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WOR's Todd Schnitt & William Shatner Go At It On Twitter

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– Unless you've been asleep at the wheel for the last couple of days, you're most likely well aware of the kerfuffle raised by William Shatner's decision to skip his longtime Star Trek shipmate Leonard Nimoy's funeral and continue with a charity appearance in South Florida. Shatner tweeted on Sunday "I can't make it back in time. I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried." A New York tabloid even labeled him 'Captain Jerk,' Also weighing in the controversy, WOR-AM morning-show host Todd Schnitt who tweeted: "Do Red Cross event and then private jet to LA." Shatner picked up on it and responded: "I must have missed your email about underwriting the arrangement and payment for this," adding, "A jet from FL to LA is about $30K." At one point, Schnitt tweeted that if money was an object he would cover the expense. Shatner tweeted back That he must have missed that tweet and asked that he resend cc details. See all of the exchanges HERE

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Hubbard's WILV-FM Chicago Rebrands As WSHE 100.3

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– Hubbard Chicao's WILV-FM has rebranded as 100.3 WSHE-FM targeted toward 25-54 year olds. Hubbard's VP/Market Manager, John Gallagher said, “WILV has enjoyed tremendous success over the past several years and has been a top market performer utilizing an on air position of simply Chicago’s 100.3. In order to expand on that success, we believe these new call letters and moniker (SHE) will make us more memorable in the minds of Chicago Radio listeners. Program Director, Marty Bender (L) told his staff, “This evolution allows us to refine our musical position to a new and less predictable place. WSHE is redefining Adult Contemporary radio for 2015 and beyond.” Hubbard Radio Senior VP of Programming, Greg Solk added, “With our existing market dominators, THE MIX and The Drive, Hubbard Radio Chicago is now poised to have three of the biggest adult radio brands in the market with today’s launch of SHE.” 1

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MOTION: Doug McIntyre Returns to 77 WABC New York; Rita Cosby To Host New Weekend Show

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– 77 WABC announces that Doug McIntyre will take over afternoons on beginning Wednesday, March 4 at 5pm. He'll host "Right Now with Doug McIntyre," a new hour-long talk show. As a native New Yorker, McIntyre brings with him a deep understanding of the tri-state area's most pressing issues and how they relate to the national headlines of the day. McIntyre created the hugely successful "Red Eye Radio" in 2000, first as a one-time post-election recap and then as a local overnight show in Los Angeles, expanding to become a nationally syndicated program in early 2010 with 77 WABC as one of its flagship stations. McIntyre also previously hosted "Talking the News" on 77 WABC starting in 2009, a weekday morning show that aired before "Imus in the Morning." McIntyre will continue as host of "McIntyre in the Morning" on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles while hosting "Right Now" live daily on 77 WABC.

In related news, 77 WABC announced that Rita Cosby will host a new weekend talk show, “The Rita Cosby Show”. The show will debut on 77 WABC on Sunday, March 8. With the news, comes word that last Friday marked the final day of Cosby’s weekday afternoon drive show, “The Ride Home with Rita Cosby”. Craig Schwalb, Program Director, WABC Radio New York said: "Rita has been a phenomenal asset to afternoon drive on WABC over the last year. Rita has decided that her TV commitments and international speaking engagements require her to spend more time away from her daily show. But thankfully, she wants to continue to be a part of the WABC family.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Promotes Donna Baker To Midwest Regional VP And Names Peter Bowen VP/Market Mgr. Chicago; Chad Lopez Appointed VP/Market Mgr. Cumulus New York

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that it has promoted Donna Baker to Midwest Regional Vice President. Baker rises from her position as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Chicago. In her new role, Baker will oversee Cumulus’ station operations in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Des Moines, and will be based in Kansas City. Baker has previously served Cumulus as Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s Houston and Kansas City stations. Lew Dickey, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cumulus said: “Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success over the past eight years. We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role as Midwest Regional Vice President.”

Concurrently, Cumulus announced that 20-year Chicago radio veteran Peter Bowen has been named Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Chicago. Bowen joins Cumulus from CBS Radio, where he was Senior Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s six radio stations in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Bowen worked for CBS Radio Chicago for 16 years, serving as Senior Vice President/General Manager of WBBM-FM and WJMK-FM, and as Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s Chicago stations.

Cumulus also announces that it has appointed New York media executive Chad Lopez to Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus New York. Lopez comes to Cumulus from 14 years at CBS Radio, where he was General Sales Manager, 1010 WINS, CBS-AM. He also served CBS Radio New York as Director of Sales, WCBS-AM/1010 WINS and WFAN/Yankees Baseball. Prior to that, he was Senior Media Buyer for Dom Camera and Associates for five years.

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REPORT: Google Considering Ranking Search Results On Accuracy

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– If you are among the many who've occasionally been burned after picking up a bizarre story off the internet that later proved inaccurate, or even a hoax, there may be good news on the way. According to Gossip Cop, a site who takes pride in separating fact from fiction, are now reporting that Google which controls an incredible amount of Web traffic, is reportedly considering a new approach to ranking search results based on an outlet’s adherence to the facts rather than the number of inbound links it gets. Google currently operates in a way that often rewards “unique” content, regardless of whether that content is valid or accurate. It’s one of the reasons something like a phony death hoax (or stories like Emma Watson dating Prince Harry) can spread so quickly. Under the current rules, an outlet that makes up a crazy or sensational story is rewarded on Google when other outlets race to link to it. This is partly what’s made sites that basically make up news stories so successful. Google researchers have presented a new report outlining potential new tweaks to the company’s search algorithm that could help put an end to viral hoaxes by using a “Knowledge-Based Trust” Score to measure how trustworthy an outlet is before ranking search results. The potential changes would theoretically reward sites with a track record of accurate reporting (like Gossip Cop) instead of sites that sometimes publish whatever they want without consequences. Gossip Cop adds, whether these changes are actually implemented remains to be seen, but they are hopeful that Google and other search engines do indeed pursue an approach that benefits the outlets doing their best to get things right.

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FORMATICS: B93 Returns To KOSO-FM Modesto

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– – iHeartMedia Modesto announced today that B93 will return to KOSO-FM, effective immediately. Dennis Martinez, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Modesto said, "B93 has a long history in the market and we know our listeners will be thrilled to have it back." B93' lineup will feature: Valentine in The Morning 5 – 10:00 a.m. Angela Cortez 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. John Chimpo 3 – 8:00 p.m. Modesto’s Hit Music 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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[LISTEN] Kevin Pollack Reveals Six Words To Help You Sound Like Jason Statham

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– Kevin Pollack is, by far, one of radio's favorite guest. And there's a good reason: he not only does spot-on impressions, but he also isn't shy about his observations of radio. Coming out of a break, he jokes 'For the fourteen people still listening after the nine-minute commercial break...." This week while visiting Miami's Paul and Young Ron Show, in addition to his usual myriad of impressions, he gave them a six word instructional on how to do the perfect Jason Statham (inset) impersonation. You'll have to trust your own skills for puling this off, but it's worth a try. if you need a god morning laugh, LISTEN HERE

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Eva Longoria Joins Piolin Book Launch Reception

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo and his friend, actress Eva Longoria joined last weekend at a reception for his new book, which debuts today! The book, "Speak Up! Finding My Voice Through Hope, Strength and Determination" is published by Penguin/Celebra and drops today in English and Spanish versions, with an epilogue by producer Emilio Estefan. Piolin will host a book signing today at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in L.A. from 8:00-9:00pm. The book is available on Amazon or at: www.elshowdepiolin.net! Piolin's new morning show debuted with 40 U.S. affiliates.

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WANTED: Quick-Witted Entertainer

THE MOUTH, MARCH 3RD, 2015 –– We are looking for a quick-witted, comedic minded entertainer who has natural observational skills and a background in stand-up comedy, comedic acting, improv and natural timing. If your friends think you're hysterical, you're the funniest person at any event, or you have a twisted view of life; this job's for you. Send Video links of your work and resume to comedysearch15@gmail.com. An Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

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7Savannah Guthrie To Fill In On NBC's Nightly News; Judge Judy Stayin' Put Through 2020

 

Judge Judy Staying Put Through 2020 - [CNN]

Savannah Guthrie To Fill In ON NBC Nightly News - [MEDIAITE]

YouTube Music Awards Winners Announced - [TUBE FILTER]

Madonna To Play Ellen For A Whole Week - [BILLBOARD]

Bill Gates Tops World's Wealthiest And Then Some - [THE WRAP]

AOL Unveils Cast And Premiere Date For First Long Form Series - [THE VIDEO LINK]

Is Maggie Smith Leaving 'Downtown Abbey' - [E ONLINE]

Cameron Diaz Covers Cosmo's Love Your Body UK Issue - [COSMOUK]

Taylor Swift To Be Godmother To 'Heart Of Dixie' Star - [RUMOR FIX]

Jared Leto Get Locks Sheared For 'Joker' Role - [JOBLO]

Google Considers Ranking Search Results On Accuracy - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] First 'Get Hard' Trailer - WARNING: NSFW - [EW]

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Study Reveals Continued Dominance Of AM/FM In Cars

Over 9 In 10 Want How They Operate Their Car Radio to Remain Unchanged

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– A research study conducted by Ipsos Research makes it clear that AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment option in the car. While consumers use new streaming services, virtually all consumers ­ 99% -- are comfortable with the current AM/FM in-car radio operation. And 91% of consumers say they prefer physical AM/FM radio buttons and controls built into the car dashboard, rather than AM/FM being an app that appears in the car's electronic interface (with only 9% saying they would want it changed into a dashboard app).

An additional eye-opening finding was that while AM/FM radio remains paramount in the car, consumers use their in-car CD player three and a half times as much as they use any digital music service. The survey also detailed other facts highlighting the unparalleled importance to consumers of AM/FM radio in the car; the demand for digital services is increasing, but they are still behind AM/FM radio, the CD player and satellite radio:

AM/FM radio still dominates in-car listening as the top platform used, with 84% of consumers using it in the car, followed by CD players at 64% -- but radio still maintains a huge leadership position over the next closest service choice, Sirius/XM ­ which had 22%. Pandora was 18%; iHeartRadio was 8%; HD Radio 7%; and Spotify was 7%. · 80% of consumers chose AM/FM car radio as the top option for their car's entertainment system, followed by the CD player at 68%, satellite radio at 45%, and a streaming music service at 34%. The study, conducted by Ipsos for iHeartMedia in January 2015, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1036 adults 18+. 1

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FORMATICS: Memphis' WKIM-FM Has A New Vibe; Dayton’s Fly Flips To Soft Rock 92.9

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– WKIM-FM in Memphis is now its newest Classic Hip Hop station, 98.9 The Vibe. The station formerly known as News Talk 98.9 moved from a News Talk format to Classic Hip Hop. The Vibe launched with wall-to-wall music, and comes on the heels of a number one ratings sweep at Cumulus’ Classic Hip Hop station 93.9 The Beat in Indianapolis. The Vibe has a totally unique take on Hip Hop, and gives Memphis Hip Hop fans big old school Hip Hop hits, mixed with some R&B “throwbacks” from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. The newly branded station also launched its new website, www.989thevibe.com, today. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “The Vibe is designed to capture the spirit and complexity of Memphis. This city has birthed many music types of which this format is one more. 98.9 The Vibe IS classic hip hop."

Alpha Media Dayton, OH announced the rebranding of Miami Valley radio fixture WGTZ - FM from “Fly 92.9” to “Soft Rock 92.9.” Soft Rock 92.9 will continue to play many artists from Fly 92.9’s decades spanning library, fr om the 70’s and 80’s through today. Current on - air hosts Dan Edwards and Danielle will be joined by Dayton radio veteran, Paul Ellis, starting Monday, March 2nd. According to Soft Rock 92.9 Program Director, Brad Waldo (R), Soft Rock 92.9 is WGTZ - FM’s natural evolution. “We have wanted to rebrand our station for a while to reflect the direction our mu sic has been moving in.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jon Lurie Named PD of 99.5 Magic FM Albuquerque

CUMULUS TAPS JON LURIE AS PD OF HERITAGE AC 99.5 MAGIC FM/KMGA ALBUQUERQUE, March 2, 2015— Cumulus announces that Jon Lurie has been named Program Director of heritage AC 99.5 Magic FM (KMGA). This marks a return to the Southwest for Lurie, who previously programmed Cumulus’ Tucson stations for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he had stops at KMLE in Phoenix and WQIK in Jacksonville. Lurie said: "I'm very happy and excited to be joining Cumulus in Albuquerque and working with Mike McVay, Emily Boldon, Jeff Berry, Kris Abrams and the rest of the team. We're gonna make some "Magic" in the Duke City!" Lurie’s first day with KMGA will be March 16th. In addition to programming the station, he will be on the air daily using the name “Jon Allen”.

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Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Goes National With Alliance

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 – Alliance Radio Networks announces that Hispanic radio host Eddie Sotelo— known to millions as “Piolin”--- has launched a new morning show, El Show de Piolin, across 40 radio station affiliates in the U.S, including Entravision’s 14 stations. The show marks a welcomed return to broadcast radio for Piolin, the most widely recognized personality in Hispanic radio. Piolin, best known for empowering his Latino audience to reach great heights, has a growing, passionate and loyal following from listeners of all ages, with huge social media engagement across Facebook at more than 2.1 Million total “Likes”, which places El Show de Piolin in its first month on air as one of the most-liked shows in all of U.S. radio and as the #1 most-liked show in Hispanic radio. El Show de Piolin is a fun, family-friendly program interwoven with the best Regional Mexican music, the latest news and information of interest to Latinos, and a wide range of guests sharing insights and opinions on current issues and trending topics relevant to the Hispanic community.

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Former Cincinnati Host Found Guilty On Lesser Charges

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– Blake Seylhouwer, a former host of 'Compact mall Business' on WKRC/Cincinnati, was found guilty on two counts of negligent assault. According to WCPO-TV, the jury in the case produced its guilty verdict Friday, according to court documents, and was hung on the remaining count of domestic violence count. Seylhouwer had taken the stand in his personal defense who police say shot his wife in August. At the time, Seylhouwer called 911 and told dispatchers he accidentally shot his wife, 28-year-old Misty Seylhouwer. But police concluded that he took out a rifle from his vehicle and either 'pointed it at his wife to scare her or fired it at her when she turned her back to stroll away.' A report showed that the bullet Seylhouwer fired went into the driveway, blowing out a half-dollar size chunk out of concrete. Shrapnel from the bullet and pieces of concrete hit Misty Seylhouwer in the leg, side and head (shown left). In addition to negligent assault, he also faced a charge of domestic violence for the shooting, but that count was declared a mistrial after the jury of nine women and three men couldn't make a unanimous decision. While on the stand, Seylhouwer said “My finger must have hit the trigger. I didn't – I didn't mean to." Patrick Mulligan asked the judge for Blake to be released immediately for time served. Blake has been locked up since Aug. 28, and may be set free if he posts his original bond. Misty left the courthouse shaking and in tears before the verdict was read. She posted several updates to her Facebook page Friday: "I'm going to have a heart attack." "I appreciate the love and support and the sorrow. Today was truly tragic ... I'm beyond devastated. WATCH HERE

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Elvis Duran Moves Into New $8 Million Penthouse

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– Looks like another New York radio host will be getting his own million dollar view of the city's skyline. Make that an '$8 million dollar' view. As reported in January, Premiere syndicated Elvis Duran plopped down a cool $8M to scoop up one of ten Tribeca Penthouses which, according The New York Post, is conveniently within walking distance to Duran's Z100 studios. The nationally syndicated radio host moved in last week, and, according to Page 6, was told the two-story, nearly 4,000-square-foot space was the highest priced unit at the Leonard. It has uptown views, a state-of-the-art sound system , chef’s kitchen and an enormous private roof terrace. Duran has commissioned for all-new custom-made furniture. This follows recent news of his radio colleague, Opie, on SiriusXM, who upgraded his condo in Trump's place for a new, more spacious $6.85 million unit.

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ABC'S 'American Crime' Launches Podcast Series On PodcastOne

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– ABC and PodcastOne announced the launch of a new, original podcast series which takes an in-depth look at the groundbreaking new television drama American Crime, premiering Thursday, March 510/9c on ABC. Each week, The American Crime Podcast, hosted by film critic and radio personality Elvis Mitchell, will feature behind-the-scenes insights and discussion about the program’s riveting suspense and powerful character storylines through candid conversations with the show’s creator and Executive Producer, Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Executive Producer Michael McDonald and stars, and creative talent from the show. The American Crime Podcast will be available on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. “It would be a classic understatement to simply say we are excited about this new partnership with ABC,” said PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz.

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Studio Think Tank Tackles Knowing Your Worth

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– Wise Brother Media has announced the ninth installment of their interactive video feature – Studio Think Tank's Live Video Chat – where expert panel members come together virtually to discuss radio. This month's Live Video Chat – Knowing Your Worth – will take place Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). Panel members Greg Dwyer from Dwyer and Michaels, Eric Rowe from The Roula and Ryan Show, and Zack Jackson from The Zack and Danny Morning Thang will discuss what it takes to know your worth in radio in a time of layoffs, recession, and an overwhelming amount of competition. 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. Visit www.StudioThinkTank.com or Contact Danny Vigil at danny@wisebrother.com for more details.

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REVISED: Dick Purtan's Annual Radiothon Raises $1.3 Million For Salvation Army Drive

THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2015 –– Dick Purtan's annual salvation army bed and bread drive wrapped up last Friday. It was carried on WJR in Detroit and raised over $1.3 million dollars! It went 16 hours and this was the 28th year that Dick started this thing back on WCZY FM in Detroit. For four years it also ran on his then home WOMC-FM. Tim Allen called in and made a very generous donation and overall it was a smashing hit. The venue was the Star Lanes in the Emagine theaters in suburban Royal Oak Michigan. More information can be seen at WJR. Photo and information provided by Art Vuolo.

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7Celeb's Remember Leonard Nimoy; Madonna Says She Suffered Slight Whip Lash From Fall

 

FOUL SHOT: Le Bron Gets Kicked In The Jewels - [ESPN]

Astronaut's Touching Tweet To Leonard Nimoy - [HUFFPO]

Celeb's React To Nimoy's Death - [ET]

[WATCH] As It Turns Out, Madonna Suffered Whip Lash In Fal - Says It Wasn't A Stunt l - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

Kelly Osbourne Quits 'Fashion Police.' Naturally, There's A Kardashian Being Mentioned to Follow - [US]

Rosie O'Donnell Files For Divorce - [NY POST]

Guess How Much 'Friends Cast' Still Make Each Year From Syndication? $5M? $10M? Keep Going - [USA TODAY]

UH OH: Beyonce Fans Go After Kid Rock Over Dissing Singer's Music And Body - [THE WRAP]

Craig Ferguson To Star In Comedy Pilot - [EW]

Lady Gaga, Taylor Kinney, Vince Vaughn And More Take Polar Plunge - [USA TODAY]

Kanye West Announces New Album 'So Help Me God' - [BILLBOARD]

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Steve McCoy Returning To Mornings In Atlanta

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that longtime Atlanta radio personality and two-time Marconi nominee Steve McCoy will join News Radio 106.7 as host of the morning show. McCoy’s f7irst day on News Radio 106.7 is Monday, March 2. McCoy’s stellar 25-xyear career as an Atlanta radio institution began at Z-93, when he moved from Nashville to Atlanta to take over Mornings for Ross and Wilson. McCoy then spent 18 years on Star 94 with Vikki Locke. He has also hosted successful shows on Power 99, and WSB-FM. “McCoy said: “After months of fishing, and finding myself grabbing the mic at the supermarket checkout, I figured it was time to get back on the air. By the way I still get requests from aisle six. Seriously, I’m thrilled to be back on Atlanta radio and reunited with all those I grew up with. What makes this even more special is joining the team at News Radio 106.7, Atlanta’s home for local news and talk.” Steve replaces John Lisk and Cheryl Castro who will be moving to afternoons with Gregory Tantum as the host of the News Radio 106.7 Afternoon News. Cheryl White, currently co-anchor of the afternoon news, moves into mornings with Steve.

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Westwood One Takes Brandmeier National; Kass and Cohn Exit 89WLS; Lauren Cohn To Audition For Mornings, Says Source

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced it has signed a partnership and syndication deal with popular Chicago radio personality Jonathon “Johnny B” Brandmeier that will bring his brand of talk radio back to Chicago and to listeners nationwide in March. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show will air live weekdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm ET on stations around the country, including WLS-AM Chicago, KABC-AM Los Angeles, KLIF-AM Dallas, KKAT-AM, Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM Providence, KTBL-AM Albuquerque, and many more. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus, said “Jonathon is one of the most versatile performers in radio today, and we know audiences will enjoy his lively humor and take on each day’s topics. His radio career began at age 15 in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and before long his on air antics in Milwaukee created a buzz when a national radio talent search named Brandmeier one of the Top 5 Talents in the country alongside Howard Stern. From there Brandmeier went to mornings at KZZP in Phoenix. After quickly becoming a force in the Phoenix radio market, Brandmeier took over morning drive at WLUP/The Loop in Chicago and then dominated Chicago radio for several years until making a move to Afternoon Drive in Los Angeles. In 1998, CBS Radio simulcast Brandmeier in Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2005, Brandmeier returned to Chicago to host mornings on The Loop and, most recently, on WGN-AM.

With the move, marks the end WWO's Dennis Miller Show. “I’m stepping aside from radio at the moment,” Miller said. “It’s been a great run and I’ve had a phenomenal time interacting with my guests and audience. But with so many other commitments right now, it’s hard to maintain a daily talk show ... I wish Johnny B lots of luck.”

Meanwhile, with Brandmeier's move, Chicago blogger Robert Feder reports that Lauren Cohn, half of the midday show with John Kass of Kass And Cohn on WLS which was canceled on Thursday, could be shifting to a new role at WLS AM 890 as a contributor to Big John Howell’s morning show. Feder says sources say Cohn was given the option of trying out for a spot with Howell. Howell, joined WLS in January after nine years at Salem WIND AM 560. At WIND he was teamed with Amy Jacobson.

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LARRY ROSIN: Radio Has A Hardware Problem?

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 ––According to a special study commissioned by CRS which looked at country listener's wake-up routines, Edison Media Research chief Larry Rosin says radio has a hardware problem. Using video, slides and on-the-street interviews to make their case, Edison's Megan Lazovick revealed results from a survey of 1,540 online respondents showing that most listeners awake by 6:30 am, but then spend an average of 30 minutes in bed, 50% checking their mobile devices from which 40% is spent checking social media. TV came next, with 17%. Only 36% of those who described themselves as frequent country listeners have a radio in their bedroom, compared to 59% who have a TV. Rosin said the technology used in respondents’ bedrooms clearly indicated that radio has a “hardware problem.” The study tracked respondents’ activities throughout the morning. Choosing from a list of over 60 items, the average respondent said he/she did one-third of the activities listed between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Respondent data indicated the peak hour for respondents in the car to be between 7-8 a.m. Rosin suggested programmers might consider adjusting the morning clock. “People are in their cars, yet we do these staccato breaks. We are talking to people at the one place they have the most access to the station-changing button and we create radio that is designed for tuneouts. Then they get to work and go into at-work modality where they are less likely to tune out and we create ‘no tuneout’ clocks.” 'News' topped the list at 88%. SEE MORE RESULTS HERE

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MOTION: WCOD/Cape Cod Adds Former Bachelor Contestant, Peyton Lambton To Morning Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– 106 WCOD Cape Cod announced that TV sensation Peyton Lambton will join the station's morning show, effective immediately. The popular ABC reality television personality will join longtime local DJ Dan Mahoney each weekday morning from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the launch of the “Dan and Peyton Show.” Lambton is a Season 10 contestant on “The Bachelor,” and Season 1 staple of “The Bachelor Pad,” as well as co-host of HGTV and DIY Network gardening shows “Going Yard”, “Smart Home” and “Dream Home.” Lambton is married to Cape Cod native and TV personality Chris Lambton, a former Season 6 contestant on “The Bachelorette” and current HGTV host. “There is nothing like hearing from people first thing in the morning as they grab that first cup of coffee or after they drop their kids off at school," said Lambton. "They are excited to be a part of the conversation. My goal is to help listeners start their day off in a positive way with a smile on their face.” "Bringing Lambton to WCOD was an easy decision to make," said Allison Makkay Davis, Market President, iHeartMedia Cape Cod. "WCOD already has a hit morning show with Dan Mahoney at the helm.

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Mel Karmazin To Be Honored By Broadcasters Foundation

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Mel Karmazin has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award that will be presented during The Broadcasters Foundation of America annual breakfast held at 7:00AM on Wednesday, April 15 during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. Recognized as an industry leader and innovator, Karmazin was the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of SiriusXM when he retired in 2013. He held a similar position at Sirius Satellite Radio and oversaw the merger with XM Satellite Radio. Before moving into satellite radio, Karmazin was President and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, where he served on the Board of Directors and was responsible for all of Viacom's operations. Previously, he served as President Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corp., following a stint as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Karmazin first joined CBS in January 1997 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Radio, following the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, where he had been President and Chief Executive Officer. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Rachel Williamson To Head New Revenue Post

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Rachel Williamson as its new Director of Digital Revenue Development. Before joining CMG, Williamson was the Director of National Sales at Cumulus Radio managing national local spot business for more than 480 radio stations in over 95 markets. Additionally, she oversaw national and network digital sales as the Digital Specialist for the Midwest. Other career highlights include six years with CMG as a Sr. Account Executive and Sales Manager at its previously-owned Louisville stations and as a Sr. Account Executive at Cox Digital Solutions (now known as Gamut) in New York. She also has held positions with Arbitron/Nielsen covering Radio Sales in the Midwest, Hubbard Broadcasting Chicago, and Forever Communications. “I’m truly looking forward to working with the great Cox Media Group Radio brands and being able to be able to utilize a diverse and best-in-class portfolio of Radio and digital assets to drive results for our advertisers,” said Williamson.

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Steve Harvey To Host 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Steve Harvey, EMMY winning talk show and Family Feud host and star of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, announced the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend, hosted by Steve Harvey. The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend features over 15 events and activities with the return of the Ford Neighborhood Awards and Ford Celebrity Blue Carpet to Philips Arena on Saturday, August 8th, and the State Farm Neighborhood Awards Expo to the Georgia World Congress Center, August 7-9th. Radio Row will feature 30 radio stations from across the country broadcasting live from the expo floor, along with Celebrity Row and 2 shopping zones featuring over 100 vendors. Steve Harvey and television/radio/film producer Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and Neighborhood Awards Weekend to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more.

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NETWORKS: SpotVO & ExpressVO Now Serving Mapleton Comm. Chico

SpotVO & ExpressVO Now Serving Mapleton Communications Chico Stations Using Envision Networks® Turnkey Spot and Voice Production Services (FEBRUARY 2015) – Envision Networks® is proud to welcome Mapleton Communications’ KFMF-FM, KALF-FM, KQPT-FM and KZAP-FM in Chico, CA as the latest affiliates of SpotVO and ExpressVO, the turnkey spot and voice production service that offers next day, fully-produced radio commercials available on a barter basis. With Mapleton Communications’ Chico Stations now utilizing SpotVO and ExpressVO, they join over 700 affiliates on the Envision Services Network. SpotVO and ExpressVO’s voice talents have been featured collectively in the NBA, NFL, NHL, Discovery Channel, Subway, Comcast, Mazda and more! SpotVO features the best production talent in the industry, ensuring that every commercial is quality produced and customized for your needs. Top-notch spot production options include thousands of library scripts, written by professional copywriters, and a selection of on-demand music beds available in a wide variety of formats. Simply submit a script or pick one from the library, choose one of the industry’s top voices, select a music bed that suits your format and click send. A fully produced spot or voice read will be sent to you the next day ready for broadcast or client approval. SpotVO and ExpressVO are the creation of talent/imaging producer AJ (KDWB/ Minneapolis, KDMX/Dallas, KRBE/Houston, WIAD/Washington DC) and legendary Los Angeles programmer, consultant, and The Rooster and Radio Playbook prep creator Mike Marino (former PD of KHHT-FM and KYSR-FM/Los Angeles), who are also the creative forces behind Imaging Chop Shop. See for yourself how easy spot and voice production can be by visiting www.spotvo.com or www.expressvo.com to hear audio samples. Contact Valerie Brooks at ValerieB@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 for more information about SpotVO and ExpressVO.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

[LISTEN] Kanye West Starts Crying During Radio Interview

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015 –– According to E Online, while discussing his mentors, the late fashion professor Louise Wilson, Kanye said, "Last time I saw her," West recalled, taking a deep breath, "we had dinner at my favorite restaurant in London. And I think she knew that she was going to pass, and she just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward, and she was asking me about my daughter, asked me about my wife...and she said, you know, 'So many 7students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good when they're 2 years old, 3 years old, their parents clap.'" At about this point trying to soften the emotion, Zane Lowe promptly started clapping. Kanye smiled. "Exactly," the rapper agreed. WATCH HERE

The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has given her second car crash interview in as many hours on LBC Radio, with listeners describing the performance as “a complete meltdown”, “extraordinarily bad” and “awkward beyond words”. After telling host Nick Ferrari that the Greens would build 500,000 new social rent homes, Ms Bennett appeared to be stumped by his response: “Good lord, where would you get the money for that?” Despite saying the policy was “fully costed”, she struggled to explain how much money the homes would cost or where the money would come from beyond an unspecified amount from “mortgage relief from private landlords”. One Twitter user described it as “the worst party leader interview ever given”. Listen HERE

“PJ & Damian in the Morning” is giving away a luxury trip to the UAE in their “Doing it for Dubai” competition. One lucky listener will win a prize of a trip for 2 to the Bonnington Hotel & McGettigans Irish Bars for the multi-city classic hits station’s special Paddy’s Day Breakfast Show broadcast live from Dubai. Damien Farrelly and stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher took over the breakfast show from Jim McCabe in November, when McCabe moved to mid-morning, replacing Robbie Fogarty. They’re giving listeners 15 seconds on air to show off their talent – do an impersonation, rhyme off the 32 counties at super-speed, tell a joke – ANYTHING goes!

Contact Graham Here: +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Robin Thicke Performs In Court During Blurred Lines Trial; Catwoman Comes Out

 

CBS Attempts World Record With World CSI Day - [VARIETY]

Catwoman Comes Out - [THR]

Drew Barrymore To Pen Book About Her Life - [PEOPLE]

Robin Thicke Performs Music Medley On Stand During Blurred Lines Trial - [THE WRAP]

Kardashians Sign $100 Million Deal With E! - [PAGE SIX]

UH OH: Amber Rose Writing Tell-All Book - [RUMORFIX]

Detectives Probing Who Stole Lupita Nyongos's $150,000 Oscar Dress - [LA TIMES]

Robert De Niro Slapped With $6.4 Million Tax Lien - [THE SMOKING GUN]

Russian TV Soap Star r Wakes Up To Find His Testicles Were Stolen - [DAILY MAIL]

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MOTION: Fish Joins Ryan & Shannon Show For Mornings On KS95/Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Longtime Madison host Fish Calloway has left his morning post on Midwest Family's 93.1 JAMZ to join The Ryan & Shannon Show KS95 Minneapolis. PD Leighton Peck tells Jockline, 'We're really happy to have Fish come to work at KS95. I've not only been friends with him for many years I'm also a huge fan of his work going back to the Connie & Fish days. Actually having the opportunity to have someone as fun as Fish on our team is really amazing! Our lineup will be Ryan, Shannon and Fish with producers Rudy and Bangs. It's a great group, we have a lot of fun. I'm very fortunate to be with a company that continually gives you the tools to succeed including hiring talented people that can bring a new dimension to the station. We really do believe in and support talent." Fish commented: 'The 14 years I've been doing radio in Madison have been amazing. I am beyond excited to be moving to Minneapolis and working for Hubbard Broadcasting. The bonus, I'm staying in the cold weather. As a fluffy guy, everybody will want to snuggle with me. I'm hairy like a teddy bear."

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[WATCH] Madonna Takes Ugly Fall Off Stage Steps During Brit Awards Show; Stunned Star Returns To Complete Number

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– We're happy to report the 56 year old Material Girl is still in one piece following an ugly fall the stage step of performance finale during the BRIT Awards 2015. According to The Daily Mail, she was pulled backwards off the stage down a set of steps by her cape designed especially for the performance. On the final step, dancers pulled Madonna's cape from behind before she had time to fully untie it. Stunned after landing on her back, she quickly rose, took to the steps again and completed her performance. Taylor Swift and model Karlie Kloss quickly took to social media to assure concerned fans that she was 'fine' after the show. Although visibly shaken, Madonna continued with her performance. This marked her return to the BRIT Awards for the first time in 20 years. She later said on Twitter, 'Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight. But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! #livingforlove'. Syndicated radio host Mario Lopez took to Twitter and added, 'Tell you what though not many artists would continue after that fall. Way to go Madonna for being a trooper & carrying on! #Legend' WATCH HERE

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Michael Bryan Named SVP/Prog. For iHeart Media Nashville

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– iHeart has promoted Michael Bryan as its new SVP/Programming for iHeart Radio Nashville. He'll also serve as PD of the Premiere Networks-syndicated "Bobby Bones Show" and "Tige & Daniel" shows. Bryan joined the Nashville five-station cluster in 2012 as OM. Prior to Nashville, Bryan served as Digital Program Director for Clear Channel/Orlando and Program Director of Top 40 WXXL 106.7 FM in Orlando. "Great programming is built on connecting incredible personalities with our collective audience. It's a true privilege to lead such legendary brands in Nashville. I can't think of a bigger honor than getting the opportunity to work more closely with both The Bobby Bones Show and Tige and Daniel,' said Bryan.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Miles Hlivko Named Imaging Dir. For KIIS LA; Entercom New Orleans Adds Mark Boudreaux As DOS

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– 102.7 KIIS-FM LA announced that Miles Hlivko has been named Imaging Director, effective March 23, 2105. He will also work with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team on all aspects of the show's imaging. He arrives from iHeartMedia Cleveland, where he most recently served Assistant Program Director for WMMS. Hlivko began his radio career in Northeast Ohio, where he grew up, as a part time comedy producer. He went on to expand his radio career at iHeartMedia to include imaging for WMMS and WAKS in Cleveland as well as on-air duties. "We had a ton of great applicants from some of the best imagers inside and outside of iHeartMedia, but Miles stood out above the rest," said John Ivey, Senior Vice President of Programming and KIIS-FM Program, Director, iHeartMedia.

Entercom New Orleans announced the hiring of a veteran radio sales executive Mark Boudreaux as Director of Sales for three stations: Magic 101.9, Bayou 95.7, and B97. Before rejoining Entercom New Orleans, Boudreaux was most recently the director of sales for Midwest Communications in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to Midwest, Boudreaux spent 15 years at Entercom New Orleans station WWL where he served as an Account Executive, Local Sales Manager, and General Sales Manager. “I am very excited to return home to Entercom New Orleans and partner with VP/GM Chris Claus and dozens of old friends and colleagues to continue to grow all of our radio brands and digital assets,” said Mark Boudreaux.

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2015 HOF Inductees Announced At CRS

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– The 2015 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees in both the Radio and On-Air categories were announced yesterday, Feb. 25, during the CRS 2015 Opening Ceremonies. The Radio inductees are Joel Raab, Sammy George and Mike Kennedy. The inductees in the On-Air category are Randy Carroll (KAJA/San Antonio, TX) and Karen Dalessandro (WMIL/Milwaukee, Wis.). The class of 2015 will be officially inducted at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The event, which is typically scheduled in conjunction with Country Radio Seminar, will now coincide with the Country Radio Broadcasters annual summer Board and Agenda committee meetings.CRS 2015 is being held Feb. 25-27, 2015, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. SEE MORE DETAILS HERE

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KTSA San Antonio To Simulcast On FM

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media San Antonio, TX announced that their News/Talk station KTSA will now be simulcast on 107.1 FM as well as its original frequency 550 AM. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “Adding the FM frequency to our news talk station will not only help increase ratings and revenue, but will play a key role in exposing our brand to the FM audience and the socially conscious and connected community.” Program Director, Greg Martin commented, “This is a great step forward for KTSA and talk radio around the country. We all know taking this format to the FM opens us to an audience that has never been inclined to use AM. This move also says something about Alpha Media’s commitment to the growth and success of all of its brands.” Alpha Media San Antonio’s Market Manager, Lance Hawkins commented, “KTSA being available on both the AM and FM dial enables Alpha Media to reach out to a larger and more broad audience in the San Antonio Metro area. The simulcast is key in opening up new Live and Local opportunities in our community.” Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered

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Benztown Teams With Vipology To Bring Cost Effective Websites To Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Benztown Radio Networks announces that it has entered into an agreement with Los Angeles-based Vipology to market its high quality turnkey websites and social incentive programs to radio stations for barter. Vipology websites are mobile responsive and are known for their clean, contemporary look and feel, speed and ease of use. Vipology provides station websites with automated format-specific content every day to keep station sites vibrant, topical, relevant and engaging. The content includes: Music, Hollywood, and Sports reports accompanied by eye-catching licensed photos. In addition, Vipology websites include powerful advertising modules for instant ROI. Vipology websites are priced at an affordable $99 per month, with no set-up fee. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown Radio Networks said: “I had the pleasure of working with Vipology’s Tom Pinkus and Chris Peaslee a decade ago. I will never forget how impressed I was by their creativity, attitude and vision to foresee our industry’s need to embrace technology. When the opportunity arose to work with them again, I jumped at the chance! NFor more information, visit: www.benztown.com/vipology or contact Masa Patterson at mp@benztown.com and at (818) 842-4600.

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94WIP Philadelphia Holds 'Great Birds Debate'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– SportsRadio 94WIP will hold the Great Birds Debate today, February 26th beginning at 12pm. This is one of the few times all year that the WIP airstaff is on the same stage together. WIP personalities Al Morganti, Michael Barkann, Ike Reese, 2014 Champ Josh Innes, Tony Bruno, four time champion Rob Ellis (also a member of the CBS 3 Sports Team), Howard Eskin, Glen Macnow and Philadelphia Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro will all be present and there is a lot to debate about the Birds. In his first season as Eagles Head Coach, Chip Kelly turned around a 4-12 Eagles team to 10-6 and a playoff berth. This season the Birds again finished 10-6 but failed to make the playoffs. What do the Birds need to do get back to the playoffs and bring Philadelphia its first Lombardi trophy? Will the team stick with Nick Foles at QB or make the moves to go for Marcus Mariota? What will the team do to improve its beleaguered secondary? These are just some of the topics sure to generate heat during the 8th Annual Great Birds Debate. For the first time ever, WIP’s Angelo Cataldi will moderate the Great Birds Debate. Rob Charry and Ray Didinger will host the Debate pre game show from 10-12:00pm and the postgame show from 1:30-2PM. The format will be a presidential debate style. Each participant will be at a podium, make opening and closing statements and answer questions from the moderator and the audience. Each host will have a challenge flag that can be thrown once during the debate. Challenge flags have been known to cause fireworks between debaters and have become a favorite part of the event.

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The Ace & TJ Show Announce Its 18th Annual 'Second Chance Prom'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– The Ace & TJ Show announces the 18th Annual Second Chance Prom to benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Charity. The event will take place at Rooftop 210 at the Epicenter on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Tickets are $35 each and include a fun night of dancing and mingling with Charlotte’s number one morning show crew from Channel 96.1. Dust off your tuxes and gowns, even your retro looks because anything goes. The Second Chance Prom promises to be the biggest outdoor party of the year. “The fact that the Second Chance has sold out for the past 17 years in a row is a testament to the loyalty of our “Radio Family,” said Ace. “We also throw a really good party. Taking it Uptown and outside this year will be even better.” “Ace always has to brag about how many years we’ve sold out, not realizing it makes us sound Really Old,” added TJ. Grin Kids was designed to enhance the lives of terminally ill and chronically ill and handicapped children in our listening areas ages 5 and 12. We take the children and their immediate family on a once in a lifetime trip to Walt Disneyworld. Over 300 children and their families have enjoyed a 5 day all-expense paid, once in a lifetime, VIP vacation. Grin Kids is a 501(C)(3) charity and funded by listener donations, fundraising events and corporate donations. Every dollar helps put a little magic in the lives of these children with a vacation to the “Happiest place on earth.”

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[WATCH] Victoria Secret Super Model Stops By Boomer & Carton To Discuss Swim Special

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015 –– We're guessing Supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambroio, had them 'hello' after stopping by the Boomer (Left) and Carton's (Right) Morning Show to discuss The Victoria's Secret Swim Special. The show willl air Thursday, Feb. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. For the first time on network television, viewers will get a glimpse into Victoria’s Secret’s sexiest swim show of the year. Also featured on the show will be Grammy Award-winning artists Maroon 5 and Juanes. The lovely and beautiful Ambrosio is a Brazilian model — not Australian, as Boomer quickly learned — and she talked with the duo about being one of the most recognizable Victoria’s Secret models in the world; being a fan of soccer and surfing; Brazilian swimsuits vs. American swimsuits; Craig’s missed Playgirl opportunity; Boomer’s time as an underwear model; and Sports Illustrated’s decision to put a plus-sized model in their wildly popular swimsuit edition. Before saying goodbye we learned that Alessandra does not even know what a bench press is — and she’s a big fan of Pearl Jam. WATCH HERE

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7Lady Gaga Reveals 'American Horror Story' New Season; Madonna Takes On Ageism

 

'Swiftie' Gets Surprise Selfie With Taylor Swift After 20 Hour Wait - [E ONLINE]

Madonna Takes On Ageism In 'Rolling Stone' - [ROLLING STONE]

[WATCH] Lady Gaga Reveals American Horror Story Season 5 - [VANITY FAIR]

'America's Next Top Model Found Murdered In North Carolina - [SALON]

Paul McCartney To Headline Firefly Festival In Delaware This Summer - [DELCOTIMES]

Kevin Hart Becomes First Comedian To Play Football In New Philadelphia Stadium - [RUMORFIX]

Another Cosby Accuser Comes Forward - [CNN]

EW Covers 'Empire' - [EW]

REPORT: Bobbi Kristina Back On Medication Following Seizures - [Q13 FOX]

Judge Tacks On More Community Service For Li-Lo Following 'Shadowing' Report - [LATIMES]

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REPORT: CBS Urged By Hedge Fund Group To Merge Radio Division With Cumulus

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– According to The Deal Pipeline, Sandell Asset Management Corp. has 'lobbied CBS to spin out the business and merge it with Cumulus Media Inc.' According to a person familiar with the situation, Sandell suggested that the groups pursue a reverse Morris Trust merger of their radio businesses. By spinning off the radio stations to shareholders, CBS would divest an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS. Currently, executive Chairman Sumner Redstone controls 79.6% of the shareholder vote. CBS owns 117 radio stations, with more than three-quarters of them in the top 25 U.S. cities. In December, the company strengthened its holdings in Philadelphia and Miami through a station swap with Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. "Lew (Dickey) has always said that would be his ultimate deal," said Macquarie Capital analyst Amy Yong of a combination of Cumulus and CBS's radio stations. CBS and Cumulus declined to comment on speculation.

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NAB Introduces Local Radio Freedom Act

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters expressed its strong support for a bipartisan resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and will be introduced in the House of Representatives later tonight with more than 90 co-sponsors. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) signals Members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay. "For decades, local radio airplay has jumpstarted 5555and sustained the careers of countless musicians and record label moguls," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "Local radio's unparalleled promotional value drives increased record and merchandise sales and sells out concert venues. NAB applauds lawmakers for standing with hometown broadcasters in opposing a job-killing performance royalty that would damage the No. 1 platform for exposing new music." Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives, which will have bipartisan co-sponsorship from more than 90 Members of Congress. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are the principal sponsors of S. Con. Res. 4, the bipartisan resolution in Senate. "Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act. Introduction of the LRFA comes as 600 radio and television broadcasters from across the country are visiting Washington for the NAB State Leadership Conference.

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SYNDICATION: The Bobby Bones Show Marks Two-Year Anniversary With Joy Week Celebration; Sun Broadcast Group's Dee Jay Silver Announces Las Vegas Residency

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The Bobby Bones Show will mark its two-year anniversary on Country radio with its second annual Joy Week celebration. From March 2 - 6, the show will once again encourage listeners to choose joy, spread happiness, and do good things for others with the biggest week of live studio performances by Country music stars. Kicking off with Luke Byran and closing with Garth Brooks, the program will also welcome Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Lee Ann Womack, Old Dominion, The Swon Brothers, Jerrod Niemann, Kelsea Ballerini and Cam, who will stop by the show to sing their favorite songs and help spread the message of joy to fans. Bones stated, “We just want people to be nicer to each other. It’s that simple.” Garth Brooks, who recently stopped by the show and announced he’d be back to support Joy Week, shared on air, “You can’t spread enough joy, so good for you for doing that. We need good news. We need to believe in ourselves.” Listeners will be encouraged to share their Joy Week efforts via Twitter and Instagram using #PIMPINJOY. Limited edition Pimpin Joy T-shirts will also be made available for purchase for one hour on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. CT, with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sun Broadcast Group Syndicated host and RCA recording artist Dee Jay Silverjay has been announced a Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Body English Nightclub and Rehab Pool, according to musicrow.com. The Casino will also host Rascal Flatts during their Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot residency. “I’m really looking forward to these dates at the Hard Rock Hotel,” says Silver. “Las Vegas is my second home and I’m proud to bring the music I love, to a place I love. Between Rascal Flatts and me, I know we can give country music fans an exciting reason to come out to Vegas and let loose!” The report says Sillver will also continue to tour with Jason Aldean on his Burnin’ It Down Tour with Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.

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MOTION: Adam Kaufman Tapped As Morning Sports Anchor For WBZ Boston

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately A multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade, Kaufman will continue to be a show host at 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBS Sports Radio in addition to being a columnist for Boston.com sports and serve as a regional television anchor on Comcast SportsNet New England. Before being named Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio’s morning newscasts, Kaufman served as a radio talk show host, anchor, and sports reporter at three CBS-owned properties: WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), and CBS Sports Radio. Previously, Kaufman worked for two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of the Boston College men's hockey team and five years with the Providence Bruins, the top affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

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The Bob & Tom Show And 92.5 The Fox/Cincinnati Kick Off MLB Again ON Opening Day From Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that The Bob & Tom Show will kick off the 2015 baseball season with a live radio broadcast for the REDS’ Opening Day 2015 with Cincinnati’s Fox 92.5 (WFOX). The LIVE broadcast will originate from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located in the Horseshoe Casino, from 6:00am-10:00am ET on Monday, April 6th. 2015 marks the fourth year Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold have celebrated Opening Day with Cincinnati’s Fox 92.5 (WFOX), the heritage rock station where The Bob & Tom Show handle mornings. The live broadcast will feature the comedy of Bob & Tom, along with fan favorite comedian Greg Hahn, in getting listeners pumped for the home opener featuring Red’s vs. Pirates. Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show, said “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners that can only be heard on 92.5 The Fox. Red’s fans will enjoy this early morning live broadcast to start their season of celebration of their beloved Red’s.”

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Mentees Selected For 2015 Mentoring & Inspiring Women In Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced the mentees selected to participate in the 2015 MILDRED CARTER MIW GROUP Mentoring Program.

* Andrea Bogdonas, On Air Personality & Promotions Director, Neuhoff Media (Springfield and Decatur, IL) * Stephanie Theisen, General Sales Manager, Leighton Broadcasting (St. Cloud, MN) * Michelle Maro, Sports Sales Manager, CBS Radio (Chicago) * Crystalyn Portwood, Local Sales Manager, CBS Radio (St. Louis)

This is the thirteenth year of the mentoring program, launched in 2002, that matches women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting. To date, the MILDRED CARTER MIW GROUP Mentoring Program has successfully worked with a total of 31 mentees. "We had an outstanding and enormous variety of women apply this year, which made the decision to narrow to only four very difficult," said Lindsay Cerajewski (L), spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program and General Sales Manager of CBS Radio's WUSN-FM in Chicago, Illinois. The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group consists of top-level female radio professionals, from across the Country, who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help other women in the industry develop strong management and leadership skills. The Group is equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting. For more information, please visit www.RadioMIW.com.

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[LISTEN] Glenn Beck Draws Tweet From Lady Gaga After Praising Her Oscar Performance

Media Blown Away That He's Blown Away

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Like most of us who saw Lady Gaga's amazing Oscar performane, Glenn Beck reviewed Lady Gaga's Oscar performance on his radio show then, surprisingly, Lady Gaga responded with a tweet: "A very humbling review of my Oscar performance … I love this piece of music so much, thank you." Glenn praised the performance and called Gaga a “genius”. “I’ve said this for a long time. This woman is an absolute artist. She is a genius. And at first everybody mocked her. Then she just became such a big pop star, but a lot of people, again, continued to mock her,” Glenn said. “This woman is the way artists should be,” he said. “Somebody told me at one time on radio when I was really, really young. He said, ‘Don’t be a rule breaker until you know all of the rules.’ When you know all of the rules, then you can break all the rules. Because then you can break them with intelligence. You know why you’re doing it. And it makes it more effective. Where too many people are just rebels. I just don’t want to do that. They don’t master the craft,” Glenn said. “You have to master the craft first. And Lady Gaga proved last night, she is a master craftswoman.” Adding to Gaga's special performance, Julie Andrews, star of The Sound of Music, greeted her on stage saying 'It’s hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since that joyous film was released.”

Equally blown away were numerous media outlets, who seemed strangely surprised by his praise. Among them included mediaite.com whose headline: 'Glenn Beck Gushes About Lady Gaga’s Oscar Performance; She Thanks Him — World Explodes!" Writer Andrew Kirell added: 'Here’s a public positive interaction we thought we’d never see: Glenn Beck and Lady Gaga thanking each other. LISTEN TO BECK HERE - And assuming you've been trapped in a closet for the last few days and missed Gaga's performance, WATCH HERE

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[WATCH] Rachel Ray Flies In Phoenix Producer And Fiance To Show Following 'Amazing' Proposal; Gets $10,000 Plus Trip

Surprised by visit from Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan; Receives $10,000 And Honeymoon To St. Lucia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported last December, Justin Scheman told us he always wanted to propose under the under the Northern Lights. After 7 years he was finally able to do it. Justin is co-host/executive Producer for The Mathew Blades Show on Mix 96.9/Phoenix. With her living in Philadelphia at the time, the proposal involved 6 States, 2 Countries and 5000 Miles. Well, his YouTube Amazing Race Proposal Video caught the attention of BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo, Right This Minute and Rachael Ray. This week, Ms. Ray flew Justin and fiance Diana and to NY to be on her show! The episode aired yesterday and Justin tells Jockline he's now allowed to talk about it. Ray surprised the couple by bringing out Phil Keoghan the host of the Amazing Race. Phil then told us that Rachael was giving us a $10,000 honeymoon to St. Lucia! WATCH VIDEO HERE

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7Taylor Swift Donates Big To NYC Schools; Olberman Suspended By ESPN Over Tweets

 

Oprah Shocks Blogger With Bathroom Stop On Way To Oscars - [PAGE SIX]

Keith Olberman Suspended By ESPN For Penn State Tweets - [THE WRAP]

Christina Aguilera Nails Britney Spears Impression - [POPSUGAR]

Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 To NYC Public Schools And Then Some - [E ONLINE]

Pee Wee Herman Film Headed To Netflix - [ET]

Jimmy Buffet Returns To The Hollywood Bowl - [CBS]

Kylie Jenner Leaves Kardashian Compound For $2.7 Million Pad - [CURBED]

Tea Leoni Talks Aging Wtih 'More' - [PEOPLE]

Tom Rothman Replaces Amy Pascal At Son - [DEADLINE]

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106.1 KISS Dallas Honors Passing Of Local Teen With 24 Hour Name Change

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– 106.1 KISS FM announced that the station will change its name to 106.1 LAURA FM in a 24-hour tribute to Laura Diosdado, a North Texas girl who passed away battling cystic fibrosis. Diosdado, who passed away February 19, 2015, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child and was identified as terminally ill. Despite her prognosis, she spent her time raising awareness of cystic fibrosis to help find a cure for the disease. When 106.1 KISS FM learned of her story in February 2012, the station shared her journey with its listeners and changed its name to 106.1 LAURA FM to help Laura raise awareness of cystic fibrosis in the community. The radio station will again honor Diosdado by changing its name to 106.1 LAURA FM, and throughout the day personalities will broadcast the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis and the importance of finding a cure for the disease. “Three years ago, 106.1 KISS FM heard about an incredibly strong girl named Laura who was battling cystic fibrosis,” said Billy the Kidd, on-air personality for 106.1 KISS FM. “Laura wanted to find a cure for cystic fibrosis - not for herself, but for her little brother, so he would not have to suffer from the same disease. Last week, we lost that beautiful girl; although our hearts are breaking, we know that Laura would want us to keep fighting to find a cure.”

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MOTION: Connected K Joins 96.3 KSCS/Dallas Morning Show; Kevin & Bean Welcome Allie Mac Kay To KROQ/LA's Morning Show Cast

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that Katelyn Maida, known on air as “Connected K”, will join the New Country 96.3 KSCS morning show with Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and “Trapper" John Morris. Connected K comes to KSCS and Cumulus from Cox Radio’s KKBQ 93Q in Houston. She will debut on March 9. Connected K said: “"I am ecstatic to join the KSCS family and help to highlight social media within Cumulus Dallas/Fort Worth. Social media gives us such an amazing marketing tool and when used to its full potential, it can dramatically increase brand awareness. There's definitely a secret sauce and we're about to spread it all over Dallas/Fort Worth!"

Following the just announced exit of longtime morning traffic reporter, Lisa May, at KROQ/Los Angeles, comes word that popular TV host and frequent Kevin & Bean fill-in, Allie Mac Kay will be joining the show permanently. Yesterday, she posted on her Facebook page, 'Today was my 1st day as part of the dysfunctional family that is "The Kevin and Bean Show" on KROQ. Growing up here in LA, If you would have told me this was even a possibility, I wouldn't have believed it. At the same time, change isn't easy (for anyone involved) especially when you come after someone so beloved. I'm just there to do my best and hope it makes you happy (for some of you…that will hopefully come in time). I'll still have chances to do tv - so don't get too used to not seeing my face! I can't thank you all enough for being BEYOND supportive and so kind with your posts. It's meant the world. Truly. xo'

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Chad Benson Takes Over Roger Hedgecock's Daily Radio Show

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– After years in syndication, Roger Hedgecock will end his nationally syndicated radio program at the end of March. "Roger has been a strong leader in Radio America's lineup for years and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. He will be missed," says Radio America C.O.O. Mike Paradiso. Taking over for Hedgecock will be Chad Benson, a rising star from the Next Generation of talk hosts. On Monday March 30, Chad debuts in the Monday-Friday 6p-9p ET time slot from flagship station, Alpha Media's Freedom 970 in Portland. At 44, Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format. Chad is an accomplished talk show host boasting over 22 years experience in the entertainment industry. He started in music radio in the 1990s at the legendary KRTH in Los Angeles as the Executive Producer of the Robert W. Morgan Show and has also been featured on Los Angeles radio stations such as KZLA-FM and KNCI-FM and KWOD-FM in Sacramento. Chad honed his talk skills at Talk Radio UK as one of the first commercial talk hosts to take on the mighty BBC, boasting over a quarter million listeners per week. With success and experience abroad, Chad returned to the U.S. and hosted programs in Palm Springs at K-NEWS-FM and in San Antonio at KTSA-AM.

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RDIO: Selma's 'Glory' Draws Biggest Spike On Oscar Night

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Music streaming service Rdio compiled insights from the most-streamed Oscar's-related content, including Best Original Song "Glory" from Selma, which saw a 250% jump in streaming on Rdio. Other findings include: Most Popular Original Score: "Interstellar" Most Played Oscar Nominated Song: "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie Most Popular Soundtrack: "Divergent" Top 10 Soundtracks onX Rdio: 1. "Frozen" 2. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" 3. "Pitch Perfect" 4. "Divergent" 5. "Burlesque" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Twilight: Breaking Dawn XPart 2" 8. "The Bodyguard" 9. "Oblivion" 10. "If I Stay" Top 10 Soundtrack Songs on Rdio: 1. "Let It Go" from Frozen 2. "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey 3. "Beating Heart" from Divergent 4. "Once Upon a Dream" from Maleficent 5. "Elastic Heart" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 6. "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie 7. "Hooked on a Feeling" from Reservoir Dogs 8. "Bellas Final" from Pitch Perfect 9. "A Thousand Years" from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 10. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" from Inside Llewyn Davis In addition, film lovers using Rdio can listen to a station curated with the most popular songs from soundtracks, which can be found HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Media Names Any Leimbach To Regional Post

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 – Alpha Media has named Amy Leimbach Regional Director of Business Development. Leimbach has been a part of Alpha Media since the company started in August, 2009 . Prior to Alpha, Amy was Director of Sales for CBS Radio Portland, and CBS Radio Phoenix. Most recently, Amy has acted as Director of Sales for Alpha Media, Portland, managing a six - station sales team. Bob Proffitt, Alpha Media President and CEO commented on the announcement, “Alpha Media VP of Business Development, Lindi Glasgow remarked, “ Amy has a long track record of creating and executing marketing concepts that drive results for our clients. I’m thrilled that we will be able to share the great work that Amy brings with more of our Alpha Markets. ” “Developing results driven marketing solutions for clients has alw ays been my passion and I couldn’t be more excited to take this to another level within Alpha Media ,” noted Leimbach

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NASH FM 94.7 And Barclays Team For First Nash Bash Concert

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– New York's NASH FM 94.7 and Barclays Center will present their first-ever NASH BASH Country concert on Tuesday, March 24 as part of their new partnership. Country artist Cole Swindell will headline the star-studded show at the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center with additional performances by Country stars Gloriana, Michael Ray and Jana Kramer. The March 24 NASH BASH is the first in the live content partnership between Cumulus and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the Brooklyn venue. In September 2014, Barclays Center launched its Country in Brooklyn platform by hosting Billboard's reigning 'Top Country Artist” Luke Bryan for the arena's first Country show, which sold out. "We are thrilled to bring NASH into Brooklyn and onto the stage at Barclays Center," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. "This NASH BASH will be a must-see for New York's Country music fans, including the over one million NASH FM 94.7 weekly listeners." BROOKLYN SHOWTM, the concert and major event programming franchise of Barclays Center, is presented by Norwegian Cruise Line.

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[WATCH] Grieving Mom Who Recently Lost 19 Yr. Old Son Surprised By Morning Radio Show While Driving

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Looking for a way to take your next prize giveaway from ordinary to extraordinary? Check this out: This one involves a grieving mom named Michelle who recently lost her 19-year-old son Blaine and, according to aplus.com, was struggling to get her life back to normal. As you'll see in the video link, her daughter, Crystal, reached out to Australia's KIIS 106.5's Kyle And Jackie O for help and they decided to pay off six months of Michelle's mortgage. But they also wanted to do it in grand radio fashion. The plan included Crystal taking her mother to the spa and making sure KIIS 1065 was on the radio. While listening to the Kyle and Jackie O, they announced the random recipient of a special "give back" gift, Michelle soon came to realize they were talking about her. Jackie O. literally spoke directly to Michelle through the radio and explained that with the help of Clarendon Homes, the next six months of her mortgage would be paid, and that she'd also receive an additional $5,000 to finish renovations that her son started before he died. Yesterday, the station released the video of the surprise and set up a GoFundMe page in the family's honor. Jockline reached around the world for this story, but it's one that any show in the world can appreciate. Go ahead and grab the tissues. This one is gonna make you tear up. WATCH HERE

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Salem Becomes Salem Media Group

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 –– Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SALM) announced that it has changed its name to Salem Media Group, Inc. to better reflect the dynamic growth of Salem's multi-media business. From its start as a single radio station, Salem has grown into an industry leader across multiple media platforms, including radio, digital, print and mobile. Salem is still a powerhouse in radio; Salem owns 106 radio stations across the country, and produces several of the largest nationally-syndicated radio shows on-air today. In addition, Salem owns several of the most influential brands in the Christian and conservative media space, including Crosswalk.com, GodVine.com, Christianity.com, BibleStudyTools.com, TownHall.com, HotAir.com, RedState.com, Human Events.com, the Conservative Book Club, and Regnery Publishing. "Salem's mission has always been to serve our two core audiences – Christian and conservative – with engaging and meaningful content" explained Edward Atsinger, Salem's Chief Executive Officer. "That mission brought us into radio, and it has guided our growth ever since. As more and more of our audience seeks new ways to get information and inspiration, we have added new media platforms to our traditional radio offerings. Now nearly one-third of our total revenue comes from non-broadcast sources. This rebranding of Salem acknowledges our evolution and confirms our commitment to serve our market." Follow us on Twitter @SalemMediaGrp.

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7Hoda Takes 'Today' On Radio Tour; Richard Pryor's Wife Calls Cosby 'F--king Hypocrite'

 

Melissa Rivers Pays Tribute To Her Mom At Oscars - [E ONLINE]

UH OH: Richard Pryor's Widow Calls Bill Cosby 'F--king Hypocrite' Says Report - [SALON]

UH OH: Cleveland TV Reporter In Hot Water For Using Racial Slur On Lady Gaga's Oscar Performance - [TV 8 CLEVELAND]

Hoda Takes 'Today' Behind The Scenes At Her Radio Show On SiriusXM - [TODAY]

Neil Patrick Harris SWEARS There Was No Penis Enhancement During Diaper Bit - [GOSSIP COP]

Kanye & Rihanna Set Tour Dates - [CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND]

American Horror Story's Ben Woolf Dies After Being Hit By Car - [VARIETY]

Wesley Snipes Is Back In NBC Pilot 'Endgame' - [EW]

Chris Brown Sells Artwork For Over $60K - [THE GRIO]

J-Lo Gets Photobombed By Fellow Stars At The Oscars - [ACE SHOWBIZ]

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93.9 The Beat Indy Leaps To Number One In First Full Month

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Following its recent flip from CHR to Classic Hip Hop, 93.9 The Beat is the new #1 station in Indy! "93.9 the Beat's "Classic Hip Hop" format is a different twist on what others are doing, focusing on the big old school Hip Hop hits, but also mixing in some R&B from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. 93.9 the Beat is truly a unique station, playing "throwbacks," says Jay Michaels (L), Program Director, WRWM-FM & WJJK-FM/Cumulus Indianapolis. According the latest numbers, the station is #1 in the following demo's: (Mon – Sun 6a – Mid) 6+ P 18-34 P 18-49 P 25-54 W 18-34 W 18-49 W 25-54 M 18-49 M 25-54 In All Persons demo’s, 93.3 the Beat is #1 in EVERY daypart, except for AM Drive… in W & M 18-49. To give more insight on how much this format has changed the market: In October 2014, in Persons 25-54, WRWM was ranked 12th… WHHH was ranked #1. Now-- In Jan 2015, WRWM was ranked #1 and WHHH ranked 11th.

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CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG: Radio's Laura Cain Is An Oscar Seat Filler

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– After years of being sworn to secrecy, 2015 Oscar host, Neil Patrick Harris, finally revealed what we never could, that San Diego's Laura Cain, longtime member of CBS' Jeff & Jer' Show is a Oscar seat filler (see photo). On last night's show Harris put the spotlight on the seat fillers in two bits which included the seat fillers, three of them in particular. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his first on called out Laura and Heidi, and his third drew attention to a woman sitting in Octavia Spencer's seat. THR tracked down Laura Cain. As a sidebar, part of Valentine's Day, Jeff and Jer hosted "Laura's Week of Love," where contestants were selected to go on a date with her at a variety of restaurants. Cain gave a quick summary of her dates on her online diary she keeps on the station's website. Of course, none of this would have been possible over the years without the shrewd dealings of mega-producer, Tommy Sablan, who's been snagging at least three seats a year, then taking selfies and more with some of the biggest names in show business. And just to prove Sablan was smack dab in the middle of things again this year, he snapped this quickie with Oprah who, as you can see, looked just THRILLED with the opportunity before calling security (ok, we that part up)

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Cindy Vero Joins 95.5 PLJ as Traffic Reporter NEW YORK,

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2015 - 95.5 PLJ announces that veteran NYC radio personality Cindy Vero begins today as a traffic reporter appearing from 6AM -10AM on "Todd & Jayde in the Morning" and from 3PM - 7PM alongside John Foxx. Vero joins 95.5 PLJ after 13 years at 103.5 KTU in New York, where she served in a variety of on-air positions including co-host of "Cubby and Cindy in the Mornings," a program covering local news, traffic and celebrity gossip. Prior to 103.5 KTU, Vero worked for multiple stations in the tri-state area as a traffic correspondent, producer and news and entertainment reporter. "To be a part of the WPLJ family and a heritage radio station like 95.5 PLJ is any radio personality's dream," said Vero. "It is an honor to work along some of the best people in the business like Todd, Jayde and John Foxx. I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of a such an amazing team." "Cindy is a great addition to New York's 95.5 PLJ," said John Foxx, WPLJ Program Director. "Cindy is a native New Yorker and knows this town. She brings a lot of energy and can really connect on a local level. We are excited to have her guide our listeners through the tough commute each day." Vero discovered her passion for radio after an internship at WYNY and has worked in the industry ever since. In addition to her on-air radio roles, she runs a celebrity entertainment blog, "The Cindy V.," emcees charitable events and does voice-over work.

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MOTION: Fernando & Greg Extends With 99.7 NOW/SF; CBS Radio 100.7/Pittsburgh Welcomes Lindsay Cochrane To Nights; ESPN Launches 'The Man Cave' With Chris Paul & Jason Reid; Kelly Meyers Takes Middays On 107.9 The Link Charlotte; WHO/Des Moines' Simon Conway Doubles Up On 600 CMT Cedar Rapids

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– CBS RADIO San Francisco is pleased to announce that Fernando and Greg have extended their contract with 99.7[NOW!] (KMVQ) and will continue to serve as hosts of morning drive as part of the multi-year agreement. Fernando and Greg got their start in radio on Energy 92.7 (KNGY) where they hosted a show from 2005-09 before joining 99.7[NOW!].

CBS Radio Pittsburgh welcomes Lindsay Cochrane to it CBS Radio Pittsburgh team as the new Night Personality and Assistant Music Director on WBZZ. Lindsay began her Radio career in 2007 with Entercom in Norfolk, VA, and joins from West Virginia Radio Corporation where she hosted several different dayparts on various stations and formats, most recently Middays on nearby WVAQ/Morgantown. "I want to thank the CBS Radio Pittsburgh team and Operations Manager Mark Anderson for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love in the "City of Bridges"!

Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that long time morning drive personality Chris Paul and national sports columnist Jason Reid will team up and form a new morning drive program on ESPN980 (WTEM 980AM; 92.7FM and 94.3FM). VP/Programming Chuck Sapienza said of the new show “The Man Cave With Chris Paul And Jason Reid. Chris Paul formerly co-hosted the Donnie Simpson Show on WPGC-FM, Washington D.C. for 16 years and for the last 6 years on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jason Reid began his professional journalism career at the Los Angeles Times where he covered the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Clippers and provided college basketball analysis.

Greater Media Charlotte has named Kelly Meyers as its new midday host for WLNK-FM/107.9 The Link from 10am-3pm weekdays. she most recently worked at crosstown CHR WNKS-FM (Kiss 95.1) in middays from 2009 until late last year and also briefly served as interim morning host back in in 2001. She replaces Kelly McKay, who resigned back in December to focus on her own business. Prior to her arrival in Charlotte, she did swing and weekend shifts at Z100 New York and hosted "Cosmo Radio" at Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition, Meyers worked at Z100 in Portland. Meyers began her career at Q102 in Philadelphia.

WHO/Des Moines Afternoon Driver Simon Conway, has added a second daily show. He's also now hosting weekday mornings 9-11 Central on iHeartMedia sister station 600 WMT/Cedar Rapids. The new show started today.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: WWO Names Douglas Johnston EVP/Sales Midwest; Nate Bell Land Ops Post For Radio One Detroit

aTHE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has hired veteran sales executive Douglas Johnston as Executive Vice President, Midwest Region, in its network sales division. Prior to joining Westwood One, Johnston was the SVP, Sales, Central Region, for Premiere Networks. He also served in several sales executive roles at Univision, XM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio, and Katz Media. Johnson said, “I am excited to work with Steve and everyone at Westwood One as they strategically leverage their unrivaled content portfolio to create custom solutions for our marketing partners.”

Radio One announces that Nate Bell will move from its cluster in Raleigh to the Ops Mgr. role in Detroit overseeing Urban Hot 107.5 FM, Urban AC 105.9 KISS FM, Inspiration Praise 102.7 FM and AM 1200 News Talk. Bell previously oversaw operations at Urban WQOK-FM and Urban AC WFXC-FM since 2010. Prior to his post in Raleigh, Bell served as PD of Urban AC WMIB-FM/103.5 The Beat Miami. Before that, he was Director of Urban Programming for Clear Channel in New Orleans.

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Russell Brand Teams With Audioboom And Adlarge For Podcast

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– AudioBoom has today announced that it has signed an exclusive partnership with comedian, actor, and radio host Russell Brand to deliver twice-weekly comedy podcasts that are centered on Brand’s world-views and general humor, delivered in the iconic Brand fashion. The Russell Brand Podcast is a 45-minute show that will be available on audioBoom every Wednesday and Sunday, beginning February 25th for a total of 24 podcast programs. audioBoom’s advertising sales partner will be AdLarge Media. Brand’s team includes writer Matt Morgan and poet laureate Mr. Gee. The Russell Brand Podcast will be made into an hour-long show and syndicated to audioBoom broadcast partners in the UK, the US, and Australia. Jay Green, Vice President, Digital Sales & Content Partnerships, AdLarge Media added, “Russell Brand is one of those rare talents who combines comedy and entertainment with pure intelligence and raw emotion. We are excited for the opportunity Russell’s show brings to our brand investors.” The Russell Brand Podcast will be available at www.audioBoom.com/channel/RussellBrand

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ESPN's Dan Le Batard To Simulcast On National TV

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Chalk up another radio show you can see on TV - make that national TV. Fusion and ESPN Radio announced an agreement for Fusion to present a live simulcast of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show beginning this Spring. He'll broadcast live from Miami Beach’s Clevelander Hotel along with his co-host Stugotz (Jon Weiner). The Dan Le Batard Show joins Mike & Mike (ESPN2), The Herd (ESPNU), SVP & Russillo (ESPNEWS) and The Paul Finebaum Show (SEC Network) as the latest ESPN Radio show to be televised nationally. In addition to hosting The Dan Le Batard Show for ESPN Radio, Le Batard hosts 'Highly Questionable' weekday afternoons on ESPN2 along with his father Gonzalo Le Batard (“Papi”) and Bomani Jones. Le Batard joined the ESPN family in 1998 as a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. He also served as a reporter for ESPN’s College GameDay, Sunday Night Conversation and Outside the Lines series. In 2013, Le Batard brought his local radio show, heard on The Ticket in Miami since 2004, to ESPN Radio’s national audience.

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[LISTEN] Louie, Louie Turning 50; How The FBI & DJ Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg Made It A Legendary Hit

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015 –– The ginormous 60's hit 'Louie, Louie' will soon turn 50, but the controversy over its supposed lyrics remains one of radio and records greatest tales. In fact, those lyrics and the help of Boston jock Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg (R) along with an assist from the local FBI, help stamp this tune as one of radio's most legendary songs ever. According to tbo.com, the Tampa FBI office back then managed to find time in February 1964 to spend hours each day listening to a version of the song “Louie Louie” recorded by the Portland, Oregon, band The Kingsmen. Not because they were fans. Rather, they were charged with figuring out whether the lyrics were profane, a violation of federal law at the time. “Looking back, it’s funny,” said Dick Peterson of The Kingsmen. “But the FBI was serious. They wanted to prove the song was dirty and they wanted to punish us for it. Even funnier of course is there was nothing dirty about it.” . For those old enough to remember the actual lines such as, “Three nights and days I sail the sea. Think of girl, all constantly. On that ship I dream she’s there. I smell the rose in her hair.” Well, that ain't even close to what people THOUGHT the lyrics were. In fact, The governor of Indiana prohibited playing it on radio stations in his state. A A teacher in Sarasota wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy asking him for a national ban. “Who do you turn to when your teenage daughter buys and brings home pornographic or obscene material being sold ... in every city, village and record shop in this nation?” the letter wrote. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had the album sent for evaluation to his Tampa region, which included Sarasota. According to FBI archives, Tampa’s FBI agents tried to figure out what The Kingsmen were singing by slowing the record down. It was still unclear. They even tried playing the song backward. In March 1964, the Tampa FBI office released the statement saying it was ending its investigation because no one had been able to decipher the complete lyrics to “Louie Louie.” READ FULL STORY HERE - “Louie Louie” celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Oh yeah, watch how your parents were 'shakin' it' in 60's HERE

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7'Birdman' Comes Up Big At The Oscars; Nude Kris Jenner Surveillance Video Hacked?

 

And Here Are 2015 Oscar Winners - [VARIETY]

Neil Patrick Harris Blunder: Does 'Birdman' Joke After Winner Dedicates Award To Son Who Committed Suicide - [DAILY MAIL]

No, Really, Lena Dunham To Guest Star On 'Scandal' - [E ONLINE]

Check Out This Year's Razzie Winners - [INDIE WIRE]

Check Out A Very Young Jay Z Rap For The First Time - [ET]

Dr. Dre Covers AARP As He Turns 50 - [HIPHOPWIRED]

Nude Kris Jenner Video Hacked From Home Surveillance Says Report - [NYDN]

'The Tonight Show's' First Black Musician, Clark Terry, Passes Away At 94 - [DEADLINE]

Nick Gordon Says He'll Abide By Bobby Brown's Conditions To See Bobbi Kristina - [POPIST]

Karlie Kloss Retiring From Victoria Secret At 22 - [RUMORFIX]

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[WATCH] Burst Pipe Leaves Worcester Cluster Under Water

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Quite a day yesterday at Cumulus Worcester, MA cluster. Operations Manager Lance Ballance tells Jockline, 'At about 8:40 yesterday morning, Bruce Palmer (inset) was on air when he heard a thundering crash — a commotion loud enough to penetrate his soundproof studio. He told a local paper, "Someone looked outside the studio and saw ankle-deep water running down the hallway. We grabbed what we could and ran out of the building," Palmer said. Ballance said 'We didn't know what had happened until we heard water beginning to drip from the walls and ceiling. We looked out the studio door, and saw the water rushing down the stairwell. We first thought that our rook had collapsed due to the weight of the snow. We immediately began to evacuate the studios, as I ran upstairs to my office and our engineering area, as that seemed to be where the water was coming from...and saw even more water rushing in, as a 6 inch water main had broken in the stairwell. The first concern was for the rack room, but water was heading for the stairs, which spared that room. As water cascaded down the staircase inside, water began pouring from the ceiling into the WXLO studio, which effectively wiped it out. As I was retrieving some of our staff's personal effects (we got out THAT fast), I was met by the fire department, and let them in. We were ordered to cut all power until the electrical could be evaluated. After a time, we were able to continue to use the WWFX (The Pike), and WORC-FM (Nash Icon) studios. In addition to the damage to the WXLO studio, we also lost two production rooms. However, we were able to restore audio to all 3 stations before 1pm. We will have a makeshift studio for WXLO completed by Monday, as we get set to begin rebuilding. It turns out that the cause was that the water main had frozen completely solid, and finally gave way due to the pressure. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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[WATCH] Anthony Cumia Calls Howard Stern 'Greatest On-Air Personality” In History; Doesn't Speak With Opie Much Now

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Well, we didn't see this one coming. Anthony Cumia, longtime co-host of the Opie And Anthony Show sat down for a chat with Will Cain of The Blaze's Will Cain Show. In speaking about hi current relationship with his former co-host of 20 years, Gregg “Opie” Hughes he said, “We don’t talk much now,” Cumia said. “I think we both needed kind of a break from each other. Twenty years is a long time to spend everyday with somebody.” He also said he once had a lot in common with Hughes because the biggest goal in both of their lives in the beginning of their relationship was to build a wildly successful radio show. But as they got older and achieved success, he said, they “grew into different lives which weren’t that similar.” “He got married, had some kids and stuff and was doing fantastically. And I decided not to do that,” Cumia added. “I like it to be a little off-balance and unpredictable.” But somehow, even through disputes, Cumia said their chemistry inexplicably returned as soon as the microphones went on. In a bit of a shocker, after years of on-air sparring with fellow New York host, Howard Stern, Cumia named Stern as the greatest “on-air personality” in history. “I think you’d be crazy to not say Howard,” Cumia said. “We have butted heads with Howard for 20 years. … You can’t deny that from the mid-80s at NBC, up until he went to Sirius with that giant fanfare that he wasn’t the biggest guy in radio.” WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Gregg “Opie” Hughes Upgrades To $6.85 Million Condo At Trump's Place

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– In case you're wondering how Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes has been doing since his well publicized split with Anthony Cumia, you can relax. It appears he's doing just fine. According to the realdeawl.com, he has opted to remain in Donald Trump’s 200 Riverside Boulevard and trade up for a nicer condo, The Real Deal learned that Hughes purchased the five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom apartment on the tower’s 43rd floor for $6.85 million, and will live there with his wife and two children. The 4,285-square-foot unit features sweeping views of the Hudson River from the living room, kitchen and dining areas, according to the listing. Douglas Elliman’s Gilad Azaria represented the seller in the transaction. It is unclear who represented Hughes. SiriusXM fired the “Anthony” half of the famous duo last summer following a series of racially-charged tweets about an alleged incident in which he was punched in Times Square. The firing forced the end of “Opie and Anthony,” which had been a radio mainstay since 1995. Hughes resumed the show with comedian Jim Norton as his new partner.

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NETWORKS: Compass Media 'Gets Cookin' With Paula Deen

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Paula Deen Ventures announced today an agreement with Compass Media Networks to launch daily radio vignettes called “Get Cooking with Paula Deen” and weekly long-form podcast called “What’s Cooking with Paula Deen.” Both shows will debut on May 1, 2015. Paula Deen comments - “I am so thrilled to partner with Compass Media Networks on my new radio shows. Get Cooking with Paula Deen will be a one minute daily tip to help you in both the kitchen and life. What’s Cooking with Paula Deen will be a live thirty minute weekly show with myself and my Creative Director Brandon Branch. And one thing is for sure the two of us together can cook up a mess of fun! Can't wait to be back in your homes daily and weekly!” “Get Cooking with Paula Deen” will be offered to country music and news-talk radio stations. These daily vignettes will offer recipes, cooking tips, and good-living-tips. “What’s Cooking with Paula Deen” will air weekly on-demand via PaulaDeen.com, iTunes, and other leading digital platforms.

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The Bobby Bones Show To Bring 'Ask Anything' To Fans Nationwide

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks and The Bobby Bones Show announced a partnership with Ask Anything, the first chat platform created to maximize an artist's social media fanbase, that will bring exclusive interviews to Country music fans across the country. In addition, www.BobbyBones.com will now host these exclusive, candid conversations featuring fan-submitted questions. Bobby Bones will host the inaugural video chat with UMG Nashville artist Dierks Bentley on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 a.m. EST. Following the release of Dierks Bentley’s seventh studio album “Riser” on February 28, Country music fans can tune in to the video chat on www.BobbyBones.com to see if their questions get answered. UMG Nashville “Sounds of Summer” tour opening acts Kip Moore and Canaan Smith are also scheduled to participate in the video chat on March 3. “We love any opportunity to get our listeners closer to the artists, and Ask Anything is another great opportunity,” shared Bobby Bones. “Thanks to Bobby Bones, Premiere Networks, Jennifer Leimgruber, Justin Cole, and Michael Bryan for allowing Ask Anything to be a part of their growing Nashville family, and for supporting a platform that gives fans the unique opportunity to connect with their favorite artists,” stated Dave Reynolds, founder of Ask Anything.

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MOTION: Tyler Frye Takes Nights At KRBE/Houston; Todd Michaels On The Rise At The Coyote/Las Vegas; Dave Akerly Takes Over Mornings At WILS-AM/Lansing; Ginny Harmon Exits KKGO/LA

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 Cumulus announced that Tyler Frye has been named host of the night show at 104.1 KRBE. Frye comes to Houston from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he spent three years hosting nights WDCG/G105. Tyler began his radio career at WFLZ in Tampa, eventually serving as full-time swing talent and also hosted nights on Hot 107.1 in Denver. "Frye said: “I am extremely honored and excited to join the fantastic team at KRBE. The history behind those call letters means something really special and I look forward to being part of this team. I would like to thank Leslie Whittle, Alex Cadelago and Jan Jeffries for this amazing opportunity. I’d also like to thank Zac Davis for his guidance and mentoring these past years. Lastly, J.J. Watt for MVP. Go Texans!” ########### Beasley Media Group Las Vegas and The Coyote 102.7 KCYE-FM Vegas’ New Country 102.7 KCYE-FM announce the promotion of night host Todd Michaels (above left) to afternoon drive. Todd Michaels joined the station last December after ten years of hosting, producing and writing syndicated shows for Westwood One, Radio Express, Premiere Networks and TeshMedia. He fills the vacancy recently left by Cadillac Jack, who relocated at the end of the year to Beasley Media Group’s WQYK/Tampa-St. Petersburg. ########### Dave Akerly will take over the weekday morning on Lansing talker WILS-AM. Akerly, is best known as a news anchor at WLNS-TV, also has served as director of communications in the state Department of Human Services. ########### laradio.com reported yesterday that Ginny Harman (L) was let go from KKGO Go Country. Since 2008, Ginny has worked virtually every shift on the Country station. Most recently she had been teamed with Larry Morgan in afternoon drive. Reach her at: ginnyharmanvo@gmail.com.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Shari Gonzalez Named VP/Sale iHM Miami

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Miami/Ft. Lauderdale announced that Shari Gonzalez has been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. Gonzalez started her local career in sales at WJZE and WGAY/WWRC in Washington, D.C., before going to WMAL News/Talk 630 as a Senior Account Executive. Her management career also started at WMAL as National Sales Manager, and then Local Sales Manager. She later moved to CBS Radio Washington, D.C., where she held positions as General Sales Manager and Director of Sales for the five-station cluster. Gonzalez most recently served as General Sales Manager for WPOW, previously owned by Beasley Broadcast Group.

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Mancow Readies For Chicago's Loop

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2015 –– As we reported last month, Chicago's 97.9 The Loop is conducting a morning show search where candidates 7take over the show for a week and listeners are then asked to vote online. So far Abe Kanan, Shadoe Steves And Liz Wilde (shown) have competed, but next week all eyes and ears will be on longtime Chicago morning vet Erich 'Mancow' Muller's Morning Madhouse." After an extended run in talk radio, he's returning for week long stint next week on The Loop. Mancow was last heard on a music outlet at Emmis' Alternative WKQX/Chicago in Spring of 2006 leaving behind a history of impressive ratings. He had first joined WKQX-FM/Q-101 in 1998. And is Mancow nervious about next week's appearance? He tells Jockline "There' no galloping megalomaina her - I'm nervous as all get out." - As for his show, most of his old crew will be back for the occasion.

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7'Parks & Recreation' Executive Producer Found Dead At 30; Jay Z Facing Paternity Suit

 

UH OH:Farrow & Reid Out AT MSNBC - [BREITBART]

'Parks And Recreation's Executive Producer Found Dead At 30 - [CNN]

[WATCH] Allison William Opens Up About Her Father, Brian William's, Suspension - [TIME]

[WATCH] It Was Ashton Kutcher HUGE Prosthetic Penis That Saved '2 1/2 Men' - [ET]

[WATCH] Will Smith Not To Old To 'Get Jiggy With It' - [SALON]

[WATCH] Eddie Murphy Took A Pass On Cosby Impression - [NBC]

Shelly Smith Shaves Her Head Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis - [E ONLINE]

UH OH: Jay Z Facing Paternity Suit From Man Claiming To Be Love Child - [NYDN]

Instagram And Vanity Fair Partner For Oscar Portrait Studio - [THE WRAP]

'Fashion Week' Creator Not Impressed With Kanye West - [NY POST]

UH OH: '50 Shade Author Demands Control Over Sequel Script - [VARIETY]

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Former Cleveland PD To Launch oWOW Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– After two years in the making, legendary WMMS/Cleveland, PD John Gorman is set to launch oWOW radio this Friday, a locally-based live and local internet radio station. He tells freshwatercleveland.com, "We're on the air right now, testing," says the chief content officer. On-air staff members include Ravenna Micelim Steve Pappas (R), Susie Frazier and Charlotte DiFranco (L), all of whom have lengthy radio experience. "What used to get people interested in radio was that it was exciting," says oWOW director of sales and marketing Jim Marchyshyn. "You looked in. You saw the DJ and you thought: this is cool. We are in show business. That's been forgotten." Gorman says of traditional radio today, "Studi7os are all empty. They don't have an air staff. Most of them are disembodied voices coming from another city. We're real live people. We're based in Cleveland. We can do all the things that radio can no longer do." Two sponsors are already lined up, including Budweiser who will join for the launch this weekend. And if the logo seems familiar, David Helton, who created WMMS's legendary buzzard, was its designer. According to the report, oWOW was funded by a host of private investors, a local bank and a loan and grant from the City of Cleveland. "We had the odds so far against us at one point that it looked like it would never happen," says Gorman. "It made us fight even harder. We refused to give up."

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Mark Cuban Says Net Neutrality Will F--k Everything Up

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Not one to mince his words, Shark Tank's Mark Cuban is not happy about net neutrality. Speaking at the Code/Media conference on Wednesday, Cuban plans to change how the FCC classifies the internet will "f--- everything up." He said there is little evidence that giant tech companies have ever "throttled" the internet to reduce speeds, so he doesn't see them as a threat. Cuban added, "net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies." According to businessinsider.com, The FCC wants to introduce laws that keep big internet companies from being able to pay internet service providers for priority web traffic. To do that, the FCC is planning to reclassify the internet as a utility. Cuban previously spoke to Business Insider about his concerns over net neutrality. He told us he did not want the government to have too much control over the internet: You may not like the depth of competition wireless currently provides, but wireless networks are getting better by the day and standards are being set for 5G that will compete with wired broadband. PHOTO/ABC SHARK TANK

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What Apple's Hire Of Radio Star Means For Talent

Plus, Five More Things They Should Steal From Broadcast Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– As the media world continues to ponder Apple’s latest decision to hire a top radio star from the BBC, on the surface it may just look snatching a great talent for its radio arm, iTunes. But is there more to this move than meets the eye? Jockline reached out to a few of radio's top creative thinkers for their take, and how it could translate for broadcast talent in the future. Walter Sabo (above left), an influential International consultant and content expert says, "Hiring a radio star from a BBC popular music station is part of a historical progression. 40 years ago AM's top stars like B.Mitchel Reed, Don Bleu, Tom Donahue, Dan Daniels, Dick Summer, and others made the risky move to an uncertain future on FM. 20 years later, I recruited FM stars to digital Satellite radio. Now a number of celebrities like Adam Corolla and Tom Leykus are moving to podcasts. Today new digital stages like TuneIn, iTunes, iHeart, Pandora, Spotify and others offer an exciting, pristine stage for radio stars. Execs who embrace the power of radio stars, like Kevin Straley at Tunein, will thrive. Other digital audio execs will discover how important radio stars are to the future of their businesses or their product will become just a box of records. There has always been a box of records…right next to the radio." --- Mark Ramsey (above center) commented: 'I can't speak to why (Zane Lowe - right) stood out. My understanding is that he was one of the best the Brits have to offer. He has talent, musical cred, knowledge, and a national profile. National profiles are easier to find in the UK because more audio brands are NATIONAL. But the main reason talent should pay attention is because somebody will pay for talent. Assuming they are able to SHOW that talent on the radio station of their choice today. Did you see that a Hollywood agency just signed up a slew of YouTube stars? You have to be at that level to make a difference in this transmedia world. Apple and others will look for talent that can connect with millennial audiences, and that means it's likely that they will look beyond radio. In this case, after all, they looked beyond the US. The world is now their oyster assuming the platform is worldwide. ----- Valerie Geller of Geller Media International Broadcast Consultants says, "In truth, real talent is rare. And since talent is always a magnet for audiences, its a risk, but it's a calculated risk. While Apple has not exactly shown all their cards on this, like everything they do, they have a plan. This decision, which seems to have rocked the music radio world, is based on creativity, originality, success track with young consumers and hiring someone who they believe has great ears." - Meanwhile, Geller shared a link to a story from Chris Price which was posted as a guest blogger on Matt deagons blog, and James Cridland's post as well. It offers 'Five More Things Internet Radio Should Steal - Interesting read - SEE ARTICLE HERE

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NAB Crystal Radio Awards Finalists Announced

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 28th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon. The Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, will be held Tuesday, April 14 during the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon, where Golden Globe nominee, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality Marilu Henner will present a keynote address. Radio hosts of Southern California's longest-running a.m. drive show, the "Kevin & Bean Morning Show (shown) ," Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. SEE ALL FINALISTS HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Charlie Ochs Returns To Lead Beasley's MoneyTalk 1010 Tampa; Ralph Renzi Joins CMG As DOS For Miami

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group Tampa Bay announced MoneyTalk 1010 AM has hired market veteran Charlie Ochs (pronounced OAKS) as the General Manager of MoneyTalk 1010. Most recently, Mr. Ochs served as a financial professional for Prudential Financial in Tampa. Prior to that, Ochs was a senior executive in the broadcasting industry, including serving as Senior Vice President and Market Manager with CBS Radio. Ochs’ radio career included cities such as Indianapolis, sPhoenix, and Houston. He managed clusters of radio stations in San Diego, Washington D.C., and most recently the six CBS Radio stations in the Tampa Bay Area from 2000 through 2008.

Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has named Ralph Renzi as its new Director of Sales, overseein WEDR, WHQT, WFLC and WFEZ. Prior to joining CMG Miami, Renzi was a member of the sales management team at WTOP in Washington D.C., which has been the country’s No.1 billing radio station for four consecutive years. "I am honored and excited to join the CMG Miami team,” said Renzi. “Cox Media Group's unique combination of innovative resources, the proven leadership of Rob Babin, and the talented team of professionals create a dynamic recipe to serve south Florida and provide appreciable results for our clients.” Renzi studied Mass Communications at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. and was a member of the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2013 class of Broadcast Leadership Training in Washington D.C.

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NETWORKS: 60 Second Rewind's Paul Shaffer Talks SNL's 40th; Phantom Producer Unveils Imaging App

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Before Paul Shaffer was David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick, he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980. This past Sunday Shaffer joined a slew of other former cast members for Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special. “Seeing a conglomeration of 40 years’ worth of casts and writers was a unique experience to say the least. ‘Twas an honor to be a part of it,” Shaffer said. Shaffer appeared on the special providing accompaniment to Bill Murray who returned to his role as lounge singer Nick Ocean. Together the duo performed the “love theme” from Jaws. As his tenure on the Late Show with David Letterman approaches its end on May 20, Shaffer will continue to host Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock and Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind on radio stations across the country. Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com and 60SecondRewind.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761.

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., has unveiled the latest tech development from Phantom Producer, THE PHANTOM APP. This newly conceived iOS application gives full functionality of the Phantom Producer imaging services to your iPhone or iPad – and the ability to send the mixed files directly to your on-air studio. The concept opens the door to the idea of out-of-the-studio production, where imaging content can be auditioned and automatically customized from anywhere. The announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark along with Phantom Producer’s creator and Executive Producer, Jeff Thomas. Phantom Producer’s founder, Jeff Thomas commented, “In an industry full of time-poor, multi-tasking content creators, we’ve developed a product that is truly mobile. If you’d like to do production on your bus ride, just click a button, and you can have a mixed file in your studio before you arrive."

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REPORT: Vanilla Ice Arrested For Burglary & Grand Theft

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Remember Vanilla Ice? Back in the '90's he was a popular rapper, but more recently he' been renovating homes in Florida for the DIY Network on its 'The Vanilla ICE Project. That was as of yesterday being that, according to truthrevolt.com, he arrested for burglary and grand theft. Allegedly, police found items in his home that had been taken from a house next door to one he was fixing up. Items included a pool heater and some furniture. Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, says he thought the home had been abandoned. The property is in the midst of foreclosure, however, and the owners identified the items as their own. The property has since been returned to its owner. ICE voluntarily metwith detectives and was then taken into custody. The question now is will HGTV keep the show?

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

[LISTEN] Woman Giving Birth Calls Graham Mack Show For Help

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– A drama unfolded on BOB fm in the Home Counties when Graham Mack, our very own international correspondent, (took a call from a couple on their way to hospital. Tracy Payne went into labour so her husband Gary was driving her to the Lister Hospital. They were diverted from the A1 after a serious accident closed the road. Listeners started calling in to suggest alternative routes. In the end, Tracy’s mum Linda who was in the back of the car, pulled rank and called 999 (their version of 911). Listen to how the drama unfolded on the air here; http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/fresh-criticism-of-qeii-maternity-service-closure-after-a1m-crash/

Princess Stephanie Goes Live On Radio Monaco - Monaco Radio listeners will hear a new edition of the monthly program "Jungle Fight" co-hosted by Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Each month, Princess Stephanie, President of Fight Aids Monaco, will report on research, prevention and the fight against HIV / AIDS.

Nova 106.9's Extreme Car-E-Oke - Australia’s Nova 106.9 are back with Ash , Kip and Luttsy’s Extreme Car-E-Oke. This week they got Bronco’s Rugby League teammates Matt Gillett and Jack Reed to go through a car wash while singing Wrecking Ball. Their efforts below. Nova and the Bronco’s are giving a Hyundai i20 away with Extreme Car-E-Oke, hopefully not the one that just went through with the windows down. Watch the video here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/fun-stuff/6361-nova-106-9-s-extreme-car-e-oke.html

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

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[WATCH] Larry King Talks Pop Culture Phenoms With iHR

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Larry King stopped by the iHeartRadio studios to talk about his show "Larry King NOW." There he took a moment to chat with iHeartRadio's Paul Costabile about music's hottest artists and pop culture phenomenons. I think you'd agree, for a seasoned vet, he's still pretty quick on his feet. Check out the video HERE

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7Nicki Minaj Staff Member Killed In Bar Fight; WOF Contestant Stuns With One Letter Solve

 

 

Nicki Minaj Staff Member Killed, One Injured In Philadelphia Bar Fight - [NYDN]

Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood to Host 2015 ACM Liftin Lives Event - [ROLLING STONE]

Ben & Jerry Introduce Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Dough' Ice Cream - [BENJERRY]

MORE FALLON: Jimmy And Taylor Swift Do Jumbotron - [IDOLATOR]

Unretouched Photos Of Beyonce Go Viral - [THAT1960CHICK]

Neil Patrick Harris Featured In New London Fog Ads - [E ONLINE]

CBS Sports Brings Boxing Back To TV In 2015 - [CBS]

WOF Contestant Stuns With One Letter Puzzle Solve - [SALON]

Yup, Kimmy Gets North West A Bullet Proof Vest - [RUMORFIX]

Dr. Seuss Is Back Following Book Discovery - [USA TODAY]

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[LISTEN] Dan Aykroyd Weighs In On Eddie Murphy's Bizarre SNL 40Appearance

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Of all the memorable takeaways from last weekend's airing of SNL's 40th Anniversary, unfortunately, Eddie Murphy's bizarre appearance and speech is what many are still talking about. That includes SiriusXM's Howard Stern who, along with guest Dan Aykroyd, weighed in, as well. Co-starring with Murphy in 'Trading Places, Aykroyd tried his best to be respectful of the comedy legend, but did admit that he would have loved it 'if he’d just gone off on that Eddie rant on somebody in the audience.' According to Mediaite, the whole thing was so uncomfortable that NBC had to edit the video clip before posting it online the next day. “Am I wrong in thinking that this Eddie Murphy moment was very awkward?” Stern asked Aykroyd. “It seemed to me like Eddie Murphy had a gun to his head.” With so many celebrities in attendance, Aykroyd said Murphy “could have riffed on that audience and just ripped it.” LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE

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MOTION: Scott Miller Follows McMurray And McNeil To Chicago's Drive; Watts And Lolo Exit Magic 95.9 Baltimore

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– As first tipped last week by Chicago blogger Robert Feder, Hubbard's WERV-FM 97.1 The Drive made it official yesterday by announcing that beginning early next month, hosts Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil will follow longtime host, Steve Downes, in morning drive. McNeil said: "I've coveted a show like this for a long, long time. That it's coming to a reality on The Drive -- the crown jewel of Chicago radio, is incredible. I'm enormously grateful because my real life again is exceeding the dreams I had for it." Co-hosting with Dan will be Pete McMurray who exits WGN-AM where he's been since November 2012. McMurray came to Chicago from Rockford's WXRX-FM, where from 1993-1998. In 1998, he joined WCKG-FM. In 2001, he took over mornings at WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop, which lasted until 2003, at which point he returned to WCKG-FM. In January 2007, McMurray returned to hosting mornings at WLUP-FM. He worked there through the end of July 2012. But the news doesn't stop there. Following McMurray from WGN, his producer/sidekick Scott Miller has accepted an offer to join Hubbard Radio, as well, to serve as producer.

According to the Baltimore Sun, two veteran hosts at Radio One's Magic 95.9, Tim Watts and Lolo are off the air. Watts, a fixture on Baltimore radio for decades and at 95.9 for 17 years, and Milliner, a veteran of 22 years at the station, were reported to have been go last week. Radio One officials said they had been "challenged with the performance of Magic and we've tried various things in an effort to gain share. This change unfortunately impacted radio veterans Tim Watts and Lorraine 'Lolo' Milliner."

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SYNDICATION: Townsquare Launches Syndicated PopCrush Nights With Lisa Paige; Envision Debuts The John & Leah Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media has announced the launch of a new nationally syndicated show PopCrush Nights, hosted by Lisa Paige. The nightly show will feature the hottest new pop music, as well as trending entertainment and music information. It's set to air from 7p-midnight across 38 Townsquare Media stations. The show will also be available to affiliates through Compass Media Networks. Lisa Paige's resume includes stints at WHTZ 100.3 FM /Z100, WFLZ 92.3 FM in Tampa, WIOQ 102.1 FM in Philadelphia and WBMP 92.3 FM NowFM in New York.

Envision Networks has announced the debut of The John and Leah Show, a talk show focusing on media, politics, sports and pop culture with hosts John Ziegler and Leah Brandon. The show airs live every Sunday night at 10 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. PST. "Even though Leah Brandon and I haven’t worked together since the days of my KFI show, I actually believe the show is clearly better now than it even was then,' Ziegler said. His career began in Steubenville, Ohio as a sportscaster and reporter with an NBC affiliate. He made the switch to talk radio as an evening host at WWTN-FM/Nashville and went on to work at a number of other outlets. Eventually he wound up at KFI-AM/Los Angeles, where he and Brandon first worked together. While at KFI he was #54 on the Talkers 100 list and part of breaking several national news stories. After four years at the station, Ziegler opted to leave talk radio to produce documentary films. Brandon started out as a DJ in Roanoke, Va., and then came to Los Angeles where she began her radio voiceover imaging career. She currently resides in Birmingham, Al.

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sZane Lowe Explains Why He Joined Apple

It's About Connecting With Audiences On A Global Level

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– A lot of radio eyebrows were raised this week with Apple's hiring of BBC/Radio 1's highly popular, Zane Lowe, for what presumably is a role at iTunes. While not many details were given other than the hire, he explains in an interview with The Guardian that the move came down to the opportunity of connecting on a global level. "It's not easy being faced with the prospect of leaving somewhere as amazing as the BBC," he said. "It's about the best place I've ever worked in my life. And it's got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons -- because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honored at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don't leave. You just don't." So why leave then? Lowe explained that he is excited at the prospect of reaching a bigger audience. His job, he added, has always been to connect the listener and the artist, so his decision has nothing to do with ego. "It's about being able to get great music to an audience on a global level. I know that there is an opportunity to come out here and to build something that will reach parts of the world that I've never reached before," he said. Lowe goes on to explain that he wants a new platform for music lovers while bringing back a human aspect that's been absent since the decline of record stores. Tomorrow, Jockline takes a look at what this move represents to other broadcast hosts.

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[WATCH] TOM BARNARD: Reflects On Difficult Childhood

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– One of Minneapolis' most beloved personalities, Tom Barnard, longtime morning host on Cumulus' 92.5, tells WCCO TV that being wealthy is hard to explain; 'I don't care about money," he says. Barnard, who recently inked a new five-year contract opens up to Channel 4's Frank Vascellaro who says being so successful for so long is impressive, but when you understand how he grew up, it’s pretty remarkable. Barnard grew up in north Minneapolis, one of seven kids. He said his life choices back then were basically get out or go to prison. Walking in his old neighborhood, he stopped in front of a home on Russell Avenue North “This particular house: There’s not a whole lot of happy memories, a lot of misery in this one,” he said. He knew he was poor. Nine people were living in a three-bedroom house. To say times were tough is an understatement. “We went for stretches where we literally ate fried bread dough and watermelon for six months because we couldn’t afford any food,” he said. Despair was more prevalent than hope. “You grow up in a neighborhood like this and you are convinced you’ve got no shot because you’re told, ‘Basically, I’m never going to make it out of here,’ so why try?” he said. But Barnard did try, says Vascellaro. He worked hard. “I started work when I was 11 years old,” he said. “I was a janitor, and I’ve been working ever since.” Mom worked hard too. She was a waitress in a diner. Dad, Barnard said, was the problem. “My father was schizophrenic,” he said. “It caused a lot of problems. And my mother — he just wore her down.” Mental illness led to instability. Barnard said frequent evictions meant he lived in 43 different houses growing up. As for his father: “He came back for a couple of months when I was 15 or 16, and then he left and I didn’t see him until 17 years later when he died.” .... Money aside, Barnard still loves what he does.”“I will always work,” Barnard said. “I love doing the KQ morning show, I just love it, and now I have the afternoon show, and I love that, too, because I get to work with my family.” KQRS radio will soon begin airing the best of the Tom Barnard digital show on Sunday mornings. WATCH ENTIRE PIECE HERE

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Blackberry Suing Ryan Seacrest's Typo Again

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– BlackBerry is suing Ryan Seacrest's Typo again for copying its keyboard design. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after a US District Judge in San Francisco previously ordered Typo to pay BlackBerry $860,000, the Ryan Seacrest-backed company now faces another suit from the smartphone maker for continuing to sell its iPhone case with an integrated hardware keyboard. According to the report, BlackBerry has filed a new complaint against Typo in California this week claiming the company’s latest products "slavishly copied .. down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys." Seacrest reportedly invested $1 million in the company and has promoted the start-up on CNN, at the Consumer Electronics Show and elsewhere. Upon introduction to the market in early 2004, Typo was hit by a lawsuit from BlackBerry, which prevailed upon the judge to issue a preliminary injunction. In reaction to the judge's sanctions order, a Typo spokesperson stressed that the lawsuit "has no impact on the Typo 2 product currently in the marketplace." The lawsuit quotes various product reviews in the press that make comments like the "Blackberry influence remains," and stresses that Typo has willfully copied "instead of re-designing their product to steer clear of BlackBerry's trade dress designs." Seeking various damages, including another injunction, BlackBerry via its lawyers at Quinn Emanuel says it aims "to put an end to Defendants' pattern and practice of unlawful conduct." Typo declined comment about the lawsuit, but mediation is scheduled for this morning.

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Benztown Brings Top Talent To ConnectPal

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– Benztown Radio Networks today announced that it has entered into an agreement with ConnectPal.com to bring its key talent relationships to ConnectPal. Under the agreement, Benztown will monetize podcasts with major media stars including entertainment expert David Tutera (L), whose hit primetime show "David Tutera's CELEBrations" is now in its second season on WE tv. Benztown will bring its stable of media stars to ConnectPal, including: Navy SEAL Chris Heben, the Digital Doctor Jeff Levy, world-renowned psychic Dougall Fraser, and A.J. Barrera. In addition, Benztown will produce creative content and provide imaging services for the user-friendly ConnectPal marketplace. ConnectPal.com was founded in 2014 by Andy Dean (R), a former Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio host. Today, ConnectPal connects audiences with content creators, including radio legend Neal Boortz, Fox TV Star “Judge Alex”, Washington Insider Paul Westcott, International Supermodel Julia Gilas, and more. For more information, visit: http://www.benztown.com/connectpal/ or contact Masa Patterson at mp@benztown.com and at (818) 842-4600. ConnectPal.com was founded in 2014 by Andy Dean. He was featured on NBC's “The Apprentice,” and can be seen regularly on Fox News, CNN, and HBO's “Bill Maher Show” providing political commentary.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Sales Vet Dana Senit Joins PodcastOne For Management Post

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced the addition of digital media and sales veteran Dana Senit in the position of Sales Manager, Western Region. In her new role, Senit will work with local and national advertisers in the western region to collaborate on digital media initiatives across the network of all-star podcasts to maximize campaign effectiveness through personality-driven strategies. Previously, Senit was the Vice President, Western Region at TargetSpot, working on digital-audio advertiser opportunities. Senit also served as a Senior Account Manager at XM Satellite Radio, National Radio Supervisor at Carat North America, and Senior Media Buyer at Focus Media.

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NBC Sport's Radio Hosts Strike A Pose With NBA Legend Dr. J

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015 –– NBC Sports Radio’s Anita Marks, Jon Stashower, and Chris Mannix strike a pose with NBA Hall of Fame legend “Dr. J” - Julius Erving who was the special guest during a live broadcast of The Anita Marks Show at the Harman store on Madison Avenue in New York City this past weekend. The in-store event celebrated the exclusive audio partnership between JBL and the NBA.

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7'Happy' Kids Books On Tap For Pharrell; Meet The Stars Who Passed On '50 Shades' Role

 

Meet The Stars Who Passed On '50 Shades' - [BUSINESS INSIDER]

Melissa Rivers Joins ET For Interview Series - [THE WRAP]

Pharrell Williams Inks New Deal For 'Happy' Kid's Books - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Christina Aguilera Treats Her Fans To Coffee - [YAHOO]

UH OH: Selena Gomez Drops Top For 'V' - [DAILY CALLER]

[WATCH] Justin Bieber Getting Egged For Roast Promo - [ET]

What's One More? Rihanna Covers Yet AnOther Magazine - [VIBE]

Kanye West Says He Lost Friends When He Began Dating Kimmy - [PAGE SIX]

Homeless Woman Walked Miles To Court To Make Sure Rapist Got Jail Time - [DISPATCH]

Check Out First 'Ghostbusters' Cast Photo - [E ONLINE]

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BBC's Radio 1 Denies Ban On Madonna Music

Alleged Report Sparks Charges Of Ageism

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 1 has responded to this weekend's report by The Daily Mail that it banned Madonna from its playlists. Over the weekend, the Mail reported that the 56-year-old pop star was deemed too old to be played on the station, adding that her new single 'Living for Love' has been played just once since its debut in December. They later posted on Facebook, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone - please don't believe the papers. "The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor. "In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks - 'FourFiveSeconds' and 'Only One' - on the Radio 1 playlist."

According to digitalspy.com, this isn't the first time that the station has come under fire for its apparent reluctance to play songs by older artists. Morning host Nick Grimshaw previously claimed that Robbie Williams was "not relevant" to the 13 and 14-year-olds who listen to the station. However, Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson denied that age is a factor - pointing out that Pharrell Williams has had many tracks playlisted recently, and is the same age as Robbie. Meanwhile, whether this story turns out to have merit or not, it's sparked charges of ageism. According to inquisitr.com, On Radio 1’s Facebook page, listeners decried the station’s alleged decision not to play Madonna’s new song “Living for Love.” Many of the posters said that the station’s blatant ageism towards Madonna is just as bad as racism and homophobia. Others mocked Radio 1 for being irrelevant itself. All bickering aside, Madonna’s “Living for Love” now registers as one of the fifty most-played songs at pop radio.

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[WATCH] Popular Baltimore Host Gets Second Chance At Life

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported nearly a year ago, Mix 106.5/Baltimore midday host Maria Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, according to WJZ/CBS TV Baltimore, she’s getting a second chance at life and feels lucky to be alive. “They gave me a 50% chance of making it,” she said. Last March, after suffering from bad stomachaches, routine tests prompted hearing what everybody dreads. “I said, `Leukemia? How is that possible?'” Dennis said. She immediately began treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After four rounds of intense chemotherapy, she was put on a list for a bone marrow transplant. In June, Dennis’ prayers were answered. “I just can’t imagine someone going through a surgery for a stranger and giving their bone marrow and saving someone’s life,” Dennis said. She hasn’t decided what she’ll say to the donor. Dennis says she always expected to survive. Finally, Dennis has beat cancer. “I got an email from my doc. He’s like, `Congratulations. No signs of leukemia, cancer-free.’ It was wonderful,” she said. She believes her battle with leukemia has reminded her what’s really important in life and she hopes her message reaches others going through the same thing. Dennis says she'll continue to take chemo pills every day. WATCH HERE

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