Rover Calls On Howard Stern As Trial Witness
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2014 –– Among the 18 witnesses Shane M. French aka Rover has listed for his upcoming trial is none other than radio/tv host Howard Stern. According to wkyc.com, documents were filed by his attorneys Larry W. Zukerman and Brian Murray following a pre-trial conference held yesterday. The case involves French arrest last July and subsequent arraignment in October on charges of resisting arrest,vandalism, criminal damaging, assault, inducing panic attempted felonious assault, assault of a police officer and unauthorized possession/sale/discharge of fireworks, among others. Fellow show member Michael Toomey was also charged, are accused of shooting fireworks at an off-duty police officer, shoving him and running away when he tried to arrest them. Other witnesses include a members of The Cleveland Police Department; a representative from the IRS, someone from a local Magazine and Howard Stern of SiriusXM. No mention of Stern's exact connection was revealed. The trial is set for May 20th. PHOTO/Helga Esteb
Matty Siegel Extends Contract With Kiss 108 Through 2018
CRN International Names Radio's Version of Mount Rushmore
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2014 –– If the radio industry had its own Mount Rushmore, who would be on it, asks. Here's their answer. The 40-year-old radio marketing company has chosen inventor Guglielmo Marconi, business executive William S. Paley, conservative broadcaster Paul Harvey, and shock jock Howard Stern to gaze down from the industry mountaintop. There was no indication that the radio industry had ever named its own Mount Rushmore before. The process began as a question CRN posed on various social media discussion groups. The topic drew many nominations and much heated discussion. CRN used the nominations for guidance in selecting what it felt was a representative Final Four. “We thought the topic would be fun and thought provoking,” said CRN Founder and President Barry Berman. “Being part of the industry for so long, we felt we had earned the right to offer our opinion on the subject. We specifically set no formal criteria but considered contribution, influence, impact, stature and popularity.” You've read CRN's take. WHO WOULD YOU ADD TO THE WALL? LET US KNOW HERE
Dr. Sanjay Gupta To Hold Conference Call With Stations
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2014 –– Who says Doctors don't make house calls anymore? WestwoodOne is inviting stations to join them for a conference call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta (R), CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and host of WestwoodOne’s A Better Life with Sanjay Gupta. You can learn more about this insightful feature with one of America's leading health care experts during a call that will take place tomorrow Friday, April 25 at 2:30 pm ET. For call-in information, contact Becky Bennett at email@example.com.
KWQW-FM Des Moines Re-Launches As 98.3 The Torch
Debuts New Morning Show Hosted by Robert Rees
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2014 – Cumulus Media announced that its news/talk station KWQW-FM in Des Moines has re-launched as 98.3 The Torch - “Common Sense Radio”. In the process, it debuted a new morning show on hosted by Robert Rees (below), who also serves as Program Director of 98.3 The Torch. The Torch offers an entertaining weekday line-up of hosts who provide a conservative/libertarian point of view without the partisan politics. The Torch line-up includes Glenn Beck (9am-11am), Dennis Miller (11a-2p), Michael Savage (2p-5p), Mark Levin (5p-8p), John Batchelor (8p-Midnight) and Red Eye Radio (Midnight - 5am). Rees said: " "I'm excited to be here in Des Moines to get people to talk about and laugh about all aspects of life during their morning drive. Plus, we'll get them all of the traffic, news and weather information they need to start their day!" After years as a real estate entrepreneur, Rees began his radio career in Sports/Talk in Austin, Texas, later moving into News/Talk. He then became the morning drive host and Program Director for a News/Talk station in Bloomington-Normal, IL. In March, Rees joined Cumulus in Des Moines as Program Director for KWQW-FM and KBGG-AM (1700 The Torch) and as host of the morning show on 98.3 The Torch.
SiriusXM Subscribers Reach 25.8 Million Mark In First Quarter Report
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Nick Grimshaw Misses Show Following Peaches Funeral
THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2014 –– He was meant to return to his breakfast show after a two-week holiday. But Radio 1 listeners were left a little baffled as they woke up to Dev - rather than Nick Grimshaw to welcome them back after the Easter break. The day before, Scott Mills (who filled in for Nick during his time away) promoted the return of Grimmy to the airwaves after his fortnight break. But although his regular team were back on the morning show, there was no sign of Nick, who had attended Peaches Geldof's funeral just hours earlier. Listeners took to Twitter to complain of the lack of his voice - with some even wondering whether he'd lost his job. Dev gave no indication when Nick would be back, saying simply: "For today - and I think today only - I'm in for Nick." Grimmy was seen dressed all in black attending the funeral of Peaches Geldof St Mary Magdelene church in Kent. Although he wasn't that close to 25-year-old Peaches when she was alive, her sister Pixie is one of his best friends. He has made no mention of her premature death on his social media.
Coldplay to headline BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend - Recently un-coupled from Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin (L) from the band broke the news on Radio 1, as Coldplay appeared in Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The Big Weekend is happening in Glasgow Scotland in the summer. All 50,000 tickets were given away earlier this month in just 35 minutes. The event is part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be broadcast live on Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and streamed online and on mobile. It will also be broadcast on BBC Television with highlights from acts across the weekend.
Tony Blackburn gets Gold for second time Tony Blackburn has become the first person to get the Radio Academy Gold Award twice in its 32 year history. Tony will pick up the award next month for reaching his milestone of 50 years in radio and his continued commitment to BBC and Commercial Radio. He was first awarded the honour in 1989 to mark his 25th year in radio, and will once again pick up his trophy in The Great Room of London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on the evening of Monday 12th May. Tony started in radio on the pirate radio ship, Radio Caroline in 1964 and went on to launch BBC Radio 1 and work at BBC London, Capital Gold and BBC Radio 2.
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Roger Ebert To Get Bronze Statue In Chicago
Bon Jovi Comes Through For Low Income Families In Philly - [USA HERALD]
Joan Rivers Says She Won't Apologize For Joke About Women Held Captive By Ariel Castro - [CLEVELAND.COM]
Meg Ryan To Be 'Voice' Of Mother In 'How I Met Your Dad' - [DEADLINE]
'People' Picks Lupita Nyong'o As Its Most Beautiful - [PEOPLE]
Bronze Statue Of Roger Ebert Being Unveiled In Chicago - [THR]
Minnie Driver Fights Body Bullies With Nude Photo Tweet - [TWITTER]
Clooney Goes Off On Steve Wynn After Hotel Magnate Calls President And A**hole - [REVIEW JOURNAL]
Charlize Theron & Andy Samberg To Host SNL's Season Closers - [INSIDE TV]
Tim Tebow Works Out Duck Dynasty's Jase Robertson - [GOSPEL HERALD]
Avril Lavigne Sparks Controversy Over Pop Asian Images In New Music Video - [NYDN]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: "The Love Punch' With Pierce Brosnan - [SLASH FILM]
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Emmis Teams With Funkmaster Flex For Digital Talent Platform Venture
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014/PRN –– Emmis Communications Corporation has entered into a joint venture with Flexco, owned by popular Emmis personality Funkmaster Flex, to build a network of owned and operated digital platforms for Emmis' biggest personalities. One of radio's most visible personalities, Flex has built a large online and mobile audience with InFlexWeTrust.com and the DJ Funk Flex Mobile app. Flex will be working with other personalities in New York and in other Emmis markets to develop similar digital footprints. Emmis plans to develop a network of sites, apps and social networks with the unique entertainment and news content young audiences and advertisers desire. Flex has already launched AngieReview.com for Angie Martinez, Afternoon Drive Personality on Hot97, ThatsEnuff.com for DJ Enuff on Hot 97 and is working on a digital project for Hot97's morning show personality Ebro Darden. "Today's digital world has changed how personalities and DJs interact with listeners and music fans," Flex said. "We must reinvent ourselves to stay relevant and grow. While financial terms were not disclosed, the investment will give Emmis a 40% ownership in Flexco.
[WATCH] WEEI's Kirk Minihane Calls Boston Marathon His Most 'Unbelievable Experience'
'You felt like a rockstar for four hours.'
THE MOUTH, APRIL23RD, 2014 –– Shortly after competing in this week's Boston Marathon, WEEI-FM host, Kirk Minihane told Comcast Sports Net's Gary Tanguay that while he wasn't happy with his finishing time, he described as the "the best Marathon" he's ever run. "The experience was unbelievable." said Minihane, "It was two, three, four (runner) deep from start to finish. It was incredible. You felt like a rockstar for four hours. You'll never feel that way again." It turnned out to be quite moving as well. "If you don't have tears in your eyes, I don't care how long you've been running for, how dehydrated you are or how tired you are, you aren't human." said Minihane, "I saw people on my left, people on my right, they're crying." WATCH HERE
'The Richest' Names Its 10 Most Influential Radio Personalities
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– According to therichest.com, a website which offers various lists such as worst tippers, etc, post that the relationship between the music industry and radio has been changing drastically ever since iTunes came along and showed people another way they could consume their music. This was apparent when the ipod became the number one selling music device on the planet. The way people consumed music and radio was without a doubt going through a seismic shift. Talk radio has gone through a similar transformation." They add "With the current state of radio being as diluted and fractured as it is, there are still voices and broadcasters who come out above the rest. They are the ones who have built huge audiences, who broadcast to millions of people. They have figured out a way to insert their unique personality into the public consciousness. The most influential radio personalities are the ones who have carved out a particular niche, which has helped elevate their voices above the rest of the chatter." Check out the list HERE
MOTION: JC Corcoran Brings Show To The Internet
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– Add JC Corcoran (R) to the list of longtime radio personalities moving to the Internet. “The Digital Showgram” featuring the former KSHE, KMOX and WGN host along with his K-HITS96/St. Louis producer/partner Laurie Mac (R), debuted April 7th, and now moves to a subscription platform ($9.99 a month). Corcoran, who occupied the St. Louis airwaves for twenty-nine years before moving to KKRW/Houston last year, remains in Texas for now, while connecting with his partner in Missouri. The show airs live each weekday from 6:30 am to 8, then goes to podcast. “We are a commercial-free, entertaining talk show for St. Louis,” Corcoran said. JC noted his early sign-off time makes him available for additional broadcast opportunities. Contact him about that also and get a free, two-week trial at jcontheline.com.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Adam Maisano Heads Greensboro Cluster For CCME; Hubbard Names Mike Bustell VP/Market Research
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– CCME Greensboro announced that Adam Maisano has been named Vice President/Market Manager, effective immediately. Maisano returns to Clear Channel after 12 years with Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, N.C.
95.1 The Ape's Mark Kaye Guest On Travel Channel's 'Baggage Battles'
Tonight Mark Kaye from The Big Ape Morning Mess on 95.1 WAPE will be making an appearance on the Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles. The segment was shot in December of last year. Producers from the show contacted David Ratz, Marketing Manager for COX’s Jacksonville cluster, to let them know one of the Baggage Battle Auction experts found a large “Ape Bust” in an auction house in Nashville. They traced it’s origins back to WAPE and sure enough, you used to sit squarely on top of the Big Ape Studios in Jacksonville before disappearing sometime in the late seventies. Kaye and Ratz made arrangements for the Big Ape to make it’s way home and the complete story, including an in-studio cameo from Kaye will air tonight on the season premiere of “Baggage Battles” at 10:00 PM on The Travel Channel.
[LISTEN] Blaze Radio Hosts Take Listeners To The Confessional During 'Worship The Earth Day'Doc Thompson Asks Americans to Confess Their ‘Eco-Sins’
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– Blaze radio hosts Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe took Earth Day to a whole new level on Tuesday. With solemn hymns in the background, the two opened the segment pretending to be pompous Europeans “Nigel Browntooth” and “Sir William Windbreaker.” They narrated the proceedings of what theycalled “Worship the Earth Day” as though a religious procession were happening in real-time. Doc and Skip said the service has been presented in conjunction with the “Grand Unifying Church of Climatology Reform,” and praised how the temple was constructed of “reclaimed grass clippings, cardboard toilet tubes and old paper towels.” Of course, there is no such proceeding. They went on to joke about a “seminar” on “eco-(s)exuals,” or “people who take the Earth as their lover and promise to love, honor and cherish the Earth until death brings them closer together, forever.” They also compared the concept of carbon taxes to “tithing” to “sustain the green ministry.” Once abandoning their characters, they asked listeners to call in or tweet their “eco-sins” using the hashtags #WorshipTheEarthDay and #EcoSin. After hearing the sins, they offered ludicrous ways the sinners could repent. One tweeter confessed to turning on her hair straightener before showering, so it would be “nice and hot” 15 minutes later. LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] Letterman Greets His Successor In First Guest Appearance Since Announcement
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– In what may have been The Late Show's first look at "The Real' Stephen Colbert, last night the new crowed heir to Letterman's throne made his first highly anticipated appearance on the show. Meet the new boss, the guest of the old boss. According to The New York Daily News,
[WATCH] Seacrest Dupes Keith Urban With Bass Bit
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– As it turns out, uber media mogul, Ryan Seacrest plays a mean bass, or so he leadS Idol judge Keith Urban to believe. According to thecountryvibe.com, During Keith Urban's latest webisode series, 'Idol Chatter', he walks into Ryan Seacrest's dressng room and catches Seacrest jammin on bass guitar. Impressed by Ryan’s music skills he suggests they should get together with Randy Jackson, who also plays bass. But as he’s talking to the camera, you'll see Ryan in the background sneaking Ricky Minor, Idol's music director, band leader and bass player out of his dressing room and high fiving him for helping dupe Keith. American Idol continues with its competition all the way to its May 20th and 21st two-part season finale. WATCH HERE
Envision Networks On The Hunt For Affiliate Sales Manager
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2014 –– Envision Networks has a great job opportunity for someone you might know that is qualified. They're on the hunt for an Affiliate Sales Manager; SALES EXPERIENCE REQUIRED…Base salary plus UNCAPPED COMMISSION with the position based in Cleveland, OH. This person will be responsible for aggressively growing and maintaining the number of affiliated radio stations in their regional territory. They use salesforce.com for our CRM and marketing. We use social media as a sales tool. Among the Qualifications & Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience • Previous broadcasting industry experience is a plus, but not required • Strong computer/technical skills; must have knowledge and experience with CRM, Word, Excel, and Outlook • Ability to work well independently and as part of a positive team • Good oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail is critical • Exceptional organizational and time management skills among others. Envision Networks® (www.goenvisionnetworks.com) offers profit sharing as well as competitive benefits and compensation package plus organization funded 401k retirement plan. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements in MS Word or ASCII text to Laura Orkin, Chief Operations Officer or e-mail LauraO@envisionradio.com, or via fax to 216-514-4699. No phone calls PLEASE.
Ex-Mother-In-Law Slams Oprah In Interview
UGLY: Ex-Mother-In-Law Slams Oprah In First-Ever Interview - [DAILY MAIL]
OUCH: Pat Sajak Catches Heat Over Coming Out As Stright Quip - [TRUTH REVOLT]
Ellen To Launch Design Competition Series On HGTV - [THR]
Kato Kaelin (Remember?) To Launch His Own Line O Lounge Wear - [INQUISITR]
More Stars Take Off Their Clothes For 'Allure' - [EXTRA]
Is Louis C.K. The Funniest Man Alive - [GQ]
Courtney Cox Explains The Real Reason 'Friends' Reunion Ain't Gonna Happen - [NYDN]
Jessica Chastain To Play Marilyn Monroe In New Biopic - [THE WRAP]
Joan Rivers Jokes About Lindsay Lohan's Miscarriage - [POPDUST]
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Clear Channel Media & Entertainment Unveils New iHeartRadio Networks
[LISTEN] Columbus Short Apologizes To Tom Joyner For Use of “N” Word During Bizarre Interview
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2014 –– 'Scandal' star, Columbus Short (L) sent a statement to Tom Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaweb.com, to apologize after his “bizarre” interview last week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show went awry including his use of the “n” word. Through his publicist Short issued a statement directed to Tom Joyner and the show, writing "My sincerest apologies for the confusion over my appearance on your show last Friday morning. I am a longtime supporter and admirer of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and I was looking forward to an opportunity to speak with you and your audience. Unfortunately, the early morning (approximately 5:45AM Pacific Time) following a late-night event had me at what some describe, less than my best." In clarifying his statements he wrote: "I rarely use the "n" word and I could not have picked a worse time to do so. I deeply apologize for directing it towards you." He later also confirmed "I was not high, drunk or otherwise under the influence. I was simply exhausted. After a long day, the early call threw off my schedule. This was no excuse - you and those who support me deserved better." LISTEN HERE
Producer Apologizes After Sending Out Nude Photos Pretending To Be Woman
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2014 –– A London radio producer stole a woman’s internet photos to use on a dating website and then sent out nude pictures of other women pretending to be her, according to The Lancaster Telegraph. Stuart Grant, a producer who works for Capital Xtra in London, used photos of 21-year-old Beckie Livesey (L) to make an online profile. Livesey learned about it after an IT worker grew suspicious of a ‘girl’ he was chatting with online and traced the images back to their original source. In a statement to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mr Grant has since expressed his shame and apologized ‘unreservedly’ for his actions. Surprisingly, Police said his actions fall into a ‘grey area’ and it was not immediately clear whether any crime had been committed. Livesey said the pictures were used to create profiles on dating website Plenty of Fish, as well as social networking site Facebook. The IT worker said he believed he had been chatting to a girl called Chelly on the site but had grown suspicious, and demanded proof in the form of a photograph of her holding up three fingers to the camera. What he received was an image of Miss Livesey that had been altered, with three fingers superimposed over a Facebook snap of her lying on a bed. After discovering it was Grant who posted the photos, she confronted him on LinkedIn. She said "As soon as I connected with him, he sent me a huge message apologizing. He wrote: “What I have done is completely wrong and I absolutely should not have done this. "
Wendy Williams Admits Her Parents Were Not Thrilled With Her Radio Conduct
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2014 –– Former radio star/turned TV host, Wendy Williams says in a new Uptown Magazine interview "I regret nothing in my radio career, nothing. I had to be that person back then to be the person I am today. The person who was on the radio then was authentically me. We all have our sloppy, greasy side," says Williams. According to thejasminebrand.com she admits her parents were "very embarrassed by the way I conducted myself on the radio and I know that. They would fake happy, meanwhile their friends would say, ‘That Wendy is something else.’ But I was getting popularity from being that ‘something else.’ With an older sister as an attorney and younger brother who taught school, here radio act apparently wasn't what her parents wanted her to do.
[LISTEN] Host Sam Sorbo Talks with Rancher Cliven Bundy
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2014 –– Nationally syndicated Talk Show host Sam Sorbo conducted a full-length interview yesterday with 67-year old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who appeared on her show to explain his position in this highly-publicized standoff in Nevada. Bundy has gained national attention for standing up to the Bureau of Land Management who says Bundy owes the federal government millions of dollars in grazing fees; BLM has attempted to take cattle from the Bundy. Bundy supporters showed up – including some who were armed and are protesting the federal government saying they have no rights to public lands in Nevada and are violating the rancher’s freedom. On Sorbo's Show, Bundy said, “This legal battle has been going on for over twenty years, and the BLM has abused my cattle, ruined my water access and has destroyed my ranch, in an effort to force me off the land.” Bundy added that he is the last standing rancher who believes it is an abuse of power for the federal government to seize control of public lands. Bundy also claims his family has been using the land for generations and the government is simply attempting to drive him off so the feds can use the land for other undisclosed purposes." The Sam Sorbo Show is syndicated through Talk Radio Network Enterprises and is heard in 67 U.S radio markets and on Talk Stream Live, TuneIn and iHeartRadio. BUNDY PHOTO/screen grab SORBO/Courtesy of TRNE - LISTEN HERE
Live 105 San Francisco Brings Out The Stars For It's Big F'N Day Event
Mayor Vincent C. Gray And CBS Radio Wash., D.C. Team For Broadcast Endeavor In The Capitol Riverfront Complex
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND 2014 –– Mayor Vincent C. Gray and CBS RADIO Washington, D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Steve Swenson announced the completion of a 15-year lease to relocate CBS RADIO’s six local stations to 1015 Half Street SE in one of the District’s newest up-and-coming neighborhoods – the Capitol Riverfront. The building is two blocks from Nationals Park and just south of the U.S. Capitol. CBS RADIO’s newest broadcast facility will include a nearly 33,000-square-foot floor plan that includes offices, a street-level studio facing L Street SE (where the stations will have the ability to do live broadcasts visible to passersby and visitors), and a performance space where local and national recording artists can host live shows and unique experiences for listeners. “Our new world-class facility will provide extraordinary interactivity with listeners, and allow our stations to develop additional programming exclusive to the local community,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “This is an important development as we continue to strengthen the bond local radio has with the audiences in the cities where we operate.” Construction will begin in May 2014, with the new performance space opening this summer and the rest of the building being completed by the end of the year.
MOTION: Alan Hague Joins Tracy Johnson Media Group; Tanch Takes Over Afternoons At HOT 103.7 Seattle
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2014 –– lan Hague has joined forces with Tracy Johnson Media Group. Hague, President of Alan Hague Media, is immediately available to offer consulting services with an emphasis on Country, Talk, Sports and AC. President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Johnson said: “I’ve known Alan and worked with him for many years, and have always been impressed with his ability to diagnose competitive situations, position stations and teach his staff and clients clearly and patiently. He’s a perfect fit for us, and allows us to take on more clients in all market sizes immediately.” Alan’s background as a Program Director, General Manager, Group PD, Sales Manager and even station owner provides in-depth resources for stations in all market sizes. For more information about Tracy Johnson Media Group, visit: www.tjohnsonmediagroup.com. ###############The New HOT 103.7 (KHTP) proudly announces Jamie "Tanch" Tanchyk as the latest edition to the team at the hottest radio station in the Pacific Northwest. Starting May 12th, Tanch will host afternoons and be the Assistant Program Director. Tanch heads to HOT 103.7 from Albany, NY, where he was the Program Director and an air personality on WZMR. “I'm thrilled to join the HOT team! To be a part of one of the country's most exciting new stations is truly an honor. I'm looking forward to bouncing new ideas off the morning show and growing as a programmer under the leadership of Mike Preston. Thank you to Mike, Dave Richards, Candy + Potter, and everyone who's helped me along the way!" said Tanch.
103.5 The Bone's Mike Calta To Fill In For Artie Lang
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22NC, 2014 - Something tells us you best keep a close eye on Cox Media Group's 102.5 The Bone Tampa's Mike Calta (circled). After the recent well publicized expulsion of his longtime moniker "Cowhead," it was also noted that he's become a popular fill-in at CMG sister stations WSB A/F Atlanta. Now, he's headed to New York to fill in for Artie Lang on his syndicated show. Calta posted on Facebook, "Headed to NY Tuesday night....filling in for the great Artie Lange on wed & thur.....so it only makes sense that I'm sick as a dog hours before a national TV & Radio show." The Artie Lang show is produced by DirecTV Sports Group and broadcasts live Monday - Friday beginning 10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT on radio. DirecTV airs the show on The Audience Network Tuesday - Friday from 2 am - 5 am ET and live Friday from 10 pm ET to 1 am ET Saturday.
Noory Bats For Military Families
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22NC, 2014 –– Coast to Coast AM host and part-time St. Louis resident George Noory and his son Jonathan attended the annual Hitting For Heroes event on Friday, April 18, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Benefiting Little Patriots Embraced, a charity focused on enhancing the lives of military families in need, the event gives baseball fans a chance to hit one out the park by going up to bat against the warm-up pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals. Noory, who served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, missed every pitch. “I’m not giving up my night job,” he stated. Pictured left to right: Jonathan and George Noory on the field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Neil Young Releases 'Vinyl Only' Album
NY Mayor De Blasio Announces 'Barbara Walters' Day In Honor Of Retirement - [MEDIAITE]
Leonardo DiCaprio Being Eyed To Star In 'Steve Job's' Film - [THR]
Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg Team For Cold War Pic - [VARIETY]
Julia Roberts Finally Opens Up About Her Sister's Overdose - [JUST JARED]
Thanks To 'House Of Cards,' Netflix Adds 4-Million New Subscribers - [THE WRAP]
Dina Lohan Reaches Out To Oprah On Twitter - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
Mike Tyson & Evander Holyfield Join For Tribeca Film Festival - [PAGE SIX]
OH MY: RHWOA's Porsha & Kenya Brawl It Out - [TOO FAB]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: "Jersey Boys' Directed by Clint Eastwood - [RED CARPET CRASH]
Neil Young Releases 'Vinyl Only' Album - [NYDN]
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REPORT: Ryan Seacrest In Talks For Bigger Role With Clear Channel
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– While the buzz lately has been whether Ryan Seacrest will re-up with 'American Idol', The Hollywood Reporter American Idol reports he will likely to continue there, as well as, his morning show on KIIS-FM LA. They add, he's also in talks with longtime radio partner Clear Channel about taking on an increased role at the company. Along with his $25 million deal which runs through 2015, Seacrest role would be to help build out more multiplatform programming with Clear Channel and the iHeart brand that he would host and produce via his Ryan Seacrest Productions. As for 'Idol, the report says Seacrest is close to making a new deal to remain with Fox's Idol for two more years. He's said before that "couldn’t imagine life without Idol." Meanwhile, Seacrest is said to be fielding interest from other networks, including ABC, for which he hosts Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and produces scripted comedy Mixology. In recent years, he's become more involved as an investor in media and entertainment companies through his Seacrest Global Group and Civic Entertainment Group involving products such as Pinterest, FlightCar and TYPO. He's also an investor in lifestyle and entertainment channel AXS TV with Mark Cuban, AEG and his agency, CAA, and in the fall of 2015, he'll launch a new tailored clothing collection, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, at Macy's.
Acts Announced For Televised iHeartRadio Music Awards
KQRS' Tom Barnard Adds Four More Shows To Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– Longtime KQRS/Minneapolis' morning host, Tom Barnard's podcasts network will be growing bigger. According to twinciies.com, look for podcasts from well-known local media personalities Kailen Rosenberg (left) Rusty Gatenby (center) and Tommy Mischke (right) to be popping up in the weeks ahead. Kailen Rosenberg, a nationally known matchmaker and relationship expert, is an author and co-hosts "Lovetown, USA" on Oprah's OWN Network. "The Rusty Gatenby Review" with local entertainment reporter Melinda Jacobs will be a video podcast debuting May 8. On May 12, "The Mischke Roadshow," hosted by Tommy Mischke, formerly of KSTP-AM and WCCO-AM, will deal with financial news and advice. The podcasts will have their own websites and also will be found on Barnard's site -- tombarnardpodcast.com."These are all shows that are owned by whoever is hosting them, and they're just simply in a network agreement with us, which means we either do a revenue share or they pay a fee to be on our network," Sean Barnard, Tom's nephew who oversees the network. As of now, Tom Barnard Network has two shows: Barnard's and one from Carl The Farmer (Jim Francis), a retired farmer and frequent caller to many local radio shows. Barnard started his podcast in August 2012 as a side project. Sean Barnard said Tom Barnard's show gets more than 200,000 downloads a month. CORRECTION: In yesterday's post, we accidentally referred to Sean as Tom's son, rather than his nephew. Our apologies for the oversight.
MOTION: Cumulus Taps Mark Veau To Program 98.9/WORC Worcester; Agent Calls Reports Of Trish Biondo's Return To Radio 'Wildly Inaccurate'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– Cumulus Media announced today that Worcester, MA, radio veteran Mark Veau has been promoted to Program Director of 98.9 WORC in Worcester, MA. WORC is a Greatest Hits format with heritage call letters dating back to WORC-AM, and was one of the first stations in the U.S. to play the Beatles. 2014 marks Veau's 12th year with 98.9 WORC-FM/100.1 WWFX/104.5 WXLO. He has been on the air as WORC-FM's afternoon drive personality, hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster, produces imaging and commercials, and has deep knowledge of and experience with the community WORC-FM serves. Veau also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters. ########## Contrary to published reports, Trish Biondo (R) and her agent call a online report about her return to Chicago radio "Wildly Inaccurate." According to blogger Robert Feder, Biondo, who left WUSN FM 99.5 after 27 years last December and speculated by another media blogger to be on her way back to the Chicago airwaves was quickly denied by her agent/attorney. Todd Musburger told Feder on Sunday that neither he nor Biondo was in talks with Clear Channel (where she was rumored to be headed) or anyone else about her employment. “She is extremely busy and enjoying her time at home and is very involved in her community."
Beginning In June, ‘Today’ Show To Simulcast On Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– Not enough time to catch NBC's 'Today' show on TV in the morning? How about radio? Beginning in June, you'll have your chance as the network announced a new deal with SiriusXM to begin simulcasts of NBC’s franchise morning news show beginning June 26. Viewers of “Today” will have the opportunity to become listeners in a move clearly intended to reach commuters in cars on the way to work. According to the New York Times, this isn't the first time a morning show has tried to expand to radio: ABC’s “GMA” had a brief run on XM before it merged with XM, but Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer said it didn't work because “it was cut up, not a full-blown version of the show.” “Today” will play on the radio exactly as it does on television. “Today” will be heard on Channel 108 on SiriusXM. The programming will include all four hours and then will be replayed later in the day. The show will include the concert features that have become a staple.
Top 10 Best Black DJ's Of All Time List Revised
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 - Back in 2010, Radio Facts did a poll on who deserved to be placed in the Top 10 Best Black DJs of All Time. Publisher Kevin Ross says "I have revised the list with better pics and info, but added "I am disappointed but not surprised to see that there is no new talent from the past decade or two on here. Sadly, it is no wonder talent from the last two decades didn’t place in the Top 10. There is little room for the new legends to grow in the urban radio market today. In addition, several of the winners are from the New York market and nobody in the California market even placed. Without question, New York is indeed the Number One radio market that produces (or has produced) the top urban talent - PHOTO/Donnie Simpson - SEE LIST HERE
[LISTEN] KISS's Stanley Talks Loneliness At The Top With Jeff & Jer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– Legendary rock star Paul Stanley stopped by the KyXy/San Diego studios last Friday to chat with Jeff and Jer about his new book, Face the Music: A Life Exposed. Jeff Detrow said "While all of us are fans, none of us were prepared for how open, articulate and candid he was about his childhood ambitions, struggles with fame and his personal differences with his fellow band mates." “I was born deaf in one ear," Stanley said, "and came from a pretty dysfunctional family. So growing up wasn’t the easiest. And I thought my way out was to become famous and that would be the cure all for everything,” he said reflecting on his childhood obsession with fame, “And I was lucky enough to get famous…but then you find out that nothing really changes. You either put a gun in your mouth, or a needle in your arm, or something up your nose, or you roll up your sleeves and stop being a victim.” He opened up about the acute loneliness he experienced at the height of his fame,”It’s been exhilarating," he said. "Fame is exhilarating. But what some people don’t realize is that you aren’t always the same person off stage as you are on stage. A great example would be playing Madison Square Garden: it’s sold-out, I say goodnight, go offstage and then go to a restaurant by myself to eat. And nobody would believe this but we all go through the same kind of trials and tribulations. It knocks down that wall because people think the people they look up to are perfect but we’re far from it.” LISTEN HERE
Soul Train Eyes Broadway
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2014 –– TV's long running music and dance series, Soul Train, created by former Chicago radio host, Don Cornelius, could be headed to broadway according to Variety Magazine. “Rock of Ages” producer Matthew Weaver has acquired the stage rights to “Soul Train” with hopes of turning it into a Broadway musical. Reportedly, the adaptation wild mirror the half-musical/half-party atmosphere conjured by the original stage production of “Rock of XAges,” while drawing on the appeal of familiar pop hits along the lines not only of “Rock of Ages” but also of “Motown” and of this season’s Carole King musical, “Beautiful.” Weaver and his company, MediaWeaver Entertainment, acquired the rights from Soul Train Holdings, chaired by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. No development or production timeline has yet been set. Soul Train aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who began as a host at WVON Chicago, and served as Soul Train's first host and executive producer.
GIVING: Mix 104.1 Karson & Kennedy Get Buzzed For Kid's Hospital; Simon Conway Serves BBQ With Good Reason
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– Somewhere right now on the streets of Boston, Mix 104.1's Kennedy Kelsey (shown), one half of The Karson & Kennedy Morning Show is running in the Boston Marthon. Unable to cross the finish line last year, this year, she's back for the third time and has been raising money like mad for The Boston Children’s Hospital. After going WAY past her goal, she paid off her bet by getting mohawked for the run. Co-host Karson joined in, as well as show member, Salt. Karson told Jockline Daily "I got a reverse Mohawk but it was awful, so they shaved it all. As of Saturday, Over $16k raised and counting. Get a recap here at http://www.karsonandkennedy.com. ######### Simon Conway Serves Up BBQ For A Good CauIt might have been Good Friday, but that didn't stop WHO Afternoon Drive host Simon Conway, from doing his show live from a BBQ restaurant just before the weekend! Why? "We were raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Jethro's BBQ n Pork Chop Grill gave us a percentage of their takings for the cause." And listeners came out in huge numbers! Not only that, but the restaurant even named a drink - the Simon Shandy - for the host, and handed over $2 for each one sold!
Student Suspended After Asking Miss USA Out To Prom
Gwen Stefani Headed To 'The Voice' - [TMZ]
Former Bodyguards Pen New MJ Tell All - [NYDN]
Flotus To Make Guest Appearance On 'Nashville' - [E ONLINE]
P Diddy Is Wealthiest Hip Hop Artist - [DECCANCHRONICLE]
JWoww To Appear On 'Marriage Boot Camp' - [NJ.COM]
Emma Stone In 'Vogue' Again - [FASHIONGONEROGUE]
Jon Hamm Rips Bieber A New One In May 'Men's Fitness' - [GOSSIP COP]
Lara Spencer's 'GMA' Promotion Quietly Announced - [PAGE SIX]
Prince To Release 'Purple Rain' 30th Anniversary Reissue - [IDOLATOR]
Tori Spelling Reveals How She Found Out About Husband's Affair - [TOO FAB]
Adrianne Palicki Fills Wonder Woman Role Nicely, Outfit, Too - [THE WRAP]
Student Suspended After Asking Miss USA Out To Prom; She Asks School To Reconsider - [YOURDISPATCH]
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L & L & Alpha Broadcasting Announce Merger; Acquires Main Line Group For $57M
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 ––
Pandora Sued By US Labels Over Royalties On Pre-1972 Tracks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– Pandora is being sued by a number of US music labels accused of failing to pay royalties on use of recordings made before 1972, according to Reuters. - US copyright law only covers recordings made after 1972, but some states such as New York where the lawsuit has been filed, do offer copyright protection for recordings made prior to that year. The labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, ABKCO Music & Records, Capitol Records, and UMG Recordings are calling on Pandora to end what they describe as “massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation” of these older music tracks, which include songs by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, and Fleetwood Mac. It added that the Internet radio service’s “refusal” to pay royalties for use of the material was “fundamentally unfair.” Pandora’s Mollie Starr told Digital Trends this week, the company is “confident in its legal position and looks forward to a quick resolution of the matter.” Since its launch in 2005, Pandora has grown to assume 31 percent of the market in the US. iHeartRadio follows with 9 percent and iTunes Radio in third spot with 8 percent.
STUDY: Most Listeners Think Radio Is Mainly A Local Medium; Move To National Slightly More Appealing To 18-24 Demo
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– Michigan based researcher Mark Kassof completed 718 telephone interviews with 18-64′s in the U.S. at the beginning of this month which tested the the basic premise: Is radio’s brand local? They asked when thinking about media – TV, radio, newspapers, the internet and so on, some media are mainly local – focused on serving one city or town – while others are mainly national – focused on the serving the entire country. In your opinion, is RADIO a mainly local or a mainly national medium? A whopping 65% chose LOCAL over NATIONAL at 32%. Kassof writes from a demographic perspective, this perception is across the board. Men, women, 18-24′s through 55-64′s…they’re all in the 60% range seeing radio as LOCAL, first and foremost. He then asked "If a local station you listen to switched to focusing more on national programming rather than local programming, do you think you would listen to it MORE or LESS than you do now? MORE 31% - LESS 51% - Wouldn’t matter 14%. However, adds Kassof, when moving to 18-24 yr. olds, more of them say a move toward more national programming would make them more interested in listening: MORE 43%, LESS 36%. 'Keep in mind,' Kassof explains, 'that what listeners think they’ll do given a hypothetical situation isn’t necessarily what they would do…that’s a limitation of research. And there are other factors involved…for example, what if the national programming in question happens to be very appealing to them??? See ENTIRE REPORT HERE
STUDY: Listening Hours Moving Quickly To Internet Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– A new report by BIA/Kelsey shows that Internet Radio is changing consumer listening habits and the industry economics are starting to follow. Recognizing new opportunities to reach and engage with these audiences, national and local advertisers are shifting budget into Internet radio services. At the same time, new technologies such as Interactive Audio Ads are also emerging to take advantage of voice-activated consumer engagement and conversion opportunities. “The Internet Radio Revolution has Arrived” outlines how a combination of changes driven by platforms, services, audiences and advertisers is reinventing audio. "Listening hours are moving quickly to Internet Radio and audio consumption as mobile opens up new possibilities for consumer engagement," said Rick Ducey, managing director of BIA/Kelsey. "Shifts in consumer behavior are causing advertisers to set aside spending specifically for this channel. To take advantage of these new opportunities, Internet Radio is also leveraging new tools such as voice-activated, interactive audio ads that enable convenient in-ad conversions.” For purposes of this report, BIA/Kelsey defines the Internet steaming audio market as streaming radio services such as Pandora or Spotify, and Broadcast Radio Station Streaming, whether simulcast or not. Either type of audio service may provide advertising supported audio services that may be linear. XAPPmedia Chief Marketing Officer Bret Kinsella added, “At over $16 billion in revenue, radio is a large advertising market. As consumers migrate to Internet radio, billions of ad dollars are shifting to new audio platforms. Internet radio also presents new opportunities for two-way engagement and direct consumer conversion creating more value than traditional radio advertising. BIA/Kelsey’s analysis highlights the dramatic shift that is gaining momentum today.”
[LISTEN] WMMS' Erika Lauren Fronts Rock Group Hawkeye
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– Her day job has Ericka Lauren (center) in the studio as co-host of WMMS-FM Cleveland's Alan Cox Show. But away from the station she leads the electronic rock group Hawkeye. "Paramore meets Shiny Toy Guns is how Erika describes her band to cleveland.com. The group debuted its "Ruthless" album last year. "We produced and recorded it ourselves," said Lauren, who has also appeared on MTV's "Real World DC." Lauren said While Hawkeye may have started off more than three years ago as a side project, today the full-time radio host seems conflicted. "Music has always been my No. 1 passion, so if something [bigger] happened with the band, I'd be at a real crossroads," Lauren said. "I'd have to really figure out how I can make both happen or I'd have to make a hard decision to go with one because they're both my passion." (left to right: Adam Kraft, Jim Bacha, Erika Lauren, Ian Ver and Steve Pisk) LISTEN TO HAWKEYE'S UNIVERSE HERE PHOTO/Anthony Franchino
The Loop's Rock Girl Covers Maxim's May Issue
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– Blogger Rober Feder says "Maxim is not normally on my reading list (no, really), but the magazine’s latest cover model merits a special salute." Known to WLUP FM 97.9 as The Loop Rock Girl, Shannon Ihrke will now be covering Maxim’s May issue in its annual “tribute to the troops.” Ihrke connection with the military is that after majoring in marketing for two years at Saint Cloud University (in her native Minnesota), she joined the Marine Corps, where she specialized in legal administration and accounting and earned the rank of Sergeant. Feder writes after first named The Loop Rock Girl (and winning a $75,000 contract) in October 2012, she was renewed by the station for another year at the end of 2013. On her Facebook page she post: “I’M FREAKING OUT MAN!”“My friend just sent this to me this morning . . . I’m on the COVER of MAXIM Magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really can’t thank you all enough for all your support. It’s official — I’m a Maxim Cover Model AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Lost Radio Program Featuring Hank Williams Recordings Found Over 60 Years Later
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2014 –– Add this story as one more reason to never throw away recorded material. According to AP, Previously unreleased recordings of country legend Hank Williams who performed on a 1950 radio show will be released next month. Called "The Garden Spot 50' Programs, it featured 24 songs and jingles from a taped show that aired on a number of country stations.. Sadly, most of the tapes were lost, but one station, KSIB-AM in Creston, Iowa, saved its copies. The recordings were transferred, restored and mastered for release on May 20 by Omnivore Records. Hank's daughter, Jett Williams, said in a written statement that no one knew these recordings even existed until now. A biographer Colin Escott wrote the liner notes for the album and said the recordings were used to augment live acts on local radio stations.
MOTION: Dan Dierdorf Returns To Michigan As Radio Analyst For Wolverines; Joins Jim Brandstatter For Play-By-Play
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Following last summer's announcement that legendary play-by-play announcer, Frank Beckmann was retiring, yesterday the University of Michigan athletic department announced that ongtime color analyst Jim Brandstatter will move into the play-by-play chair, and former Monday Night Football's Dan Dierdorf will sit in Brandstatter’s former seat. According to freep.com, they know each other well, having played together at U-M — Brandstatter backed up Dierdorf on the offensive line in 1969 and 1970. “First of all, I’m going to have to get over hyperventilating at the very beginning, because that’s probably what will happen when I’m in the booth for the first time,” Dierdorf said yesterday on WWJ-AM (950), U-M’s flagship station. “I’m just so excited.” Dierdorf mentioned it would be a challenge of adjusting his critiques, because “a guy who makes $6 million-$7 million a year is held to a different standard than a sophomore in college that’s 19 or 20 years old.”
Spike TV To Present All-Star Comedy Tribute To Don Rickles
Spike TV To Present All-Star Comedy Tribute To Don Rickles -[SPIKE TV]
UH OH: James Franco Calls Theatre Critic A 'Little B**ch - [GAWKER]
[WATCH] Chelsea Handler Tells Ellen 'I'll Never Go To CBS' - [TV GUIDE]
OH MY: Rosie O'Donnel Drops 50 LBs And Tweets Photo To Prove It - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] 'I Wanna Marry Harry' First Promo - [THE WRAP]
'Law & Order's' Dick Wolf -- bleek bleek -- Bringing Reality Series to A&E - [VARIETY]
Mrs.Doubtfire' Sequel In The Works - [THR]
Bill And Hilary Clinton To Become Grandparents - [US]
Kylie Minogue Laces Up For Cover Of 'Vogue' Australia - [DAILY MAIL]
UH OH: ABC Dropping Bryan Singer's Name From Ads Amid Controversy - [BUZZFEED]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Third Person' with Liam Neeson - [COMING SOON]
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Glenn Beck Goes Hollywood; 'I Bought A Studio For A Reason'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Glenn Beck tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I bought a movie studio for a reason," he says. "I have every intent of finding great artists who will tell great stories that aren't typical. Everybody thinks they know who I am because of my stint on Fox -- that was two years of my life. I'm much more into culture than I am into politics, and that's where I intend on making my stand." In an expansive piece, the radio host and media mogul says he is "ramping up" a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his radio show and digital media operation TheBlaze. Beck says he has been refurbishing The Studios at Las Colinas, a 72,000-square-foot facility in Irving, Texas (shown), where such films as JFK and RoboCop and TV shows including Prison Break and Walker, Texas Ranger have been shot. "We're getting it ready for some big plans," he says of the property, which he purchased in June. Beck says he has optioned several other ideas, some of which could be adapted into VOD features. He adds that he has purchased rights to his 2008 best-seller The Christmas Sweater back from Sony and will turn the story into a movie for television or theatrical release. Beck adds "We're beginning to agree that Republicans and Democrats suck -- they've built this machine to grind people into the ground. I hate this stuff. I hate politics. I hate politicians and I feel like I'm wasting my life. Don't we all know what's happening? George W. Bush was taking us down a road, and Barack Obama is taking us down that same road. What difference does it make? I don't want to waste my life anymore."
Sean Hannity & Howard Stern Named Among Most Powerful Media Figures In New York By The Hollywood Reporter
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Sean Hannity and Howard Stern joined an elite cast of those named by The Hollywood Reporter as its 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014. Along with new entries of BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti and Ben Smith, Vice Media's Shane Smith and Gawker's Nick Denton, others included Fox News Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, NBC's Jimmy Fallon and Bob Costas, just to name a few. Each of their choices was then explained along with a short interview. In explaining Sean Hannity's influence, they wrote: "Liberal media pundits cited Hannity's move on Fox from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. in October as evidence his influence was waning. Since then, his ratings are 27 percent higher in the key 25-to-45 demo than previous time-slot occupant On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, and has a bigger audience than CNN's Anderson Cooper and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell combined. Hannity also attracts an estimated 13 million listeners a week to his radio show, which makes him the second-most-popular political talker in the medium, trailing only Rush Limbaugh. As for his rivals, Hannity says "I don't give a flying rip. But I think they're arrogant, egotistical, selfish, narcissistic morons. Their channel is horrible. They're on a mission 24/7 of left-wing radicalism. I'll leave it to you to decide who I'm talking about." As for Stern, he tell THR: "You've got to care," insists Stern. "It would be very easy not to, [but] I never got into radio for the money. It was because I really cared about the medium; I thought I could be my funniest and my best on the radio, not anywhere else."
Opie and Anthony Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Greg (Opie) Hughes (L) and Anthony Cumia (R) will celebrate their 20th radio anniversary today with a special party to air live at 4 p.m. from Carolines comedy club on Ch. 99, XM 103 and Sirius 206. According to the New York Daily News, it's called “O&A20: Unmasked” is a special edition of the show’s regular “Unmasked” feature to be hosted Ron Bennington, cohost of the Ron and Fez show that’s also heard on SiriusXM. Opie Hughes got his start as an intern where he worked for several western New York radio stations such as 96.5 WCMF in Rochester on The Brother Wease Show. Opie has often referred to Wease as a mentor. Later he joined WBAB on Long Island, where he met Anthony. They did their first show in 1995 on WAAF-FM in Boston, and later moved to WNEW-FM in New York with syndication on other stations. They moved to XM Satellite in 2004. Brother Wease tells Jockline Daily " Opie is one of a very few who never forgot where he came from. And Anthony, I'm very happy you can now afford health care! That's a personal joke. Love you guys...Wease!" PHOTO/Opie And Anthony shown with Jim Norton.
CCME Teams With IF ONLY To Support American Red Cross
THE MOUTH, April 17th, 2014 –– Beginning this month, The American Red Cross, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and the California Earthquake Authority are working with IfOnly to offer several one-of-a-kind experiences through their online auction. According to artistdirect.com, The proceeds from the exclusive online auctions will help more people prepare and recover from California’s next big quake. Here are a few highlights from the Red Cross experiences offered at IfOnly.com: A trip to see Justin Timberlake in London! It includes airfare, five nights of accommodations, and VIP tickets for you and a friend to his London show on June 10. A VIP Carrie Underwood Concert experience, which includes two tickets (located within the first five rows) to see Carrie Underwood in Lake Tahoe on July 18. Guests get to meet Carrie backstage, take a photo with her and get a one night stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek. You can also snag two July 30th Tickets and a Hand-Signed Item for an Aerosmith concert in LA. There is also a Shania Twain VIP Vegas meet and greet, where fans can watch Shania in Las Vegas with the best seats in the house and then meet her backstage and take a photo with the famed country music star. ifonly.com/Red-Cross-Events to bid.
MOTION: Michael Graham Heads To 106.7 Atlanta; Sebastian Davis Rises To Executive Producer For The Regular Guys; Monica Nelson Joins KMVA-FM Phoenix As Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Longtime Boston host , Michael Graham (AR) is headed south to Cumulus All News 106.7 from 9 to noon. Graham posted at his website that his final day on New England Talk Network and Boston Herald Radio will be April 25.
San Luis Obispo Host Realizes Life Long Dream With Film Debut
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– More than 25 years after KVEC/San Luis Obispo afternoon host, David Congalton moved to California with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter, he's finally making his big-screen debut with “Authors Anonymous,” a comedy whose cast includes “The Big Bang Theory” standout Kaley Cuoco, “American Pie” star Chris Klein (both shown above)and “Get Shorty” actor Dennis Farina in one of his final film roles. It makes its Central Coast premiere Friday and being screened in select cities across the nation. He tells sanluisobispo.com, “There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment and validation,” said Congalton, who has hosted KVEC’s “The Dave Congalton Show” since 1992. “Authors Anonymous,” which debuted March 18 on iTunes and video-on- demand, follows a dysfunctional group of writers who meet every week to critique each other’s work. Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”), Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls”) and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) also appear in the film. Filming took place in August 2012 in Southern California locations including Burbank, Sherman Oaks and West Hollywood. Congalton says he was particularly pleased with Farina’s performance: “He just steals the movie,” Congalton said. Sadly, Farina died last July, wasn’t able to see the final cut of the film.
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
Metro Radio Grabs Global Coverage With 'Punching Above Your Weight' Promotion
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2014 –– Metro Radio garnered worldwide news coverage Metro Radio’s latest on air station promotion ‘Punching Above Your Weight.'. The competition received coverage on Sky News and News.com in Australia, along with a full page spread in the The Sun and an article in The Star. The World’s media jumped on the story after Metro’s breakfast duo, Steve and Karen, crowned local sales advisor Darren Donaghey (shown above) as the champion of their ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ competition where they recognised men lacking in the beauty stakes when compared to their female partners. Celebrating their win, Darren’s partner of eight years, Kate Cathcart (shown above left), commented: “He’s no Tom Cruise but personality counts.”
Dave Lee Travis charged with assault - Scotland Yard has announced that former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, Dave Lee Travis has been charged with one count of indecent assault. DLT, real name David Patrick Griffin is alleged to have assaulted a woman, who was over the age of 16, in January 1995. He is still due to appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 24 April. Mr Travis was cleared of 12 counts of indecent assault in February but the jury could not reach a decision on the twooutstanding charges. When he left court last on March 28th, DLT told reporters: “The only thing I want to say on this is, the nightmare is continuing.” Need a British broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905
Oprah Pulling Plug On Li-Lo
UH OH: Oprah Pulls Plug On New Season For Li-Lo Show - [DAILY MAIL]
Past & Present Co-Hosts On 'The View' Join For Walter's Tribute - [SFGATE]
WHOA: Jenny McCarthy Announces Engagement On 'The View' - [10 NEWS]
Adam Carolla's 'Catch A Contractor' Renewed On Spike; To Go An Hour Longer - [THE WRAP]
Valerie Harper Clarifies She's Not 'Absolutely Cancer Free' - [NYDN]
JK Rowling To Write Reports For Quidditch World Cup - [DIGITAL SPY]
Rapper Cuts Off Penis In Suicide Attempt - [TMZ]
Gone Girl, Pike, Covers W - [E ONLINE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: Elizabeth Banks In 'Walk of Shame' [FIRST SHOWING]
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Don Bouloukos To Retire, Scott Herman Takes Reigns Of CBS Radio's New York Operations
MOTION: JB & Sandy Officially Headed Back To Mornings In Austin; Sarah Re-Ups With Alice's Sarah & Vinnie Show; Sheri Taylor To Host Midday Show On Magic 98.9 Greenville
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– Okay, act surprised. Following numerous teases here in Jockline Daily, we can now officially say that longtime Austin radio hosts JB Hager and Sandy McIlree (L) will return to the air next Monday at 6 am on The Fringe, a new radio station set to launch at 10 am this . Saturday with a weekend-long preview. Both Hager and McIlree exited Mix 94.7 late last year after nearly a 20 year run. Hager tells austin360.com 'After being off the air for more than four months he’s eager to start his new gig. What’s he been doing with his free time? “Driving my family nuts,” Hager joked. “I’ve come to realize they adore me in small doses, love me in moderate doses and question their life choices when I’m around 24/7,” he said. ########### Alice Radio San Francisco has just signed Sarah (below left), one half of the Sarah & Vinnie show on Alice @ 97.3 to a new multi-year contract. "She’s talented, lovely and a joy to be around … and now we’ll have her around for another many more years,” said Doug Harvill, Sr. VP & Market Manager, CBS Radio San Francisco. "I'm so excited to continue our reign of terror in the morning at Alice@97.3 - we have a great team together in the morning and it's an honor to work alongside the whole staff at Alice. I truly have to pinch myself from time to time - I might be the luckiest person in the world. I’m beyond stoked!” said Sarah. ############ Entercom Communications, just a week after announcing Murphy, Sam & Jodi as the new morning show on Magic 98.9, today announced a change to their weekday lineup with Sherí Taylor hosting middays (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). She rejoins market leader Entercom from Salem’s WOLT- FM, where she has been the morning show co-host.
Artie Lang Hospitalized For Diabetic Shock
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– Get well wishes to radio Host/Comedian Artie Lang who was hospitalized after suffering diabetic shock. True to form, he tweeted the photo at right of him sprawled out on a hospital just outside of Detroit. " Trying to get better," he tweeted. "Sorry for missing gigs." According to TMZ, He's scheduled to be released today and is 'feeling much better." The DirectTV syndicated host was in the middle of a comedy tour when the incident occurred. According to The Daily Mail, his next stand up gig is set for April 19th in Los Angeles but whether he'll be well enough to attend is not known. The former Howard Stern member, returned to radio with The Nick & Artie Show in 2011, but was later renamed the The Artie Lang Show when his co-host Nick DiPaolo departed. Last year he released another memoir entitled Crash And Burn.
Paul B. Anderson Media Agent, Inc To Become Workhouse Media, Inc.
Health Scare Sidelines Conclave's Bob Shannon
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– In an unexpected move, Conclave Executive Director Bob Shannon resigned from the Minneapolis non-profit yesterday citing health issues. “Upon my return from the NAB late Thursday evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night,” said Shannon. “Fortunately, the problem wasn’t as life threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part. Therefore, after consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks. Sadly, that includes the Conclave.” Conclave Chairman Mark Bolke stated, "Obviously, Bob's health and well-being is my primary concern, and I respect his decision. As Executive Director of the Conclave, Bob brought with him the passion of a real radio broadcaster. Not only in regards to what made it so compelling in the past, but a vision of what it still can be. He is a champion of the medium, and never afraid to tell it like it is. It's been a pleasure serving with Bob, a true gentleman, and we wish him the very best." Shannon says he intends to rest for the spring and summer and will announce future plans come fall. He can be reached at 206.755.5162, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legendary Wichita Host Tim Peters Passes Away
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– In a station release, Belinda Atteberry, LITE 99.7 General Manager, wrote: "It is with deep sadness that we announce that legendary radio broadcast veteran, Tim Peters, passed away earlier today," she said in a news release. "Tim's family, friends and the 99.7 LITE FM team are heartbroken and ask for privacy today as we all come to terms with this news." According to KWCH TV, service arrangements have not been announced. Atteberry said the family is awaiting autopsy results. Dan Holiday will anchor a special live tribute with Gayla Crouse from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. The broadcast on 99.7 FM will be streamed online. Listeners can email their tributes to Local@LiteWichita.com.
WJBC Bloomington Named Station Of The Year By AP
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– WJBC in Bloomington, IL, was named Station of the Year by the Associated Press this past weekend. The station was honored Saturday at the Illinois Associated Press Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards, which were held at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Peoria. With a seven member news team, including an agribusiness reporter, WJBC produces more local coverage than any other station in Central Illinois. Reporters produce two hourly newscasts between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Reporters also produce a 2-minute hourly newscast between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. every day. WJBC’s live and local coverage includes breaking news, continuing coverage, trends, implications and community safety. WJBC has previously won Illinois Associated Press awards for Outstanding News Operation, Best Reporter, Best Newscast and Best Spot News. In 2013, WJBC won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence and in 2009 was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Small Market Station of the Year. PHOTO/ L-R Bryan Bloodworth-Sports Writer -- Adam Studzinski – News Reporter/Anchor -- Stephanie Pawlowski-News Director -- Eric Stock- News Reporter/Anchor-Sports Director -- Zac Dietmeier-News Reporter/Anchor -- Dan Westhoff-Operations Manager
Omaha Hosts Take Frigid Plunge To Raise Money For Boy With Cancer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16YH, 2014 –– As most of us on the east coast already know, cold weather doesn't seem to want to go away. KOIL Omaha's Tom Becka (R) and other experienced this reality first hand by jumping from the deck of radio host Crash Davis’ home in Council Bluffs into the 50-degree waters of Lake Manawa to raise money for Landon Shaw, a Missouri boy with cancer who has inspired video challenges on Facebook. According to nonparallelonline, Becka's producer, Kahm Broham said “I did not see this snow coming.” Davis said he was impressed with how many people have stepped up to support Landon through Facebook. He challenged several people, including his wife, before taking his plunge. The conditions for the plunge plummeted after Sunday’s snowstorm. Becka joked that the group had originally planned to do the event at Coco Key Water Resort in Omaha — into a hot tub. Schultz, Broham, Davis and Becka were joined by Melissa Head, a Council Bluffs City Council member, and Jenny Olive (L), midday host and promotions director for Q 98.5 FM. The six were filmed jumping into the water by Sausha Thomas, a producer and videographer for NRG Media. A Facebook group, Plunge for Landon, organizing the fundraisers across the country has more than 42,000 members. Landon, who lives in the town of Tarkio, Mo., had a tumor on his kidney removed, and he nearly died when doctors removed another tumor on his brain. BECKA PHOTO/Scott Stewart
[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel Invade Ford Nation
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2014 –– You may have seen last month's appearance by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (center) on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' To say the least, it was awkward. Jimmy opened the show by asking Ford, who came out wearing a black suit with a blazing red tie, 'Why are you dressed like a magician?' He followed by asking 'Why are you here? What good can come from this? Have you ever seen the show?' He then proceeded to grill Ford mercilessly over his numerous failings, saying "'If you're an alcoholic, if you're doing crack in your 40's and you can't remember, that's something to think about, like talking to somebody,' Kimmel said. 'It's nothing to be ashamed about' Jimmy did, however, pick the mayor up himself at the airport. This week Jimmy Kimmel returned the favor, appearing via video chat with the mayor and his brother Doug Ford on their web show “Ford Nation.” Kimmel began by teasing Rob about his bobbled head doll which he claimed cost more than $900. He also wore the same red tie, black clothes outfit that Ford wore to his show. The brothers invited Kimmel to Toronto for his birthday, to which he said , “There’s no two people that I’d rather spend my birthday with than the two of you.” WATCH VIDEO
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Mix 104.1 Boston's Kennedy Returns To Cross The Line At This Year's Marathon
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– Hard to believe it's been a year since the tragic bombings during the Boston Marathon. Among the many media figures who participated in the race that day was marathon regular, Mix 104.1's Kennedy Kelsey (shown), one half of The Karson & Kennedy Morning Show. Shortly after the news broke, she took to her Facebook page to assure listeners that she was safe, writing: "Thank you all for your words. I can't stop crying but all of your comments have lifted my heart. Thank you friends. From the bottom of my heart." She later told Jockline Daily "I was running, but I was far behind and was nowhere near the finish line. However, I am amazed at how much this has affected me. Im just so sad for my city." Unable to cross the finish line last year, this year, she's back for the third time. This time, she'll also be raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital. She told listeners on yesterday's show that if her goal is met she’s going to shave her head into a mohawk! No sooner mentioned, the show got a call from a local furniture dealer who tossed in a $1,000. As for finishing this year's race, she tells Jockiine Daily: I didn't get to finish last year, in fact my knee had given out so I was pretty sure I wasn't going to finish at all. This year I'm determined to cross the finish line no matter how long it takes. It might be dark out, there might not be anyone cheering, but I'm going to do it for me, for my friends and neighbors, for my city."
REPORT: Mike Calta Now Being Heard On Other Cox Stations
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– He may have lost his old moniker "Cowhead," but now Cox Media Group's Mike Calta, of 102.5 The Bone Tampa, is reportedly adding more airtime for the rebranded star at sister stations in Atlanta and Orlando, according to radioinsight.com. As Jockline first reported (JD 4/3) Calta held a funeral for his Cowhead nickname which dated back to his arrival in 1992 as a sidekick of Bubba The Love Sponge on The Power Pig, 93.3 WFLZ. While no official word has yet from CMG regarding an expanded role for the host, a spokesperson told Jockline Daily: "Mike is one of CMG's top talk talents and our company has been expanding his reach to include fill-ins on some of our traditional News/Talk stations. He filled in five times in December and January for WSB, and is doing a three-day sub for WSB and News 96-5 this week. Mark Arum will continue to host 10pm to 12mid on WSB in Atlanta."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alan Chartrand To Head CCME Boston Cluster; Ernie Fears Appointed GSM of WRQX/Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel has announced that Alan Chartrand will become the Market President for our Boston cluster overseeing the operations and programming of our Kiss 108, JAMN 94.5, Evolution 101.7, and MIA 1430 am stations. Alan, who previously served as Vice President of Sales for the Boston cluster, has more than two decades of management experience at various Boston media outlets including being the owner and founder of JAMN 94.5. Alan¹s incredible ability to drive revenue and results, while maintaining a strong culture of collaboration and creativity, make him the perfect candidate to lead the competitive marketplace in Boston. ––––––– A bit further south, Ernie Fears Appointed GSM of WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2014 – Cumulus Media announces that Ernie Fears has been named General Sales Manager of WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C. Fears is a radio veteran with 25 years experience in the Washington, D.C. market. He was previously Director of Agency Sales for CBS Radio in Washington, D.C., and has held General Sales Manager positions with CBS Radio in Washington, D.C., and with 630 WMAL, also in D.C. Prior to that, Fears was Local Sales Manager of WMAL. He holds a B.S. degree from Hampton Institute and an MBA from Howard University. Gary Lewis, Cumulus Senior Vice President, said: “It’s exciting when the perfect combination of experience, reputation and ability comes together in a single candidate, as it does with Ernie Fears. We are thrilled to welcome Ernie to the team.” Fears said: “It is truly my honor to work with some of the smartest and most talented people in our industry. WRQX is a heritage station in the Washington, D.C. market. Cumulus realizes this fact and will do what it takes to keep this property vibrant, pertinent and relevant in the community. For me, it’s coming home again to a cluster of stations that I sold and managed. I ran up and down these hallways as a youngster when my father was GM of WRQX. I am proud to be back!”
WGN'S David Plier Makes Winning Bid for Lujack’s Typewriter
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– Nice to see radio legend Larry Lujack's Smith-Corona scooped up on eBay by a fellow radio peep. According to media blogger Robert Feder, it will soon be on display at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.The manual typewriter (shown) was used Lujack for more than 40 years was acquired on eBay this past Sunday for $755 by David Plier (inset) a weekend host on news/talk WGN AM 720 and longtime board member of the museum. Plier told Feder said he plans provide the typewriter on loan to the museum, where Lujack is enshrined in the National Radio Hall of Fame. Lujack, not one for computers, email and the like, eft his old Smith-Corona Secretarial 76 to former WLS AM 890 program director John Rook following his death last December at 73. Rook put it up for auction on eBay to benefit the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, which he founded in 2007.
MOTION: Val Stouffer Named Afternoon Co-Anchor For KXL 101 Portland
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– FM NEWS 101 KXL (KXL-FM) announced today that Val Stouffer has joined Portland’s Afternoon News as the new co-anchor. Val will join afternoon news anchor, Dan Mitchinson weekdays 4p-7p. Val hails from Chicago, where she worked for such market leaders at WMAQ and WLS radio. Val co-hosted the Afternoon News on KIRO Radio for many years. She also worked for KOMO Radio, where she anchored both the morning and afternoon shows. Val is thrilled to be starting a new adventure in Portland and at KXL, and looks forward to sharing many great stories and adventures with our listeners. FM News 101 KXL is owned and operated by Alpha Broadcasting, along with 101.9 KINK, 98.7 The Bull, 750 The Game, Live 95.5 and Freedom 970. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Alpha Broadcasting is the only locally owned radio group in the Portland metro area
Pussycat Doll's Robin Antin Launches New Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– Robin Antin, the dancer, choreographer and actress most famous for her modern burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls, launches her podcast today on PodcastOne. The premiere show features reality star Kim Kardashian and noted hair stylist and brother Jonathan Antin, with socialite Paris Hilton and recording artist Pitbull joining on future shows. Antin says, “I’m so excited to have my very own Podcast! I love that I can speak to my listeners up close and personal. I will touch on many topics that I love, such as Female Empowerment, Fitness, Fashion, Love, and more! Each week I’ll have guests, friends and family, joining me for a fun chat.” PodcastOne Chairman/CEO Norm Pattiz says, “I’m really looking forward to this podcast. Not only will it attract a huge audience, but working with Robin will be big time fun. Her millions of fans will have unprecedented access as they listen to her every week on PodcastOne.com.” Antin joins the popular line-up of PodcastOne personalities and brands which include Adam Carolla, Dan Patrick, Kathie Lee Gifford, Brandi Glanville, Dr. Drew, Steve Austin, Dennis Miller, Ron Paul, Chris Jericho, Jay Mohr, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York, NPR Los Angeles, 60 Minutes and over 200 more.
McFly Covers The White House Lawn Again For Easter Egg Roll
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2014 –– 94.7 Fresh FM/D.C.'s Tommy McFly of The Tommy show has once again passed security clearance and been invited again to serve as the official host of this year's While House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. This year it's focused on promoting health and wellness in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative. It's one of radio's biggest secrets of how Tommy was actually given the honor to emcee the annual White House Egg Roll four years ago. They keep asking him back! The Egg Roll is the largest public event that the White House hosts with over 30,000 people and this year's celebrities include Jim Carrey, Ariana Grande, Candice Glover, Disney's star Debby Ryan and several professional athletes Redskins' Robert Griffin III, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
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New Austin Station Fuels Rumors Of JB & Sandy's Return
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 –– Program Director Ray Seggern (L) tells The Austin Chronicle that the city's forthcoming signal 'Fringe' "..means we're off the beaten path. It says that, relative to the competition, we're slightly off center." Fringe is a new independent commercial station that will share space with sister station KOKE 99.3FM, primarily owned by Bob Cole and Jason Nassour. The new signal is set to go live in weeks and and is said to feature a morning show and afternoon deejays playing free-form radio. While Seggern hasn't named its new morning show, citing noncompete contracts, rumors have already begun circulating saying longtime Mix 94.7 Austin hosts, JB Hager and Sandy McIlree (R) will take over the slot. Hager first left the show late last year, followed by McIlree shortly after. "I know for a fact that Austinites love this morning show we're about to unveil," teased Seggern.He adds that Fringe will be a station where deejays are instrumental in creating the brand's cultural and musical identity.
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REPORT: Satellite Radio's John Marks Is Country's New Power Broker
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 –– Sirius XM, which offers five satellite country channels and caters to audiences with unreliable FM reception, can devote its Highway channel entirely to new tracks because in most markets, it doesn't participate in the same ratings system as terrestrial radio stations do, writes WSJ's Hannah Karp. Leading the way is John Marks (above center) who joined Sirius XM in 2010. Karp adds "Despite an audience that is minuscule compared with FM radio stations in big markets, the Highway wields disproportionate influence on sales of records and concert tickets, say label executives, particularly for new and emerging artists from outside the major-label system, a group terrestrial country stations tend to avoid." Marks says he relies on his large network of producers, songwriters, publishers and booking agents to discover new music that is "sonically and lyrically" different, while attending live shows several nights a week." According to Karp, The Highway's profile in Nashville began to rise about two years ago, after an artist manager gave Mr. Marks a single called "Cruise" by an unsigned band called Florida Georgia Line. In the three months after Mr. Marks put the song in regular rotation, the band sold 200,000 songs online without any significant airplay on FM radio ... A few months later Florida Georgia Line signed a record deal with Big Machine Label Group, and has since sold more than six million downloads of "Cruise." In November, Florida Georgia Line played a private "thank you" show for Sirius subscribers at a small nightclub in Los Angeles. PHOTO/SiriusXM Getty Image
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Legendary WSB Atlanta News/Traffic Reporter, Herb Emory Passes Away
Fell Ill While Stopping To Help During Car Accident
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 -– Longtime WSB Radio and Channel 2 Action News traffic reporter, “Captain” Herb Emory, passed away Saturday. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emory stopped to help at a car accident on South Burnt Hickory Road when he suddenly fell ill. He was transported to WellStar Douglas Hospital where he later died. Emory had been with WSB Radio and Channel 2 Action News since 1991. Emory has served as an Atlanta traffic reporter since 1971. Captain Herb hosted and produced the WSB Speed Shop auto racing from 1993 until 2011. Emory previously was a News/Traffic reporter from 1978 through 1991 with WQXI-AM, 94Q-Star 94, Georgia Network News. Emory said he earned the title of captain when before his first broadcast on WSB, the manager told him to introduce himself as Colonel Herb Emory. After figuring out that it was too hard to say, he was given the name Captain Herb Emory instead. He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the inaugural Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award in 2012. Emory moved to Atlanta in 1971 from his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Emory’s father was a volunteer pit crew member for Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Sr.’s dad, in the 1960s.
Baltimore's Ed Kiernan Set To Retire Following 45 Year Radio Career
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 –– After 45 years in the radio business, Ed Kiernan (R) told his staff at WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM that he will be retiring this summer as VP/GM. “Having closely worked with Ed for all these years, I know firsthand how he has enhanced all aspects of the radio business he has managed with his enthusiasm, good humor and leadership,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb wrote in statement. “With Ed at the helm, WBAL has been among the nation’s most honored radio stations and a major community force through the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. Throughout his tenure, Ed has built upon 98 Rock’s storied 37-year history, including expanding the station’s presence on the web and in mobile applications.” Last Friday, Kiernan told The Baltimore Sun that he and his wife, Fran, will be moving to the Hamptons in New York where they have a home. Kiernan worked 17 years there at CBS before starting his 23-year run at WBAL. "The thing I am most proud of is our news department and the number of awards and accolades it has received," Kiernan said. "I'm proud of what we've been able to create and accomplish at both WBAL and WIYY."
Over 9,000 Compete In College Radio Trivia Contest
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 –– As part of the world's largest trivia contest, Stevens Point WWSP kicked things off last Friday at 6 p.m. and went until Sunday at midnight. According to uwsp.edu/wwsp, organizers say more than 9,000 people were competing. The host, Jim Oliva (shown) asked eight questions an hour, but told WAOW TV "They're really tricky. There's no way I could get them," said Kristina Stoklosa, a UWSP student who is volunteering with the contest. "There's two people that write the contest. We don't play. And we are unmitigated jerks about letting any information out. We just don't do it," said Jim Oliva, also known as "The Oz," the event's organizer. "Everybody's playing and they know that nobody's getting a break and that's wonderful." Before the competition kicked off, the teams shook out their pre-trivia jitters with a parade through the UWSP campus. The theme of the contest was Trivia on 45, celebrating the music played during the contest, which conveniently used a 45 insert used to hold 45's in place on a phonograph spindle. At the end of all this, the top ten teams take home a trophy and some serious bragging rights.
HOT 95.7's Peppers Completes Two-Day 150 Mile Bike Ride To State Capitol
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2014 –– Sarah Pepper (L), HOT 95.7 Houston, completed her Third BP MS150 this weekend. Riding alongside over 13,000 riders Sarah set out from Houston on the two day journey to the state Capitol but some overbooking added some extra fun to the trip. "I didn't realize that it was the same weekend as the first game for our Women's Professional Soccer team". Sarah is the in-stadium announcer for the Houston Dash and so after the first day ride, Sarah was picked up, driven back to Houston, announced the game and then back in the car for the second day. "It was over 550 miles in a car back and fourth and 150 miles on a bike but completely worth it!"
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CBS' LES MOONVES: 'Colbert Was The One Who Stood Out'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2014 –– "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," said Stephen Colbert in a statement following the announcement of his taking over the Late Show's reigns next year. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth." This came just a week after Letterman announced his retirement prior to a taping. No sooner said, the world was abuzz with potential names of those who might follow the iconic host. Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, of its highly popular "Colbert Report" was an odds on favorite and made it official yesterday. CBS CEO Les Moonves said Colbert was the one who stood out. According to businessstand.com He said that he and his wife, Julie Chen, are big fans of "The Colbert Report" and he is looking forward to work with the comedian as he transitions to CBS. Numerous tweets soon followed like these and others posted at eonline.com : Jimmy Fallon wrote: "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert." Jimmy Kimmel followed with "Congratulations to @StephenAtHome #StephenColbert- a finer or funnier man I do not know." Radio peeps piped in as well: Lite Rock 105/Providence's Stephen Donovan commented: Very similar to when Carson left. As soon as Letterman leaves, it won't be "Late Show" anymore. It'll be whatever Colbert makes it. Case in point, Seth Meyers and "Late Night"... Any cultural relevance there? 2. Twitter/FB/YouTube have caused the time slots to become meaningless. You can catch everything the next day, something that Jimmy Fallon is capitalizing on, big-time. Country 105/Calgary's Robyn Adair commented: I'm thrilled I'll get to see twice as much Colbert (one hour vs 30 minutes) but I will really miss the Colbert Report. Nobody does satire like Colbert. Universal Comedy Network's Joel Graham wrote: I think Colbert is a good counter-program to the "everyman" approach Fallon must take as host of the Tonight Show. I don't think Colbert will every beat Fallon, but if he brings his sharp wit and satire to the genre, create a "monologue" that's not just silly joke after silly joke, but instead more of a thought-provoking forum that somehow breaks some new ground (and is funny), he could carve out a really nice piece of the late night pie.
NASH NEWS: Robby Bridges Named PD At NASH-FM/Detroit; Tim Timmerman Takes Afternoons At NASH FM 94.1 Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2013–– Cumulus Media has named Robby Bridges as its Program Director/Afternoons at NASH FM 93.1 in Detroit, moving from his role as Program Director of Cumulus’ WEBE in Bridgeport. Robby’s new assignment will be effective April 15. Bridges joined Cumulus Media in 2008 as Assistant Program Director/PM drive of WEBE-FM in Bridgeport. He later served as Program Director of Cumulus’ WFAS-FM in Westchester, NY, when he was also heard on Hot AC station WPLJ in New York and on the nationally syndicated True Oldies Channel before returning last year as Program Director/Mornings at WEBE. John Dickey, Cumulus Executive Vice President & Co-Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is an exciting and important time in the development and growth of our NASH brand, and Robby Bridges has risen through the ranks at Cumulus through dedication, talent and drive.” Mike McVay, Cumulus Senior Vice President of Programming, said: “It is a pleasure to announce a well deserved promotion within Cumulus, with Robby Bridges taking the programming reins at our newly launched NASH FM 93.1 in Detroit. Robby has the experience, tenacity and love for the format that will greatly accelerate our Country position in Detroit.” - Over at NASH FM 94-1/Cincinnati, they hired former crosstown Kiss 107 morning co-host Tim Timmerman as their new PM drive host. He joins NASH-FM from KMCK-FM/Fayetteville, AK, where he covered mornings. PD Mike Scott will move to middays.
Rick Dees Group To Syndicate Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2014 –– Radio Disney'S Top 30 weekly countdown show is entering syndication via Dees Entertainment, according to billboard.com. The three hour show is hosted Ernie D. Martinez. Rick Dees said in a statement: "Disney is synonymous with world-class family programming, and Ernie Martinez brings likeability and broad appeal as well as relevant music for kids and families, a reason why this show has such terrific potential for stations who are looking for family-friendly music programming. "Dees Entertainment, owned by radio on-air host Rick Dees, syndicates more than 50 hours of content each week including five editions of Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 countdown show to more than 1,000 affiliates. Radio Disney Top 30 focuses on music, new and events that are relevant to children, tweens and families.
Edmonton Station Apologizes For (S)exual Assault Poll Which Asked If Victims Are To Blame
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2014 –– A station online poll asking if victims are to blame for (s)exual assault, drew immediate outrage from politicians on Thursday. 630 CHED asked: “It's very controversial but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens?” Two responses were posted -- one said "no - women should be able to dress, drink and walk as they choose without fear of being blamed," while the other said "yes -- if women drink too much, dress too little or walk in harms way they put themselves at risk". According to edmontonsun.com, the poll followed a city police hosted panel discussion, "Hard Talk Panel on Rape Culture," held in conjunction with (S)exual Exploitation Week in the city. Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton-Castledowns MLA and Minister of Jobs, Skills Training and Labour first tweeted asking the station if their account had been hacked, and demanded an apology or the province would look into cutting advertisement funding. Hours later, 630 CHED brand director Syd Smith took to the airwaves, saying 'I am sorry, as a person responsible for the programming of the radio station, not only on-air but online, what we did, and the tweet that we sent out was wrong," Smith said. "That question void of context would make me angry, coming from our station or another media outlet."The question was also updated, with a reference to a panel that said blaming the victims of sexual assaults was still an issue -- ultimately, the poll was removed from the website.
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[WATCH] ESPN's Greenberg Gets Dumped On After Lost Bet
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2014 –– The Mike & Mike show made their annual NCAA tournament “Sheets of Integrity” bracket bets. Once again, Mike Greenberg found himself on the losing end of their agreement, according to thebleacherreport.com. Greenberg leaned over to milk “Vanessa” the dairy cow and all was well until she decided to take a giant bovine dump about two feet away from Greenberg. And what did the host do? You'll have to wait and see the video, but in the meantime, Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic covered the event, saying “Vanessa just relieved herself…and it was not No. 1,” he said. “Greeny, did it get on you at all anywhere?”“Yes, it did,” Greenberg said.
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[WATCH] Goldie Hawn & Dr. Oz Dance For Their Foundations - [EXTRA TV]
'Big Brother' Producers Deliver 'Relative Insanity' - [THR]
Tom & Jerry To Go At It Again In New Series - [TV GUIDE]
OUCH - Audio Company Prevails In $16M Lawsuit Against 50 Cent - [BRANDENTON]
Hilary Clinton Dodges Tossed Shoe On Stage In Vegas - [DAILY MAIL]
DWTS' Producer Leaving For New TV Project - [INSIDE TV]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: '22 Jump Street' With Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill - [SLASH]
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MOTION: Shila Takes Over PM Drive At US99.5 Chicago
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 - CBS Radio Chicago and WUSN (US99.5) announced that Shila Nathan has been named afternoon drive personality. “I have had my eye on Shila for a few years and I’m very excited to have her join the air staff at US99.5,” said Jeff Kapugi, CBS Radio Vice President, Country Programming and Program Director, WUSN. “She’s a very dynamic personality that brings a fresh approach to afternoon drive in Chicago, Shila joins a talented team featuring Lisa and Ray in mornings, recently promoted midday host Drew Walker and ‘Jax’ at night.” Nathan joins WUSN from Entercom Communications in Scranton, P.A. where she was the swing jock for country station Froggy 101 and Top 40 station WKRZ. Prior to that, she co-hosted morning drive at WRDW with Chio In The Morning. “I am beyond thrilled to be back with my CBS Radio family,” said Nathan. “ I look forward to working closely with Jeff Kapugi and Chicago Market Manager, Rod Zimmerman. Chicago is a GREAT city and I can't wait to call it home. This is an amazing opportunity. I'm goin’ country!!!”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chuck Perks Named PD/Midday Host At WWFX 100.1 Worcester
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Media has announced the appointment of Worcester/Boston radio pro Chuck Perks (L) as Program Director and Midday Host of Classic Hits WWFX 100.1 FM “The Pike” in Worcester, MA. Chuck has been working for Cumulus Worcester in a part-time capacity, both on and off air, at Hot A/C 104.5 WXLO, 98.9 WORC-FM and 100.1 FM “The Pike”, prior to being brought on full time. Chuck previously worked as Hub Headlines personality for the night show on 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) in Boston and Headlines reporter on the Boston Bruins Radio Network. He was also Production Director for Entercom Boston Sports station WEEI from 2000-2008, during which time he also worked weekends for sister station Star 93.7 (WQSX) for three years. Chuck began his radio career in Worcester at WFTQ 1440 AM.
[WATCH] Knoxville Stations Pay Tribute To The Late Bobby Denton With One Hour Simulcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– Following news yesterday of the death of longtime Knoxville host, Bobby Denton, his friends and radio radio colleagues offered their memories to WATE-TV. Mike Hammond, now program director at Q100, was hired on at WIVK by Denton. He told WATE "I was a student at the University of Tennessee and I auditioned for a job at WIVK and the job was to do afternoon news with Bobby Denton," said Hammond. This led to 40 years together at WIVK eventually working side by side managing the station. Mickey "Doc" Dearstone, now host of "Doc, Jeff and Heather in the Morning" on the Sports Animal, he says he owes his entire career to Denton. "If he hadn't have been successful in marketing these stations and truly making WIVK the number one station in America it wouldn't have been possible for us to have done what we've been able to do," said Dearstone. To pay tribute, a number of stations plan a one hour simulcast to Denton this Thursday at 9 a.m. According to WATE, They list stations as WIVK-FM - 107.7 - WNML - 990 - WNML-FM - 99.1 - Sports/Talk (simulcast of WNML) - WNRX - 99.3 - (simulcast of WNML) and WOKI - 98.7. WATCH HERE
NASH FM New York's Jesse Addy Host Martina McBride Performance In Times Square
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– NASH FM 94.7's Jesse Addy hosted a special performance this week by Grammy Award-winning artist Martina McBride at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Martina celebrated the release of her new album by performing songs from "Everlasting" to a crowd of lucky fans who learned about the show by listening to NASH FM 94.7- "America's Country Station" and waited in line to catch the performance.
Rock HOF Set For Tonight; Stones Manager Sits Out Over Time Dispute; Joan Jett Rumored To Front Nirvana
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– The Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Oldham announced he'll be a no-show for tonight's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, after learning they only allocated five minutes of the show to honor him and fellow inductee Brian Epstein. According to watchfox29.com, The pair joined with the list along with KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt among the Class of 2014. He recently told the audience during a talk at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Germany, "I think those people (Hall of Fame bosses) basically hijacked the name rock 'n' roll. I won't be there... It's a television show.." Linda Ronstadt will also be a no-show at the induction ceremony after revealing she's too ill to travel to the event, and KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have refused to perform after learning their current bandmates will not be honored alongside them. Meanwhile, according to huffingtonpost.com, reports indicate Joan Jett (above) is poised to front Nirvana's performance. No official word yet. The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight, April 10 and premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 31 at 9pm ET/PT.
Phoenix Host Hops In Bed Again For Food Bank
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– That time of year again for KSLX 100.7 FM’s morning host, Mark Mayfield, to hop in the sack again on a Sleep America bed for the Seventh Annual “Get in Bed with Mark” Food Drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.Over the last seven years, Sleep America and Mayfield have raised more than 980,000 meals for the hungry of Arizona, drawing a record 230,000 meals last year. The sleepfest began Wednesday, in front of a local food market. The bed is set atop a flat-bed truck outside the store, where he asks listeners to contribute both nonperishable food items and cash donations to St. Mary’s while interviewing celebrities such as Alice Cooper (who also host a show on the station). The drive ends this Friday. The Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 300 partner agencies at 400 locations that serve the hungry.
TOP NEWS FROM THE U.K.
Fearne Cotton Models Her New Fashion Line; Chris Evan Owns Bond's $5 Mil' Aston Martin
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2014 –– Fearne Cotton, the Radio 1 host and new mum threw her blonde bob back to model colourful looks for her summer fashion line in London this week. Fearne is engaged to guitarist Jesse Wood, (son of Rolling Stone Ronie Wood), they have a son, Rex, who was born in February last year.
Chris Evans Drives Around London in James Bond Aston Martin - The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show Host, Chris Evans is truly the envy of every car mad man. He owns a £3 million (or $5 million) 1963 Aston Martin DB5. His so-called James Bond car (featured in 1964's Goldfinger and 1965's Thunderball films) attracted plenty of envious attention outside the BBC from passersby including Cat Deeley's husband, comedian Patrick Kielty, who could not help but stare. Despite driving such an expensive classic, Chris still stopped in the local pub to use the bathroom facilities, zipping up his fly as he walked back to his Bond-magnet
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Topless Woman Who Went On Rampage At McDonalds Speaks Up
Finalists Announced For 2014 Billboard Music Awards - [BILLBOARD]
Police Speak To Kathy Griffin About Death Threats From Lovato Fans - [US]
Barbara Walters Talks Retirement With 'Variety;' Big Changes At 'The View' [VARIETY]
[WATCH] Letterman And L-Lo Prank Oprah With On-Air Phone Call - [E ONLINE]
Topless Woman Who Went On Rampage At McDonalds, (Viewed By Most Of The World) Explains What Happened, Sorta - [FOX 13 TAMPA]
SMILE: TV Land To Reboot 'Candid Camera' - [EW]
NO WAY: Archie Comic Character To Be Killed Off - [USAHERALD]
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Team For New Film - [BUZZFEED]
Drake To Host 'Espy' Awards - [SPORTING NEWS]
Check Out These Crazy Photos Of The Human Barbie - [COSMO]
UH OH: Katherine Heigl Suing Drug Store Chain Over Use Of Image - [MAIL ONLINE]
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Cumulus Unveils NASH Campus For National Country Brand
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Debuted its NASH Campus, the nation's first multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle, including radio programming, TV/videos, magazines and events. The NASH campus includes three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space (B), including a dressing room (L). The NASH campus is currently home to "America's Morning Show, (shown above)" "NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr," "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," "Kickin' It with Kix" and Country Weekly (soon to be renamed NASH) magazine. All NASH Campus programming originates from studios equipped with state-of-the-art ORAD voice-activated HD cameras that enable online streaming, HD taping and live television broadcasting. All 68 Cumulus-owned Country stations are "Powered by NASH" and programming from the NASH campus currently airs on more than 400 radio stations nationwide.
Steve Harvey To RHOF; Crystal Awards Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced 10 winners for the 27th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed below were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored at today's NAB Show Radio Luncheon. They included: KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, IA - KYNT-AM Yankton, SD * KHHT-FM Los Angeles, CA - WDHR-FM Pikeville, KY * KSTP-FM St. Paul, MN - WLEN-FM Adrian, MI ** - KTAR-FM Phoenix, AZ * - WWJ-AM Detroit, MI * - KXKT-FM Omaha, NE - WZUS-FM Decatur, IL * NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists were honored and winners announced at today's NAB Show Radio Luncheon, where Yahoo tech columnist David Pogue presented a keynote address and popular national radio personality, television host and best-selling author Steve Harvey was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The luncheon was sponsored by ASCAP. * Denotes first-time recipient ** Denotes fifth Crystal Radio Award. PHOTO/NAB
NAB Show Attendance Surpasses 98,000; Up 4% From 2013
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– The National Association of Broadcasters released preliminary figures for the 2014 NAB Show and reported total registered attendance at 98,015, up more than four percent from 2013. Exhibit space was also up more than seven percent from the previous year, with the event comprising 1,746 exhibiting companies spanning 945,000 net square feet of exhibit space. "NAB Show continues to reign supreme as the leading global showcase for cutting-edge technologies covering all stages of media and entertainment production," said NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. "We are elated that so many communications and entertainment professionals from around the world have made NAB Show their yearly destination to grow their talents and operations. We thank our exhibitors and attendees for a job well-done this week and look forward to their continued support in making NAB Show the must-attend event for media industry professionals." A total of 159 countries were represented.
KTWIN’S Mark Rider To Narrate New HGTV Series 'New House, New Life'
Radio You Can Watch: New Zealand's 'The Edge' Gets Its Own TV Channel
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– New Zealand based MediaWorks announced that its radio brand, The Edge is launching its own television channel this year. The Edge TV will broadcast on the Freeview and SKY platforms, and will be streamed live over theedge.co.nz and on mobile.
WestwoodOne To Remain Exclusive Radio Home of Masters Golf Tournament
MOTION: Mark Feather Named PD For WEHP-FM/Erie; Y98-St. Louis Taps Brion O’Brion For Nights
LOOK CLOSER: Can You Find The Flaw On Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Rolling Stone Cover?
'Game of Thrones' Extended For Two More Seasons - [MTV]
Lady Gaga Climbs Ladder To Balcony For Tony Bennett Serenade - [INDEPENDENT]
Eminem & Rihanna To Perform 'Monster' At MTV Awards - [IDOLATOR]
Bob Saget Dishes On 'Full House' - [GOSSIP COP]
Julia Louis Drops Trowel For Rolling Stone But It's Flawed - [NYDN]
And Then's There's Scarlett Johansson On The Cover Of 'Glamour' - [E ONLINE]
Not To Be Outdone, Beyonce Covers 'Out's' May Issue - [OUT]
'Battlestar Galactica' Heading To The Big Screen - [VARIETY]
Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan Team For 'Karate Kid 2' - [DEADLINE]
Jillian Michaels Wants Out Of 'The Biggest Loser' - [PEOPLE]
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NAB'S GORDON SMITH: "Why Doesn't The FCC Have A National Broadcast Plan?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered the annual NAB State of the Industry address during yesterday's 2014 NAB Show. During a rousing speech, he took the FCC to task over its bias towards other media platforms. "Throughout the marketplace, we are beginning to see the incredible power of the convergence between broadcasting and broadband. But, he added "the broadband and broadcast industries differ in our sources of motivation ... Our content, our connection to local communities and our spectral efficiency make us the envy of others. We are a competitive threat. I am not sure Washington views us this way, however. On one hand, government can treat us as if we are dinosaurs and does what it can to encourage TV stations to go out of business. On the other hand, the FCC says we are so important and powerful that two TV stations can't share advertising in the same market, while it's okay for multiple cable, satellite and telecommunications operators to do so. Which is it? Too powerful or irrelevant? It can't be both. One possible explanation is that, over the past five years, there has been an increasingly singular focus by the federal government on broadband. The government invested many millions of dollars and a year of the FCC's time and effort to produce a National Broadband Plan - a roadmap for investment and innovation for the cable and wireless industries. ... All the while, the FCC has continued to regulate broadcasters as if the world is stuck in the 1970s. So I ask, why doesn't the FCC have a National Broadcast Plan? READ ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT HERE
[LISTEN] Talker Schultz Suffers Epic Delay Button Fail: ''You're An A@*h#*le ... Get The F*#k Outta Here!’
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Proving again that a dump button doesn't always keep naughty words off the air, check out syndicated radio and TV host Ed Schultz's epic delay button fail on one of last week's shows. According to theblaze.com, Big Eddie lost it after being insulted by a caller and then saying “I — I am going to feel very, very bad if you have a stroke on this radio show,” Schultz says. “Settle down. First of all, you — you, you jump three steps ahead — is that what you want to reduce this conversation to?” As the caller tries to respond, Schultz cuts in saying “Well you’re a frickin’ A%#ole, how ’bout that?” he snarls. “Get out — get the F*%K out of here. How ’bout that? .. I mean gimme a — I’m sure they hit the seven-second delay on that one .. I — I just lost it on that guy. I mean, I — I can take the conversation, I’m not gonna take the personal insults. You know.” “And so I hope that that didn’t go out, did we catch that one?” the radio host asks hopefully, “I need some direction! Did we catch that one? Yes or no?” Uhh, that would be NO. LISTEN HERE
JACOBS MEDIA: Radio Now Competes With Everyone
VANITY FAIR/60 MINUTES: Older Americans Still Turn To Radio Most To Hear Music; Not So Much The Younger Crowd
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Many agree this decade has the worst music in the 45 years since Woodstock. Baby Boomers would prefer their children study the Beatles than Mozart. And 49 percent say they still listen to the radio. That’s according to a new 60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair music poll, the results of which can be found in the May issue of Vanity Fair (R). Not surprisingly, If forced to, Americans are more likely to choose Taylor Swift as the artist whose concert they’d most like to see with their daughters from a list of five artists popular among teenaged girls. Thirty-nine percent pick Swift, ahead of Katy Perry (26 percent) and the pop boy band One Direction (11 percent). Just 5 percent pick Disney-darling-turned-twerker Miley Cyrus, and just 3 percent pick Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who has been arrested twice in recent months for various legal offenses. Turning to radio, i it’s still the platform Americans turn to the most. Forty-nine percent of Americans say they listen to music most often on the radio, more than every other method combined. A distant second choice are digital music services like Spotify, Pandora, or Last.fm (17 percent), which in turn are more listened to than iPhones, iPods, or other mp3 players (15 percent). While older Americans listen to radio most often, it comes in only third among Americans under the age of 35 (24 percent). Instead, the top choice among Americans aged 18-34 is some form of digital music service (35 percent) followed by iPhones, iPods, and mp3 players (29 percent).
MOTION: Ray Mariner Named PD Of Cumulus New Orleans' Combo; CCME Chicago Adds Chris Michaels And DJ Moon Dawg To Evening Lineup; Ruby & Carr Take Mornings At Z953 Vancouver
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Media has announced the appointment of Ray Mariner, as Program Director of Country-formatted NASH FM 92.3 New Orleans and 106.1 The Ticket/New Orleans. Most recently, Mariner was a Sports/Talk talent on 680/The Fan in Atlanta and prior to that, was the morning and afternoon drive personality for Star 94 in Atlanta. Mariner formerly served in a programming capacity in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach. He steps into this newly created position on April 15. ########## CCME Chicago announced today a new evening programming on V103 and WGCI. Chris Michaels will join V103 and DJ Moon Dawg will move at WGCI, effective immediately.V103’s Quiet Storm will now air Sunday-Thursday with Chris Michaels from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. He comes to V103 from WGCI, where he was the longtime host of Whispers in the Dark. Michaels brings more than 13 years of radio experience to his new position at V103. "My on-air relationship has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life," said Michaels. "I am humbled that Chicago has accepted me and after 13 years, I am still very much in love with this job. I’m moving, but I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.” “I couldn’t be more elated that Chris is joining V103,” said Director of Urban Programming, Derrick Brown. “Chris is one of the best entertainers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I have no doubt he will continue to captivate listeners with his unique brand of conversation and the best slow jams in Chicago.” DJ Moon Dawg joins WGCI Monday-Friday from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. He previously worked part-time as an on-air personality and DJ during the weekends. Over the last four years DJ Moon Dawg has also worked in the music industry, releasing mixtapes with artists such as Twista and Lupe Fiasco. Moondawg’s signature mixtapes have also helped break new artists Chief Keef and Lil Durk. “I’m excited to have DJ Moon Dawg take over nights on WGCI. He lives the lifestyle, knows the audience and he’s full of refreshing ideas," said 107.5 WGCI Program Director, Kenard Karter. "I believe he’ll rewrite the way talent integrates listeners into our radio brand with his strong grasp of social media, energy and passion for the format." ############# Following last week's announcement of Virgin Radio 95.3 (CKZZ) re-branding to the legendary fZ95.3 moniker, comes the addition of Ruby & Cruise to mornings. Along with the station launch, Newcap Radio has launched a massive campaign (R) tying in its "you can't say a virgin forever' slogan to the new Z95.3 new branding.
The Country Oldies Show's Steve Warren Honored At CMA For 50 Year Radio Mark
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 Z –– Steve Warren, host of Envision Networks® The Country Oldies Show, has received an award from The Country Music Association to honor him for 50 years in radio. “I was quite surprised and delighted to receive this honor from the CMA,” said Steve Warren. “When I was about 5 years old, our next door neighbor had a loud radio in his windowsill playing Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and other country favorites for the whole neighborhood to hear. Little did I know that I’d be spending most of my professional life doing the same thing but from the other side of the radio.” Started in 1994, The Country Oldies Show is America’s longest running weekly radio program featuring the greatest country hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. Host Steve Warren has been a radio personality, program director, and radio consultant for over 50 years, at legendary radio stations including WTMT, Louisville; WIRE Indianapolis; WPTR, Albany; and WHN, WNBC, WKHK, WYNY, and Sirius in New York. He is also occasionally a featured actor on TV & films as well as public speaker and author of RADIO: The Book. For more on Steve’s 50 year journey on the Radio, visit stevewarren.info.vFor more details, visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iHeartRadio's "Show Your Stripes' Initiative Draws PR News' CSR Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel Communities, the community engagement brand of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, and iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes, a company-wide community service initiative to address the issue of unemployment among U.S. military veterans and to encourage businesses to hire skilled veterans, has received PR News’ CSR Award for Social Good. The PR News CSR Awards Luncheon took place today at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes – with the tagline “Hire Smart – Hire Vets” – is a long-term Clear Channel effort to help guide veterans back into civilian life by highlighting their valuable training and experience. Since the program’s launch last June, Clear Channel has invested well over $100 million in radio, digital and out-of-home resources to highlight the skills brought back by returning servicemen and women and their value to employers in the workplace – making Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes the largest public service program in the company’s history. To learn more about iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes visit www.clearchannel.com and www.iHeartRadio.com/ShowYourStripes.
[LISTEN] 21-Year-Old David Letterman Airs April Fool's Show On College Radio Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2014 –– Ever since David Letterman announced his retirement, the media has been abuzz with his likely successor and other tributes. Through all the missives, we were happy to come across this rare aircheck at openculture.com of Letterman on WAGO-AM "Boss Radio/Muncie IN.," a closed-circuit radio station he helped to create at his future alma mater, Ball State University. Even as a baby DJ, this April Fool’s Day broadcast from 1969 lends a peek at Letterman's presentation and adlib skills, plus his knack for radio bits. While giving away "swell" prizes in a 'name-that-sound bit' (yes, those were big back then), he repeats the sound for those had to get out of their "sick beds" to hear more closely. Open Culture notes that when he calls a delirious-sounding woman in this segment, it's none other than Michelle Cook, the very first Mrs. Letterman. Taking a guess at the sound she asked would that be 'horse dentures falling into a rusted howitzer artillery shell?' To which Letterman is happy say is the correct answer. Her swell prize was a poison hunting arrow.
Barbara Walters Announces Last Day On TV
Bob Geldof's Daughter, Peaches, Found Dead At 25 - [THE GUARDIAN]
Conan O'Brien To Appear At Comin Con In July - [BROADWAY WORLD]
Justin Timberlake Extends 20/20 World Tour - [IDOLATOR]
Miley Cyrus Covers Elle's Women In Music Issue - [PINK]
Barbara Walters Announces Date For Final TV Appearance - [ABC]
Look Close: Jennifer Lawrence is A Bridesmaid On Martha Stewart's Wedding's Cover - [US]
Kirstie Alley Draws Flak Over Circus Fat Ad Comment - [PAGE SIX]
UH OH: The Bieb' Not Welcome At Miami Nightclubs - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
'Mork & Mindy's Williams & Dawber Reunite For 'Crazy Ones' - [TV GUIDE]
'Bachelor's' Chris Harrison Officiates Wedding Of Show's Creator - [RUMORFIX]
Peter Mayhew To Play Chewbacca In 'Star Wars: Episode VII' - [THR]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: Robert Downey Jr. & Sofia Vergara In 'Chef' - [SLASH FILM]
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Country's Audience Growing Stronger
THE MOUTH, APRL 7TH, 214 –– Make no doubt about it, country music is ridin' high. In a nice piece from this weekend's New York Times, it recognizes that country has now displaced Top 40 as America’s most popular musical format and that its biggest star, Taylor Swift, according to Billboard, earned more from music than any other singer last year. Plus, in June, rock n' roll mainstay, Rolling Stone Magazine, is set to unveil a website devoted to the genre. Ben Sasario writes: "Even as the music industry continues to struggle financially and once-dominant genres like hip-hop recede on the charts, country’s audience has grown stronger, wider and younger." This article preceded Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS, which last year had 15.5 million viewers, its biggest audience in 15 years, according to Nielsen. Big Machine's group head, Scott Borchetta, says “Nashville has become a musical superpower." Sasario highlights Cumulus Media's launch of NASH-FM, New York, the city’s first country station in 17 years. "From its Nash headquarters in downtown Nashville, normally drab radio studios have been remade to look like warmly lit television sets, with high-definition cameras capturing video in preparation for a time when the shows will also be transmitted to every device in multiple formats online,' he writes. Lew Dickey tells Sasario "We wanted to eschew the conventional stereotypes in the format and go with something more aspirational,” Dickey said. “Nash is cool; Nash is fun; Nash is relevant.” Also located in the NASH headquarters is Country Weekly magazine, which will soon be re-branded as NASH.
Local TV & Radio Better Together Than Apart
MOTION: Sparkz Fly At The Bull In Eugene, Portland's Fan Launches Two New Weekend Morning Shows; Kimberly Kay & Mark Bolger Reunite At Mix 97.7 Poughkeepsie; Tyler Takes Afternoons At 106/WILN Panama City
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced Sparx (shown) will take over Nights on the station. Sparx started his radio career in Eugene, Oregon. From there he worked at WFLZ in Tampa and most recently at WAPE in Jacksonville. Alpha Broadcasting Director of Programming, Scott Mahalick said, “Sparx brings a genuine, vibrant magnetism along with a live and local entertaining party atmosphere, the Northwest Nights audience will embrace!” “I am excited to head back up to the Pacific Northwest and jump into a format I love with a great team at the Bull,” said Sparx. ########### KFXX (“ESPN Sports Radio 1080 The FAN”) has launched two new weekend morning shows. Tomorrow, The Sinner and the Saint will debut, featuring Hunt For The Host contest winner, Keith Hill, and runner-up Luke Andersen. On Sunday, The FAN will debut Sports Sunday, with hosts Mike Lynch and Rashad Taylor. The Sinner and The Saint will air on The FAN every Saturday morning from 9-11am, following Golf in the Northwest. Sports Sunday will air each Sunday from 8-10am. ######### Kimberly Kay and Mark Bolger are back together again at Townsquare's WCZX Mix 97.7 FM in Poughkeepsie. The former duo last worked together at WBWZ Star 93.3-FM nearly three years ago, but according to The Daily Freeman, while Kay returned to acting and producing national TV spots, Mark Bolger, was able to land at WCZX Mix 97.7 FM. Recently, Townsquare Media Group decided on adding a partner to the show and who better than Kay, his former co-host. Bolger and Kay officially began their new morning show on March 31st. ########### ISLAND 106/WILN in Panama City Beach, Florida, welcomes Tyler to the afternoon drive position, effective Monday April 7th. He was most recently the night jock at HOT 107.9. When asked about joining the castaways at ISLAND 106, he said “It’s an amazing opportunity to join the wonderful team at Magic Broadcasting II, being a local , growing up listening to ISLAND 106, I am thrilled to be here. I want to thank everyone at Powell Broadcasting for the experience I had while working there, and I look forward to continuing the (a)ss-kicking on Island 106!”
Country's Top Stars Gather Backstage With WestwoodOne
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– There was lots of action going on both on stage and backstage this weekend in Las Vegas for ACM's 49th Annual Country Award's fest. WestwoodOne “Backstage at the ACM Awards” Radio Row was in full swing with many country artists stopping by to interact with radio stations from around the country. Many stars also found their way inside our JCPenney Photo Booth for some added fun. Speaking of action, congratulations to WestwoodOne’s Lon Helton, host of Country Countdown USA, on his ACM “National Radio Personality of the Year Award!” The award was presented last night (Saturday, April 5) in Las Vegas. This is Lon’s third award; he was also honored in 2008 and 2011. SHOWN L-R: Parmalee, Leah Turner, Jon Pardi, Chuck Wicks, Lee Brice
[WATCH] Why Radio Sports Host Are Now Going To Hate Michael Strahan
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– By now you've heard about the dust-up created when NYC The Fan's Boomer Esiason & Mike Francesa commented on Met's second baseman missing the first two games of the season because of the birth of his child (For a guy that's married, just bring up this subject with your wife and you'll quickly understand why this was is such a hot topic.) Meanwhile, Boomer has since apologized, but this didn't keep Kelly Ripa's co-host, Michael Strahan, whipping out that age old cliche from athletes about those who don't play the sport. On last Friday's show he said of the fiasco “you can’t talk about the game if you never played the game, adding: “I never listened to the opinion of someone, who, the last time they put on a uniform is when their mom took them trick-or-treating. Like they had never done it at any other level.”guyism.com commented: "So next time you hear Michael Strahan talk about war, politics, or um, dentistry—yeah, you know what to do." OY! WATCH VIDEO
Is Radio In Chelsea Handler's Future
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– As names swirl in the race for David Letterman's replacement, none appears higher at the top than TV's Chelsea Handler, but is radio also in play? According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's best we keep an ear to this one. Handler's manager Irving Azoff told the Hollywood Reporter : “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” Azoff said plans could include a radio presence and a possible nightly or weekly late-night show on another network or digital service. And even though the TV Host/Comedian recently announced she's leaving E's Chelsey Lately when her deal expires, she's staying busy with new book: Uganda Be Kidding Me, which hit No 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. As for Letterman's show, other contenders include Craig Ferguson of ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert and Howard Stern. Stern didn't seem to give much cred' to his interest, saying his plate's pretty full (see Popline Daily below).
Larry Lujack's Beloved Smith Carona Sells On eBay
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– Media blogger Robert Feder writes: "Chicago radio great Larry Lujack never took an interest in e-mail, text messaging or social media. If Ol’ Uncle Lar had something to write, it would come out of his typewriter and find its recipient by snail mail or fax. Now," writes Feder, "the typewriter that launched a thousand “Animal Stories” can be yours. Lujack who passed away last December at 73, left his old Smith-Corona to John Rook (R), longtime friend of Lujack who was the PD of WLS AM 890 from 1967 to 1970. Rook is the one who put the typewriter up for auction on eBay with a starting price of $500 benefit his 'Hit Parade Hall of Fame,' which he founded in 2007. Rook said he could make arrangements to have Lujack’s widow, Jude Lujack, take a photo with the winner accepting the typewriter. OF NOTE: when we went to the eBay site, there was a SOLD sign on the opening frame. No word on who the buyer was.
Rumble In The Morning Subject Of Trivia Question On TV Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2014 –– Jockline Daily reported last Friday on Comedy Central's @Midnight, host Chris Hardwick and guests Patton Oswalt, Blaine Capatch and Brian Posehn played a game called "Morning Zoos" in which they listed a pair of morning radio show names and then had to guess which one was the real one and which one was fake. Compass' syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings Show were the first show featured, but what we didn't see was which show followed. That was none other than Rumble in the Morning on FM99 Norfolk who was matched up against Pervy Hervy And The Deets. At their Facebook page, Rumble wrote:
Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead At 93
George Strait Takes Entertainer of The Year At ACM Awards - [ACM]
Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead At 93 - [THR]
Comedian John Pinette Passes Away At 50 - [POST GAZETTE]
Julianne Hough Returns Tonight To DWTS - [ABC]
Five Years Since Kurt Cobain Passed Away - [AUDIO INK]
Stern Cast Doubt On Succeeding Letterman: 'My Plate Is Full' - [USA HERALD]
'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Explodes At The B.O. - [THE WRAP]
COOL: Robert Downey Jr. Brings Kids To Watch 'Captain America' - [KSL]
Tom Arnold, Richard Simmons & Debbie Gibson Team For 'Sing Your Face Off' TV Show - [RUMORFIX]
j-Lo's TV Channel Acquires Fuse Network - [CNN]
Eminem & Spike Pair For 'Headlights' Video - [MLIVE]
Okay, Who Stole Madonna's $2,545 Bra? - [IDOLATOR]
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[WATCH] David Letterman Announces Plans To Retire In 2015
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2014 –– First Jay Leno, now David Letterman, host of CBS' 'Late Show' for over 25 years, announced during the taping of his show on Thursday that he will be retiring sometime in 2015, when his contract expires. He said he called CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves earlier Thursday to make the announcement. As he began explaining his plans, some audience members thought he was joking. And Letterman himself, injected a few jokes as well saying "What this means now, is that Paul (Scaffer) and I can be married." Letterman said his Shaffer would also be retiring as well. Letterman was born in Indianapolis and began his career as a local radio talk show host and TV weatherman there. He once had a running gag with WNAP during the 70's where he would phone in comedy reports, allegedly from the Indiana State Fair, with the moniker, Moferd Pardo. He got his start on national TV in 1978 and in 1980 began hosting the Emmy Award-winning morning comedy-variety program, “The David Letterman Show" on NBC. He followed with “Late Night with David Letterman,” which premiered in February 1982 and ran for 11 years. Letterman jumped to CBS in 1993 after NBC went with Jay Leno as the new host of the “Tonight Show.” Letterman jumped to CBS in 1993 after NBC went with Jay Leno as the new host of the “Tonight Show.” To accommodate the new late night program, CBS purchased and renovated the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway, where “The Ed Sullivan Show” was taped from 1948 until 1971 and which Letterman has used for his show for his entire CBS run .Letterman has often been credited by top radio shows for inspiring more 'realness' on-air and 'bits' such as his legendary 'Stupid Dog Tricks' and 'Top 10 List.' WATCH VIDEO HERE
NATIONAL: Dennis Miller Celebrates Seven Years On WestwoodOne; Laura Gonzo Drives Syndication For 'Two Guys Named Chris' Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2014 –– Today Dennis Miller will celebrate seven years of The Dennis Miller Show on WestwoodOne! To help celebrate the occasion, he’s lined up guests Mark Steyn, nationally-syndicated columnist (whose work appears at SteynOnline.com) and author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon;” Bob Saget, comedian and author of “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian;” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky; David Spade, comedian; Frank Sinatra Jr.; and Dana Carvey, comedian. The Dennis Miller Show airs live weekdays from 12 noon – 3pm ET on WestwoodOne. ############ Dick Broadcasting has named Laura Gonzo to oversee syndication of its WKRR - Rock 92 Greenboro-Winston Salem's Two Guys Named Chris morning show. In a release, VP/GM Dick Harlow stated that for 15 years 'Two Guys Name Chris' have dominated mornings in the market. Under Laura's leadership 2GNC will become the fastest growing morning show in the country. At DBC Syndication we are excited to have these two top performers working together." Chris Kelly commented, "We're really excited to have Laura on board. She's smart, funny, a hard worker, and she gets almost all of our jokes. We feel like she’s going to take us to great heights. And I'm not just saying that because my entire career is riding on it." REACH LAURA HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brad Dolbeer Inks Multi-Tear Deal With KINK Portland; Carlon Mozdiez On The Rise At Entercom Boston
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2014 –– Alpha Broadcasting of Portland, Oregon announced today that Brad Dolbeer, currently Music Director and Mid-days on 101.9 KINK has been named Assistant Program Director and signed a multi-year agreement. Brad has been with KINK for over 8 years and is a 4th Generation Pacific Northwest native, born in Portland. When he was 12 he became fascinated with the Radio Station KINK and began his plan to become part of that family as well. After many years in Portland Radio at different stations and a stint in Seattle where he helped develop the legendary station “The Mountain”, he returned home in 2006 to apply his experience and talent to his favorite radio station KINK. His passion for music and Portland are the perfect combination for KINK’s continued success. Brad is on the air on KINK 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday and 10am – 3pm on Saturday. ############# Entercom Boston has announced the promotion of Carlson Mozdiez from Director of Digital Operations to the newly-created position Director, Integrated Media Strategies. Mozdiez, a graduate of Syracuse University, joined Entercom in 2002 as Promotion Coordinator for Sports Radio WEEI and AM680 WRKO and has since advanced through every facet of the group’s promotion, marketing and digital structure. Under his leadership, WEEI has won national industry awards for Best Streaming Broadcast Station (2013) and Best Radio Station Web Site (2011).
Cumulus And WestwoodOne Go Backstage At The ACM Awards In Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2013 –– — The Academy of Country Music® and Dick Clark Productions, Partner with Cumulus and WestwoodOne, to provide exclusive audio coverage from the WestwoodOne Backstage at the ACM Awards Radio Row for two days leading up to the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing LIVE 8pm ET/PT on CBS, hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton (L). The day prior to the ceremony, Lon Helton, host of the WestwoodOne-syndicated Country Countdown USA, will be honored with his third ACM “National Radio Personality of the Year” Award. He was also honored in 2008 and 2011. "WestwoodOne is proud to extend our partnership with the Academy of Country Music Awards and dick clark productions this year,” said Charles Steinhauer, WestwoodOne Chief Operating Officer. “The ACM’s are Country Music’s celebration of the power of sound through the artists and music that make Country Music what it is today. The ACM brand and experience provides a perfect opportunity for marketers to engage and connect with an audience that only grows in buying power and influence.”
CBS Gives Radio.com Website An Upgrade
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2014 –– Ezra Kucharz (R), President, CBS Local Digital Media writes: "Four years ago, we launched our new digital media business, rethinking the way CBS’s radio and television stations operate online and in the mobile space. Since then, we have evolved into the largest digital business in local broadcast media. There are few companies that have the radio, television, digital, out-of-home, and events platforms we do, and as a result we’re able to better leverage our local market properties with national scale. As leaders in integrating digital and traditional media into experiences that resonate with consumers, we take our next step forward in that regard with the debut of the new Radio.com website and streaming player. More than just live audio and video simulcasts of our stations, Radio.com presents original programming, live webcasts, exclusive editorial features and storytelling, and interviews with some of the biggest artists and personalities in the world." He added: "Our company sets itself apart because we embrace digital. With U.S. consumers now owning an average of four digital devices and spending 60 hours per week consuming content across these various platforms, according to Nielsen, we are at an advantage to reach the consumer whenever and however they access content. Having forged decades-long relationships with such consumers, our long-term business has been and continues to be built on credibility, trust, innovation, and providing superior content," says Kucharz.
Lady Gaga to Guest Hosts On This Weekend's American Top 40
[WATCH] Free Beer And Hot Wing's Name Part Of Quiz On Comedy Central's @Midnight During 'Morning Zoo' Segment
[LISTEN] Josh Groban In Twitter Feud With Johnjay And Rich?
TheBlaze Radio Network Now Among Most Listened To Streams
THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2014 –– Joel Cheatwood, President & Chief Content Officer at TheBlaze said, "When we launched TheBlaze Radio Network in January 2013 we did so with the goal of being one of the top online radio stations in America. In our first month of accredited measurement, it is exciting to see our single stream on the same list as these established multi-stream services." TheBlaze Radio Network ranks at #20 Monday – Friday 6a-8p --- TheBlaze Radio Network is #19 Monday – Sunday 6a-8p
Kiefer Sutherland Returns As Jack Bauer In'24'
'Big Bang Theory' To Feature 'Star Wars Day' Episode - [THR]
ROB LOWE: 'I Blew My Chance With Madonna' - [RUMORFIX]
[WATCH] Bar Refaeli Ad Too Racy For Israeli TV - [HINDUSTAN TIMES]
Jack Bauer Is Back - [EW]
OH MY: Dead Body Found While Filming 'Avengers' In South Korea - [KOTAKU]
Paua Deen Restaurant At Center Of Discrimination Suit Closes Doors - [E ONLINE]
Will Ferrell Tapped to Play Bobby Riggs In New Tennis Drama - [LAUGH SPIN]
Martin Sheen, Animal Planet? What's This? - [TV GUIDE]
Banter Takes Awkward Turn On 'Jeopardy' - [MEDIAITE]
TRAILER WE LOVE: Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy' - [VARIETY]
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Mike Calta To Bury 'Cowhead' Moniker During All-Star Roast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– Popular afternoon host Mike Calta. aka 'Cowhead' on WHPT-FM/102.5 The Bone, doesn't want his 14-month old daughter to ever hear the name 'Cowhead.' So, according to thetampabaytimes.com, he will retire the Cowhead name and rebrand his show The Mike Calta Show on April 14. "I have two kids now and I don't ever want my 14-month-old daughter to hear the name Cowhead, unless maybe she is cashing some huge check from my will. Then she can know," Calta, joked. He says "When I started at the Power Pig (currently 93.3. FLZ-FM), everybody had those types of names. I was Big Mike for a while but that didn't really stick. Then they asked me if I ever had any nicknames in high school and I remembered that a few people called me Cowhead and it sort of stuck. The minute I said it I immediately regretted it." To part ways with the famous moniker, Calta's holding a comedy roast, funeral-izing the name in a sold-out event today at Tampa's T. Pepin Hospitality Centre, featuring a slew of comedians including Bert Kreischer, Robert Kelly, Jim Florentine, Greg Fitzsimmons and Jim Norton.
MOTION: Satterfield Rises To PD At Wired 96.5 Philly; 'Doctor' John Cooper Inducted Into New York's Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– Brandon "Buster' Satterfield has been promoted to Program Director of WRDW-FM/Wired 96.5. Most recently, Satterfield served as APD/MD and afternoon host. VP/Programming Justin Chase said, "The last couple of years, Buster has shown incredible passion and leadership making him the obvious choice to lead our talented team in Philly." Satterfield said "This is an amazing opportunity, not only for me but for #TeamWired as we're excited to show our listeners and the industry what this generation of WRDW is capable of achieving." Buster previously worked at WXRK-FM/92.3 Now New York and WKQI-FM/Channel 95.5 Detroit ########## CCME Albany announced that “Doctor” John Cooper will be inducted into the New York State Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The induction ceremony will take place at a special luncheon during the summer conference at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, June 13. Doctor John has been broadcasting in New York State continuously for more than 40 years and can still be heard middays Monday-Friday on WPYX and weekends on WTRY. He has been with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Albany since 2000, and is currently Regional Programming Manager for stations in Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Sussex, N.J. Doctor John was bitten by the radio bug when his older sister got a two-transistor radio in the early 60’s. From that point on his fascination with radio broadcasting has never waned. In 1973 while at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications he became an on-air personality at WAER-FM. In the winter of 1974, WOUR-FM in Utica added Doctor John to their weekend line-up and by Summer of 1974 he held a full time job doing nights, and worked at weekends at WQBK-FM in Albany, NY. Upon graduation he made the move to full time work at WQBK-FM and spent the next nine years there on the air and as Music and Program Director. In 1987, he moved across the street to WPYX.
Jenn Marino Joins Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx As Co-Host
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– Premiere Networks announced that veteran radio personality Jenn Marino (R) will return to her first passion, rock radio, as she joins international rock icon Nikki Sixx (B)as co-host of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx. Marino previously served as co-host of the popular afternoon program Priestly & Jenn on Baltimore’s WWMX-FM. Prior to joining the station in 2007, she hosted middays on Baltimore/Washington, D.C.’s Rock Alternative WHFS-FM. The Oklahoma City native got her start in radio while in college, and moved on to host various timeslots at 98 Rock/WIYY-FM in Baltimore, Classic Rock KRXO-FM in Oklahoma City and other stations. “I’m incredibly excited for this insane opportunity,” stated Marino. “I’ve been a fan of Nikki for years, and respect him not only as a radio host, but also as an artist. Kerri Kasem, who joined Sixx for the launch of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx in February 2010, recently announced her decision to leave the programs. From March 31 through April 2, Sixx Sense featured an on-air tribute to Kasem with highlights from her four years with the program, and a special goodbye video has been posted on www.SixxSense.com. Her final broadcast is tonight.
Greenville NC Host Apologizes Following Anti-Gay Tweets
CBS Boston's WBZ-TV And WBZ News Radio Take Peabody Award For Bombing Coverage
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 have been honored to receive a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award for overall excellence for combined coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. The 2013 Peabody Award recipients were announced today by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. In awards material, WBZ-TV’s and WBZ NewsRadio’s coverage is described as xfollows: “Out in force to cover the annual marathon, both WBZ-TV and Newsradio 1030 had a journalistic advantage when the bombs detonated. Neither gave it up as their reporters spent hour after hour on the air providing wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational coverage of the casualties, the suspects and the intense, nerve-wracking manhunt. They become crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.” The awards will be given out at the 73rd annual Peabody Award ceremony on Monday, May 19 in NY. The announcement was made on CBS This Morning - WATCH VIDEO HERE
TOP NEWS FROM THE U.K.
BBC Host Draws Death Threats From Cyrus Fans
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– Talk station, LBC said an official “Hello Britain” as Sky News hosted its leaders debate show on national television. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg debated Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party. Kay Burley continued on-air at Sky News to cover the event into the evening, complete with a full room of special guests and presenters, while LBC set up a mobile studio backstage to continue the debate long after the television cameras switched off. Many polls were cast on who the winner of the debate was, with coverage on the BBC and in the morning’s newspapers.
Nick Ferrari Picks Up Press Guild Award - It was a big week for LBC, Breakfast presenter, Nick Ferrari has been voted Radio Broadcaster of the Year at this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild awards. Nick won one of two radio awards given out today at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in central London, voted for by journalists covering the media industry. The other award, for Radio Programme of the Year went to BBC Radio 4′s Tweet of the Day. The award came just days after Nick held a live leaders debate on Sky News, which was also broadcast live on LBC. In his time at Global Radio, Nick has won the Sony Radio Breakfast Show of the Year award as well as the Arqiva Presenter of the Year award.
Jameela Jamil Reveals She Was Sent "Terrifying" Death Threats From Miley Cyrus Fans - The BBC Radio 1 host (shown) said that some fans of the US singer appeared to be offended by a discussion about her image, according to thedigitalspy.com - "I have had quite a lot of those death threats, really scary, (s)exual threats," she told The Guardian at the Ad Week Europe Discussion London. "All because I might have touched on Miley Cyrus and her overt use of her (s)exuality and vagina to give her more of a platform in the media," said Jamil. She added 'Women, especially a lot of popstars, tend to treat it as if they are using it to empower themselves, taking ownership [of their bodies], taking the taboo out of it, when in fact what they are doing is perpetuating something created by men.
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[WATCH] WGN'S McMurray Show Crashe TV Set On Way To Beach
THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2014 –– This story is as much for our friends in the midwest and northwest as it is about BFF's Pete McMurray & Scott Miller, who host the night shift on WGN/Chicago. With the nice weather FINALLY breaking in Chicago (OMG!! The 40's!), Pete and Scott decided to hit the beach, but chose a shortcut through WMAQ-TV’s and Stefan Holt’s morning show. Bad acting and all, it made for a fun piece and best thoughts to our many readers in the north who've endured one of the nastiest winters on record. Here's to warmer weather, fun times ahead and headin' to the beach. WATCH HERE
Putin & Palin Make Music Together On The Tonight Show - [NBC]
Williard Scott Marries Girlfriend - [MADISON]
Dying Teen Gets Final Wish As Ed Sheeran Sang Her To Sleep - [INDEPENDENT]
Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Team For CMT Crossroads Special - [BILLBOARD]
Stevie Nicks Joins With Lady Antebellum In 'Golden' Rendition - [IDOLATOR]
Guess Which Artist Lorde Wanted Playing During 'Fashion' Cover Shoot? - [FASHION]
Wendy Williams, Pink And Others Join PETA In Ban On Horse Carriages In NYC - [RUMORFIX]
Orlando Bloom Gets Star On HWOF With An Assist From Son, Flynn - [HELLO]
Zac Efron To Star In John Grisham Thriller - [THE WRAP]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: Brittany Murphy's 'Something Wicked' - [TODAY]
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EDISON STUDY: YouTube Is Radio's Quiet Contender
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– Don't look now, but according to Edison Research's Infinite Dial Format Report, over a third of Americans age 12-and-up used YouTube to watch music videos or listen to music IN THE LAST WEEK. For listeners to most current-based formats, those numbers are significantly higher. 57% of CHR P1s have used YouTube for music in the last week, followed by 53% of Urban P1s and 48% of Rock P1s. That is one major finding of the just-released “Infinite Dial 2014: Radio Format P1s” study, which breaks out Edison Research’s influential “The Infinite Dial” survey results by P1s to ten major format groups. Country was the next major music format for YouTube usage at 27%, followed by Classic Rock/Classic Hits (24%) and AC (19%). “While radio has spent much of the last year focusing on Pandora and Sirius XM, YouTube remains a major destination for many formats’ P1 listeners,” says Edison Research VP of music and programming Sean Ross. “In fact, nearly as many Top 40 P1s use YouTube for music in a week as the 60% that use Pandora in a given month.” Other findings: Top 40, Urban, and Rock radio P1s are the most likely to listen to any online radio, as well as the most likely to be aware of and use Pandora. Country is last among major music formats in both measurements. SEE ENTIRE STUDY HERE
[WATCH] Fresno Host Returns To The Air Following Kidney Transplant From Teen
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– On Power Talk/96.7 Fresno's Bill Manders first day back on the air following his kidney transplant, just guess what he talked about on his first day back? "You know I've talked extensively on this program about having to go to dialysis, and that I was looking for a kidney so I didn't have to do that anymore," said Manders. "Well guess what? I don't have to do that anymore; I got a new kidney. I got a kidney from a 17-year-old girl." According to abclocal/fresno he describes the girl as Lexi Morris, a senior at Clovis East High School. Tragically, she went home from school one day and committed suicide, he explained. Lexi's father said he and his wife discovered her daughter's near-lifeless body and performed CPR -- restarting her heart, but she and paramedics were not able to bring her back. Bill Manders had been talking about his need for a kidney transplant on his radio show, and the girl's father was a regular listener. He and his wife decided he should be a recipient. Fortunately, in Manders' case, the kidney was a perfect match. And now he's alive. Manders says he will devote his efforts to encouraging organ donation. Manders also pledged to help Lexi's parents set up a foundation to improve mental health treatment and suicide prevention for teens. WATCH VIDEO HERE
FRED JACOBS: Radio Has Taken The Car For Granted For A Long Time - [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– Radiodays Europe is now over, but among the many hot topics still being discussed at its website is the Connected Dash. More specifically, are "connected dashboards” the end of radio’s in-car dominance? Among the noted U.S. speakers there in Dublin, Ireland was Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs who presented research on the topic and spoke afterwards with Trevor Dann of Radiodays Europe. Fred said he realized that "radio had taken the car for granted for a long-time but that the world has changed and we haven’t kept up, more importantly the radio industry isn’t engaging with automotive companies about the future of broadcast radio in their devices." When asked if this was a time to panic, Jacobs said 'no,' but did suggest that it's a time to 'activate and motivate.' He suggested driving a connected car 'you need to see what they are and how they work. ... Develop a mobile strategy with a car strategy in mind. Many devices integrate with apps - does yours? Reimagine your brand’s content strategy - does the content you produce work well in-car." He also recommended attending a connected car conference - be part of the car industry as much as the radio industry and remember it delivers between 20% and 50% of all radio hours." Funny he should mention attending conferences. His second annual Dash Conference is set for Oct. 15 & 16 at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Hotel - Click HERE for details. Also stay tuned for news on Fred's upcoming presentation at MSBC 26 in Chicago - Aug. 7 & 8 - We're about to give you 347,325 reasons you'll want to be there. WATCH FRED'S INTERVIEW HERE
REPORT: CCME Holds Off iHeartRadio Country Festival TV Broadcast To Avoid Clash With ACM Award's Show Artists
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– A spokesperson for Clear Channel says “When we realized how crowded the country music calendar was this spring, we decided to give some space between the dates because, at the end of the day, we wanted to do what’s best for the artists,” according to The New York Post. They instead opt'd for a live stream of the event with Viacom’s CMT. The planned April 5th air date would have clashed with CBS’ Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6 which also stars Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. CBS’ award's' show last year notched 15.4 million viewers, growing by 2.3 million viewers on the prior year. PHOTO/Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Clear Channel
Dee Snider and Lynn Hoffman Fill In Mornings At WDQX Peoria
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– L & L Broadcasting announced Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Private Sessions’ host Lynn Hoffman are “Beauty and The Beast” taking over mornings 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. on 102.3 Max (WDQX) April 1-4. The duo is filling in for Nikki Sixx’s “Sixx Sense” for four days and will be broadcasting live from the Peoria studio. L & L Broadcasting Director of Programming, Scott Mahalick says, “We’re proud to have such amazing, nationally recognized talent broadcasting a live and local show. Dee and Lynn will bring vibrant content that will sound bigger than life and leave an impact on the Peoria market.” Dee Snider and Lynn Hoffman are both represented by their long-time agent David Katz.
Coast Radio Lets A Gorilla Loose In Mississippi
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2014 –– Coast Radio Group has flipped Gulfport/Biloxi/Pascagoula Classic Rocker WZNF to Top 40 as 95.3 Gorilla (the market’s other Top 40 is called “the Monkey”). The station is debuting with 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free (Which they describe as 'Spankin' The Monkey 10,000 Time'). Gorilla is programmed by Darren Stephens, who previously was Program Director of Journal Broadcast Group’s rhythmic CHR WKHT in Knoxville. Alan Burns consults. “This was an exciting opportunity to work with a great team in owner Morgan Dowdy, OM Bryan Rhodes, and consultant Alan Burns” said Stephens, “and we’re going to have a lot of fun with the Gorilla/Monkey thing.”
The Reynolds Group Expands Its Talent Coaching Roster
Did You Hear About The Station App That Lets You See People Naked? What About A Fight Breaking Out In-Studio?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– The flow of yesterday's April Fool's pranks made our inbox look like a slot machine. From hosts swapping places on stations to others canceling summer due to the harsh winter, there were simply WAY too many to post. But as put to rest this most beloved radio day, we did want to post a couple of our favorites. This one comes courtesy of 98.5 KRZ/Wilkes Barre, PA's Jeff and Amanda show who kicked off a segment called TECHNOLOGY TUESDAY with an app developer. Amanda tells Jockline Daily "We created a fake app called See People Naked that we will tell listeners allows you to see people naked. We will say it works by pointing your phone (be careful not to get caught!) at your subject, and using a mix of low energy Bluetooth technology and your phone's built-in camera to estimate pretty accurately what the subject would look like sans their clothing. We have a tech guy playing the app developer. When listeners arrive at SeePeopleNaked.com they will be greeted with our blurred out naked photos and a header that says "April Fool's, Perv!" NICE! ######### We also love the fight that breaks out between Miami's Paul Castronovo and Young Ron. An email was sent out yesterday to all radio station personnel from their boss (Lonny) that April Fools Jokes were to be completely avoided. With that premise, Lonny visits the Paul and Young Ron show to talk about the Marlins opener. Little did he know that Paul and Young Ron had concocted a devious plan that neither Lonny nor Chef Pagano got a hint of. WATCH VIDEO HERE
[WATCH] Jenny McCarthy & Sherri Shepherd Pull A Dunham, Go Topless On 'The View' - [ABC]
Michael Strahan Joins 'Good Morning America'; Remains With Ripa - [DESIGNTREND]
Anderson Cooper Says He Won't Inherit Money From His Mother Gloria Vanderbilt's Estimated $200 Million Dollar Estate - [NYDN]
Farrah 'Teen Mom' Abraham To Write Three Romance Novels - [RUMOR FIX]
So Why Doesn't Emma Watson Date Celebrities? - [CELEBUZZ]
Cosmo Goes Cuoco For May Cover - [COSMOPOLITAN]
Michael Stipe To Induct Nirvana Into Rock HOF - [IDOLATOR]
Nicole Richie Bringing Popular AOL Web Series To VH1 - [PANTAGRAPH]
[WATCH] What's The One Condition John Stamos Requires For Him To Join Full House DWTS Reunion? - [E ONLINE]
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Premiere Networks To Distribute El Mandril Show In U.S
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– CCME and Grupo Radio Centro (GRC) in Mexico, announced a multi-platform partnership. As part of the agreement, Premiere Networks will provide domestic distribution and ad sales support for El Show del Mandril beginning April 14. In addition, CCM+E and GRC will work together to develop additional programming, events and digital opportunities to reach Hispanic audiences. Airing on nearly 50 stations across the U.S., El Show del Mandril will continue to originate from GRC’s Radio Centro 93.9/KXOS in Los Angeles, where it debuted in January 2014 and nearly tripled the ratings in one week (Source: Nielsen Audio, PPM, Wk of 1/13 vs. Wk of 1/20, KXOS-FM, MF 6A10A, AQH, P 12+). Prior to joining KXOS, Mandril was the number one morning drive personality in Los Angeles in 2013 (Nielsen Audio, JUN’13-NOV’13, PPM, KLAX-FM, MF 6a-10a, AQH Rank, P 12+). “For a humble person like me and my team, having Premiere Networks/Clear Channel, the largest media company in the country, interested in syndicating my show, is amazing,” stated Mandril. “It’s an honor I never expected to achieve. I had never dreamed of it." Pictured left to right: Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott; Clear Channel Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman; GRC Chairman and CEO Francisco Aguirre; Ricardo Sanchez “El Mandril”; Mandril’s wife Juana Sanchez; Clear Channel Networks President Darren Davis; and Mandril Productions’ Fernando Schiantarelli - PHOTO/ Brian Friedman for Clear Channel.
MOTION: South Jersey's 103.7 WMGM Welcomes Matt & Tess Show To Mornings; Curt Duelly Joins Ace & TJ Show As Producer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014/PRNW –– Southern New Jersey's first new morning radio personality in more than a decade will team up with one of South Jersey's most popular rock jocks when 103.7 WMGM introduces the new MGM Morning Show at 6 a.m. Monday, March 31st. Tess Taylor, 25, will team up with Matt Murray on the new MGM Morning Show with Matt & Tess. Taylor comes to South Jersey from WRKZ "The Blitz" in Columbus, OH, which ranks as the 15th largest city in the United States. Murray, 41, joined WMGM as the afternoon-drive personality in 2011 and quickly became one of the most popular personalities in the market. Murray formerly hosted the morning-drive program at WHTG ("G-Rock") in Monmouth County. "We're very excited about teaming up one of South Jersey's most popular rock personalities with a radio voice that's new to the region," explained Paul Kelly, vice president of broadcast operations for Longport Media, which owns WMGM. "Our music won't change, but Matt and Tess will bring a fresh new sound to the station and the area." ################# The Ace & TJ Show welcomes their new producer Curt Duelly. He was formerly the Executive Producer for Beth & Bill (Later "Beth & Friends") for the heritage 99.9 KEZ in Phoenix, AZ (Clear Channel). He has also produced Dave Pratt in the Morning for KMLE (Camel Country 108) for CBS Radio Phoenix. "I am very honored to be joining the incredibly talented team at The Ace & TJ Show! These are two of the most genuine personalities in the industry. Being a part of such a funny, engaging, and compassionate show is truly humbling." TJ says "Ace “He has a nice speaking voice, and wears extremely tight t-shirts.”
Court Sides With BlackBerry, Halts Sales Of Seacrest Backed Typo
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– BlackBerry won a key ruling late last Friday, blocking the sale of the Typo, a Ryan Seacrest-backed keyboard case for the iPhone. According to shellypalmer.com, the Canadian phone maker sued in January seeking to halt the sale of the device, which it says infringes on its patents. A federal judge late Friday ruled that BlackBerry was likely to prevail and issued a preliminary injunction halting sales of the case. “BlackBerry has established a likelihood of proving that Typo infringes the patents at issue and Typo has not presented a substantial question of the validity of those patents,” Judge William Orrick wrote in the ruling. “In addition, the balance of equities and the public interest weigh in favor of granting a preliminary injunction.” Typo said in a statement that it was disappointed and plans to appeal, adding that it “will continue to make and sell innovative products that busy people can’t live without.” BlackBerry mentioned in a statement that it was pleased with the ruling, which prohibits Typo from producing, making use of, selling, advertising and marketing, importing or distributing its keyboard case until litigation is resolved.
[WATCH] Glenn Beck Makes Startling Revelation On What Happened Before His Father Died Last Week
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– Glenn Beck’s father passed away over the weekend at the age of 86, and Beck said on his radio program Monday that something remarkable happened just before he died. “My father didn’t — he believed in God, but he didn’t believe in — I don’t even know,” Beck said, struggling to describe his father’s beliefs. My sisters had told him several times, ‘Dad, unless you accept Jesus as your savior, you’re going someplace warm.’ And he had always rejected that.”Beck said he just asked his father to “keep an open mind” when the time came,and his father promised him he would. “My father slipped in and out of consciousness for a while,” Beck recalled. “And then he sat up in bed, looked up at the ceiling corner as if someone was there, and he said, ‘Yes? OK. I understand. I’m ready. Take me with you.’ And he closed his eyes.” Beck fought back tears as he continued: “[My father] told me once, ‘Son, I’ll keep an open mind but I will tell you this: I don’t think there’s going to be angels that are going to come down and greet me.’ I told him at the time I begged to differ.”Beck said he believes his father didn’t just see “greeters;” he saw “escorts.”“God lives,” Beck said. “And it is all true. Thanks, dad, for teaching me how to work, for not teaching me what to think, but how to think, and when you were dead tired, thank you for driving your boy to the radio station to pursue his dream.” WATCH HERE
Super-Producers To Headline Wise Brother Media's Live Video Chat
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– Super-Producers Tommy Sablan (TL), Eric Rowe (BL), Steve Migliore (BR) and Melissa Bunting (TR) headline Studio Think Tank's second installment of Live Video Chat, their new interactive monthly feature. Video Chat is where expert panel members come together virtually to discuss radio. This month's Live Video Chat - In the Producer's Studio - will take place this Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) and will address the question, "What does it take to be a world-class producer?" Panel members include Tommy Sablan from the Jeff & Jer Showgram, Eric Rowe from The Roula & Ryan Show, Steve Migliore from The BJ Shea Morning Experience, and Melissa Bunting from The Breakfast Show with Mad Dog & Maura. Danny Vigil from Wise Brother Media will host. STT Live Video Chats allow radio professionals to engage with expert panelists in real time by typing questions on Studio Think Tank for panelists to answer. Only Studio Think Tank members may participate. To sign up for a FREE membership, visit HERE. Last month's Live Video Chat - How to Engage More of Your Facebook Fans - is available HERE for replay. For questions, contact Danny Vigil at email@example.com.
Queen's Brian May Gets Lost But Arrives In Time To Close BOB-FM's Mega Concert
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– Some of the biggest names in rock and pop played live this morning in the grounds of Knebworth House in the U.K.. It was an exclusive show for BOB fm called “BOBisphere 2014”. A crowd in excess of a hundred and twenty thousand were entertained by Status Quo, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, Eric Clapton, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Tom Jones, and many more. The entire live event was broadcast live by BOB fm on DAB in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The show was closed by George Michael and the surviving members of Queen in a recreation of their collaboration in 1992, during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Queen guitarist Brian May almost didn’t make it to the event. He’s played at Knebworth many times but has always arrived by helicopter. This time he decided to drive himself but his sat nav gave up and he became hopelessly lost. With time running out, he called the hosts of the event, Graham Mack and Jules who were able to give him directions. You can listen to highlights of BOBisphere 2014 HERE
[WATCH] Aussie Host Go Off On F-Bomb Filled Resignation
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– It's the kind of thing radio executives have nightmares over; shows exploding on-air with expletive-filled rant. This was the case yesterday (they are a day ahead, remember), with Aussie morning hosts Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and Michael “Wippa” Wipfli on Nova FM. According to radaronline.com, they pre-recorded a their resignation which sent bosses running to the studio and it was all captured on special cameras that had been set up around the station’s headquarters. Fitzy said “Mate, I’m being serious here, and I get a little bit emotional when I’m talking about this,” he began. ”I’ve been having some real problems with work. I wanna do this live on air, and I think it’s a perfect moment to tell you, and tell everyone what’s going on. Mate, I, I’ve just had enough. I’ve honestly had enough. I’m not spending enough time with my family. Work has just been draining, and it’s been too much, and I’m working in a place where I feel…” “Mate, I’m serious, I’m f**king overworked!” he added. ”Wippa, listen to me, and I told you I was going to do this. Mate, you know this, we’re working in a place where there’s way too much politics. I’ve got two children that I never see, and I’m telling you right now that this is it.” The rant concludes with the a fight breaking out in the studio as executives crash the studio. It was at this point they informed them it was an April Fool's joke - hahahahahaha. WATCH VIDEO HERE AND SEE IF THEIR BOSSED LAUGHED - PHOTO/Nova FM
[WATCH] Station Host April Fool's Day Wedding But It Wasn't A Joke
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST 2014 –– YES, there are a ton of April Fool's Day prankage that went on today, (we'll share a couple award winners tomorrow) but this, surprisingly, wasn't one of them. According to wins.com, a couple told their friends and family they were getting married live on WHMI 93.5 Howell, MI with radio host Jon King officiating. It took place live before friends, family and radio listeners, who thought the whole thing was a HUGE prank. But guess what? It wasn't. They even had a theme: Rock 'n' Roll and newly weds. The couple, Tracey and John Lee even had their guests sign a guitar to end their perfect and unusual wedding. "He really loves music. We love music. And I work here at the station. So I thought why not? It'd be fun! I wanted it to be unique. And the boys (Jon and Mike) said hey how about it and I said OK!" said Tracey Lee. After the wedding everyone headed to Dairy Queen for the reception. NATCH! WATCH VIDEO HERE
Brantley Gilbert Opens Up To Fitz About Jana Kramer Breakup [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, APRIL 1ST, 2014 –– if you cry easily, be warned before you listen to this linked exchange with between KKWF Seattle/ KWJJ Portland's Fitz and host of the syndicated Powered by Country Countdown. Yesterday he had the chance to chat with artist Brantley Gilbert about life, his new album, and his past relationship with country artist Jana Kramer. Brantley opened up his heart to his friend Fitz and let Fitz know that while there is still pain in his heart over his breakup with Jana, he explains that because of this relationship he finally knows exactly what love is. He also let's the listeners know exactly which track on his new album tells the story of the breakup. Break out a tissue and LISTEN HERE
New Michael Jackson Album Set For May - [THE VERGE]
Pharrell Williams Joins 'The Voice' Season 7 - [US]
Miranda Kerr Hints At Playing For Both Teams On Cover Of British GQ - [JUST JARED]
Amy Robach To Take Over ABC's GMA As Josh Elliot Leaves For NBC Sports - [NYDN]
Nicky Minaj Grants 5-Year Old Cancer Patient Wish With An Assist From John Wall - [NECOLE]
Ben Stiller In Talks To Star In 'I Am Chippendale's' Film - [VARIETY]
Lady Gaga Goes Black & White for Cover of 'Porter' - [ONTD]
Tom Cruise Working Out Kinks To Get 'Top Gun 2' In The Works - [NEWS SKY]
New 'Pink Panther' Film With Simpson's Director Underway - [THR]
ABC's Nashville' Stars To Launch Concert Tour - [MUSIC UNIVERSE]
'Jersey Shore's' The Situation Launching New Reality Series - [EW]
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First Ever iHeart Country Festival Gets Austin Rockin'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– The first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival, featuring Country music's biggest superstars, came to a close Saturday night following an evening of jam packed star-studded performances. The event, which celebrated all things Country, featured live performances by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Hosted by nationally syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones, the iHeartRadio Country Festival included special guest presenters Lucy Hale, Danielle Bradbery and Cody Alan. Florida Georgia Line joined Jason Aldean onstage for a special never-before done collaboration of "The Only Way I Know." Aldean also smashed his guitar to pieces as he left the stage. Luke Bryan went down to the front row and took a Make-A-Wish child in one arm and brought her on stage with him while he sang during his performance. PHOTO/Recording artists Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform onstage - Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Clear Channel
This Time They Didn't Burn The Money!
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– In a story Jockline Daily first reported last week (JD 3.24), AMP Radio Calgary's " Bank It Or Burn it" contest drew plenty of heat after burning $5,000. According to the rules, the audience had decided it was better to burn the money than to give it to a listener. Fast forward to last when the decision involved $10,000. Thankfully, 91% sided with the winner who'll win the money and another $10,000 will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network. According to calgary.ctvnews.ca, no one was more relieved about the vote than Amp's morning hosts, Ryan and Katie. "I think it's a collective sigh of relief," Ryan Lindsay, host on AMP Radio's morning show said. "A feeling of redemption for the City of Calgary. After voting to burn it last week, this week, to see a number like that, 91 percent in favor of banking it, it feels like a wash." As for the original burning of $5,000, they defended the stunt saying “Every single media entity in the country, in the world, spends money on promotion. BTW, in Canada, it is not a criminal act to destroy bank notes under the Currency Act. It only applies to the destruction and defacement of coins.
[WATCH] Congressman Mike Rogers Talks About New Radio Gig With Fox News' Chris Wallace
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Washington DC is still buzzing about Congressman Mike Roger's announcement last Friday that he's leaving his post at the end of his turn to take on a new syndicated radio slot at Cumulus. On Sunday he joined Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, who was equally surprised: Chris Wallace: “ I have to say, this town was shocked when you announced on Friday that you’re planning to step down at the end of the year, not seek reelection and to pursue a career on radio. Rogers said of the move: Mike Rogers: “..This is a very unique opportunity that I will be able to talk about issues in ways that you don’t hear on a national radio platform today about the importance of national security, foreign policy, and all of the issues facing America. You know, to have that intimate conversation with listeners was very appealing to me, all across the United States …this is an opportunity to expand on that.” Chris Wallace said earlier…. I noticed when you were talking about the conversation, you talked about New Hampshire and Iowa, just as random states, and you know, Ronald Reagan back in 1980, I don’t have to tell you, used his platform as a radio commentator to run for president. So, is that a consideration for you, are you prepared at this point rule out any interest in 2016?” Mike Rogers: “…Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for President of the United States? I had no idea, Chris.”WATCH VIDEO HERE (Just before 10:00 mark)
The Breakfast Club Takes Over Mornings At Streetz 94.5 Atlanta; Ali Exits
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Chalk up another major market for the Premiere Network syndicated Breakfast Club featuring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God out of Power 105 New York City as they kick off this morning on Streetz 94.5/Atlanta. Along with the addition, comes the exit of longtime market host, Rashan Ali along with crew. She tells media blogger, Rodney Ho, “I know this feeling all too well. We gave it a run. What I don’t feel like is we failed. We did our very best in the little time we had. I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back into radio ... We are shocked,” she added. “It hurts. Of course. I wouldn’t be human if it didn’t hurt. I tried not to allow myself to fall in love with radio. I was falling in love with it again. Maybe I should stop this pattern!” According to Ho, Streetz has done very well for itself. In February, the station ranked 13th among 18 to 34 year olds, although in the competitive morning hours, it ranked 17th. Syndicated shows now dominate urban morning radio in Atlanta. Majic has Steve Harvey. Kiss has Tom Joyner. Praise has Yolanda Adams. Hot has Smiley. The only local morning show in that space? V-103′s Ryan Cameron with Wanda Smith. Ali has now worked for all three Atlanta hip-hop stations; V-103, Hot and Streetz.
Kerri Kasem Steps Down As Co-Host of Sixx Sense; Replacement To Be Announced On Wednesday [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Premiere Networks announced Kerri Kasem (R), co-host of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx, has decided to step down from her hosting duties with the national rock music radio programs. Kasem, who broke the news to listeners late Friday, shared that her decision to leave the programs stemmed from the time commitment necessary to join Sixx on the road for Mötley Crüe’s final tour. In addition to her other radio hosting duties, upcoming projects and philanthropic efforts including The Kasem Cares Foundation and is actively lobbying a Visitation Bill that would provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents, and provide children the right to know when an ailing parent’s health becomes worse or if the parent dies. Details regarding a new co-host for both programs will be announced on Wednesday, April 2. Leading up to her departure, Sixx Sense will feature an on-air tribute to Kasem from March 31 through April 2 with highlights from her years with the program, and a special goodbye video will be posted on www.SixxSense.com. “This was not an easy decision,” stated Kasem. “I’ve had so much fun with Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown over the past four years. It was an amazing experience to work with Nikki and the Premiere team on both of these programs, and I’m so proud of their continued growth and success. I wish everyone the best of luck!” “It’s been great having Kerri as a co-host for the past four years,” stated Sixx. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
John Lanigan Bids Farewell To WMJI Cleveland; Mark Nolan Debuts Tomorrow
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– After a long week of goodbyes for WMJI Cleveland's John Lanigan, followed by over 10,000 fans turning out for an added tribute during its Moon Dog Coronation on Saturday, Lanigan airs his final show this morning. Scheduled guests include Steve LaTourette, Wilma Smith, George Wallace, Jane Campbell, John Webster, Joe and Anthony Russo, Frank Caliendo, Richard Lewis and Kevin Nealon, just to name a few. With John's exit comes the official announcement of WMJI-FM Majic 105.7 new morning show: The Nolan, Malone & Kullik Morning Show, beginning April 1st. Nolan spent 18 years at NBC Affiliate WKYC TV-3 and has hosted Majic's midday show for the last two years. In a station release, VP/Programming Keith Abrams says "We are excited for John and are happy to say that we will continue to have a relationship with him moving forward as listeners will hear him on the show from time-to-time. I'm also very excited for the future of the Majic morning show with Nolan, Malone and Kullik. I know Mark, Jimmy, Chip, and Tracey will continue to entertain and wake up Cleveland in the way WMJI listeners expect!" Following Nolan in middays will be Kat Jackson. She'll also ontinue doing her evening show onsister station WGAR-FM.
Rick Gillette Takes PD Reigns At WRQX-FM Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Cumulus has announced the appointment of veteran radio program director, Rick Gillette as Corporate Program Director and Program Director of WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C . Gillette was most recently with CBS as Program Director of NOW-FM in New York City. He takes the reins of All the Hits 107.3, effective immediately. Current Program Director, Marco, remains with the station in afternoon drive. Prior to programming for CBS in New York City, Gillette programmed for stations in Chicago and Detroit and was Vice President of Music Entertainment for DMX Music, a global music services company based in Los Angeles. Mike McVay, Cumulus Senior Vice President of Programming, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Rick to the Cumulus corporate programming team, and believe he will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our programming brain trust.” Gillette said: “I’m excited to join Cumulus and to work with John Dickey, Mike and the Cumulus team. The vision that was laid out for me is unique and exciting. The company is very forward thinking and that is what enticed me to become a part of Cumulus.”
MOTION: Ashleys Coming And Going At K92.3 Orlando; Dana Lundon Exits Blaine & Allyson Show Detroit; Box & Kelly Take Mornings At The Bridge 105.5 Charleston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– CMG'S WWKA/K92.3 Orlando will be bidding farewll to morning co-host Ashley Figueroa who's headed to Nashville, but don't throw away the business cards yet as it moves midday host, Dakota to mornings whose real name is Ashley. So guess what they'll be calling the show? Yup, AJ & Ashley (AJ Maguire & Ashley Stegbauer). In a station memo, Op's Mgr, Steve DeMann explained the reason we first went with 'Dakota' in middays is because we already had an Ashley. Stegbauer will continue in middays until her replacement is found (but will go on as Dakota or Ashley? Hmmmm) ############## News from Detroit has Dana Lundon exiting the Blaine & Allyson morning show on WDVD-FM after six-year stint. She previously worked at WYCD-FM Detroit. ############ Look for Laura, of Laura and Box at The Bridge 105.5/Charleston to shift to middays. Laura Lee is the PD of WCOO. Box aka Richard Bachschmidt (of Box and Laura in the morning and previously the PD at WSCC-A) and Kelly Bazzle (shown), formerly Kelly G on WSSX on 2 Girls and a Guy in the morning, will be taking over mornings as 'Box and Kelly' n the morning on The Bridge, 105.5.
Comedian Greg Proops Takes Over 24/7 Comedy Next Week
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 - 24/7 Comedy will treat listeners to a special guest host next week – comedian and actor Greg Proops. From March 31 - April 6, “The Smartest Man in the World” will give listeners a peek behind one of comedy’s most alluring and intelligent acts, and highlight some of his most popular stand-up bits. Connecting with listeners every hour throughout the week, fans will also have the chance to hear select tracks from his brand-new, stand-up comedy special “Live at Musso and Frank,” recorded at the legendary Hollywood eatery and available at www.GregProops.com. Proops, one of the stars of The CW Network’s improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” also hosts a podcast called “The Smartest Man in The World,” which he records live at various locations across the globe. Fans can find it at www.ProopCast.com or iTunes. For more information, please visit www.247comedy.com. For affiliations, please contact Kurt Kretzschmar at Premiere Networks at 602-374-6351.
FROST Contest Draws More Radio Support
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Top shows from around the country have have begun joined forces with syndicated radio host Dr. Daliah to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society who helps kids and adults fight blood cancer through research and financial assistance for medical costs. Adding some extra spice, Dr. Daliah will award the one who brings in the most donations the FROST award (top Fundraising Radio Host) with a $1000 Southwest Airlines Gift Card (please don't add extra zero's to the number in the press release ,a plaque and recognition of their great work. Since the campaign doesn't begin for two weeks, there's still time to jump on board and help out with the great cause, while having fun at the same time. Dr. Daliah tells Jockline Daily shows stepping up so far include Doug McIntyre, KABC, Los Angeles, Simon Conway, Afternoon Drive host from the heritage News Radio 1040 WHO, Alan Stock, KDWN Las Vegas, Jesus Marquez, Jesus Marquez Radio, KLAV, Eddie Floyd, Dennis Romeo, Brooke Santina & Debbie McCarthy of America Matters, Reno, Josh Tolley of the 'The Josh Tolley Show' GCN Network and Steve Sanchez, Steve Sanchez Show GCN Network. To add support, please email Dr. Daliah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] Jared Leto Hearts Radio's Sophie Monk, Big Time
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Add Jared Leto to list of stars who may have a thing for a radio host. It happend on 2day FM, Sydney while Sophie Monk (yes, the same lady who flashed the window washer) interviewed the mega star. The '30 Seconds to Mars' frontman spent most of his interview going gaga over Sophie Monk (far right) who told him she planned on making out' with him after he invited her and co-hosts Jules Lund (TL) and Merrick Watts (BR) watch his band play during their down Under tour. Sophie said: ''I was thinking about maybe you being my boyfriend, and then I thought about it and I thought...you can ... and I only date guys that are as attractive as me.'' Jared surprised everyone by replying ''I can do that if you ask me to politely but...'' Sophie later said 'OK, I will date you!'' Jared said 'the producer said to me before the interview ''if you just say she's hot she'll go out with you." Okay, now Jockline Daily reaches out to our readers with the LET US KNOW HERE - WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
Benztown To Provide Production Services To PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, MARCH 31ST, 2014 –– Benztown announced today that it will provide audio production services to growing podcast curator and provider, PodcastOne, to enhance the production quality of its owned and operated podcasts. PodcastOne (www.podcastone.com) is a curated website of over 200 podcasts across many different genres. Founded in February 2013 by Westwood One founder and Chairman of Courtside Entertainment Group, Norm Pattiz, PodcastOne is a division of PodcastOne Sales, one of the largest players in the on-demand media world. PodcastOne allows anyone connected to the web to discover, access and experience top-quality, original audio content on-demand for free.
Chelsea Handler Ending Show On E! - [THR]
GOOD KARMA: Redneck Rage Driver Gets Arrested - [MEDIAITE]
It's Official: 'Frozen' Is Highest Grossing Animated Film Of All Time - [HUFFPO]
LOOK: Woman Pays $25k to Look Like Jennifer Lawrence - [BUZZFEED]
Elton John And David Furnish To Finally Wed - [REVIEW JOURNAL]
Robin Thicke Pulls Out Of Awards Show - [GLOBAL NEWS]
UH OH: Juan Pablo Galavis Heckled During Appearance - [E ONLINE]
UH OH: Things Get Messy Between Oprah And Ex-Mother-In-Law - [DAILY MAIL]
Hillary Duff Officially Back In The Music Scene - [BUSTLE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: "Begin Again' With Adam Levine - [TODAY]
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Congressman Mike Rogers To Become Talk Host For Cumulus Following Retirement
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Congressman Mike Rogers (R) will bring his unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert and former FBI agent to Cumulus after the conclusion of his seventh term in the House of Representatives at the end of the year. As a media-savvy politician who last year appeared on more Sunday public affairs show than any other elected official in the nation, Chairman Rogers will play an important role helping Americans understand critical issues that impact their lives. The longtime chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Rogers has played a key role shaping critical national security policies. Chairman Rogers was involved in the country's most urgent matters including the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the debate surrounding NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, the search for Malaysia Air 370 and Russia's annexation of Crimea. He observed last weekend on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Russian president Vladimir Putin "goes to bed at night thinking of Peter the Great and he wakes up thinking of Stalin" when he called for a tougher U.S. approach to the annexation of Crimea. Cumulus will also provide exclusive content from its extensive stable of talk content assets through digital audio provider Rdio. Chairman Rogers will play a leading role across each of these platforms. "We are thrilled to have Chairman Rogers join our team. He has been instrumental helping to shape many of the most important issues and events of our time and will play a significant role in our expanding content platform,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Names JR Schumann Op's Mgr.For KPLX/KSCS in Dallas; Spike Eskin On The Rise At CBS Sports Radio Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced the appointment of veteran radio programming and operations professional JR Schumann as Operations Manager for Country stations KPLX-FM and KSCS-FM in Dallas. Schumann, who joins the stations from the Program Director post at WWKA in Orlando, has programmed for Cox Radio Group in Birmingham and Orlando. Schumann will report to Dan Bennett, Vice President/Market Manager. Schumann said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Cumulus team and being a part of two legendary stations in the largest Country market in the U.S. ... I want to thank everyone at Cox for the opportunity to work with a great station in Orlando, but when Mike McVay called with this tremendous offer—and in my hometown, no less—I couldn’t pass it up. ≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠ CBS SportsRadio 94WIP and 610/Philadelphia have announced the promotion of Spike Eskin to Program Director. Eskin has been interim PD since Jeff Sottolano was named Director of Programming for CBS Radio earlier this year. "My career in radio has taken me in many different directions, and has ultimately led me to a job that I feel like I was born to do, and am honored and humbled to have. I'm excited to work with the best air talent in sports radio, and our incredible staff to continue building the legend that is WIP," said Eskin.
MOTION: The Jojo Show Comes To WFGR-FM Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Michigan native Jojo Girard is the new morning host on Townsquare Media's 98.7 WFGR-FM/Grand Rapids. According to mlive.com he said on his first show 'I'm going to be doing the show, at least for a few weeks, until they send me back to reform school." Girard was with Sunny FM/WSNX-FM 104.5 in Muskegon from 1988 to 1994. Later he left for Mix 106.5 Baltimore where he remained for 18 years. Most recently he served as program director at HCC Radio "The Dragon" in Columbia, MD.
Cleveland Host Tony Rizzo Pleads No Contest To Reduced Charge
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Cleveland sports Tony Rizzo of The Big Show with co-host Aaron Goldhammer on ESPN Radio Cleveland pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge after being accused of domestic violence in December. According to cleveland.com, Rizzo pleaded no contest to persistent disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine, the residing Judge Dale Chase said. The case has been referred to the probation department for review before a sentencing hearing is set, Chase said. Rizzo's attorney Paul B. Daiker said after the court appearance that, while he was confident Rizzo would've been acquitted if the case went to trial, Rizzo decided to plead no contest to avoid one. Matt Lanier, an assistant law director for the city of Medina, said part of the reason the prosecution chose to pursue a plea deal was because Rizzo's wife, Catherine Rizzo, submitted an affidavit saying she'd initiated the Dec. 6 incident by hitting her husband with a glass. His wife also requested that the charges be dropped, Lanier said.
GLOVES OFF: Savage & Hannity Trade PR Blows
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Following Sean Hannity's recent exit from Cumulus Media and Michael Savage's subsequent takeover of his afternoon slot, the latest ratings prompted The Savage Nation to issue a release this week stating "after trouncing Hannity in the Top 5 markets in January, Michael Savage continued to dominate the Top 5 in February." Based on Nielsen PPM, February 2014, A 25-54, it showed comparisons of both shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas/Ft. Worth where Savage had the edge. Hannity's VP/Operation and Affiliate Marketing, Eric Stanger at their new home on Premiere Networks fired off a reply with the headline "Savage Losing Hannity's Audience," adding "It’s puzzling that Michael Savage would want to brag about his listening audience. Despite his claims, the numbers show that Savage is losing the audience that he inherited from Sean Hannity in droves, on the radio stations that Sean spent 17 years building." Stanger then went on to show examples in top markets where Savage has lost audience, adding: 'The Sean Hannity Show airs on more than 500 radio stations nationwide, with an estimated audience of over 11 million listeners, while the Savage Nation airs on around 200 stations with an estimated audience of less than 3 million.' Something tells us this battle may go into extra rounds.
Ace & TJ' Host 17th Annual Second Chance Prom
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– This Saturday, March 29th, at 8 PM Ace & TJ will host the 17th Annual Second Chance Prom to benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids at the Hilton Center City in Charlotte. Seventeen years ago, Ace & TJ created a great event for a great cause. Second Chance Prom is an opportunity for radio family members over the age of 21 to relive their prom or to experience prom for the first time. All of the proceeds of this fun event go to Grin Kids. “Second Chance Prom raises money for our charity while being the most fun event all year.”-TJ “The fact that we have sold out the Prom again this year just shows what a giving heart the “Ace & TJ Radio Family” has. It also shows that they know how to have a good time!”-Ace With the help of listeners and fundraising events Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids (501c3) is dedicated to enriching the lives of terminally ill and chronically disabled children. The aim is to provide their Grin Kids with a magical, memorable trip to Disney World. The Ace & TJ Show syndicates to more than a dozen markets in the formats CHR, Hot AC, Classic Hits and Country. Syndication information is available at www.acetjnetwork.com or by emailing AGoodman@AceTJ.com.
ON THE AIR: Harry Styles Asked For $5 Grand During Prank Call And Gives Freely; Nick Cannon Discusses His (S)exual Conquests With Power 106's Big Boy (NSFW); Craig Carton Visits Scott Shannon [WATCH]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– Regular readers of Jockline Daily know that we do more than just report radio news, we listen closely as well. As we wrap up another week, here's a collage of some of our favorite clips from the week. First up the always lovable Harry Styles of One Direction who unknowingly partook in a prank call yesterday on BBC1's Nick Grimshaw's show. The Segment is called 'Call or Delete' where famous guests must prank call another famous person in their phone contacts, or delete the number. Here the 1975 Matt Healy rang up Harry Styles, who answered. Healy tells Styles he needs to borrow $5 grand for something. He never says why. Harry never hesitates and offers to get his assistant to work it out. Healy, later apologized to Styles on Twitter - LISTEN HERE - ############## And while Styles was freely giving away his money, over at Power 106 L.A., Nick Cannon was giving away his (s)exual conquests with Big Boy (NSFW). He names the likes Kim Kardashian, Christina Milian, Nicole Scherzinger, and Selita Ebanks. As for his wife Mariah Carey, he surprises Big Boy by saying the two didn't actually do the deed until their wedding night. -WATCH interview HERE - ############## Now that Scott Shannon has arrived at WCBS-FM, he's finally getting to meet some of his fellow CBS hosts for the first time. Yesterday he was visited by the highly popular Craig Carton, of The Fan's Boomer and Carton Show. Among the highlights included Carton telling Shannon that among the folks who first doubted him as a radio host when he hit the air in New York was none other than fellow CBS host Mike Francesa (shown above: Carton - Shannon & Mike Nolan - WATCH HERE
Cumulus NASH FM 93.1 Detroit Kicks Off With Free Concert
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– This week NASH FM/93.1 Detroit's listeners and advertisers filled the Fillmore to capacity at the "Free for All Country Concert." They were treated to performances by Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, The Cadillac Three, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich and Kix Brooks, who also co-hosted the event with "America's Morning Show" host, Blair Garner. The above shot captures the stage set up. Nash back drop and capacity crowd.
Stars Captivate Tom Joyner Foundation's Fantastic Voyage
THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2014 –– The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage cruise presented by Ford arrived into port Sunday, March 23, 2014, concluding its 15th year as the Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, supporting students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, after presenting epic concerts, seminars and unprecedented opportunities for its guests. For eight days and seven nights, over 3,000 passengers sailed on board the Carnival Conquest experiencing some of the most fantastic entertainers from today and yesterday including Robin Thicke, Nelly, George Clinton, Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Chante Moore, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, KEM and many more from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Ford featured two 2014 Ford vehicles on the ship, the Fusion and Focus ST and is giving a vehicle away to one Tom Joyner Morning Show listener as part of the 2014 Win Any Ford Giveaway.
WestwoodOne Launches New 24 Hour Format 'Good Time Oldies'
Scott Shannon Explores Next Move For True Oldies Channel
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– WestwoodOne has announced the launch of Good Time Oldies, a new 24-hour format to debut on Monday, April 28th. This is the first new format since WestwoodOne and Cumulus Media Networks merged. “We are excited to bring this product to market,” said Kirk Stirland, President of Programming for WestwoodOne. The new offering will feature a seasoned line-up of hosts such as Jim Zippo, well known for his years at WDRQ/Detroit, WEAM/Washington DC, KQOL/Las Vegas and KTKS/Dallas, and has done mornings nationally for over 12 years. John Summers marks 30 years as a PD, MD, and personality on such stations as BJ105/Orlando and WMMO/Orlando, and he currently does PM Drive on KLUV/Dallas. Kevan Browning will join Good Times Oldies from his current role on WestwoodOne’s Classic Hits format, after a long on-air and programming career with stops in Milwaukee, Memphis, Houston, and Dallas. Meanwhile, WestwoodOne has reportedly informed its roughly 100 affiliates that the "True Oldies Channel" hosted by Scott Shannon will be gone by the end of June. So stations have been given their 90-day notice and can start making plans. Scott Shannon tells Jockline Daily he wasn’t surprised by the move; that he owns the brand True Oldies Channel and he and his agent John McConnell are exploring their next moves. He also says now that he's taken over the morning reigns at WCBS-FM/New York, he’s thinking of adding a second voice to the channel as he takes the service forward. “I don’t see any reason to stop,” says Shannon.
PEW STUDY: State of the News Media Heading Fast Toward Digital; Money And Talent Follow
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– In a new study from Pew Research on the State of News Media, they write that 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Not surprisingly, digital players have exploded onto the scene, bringing not only technological know how, but new money and luring top talent. BuzzFeed, once viewed as “click bait,” now has a news staff of 170, Mashable has a news staff of 70 and enticed former New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts to become its chief content officer. And in January, Ezra Klein left the Washington Post for Vox media. Other new revenue is flowing in as well. Entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, John Henry and Pierre Omidyar are investing their own money in the industry. There's also more evidence that news is a part of the explosion of social media and mobile devices, and in a way that could offer opportunity to reach more people with news than ever before. Pew reports that half of Facebook users get news there even though they did not go there looking for it. And the Facebook users who get news at the highest rates are 18-to-29-year-olds. The same is true for the growth area of online video. Young people constitute the greatest portion of these viewers. READ ENTIRE STUDY HERE
[LISTEN] Joan Rivers Rips Lena Dunham A New One Over 'Stay Fat, Get Diabetes' Message
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– For the record, Joan Rivers tells Howard Stern she's is a fan of Lena Dunham, but not when it comes to her comments on staying fat and getting diabetes, according to nydn.com. "Let me ask you something. Lena Dunham, who again I think is terrific, how could she wear dresses above the knee?" Rivers asked Sterb on his Tuesday SiriusXM show. Stern jumped to her defense saying "I think the thing we love about her is that she doesn't give a s--t," Stern replied, explaining Dunham's body positive philosophy. "Oh, every woman gives a s--t," countered Rivers. "That's wrong. You are sending a message out saying 'It's okay. Stay fat. Get diabetes. Everybody die. Lose your fingers.'" "I don't think she's sending a message to anyone other than 'I want to make you laugh,'" Stern replied. "I love that she's funny and love that she's done well. But don't let them laugh at you physically," Rivers continued. "If you look the way you look Lena, and that's fine and you're funny, don't say it's okay that other girls can look like this. Try to look better." Rivers also ripped Dunham over her photoshopped appearance on the cover of Vogue as "hypocrisy." PHOTO/screengrab LISTEN TO CLIP HERE
Ryan Seacrest Behind New Prince Harry Look-Alike TV Series
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– Beginning this summer, America will watch 12 women compete to court Prince Harry thanks to a new Fox reality dating show. Only problem is, it's a Harry look-alike. According to time.com, Fox and Seacrest are producing a show in which 12 women are 'tricked' into thinking that they’re competing to Marry Harry, but instead, as "Time' puts it: a Prince Harry impersonator 'with a poor dye job.' They compare it to a next generation Joe Millionaire, but slightly more depressing. The show: I Wanna Marry Harry, which airs in May, says in a release : “An average English ‘bloke’ is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him?” Reality meets romance, with a little twist, in the surprising dating show I WANNA MARRY “HARRY,” premiering Tuesday, May 27 at 8/7c on FOX.
Boston Radio 92.9 FM To Stage Rock & Run Event
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– Radio 92.9 Boston and its parent company, Greater Media, have announced the launch of an obstacle race called Rock and Run Boston. The inaugural race will take place at the newly developed Assembly Row in Somerville, MA on June 21st, 2014. This is a brand new event featuring a 5K obstacle race and live music. The course for Rock and Run Boston will be approximately 3.1 miles along and will feature a mix of fully staffed obstacles such as monkey bars, climbs, hurdles, and walls The Rock and Run Boston will also feature live musical acts at every mile marker along the course! After crossing the finish line, runners will be invited to relax at a post-race party featuring a beer garden. The party will be capped off by an exclusive performance by a national recording artist! “The Radio 92.9 team is excited to bring to Boston what promises to be a physically challenging and hugely entertaining event,” said Rob Williams, Vice President and Market Manager of Greater Media Boston. “We’re especially happy to raise needed funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.”
Clear Channel And BBR Music Group Announce New Revenue-Sharing Agreement
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– CCME and BBR Music Group, an independent country music label, announced an agreement that will enable its imprints Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records and its artists to share in revenue across Clear Channel’s broadcast radio and iHeartRadio streaming stations. Broken Bow Records’ roster of artists includes ACM nominee and reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” Jason Aldean, who recently scored his 13th career chart-topping off his current album 'Night Train', which went platinum in only four weeks. Aldean has sold over 8.5 million albums to date and the Macon, Ga. native will kick off his headlining 2014 Burn it Down Tour on May 1st. Clear Channel’s partnership with Broken Bow Records follows the company’s landmark revenue-sharing agreement with Warner Music Group – the first wide-ranging strategic alliance between a major music company and Clear Channel.
Newcap Brings Back Iconic Moniker To Vancouver
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– One of the most iconic radio brands in Vancouver is making a return to Vancouver’s airwaves. Virgin Radio 95.3 (CKZZ) re-brands to it’s famous Z95.3 moniker following the recent sale from Bell Media to Newcap Radio. The rights to the Virgin Radio Brand remain Bell’s property. “We’re excited to bring back this truly Vancouver brand while continuing our current Hot AC mix that Virgin Radio 95.3 listeners have come to love,” says station general manager Sherri Pierce. “Z95.3 never really disappeared. The popular Z95.3 bumper stickers are still everywhere on vehicles around the city.” The new Z95.3 will continue to play Today’s Best Mix and listeners can expect to hear all Their favourite regular features such as the $1,000 Minute, Golddigger and The Sleaze. Within the transaction, the rights to the Virgin morning show were also retained by Bell. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with the Nat & Drew show and we wish them the very best,” says program director Mel Kemmis. “We look forward to introducing our dynamic new morning show team to our awesome listeners in the weeks ahead”. Consumers will be made aware of Newcap Radio’s re-branding of Z95.3 with the support of a city-wide advertising campaign across Metro Vancouver. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted its final approval on the deal on March 19th stemming from the purchase of Astral Media by Bell Media. Locally within the Vancouver radio cluster AM650 (CISL) and SHORE104.3 FM (CHHR) were also acquired by Newcap Radio.
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
Oak FM and Touch Coventry Play Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Through Monday During Relaunch
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2014 –– From just after 5pm on Friday till the relaunch on Monday morning. One listener made a call to the police saying staff had been kidnapped and the station was experiencing a takeover. Many thought the stations were being re-launched under a new name or format but the only changes are a new logo, a tweak of the music to target a more male audience and the word “new” in front of their names.
Sporty Spice and Old Spice They're an unlikely duo but former Spice Girl, Mel C and ‘sacked for being too old’ Radio One DJ, Chris Moyles (shown) have become the best of friends since they starred in the West End show “Superstar”. They arrived together to celebrate the 1000th performance of Matilda The Musical at London's Cambridge Theatre on Sunday. The pair have also been seen jogging together through Hampstead Heath and generally hanging out.
Bauer Media’s radio stations are moving from Mappin House in London to One Golden Square – the home of Absolute Radio. The move will see Bauer create a “London Broadcast Centre” which will house all of its radio brands – Magic 105.4, Kiss, Planet Rock, Absolute Radio, Kerrang! and heat Radio. Ten new studios will be built. The building has been home to Absolute/Virgin since 1993. A new live performance session space with video recording capabilities and a refreshed reception area will also be created to reflect the location as the home of the national brands.
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Is Bradley Cooper The New 'Indiana Jones?' - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
BREAKING NEWS: Baby North Peed On Kanye During Cover Shoot - [ZAP 2 IT]
'Game of Throne's' Kit Harinton Talks About A Naked Jon SnowCOOL: Now Get Your Favorite 'Simpson's' Characters As Legos - [PARADE]
Channing Tatum Sends Kiss To Terminally Ill Teen - [PEOPLE]
Linus Roache Makes The 'Blacklist' - [TV GUIDE]
Lollapalooza 2014 Lineup Announced: Eminem, Outkast Among The Many - [CLEVELAND.COM]
Oprah Announces 'Life You Want' Tour - [THR]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Hercules' - [SLASH FILM]
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Over 13.2 Million Votes Later, CCME And NBC Announce Finalists For First-Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards On May 1st
WTOP/Wash. D.C. Remains Top Billing Radio Station For 2013
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2014 –– Hubbard's WTOP/Wash. D.C. remained radio's top billing station for 2013, according to BIA/Kelsey. Billing $63.5 million in 2013 (down $1.1 million from 2012), was enough to top Clear Channel's KIIS-FM in Los Angeles at $61.6 million, up $4.8 million from 2012. Next up was WHTZ-FM/New York with $51 million, WCBS-AM/New York with $50.5 million, WLTW/New York with $45.5 million, WINS-AM /New York with $45 million, KBIG-FM/LA with $44.5 million, WFAN-AM/New York with $43 million, KROQ-FM/L.A. with $42.8 million and coming in 10th, WBBM in Chicago with $42 million. WTOP, owned by Hubbard, was the only non-CBS or CCME station in the top 10. "WTOP is morphing into a digital media company by providing access to its audience in many different ways beyond over-the-air," Mark Fratrik, senior VP and chief economist at BIA/Kelsey, said in a statement. "Their approach is serving them well and their model demonstrates that as the industry continues to adopt a multiplatform approach, it will engage audiences and sustain growth." PHOTO/WTOP nerve center studio
[LISTEN] Keyshia Cole Goes Off On Morning Host Following 'Wifey' Question
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2014 –– Apparently, 'wifey' is not a word that sits well with Rick Jame's singer, Keyshia Cole. During an interview this week with V-103/Atlanta's Ryan Cameron show, co-host Wanda Smith asked the Cole if she thought she was 'wifey' material? Uhhh, bad move. This prompted her to say “Y’all really f***ing with my s**t right now. I got some other s**t going on. What y’all want to talk about right now,” Keyshia said. “Are you trying to insinuate that I was one-dimensional?” Smith quickly explained that she wondered whether Keyshia was at a point in her career where she could be a wife and mother since she’s so busy. A bit later, Cole calmed down and even joked about slapping Wanda. That was on the air, but after later heading to Twitter, things got ugly again. Cole posted "I'm done wit interviews. That interview with V103 left a very bad taste..." And later: "Y'all can kiss my *ss. With that phony s***.." LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
FSR's Jay Mohr Makes It Into White House Fantasy Sports League [AUDIO]
MOTION: Entercom Greenville Adds Murphy, Sam & Jodi To Magic 98.9; Greg McKinney Moves To ESPN Upstate; Robbins And Markley Take On Portland
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2014 –– Entercom Greenville announced new additions to its weekday lineup of Magic 98.9 and ESPN Upstate. Beginning this week Murphy, Sam and Jodi (R) will now anchor mornings on Magic 98.9 FM replacing Greg McKinney. McKinney (B), who has been anchoring College Football Today pregame show on 93.3 The Planet, , and has been doing double duty hosting the live local In The Huddle with Greg McKinney on ESPN Upstate from 4pm to 7pm can now devote all his time to ESPN. ––––––––– L & L Broadcasting of Peoria, Illinois and Portland, Oregon announced today that Peoria’s own Robbins and Markley; Talk Talents on WMBD are on the air in Portland, Oregon this week. Keeping true to the Live and Local mission, Robbins and Markley are working double duty this week by filling in for Alpha Broadcasting/KXL’s Talker Jim Villanucci while he is on vacation. March 24- 28th; Robbins and Markley are broadcasting a customized live show on KXL from 9am-12pm PST from Peoria, Illinois. They will continue to broadcast their Peoria show as well.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Elliott Wood Named PD At 94.5 The Buzz Houston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2014 –– 94.5 The BUZZ, Houston's New Rock Alternative, announced that Elliott Wood has been named Program Director, effective April 1. He most recently worked at Strategic Radio Solutions in Seattle and prior Broadcast Architecture, where he focused on radio programming related research projects. Wood's past experience also includes roles at CNN, WZNY, WKST and WXDX. He also launched and programmed one of the early alternative rock stations, X-15 in Pittsburgh."After some amazing years on the road, I look forward to having a singular focus with The Buzz, and finding ways to make the station even more successful," said Wood. "I can't even begin to express my excitement for the opportunity to work with such a strong heritage brand like The BUZZ. This is truly an honor, and I can't wait to get to work." "Elliott's caliber of talent and experience will be a great asset not just for The BUZZ, but for our entire cluster of stations," said Marc Sherman, Vice President Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Houston. "This is a pivotal time for Houston to forge ahead and we are looking forward to great success with Elliott's wealth of experience."
Target Presents iHeartRadio Album Release Party For Shakira
John Garabedian Brings 'Open House Party' To Miami Festival
KFGE's Nelson Adds To The Farm Team
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2014 –– Longtime Jockline Daily reader and Morning Show Boot Camper, Nelson, morning honcho of Froggy 98/KFGE Lincoln, NE, looked like one happy fella this mornning as wrote to tell us "My wife and I brought the next big thing in entertainment into the world yesterday. Penelope Olivia Nelson (shown) arrived at 7:59am on 3-25-14 weighing in at 9lbs 8oz. Rosemary (her mother) is recovering well. Send Nelson and family your best wishes and advice on how to do a morning show with 2 hours of sleep HERE
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Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill - [THR]
Have Jay Z and Beyonce Been Fibbing About Their Age? - [LIFE AND STYLE]
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UH OH: Kathy Griffin Calls Demi Lovato 'Biggest Douche Celebrity' - [ENTERTAINMENT WISE]
Judge Joe Brown Jailed Following Courtroom Clash - [CNN]
Madonna To Direct Another Film - [USA HERALD]
'Captain America's' Chris Evans Ready To Give Up Acting - [VARIETY]
TREKKIE ALERT: Klingon Warnog Beer Unveiled - [MASHABLE]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: Tom Cruise In 'Edge of Tomorrow' - [THE VERGE]
Patty Steele To Reunite With Scott Shannon On WCBS-FM New York
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– While we await official word, it appears longtime former Scott Shannon WPLJ showmate, Patty Steele, will be once again joining Scott on WCBS-FM for mornings. The news teased by Shannon on Twitter posted "BIG announcement coming up... don't miss it." following shortly with "Joining the morning show on Thursday... Patty Steele. Steele, most recently heard on WOR, co-hosted for over twelve years on WPLJ with Scott And Todd (Pettengill). Steele also spent time as a jock at WHTZ/Z100, and was an anchor at WCBS 880 in the 90's.
[WATCH] Hot 97 New York Offers Sneak Peek Of New Series
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Coming Monday to VH1, you'll get a look behind the scenes at Hot 97 New York City like you've never seen it before as 'This is Hot 97' makes it TV premiere. But for those who can't wait, the station has now posted a sneak peek at there website HERE. Following shows such as Fox TV's 'Dish Nation,' along with a growing number of radio faces showing up on TV, this could be just the start of more reality-based shows for TV built around radio shows. In fact, at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp set for Aug. 7 & 8th in Chicago, we're preparing a special session devoted exclusively to putting shows on camera. More details coming soon.
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Following his announcement last month that he would be retiring from his longtime slot on WMJI/Cleveland, John Lanigan's final show arrives next Monday, March 31st. According to ohio.com 'It’s past time to go,' the radio legend said recently. '“I thought about it for a long time. There was just a point where it got too hard to get up at 4 am. I just thought, I’d like to live some other way for a while.' As for leaving, Lanigan has few regrets, but does feel the business isn't what it used to be. “It’s really changed a lot,” he said. “It was really fun a long time ago when we did crazy promotions and attacked each other.” One magazine cover had Lanigan choking his competitor Gary Dee, he said. John Gorman, then a programmer for WMMS (100.7-FM), would pretend to be from Lanigan’s show and cancel guests scheduled for the rival. “He lives across the street from me now. He’s a really good friend. … But we competed. It was really fun radio. This coming Saturday, a tribute will be paid at the annual Moondog Coronation Ball. His last day on the air will be the following Monday. The next day, Mark Nolan will join Jimmy Malone, Chip Kullik and Tracey Carroll on morning show. READ MORE ABOUT JOHN HERE - PHOTO/R. Shay / National Radio Hall of Fame.
Robin Quivers To Host T.J. Martell Foundation 2014 Women of Influence Awards Event
Radio One's Cathy Hughes And Z100's Sharon Dastur Among Honorees
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced that well known radio personality, actress and cancer survivor Robin Quivers will host the Women of Influence Awards which will be held Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at New York’s Essex House at Central Park South. The awards and luncheon will honor Hoda Kotb, Co-host of on NBC’s Today Show, Randi Rahm, fashion designer, Sharon Dastur, Program Director for New York’s Z100 Radio and Cathy Hughes, Founder and head of Radio One. Robin Quivers, co-host of The Howard Stern Show, began her battle with cancer in 2012 and one year later was pronounced cancer free. She was recently honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation at the New York World Tour of Wine Dinner in November 2013 and has been vocal on her show about her battle and subsequent journey which led to the cure. “I am in awe of Robin Quivers and her determination to beat cancer and stay healthy. The Women of Influence Awards brings together such an amazing group of women to bond, learn about healthy living, breast cancer, awareness and prevention and to celebrate health and fitness month,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “It is truly an honor for us to have Robin be our host this year.”
CBS Local Digital Media's Kucharz Talks Broadcast and Digital Radio With Hypebot
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Ezra Kucharz, CBS Local Digital Media’s President, recently connected with music and tech site Hypebot to go in depth and on the record about why “Broadcast Radio Is Digital’s Most Desired Partner.” He highlighted the evolving relationship between traditional radio and the ever-changing world of digital and how the two can work together to promote the best product possible. Kucharz said "Numerous digital-only businesses may claim that they are bigger than broadcast radio in their respective segments by representing themselves as “the largest radio station in a given market.” But comparing a single radio station to an audience of a digital-only service in a market is like comparing apples to oranges. You would have to take one sliver in a specific genre (i.e. Rock, Pop, Hip Hop) from that digital service to accurately compare to a station of the same genre. Alternatively, you could add up the audiences of the major radio companies in each market and compare it to the digital-only service. What you would find is that most digital services attract less than 8% of listeners in a given market. This yields another clue as to why most digital-only music services look to broadcast radio for marketing help in building awareness. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
Business Rockstars Radio Teams With Wall Street Business Network For 10 City Launch
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Business Rockstars Radio, featuring “Rockstar” CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and start-ups targeting the 30 million “Wantrepreneurs” in the U.S., announced a new affiliation with the Wall Street Business Network to launch the show in 10 major radio markets beginning March 31st, 2014. Hosted by Ken Rutkowski (L), Business Rockstars Radio, will use this as the launch pad for the national rollout of the show. “Salem is excited to be adding more compelling and relevant content to our Wall Street Business Network,” said David Santrella, President of Salem’s Radio Division. “We thank the Good Life Network for their efforts in securing the Business Rockstars Radio program for our growing business-format platform, and look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with both the Good Life Network and Business Rockstars Radio.” Business Rockstars Radio will now broadcast in a new daypart from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PST Monday – Friday on the Wall Street Business Network in San Francisco (KDOW), Dallas (KVCE), Houston (KTEK), Miami (WZAB), Atlanta (WAFS), Seattle (KKOL), Orlando (WBZW), Minneapolis (KYCR), Sacramento (KSAC) and Honolulu (KGU). Business Rockstars Radio guests include some of the biggest CEOs and entrepreneurs daily, including: Nolan Bushnell (Atari and Chuck E. Cheese Founder), Michio Kaku (futurist, author, physicist and entrepreneur), Daymond John (Host of ABC’s Shark Tank - SHOWN, Cheryl Tiegs (model, actress and entrepreneur), Michael Robertson (Founder of MP3.com), Scott Painter (Founder and CEO of TruCar) and many others.
TRN Enterprises To Syndicate The Sam Sorbo Show
LADY GAGA: 'When I'm Home, Shoes Are Off, I'm Making Dinner' - [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– A few weeks back during SXSW in Austin, the world was buzzing overLlady Gaga's much publicized performance (including some colored hurling). Missed in most coverage was her ability to roam the club scene just like everyone else. This week while she's out promoting her new G.U.Y. video, she stopped by SiriusXM's Morning Mashup with Rich, Nicole, Ryan and Stanley T. (shown). Once past the promo talk, they turned the conversation into Gaga’s personal life. Specifically, life at home with boyfriend Taylor Kinney. She says "When I’m home, shoes are off and I’m making him dinner. I’m in charge all day long. The last thing I want to do is tell him what to do. We’re just really good friends.” She said while in Austin, her security team was furious with her late night roming around, but in New York dealing with stardom is a bit more of a task even for something as simple as ordering a pizza. Turns out Gaga has a strategy for that, even if she does tend to forget how recognizable she is. “I have a beanie ski mask trick [when answering the door]. I act like I was just at the gym and cover half of my face. It’s really funny because my boyfriend and I forget all the time that we’re recognizable. It’s just so normal to us. He’ll be like, ‘Will you get the door, babe?’ And as I’m opening the door, he’ll be like, ‘OH, NO, WAIT!’ But it’s normal life. It’s fine.” LISTEN TO MULTI-PART AUDIO HERE
MOTION: Jonathan Wilde Launches Country Target Voiceover; Carlos & Joy Arrive On WAY-FM
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Longtime Denver morning host, Jonathan Wilde has launched a new VO website targeted for country. He tell Jockline Daily, he also have another regular VO site too for other formats and television. "I've done voiceover for years but this is targeted directly to the country industry. Including stations, labels, artists and management.
Over 400 Industry Executives And More Turn Out For 8th Annual Taste of Hope Wine Event
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2014 –– Over four hundred music industry artists, executives and companies, came together for an evening of hope at the 8th Annual "Taste Of Hope Wine Dinner," on March 20th. Among those gathered included Sun Broadcast Group's CEO, Jason Bailey with Country Music Superstar, Taylor Swift (shown). The event was held at the elegant THREE SIXTYº in the heart of New York City, members partnered with City of Hope to save lives through their fundraising support for a great cause. This event presented silent and live auctions that featured wines from the world's finest private collections and luxurious international travel.
Anthony Weiner Grabs Hold Of A New Gig
Maria Menounos Leaving 'Extra' - [US]
Ricky Gervais Wants To Do 'Spinal Tap' Style TV Show - [RADIO TIMES]
Nick Cannon Photo For New 'White People Party Music' Draws Fire - [CLUTCH]
'Entourage' Continues Filming Despite Kevin Connolly Breaking Leg Playing Football - [DEADLINE]
Clooney Ex, Stacy Keibler Already Pregnant With New Hubby - [E ONLINE]
Scott Disick RISES To The Occasion On Walk To Drug Store - [GLOBAL GRIND]
Check Out ABC TV's Summer Premiere Shows & Dates - [TV GUIDE]
Scarlett Johansson Cover WSJ And We Are So Pleased - [WSJ]
Anthony Weiner Joins 'Business Insider' As Political Columnist - [BUSINESS INSIDER]
TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'X-Men Days of Future Past' + Poster - [SLASH]
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Morning Show's Burning Money Bit Draws Heat [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– When a radio story makes The Daily Mail, you can bet it's kind of a big deal. Chalk up one more for Newcap's 90.3 AMP Radio Calgary (Yup, the same company that brought you 'Win A Baby,' 'No Bieber Airplay Until He Gets Help,' just to name a few). This one involves Ryan Lindsay and Katie Summer (below) who handle morning on 90.3 AMP. Their contest 'Bank it or Burn it' lets listeners decide if a certain amount of money should be torched or given away to a listener. Voting is done through text messaging, Twitter, Facebook or the station's mobile app. When they posed the most recent question, 54% of their listeners voted to burn the cash. So last Friday, Ryan and Katie piled the cash into a pet crematory and watched it go up in smoke. As expected, this prompted outrage from many on their Facebook page citing what this money could do for poverty, changing lives, etc., but Linsay defended the promotion saying it's a fraction of what almost any other entity in this city spends on their marketing costs alone. Plus, he added 'This city made a conscious decision, and we had to stick with what they said because that's what we said we were going to do,' also, if the cash had been given to a listener, Ryan doubts any of it would have gone to charity. "Everybody that was screaming, 'Why didn't you just give me that money, why didn't you give it to a great cause,' had they won it, I'm willing to bet 99% of them would not have donated the $5,000." And if you think people are fired up now, just wait until today when they raise the ante to $10,000. YIKES! WATCH VIDEO HERE
Radio Host's Story Of Kindness Goes Viral; Gets Mention On 'Today Show'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– Other than burning money, an awesome act of kindness can garner international attention as well. That was the case for Tara Jean (below), co-host of Jack's Morning Glory' With Kiah And Tara Jean in Vancouver (shown right). Last week she had taken her kids to a play center. There was another mom there, who had fallen asleep on a bench and Tara Jean says she clearly needed the rest. While the mom slept, Tara looked after the woman’s three year old daughter for an hour, giving her water when she was thirsty, and a hug when she hit her head. Tara posted the story on Facebook that night and it got reposted, plus drew a ton of comments, and liked more than a million times. Tara wrote “It hopefully got into peoples’ brains that they can make a choice to help this week, instead of judge.” She shared the story through a note addressed to the exhausted mother — the first line was “I got you.” This apparently caught the attention of NBC 'Today Show' producers who gave her a mention last Friday. She later posted "I did not actually leave this note for the Mother. In reality, I spoke with her; made sure it was not a medical issue. She was embarrassed. I wrote the "letter" merely as a way to share the experience in the hopes that it would inspire others to do the same. Less Judging, More Helping! ~ Tara Jean - CHECK OUT FACEBOOK POST HERE
L & L Merge WMFX & WARQ Columbia, SC Into Mainstream Rocker; Launch Q93.5
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– L & L Broadcasting of Portland, Oregon announced that Columbia, SC has merged the best music and personalities from Rock93.5 and Classic Rock, Fox 102 to create a powerhouse Mainstream Rock station---the new Fox 102.3! The New Sound of Fox 102.3 features four decades of the best rock music by superstar artists like AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Rock fans are some of the most passionate fans of music and they really appreciate a variety of sounds, eras, and music styles,” said Mike Hartel, L & L’s SVP/Market Manager for Columbia. “Now with the New Sound of Fox 102.3, they can find the very best the rock format has to offer, regardless of when it was made.” “We’ve given Fox 102.3 a complete makeover and all the vital signs are really strong. Not only will it reinvigorate energy and excitement into the station but will also thrive with the live and local team,” added L & L Broadcasting Director of Programming, Scott Mahalick (shown). In a separate release, L & L announced today that Columbia, SC has launched the new Q93.5, “Columbia’s Hit Music.” Q93.5. Mahalick added, “With the recent changes in the Columbia radio landscape, there was a clear opportunity for a Hot Adult Contemporary radio station. We’re thrilled to be able to fill the void and deliver the hits in a focused presentation with live and local talent.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Agase Named VP Sales For 89 WLS & 97.9 The Loop Chicago; Comrex Appoints Joe Torelli Market Development Manager
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced the appointment of radio industry veteran Paul Agase as Vice President of Sales for two of radio’s most iconic stations, Chicago’s 89 WLS (WLS-AM) and 97.9 FM The Loop (WLUP). Agase will be responsible for overseeing all advertising sales for 89 WLS and 97.9 FM The Loop. Agase brings to Cumulus extensive radio sales experience, serving more than 30 years in executive roles within Chicago radio. In his most recent position, Agase led sales efforts for Chicago’s CBS-owned WBBM Newsradio as General Sales Manager. Agase’s career also includes management positions at Chicago radio stations including 670 AM The Score (WSCR), 93 XRT (WXRT), 103.5 KISS FM (WKSC) and B96 (WBBM-FM).“Paul has made a significant impact driving sales for Chicago radio. His talents are an ideal match for Cumulus Chicago’s iconic stations and we are excited to welcome him to the company,” said Jon Pinch, Executive Vice President & Co-Chief Operating Officer. –––––––––Comrex Corporation announced today that Joe Torelli has joined the company as Market Development Manager. In this role, Torelli will spearhead awareness and drive acceptance of the Comrex LiveShot™ products in the broadcast, education, worship and government markets. “Joe’s comes to Comrex with extensive experience on both sides of the broadcast industry starting as a photojournalist at WFLA (Tampa) where he first used Comrex products,” commented Kris Specht, Managing Director of Comrex. “Capitalizing on his field experience there and over a decade at NBC News covering world events, he transitioned to design and delivery of market focused products at Avid, Quantel and most recently Apple, products that became standards in the industry. That background will help Comrex grow the acceptance of the LiveShot products."
Billy Joel To Host Short Term Radio Stint On Satellite [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– Aside from singing doo-wop with Jimmy Fallon, it appears that legendary singer Billy Joel will now try his hand at radio. During his appearance, he teased about his upcoming SiriusXM radio show saying he'll begin hosting a three month show on his own designated satellite channel beginning this Wednesday, March 26th. As for the channel, like other stars who've handled similar stints, he'll share his favorite tracks but admitted he didn't entirely know what he was going to do with it. We're guessing, just like the recent impromptu duet with Jimmy Fallon singing 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' we're guessing he'll do just fine. And just in case you were among the few who missed this classic duet, WATCH HERE
WPHT/Philadelphia's Chris Stigall & Taylor Swift Caught Red-Handed; Lyrics In The Works?
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2014 –– In this day and age of 'selfies', one can never assume where your quick snaps might end up. And if your photo partner happens to be Taylor Swift, inquiring minds could soon draw their own conclusion. But before the gossip rags get a hold of this, here's the real story. Talk behemoth, Chris Stigall of CBS' WPHT/Philadelphia's morning show, took this ultimate 'selfie' last Thursday night while in New York City for the 8th annual City of Hope dinner. He met up with Taylor Swift and no sooner had Chris whipped out his trusty smart phone, Swift and Stigall went into surprised mode and it looked as if they got caught red-handed. Stigall tells Jockline Daily "We actually really hit it off. I think she's already writing lyrics about it!"
Jimmy Kimmel Goes One Up On Ellen With Clintonesque Selfie - [NYDN]
Seth Rogan & James Franco Parody Kimmy & Kanye AGAIN - [PAGE SIX]
UH OH: Sarah Michelle Gellar Canceling Vogue Sub. Over K & K Cover - [US]
Kevin Bacon Performs Unforgettable 'Footloose' Routine On 'The Tonight Show' - [TELEGRAPH]
Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Are Expecting - [E ONLINE]
'Homeland's' James Rebhorn Dead At 65 - [THR]
Amanda Bynes Looking Good In New Photos - [EXTRA TV]
Woman Suing Amanda Bynes & Halle Berry So She Can Pitch TV Show - [GOSSIP COP]
Roseanne Barr Among Judges For Season 8 of 'Last Comic Standing' - [BUDDY TV]
ABC To Launch Another 'Bachelor' Spinoff - [EW]
Nude Yoga Classes Offered To Help Overcome Body Issues And Vulnerability - NSFW: [DAILY MAIL]
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MIX 106.5's Maria Dennis Reveals She's Been Diagnosed With Leukemia [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– Maria Dennis (above center) called into MIX 106.5 Baltimore's Maria and the Mix Morning Show with Reagan and Jon yesterday to explain why she hasn’t been in the studio for the past few days. When Reagan asked, Maria said she had to come clean with her audience and said “I have just been diagnosed with leukemia." She added "Last week, I went in because I needed to get a routine colonoscopy. My blood work came back all over the ballpark, and they didn’t know why. So they did further tests, one thing led to another, and they decided that I have A.L.L., which is leukemia. It was a shock to me. But you know what? I’m going to beat this," said a defiant Dennis. "I’ll be here for at least three weeks. Week one is almost a wrap…I’ve seen my kids, and I walked them in here, and I said, ‘Here’s where I am. Here’s the lobby, you can press the button, go up to this floor, turn the corner, and that’s where I’m going to be. ‘ And I said to them, ‘You know what? I’m going to lose my hair.’ (And I love my hair. I really do love my hair.) But anyway, I brought a hat out and said, ‘Look, this is what I’m going to look like.’ And I put all my hair up in my hat and they were like, ‘Oh, ok, Mommy.’ And if you just look at it like that…hair will grow back," said Dennis. SEND MARIA YOUr WELL WISHES HERE - LISTEN TO ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE - PHOTO/Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Children's Book Council Defends Limbaugh 'Author Of The Year' Pick Amid Protests
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released its author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards and one entry has stirred some protests, according to cnn.com. The fuss stems from its naming of Rush Limbaugh, author of bestselling "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series," as a finalist in this year's competition. Not bending from the blowback, the Council issued a public letter defending its finalist selection process and insisting that the author of the year finalists "are determined solely based on titles’ performances on the bestseller lists. "Some of you have voiced concerns over the selection of finalists from bestseller lists, which you feel are potentially-manipulable indications of the success of a title. We can take this into consideration going forward, but cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact," the organization said in the letter. On yesterday's show, Limbaugh said "We just found out last night that on the New York Times Best-Seller List of March the 30th, ‘Rush Revere and the First Patriots’ will open at number one, and ‘Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims’ moves up to number four," said Rush.
MOTION: CBS Radio Taps Katie Forte As Its Senior Producer For Events/Partnerships; Jason Wolfe Reunites With Former Big Show Host Ordway; Jason Kidd To Lead New Oldie Format Targeting Younger Demos
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– Katie Forte has been named Senior Producer, Strategic Events and Partnerships, CBS radio In this newly created position as part of CBS radio's growing live events division, Forte will play a key role in the development and management of signature programs that provide audiences and advertisers with one of a kind experiences with their favorite artists, sports stars, newsmakers and CBS radio personalities. Additionally, Forte will serve as a liaison with local venues, arenas and CBS RADIO’s current roster of partners in the entertainment industry, while cultivating new business relationships and opportunities. Forte arrives from the Madison Square Garden Company where she was most recently Director, Concerts Marketing, Digital and Social Media. ––––––––– Jason Wolfe (shown), A former executive at WEEI/Boston has joined SportstalkBoston.com as its chief content officer. According to bizjournals.com, his first day will be April 10. There he'll join with former colleague Glenn Ordway, long-time Boston sports radio figure who left the station earlier this year. Sportstalkradioboston.com is an online broadcaster featuring Ordway as well as other former guests, as well as, local radio personality Pete "The Meat" Sheppard — who were regulars on "The Big Show. Ordway’s replacement, Mike Salk, was named shortly after his departure. Salk since resigned and returned to Seattle become a program director at ESPN 710. –––––––––– Former WPGC DC PD Jason Kidd has joined New Generation Radio, a DC-based content development firm that is launching Smash Hits - getsmashhits.com. According to dcrtv.com, Kidd becomes president as well as head advisor/brand and content developer. "Smash Hits is the next generation of oldies without saying the word 'oldies,' says Kidd. There are oldies/classic hit stations that target 50 and over but very few focus on the 30-50 year old demographic. Smash Hits is a format that concentrates on '80s hits with some late '70s and early '90s mixed in."
Dave Ryan Show's Falen Bonsett To Marry Crosstown Morning Host [VIDEO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– In a few short weeks, Falen Bonsett and Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert (R) will be exchanging 'I Do's in what can be best described as a true Minneapolis radio romance. Falen is cohost of KDWB's "The Dave Ryan Show" and he's with KFAN's "The Power Trip"- both owned by CCME. She tells twincities.com, "It wasn't love at first sight. Paul isn't my traditional guy. I'm not into sports. The guys I've dated have been rocker-looking kind of guys. He was different. I thought he was a total weirdo, but he was funny." She adds "When we went on our first date, I just knew," she said. "I just had a feeling I would probably marry him." If you follow Falen on Facebook, you know she's well into her wedding planning. After announcing her engagement on the show, she got hundreds of emails from listeners with wedding suggestions, and she's used a lot of them. And along with the news, come the lame jokes: 'So will your last name be Sauce?' " she said. "Oh, god, I haven't heard that one before," quips Falen. Jockline Daily asked Falen if Mr. Ryan would be in the wedding party, she laughed and said "He will NOT. He keeps trying to walk me down the aisle or perform the marriage. I keep saying NO." WATCH VIDEO HERE - PHOTO/Courtesy of Falen Bonsett
Be "Must Hear" Radio Advises Mark Ramsey To Air Talent
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– Media strategist Mark Ramsey says there are three kinds of air talent: "The kind who owns the audience - The kind who works for a radio station that owns the audience - The kind who shares ownership of the audience with the radio station. Most air talent," says Ramsey, "think they are kinds 1 or 3, that they either own the audience or share ownership. AND MOST ARE WRONG." In Ramsey's blog "Career advice for Radio air talent, he writes that in fact, the vast majority of air talent are either kinds 1 or 2: They either own the audience or they do not at all. Ramsey explains "If you switch from one station to another across town and carry most of your audience with you, you own that audience. If you carry a significant fraction of that audience with you, you share ownership of the audience. And if you carry little of the audience with you, it’s the station’s audience and you just talk to it. Needless to say, the leverage any air talent possesses is directly related to how much or how little they “own” the audience." Ramsey asks: “So what do I do to own the audience?” Be worthy of their devotion. Be that good. Be must-hear." Yes risks may be involved, warns Ramsey, he adds “coasting” is only something you can do in the presence of a stiff breeze. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
VIR2O Teams With V-103 Atlanta For Promo/Marketing Agreement
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 –– WetWinds Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of East Coast Diversified Corporation, announced that it has entered a promotion and marketing agreement with Atlanta's V103 to help introduce its social media platform. Vir2o is an interactive social media platform. It allows users to share content in real time. Unlike most platforms that allow the posting of comments or information to be viewed, Vir2o allow users to invite each other into private settings and share content such as music, photos, live broadcasts and movies or user may go shopping together using its proprietary nVite technology. "What's missing in social media is content, today content is only offered outside of social media whether its movies, music or sports, it's all happening outside of social media, when it's all said and done 'content is king,' hence the volatility in the movement of users between platforms and apps, users are bored and restless. How users get to share content in an engaging way is what Vir2o brings to social media," said Kayode Aladesuyi, ECDC Chairman/CEO. V-103 HOST Greg Street will anchor the introduction of Vir2o to the Atlanta market. Greg Street has been one of the most popular radio personalities in the Atlanta market for almost 20 years. His 6pm-10pm audience is perfect for social media. WVEE has approximately 1.2million listeners in the Atlanta market.
20 Years Later, Seattle Police Take Another Look At Kurt Cobain Death
THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2014 ––
Bandmates Worried About Mick Jagger Following Girlfriend's Suicide - [NYP]
Bachelor's Pablo And Ferrell Seek Counseling In WE TV's Marriage Boot Camp - [US]
Great Niece Of Johnny Cash Found Stabbed To Death In Tennessee - [NYDN]
ESQUIRE: "Kimmel Talks. He Bounces Around, Subject To Subject, Like a Radioman - [ESQUIRE]
First Look At Zoe Saldana With 'Rosemary's Baby' Carriage - [EXTRA TV]
Christian Bale is David Fincher's Pick To Play Steve Jobs In Biopic - [THE WRAP]
Medical Student Auctioning Off Virginity For $400K - [NYDN]
Gaga Urged To Cut Ties With Vomit Artist - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
January Jones Goes Buff In Photo Shoot. Oh Yeah, Says She'd Sleep With Rihanna - [E ONLINE]
Macy Gray To Star In Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire' - [DIGITAL SPY]
Multiple 'Game Of Thrones' Movies Being Considered - [THR]
COVER PHOTO/ Jeff Minton
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iHeart Radio Streaming Endless 'Happy' Loop For 13 Straight Days
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– With a possible cue from San Francisco's 105.7's recent tease of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" played on an endless loop for three days, iHeartRadio has jumped on the looping bandwagon. This time with Pharrell's hit song "Happy" which they're reportedly going to play for 13 days on a dedicated channel. According to mashable.com, the Oscar-nominated song from the film 'Despicable Me 2' will be playing non-stop on a dedicated iHeartRadio station, which began this past Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET and will play until March 31 at midnight. Aside from San Francisco, a Univision station in Albuquerque, N.M. recently looped Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" for four days in a row last month. Of course, the goal of looping Pharrell's "Happy," is actually to promote the United Nation Foundation's International Day of Happiness which is today, March 20th. The organization will promote the movement with the hashtag #happinessday across channels, where people can upload and share photos of what makes them happiest via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Content can also be submitted to 24HoursofHappiness.com.
John Gambling Headed Back To The Airwaves In New York
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– One of New York City's most legendary host, Joh Gambling, who announced his retirement from WOR 710 last December, announced yesterday he'll be returning to Salem's WNYM 970 the Answer on April 14th. According to The New York Daily News, he'll be heard from 11am - 1pm daily following the newly arrived Joe Piscopo and Frank Morano in mornings. on WNYM- 970 AM, The Answer station general manager and vice president Jerry Crowley said Wednesday. "I think when he left WOR he really was done," said WNYM GM Jerry Crowley. "He was set to go. "But listeners missed him. We had many callers who said they used to listen to him on WOR and they didn't know where to go now. "So I begged and begged and it paid off." Gambling will go solo for most of time, being joined occasionally by executive producer Frank Morano. Of note, WNYM broadcasts from the old WOR studios.
Autopsy Confirms Miami Host Betty Pino Died From Surgery To Remove Buttock Implants
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– An autopsy has confirmed that popular Miami radio host Betty Pino, died due to complications during the cosmetic surgery to remove her buttock implants she had gotten years before. According to latinopost.com, information gathered by the autopsy by the Miami-Dade County Forensic Department, which El Nuevo Herald was able to exclusively access, Pino died of sepsis afer complications which arose when her surgeon attempted to remove the silicone implants that had been bothering her.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WAXY Miami Taps Len Weiner As PD; Beverly Brannigan Named VP/GM Journal's Wichita Cluster
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– Lincoln Financial Media of Miami has named Len Weiner as Program Director of Sports/Talk WAXY-AM- 790 The Ticket and WAXY-FM - 104.3, effective March 24. Weiner arrives from Genesis Communications, where he was VP/Programming overseeing stations in Tampa, Orlando and Melbourne since 2011. His previous stops also include management and programming positions at WGN-AM/Chicago, KMPC-AM/Los Angeles and ESPN Radio Network and outlets in Boston and Chicago. "I can't wait to get started at The Ticket," added Weiner. "It's a thrill and honor to join the team and continue to build and grow this great brand." ––––––––––– Beverlee Brannigan has been appointed VP/General Manager of Journal Broadcasting's Wichita operations. She'll oversee KFDI-FM, KICT-FM, KFXJ-FM, KYQQ-FM, KFTI-FM and KLIO-AM. She will also assist Journal's programming efforts as VP/Programming. Brannigan joined Journal in 2001, first as PD in Omaha, then as Operations Manager of the Wichita stations, where she also served as Program Director at KFDI-FM. She has served as VP/Programming of Journal since 2012. Brannigan was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
Carrie Underwood To Join Cody Alan For Launch Of CMT All Access
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– As CMT All Access with Cody Alan kicks off this weekend on more than 100 affiliates nationwide, the one-hour, Country music and entertainment program will welcome six-time Grammy Award winning Country artist Carrie Underwood. The Premiere Networks syndicated program featuring the latest news, information and interviews with artists, along with the best in Country music, will originate from the CMT Radio studio in Nashville and will also be available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service. Among the stations debuting the program this weekend are: WSIX-FM in Nashville, Tenn., WMZQ-FM in Washington, D.C., WUBL-FM in Atlanta, Ga., KNIX-FM in Phoenix, Ariz., KEEY-FM in Minneapolis, Minn., and WFUS-FM in Tampa, Fla.
Josh Turner & Blake Shelton Fill In On WWO's Country Countdown USA
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– It's an all-star weekend on WestwoodOne's Country Countdown USA. ACM's “National Personality of the Year” Lon Helton has a rare weekend off. In his place is platinum recording star Josh Turner. His co-host is actually co-host of this year's ACM awards, country superstar Blake Shelton. The two shared stories about Blake's role as a coach on NBC-TV's The Voice, his wife Miranda Lambert, and their friends in the CCUSA Top 30. Blake's current hit, "Doin' What She Likes," is in this week's Top 5. In addition, Josh and Blake look ahead to next month's ACM Awards, being held on April 6 in Las Vegas.
TOP NEWS FROM THE UK
Noel Edmond's BBC Takeover Plan
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2014 –– Noel Edmonds' (L) BBC takeover plan – Deal or No Deal? The host of our version of ‘Deal or No Deal’, Noel Edmonds says he would shave the BBC’s budget if he and a group of investors were successful in their plan to buy it. According to Edmonds, the BBC is sailing towards inevitable disaster. He says that he and a group of investors want to buy the corporation and run it as a private enterprise, saying that a renewal of the licence fee agreement would be "as futile as giving medicine to a corpse." Continuing his cheery message, the former Beeb presenter said: "The long-suffering British public deserve better. BBC management has pursued an expansionist strategy that defies logic".
Kid Jensen joins BBC Sussex and Surrey BBC - Sussex and BBC Surrey has hired in some well-known cover presenters for the next few weeks, including David Kid Jensen. The Kid, most recently host of Smooth Radio’s afternoon drive show, will cover the Saturday Mid-Morning Show on 19th and 26th April. David started his career at Radio Luxembourg, before moving to BBC Radio 1. He then went on to present at stations including Capital and Heart.
Absolute Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Absolute Radio Partners With Universal Produce Elton John Biopic - Elton John's 1973 breakthrough album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' 40 years on. The radio documentary will be produced and hosted by Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, founder and presenter of 'Classic Album Sundays'. The joint venture with Universal will include interviews with Elton and song writing partner Bernie Taupin. A never-before broadcast live performance from 1973 will air directly afterwards. 'Classic Album Sundays: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' will air on Absolute on 23 March from 9pm, with 'Elton John: Live from Hammersmith' broadcasting between 9 pm and10pm the same evening, for the first time.
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Jane Fonda & Lilly Tomlin To Star In Netflix Comedy - [THE GUARDIAN]
Dwight Yoakam With Recurring Role On Season 2's 'Under The Dome?' - [EW]
FX Brings 'The Comedians' To TV Starring Billy Crystal - [THE COMICS COMIC]
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Chris Brown In Solitary Confinement - [TMZ]
Naomi Campbell Covers 'Shape' Ever So Nicely - [CLUTCH]
John Mayer Suing Charlie Sheen's Publicist Over Alleged Fake Watches - [CA.CELEBRITY]
Anna Kendrick To Make SNL Hosting Debut Next Month - [E ONLINE]
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[LISTEN] ESPN'S Michelle Beadle Accepts Invite To Jack Jablonski's Prom
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Jack Jablonski (R)is a high school senior who made national sports headlines in 2011 when he was paralyzed from the chest down after being checked into the boards head-first during a high school hockey game... and Jack Jablonski is also host of his own weekly radio show, "Hockey Night in Minnesota" on Cumulus' Sports Radio 105 "The Ticket". During his show last Wednesday, Jablonski joined former Vikings offensive lineman Mike Morris and Pioneer Press columnist Bob Sansevere. ESPN anchor Michelle Beadle was also on the air with them, having been booked for the second time by Jablonski. After some hockey talk, the mood changed as Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" started to play. The 18-year-old Minneapolis celebrity asked Beadle to his high school prom-- and she accepted! PD Scott Jameson said: "Jack's inspirational story illustrates how a positive outlook on life and a true love of sports can lead to new opportunities. Jack impressed us with his maturity and ability to deliver quality hockey commentary. We're offering him a chance to explore the media business to see if it's something he may pursue in college and beyond." If you have questions or would like to contact Scott Jameson at "The Ticket", he may be reached at 612.617.4099 or at 317-370-5309. His email address is: email@example.com. LISTEN HERE
BAY WATCH: KFOG Announces New Lineup; World Series Champ Aubrey Huff Joins For Morning On 95.7 The Game
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– KFOG 104.5/97.7 announced changes to the station’s programming line up today. Renee Richardson (L) will take over as Morning Show host (6A-10A, Weekdays). Richardson is a longtime favorite of Fogheads (aka listeners), having been on the station for 18 years as co-host in morning drive and more recently as midday host. “As on-air personality and Music Director for KFOG, Renee connects on many levels with the Fogheads”, said Cumulus Vice President/San Francisco Market Manager Steve Sklenar. “Her authenticity, candor and connection with listeners will make her perfect for their morning routine.” KFOG also announced the return of beloved midday host, Annalisa (10A-3P, Weekdays). Annalisa started her career in San Francisco on KFOG shortly after she arrived from her native Boston, and remained for 18 years. She returns after a short hiatus and is excited to be back. “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like KFOG, there’s no better radio family than the Fogheads”, said Annalisa – who added that she’s especially excited to dig back into her record cellar as host of KFOG’s one-of-a-kind specialty show, 10@10 – 10 great songs from one great year. (Aired weekdays at 10am and replayed at 10pm). Both will start their new shows beginning Monday, March 10. Rounding out the day will be Webster (3 to 7p, Weekdays) and Dred Scott (7p to 12a, Weekdays). –––––––––––– 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), announced today a major new addition to their recently launched morning show. Starting Monday, March 31st, two-time World Series Champion and former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff joins the morning team of Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend. Huff, who retired from baseball in 2013, previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants.
MOTION: Toronto's 102.1 The Edge Announces New Lineup; Former Host Throws Himself A 'Hey I Got Fired' Roast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Corus Radio Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge, has announced a diverse new weekday lineup of on-air personalities to bring the best of music, pop culture, irreverent humour and topical engaging entertainment to audiences. The new station roster makes its debut Monday, March 31. Morning drive will be hosted by Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Most recently, Dominik hosted The Dominik Diamond Morning Show on Halifax’s Radio 96.5 and hosted evenings on the Edge’s brother station Q107. Josie is no stranger to the Edge. She has been the station’s midday announcer and host of the nationally syndicated Josie’s Top 20. She has also been the host of Oh So Cosmo on Cosmopolitan TV. Handling middays is Carlos Benevides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon drive will be co-hosted by “Fearless” Fred Kennedy and Melani “Mel” Mariani from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adam Ricard rides evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight. The changes come following the cancellation of The Dean Blundell Show in January. Speaking of Blundell, in the wake of his firing, he's throwing himself a roast. According to ocanada.com, Blundell has organized a roast for himself at Toronto’s Sound Academy on April 5 designed as a relaunch of his career following his cancellation. According to the Bureau of Broacast Measurement, quarterly ratings for 102.1 the Edge have declined by about one-third in the target demographics — down from a 16 per cent to 9.3 per cent share among males 18-34 and down a 7.5 per cent to 5.3 per cent share among males 25-54 — since Blundell’s morning show was “suspended” in December.
Canadian Politico Gets Canned After Revealing (S)ex Habits On Radio Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– In case you ever wondered why Jockline Daily loves to keep you in the loop on international radio news, here's yet another reason: According to thetorontosun.com, Sebastien Trudel and Marc-Antoine Audette of CKOI/Quebec City, known best as The Masked Avengers, were joined on Monday by Audrey Croteau (R), 24, who took part in a contest. She didn't reveal her last name, but made it clear she was an attache for the local candidate in Quebec City's Charlesbourg riding. While on the air she revealed she once kissed another girl in a bar and once had (s)ex in a hot tub. If that weren't enough, she also admitted visiting (s)ex shops once a month and that she owns two sex toys. This was new ground for the morning duo who gained international notoriety for prank calls to the likes of Donald Trump, Britney Spears and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, as Croteau was the one calling them. Following the broadcast, a spokesman for CAQ Leader Francois Legault said Croteau has been fired. "She was let go for her lack of judgment," said Jean-Francois Del Torchio. She becomes the second CAQ member to embarrass the party during a campaign leading up to an April 7 election. Fellow politco, Steven Fleurent, who posted several Facebook photos of himself on a toilet, and showing his rear end in a crowd, was not fired with Legault saying Fleurent's photos were a "youthful indiscretion." HUH??
Detroit's NASH FM 93.1 Throws Free Concert
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Detroit's all new NASH FM 93.1, is thanking their fans in a big way by hosting a FREE concert at The Fillmore Detroit on Wednesday, March 26. It’s the NASH FM 93.1 "Free for All Country" concert. It will be a night full of music from some of the best country stars including Big and Rich (L), Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Eric Paslay, Brett Eldredge, The Cadillac Three, all hosted by "Kickin' It With Kix" host Kix Brooks. All tickets are FREE to the public. Cumulus will eventually have more than 60 owned-and-operated Country stations operating under the NASH brand. Cumulus launched the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in January of this year starting with the flagship NASH FM 94.7 in New York City. In addition to local Country radio stations and live programming originating from Nashville, NASH will include NASH magazine, concerts/events, online content and television programming.
Youth Pastor Nails Victory In 1080 The FAN’s Hunt For The Host Competition
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– “ESPN Sports Radio 1080 The FAN” (KFXX) announced station listener Keith Hill as the winner of the Hunt For The Host competition on Friday afternoon. Hill, a youth pastor at Well Community Church, earned a one-year contract with The FAN. He bested a field of more than 160 contestants, emerging from a series of broadcasting-related competitions, most in front of a live audience, to earn a host slot for a weekly program on The FAN. "I entered to teach my daughter, Gabby, that you should always chase your dreams,” Keith stated. “I honestly didn't think I'd even make it to the round of 16, but after that first audition, I started to believe I could win. The whole thing is still surreal, but I’m one of those lucky few who can mean it when I say that I am living the dream.” Hunt For The Host consisted of four-weeks of open auditions at Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the Portland and Vancouver area, followed by four weekly elimination shows, aired on The FAN in front of a live audience. The competition culminated with a week-long series of in-studio duties for the top two finalists before a winner was announced. In addition to consideration from a rotating panel of judges from the FAN staff, Hunt for the Host also generated more than 30,000 listener text votes.
Geronimo Show To Return With Podcast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Following a short return to Wash. D.C. terrestrial radio which recently ended, Don Geronimo (L) wasted no time planning for his return set for April 1st, via paid subscription podcast. dcrtv.com had been hinting for weeks of his return and finally posted the official word that the DC radio vet would be launching his subscription podcast on the RELM Network. "The Don Geronimo Show" will be presented live for two hours, Monday through Friday, starting in early April at dongeronimopodcast.com. The cast includes Don Geronimo, co-host Drew Hoffar, their sidekick, Joe Ardinger, and features regular appearances by longtime pal and newsman Buzz Burbank. The show will be available by subscription for a monthly, quarterly or annual package that features a discount for early subscribers. According to a RELM release, is states "Geronimo looks forward to doing the show he's always wanted to do, without interference from corporate radio executives or the FCC rules that quashed the medium's spontaneity and fun." Buzz Burbank is a partner in and co-founder of the RELM Network, along with Marc Ronick and Lowell Melser. With the addition of "The Don Geronimo Show," the RELM Network now features 17 shows, including "Buzz Burbank News And Comment," "The Kirk McEwen Show," and "The Marc And Lowell Show.
KZPT-FM/Kansas City's Brady Goodman Chosen As Finalist In Benztown Competition
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Benztown announced that imaging specialist Brady Goodman, Imaging Director of KZPT-FM/Kansas City, has been chosen as finalist in the third annual Iron Imager Contest, an international radio imaging contest where production professionals compete for cash and other prizes and the coveted title of World’s Best Imager. Goodman will face off against Iron Imager 2013 titleholder, Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York, in a head-to-head live competition on April 3rd at the Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood. Goodman and Kelly will demonstrate their world-class imaging skills using audio ingredients handpicked from Benztown’s 20 production libraries, paired with contestants’ original scripts. Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. Benztown also announced the Iron Imager Contest judges as Justin Chase, VP of Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group; Jake Kaplan, Creative Services Director, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles; and Jimmy Steal, VP of Programming, Emmis National Digital Program Director/Power 106 PD. Benztown is making donations to the charity of each judge’s choice. The charity that Chase has chosen is Children’s Miracle Network; Kaplan’s chosen charity is The Trevor Project; and Steal’s charity of choice is the American Cancer Society.
K-Earth's Gary Bryan Awards Prize To Listener As 4.4 Earthquake Rocks L.A.; Talks To Fabled TV Host [AUDIO]
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– As you probably heard (or felt), the L.A. Area was rocked by a 4.4 earthquake yesterday. And while most social media offered a number of live TV shots of on-camera hosts ducking under their desk during the rumble, there were obviously numerous radio hosts experiencing the same effects. Among them, CBS K-Earth's Gary Bryan (R) who, as luck would have it, was in the middle of a prize give-away when the earthquake hit. As Bryan congratulates the contestant, she interrupts with 'Oooh, earthquake.. earthquake.. you feel that?" "It's a big one," says Bryan. Producer Brandon Castillo says "Look at the TV." The listener then says "Wow Gary.. see what happens when I win something." Castillo tells Jockline Daily "Our studios rocked real good ,but not much noise was made…. We’re in a 30 story office building and it’s on rollers…
Jim Kerr Hits 40 Year Mark On-Air In New York City
KOMO News Copter Crash Leaves Two Dead
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2014 –– Two people were killed and one critically injured when A KOMO Seattle news helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning near the Space Needle, according to komonews.com. Among the fatalities, included Longtime KOMO photographer Bill Strothman (R) and pilot Gary Pfitzner. After retiring from KOMO, Strothman had freelanced and worked an employee of the helicopter leasing company that operates the KOMO News chopper. A witness said he saw the chopper in trouble in the air near the helipad."It looked like it got hung up on some cables, and before you know it - boom! - it dropped dropped to the street," he said. Another witness said the helicopter lifted about 5 feet and looked like it was about to clear the building when it tilted. It looked like it was trying to correct itself and then took a dive downward. "Next thing I know, it went into a ball of flames," he said. The helicopter that crashed was not the regular KOMO helicopter but a temporary replacement for one that's in the shop for an upgrade. PHOTOS/KOMO
MOTION: Chuy Gomez Returns To Bay Area Radio; Jill Bucco Joins 101.9 AMP Orlando; Jay Michaels Named PD For KVIL 103.7 Dallas; TheBlaze Radio Network Expands Saturday Lineup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– Following some serious stuntage at Univision's Latin Mix 105.7 FM over the last four days, they finally announced that 105.7 was becoming a new hip-hop and R&B station for the Bay Area and that longtime KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez (shown), who left last year amid much outcry, would be returning to handle afternoon drive. According to blogs.sfweekly, Gomez hasn't been heard since last August, nor was he replaced. In a release it states that "Chuy Gomez will be on air from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and started today at 5 p.m. –––––––––––– CBS Radio's 101.9 AMP Radio Orlando has filled its afternoon slot with Jill Bucco who arrives from Q105/Tampa where she had been working part-time after moving from her longtime post at WMC/FM100)Memphis. ––––––––––– Jay Michaels, certainly no stranger to Dallas, has been named PD at KVIL 103.7 FM in Dallas. Michaels most recently programmed Clear Channel's crosstown cluster Hot AC KDMX 102.9 FM Now and Alternative KDGE 102.1 FM The Edge. "I'm so excited to join the incredible team at KVIL," Michaels said. "As a Texan, and as someone who lives this format, this is a dream job for me. I'm ready to help take KVIL to new heights!" ––––––––– TheBlaze Radio Network expands its Saturday lineup. New shows from television personalities Will Cain & S.E. Cupp (L), veteran talk radio host Mike Slater and long time radio & television producer Mike Opelka. TheBlaze Radio Network's VP/Programming Dom Theodore said, "This new Saturday lineup underscores The Blaze Radio Network's commitment to original programming. They join the existing talent roster of Chris Salcedo and Joe Pags. 1
Khloe Kardashian Pulls Plug On Interview, Calls Co-Host 'F***king Desperate'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– Producer Alert: If you have Khloe Kardashian on as a guest, use caution if asking about Kimmy's baby. This was apparently the case yesterday (or was it today?) when Australia's Sunrise Radio/TV co-host, Sam Armytage (R) asked the uber star about her sister Kimmy's bay, North West. According to aninews.com, producer Michael Pell told the paper that Khole's people were a little concerned about the line of questioning they were going to take before she came on air. And once the question was raised, KK quickly pulled the plug on the interview. The station then tweeted after the screen went dark saying that Khloe's appearance was cut short due to Armytage's line of questioning. And in true Twitter form, Khloe then fired back her own Twitter shot at Sunrise in a series of tweets calling them "so f***ing desperate." This was later followed with “Sorry KhloMoney took my phone,”
Widow Of Philly Radio Legend Sues Hospital For Wrongful Death
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– The widow and family of the late E. Steven Collins (R), longtime Philadelphia host and civic leader, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying its staff failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall, according to philly.com Their attorneys say Collins arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8 with the classic symptoms of a heart attack, pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints. They admit he promptly and properly received an electrocardiogram, but instead of treating Collins immediately with the standard blood-thinning and artery-opening drugs like aspirin, nitroglycerin and heparin, an emergency-room doctor ordered a drug that lowered his blood pressure so much that his heart couldn't recover. Although the hospital staff prepared to transfer him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Collins' condition worsened, and doctors declared him dead that morning at 12:09 a.m. The suit was filed by Collins' widow, Lisa Duhart-Collins. At the time of his death, Collins worked for Radio One as director of urban marketing and external relations and host of a weekly show, Philly Speaks on Old School 100.3.
Dr. Daliah Launches FROST Fundraising Challenge
Host Bringing In Most Proceeds Awarded $1,000 Prize And 2014 Winner Recognition
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– Syndicated radio host and practicing physician, Dr. Daliah (L), was nominated Woman of the Year, through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) due to her fundraising ability and desire to raise money for children and families afflicted with blood cancer. As part of this challenge, Dr. Daliah has decided to host a contest among radio hosts that can help her raise even more money for such a great cause. Hoping to make this challenge an annual contest, Dr. Daliah is challenging you all to compete for top FROST (Fundraising Radio Host). The radio host who brings in the most proceeds will be awarded a prize valued $1000, a plaque, and recognition as the 2014 FROST winner. Runner ups will be recognized as well. The FROST Contest will start April 14th and end May 10th, with all moneys in by May 15th. Winners will be announced June 1st. Having done many of these fundraising campaigns, Dr. Daliah can give you tips and easy ideas for results. Moreover, any tax information needed to be forwarded to donors will be provided. Please message Dr. Daliah at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1 to enter this awesome contest. We'll be saving lives and have a fun time doing it.
'Floydian Slip' Teams With Envision Network
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® has entered into a partnership with Random Precision Media LLC (RPM) of Shelburne, VT to handle network ad sales for its weekly radio program, Floydian Slip. They'll handle network ad sales for the show's growing network of terrestrial affiliate stations in the United States and Canada. RPM retains all other duties, including production, distribution, marketing and affiliate relations, as well as ad sales for non-terrestrial and foreign affiliates. "Selling the show's network inventory is the culmination of 25 years of work," said Floydian Slip host and RPM proprietor Craig Bailey. "We're excited to be partnering with Envision Networks to take Floydian Slip to the next step." Floydian Slip is heard on more than 50 stations in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, England, Japan, Malta and New Zealand. In December the show entered the nation's third largest market, Chicago, when WFXF 103.9 FM in Crystal Lake, IL signed on. The Baltimore market came on-board shortly after, with WRNR 103.1 FM, Annapolis, MD. For more information, visit www.floydianslip.com or by contacting email@example.com or (260) 67-FLOYD. Or, contact Danno Wolkoff at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW Sacramento's Todd Baker Downs 4 1/2 Glasses Of Wine To Promote St. Patrick's Day Safety
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2014 –– Somehow lost in the myriad of yesterday's radio's St. Patty's Day funnery, were those like Todd and Nina of NOW 100.5 Sacramento, who put aside the fun and games for a drinking and driving reality check. They invited the California Highway Patrol into the NOW studios to cousel on the effects of drinking and driving. Todd attempted to drink socially throughout the broadcast and get a breathalyzer approximately every 30 minutes to show the effects of alcohol. "You might not be slurring your speech or falling down, but you can still be over the legal limit and unsafe to drive,' says Baker. After 4 & 1/4 glasses in 2 hours and 45 mins my final blow resulted in a blood- alcohol level of .16 WATCH VIDEO HERE
CCME Unveils New Major Market Operating Group; Schurr Exits
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2014 –– CCME announced the creation of a Major Markets Operating Group. It will consist of four divisions under leaders who will report directly to Bob Pittman, Clear Channel’s Chairman and CEO. The group will consist of four divisions led by Hartley Adkins, Executive Vice President; Tom McConnell, Executive Vice President; Kelly Kibler, Senior Vice President; and Greg Ashlock, formerly President of Clear Channel Los Angeles, who will now expand his responsibilities as President of Clear Channel Southern California. Matt Martin will continue in his position as President of Regional Markets. “As a company we continue to assess every aspect of our operations to make sure we have the right structure in place to efficiently and effectively leverage our position as the country’s leading multi-platform media and entertainment company,” said Pittman. “Our Major Markets Operating Group will collaborate with our local market management to oversee our entire spectrum of media and entertainment platforms in our largest and highest revenue-generating markets. This includes everything from our core broadcast radio and its strong digital platform, whose traffic has doubled in the last year, and the extremely successful iHeartRadio digital platform – to events and our expanded coordination with Clear Channel Outdoor, all of which we are increasingly mobilizing to benefit our national and local advertising partners.” The company also announced today that Tom Schurr, President of Operations for Major Markets, has left the company.
MOTION: Atlanta's Rich 'Sully' Sullivan Takes Middays At 640 WGST And The Scotty & Riley Show Debuts On Power 96.1
[WATCH] Video Surfaces Of Infamous Golf Shot Off Model's Rear End
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2014 –– In a story Jockline Daily first reported last week involving themodel who's suing radio host Kevin Klein of the Playboy Morning Show after a radio bit went terribly wrong, video has now surfaced from the event. A YouTube video show Elizabeth Dickson at The Playboy Golf Finals (an amateur golf tournament in California) lying flat on her stomach with her buttocks partially exposed to holding the tee and a golf ball. She complied with the request to strategically place a golf tee between her rear cheeks along with the ball. Allegedly, Kevin Klein was supposed to act like he was going to hit the ball for a photo op', but he ended up (no pun intended) taking a swing, hitting fat (golf term for hitting below the ball - I swear it) and resulting in a giant purple bruise (inset) on Dickson's right cheek. She's now suing Kline and Playboy Enterprises for $500,000 plus punitive damages and claims in a copy of the lawsuit reviewed by MailOnline that she gave no consent for the ball to actually be hit and that she has suffered pain, worrying and anxiety as a result of the incident. PHOTOS/myjoyonline - Facebook
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