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Mark Of Mark & Mercedes Show To Exit; J.C. Fernandez Moves In As Co-Host. New Name?

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– One of radio's most successful and longest running duos, Mark & Mercedes of KXMB 94.1 Las Vegas, announced on Facebook 'I have decided to move on.' According to lavegasun.com, Mark DiCiero (R), who teamed with Mercedes Martinez (C) 18 years ago as “Mark & Mercedes in the Morning," will be replaced on the show by its longtime executive producer, J.C. Fernandez (L). Mercedes and he debut the new Mix 94.1 morning show Jan. 5 following holiday break. "We are so excited to continue the show with J.C. as my new co-host," Mercedes wrote in a text message. "He has paid his dues as the best producer in the country for so many years, and he had earned the spot." Mercedes said the show's title would be announced "soon" and would air in the 5:30 to 10 a.m. time slot starting 30 minutes earlier than "Mark & Mercedes." As for the name of the show come January, Jockline has just learned it will be rebranded as "Mercedes In The Morning." Read story and Mark's complete FB post HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mark Medina Named PD Of Z100 New York

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia New York announced that Mark Medina has been named Program Director for Z100, New York. Medina will join Z100 after successfully programming top-rated Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations throughout the country, including most recently HOT 99.5 in Washington, D.C. and Z104.3 WZFT in Baltimore. His programming experience also includes KZZP and KNIX in Phoenix and KRQQ in Tucson. Medina will also continue to be part of iHeartMedia's talent development coaching team, where he has been instrumental in developing and coaching some of iHeartMedia's top talent including The Kane Show, Toby Knapp and Johnjay & Rich. Z100 is one of the most important media brands in the world,² said Medina. "The opportunity to work with the best in class staff at Z100 and play a role in the legacy and heritage of this radio station is thrilling. I couldn't be more ecstatic, and want to thank Thea Mitchem, Hartley Atkins, Joe Puglise, Tom Poleman, John Ivey and everyone who has played a role in my career development to help me reach this point."

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Coyote's Acoustic Concert Raises $245,000 For Children's Charities

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia Communities, the community engagement brand of iHeartMedia, and 97.5 WAMZ announced today that Coyote’s Acoustic Concert raised more than $245,000 for children’s charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The star-studded event took place Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and paid tribute to Coyote Calhoun, a 97.5 WAMZ veteran who has served Louisville’s Country listeners for 35 years. The concert brought the Louisville community together to celebrate Coyote Calhoun’s 35-year long career. 97.5 WAMZ will donate the event’s net ticket proceeds to charities that serve children across the country, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their lifesaving care facilities. Event sponsors included L&N Federal Credit Union, Kelly Services & Metro PCS. Visit wamz.com to learn more about Coyote’s Acoustic Concert.

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Yahoo Sports Radio Adds More Talent For The New Year

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Yahoo! Sports Radio announced the addition of three new hosts to the network’s 24/7 lineup, to be heard beginning in 2015. Long-time Sports Talk host Anthony Pepe will bring the fans perspective back to radio as he gives listeners sports talk they can relate to, weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET, beginning Monday, January 5. Broadcasting Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, starting January 3, sports host Matt Perrault will put the spotlight on the week in sports as he takes listeners through the weekend games. Launching January 4 and airing Sundays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ET, is morning anchor andSports Talk host Tim Murray who will deliver professional and college football talk, with a college hoops focus. Finally, The Big Lead founder and publisher Jason McIntyre (shown) will provide a roundup of the week’s sports headlines and entertainment Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, debuting January 11. “We look forward to this expansion of our talented lineup, as we welcome Anthony, Matt, Jason and Tim to our 2015 lineup,” said Yahoo! Sports Radio COO and Program Director Craig Larson. “The experience of all four in the sports broadcast realm, combined with their business-minded backgrounds, will deliver both great content and great opportunities for new and existing partners.”

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Howard Stern To Broadcast 2-Hour Black Keys Concert Following Bash

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– A special two-hour Black Keys concert, (recorded earlier this year in Houston) will air after "The Howard Stern Birthday Bash: Director's Cut" on SiriusXM Howard 100 or 101 at 11:15 p.m. EST/8:15 p.m. PST tonight, December 19th. According to Rolling Stone, The Black Keys are also kicking off a charity raffle, with the winner receiving frontman Dan Auerbach's childhood guitar, signed by both himself and drummer Patrick Carney. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, which helps deliver food to those in need in the Black Keys' home of Northeast Ohio. The Black Keys' will also be featured in an upcoming episode of Austin City Limits, which features J. Roddy Walston and the Business, scheduled to air on PBS on January 31st.

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iHeartMedia To Keep Playing Ball With The Houston Astros

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia Houston and The Houston Astros announced a four year agreement to keep Sportstalk 790 AM, Houston's Live & Local Sports Talk radio station, the home of the Houston Astros. “I'm excited to extend our partnership with the Houston Astros for an additional four years; years that are sure to be the most successful and memorable in Astros history." said Eddie Martiny, President/Market Manager, iHeartMedia Houston. "I am confident that Jim Crane, Reid Ryan and Jeff Luhnow have created a solid foundation for new coach AJ Hinch and his players to enjoy success for many years to come.” Astros fans will continue to hear all regular season and spring training games, in addition to pre-game, post-game as well as all other Astros’ related programming on Sportstalk 790 AM. “We’re extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Sportstalk 790,” said Reid Ryan, Astros President of Business Operations. The first spring training game of the 2015 season is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 with the regular season debut on Monday, April 6 against The Cleveland Indians. Sportstalk 790 AM is also the radio home for the Houston Rockets as well as Texas A&M football and basketball.

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Jim Elliott Named 2015 Chief Judge For Radio Mercury Awards

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– The Radio Mercury Awards announced Jim Elliott, chief creative officer, Y&R NY as Chief Judge for the 24th annual awards competition. 2015 Call for Entry is now open; entries are being accepted for outstanding creative spots and campaigns from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities, and advertisers. Jim Elliott joined Y&R NY as Chief Creative Officer in June of 2011 where he has overseen work for such internationally known brands as Land Rover, Campbell Soup Company, and Dell. Prior to Y&R, Jim served as Group Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners SF, where he spent five years working on key clients including Häagen-Dazs, Hyundai, Denny's, HP, Netflix and Yahoo! Along the way, he earned the distinction as one of the agency's most awarded creatives. "We're so privileged to have Jim Elliott as this year's Chief Judge for the Radio Mercury Awards," noted Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. "Jim has a true appetite for exceptionally creative radio and has shown a commitment to transport the medium to new levels of excellence." The deadline for this year's call for entry is Monday, April 6, 2015. This year's awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in New York City. For more information regarding rules, guidelines, entry fees, and entry deadlines, log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.

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MORE HOLIDAY CHEER: WEBE/WICC Draw Over 2,000 Toys For Children; Miguel Comes Off Roof Top After Receiving Over 8,500 Toys For Tots

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– With a very generous donation from the Norma F. Pfriem Foundation, the team at Cumulus Bridgeport/WEBE 108 and WICC 600 provided over 2,000 toys to children throughout Bridgeport, CT. ####### Further south, The Miguel Show with Mandy and Holly on Island 106 in Panama City just wrapped up the third annual Stuff the Bus Toy Drive. This year the goal was 7,500 toys, and to achieve the goal, Miguel Fuller lived on the roof of a school bus for 5 days and 4 nights. The morning show was done live at the bus for a week, and the entire toy drive lasted 10 days. In the end over 8,500 toys were collected for Toys for Tots! (Both news stations in town and the newspaper covered the drive:

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The Bee Gees And George Harrison Among Those To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards At Next Years Grammys

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– The Bee Gees and George Harrison are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during next year's Grammy Awards. According to rollingstone.com, along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Grammys will also hand out Trustees Awards, which recognize contributions to music in areas other than performance. This year's recipients are producer Richard Perry, husband-and-wife songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and jazz impresario George Wein. Earlier, the Recording Academy also named 27 titles that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015. Included is Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on February 8th, starting at 8 p.m. EST.

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7ACT SURPRISED: Rosie And Whoopi Go At It On 'The View; Nicki Minaj Goes Glam


UH OH: Miss World Pageant Bans Bikinis In Future Competition - [ABC NEWS]

ACT SURPRISED: Rosie And Whoopi Get Into Shouting Match On 'The View' - [NYDN]

Man Spends $150K To Look Like Kimmy - [FOX]

Check Out First Look At New 'Fashion Police' Cast - [E ONLINE]

Nicki Minaj Goes Glam As New Face For Roberto Cavalli - [MTV]

[WATCH] Bradley Cooper In Latest Trailer For 'American Sniper' [RED CARPET CRASH]

Stevie Wonder Becomes Dad For 9th Time At 64 - [WHO SAY]

Snoop Dog To Star In ESPN Documentary - [RUMORFIX]

Kendall & Kylie Cover Splash - [CALL IN MARIE]

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And That's A Wrap!

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– It's that time of year again where we can all take a few extra days off to be with friends and family, SLEEP IN, and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. To our AMAZING READERS, devoted ADVERTISERS and wonderful PR FOLKS, let me say again how lucky and fortunate we are to have your support and friendship. Here's wishing each of you, a wonderful, safe and enjoyable holiday. We'll see after the break.

 

 

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'F, Kill Or Marry' Bit Draws Apologies From Vancouver Stations

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Two Vancouver radio stations owned by Corus have now apologized and suspended its host until the New Year after it aired a bit that set off a media firestorm on Tuesday. According to cbc.ca, during CFOX Jeff O'Neil's show (R) he proposed that CKNW guest host Chris Gailus ask federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau whom he would "F, kill or marry," among Laureen Harper (the prime minister's wife), Health Minister Rona Ambrose or former governor general Michaëlle Jean. Gailus, who's a evening news host on Global Television and sports host Squire Barnes, who was also on the show, later issued apologies on Twitter, with Gailus saying he was caught off guard by the offensive comment. Both CKNW and Global Television have since issued an apology for the latest incident. The Jeff O'Neil Show will return to CFOX on an undisclosed date in 2015. “This morning on CKNW there was some very inappropriate comments and suggestions made that were offensive to many of our listeners. I would like to apologize for that and assure that those comments will not be repeated on this radio station," said Ian Koenigsfest, brand manager of CKNW. "I would also like to apologize to Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes, who are hosting the CKNW Morning Show this week, for being put in an awkward situation from which they were unaware, and assure them that such a situation will not occur again.” CFOX followed with its own apology at its website.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Media Names Sharon Dastur SVP/Prog. Integration And Don Parker VP/Prog. San Francisco and Sacramento; Rebecca Kaplan Named Promotions Dir. At KSCS/KPLX Dallas Bob Richards On The Rise At NASH 98.1 Reno

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Sharon Dastur will join its National Programming Platforms team as Senior Vice President of Programming Integration, effective Jan. 5. Dastur most recently served as Program Director for the world-famous Z100, New York's No. 1 Hit Music Station, and Program Director for Nick Radio, Nickelodeon's exclusive digital only station on iHeartRadio. In her newly created position, Dastur will assist with the program execution with artist, managers and labels. Dastur previously served as National CHR Brand Coordinator, advising CHR stations across the country with her programming expertise and mentoring other Program Directors throughout the company to develop and strengthen their stations' branding, strategy, music and imaging.

iHeartMedia announced that Vice President of Programming for San Francisco, Don Parker (L), has expanded his duties to include Sacramento, effective immediately. In addition to overseeing programming for the six San Francisco radio stations, Parker will now oversee five stations in Sacramento. He started with iHeartMedia in 2009 as the Operations Manager for the San Francisco cluster. Prior to that, he served as a programming consultant and Program Director for KNGY-FM (Energy 92.7), Vice President of Programming for Next Media and Program Director in the Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas and Fresno markets.

Cumulus announces that Rebecca Kaplan has been named Promotions Director for KSCS and KPLX. Kaplan moves to Cumulus Dallas/Fort Worth from iHeart Media Tampa, where she was Promotions Director. Prior to that, she was in marketing for The University Athletic Association at the University of Florida and for the University of South Florida Athletics Department. Kaplan began her career as Promotions Coordinator for WKZY in Gainesville, FL.

KBUL-FM/NASH FM 98.1 Reno, has promoted morning host Bob Richards to PD. Prior to joining KBUL in April, 2009, for mornings, Richards was co-host for WYOY-FM Jackson, MS. Richards will continue with The Moo Crew morning show on K-BUL. Market Mgr/Jen Odom commented, "Bob continues to prove himself as an asset to the station and the cluster. And this was another step forward in the right direction for The Bull."

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MOTION: Angelo Cataldo Inks Extension With 94WIP Philadelphia; Fitz In The Morning Co-Host Ellen Tailor Signs On Longterm

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio's 94WIP Philadelphia announced the re-signing of morning show host Angelo Cataldi to a new long-term contract. “Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team” is broadcast weekdays from 5:30-10:00AM, ET and can be heard on-air, online at www.cbsphilly.com or by downloading the Radio.com app for mobile devices. Cataldi has been waking WIP listeners up since 1990 and his show consistently is among the most highly-rated programs in Philadelphia. Cataldi is known for his strong opinions, honesty, extravagant stunts and events, the most famous being the station’s annual Wing Bowl. Before joining WIP, Cataldi was the Inquirer's Eagles beat writer where he earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations. “It's a true thrill and honor to know that all my years on the radio will be working for WIP,” said Cataldi. “It's a rarity for an on-air personality to have their entire broadcasting career, spanning nearly three decades, all at one station. I am grateful to have a great supporting cast and privileged to work for CBS RADIO who trusts me with the morning show on the best sports radio station, in the greatest sports town anywhere." In a related announcement, SportsRadio 94WIP also signed two members of Cataldi's morning show ensemble, Al Morganti and Keith Jones, to new contracts.

Word from Seattle finds that Fitz In The Morning co-host, Ellen Tailor will be making Seattle her home for a while to come. She posted on her FB page " I never thought anything could top getting hired by The Wolf and joining "Fitz in the Morning." That was until yesterday. I'm happy to announce that the Great Northwest will be home for more years to come! After a successful three years, the bosses thought it'd be a good idea to keep me around. I like the way they think so I happily signed a new contract. I'm a long ways from where I grew up in Michigan but Seattle has really become home. That's all because of YOU! Thank you for welcoming me and I hope you're as happy as I am to spend every morning together. Cheers!"

 

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NEWS: Michael Toscano Anchors Westwood One News First Broadcast Air ;WYD Media Ad Sales To Rep Fox News Talk; AP/PodcastOne To Deliver Real-Time News In Podcasts

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Correspondent Michael Toscano (L) anchored the very first broadcast on Monday, December 15 at 12 am for Westwood One News as it launched on radio stations around the country. Westwood One News is powered by CNN, with the only network bureau and staff reporting out of Cuba on the release of Alan Gross, who was held hostage for five years. And on launch day Monday, correspondent Steve Kastenbaum was in Philadelphia, reporting live on the unfolding story of six people shot dead and the killer’s subsequent suicide. For more information, contact jimjones@westwoodone.com.

The Associated Press announced a groundbreaking collaboration to deliver real-time news reports in on-demand podcasts with PodcastOne’s AP Up-To-The-Minute Newscast. Exclusive, dynamic insertion technology will enable PodcastOne to make the most current 60-second news feature, delivered by AP’s respected journalists, available to each listener at the exact time the podcast is downloaded. Creating a new coveted opportunity for advertisers, each feature is estimated to reach more than six million listeners via 18 daily news reports, produced seven days a week, beginning January 2015.

Effective December 29, 2014, WYD Media Ad Sales LLC will handle national advertising sales for Fox News Talk’s long-form shows hosted by John Gibson, Alan Colmes and Tom Sullivan, as well as Kilmeade & Friends and Fox News Sunday. The company will provide customizable opportunities for the ad community while also developing alternative programming options. WYD Media Ad Sales President John Murphy says, “This is a great way to kick off the New Year. Fox News Radio is a powerful brand, particularly within the spoken word format. Their on-air personalities are proven brand influencers who provide a loyal audience to the advertising marketplace.” Fox News Radio is currently represented by Westwood One.

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KSCS Legendary Host Terry Dorsey Retires After 46 Years

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Terry Dorsey said goodbye yesterday at Cumulus' KSCS studios in Dallas. Among those joining for the occasion was none other than Cumulus President and CEO, Lew Dickey, congratulating Terry Dorsey on his retirement after 46 years in radio, 33 years in Dallas, and 26 years at KSCS!

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Susan G. Komen Names Bones To 2015 Class Of Pink Tie Guys

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has named Bobby Bones to their 2015 class of Pink Tie Guys for his efforts to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. The Pink Tie program honors influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement. Bones has been a long-time supporter of Susan G. Komen. The Bobby Bones Show recently raised $50,000 for the charity as part of an on-air bet with two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean, who agreed to play a charity show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots if the show could raise the money. The Pink Tie Guys will be honored at the Pink Tie Party on February 24, 2015 at Jonathan’s Green Hills in Nashville, Tenn.

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99.9 Virgin Radio's Mad Dog and Maura 'Make It Merry' For Mom With Terminal Cancer

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– As mentioned, Jockline has been inundated with numerous stories involving the AMAZING things radio has done this year for families and organizations for this special time of year. Here's one we came across on our own and wanted to share. Virgin Radio Toronto's Mad Dog and Maura chose a mom named Kim in this year's 'Make it Merry' event. She was nominated by her friend Kathy who shared that this will probably be the last Christmas she'll have with her kids because she has terminal cancer. They got her to the studio under a different premise, but once they revealed the surprise, Mad Dog began to read off what people contributed and the results are nothing short of breath-taking. Special thanks to our BFF Melissa Bunting, executive producer of The Mad Dog And Maura Show, for her help in putting this together. She tells Jockline "We did three families this year - over $60K in cash and presents. For Kim's family, it was close to $30K in cash and gifts. WATCH HERE

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Former Host Ray Teret Sentenced To 25 Years In (S)ex Charges Involving Underage Girls

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 187TH, 2014 - Former Radio Caroline, Piccadilly and BBC Radio 2 presenter Ray Teret has been sentenced for rape and indecent assault of girls in Manchester in 60s and 70s. He’s been given 25 years after a jury found him guilty of seven charges of rape and 11 of indecent assault, which took place between 1963 and 1979. He was cleared of various (s)exual offences in relation to six other complainants. Greater Manchester police has also confirmed it was investigating more (s)exual abuse allegations against Ray Teret made by four other women. Sentencing, Mr Justice Baker said: “It is clear that you exploited your celebrity status to (s)exually abuse young girls when they were between 13 and 15 years of age. “Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place.”

Chrissie - "Shocked & Hurt" - Chrissie Swan has opened up about not being re-signed by ARN for the Mix 101.1 Breakfast show in Melbourne, saying that she was 'shocked' and 'hurt' by the decision. Speaking to musician Clare Bowditch on her 'Inspiration Bomb' blog, Chrissie suggested that the decision did not take into consideration the relationship she had with her listeners, and was revenue-based.

Noddy Holder From Slade is Free Radio’s ‘Voice of Christmas’. He’ll feature across the Free Radio network in the Midlands, including the new Free Radio Christmas station – formerly Free Radio 80s – which has been renamed for the festive period until Boxing Day.

Feel free to connect with Graham Mack at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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How Big And How Much Would It Cost For Santa To Rent Storage Space At The North Pole?

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– As radio winds down another year, here's a last minute show topic your listeners may find amusing: How big and how much would it cost for Santa to rent storage space for all the toys in the world? Well, believe it or not, the folks at SpareFoot.com did the math to figure out what it would take Saint Nick to stash his stuff at a self-storage facility in North Pole and produced this infographic at left to share the news. Check it out: The number of gifts Santa delivers: 2 billion (calculated at 2 per child, assuming they’ve been nice, not naughty). How many Storage Units would Santa need for all of his gifts: 495,000 (based on a 10x25 unit). How much would that storage cost per month? $127,710,000 (based on $258/month for a 10x25 heated, alarmed, 1st floor unit at Forbes Storage in Alaska) How much of the world’s self storage space would Santa take up? 2% (based on roughly 60,000 storage facilities worldwide, with an average of 400 units each) if you would like to speak with an executive at SpareFoot, reach out to Glenn Mandel at
760-798-1563 gmandel@sparkpr.com

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7Madonna Catches Heat After Comparing Her Album Leak To 'Rape' And 'Terroism'

 

Hollywood Not Happy With Sony Pulling 'The Interview' - [THE WRAP]

Jay Leno To Guest On Craig Ferguson's Final 'The Late, Late Show' - [NEWSDAY]

Bono Photographed Walking On Street In Dublin For First Time Since Accident - [YAHOO]

Stephen Collins Admits To Molesting Three Underage Girls - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] Sharon Osbourne Pull Out A Tooth Implant During 'The Talk' - [ACE SHOWBIZ]

'The Goldbergs' Bringing Back Charlie Sheen In 'Ferris Bueller' Character - [ABC NEWS]

[WATCH] One More Look At Bruno Mars In Curlers - [USA TODAY]

Madonna Catches Heat After Comparing Her Album Leak To 'Rape' And 'Terroism' - [DAILY MAIL]

Is Facebook Toying With 'Sympathize' Button? - [TIME]

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Coca-Cola Ends Sponsorship With American Idol

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– After 13 years, Coca-Cola has voted to pull the plug on its sponsorship with Fox's American Idol.' According to variety.com, the company said in a statement, “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point.” Variety reports that in 2012, advertisers spent nearly $781.9 million on 'Idol', according to Kantar, who tracks ad spending. In 2014, they committed $394.7 million, down 49.5% over three seasons. Coca-Cola spent about $49.1 million on 'Idol' in 2012. In 2014, it spent about $16.3 million. Ford Motor, another longtime “Idol” advertiser, spent $76.3 million in 2012, but $27.3 million in 2014, reports Kantar. As Jockline reported this week (JD 12/5), this announcement comes after Ryan Seacrest revealed during last weekend's Z100/New York's Jingle Ball that the show would be cutting back to one night a week when the shows reach its top 10 finalists. Seacrest explained that the performance show and results show would be combined in one night. Coca-Cola follows AT&T who ended its sponsorship last season. Fox confirmed that Ford will be back as a sponsor this season. PHOTO/Michael Becker FOX

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Skip Mahaffey To Co-Host Mornings On 99.5 The Wolf Dallas

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that award-winning Country radio personality Skip Mahaffey will join KPLX Dallas-Fort Worth as Morning Show Co-Host of “Wake Up With the Wolf Show”. Mahaffey replaces Ken Buckner, who recently left the station. Current KPLX Mornings Co-Host Lisa Taylor will team up for mornings with Mahaffey on 99.5 The Wolf beginning Monday, December 29, 2014. Mahaffey comes to KPLX from WWJB/WXJB in Hernando County, FL, where he was Midday Talk Show Host. He also has a successful voiceover career and media consultancy, and was also air personality for Number 1Country.com. Prior to that, Mahaffey was an air personality and producer for WWKA in Orlando. He was also Morning Show Host for WFUS and WQYK in Tampa, WCOL in Columbus, OH, KSON in San Diego, and KVOO in Tulsa, and hosted Dial-Global’s nationally-syndicated Country music show, True Country, with more than 60 affiliates. Mahaffey has been honored for his work with three CMA Air Personality of the Year awards. Mahaffey said: "Co-hosting the Wake Up With the Wolf Show in Dallas is hands-down the biggest and most exciting job in Country Radio. I cannot begin to express my excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. I am so honored, humbled and proud to be working alongside Mark Phillips, Lisa Taylor and Smokey Rivers! Thank you to Mike McVay for keeping the faith, to John Dickey and Dan Bennett for taking the chance, and to J.R. Schumann for the opportunity. This is going to be fun."

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Cadillac Jack Heads To WQYK/Tampa From KCYE/Las Vegas

Beasley Now On The Hunt For His Replacement In Vegas; Details Below

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Beasley Broadcast Group has promoted veteran country radio personality Cadillac Jack to assistant program director (APD) and afternoon drive host for WQYK-FM in Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL. Cadillac Jack’s afternoon show will air each weekday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. His first day at Tampa Bay’s Country Station 99.5 WQYK is Monday, January 5th and he reports to Operations Manager Tee Gentry. Most recently, Cadillac Jack served as APD, music director (MD) and afternoon host on Coyote Country KCYE-FM in Las Vegas. His career with Beasley Broadcast began in 1999 when he joined WXTU-FM in Philadelphia in that same capacity of APD, MD and afternoon host. He moved to Las Vegas Beasley’s KYCE in 2006. For nine years, Cadillac Jack served as host of Westwood One’s “Stars of Country,” which aired on more than 75 radio stations nationwide. He began his career as a DJ at a small radio station in Wilmington, Illinois after graduating from the Midwestern Broadcasting School. Eight years later he got his "Big Break" on Top 40 formatted WBUS in Chicago. From there, Cadillac moved to a Las Vegas station (owned by a broadcaster other than Beasley) that aired country music…and the rest is history. Cadillac added "The fact that I get to stay within Beasley is a blessing and I’m very thankful to the Beasley family for the chance to experience Tampa Bay.”

Cadillac’s position in Vegas is open. Know a perfect replacement for Caddy, reach out to Kris Daniels by email HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: ALT 93-3 Phoenix Names Leyla Haupert GSM

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Phoenix-ALT AZ 93-3 has named Leyla Haupert as General Sales Manager. Haupert will officially join Phoenix’s exclusive Alternative station on January 12th 2015. Haupert comes to Hubbard Phoenix from iHeart Media Phoenix where she was most recently Director of Integrated Marketing. Her previous experience also includes, Integrated Marketing Strategy Consultant Clear Channel San Francisco and Interim President/Market Manager for Clear Channel San Francisco. "I am honored to join the Hubbard Phoenix organization and lead the Alt AZ 933 team. The opportunity to advance Hubbard's strong portfolio of brands, events and interactive solutions is truly exciting. I look forward to partnering with our clients and collaborating with such a strong team of marketing professionals."

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NETWORKS: Compass Announces Business-News Lineup; Mike Huckabee Picks New Syndication Partner

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Compass Media Networks announced that beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, they will deliver live, business and money-news reports, twice-hourly at :20 & :50, each weekday from 6am - 7pm ET. The lineup will begin in
Morning Drive with Jennifer Kushinka. For the past 9 years, Jennifer has served as morning drive news-anchor for The Wall Street Journal Reports. Jennifer will anchor reports from 6 AM - 12 Noon ET. Mid-Days: Ray Hoffman. For the past 9 years, Ray has anchored CEO Radio, short form reports, aired exclusively on WCBS-AM, New York. Previously, Ray was an afternoon drive anchor for Wall Street Journal Radio Network and the lead talent for BusinessWeek Radio. Ray will anchor reports from 12 Noon-3 PM ET. Afternoons: Frank Miller. For the past six years, Frank has worked with Compass Media Networks, providing custom reports to top all-news and news-talk stations. Frank will anchor reports from 3 PM-7 PM ET. ########## Effective January 5, 2015, The Huckabee Report will be distributed by WYM Media Management and represented nationally for advertising sales by WYD Media Ad Sales. Currently, The Huckabee Report is syndicated nationally and airing on more than 500 radio stations. The feature, which focuses on news, pop culture and politics of the day, will retain its current format with morning, midday and afternoon delivery of three unique modular reports that allow stations to carry one or three minutes of content per report. “The Huckabee Report has such widespread appeal airing on Talk, Country and even Classic Rock stations,” says President of WYM Media Management Debbie Greenbaum. “The Governor’s good nature, broadcast experience and accessibility truly sets him apart from all others.”


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Reba McEntire Receives First-Ever ACCA/NASH Icon Award

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Reba McEntire received the first-ever ACCA/NASH Icon Award and she recently became the inaugural signing on Nash Icon Music, an innovative new joint venture label between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus. During her speech, she said "This is a very special honor and it sure means the world to me to be thought of as a valued member of our country music family. Standing here tonight in Nashville, I think back to what it was like being one of the new kids in town, trying to make my name in country music. So as I look around this room at all of the talented young men and women doing such great work in country music today, I pray you have the chance to have a whole beautiful life making music for the people who give us the greatest job in the world: our fans." Florida Georgia Line hosted the ACC Awards last night and won the ACCA “Group/Duo of the Year.” They also won “Song of the Year” and “Digital Song of the Year” for "This Is How We Roll," their single featuring Luke Bryan. Jason Aldean won the ACCA “Artist of the year” award last night. Kix Brooks is the radio host of the Westwood One-syndicated American Country Countdown.

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WWJ 950 And Detroit PD's Sergeant Santa Collects Toys For Kids In Need; Beasley Celebrates 15th Annual 'Christmas Across The Lands

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– WWJ Newsradio 950, along with the Detroit Police Department is presenting Sergeant Santa, a first-year initiative task force to collect and distribute thousands of toys to kids in need throughout Detroit. Detroit Police Chief James Craig, a.k.a. “Chief Kringle Craig”; the Detroit Police Department; WWJ Midday Host Jackie Paige, a.k.a. “Jingle Jackie Paige”; and the WWJ Newsradio 950 special unit will deliver new toys on a “Santa Sleigh” caravan to families in Detroit. The Detroit Section Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has made a generous donation of more than 10,000 toys to the Sergeant Santa Toy Donation program. In its 15th year, SPE has donated nearly 500,000 toys to a variety of local charities. Toys will be delivered on Thursday, December 18 to various families in the Detroit area. ############ Randy Sherwyn, Program Director for Beasley Broadcast’s Sunny 106.3 WJPT-FM and 106.3 HD2 Solid Gold 106, will host the 15th annual “Christmas Across the Lands,” a 12-hour radio Christmas show that airs mainly on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in markets across the globe. Locally, “Christmas Across the Lands” will be broadcast on Sunny 106 WJPT-FM beginning Christmas Eve Morning at 9:00 a.m. and will then run for 24 hours during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It will also air on Beasley Broadcast Southwest Florida sister station B103.9 WXKB-FM starting at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Originating fourteen years ago as a heartfelt gift and tribute to our troops stationed overseas, as well as a holiday companion for all, “Christmas Across the Lands” is written, produced, and hosted by Randy Sherwyn. With Beasley Broadcast since 1991, Mr. Sherwyn updates and freshens the show every year, and once again “Christmas Across the Lands” for 2014 is an updated mix of music and interviews. New interviews include Richard Marx, Kelly Clarkson, Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu”), Chicago, and more. With the support of the American Forces Network-Radio (AFN Radio), “Christmas Across the Lands” has become an annual signature event for troops stationed overseas and for ships at sea during the holiday season. This year, the show will be heard by military personnel stationed in over 177 countries around the globe.

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7Why Are Britney Spears Fans Complaining About This Cover Of 'Women's Health'?

[WATCH] High School Student Gets Surprise Gift From Michael Buble - [WYFF]

Amid Sony Hacking Turmoil, Seth Rogan And james Franco Cancel Appearances - [GOSSIP COP]

UH OH: Sony Emails Reveal Alex Trebek Threatened To Quit 'Jeopardy' - [PAGE SIX]

The Donald Thinks Cosby Is 'Probably Guilty' - [WTTG]

Camille Cosby Is Standin By Her Man - [EXTRA TV]

Kathie Lee Gifford Says Cosby Tried To Kiss Her - [ET]

J-Lo Covers 'Self', Explains Dating Younger Men - [GLOBAL GRIND]

Why Are Britney Spears Fans Complaining About This Cover 'Women Health' - [INQUISITR]

Joey Fatone Confirms That Jessica Biel Is Pregnant - [RUMORFIX]

FAMILY FEUD: [WATCH] Man's Answer To 'What Needs To Be Licked' Draws High-Five From Wife - [SB NATION]

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[WATCH] Hostages Kept In Touch With Radio Host Via Phone And Text Messages During Sydney Ordeal

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– While the world watched hostages being held at gunpoint by self-styled sheikh Man Haron Monis at a cafe in Sydney, in the background, Ray Hadley, a popular host on news/talk 2GB Sydney sat with a Police negotiator as he spoke with terrified hostages. According to 9news.com, Hadley he immediately contacted police after one of the hostages called him, reportedly at the urging of the gunman, who wanted to speak to Prime Minister Tony Abbott live on air. Minutes later he contacted NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, who dispatched a police negotiator to the radio station.“Look, I’m in a bit of strife here, I’m trying to do a radio show, I’m not a trained negotiator,” he said to Mr Scipione. Hadley relayed to listeners: “I’m a bit lost… I have confirmed I’m talking to a hostage inside the Lindt café,” he said. "The aim of this is to get these people out safely.” A police negotiator spent “three or four hours” with Hadley, dealing with several of the hostages who reached out to the radio station via phone and text message. The siege finally came to an end yesterday, as hostages were finally freed after Police stormed the cafe. Three people were killed, including the main hostage taker. One police officer was injured, but is reported in stable condition. WATCH HERE

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MOTION: Carson Daly Inks Multi-Year Extension With CBS Radio

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio announced they have signed Carson Daly to a multi-year contract extension. Under the new agreement, Carson will remain as host of his highly-rated Los Angeles morning show, “Mornings with Carson Daly,” broadcast on 97.1 AMP Radio weekdays from 6:00-10:00 AM, PT, and “The Daly Download with Carson Daly,” a weekly countdown show that is nationally syndicated to more than 110 radio stations in the United States and Canada. Daly has been with 97.1 AMP Radio since January 2010. His show currently is among the Top 3 most-listened-to programs in the time period with listeners 6+. “Carson has proven to be a leading authority on music and pop-culture and plays a significant role in 97.1 AMP Radio’s success,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS Radio.
“I love radio,” said Daly. “I’ve been doing it since I was 18. I hope to do it forever. I know it well, and it’s the most fun job I have." Daly also currently serves as co-host of the TODAY show and host and producer of “The Voice” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” In addition, Carson and Universal Media Studios have produced “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” for the past nine years. Daly began his career in radio in the early 1990s, and soon became an on-air host for CBS RADIO’s 106.7 KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. He was also the acclaimed host of MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live).

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Howard Stern To Start Show At 7:00 AM Beginning In January

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Coupled with his three-day-a-week satellite show on SiriusXM, Howard Stern can now reportedly sleep a little later as he tweeted beginning in January he'll move his show start from 6:00 to 7:00 AM. According to emptylighthouse.com, Stern has suggested for years that he might move the start time for his program even discussing moving it to afternoon, a move not preferred by SiriusXM. This move may also have something to do with Stern's recent announcement that he would be returning next summer as a judge on another season of "America's Got Talent."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rafe D'Amico Named Beasley Broadcast Group's VP/Strategic Partnerships

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Beasley Broadcast Group announced the promotion of Rafe D’Amico to Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, a newly established position created to develop additional revenue through enhanced relationships with advertisers and agencies. D’Amico will retain his duties as National Sales Manager (NSM) for Beasley’s Las Vegas and Wilmington, DE markets and will add NSM duties for Charlotte, NC. This appointment is effective immediately and he reports to Executive Vice President of Sales Heather Monahan. A Philadelphia native, Rafe joined Beasley Broadcast’s Philadelphia cluster of radio stations in 2008 in the dual role of local sales manager and digital sales manager for Wired 96 WRDW-FM and 92.5 WXTU-FM. He was promoted to national sales manager in 2009 for both of these stations. Despite growing up in the shadow of Villanova, Rafe studied Media Arts at the University of Arizona and began his media career while still attending college in 1998.

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NIELSEN: Talk Still On Top In 2014, But Lead Grows Smaller; Hot AC On The Rise

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Nielsen took a look back at national radio listening trends among the more than 243 million Americans (aged 12 and older) who tune in each week to see how formats performed in 2014. They showed that 2014 was an up and down year for Country, America’s No. 1 overall format in the 48 Nielsen portable people meter (PPM) markets. In June, the format peaked at its all-time best for audience share, before ending the year with four straight months of declines. News/Talk remained the top-ranked overall format with listeners 6+, but its lead over the competition has grown smaller with every passing year. And Hot Adult Contemporary (AC) lived up to its name in 2014, rising up the charts with listeners young and old, and moving from fifth to third this year among audiences aged 18 to 34. The charts break down the national listening landscape for the top 10 most popular radio formats of 2014 in Nielsen’s PPM markets. FOR COMPLETE REPORT, CLICK HERE

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[WATCH] Elvis Duran Dishes On Best/Worst Guests Ever With ABC's Dan Harris On 'Nightline'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Nice piece on ABC TV's Nightline featuring the Premiere Network syndicated Elvis Duran, host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” broadcasting from Z100/NY. ABC's Dan Harris interviewed the longtime host calling him a magnet for the biggest stars on Earth. When the topic turned to guests, Elvis was candid in his appraisal of a-listers. He called Mariah Carey a “fun, interesting, complex, beautiful” and also “lonely" star. He also said some of the top stars think it's okay to be a little late for an interview, but he has no problem callin them out when they are. This was the case with Katy Perry once when he sent his assistant downstairs [and said], ‘just tell her not to come up. Tell her when she’s on time, she can be on our show.’ The next day, she showed up early, and she gave us a great interview. She’s fantastic. Love her." Worst interview? "Usher,” said Elvis. “One of the most talented people in music. I mean, beyond talented. He was just in a bad mood one day when we were interviewing him. ... I was watching the text messages from our listeners roll by as we were talking to him, and they were not being very kind. They’re just like, ‘Get this guy off the air. He’s very insulting.’ ... We politely thanked him, and we ended the interview.” As for his radio career, Elvis said he got his first DJ gig at age 15. "But no one listened to this radio station,” Duran said, laughing. “As a matter of fact, I actually went on the air one day and said, ‘If you’re the second caller, I’ll give you $50.’ No one called.” USHER PHOTO/Helga Esteb / Shutterstock - WATCH INTERVIEW HERE

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Florida Georgia Line And Luke Bryan Win Big At First ACCA

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Winners were announced for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards show which broadcast live last night from Nashville’s Music City Center. According to multichannel.com, Jason Aldean was named Artist of the Year, while hosts Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan scored the most awards of the evening with three each. Florida Georgia Line also won Group/Duo of the Year and won two additional awards for “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan in the categories of Digital Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Bryan was also awarded Male Vocalist of the Year. Miranda Lambert took Female Vocalist of the Year honors while Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” was named Album of the Year. The only fan-voted award of the night. Song of The Year went to “Beat of The Music” from hit maker Brett Eldredge, who also performed the awarding-winning song on the telecast. Reba McEntire was the recipient of the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by longtime friend and radio host Kix Brooks. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert paid tribute to Reba by performing “How Blue,” “Take it Back” and “Fancy.” SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE

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NETWORKS: TM Studios Launch 'Brand' Country Imaging; Yahoo Sports Radio & All Sports United Team For Partnership

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– TM Studios, a division of Westwood One, has announced that its 360 Country Imaging Service has created BRAND, another first for Country radio imaging. BRAND features fully-customized and infused sound-alike intros for Program Directors who are less likely to use traditional jingles or who want to find another way to sonically own the music in their markets. Stations can imbed their brand directly into the music instead of around it. “As Country music continues to evolve, it makes sense that Country radio gets the tools and toys previously locked-up by our friends in CHR,” says Ryan Drean, Creative Director at TM. For more information, email info@tmstudios.com, or visit 360.tmstudios.com. ######## Yahoo Sports Radio and All Sports United announced a media partnership. Yahoo Sports Radio will be the title media partner in the organization’s effort to increase participation across the sports universe and to encourage fans to join their favorite athletes and celebrities in the charge. The partnership includes promotional support and listener engagement to raise funds during the inaugural Gaming to Give charity tournament, which kicks-off online during the first week of January and culminates with a star-studded event set to take place January 29th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday leading into the Super Bowl. The sports network will also be live at the event, capturing insider interviews with attending athletes and celebrities, which include: Green Bay Packers Great Ahman Green, Singer Brian McKnight, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo, Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Moses and many more.

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KLUC's Chet Buchanan Tops Past Record By Raising $323,092 And 5,146 Bikes; WILD 94.1 Doubles Take-In From 2013's Toy Drive

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Chet Buchanan ends 98.5 KLUC’s 16th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive with record breaking numbers! The 12-day event filled (29) 50 foot trailers with new toys, along with 5,146 bikes and $323,092 in cash and gift cards! The 12-day event benefits HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization that assists less fortunate families during the holiday season. Starting Wednesday, they will be helping over 3,000 families, and also helping out 45 other nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada. ######### WiLD 94.1 3rd annual Toy Drive wrapped up on Saturday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. as Program Director and Morning Show Host Orlando Davis came down from the “Toy Drive Tower.” Orlando spent the entire week living on the two-story high structure, which was built in a parking lot in Tampa. When all the numbers were added and bikes counted, Orlando’s Toy Drive raised $12,254 in gift card and cash donations, 305 bicycles and a PODS container full of toys. All donations collected will benefit The Children’s Home a non-profit organization, which serves as a sanctuary to abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community. “Toy Drive is special to me because living outdoors for five days isn’t comfortable, but neither is not having gift cards, bikes or toys for children who’ve already had a rough start. The Toy Drive helps The Children’s Home accomplish their goals while also helping so many other charities.” Orlando added, “It was important to me to find a way that I could help besides simply cutting a check. I still have, every year, but this visual coupled with everyone doing a little, ends up helping a lot. That’s a win for us all!”

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95.5 WPLJ Grants Teen's Wish To Become Pop-Star For A Day

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– New York’s 95.5 PLJ teamed up with Make-A-Wish to grant 13-year-old Olivia’s wish to be a "pop star for a day". Olivia is a 13-year-old girl from the Hudson Valley who has a life threatening brain tumor. 95.5 PLJ invited Olivia to PLJ’s studio high atop Madison Square Garden for an interview with Ralphie, host of Ralphie Tonight, to talk about her album release and what it’s like to be a pop star. Not only was Olivia interviewed in the studios, but she received the full superstar treatment with a meet and greet and her very own Green Room with all of Olivia’s favorite foods, drinks, snacks and presents! Charlie Foster, Vice President of Promotion from Epic Records, was on hand to escort Olivia through her visit at the station. An organized meet and greet with paparazzi was packed with some of her fans at PLJ who were all thrilled to make her experience one she’ll remember forever. Olivia’s album debut and pop star experience was one of 50 Wishes Across America granted by Macy’s and Make-A-Wish on National Believe Day.

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7RRHOF Class Of 2015 Announced; 10-Yr. Old Moves Justin Timberlake To Tears

 

DRUMROLL: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class Of 2015 Announced - [CNN]

Stars Show Up For Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday Party - [INSTAGRAM]

Brian Williams Inks Longterm Deal With NBC - [NYDN]

TV Guide's Look At Best TV Shows Of 2014 - [TV GUIDE]

UH OH: Walters Not-So-Kind Take On 'Most Fascinating Person' Amal Clooney - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] 10-Year Old Moves Justin Timberlake To Tears - [POPSUGAR]

[WATCH] Whoopi Finally Gets To Question Cosby Accuser - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Nicki Minaj's Goal Is To Have $500M And A Fat Baby - [USA TODAY]

Cicely Tyson Land Role On 'How To Get Away With Murder' - [EW]

ACT SURPRISED: GQ Names Chris Hemsworth Manliest Man In Hollywood - [GLOBAL GRIND]

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JEFF SMULYAN: '(Radio) Still Made More Money Before Lunch Today Than Pandora Has Made In Its Entire History'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– In a piece titled "Ten Years In Your Ears; The Past, Present And Future of Podcasts," Seth Stephenson, a frequent contributor to Slate, was asked by his editor: “Can radio even survive?” To get the answer, he reached out to Jeff Smulyan, founder of Emmis Communications who scoffed at at the question. “Terrestrial radio’s biggest problem right now is it has no cachet,” says Smulyan. “Podcasts only eat about a less than 1 percent chunk of my business. Internet radio streaming is 7 percent of the American radio industry, if that. Things are beginning to fragment, make no mistake. But we still made more money before lunch today than Pandora has made in its entire history.” Smulyan added: 'Radio continues to be a useful, profitable technology. Consider: For $39,000 in annual electricity costs, Emmis' Power 106’s broadcast tower can reach 15 million people in Southern California. There are no incremental charges involved—when an additional person tunes in, it doesn’t cost the station a dime. Not so on the Web. Each time you click a streaming radio channel, or download a podcast, it’s as though you’re making a collect call." To add a bit more sting to the argument, Smulyan declared, “We still made more money before lunch today than Pandora has made in its entire history.” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/NAB Shutterstock

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bruce Gilbert Named SVP/Sports At Cumulus/WWO; Don Martin Expands Duties At iHeartMedia

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that sports programming executive Bruce Gilbert will join the company in the newly-created role of Senior Vice President/Sports for Cumulus and Westwood One. Gilbert comes to Cumulus from FOX Sports Radio/iHeart Media, where he was Senior Vice President of Sports Operations. Gilbert assumes his new position on January 7. Gilbert said, "I want to thank John and Lew Dickey and Mike McVay for this incredible opportunity to provide our sports programming across every platform sports fans access. He was formerly Vice President/News, Talk and Sports Programming for CBS Radio Dallas, where he led programming initiatives for 105.3 The Fan, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and the Texas State Network. Prior to CBS, he was Chief Executive Officer of Washington, D.C.-based Red Zebra Broadcasting. Gilbert was also Vice President/General Manager for the ESPN Radio Network. Gilbert was recognized in 2010 with the coveted "Ashwood Award" at the annual Talk Show Boot Camp, which honors a broadcaster who has made the most positive impact in the radio business. ######## Premiere Networks announced that Don Martin, iHeartMedia SVP of Sports Los Angeles, will expand his duties to include Premiere and FOX Sports Radio, effective immediately. As SVP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, Martin will oversee the creation, development and direction of sports programming and content at the company, as well as the FOX Sports Radio Network, which reaches nearly 5 million weekly listeners on more than 400 stations nationwide. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. Talbott stated, “We’re in the business of creating and delivering the most relevant sports personalities and content, while leveraging exceptional results for our partners, and Don Martin has the experience and track record to lead that effort." Martin added, "When Julie Talbott and Darren Davis call, everybody listens!” shared Martin. “I’m thrilled to team up with Julie, Darren and the Premiere team once again. I’m also looking forward to reuniting with the incredible FOX Sports Radio family." Martin first joined Premiere Networks in 2009 as Vice President/General Manager of the FOX Sports Radio Network, while also serving as General Manager/Program Director of AM 570 KLAC/Los Angeles. Martin also served as program director of 850 KOA in Denver, Colo.

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MOTION: Mister Cee Returns To The Airwaves At New York's Radio 103.9

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Following his recent exit from Hot 97, comes word that Mister Cee, who's experienced his share of media attention in the Big Apple, has now returned to Radio 103.9 New York City. According to hotnewhiphop.com, in a statement to XXL, Mister Cee revealed he's taken up a position at Cumulus' Radio 103.9 in New York. In his ALL CAP statement, he wrote: "I AM EXCITED, HUMBLED, & BLESSED TO BE BACK ON THE RADIO WITH THE NEW RADIO 103.9 IN NEW YORK. TO BE A PART OF A NEW GROWING STATION GIVES ME A FRESH START IN MY RADIO CAREER. SPECIAL THANKS TO KEN JOHNSON & RAPHAEL GEORGE FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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UPDATE: WBAP/KLIF Reporter Alan Scaia Moved Out Of Intensive Care Following Head On Collision

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– WBAP/KLIF Dalla/Ft. Worth Reporter, Alan Scaia, who injured in a head-on collision on December 5th has, according to wbap.com, been moved out of the intensive care unit. His condition was last listed as serious. "We are overwhelmed by the support Alan is receiving," said Rick Hadley, WBAP/KLIF news director. "People from all over the U.S. have been asking for an update on Alan's condition. He is continuing to get better. Out of respect for his family I cannot get into specifics about his injuries except to say that obviously he was seriously hurt and will take some time to get back up and around." Texas Department of Public Safety says Scaia was driving a WBAP/KLIF news unit when a Ford F250 pickup veered into his northbound lane on FM 51 about thirty miles outside Ft. Worth. The truck and the Toyota Camry Scaia was driving hit head on. Scaia was airlifted to JPS along with a passenger in the truck. The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to another hospital.

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Scottish Teen's YouTube Video Of Whitney Houston Cover Goes Viral Following Assist From Seattle Station

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– 14 yr.-old Jade Burke's (below)mom agreed to let 95.7 KJR/Seattle share a clip of her cover of Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You and the rest, as they say, is history. According to thedailymail.com (which list KJR as KRJ) Jade's mom bought her a professional mic and new laptop to make videos of her singing. KJR picked up on it and following permission to post on its Facebook page, Jade quickly drew a million views YouTube (now approaching 10 million). Jade, who's from Glasgow, woke up to find she'd become hit overnight. She actually had recorded the Whitney cover eight months before when she was just 13. She said it was a practice video she recorded for the Edinburgh Mela Festival before it became an overnight sensation. KJR, as of this article,, showed 2,541,478 likes on their Facebook page. The post reads: 'AMAZING! She is only 13 but her voice has much POWER and SOUL to sing 'I Will Always Love You'. Jade you have an amazing Future.' WATCH VIDEO HERE

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RYAN SEACREST: American Idol Cutting Back To One Night

Performance Show And Results To Be In One Show

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– During Z100/New York's Jingle Ball in New York on Friday night, Ryan Seacrest revealed that on next season's American Idol “We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Seacrest explained, 'This way there won’t be a ‘Wait ‘til tomorrow night.’ There won’t be a ‘Coming up, coming up, coming up.’ We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting." Seacrest said this change in programming will take effect once the show gets into the final stretch. “[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night,” he said. The longtime KIIS-FM morning host also added that more former Idols would be returning to the show to mentor contestants. "Adam Lambert, for instance, was instrumental in offering expertise when he filled in for Urban during the auditions phase. “Adam stepped up when Keith couldn’t be there, and Adam did a great job,” said Seacrest. American Idol returns to FOX on Jan. 7.

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Still Time To Sign Up For Fisher House News/Talk Holiday Show

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Fisher House Foundation and news/talk radio partner again this holiday season to bring attention to wounded warriors, veterans and military families. Fisher House is offering a three-hour, highly-produced public affairs show for air between Christmas and New Year's Day. "Zachary's Gift" tells the inspiring story of Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher through heroes served by the foundation's growing network of no-cost comfort homes built on the grounds of VA and military base hospitals. The show is free; no contract, no barter. Stations may air it multiple times. Affiliates include KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WPHT Philadelphia, KSFO San Francisco, WRKO Boston, WMAL Washington, WSB Atlanta, KTRH and KPRC Houston, KTAR Phoenix, KOA Denver, WTAM Cleveland, KFBK Sacramento, WTIC Hartford, KQTH Tucson, KSL Salt Lake City, KARN Little Rock, KRMG Tulsa and many others. "Many stations are using 'Zachary's Gift' to fill a local three-hour show on Christmas or New Year's Day," said executive producer Marshall Adams. The show's host is Mark Watkins, a radio newsroom vet who recently retired from the anchor booth at WBAP and KLIF Dallas. Jeff Davis is the show's promo voice. Jonathan Shaffer from WSM Nashville is leading production and imaging. Westwod One is handling affiliate relations pro-bono. To sign up, send a note with your planned air times to Stuart Greenblatt at sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com. Marshall Adams can answer questions about content at (412) 856-3400 or radio@fisherhouse.org.

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94.1 KTFM's Nugget Officiates At Listener's Wedding; The 'Reverend' Rumble Presides Over News Host's Marriage To Former Producer; Blades's Producer, Justin, Engaged Under Northern Lights

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 – 94.1 KTFM’s morning show “Blondie and Nugget in the Morning” hosted and officiated a wedding this past Saturday 12/13/14 for one lucky couple. It was inside San Antonio’s own MadDogs British Pub located right off the famous Riverwalk. Nugget completed the online certification to become an ordained minister. This is his first wedding! KTFM’s Program Director Pat Cerullo stated “When Blondie and Nugget told me about the level of demand for the 12/13/14 wedding date this week, I said let’s go on the air and see just how badly our audience wants to get married. Dozens of emails, hundreds of shares, thousands of likes (and 24 hours later), we have a San Antonio couple preparing for a shotgun wedding that will be officiated by our very own Nugget. There’s no doubt in my mind that we have the only morning team in town that could pull this off.” Meanwhile, in a wedding that featured Zombies, Swords, and ring delivery by a live, flying, Hawk, WNOR/Norfolk's extremely talented News Host Shelley, was married to their extremely talented former producer Eric, on Saturday. The ceremony was performed by Rick Rumble, after securing a one-time minister‘s license thru the Norfolk Circuit court. Quote: “Remember, flash photography may anger the Raptor”…(Pictured…Shelley and Eric Winslow, Rev. Rumble) ######### Could this be the best proposal ever? Justin tells Jockline Daily, "I have always wanted to propose under the under the Northern Lights. After 7 years I was finally able to do it! This year was tough, I live in Phoenix and she lives in Philadelphia so we are dealing with the long distance thing. We are huge Amazing Race fans so planning this was fun but CRAZY. 6 States, 2 Countries and 5000 Miles later It all worked out in the end. Hope you enjoy the video! We are planning and saving for a destination wedding right now! WATCH HERE /Amazing #AuroraLove ——Justin @BladesProducer

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7Miss South Africa Crowned Miss World; DiCaprio Called 'Despicable' In Sony Emails

 

Miss South Africa Crowned Miss World - [YAHOO]

CHELSEA HANDLER: Speech During DUI Class Launched Her Career - [BUSTLE]

UH OH: DiCaprio Called 'Despicable' In Leaked Sony Emails - [VARIETY]

2014, The Year Of Celebrity Nudity - [DAILY CALLER]

Cosby Finally Speaks; Sorta - [PAGE SIX]

'Orange Is The New Black' Cast Join Protest In NYC - [THE WRAP]

Nice Cannon To Host The People Magazine Awards Show - [TVBYTHENUMBERS]

CHRIS MARTIN: Bowie Turned Down Coldplay Guest Spot Saying Song 'Wasn't One Of My Best' - [NME]

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Top Weekend BO's - [NYDN]

 

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MOTION: Nikki Landry Takes PD/Midday Reigns At Magic 98.9 Colorado Springs

THE MOUTH, 12.13.14 –– Cumulus announced that Nikki Landry has been named Program Director and on-air talent at heritage CHR KKMG/98.9 Magic 7FM Colorado Springs. She succeeds Derreck Rusch, who continues as the station’s morning host (D-Rock And Bobby) and promotion director. Previously, Nikki led Adult CHR Star 105 in Toledo and most recently served as Program Director at WEBL/WUMY in Memphis. Landry said: “It is such an honor to take the reins of such a musically and personality driven flame thrower as 98.9 Magic FM. I am elated to be coming back to Cumulus and to be on Bobby Irwin's (OM) and Davey Morris' (Format Captain) team. I am so psyched to get started and to work with our team to continue to build on the #1 station in the Springs! Landry's other past stints included Wash. DC 94.7Fresh FM, 104.1 Voodoo New Orleans and 95.7 The Wolf San Francisco.

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Jayde Donovan To Co-Host Mornings With Todd Pettengill At WPLJ New York

Show To Be Rebranded "Todd & Jayde In The Morning"

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that morning show host Jayde Donovan joins WPLJ mornings as co-host of the new weekday morning show, “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)”. The show will debut on January 5, 2015. Donovan comes to New York City from Tampa Bay, where she launched one of the first female-led Top 40 morning radio shows in the U.S., “Hot Mornings with Jayde” on WPOI/Hot 101.5. Donovan was also a correspondent for WTVT Fox 13 Tampa, with weekly segment “Hot Happenings” on Good Day Tampa Bay and daily segment “Hot Dish” on Dish Nation. She also hosted the television show “The Cue” on WOFL Fox 35 in Orlando. Prior to that, she was co-host of Johnny & Jayde in the Morning on Orlando’s WXXL/XL 106.7. Donovan has served as an entertainment correspondent with Billy Bush on Access Hollywood, and has co-hosted LIVE With Regis & Kelly with Regis Philbin. Kim Bryant, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus New York said: “We are thrilled to have a talent like Jayde on PLJ. She is genuine, smart and beautiful. The New York market is going to fall in love with her.” Donovan said: “I still can't wrap my head around the dream job in front of me! To co-lead a show in the number one market in the world is more than a dream come true. Huge thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Gillette, and my legendary radio friend Todd Pettengill for bringing me on the team. Can't wait to get to work!” Jockline has learned that current co-host, Cooper Lawrence will segue to new slot on WABC.

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ABC Family Picks Up Ryan Seacrest Produced Transgender Docu-Series

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'My Transparent Life' is a series based around a teen named Ben who learns his parents are not only getting a divorce, but also that his father is becoming a woman. The show is described as a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends, supporting each other through the unfamiliar and unexpected situation. ABC Family is teaming with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben's incredible real-life story," said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. "While Ben's family situation is unusual, the themes and coming-of-age issues are universal, and we think our viewers will find a real connection to them." Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam and George Moll will exec produce for RSP alongside Paul Barrosse. For ABC Family, My Transparent Life is said to be a move for a larger push to age-up the network, which is mulling a complete rebranding. Ascheim's plan is to shift ABC Family's viewership from teens to 20-somethings and their families.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION; Les Moonves Extends With CBS Through 2019

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– CBS announced that CEO Les Moonves,65, will stay through June 30, 2019, after inking a two-year extension from the deal made two years ago. According to deadline.com, in 2019, Moonves will serve as “executive advisor” for five years, the company says, with an option to create a production company “under CBS’s auspices.” Reportedly, Moonves’ salary will remain at its current level, the company says. He’ll also continue to collect an annual performance-based bonus as well as equity “that further ties the value of the agreement to the performance of the Company’s stock.” His compensation package came to $66.9 million in 2013, making him one of the highest-paid executives in media.

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MOTION: Greg Beharrell Takes Afternoons At Live 105 San Francisco

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– LIVE 105 is pleased to announce Greg Beharrell to afternoon drive on Live 105 effective December 15th. Greg arrives from doing afternoons at CFOX/Vancouver. His previous positions include mornings at alternative station CFNY/Toronto and alternative CFEX/Calgary. “We are excited to bring Greg and his fresh, interesting style to afternoons at Live 105. Greg is the next step in our goal of making Live 105 a premium music and entertainment destination for the Bay Area” said Program Director Jacent Jackson. "My name is Greg Beharrell. Let me tell you a little about the personality that's currently in control of my thoughts: I give anonymously to charity; I'm a follower, and I'll be the second one to admit that; and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins, even the punter. I'm an environmentalist, so I'll be biking the afternoon show into the ground. We all make mistakes, and I'm Live 105's" added Greg. KITS-FM (LIVE 105), owned and operated by CBS Radio, also owns KLLC-FM (Alice @97.3) KCBS-AM/FM, and KMVQ-FM (997 Now) in San Francisco.

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Former Grand Rapids Host Sentenced To 40 Years On Child (S)ex Charges

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– John Balyo, a former radio host at WCSG in Grand Rapids, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 11, to 40 years in prison for (s)ex exploitation of a child and possessing child pornography. According to mlive.com, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell said it was difficult to reconcile Balyo's reputation as a Christian, caring man who offered advice on the radio and his dark, deviant side that has probably destroyed of a young boy. “I’m trying to figure out which one I’m sitting in front of right now,” Bell said. He told Balyo to “peel back layers of your own heart and your own soul” while in prison to determine why he was involved in such deviant behavior that has likely traumatized victims for life. Balyo told the judge he wants a chance at a life someday and admitted what he did was horrible. He said he didn’t think through the consequences of his depravity. Balyo is also serving 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexual assault of a child. The state and federal sentences will be served concurrently.

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CBC To Put Morning Radio Shows On TV

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Could this be the beginning of a growing trend? In a Thursday memo, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has announced it's putting its morning radio show on television as part of a strategy to distribute its content on as many different platforms as possible. According to theglobeandmail.com, as part of the plan, CBC will shorten most of its local supper-hour TV newscasts from the current 90-minute offerings. to 30 and 60 minutes. “This is not just about changing the length of supper hours, this is about changing how we serve the audience ... Visual storytelling is still important and we will need to consider new ways to assign, newsgather and tell stories on screens from 80” to 2” in size. Mobile and desktop/Web offers new platforms and opportunities for storytelling as well as exchange and engagement with the audience,' states the memo. CBC/Radio-Canada is experiencing a shift in audience preferences, as users embrace mobile offerings and spend far less time consuming the news on TV.

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[WATCH] Sam Alex Asks Top Artists Which Celebrity They Want Under The Mistletoe

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Sam Alex (R), host of Taste of Country Nights, asked nearly two dozen country stars which celebrity they would want to kiss underneath the mistletoe. Miranda Lambert was quick to bring up Justin Timberlake before finding out he is going to be a daddy soon. Reba McEntire got some mentions. We also learned that should Jennifer Aniston ever decide to take a trip to Nashville, she’d better bring a bodyguard. Four different male artists picked her for under the mistletoe. Other stars who answered are Brett Eldredge, Maddie & Tae, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Chase Bryant, Joe Nichols, Kristian Bush, Dustin Lynch, Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett, The Cadillac Three and Tyler Farr. To be fair, we asked Sam which celebrity HE would like to play smash lips under the mistletoe. Without missing a beat he said Dolly Parton ... but only on the cheek," he explained. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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ABC TV's Nashville Stars Pay Visit To America's Morning Show

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– ABC-TV’s Nashville stars, Lennon & Maisy paid a visit to the NASH Campus and America's Morning Show. They performed their new Christmas single, “Christmas Coming Home,” and their YouTube hit from The Lumineers, “Ho Hey.” Please see the attached photo. Pictured L-R: Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks & Blair Garner)

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Amy Schumer To Host 2015 MTV Awards - [CHICAGO SUN TIMES]

Nicki Minaj Set To Debut New Single On EPN's 'Sportscenter' - [THE WRAP]

So, What Do You Think Were The 10 Best Albums Of 2014? - [BILLBOARD]

Fox Catching Attention On 'Backstrom' With Total Dick Campaign - [EW]

Whoopi Clears The Air On 'Fartgate' - [SFGATE]

Rick Springfield Joins 'True Detective' For Season 2 - [TV GUIDE]

Check Out The Most Popular Pop Stars On Twitter In 2014 - [IDOLATOR]

UH OH: Facebook Thinking About A 'Dislike' Button - [MASHABLE]

Uptown Magazine Rings In The New Year With Jan Gabrielle Cover - [UPTOWN]

CHECK IT OUT: Awesome Gifts 90's Girls Always Wanted For Christmas - [BUZZFEED]

[WATCH] Sean Penn In 'The Gunman' Coming In March - [SLASH FILMS]

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REPORT: L.A.D.A.'s Office Mulls 'Elder Abuse' Charges Against Jean Kasem

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is now considering charging Jean Kasem with 'elder abuse' charges reports The ENQUIRER. Logan Clarke – working on behalf of Casey’s daughter Kerri – confirmed to The ENQUIRER that the LAPD has turned over the case following an investigation. Clarke called the road trip from a California nursing home to Washington State, a “wild ride,” and said Jean’s decision to take Casey from the facility endangered his life and ultimately led to his death. Clarke told The ENQUIRER: “We have statements – and so do the police – from nurses about Jean and the way she allegedly treated her husband. When Jean took Casey out (of the facility), she was told, ‘You cannot disconnect him from his feeding tube – if you do, he will die!’ The tube was surgically implanted in his stomach, so she took the feeding machine. “They let her take it because it was the only thing that would keep Casey alive!” Clarke also claimed when Jean ran out of proper food, she bought the liquid nutrition drink Ensure. “Allegedly, Ensure was poured into Casey’s feeding machine,” Clarke claimed. “It broke the machine and then Casey’s colostomy bag apparently began filling up with blood!” Casey was eventually taken to a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash., where he passed away on June 15th. Meanwhile, Kasem's unburied body remains Norway, where it has to be embalmed. 1

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Cumulus and WWO Join With Dick Clark Productions Backstage At First-Ever American Country Countdown Awards



THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Cumulus and Westwood One announced they will provide Red Carpet Radio exclusive audio coverage from backstage at the ACC Awards on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, leading up to the inaugural broadcast of the American Country Countdown Awards. The event is airing LIVE from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, December 15 (8:00-10:00 PM TE live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The 2014 ACCAs, hosted by superstar duo Florida Georgia Line (shown), will honor Country music’s biggest stars. During the live telecast, Country queen Reba McEntire will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. NASH Icon is a Cumulus Country brand, introduced earlier this year, which now airs on more than 20 stations nationally and features the “music that made Country great.” The Red Carpet Radio backstage event will feature two days of live broadcasts with 20 Country radio stations from across the country, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage. Cumulus/Westwood One national shows NASH Nights Live, America’s Morning Show, and American Country Countdown will broadcast live from backstage.

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[WATCH] Steve Dahl To Pen Final Chapter On Disco Demolition

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Now thirty-five years after one of radio's most notorious and memorable radio stunts, Chicago media blogger, Robert Feder says Steve Dahl will finally clear the air about Disco Demolition with a 'definitive' book on the event. Dahl is teaming with former Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin to write 'Disco Demolition: the Death of Disco.' It’s set for release in April 2016 by Curbside Splendor. Just to recap, this was a promotion that set out to blow up a box of disco records between games of a twilight double-header between The White Sox and Detroit Tigers at Comiskey Park. After fans stormed the field between games, it ended up with the second game being forfeited due to the field being unplayable. Dahl was then the morning host at WLUP, explained to Feder: “I wanted to make sure that there is both an oral and pictorial history of what really happened that night,” he said. “As we get further from the event, people tend to assign different meanings to it. It really was about saving rock and roll.” To capture a bit of pandemonium that night, check out the TV coverage HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brad Marshall Tapped As VP/MM For Cumulus Youngstown

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that Brad Marshall has been promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus in Youngstown, Ohio. He replaces Rick Parrish, who announced his retirement effective December 15. Marshall rises from his previous role as Director of Sales for Cumulus Youngstown, Canton & Hermitage, a position he has held for over five years. Prior to that, Marshall was a General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia-Youngstown for 16 years. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “We wish Rick well with his retirement and thank him for his years of service to us. Moving forward, we are thrilled to have Brad promoted to this role. As the DOS for five years, Brad was ready for this challenge and we look forward to many years of success under his leadership.” Marshall said: “I couldn’t be happier to step into this new role with Cumulus. This company has an amazing vision for the future and tremendous leadership.”

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MOTION: Margery Punnett To Host Final Show On myTalk 107.1/Minneapolis This Friday; [WATCH] Gillian Reilly Exits The Coop Show; Govia Takes Nights At Energy 102.3 Peoria

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– After a 10-yr run with myTalk 107.1/Minneapolis, Margery Punnett will air her final show this Friday and head to Phoenix where she'll join her husband and former myTalk co-host, Ian Punnett, who's working on a Ph.D. in journalism at Arizona State University. She tells twincities.com, "He's a wonderful long distance boyfriend, but we miss each other terribly," said Punnett, "I just can't wait to live with him again. We've been married 30 years. And this is the longest we've been separated. We've been apart almost 18 months." ############## Meanwhile, at Detroit, 98.7 Amp Radio's The Coop Show, Executive Producer Gillian Reilly announced, via YOU TUBE, she's leaving. But the video isn't what you might expect. In fact, it was of thanks and gratitude for the opportunity. In a video called "I got fired," Gillian Reilly said she was let go Monday on 98.7 Amp Radio's "The Coop Show which airs from 6-10 am. "First and foremost, I'm not angry and I'm not bitter about the decision," she said in the video posted online on Wednesday. "I actually overwhelmingly feel this sense of gratitude for the experience. CBS offered me the biggest opportunity I've ever had in my career and, thanks to them, I had that experience." Reilly thanked listeners, her parents and show host Sean "Coop" Tabler. Reilly had been with the station since April 2012. WATCH VIDEO HERE ########### Alpha Media Peoria announced today that Govia will join Peoria's new CHR, Energy 102.3 (WNGY) in the 6-11 pm on-air slot. Govia was in Peoria from 2006-2009 as a 3pm-Midnight on air personality, then again from 2010-2012 as a Program Director and On-Air personality, before exiting back to Chicago. Govia makes his return to Peoria, Monday. Some of his prior stops were On-Air in Chicago, On-Air in New York, PD/On-Air in the Hamptons, APD/MD/Nights in Knoxville and Nights in Biloxi.

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KMLE 107.9's Steve & Nina Deliver 'Big Thank You Project' To Deployed Troops

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– KMLE @ 107.9 (KMLE-FM) Morning show air personalities Steve & Nina, in conjunction with the Phoenix based non-profit organization, Packages From Home, spearheaded an effort during the month of November to collect thank-you letters to send to our deployed troops between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The program, called the “Big Thank You Project,” generated an incredible total of 11,775 letters. “Being away from your family is already hard, but being away during these times can be harder, “ said Nina. “Our Soldiers sacrifice so much for us and often times don't receive the gratitude they deserve.” Steve agreed. “We wanted to come together with the KMLE Nation to send our troops as much love as we could so they remember how appreciated they are.” The program’s original goal was 1,079 letters. Much of the support came from local Valley schools including Ishikawa Elementary School, Basis Charter School, and Riverbend Prep Academy.

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PHOTO OP: Dee Jay Silver And Sun Broadcast Group Convene In Vegas

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Dee Jay Silver, host of Sun Broadcast Group/KMG’s The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver was hanging out high above 'The Bank' nightclub in Las Vegas, during his recent 7-day appearance as part of the National Rodeo Finals. (L to R) Niels Skou, West Coast Promotion Manager, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine; Julio Aponte, COO, Sun Broadcast Group; Dee Jay Silver; Jenna Straub; Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group and Ron Rivlin, SVP Programming and Affiliate Relations, Sun Broadcast Group. Dee Jay Silver will be hosting a coast to coast New Year’s Eve Party on over 100 country stations nationwide. He’ll also be kicking off a national promotion for two lucky winners to attend the ACM’s in Dallas in 2015. For more information, call Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303. Rrivlin@sunbgi.com

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NO FAD: Instagram Tops 300 Million; Now Bigger Than Twitter

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now reports 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US, reports techcrunch.com. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago. In its fourth year, there are now 70 million photos shared each day, and over 30 billion total. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says on its blog: “Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community.” Between Facebook’s 1.35 billion, Messenger’s 500 million, and WhatsApp’s 600 million users, Facebook has developed quite a footprint. In the near future, Instagram plans to launch verified badges for celebrities, brands, and athletes so people don’t accidentally follow parody, tribute, or look-alike accounts.

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May 20th, 2015 Announced As David Letterman's Last Show On 'Late Show' - [WSJ]

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett To Headline New Year's Eve Special With Carson Daly - [THE WRAP]

Cuba Gooding Jr. To Play O.J. In 'American Crime Story' - [DEADLINE]

Angelina Jolie Says Brad Doesn't Want Their Kids To Get Tattoos - [RADIO TIMES]

REPORT: Charles Manson Never Auditioned For The Monkees - [GIZMODO]

Florida Woman Punched Sister During Fight Over Vibrator - [WFLA]

(S)exual Predator Wins $3 Million From Florida Scratcher s- [ORLANDO SENTINEL]

FORBES: The Highest Paid Musicians In 2014 - [FORBES]

2015 SAG Awards Nominees Announced - [LA TIMES]

'Game Of Thrones' Tops Facebook's Most Mentioned TV Show of 2014 - [ABC NEWS RADIO]

CHECK IT OUT: The World's Most Expensive Photograph - [BUZZFEED]

[WATCH] 'Mad Max Fury Road' Trailer - [SLASH FILM]

 

 

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Dallas Morning Legend Terry Dorsey Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announceD that legendary Country radio morning personality Terry Dorsey will retire after more than 40 years in radio, with the last 26 years as morning host for KSCS. Dorsey’s last day on the air at KSCS will be December 17, after which he and his wife, Claudia, will retire to Illinois to be close to family. Dorsey started his radio career in the late 60's at WFKY in Frankfort, Kentucky. He then made stops in Richmond, Indiana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dayton, Ohio before arriving in Dallas in 1980 to do mornings on KPLX. Dorsey moved across town to KSCS in July, 1988 and has been a fixture on KSCS and Dallas radio ever since. He was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also won the CMA, AMA, and Billboard Major Market Personality of the Year Awards. "I think I can speak for most people when I say Dallas radio won't be the same without Terry's voice in the morning! I wish him nothing but the absolute best in his retirement!" Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Dallas/Houston said: "Terry's contribution to Dallas/Fort Worth radio is monumental. He is an Iconic figure in our industry and we are all better because Terry Dorsey was in it.” 1

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Betsy Morgan Rises To CEO At The Blaze; Chris Balfe Exits

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Glenn Beck announced that Betsy Morgan, President and Chief Strategy Officer of TheBlaze, has been promoted to CEO effective immediately. Morgan, who will continue to be based in New York, succeeds Chris Balfe, who worked with Beck for the past 12 years and helped transform a two person company into a 300 person multi-media business with a television network with over 80 operators and hundreds of thousands of subscribers, a website with over 30 million unique visitors per month, a top 20 ranked audio streaming network, the third-highest rated radio show in the country and a book division that published over 15 bestsellers. On Balfe's departure, Beck said: "Chris Balfe has been my friend and the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts for 12 years. He will be an incredibly hard act to follow - under Chris’ watchful eye we have done things that no group of people our size have ever done, things that people thought were impossible. And I think that under the leadership of our new CEO, Betsy Morgan, we will continue to prove that there is another way and we'll confound the skeptics again."Morgan joined TheBlaze from The Huffington Post where she served as CEO. Prior to joining Huffington Post, she was Senior Vice President for CBS Interactive and the General Manager of CBSNews.com, where she was in charge of the network’s 24-hour broadband, on-demand news service. Betsy was a featured panelist at Talk Show Boot Camp V.

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MOTION: Donovan Exits Hot 101.5/Tampa; Albuquerque Morning Vet Tony Lynn Joins NY Cluster As OM; Walter Sabo To Do Talk At WPHT

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Jayde Donovan (R) has left mornings at Cox Media Group WPOI-FM/Hot 101.5 Tampa for an undisclosed opportunity. She had been with the Florida outlet for the last three years. In 2010, Jayde was chosen as one of the finalists in Live With Regis & Kelly's wildly popular 'Women In Radio Competition. No word yet on her replacement, but look for news on her new opportunity soon. ######## Longtime Albuquerque morning host, Tony Lynn, is joining Community Broadcasters in Ogdensburg, NY as OM for its 3-station cluster. It includes country WLFK/95.3 THE WOLF, News/Talk WQTK and ESPN affiliate, Sports WSLB-A. Lynn will also handle mornings on The WOLF; Lynn spent 21 years between KRST and KBQI in Albuquerque. ######## Consultant Walter Sabo tells Jockline he'll be doing do a weekly talk show on WPHT/Philadelphia. He'll continue to head Sabo Media and said he 'thought if would be fun do the show and likes the fact that WPHT is predominately live and local.' He'll go by the name Walter Sterling.

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Just In Time For The Holidays, A Larry King Fantasy Interview

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– With Christmas just days away, here's your chance to take advantage of a gift unlike any other: A fantasy interview with Larry King. It's being offered through Chicago's Museum Of Broadcast Communication and for only $24.95, along with the help of video editors, you can be interviewed by Larry King. Through this virtual interview, his questions are edited to match those purchasing the gift with a seamless conversation. In this sample video, you'll get an idea of how this video would actually look. As they suggest, it will create a memory that will last a lifetime. To schedule an interview, contact studio@museum.tv or call 312-245-8200. Tapings will be held at the Broadcast Museum in Chicago - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Ad Large Inks Nat'l Ad Sales Agreement To Rep' Marijuana Radio News Program

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– AdLarge Media has announced an agreement for exclusive, national advertising sales representation of The National Marijuana News (TNMNews), the unbiased news/talk program focused on the political, economic, medical, and social implications of the rapidly evolving marijuana industry. “How marijuana fits into our culture is a conversation that is taking place across America, and the public wants the kind of balanced information that TNMNews delivers,” observed Jessica Sherman, Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing, AdLarge Media. “TNMNews is engaging listeners with guests who are experts in the legal and medical professions, and helping audiences find their position on marijuana by presenting the facts.” Developed by seasoned news producers and media industry professionals, TNMNews takes a deep dive beyond the headlines to explore breaking cannabis news, including field segments, interviews, and roundtable discussions. The driving force behind TNMNews has been Executive Producer Martin Wagmaister, whose background includes producer of Rick Dees In the Morning and On Air with Ryan Seacrest “It’s no longer a debate ‘for or against’,” Wagmaister stated. “Americans are looking for answers that will help them with their personal decisions. Our goal at TNMNews is to present all the accurate information available, and to explore every viewpoint out there.”

 

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[LISTEN] Laura Ingraham Talks Radio With Greta Von Susterin

Says You Have To Keep Innovating To Succeed

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham joined Fox TV's Greta Von Susterin this week as a guest on her blog, Gretawire. Taking a rare detour from politics, the discussion led off by Greta asking Laura about her success as a radio personality. Having begun her radio career in 2001, Laura tells Greta she got her first taste of radio from guest appearances on The Don Imus show. From there, she journeyed into a long and successful career in syndication. As for her keys to success, she told Greta, 'Keep innovating! ... You also have to love it. if you dont love it, it shows ... People also still need humor. And personalities on talk have to be bold and risk takers." She added, "If I don't evolve, I need to get off the air." When asked about radio's future, Laura said platforms like podcasts and streaming have made her show more accessible. She also attributes great interviewing skills to being a successful talk host. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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NETWORKS: USRN Adds 'Something You Should Know' To Daily Lineup; Panama City Kick’n Country Adds Envision's 'AmeriCountry'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that the company will begin distributing the longstanding successful feature 'Something You Should Know' from host and creator Mike Carruthers (L) and his production company, Strand Media. Something You Should Know is a feature-length program that provides both radio stations and listeners with informational content that host Mike Carruthers describes as “wisdom and advice for life.” The feature was started on one radio station in 1980 and after moving into syndication has grown to a substantial national network of features heard on roughly 140 radio stations all across the nation. Mike began Strand Media as a network radio production company in the 1980’s and its first program was “Something You Should Know.” ########## Envision Networks® welcomes Powell Broadcast Group’s WKNK/Panama City, FL as the latest affiliate of AmeriCountry, the morning show content service designed specifically for country radio. “Since signing up with AmeriCountry, we noticed our show has been elevated to the next level. With easy access to artist audio, timely stories and topic starting phone calls, AmeriCountry has helped us produce a winning show every morning! Now if only they delivered coffee too!” said Dave Fields, Kick’n Country PD and morning show host.

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HOLIDAY CHEER: Watch 'Breakin And Entering' San Diego 2014; Emmis NY Spreads Warmth With Coat Drive; The Bull Biloxi Stuffs Another Bus

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– There's not nearly enough space to fairly show the numerous examples of how radio is lending its amazing hand to those in need this holiday season. Here are but a few: This year's Breaking And Entering by KyXy/San Diego's Jeff & Jer chose chose another special family to be showered with gifts galore, including a new auto (shown) - WATCH VIDEO HERE ####### Next up, Emmis New York's WBLS 107.5, HOT 97 and WLIB 1190, partnered with Geico and Fidelis Health Care to host the 3rd annual “Spread the Warmth” Coat Drive on Saturday, December 13, 2014, The stations will be collecting new and gently worn coats from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in support of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer management organization that runs programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs. ###### Meanwhile, down at Alpha Media Biloxi-Gulfport, MS, 96.7 The Bull is at a local Walmart to “Stuff-ABus” for Toys-For-Tots. 96.7 The Bull’s Program Director, TicTak will be on-location broadcasting all week and collecting new, un-wrapped toys. At the end of the week, the toys that are collected will be donated to our local Toys-For-Tots Foundation.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

More (S)exual Assault Allegations Against Neil Fox; Clooney's Ex, Lisa Snowdon Takes Break From Capital FM For Break In Thailand

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Neil Fox, Breakfast Show host on London’s Magic FM has been arrested over three alleged more sexual assaults. It comes two months after he was first arrested following four earlier allegations of sexual assault. He was detained on Monday when he returned to a police station on bail. The new allegations involve different women.

Capital FM’s Lisa Snowdon On A Detox Break In Thailand - Lisa is taking time out from her busy London life for the detox break on Koh Samui. Lisa, who used to date George Clooney is staying at the Kamalaya Koh Samui award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort. Her strict regime means no alcohol and no tea or coffee.

UTV Puts Ed Sheeran And Olly Murs On-Air Christmas Day -Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs will between them host Christmas morning on UTV Media’s radio stations in England and Wales, Take That are lined up for Boxing Day (26th December). The shows will go out on Signal in Stoke, Pulse in West Yorkshire, Tower FM in Bolton, Wish FM in Wigan and St Helens, Wire FM in Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn, Peak FM in Chesterfield, Swansea Sound and The Wave in South Wales, Radio Wave in Blackpool and Signal 107 in Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, and Kidderminster.

New Breakfast for Heart North East Heart FM in the North East has announced that Justin Lockwood and Kelly Scott will host its brand new Heart Breakfast show, starting on Monday 15 December. They are currently presenters of the weekday Afternoon Drivetime show. They are replacing Gary and Lisa who were sacked last week to make way for them. Gary and Lisa hosted the show for almost five years and won Gold, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for ‘Best Breakfast Show’ in 2012.

Want to reach Graham? Give him a call at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Cheryl Burke Now Exit DWTS; Time Picks Ebola Fighters As Person Of The Year

 

Time Picks Ebola Fighters As Person Of The Year - [TIME]

First Len Goodman, Now Cheryl Burke To Exit DWTS For New TV Show - [E ONLINE]

Rosie O'Donnell Predicts There Will Be Hundreds More Cosby Rape Victims - [THE WRAP]

Check Out YouTube As It Rewinds The Most Watched List Of 2014 – [YOUTUBE]

Julia Roberts Tries Supermodeling At 47 - [YAHOO]

UH OH: WATCH LeBron James Draws Protocol Foul After Putting Arm Around Kate Middleton In Photo Grab - [GOSSIP COP]

UH OH 2: 'South Park' Lampoons Bill Cosby In Holiday Special - [NYDN]

James O'Halloran Wins Male Model Slot On 'Price Is Right' - [PEOPLE]

Actress/Former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, Passes Away At 77 - [THR]

Nicole Kidman Covers Elle - [ELLE]

[WATCH] Dwayne Johnson In 'San Adreas' Trailer - [INDIE WIRE]

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He's Back: Longtime Mark & Brian Co-Host Thompson Returns To The Air On LA's 100.3 The Sound

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– KSWD, 100.3 FM “The Sound” has signed legendary Los Angeles morning radio personality Mark Thompson to host an all-new morning show, it was announced jointly today by Peter W. Burton, Vice President and General Manager, and Dave Beasing, Program Director. This marks not only Thompson’s return to Los Angeles following his departure from KLOS-FM in August of 2012, but also his return to broadcast radio. “For me to return to mornings on LA’s white-hot radio station, The Sound, is beyond exciting,” said Thompson. “I want to thank Peter Burton and Dave Beasing for their unbridled passion in making this happen. To all my old and new listening friends in LA: You should brace yourself, my people, because there is an entertainment storm coming and an umbrella won’t help you.” Thompson is the latest of several iconic hosts to join The Sound staff, including Uncle Joe Benson (formerly of KLOS and KCBS), Cynthia Fox (KMET, KLSX) and Rita Wilde (KLOS, KEZY). As hosted by Benson, The Sound’s morning show audience has grown 97% this year. Starting in February, Joe will segue to middays on The Sound, beginning each program at 10 AM with The Sound’s “10 at 10,” featuring “10 great songs from 1 great year.” Middays on The Sound are currently hosted by Andy Chanley, who will join the cast of “Mark in the Morning” working with Thompson. Julie Slater will continue to host afternoon drive on The Sound. 1

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[LISTEN] Bengal's Coach Causes Uproar After Calling Johnny Manziel 'A Midget' In Radio Interview; Then Apologizes

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– What could be worse than sitting on the bench all season following a storied college career as a football quarterback? Well, how about being called a 'midget' by a rival coach? That was the case yesterday as Cincinnati head coach, Marvin Lewis (inset), was interviewed by WLW/Cincinnati's Lance McAlister. When asked about the difference in preparing for Manziel, Lewis said, "you'll get a little bit more movement if Manziel's the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo. But other than that, no, it doesn't impact you at all. You've got to go defend the offense, you don't defend the player, particularly a midget.'' Following the remark, Browns fans went crazy and Lewis later apologized. "I apologize to Johnny and the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland," Lewis said. "It was just a poor remark. I really didn't mean anything by it," said Lewis. LISTEN HERE PHOTO/Shutterstock

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KROQ's Kevin & Bean Headed To Broadcasting Hall Of Fame

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that the long-running “Kevin & Bean Morning Show,” which airs on CBS Radio’s KROQ Los Angeles, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The induction will occur during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 14 in Las Vegas and sponsored by ASCAP. The “Kevin & Bean Morning Show," hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter, is the longest-running a.m. drive show on the air in Southern California. Alumni of the show include prominent hosts and commentators like Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Chris Hardwick. Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO commented: 'Kevin and Bean have been dedicated entertainers and broadcasters in Los Angeles for more than two decades with their own sense of humor that will never be duplicated. This award is truly a well-deserved recognition of a job well done. I couldn’t be happier for them and the entire team.'

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MOTION: Johnjay & Rich Add Springfield's Alice 95.5

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that legendary Country radio morning personality Terry Dorsey will retire after more than 40 years in radio, with the last 26 years as morning host for KSCS. Dorsey’s last day on the air at KSCS will be December 17, after which he and his wife, Claudia, will retire to Illinois to be close to family.
Dorsey started his radio career in the late 60's at WFKY in Frankfort, Kentucky. He then made stops in Richmond, Indiana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dayton, Ohio before arriving in Dallas in 1980 to do mornings on KPLX. Dorsey moved across town to KSCS in July, 1988 and has been a fixture on KSCS and Dallas radio ever since. ####### Springfield’s ALICE 95.5/KTOZ-FM is the latest home of The Johnjay & Rich Show. Heritage morning team Kevin & Liz welcomed The Johnjay & Rich Show to Alice 95.5 before transitioning to heritage, sister station 105.9 KGBX. The lineup now features The Johnjay & Rich Show 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. On Air with Ryan Seacrest 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Clint Girlie 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. On with Mario Lopez 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chris Davis 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. The addition of The Johnjay & Rich Show bolsters the station’s ability to connect listeners to the best content, and the biggest stars and stories in pop culture," stated Operations Manager, Cole Estes. Fans can also listen to ALICE 95.5 on the station's website.

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[LISTEN] Howard Returning To NBC's 'America's Got Talent'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Howard Stern announced on yesterday's SiriusXM radio show that he will be returning for a third season as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. 2015 will mark the series’ 10th season. With a salary that deadline.com reports as $15 million a season, since Stern's arrival in 2012 on the competition series, AGT has been pretty consistent and a solid summer performer. Last season’s panel included Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. LISTEN AS HE MAKES THE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

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Remaining Show Members Pay On-Air Tribute To Former Host Following Exit

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Here's something you don't hear or see often: A departing show member becoming a special topic of the day by his remaining show members. That was the case this week, by design, on Rock 100.5/Atlanta in the wake of longtime show anchor, Larry Wachs (pronounced wax) exiting the show along with a joint announcement of Jason Bailey (not to be confused with Sun Broadcast Group head, Jason Bailey) taking over on December 15th. According to Rodney Ho of The AJC, Sebastian Davis, who compiles most of the audio for the show, led the show instead of Wachs. “You may have heard in the Atlanta Journal Constitution,” Davis said, “it’s going to be a little different. Larry is no longer on the show. We wish him well. He has a lot of fans.” At around 8 am, each member of the former 'Regular Guys' spoke about Larry. They didn’t go into why he left, but did say how important he was to their lives and career, particularly “Southside” Steve Rickman (shown) and Tim Andrews. Rickman said 'I wish Larry all the best in the world. It was a great run. You have to embrace change. To Larry Wachs, yeah c’mon and one last peteetong.” Hats off to Cumulus management for this extra classy move.

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KLUC's Chet Buchanan On Pace To Blow Away Last Year's Toy Drive Totals; $188,528, Nearly 1,000 Bikes Collected Already

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– The 16th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo Toy Drive, which stuntmeister Paige Nienaber calls "The Biggest Toy Drive In Radio, is now underway. And boy, is it ever. Chet tells Jockline, in just Day 5, we're tracking well ahead of last year's mind blowing totals of 25-53 foot semi trucks filled...5014 (!) Bikes...and $322,122 in cash and gift cards." If you look close, you'll see 12 living on a 30' scaffold raising toys, bikes, gift cards, and cash for families who could really use it in Southern Nevada. The totals at 2:15 Pacific time yesterday included 5.5 trucks...739 Bikes....$188,528 in cash and gift cards. Walgreen's asked their customers for donations for six weeks through August and September, and this morning presented a check for $136,948!! The employees even chipped in and bought 200 bikes! Chumlee from Pawn Stars donated $20,000 on Day One...My buddy Dax from TMZ sent a giant box of toys from the Hollywood office...Selena Gomez and Jo Koy have called in to offer support...we're just getting started!! Standby. This is going to be extra special.

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99.5 WYCD'S 14th Annual St. Jude Event Raises $508,447

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– 99.5 WYCD/Detroit completed its 14th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon, a two-day fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, raising $508,447 in total, surpassing the previous year of $503,625. 99.5 WYCD broadcast live Thursday and Friday this week at a local furniture store, while local listeners called in to pledge donations. Photo shows the 99.5 WYCD team celebrating the record fundraiser! Over the past 14 years, 99.5 WYCD has raised more than $7.5 million in total for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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WIP's Wing Bowl 23 Goes Mardi Gras For January Food Fest

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– SportsRadio 94WIP’s Wing Bowl, which has become the most infamous annual radio event in the world, returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, January 30, 2014 at 6 a.m. Tickets for the 23rd annual competitive chicken wing eating event are $10 and go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9 at 9 a.m. online at WingBowl23.com/Tickets and ComcastTIX.com, by calling 1-800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center. Wing Bowl 23 is proudly presented by Steven Singer Jewelers and SugarHouse Casino. Proceeds from WIP's Wing Bowl 23 will benefit the Philadelphia Police Department Survivor’s Fund, The Police Athletic League, the Comcast-Spectacor Charities and other beneficiaries to be named soon. Mardi Gras is the theme for Wing Bowl 23. Already known as the biggest party of the year, Wing Bowl has always been viewed as the event where Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and the mummers parade collide. Eaters who qualify for Wing Bowl 23 will compete against last year’s champion Molly Schuyler. This year's Wingette of the Year walks away with $5000 cash and a Riviera Spas Orchid 5 Person Hot Tub from Diamond Pools. WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi, who co-founded Wing Bowl 22 years ago with radio partner Al Morganti said, "Wing Bowl has been compared to the Mardi Gras for so many years now, we decided to turn it into a Philadelphia version of the New Orleans celebration this time around -- with bigger prizes, (s)exier women and the best competitive eaters in the world.

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7Judge Len Goodman Leaving DWTS; EW Picks Jimmy Fallon As Entertainer Of 2014

Judge Len Goodman Leaving DWTS - [DIGITAL SPY]

Maroon 5 Crash Wedding While Filming Music Video - [E ONLINE]

Variety Picks Best And Worst Ads Of 2014 - [VARIETY]

Mark Wahlberg: Wants A Clean Record So He Can Handle Guns; Become Reserve Cop - [TMZ]

Pharrelll's 'Happy' Tops iTune's Year-End List - [BILLBOARD]

Hackers Demanded Sony Pull 'The Interview' - [USA TODAY]

EW Picks And Covers Jimmy Fallon As Entertainer Of The Year - [EW]

Miranda Lambert Talks Blake, Bar Fights And More In Marie Claire - [MARIE CLAIRE]

Michael Strahan to Host '20th Annual Critics Choice Awards - [ZAP2IT]

Barbara Walter's '10 Most Fascinating' List Adds To List - [DEADLINE]

Taylor Swift, Vladmir Putin And Ferguson Protesters On 'Time's' Person Of The Year Short List - [TODAY]

 

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