat Collins For National Post; Jeff Weber To Consult Synchroncity
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Charese Fruge has been named Vice President, Programming for CBS RADIO’s six station cluster in Las Vegas, it was announced yesterday by Jerry McKenna, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO Las Vegas. Fruge takes on the added role in addition to her responsibility as Program Director for KMXB-FM, KXTE-FM, and their respective HD Radio digital channels, Rewind 94.1-HD2 and Sin 107.5-HD2. Cat Thomas serves as Program Director of CBS RADIO Las Vegas’ KLUC-FM, as well as KXNT-FM and KXNT-AM, and KXST-AM. Fruge has spent 20 years in radio both on-air and in programming with stations such as KYSR, Star 98.7 in Los Angeles, KLLC, Alice in San Francisco, KSCF, Sophie @ 103.7 in San Diego, KALC, Alice in Denver, KKBQ, 93Q in Houston and WEZB, B-97 in New Orleans. ######### iHeartMedia announced that Cat Collins will join the company's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams, effective immediately. He will continue in his roles as Brand Manager for Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), serving as iHeartMedia's in-house programming expert for the format, and as Program Director for Premium Choice. Collins most recently served as Program Director for KYLD Wild 94.9 and KIOI Star 101.3 in San Francisco. iHeartMedia San Francisco will begin an active search for a Program Director for KYLD and KIOI. ######### Jeff Weber has been hired to join the team at Synchronicity. He tells Jockline " I've been in discussions with them for the past few weeks and look forward to being a part of their cutting edge company. Additionally, I have signed an agreement to consult for Forte Family Broadcasting."
MOTION: Longtime Pittsburgh Host Jim Krenn Returns To The Air At KDKA For Mornings; Joan Hamburg To Air Weekend Show On 77 WABC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Beginning tomorrow, Jim Krenn will be heard once again on Pittsburgh's airwaves courtesy of KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. He tells the post-gazette.com: “I had all of these different things going on, but I did miss the connection I had with listeners on morning radio,” he said. “It’s something I’d done for a quarter- century, and I’m a Pittsburgh guy. I wasn’t going to move from Pittsburgh.” "It’s like adding another big bat to an all-star lineup, and will give KDKA listeners another reason to smile heading into the weekend,” said Jim Graci, program director for Newsradio 1020 KDKA." Krenn said it will be no problem toning down the language for KDKA: “I’ve always known the boundaries. Even on [podcast] ‘No Restrictions’ it just means I can swear. ... I mean, I’ve never even gotten a [radio broadcast] warning from the FCC.” ########## Cumulus announces that Hall of Fame Broadcaster Joan Hamburg will join 77 WABC to host “The Joan Hamburg Show” beginning Saturday September 20, 2014. The new show will air on Saturdays from 1p-3p. Hamburg is a familiar and award-winning voice in New York radio, best known for her years spent as host of “The Joan Hamburg Show”. “Adding Joan to our roster of talent is a no brainer. New York expects to hear big personalities on 77 WABC and they don’t get much bigger than Joan Hamburg,” said Craig Schwalb, Program Director at 77 WABC. Hamburg’s move to Cumulus comes on the heels of other high-profile personalities joining 77 WABC’s live and local format, including Geraldo Rivera, Pat Kiernan, Rita Cosby, Curtis Sliwa, Ron Kuby and most recently Larry Mendte. PHOTO/file
Former Host Files (S)exual Harassment Suit Against Ohio Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– A former host for WNIR/Akron has files a (s)exual harassment suit against the northern Ohio station alleging she was referred to by a crude anatomical reference at a public event by another host. According to norwalkreflector.com, the former WNIR host, Maggie Fuller (shown,) has filed the suit against the radio station and its owners, Bill and Bob Klaus. Fuller parted ways with 100.1-FM one year ago after the station owners declined to discipline another WNIR host who was reported to have referred to her using a crude anatomical reference at a public event. The suit accuses the owners of 'abetting unlawful discriminatory practices, causing Fuller to lose $38,000 a year in income plus benefits, as well as suffer mental anguish, humiliation and loss of reputation.' It asks that Fuller be reinstated at the station and compensated for lost wages, or if not reinstated, given lost income as well as “future wages and benefits.” It also seeks $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Fuller, aka Nancy Jones of Kent, was hired by WNIR in 1999 and joined the morning crew, where banter “required” her to “endure a degree of (s)exual innuendo with her male colleagues.” Reportedly, Bill Klaus always instructed employees that there were limits on language that would be permitted on air, in public and in the workplace, “including avoidance of obscene and hateful terms,” the suit says. During the summer of 2013, the station sponsored “patio parties” at a local restaurant. At one such event on Aug. 29, the lawsuit said, Denning was in a conversation with WNIR fans when another host repeatedly called Fuller the “c” word. PHOTO/Fuller READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
FORMATICS: KDKB Phoenix Flips From Rock To Alternative AZ 93-3
NETWORKS: Red Cup Country Chalks Up Five New Affiliates
New York, NY – September 17, 2014 – United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) and its production partner The 29Group Inc. are proud to announce that the weekly weekend party show, RedCup Country, has been growing its reach in syndicated radio with the recent addition of no less than five (5) Country outlets recently. The announcement comes from USRN’s VP/GM of Content Affiliations, Frank Vulpi at the company’s headquarters in New York, and the newest affiliates of the program are: WDSY-FM (“Y-108”) - Pittsburgh, PA, KZZI-FM (“95.9 The Eagle”) - Rapid City, SD, KWOZ-FM - Batesville, AR, KGRT – Las Cruces, NM, WBTU-FM (“US-93.3”) - Ft. Wayne, IN. RedCup Country is a five-hour weekly show designed to reflect the energy and vibe of the weekend lifestyle of today’s country music audience and hosted by radio personality Sean “Coop” Tabler, former night personality on Detroit’s legendary WYCD and now morning host of 98.7 AMP Radio in the Motor City. The program is primarily intended to be broadcast on Friday or Saturday nights, and is full of a variety of fun features including “RedCup Karaoke” where country artists and listeners alike can request their favorite party songs. And every hour of RedCup Country features MashvilleTM mini-mixes, a 10 minute club-style blend of hot country songs to fill up the dance floor produced by the collaboration of X-MIX producer “DJ Skillz” and former Hot Mix Radio operations manager “TJ the DJ” Hess.
[WATCH] Dee Snider Rocks Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Recently, national radio host Dee Snider donned his Twisted Sister wig in Westchester, NY to perform at the 8th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational & Auction Dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The dinner was hosted by Elvis Duran with the entire Trump clan in attendance. The foundation has donated or pledged more than $28 million to St. Judes. *Note Donald Trump’s reaction to the performance WATCH HERE
WKRP Cincinnati Getting DVD Release With Original Music
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Television's infamous WKRP in Cincinnati, thanks to the way music licensing contracts were written at the time, lost its rights to use the original versions of the songs and was forced to replace them with generic knockoffs, according to Entertainment Weekly. But later, when it moved to cable and home video it did so with the same soundalikes.
[WATCH] WARM 98 Co-Host Takes To The Sky In Epic Payoff
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– As a follow up to last week's failed flight over FAA rule, WARM 98's Marianne Curan finally headed to the sky following her Battle of the Sexes Payoff. The women lost the best of 40 game series and Marianne Curan was to tow a banner that said “Men are Superior.” They were delayed on Friday due to intervention by the FAA, but once that all got squared away we towed the banner on Monday. Somehow the banner was altered just before it took off. Her husband and co-host, Bob Goen found out about the banner after listeners called in the report. Marianne broadcast her part of the show from the ‘chase’ plane that was following the plane towing the banner. Attached is a picture of the banner approaching Cincinnati yesterday morning. WATCH HERE
KFI/KOST Friends; Former Members Gather For Casual Reunion
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Consultant/Author Valerie Geller tells Jockline, 'This EXTREMELY informal gathering recently took place with the help of Jhani Kaye's former assistant Paula Mitchell Manning (Paula Manning)." She says the atmosphere was FUN and Jhani Kaye made a fabulous video, cash prizes were given for "best bowling score" (always fun to have an activity - and this was BOWLING. It took place in Bowlmor bowling alley in Pasadena - and people came in from all over Lots of generations of staff there - and so many who moved on to do interesting things and have happy successful lives both in and out of radio/media/film/TV/online broadcasting etc. Among the many who attended included: TOP L-R KFI/KOST - Geller, Jhani Kay, David Hall, Chris Little BOTTOM L-R Karen Sharp, Geller, MaryCatherine Sneed, Tom Leykis And Joe Crummy.
WANTED: An Extra Producer For The Bert Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Tracey Kinney, Director of Operations The Bert Show, tells Jockline that 'The Bert Show is growing and looking to add more hands to one of the fastest growing morning shows in the country. We need someone who is willing to work hard and can learn quickly. You’ll assist in all the behind scenes magic it takes to make The Bert Show happen so you must be organized but able to adapt to any situation. Audio editing experience is required; phone screening and board op experience a plus! Send us an email to express your interest and tell us why you’d be perfect. Don’t forget to attach your resume and audio sample. The Bert Show offers a blend of lifestyle advice, national entertainment news, celebrity interviews, humor and on-air community to listeners 12+. Nationally Syndicated by Yea Networks, the Atlanta based Bert Show has grown to encompass markets such as Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Salt Lake City, UT; Indianapolis, IN; Nashville, TN; Charleston, SC and many others. CONTACT: Email: email@example.com No Phone Calls Please.
CBS Denies Threatening WFAN's Francesa With Legal Action
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– “There has been no discussion of any kind in regards to a lawsuit,” said a spokesperson for CBS Radio. This was in regard to WFAN's Mike Francesa claim that he received a letter from his bosses threatening legal action if he continues to harp on the air about his uneven relationship with Fox. According to The New York Post, when told of the latest news during Tuesday’s broadcast, Francesa responded by saying: “Semantics. Tell the truth. I was given it and I can produce it. Cease with the nonsense.” Francesa said he received a letter from his bosses threatening legal action if he continues to harp on the air about his problems with Fox. Since signing with the network in March, Francesa’s show has often been pre-empted and he's often relayed these issues with his radio audience. After returning to his show on WFAN for his 25th anniversary, he said "Sometimes you get a cake or a watch, sometimes you get a letter threatening to sue you. That's what I got. So that's why we can't talk about it right now. I'm frustrated, but there's not much we can do." Francesa’s show was previously simulcast on the YES Network. 1
Chicago's Loop On The Hunt For New Morning Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Cumulus' The Loop/97.9 has a rare morning opportunity in a city with great history Of personality radio. Earlier this week (JL 9.15) they announced a revamp of its weekday line-up that features personalities Tim Virgin (R), Lyndsey Marie (R) and Pyke. Since the late ‘70’s, The Loop has provided the soundtrack to growing up in Chicago, with a long history of delivering rock music and legendary radio personalities to generations of Chicagoland listeners. The next chapter begins as former “Looper,” Tim Virgin returns to Chicago for WLUP Afternoon Drive. Lyndsey Marie to middays and Pyke at night. Right now they are looking for a truly entertaining personality who can meet the high expectations of that cities audience. Send your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line note "Chicago"
SYNDICATION: Johnjay & Rich Add SL100/Hattiesburg To Lineup; Notorious 90's Welcome KLKK/Iowa
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 17TH, 2014 –– – Hattiesburg’s SL100 announced the addition of The Johnjay & Rich Show to the station’s weekday programming lineup. They're Joined by co-host Kyle (R) “Johnjay and I are so excited for our show to be heard in ‘The Hub City,’” stated Rich Berra of The Johnjay & Rich Show. “Having grown up in St. Louis and spending time in New Orleans with all my family, this part of the world really echoes what our show is about." ######## Envision Networks® Notorious 90’s is proud to welcome KLKK-FM/Mason City, IA as the latest affiliate of the new weekly 2-hour 90’s rock show. Hosted by LA Lloyd and produced by Joe Kelly (Producer of AV Deli and Sun City Café), Notorious 90’s also includes comedy flashbacks and pop culture mind-benders.The Fox Rocks the 90’s Notorious-ly “I was looking for a show, not just a syndicated version of voice tracking,” said James Shaman, Program Director at 103.7 The Fox. “I wanted a show that was entertaining, fun, and featured the music I grew up with. Notorious 90’s fit the bill perfectly!”
Casey Kasem's Former Nurse Now Suing His Wife Jean
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– The nurse who looked after the ailing Casey Kasem in the days prior to his death is suing his wife, Jean, claiming she wasn't paid for $10,000 in services. The Daily Mail cites court documents showing Susan Stromin cared for radio legend Casey between May 8 and May 11 this year, just a month before he died on June 15. Stromin claims she looked after Casey in May and was never paid for it. She is also suing for 'loss of sleep, stress, deceit and physical strain'. She claims she worked 42.5 hours of work at $75 an hour while caring for Casey at his Beverly Hills home. The work totaled $2,257.50 and she's also claiming $6,742.50 for 'balance of categories'. The lawsuit was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court on August 29 and a trial has been set for November 10. The court documents state that the case was postponed because the court was unable to serve Jean with the legal papers, reporting she was out of state, and out of country. Jean arranged for her husband's body to be flown to Oslo, Norway after making bizarre claims that she has Norwegian heritage. She and Casey were married for 34 years. The Santa Monica police department is currently investigating claims of elder abuse against Casey in his final months.
MOTION: Steve & Vikki Return To Atlanta With Podcast; Raven Brinson Takes Middays At Hot 107.9 Ft. Wayne
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Add longtime morning hosts Steve & Vikki to the growing list of former broadcast radio shows returning via podcast. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, one of Atlanta's longest running shows in the 1990s through the mid-2000s, Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke have reunited in podcast form. After leaving Star 94 in 2007 after an extensive run, they returned to crosstown B98.5 in 2008 until McCoy left 2010. Locke continued for another three years but left the show last year. McCoy, who made the podcast available on YouTube and I Heart Radio, said reaction so far has been terrific and he already has had two advertisers approach him. So there could be money here for the taking.' ######### Raven Brinson (L) has been hired by Adams Radio of Fort Wayne to serve as Midday Host for Hot 107.9 in Fort Wayne. She arrives from Q92 WDJQ-FM (Canton, OH) where she served as PM Drive & Assisted PD. “I am thrilled to join the team at Adams Radio Fort Wayne, an innovative and opportunity-driven company focused on its stations and the local communities they serve. Likewise, I am eager to further the vision of Robbie Mack and Adams Radio Group for HOT 107.9!," said Raven.
105.1 JACK-FM/Kansas City Draws 9,500 For Throwback Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– This past weekend, 105.1 JACK-FM/Kansas City hosted JACK’S THROWBACK party at the KC Live! Block in the Kansas City Power and Light District, featuring KC and the Sunshine Band. Special guest DJ, JT Quick took the stage at 7pm and KC and the Sunshine Band had the party shakin’ for nearly two hours. This free event attracted over 9,500 revelers and over $1,000 in cash and prizes were awarded in the '70’s costume contest. Mark Sullivan, Market Manager for Cumulus Kansas City said: “For an inaugural event, we were more than thrilled with the turn out and crowd participation. Jack’s Throwback proved itself to be an event Kansas City is excited for and we’re excited to make this an annual event. Listeners and sponsors agree that it was a home run!” Ashley Coppock, Promotions Director for 105.1 JACK-FM said: “The creative wheels are already turning for 2015! This will be a hard one to top. The response and attendance totally exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to do it again!”
Kurt Warner Makes Debut On WWO's Monday Night Football
Last night, two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner debuted as Westwood One’s Monday Night Football analyst alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan. The game was played at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. It was as successful a night for Warner in the booth as it was for the Eagles on the field, who rallied in the second half and flew past the Colts for a 30-27 win. Warner is alternating weeks with Boomer Esiason throughout the regular NFL season on Westwood One.
Clear Channel Rebrands As iHeart Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel announced today that it has become iHeartMedia. The newly named company includes a wide range of advertising-supported, consumer-focused media businesses, including 859 radio stations in over 150 markets, with more than 245 million listeners a month -- iHeartMedia Digital; Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, 20,000 live music events, its related companies, including Katz Media Group; as well as Clear Channel Outdoor. 'iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices,' said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.
Don Gosselin Named PD For KAJA and KRPT San Antonio ; Bree Wagner Rises To APD; Tim Lewis Takes PD/Afternoon Drive Post At WJBC/Bloomington
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Justin Wittmayer Named VP/Market Manager For Cumulus San Francisco
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that Justin Wittmayer has been appointed Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus San Francisco. Wittmayer was most recently Vice President/Sales for Clear Channel Miami. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for Clear Channel San Francisco, Market Manager for Clear Channel San Jose, and Director of Sales for Clear Channel San Jose. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Our business in San Francisco is very complex. The assortment of formats, which now include Nash FM, coupled with three major sports teams requires a leader who understands how to maximize revenue and cash flow from each. Justin not only understands what it takes to drive revenue, he knows how to run a business. His years of experience in the Bay Area will serve us well with the relationships he's established in the ad community and with recruiting top talent. We are thrilled to welcome Justin to the Cumulus family - now at the helm of our San Francisco operations.” Wittmayer said: “I am overcome with excitement to be joining the Cumulus team in San Francisco. Cumulus has afforded me a prodigious and challenging opportunity to partner with a brilliant organization and legendary brands in my hometown. I can't wait to get started.”
Former Syracuse Host Fighting For His Life In Arizona
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Longtime Syracuse host, Ron Bee, one half of the popular Rick & Ron Show on WOLF and later, co-host with Becky Palmer on B104.7 is now fighting for his life in Arizona. According to syracuse.com, Bee's career was sidelined in 2007 after an auto accident on his way to work left him with damage to his spine and needed surgery. Bee lost his voice. and was left with five inches of titanium in his neck and a "voice like Mickey Mouse." It would be three years before it returned to normal. Bee was forced into retirement and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. with his family to escape the cold, which bothered his neck. This past February, Bee went to the doctor for what he thought was the flu, but it turned out he had leukemia. Now some seven months later, the cancer, which his doctor believes was from his time Vietman where he was sprayed with Agent Orange. A stem cell transplant is planned which could extend his life beyond the one year prognosis doctors have currently given him. Bee describes the procedure as brutal with only 'one in three patients' making it past hospital. Bee says he's spoken with a few survivors who have undergone the transplant. Without the surgery, however, doctors give him a 20 percent chance of surviving the next year. Bee's son created a GoFundMe campaign to help cover his family's expenses over the next few years. Visit his gofundme page HERE
Straight Men Marry Each Other Contest Draws Outrage
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 16TH, 2014 –– New Zealand legalized same-sex marriages over a year ago, but now many in the gay community is outraged over a same-sex marriage between lifelong friends Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh this past weekend who are both hetero(s)exual They agreed to wed as part of a radio contest by The Edge in New Zealand where they won a free trip to the Rugby World Cup next year in the UK. According to care2.com, the men have been friends since they met playing rugby as young children. They have committed to staying together for at least two years. “It trivializes what we fought for,” said activist Neill Ballantyne. Fellow activist, Joseph Habgood, concurred. “The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something that they think is worth having a laugh at.” The married couple insist they mean no disrespect. “We are not here to insult anyone,” said McCormick. “We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.” The humor, McIntosh argues, comes from “seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.” Of course, The Edge is no stranger to controversial contests having married complete strangers three times over the years and staging nude wedding and three elopements to Las Vegas. Plus, after losing the Edge competition 'Would You Rather,' morning co-host Dom Harvey marched in last year's Auckland Pride Parade dressed in a wig, G-string, and holding a sign which read "Queen for a Day." As a sidebar, Harvey is releasing another book next month titled: 'Dom Harvey: Childhood of an Idiot'
Fox Sports Debuts In New Orleans
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– CCM+E New Orleans announced the launch of FOX Sports 1280 AM, effective immediately. WODT-AM now features FOX Sports Radio’s lineup of leading sports entertainment programs, including Jay Mohr Sports (shown), Steve Gorman Sports!, FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North and JT “The Brick,” in addition to the network’s weekend programming. FOX Sports 1280 AM will provide New Orleans sports fans with relevant, credible coverage of sports news and games. FOX Sports 1280 AM Program Director Jim Fisher stated, “We're so happy to partner with the FOX Sports brand and provide the type of coverage New Orleans deserves. Hosts like Jay Mohr show that the medium is capable of so much more and we're proud to be part of that.”
PHOTO OPS: Envision's Laura Orkin Attends Oprah's 'The Life You Want' Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Laura Orkin COO, Envision Networks (pictured left) compares notes with Oprah Winfrey on “THE LIFE YOU WANT” this past weekend in Auburn Hills, Michigan. At her website, Oprah describes the event saying "I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it," Oprah Winfrey says. In this moving and intimate one-woman show, she brings her story and vision to life, creating a transformative journey for every person in the audience. Orkin tells Jockline Daily: ”Oprah is a broadcast pioneer and was so gracious to share her insights on the path we take to achieve our goals. Her message was inspirational.”
[LISTEN] KIIS LA & ReelWorld Celebrate 10th Anniversary With New Jingles
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles has updated their sound with the all-new KIIS 2015 jingle package from ReelWorld. The jingle package represents a complete makeover of the KIIS brand, melding the heritage "Kiss FM" three-note signature logo with a new, modern vocal sound reflecting the CHR playlist of today and the format trends of tomorrow. The new package was recorded in Seattle, WA near the ReelWorld U.S. headquarters and marks the ten-year anniversary of the partnership between KIIS LA and ReelWorld. KIIS Program Director John Ivey said: “Apparently, composing and producing these new KIIS jingles was the easy part. Analyzing, understanding, dissecting, digesting, and transforming exactly what I was hearing in my head, well, that was a little more challenging. I’ve been with ReelWorld for more than 14 years and the guys know what I want even before I do. Like always, they nailed it!” ReelWorld’s Creative Director Erik Huber expressed his excitement over the KIIS 2015 release: "As a station known for its brand awareness among young listeners, KIIS LA requires a sound that’s in sync with their playlist and anticipates where the format is headed .. This package is a perfect complement not just for the KIIS of today, but the KIIS to come.” LISTEN HERE
Savannah Host Runs Charity 5k In Full Military Gear
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media’s Tim Leary (Tim Leary & The Morning Showgram-Mornings BOB 106.9 WUBB Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC) put on full military battle gear to run the inaugural Run for the Brave 5k. The race attracted more than 220 runners to raise money for Operation Homefront. Leary was joined by Army Specialist Baker Reeves, and Army Sgt. 1st Cl. Philadelphia from Hunter Army Airfield to help him suit up and get through the race. “That’s a lot of extra weight,” stated Sgt. Philadelphia. “All said and done he got about 60-61 extra pounds on him.” “There’s definitely a sense of finality when you get strapped into the body armor and rucksack,” explained Leary. “When overseas, our troops have this weight on them for 10-14 hours at a time…I’m just attempting to go 3.2 miles.” Leary went on to explain something incredible that happened during the race: “Philly and Reeves stayed with me and I made it 1.6 miles running before I had to switch to a “range walk”. (A very fast paced hike) The weight was OK, but the thing that got me was the helmet…it doesn’t release any body heat. I felt my head pulsating. Minutes later two Marine sergeants crossed the finish line, grabbed water, and ran back against the incoming runners to come get me. Right after that, Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Smith-Parris Island crossed the finish line with his wife and two kids, told them to wait there, and turned around to also come get me.” “They caught up with us just over the 3.0 mile marker and wouldn’t let me fall. They started chanting drill marching cadences to keep me going. I was able to pick it up to a slow jog and the escorted me across the finish line, not leaving a man behind. PHOTO/Sgt. Malina Shippen USMC, Specialist Baker Reeves Cavalry, Tim Leary, Sgt. 1st Cl. Philadelphia Aviation, Sgt. Malina Shippen USMC, Staff Sgt. Joshua Smith USMC
[WATCH] Host Stirs National Attention After Sounding Off On Possible Terrorist Connection To Killing Of Local Teen
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ New York's 'Todd Show,' said he may not have heard about this story if his daughter hadn’t been friends with the victim's family and voiced his concerns about its lack of attention. It involves the story of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin (below) who was shot to death in New Jersey in late June by Ali Muhammad Brown. After his arrest, Brown said his motive was revenge for U.S. actions in the Middle East. This led to New York-area radio host Todd Pettengill sounding off on what he sees as an act of domestic terrorism. Soon afterward, several national news sites picked up on his outrage, including Fox News. Pettengill, who described his show as a comedy/morning/music radio show, said last week on his show, “Where is the outrage for a young man, 19 years old, who was killed because he was an American? That's it. There's no two sides to this story,” he lamented. Fox New Insider's Martha MacCallum said initially, people wrongly assumed that Tevlin was killed buying drugs, but it turned out there was no drug-related element to the crime. "This kid was murdered because he was an American and that's where the story should begin. That's where the discussion should take place. Because domestic terrorism is here. It happened in New Jersey," said Pettengill. MacCallum pointed out that Brown is the suspect in three other targeted killings. She noted that it looks like a case of “serial terrorism.” Pettengill asked people to call attention to the murder on social media using #BrendanTevlin and visit the Facebook page dedicated to Tevlin's memory.
Cumulus Revamps The Loop Chicago's Lineup; Search For New Morning Show Underway
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Chicago announces that Classic Rock WLUP-FM 97.9 The Loop has revamped its weekday line-up that features personalities Tim Virgin (L), Lyndsey Marie and Pyke. In addition, the station has begun a nationwide search for Chicago’s next great morning show personality. Since the late ‘70’s, The Loop has provided the soundtrack to growing up in Chicago, with a long history of delivering rock music and legendary radio personalities to generations of Chicagoland listeners. The next chapter begins as former “Looper,” Tim Virgin returns to Chicago for WLUP Afternoon Drive. Virgin’s previous radio posts include WXRK-KROCK in New York City, WHFS in Washington, DC, and the former Q101 in Chicago. The Loop welcomes rising star Lyndsey Marie (R) to Middays. Lyndsey Marie heads to Chicago from her previous position on-air at Cumulus sister station, WNNX Rock 100.5 in Atlanta. Pyke loops back to Chicago to rock Nights on The Loop. His previous radio experience includes on-air stints at WXRK and WHTZ in New York and the former Q101 in Chicago. John Dickey, Executive Vice President, Programming and Content for Cumulus said: "This is a part of the continuing evolution of WLUP. Chicago is a city known for great personalities and this new line-up continues that tradition.” Wade Linder, Program Director and Operations Manager for WLUP said: “Chicago has a high expectation for the personalities on The Loop, so we’re thrilled to have Tim, Lyndsey and Pyke join us. Now, we start our search for Loop’s next amazing morning team.” Virgin said: “I’ve come full circle back to The Loop and Chicago - my home. To say that I am excited to be back at the legend that is The Loop is a huge understatement." Lyndsey Marie said: “I love Classic Rock, hockey and expensive beer, and I am so excited to be at The Loop in Chicago.”
MOTION: 95.5 KLOS Takes Middays To The Max With Addition Of Melissa Maxx; Jess Kage Joins Mornings on Sports Radio 98.7 The Fan Tampa Bay
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Los Angeles has announced that Rock jock Melissa Maxx will air on 95.5 KLOS, Southern California’s Best Rock, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning Monday, September 15. Maxx moves to Middays from her previous on-air position on KLOS weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight. Maxx assumes the midday position from former host, Derek Madden, who serves the station as Program Director. Maxx has been with KLOS since 2010 and was previously Executive Producer and VJ for the first made-for-mobile music video channel, Altitude. She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials as both a host and an actress. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 she was the co-host of the nightly "Deek and Melissa Show" on WBCN in Boston. ####### Tampa Bay radio vet Kirk McEwen has joined The New Kirk & Kage Morning Show on 98.7 the Fan/Tampa. Jesse joins co-host Kirk McEwen along with Roxanne Wilder and Special Ed on the new Kirk & Kage show which airs 6am – 9am weekdays on 98.7 the Fan. PD John O’Connell, “I am very excited to welcome Jesse Kage to 98.7 the Fan. The station has always had an energy and edge that you find in a rock station, so in many ways Jesse will feel right at home. The pairing of Jesse with Kirk McEwen puts two outstanding radio personalities together that will excite and engage listeners. The Kirk and Kage Morning Show will not only be a destination for sports fans but anyone craving a balance of sports, fun and entertainment.” “I am THRILLED to join CBS RADIO and 98.7 the Fan and I look forward to taking the morning show to a new level with Kirk McEwen,” said Kage. “This is an exciting time for me and sports radio as a whole and want nothing more than to create killer radio for Tampa Bay.” ############# BIG 104.7/WPGB-FM Pittsburgh taps Carson Blackley for middays, effective today, September 15. She arrives from CCM+E co-owned G105/Raleigh, where she hosted she also hosted middays.
Westwood One Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Jim Bohannon Shows
93 Rock Wisconsin Gives Way To Classic Country 'The Duke'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Midwest Communications active rock 93.1 (Green Bay) and 93.5 (Fox Valley) has dropped its format and is now Duke FM, "playing the legends of country," according to the postcrescent.com. Replacing rock artist will be groups such as Alabama, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and others. 93 Rock held a farewell event Thursday night at a local club as Duke FM took over the airwaves at midnight. No word yet on on-air staff
Royal Prank Station Donates $550,000 To Family Of Deceased Nurse
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– The station behind the tragic royal prank which resulted in the suicide by the India-born nurse, Jacintha Saldanha (shown), has donated $550,000 to her family to help them rebuild their lives. According to the Times Of India, Southern Cross Austereo said it was donating the money to a trust fund for the nurse's family. "We do not assume, of course, that this donation or any amount of money could relieve the feelings of loss felt by Saldanha's family. But it is our hope that it may help them," a spokeswoman said in a statement. Saldanha was found dead days after she was tricked into revealing details of Kate Middleton's first pregnancy to two Australian hosts, Mel Greig and Michael Christian — posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles back in December 2012. The radio station conveyed its condolences but did not accept any blame for her death, The Australian reported. The Australian reported. "We also note that the coroner has said there is no causation as a matter of law between the hoax call and any subsequent voluntary action by Saldanha," a spokeswoman said. Radio programmes were collaborative and no blame could be placed on the radio hosts as "they are not the final decision makers", although Southern Cross Austereo accepted full responsibility for the call and broadcast, she said.
REPORT: Kerri Kasem Dishes On Her Step-Mom And Dad's Relationship
'Got along" Until They "Realized That Jean Only Faked It At Times"
Hidden Video Of Nikki Sixx's Return To 'Vintage Vinyl' Record Shop Debuts Tonight
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– During a recent Motley Crüe tour stop in New Jersey, rock icon and national radio host Nikki Sixx returned to his roots working at famous East Coast record store, Vintage Vinyl, to promote his chart-topping band Sixx:AM’s forthcoming album “Modern Vintage” and offer a special giveaway to fans. Those who pre-ordered copies of “Modern Vintage” at the record store in Fords, N.J., received a limited-edition 7” vinyl of “Gotta Get it Right,” the first single from the new album that is due for release by Eleven Seven Music on October 7. While photos of Sixx working at Vintage Vinyl were shared across social media, exclusive hidden camera footage was also filmed by the people behind some of your favorite hidden-camera pieces, TV BOY (tvboynyc.com). The resulting video will premiere today, September 15 on www.SixxSense.com – the website for Sixx’s internationally syndicated radio programs Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx. Visit the site at 8 p.m. ET tonight (9/15/14) to see the surprisingly funny footage of Sixx (a.k.a “Larry”) working behind the store counter, including assisting customers with music searches, answering phone calls, and failed attempts to use a cash register, bag albums, all while denying his true identity.
FAA Rule's 'Glitch' Grounds Cincinnati Host From From Flying In Banner Towing Plane
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2015 –– A last minute ‘glitch’ involving FAA rules that prohibit passengers in banner-towing planes, temporarily grounded Marianne Curran, co-host of the top-rated Bob & Marianne in the Morning Show on Friday. She was to have flown over Cincinnati alongside a plane towing the “Men are Superior” signage. According to Warm 98 station manager, Mr. Cruel “her having to accompany the banner during flight is the penalty for losing the best of 40 games in a series called Battle of the Sexes that airs on Warm 98 every weekday at 5:50 and 7:20 AM.” “The FAA is the government agency entrusted with public flight safety. They have nothing but our safety in mind, said Jeff Zeigler, owner and operator of It’s Up In The Air, a banner towing advertising company based near Cincinnati. “The dangerous maneuvers needed for a plane to swing within inches of the ground and grab a banner with a hook mounted on the tail end of a plane and the steep angle of ascent required to lift a banner into the sky are among the reasons the FAA prohibits non-pilot-licensed passengers from riding in these planes. What they didn’t understand is that Marianne was going to be in a separate plane and that no FAA rules were ever going to be compromised,” added Zeigler. Weather permitting, Marianne will fly Monday and finally pay her debt to all mankind,” he said.
2014 NAB Marconi Radio Award Winners Announced; KROQ Scores Double Honors
Scott Shannon Returns To Syndication In Classic Form
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– CBS RADIO and United Stations Radio Networks announced the two entities will work together to create and syndicate a new program, Scott Shannon presents “AMERICA’S GREATEST HITS.” The new four-hour weekend show will debut on Saturday, Oct. 18 or Sunday, Oct. 19 (check local listings) on CBS RADIO’s 10 Classic Hits stations across the country, including WCBS-FM in New York, where Shannon hosts one of the most listened to shows in morning drive. Additional affiliates will be announced at a later date. Shannon previously was the founder and voice of the nationally distributed “True Oldies” channel which was broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide from 2004-14. “I love the medium of radio…everybody knows that…and I’ll grab any chance possible to play the greatest hits of all time and tell stories about the artists, and the songs and the era that they come from,” said Shannon. “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM,” said Chris Oliviero, CBS RADIO Executive Vice President, Programming. “Scott is a legend in radio and having the opportunity to work with him and his team which includes his representative John McConnell and all the folks at CBS Radio, well, it’s a dream come true,” said Andy Denemark, Executive Vice President, Programming, United Stations.
[WATCH] CBS Les Moonves Says You May See Us 'Trim Down Stations In Smaller Markets
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– This week while appearing on CNBC's 'Closing Bell' with David Faber, CBS chief Les Moonves said on Wednesday's show 'I think you might see us try to trim down radio stations that aren't in major markets.' This followed Faber's comment: "when I look at the portfolio, the one thing that maybe stands out is radio." Moonves said "We still believe in radio," he told Faber, but "it is slow growth." "It's still a content business. Unlike the outdoor business which is walls .. Radio is a content business. We have developed our sports radio network which works in concert with our other divisions. CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports and Showtime. Valuable content.' SEE SCRIPT AND WATCH CNBC INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] Kimberly And Beck Return To Rochester Radio On Rebranded WQBW/95.1
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Longtime Rochester morning hosts Kimberly and Beck have returned to the air, this time they're on 95.1 FM, formerly The Brew, where they'll take afternoons from 2-7pm. They'll also join NewsRadio WHAM 1180 AM weeknights from 8-9 p.m. They were last heard on WBZA 98.9 The Buzz before being fired after making comments about the transgender community. Their comments came in response to the city's recent decision to offer transgender health benefits to employees. According the rochester.twcnews.com, Kimberly and Beck made a surprise appearance yesterday on "The Brother Wease Show" (below) to announce their return, and then a few hours later, debuted their new show, "Kimberly and Beck in the Afternoon." "It was very heartwarming after we were fired and the fourth man, our Rochester listeners, started a Facebook page and Twitter pages and they were very rabid about getting us back on the radio, so we owe a lot to Rochester listeners and we're very grateful," said Ray. "I think they've learned some things. They're going to handle controversial issues but they're going to be more sensitive moving forward," said Bob Morgan, Clear Channel GM. WATCH RETURN HERE
Florida Georgia Line To Host First-Ever 'American Country Countdown Awards' December 15 On FOX
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Bob FM London Bans All Scottish Music
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– BOB FM is doing their bit to help keep the United Kingdom together. BOB fm is going Scot Free until the outcome of the referendum on Scotland’s independence next week. This morning at 8:20, Programme Controller and Breakfast Show host, Graham Mack, stopped The Proclaimers, ‘500 Miles’ halfway through and said, “I’ve had enough of this! Listen to how is all started here; http://www.bobfm.co.uk/on-air/breakfast/bob-fm-bans-scottish-music-ahead-of-independence-vote/
Alan Jones Takes On Surprising New Role, And Not Everyone Is Impressed - Sydney Australia’s Breakfast Show Host on 2GB, Alan Jones has signed up to star in the Cole Porter theatre show Anything Goes. A long-time patron of the arts and advocate of all things theatre, Jones regularly passionately discusses theatre on his show. Some see his decision to take on the role of the captain on the good ship Anything Goes as a little hypercritical, considering past "rantings" such as the one aimed at Opera Australia then-CEO Adrian Collette in 2008 who he accused of "abandoning some of the greatest artists". Jason Whittaker, writing for Crikey, feels that's exactly what has happened to include Jones in the cast. He writes: "So what would Alan make of this: next year the company is presenting a Cole Porter musical with no operatic parts, and for one role has passed over numerous experienced performers to employ a multimillionaire bigoted radio shock jock who can’t sing or act”.
Chris Evans Splashes Out £2.27m ($3.66m) On ANOTHER Car! - Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans was in the crowd at Silverstone Auctions' Salon Prive sale in London on Thursday night to view a number of flash classics and splashed out £2.27 million pounds on a classic 1971 Daytona Spyder Ferrari. The renowned car collector then got involved in a bidding war for a very rare 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder which is thought to be a world record for the model.
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[LISTEN] How Melissa Rivers Got Stern To Deliver Eulogy
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– SiriusXM's Howard Stern said on Monday's show that when Melissa Rivers first asked him to deliver the Eulogy at her mother's funeral, he told her she was asking the wrong guy. After calling the service 'one of the greatest events he'd ever witnessed, he explained "I had gotten a call from Melissa like a day and half before the service asking me if I would speak," he said. "I said to her, 'Melissa, you are asking the wrong guy.' I said, 'I'll do it, I would do anything for Joan, I will do anything for you." After telling her she should get someone more suited to the task, she told him 'No, I want you to do it. I didn't want to say the wrong thing," he said. "I was in touch with Louis C.K. and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great send off. He said something very profound. He said, 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better.' Even in times after say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going down or things just seem to be bad, when she would crack a joke ... you didn't feel so alone. It just made you feel better knowing Joan Rivers was making a joke about it." LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] WWO Sports' Larry Fitzgerald Talks Ray Rice's Team Drop And NFL Suspension: "You Have To Live Your Life Like You're Always Being Watched'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Following news of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice being booted from his team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after new video evidence shown by TMZ of him beating his then-fiancée unconscious, Westwood One Sports' contributors and current NFL players Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald commented to Jim Gray before Monday Night Football doubleheader on Westwood One. TomBrady: “It’s a very sad and tragic situation for everyone that’s involved. You can’t help but see the video and have a strong reaction toward it. There’s really no place for domestic violence in our society. Larry Fitzgerald (shown) said “It’s disturbing, to say the least. It has no place in our society and especially has no place in our league. The commissioner and the Baltimore Ravens took swift action and I think deservingly so. It was really tough to watch that video. I think you have to live your life like you’re always being watched. You have to make sure that you understand that anything you do potentially could change your life. There’s video cameras in malls, there’s video cameras in parking lots. You know, so you have to be aware. But the important thing is just to live life right. Do the right thing and you don’t have to worry about it.” Hear Larry Fitzgerald HERE
Mother Nature Throws Water On Phoenix' Hosts Drive To Work
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– As monsoon storms brought record-setting rainfall and flooding to Phoenix, The Johnjay & Rich Show found itself immersed in the media coverage. On the way to the radio studio yesterday morning, Johnjay became stranded in a flooded intersection for two hours and had to co-host the program from his car while waiting to be rescued. Their tale even was picked up by ap (read here). JJ told Jockline Daily "I was driving to work same way I always do, the neighborhood I go down by the station was pitch black as it always is...suddenly my car turned off and I was coasting... I was stuck in the middle of the flood! Water was coming thru my door and then my electrical shut off! I couldn't roll down the window and I couldn't open the doors! The water was rising! I called my partner Rich, he has a jacked up raised F150 ( cuz he lives in BFE)...he pulled up next to me, I kicked the window open climbed on the roof and jumped into his truck! (BTW all this during a stop set) I did the first two breaks of our show from inside my car! Simply.. Rich Berra saved my life! ######### Among other hosts stifled on the way to work was Justin Scheman of Mix 969. He tells Jockline daily "It seems that I have the worst luck. I have lived in 7 states including Florida which floods all the time and the only time I have ever gotten stuck in water was in the desert of Phoenix! While driving to work at 3:50am in the pouring rain I was cruising in about 6-8 inches of water until the road dipped and the hood of my car was almost under water (shown) I slammed in reverse but with front wheel drive it didn't catch traction so I stepped on the gas to make it the gas station just 15 feet away and the car went dead. I opened the door to get out and water filled the car." 1
Radio Host Comes To Aid Of Hilary Duff Following Hit & Run In L.A.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Singer and actress Hilary Duff says Sophie Monk (shown) saved her in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles. According to dailymail.com, Duff was in Australia promoting her latest single 'All About You', and while being interviewed by 2DayFM's breakfast show hosts Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk revealed she had a car accident and Sophie comes out of nowhere during a rainy day in LA. "This girl hit me, she rear-ended me, and tried to run. And Sophie took her (own) car and blocked her off. Monk blocked the driver's car and took down the driver's number plate I'm like "Sophie?" and she's like, "Oh my God, Hilary!"' Meanwhile, quick-thinking Sophie rushed to her friend's rescue preventing the driver from leaving the scene and taking down the number plate. Sophie took to Instagram to upload a picture of her friend calling her the 'sweetest thing' the pair met while dating Madden brothers Benji and Joel in 2006. And, apparently, she admitted to not being the best driver. "I've had a few (accidents), mostly with my own house though. So that’s a good thing, it’s always best when there is only one person involved. 'I've hit my garage a few times. Sometimes I've pulled in too tight. I've always had a big car so I've pulled in and scratched it, things like that.' PHOTO/instagram
Seacrest From Macy's Window; Ken Thomson's New Digs
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– If you've been complaining about your squeaky studio chair, check this out. According to USA Today, on Monday, Ryan Seacrest broadcast his radio show in the windows at Macy’s Herald Square - PHOTO/screengrab. He was there to promote the official launch of his Ryan Seacrest Distinction men’s wear collection. ####### Meanwhile, in a more permanent setting, Yahoo! Sports Radio revealed evening host Ken Thomson’s new audience-friendly studio in The Palazzo Las Vegas during his live program on Monday night. The glass-enclosed, state-of-the-art facility is located in Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas, where listeners can now watch the broadcast live, Monday-Friday, 10 p.m.–1 a.m. ET/7 p.m.-10 p.m. PT.
SYNDICATION: Free Beer & Hot Wings Comes To 96Rock Cincinnati; Marilu Henner Broadcasts From Atlanta; Dayton's Hot 102.9 Adds The Breakfast Club To Its Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Cincinnati announces that Free Beer & Hot Wings has come to 96Rock WFTK-FM Mornings. Free Beer & Hot Wings is hosted by a colorful cast including: Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels, Chris “Hot Wings” Michels, Eric Zane, Producer Joe and Producer Steve (shown) . 96Rock’s local host Mistress Bridget continues to round out WFTK Mornings, providing local traffic and information updates throughout the show. WFTK Program Director and former morning show host Michael Walter (Fin) moves his show to Middays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m, which launched Tuesday with the new name, Fin on the Job. Afternoon personality JD continues to take 96Rockers through the afternoon and ride home from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., with the 96Rock Homegrown Local Band feature airing weekdays at 4:20 p.m. ######### Marilu Henner (R) host of Sun Broadcast Group’s nationally-syndicated The Marilu Henner Show, enjoyed some Southern hospitality last week when she broadcast her show from Atlanta affiliate WCFO-AM. Pictured are Marilu and WCFO-AM GSM, Jennifer Green. For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163. ########## Alpha Media Dayton, OH station Hot 102.9 (WDHT-FM) has announced the addition of syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club” to its weekday lineup from 5:30am to 10am starting Thursday, September 11th. The Breakfast Club, starring Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy. Hot 102.9 Program Director, Ryan Drake, said, “We think that the world’s most dangerous morning show is a great fit for the Hot 102.9 audience and they can’t wait to become part of the station and the great city of Dayton.”
MOTION: Greg Lane Joins 102.7 The Wolf Fresno For Middays; Talk Radio 102.3/Chattanooga's Brian Joyce Takes Over 'Live & Local' Slot; Cindy Vero On Hunt For New Opportunity
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– KHGE-FM 102.7 The Wolf, Fresno's New Country, announced today that well-known local Valley favorite, Greg Lane, will join the station as mid-day host, beginning September 11, 2014. Lane will host weekdays from 10-3:00 p.m. He most recently served as on-air personality at KSKS hosting mid-days. For many years Lane also hosted a special CMA Broadcast Live From Nashville, providing all access coverage of the annual Country music event. "Greg is exactly the right person to host middays on 102.7 The Wolf," said Nick Cash, Program Director. ######### Talk Radio 102.3 (Cumulus Media) has announced that the time slot formerly known as "Live & Local" will now be called "The Brian Joyce Show." Joyce, originally from Boston, MA, took over the 1-4 pm slot in April of 2012. In that time, he has taken the show from 10th in the market among Men 25-54, and 15th in the market among Persons 25-54, to top 3 in both demos. This is the first time in station history, going back 20 years, that the 1-4 pm slot has been top 3 in both Men and Persons 25-54. ########## Following the hiring of Carolina Bermudez as co-host with Paul 'Cubby' Bryant on WKTU/NYC, this left former co-host Cindy Vero (shown with Lady Gaga) on the hunt for her next opportunity. Reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (201) 925-5377.
RTDNA Honors CBS News' Harvey Nagler
Point-To-Point Launches 'The $10,000 Selfie Contest'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Point-To-Point Marketing is Launching a unique online contest beginning today ,September 9th, exclusively for anyone who works in broadcast radio and TV. "The $10,000 Selfie Contest" is a chance for managers, personalities dollars for themselves for a change. PTP's Tim Satterfield says 'Were flipping the switch and doing a simple & cool contest radio people can ENTER & WIN instead of executing for listeners. Poor folks in radio never get to win anything, and 10K up for grabs is pretty cool. To enter, tweet- #radio & #TV folks by @PTPradio. Upload pic HERE - or @instagram & @twitter using #SocialBounce
Get Used To It: Bookfacing Has Cometh
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Here's a great new fad for everyone back in school. September is Life Literacy Month – a month designated to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. Get involved and spread the word to help increase literacy skills. We’ll make it easy for you - start #Bookfacing! Step 1: Find your favorite book! Step 2: Put the book on your face! (Be creative!) Step 3: Snap a photo and upload it as your new social media profile pic! Step 4: Share this initiative on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and beyond; use the hashtag #Bookfacing and challenge your friends to start #Bookfacing! www.BookfaceonFacebook.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bookfacing/318149898364259. Kicking off in Ottawa is Hot 89.9's Morning Hot Tub with Mauler, Rush, Jenni, and Josie.
NASH FM 94.7 NYC Puts On "Last Summer Bash" Concert
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– NASH FM 94.7 NYC was proud to host its “Last Summer Bash” on Saturday, September 6th at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. Listeners came out for this free concert featuring Maddie & Tae, John King, and Danielle Bradbery. It was a great night of performances by some of Country’s best young acts! From L to R: NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy, Maddie (of Maddie & Tae), NASH’s Kelly Ford, Danielle Bradbery, John King, Tae (of Maddie & Tae), NASH FM Program Director Brian Thomas.
[WATCH] Howard Stern Delivers Eulogy At Joan Rivers Funeral
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Howard Stern called Rivers the best friend in the world -- a big sister -- a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah," as he delivered a Eulogy during this weekend's funeral for comedy legend Joan Rivers. Joining droves of other celebrities such as Barbara Walters, Donald Trump, Diane Sawyer, Geraldo Rivera, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Paul Shaffer, Barry Diller, Steve Forbes, Clive Davis, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Dr. Oz and numerous others, he added, 'She fought the stereotype that women couldn't be funny and was responsible for putting the red carpet into prime time.' Other tributes were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville and Rivers' daughter, Melissa. Hugh Jackman sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady On Stage" at the end of the memorial and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played outside of Temple Emanu-El (shown), many dabbing their eyes. 6ABC TV reported that mourners had lined up outside the Fifth Avenue synagogue and waited for their names to be checked against a list before entering. Tons of media stood stood behind barriersand fans from as far away as Australia and England lined the streets. In River's 2012 book "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me" that she wanted her funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action and instead of a rabbi talking, Rivers asked for "Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents" and "a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's." Her wishes were were printed in the funeral program. Her publicist said that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to God's Love, We Deliver; Guide Dogs for the Blind; or Our House. WATCH 6ABC COVERAGE HERE Temple Emanu-El PHOTO/nycago.org
Chicago Legend Tommy Edwards Set To Retire After Five Decades On-Air
MOTION: Spezzano And Sandy Switch To Mornings At 98.9 The Buzz Rochester; Darrin Arriens Exits WGYL/West Palm Beach
Tic Tack Rides 96.7 The Bull Into Biloxi; Rob Walker Named PD For Y100/Savannah, GA
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Biloxi announced they have launched 96.7 The Bull (WUJM new call sign pending WGBL), “Gulf Coast’s New Hit Country” and named TicTak/Mark Allen as Program Director. 96.7 The Bull kicks off by playing 10,000 New Country songs in a row COMMERCIAL FREE! The new station will be branded as a contemporary Country Radio station playing new country. TicTak/Mark Allen rejoins Alpha Biloxi and has tons of programming and on air experience including stops in New York City, Chicago, Detroit and KUPL Portland. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent.” “We are extremely excited to launch the new 96.7 The Bull on The Gulf Coast and add New Country to our cluster of great stations. I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station's new P.D. His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of The Bull brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station,” remarked Alpha Media Biloxi Operations Manager, Kenny Vest. ######### Alpha Media Savannah, GA has appointed Rob Walker as PD for Y100 (WXYY) and Rewind 107.9 (WRWN) today. Walker will also host afternoons on Y100 (Weekdays M-F 2p-7p). Walker is a 20 year veteran in the radio industry and recipient of various creative services awards. His background in programming includes markets such as; Little Rock- KLAL, St Louis- KSD and Seattle-KKWF to name a few. Rob has also served as Director of Creative Services in the following markets; Boston- WEGQ, Manchester, NH-WZID and the entire Rams Radio Network cluster in St. Louis.
STUDY: Radio Remains Strong With Likely PPM Participants
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has revealed additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. Among nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54 in all PPM markets, 89% use radio daily among those who say they would participate in a PPM-style ratings methodology. Radio remains highly relevant – especially among those who would be inclined to participate in the current ratings system. Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo said: “Radio remains strong, particularly among could-be ratings participants. These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways. In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal. It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they wouldn’t participate in a PPM-style methodology. Mike O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Marketing for NuVoodoo said: “Armed with this information and deeper insights beyond, we can help our marketing clients target heavy users of radio with minimal waste. And with Facebook, Google and YouTube at our disposal in 2014, it’s never been more economical to reach them.” Carolyn Gilbert, President for NuVoodoo said: “All broadcasters complain about the ratings, but these data show that, even with the limitations, all in all, PPM ratings are good for radio – unless, of course, one of your important panelists goes on vacation, in which case it’s the worst system ever devised by anyone.” Complete findings of the latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study are available exclusively to all NuVoodoo clients for their use in developing their marketing and promotion plans for the coming year. Past studies have been fielded late in the year for release after the holidays, but this update was fielded going into the fall ratings season to make sure NuVoodoo clients have the benefit of the very latest intelligence on emerging social media platforms for use in their marketing and promotion plans. For more information about NuVoodoo Media Services, contact Carolyn Gilbert at 888.9VOODOO (888.986.6366) and at email@example.com.
Chicago's Urban Stations Join for Put The Guns Down Initiative
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Chicago’s urban radio stations are coming together again for this important two-hour conversation addressing the citywide violence prevention initiative, “Put the Guns Down.” Listeners are invited to call-in to share their experiences and offer solutions to the gun violence in our community during this special commercial free radio broadcast Sunday, September 7th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM. The forum features talent from each participating station: Tony Sculfield [107.5 WGCI-FM] - shown left, Ty Wansley [V103 Chicago Speaks, WGCI and Inspiration 1390 Chicago Insight), Matt McGill [WVON-AM], Frankie Robinson [Power 92.3], Kenya Simone [Soul 106.3], and ABC 7 Chicago’s Evelyn Holmes returns as moderator with Special Guest Chicago Police Department First Deputy Superintendent Al Wysinger. Each station along with their entire radio groups are committed to coming together through a variety of ways to make a difference and spread the “Put the Guns Down” pledge, “I am Chicago and ever.
The 15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon Raises $1,403.229.61
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– 101.9fm THE MIX / WTMX Chicago raised $1,403,229.61 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago during its 15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon. With a little help from celebrities such as Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger (Chicago Blackhawks) and Hilary Duff (actress and singer-songwriter) the amount generated at Eric & Kathy’s Radiothon raised the grand total to over $26 million dollars for Lurie Children’s since its inception in 2000. The hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top ten children's hospitals in U.S. News & World Report. The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 153,000 children each year. As a proud partner of the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), all funds raised in the Chicago area through CMN also benefit Lurie Children's. Learn more atwww.luriechildrens.org. Shown in front L-R Eric and Kathy and Hubbard President, Drew Horowitz.
The 13th Annual 98.1 WOGL Kids Radiothon Tops $600,000
JOAN RIVERS: 'I Have It In My Will, Do Not Resuscitate If I Cannot Get Up And Be Able To Do 90 Minutes Onstage'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– No sooner had news broke yesterday of Joan River's passing, social media sites as well as our inbox became filled with recent interviews from the comedy legend by various radio hosts around the country. Out promoting her book "Diary of a mad diva,' she had recently appeared on numerous radio and tv shows, and among her many topics, she also joked about her own death. In an interview with radio/TV host Tavis Smiley on PBS she said “If I dropped dead right now, nobody’s going to say ‘So young’. When asked by Smiley “If a moment ever comes when you don’t ‘have it’ on stage, how will you know?”, Rivers responded “I’ll know, I guess, when I do the same joke three times. And then I will go offstage and call Dr. Kevorkian." Rivers late quipped: “I have it in my will or whatever you call it: do not resuscitate if I cannot get up and be able to do 90 minutes onstage in concert. ... I don’t want Melissa seeing her mother sitting there singing World War I songs. ‘Over there, over there’, ‘change the catheter!’ I don’t want any of this, uh-uh.” WATCH HERE -- this interview will also be part of a documentary called 'Women in Comedy' set to air Sept. 30 on PBS. WATCH HERE
Cumulus Announces New Leadership Structure; Jon Pinch To Retire
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Media Inc. announced that it is putting in place a new organizational leadership structure, the goal of which is to enhance the Company’s strategic and operational focus and leverage its business platform. The announcement follows the completion of the integration of Citadel and Westwood One. Lew Dickey (R), Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, “Our vision has been to build the radio company of the future and that is exactly what we are achieving. Towards that end, we have strategically broadened the Company’s scope and now have in place differentiated distribution channels and multiple content development platforms. As part of the executive organizational changes, Cumulus will be eliminating its Co-Chief Operating Officer positions, previously held by Jon Pinch and John Dickey. Mr. Pinch will be retiring at the end of November, after more than 45 years in the broadcasting industry and 14 years with Cumulus. The following newly-created leadership positions will report directly to Lew Dickey. Executive Vice President of Content and Programming – John Dickey, who served as Co-COO since 2006, was named to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of Content and Programming. He will focus on developing and maximizing content and programming. Establishing this focused position recognizes the critical importance of Cumulus’s development and promotion of content and programming across the Company’s station group, Westwood One network and other media platforms including Nash and Rdio. • President of Westwood One – Steve Shaw, who joined Cumulus in early 2013 and served as head of national spot sales for Cumulus’ station group, will serve as President of Westwood One and oversee all national and digital sales for both Westwood One, Cumulus’ station group and Rdio.
MOTION: Steve Cochran Extends With WGN; Jimmy Alexander Exits WSTR/Atlanta; Rush, Hannity & Beck Returning To KSFO Lineup; Bobby Bones Makes Another Appearance On 'Nashville'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– According to media blogger Robert Feder, WGN AM 720/Chicago's Steve Cochran has signed a new four-year contract with the talk outlet. Terms were not disclosed, but Todd Manley, vice president of content and programming at WGN, confirmed the deal and called Cochran “a treasure to us.”“Thanks to my amazing staff of Andrea Darlas, Dave Eanet, Orion Samuelson, Mary Vandevelde, Kevin Powell and my son, Ross, 5 a.m. is actually fun,” Cochran said. “Working for Jimmy de Castro, Todd Manley and Larry Wert is as good as it gets — and I feel like we are just getting started.” ########## Jimmy Alexander, co-host of Star 94 Atlanta's morning show posted on Facebook that today (Friday 8.5) will be his last day on the air at the Lincoln Financial Media outlet. "I had a great time here in Atlanta. Normally people at this point would talk about the journey that awaits, but that's not how I talk...so I'll say this...don't worry I'll be fine...if you ever see a short guy with red shoes...just say "hi". Jimmy shared the studio with Rob Stadler, Cindy Simmons and Casey Tate. Cindy will remain as co-host as the station now seeks a new partner. Those interested should apply through their Lincoln corporate website. www.lincolnfinancialmedia.com. There is a 'looking for talent' posting up there now. You can expect more shortly. ######### Cumulus announces that The Rush Limbaugh Show will return to the weekday programming lineup of Hot Talk 560/KSFO-AM in San Francisco. KSFO originally broadcast the show from 2000 through 2011. Also returning to KSFO-AM are top talk radio personalities Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Beginning September 28, KSFO listeners will once again be able to hear The Sean Hannity Show, which will air weekdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. PT and The Glenn Beck Program, which will air weeknights from 9:00 p.m.-Midnight PT. ######### Bobby Bones makes another appearance on Nashville. He tells Jockline: ''Im almost a regular." pictured with Connie Britton.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names John Larson As Classic Hits Format Leader; Paul Johnson Tapped As Market Manager Richmond By Alpha
The RAB Completes Its 7th Annual MIW Training Program
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI) ®, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), announced the successful completion of the seventh annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Twenty scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI offices in Nashville, TN., August 27-28, 2014. Scholarships are courtesy of BMI. Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day course emphasized the specific needs of women in management roles, including enhancing their overall knowledge and skills. "The future of our industry is in good hands with this year's class of scholarship recipients, " said Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. "With the help of the BMI, and MIW, these women are poised to lead their teams and our business. They are energized, empowered, and ready to implement the lessons learned at this seminar." READ MORE HERE
Rdio Updates To Free Music Model; Emphasizes Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Rdio has updated its app to lead with a free Internet radio service and introduces a suite of new features. Rdio’s free stations-first offering features 15 times more music than the leading Internet radio service and a wide variety of station types, including algorithmic artist- and genre-based stations, human-curated stations programmed to fit any mood or activity, personalized stations tuned to each individual listener, and stations based on tastemakers. “We are in the very early days of the era of streaming music and there is a huge opportunity to bring this remarkable experience to people around the world,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “For the first time in history, it’s possible to have access to all of the world’s music through a single application – any time and anywhere – tuned to you." In the U.S., the free service is made possible through an innovative advertising and promotion partnership with Cumulus' Westwood One advertising sales division The service is currently available in 60 countries and offers a catalog of over 30 million songs. More information on Rdio is available at: www.rdio.com.
Over 50,000 Join For Tom Joyner's Family Reunion
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Over 50,000 were in attendance with Tom Joyner and his crew for the 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. The Gaylord Palms Resort and Hotel in Orlando, FL was overflowing with Joyner’s celebrity friends, fans, and families experiencing concerts, inspiration, games, a huge family expo and more Labor Day weekend. The Jacksons honored their brother and celebrated his birthday during the live radio broadcast of the Tom Joyner Sky Show®. Watch the full interview here on BlackAmericaWeb.com
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
BBC London’s Paul Ross Reveals Drug Addiction And Gay Lover
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– The brother of controversial Radio 2 host Jonathan Ross, Paul Ross has revealed that for the past year, he has been cheating on his wife with another man and that he regularly snorted the drug mephedrone when he was with his gay lover, Barry Olivier. He met Olivier when he visited a dogging site near his home in Berkshire, to watch other couples having sex. The affair came to an end when Paul's wife Jackie became suspicious of her husband's whereabouts and tagged his phone. Paul Ross has not been heard on the BBC London Breakfast Show since Friday.
Chris Evans spends £50,000 ($83,000) On Another Car - BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans is best known for his love of Ferraris, but at the weekend he bought himself a 1964 Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’. The fully restored example was one of the last 26 ‘Darts’ used by the Metropolitan Police. Evans paid £50,400 when the hammer went down at Historics’ sale at Brooklands. Evans famously made the headlines after he paid £12m ($20m) for a Ferrari 250 GTO in May 2010 and £5.5m ($9m) a California Spider SWB in 2008.
Kimmy Makes Eyes Pop On Visit To BBC Radio 1 - Kim was greeted by hordes of excited fans as she left the central London radio studios, and she stopped to chat, sign autographs and take a few selfies. Not a surprise really considering she just gifted husband Kanye West with a big book of selfies she'd compiled over the past year! Kim was clutching a few fun photos herself which featured Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw. Kim had been at Radio 1 to be interviewed by Nick, who always gets his guests to pose for a few fun photos.
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Carolina Bermudez Returns To New York's Airwaves As Co-Host With Cubby
CMA 2014 Broadcast Radio Nominees Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– The CMA announced its 2014 CMA Broadcast Awards finalists for Radio Personality and Station of the Year yesterday during a press conference in New York City. Finalists were announced by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker (L) from Times Square. Finalists will be notified in October and will be acknowledged at The 48th Annual CMA Awards being held Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live on ABC/TV from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. There was one twist to this year's picks, however, as there was a tie in the Major Market Broadcast category which resulted in six nominees compared to the normal five. Three finalists were selected in the National Broadcast Personality of the Year category which included 'The Big D And Bubba Show from Compass Media ––– 'Country Countdown USA' With Lon Helton from Westwood One ––– 'Max Racing Country' with Paul Schadt and Cathy Martindale with the Performance Racing Network. In the major market category, K102 Wakeup Crew with Donna Valentine, Mike Mussman, and Patrick Knigh KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. ––––Laurie DeYoung Show with Laurie DeYoung, Mark Williams, Jeff St. Pierre, and Claire Scattergood - WPOC, Baltimore, MD –––– The Michael J Show with Michael J. Stuehler - WMZQ, Washington, D.C. ––– Paul Schadt and Meg in the Morning with Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof Knight - WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C. ––– The Q Morning Zoo with Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, and Erica Rico– KKBQ, Houston –––– Razz on the Radio with Mark Razz – WXTU, Philadelphia, PA. Paul Schadt, who was nominated in two categories, sent Jockline Daily the shown photo with the caption: 'Blake congratulating Paul Schadt on the 2 CMA nods.....or, photo that could have been seen if anyone had cared to hack his iCloud account.' SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
Bobby Bones Up In Arms Over CMA Nominee Snub; 'I’m Not Upset At Not Being Nominated, I’m Upset With The Antiquated System.”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Lots of happy faces yesterday as the CMA announced its 2014 radio nominees, but at least one host was far from pleased. Bobby Bones, of the Premiere syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, took to Twitter on Wednesday to vent his disappointment at not being nominated for a CMA Award. According to tennesean.com, Bones tweeted he was the victim of refusing to play the political games necessary to garner a nomination. “It’s not ‘injustice,’ Bones tweeted after learning he didn’t receive a nomination. “I simply don’t play the political games the format is known for. “Going to need a lot of old people in this industry to retire or die before the Nashville ‘guard’ lets something new get recognized.” “I somewhat expected it,” Bones told The Tennessean by email. “But I have to voice my displeasure. We’re the biggest morning show in the country, killing the other stations in Nashville. I have the biggest countdown show in the country and have changed the culture of country radio in a simple 18 months. So, it’s obviously political. I got beat by a NASCAR show.” Bones added: 'Awards in the end aren’t anything but dust collectors,” Bones said. “I’m in the game to change the culture of the format and do lots of great things for people while I’m at it. And if I can make someone’s ride to work a little easier with laughter, that’s perfect too. I’m not upset at not being nominated, I’m upset with the antiquated system.” Bones was co-winner of last year's ACM's on-air personality of the year.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dan Bennett Named Regional VP/Cumulus Dallas And Houston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that Dan Bennett has been promoted to Regional Vice President, overseeing its station operations in Houston and Dallas. Bennett has been Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus’ seven-station Dallas cluster since 2006, when the company acquired Susquehanna Radio. His role at Cumulus was expanded in 2011 with the company’s addition of the Citadel/ABC stations. Under his leadership, Cumulus Dallas has been recognized for its outstanding performance as the winner of multiple Cumulus President’s Cup awards, which honor the Cumulus station clusters with the highest revenue gains nationwide each quarter. Jon Pinch, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer for Cumulus said: “Dan Bennett’s exemplary leadership in Dallas is laudable and this promotion is well deserved. In his new role, Dan will build upon the strengths of our Houston and Dallas operations and will identify regional opportunities that exist between these two dynamic markets. One of Dan’s first duties will be to head our recruitment of a new Houston Market Manager. ” Bennett said: “I am looking forward to working with the talented team at KRBE Houston, one of America’s legendary CHR stations. Along with our seven powerhouse stations in Dallas, we believe there is a great Texas partnership between the two markets that will serve our listeners and advertisers better than ever.”
NETWORK NEWS: Premiere And DIRECTV Extend Deal For The Dan Patrick Show; Radio America Adds 'Business Rockstars' To Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Premiere Networks and DIRECTV announced today a renewed long-term agreement in which Premiere will continue providing exclusive ad sales representation and radio distribution for The Dan Patrick Show. As part of the agreement, the DIRECTV-produced program will also continue as part of FOX Sports Radio’s weekday programming lineup. “Dan Patrick has established himself as a leader in sports talk and entertainment, and the relationship he has built with his loyal listeners and fans provides great value to our advertising partners and affiliate stations,” stated Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. “As the popularity of the sports format continues to grow, we look forward to partnering with DIRECTV and Dan for many years to come.” ####### Radio America has announced the addition of Business Rockstars to its daily lineup. Business Rockstars is fresh, millennial programming that targets the estimated 40 million 'wantrepreneurs' in the US. Host Ken Rutkowski (L) introduces listeners to some of the biggest names in business. "Business Rockstars has done a great job of thinking outside the box, producing a show that is engaging, entertaining and interesting not only to aspiring entrepreneurs but to anyone interested in what makes successful people tick. I also love the aggressive social media and digital aspects of the show that engage younger listeners and provide affiliates with a great resource for integration into their digital media sales efforts," said Radio America Chief Operating Officer, Mike Paradiso.
MOTION: Kathy Jones And Jim Zippo Go Fulltime On Westwood One’s 24/7 Classic Hits Format
Steve Gallagher Launches Creative Talent, Inc. And Connects With ConnectPal
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Veteran broadcaster and former Sun Broadcast Group EVP, Steve Gallagher announced today the formation of
[WATCH] Radio.com Debuts Video Of Barbara Streisand & Billy Joel's 'New York State Of Mind' From Her New 'Partners Album On Columbia
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– With the release of Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” album approaching on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Radio.com premiered a behind-the-scenes llook of her duet with Billy Joel, available exclusively on radio.com. Streisand’s “Partners” features other music pairings with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Elvis Presley and John Legend, among others. Radio.com is CBS RADIO’s online and mobile destination for music, sports, talk and news programming, presenting original shows, live concert webcasts, breaking news, exclusive editorial features and storytelling, and interviews with some of the biggest artists and personalities in the world. Radio.com is available online or by downloading the app for a variety of mobile devices. Cheat Tweet: .@BarbraStreisand and @billyjoel talk 'New York State of Mind' in exclusive new video - WATCH HERE
San Diego's Jeff Detrow Becomes Voice Of This Year's 'Disney On Ice'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– With one of radio's truly finest voices, Jeff Detrow (inset) of San Diego's Jeff & Jer show on CBS Radio's KyXy is now bringing his booming talents to the ice as the new voice of this year’s touring Disney on Ice production. It's based on Disney’s well-titled animated movie, "Frozen." According to utsandiego.com, it premieres in Orlando, Fl. tomorrow where the forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees,' says ut. When it gets to the Midwest, Detrow’s parents plan to go and hear his voice. Detrow is originally from Ohio.
New York City's NASH FM Salutes The Troops In New Jersey
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– New York City's NASH FM 94.7 presented “NASH Salutes the Troops” at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ, on Sunday, August 31, honoring members of the U.S Military. NASH FM 94.7 invited listeners to Six Flags to see Country artists Sara Evans and Craig Morgan in a special Labor Day Weekend concert. Active military members received free admission with their current military ID. This is the second year NASH has presented the "NASH Salutes the Troops" concert. Shown above is Sara Evans.
NZ Radio Stations Under Fire After Posting Hacked Nude Photos Of J-Law At Website
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– The Edge In New Zealand is under fire for publishing hacked nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence on its website. The actress was among several female celebrities to have explicit images of themselves hacked from their computers and phones and uploaded onto the website 4chan. According to stuff.au.co, the Edge published the photos of Lawrence, but later took them down and supplied a link to them on another website. That link was also taken down later. A spokeswoman for The Edge apologized for the mistake but pointed out that other New Zealand websites had done exactly the same thing before them. At their Facebook page they posted: "We made a mistake yesterday by following what many other NZ and overseas websites had done and posting the photos of Jennifer Lawrence. "We are reviewing our pre-vet systems to avoid any similar mistakes in the future. We unreservedly apologize for posting the photos and confirm they were removed from our site as soon as we became aware of the mistake we had made." Radio Hauraki and ZM also reportedly had the images, or links to them, on their websites but they have since been removed. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney said. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." The Edge's Facebook page was inundated with mainly negative feedback about the post. 1
MOTION: Joey V And Alexx Take Mornings On Q102 San Francisco; Mason & Remy Extend With CCM+E St. Louis; John Dennis Re-Ups With WEEI/Boston; Jessica Callahan Takes PM Drive On 101.7 The Bull Boston
Entercom's newly launched Rhythmic AC KUZX Q102/San Francisco announced that Joey V and Alexx in the Morning will debut on Monday, September 15. Most recently Joey V handled afternoons at KOSF/San Francisco. Alexx Dupri has handled stints in Detroit, Orlando, Richmond and Chicago. “The talents of Joey V and Alexx Dupri will create a new, entertaining and engaging morning routine for our audience,” said Steve Dinardo, VP/Market Manager. ######### CCM+E's Mason And Remy have extended with KSD/93.7 The Bull and 103.3 KLOU. "We are thrilled to grow across multiple formats and stations and here in St. Louis with the opportunity to do the morning show on 103.3 KLOU," said the show. ########### John Dennis, part of the long-running morning show Dennis and Callahan on WEEI/Boston, has extended long-term with the sports outlet. Kirk Minihane was added as a full-time third voice in February 2013. ######### WBWL-FM 101.7 The Bull, Boston's New Hit Country, announced that Jessica Callahan will be the new afternoon drive host, beginning Tuesday, September 9. She will host weekdays from 2-7:00 p.m. Recently, Callahan has been the midday on-air personality at WXXX, 95 Triple X, in Burlington, Vermont and additionally was voice tracking midday’s at WHYA, Y101 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She is a native from Marlborough, MA and graduate of Framingham State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. “I am beyond excited to be heading home to Boston and working with the Clear Channel Boston radio team,” said Callahan. “Thank you to Lance Houston and Dylan Sprague for making my radio dream come true, can't wait to crack the mic on Boston's New Hit Country 101.7 The Bulll."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Brett Fennell As New CFO; Alpha Taps Lini Glasgow To Corporate VP/New Business
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Brett Fennell (L) is joining Cox Media Group (CMG) as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Fennell, who previously was VP of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) at Manheim, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta. “Brett is a proven Cox leader and a perfect addition to CMG’s executive team,” said CMG President Bill Hoffman. “Additionally, his appointment is a great example of how Cox professionals can grow their careers across all Cox companies.” “I’ve admired the strength of our media operations since joining Cox in 2002,” said Fennell. “This is an extremely exciting time at Cox Media Group as we harness innovative technology to evolve our media superbrands into the digital future. I’m honored to join such a strong leadership team and help pave the future direction for our company.” ######### Alpha Media names Lindi Glasgow (R) Corporate VP of New Business Development. Glasgow comes to Alpha with over 20 years of experience in the industry and a stellar track record of building teams and achieving budgets by pioneering new sales platforms, best practices and training programs. Lindi’s experience includes Director of Business Development at Citadel (Albuquerque), Director of Business Development for Entercom in Denver and Portland, Corporate Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Entercom/Washington D.C, Corporate VP of Integrated Sales Entercom/Portland and most recently Director of Sales Entercom/San Francisco. Alpha Media President and CEO, Bob Proffitt remarked, “From the day I met Lindi as a rookie seller in Albuquerque 20 years ago, I was absolutely convinced she was destined for greatness. She did not disappoint."
95.3 The Bull Debuts In Portsmouth, NH With Bobby Bones At The Helm
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Portsmouth announced today the debut of 95.3 The Bull, the Seacoast's New Hit Country. The new station launches completely commercial free through the end of Labor Day weekend. 95.3 The Bull will feature award-winning Country morning program The Bobby Bones Show beginning Tuesday, September 2 from 6-11:00 a.m. EST. Joining Bones are Lunchbox and Amy. "This station is for the new generation of Country music fans and will give our Seacoast listeners a front row seat to Country music," said Joe Graham, Market Manager, Clear Channel New Hampshire. "Plus, adding Bobby Bones makes 95.3 The Bull even stronger and I'm confident we will provide great radio to our listeners and outstanding results for our advertisers." "I've been involved with Country music for years—and this is a really exciting and strong time for the format," said Jeff Pierce, Operation Manager, Clear Channel New Hampshire. "Country music has evolved and the format is experiencing a renaissance with great songs and compelling artists."
Jenny McCarthy To Go Full-Time On SiriusXM
the fact that it is completely clothing-optional is just icing on the cake for me
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– SiriusXM announced that actress, comedian and New York Times best-selling author Jenny McCarthy will host Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, a new daily live morning radio show on SiriusXM. The launch of the exclusive live daily show comes after McCarthy's successful limited-run weekly show aired on SiriusXM Stars this summer. McCarthy's new exclusive SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, will launch this fall and will air Monday through Friday from 10:00 am--noon ET exclusively on SiriusXM Stars via satellite on channel 109, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. "I'm thrilled to call SiriusXM my new home, where I have the freedom to be myself and give our audience the best of me with no constraints or restrictions," said Jenny McCarthy. "And the fact that it is completely clothing-optional is just icing on the cake for me. I really am looking forward to this great nude, I mean new, adventure." "When we gave Jenny a limited-run series this summer, we knew she would make it fun. But what we learned is she is a rare talent who can draw a broad spectrum of listeners, make them laugh and feel like they are part of the party she's having on air. We look forward to her being with our millions of listeners every day and consider it a great addition to the Stars family of talent," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.
Hartford's Cash Crusader Unmasked As Stunt To Promote Chaz & AJ's Arrival
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– 102.9 WDRC-FM announced Tuesday morning that Dr. Cash, a.k.a.Evan Blake, who works for 99.1 PLR, was their crusader. In a station release from Connoisseur Media, the stunt was designed to introduce the station's new morning show "Chaz and AJ." According to courant.com, he gave out hundreds of dollars during a Labor Day weekend scavenger hunt and captured the attention of the city and the media. By Tuesday morning, the Twitter account where Dr. Cash disseminated his clues had more than 2,000 followers. Chaz and AJ, longtime hosts on 99.1 WPLR in New Haven and three years on 95.9 WFOX in Stamford and Norwalk, will now be heard on WDRC in mornings. The Courant points out this isn't the first time Hartford has been treated to money give-aways by mystery radio peeps. In 1993, two WTIC-FM disc jockeys spent a week in June cruising around central Connecticut, dressed in white tuxedos, handing out $50 bills as part of a promotion for the station. The Courant wrote at the time: "The Man in White had first appeared with his tuxedo, stretch limo and wad of $50 bills about a week ago. Uttering only 'Everyone needs more,' he slipped quickly and quietly into supermarkets, diners, and shopping malls in several towns to hand out cash at random."
99.9 KEZ's Beth McDonald To Cross 30-Yr. Mark In Phoenix
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– In radio, it's hard enough keeping steady employment for 30 years straight, but imagine doing so at the same market? This will be the case tomorrow for Beth McDonald, longtime co-host on AC KESZ-FM (99.9 KEZ)/Phoenix. In a nice piece from azcentral.com, writer Randy Cordova explains that she started at KTAR before moving to KLZI (now KESZ). "I got a job as a news reader at KLZI. Over the years, the male lead on the show would leave or get fired. I somehow stuck through all these firings and exits and finally, after the last guy left, I jokingly said to the station manager 'Why don't you let me be the guy?' He said OK." In 1990, she teamed with Bill Austin and the show was branded Beth & Bill. Austin retired in February 2010, making a tearful announcement on the air. What listeners didn't know was that he was battling cancer. He died four months later. For McDonald, it was a difficult time: She was losing a dear friend and facing a career change. After Austin's retirement, "Beth & Bill" became "Beth and Friends." After crossing the 30-yr. mark, it doesn't appear she's planning retirement anytime soon. "For some reason, 30 years has people asking me, but I'm not ready to retire. KEZ has been very good to me. The people who work with me on the morning show: Those are my friends. I tend to be a loner in real life, so those are the people I'm very close to." READ FULL STORY HERE
NETWORK NEWS: Kurt Warner Joins WWO's Monday Night Football Team; Yahoo Welcomes Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao During Weekend Broadcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTERMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Westwood One kicks off opening night of the 2014 primetime NFL season on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 8:00 pm ET as the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers. Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will provide play-by-play and analysis and Jim Gray hosts the pregame and halftime show. This will be the fifth consecutive season that Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason serve as the lead broadcast crew for Westwood One’s NFL’s coverage and Esiason’s 15th season overall with the network. Westwood One is also pleased to announce the addition of four-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL MVP, and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner to its all-star broadcast lineup. Warner will work alongside Kevin Harlan as a Monday Night game analyst, alternating weeks with Boomer Esiason throughout the regular season. ########## Yahoo! Sports Radio welcomed 10-Time World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao during a special two-hour live broadcast event at the Palazzo Las Vegas’ Lagasse’s Stadium on Saturday, August 30. Covering the announcement of the upcoming match between Pacquiao and Chris Algieri on November 22 at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Macao, Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Ken Thomson welcomed Pacquiao himself, well-known boxing trainer Freddie Roach, CEO of Top Rank and fight promoter Bob Arum, and more.
Prancing With The Stars
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Jockline get tons of cool pic's daily of celeb's and more stopping by for a pose with top radio peeps. Here are few of our recent favorites: The ever handsome Danno Wolkoff (upper left) President and CEO of Envision Network's, and the lovely Laura Orkin, Envision COO, posing for a selfie with Ingrid Michaelson at her recent concert in Cleveland, OH. ####### At right, Motown recording artist Kem stopped by Westwood One’s The Touch studio in Dallas while touring the country in support of his new CD, “Promise to Love.” He’s pictured with The Touch program director Hollywood Hernandez. ############ ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale chats with Train about their new album Bulletproof Picasso before the band’s show at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
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CMG Tampa Revamps Lineup On 102.5 The Bone; Bubba The Love Sponge Replaced By Mike Calta; Bubba Hints At Return
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is redesigning its daily program lineup on 102.5 The Bone (WHPT) beginning today, Sept. 2. The cast will now feature from (6 a.m. - 10 a.m.) – The Mike Calta Show - 10 a.m. - noon – The Billy Madison Show - Noon - 3 p.m. – The Shannon Burke Show - 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. – In Your Face with Drew Garabo and 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. – The Bone Daily Rewind Show. As for the changes, in a statement, CMG posted "CMG periodically changes direction, talent and format of its various media programs in order to provide our audiences with fresh perspectives and compelling content,” said Keith Lawless, CMG Tampa’s VP and Market Manager. “The Bone has proven to be one of America’s most outspoken radio stations. Tampa Bay can expect The Bone to continue to deliver ‘Real, Raw, Radio’ every day.” The Bone will discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show effective immediately. “We appreciate everything the Bubba the Love Sponge Show has done for us over the past six years,” Lawless added. “We now are taking the station in a different direction.” CMG Tampa will continue to be the technical head end to the Bubba Radio Network through the end 2014. As for BLS, he teased on Facebook: "I'll have a MAJOR Announcement within 20 days of my new Tampa home gonna be so so so great -- Deal is practically done.'
Jack Diamond Decides To Exit The Max San Diego; 'Could Not Make Personal Pieces Fit'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Former WRQX-FM Wash. host Jack Diamond had a change of mind with this latest move to mornings at Max 107.5 San Diego. Over the weekend he posted on Facebook: 'My move back to San Diego was a sudden one. Really done in a couple days. With Internet research, and some phone calls, I thought I could put the housing and school pieces of the puzzle together pretty quickly. At least find our son a great Montessori School, a program he loves and excels in, and a nice house to rent. Simple, right? Ya know that saying "You can't go home again". It has nothing to do with the "physical" place, but rather time passes and things change. They certainly have in the 25 years I have been away from Southern California. Still LOVE San Diego, but being completely honest, I could not make the personal pieces fit." He also cited the high cost of housing in San Diego and finding places that accepted pets. As for his short lived stay, he said, "I couldn't have been happier, but was desperately worried about the most important thing, my family. They were very understanding in my return to DC. I can't thank them enough. This is 100% on me. The station was and is amazing. It will kick some serious tail in San Diego!
Rochester Duo Let Go Following Transgender Comments, Post 'They're Coming Back' On Facebook, Then Delete
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Morning hosts, Kimberly and Beck of 98.9 The Buzz/Rochester (shown), the radio duo who lost their jobs over comments about transgender people, may be returning to the public eye according to democratandchronicle.com On a Facebook page posted Friday, it stated "We are the WATCHDOGS of ROCHESTER!! We love this town We are coming back. Alert the media ...wait we are the media ... never mind bahahahahahhaha." By Saturday morning the page had more than 3,000 "likes." However, the page disappeared from Facebook on Saturday shortly before noon the paper writes. As Jockline reported last May, the team was fired by 98.9 FM "The Buzz" after discussing a move by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren to provide health care coverage for transgender employees. The day after the firing, Kimberly And Beck issued an apology, stating, "Our attempt was to discuss a controversial healthcare issue; however our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the Transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio that we wish we could take back."
MOTION: Logan & Lisa Debuts Today On WNCV/Coast 93.3 Fort Walton/Destin
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Cumulus Fort Walton/Destin announces that its new morning show, Logan & Lisa, debuts today on AC-formatted WNCV/COAST 93.3. The show features the talents of newly named WNCV Program Director and morning personality Logan and co-host Lisa, who comes to mornings from middays on sister station WYZB/NASH-FM 105.5. Lisa also did mornings on the station prior to adding America's Morning Show. Logan began programming COAST 93.3 for Cumulus last month, after 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. Logan’s previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits. Lisa has been with Cumulus Fort Walton since 2001 and on-air with WYZB/NASH-FM 105.5 for six years, where she was morning personality prior to the launch of America’s Morning Show.
[WATCH] Cincinnati Host Charged With Shooting Wife, Now Accused Of Violating Protection Order
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– More trouble for Blake Seylhouwer a weekend radio host on 55KRC who was awaiting trial on charges that he fired a rifle at his wife is now accused of violating a protection order against her according to cincinnati.com Court records show that warrant was issued Aug. 30 against Blake Seylhouwer, of Madeira for allegedly sending a text message to his wife Misty on Aug. 28, a day after she filed for divorce. He also blocked the wi-fi on her phone and cut off her financial access by canceling a credit card, according to the court records. The protection order had been filed Aug. 13, a day after he allegedly shot at his wife in the driveway of their home. The bullet hit the concrete, police said. Misty Seylhouwer was injured by pieces of shrapnel and concrete, police said. Meanwhile, WCPO TV revealed exclusive photos of Misty Seylhouwer's injuries adding her saying she's 'scared' after being shot last month. Authorities said Blake Seylhouwer opened fire on his wife Misty Seylhouwer with a rifle after an argument outside their home on Aug. 12. Blake was arrested the night of the incident, but was released exactly one week later on bond after pleading not guilty. He returned to the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday after officials said he violated a protection order granted for Misty. She said she is still healing from the incident, and worried about her future. “I really want to tell everyone the truth, but I don’t want to get into trouble,” she said, before referring WCPO to her attorney. “All I have left is the girls and I’m so scared…”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CCM+E Monterey Names Bill Lynch Market Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– CCM+E Monterey/Salinas announced that Bill Lynch has been named Market Manager, effective immediately. He joins Clear Channel Monterey from Momentum Broadcasting, where he served as General Manager since 2012. He previously served as General Manager at Buckley Broadcasting, covering the Fresno and Visalia Metro Areas. Lynch also held previous positions at Susquehanna Broadcasting, Clear Channel, CBS Radio and Entercom. “Bill Lynch is the perfect person for this position and knows how to bring people to together to collaborate," said Jeff Negrete, Regional Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "He has a deep passion for this business and is a highly accomplished leader. Bill is the right person to take our already successful Monterey cluster to the next level.” “I am genuinely thrilled by this opportunity to work with all these fantastic people, and absolutely incredible brands," said Lynch.
New York Welcomes The Return Of WFAS-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Cumulus has announced that heritage AC station WFAS-FM returned to Westchester, NY, over the Labor Day weekend. The station re-launched on the 94.3 frequency Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST. WFAS-FM has operated as an HD2 channel for the last few months. The station has a rich history of serving the Westchester community. Marty Sheehan, Market Manager for Cumulus Westchester said: “We are very excited to have the new WFAS back on air. A heritage radio station, WFAS is renowned for its ties to the community, whether it's Storm Center, or service projects such as the Food Bank and Back Pack Giveback-- yet it's the music that has served this community so well. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who grew in Westchester County that has not tuned in to WFAS, their local radio station, for traffic, weather or entertainment. We look forward to entertaining and informing the Westchester community for many more years to come.”
Paul Shaffer To Continue Hosting Radio Shows After Letterman's Retirement
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 2ND, 2014 –– Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for the past 32 years, opens up about his future plans for life after Letterman in a recent Rolling Stone article.
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Wife Of Radio Host Charged With Shooting Her Files For Divorce
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2014 –– The wife of a weekend talk host on 55KRC/Cincinnati has filed for divorce following her husband being charged with shooting her outside their home (shown). According to wcpo.com, the shooting took place on August 12th involving Blake Seylhouwer (below) who was arrested for and charged with felonious assault and domestic violence after his wife Misty (inset) was struck in by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground and struck her in the head, leg, stomach and neck. When officers arrived, he said it was an accident, but (Misty) was saying something different," Madeira Police Chief Frank Maupin said. "We don't feel it was an accident." Maupin said it was later determined an argument took place between the couple before the shooting -- and when Misty turned her back, Blake fired a shot. At his arraignment August 13, Blake pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.On Wednesday, Misty filed for divorce from Blake, accusing him of adultery, extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty. She is asking for custody of their two children, ages 4 and 1, and spousal support. Blake was given a $500,000 bond at his previous arraignment and was ordered to stay away from Misty and their children. Blake is scheduled to appear in front of a common pleas judge this morning to be arraigned on felony charges.
UH OH: ALS Wants To Trademark 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2014 –– Now that most everyone in radio and beyond has tossed a cold bucket of ice over their heads in the name of charity, comes this: The ALS Association wants to trademark ‘ice bucket challenge.’ According to washingtonpost.com, The ALS Association has raked in more than $94 million in donations from the ice bucket challenge in just under a month. Now, the organization is asking for something else: Trademarks to the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and “ALS ice bucket challenge.” At least one trademark attorney calls the effort “shameful.” Both applications are available for public viewing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site, HERE and HERE. Trademark attorney Erik Pelton spotted the applications Wednesday. “I was upset,” he told The Post. “Similar to the reaction I had last year when I saw the applications for ‘Boston Strong.’ ”While Pelton believes that the “ice bucket challenge” trademark applications will probably be rejected, the applications themselves were enough for the Virginia-based attorney to draw attention to them on his blog. If the applications are approved, Pelton said the charity could use the registration to try and take other groups to court who use it without its permission; to take control of social media accounts using the phrases “ice bucket challenge” or “ALS ice bucket challenge”; and to “potentially stop other charities from using it.” In an e-mailed statement to The Post, the ALS Association defended its trademark applications, noting that the charity only applied “after seeing many examples of unscrupulous profiteers trying to drive revenue to themselves, instead of the fight against ALS.”
MOTION: Louie Diaz Appointed PD Of i93.3 Dallas; Mike Bennett Joins Envision's 'America Weekend' Lineup
Envision Networks® announced that Mike Bennett ( “Mike & Kacey in the Morning” on 100.7, WHUD) as part of the all new America Weekend lineup. Bennett will debut the new show on August 30th and will continue to host Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. “I’m honored to be a part of America Weekend and look forward to sharing what I find interesting with audiences across the United States,” said Mike Bennett. “I’ve been in the business a long time and I’ve got lots to say!” There is a reason Mike Bennett continues to have the number one morning show in his market,” said Michael Lichtstein, VP/Programming of Envision Networks®. “His warm, engaging delivery and wealth of information will be destination listening for America Weekend audiences.”Designed to be a break from the usual brokered programming and political fare of most News/Talk stations, America Weekend covers the lighter side of news and lifestyle issues facing today’s on-the-go talk listeners. America Weekend offers over 12 hours of new programming each weekend. In addition to Bennett, the new lineup also includes host Ed Kalegi, Smith and Sabatino, Animal Radio®, and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline. For more information on America Weekend contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com.
Opponents Hold Rally For College Station Following Public Radio Takeover
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2014 –– Opponents of the Georgia Public Broadcasting day-time takeover of 88.5/WRAS-FM held a rally yesterday at Hurt Park today as students returned to campus. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho: “Because the agreement between GSU President Mark Becker and GPB CEO Teya Ryan was announced during finals week at the end of the school year in May of this year, many students have not had the chance to voice their anger and frustration at this one-sided agreement which gives GPB everything they want, and gives GSU students nothing but empty promises in return,” said Zachary Lancaster, president of Album 88 Alumni, in a press release. “We also want to point out to new students that one of the key reasons some of them chose GSU—a student-run radio station—has been largely given to a state government agency and will not broadcast student-created content for most of each day.” GPB took over daytime operations of WRAS’s FM airwaves in late June with news/talk programming. The students’ music programming still airs in evenings and nights on 88.5 while an HD feed is provided during the day. Students, fans and alum are upset for many reasons, including the way the deal was done without their input and the loss of access to such a valuable FM signal for breaking new music.
Yahoo! Sports Radio Kicks-Off Football Weekend Programming
Ariana Grande Covers For Seacrest This Weekend On AT-40
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2014 –– Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Ariana Grande will guest host American Top 40 this weekend, August 30 and 31. In addition to counting down the Top 40 songs, Grande will talk about the making of her new album, “My Everything,” which was released on August 25 by Republic Records. She’ll also share what her favorite song is on the album, as well as what the album name means, who was the most fun to collaborate with, and plans for an upcoming tour. Plus, Grande will reveal who she wants to work with in the future.
[LISTEN] RaeLynn Goes Acoustic On 'America's Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH 2014 –– America’s Morning Show hosted by Blair Garner brought the whimsical, energetic and FUN RaeLynn to the airwaves and online today! The girl has spunk and she shared the story behind her Twitter "unicorn" challenge, talked about her "sister-mom" Miranda, joined the pregnant panda conversation and performed an awesome acoustic version of "God Made Girls." Pictured: (L-R) Chuck Wicks (AMS,) Erika Grace Powell (in back) (AMS,) RaeLynn (front,) Blair Garner (AMS,) Ashley Figueroa (AMS.) “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner originates from the NASH-FM campus in Nashville, TN, before a studio audience with frequent broadcasts from NASH studios throughout the country. Host Blair Garner is joined daily by co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks, with HLN anchor Robin Meade anchoring news updates and Erika Grace Powell sharing the latest updates on the Country music news. LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] WWO Takes Executive ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
STUDY: Facebook Still Rules Among 14-54 Yr. Olds; Instagram Getting Traction
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services revealed additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on emerging social media platforms. The findings have important implications for connecting listeners with radio stations. Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo said: “Facebook remains the dominant Social Media platform among these 14-54 year olds and, despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall. While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among our sample of Teens 14-17 after YouTube and Facebook – and is getting traction among Adults 18-34.” Jacobs continued: “We also wanted to explore usage momentum – especially for Facebook. Among the users of each platform, we netted out those saying they’re using a platform more and those saying they’re using it less. We found continuing positive momentum for Facebook even among 14-17 year olds. Other platforms have stronger momentum, but given its tremendous reach, Facebook remains a powerful tool for connecting with listeners.” For more information about NuVoodoo Media Services, contact Carolyn Gilbert at 888.9VOODOO (888.986.6366) and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] Beyonce's Father Claims That Jay Z Used Divorce Rumors To Ignite Tour Sales
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Want to put your show on the world stage? Simple. Get the father of one of the hottest pop stars in the world to throw water on all the hype about her divorce from another giant star. That was the case yesterday on Cumulus' KRBE's Roula and Ryan Show when Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, told them 'It's a Jedi mind trick.' Claiming Beyonce and Jay Z used divorce rumors to 'ignite' tour sales. Of course, this all began with the infamous elevator scene involving Beyonce's sister, Solange, where took swipes and kicked Jay Z. Mathew Knowles claims they hyped up rumors of a split from Jay Z to boost ticket sales for their 'On The Run' tour. "These things are hyped ‘sometimes to ignite that tour.’ He explained: ‘It’s called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of times.’ Being a music executive, Knowles says it works, pointing out that Solange's album sales 'went up 200%' after her now infamous elevator scuffle. Adding credence to all this was this past Sunday's appearance during the VMA's where the family looked all lovey dovey. And just how fast did this interview spread? In mere minutes, it was picked up by radaronline.com, dailymail.co.uk just to name a few. Oh yes, add Jockline to that. as well. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
MOTION: Patrick Mannelly Joins Matt Spiegel On 670 The Score Chicago; Connoisseur Taps Klonk As Promo Dir. For Conn. Cluster; Chris King Named PD/Morning Host For My 98.3 WMIM in Monroe, MI. Jared Aman Shifts To Afternoons At KINK-FM Portland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Patrick Mannelly Joins Matt Spiegel To Form 670 The Score Chicago's New Midday Show.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Greg Smith Named VP/Sales Cumulus Detroit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Detroit announces that 19-year Detroit radio veteran Greg Smith has been named Vice President, Sales for WDVD and WDRQ. Smith comes to Cumulus from Greater Media Detroit, and prior to that served CBS Radio in Detroit for 17 years. The appointment is effective immediately. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We're thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit.” Smith said: "I started my radio sales career nearly 20 years ago at 93.1 WDRQ, and now I have the tremendous opportunity to return and help the teams at both NASH-FM and 96.3 WDVD excel and succeed."
OFFICIAL: Bleacher Report Radio Headed To SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Although tipped some weeks ago, SiriusXM and Bleacher Report today announced the upcoming launch of SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio, a new satellite radio channel debuting September 2nd. Airing on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 208, the exclusive new channel will showcase a variety of Bleacher Report voices and give sports fans from coast to coast a live, interactive forum to discuss their teams, topics and events with experts from every major sport. SiriusXM began airing a daily Bleacher Report-branded show in 2013. The programming now expands to a full channel that will reach more than 26 million SiriusXM subscribers nationwide. The SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio channel will feature a daily lineup of shows hosted by some of Bleacher Report’s most prominent voices, including Will Carroll, King Kaufman, Dan Levy and Josh Zerkle, as well as daily contributions from B/R’s deep roster of writers and contributors. Featured hosts will also include former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison, broadcaster Nicole Zaloumis and others.
TURN UP THE RADIO: A Look At The Early Years Of L.A. Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– No matter your age, if you love radio be sure grab a copy of book which showcases the careers of icons such as Casey Kasem, Gary Owens, “The Real” Don Steele (shown on cover), Robert W. Morgan and music jock/turned talker, Michael Jackson, among many. According to sfchronicle.com, Author Harvey Kubernik, a music journalist for 30 years grew up amid the emerging scene and knew everyone. “I danced on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. … The Mamas and the Papas and Bob Lind were the in-studio guests. … That same week, I met (gospel singer) J.W. Alexander and Bobby Womack at the Frigate record shop. … I first saw the Beach Boys perform at a Culver City record store. The book also digs deep to uncover the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status, such as Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Bobby Womack, and Kim Fowley. Turn Up the Radio! pays tribute to the DJs who brought the music of Los Angeles to fans throughout Southern California—and, ultimately, the world—including Art Laboe, Dave Hull, the Real Don Steele, and Dave Diamond. ORDER HERE ON AMAZON
ON THE RADIO: AMP Boston's TJ & Loren Put Dan Mason To The Test; Demi Lovato Talks Life In Hollywood With Zach Sang & The Gang
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Our readers keep asking for more interview links, so here you go. As Jockline reported recently, Dan Mason (center) is headed to Cox Media Group's Tampa cluster as its new OM. But before heading out the door from his PD post at AMP 933 in Boston, both morning hosts TJ and Loren (shown) put Dan to the test in a series of 'uncomfortable' questions including their infamous "Do, Marry or Kill" bit. Having to choose between TJ's wife, Loren or midday goddess Vanessa, he played it safe and chose Loren. We'll let you listen to the audio to learn which choice he made. Dan joked how unusual it was to not have someone from HR Director present. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE ########## Demi Lovato gave a call in to nationally syndicated Zach Sang and The Gang to catch up with her friend Zach and the rest of the gang. Demi and Zach talked exclusively about her long time friend Nick Jonas's new solo career, her 22nd "Kiddie Birthday Party",the competitive nature of Hollywood and how she now approaches her career in healthy more relaxed way. how about she and her team tackle work in a "balanced, healthy and awesome way"...if she feel like it she tells her manager " I need to take 10 days and go to Bora Bora" and off she goes. The minute work isn't fun and feels like work she stops and tells her manager and he basically says "ok where do you want to go?" LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE - Zack Sang & The Gang is rep'd by WYM Media Management. Contact Liz Laud 310-625-9753 for info.
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
[WATCH] Jonathan Ross Returns To Station That Sacked Him Six Years Ago; Woman Runs Naked Through Crowded Square For College Tuition In Radio Bit
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2014 –– Jonathan Ross back on the station that sacked him Six years ago Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand were sacked by the BBC for prank calling the actor Andrew Sachs on the air at Radio 2. Jonathan Ross hosted his first shows on BBC Radio 2 this week. He’s covering for Steve Wright from 2pm till 5. Most comments on social media have been positive, but not everyone was happy though, a bitter BBC Radio Devon presenter, Gordon Sparks told the BBC’s Ariel: “What a disgrace it is that Jonathan Ross is to return to Radio 2, albeit as a stand-in. Following Sachsgate six years ago, it is my opinion that neither he nor Russell Brand should have received any further remuneration from the BBC”.
Heart Vs. Radio 1 for Strictly Come Dancing - Radio 1’s Scott Mills has been announced as the 10th celebrity signing for Strictly this year, putting him up against Heart presenter Mark Wright. Strictly Come Dancing is the UK version of ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Scott Mills is covering for Nick Grimshaw all this week on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. He’ll be up against Mark Wright who presents Friday and Saturdaynights on London’s Heart FM. More celebrities are still to be confirmed.
[WATCH] Dutch Runs Naked Through Crowed Amsterdam Square For College Tuition. -- According to nydailnews.com a blond Dutch woman named Sabine ran naked through the very crowded Dam Square in the Netherlands' capital city of Amsterdam as part of a radio stunt to earn a year of college. Daniel Lippens and Ivo van Breukelen, hosts on SLAM! FM provide the commentary in Dutch, although at one point, one of them asks in English: "What the f--k is happening here?" After taking her run, she also participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. (WARNING: Contains graphic content and strong language) WATCH HERE
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CBS Radio And Townsquare Media Make News Together In Michigan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio and Townsquare Media announced the creation of the Michigan News Network, which will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS RADIO stations WWJ Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) and 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM). MNN will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 2 on nearly 20 affiliates throughout the state, including stations in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor. MNN will offer top-of-the-hour broadcasts weekdays from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM and 60-second sports updates three times per day during the same time period. The CBS RADIO content will be licensed by Townsquare Media, which will serve as the exclusive syndication partner and manage affiliate relationships. “CBS RADIO’s Detroit stations have served as the authoritative voice of the community for many years, establishing themselves among the market’s most credible brands and news sources,” said CBS RADIO President and CEO Dan Mason. “We are excited to be working with Townsquare to distribute our award-winning programming to listeners across the entire state of Michigan, while also realizing the highest value for our content.” “Townsquare Media has a constant focus on providing live, local and vital information to the communities we serve,” said Townsquare Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. “We are thrilled to partner with CBS RADIO to provide important statewide content to the residents of Michigan. The Michigan News Network will also offer a new and impactful environment for clients who want to reach Michigan consumers on a statewide basis.”
Radio Sports Host Hank Bauer Benched One Game Following Anti-Semitic Joke
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– Two days after using an anti-semitic quip during the final moments of the San Diego Chargers' radio broadcast against the San Francisco 49ers, announcer Hank Bauer now issued an apology via Twitter, and was suspended for Thursday's final preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals. "I made a hurtful insinuation that I regret and I would like to express how sorry I am," Bauer said via Twitter. "My poor choice of words were unfortunately open for negative interpretation, please know it was never my intention to offend any of my listeners. I hope you accept my apology." In a prepared statement on Tuesday, the Chargers said that Bauer had been suspended for a game because of his actions. "Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate," the team said. "Per Clear Channel's decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night's game. According to espn.go.com, At the end of San Diego's 21-7 loss to San Francisco, Bauer remarked on the air to colleague Josh Lewin at how many fans had left the high-dollar seats at Levi's Stadium. Lewin said he would have remained in his seat if he were a fan. "But then again you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member," Bauer said to Lewin on the air. Bauer later added: "I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner." Bauer and Lewin work for Clear Channel which serves as the flagship station for the Chargers.
CBS Sports To Launch First-Ever All-Female National Sports Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– CBS Sports will launch 'We Need To Talk', the first-ever all-female national weekly sports show, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on CBS Sports Network. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and David Berson, President, CBS Sports. According to tvbythenumbers.com, The show will feature several female journalists, including those who already serve in various high-profile roles at CBS. “This is a very proud moment for all of us at CBS Sports,” said McManus. “A sports show featuring all women is long overdue, and we are thrilled to be able to make television history this fall with the national launch of 'We Need To Talk.” Announcers will include Lesley Visser, the highly acclaimed Pro Football Hall of Fame sportscaster in her 40th year covering sports and a trailblazer for women in the industry; Amy Trask, the first female CEO in the National Football League and a contributor for CBS Sports Network’s 'That Other Pregame Show'; Tracy Wolfson, lead reporter for CBS’s NFL and NCAA Tournament coverage; CBS Sports Radio host and veteran television broadcaster Dana Jacobson; and Allie LaForce (L), lead reporter for the SEC ON CBS. It will also include award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for NFL Network and Correspondent for HBO Sports; Laila Ali (R), four-time boxing world champion and daughter of legend Muhammad Ali; Olympic medalist Dara Torres; two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash; four-time Olympic medalist and veteran sports reporter Summer Sanders; and former professional tennis player and first Vice President of the USTA Katrina Adams. The show is being led by Emmy Award-winning Coordinating Producers Emilie Deutsch and Suzanne Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc will produce with Smith directing.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jason Wolfe Lands At Financial Exchange Radio Network; WCKG Chicago Names John Spataro OM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– Former WEEI and WRKO Boston VP/Programming & Operations, Jason Wolfe has joined The Financial Exchange Radio Network as its chief media and marketing strategist of his Needham-based firm. According to bizjournal.com, The job entails expanding the reach of the company’s flagship show, “The Financial Exchange with Barry Armstrong and Kim Carrigan,” and developing new business partnerships to generate a wider audience for the show. Wolfe had already been working with Armstrong on a consulting basis for several months. Armstrong will also continue his part-time role as chief content officer for Sportstalkboston.com, which features an online radio show hosted by Glenn Ordway. ######### WCKG has hired John Spataro as its new OM. Recently, WCKG afternoon host Peter Schiff announced he was leaving terrestrial radio. Schiff cited time constraints and mediocre reception from the traditionally right-wing talk radio outlets across the US. WCKG immediately pulled Schiff’s show from their lineup. WCKG currently runs the Glenn Beck Program live weekdays from 8a-11a central time. WCKG broadcasts on AM 1530 and online at WCKG.com. WCKG is a local talk radio station, licensed to the City of Elmhurst in Chicagoland.
LDR Awarded Spot On Inc 500 Fastest Growing Private Company's List
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– LDR Interactive was recently awarded the distinction of being named to the Inc 500|5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. This highly exclusive and prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success; recognizing innovation, leadership, and revenue growth. LDR Interactive is proud to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of 41 software companies in the world to rank in this year's Inc 500, and #1 out of 4 software companies based in the state of Ohio. "Our company is customer-focused. We partner with the world's leading broadcasters in TV and radio, and we work tirelessly to use emerging technologies to drive audience and revenue growth for our partners." said Daniel Anstandig, CEO, LDR Interactive. "We've developed innovative systems such as LDR's music platforms (LDR1 and Takeover), mobile apps for TV and Radio networks, and our new TopicPulse platform ( http://www.TopicPulse.com) that provides real time Social Media trends for content generators and newsrooms across the globe. LDR Interactive was the only TV and Radio technology company on the list; also ranking No. 1 in Ohio software companies and No. 2 overall in Cleveland, Ohio. The media technology company now joins Intuit, Zappos, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Cliff Bar, Pandora, GoPro, and other industry leaders who have earned the prestigious recognition of being ranked among the Inc. 500|5000 elite.
Actors and Voice-Over Stars Fly High at SAG Foundation 4th Annual Poker Classic
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– More than 300 actors, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests landed at the illustrious Museum of Flying in Santa Monica on Saturday night for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s 4th Annual Poker Classic and Party. Supporters played in the heated poker tournament and posed for pictures, including much-coveted shots with Airplane! star and host Robert Hays in the cockpit. Surely, we’re completely serious! Actors, voice-over talent and poker players who turned out to support the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab included Powers Boothe, Joe Cipriano, Sharon Lawrence, Fred Melamed, Paul Pape and Randy Thomas. When guests weren’t ante-ing up, they flocked to the Flight Simulator sponsored by New Trails Productions, played in other casino-styled games, mugged for free shots in the photobooth, and danced the night away under a canopy of vintage aircraft. Party guests entered the big raffle with over 21 exclusive items and walked away with everything from a private IMAX screening to a Portable Recording Studio (valued at $3500). The two “Pilot” sponsors of the Poker Classic were Benztown and New Trails Productions along with “Co-Pilot” sponsors Integrated Wealth Management and Jim Tasker, VIP suite sponsor Edge Studios, and more. Over 75 sponsors and donors pitched in to ensure everyone went home a winner!
NASH FM Detroit Presents 'I'm Already In Labor Day Weekend'
Wants Some To Name Their Newborn 'Nash'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– NASH FM 93-1, Detroit’s Hottest Country Hits present the “I’m Already IN Labor-Day Weekend” All weekend (Friday 8/29- Monday 9/2) listeners will be asked if they (or someone they know) is pregnant and delivers over the holiday weekend (Fri-Monday) and are willing to legally name their baby "Nash" (first or middle name) and show us proof of birth with birth certificate we will buy their first 93 diapers. NASH FM 93-1 is a new radio station born in Detroit and named NASH, so we want to be first welcome others born here named NASH who'll be NEW listeners. As many folks who have babies and legally name them Nash get 93 diapers on us--must notify us by COB Tuesday to eligible. Visit NASH FM 931.com for complete rules and details.
3-Weeks Left To Register For Power Pig's 25th Reunion
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– Time is running out to sign up the The Power Pig's 25th Reunion. It's the Saturday night cocktail party on September 28, dinner and after-dinner carousing in downtown St. Petersburg. Cost is $45/person (carousing is free!) which has to be paid in advance. Deadline for payment for the party & dinner is September 17. Please go to this link HERE register and pay. To get a ticket you have to pay by the deadline. No ticket - no admission. More info at the link including location, menu, etc. For a list of suggested hotels go to http://www.gabehobbsmedia.com/sites/default/files/Pig%20Reunion%20Hotels.pdf OR http://www.gabehobbsmedia.com/info/press. More details to come event organizer, Gabe Hobbs, says 'It's VERY IMPORTANT you register and pay now for the main event, the Saturday night dinner and party. And by the way....if you've worked at 93-3 FLZ or 970 WFLA over the past 25 years you are welcome to attend. We're merely using the 25th Anniversary (9/25/89) of the launch of the Power Pig as an excuse for all of us to get together!!'
There Will Be A NASH ICON Morning Show Says John Dickey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2014 –– In a conference call with trade reporters this week, Cumulus' Co-COO John Dickey said 'Historically, very little has been understood about the Country format and Country music, and there have been stereotypes about Country music and artists. Now, Country is one of the most explosive formats for nearly 100 million people in the U.S. The size of the Country marketplace is massive. Cumulus, through its newly launched NASH Icon format, is modernizing the Country format. Cumulus launched the new format, which originates from Cumulus’ NASH Campus in Nashville, across 15 of its stations last in the last week. NASH is Cumulus’ Country lifestyle and entertainment brand. ... Country is the last format of its size that has not fragmented. Rock is so fragmented now that it is in a state of emergency; Talk has fragmented over the last 10-12 years; Sports has fragmented; etc. The time has come for Country to fragment. ... The Country format we hear on most Country stations today is one of the last multi-generational formats programmed like Top 40. NASH ICON is to mainstream Country as Hot AC is to AC. ... Based on the metrics of the Country artists and the low burn of the artists that are not present on country stations today, it’s time for Country to fragment. This fragmentation will not cannibalize Country, but it will grow Country’s share." Dickey added: NASH ICON is not about nostalgia—This is not about retro. For mega-artists like Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, NASH ICON allows them to be properly contextualized and to build new listeners.' There will be a NASH ICON morning show. It will be more of a living room setting and will be more interview-driven by the artists. The show will provide a good opportunity for artists to interact with their fans. We’ll be rolling out the new NASH ICON morning show between now and the end of the year. There will also be a NASH ICON weekend show rolling out for Mainstream Country later this year. NASH ICON will be delivered via the Storq platform, which allows stations to take any daypart or part of any daypart and customize that locally (versus plug and play). READ ENTIRE REPORT HERE
KGO'S Ron Owens Reveals He's Had Parkinson's Disease Since 2001
The revelation that Robin Williams had Parkinson's finally pushed Owens to decide to go public.
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2014 –– Longtime KGO San Francisco host Ronn Owens (L) says he's had Parkinson's disease since 2001 but held off talking about it because he didn't want people to feel sorry for him according to sfgate.com. Owens says "The main reason that I didn't want to come out, it's twofold," he said last week in an interview at the KGO studio. "One, I just cannot stand the thought of people feeling sorry for me. And the other, which is more of a factor with me, is that I don't want to be defined" by Parkinson's. The revelation that Robin Williams had Parkinson's is what finally pushed Owens to go public. "I felt it was important to tell people that you can have it like I have for 12 1/2 years and not be severely impacted by it. It's possible, and it's not a death sentence." Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system with no known cause or cure. Its symptoms and rate of progression can vary from person to person. Some people may be in a wheelchair just a few years after diagnosis, Owens said, but for others, like himself, the rate of progression is more moderate. READ FULL ARTICLE HEREPHOTO/facebook-Chronicle's Kim Komenich
[WATCH: DJ Laz Returns; Opens Up About Tragic Boat Accident
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2014 –– As Jockline previously reported (JD 8.18), popular Miami host DJ Laz returned to the air this week at Hits 97.3 along with his co-host Kimmy B. Following his show, he was interviewed by CBS' Channel 4's Lisa Petrillo. “I’m not good at certain things. Running a marathon isn’t one of the things I am good at. Radio, I’m good at. It’s my passion and for me there’s no better place to be than radio. The welcome home has been overwhelming.” Petrillo writes: It’s been a tough couple of months for the 43-year-old DJ who was involved in a tragic accident last May. He was at the helm of a boat that fatally slashed a young man who was trying to help free it from a sandbar. In litigation now, Laz cannot discuss specifics about the accident but did reflect on that horrible day. “At the end of the day it’s the worst possible thing that could ever happen,” said DJ Laz. “I’m a Dad, I’m a brother and my heart goes out to the family and I wish I can speak to the family. I did reach out but now with attorneys involved and litigation nothing can be said but it is the worst thing that’s ever happened so far.” Laz said the idea of coming back to the radio, back to his listeners, is what has pulled him through the tough time. It’s a job he loves and does not take for granted. WATCH HERE
MOTION: CCM+E Inks Mario Lopez To Long Term Extension; Adams Taps Mike Scott For Mornings At Soft Rock 103.9
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2014 –– CCM+E announced a new and expanded long-term agreement with Mario Lopez (L), multi-platform entertainment personality and host of the Emmy Award-winning syndicated television program “Extra.” As part of the agreement, Lopez and his wife/co-host Courtney Lopez will continue hosting On with Mario Lopez, which launched into national syndication with Premiere Networks in April 2012. “What we have achieved together is only the start, and we look forward to expanding Mario’s unique and compelling brand of entertainment to more listeners nationwide as we expand On with Mario Lopez and the iHeartRadio Countdown," stated Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP Entertainment Programming. ######### Mike Scott has been hired by Adams Radio of Fort Wayne to serve as AM Drive Host for Soft Rock 103.9 in Fort Wayne. Adams recently acquired Soft Rock 103.9 along with WBTU, WJFX, WXKE, WGL AM, WLYV AM and translators 103.3 and 96.9. Mike brings over thirty years of major-market programming, operations, talent coaching and on-air experience from Detroit and Cincinnati. Mike most recently served as Program Director/Afternoons for Cumulus-Cincinnati's WNNF NASH FM 94-1. Prior to Cincinnati, Mike spent twelve years as Assistant Operations Manager/Assistant Program Director-Music Director and midday talent for powerhouse country station WYCD (CBS) in Detroit.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lance Houston Named New PD Of 101.7 The Bull Boston; Click 98.9 Seattle Taps Lisa Adams As Its New PD; Cumulus Names Renowned Civil Rights Activist Tamika D. Mallory To Community Affairs Post At 103.9, NYC
ALT 98.3 Comes To Nashville; Home Of Vanderbilt Football
NETWORKS: Sports Kings’ NFL Countdown Launches On Yahoo! Sports Radio
Jockline Gets Behind The Scenes At The Emmys With Sablan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2014 –– As is our tradition, we once again called on our unofficial on-the-scene reporter, Tommy Sablan, exec. producer of The Jeff & Jer' Show KyXy San Diego, to give us a special behind the scenes look at last night's event along with Laura Cain, Emily Griffiths, and Anita Bartram. Sablan tells Jockline: 'It was very cool to be with the 'Breaking Bad' cast. They all were very emotional when each person won a category. Bryan Cranston was in the front row and we knew he was crying when Aaron Paul won because his guest, who may have been his daughter, kept turning around to us mouthing that he was crying. Hollywood just like every teenager in the world is addicted to their smartphone. Everyone is checking messages or their social media sites non stop through the show. It was cool to see Jon Voight! He looked good and went around during commercial breaks to say hello to the big stars up front. He was like in the 6th row. It looked like he was kind of the new Jack Nicholson type person. He got a lot of respect from the younger actors. As for Billy Crystal very heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams (see Popline below for video link of full tribute), he says 'You felt the love he had for Robin. Everyone in the audience paid attention. We hear Billy Crystal had a hard time at rehearsal getting through it.' PS: Aside from jumping the fence to snag a few seats at the Emmys, Sablan is also set to moderate next year's 'Producer Forum' at the 27th annual Morning Show Boot Camp. PHOTO/L-R 'Masters of (S)ex actress Lizzie Caplan with Laura Cain, Piper From Orange is the New Black with Anita Bartram, The Warden From Orange is the New Black and John Hamm with Laura.
[LISTEN] Philadelphia Radio Great, Don Cannon, Passes Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– A Philadelphia radio legend, Don Cannon, has passed away. Known as the dean of Philadelphia radio, from 1969 until he retired in 2004, Cannon had been heard on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WOGL.WOGL 98.1/Philadelphia posted last Friday on its website: "It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a member of the 98.1 WOGL family. Our friend and radio legend Don Cannon passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 22. Don Cannon’s voice was a top rated morning radio fixture in Philadelphia spanning five decades starting in 1969 with WIBG (WIBBAGE) through his retirement in 2004 from WOGL 98.1. “Cannon in The Morning” entertained millions of people each day for thirty five years as the handsome and entertaining radio star on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI and Oldies 98.1 WOGL. Don also spent time on the management side of the industry as Program Director of WSNI and WPGR. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004 WOGL FM 98.1 was home to the legendary “Cannon in the Morning.” Dominic Canzano is considered by many as one of the main originators of conversational, irreverent humor based personality morning radio that opened the way for future talent like Howard Stern. Cannon is a member of The Broadcast Pioneers who regard him as the “Dean of Philadelphia Morning Radio” because of the benchmarks, success and contributions he made to the community and industry.
Missouri Host Claims She Was Fired for Being Gay; Company Flatly Denies
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– The host of a morning show in Springfield Missouri told the News-Leader last Friday she believes she was laid off because of her sexual orientation and advocacy — a claim a company official flatly denies. "It's humiliating, and I am absolutely 100 percent convinced this has to do with my sexuality and my advocacy on behalf of my community," said Jennifer Scott Stevens (L), who went by Jennifer Scott at 105.1 Bob FM. GM Jason McCuthin says the termination of Stevens' employment was entirely "a budgetary decision." McCuthin called Stevens "a great person" and said he was disappointed to hear her comments regarding being let go. "As someone who attended her marriage reception, it's a little disheartening that she would assume this station didn't support her wholeheartedly," he said. "We have other people on staff who have the same lifestyle, and they get the same support she did," he added. On Steven's Facebook page, she posted "You know, I was never once written up, never reprimanded, was in the top 5 of all radio personalities in the Best of 417 last year and was even asked to be a shareholder in the company a few short months ago because the GM and the Board of Directors had so much confidence in my future tenure with the company. Then, I come out publicly in the paper, begin to advocate for others in the lgbt community and...I'm a budget cut." READ COMPLETE POST HERE
MOTION: Fook and Mishell Debuts On 94.9 KHTB Salt Lake City
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– Cumulus has announced that Alt 94.9 KHTB in Salt Lake City will debut its new midday show, “FML with Fook and Mishell," today. It features the talents of co-hosts Fook and Mishell. Fook has been an on-air personality in markets including Chicago, Albany and Tucson. Mishell is a model, actress and comedienne who finished in the Top Five on Season One of NuVo TV’s Model Latina. She also starred as Bianca on two seasons of Alloy Entertainment’s show Talent. Sue Kelley, Program Director for KHTB said: “This team is “Fooking” great! After an extensive national search we are excited to welcome FML with Fook and Mishell to ALT 949 in Salt Lake. It is evidence once again of what an amazing Cumulus rock leadership team we have in Mike McVay, Troy Hansen and Derek Madden, who continue to support and set up ALT 94.9 for success in SLC.” Fook said: “Personally, I’m thrilled to be on a station playing true, new, alternative music. We’re excited to bring a morning show to middays and can’t wait to get all up in Salt Lake’s biz. I hope everyone is ready to get extra-weird.” Mishell said: "We're so excited to join the Alt 949 team! I can't wait to bring my voice and kooky characters to the airwaves of this fine city. Prepare yourselves, Salt Lake-- Your middays will never be the same!"
89 WLS Discovers Its Next Talk Star
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– For the third year in row, 89 WLS Chicago’s set out to find the Next 89 WLS Talk Star. John Chase Gregoles (L) of Lake Geneva, WI emerged as the winner. A day trader with a background on a professional wrestling circuit, John wants to “broaden the audience of talk radio.” Listeners vied to become The Next 89 WLS Talk Star by submitting their auditions via the station’s website (wlsam.com). The station narrowed down the submissions to 10 Semi-Finalists. The Top 5 Finalists were determined by online voting. The five finalists competed for the chance to become The Next 89 WLS Talk Star at the live finale, hosted by Bruce Wolf (C) & Dan Proft (R) at the Hard Rock Café Chicago last Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Our last two winners are still on the air with a weekend show and occasional fill-in. It’s certainly possible we’ll be as fortunate with this year’s winner. What all the finalists had to say about talk radio and the passion they have for it was instructive and extremely energizing,” said Program Director/Operations Manager, Peter Bolger of 89 WLS AM. The Next 89 WLS Talk Star will host a 2-hour show on 89 WLS AM, receives a limo ride to and from the studio, a trip for two to Riveria Maya Mexico and of course, the coveted Talk Star trophy.
[WATCH] Faith Hill Crashes Tim McGraw Interview On The Bobby Bone's Show
FOR SALE: Milwaukee Condo With Great View And Special Radio Past
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– Among the many legendary stunts of 80's, ranked high on the list is Tim the Rock ’n’ Roll Animal, Tim U’ren, then a jock on then rocker WQFM who broadcast from the 21st-floor ledge of the radio station’s studio at N. 6th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. in 1982 (L). FM 93 WQFM occupied the space until it went off the air in 1996. According to jsonline.com, in an attempt to get The Who to perform in Milwaukee, Tim spent 14 days, 15 hours and 57 minutes on the ledge, equipped with "a sleeping bag, flappy tent and portable commode." U'ren, who's now auto insurance claims adjuster, recalled the experience to jsonline saying "The first week was a lot of fun but the second week was a grind....Between...the elements and the isolation...I had a lot of mood swings." One night, a drunk climbed to the roof and "I thought, if this guy falls 21 stories and dies it's all over." So Tim invited him into the studio and "we talked and drank beer." By the second week, "when I was starting to snap," he would come into the station to use the bathroom. And Genko recalled handing him the phone out the window when the Who singer Roger Daltrey called to say they had set a Milwaukee date. The condo, currently listed for $895,000, offers "(s)tunning unobstructed views of the (c)ity skyline" and of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River, from large windows and three private balconies, according to the real estate listing. The rock n' roll memories come free. PHOTO/jsonline screengrab
Westwood One Sports Sets the 2014 College Football Season in Motion
Former Phoenix Host Gets Cooking Competition Pilot On A&E's FYI Network
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– Happy to learn that Monti Carlo, formerly of KEXX-FM Phoenix, Movin 92.5 LA and top 5 finalist on TV's Master Chef, will now be featured this weekend in her own TV pilot. It will air on A&E's FYI Network this coming Sunday the 31st at 10PM ET/PT. It's a competitive cooking show called "Make My Food Famous" and Monti is the host. Three home cooks battle it out in a Michelin Starred chef's kitchen to get their original dishes on the menu. She tells Jockllne "The network will order more episodes depending on how many eyes I can get on it ... the more people that tune in the higher probability that this will become a permanent gig SO PLEASE WATCH!
MEMOIR: Former Seattle Host Believes It Was A Rival Station That Shot Their Giant Inflated Pig
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– By now we all know the 70's through 90's was filled with (s)ex, drugs and rock n' roll. Adding to that narrative is former KISW/Seattle GM/PD/Host Beau Phillips with his memoir “I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig.” According to seattletimes.com the book's title comes from a promotion involving Pink Floyd’s final tour in Seattle in 1987, Phillips (with the help of concert promoter John Bauer) persuaded the band to let KISW air its giant inflatable pig — a 40-foot-long prop dubbed Algie — to the roof of the station’s Seattle headquarters. The concert was a huge success, but on the morning prior to the concert at the former Kingdome, one of Phillips jocks phoned him at 6 a.m. to report the pig was gone. As it turned out, someone had shot an arrow through the mascot. He suspected it must have come from their arch rival,” Phillips laughed. Earlier this month marked 35 years since Pat Benatar took the rock world by storm. Phillips remember because KISW was the first radio station in America to play her smash, Heartbreaker. The story is in my book - along with this picture. Pat's at center; Beau at far right. ORDER BOOK HERE
Emmys Air Tonight; Keep An Eye Out For KYXY's Tommy Sablan
THE MOUTH AUGUST 25TH, 2014 –– For years now, we've pondered how KYXY/San Diego's executive producer for the Jeff & Jer Show somehow manage front row seat at each year's Emmy Awards. The Photo at right may finally reveal their entry point. While Tommy distracts onlookers, Laura Cain (C), Emily Griffiths (R), and their friend Anita Bartram (L) appear to be climbing the fence at the Nokia in LA. Tonight the Emmys air on a rare Monday (not shown on this day since the 70's). They moved to tonight in order to avoid competing with MTV Video Music Awards which aired last night from the Forum. Meanwhile, it's Tommy Sablan's birthday today. Wish him well HERE
CBS Sports Network Debuts TV Simulcast Of Gottlieb Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– CBS Sports Network debuts its television simulcast of The Doug Gottlieb Show, CBS Sports Radio’s popular afternoon show, on Monday, Aug. 25 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) with a new set located at the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City. The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb live Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET and features national sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, as well as newsmakers from the sports world and listener phone calls. The show challenges and engages sports audiences nationwide. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS Radio Promotes Mike Thomas To VP/Sports Programming
MOTION: Eric Austin Takes Over PM Drive At Soft Rock 103.9 Fort Wayne; Jaimee Lee To Co-Host With Wayne Coy In Bay Area
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– Eric Austin (L) takes over PM Drive Host for Soft Rock 103.9 in Fort Wayne. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin Eric first worked CHR radio in Mankato, Minnesota and has been able to grow, adapt and find success working CHR, Alternative and AC in Chicago, Atlanta and San Jose, CA. Most recently having worked at WCFS/Chicago and WTMX/Chicago he was humbled and honored to have received first and second place awards for "On Air Personality of the Year-Chicago" by the Illinois Broadcasters Association in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Eric has also worked the past six years as Client Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator at a Chicago neighborhood food bank operated by Heartland Alliance of Chicago and is looking forward to working with folks in Fort Wayne in a similar capacity. Eric offered these comments: “Big thanks to Ron Stone, Rob Mack and Jim Richards for inviting me to be part of Adams Radio Group and the new Soft Rock 103.9! ######### Jaimee Lee will be joining Coast Radio's KKIQ-FM and KKDV-FM/San Francisco as morning co-host with Wayne Coy, beginning September 2. Most recently Lee worked on-air KATM-FM Modesto-Stockton. "I'm so impressed with Jaimee's work and her cool personality," added Coy. "She has amazing confidence and a great sense of humor. I know our listeners will love her and welcome her to the show with open arms."
[LISTEN] Coach John Calipari Rings Up Mike Francesa's Show Following Dis; Gets Cut Off
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– File this one under radio gold. On Wednesday's Mike Francesa show on WFAN/NY, he had a discussion with legendary Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's. No sooner had Cal' left the show, Francesa said that he liked him as a coach except when it comes to X's and O's. That prompted "John from Kentucky" to call in and call out Francesa over implying he couldn't coach: M: How sensitive are you? You call me up? You know what you're like? You're like a caller who doesn't listen, OK?" Francesa defends his comments saying that he likes Calipari as a coach, repeating that he a master recruiter. A master motivator but not so impressed with him when it comes to 'X's and O's. J: "That's basically saying I can't coach. You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal, the Magician." M: "Wait a second. Are there better X's and O's guys than you?" C: "You think I believe that?" J:"Yes." C: "I will pass a lie detector test and say, 'No.'" M:"No you won't. No you won't." Seconds later Francesa cuts off Calipari's call saying “Thanks for the call, because you’re gone.” Rude? How about FUN radio? LISTEN HERE
26 Years Later, Scott Shannon Tied For No. One In Big Apple
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– For the legendary Scott Shannon, the latest ratings were like deja vu all over again as his WCBS-FM morning show ties for No. 1 tied with WCBS-AM for week of Aug. 2 coming 26 years after Shannon was last in the top spot, at Z100. He tells David Hinkley with The New York Daily News: "The last time my show was No. 1 was in 1988 at Z100,” Shannon muses. “This is a strange business, isn’t it?” To put that gap in perspective, the longest time between No. 1 chart hits for any musical artist is 24 years and 11 months — for Cher, between “Dark Lady” in 1974 and “Believe” in 1999. The morning show hitting No. 1 for a week doesn’t lock down the spot. Still, it’s No. 1." Shannon tells Jockline Daily: "I've got a great morning crew that I love working with .. Plus, the whole station is Live 24/7. What the hell else could a guy ask for?" PHOTO/ Scott with Cher and Ross Brittain - BOTTOM - Scott, Kid Kelly And Z100 Engineering Genius, Frank Foti signing off the famous Z100 Secaucus Studios.
Jacobs Media Taps Jim McBride As This Week's Most 'SKINovative'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– In Jacobs Media's weekly pick for radio's most innovative, this week's Friday choice is none other than Jim McBride (shown), founder of Mrskin.com. Jacob's chief Fred Jacobs says "The growth of the Internet has affected radio in infinite ways, including the creation of many unique partnerships. None is as interesting as the ongoing relationship between radio and MrSkin.com founder Jim McBride. It was Confucius who said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Jim typifies that sentiment, building a multi-media empire powered by broadcast radio, while pursuing a path he is truly passionate about. You might remember MrSkin.com from the pivotal role the brand played in the 2007 Judd Apatow movie Knocked Up. Seth Rogen’s character spends most of his time in the movie trying to develop a website that specializes in celebrity nude scenes, only to learn – too late – that someone got there first. That someone, of course, was Mr. Skin. ... Jim McBride (call him Mr. Skin) launched the site that chronicles celebrity nude scenes in movies and television in 1999 when the Internet as we know it today was still in its infancy. Within five minutes after it launched, the site had its first paid member and today, 15 years later, it averages nine million unique visitors a month. Much of that growth was spurred by McBride’s ongoing appearances on radio shows across the country. He’s a charming, affable guest with unique content and the ability to discuss when and where any Hollywood actress – or actor – has appeared in the nude. The site’s growth has spawned several other radio businesses, including the launch of several morning show prep services, marketed under the Good Parts Media brand umbrella. SEE FULL ARTICLE AND INTERVIEW HERE
No Bull, Mathew Blades Completes The Man Card Challenge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2014 –– Justin Scheman Executive Producer of Mix 969’s Mathew Blades show in Phoenix tells Jockline Daily that Mathew has always been known to be more feminine than most guys and, of course, 'we always gave him (c)rap for it. SO, A few months ago he embarked on his official Man Card Challenge and he was challenged to complete 5 tasks: Firefighter Challenge, Drive and Park an 18 wheeler, Shoot an AR-15 assault rifle, Get his first tattoo, and RIDE A REAL BULL!! After back and forth with the lawyers, he signed his life away and he DID it!!!! He has completed the entire Man Card Challenge and went out with a HUGE BANG when he rode the bull! Of course there are pics and videos of all the events but I want you to enjoy the Bull Ride video…and don’t miss the end - its the video of the ride with a GoPro attached to the bulls head. WATCH HERE
Norway Now Reconsidering Casey Kasem Burial
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– After receiving a letter from Kasem's family and friends (JD 8.20) asking for the Norwegian government to deny Jean Kasem's request to bury Casey Kasem in Oslo, officials there are now consulting with legal advisers on their next course of action, a Norwegian government official told NBC News on Wednesday. Jean Kasem asked the Norway government to allow the burial in a letter in which she claimed she would be moving to Norway soon. She also said her husband "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven and I would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes." In letters to the Norwegian government, Kasem's relatives and friends — including his daughter, Kerri Kasem, and former Lieutenant Governor of California Mike Curb (shown with Kasem) stated the late DJ "always wanted to be buried in California," where he lived for 53 years. "We are looking at it once again to see if we made the right decision or not," said the city's Managing Director of Funeral Service Wenche Elizabeth Madsen Eriksson. said. "The relatives are saying she has no ancestry in Norway and they say that she’s not going to move to Norway at all. They also said she has not been visiting him and doesn’t care about him at all. We don't know if it's true. We need to talk to our lawyers to do more research." "Even if the reason (Jean) gave us wasn’t right, we don’t necessarily have to reject it," Eriksson said. "Casey Kasem can still be buried in Norway. But we must consider the whole situation. We have to decide who is right here, and we might need more information."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Dan Mason As Op's Manager For Tampa Cluster
MOTION: Jay Towers Adds Morning TV Duties Along With His KNIC-FM Show; To Air Radio Show From TV Studio; Phlash Phelps Celebrates 14th Year As Satcaster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Jay Towers has been named as weekday morning anchor at WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit from 6-9 am. Towers posted on Facebook that he'll continue his morning show WNIC-FM 100.3, but broadcast from the FOX 2 studios. He anchor along with Anqunette Jamison. Towers added: “2014 marks my 10th anniversary at FOX 2. To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role at WJBK is a dream come true. The best part? I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3….and, all from one place!” ########## One of radio's most creative personalities, who kept getting fired for his on-air antics, and burned through 17 jobs before landing at XM on August 21, 2000, is celebrating 14 years at the sat-caster, according to Art Vuolo. Former Governor Dirk Kempthrone of Idaho, who was also once Mayor of Boise and Secretary of the Interior during the Bush 43 years, is a big fan of the morning host on Sirius XM's Sixties on 6 channel. To honor Phelps, he is having a US flag flown over the Capitol dome to mark the event. The flag will then be presented to Phelps as a special keepsake. Phlash Phelps was hired even before the official launch of XM which was on September 21, 2001, by Dave Logan and Lee Abrams who were searching for a wacky DJ (like they were in the 60's) for mornings. Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo, had video (imagine that) of Phlash at WKMZ in Martinsburg, WV and from B-106 in Fort Wayne, IN.
STUDY: Broadcast Radio Tops Pandora In Music Satisfaction
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has announced additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. It’s Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience,” says NuVoodoo's Leigh Jacobs. “Our data show that Broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats,” continues Jacobs. Carolyn Gilbert (L), NuVoodoo President said: “Radio’s on a bigger stage than it’s been since the advent of TV, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We’ve known for years that most people don’t want to program their own music or design their own cars, for that matter. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “We know that many Pandora listeners are also heavy users of broadcast radio, but we’re interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time. These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn’t equate to less listening to broadcast radio. For more information, visit www.nuvoodoo.com.
KYW Philly's Harry Donahue Set To Retire Following Five Decades On-Air
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– CBS Radio's KYW Newsradio 1060 morning co-anchor Harry Donahue will be retiring from the station tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22, after a career in broadcasting that spans five decades in Philadelphia, it was announced on Wednesday by Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. Donahue joined KYW in 1973 after starting his career as an announcer for the former WPBS-FM radio (now WUSL-FM), and as a manager of media relations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “When I was hired at KYW, I couldn’t believe it,” said Donahue. “It was, and remains, the preeminent radio station in Philadelphia. I’ve done what I always wanted to do. To work in my hometown and having been part of this iconic radio station – it just doesn’t get any better.” Donahue began waking up the Delaware Valley 35 years ago, and was the primary anchor for coverage of some of the region’s biggest news stories, including the Mass conducted for a million Philadelphians by Pope John Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway and championship celebrations for both the Phillies and 76ers. In addition, Donahue serves as the longtime play-by-play voice for Temple University Athletics (men’s football and basketball, the latter heard on CBS RADIO’s WPHT 1210AM). He will continue his responsibilities with the University.
WKRC Cincinnati Weekend Host Indicted In Shooting Incident
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– A Hamilton County grand jury served an indictment accusing Blake Seylhouwer of domestic violence and and felonious assault, charges carrying a maximum sentence of 11 years behind bars. According to cincinnati.com,
SYNDICATION: Radio America And CMG Agree To Group Clearance For The Dana Show
Benztown Named 8th Fastest Growing Private Media Company
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Inc. magazine has named Benztown as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 796% since the start of 2010, placing it at number 596 on this year’s list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as 8th Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 60 Inc. 5000 companies in the Media sector. Last year, the company debuted on the Inc. 5000 as number 983. The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2010 and at least $2 million in 2013 to qualify for the listing. They must also be U.S. based, privately held, independent and for-profit. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said: “Twofer, back to back, double the pleasure… no matter how you say it, the Benztown team gave 200% to make this prestigious list for the second time in a row and I’m incredibly grateful to them and to our clients across broadcast radio and digital.
For 13th Straight Year, Jack & Ron Voted OKC's Best Radio Duo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Props are in order Cumulus' KYIS/OKC's Jack And Ron (C) for being named OKC's top radio team by the Oklahoma Gazette. Coming in second was Ferris O’Brien, The Spy FM 91.7, KOSU and third was Joey & Heather (R), from Cumulus' WILD 104.9, KKWD. DJ Diverse, who hosts the WILD 405 Traffic Jam Mix every weekday at 5pm, won BEST DJ! The Gazette prints: Jack “Damn” Elliott and Ron “Damn” Williams have been entertaining Oklahomans for over 15 years.
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Mel B Exits 2Day FM Morning Show
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– While it Lasted Former Spice Girl, Mel B has exited the 2Day FM Breakfast team in Sydney Australia. Mel's commitments overseas have taken more and more of her time. She hasn't made that many on-air appearances in recent weeks. That now leaves Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk fronting the show.
Kiss Songs Banned By Triple M - 'We won't play this -ickhead's music Head of Triple M, Australia, Mike Fitzpatrick, has removed all Kiss tracks from Triple M's nationwide playlist. Fitzpatrick said on the Triple M website: "Gene Simmons' recent comments are misguided and insensitive. Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can’t and won’t be playing or supporting this -ickhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position." The article explaining the ban reminds the Triple M audience that "Australia has a tragically high suicide rate, with suicide killing three times more Australian males aged between 15 and 45 than all car accidents combined. With the songs now removed from the playlist, Triple M announcers will not have to mention the name of the band that is also the name of a rival station in Sydney.
Leanne Gets Stuck On The Radio City Zip in Liverpool - Breakfast presenter Leanne Campbell tried out the Radio City sponsored city-centre zip wire for the first time, only to get stuck 115ft above the shops. The whole thing was captured on video and uploaded to Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9JYWKH2b10
Doug Stephan Throws Milk On Ice Bucket Challenge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– So, how do you handle an ice bucket challenge with respect to the California drought? Well, if you're talker Doug Stephan and own your own farm, it's easy. Add a few gallons of milk. To highlight the drought in California and promote water conservation, dairy farmer Doug Stephan accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but used iced milk instead. Now challenges Mancow Muller, Don Imus, Bill Bennett and Uri Geller. Watch the scene take place on Stephan’s Eastleigh Farm yesterday morning while live on air in Framingham, Mass. here: WATCH HERE While speaking with ALS President and CEO Barbara Newhouse on the show today, she revealed that she grew up on a farm and therefore endorsed Stephan’s use of milk in the challenge.
Kasem Family And Friends Send Letter Begging To Have Casey's Body Buried In California
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Family and friends of the late Casey Kasem have band together to have the legendary host body buried in Los Angeles. Late Tuesday Kerri Kasem posted in Facebook and Twitter 'My Dad's closest friends and family members have all band together to tell the people of Norway that my father wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. Look at the signatures, they are my Dad's family and best friends from 30 to 64 years and his agent and friend of 48 years. The former Lt. Governor of California, the man my brother is named after, wrote his own letter. NOT ONLY did my father's family sign this petition a member of Jean's family signed it. WE WILL HONOR MY FATHER'S WISHES! But make no mistake, we all believe our father and friend CASEY KASEM is free! We love you DAD.' This comes in the aftermath of last week's news that his widow, Jean Kasem, planned to bury him in Norway. In their letter, they wrote “We just wanted to set the record straight, regarding our father Casey Kasem. As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends,” the letter states. “In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home for over 53 years.” It also claims that Jean “abandoned and isolated” Casey during the last year of his life in favor of her boyfriend, John Paul Gressy. They close by saying: “We beg you, to please decline the request of Jean Kasem and her daughter Liberty to bury Casey Kasem in Norway.” There was also a follow up with a letter from former Calif. Lt. Governor, Mike Curb who offered to pay for burial expense at Forest Lawn Cemetery In Los Angeles.
Kevin Klein Live Debuts On Live 105 San Francisco Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– LIVE 105 (KITS) has announced the addition of Kevin Klein to LIVE 105 mornings beginning September 2nd. Klein is formerly of WXRK/NYC and Sirius/XM (Playboy Morning Show, MTV/Vh1 Radio Host). "San Francisco is probably the most exciting city in the world right now, and the people deserve a radio show that reflects that. Until LIVE 105 can find that show, I'll be there" said Klein. Klein’s team includes stand-up comedian and podcast host, Brad Williams, and Bay Area improv/sketch comedian and podcast host , Ally Johnson. "I am excited to work with Kevin, Ally and Brad. This is a talented team of individuals with experience across multiple entertainment disciplines, and we are going to build the next great radio morning show" adds Jacent Jackson PD of Live 105.
MOTION: 'Two Girls and a Guy' Show Returning To Charleston; Deana Ryan Takes Middays At WBTU-FM Ft. Wayne; Brent Ebright Named Afternoon Host/APD At Big 100.3 DC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Apex Broadcasting's MIX 96 Charleston is bringing back The "2 Girls And A Guy Morning trio. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike "The Guy" (shown L-R) will make their return on Monday, September 15th. Apex Broadcasting’s Vice President & General Manager David Abel says, "The Charleston market has an affinity for local content and it is a part of the fabric that makes Charleston such a unique city. The “2 Girls and a Guy” morning show dominated mornings for 12 years. We are proud to be able to bring Tanya, Brooke, and Mike back to Charleston." Brooke Ryan was known as "Charleston's Party Girl" from her years on 2 Girls & A Guy before accepting a transfer to Washington D.C. where she was co-hosted with Jack Diamond on WRQX-FM. Show". Mike "The Guy" Edwards who programmed 95SX for over 13 years and part of 2 Girls & A Guy since 2007 had left to do a morning show in Portland, Oregon with Tanya Brown. Now he'll return to program Mix 96's and handle mornings. Deana Ryan has been engaged by Adams Radio of Fort Wayne to serve as Midday Personality on WBTU U.S 933 for stations in the newly acquired cluster in Fort Wayne. ########## Deana Ryan has been tapped for middays on WBTU/UA 933. She began her broadcast career in Detroit and spent several years working in the Fort Wayne market. When asked to comment on Deana, Mark Allen, US 933 Program Direct said “Deana is a perfect fit for US 93.3. Her experience as an air talent as well as her production and imaging expertise is perfect for US933.” Deana added “I am excited to be a part of the Adams team and thrilled to be back on the air in Fort Wayne!” ######### WBIG/BIG 100.3, Washington’s Classic Rock announced today that Brent Ebright has been named Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director. “Bodhi” will host weekdays from 3p.m. to 7p.m. EST. Ebright has been entertaining audiences for the past two years at WRKZ in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that he was the Program Director of Squizz and Boneyard at Sirius XM Radio.
Shortened Songs Format Cut Short In Canada As Artists Cry Foul
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 ––A radio station in Alberta has given up a format featuring shorter versions of songs which it said gave listeners “twice the music," according to globalnews.com. As Jockline Daily reported nearly three weeks ago, 90.3 Amp (CKMP) in Calgary, adopted the QuickHitz concept. Newcap became the first station in Canada to attempt the format, but Steve Jones (L), VP/Programming, says the station went back to its original format Tuesday. Jones told globalnews.com: “As we evaluated it, we made the decision that this week we would just go back to the old strategy because to do this successfully would involve far too many lawyers getting far too rich.” Jones wouldn’t name which artists threatened legal action except to say they were mostly Canadian. "It just came to a point where we said it isn’t worth risking the relationships with all of our content providers, the various artists that we play, at our radio station.” Of course, the concept isn't entirely off the table. Jones says 'Our plan is to go back to the drawing board, maybe work a bit closer with some of the various stakeholders in the industry and try and bring this back at a later date.”
Cumulus Names Jeff Horn & Logan To PD Posts In Fort Walton/Destin Beach
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that it has named Jeff Horn (R) as PD and Afternoon Drive Personality for NASH FM 105.5 WYZB in Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL. Horn joins Cumulus after serving nine years as Op's Mgr.for Clear Channel –Tallahassee’s five-station cluster and Program Director of Country station 94.9 WTNT-FM. Horn’s radio career is entirely Florida-focused, including seven years in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for the industry-leading CHR station WHYI/Y-100, as well as K102 and 96X. Current Program Director Skip Davis assumes a newly-created position as Production Director for the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL cluster. Davis also moves to middays on NASH FM 105.5. ######### Cumulus also announced that it has appointed veteran radio personality and programmer Logan as Program Director and Morning Host of AC-formatted station WNCV (Coast 93.3) Fort Walton/Destin. Logan comes to Cumulus from 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. Logan’s previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits.
Dallas Programmer Michael Erickson Has Passed Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– We are saddened to report that longtime personality and programmer, Michael Erickson, has lost his battle with cancer. According to allaccess.com his first job in local radio was as an overnight jock at now-defunct soul station KSOL. He later joined Cameron Paul in moving to crosstown KMEL, where he eventually became assistant program director. In more recent years, Erickson had served as program director at KISQ and KKSF and operations manager at Clear Channel in San Francisco. He then relocated to Texas, where he worked as a program director for KRNB and director of operations for Service Broadcasting Corporation and K104. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at The Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville, TX.
WOGL/Philly's Ross Brittain Crosses 40-Yr. Mark On The Air
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– One of radio's most revered personalities, WOGL-FM/Philly's Ross Brittain, has crossed one of the industry's rare plateaus: 40 years on the air. As one of the orignal cast members of the much celebrated Z100/NYC's, Jockline Daily caught up with Brittain to share a few memories of long radio journey. He told us at 23 years old he landed a job at WIIN-97 Atlanta, a 5-KW daytime-only AM station that Hugh Wilson modeled "WKRP in Cincinnati" after. The morning DJ was a guy named Bobby Harper, whom they modeled Johnny Fever after. They flipped formats to "Progressive Rock"... and one day he found out they were looking for a DJ, so I went over. The PD had heard me on the college station doing a weekend show. I said, "I could do mid-days." He said, "What about mornings -- your weekend show was kind of crazy." Ross later moved to New Orleans and then Baton Rouge. Their afternoon guy there went across the street to WJBO-AM, where a guy named Brian Wilson was working, and he thought he'd team us up. They soon left for Z-93/Atlanta, then hired away by WABC /NYC. In 1981 Z100 was in the process of going on the air. A guy named Scott Shannon was the PD. Ross went over thinking he might get the PM drive slot that had opened up. Scott said something to the effect of, "You're not an afternoon jock. Why don't you do mornings with me?" Ross said 'I found out later he used to tape my show in Atlanta (like he did with countless other shows during his long career). Once there he joined with John Rio (Mr Leonard) and Dr Dave Kolin writing bits and then we'd go produce them with J. R. Nelson, the production director. John Bell... the public service director, also did some writing with us.' And what does he consider the highlight of the last 40 years? "That would be meeting my wife, Rasa Kaye (shown above)," he said. When we began at WABC, we already had Joe Nolan (who's back working with Scott at WCBS-FM) to do traffic. But we needed a weather person as well, and we went through a pile of tapes looking for someone. We chose Rasa out of those tapes. We didn't start dating for a while, but then it was hot and heavy and we decided to get married. and tied the knot in February, 1982. But we couldn't tell anybody, because it was against ABC policy to be married and work for the same supervisor. So everybody thought we were living together --and that was OK. But married, oh, no! Ross has also just crossed the 20-year mark of his prep service, "The Ross Brittain Report." PHOTO/Brittain BTW, Dee Snyder used to work across the hall when he did mornings at KISS 95.7 in Hartford. Dee did mornings at WMRQ-FM. BTW: Notice arrow pointed at quarter on top of turntable arm in vintage studio photo. CONGRATULATE ROSS HERE
[WATCH] Did This Amarillo Host Capture A UFO On Video?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– I promise, you're not in the checkout line at the grocery store. This is legit story right from the website of KISS-FM 96.9 Amarillo. And yes, the press has picked up on it. In fact, Dallas Chambers (inset) who handles afternoons on KISS-FM 96.9, told openminds.com that several people were pulled over on the side of the road watching the “strange blue light dance around the sky of Amarillo. Everyone “checking it out” was “stunned.” Chambers posted on KISS' website: "Did you see this last night? I know myself, along with many others watched this blue light (see graphic) dance around the sky of Amarillo for quite a while. What is this? Is this a UFO, or just an RC plane or helicopter? I’d like to think it’s a UFO, and until someone comes forward saying it was them controlling an RC plane or something of that nature, that’s what I’m going to believe it is… Decide for yourself, check out the video below! WATCH HERE
Ace & TJ Show Seek Director Of Operations
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– The Ace & TJ Show, based in Charlotte, NC, has an immediate opening for the position of Director of Operations. Candidates must possess amazing, over the top organizational and administrative skills. Media training/experience required. Please submit resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. ATJ Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
[LISTEN] Radio Call Draws Spotlight In Ferguson Shooting
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Amid the chaos and in Ferguson, MO. A woman claiming to be a friend of the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson’s Mike Brown called into 97.1/KTLK's Dana Loesch (inset) show and offered officer Darren Wilson’s alleged side of the story. According to Loesch's website, the woman said that she came by the details via Wilson’s significant other. After hanging up, Loesch said she called back and told her program director that her relationship to the named officer is legitimate." She added "I haven’t personally vetted the association, but wanted to post the audio for comparison to the pending results of the investigation.' Once this audio was posted, it was immediately picked up at numerous sites and major news outlets including CNN. It's commentator, Don Lemon said "As with any witness account, this is unproven and simply just another side of the story. However, he noted that CNN confirmed that Josie’s account of the story matches what the network’s sources say police have told investigators. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Adam Carolla Settles With Patent Troll
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Adam Carolla has settled with the podcasting patent troll Personal Audio according to eff.org, the Electronics Frontier Foundation. They posted opposing scenarios resulting from the case opining that Carolla perhaps didn't have to pay Personal Audio a penny. That said, they also believe Carolla gave up the opportunity to challenge the patent and the chance to get his attorney’s fees. Meanwhile, EFF’s own challenge with Personal Audio’s that goes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the Patent Office is scheduled for a hearing in December. With the Carolla matter behind them, Personal Audio is also scheduled to go to trial against a number of television groups such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. As for the good Carolla's closure brought, EFF says that 'everyone who donated in support deserves massive credit for putting up such a strong fight. The podcasting community showed that it would not be shaken down ... By fighting back, Carolla forced Personal Audio to actually mount a case and establish that it deserved money. That turned out to be too hard for the troll. Moving to the down side of settling, Carolla gives up the chance to make Personal Audio pay his fees. Even uglier, EFF says "Almost every defendant, no matter how strong their case, ends up settling with the patent troll. Litigating patent cases is extraordinarily expensive. Carolla raised almost half a million dollars and that still would not have been enough to fund a defense through trial. READ ENTIRE REPORT HERE
NETWORK NEWS: Nineball Radio To Syndicate The Billy Madison Show; Westwood One Names George King VP/Programming, Network Formats;
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Greg Ausham Named PD At Rock 100.5 Atlanta; Dan Mandis On The Rise At Nashville's Super Talk 99.7; All Sports KFWB 980 LA Names Owen Murphy As Program Director
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Cumulus has appointed Greg Ausham (L) as Program Director for WNNX (“Rock 100.5”) in Atlanta. Ausham was most recently Operations Manager for Clear Channel in North East Ohio. A 30-year programming professional, he was formerly Program Director for stations including: WMMS, Cleveland; WLVQ, Columbus; WRIF, Detroit; and WLZR, Milwaukee. He was also former Operations Manager for Clear Channel in Cleveland and Operations Manager for Jacor in Columbus. ###### Cumulus also announced that 25-year News/Talk professional Dan Mandis has been named Program Director for its Nashville News/Talk station, WWTN (Super Talk 99.7 WTN). Mandis is an award-winning programmer, radio journalist and personality who currently hosts WTN weekdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Mandis’ formative years in radio were spent at KFI in his hometown of Los Angeles. He spent many years with the nationally syndicated Dr. Laura Schlessinger program before embarking on a career in hosting and programming in markets across the U.S. ######### Sports radio veteran Owen Murphy has been named program director for KFWB 980 and its new, all-sports programming lineup which will launch in September. “I cannot adequately express how excited I am to be part of a team that is going to serve the Los Angeles sports radio audience in a manner never before heard,” Murphy said. “Having Jim Rome as a centerpiece of the station’s new lineup is a thrilling base to build upon for the passionate sports fans of Southern California." Owen, who resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, is in the process of relocating to Southern California.
MOTION: Wiggy Joins HOT 96.9 Boston; John Aielli Moves To Morning Drive At KUTX Austin; Soul Brother Kevin Exits Real Radio 104.1
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Greater Media announced that former NFL Player and Sports Personality Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins has joined the HOT 96.9 “GetUp Crew” in Boston. Melissa (L), who has been hosting middays on Hot 96.9 since the station's inception, will also be joining the morning team. Boston's most beloved female radio personality, Pebbles, will continue to anchor the show. Wiggins most recently appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. In addition, he has served as an NFL analyst and has worked in other positions at Boston sports media outlets including Comcast SportsNet New England, WBZ- TV, WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network and the Kraft Sports Production show entitled “Patriots This Week”. ######### John Aielli is moving to morning drive At KUTX/Austin. Current host Susan Castle will move to Aielli’s midday slot from 9:00 to noon. ########### Soul Brother Kevin, aka SBK, announced that he will be leaving Real Radio 104.1 where he's spent the last 8 years. SBK has been a co-host of Monsters in the Morning since 2012. SBK Live will still broadcast as a free podcast.
CBS Radio And Beats Music Present An Evening With Coldplay
Hits 97.3 Miami Unites DJ Laz With Kimmy For Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami is bringing legendary morning show host, DJ LAZ, back to South Florida on WFLC / HITS 97.3 beginning Aug. 25. “I’m excited to welcome DJ Laz back to morning radio in Miami,” said Jill Strada, CMG Miami’s Director of Branding & Programming, “He’s a star with undeniable talent!” CMG Miami’s VP and Market Manager, Rob Babin added, “We are excited that DJ Laz will be joining our HITS 97.3 team and look forward to launching a new local morning show custom built for South Florida!” DJ Laz will be joined by co-host Kimmy, who comes over from WFLC’s sister station WEDR. “We have such great talent within our Cox stations, and I’m happy to be able to promote someone within the CMG Miami family.” Strada added. “Laz and Kimmy together are a superstar team.” “Thanks to Jill Strada and CMG Miami for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to grow,” said Kimmy. “I can’t wait to get started with my new partner DJ Laz. Miami mornings will never be the same." DJ Laz spent 22 years in the market at WPOW and most recently was live coast-to-coast on SBS Broadcasting’s WRMA in Miami and KXOL in Los Angeles. “I' m so pumped to get back to doing what I love, in the city I love. Radio is about to get fun again!” added DJ Laz.
KISS Ban Mounts In Wake Of Gene Simmon's Suicide Comments
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– First came Sixx Sense' Nikki Sixx calling out (see JD 8.15) colleague Gene Simmons over his insensitive comments regarding suicide and depression in songfacts.com, now the backlash has extended to radio. According to blabbermouth.comAustralian broadcaster Triple M has pulled all KISS tracks from its playlists countrywide. Over at WPYX/Albany NY, host Uncle Vito vowed not to play KISS music, labeling Simmons “an arrogant, unfeeling a—hole.” Power 97 Winnepeg also joined in with its Kiss Free Zone (shown). Simmons has SINCE responded to all this backlash on his Facebook page with the following message: "I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks. To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression. have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.' Among Simmon's comments in songfacts.com, he said: "I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump .. Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f--- up, have some dignity and jump!" Simmons Photo/Oscar Schnell
'There... I've Said It.' Robin Marshall Reveals She Has Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– The popular voice-over specialist, recently turned author revealed on her Facebook page today "last week ending in D-Day on Friday when the bomb was dropped in my lap: I have stage 2 uterine cancer and need a hysterectomy. In my brain I’m thinking, "Those are all my good parts! How could they turn on me NOW?” It’s like I want to have a good "talkin’ to,” with myself. With this news, I shook, as people do when they’re in shock, I asked the doctor to explain it to me, which she did… and after finishing her spiel consisting of medical lingo, tumors, numbers and parts I didn’t even know I had… she asked if I understood. I said, "F*** No! I need to call my girlfriend who’s currently a chief radiologist at Sloan Kettering in NY and let you tell her so she can tell me!” She continued by drawing me pictures of my insides, where I calmly began pushing numbers on my cell phone until Arlene answered. I interrupted the fast-talking doc and said, "Here, tell her everything.” She did! I’ve decided that I’ve always been forthcoming here on Facebook and Twitter and it is ridiculous for me to continue to hide what I’m facing, while at the same time I’m the LAST ONE to look for sympathy! Holy Cow! I just released this book: "The Diary of a Sugar Mom!” I’m already thinking, …”Hmmm… if I Die… I might sell more books and my Kids will be better off!” It’s the entrepreneur in me, I just can’t help it!" She closes by added: So here I am… a Sugar Mom who just got (B)itch-slapped in the face by a huge hand of reality. I’m assuming I overstepped, (what else is new?) and this is just God’s way of putting me back in my place or just slowing my (a)ss down a bit until she can catch up. I get it. I’ll be good. I promise! Please, no fake comments. I shared with you because I want you to go to the doctor if you feel something’s wrong or out of whack ... Any conversations we have via email are private. Period. Robin@RobinMarshallSugarMom.com.
MOTION: Johnjay & Rich Show Adds Voodoo 104 New Orleans
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– New Orleans’ Voodoo 104/KVDU-FM announced that the Premiere syndicated The JohnJay & Rich Show will join the station beginning today, August 18. Joined on-air by Kyle (TR), Rich Berra says “Johnjay and I are so excited to unleash our show on the MOST UNIQUE city in America." “JohnJay and I first met each other in New Orleans (during Morning Show Boot Camp), and although neither of us remembers that night so well, it’s perfectly fitting that we kick off mornings at Voodoo – a station as special as New Orleans itself. Go SAINTS!” “The JohnJay & Rich Show is the perfect vehicle to take Voodoo 104's morning numbers into the stratosphere,” stated Jag, Program Director for Voodoo 104. “The show's track record in other markets speaks for itself. Even in the planning stages, the professionalism of their team is exceeded only by their contagious enthusiasm. I can't WAIT to get them on the air in New Orleans.”
The New MAX-FM San Diego Welcomes Return Of Jack Diamond
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– After six years as the Walrus 105.7 FM, Broadcast Company of the Americas is rebranding the station as 105.7 MAX-FM and bringing back Jack Diamond to lead mornings The idea of rebranding was to bring ‘Maximum’ music, ‘Maximum’ variety, ‘Maximum’ fun and ‘Maximum’ audience. “It’s an exciting time for us at BCA Radio as we unveil our new logo and rebranded name and the final evolution of our musical recipe,” Mike Shepard, Programming-Operations Manager explained. With the rebranding comes word of Jack Diamond returning to the San Diego airwaves, joining co-host Kim Morrison (C) and producer Kayla Yap (R) in the mornings. The new show will be known as "“The Jack Diamond Morning Show", with Kim and Kayla." Diamond has worked in radio on both the East and West coasts for over 25 years. His extensive experience includes legendary call-letters such as KNBR San Francisco, WABC New York, WQXI “94-Q” Atlanta, and WRQX Washington, where Diamond has hosted one of DC’s top-rated morning shows for over 24 years. Jack returns to the San Diego market where he hosted KSON’s top rated morning show in the early 1990's. Commenting the return to San Diego, Diamond said “When I left San Diego before my 24-year run with ABC radio in Washington, DC, I told my KSON PD, Mike Shepard, that I'd be back. He said, ‘Great, when you're ready call me!’ and I did. California Dreamin' has once again become a reality.
NASH Icon Brand Debuts In Atlanta & Savannah; More Coming
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– While an official is expected today, Cumulus Media officially launched their Nash Icon brand to radio on Friday switching two stations in Georgia over to the new format. First up was Atlanta’s Oldies 98.9 W255CJ which changed over to NASH Icon 98.9, and Sports Radio 102.1 in Savannah that will be known as NASH Icon 102.1. According to Radio Insight, these are just two of the twelve total radio stations that are scheduled at the moment to take on the new NASH Icon brand including Nashville’s 95.5 WSM—the once FM companion station to AM’s 650 WSM. 650 WSM is country music’s most legendary station, and the home of the Grand Ole Opry. As reported, Of the twelve radio stations looking to switch to the new format, only two of them are country stations—95.5 WSM in Nashville, and 92.5 KJJY in Des Moines. Three are classic or oldies stations mostly catering to older rock & roll, three are sports stations, three are contemporary hit radio stations, and one is news/talk. The format was first announced in May as a joint venture between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Records. Meanwhile, according to savingcountry.com, the NASH Icon record label is looking to sign artists from the 25-year window, and also wants to be involved heavily in merchandising and touring. The announcement of NASH Icon has many people in radio talking about a format split in country with contemporary country and “classic” country going their separate ways.
FORMATICS: CMG San Antonio Rebrands Classic Rocker As The Eagle; CC Birmingham Launches Classic Rock 94.9; Adams Brings 96.9 R&B + Old School To Ft. Wayne
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio has re-branded San Antonio’s only classic rock station as 106.7 FM The Eagle. KTKX, formerly known as X106.7, is in its fourth year of playing great classic rock with music San Antonio listeners have grown to love; and the new Eagle 106.7 will continue broadcasting that same great sound. “Some recent changes in the market allowed us to emerge as the only full signal classic rock station in San Antonio,” said CMG San Antonio VP and Market Manager Dan Lawrie. “We felt this was a great time to introduce The Eagle brand and let people know great classic rock can be heard anywhere in San Antonio only on 106.7 FM.” ########## CCM+E Birmingham has launched Classic Rock 94.9 FM. "Today is a historic day for Birmingham radio as we bring true classic rock music back to the Magic City," Clear Channel Birmingham vice president and general manager Ray Quinn said in a release. "For over two years, there's been a huge absence of the format since the legendary Rock 99 went away. Rock 99 had an iconic following of fans and advertisers, so we've brought it back on a new frequency at 94.9 FM." ######### Meanwhile, up in Fort Wayne, IN, Adams Radio has launched a new R&B Station B-96.9 R&B + Old School. The on air line up consist of Tom Joyner in the morning, Big Kess Middays, Doug Banks in PM Drive and Keith Sweat at night. Big Kess is live and local and also serves as the PD for B-96.9. Previously Kess was Mornings on WNHT “Wild 96” in Fort Wayne. B-96 is consulted by Jim Richards of Valley-Richards-Donovan. Ron Stone, Adams Radio CEO said “This may have been the largest hole in the market. Fort Wayne has an African American population of about 9% of which no radio station served. I have been completed overwhelmed by the immediate response to the station. Everyone deserves a radio station that they can embrace...and we have delivered one that the listeners can be proud of."
ABC's Ann Compton To Retire In September
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– ABC Radio News VP/GM Steve Jones sent the following note to its radio division last Friday about ABC News White House Correspondent, Ann Compton: "Last winter, Ann Compton raised a subject she’s hinted at before and that I’d previously managed to avoid: her retirement. She told me how amazing it was being a new grandmother and suggested that, after 40-years at ABC News, perhaps it was time to transition to the next phase of her life. I listened, smiled and told her we’d chat again, hoping she’d change her mind. But, by the spring, it was clear to me that Ann was ready to leave the job she has loved so that she can spend more time with the people she loves: her wonderful family. We have a date set in late September for us to celebrate Ann’s career in a setting that will let her friends and co-workers offer tributes and recollections about one of the most amazing women in journalism and one of the greatest friends and colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with. For now, though, Ann has asked that she be allowed to continue reporting from the White House without distraction. We’ll have plenty of time next month to celebrate her career express our admiration, appreciation and love."
Las Vegas Host Dr. Daliah Asked To Build Pediatric Wing At Medical Center
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Soaring to new fundraising heights, nationally syndicated talk show host and local TV personality, Dr. Daliah (inset) has been asked to build the pediatric wing of Community Outreach Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV that will serve thousands of underserved and uninsured children. She tells Jockline Daily: "This is a huge undertaking but it will get done! For more information and to provide help, email email@example.com.
ABC's Elizabeth Vargas Back In Rehab
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REPORT: Casey Kasem To Be Buried in Norway
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– As Jockline reporter earlier this week (JD 8.12), the body of Casey Kasem was allegedly being moved out of the country for his burial. Now, according to Norwegian newspaper VG, a private investigator, Logan Clarke, hired by Kasem's daughter Kerri told The Hollywood Reporter, "He's going to be buried in Norway." In the Norwegian press account, Wenche Madsen Eriksson, a government official, was quoted by reporter Marcus Husby saying, "It is arranged. He's going to Oslo." The report said the official would not specify which of Oslo's 20 cemeteries and one crematorium was chosen by Kasem's widow, Jean Kasem. This final destination would end one of media's most troubling and tragic episodes which goes back several month to when Casey's older Children picketed outside of his Santa Monica estate. "We don't know what [Jean Kasem's] plans are," says Danny Deraney, spokesman for Kerri Kasem. "We just know that she wants to keep Casey away from [his] family and friends and by the looks of it, hiding from law enforcement." Family members tell THR that the feud between Jean Kasem and her husband's family has gone on for 35 years. An investigation by Santa Monica Police is still underway with allegations that Jean Kasem abused the late Kasem after removing his in the middle of the night from a Santa Monica hospital to Las Vegas and then to Washington State.
[LISTEN] Nikki Sixx Calls Out Gene Simmons Over Suicide Comments
"He thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene.." - Sixx
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– This week on Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, Sixx and co-host Jenn Marino discussed KISS frontman Gene Simmons’ recent interview with SongFacts.com, in which he expressed his lack of sympathy for people suffering from substance abuse and depression. Sixx, a recovering addict who suffered a near fatal drug overdose more than 25 years ago, called out Simmons for his insensitive remarks, which included the suggestion that depressed people should kill themselves. Sixx: “…It’s pretty moronic because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene, I don’t like Gene’s words, because…there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a KISS fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself’…” Sixx continued: “…For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who’s telling you the only way out is out, when I’m telling you, and I wrote it in The Heroin Diaries, you can get out of this. ...One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go…they say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass, so keep that in the back of your mind if you’re feeling depression, and don’t listen to people who don’ t know what they’re talking about.” LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Carr & Company Head To Twin Cities; Faith Daniels Takes Afternoons At Dayton's 92.1 WROU
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– He said earlier this week (JD 8.12) that he would be making a move from WUBE-FM Cincinnati to a place nearer to family. That place turned out to be Minneapolis where his new home will be K102/KEEY-FM. The Chris Carr & Company morning show (Carr shown center) will debut on Tuesday, September 2. "I'm so excited that Chris is coming home to K102," said Gregg Swedberg, VP of Programming for Clear Channel Minneapolis. "I think it's safe to say he and Maverick are one of a handful of brilliant Country morning shows and we are so fortunate to have them." Carr added: "We're all excited to reconnect with family, friends, lakes, ice skates and the awesome audience of K102! Plus, I get to do it with one of the most talented and genuine people on this planet, Maverick. I'm excited for everyone to meet him!" PHOTO/Jeff "Maverick" Bolen and Chris Carr. t######### Faith Daniels (R) Moves to Afternoons on Dayton’s 92.1 WROU Alpha Media Dayton, OH has announced that effective immediately, Faith Daniels will be hosting the afternoon drive on 92.1 WROU/Dayton. Skip Porter will assume the 10am to 3pm timeslot. Faith began her career at WROU in 2011 as midday personality before becoming the station’s program director in 2012. She is ecstatic about the shift. “I love the city of Dayton and being able to be more accessible to my audience is what it’s all about! WROU has done a good job engaging the community, but this move will let us take that interactive element to the next level,” commented Daniels. Alpha Media Dayton Market Manager, John King, added, “This move will be an easy transition for Faith—I loved her in middays and can’t wait to see what she does with afternoons.”
Katz Radio Group To Launch Westwood One National Sales Unit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– Katz Radio Group (KRG) announced it is launching a new representation division dedicated to Cumulus owned and operated stations nationwide. The new representation firm, Westwood One National Sales, will provide advertisers and agencies direct access to the robust line-up of Cumulus radio stations across the country. The new long-term agreement supports the companies’ mutual goal to evangelize the power of sound and drive more dollars into the sector. Westwood One National Sales will exclusively represent Cumulus stations nationwide and focus on providing integrated, multi-platform marketing solutions aimed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of advertisers. “We are thrilled about our new agreement with the Katz Radio Group,” said Steve Shaw, President of Westwood One. “This collaboration allows us to focus on creating more multi-platform solutions for our advertisers including our assets in network, spot, digital, sports and spoken word.” Bryan Forbes has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager of Westwood One National Sales. Forbes is currently Vice President/Director of Sales at KRG, a position he has held since 2003.
Clear Channel and Yahoo Team For Taylor Swift's Live Stream
The Breakfast Club Celebrates One-Year Anniversary In Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– V100.7 WKKV welcomes The Breakfast Club to Milwaukee today, August 15. Starring DJ Envy (C), Angela Yee (L) and Charlamagne Tha god (R), will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the station by broadcasting live from the V100.7 studios from 6-10 a.m. with a studio audience comprised of lucky contest winners. Each morning, fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the #1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It’s also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining morning shows today. “WKKV was the first station in the country to broadcast The Breakfast Club as a syndicated morning show, and we’re proud to welcome them on their first visit to Milwaukee,” said WKKV Program Director Bailey Coleman. “Since their debut on WKKV in August of 2013, the ‘BC’ has changed the landscape of morning radio."
[WATCH] WARM 98's Co-Host Marianne Jumps In The Tank During Shark Week
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– So, what do you do if your wife, who happens to be your co-host, is afraid to death of sharks and it's 'Shark Week?" Well of course, you talk her into jumping into a tank with a swarm of them. The topic came up on their WARM 98 Cincinnati morning show this week and a Newport Aquarium was listening in and offered her the opportunity. Be sure and link in to catch the HAPPY expression on Marianne's face. Jockline learned they established a link so while Marianne could converse with Bob in the studio. The actual video should be up by the time you read this at http://www.warm98.com/
OKC's Steve O'Brien And Jeff "Magic Man" Roberts Celebrate 25th Year On The Air
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– 104.1 KMGL FM’s morning show co-hosts Steve O’Brien and Jeff “Magic Man” Roberts have become Oklahoma City radio’s longest-running duo, celebrating 25 years on-air together. O’Brien and Roberts have been a local fixture, anchoring the morning drive time slot on the hot Adult Contemporary radio station since August of 1989. “Steve and Jeff’s longevity is a testament to their talent, versatility and loyalty,” said Ty Tyler, Tyler Media Group president. “They’ve been a staple of OKC radio for parts of four decades for a reason and we’re thrilled that they’re part of our broadcast family.” The duo can be heard weekday mornings with Stacy Barton, a previous partner with whom they were named Personalities of the Year (Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, 2001) and Marconi Award finalists (National Association of Broadcasters, 2004), among other honors. A 25th anniversary celebration will take place today, August 15, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
[LISTEN] Host's Comments Helps Divert Listener From Considering Suicide
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– A caller to yesterday's syndicated Michael Savage show who weighed in on the host's assertion that suicide is an “aggressive act” that shows no consideration for loved ones, told the host his frank talk about the subject helped him decide not to take his own life. Identifying himself as Joe he told Savage he had been contemplating suicide for the past several months, especially in the past week. Joe said that when he heard of Williams’ suicide, he asked himself, “If a guy like that could, why not me?” On Tuesday's show, Savage, who disclosed he and Williams lived in the same San Francisco-area neighborhood, urged any listeners who might be considering suicide to think about how it would affect their loved ones. Joe rang up Savage and said: 'Your show yesterday – I’m not going to say prevented me – but it did make me think about my kids and my wife,” the caller said. Savage said he had met Williams many times when the two were walking their dogs. Savage described Williams as “a nice guy, and genuinely funny, too.” He added “Committing suicide is the most outrageously aggressive and selfish act you can commit against your family,” Savage said. After discovering Joe was suffering financially, he asked his audience to join in helping Joe get through the rest of the month by donating through the Savage Legal Defense Fund. LISTEN HERE
Massive Layoffs Coming To Radio Disney Following Sell-Off
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Radio Disney plans to eliminate 184 jobs in local ad sales and operations beginning in September. This follows its announcement of selling 23 of its 24 U.S. radio stations. They plan to retain KDIS-AM in Los Angeles. General Manager Phil Guerini (L)i broke the news in a memo to his staff, writing: “Across all forms of media, digital technology continues to dramatically change consumer habits – from the iPad,mobile devices and the push of connected devices into the home – and these changes compel us to evaluate and evolve our businesses. Today, we’re announcing meaningful changes to our Radio Disney business --- These decisions will optimize Radio Disney for long-term growth and better reflect the habits of the consumers we serve — a national audience of kids and families.” Guerini added: 'We are partnering with the most popular digital radio services including our distribution partner of over 12 years, SiriusXM, and the newly forged agreements with ShowMobile, Slacker and Harman’s Aha Radio. We also have our fast growing Radio Disney App for iPhone, iPad and Android, our WATCH Disney Channel partnership and our Top 30 syndication partnership that’s building across the U.S. We will also be exploring new digital extensions of Radio Disney’s programming, including the Radio Disney Music Awards and Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing (N.B.T.). 1
FLIPPAGE: Classic Rock 101.9 The Big O Changes To Adult Hits The Keg
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Omaha KOOO, 101.9 has flipped from classic rock to adult hits, starting yesterday. According to omaha.com, the new station will be rebranded as “the Keg.” In a release, GM Andy Ruback says " Results from a recent survey of potential listeners ages 25 to 54. KOOO’s recent ratings have consistently placed it toward the bottom of Omaha’s top 10 for that demographic,' he said. He expects the new format to boost ratings among 25- to 54-year-olds. Todd “Crash” Davis will be KOOO’s new morning on-air host. Longtime host, Dave Wingert’s (L) last day as morning host was Monday. Wingert’s future at the station is not yet decided, Ruback said. KOOO is owned by NRG Media, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NRG owns 45 radio stations in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois. Omaha is its largest market.
MOTION: Rome Comes Home To L.A. On The New KFWB
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– L.A. native Jim Rome is coming home to the new KFWB 980 and its all-sports programming lineup. The Jim Rome Show will air live from Orange County on KFWB 980 weekdays from 9:00am – Noon. “I am so thrilled to be returning home to Los Angeles on KFWB,” Rome said. CBS Sports Radio has provided me with an incredible opportunity to communicate with our nationwide audience via various platforms but to reunite with our L.A. based fans is particularly meaningful to me, personally and professionally." It’s been nearly two years since Southern Californians have been able to enjoy Jim’s show and he is just a hint of what listeners can expect from the new KFWB sports lineup,” said Diane Sutter, Trustee for KFWB Asset Trust. “We’re thrilled and excited to bring Jim back home to his many L.A. sports fans.” KFWB’s new all-sports format is expected to launch in September with other programming announcements to be made in the coming weeks.
NBC Teams With iHeartRadio For Digital Premiere Of Romantic Comedy 'A To Z'
JACOBS: 'BJ Shea Steps Up To Superstar Status At MSBC Chicago'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– As we've always said, it's not us, but our attendees who help us shine most at Morning Show Boot Camp. This was never more evident than during last week's 26th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Among them, radio's beloved BJ Shea (L - KISW/Seattle) whose opening address not only endeared himself further with his radio comrades, but caught the attention of radio furturist Fred Jacobs. In today's blog, he writes 'You may be thinking that it’s “Seattle DJ Week” on this blog – and you wouldn’t be wrong. But it turns out the most fascinating stories in radio last week weren’t about the whereabouts of Casey Kasem’s corpse or what happened to radio’s Q2 revenue – they were about Bob Rivers hanging up his headphones and B.J. Shea stepping up to superstar status at “Morning Show Boot Camp.” Boot Camp is one of the most unique events in all of radio because most of the people in attendance make their living on the air. If you believe that the future (not to mention the past and present) of radio is its personality – the people behind the mics – then you would enjoy Boot Camp. There is a different vibe in the room when it’s filled with performers – the folks who are paid to entertain and to inform. They are the faces of most great stations. And the list of radio icons in attendance was a long one: The Bert Show, Paul Castronovo, Roula And Ryan, Rick Rumble, Dave & Carole, Mark & Mercedes, Ross Britain, 2 Guys Named Chris, Larry Norton, Brother Wease, Fitz, Phil Hendrie, and many many more. These personalities come together every year to compare notes, compete for the best bits, have a lot of laughs, and hang out at a conference that almost has a radio throwback feel to it. Yes, radio has changed. It’s a business that is obsessed by ROI, IPOs, and EBITDA. But let’s not forget the DJ. No matter how much Wall Street thinks it has us bought and sold, drawn and quartered, radio is a circus. And the Big Top was in all its glory in Chicago last week. And B.J. Shea was the ringmaster ... B.J. truly set the tone at Boot Camp. In a 30-minute speech filled with passion and inspired self-deprecation, B.J. looked more like he was giving a TED Talks presentation than one of his signature rants. No notes, no slides, but a steady stream of introspective advice and dead-on observations for a room of talent looking for a guiding theme from this Boot Camp. ... “Great art comes from crazy people” was one of B.J.’s lessons. READ FULL BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Premiere & Beatport Announce Evolution Show With Pete Tong; USRN To Produce Special '25 Years Of Alan Jackson' Episode
Sammy Haggar To Host First U.S. Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2014
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected music award ceremonies of the year, attracting the biggest names in the world of rock. Hosted by UK based Classic Rock Magazine, the tenth annual Classic Rock Awards - the ‘Classic Rock Roll Of Honour’ - has announced multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar as this year’s master of ceremonies, along with the list of nominees for the listener and fan-voted categories. Traditionally held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, London, this prestigious rock‘n’roll awards ceremony is coming to America for the first time on Tuesday, November 4. A celebration of some of the world’s most influential and respected musicians in rock, is set to take place at the Avalon, Hollywood’s historic night club and music venue. To kick things off for 2014, Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host. "The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I’m really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.,” said Sammy Hagar. Meanwhile, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year’s awards including the listener and fan voted categories - CLICK HERE TO SEE NOMINEES AND VOTE. For more information on the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, please contact MSO PR: 818-380-0400.
Crowd Buys Into Miley Cyrus Impersonator Outside Concert
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Imagine bringing a Miley Cyrus impersonator (complete with bodyguards) outside one of the pop diva's concerts and both fans and local media buying into it? This was the case as Miley Cyrus came back to Kansas City and 95.7 The Vibe (KCHZ) made their presence known outside of the Sprint Center! They brought in a Miley Cyrus impersonator and had the crowd going crazy, with many people believing it was Miley and stopping to get their pictures taken (the staff was calling her "our special guest"). KCTV5 even did a live segment featuring 95.7 (inset)The Vibe outside of the Sprint Center. During the show the excitement continued with Miley Cyrus spotting our impersonator in the crowd, talking to her from the stage and even giving 95.7 The Vibe props before showing a picture of our Miley impersonator on the big screen! Since the concert The Kansas City Star also wrote a story about 95.7 The Vibe bringing in their very own Miley Cyrus look-alike. The night was a big win for everyone involved! NICELY DONE! Photos courtesy of The Vibe's Jenn Ryan
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Montreal Host Looks For Girlfriend With Posters
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Radio personality Stuntman Sam is looking for love in a rather old-fashioned way: posters. According to montrealgazzette, Sam Lupovich, a.k.a. Stuntman Sam on The Beat 92.5 FM’s morning show, has posted handbills all over downtown Montreal to announce he’s looking for a girlfriend. The poster features a picture of the 31-year-old with a description of himself as serious, fun, outgoing, employed and very handsome. As the setup goes, after a decade of freelance fun and adventure in Toronto, Sam moved back to his beloved hometown of Montreal last fall — and has since had some trouble finding a girlfriend. “I’ve tried online dating and all that jazz, but obviously that hasn’t worked out …” his poster reads. “Pretty sure it’s them, not me .. If you’re single (or not), and ready to take a chance on a good guy willing to throw himself out there, take my number and do something about it.” If you want to see how Sam's doing, give him a call on 514 798-2015.
BOB FM becomes “Robin FM” in Robin Williams Tribute –– BOB fm in London’s Home Counties paid tribute to the late Robin Williams on Tuesday by re-branding as “Robin fm”. The daytime music schedule was interspersed with clips of Robin’s performance as the radio DJ Adrian Cronauer from the 1987 film, “Good Morning Vietnam”. Special sweepers were made that said, “Robin FM”. Program Director Graham Mack said, “We all grew up watching Robin’s movies and he always got a warm reception every time he appeared in London. It was the least we could do to honour the life and work of one of the greatest entertainers of all time”.
Another BBC apology, This Time For Racism -- It was an awkward on-air moment when Iain Lee’s producer decided he’d had enough and walked-out mid-show. Iain took the gag too far by telling him to “...go and do the Black and Asian Show”. Iain and the BBC have apologised for the incident which happened on Iain Lee’s Breakfast show on BBC Three Counties. The show and the radio station have shown another ratings drop in the latest survey leading some commentators to speculate that the on-air argument was a pre-planned if poorly executed stunt. Mismatched couple get married The couple who won the ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ contest on Newcastle’s Metro FM earlier this year have tied the knot. Darren Donaghey and Kate Cathcart often turn heads when walking down the street together. Kate is a gorgeous blonde, but because Darren is, by his own admission, not a work of art. Their love for one another never faltered and the pair have silenced detractors by getting hitched at Matfen Hall in Northumberland. Check out the video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNfosEOV84Q
[WATCH] Cincinnati Host Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Wife; Says It Was An Accident
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NETWORKS: Tony & Kris Extends With USRN; Yahoo Crosses 500 Affiliates Milestone
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has renewed its arrangement to distribute The Tony and Kris Show. The deal, which extends a relationship that began in June of 2010, constitutes a multi-year agreement for United Stations with the country morning show, which is produced by the duo’s company, Tony and Kris Productions. Tony and Kris first met and launched their careers together at WHMA in Anniston, AL, but they became best known for their highly successful ten-year run at KSON in San Diego from 1993 until 2003. After moving to Nashville, Tony and Kris formed a production company and partnered with United Stations to build out the Tony and Kris network. Their location on Music Row in Nashville provides Tony and Kris with opportunities to tie in with big country events and promotions, as well as access to country music’s biggest stars. Their former flagship KSON airs the duo in the evenings, and the move into other day parts has helped them grow into a national dream team. Tony and Kris are now heard daily on over two dozen affiliates, in all regions of the U.S. Tony Randall and Kris Rochester are represented by Paul Anderson’s Workhouse Media. ###### Yahoo! Sports Radio announced that it's crossed 500 affiliate partners nationwide. “We are thrilled to work with our 500 tremendous partner stations on a daily basis,” said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. “The commitment of our talent, producers, sports news anchors and management team has allowed us to achieve this milestone and continually expand our reach through custom programming and unique, local and national advertiser opportunities.” Yahoo! Sports Radio engages sports fans and listeners nationwide with dynamic, 24/7 Sports Talk programming delivered by top sports personalities and contributors, including Steve Czaban, Bob Ryan, Travis Rodgers, Sean Salisbury, Geoff Ketchum, Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde and more.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: JD Greene Named PD/PM Host For Big 104.7 Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– CCM+E Pittsburgh has appointed JD Greene as its Program Director and afternoon host of Big 104.7, Pittsburgh. Big 104.7 launched last week with 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row featuring the newest hits from Country music's hottest artists. Greene joins Big 104.7 from CC Minneapolis' sister station K-102, where he served as the music director and afternoon host. "We are excited to welcome JD back home to Pittsburgh,” said CCM+E Pittsburgh VP/Programming David Edgar. “JD is plugged into the Country music scene, understands how to make a big impact with listeners on-air, online and in the community, and truly lives the country lifestyle!” Greene once handled afternoons at CCM+E's CHR WKST/96.1 KISS. 1
STUDY: Radio Keeping Pace With Pandora's Listener Growth
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has announced its initial findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. Per the graph at right, as Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “NuVoodoo is committed to understanding our industry, the radio listener and especially the potential ratings participant. It’s our job to take this information, synthesize it and continue our mission to provide the industry with cutting-edge products that respond to the world as it is in 2014.” NuVoodoo will be releasing more of the study’s key findings over the coming weeks, including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines. More information may be found by visiting www.nuvoodoo.com.
Seacrest Notches Scripted Deal With CBS TV Studios
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– We felt the term 'notch' was an appropriate verb in relation to media behemoth, Ryan Seacrest who now, among his other mounting responsibilities, has closed an overall two-year scripted deal with CBS Television Studios. According to The Wrap, Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) will develop scripted projects for broadcast, cable and streaming under programming executive vice president Nina Wass. Current scripted projects include the Jennifer Lopez drama “Shades of Blue” at NBC, a drama in development with rapper Pitbull, and two ABC comedies. As for unscripted programming, RSP will continue to provide and sell projects across networks. It has a strong body of unscripted programming ranging from E!'s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and its spinoffs, Bravo's “Shahs of Sunset” and Esquire Network's “How I Rock It.” This latest deal with CBS TV Studios joins a few others for Ryan Seacrest and his production company, including CBS’ live two-hour special “Fashion Rocks,” a one-year deal with NBC for specials and contributions to E! and NBC. Oh yes, in addition to Fox's “American Idol” and ABC's “New Year's Rockin’ Eve,” he also host a daily morning show on KIIS-FM L.A.
JACOBS BLOG: Deja Vu All Over Again For Bob Rivers
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs quips: 'What started out as a blog...' became quite an in depth look at the life and times of Seattle morning star Bob Rivers who recently announced his retirement. In an expansive 2 part interview, Jacob's writes: 'Bob’s career exemplifies all those old school values – hard work, a belief in the team, a commitment to the community, and an understanding of what’s important' says Jacobs. He adds, 'It’s not the first time. Way back in the day, Bob walked away from WFTQ in Worcester, MA, to join a band called Legend, only to return to WAAF where his radio career got underway in 1981. So maybe Bob’s departure from Seattle radio last week is déjà vu all over again.' As for Bob's start, he tells Jacobs: 'I’ve always wanted to be a musician. When I was 5 years-old, my grandfather gave me a transistor radio and an unlimited supply of batteries. He also taught me how to use the phone. I loved hit records and DJs right away, go figure. I started calling request lines and even won a contest! I was on the air live at 5 years-old. Like many, I got into radio partly to be closer to the music scene. I took a few piano lessons in grade school, and tried to play in a band when I was about 21, but I did suck. Radio was my first love, and musicians need to get their 10,000 hours of practice. So making song parodies for my morning show was a way for me to meet and hire great musicians and record and produce perfect copies of hit records. Truthfully, that was my motivation for recording them so authentically. I could have a radio product that was better than anyone else, and follow my other passion: music.' As for his departure from radio, Bob says: 'I love radio. And I never said I was retiring, but I knew the media would. I’m sure I will do more radio. Someday.' (Bob shown right with Spike O'Neill circa 80's). Read about his favorite 'Twisted Tune' parody, His Boot Camp keynote and best advice for fledgling personalities HERE - Also check out KISW/Seattle's BJ Shea Special tribute to his friend Bob Rivers HERE
Clear Channel Teams With Honda For Live Music Series
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Honda and Clear Channel have teamed up as part of the new Honda Stage music platform to create exciting live performance opportunities and unique content. Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles will feature a dozen live, intimate performances from singer Lucy Hales, Christina Perri and Ariana Grande. Through our collaboration with Clear Channel, Honda Stage is able to greatly increase our music footprint while providing music fans with exclusive footage of live performances from today¹s best artists on our YouTube channel plus hundreds of chances to attend these electrifying performances on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theatre,² said Nick Lee, Honda National Advertising Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Performances at the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater will be promoted on-air and across Clear Channel radio stations, reaching more than 245 million monthly listeners nationwide, and through iHeartRadio, Clear Channel¹s all-in-one digital music service. "Clear Channel has created the ultimate event space at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles that houses unique one-of-a-kind live music events with music's hottest superstars," said Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "Now the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater will bring this exclusive content to fans throughout the country and further extend the reach of both the iHeartRadio and Honda Stage brands."
Smokey Robinson To Guest Host On NPR's 'All Songs Considered
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– On an upcoming episode of NPR's 'All Songs Considered,' legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson joins host Bob Boilen to share some of the songs and events that shaped his career as well as songs from his new duets album, Smokey & Friends. According to npr.org, Smokey remembers a series of musical milestones in his life: "Lonely Teardrop" by Jackie Wilson who he remembers seeing for the first time when he was ten years old; Sarah Vaughan, the first singer he ever remembers hearing; and the first record he ever bought, The Spaniels' 1953 hit "Baby, It's You." Alongside these influential artists he talks about some of the most famous songs he performed with The Miracles, including "I Second That Emotion" and "Got a Job." Smokey & Friends, which is out Aug. 19, includes collaborations with artists like Miguel, John Legend and Cee Lo Green on songs written by Robinson (some that were originally performed by other artists, like Marvin Gaye). In the show, you can hear his duets with Elton John, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor. Does revisiting his own classics so many years later make him feel nostalgia? No, he says. "I've been doing concerts now for over fifty years," Smokey says. "Every night [those songs] are new to me." PHOTO/Smokey Robinson
The Kane Show & Z104-3 Throw One Direction Block Party
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Hot 99-5 Washington DC and it's morning show - the KANE SHOW, along with sister station Z104-3 Baltimore, threw a MASSIVE ONE DIRECTION/5 SECONDS OF SUMMER block party, which, literally stretched for the entire block in front of DC's Nationals' Park! With music provided by DJ BIGG SLIMM, boxes of t-shirts and more, the KANE SHOW threw the party to thank fans for listening AND to properly welcome 1D and 5SOS back to the Nation's Capital!
[WATCH] Radio's Special Memories Of Robin Williams
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Radio, like the rest of the world, as long treasured the comedic genius of Robin Williams. But 1987's film 'Good Morning Vietnam' endeared us even more as the actor took his wit and talent behind the mic to entertain the troops in Vietnam as Airman Second Class Adrian Conquer. The character was based on a real-life host and his epic battles with his radio boss, Bruno Kirby who played Second Lieutenant Steven Hauk, brought added joy to those behind the mic. Yesterday, when news first broke of William's death, many of us first thought, or wanted to believe, it was a hoax. Sadly, it turned out to be true and radio hosts and others quickly took to social media to express their sadness. Among the many included Dom Theodore - VP/Prog. for The Blaze. He posted: 'The loss of Robin Williams goes to show that you never know what someone is going through on the inside. You have no idea what "stuff" someone else is facing even if they hide it behind a warm smile and charismatic personality.... ' Q102/Cincinnati's Jeff Thomas: 'Depression tortures so many, including a startling number of our most brilliant. Prayers for Robin Williams' family and those still suffering.'Austin's JB, of JB & Sandy wrote: 'One of the most intimidating, wonderful moments of my career. Sandy and I hosting a live auction with Lance Armstrong and Robin stormed the stage and elevated everything beyond belief for half an hour. You never know when someone is in a horrible amount of pain on the inside. RIP Robin. You sure made my life a whole lot better many, many times.' WSTR/Atlanta's Jimmy Alexander posted 'People often ask me who is the nicest celebrity I've ever met...my answer is Robin Williams. Unbelievable that a man who brought so much happiness and laughter to people was fighting so many demons..' Jeff Mauler of Hot 89.9 Ottawa along with Rush & Jennie went LIVE last night upon learning the news. He wrote: 'taking hundreds of calls about the passing of Robin Williams. The callers' stories and thoughts are incredible about this incredible man. --- I'm absolutely speechless ... The world got a whole lot less funny today. RIP Robin Williams.' CCM+E's Jon Seller linked one of TV's greatest moments as Robin paid a special visit to Johnny Carson's last show on 5.21.14 WATCH HERE
[WATCH] The Real Adrian Cronauer On Robin Williams
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Robin Williams made the words, “Good morning Vietnam” famous in the movie, but it was an actual radio host from Roanoke who first aired the words on AFN. This was Adrian Cronauer (R), now 75 years old. But in 1965 and 1966 he was a jock for the the armed services in Saigon. He tells WSLS TV, He thought the troops needed a lift and modeled his radio show after a successful morning radio host in Pittsburgh named Rege Cordic (L). When the TV series M.A.S.H. became popular, he thought there might be a way to make a funny movie or TV series about life in Vietnam – even though people told him Vietnam could, as he told me, “not be funny.” He kept at his concept under wraps until William's 'people' bought the rights. “They changed everything, but they made my movie,” Cronauer told WSLS just wo hours after learning of William's apparent suicide. “He was always on. You never saw the real Robin Williams,” he said. He added the two of them didn't meet person-to-person until the movie's premier. “If he had met me he would have started to impersonate me, and they didn't want that,” said Cronauer. “Besides—Williams was way funnier, and a lot of what he said in the movie – I could have never said.” WATCH HERE
REPORT: Casey Kasem's Body Being Moved Again
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– There are reports that Casey Kasem's body is on the move, again. This time to a secret location and against his older children's wishes. According to nydn.com,
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rhonda McCormack Named GM Of NASH-FM 92.3 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has appointed 28-year radio veteran Rhonda McCormack as General Manager for NASH FM 92.3 in San Francisco. McCormack moves to Cumulus from Clear Channel, where she was Vice President/Market Manager of its five-station cluster in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz, CA, for eight years. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales for Clear Channel Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz. She also served as General Sales Manager for Entravision Communications in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz for nine years. The appointment is effective immediately.
MOTION: Chris Carr To Exit WUBE-FM Cincinnati; 'Noah's Ark' Heads To KBEA For Mornings; Ashley Z Leaving Energy 106.9 Milwuakee
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Chris Carr, one of Cincinnati's most popular host, is leaving 105.1 WUBE-FM (105.1) this Friday following a six year run. He tells cincinnati.com that he's accepted a new job to be closer to his family, and he's taking morning sidekick Jeff "Maverick" Bolen with him. "Big Dave Show," along with co-host Chelsie, will move to mornings on Aug. 18 with morning producer Jason "Stattman" Statt. Carr arrived in August 2008 from KEEY-FM in Minneapolis. "An opportunity came up that really couldn't be turned down. That's about it. Nobody is pushing us out," said Carr, whose contract expires this month. His new job -- he won't say where -- "allows our family to be more closely connected," he said. ######### Olivia Cronin and Noah Sherwood
KFOG Becomes K-PAUL For Paul McCartney's Last Concert At Candlestick Park
KFOG IS CHANGING TO K-PAUL (SAN FRANCISCO BAYAREA – August 11, 2014) On August 29th, 1966, The Beatles performed their last official concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Therefore, it’s fitting that Candlestick’s last event will be the return of Sir Paul McCartney on August 14th. In honor of this history making performance, KFOG 104.5/97.7 becomes K-PAUL this Thursday. Beginning at 6:00a.m. it’s all Paul, all day – with back-to-back McCartney tracks, spotlighting his vast Beatles, Wings and solo catalog. All station assets will change to coincide with the day’s theme – the station’s logo, website (KFOG.com) and on-air features, including the KFOG favorite 10@10, featuring the set list from that 1966 concert! KFOG midday and 10@10 Host Annalisa offers, “I don’t think there is any other moment-in-time or performer that makes better sense to take over an entire day of KFOG than Paul McCartney with his legendary status in music and pop culture. And he is certainly one of THE most beloved performers of all time, evoking significant musical memories from every listener’s life.”
Pitbull Becomes First Latino Artist To Get Channel On Sirius XM
Kurt Hanson Becomes Jacobs Media's First 'Most Innovative' Friday Pick
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs says "Our new initiative to highlight innovations and innovators in and around the radio business debuted last Friday on what will be the first of many “Innovation Fridays. Our first choice was a no-brainer. Kurt Hanson (R) is synonymous with innovation in our industry. He’s been inventing and reinventing for years, and we’re pleased to honor him in our “Radio’s Most Innovative” effort. Mike Stern wrote this piece and will be a regular contributor on “Innovation Fridays.” Congratulations, Kurt, and as you’ve reminded us at several RAIN Summits, “Things are moving faster than wethink.” – FJ In 1999, cellphones didn’t have cameras, texting was brand new, and the first iPods were two years away. Yet, while the world was concerned about Y2K, Kurt Hanson launched RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter — the first publication devoted to the world of streaming audio. Then, to further illustrate his commitment to this new space, the following summer he began building AccuRadio, a multi-channel online music streaming service that now reaches nearly a million unique listeners monthly. The launch of those two innovative businesses weren’t the first time Hanson had struck out on his own. Twenty years earlier he founded Strategic Media Research, a respected market research firm that even challenged Arbitron with its AccuRatings product. Today, Kurt is considered one of the leading experts in the field of new delivery mechanisms for audio, and RAIN has brand extended to include conferences – RAIN Summit.
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– For the third time in as many weeks, ESPN has suspended another host. This time it's Max Kellerman who gets sidelined for a week after he revealed on his L.A. radio show that he once hit his then-girlfriend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they suspended Kellerman after he admitted on his show that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years. In a statement to THR, the network said "Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday." Max explained that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. He said Erin slapped him, and so he slapped her back. Kellerman becomes the third ESPN host to be suspended in the past two weeks. Stephen A. Smith landed a week-long suspension on July 29 after making comments about NFL player Ray Rice's suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. Last week, Dan Le Batard received a two-day suspension for putting up a Miami billboard mocking NBA star LeBron James.
The Bert Show Takes Honors In Inaugural 'Kraddick Award'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Following last year's untimely death of radio legend, Kidd Kraddick, MSBC host Don Anthony promised 2013 attendees (which took place literally days following Kidd's passing) that beginning this year an award named in Kidd's honor would be created. With the blessing of Kidd's daughter, Caroline, MSBC began accepting nominees early this year. "Guidelines were set," says Anthony. 'Attributes included 'originality', 'overall success', 'contributions to the public both on and off the air', as well as someone who serves as an inspiration to their colleagues." Along with a group of advisors, a finalist was then chosen. "Our final question was 'who would Kidd have likely picked to receive this first award? Given Bert's long association and friendship with Kidd, plus the success of his highly touted 'Bert's Big Adventure,' The Bert Show was finally picked as the award's first recipient." As with Anthony's other event, TSBC, this award's concept will be modeled after the 'Ashwood Award' named in honor of the late Andrew Ashwood. As with this award, the recipient of next year's Kidd Kraddick Award will be selected by The Bert Show. "Choosing our first recipient,' says Anthony, was by far the toughest thing I have ever experienced. Most of our nominees were shows and personalities whom I know and care about deeply. So, this was far from easy. But now that we have our first selection, the process is set and , hopefully, will remain in place for many years to come." PHOTO/Tommy Owen, Tracey Kinney, Kristin Klingshirn, Bert Weiss, Cassie Young and Jeff Dauler
MSBC 26: Personality Remains The Lifeblood Of Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Credit for our headline goes to Rich Berra of The Premiere Syndicated Johnjay and Rich show who commented on MSBC 26 saying: 'The brotherhood of radio is alive and well and maybe never more important as PERSONALITY is the LIFEBLOOD of broadcasting." This was just one of many: "It's not the end. It's the beginning of our new beginning,' said Phil Becker, Alpha's VP/Programming. Consultant Tracy Johnson who was also one of this year's featured speakers, created a full list of takeaways from this year's event which you can see at his blog HERE. Among his takeaways BJ Shea: "Performers love to perform. It’s not how much you get paid. It’s not about whether you’re the lead or a sidekick. And it doesn't matter the platform. Performing is what we do." Drew Horowitz, CEO Hubbard Broadcasting offers advice for talent to be successful moving forward: "Work hard. Dedicate yourself. Be authentic." Pat Paxton, VP/Programming Entercom: "Step up and stop making excuses. Take responsibility for your career and quit making excuses. Be thankful for what you do for a living. You're not operating a jackhammer in 100 degree heat by the side of the road." Jimmy DeCastro, VP/GM WGN Radio/Chicago: "You finally make it to the job you always wanted-morning, and now you show up 15 minutes before your show, and the door hits you in the (a)ss 9 minutes after. That's ridiculous. It's not a 6-10am job. Be around. That's how you're going to grow. And if you're not growing, you're standing still."Mike McVay, Cumulus Media: "If parameters (limits) are defined by what you can't do on the air, talent will stop trying to do anything." "The secret SAUCE of bootcamp is beyond the sessions. It’s the connections you get by talking before and after sessions to shows you didn’t know share your DNA. Every great bit we’ve ever done on our show was inspired by talking to other shows over the years. PHOTO/L-R - T-B BJ Shea, Steve Migliore, Fitz, Jim Carey, Tommy McFly, Maurice DeVoe, Larry Wachs, Morgan and Kendall seated on each side of Tommy Sablan, Heather Cohen, Eric Weiss, Mike McVay, Holly O'Connor, Margaret Verghese, Amanda & Jeff, Randy Stein, Lamont, Baby Huey, Paul Castronovo, Robert Alan, Chet Buchanan (photo bombing) Mercedes, JC, Miguel, Mandy & Holly O'Connor - some photos courtesy of Wise Brother Media.
To be honest, we've been overwhelmed and humbled deeply by the numerous comments on this year's MSBC. There's not nearly enough room here to list them all, but here are some samples: CLICK HERE
[LISTEN] Film Director Surprises Detroit Hosts With Call In To Defend 'Aquaman'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– File this one under 'You never know who may be listening." This was the case for Detroit's 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill who received a call from Zack Snyder who wanted to comment on the show dissing on 'Aquaman' the movie. The caller claimed to be Zach Snyder, director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. According to nydaily.com, he said he was listening to the radio on the way to set, and heard an earlier segment in which he felt the hosts were coming down too hard on Aquaman. Snyder defended the superhero and his possible inclusion in a film with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill). The director pointed out that Aquaman is actually quite capable, and has a trident that can “cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact … he's super strong.” Rumors are swirling that Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is in the running to play Aquaman. Snyder, however, still won't confirm the watery character's role in the upcoming film.As it turned out, the man turned out to really be Snyder and this audio is now getting massive hits. LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Aussie Host Walks Out Of Show After Ripping Partner For Always Calling In Sick On Friday
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Jockline Daily readers are well aware of Australia's highly popular Kyle And Jackie O Show which recently crossed the street for KIIS-FM after years at 2Day FM. Now, according to news.com.au, the frustration has reached the control room as Jackie O stormed out of the studio after the two got into it after he opening break of the show.
MOTION: Doug Stephan Partners with Social Business to Benefit Community
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– As Doug Stephan’s Good Day continues to grow beyond the 350 affiliate milestone, so does the host’s desire to give back. Stephan partners with BuzzBox Coffee, a subsidiary of Camano Island Coffee Roasters and Syndicated Solutions, Inc. (SSI) that aims to change the world one cup of coffee at a time. Through their alliance, Stephan offers his audience the opportunity to purchase the USDA certified organic, shade grown, top 1% Arabica grade, fairly-traded coffee. A percentage of each sale goes to Eastleigh Farm, Stephan’s non-profit dairy farm in Framingham, Mass. “This is a wonderful way for our family of listeners to get involved in what they all know is close to my heart,” says Stephan. “Eastleigh Farm helps our community on many different levels from employing folks and providing education to protecting animals and farm land.” Jeff Ericson, Founder, Camano Island Coffee says, “It’s all about empowering the people on the other side of the equation. Instead of writing a charity check, coffee lovers live out their belief system in a simple everyday way – by drinking coffee. To me, that’s the beauty of social business and working with someone like Doug to help make a difference.” “Our BuzzBox Coffee platform is the most developed coffee continuity program on the market today,” comments SSI President Bob Carey. “With repeated impressions we’re creating income, influence and impact.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Envision Welcomes Valerie Brooks As Director Of Affiliate Relations; Renee Cassis Joins Bunzel Media
ESPN Suspends Dan LeBatard Over LeBron Billboard
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John Gallagher To Head Hubbard's Chicago Cluster; Dave Hanson On The Rise At Cox Media Group Miami
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Hubbard Radio taps John Gallagher as its VP/Market Manager for the company’s Chicago cluster. Gallagher most recently served as regional VP for Cumulus Wisconsin. ###### Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has promoted WFLC Music Director, Dave Hanson, to Assistant Director of Branding & Programming, effective immediately. Hanson has been with CMG Miami in many different roles for the past 12 years, and has experience in multiple formats during his 18 years in radio. “I am honored and feel truly blessed for the opportunity to continue to work with such a supportive team at CMG Miami,” Hanson says. “Thanks to Jill Strada for being an innovated leader, mentor and partner in crime, and to VP/Market Manager Rob Babin for being such a believer in the people of CMG Miami. I am proud to wave the flag of HITS 97.3 - Miami’s New #1 For All The HITS!” CMG Miami VP and Market Manager Rob Babin, says, “Dave has been a key contributor to our cluster and we are proud to announce this new assignment.” Prior to this position, Hanson has worked in the Dance, CHR, Rock, AC and HOT AC radio formats and has worked as On-Air Personality, Voice-Over Talent, Web Producer, Producer and most recently, Music Director. He began his extensive radio career in New York at WKTU, then moved to South Florida and worked at WPYM, WHDR, WFEZ and WFLC. Hanson is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and The Connecticut School of Broadcasting and has a BA in Communication.
MOTION: Dayton’s Fly 92.9 Dayton Names Dan Edwards As Host of “The Morning Flight”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Dayton, OH announced the addition of legendary Miami Valley media personality Dan Edwards to “The Morning Flight,” weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. on Fly 92.9. Dan is an Emmy award-winning media veteran with over 30 years of experience as an anchor, DJ, photo-journalist, and educator. “I can’t say how happy I am to be back in the very building I began my radio career on the legendary WING-FM,” Dan stated. “After a satisfying 12 year career in TV as an anchor and reporter at Channel 2, I'm excited to transition back into radio. What's even more profound is the fact that John King, the current general manger for Fly 92.9, is the same man who gave me my first big break in the business back in 1982!” King commented, “When Alpha Media entered the Dayton market with the goal of creating truly ‘Live and Local’ radio, I was challenged to find a personality that would not only sound great on air, but one that has deep roots in the community; we couldn’t be happier to find exactly that in Dan.”
Stephen A. Smith To Join Chris Russo’s ‘Mad Dog Sports Radio’ On Sept. 2
Hot 104.5 Debuts in San Antonio; 95.7 The Jet Comes To Seattle
Mark Kaye's Talk Show Picks Up Steam At CMG
Legendary Host Bob Barker Guests For Lucky 13th On Animal Radio
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Australian Athlete Photobombs Kyle Minogue In Front Of Worldwide TV audience Then Calls Her Station
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Graham Mack’s WORLD SERVICE Former Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host Dead at 59 Mike Smith has died aged 59. He died after complications from major heart surgery. Smith spent six years at Radio 1 between 1982 and 1988, and was also a presenter on Top of the Pops on BBC television and hosted the BBC's coverage of Live Aid. His wife of 25 years, the TV presenter Sarah Greene, said she would like to thank hospital staff for their care and compassion.
Another day, another BBC pedophile in court Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to a string of historical sex offences against boys. The 73-year-old admitted 29 charges of abuse against boys aged between nine and 16, at Southwark Crown Court. He denied 12 further charges and will face a trial beginning on 24 November at the same London court. Denning, of Basildon in Essex, was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
Australian Athlete Photobombs Kyle Minogue in front of worldwide TV audience then calls her local radio station - She has hit the headlines for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, an "Australian athlete bombed Kylie Minogue’s performance". “The opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime, so I took it,”said Genevieve LaCaze Which breakfast team did she call? A Gold Coast local, she called Labby Stav and Abby at b105 on the way back to the athletes’ village and chatted about the experience live on the air.
Fearne Cotton calls in the stars for breast cancer festival 'Festifeel' - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood may soon be doing his bit for breast cancer, as new daughter-in-law Fearne Cotton calls in a few family favours for her annual charity music festival, Festifeel. Profits go to the breast charity Coppafeel, which aims to take the fear out of breast self-examination. Fearne Cotton has said she will be calling in a few family favours for her annual breast cancer charity festival. The success of previous one-day Festifeels – this year’s was a sellout – has given Fearne the confidence to think big and she wants the event to become a much larger affair, complete with top-name headliners. Kasabian and McFly should also expect calls from the presenter – both bands were at her wedding to Ronnie’s son Jesse in June.
ABC News Shifts Distribution To Skyview
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to the news division today announcing the beginning of a new era at ABC Radio. ABC News Radio will expand its operations to invest in new, premium programming and to take control of distributing and marketing its content and deepen affiliate relationships. ABC Radio serves nearly two thousand stations nationwide and the most popular digital radio platforms - making ABC News, by far, the number one choice for radio news and information for over 50 million listeners each week. In his note he wrote:Today we’re announcing the beginning of a new era at ABC Radio. Starting in January we’re going to expand our operations to invest in new programming, take control of distributing and marketing our content and deepen our affiliate relationships. A new relationship with Skyview Networks will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales efforts as our distribution agreement with Cumulus Media comes to an end." He added: As we move ahead we see tremendous opportunities and know that we will have to work even harder to ensure a bright future. We’re taking these important steps now to work more closely with our terrific, long-standing station partners and better position us for digital audio growth in the future.I’m confident that with Steve Jones and his team leading the charge, there are exciting new opportunities and many more great days ahead at ABC Radio. 1
News/Talk WPGB-FM Pittsburgh Flips To Country; Bobby Bones To Handle Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– CC Pittsburg has flipped News-Talk WPGB-FM to Country as BIG 104.7, Pittsburgh's New Hit Country. Along with the launch, The Bobby Bones Show will join the lineup in Fall. The News/Talk format has moved to WJAS-AM.
Westwood One Names Jim Jones To Senior Director Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– Westwood One announces that Jim Jones has been named Senior Director, News Affiliate Sales. In his new position, Jones will be overseeing affiliate sales for Westwood One’s News vertical. He will be based in Washington, DC, and will report to Dennis Green, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales for Westwood One. This is a homecoming for Jones, as he was formerly Vice President of Affiliate Sales, News/Talk for Westwood One in Washington, DC, for 15 years. He was most recently with Focus 360. Dennis Green, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales for Westwood One said: “Jim has an extensive knowledge of the news product and has been involved in the affiliation of major news networks with a high level of success. Our affiliates will have the benefit of Jim and his team’s knowledge of integrating our new white label news product into the stations lineup as we find new audiences to bring news and information from around the world.” Jones said: “I am excited to rejoin Westwood One, helping radio stations deliver meaningful news and information to listeners across the country. After more than 20 years producing and selling news/talk content, I am glad to represent the best news brands and content in the business. I look forward to continuing the highest level of service and delivery with Westwood One’s new white label news product, launching this fall.”
KTFM/San Antonio Adds Rossi Ramirez to Blondie & Nugget Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media San Antonio taps Rossi Ramirez (L)to join the Blondie and Nugget Morning Show, weekdays from 6-10am on CHR KTFM-FM. The San Antonio native will produce the show and be a third voice that KTFM says will "add a little San Antonio Flair to the show." Rossi has worked for WOAI-TV, FOX San Antonio TV and Univision TV as a writer/producer. PD Mark Landis commented, "We've assembled a young, talented, diversified staff here at KTFM, and we're very excited about Rossi joining us as we're now Live & Local from 6am-Midnight, and becoming part of the fabric of the community of San Antonio." "What a dream come true to be on KTFM in the city that I grew up in. I'm really excited about becoming part of this new team," added Rossi.
Cumulus Sees 21.4% Net Revenue Rise For Second Quarter
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Media reported its quarterly earnings this morning and showed that the company’s quarterly revenue was up 21.4% on a year-over-year basis. On an actual basis, net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $57.9 million, or 21.4%, to $328.2 million, compared to $270.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013. The increase resulted from increases of $44.1 million, $7.0 million, $2.7 million and $4.1 million in broadcast advertising, digital advertising, political advertising and license fees and other revenue, respectively. These increases were primarily attributable to the addition of the operations of WestwoodOne, which was acquired by the Company in December 2013. The increases were partially offset by decreases in local spot and national spot revenue. The increase in political advertising was due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections in the current period. READ FULL REPORT HERE
A-List Comedy Debuts With Top Comedic Talent
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– A-List Comedy has launched with a large and impressive roster of top comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, NBC, CBS, TMZ, CNN, MTV, and dozens more. Focused on delivering Top Shelf Humor For a Bottom Feeding World, the newly minted A-List Comedy is a re-launch of the popular All-Star Radio. Joining A-List Comedy as Creative Director is Jimmy Failla (R), who was named Best Male Comedian at the 2014 New York City Nightlife Awards. He has been seen on Gotham Comedy Live, BBC America, TMZ Live, The Today Show, Good Day New York, America's Got Talent, Fox Business, Arise TV, Kelly and Michael and CNN. Also joining the team is Affiliate Relations professional Stacy Horton (L) as Director of Marketing and Partnerships. In addition, Ron Stevens, who served as Head Writer since 1983, remains onboard as Creative Consultant. National advertising sales representation is being handled exclusively by AdLarge Media. “A-List Comedy has assembled a top-notch team of comedians and radio professionals to deliver the finest comedy service available to radio,” stated Frank DeSantis, Vice President, Business Development, AdLarge Media. Stations interested in learning more about A-List Comedy may contact Stacy Horton at 917-261-2641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gary Krantz To Advise Sun Broadcast Group
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 Sun Broadcast Group announced that Gary Krantz, President & CEO of Krantz Media Group/KMG Networks has joined the company as Strategic Advisor. 'Gary and I have known each other for years and have always shared the same exciting vision for this industry,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group home to shows such as The Marilu Henner Show (R) , 6 Second Reviews among others. “With all that’s going on in the network radio space there are countless opportunities to make a real difference with amazing program partners who share our passion for change. I’m stoked to work more closely with KMG on a professional basis in advancing our mission to make radio an Experience for a whole new generation.” “Jason Bailey is one of the most forward thinking executives in our business,” said Gary Krantz, President & CEO of Krantz Media Group. “With their investments in new distribution platforms, cutting edge technology, and a growing management staff and world-class team, Sun is at the vanguard of a new generation of media companies in the audio entertainment space. There are ‘game changing’ initiatives forthcoming from Sun that KMG is excited to be a part of.” Gary Krantz is President and chief executive officer of Krantz Media Group LLC.
Clear Channel Lauches KFYI2: The Next Generation Of Talk
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel /Phoenix has flipped Business News 1230 KOY to KFYI2, calling it “The Next Generation Of Talk." Its lineup features the syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show in mornings (shown) from KSTE Sacramento, followed by Dana Loesch from 10a-1p and Casey Bartholomew taking it local from 1 to 3p. Also featured at night is 'Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis' from 7-10p. Other shows featured include: "America Now," Leo Laporte, Kim Komando & TMZ Live. KFYI2 takes over its business format on KOY and judging by the lineup, it appears reaching a younger demo is the tie-in to 'next generation of talk. LISTEN HERE
MBC Presents Coverage Of Nixon Resignation On 40th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– For those in Chicago this weekend for, oh, let's say Talentmasters' 26th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, check this out. August 8th, the actual 40th anniversary of the night Richard Nixon addressed the Nation and revealed his decision to resign as President of the United States, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago will present NBC News coverage of the address as well as Congressional reaction. Then on August 9: President Nixon's farewell remarks to his staff, his memorable good-bye wave to Washington and the swearing in of Gerald R. Ford as President unfold in a dramatic minute-by-minute account of this historic day in United Sates history. This special screening is made possible thanks to NBC News. FREE ADMISSION ON BOTH DAYS - The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at 360 N. State Street Chicago IL practically across the street from The Renaissance. PHOTO/screen grab
Cumulus New York's 'Bark In The Park' Attracts Record 7,500
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Cumulus New York’s 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and the new Radio 103.9 teamed up for the 4th Annual “Bark in the Park”, hosted by 77 WABC’s Mark Levin Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 3pm at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. The North Shore Animal League America & Bergen County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center were on-site with many dogs up for adoption. Cumulus New York's mission of the day was to find a home for as many pets as possible. It was a great success - 19 dogs and 4 cats were adopted! The day also featured a wide array of vendors, services, food, demonstrations, and activities for families and dog lovers alike. The most popular event of the day was the “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest. Attendees voted on-site for their favorites. Radio hosts from all 4 stations were there –Todd Pettengill and his morning show & Race Taylor from WPLJ, Kelly Ford from NASH FM 94.7, Roxie from Radio 103.9, and Geraldo Rivera, Curtis Sliwa, Ron Kuby, & Mark Levin from 77 WABC. The event drew a record 7,500 in attendance.
[WATCH] Shark Spits On B97 New Orleans' Host While On Vacation
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 - Leave it to a snarky shark to put a damper on a radio host holiday - literally! According to 9news.com, Corey Bonalewicz, a night host for B97 New Orleans, was on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, and got playful with a wide-mouthed shark. The man-size shark, along with his handler, gave Corey a gulf-sized welcome by spitting a huge gush of water from his mouth when Corey bent over for a closer look. 'Thank you," said Corey as he wipes his face. The upside is that Corey posting the video online and is suddenly getting worldwide attention. For example, this link to an Australian TV Station. Nicely Done! WATCH HERE
Pandora Cuts Direct Licensing Deal With Artists
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– AP reports that Pandora has cut a direct licensing deal with artists, including independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. This means artists such as Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs higher in playlists where they fit. Artists also get access to Pandora data for the first time, enabling them to make informed decisions about where to tour, who to tour with, what their concert set list should be and what songs they might release next. They will also have tools to directly communicate with fans on Pandora. Artists had complained that royalties on digital streaming services are too low. This represents a departure from its current business model, where it relies on government rate-setting bodies like the Copyright Royalty Board to determine how much it pays artists. The arrangement covers royalties for performances, not songwriting rights, and it comes as the Department of Justice is re-examining Pandora's right to automatically license song rights from publishing groups.
REPORT: Beyonce's Leotards In, Alan Freed's Ashes Out At Rock Hall
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily reported yesterday, Lance Freed, son the legendary Alan Freed, The man who is credited with coining the term "rock 'n' roll," said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted his father's cremains removed from public view. Now comes word from cnn.com that they'll be moved next Monday. The urn which had been on display since 2002 were removed from public view last Friday, but now Lance will be picking up the ashes to move to another location. Freed, who was inducted into the hall in 1986, will be honored instead with a display of his microphones, which the museum considers a more appropriate nod to his career as a broadcaster. Harris disputed the Freed family's description of the removal as an eviction, but according to the son, it is not a voluntary removal. Freed's ashes are being moved just days afterthe museum opened a Beyonce exhibit featuring the singer's costumes, including the black leotards worn in her 2008 "Single Ladies" video. On the radio in Cleveland and then New York in the 1950s, Freed was a champion of early rock 'n' roll and the promotion AND also hosted an event thought of as the first major rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball (R), in Cleveland in 1952. Freed's connections to Cleveland were one reason why the hall was located there in the first place. "TheRock and Roll Hall of Fame is not a mausoleum," programmer Jon Gorman told member station WKSU. "What are we going to do, have the ashes of all the great rock stars that chose to be cremated? It just doesn't belong. It just doesn't fit." Freed's family is now seeking an appropriate final resting place in Cleveland. "I'm a little bit emotional right now, because this is the third time I'm moving my dad," Lance Freed told CNN. "But hopefully it will be the last."
REPORT: Pandora Eyeing Talk Radio For Cars
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Pandora Media Inc. is considering expanding its programming beyond music to formats such as sports, news and talk as the service becomes more available in cars and can attract listeners on the road, according to bloomberg.,com. “Music’s an important piece of radio listening in the car, but if there’s a place where spoken word is also equally, and more important really, it’s in the car,” Pandora Chief Financial Officer Michael Herring said in an interview. He said it’s too early to specify the content or timing. Pandora is looking to autos as a way to jump start its growth amid competition from a growing number of platforms. During a conference call last week, Pandora executives pointed to the company’s 7 million automobile users in the last quarter, up from 2.5 million a year earlier. Herring said 'As the car becomes more important, thinking about other types of content that are important for the car becomes more critical,” Herring said. “That’s why Sirius spends so much money on Howard Stern, sports and news.” Pandora can be accessed in 33 percent of new cars in the U.S. while Sirius is installed in 71 percent, according to Corey Barrett, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities LLC in Portland, Oregon. Pandora converts about 3 percent to in-car listeners, Barrett estimated. Barrett projects Pandora to double its 7 million automobile users to 15 million by 2017.
FRED JACOBS: The Radio Business Will Sustain Itself Because Of Its Unique And Compelling Personalities
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Lots of anticipation for Jacobs Media's Fred Jacob's and Lori Lewis' presentation at this year's MSBC. In today'sblog, Fred writes: "As Lori and I make the final preparations for our Morning Show Boot Camp presentation later this week, I can’t help but think about how the role of personalities in radio has changed over the past few decades. Our session utilizes our ten years of Techsurveys to lay out truths based in research that can help the air personalities of today better perform and serve their audiences. “What 347,325 People Made Perfectly Clear About Radio” focused on the importance of concepts like building a social media hierarchy, understanding the emotional underpinnings of why people listen to the radio in 2014, and the value of content sharing to growing audience cume and loyalty. But all the research in the world cannot help direct personalities truly move audiences. That’s a process that simply isn’t quantitative. The truth about the appeal of Howard Stern, Bob Rivers, and the late Kidd Kraddick (or his successors) cannot be found on a spreadsheet or in a pie chart. Their success lies in their innate ability to create, perform, entertain, and touch the lives of others." Jacobs adds: The radio business isn’t great because of its margins or its EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization).It will sustain itself because of its unique and compelling personalities." READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
Sean Hannity To Broadcast Live From Jerusalem Today
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– The Sean Hannity Show Broadcast live from Tel Aviv yesterday and Jerusalem today, to report on Israel's ongoing war with Hamas militants in Gaza, including the Iron Dome anti-missile technology protecting the country from militant rockets, the Hamas tunnels used to capture and kill Israelis, what life is like there under constant threat, and more. That's Sean Hannity standing inside one of the Hamas tunnels.
Westwood One Celebrates Labor Day With Taylor Momsen & Brad Paisley
THE MOUTH, AUGST 5TH, 2014 –– Westwood One continues its tradition of spectacular audio programming with a rockin' Labor Day special that will add a little edge to the final days of summer. Indie Breakthrough features rocker Taylor Momsen, lead singer of The Pretty Reckless. This rock-format, four-hour Labor Day weekend special will feature breakthrough songs from The Black Keys, Soundgarden, Cage the Elephant, and more. Stations can air Indie Breakthrough Friday, August 29th, through Monday, September 1st, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. The special is available via mp3 download. In honor of the 120th anniversary of Labor Day, Westwood One will also present a four-hour Labor Day weekend special with country music superstar Brad Paisley as he hosts a salute to America’s working men and women. Workin’ Hard Country Nation with Brad Paisley is an all-star tribute featuring some of the most popular working songs, including “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney and George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here.” Fresh off the visibility of Paisley’s August 29th performance on ABC’s Good Morning America, stations can air Workin’ Hard Country Nation with Brad Paisley Saturday, August 30th, through Monday, September 1st between 6:00 am and 12 midnight.
Panama Show Stays On Roller Coaster For Food Bank
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Holly O'Connor tells Jockline Daily: "What better way to raise money for a local food bank than by refusing to come off a roller coaster until you meet a $5,000 goal? That's what That Miguel Show on Island 106 in Panama City did last week. Pregnant co-host Mandy held down the broadcast aspect of the day while Miguel, Holly, and afternoon host Tyler rode the roller coaster for 15 hours straight and raised $5,585 (with more coming in!) for Food for Kidz. Aside from some bruising, sunburn, and butt rash, the whole day was an awesome reminder about the good we can do with our platform and the fun we can have while doing it!" PHOTO: Rich Brooks
MOTION: The Ace & TJ Show Heard In Greenville-Spartanburg; Rob Rose On The Rise At WILV-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– The Ace & TJ Show will now be heard in Spartanburg, SC. It marks the first radio show (as far as we know) to have both FM and digital affiliates. The Ace & TJ Button- GS/SC can be heard via The Ace & TJ Button (‘AceTJGS.com’ and The Ace & TJ Button Greenville-Spartanburg feeds on our Android and Apple Apps). Live, customized Greenville Spartanburg audio begins August 11. The Ace & TJ Show currently airs on 14 FM stations live 6 – 10 AM (EST) and the rest of the day on The Ace & TJ Button live stream. The Ace & TJ Button GS-SC is the first 24/7 feed of The Ace & TJ show with content and programming, including the live show, specifically for one market. Our office in Spartanburg will be for sales and programming and will be staffing for a local sales department first. Tracy Poff, ATJ Inc. Director of Sales, will oversee the sales operations and can be reached in Spartanburg at 864 256 1493 or email@example.com. "After years of begging radio companies in Greenville-Spartanburg to put us on and always being rejected, we figured out a way to get in there. We tend to obsess over things from time to time.” -TJ Syndication information is available at www.acetjnetwork.com or by emailing AGoodman@AceTJ.com. ######### According to bobfeder.com, Robb Rose, a part-time weekend host on WILV FM 100.3 from 2009 until earlier this year, is returning to the Hubbard Radio adult contemporary station as evening personality. Rose succeeds Cara Carriveau, who was promoted to afternoons on “Chicago’s 100.3″ last month.
[LISTEN] Howard Stern Says Goodbye To WCCC Hartford
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– WCCC Hartford's longtime PD/host Mike Karolyi took to the air last Friday from noon to 5:00 pm with the station's final show and welcomed back one of its biggest former stars Howard Stern who called in to say goodbye. "I love WCCC and I am sorry to see it stop being a rock station," lamented Stern. "WCCC was, in my estimation, THE rock station in Hartford. When I got a job doing mornings on WCCC, it was such a big moment for me. I remember walking into WCCC and thinking 'Oh my God, I have hit the big time.'" joined WCCC in 1979 earning a whopping $250 a week. He left later following a pay dispute. Karolyi, who has been with the station for 28 years, said “For a station like WCCC-FM to go away, you’re losing that old style radio where the guy here is live he’s local,” Oddly, no formal statement has yet to be issued, but it's reported that the rock outlet has been purchased by Educational Media Foundation and switch the format to Contemporary Christian. As Jockline Daily reported last Friday, this sale comes just weeks after the sale of another Hartford station, WDRC, which was sold by Buckley Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media. WCCC's final song was Pantera “Walk." LISTEN TO ENTIRE STERN CALL HERE
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Wants To Evict Alan Freed's Ashes Says Son
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Lance Freed, son of legendary radio host and creator of the term 'Rock & Roll' says he was told several months ago by Rock Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Harris that he would have to "immediately" remove his father's ashes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame according to cleveland.com. "He said, 'look Lance, there's something strange, people walk past the exhibit and your dad's ashes and they scratch their heads and can't figure out what this thing is, and we'd like you to come pick up the ashes." Contacted by phone, Harris said, "First and foremost, not all of [Freed's artifacts] are being moved out of the museum. We are returning the ashes to his family.' The display case which held Freed's ashes instead will include a pair of his iconic microphones, since he was, after all, a broadcaster, Harris said. Alan Freed is credited with popularizing the term "rock and roll" as a DJ in the 1950s and hosted what is considered the first rock 'n' roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, in 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. His cremains were originally buried inside a wall at the Hall, but later moved to their public but low-key display at the request of the family. Following his time in Cleveland in the 1950s, Freed moved to New York, where he continued his rock 'n' roll DJ career. A payola scandal ended that career, with Freed pleading guilty to two counts of commercial bribery in 1962. Lance Freed says he was told by Harris that the Freed exhibit, minus the urn, would be moved to the lower level Ahmet Ertegun hall as part of a chronological history of rock 'n' roll. "It's pushing him to the side," says Freed, "It's making him part of the passing parade, rather than a place where people can say 'hey this is the guy who helped start it all."
MOTION: Man Who Inspired 'Jerry Maguire,' Leigh Steinberg Joins Yahoo Sports Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Yahoo! Sports Radio announced the addition of world-renowned sports agent and sports personality Leigh Steinberg (L)as an on-air contributor and host of his own show. Launching Monday, August 18, 2014, The Leigh Steinberg Show will air weekly on Mondays from 8pm-10pm EST/5pm-7pm PST, and feature Steinberg’s unique insight and perspective on the athletic world, as well as interviews with top athletes, coaches and insiders, many of whom he has represented. Additionally, Steinberg will make regular appearances across the network, including weekly call-ins to Yahoo! Sports Radio’s popular programs, and contribution to analysis, breaking news and more. Known as sports’ super-agent, Steinberg brings over 40 years of unrivaled success working with world-class athletes, including NFL Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Howie Long and Warren Moon, Boxing Champion Oscar De La Hoya and more. During his career, Leigh Steinberg has secured over $3 billion for 300+ pro athlete clients, and represented an unprecedented seven Hall of Famers, eight #1 picks, 150+ Pro Bowl selections, and 60+ First Round picks. Shadowed extensively by writer and director Cameron Crowe, Steinberg was the inspiration for the title character in “Jerry Maguire.”
Adams Radio Group Closes On Radio One Communications Cluster In Indiana
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Adams Radio Group has closed on its acquisition of Radio One Communications radio cluster in Northwest Indiana. Ron Stone (L), President and CEO of Adams said "My excitement for this market is through the roof! There are so few opportunities like this...a company owned and operated by the same family for 50 years. The Ellis family 50 year stewardship of these stations has been amazing and we are fortunate to be the next stewards of these great properties. These stations serve “the Region”, a fast growing area from Chicago to South Bend covering about a million people...great additions to our company." This is the third market for Adams Radio Group since reentering the radio business last July. Adams closed on Las Cruces, NM in December and its eight station cluster in Fort Wayne in June.The ownership group of ARG is comprised of individual investors led by Stephen Adams, who is Chairman and majority owner of The Adams Companies, a diversified group of companies encompassing wineries, outdoor advertising, recreational vehicles and related services.
Bunzel Media Resources Announces Launch Of Radio 2015
Entercom Launches The New Q102 In SF; The Beat Of The Bay
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Entercom has flipped Classic Rock KFOX 102.1/San Francisco to rhythmic hot AC and rebranded The New Q102 "The Beat of the Bay." Trevor Simpson will take over the PD reigns. KFOX will now air exclusively on 98.5. "This is an exciting time for Entercom/San Francisco, our listeners and our advertisers," said VP/Market Manager Steve DiNardo. "The New Q102 provides a unique way to reach the Bay Area's active and engaged 25- to 44-year-old with a new kind of station for the Bay Area." DiNardo says the move will refocus 98.5 KFOX for the South Bay. "For 23 years, KFOX has defined rock radio in the South Bay. While the Bay Area has been home to many great rock stations over the years, no station has been more successful at creating an enduring listener bond in the South Bay than KFOX."
106-7 The Eagle Debuts in Portland
Quickhitz Invades 90.3 AMP Calgary; Cuts Songs In Half To Play 24 An Hour
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 - Calgary's 90.3 AMP is now playing 24 songs an hour thanks to Quickhitz the radio format that provides shortened versions of songs, edited down three to four minutes. According to business.financialpost.com, even the commercial breaks are brief, averaging around nine minutes per hour instead of the usual 12. “A lot of people can’t detect the music has been edited,” said Hillary Hommy, vice-president of brands and networks at Sparknet Communications, a Vancouver-based consultancy that developed Quickhitz. The format was first launched in the U.S. in September and stations in the U.K. and Australia are planning to introduce Quickhitz within the next six months, Ms. Hommy said. Sparknet typically provides radio stations with a library of Quickhitz songs and advice on how to implement the concept.
George Noory Launches EMP Protection Campaign
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM announced a campaign to protect and insulate the U.S. power grid against an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) event or attack via nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and solar flares, all of which could endanger the lives of millions of Americans. The campaign launches on the heels of a recent report by scientists that Earth narrowly avoided a catastrophic X-class solar flare on July 23, 2012, which Noory reported on Coast to Coast AM two years ago. As part of the campaign, Noory will regularly welcome scientific experts and government leaders to his program, which reaches more than three million weekly listeners, in an effort to inform the public about the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure and the need to retro fit the U.S. power grid, as well as the steps necessary to reduce the magnitude of an EMP event or attack. Leading independent news website WND (WorldNetDaily) has also signed on as an official partner, leveraging its reach of six million unique visitors each month and more than 40 million page views to support and promote the campaign. Noory will also seek Senate and congressional support. “I implore all individual states, the President and members of Congress to immediately develop a plan to protect our power grid,” stated Noory. Noory kicked off the campaign by welcoming F. Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and author of “A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe, to Coast to Coast AM for a two-hour conversation.
PHOTO OP: WWO Covers Football's HOF Game; ABC News Radio's Joi-Marie McKenzie Backstage With Enrique Iglesias
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Westwood One kicked off the NFL season with the Hall of Fame game, live from Fawcett Stadium, with the Giants and the Bills. There along with the crew: (L-R) Westwood One Sports announcer Scott Graham (L), new HOF inductee Andre Reed (C), and Westwood One analyst, Hall of Famer James Lofton. ######## ABC News Radio Entertainment Producer Joi-Marie McKenzie talks with Enrique Iglesias backstage at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert in New York City’s Central Park. Enrique performed his hit single, “Bailando,” among other classics.
Popular Minny Host Quits In The Middle Of His Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 ––According to twincities.com, Jason Lewis (R) told his boss, Mike Crusham, Pres./MM for CCM+E Minneapolis, two months ago that he intended to retire Aug. 1st. True to his word, he did, but not in typical fashion. On Thursday evening, he quit in the middle of his show. Crusham added: 'He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to.' A couple of hours after Lewis quit, he tweeted "Today I left the radio biz for something better." The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io. Also at the site is a 15-minute clip featuring a "parody of what it is like working in a 'highly regulated industry' and some of the events that led to his decision" to quit the radio show. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM before leaving in 2003 for WBT in Charlotte, N.C. He returned to KTLK in the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. In 2009, The Jason Lewis Show" became syndicated by Genesis Communications. Crusham said the station is planning to run the "Joe Pags Show," from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis' time slot.
[LISTEN] Larry King Says 'Pompous' Piers Morgan Caused Failure
“Personally, I like him fine, but it was all about him." King
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– With an assist from Envision Networks® Guest Services, Larry King rang up Larry, Rob and Kris of Norton (shown) in the Morning on WGRF/Buffalo to promote the third season of his hit internet show Larry King Now. And, of course, the subject quickly turned to Larry King's successor Piers Morgan’s lack of success following the cancellation of Piers Morgan Live. Larry commented on Piers Morgan’s difficult transition into his new role. “Any person who has been on for 25 years in one place and you have an audience who is used to you…it’s very hard to step into those shoes no matter who it is.” King compared Piers Morgan’s interview style compared to his own. “Personally, I like him fine, but it was all about him. It was the opposite of the way I interview. He was the opposite. So now they not only had someone who was British, different, but then he would use the word ‘I’ every other word…He became, I thought a bit, in my opinion, pompous, but that’s the way I looked at it. So I had trouble watching Piers Morgan’s show, and I guess a lot of other people did too.” LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Talent Shown The Door Before Planned Sale Of 106.9 WCCC Hartford
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– The station that served as Howard Stern's first radio home, Hartford’s WCCC 106.9 is reportedly in the process of being sold to the Educational Media Foundation and will change formats to contemporary Christian. According to courantblogs.com, staff members such as “Miss Klonk” and “J. Raven” were among those told this week they would out of jobs following the sale from Marlin Broadcasting to EMF. Klonk posted on her personal Facebook page “10 years gone ... As of Friday 5 p.m. #WCCC will cease 2 exist #success was plentiful in all but economics the pst 2 yrs ” PD and on-air host Mike Karolyi posted his demise on Facebook Wednesday evening writing “and then there were none." This sale comes just weeks after the sale of another Hartford station, WDRC, which was sold by Buckley Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media. Today at noon, Howard Stern will be among those personalities to say goodbye on the air. For a glimpse at Stern's WCCC audition tape, here's audio from his first PD, Bill Nosal, who called into his show to replay the tape - LISTEN HERE
Carnival Operator Draws Fire After Radio Host Post Blog Of His Daughter & Others Being Turned Away From Rides During 'Special Needs Day'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– A Carnival operator has come under fire after a local radio host blogged about his daughter and other kids with special needs being denied rides at a local amusement part. Greg Dwyers, co-host of the legendary "Dwyer & Michaels Show on 97X/Quad Cities posted: "Today, I have to say something, even it’s to nobody. Today we went to a ‘Special Needs Day’ at our summer Fair, like we do every year ... The Fair offers free admission and rides for 3 hours for families with a special needs member ... Until today. We were told by a ride operator that these kids could no longer go on rides that go in the air (or, about 90% of the rides my daughter was interested in riding, and had been on in years past with no issue.)" He added: I am so proud that my daughter, who has never asked for special anything, even in the face of this awful treatment, managed to hide her disappointment until she walked away from the line. But, with tears welling up in her eyes, she finally shouts, “THIS STINKS!” You tell ‘em Sweetie.!" Local media quickly picked up the post and now the town is buzzing. The quadcitiestimes.com headlined: Not-so-Special ‘Special Needs Day’ |When the Fair director learned of the incidents, he quickly issued an apology. “We strive to make everybody happy, especially these kids." He added that the special needs guests who were turned away would be invited back Sunday from 10-11 a.m. to “enjoy the fair as it should be.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kevin Magee Exits Fox Business/News Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Kevin Magee, head of day-to-day operations at Fox Business Network since its inception and over operations at Fox News Radio, is departing, according to variety.com. He wrote: “I’m writing you today to tell you that I am leaving Fox Business and Fox News Radio. I’ve been thinking this over for a while now and it was a difficult decision to reach .. It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business. And, boy, did we have fun. And then there’s Roger Ailes who allowed me incredible opportunities over the last 13+ years first at FOX News, and later at both FOX Business and Fox News Radio. He has been so understanding over the last few weeks as I discussed my plans for the future with him. Thank you, Roger."
Jacobs Media Launches 'Innovation Friday'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Nearly 100 years since the first commercial radio station signed on, the radio industry continues to have a major impact on American culture due to constant innovation. The threats have been numerous - 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, the Internet, and today, new competition from pureplay competitors like satellite radio and Pandora, yet the radio industry continues to foster innovation as a key to its growth and survival. To champion and promote innovation in radio, consulting firm Jacobs Media announces today the creation of "Radio's Most Innovative" - a weekly award that will shine the spotlight on the people, teams, and brands who continue to keep the industry vibrant and vital. Honorees from commercial and public radio, as well as the U.S., Canada, and beyond will be showcased each "Innovation Friday" in the JacoBlog - Jacobs Media's daily perspective on the intersection of radio, media, and technology. In announcing the project, company President Fred Jacobs writes in its JacoBlog, "Innovation in radio knows no boundaries. It occurs in programming and promotion, but also in digital, mobile, social media, and even in the sales department. It can be a concept, a product, or even a new format. Innovation happens in the corner office, but also in the production studio and in other surprising parts of radio companies. We hope to receive submissions that champion innovators from all parts of the industry." READ FULL BLOG HERE.
ROBIN MARSHAL: 'That's Absolutely Me On The Cover'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Our good friend and cohort Al Peterson, publisher of ntsmediaonline.com, writes in a special feature: "you may not actually know Robin Marshall, you probably know her voice. Yeah ... that voice. The one behind those ads you’ve heard for Wal-Mart, Lexus, Best Western Hotels, Outback and many more clients. Or perhaps you heard her during her 20-year stint on the air in New York City, or as the imaging voice for numerous radio stations nationwide, as well as several nationally syndicated shows." But it wasn't her career he was examining in this special interview, it was her just released book: The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell The Kids. Marshall reveals some steamy details including what was real vs. fictional: PETERSON: You call the book, “pure faction” but you seem to be intimately familiar with your story’s lead character? How did you research the woman you call ‘Pandora.’ ROBIN: I’m not going to tell you what’s true and what isn’t, but I will tell you that a lot of it is true -- but then a lot of it isn’t. I can say that a tremendous amount of the family parts and the kid parts are true. As for the (s)ex, a lot of is -- well, it is what it is. AL: Will you at least admit to whether or not that’s you on the front cover? ROBYN: Yes, that’s absolutely me (see photo at left for proof). READ ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] Sioux Falls Host Walmart Ice Cream Melt Test Goes Viral
3,406,742 Views And Counting
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Proving again it's now how big the market, but how big the imagination, Dan Collins of KIKN 100.5 Sioux Falls, SD read about the woman in Cincinnati who told a TV station in mid-July that her son’s ice cream sandwich was left outside in 80-degree weather for 12 hours and didn’t melt. And number of other TV stations picked up on the story, but Dan decided to actually put it to the test. And what do you know? over an hour later it still hadn't melted even in 80º heat. For comparative purposes, he also laid another ice cream brand next to the Walmart sandwich. The other brand was in a puddle in about 30 minutes. A Walmart spokesman, Danit Marquardt said "It is “real ice cream”; it just has more cream. “Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches.” Walmart’s ice cream sandwiches contain the ingredients corn syrup, guar gum, carob bean gum and cellulose gum, which act as stabilizers to help the ice cream keep its shape. Of course, none of this is as important than Collin's simple melt test, as of this morning, had topped over 3,000,000 views - WATCH HERE
Fox Appeased By Host's Suspension, Restores Advertising On Entercom
Cleveland Newspaper Passes On Full Page LeBron James Ad By ESPN Host Dan Le Batard
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– As Miami Heat fans grapple with LeBron James return to Cleveland, ESPN host Dan Le Batard (inset) wanted to remind him and Cleveland which city he earned both of his championship rings. The Bleacher Report writes that cleveland.com's Evan MacDonald, representatives from The Dan Le Batard Show called the Northeast Ohio Media Group in hopes of taking out a full-page ad (mockup shown) in Cleveland's Plain Dealer, but his ad was "politely declined." Le Batard told his listeners that the ad was not meant to be mean-spirited. Rather, it was to poke fun at James and Cavaliers fans. One reason Le Batard wanted to run the advertisement is that James has never publicly thanked Heat fans for their support over the past four seasons. Reportedly, Le Batard was also attempting to run the ad in The Akron Beacon-Journal who also declined. And for those who want to plan now for the first face-off between the LeBron charged Cavaliers and Miami Heat, it's set for Christmas Day.
Journal And Scripts To Merge; Broadcast And Digital Now Under E.W. Scripps Brand
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications have reached an agreement to merge their broadcast operations and spin off their newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday. The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations. The newspaper company will be called Journal Media Group and combine Scripps' daily newspapers, community publications and related digital products in 13 markets with Journal Communications' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin community publications and affiliated digital products. That company, with about 3,600 employees, will be headquartered in Milwaukee. Journal currently owns and operates 35 radio stations in 11 states. "This transaction will create two solid media businesses that will continue to serve their communities with a commitment to integrity and excellence that has been built over many years," said Steven J. Smith, Chairman/CEO of Journal Communications. The Scripps and Journal Communications boards of directors have approved the stock-for-stock transactions, which are subject to customary regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal is expected to close in 2015.
Brother Of Richard Belzer Leaps To His Death From New York Building
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– On Wednesday, Len Belzer, brother of 'Law & Order's' Richard Belzer (below), was found dead in an Upper West Side building courtyard. The Daily News reports, "Belzer’s body was found at 6:45 a.m. in the courtyard of 250 W. 94th St., cops said. Visibly shaken building workers said they believe Belzer — who lived on the 11th floor — jumped from the roof of the 15-story high-rise called The Stanton (L)." Reportedly, Len Belzer had health issues and was also still grieving over the loss of his wife, Emily Squires, the first female director for Sesame Street, who died in 2012. He and Squires wrote a book called Spiritual Places In And Around New York City. He once hosted a radio program called the Comedy Hour. PHOTO/The Stanton - NBC
The NAB Brings Back Former Marconi Winners For Awards Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– In honor of the 25th anniversary of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, this year's celebration will feature five previous NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show hosts - Ron Chapman, "Big Boy," Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold and Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo. The hosts will serve as emcees and presenters throughout the evening. Sponsored by iBiquity Digital Corporation, the event will take place September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis. Also leading the festivities and serving as presenters will be NAB Radio Board Chair Don Benson of Lincoln Financial Media, Radio Show Steering Committee Chair and Cox Media Group's Kim Guthrie and NAB Joint Board Chair Charles Warfield of YMF Media LLC. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize stations and individuals for excellence in 21 categories. Winners are announced at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. As previously announced, country music artist Hunter Hayes will be the featured entertainment at the 25th Marconi Awards Dinner and Show.
MOTION: Reality Star 'Ice' Takes Nights At Live 95.5 Portland; Sid Kelly Heads To Mornings At At K-HITS Tulsa
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Alpha Media Portland, OR announced today ICE will join Live 95.5 (KBFF-FM) for nights (Weeknights M-F 7p-Mid). Originally hailing from the city of Detroit, Amanda 'ICE' Habrowski is now a proud resident of Portland. None other than Public Enemy's Flavor Flav coined her infamous 'ICE' moniker during a stint on VH1's 'Flavor of Love 3,' where, unfortunately, Ms. Habrowski did not find the love she was searching for. But everything turned out just fine, because it left her with a rad nickname and another VH1 appearance on 'I Love Money 2.' Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, 'Ice' is one of those rare personalities that captures your attention the moment you meet her, see her on camera or hear her open the mic. I am thrilled that she has chosen Portland as her new home. ################The former host of Toledo’s 92.5 KISS-FM’s “The Morning Rush” announced on his FB page that he's accepted the morning host job at KHITS in Tulsa,Oklahoma starting August 11,” he wrote. “While this opportunity is a dream come true, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I leave behind several friends I’ve made throughout the years here in Northwest Ohio.” Kelly will join the morning show at WHTT 106.9 K-HITS in Tulsa. In a station release, PD Jet Black wrote: “We’re very excited to get him started. August 11th can’t get here fast enough.” Kelly commented: “From the moment I walked the halls and saw the operation, I could tell it was the place I wanted to be,” Kelly said in the release. “One of the goals I’ve always had was to be able to build a morning show from the ground up and work with managers who have the knowledge and faith to trust in my abilities.”
[WATCH] Benztown, The Storm Report and Warner Bros. Team To Promote 'Into the Storm' Film
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Benztown announces that the award-winning radio weather service, The Storm Report, will partner with Warner Bros. Pictures to promote its upcoming feature film, New Line Cinema’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Into the Storm”, which opens Friday, August 8 in theaters nationwide. Through the integrated contextual marketing program, The Storm Report and Warner Bros. Pictures will send “Into the Storm” prize packages and movie passes to 50 of The Storm Report’s affiliate stations, which will then be able to offer sponsorships to local advertisers in their markets for local on-air and online contest giveaways of the prize packages and movie passes. Throughout next week, a radio spot promoting “Into the Storm” will be embedded in The Storm Report Minute, which airs daily on all 159 station affiliates of The Storm Report. The Storm Report and its syndicator, Benztown Radio, will execute a variety of social media activations and online promotions to raise awareness of "Into the Storm" and the promotional partnership. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Mix 94.7 Jay Style’s Continues 100 Mile Courage Walk For Wounded Warriors
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– As a follow-up to this week's story on Mix 94.7/Austin's Jay Styles Courage Walk, today he's hoping to reach the 80 mile mark on his 100 mile journey. Money raised is to help the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He walked his first 60 miles Monday through Wednesday and should complete his journey by Friday, August 1st in hopes of raising at least $20,000. As we previously posted, the $20K tag equals *** The cost to train 1 service dog is $20,000. *** The cost-per-case basis, the estimated two-year cost for each case of PTSD alone ranges from $5,900 to $10,300; for each case of major depression alone, from $15,460 to $25,760; and for each case of comorbid PTSD and major depression, from $12,430 to $16,890. Jay told us: “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me. I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans. I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country. If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”-Jay Styles, MIX 94.7 afternoon host.
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Former Radio 1 Host Dave Lee Travis To Face Retrial For (S)exual And Indecent Assault
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Travis was acquitted of 12 counts of indecent assault at London's Southwark Crown Court earlier this year. But jurors were unable to reach verdicts on one other charge of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s and one of sexual assault in mid to late 2008. Now the 69 year old will be retried for the charges, as well as one new count of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16. He has pleaded not guilty to the additional charge, which is alleged to have taken place on January 17, 1995.
Lily Allen copies Miley Cyrus with twerking and costumes during outlandish Sydney show hosted by Sophie Monk and Merrick Watts - There was music, marijuana leotards and twerking, but it wasn't a Miley Cyrus concert. On Saturday night, British singer, Lily Allen performed a Sydney show that shared many of the same elements found in Miley's controversial Bangerz Tour. The Surry Hills event was hosted by 2DayFM Breakfast's Sophie Monk and Merrick Watts. Lily will be opening for Miley during the US leg of her Bangerz world tour.
talkSPORT coming to South Africa - UTV, the owners of one of Britain’s two commercial talk station is expanding internationally with the launch of talkSPORT 540 – a new AM station licensed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. talkSPORT 540 is a joint venture with four partners and will be South Africa’s first 24-hour sports radio station covering a potential audience of eight million people. It will broadcast to Gauteng province and the commercial and administrative hubs of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The consortium comprises five joint venture partners each holding 20% equity in the new station. The four other partners are all South African, including former manager of the South African national football team Jomo Sono, and Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Chief Operating Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee. talkSPORT International broadcasts live Barclays Premier League commentary in 8 languages to 24 countries around the world and the station says this new licence will further strengthen talkSPORT’s growing international appeal.
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Abnormal Heartbeat Lands The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler In The Hospital
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 - Get well wishes are in order for Jeff Dauler, co-host and executive producer of the syndicated Bert Show who landed in the hospital following what's reportedly an irregular heartbeat. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports the condition known as “atrial fibrillation' is an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Signs include dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes, and sometimes procedures such as cardioversion, ablation, pacemakers, or surgery.” Dauler tweeted that it looks like he'll spend some time in the hospital' (right). One of Dauler's Facebook followers wrote: "It happens more often than you would think. And you can still have a fantastic life. The biggest mistake people make after things like this is being afraid of doing anything that will get your heart rate up, like exercise. It will take some time but you can do it.” Jockline Daily reached out to Dauler and will post an update as soon as we received. Dauler joined The Bert Show in 2001 and now the show is heard on over 25 stations nationwide. Send Jeff your best wishes HERE
[WATCH] Stephen A. Smith Issues Apology Over Domestic Violence Comments; Sits Out ESPN Appearances For A Week
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– ESPN announced on Tuesday that Stephen A. Smith will sit out a week on "First Take" or ESPN Radio. This comes a day after Smith publicly apologized on ESPN2's 'First Take" for his domestic violence comments where he expressed that victims of domestic violence need to be mindful of the "elements of provocation" when dealing with abusers, and the subsequent televised apology were made during episodes of ESPN2's "First Take" debate program. His comments were made last Friday while discussing the NFL's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following a domestic violence arrest during the off season. In his apology, he described his comments as "the most egregious mistake of my career." He added: "I ventured beyond the scope of our discussion by alluding to a woman's role in such heinous matters, going so far as to use the word "provoke" in my diatribe. My words came across that it is somehow a woman's fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I'm trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders. To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious. To apologize to say I'm sorry, doesn't do the matter it's proper justice, to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize." “ESPN followed Smith's apology by posting that Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for a week, but return to ESPN next Wednesday. The word 'suspension' was not used in the statement. Co-host Cari Champion also shared her thoughts on the matter following Smith's apology. CLICK HERE WATCH
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike O'Connor Rises To EVP At NuVoodoo
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announced that it has promoted radio programming and media marketing specialist, Mike O’Connor to Executive Vice President of Marketing. O’Connor, a co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services, was previously Vice President of Marketing. He heads the company’s marketing services for radio stations, and created NuVoodoo’s groundbreaking Social TV product with NuVoodoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Gilbert. O’Connor previously served as SVP, Innovations for Tribune Interactive. Prior to that, he was Brand Manager and Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Radio and was Vice President, Interactive for Clear Channel Creative Services. O’Connor programmed CHR, Classic Rock, Triple A, Sport, News/Talk and Alternative radio stations across a 20-year period that took him to markets including Albuquerque, Boston, Atlanta and Denver. "For close to three decades, I’ve locked arms with Carolyn Gilbert, Leigh Jacobs and my other longtime Jacor/Clear Channel/NuVoodoo partners with one mission in mind: find survey-friendly format fans and direct listening in our client stations’ favor,' said O'Connor.
D.C.'s 107.3's Marco Named Cumulus' CBOS Star of the Week" For Social Media Effort
MOTION: Nikki Landry Takes PD Reigns At WUMY-FM Memphis
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– After two years at CHR Star 105 Toledo, PD Nikki Landry now headed to WUMY/105.5 Big Country Memphis. She tells Jockline Daily: I'm so excited to be back in country music, for me that's home. I'm looking forward to joining the Memphis team. This is an opportunity that I've been waiting for my whole career. And I'm so excited that my dream is coming true." This week she teased on Facebook that she has a new set of tires, a fresh oil change, was workin' on her twang and thinkin' about how much she loves BBQ." That final word may have been the tip off. Landry follows Rik McNeil. She'll also take over afternoons on the air.
The Bobby Bones Show #50KWITHJASONA Challenge Raises More Than $60,000 For Susan G. Komen
Benztown Inks Partnership With Online Radio Platform Radionomy Inbox
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– Benztown announces that it has entered into a promotional partnership with Radionomy, a groundbreaking online radio platform. The partnership includes: the creation of a dedicated Benztown online radio station www.benztown.com/radionomy, promotional packages, and select Benztown imaging offerings and educational webinars to be made available to Radionomy broadcasters. Radionomy and Benztown will also offer the thousands of radio stations on the Radionomy platform discounts and special customization packages. The first Radionomy webinar featuring Benztown’s imaging expertise will be presented today from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern bit.ly/1rzRndD. The webinar will feature Justin Case, Vice President of Programming for Benztown, who will share best practices for creating a compelling radio brand through expert imaging.
SYNDICATION: Zack Sang & Gang Picks Up New Affiliates; Clairissa Jenkins' 'Phone Checks' Welcomes Z95 Corpus Christi
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– WYM's Zach Sang and The Gang Weekday Show just picked up a couple handfuls of new affiliates including WWHX FM Bloomington, IL, WCIR FM Buckley, WV, WILN FM Panama City, FL, WQQB FM Rantoul/Champaign, IL, WLFX FM Berea/Richmond, KY, WFIZ FM, Ithaca NY, KRAJ FM Lancaster, CA, WGLX FM, Hanover, NH, KHIC FM Keno OR and WDOD FM Chattanooga, TN for the weekend show. Reach out to Liz Laud if you are interested in joining the party at email@example.com or 310-234-9753. ######## Envision Networks® is proud to welcome Malkan Broadcasting’s KZFM-FM/Corpus Christi, TX as the newest affiliate of Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks™, the daily prank phone call for radio stations’ use on-air, online and on demand. With the sassy Clairissa Jenkins wreaking telephonic havoc on Z95 listeners, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Entertainment Network.“We are glad to add Clairissa to an already dominant morning show,” said Gino Flores, Program Director of KZFM-FM. “With Clairissa on the team, it's a wrap! Nobody's touching us! Gino's Neighborhood just had a new resident move in and she gon' be here awhile! (Singing) Clairissa Jenkins!” Stations interested should contact Hannah Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-831-3761.
Saga Norfolk Looking For Production/Imaging Director
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– FM99 WNOR, 106.9 The Fox, and 1230 WJOI - is looking for a full-time
Ryan Seacrest & Ellen K To Now Air On Heat Radio UK
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Now you can add the UK to Ryan Seacrest's ever bulging resume. According to musicweek.com he was just signed by Heat Radio to host On Air With Ryan Seacrest, a daily afternoon show featuring A-list guests. Joining Seacrest each afternoon on Heat Radio will be his KIIS co-host, Ellen K. Ric Blaxill, Heat music and content director added: “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall of a conversation with an A-listers, then this show is going to be un-missable.”Ryan Seacrest said: “It’s a privilege to bring On Air With Ryan Seacrest to listeners in the UK. Heat is an amazing multi-platform entertainment brand and I think it will be a perfect match for our program. Thanks to everyone at heat - I can’t wait to bring our program across the pond!” On Air with Ryan Seacrest launches August 4 and will be on-air weekdays from 1-4pm.
Dennis Clark Inks Long-Term With Clear Channel As VP/Talent Development
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Names Maynard Senior Vice President of Programming
[WATCH] Bob Rivers Announcement Draws Live TV Coverage
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily broke news of 95.7 KJR Bob River's surprise announcement yesterday, KING 5 TV Seattle'S Mimi Jung (below) was there in the studio to cover the story on live TV. As reported, Rivers said his last day will be next Friday, August 8, which is 25 years to the day he started his show. After nearly blowing the calls, Rivers said, “I was waiting, waiting, waiting for when would the time be right and I said, ‘I’ve got to outlast Jean Enersen. Enersen retired as KING 5 News anchor last month. Rivers said he's done morning drive for 33 years, three years longer than Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show. “The moment I got here, it was God’s country. The most beautiful, beautiful land in the world. Mountains. Hiking. The people -- a little passive-aggressive at first, but once you got past that -- warm, loving, embraceable. And over the last 25 years, I got to meet and work with the most incredible people in radio, out of radio, musicians, friends,” said Rivers. He added that he is about to become a grandfather. “I want to have time with my family, I want to have time with my friends. I want to study music,” said Rivers. “I did want to retire before I got stale, but that was 20 years ago.” Rivers said he will continue doing his popular Twisted Tunes. “My wife thinks that this thing will blow over in a week.” Rivers joked. WATCH HERE
iHeartradio Expands Its Hispanic Network With Addition Of Mexico's Grupo ACIR Stations To Its Streaming Service
Host Walking 100 Miles To Raise Funds For Wounded Warrior Project
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Yesterday, Mix 94.7’s Jay Styles started his journey on the Courage Walk to help raise money for Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Styles walked his first 20 miles yesterday from Camp Mabry to Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Park. He will continue with another 20 miles today and every weekday through Friday, August 1st to raise money. That will be a total of 100 miles with a goal of raising $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Jay will ask listeners to show support to our troops and soldiers by logging onto mix947.com and make a donation in hopes of raising at least $20,000! Why a goal of $20,000? The cost to train 1 service dog is $20,000. *** The cost-per-case basis, the estimated two-year cost for each case of PTSD alone ranges from $5,900 to $10,300; for each case of major depression alone, from $15,460 to $25,760; and for each case of comorbid PTSD and major depression, from $12,430 to $16,890. “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me. I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans. I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country. If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”-Jay Styles, MIX 94.7 afternoon host.
Cumulus Youngstown Earns President’s Cup Award For Best 2nd Quarter Performance Across 90 Radio Markets
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has awarded its highly coveted President’s Cup to Cumulus’ eight-station group in Youngstown, OH, in recognition for the stations’ achieving best overall performance for the second quarter of 2014 across all 90 Cumulus radio markets. Each quarter, the highest-performing Cumulus market is honored with the traveling President’s Cup trophy, along with a cash prize of $10,000 that is distributed across the stations’ staff. Cumulus Youngstown comprises: K105, Hot 101, News/Talk790, WSOM News/Talk600, Y103, Rock 104, and SPORTSRADIO1240AM/96.7 FM. Rick Parrish, Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Youngstown said: “I am very proud of the success our Youngstown sales team, programming team and support staff have achieved with our eight radio stations that serve northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our team set the goal to bring the Cumulus President’s Cup to Youngstown, and through hustle and hard work, we did it!” Jon Pinch, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus said: “The team in Youngtown has performed at record levels this year and is well deserving of this award. To win the President’s Cup requires contribution from every person at every level in the cluster. Congratulations, Cumulus Youngtown!”
Boy Battling Inoperable Cancer Turns 6 With Over 100,000' Birthday Cards
[LISTEN] Radio Bound Erika Ganong Has A Story To Tell
By Don Anthony
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Dan Vallie's highly acclaimed Radio Talent Institute wraps up tomorrow at WKU in Bowling Green, KY. Last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking before this amazing group of college students who are gearing up for a future in radio. Among the attendees was Erika Ganong (L), now a senior at the University of Louisville. During my presentation, I encouraged audience members not to just entertain listeners, but be able to MOVE them as well. As it turned out, Erika's story moved me and others. She deals with a condition called ET (Essential Tremors) which can cause any part of her body to shake and also affects her vocal chords. She tells Jockline Daily 'Over 10 million people in the United States have this movement disorder. I was diagnosed with ET when I was 13. I am now 21. I am looking to get into the broadcasting or production industry. I now work with the Radio Disney Road Crew in Indianapolis. I always had a passion to learn about my condition I bought books, I researched, I sought out support; and that was when I hit a wall. There was no support in my area or anywhere near my city; I found it hard to believe that I could be the only one. I eventually began my own support group and it has slowly but surely begun to grow. This is not just a physical condition; it is a mental, emotional and psychological one. I truly have a passion to spread the word and raise awareness about Essential Tremors. When I interned on Lousiville's 102.3 The Max with the Lambert & Lindsey Morning Show, I was able to tell our listeners about ET on air in one of their segments. George Lindsay (whose show broadcast live during the event - photo) says 'She has tons of personality and honestly, her condition was NOT an issue on the show ...she was just INTERN SPROCKET (cause she doesn't know how to ride a bike). They also ran PSA's for her meetings to help people that also suffer from tremors. Erika would love to spread the word on this condition with your listeners. If you would like more information about Essential Tremors or her own experience and challenges, email her at email@example.com or give a call at 502-291-3676. I know she would love to hear from you and I promise her story and positive thinking will prove inspirational to both you and your listeners. Listen to her explain ET on The Lindsay & Lambert Show HERE
PHOTO OPS: Country Stars Cover For Lon Helton' Country Countdown; ABC's Jason Nathanson Covers Comic Con
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– This week, Country Countdown USA's regular host Lon Helton is being replaced by a trio of country stars--Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, and Cole Swindel (upper right)l. They're on the road now with Luke's 'That's My Kind of Night Tour'. The trio shared backstage stories from the tour as they counted down the week's Top 30 country songs. Lon returns to Westwood One’s CCUSA next week with co-host Brad Paisley. PHOTO/ Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and headliner Luke Bryan #########Meannwhile, ABC News Radio Entertainment correspondent JASON NATHANSON caught up with some of those attending this year's Comic-con in San Diego.
SHOCKER: Bob Rivers Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– One of radio's most beloved and respected personalities, Bob Rivers, shocked listeners this morning by announcing his retirement. Rivers got his start over 33 years ago as a host in Connecticut and later moved to WAAF in Worcester where he spent 6 years as part of the Bob and Zip morning show with fellow on air personality Peter "Zip" Zipfel. During his stint with WAAF, Rivers started producing parody and novelty songs, both for the station and the "American Comedy Network." In 1987, Rivers released his highly acclaimed Twisted Christmas, which contained the Christmas music radio hit Twelve Pains of Christmas, a parody of the holiday standard The Twelve Days of Christmas. Twisted Christmas was certified a gold record. In '88 he moved to 98 Rock" Baltimore and garnered national attention for an 11-day, on-the-air marathon during a Baltimore Orioles losing streak. He vowed to remain on the air until the Orioles won a game. He kept his vow and became a local celebrity among Orioles fans for his pledge. in '89 he moved to KISW-FM in Seattle - to KZOK in 2001 and then to his current home on KJR-FM 95.7 FM. The cast includes Spike O'Neill, Joel "Downtown Joe" Bryant, newswoman Jodi Brothers, director Arik Korman, and producers Luciana Bosio and Pedro Bartes. As for the show's future, no details as of yet. However, his last day on the air will be August 8th; he'll continue his band with Spike and the Impalers and Heart By Heart, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier, founding bassist and drummer of Heart.
Fox Pulls Ads From Entercom; Host Gets Pulled Off Show For A Week
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Looks like WEEI/Boston's Kirk Minihane's second round of vitriol against FOX Sport's reporter Erin Andrews last Wednesday was enough for Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to pull the plug on all Fox advertising on Entercom last Friday. According to boston.com, he informed Entercom President/CEO David Field that all Fox advertising would be pulled and no Fox Sports personalities would be permitted to be guests on WEEI. “The comments made by Mr. Minihane were boorish and sexist,’’ wrote Shanks. “Further, the ‘apology’ made by Mr. Minihane was juvenile and insincere. To make matters worse, the ‘apology’ was posted under a banner (allegedly approved by your Boston VP and Market Manager, Phil Zachary) hailing ‘The Triumphant Return of Kirk Minihane.’ “I had hoped by this time we might hear a sincere apology from WEEI, or perhaps someone from your office might have reached out to Fox (which through our film and television businesses is a significant advertiser on Entercom stations), however, none of that has been forthcoming, and needless to say we are disappointed.” According to The Boston Globe, about two hours after Shank's letter to Field, Minihane’s suspension was announced. “Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable. It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards," said David Field. A Fox Sports spokesman said it is uncertain how much the network spends nationally in advertising on Entercom stations. Entercom owns more than 100 stations in 23 markets. Minihane's first came under fire on July 15 after calling out Andrews for her interview with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright at the All-Star game, calling her a “gutless b***h” who should “drop dead.”
Kerri Kasem Says My Dad Is Not Missing; Jean Dumped By Her Lawyers
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– In a story that has long since crossed the bizarre threshold, here's yet another twist: According to komonews.com, lawyers of Los Angeles-based firm Haney & Young are asking the court to relieve them as her counsel as soon as possible for Casey's widow Jean (shown right). According to legal documents filed in Casey's conservatorship obtained by TMZ.com, the lawyers claim 'Jean does not respond to any of their correspondence, including email and phone. In addition, the papers state Jean has amounted $500,000 in unpaid fees for her various legal battles, and if she does not settle the balance, the money will allegedly come out of Casey's estate.' Meanwhile, in response to recent news (see Jockline 7/21) that Kasem's body was removed from a mortuary in Washington state and flown to Montreal, Canada, Kerri Kasem posted on her Facebook page (along with family photo - left): "Let me clear a few things up. First of all, my Dad is not "missing," Jean Kasem knows exactly where he is and she is HIDING him from his friends and family. My Dad, my brother, my sister and myself ALL believe that YOU are not the body. In other words, you are a spirit/soul inhabiting a body so when my Dad died he left his body. You can't take your body to Heaven with you! We got to spend the last 15 days of my father's life with him and THAT is what mattered. Do I wish that Jean would bury him here at Forest Lawn? YES, but we fought the good fight and WON that fight. This is not my fight. We will find out where my Dad is buried when the law that I am working on passes. There is a provision in the "Visitation Bill" AB2034 that states the conservator/guardian must notify the immediate family when the ailing parent is in the hospital, upon death and where they are buried. Jean Kasem will be court ordered to tell us where our Dad is. If my father is buried in Montreal, Canada a place my Dad has NO connection to, it just further proves that even in death as in life, Jean has tried to keep us away from our father. No matter what she does now… DAD IS ALWAYS WITH US."
WLS-FM Gets The Diamond Touch All This Week
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Longtime WRQX-FM DC host, Jack Diamond, will join WLS-FM morning host Brant Miller (L) all this week on-air according to robertfeder.com. Diamond, of course, is no stranger to Jan Jeffries, senior vice president corporate/programming for Cumulus Media and program director of WLS FM. The two worked together at both WRQX and WQXI FM in Atlanta. Jeffries told Feder “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week,” he said. As Jockline previously reported, WLS FM came close to hiring Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn, aka Eddie & Jobo, but the plan fell through when Colborn turned down a 2½-year deal worth a reported $1.2 million. In addition to his morning show, Brant Miller is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, has been doubling as morning host on WLS FM since October 2012. Brant will join next week's lineup at MSBC26, where he'll serve on the "Looking Your Best On Camera" panel which offers tips and techniques to radio talent who are finding themselves in front of the camera and on video more frequently.
MOTION: Stephen A. Smith Headed To SiriusXM's 'Mad Dog' Channel; Michel Wright Takes Middays At Majic 102.3 DC; Radio';Marconi Joins As Co-Host For 101.9 KINK
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– ########### Longtime DC radio host Michel Wright will be the new midday host on Radio One's WMMJ/Majic 102.3. Wright arrives from Howard University's WHUR, 96.3, where she hosted weekends and filled-in on the afternoon show. Past stints have included Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM and BET. ########## Stephen A. Smith is reportedly headed to Chris (Mad Dog) Russo’s SiriusXM's channel from ESPNS 98.7 FM according to nydailynews.com. Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo caused a stir when he said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.” It appears the search is over. Smith will reportedly host his own show. Sources say there is no consideration of pairing Smith with Russo. ########101.9 KINK (KINK-FM) announced that Marconi Bologna (L) will join Shelia Hamilton as the new co-host on the KINK morning show weekdays from 5:00am-10:00am. The new show starts August 11th and will be called “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” “I've worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost 4 years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station,” stated Marconi.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Maynard Names CCM+E As SVP Programming
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Maynard will join the company as Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms. Maynard will join Clear Channel from Hubbard Radio in Seattle where since 2007 he served as Operations Manager and Program Director. Under his leadership, Hubbard's stations in Seattle were highly successful with KQMV rising to No. 1 ratings in the market. Maynard is one of the most highly regarded Program Directors in the industry, with prior roles in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. "Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel's strategy so we're constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds,'' said Tom Poleman. "Maynard has an outstanding track record and he'll be a great addition to our brain trust." "Maynard's programming expertise and knowledge of the industry has made him one of the most successful and respected programmers in radio he has been on our 'wish-list' for a long time," said Hunnicutt. "Maynard's return to Clear Channel further demonstrates our ability to attract the greatest minds and programmers in the business."
[WATCH] Kidd Kraddick's Daughter Co-Writes Song For Him
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Before his untimely death last July 27th, Kidd Kraddick often shared news that his daughter Caroline was a singer, studied musical theater at Oklahoma City University and that she sang at last year’s public memorial for Kraddick in Dallas. According to the star-telegram.com, Caroline (who spells her last name Cradick) of Fort Worth, is getting ready to move to Nashville to pursue her music career, but one of her music projects is very personal. “I just wrote a song for my dad that I’m actually going to play for radio people at a dinner on Saturday (27th),” she said. “I’m excited about that. We’re still wrapping it up, but once it’s done, the proceeds will go to Kidd’s Kids.” (After her father died, Cradick took over the Kraddick Foundation, which includes Kidd’s Kids, the charity Kraddick founded for terminally and chronically ill children and their families). Cradick co-wrote the song, 'Just Love,' with Nashville-based songwriter Chris Roberts and Lindsay Lawler, a singer-songwriter friend who’s a former Kidd Kraddick in the Morning intern. The song, which is not yet available for download, features Roberts on vocals and piano in a simple arrangement that also includes Mark Evitts on strings. It begins: “Life — they say it’s all about the things that you leave behind/I know you wish you had a little more time/Just a little more time to sing your songs.”
Channel 933's Geena The Latina Show Invades Comic Con
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– As you may have heard, San Diego was once again PACKED with people and celebs for Comic Con. And that included a number of radio peeps, as well. There to give Jockline Daily a glimpse was Geena The Latina, morning co host at Channel 933. She tells Jockline Daily: "Downtown was seriously mayhem! From free zip lining through "Gotham City" to experiencing a real life zombie walk to eating free pizza courtesy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to enjoying free drinks at the "Nerd Headquarters." There was plenty to do even if you DIDN'T have tickets into the actual Con. Hotels were sold out and Uber rides were charging 3x the normal fee yet this didn't stop people from showing up in the thousands. Hollywood invaded San Diego making it difficult for locals to enjoy their regular favorite hangout. The annual Playboy party was "THE" party to get into on Friday night and the huge Entertainment Weekly party at the Hard Rock hotel was the safe haven for celebs on Saturday night. Celebs like Megan Fox, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Nina Dobrev, Peter Jackson, the cast of Sons of Anarchy and True Blood, Jack Black, Emma Roberts, and TONS more enjoyed exploring everything the Con had to offer. We sent out our man on the streets "Intern Dallis" (shown above) out with the Channel 933 van dressed up as Batman to report live every morning from the line at the Con. He talked to the first person in line as well as delivered doughnuts to the line of people camped out overnight. Producer Chris hung out at the MTV Fandom Awards at Petco Park where Linken Park performed. Assistant producer Alicia was also out at the Con Saturday dressed as Batman to protect San Diego. And I also did some Comic-Con watching myself both Friday and Saturday night and boy was it interesting to say the least. I was also to sneak myself into the Playboy party Friday night and hung out with some WWE wrestlers Saturday night. Aww the joys of being a girl." PHOTO/Geena with her friend Tracy Szymanski at the Playboy Bates Motel Party - Geena joins MSBC26's 'morningmatch.com' session in Chicago beginning next week.
REPORT: Apple Set To Buy Pandora-For-Talk-Radio App, Swell
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Looks like Apple wants more talk. According to recode.com, they're close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources. Reportedly, the deal is worth about $30 million, sources say. The Swell acquisition comes on the heels of Apple's latest pickup of Beats, which came with a $3 billion price tag. As part of the deal, the Swell app is to be shut down this week. Apple already has its own in-house podcast app, but it hasn't fared well with users getting 1.5 out of 5 stars in the Apple App Store. Swell had been beta-testing an Android app, but never released it to the public.
MIKE KASEM: Jean Is Bat S*** Crazy
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily reported earlier this week, sources confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada.
[WATCH] Sarah, Ty & Mel Head To Mornings At DC's 107.3
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily shamelessly teased yesterday, Sarah Fraser (bottom right) will now officially be joining with Former 92.3 New York's Ty Bentli (center) and Mel G (left) for mornings on 107.3 WRQX-FM Wash. D.C. The show marks the return of the popular Fraser to the DMV. The former co-host of WIHT’s “The Kane Show” for six years, Fraser spent the past year in New York City pursuing television opportunities while staying connected to the area as a contributor to Fox 5’s “Good Day DC.” Bentli is also a familiar voice in the DMV, where he was heard on WMZQ in DC and WPOC in Baltimore from 2010 to 2012. His career in radio spans from coast to coast, reaching top-rated shows in the afternoon on Chicago’s KISS-FM and then Los Angeles’ KBIG-FM. Bentli most recently succeeded Nick Cannon as Morning Drive-time host of “Ty Loves NY” on CBS’ Mainstream flagship 92.3 NOW-FM in New York City. The show will also feature another familiar voice: that of Melanie Glazener, another former co-host on “The Kane Show.” Glazener’s radio resume also includes five years on Tampa’s WILD 94.1. Glazener will be moving from Tampa to DC to join the show. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming, Cumulus said: “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings." Actually, if you paid closer attention to Sarah's teaser video from yesterday you would have noticed a few of the slides showing both Ty and Mel (above frame). Then there was Ty's tweet posting: "I'm told I have to set an early alarm again..." WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE (shown in bottom photo)
Ryan Seacrest To Host 'Fashion Rocks' Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– As if he needed another gig, media behemoth, Ryan Seacrest has been tapped to host CBS-TV's Fashion Rocks 2014 special." Richard Beckman, Executive Producer for Fashion Rocks said: "Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before." The star-studded charity event is returning to air on CBS for the first time since 2008. The concert special will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., during September's Fashion Week. Ryan Seacrest is on board as this year's host and he added: "I'm always excited to be a part of live events, and Fashion Rocks combines three of my favorite things -- music, fashion and New York City," he said in a release. Entertainment includes Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Duran Duran, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, The Band Perry, Nico & Vinz, Ria Ora and Pitbull. Fashion Rocks will air Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Toucher & Rich Weigh In On Erin Andrews Kerfuffle
THEMOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Ever since news of WEEI Boston host, Kirk Minihane's infamous 'gutless b***h' comment, Toucher and Rich of crosstown 98.5 The Sports Hubhave been inundated with requests on their take over the controversy. According the boston.com, they said in fairness they wanted to hear the actual audio first. After listening along with the apology, they told the outlet they were amazed with what they heard: "The guys across the street admitted to being actors and playing different roles on their show. What? That’s not the point of radio. You don’t need to act." The station chose not to suspend him and after returning this week, he once again apologized and continued to express regret for using that term, BUT then added:“ “I will say this. I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart, I don’t think she comes across as very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good-looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins."
MOTION: Denise Plante Inks 3 1/2 Year Extension With KOSI Denver; Dana McKay Takes Nights At 94.7 Fresh FM Wash. DC;
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Denise Plante has just signed a 3.5 yr deal to stay with Entercom/KOSI in Denver. She tells Jockline Daily: "Entercom is an amazing company and I'm very happy to continue my career here in Denver. I'm also continuing to host Colorado and Company on KUSA/NBC 9 News (Gannett) daily. We are celebrating our 10 yr anniversary in Sept. (tv show) ########### Dana McKay is headed to nights at 94-7 Fresh FM Wash. DC, beginning August 4. McKay most recently worked at CBS' Play 98.7/Tampa. ########### WQHK/K105 Fort Wayne, IN has added Aricka McCauley to middays. She arrives from U93/South Bend. She follows Heather Cruise who moved to Los Angeles earlier this year.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WQHT New York Appoints Jay Dixon As PD; Allison Mandara Exits CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Hot 97 New York has appointed Jay Dixon (R) as Program Director. He had served as its interim PD after Ebro Darden vacated the post in March to focus on his morning show. Dixon previously served as PD for WRKS-FM Prior to Kiss. He was also Cox Media Group's National Urban Format Coordinator until the position was eliminated, "Jay's extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT," said General Manager Deon Levingston. "Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the HOT 97 platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence HOT 97 has in Hip Hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family." "I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I'd like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. ###### We received bittersweet news yesterday from CBS Allison Mandara. She told Jockline Daily that "after seven wonderful years with CBS RADIO, tomorrow will be my last day with the Company. Thank you for all your coverage and support over the years, and please stay in touch. Allison will be moving to Sony Electronics’ NJ headquarters to do PR and Social Media for their B2B products.
'On Being's Krista Tippett to Receive National Humanities Medal From President Obama
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Krista Tippett, creator and host of the public radio show “On Being,” will be honored Monday with the 2013 National Humanities Medal. Tippett will receive the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony, along with nine other Americans, according to the startribune.com In announcing the award, the White House cited Tippett’s achievements in “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of all faiths, no faith, and every background to join the conversation.” "On Being" is heard on more than 330 U.S. public radio stations and globally by podcast. “I am so honored by this recognition,” Tippett said. “It's an affirmation of the vision behind our project of the past 10 years, that it should be possible to create intelligent, robust conversation about meaning and morality, across our divides -- to open imaginations and possibilities rather than shutting them down." The show started at Minnesota Public Radio, but spun off into an independent nonprofit production company last year, with its own 4,000-square-foot studio/live event space on Loring Park in Minneapolis.
iHeart Radio Listeners Pick DeGeneres As Funniest Woman In America
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Ellen DeGeneres topped the list of funniest women in America, beating out Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy, who came in second and third. Kristen Wiig surprisingly came in last with only 4% of votes. You might recall that Ellen was crowned the “most likeable woman in Hollywood” in 2013 by iHeartRadio listeners, beating out Jennifer Lawrence at the time. And despite the current obsession with Frozen’s “Let it Go,” listeners apparently appreciate the classics, voting Mary Poppins’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” the best Disney song of all time. The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” came in second and third, with “Let It Go” taking fourth. Listeners also said that Beyoncé has the best summer body in the music business. Lil Wayne came in dead last with just over 1% of the vote. Others named in funniest list included Chelsea Handler 6.20% - Sarah Silverman 6.04% - Amy Schumer 5.39% and Amy Poehler 5.31%. As for summer bodies, Jake Owen drew 9.56% and Miley Cyrus 7.32%
[WATCH] The Tommy Show Takes A 'Fresh' Look At 50 Shades
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– The Tommy Show at DC's 94.7 Fresh FM like the rest of America was eagerly awaiting the trailer to 50 Shades of Grey to hit, fueling anticipation was the opportunity to do a spoof of the movie. The show's co-host Kelly Collis was an early adapter reading the book series before it was even published…reading the erotica novel online when it was only e-book. Given her fascination she is casted in the spoof as Christian Grey and Tommy as Anastasia and the third member of the show plays Jen Richer plays, well…you'll see. WATCH HERE
[LISTEN] Erin Andrews Ripped Again By WEEI Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Kirk Minihane (inset) returned to WEEI/Boston's morning show yesterday and wasted little time in stirring things up again following last week's infamous 'gutless b***h' comment. According to boston.com, he continued to express regret for using that term, BUT then added:“ “I will say this. I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart, I don’t think she comes across as very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good-looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins. That’s what I believe.” As Jockline Daily reported, Minihane was not suspended for his original comments last week and said in a statement: “My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them,” Minihane said in a statement. “To all whom I offended—particularly Ms. Andrews—I apologize.” This comment stemmed from her MLB all-star interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright regarding a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter. Andrews, more or less, gave Wainwright a pass closing with “Well, we appreciate you clearing that up. Don’t you love social media?” Minihane took to the airwaves the next morning by saying “What a b***h. I hate her. What a gutless b****h. Seriously, go away. Drop dead. Meanwhile, Andrews has yet to comment but her publicist, Lewis Kay (not the late Norman Fell as shown) , took to Twitter and blasted Minihane with the above posting. LISTEN TO LATEST AUDIO HERE
Andy Dean Steps Down As Host Of Premiere's 'America's Now'
Details Of New Host Announced After Labor Day
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Premiere Networks announced that Andy Dean (shown here during recent guest appearance on Bill Maher's 'Real Time) has decided to step down as host of 'America Now' on August 8, 2014. Dean will focus on some exciting projects in the works. Details regarding a new host for the popular News/Talk program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags (R), host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated 'The Weekend,' as well as The Joe Pags Show on WOAI-AM/San Antonio, KPRC-AM/Houston, KHOW-AM/Denver and KEX-AM/Portland, will serve as guest host of America Now beginning Monday, August 11. Dean stated, “Julie Talbott and Premiere Networks have been wonderful to me, and I am extremely grateful. I have to step down to run my technology company full-time. I started ConnectPal.com to help radio stations and hosts make more money, and the company has grown so fast, it is now expanding to all content creators. Talbott stated, “Andy is a tremendous talent and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past three years with America Now. We wish him all the best as he starts this new chapter of his career.” Dean joined Premiere Networks for the launch of America Now in August 2011. Today, the program featuring discussion on the news and information that matters most to the daily lives of Americans reaches 130 affiliates nationwide. Dean can be reached directly via his personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] Sarah Fraser To Make An Announcement This Week
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Another day, another teaser video announcement. This time it's former 99.5 Wash. DC's Sarah Fraser (shown) who, like last weekend's KVJ Show's video tease, has launched her own suggesting a return to DC's airwaves. According to dcrtv.com, 'someone who knows' said it was filmed at Cumulus' WRQX-FM. Jockline Daily also hears that her announcement could be followed with news of a certain popular co-host with tracks in NY, Chicago & LA to join with her in mornings. Hmmmmm. Look for more news on this shortly.
Ray Charles' Daughter Joins With Team Of Professionals In Launch Of Women's Radio Network Online
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– WRNW1, has launched their online radio network. It works as a support system for women through their everyday challenges, being comforted that they are not alone. Robyn LaJoya Charles, daughter of legendary singer and artist, Ray Charles, made her debut on the WRNW1. Other world renowned professionals are joining as hosts. They include, but are not limited to, KC Armstrong, Dr. Joyce Buchner, Lisa Singer, and DJ Blondrea. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon EST, tune in with Lisa Singer. Lisa interviews with professional and executives from all over the world. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Lisa is an award-winning journalist, in which she interviews Hollywood stars on A&E, E!, Hollywood Heat, Home Shopping Network, Court TV and of course the red carpet. Following Lisa is a gentleman who was made famous by the Howard Stern Show, KC Armstrong. Catch KC on WRNW1, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. As a licensed psychologist, university professor, author and media personality, Dr. Joyce Buckner is known as a famous spokesperson by multiple guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The Joyce Buckner show is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Last, but not least; you can check out DJ Blondrea, spinning the hottest mixes of music where she is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting at 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. EST; helping to unwind and get settle in for the weekend. Visit http://www.wrnw1.com for additional information.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jake McCann Tapped As VP/Sales For WRQX/WMAL Washington
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that it has appointed Jake McCann as Vice President, Sales for WRQX and WMAL in Washington, DC. McCann is the former Director of Sales for Greater Media stations WRIF, WCSX and Sports 105.1 in Detroit. Prior to that, Jake spent seven years in Philadelphia as the General Sales Manager for 97.5 Fanatic, Philly’s first FM Sports station. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President, Cumulus said: “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington. He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter. Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable." McCann said: "I'm excited to join the Cumulus Media team. I'm looking forward to being a part of a company that is growing and shaping the next generation of radio broadcasting. While meeting with the leadership team of Lew Dickey, Jon Pinch and Gary Pizzati, I was impressed by their passion and vision for the future of our industry. I’m honored to lead WMAL and WRQX, two powerful stations in one of the most important and influential markets in the country." McCann’s appointment is effective immediately
[WATCH] A Year Later, Kraddick's Show Lives On
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– If you have a few moments, please take time to read this expansive piece by The Dallas News' Alan Peppard on The Kidd Kraddick Show, a year later. For the first time, you'll get never before revealed insight into Kidd Kraddick's final moments as shared by those by his side when he died last July 27th. Peppard, in a piece that took a year to compose, catches up with Mack, Kellie Rasberry, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens (shown) and discusses what really took place behind the scenes following Kidd's passing and how the show has been able not only to survive, but continue to thrive in Kidd's absence. “I think they were waiting for us to crash and burn,” says Chavez. "We crashed some, but we didn’t burn.” READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE. Shown above, show members plus NBC TV's Meredith Land (Center) and Alan Peppard (Left Center).WATCH HERE
USRN Celebrates Labor Day Weekend With CSNY 1974 Release
Band Members, Others To Participate
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. has announced that it will be airing a three-hour special in honor of the landmark 40th anniversary boxed set of historic 1974 concert material from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The release, simply titled CSNY 1974, will provide the central material for the radio special will which also include brand new, exclusive interviews with key members of the band as well as with the co-producers of the boxed set. The special will be hosted by Derek Madden (L) of KLOS-FM, Los Angeles, and will be broadcast nationally on Labor Day weekend which is August 30, 31 and September 1, 2014. CSNY 1974 is the long awaited boxed set from the historic 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young arena tour, and it debuted three (3) times at #17, #37 and #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. Forty (40) previously unreleased tracks recorded forty (40) years ago were packaged in several formats and configurations and released July 7 in international territories, and July 8 in the United States. Produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, the box set mirrors the electric/acoustic/electric format that the band followed each night on stage, representing an idealized version of a show from the tour. Derek Madden is the Program Director and midday air personality at Cumulus Classic Rocker KLOS-FM, Los Angeles. After spending twelve years in the San Francisco market where his resume includes serving as Program Director at Classic Rock KSAN-FM, known locally as “The Bone,” Madden was named Program Director for KLOS in July of 2013.
CBS Local Media Acquires 'Eventful'
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– CBS Local Media has entered into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business, it was announced today by Anton Guitano, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Local Media. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world. Serving its users via multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users. “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes,” said Guitano. “This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business. “The large volume of content available to consumers has created an environment where they are looking for credible brands to aid in the discovery process,” said Ezra Kucharz, President, CBS Local Digital Media. “Eventful’s talented and veteran team has created a best-in-class product that users have grown to trust. In combination with CBS Local Media’s assets and under the division’s leadership, we look forward to satisfying the increasing demand for customized event information regardless of how someone chooses to access it.”
Lars Larson Featured In Episode Of Dark Temptations
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– FM NEWS 101 KXL (KXL-FM) announced that Lars Larson will be featured in an episode of Dark Temptations tonight, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00pm (PST). Investigation Discovery is featuring the Salem attacks by Jerry Brudos. In the late 1960’s, four beautiful, young women all disappear without a trace in the Salem area. Rumors fly on the local college campus about a stranger who lurked around in high heels, sparking concerns of a female serial killer. But these crimes are the work of a vicious predator with a dark temptation - an uncontrollable obsession with shoes. When asked about his interview Lars Larson stated, “Jerome Brudos, a serial killer before the term was even invented, was the creepiest interview I’ve done in 39 years in the news business. I wanted to take a shower after spending two hours locked in a room at the Oregon State Pen with Brudos.” Investigation Discovery can be found on Comcast XFINITY channel 271, DirecTV channel 285, and Dish Network channel 192.
TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Amy Joins BOB-FM's Mack Pack
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– BOB’s Breakfast on BOB-FM Home Counties has a new member of the Mack Pack. Amy Stevenson (L) has joined Graham Mack and Chris Hubbard on the show, weekday mornings. Amy is originally from Dorset and worked with Graham at 2CR FM eight years ago. Amy said, “This is my dream job! I feel extremely lucky to be working with Graham again and Chris is just great! Don't be fooled though, I’m not as daft as they think!” Graham Mack who is also the Programme Controller at BOB fm said, “Amy’s natural enthusiasm and passion for radio is infectious. If the response we’ve had from our audience in her first week on the air is anything to go by, Amy is going to become an important part of everyone’s mornings in the Home Counties”.
Italian Soccer Club Threatens Legal Action Over Radio Scandal - Roma are threatening to take legal action against a radio station which broadcast a private conversation between the club’s directors about transfers. The conversation between sporting director Walter Sabatini and general manager Claudio Fenucci was recorded by asromaradio.it because one of the two men had forgotten to hang up the phone following an interview with the station. In the conversation, they revealed that Roma player, De Rossi, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, would be able to leave for the right price. Sabatini also told Fenucci that he had instructed striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, who is currently on holiday in Chicago, to start pre-season training with his teammates on Tuesday because he wanted Osvaldo to receive the same insults that other Giallorossi players had suffered from the fans on that day. The abuse, may have pushed Osvaldo towards accepting a €20m transfer to Southampton.
Comedians and singers cover BBC Radio 2 - Paul O’Grady’s show on BBC Radio 2 is being covered by TV soap actress, Martine McCutcheon and singer, Charlotte Church as he takes a two week break. Martine was on the radio yesterday, covering the 5-7pm slot, whilst Charlotte is getting ready to host the show this Sunday. Other fill-in presenters this summer include comedians, John Bishop, Patrick Kielty and Lee Mack. They are all covering for Graham Norton as he takes his annual summer break. In other stand-in news, Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, Chris Evans will host the Arts Show on BBC television on Friday for Claudia Winkleman. Need a British 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: email@example.com
Mornings/Brand Manager - Springfield IL
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Saga Country, The Wolf in Springfield, IL, is on the prowl for a morning host/brand manager.
Cards And Well Wishes Pour In For Danny Nickerson
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2014 –– On the heels of yesterday's news of Cumulus and The Bert Show, Night Live with Adam Bomb, NASH Nights Live, and America's Morning Show are rallying around a little boy in Foxboro, MA, who is battling a rare form of inoperable brain cancer, cards and best wishes came pouring in. Some of our readers quickly reached out join Cumulus in this endeavor. Plus, we also began seeing shows on Facebook begin to post directions on where to direct cards. At the Nickerson's blog, a family member posted: "Wow!! A HUGE THANK YOU!! Thank you for all of the cards, well wishes, prayers, gifts and donations that have made their way to Danny. Our family is blown away at the outreach from all over the world. Danny's 6th birthday is going to be a big one for sure. We have a few surprises for him this weekend that I will share on Sunday. More picture to come of him opening cards and gifts. We are blessed! Thank you!!" Danny Nickerson's 6th birthday is this Friday, July 25, and per the news story at the link below, all he wants is a "big box of birthday cards". Since his cancer diagnosis last October, he has stopped going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He gets lonely from time to time, and is always happy to get cards with his name written on them. The information below is where to send them. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Daniel Nickerson P.O. Box 212 Foxboro, MA 02035
Lineup Announced For iHeartradio Music Festival Hosted By Ryan Seacrest
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2014 –– Clear Channel announced today the star-studded line-up for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the legendary weekend-long concert event that re-writes radio history each year, taking place on September 19 and 20 in Las Vegas. This year's lineup will feature Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki and more. Highlights of the show will include performances from this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Before You Exit, as well as other surprise special guests and never-before-imagined collaborations. The fourth annual event will kick off Friday evening, September 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with host Ryan Seacrest. The iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for Clear Channel and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.
[LISTEN] Senator Tells Morning Show Her Ideal Man Must Be 'Well Off And Well Hung'
Ask 22-Yr. Old Listener If He Matches Up
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Senator Jacqui Lambie (inset) has issued an apology for a radio interview in which she described her perfect man as being well-off and "well-hung". According to yahoonews.com, while appearing on Heart 107.3, she said she had not been in a relationship for 11 years because of physical and mental stress. "That's why I am not so worried about my waxing," she offered. In the interview, hosts Kim Napier and Dave Noonan (shown), offered to act as match-makers, asked Senator Lambie what attributes she was looking for in a partner. "They must have heaps of cash and they've got to have a package between their legs, let's be honest," replied Senator Lambie. "And I don't need them to speak." Later she issued a response, "I apologise to any radio listeners who may be offended by my comments on Kim and Dave's Show," she said in an issued statement. "Of course my political enemies will make a big deal out of my comments, but the reality is I was talking with Kim and Dave on Heart FM - not Sarah Ferguson on the ABC." LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Cameron Diaz Hangs Up On KIIS' Kyle & Jackie O
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2014 –– Making the radio rounds promoting her new movie with Jason Segel "S(e)x Tape,' she called into KIIS FM 106.5/Sydney's Kyle & Jackie O and things went well until Diaz compared child actor Giselle Eisenberg, who appears in Sex Tape, to her best friend Drew Barrymore. Sandilands then remarked: “Lets hope (Eisenberg) misses out on the Drew Barrymore drug years because that was a great thing to watch but not so good to be in." A clearly miffed Diaz fired back with “I’m sure you’ve never been through a drug phase Kyle have you or alcoholism?” Sandilands made matters worse by responding with reference to Diaz’s new boyfriend Benji Madden. “Hang on a second, now I’m friends with Benji so I don’t know if he’s been talking out of school or not but I’ve told him to keep his mouth shut,” Sandilands said. Seconds later Diaz tells the hosts ”we’re having to go now, sorry." Jackie O immediately pounced on Sandilands, saying, “Well that started very well and ended poorly I think, good one Kyle”. “You ruined that interview, sorry to be blunt,” Jackie O said. “You brought up Drew Barrymore, her best friend’s drug addiction in the past. And then you brought up Benji and we all know how protective Cameron is about her private life. “So the two things that probably would get her off-side, you went there.” Never one to back down, Sandilands said, “Maybe they should have just bought ads if they want to sell the movie, I want to find out other things”. LISTEN HERE
Happy Birthday To Radio's Don Imus
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2014 –– Radio's venerable Don Imus turns 74 Today. His Cumulus syndicated talk show, airs from WABC/New York and is simulcast on TV by the Fox Business Network. According to westport.dailyvoice.com, he began his radio career as a disc jockey on June 28, 1968, at radio station KUTY in Palmdale, Calif. He stayed at the station until 1969 when he left for a job at KJOY, a small radio station in Stockton, CA. He was later fired for saying "hell" on air. From there, he went to KXOA in Sacramento, and was inspired by listening to host Don MacKinnon. After a stint at WGAR-AM in Cleveland, he moved to New York City and W(NNNNNN)BC radio in December 1971. Imus left WNBC in August 1977. but returned in September 1979, and revived his morning drive show. From 1982 to 1985, the station also employed talk-radio host Howard Stern, and WNBC heavily promoted the pair in print and television ads, which often featured the slogan "If We Weren't So Bad, We Wouldn't Be So Good." Along the way, Imus served as a utility announcer for Geraldo Rivera's monthly TV series "Good Night, America," a recurring segment of ABC's "Wide World of Entertainment" program, and he was one of the inaugural video jockeys for the launch of the VH-1 cable network in 1985. He's received four Marconi Awards, three for Major Market Personality of the Year 1990, 1992 and 1997 and one for Network Syndicated Personality 1994. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1999, Imus and his wife, Deirdre, founded the Imus Ranch, a working 4,000-acre cattle ranch in New Mexico for children with cancer, as well as siblings of SIDS victims. From all of us at Jockline Daily, here's wishing the 'I' Man the happiest of birthdays. PHOTO/NBC Soupy Sales, Imus, Howard Stern and Wolfman Jack.
Jacobs Media's 6th Annual Public Radio Tech Survey Released
iHeartradio Teams With Adswizz For Ad Insertions
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WAY Media Taps Rob Wagman As Network PD; Scott Fisher's 'Extreme Genes' Hits First Year Mark
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2014 –– WAY MEDIA has announced Rob Wagman as its new Network PD. Wagman previously did afternoons at Salem's Christian Contemporary KFSH 95.9 THE FISH LA. He also served as 92.3 NOW LA as its asst. PD until November, 2012. "I am very excited to have Rob on our team," said WAY Media VP/Content Faron Dice. "His experience, programming knowledge, and passion are exactly what we have been looking for to take the reins and lead our very talented and passionate programming team."Wagman added, "When you're shopping and you try on that shirt, then you look in the mirror to see that it fits as if it were tailor-made for you. This is how it feels to be joining WAY-FM, based in Nashville, in the role of Network PD." Wagman's previous stints included B97/New Orleans, WFBC-FM/Greenville-Spartanburg and WNTQ-FM/Syracuse. Wagman also handles the "Raising The Bar' column for All Access. ######### Nationally Syndicated “Extreme Genes/ Family History Radio” program is celebrating its first anniversary on the air. The show began on KNRS AM/FM in Salt Lake City last July. It rolled into syndication in January and in just six months is now carried (or has com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Christa Dibiase Named General Manager Of Clark Howard Brands
MOTION: Jennifer Ross Returning To Sunny 107.9/West Palm Beach; The KVJ Show Delay Announcement
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Following a teaser video saying that The KVJ Show would announce their new gig on Monday at 3 PM, it apparently hit a snag. So, at around 2:00 pm they posted on Facebook: "The KVJ Show is currently under contract with Cox Radio. We cannot comment on the news of the day or any rumors regarding the show. We want to thank our listeners and fans for all their support." A planned press conference was reportedly canceled by KVJ and then WRMF made the announcement that current host Jennifer Ross would be returning its sister station, WEAT-FM/Sunny 107.9, the station she began her career over 30 years ago. In the meantime, Jennifer, Deena Lang and Bill Adams will be heard on both WRMF and Sunny until Tuesday, July 29 at which time a new morning show will debut on WRMF. Although news of he KVJ Show, featuring Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, Jason Pennington, next gig has been delayed, it appears the graphic first posted by WRMF didn't leave much doubt. Stay tuned!
Mancow Suing Man For Defrauding Him Out Of $50,000 In Radio Group Deal
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Longtime Chicago personality and syndicated radio host, Erich "Mancow" Muller, has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming a North Carolina man defrauded him out of $50,000 that was to be used to purchase radio stations. According to The Chicago Tribune, Those purchases apparently never took place. The suit alleges Rodney Rainey and his company, Maverick Radio Partners, improperly used the money for purposes other than the acquisitions and failed to return the $50,000 despite repeated requests from Muller. The suit claims Muller was approached by Rainey in December 2011 with a potential radio investment opportunity. Muller alleges Maverick said it had secured a commitment of $200 million from Spartacus Partners Corp. to build the group, which was targeting stations in Hartford, Conn., Orlando, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and other markets. Muller entered into an oral agreement with Rainey to give him $50,000 in investment capital, with the understanding it would be held in escrow. The lawsuit alleges Rainey and Maverick Media used the $50,000 for their own use, and committed fraud and breach of contract. Muller is seeking $50,000 plus interest, attorneys' fees and punitive damages to be determined at trial. PHOTO/God, Guns And Automobiles
Cumulus Rallies Around 5-Year Old Boy Battling Inoperable Cancer
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Cumulus and The Bert Show, Night Live with Adam Bomb, NASH Nights Live, and America's Morning Show are rallying around a little boy in Foxboro, MA, who is battling a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. Danny Nickerson's 6th birthday is this Friday, July 25, and per the news story at the link below, all he wants is a "big box of birthday cards". Since his cancer diagnosis last October, he has stopped going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He gets lonely from time to time,and is always happy to get cards with his name written on them. So Cumulus and Westwood One are making sure Danny gets all the birthday cards they can possibly send his way. This week they are asking listeners-- via websites, on-air and through social media to send birthday cards to Danny and the response has already been tremendous. The NASH Nights Live Facebook page saw almost 200 shares of the story just last night after the campaign was announced on the show. PHOTO/Facebook
[WATCH] Dave Ryan Takes To The Stage In 'Oklahoma'
Co-Host Falen Says 'He Was Born To Play Creepy Predator'
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Longtime KDWB morning show host Dave Ryan is a murderous, dastardly villain. This isn't some secret scoop from his co-workers, it's all for fun. Dave landed the role of "Jud Fry", the dirty guy who lives in a smokehouse in a production of "Oklahoma!" that's currently running in Minneapolis. "I tried out as a joke, thinking we'd all have a laugh and it'd be a great bit, but the director actually offered me the part, even though the only acting experience is pretending that I like Iggy Azelea." After 6+ weeks of rehearsal, memorizing lines and working on singing, "Oklahoma!" opened on July 18 and runs through this weekend. Dave's co-hosts, Steve-O and Falen Bonsett were suitably impressed with Dave's portrayal saying, "He really knocked it out of the park. He was born to play a creepy predator." Dave adds, "It wasn't really something I ever wanted to do, but it was an opportunity I'd never get again and it's been incredible. All of us need to get out of our comfort zone and do something different. It's great for the mind and the soul. And listeners love hearing about the whole thing."
Co-Host Of The Eric & Kathy Show To Open Chicago Restaurant And Music Venue
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Kathy Hart, one half of the hugely popular Eric and Kathy Show on WTMS 101.9 Chicago, is set to become one of Chicago's latest celebrity restaurateur. According to media blogger, Robert Feder, Hart confirmed plans to open a restaurant and music venue with her husband Billy Baruth who have an agreement to buy a former Italian Steak House. No name has been announced for the establishment, but Hart denied a Chicago Tribune report Monday that it would include Hart and Baruth’s own names or initials. Hart, who married Baruth in 2013, is in her 19th year on the Hubbard Mix 101.9 where she and Ferguson continue to dominate the ratings.
[LISTEN] Jay Mohr And Former NFL QB Jared Lorenzen Go To Bat For Cincinnati Foodbank
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– Former Kentucky and New York Giants Quarterback Jared “hefty lefty” Lorenzen joined Jay Mohr Sports on July 21, to gloat about winning a highly-anticipated game of wiffle ball against Jay Mohr in Bellevue, Ky., on July 18. Lorenzen beat Mohr by a score of 9 to 8 in front of 100 fans and Mohrriors who brought non-perishable food items for Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank. The duo also raised nearly $3,000 leading up to and during the game, which will help provide approximately 9,000 meals for children and families in need in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. After the event, Mohr said “…. Jared, man, you beat me fair and square. You can rake, dude. That was nice.” Mohr: “…. I just want to make sure the food for the food bank does actually not go into your stomach, it goes to families in need…” Lorenzen: “Well, I’m in need (laughter)…it is being delivered today….all in all, amazing event.” Lorenzen told listeners last Friday that after beating Mohr in wiffle ball, he can move on to his second goal in life – posing for next year's “The Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine. Mohr: “Would you be on the cover of ESPN The Body Issue?” Lorenzen: “If (Prince) Fielder got one, I can do one.” LISTEN HERE
Adlarge Signs Social Media Platform 'Commotion' To Exclusive Rep' Agreement
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– AdLarge Media has announced an exclusive national advertising sales representation agreement with its newest partner, Commotion, the breakthrough listener-engagement platform for radio stations that enables real-time communications. Commotion is a web and mobile communication portal that builds a social media community around the radio station and visually matches what is being heard on-air. The Commotion platform encourages real-time conversations not only between hosts and listeners but also among listeners, and is driven by both the over-the-air and streamed signals. “The seamless experience of Commotion’s real-time social media interaction deepens listener engagement,” noted Frank DeSantis, Vice President, Business Development, AdLarge. “By being platform agnostic in their perception of radio, Commotion has helped more than 200 stations extend their brand to real-time engagement in a meaningful way for listeners and advertisers.” “We chose AdLarge as our national advertising partner because of their successful track record in representing the value of radio’s engaged community to clients,” stated Richard Rene, Vice President, Global Business Development, Commotion. “They have a well-deserved reputation for creating customized packages across platforms that also was a good fit for us.”
Right Place At The Right Time; Producer Sablan's Son Nabs Photo Op With The Bieb'
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2014 –– KyXy/San Diego's Tommy Sablan, exc. producer of The Jeff & Jer' show is well known for connecting with the biggest names in show business. Now it appears his son Eddie proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as he managed a pretty hard to get photo op' with Justin Bieber. As the story goes, Tommy took Eddie shopping on Fairfax in LA. They walked to the Diamond clothing store. Saw a black SUV with tinted windows drive up to the same store. 3 big guys and a skinny guy gets out. They run in the store. The store locks the front door. Tommy tells Jockline Daily: "My son realizes it's Justin Bieber. We wait outside. 5 minutes later Justin comes out and takes photos with my boy.