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Norway Now Reconsidering Casey Kasem Burial

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– After receiving a letter from Kasem's family and friends (JD 8.20) asking for the Norwegian government to deny Jean Kasem's request to bury Casey Kasem in Oslo, officials there are now consulting with legal advisers on their next course of action, a Norwegian government official told NBC News on Wednesday. Jean Kasem asked the Norway government to allow the burial in a letter in which she claimed she would be moving to Norway soon. She also said her husband "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven and I would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes." In letters to the Norwegian government, Kasem's relatives and friends — including his daughter, Kerri Kasem, and former Lieutenant Governor of California Mike Curb (shown with Kasem) stated the late DJ "always wanted to be buried in California," where he lived for 53 years. "We are looking at it once again to see if we made the right decision or not," said the city's Managing Director of Funeral Service Wenche Elizabeth Madsen Eriksson. said. "The relatives are saying she has no ancestry in Norway and they say that she’s not going to move to Norway at all. They also said she has not been visiting him and doesn’t care about him at all. We don't know if it's true. We need to talk to our lawyers to do more research." "Even if the reason (Jean) gave us wasn’t right, we don’t necessarily have to reject it," Eriksson said. "Casey Kasem can still be buried in Norway. But we must consider the whole situation. We have to decide who is right here, and we might need more information."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Dan Mason As Op's Manager For Tampa Cluster

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named Dan Mason as Operations Manager for WSUN-FM 97X, WPOI-FM HOT 101.5, and 102.5 The Bone WHPT-FM, effective Sept. 8. Mason will also serve as HOT 101.5 WPOI-FM's Director of Branding and Programming. “Dan's approach to programming is firmly in line with ours,” said Keith Lawless, CMG Tampa’s Vice President and Market Manager. “He is a welcome addition to our team, and I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win.”Previously, Mason served as Program Director of CBS Boston's 103.3 Amp Radio (WODS). Other career highlights include Program Director for 107.9 The End (KDND) and Star 106.5 (KBZC) in Sacramento, Y100 in Miami and 96.5 Kiss FM (WAKS) in Cleveland. "I am thrilled to join the fantastic team in Tampa. Hot 101.5, 97X, and 102.5 The Bone are three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country,” said Mason. " Steve Smith, Vice President of Programming for CMG Radio added, "HOT 101.5 is a very special groundbreaking CHR. We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other Superbrands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family!"

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MOTION: Jay Towers Adds Morning TV Duties Along With His KNIC-FM Show; To Air Radio Show From TV Studio; Phlash Phelps Celebrates 14th Year As Satcaster

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Jay Towers has been named as weekday morning anchor at WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit from 6-9 am. Towers posted on Facebook that he'll continue his morning show WNIC-FM 100.3, but broadcast from the FOX 2 studios. He anchor along with Anqunette Jamison. Towers added: “2014 marks my 10th anniversary at FOX 2. To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role at WJBK is a dream come true. The best part? I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3….and, all from one place!” ########## One of radio's most creative personalities, who kept getting fired for his on-air antics, and burned through 17 jobs before landing at XM on August 21, 2000, is celebrating 14 years at the sat-caster, according to Art Vuolo. Former Governor Dirk Kempthrone of Idaho, who was also once Mayor of Boise and Secretary of the Interior during the Bush 43 years, is a big fan of the morning host on Sirius XM's Sixties on 6 channel. To honor Phelps, he is having a US flag flown over the Capitol dome to mark the event. The flag will then be presented to Phelps as a special keepsake. Phlash Phelps was hired even before the official launch of XM which was on September 21, 2001, by Dave Logan and Lee Abrams who were searching for a wacky DJ (like they were in the 60's) for mornings. Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo, had video (imagine that) of Phlash at WKMZ in Martinsburg, WV and from B-106 in Fort Wayne, IN.

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STUDY: Broadcast Radio Tops Pandora In Music Satisfaction

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has announced additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. It’s Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience,” says NuVoodoo's Leigh Jacobs. “Our data show that Broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats,” continues Jacobs. Carolyn Gilbert (L), NuVoodoo President said: “Radio’s on a bigger stage than it’s been since the advent of TV, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We’ve known for years that most people don’t want to program their own music or design their own cars, for that matter. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “We know that many Pandora listeners are also heavy users of broadcast radio, but we’re interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time. These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn’t equate to less listening to broadcast radio. For more information, visit www.nuvoodoo.com.

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KYW Philly's Harry Donahue Set To Retire Following Five Decades On-Air

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– CBS Radio's KYW Newsradio 1060 morning co-anchor Harry Donahue will be retiring from the station tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22, after a career in broadcasting that spans five decades in Philadelphia, it was announced on Wednesday by Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. Donahue joined KYW in 1973 after starting his career as an announcer for the former WPBS-FM radio (now WUSL-FM), and as a manager of media relations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “When I was hired at KYW, I couldn’t believe it,” said Donahue. “It was, and remains, the preeminent radio station in Philadelphia. I’ve done what I always wanted to do. To work in my hometown and having been part of this iconic radio station – it just doesn’t get any better.” Donahue began waking up the Delaware Valley 35 years ago, and was the primary anchor for coverage of some of the region’s biggest news stories, including the Mass conducted for a million Philadelphians by Pope John Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway and championship celebrations for both the Phillies and 76ers. In addition, Donahue serves as the longtime play-by-play voice for Temple University Athletics (men’s football and basketball, the latter heard on CBS RADIO’s WPHT 1210AM). He will continue his responsibilities with the University.

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WKRC Cincinnati Weekend Host Indicted In Shooting Incident

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– A Hamilton County grand jury served an indictment accusing Blake Seylhouwer of domestic violence and and felonious assault, charges carrying a maximum sentence of 11 years behind bars. According to cincinnati.com,
Seylhouwer, 37, is accused of arguing Aug. 12 with his wife Misty Seylhouwer in their driveway then firing a hunting rifle in her direction. The shot hit the driveway and sent concrete "shrapnel" into the air, wounding her leg, stomach and forehead. She was treated by and released from the hospital the same day. Seylhouwer hosts the talk show "Small Business Sunday" on WKRC-AM (550). He's been ordered to stay away from his wife and their two daughters.

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SYNDICATION: Radio America And CMG Agree To Group Clearance For The Dana Show

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Radio America is pleased to announce a group clearance agreement for The Dana Show on the Cox Media Group (CMG) owned talk stations. CMG talkers include: WSB-Atlanta, WGAU-FM/AM Athens, GA, WOKV-FM/AM Jacksonville, WDBO-FM Orlando, KRMG-FM/AM Tulsa, and WHIO-FM/AM in Dayton. Nick Roberts, Vice President of Marketing and News- Talk-Sports Format Leader at Cox Media Group states, "Cox Media Group strongly believes in growing new talk talent-- people who can be the next superstars. We believe Dana has the ability to reach the next generation of listeners." Dana Loesch airs daily from flagship station Emmis' KFTK-FM, St. Louis. Last week, Dana's new listeners around the country heard the widely reported phone call from a listener identified as "Josie", who gave a detailed account of Officer Darren Wilson's side of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO. This previously unreported version of the events surrounding the white police officer who fatally shot the unarmed teenager has created a media frenzy, as conflicting reports of the altercation between Michael Brown and Officer Wilson surface. WATCH HERE

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Benztown Named 8th Fastest Growing Private Media Company

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Inc. magazine has named Benztown as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 796% since the start of 2010, placing it at number 596 on this year’s list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as 8th Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 60 Inc. 5000 companies in the Media sector. Last year, the company debuted on the Inc. 5000 as number 983. The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2010 and at least $2 million in 2013 to qualify for the listing. They must also be U.S. based, privately held, independent and for-profit. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said: “Twofer, back to back, double the pleasure… no matter how you say it, the Benztown team gave 200% to make this prestigious list for the second time in a row and I’m incredibly grateful to them and to our clients across broadcast radio and digital.

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For 13th Straight Year, Jack & Ron Voted OKC's Best Radio Duo

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– Props are in order Cumulus' KYIS/OKC's Jack And Ron (C) for being named OKC's top radio team by the Oklahoma Gazette. Coming in second was Ferris O’Brien, The Spy FM 91.7, KOSU and third was Joey & Heather (R), from Cumulus' WILD 104.9, KKWD. DJ Diverse, who hosts the WILD 405 Traffic Jam Mix every weekday at 5pm, won BEST DJ! The Gazette prints: Jack “Damn” Elliott and Ron “Damn” Williams have been entertaining Oklahomans for over 15 years.

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TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Mel B Exits 2Day FM Morning Show

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THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– While it Lasted Former Spice Girl, Mel B has exited the 2Day FM Breakfast team in Sydney Australia. Mel's commitments overseas have taken more and more of her time. She hasn't made that many on-air appearances in recent weeks. That now leaves Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk fronting the show.

Kiss Songs Banned By Triple M - 'We won't play this -ickhead's music Head of Triple M, Australia, Mike Fitzpatrick, has removed all Kiss tracks from Triple M's nationwide playlist. Fitzpatrick said on the Triple M website: "Gene Simmons' recent comments are misguided and insensitive. Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can’t and won’t be playing or supporting this -ickhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position." The article explaining the ban reminds the Triple M audience that "Australia has a tragically high suicide rate, with suicide killing three times more Australian males aged between 15 and 45 than all car accidents combined. With the songs now removed from the playlist, Triple M announcers will not have to mention the name of the band that is also the name of a rival station in Sydney.

Leanne Gets Stuck On The Radio City Zip in Liverpool - Breakfast presenter Leanne Campbell tried out the Radio City sponsored city-centre zip wire for the first time, only to get stuck 115ft above the shops. The whole thing was captured on video and uploaded to Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9JYWKH2b10

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Doug Stephan Throws Milk On Ice Bucket Challenge

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2014 –– So, how do you handle an ice bucket challenge with respect to the California drought? Well, if you're talker Doug Stephan and own your own farm, it's easy. Add a few gallons of milk. To highlight the drought in California and promote water conservation, dairy farmer Doug Stephan accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but used iced milk instead. Now challenges Mancow Muller, Don Imus, Bill Bennett and Uri Geller. Watch the scene take place on Stephan’s Eastleigh Farm yesterday morning while live on air in Framingham, Mass. here: WATCH HERE While speaking with ALS President and CEO Barbara Newhouse on the show today, she revealed that she grew up on a farm and therefore endorsed Stephan’s use of milk in the challenge.

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7Billy Crystal To Pay Tribute To Robin Williams During Emmys

 

Billy Crystal To Pay Tribute To Robin Williams At Emmys - [EW]

Kevin Frazier And Louis Aguirre To Join 'ET' As Co-Hosts - [VARIETY]

Is Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon's Marriage On The Rocks? - [GOSSIP COP]

HUGE Collection Of Madonna Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off - [IDOLATOR]

Tom Hanks' Typewriter iPad App Tops Apple's iTune Store List - [NEWS SKY]

Yup, The NFL Wants Acts To Pay For Play During Halftime - [SYRACUSE]

NBC's 'Blacklist' To Use Special Marketing - [ARIZONA]

Eva Longoria To Join Cast Of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' This Fall - [TV GUIDE]

[WATCH] TRAILERS WE LOVE: Katie Holmes In 'Miss Meadows' - [FIRST SHOWING]

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Kasem Family And Friends Send Letter Begging To Have Casey's Body Buried In California

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Family and friends of the late Casey Kasem have band together to have the legendary host body buried in Los Angeles. Late Tuesday Kerri Kasem posted in Facebook and Twitter 'My Dad's closest friends and family members have all band together to tell the people of Norway that my father wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. Look at the signatures, they are my Dad's family and best friends from 30 to 64 years and his agent and friend of 48 years. The former Lt. Governor of California, the man my brother is named after, wrote his own letter. NOT ONLY did my father's family sign this petition a member of Jean's family signed it. WE WILL HONOR MY FATHER'S WISHES! But make no mistake, we all believe our father and friend CASEY KASEM is free! We love you DAD.' This comes in the aftermath of last week's news that his widow, Jean Kasem, planned to bury him in Norway. In their letter, they wrote “We just wanted to set the record straight, regarding our father Casey Kasem. As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends,” the letter states. “In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home for over 53 years.” It also claims that Jean “abandoned and isolated” Casey during the last year of his life in favor of her boyfriend, John Paul Gressy. They close by saying: “We beg you, to please decline the request of Jean Kasem and her daughter Liberty to bury Casey Kasem in Norway.” There was also a follow up with a letter from former Calif. Lt. Governor, Mike Curb who offered to pay for burial expense at Forest Lawn Cemetery In Los Angeles.

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Kevin Klein Live Debuts On Live 105 San Francisco Mornings

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– LIVE 105 (KITS) has announced the addition of Kevin Klein to LIVE 105 mornings beginning September 2nd. Klein is formerly of WXRK/NYC and Sirius/XM (Playboy Morning Show, MTV/Vh1 Radio Host). "San Francisco is probably the most exciting city in the world right now, and the people deserve a radio show that reflects that. Until LIVE 105 can find that show, I'll be there" said Klein. Klein’s team includes stand-up comedian and podcast host, Brad Williams, and Bay Area improv/sketch comedian and podcast host , Ally Johnson. "I am excited to work with Kevin, Ally and Brad. This is a talented team of individuals with experience across multiple entertainment disciplines, and we are going to build the next great radio morning show" adds Jacent Jackson PD of Live 105.

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MOTION: 'Two Girls and a Guy' Show Returning To Charleston; Deana Ryan Takes Middays At WBTU-FM Ft. Wayne; Brent Ebright Named Afternoon Host/APD At Big 100.3 DC

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Apex Broadcasting's MIX 96 Charleston is bringing back The "2 Girls And A Guy Morning trio. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike "The Guy" (shown L-R) will make their return on Monday, September 15th. Apex Broadcasting’s Vice President & General Manager David Abel says, "The Charleston market has an affinity for local content and it is a part of the fabric that makes Charleston such a unique city. The “2 Girls and a Guy” morning show dominated mornings for 12 years. We are proud to be able to bring Tanya, Brooke, and Mike back to Charleston." Brooke Ryan was known as "Charleston's Party Girl" from her years on 2 Girls & A Guy before accepting a transfer to Washington D.C. where she was co-hosted with Jack Diamond on WRQX-FM. Show". Mike "The Guy" Edwards who programmed 95SX for over 13 years and part of 2 Girls & A Guy since 2007 had left to do a morning show in Portland, Oregon with Tanya Brown. Now he'll return to program Mix 96's and handle mornings. Deana Ryan has been engaged by Adams Radio of Fort Wayne to serve as Midday Personality on WBTU U.S 933 for stations in the newly acquired cluster in Fort Wayne. ########## Deana Ryan has been tapped for middays on WBTU/UA 933. She began her broadcast career in Detroit and spent several years working in the Fort Wayne market. When asked to comment on Deana, Mark Allen, US 933 Program Direct said “Deana is a perfect fit for US 93.3. Her experience as an air talent as well as her production and imaging expertise is perfect for US933.” Deana added “I am excited to be a part of the Adams team and thrilled to be back on the air in Fort Wayne!” ######### WBIG/BIG 100.3, Washington’s Classic Rock announced today that Brent Ebright has been named Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director. “Bodhi” will host weekdays from 3p.m. to 7p.m. EST. Ebright has been entertaining audiences for the past two years at WRKZ in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that he was the Program Director of Squizz and Boneyard at Sirius XM Radio.

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Shortened Songs Format Cut Short In Canada As Artists Cry Foul

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 ––A radio station in Alberta has given up a format featuring shorter versions of songs which it said gave listeners “twice the music," according to globalnews.com. As Jockline Daily reported nearly three weeks ago, 90.3 Amp (CKMP) in Calgary, adopted the QuickHitz concept. Newcap became the first station in Canada to attempt the format, but Steve Jones (L), VP/Programming, says the station went back to its original format Tuesday. Jones told globalnews.com: “As we evaluated it, we made the decision that this week we would just go back to the old strategy because to do this successfully would involve far too many lawyers getting far too rich.” Jones wouldn’t name which artists threatened legal action except to say they were mostly Canadian. "It just came to a point where we said it isn’t worth risking the relationships with all of our content providers, the various artists that we play, at our radio station.” Of course, the concept isn't entirely off the table. Jones says 'Our plan is to go back to the drawing board, maybe work a bit closer with some of the various stakeholders in the industry and try and bring this back at a later date.”

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Cumulus Names Jeff Horn & Logan To PD Posts In Fort Walton/Destin Beach

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that it has named Jeff Horn (R) as PD and Afternoon Drive Personality for NASH FM 105.5 WYZB in Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL. Horn joins Cumulus after serving nine years as Op's Mgr.for Clear Channel –Tallahassee’s five-station cluster and Program Director of Country station 94.9 WTNT-FM. Horn’s radio career is entirely Florida-focused, including seven years in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for the industry-leading CHR station WHYI/Y-100, as well as K102 and 96X. Current Program Director Skip Davis assumes a newly-created position as Production Director for the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL cluster. Davis also moves to middays on NASH FM 105.5. ######### Cumulus also announced that it has appointed veteran radio personality and programmer Logan as Program Director and Morning Host of AC-formatted station WNCV (Coast 93.3) Fort Walton/Destin. Logan comes to Cumulus from 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. Logan’s previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits.

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Dallas Programmer Michael Erickson Has Passed Away

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– We are saddened to report that longtime personality and programmer, Michael Erickson, has lost his battle with cancer. According to allaccess.com his first job in local radio was as an overnight jock at now-defunct soul station KSOL. He later joined Cameron Paul in moving to crosstown KMEL, where he eventually became assistant program director. In more recent years, Erickson had served as program director at KISQ and KKSF and operations manager at Clear Channel in San Francisco. He then relocated to Texas, where he worked as a program director for KRNB and director of operations for Service Broadcasting Corporation and K104. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at The Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville, TX.

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WOGL/Philly's Ross Brittain Crosses 40-Yr. Mark On The Air

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– One of radio's most revered personalities, WOGL-FM/Philly's Ross Brittain, has crossed one of the industry's rare plateaus: 40 years on the air. As one of the orignal cast members of the much celebrated Z100/NYC's, Jockline Daily caught up with Brittain to share a few memories of long radio journey. He told us at 23 years old he landed a job at WIIN-97 Atlanta, a 5-KW daytime-only AM station that Hugh Wilson modeled "WKRP in Cincinnati" after. The morning DJ was a guy named Bobby Harper, whom they modeled Johnny Fever after. They flipped formats to "Progressive Rock"... and one day he found out they were looking for a DJ, so I went over. The PD had heard me on the college station doing a weekend show. I said, "I could do mid-days." He said, "What about mornings -- your weekend show was kind of crazy." Ross later moved to New Orleans and then Baton Rouge. Their afternoon guy there went across the street to WJBO-AM, where a guy named Brian Wilson was working, and he thought he'd team us up. They soon left for Z-93/Atlanta, then hired away by WABC /NYC. In 1981 Z100 was in the process of going on the air. A guy named Scott Shannon was the PD. Ross went over thinking he might get the PM drive slot that had opened up. Scott said something to the effect of, "You're not an afternoon jock. Why don't you do mornings with me?" Ross said 'I found out later he used to tape my show in Atlanta (like he did with countless other shows during his long career). Once there he joined with John Rio (Mr Leonard) and Dr Dave Kolin writing bits and then we'd go produce them with J. R. Nelson, the production director. John Bell... the public service director, also did some writing with us.' And what does he consider the highlight of the last 40 years? "That would be meeting my wife, Rasa Kaye (shown above)," he said. When we began at WABC, we already had Joe Nolan (who's back working with Scott at WCBS-FM) to do traffic. But we needed a weather person as well, and we went through a pile of tapes looking for someone. We chose Rasa out of those tapes. We didn't start dating for a while, but then it was hot and heavy and we decided to get married. and tied the knot in February, 1982. But we couldn't tell anybody, because it was against ABC policy to be married and work for the same supervisor. So everybody thought we were living together --and that was OK. But married, oh, no! Ross has also just crossed the 20-year mark of his prep service, "The Ross Brittain Report." PHOTO/Brittain BTW, Dee Snyder used to work across the hall when he did mornings at KISS 95.7 in Hartford. Dee did mornings at WMRQ-FM. BTW: Notice arrow pointed at quarter on top of turntable arm in vintage studio photo. CONGRATULATE ROSS HERE

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[WATCH] Did This Amarillo Host Capture A UFO On Video?

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– I promise, you're not in the checkout line at the grocery store. This is legit story right from the website of KISS-FM 96.9 Amarillo. And yes, the press has picked up on it. In fact, Dallas Chambers (inset) who handles afternoons on KISS-FM 96.9, told openminds.com that several people were pulled over on the side of the road watching the “strange blue light dance around the sky of Amarillo. Everyone “checking it out” was “stunned.” Chambers posted on KISS' website: "Did you see this last night? I know myself, along with many others watched this blue light (see graphic) dance around the sky of Amarillo for quite a while. What is this? Is this a UFO, or just an RC plane or helicopter? I’d like to think it’s a UFO, and until someone comes forward saying it was them controlling an RC plane or something of that nature, that’s what I’m going to believe it is… Decide for yourself, check out the video below! WATCH HERE

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Ace & TJ Show Seek Director Of Operations

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2014 –– The Ace & TJ Show, based in Charlotte, NC, has an immediate opening for the position of Director of Operations. Candidates must possess amazing, over the top organizational and administrative skills. Media training/experience required. Please submit resumes and cover letters to acetj@acetj.com. ATJ Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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Pharrell's Hat To Be Displayed At Newseum

 

Kathy Griffin And Anderson Cooper To Co-Host New Year's TV Special For 8th Year - [THE WRAP]

Is Julianne Hough Headed Back To DWTS? - [JUST JARED]

Rapper Bow Wow To Co-Star In CBS' 'CSI:Cyber' - [DEADLINE]

[WATCH] Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hocks Emmy In 'Breaking Bad' Spoof - [THR]

Pharrell's Hat To Be Displayed At Newseum - [USA TODAY]

UH OH: Earl Sweatshirt Says Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is 'Offensive & Harmful' - [ALLHIPHOP]

'Girls' Adam Driver Talks 'Star Wars' With GQ - [GLOBAL GRIND]

Check Out The Super-Models On Cover Of Vogue - [VOGUE]

Redskins Serve Notice To Manziel: 'This Isn't College' - [ESPN]

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[LISTEN] Radio Call Draws Spotlight In Ferguson Shooting

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THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Amid the chaos and in Ferguson, MO. A woman claiming to be a friend of the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson’s Mike Brown called into 97.1/KTLK's Dana Loesch (inset) show and offered officer Darren Wilson’s alleged side of the story. According to Loesch's website, the woman said that she came by the details via Wilson’s significant other. After hanging up, Loesch said she called back and told her program director that her relationship to the named officer is legitimate." She added "I haven’t personally vetted the association, but wanted to post the audio for comparison to the pending results of the investigation.' Once this audio was posted, it was immediately picked up at numerous sites and major news outlets including CNN. It's commentator, Don Lemon said "As with any witness account, this is unproven and simply just another side of the story. However, he noted that CNN confirmed that Josie’s account of the story matches what the network’s sources say police have told investigators. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE

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Adam Carolla Settles With Patent Troll

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Adam Carolla has settled with the podcasting patent troll Personal Audio according to eff.org, the Electronics Frontier Foundation. They posted opposing scenarios resulting from the case opining that Carolla perhaps didn't have to pay Personal Audio a penny. That said, they also believe Carolla gave up the opportunity to challenge the patent and the chance to get his attorney’s fees. Meanwhile, EFF’s own challenge with Personal Audio’s that goes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the Patent Office is scheduled for a hearing in December. With the Carolla matter behind them, Personal Audio is also scheduled to go to trial against a number of television groups such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. As for the good Carolla's closure brought, EFF says that 'everyone who donated in support deserves massive credit for putting up such a strong 7fight. The podcasting community showed that it would not be shaken down ... By fighting back, Carolla forced Personal Audio to actually mount a case and establish that it deserved money. That turned out to be too hard for the troll. Moving to the down side of settling, Carolla gives up the chance to make Personal Audio pay his fees. Even uglier, EFF says "Almost every defendant, no matter how strong their case, ends up settling with the patent troll. Litigating patent cases is extraordinarily expensive. Carolla raised almost half a million dollars and that still would not have been enough to fund a defense through trial. READ ENTIRE REPORT HERE

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NETWORK NEWS: Nineball Radio To Syndicate The Billy Madison Show; Westwood One Names George King VP/Programming, Network Formats;

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Westwood One announces that industry veteran George King has been hired as Vice-President/Programming, Network Formats. King will oversee the company's Country 24-hour formats, which air on nearly 700 stations nationwide, including Mainstream Country, Hot Country, Classic Country and Real Country 24-hour radio formats. King most recently was Regional Operations Manager and Western Region Brand Leader/Country for Townsquare Media, after a career that included stops as Operation Manager at WCTO & WLEV/Allentown and for the Clear Channel cluster in San Antonio. He also served in programming positions at WMZQ/Washington, KCYY & KKYX/San Antonio, and KNIX & KOY-AM/Phoenix. King will be based in Westwood One’s 24-hour Format production center in Denver, and will begin his new on role on September 15, 2014. ######### Nineball Radio Networks has signed on to handle national syndication for The Billy Madison Show, now available nationwide Monday through Friday mornings. The Billy Madison Show is currently heard on KISS-FM (KISS ROCKS), in San Antonio, TX and WHPT-FM (THE BONE), in Tampa, FL. The Billy Madison Show commands a number one market share in all male demos in both markets. According to Nineball Radio Networks' President/ CEO Stefan Jones, "a show with such chemistry is rare, especially with the support of such a great company like Cox Media Group. The Billy Madison Show arrived in San Antonio in late 2011.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Greg Ausham Named PD At Rock 100.5 Atlanta; Dan Mandis On The Rise At Nashville's Super Talk 99.7; All Sports KFWB 980 LA Names Owen Murphy As Program Director

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Cumulus has appointed Greg Ausham (L) as Program Director for WNNX (“Rock 100.5”) in Atlanta. Ausham was most recently Operations Manager for Clear Channel in North East Ohio. A 30-year programming professional, he was formerly Program Director for stations including: WMMS, Cleveland; WLVQ, Columbus; WRIF, Detroit; and WLZR, Milwaukee. He was also former Operations Manager for Clear Channel in Cleveland and Operations Manager for Jacor in Columbus. ###### Cumulus also announced that 25-year News/Talk professional Dan Mandis has been named Program Director for its Nashville News/Talk station, WWTN (Super Talk 99.7 WTN). Mandis is an award-winning programmer, radio journalist and personality who currently hosts WTN weekdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Mandis’ formative years in radio were spent at KFI in his hometown of Los Angeles. He spent many years with the nationally syndicated Dr. Laura Schlessinger program before embarking on a career in hosting and programming in markets across the U.S. ######### Sports radio veteran Owen Murphy has been named program director for KFWB 980 and its new, all-sports programming lineup which will launch in September. “I cannot adequately express how excited I am to be part of a team that is going to serve the Los Angeles sports radio audience in a manner never before heard,” Murphy said. “Having Jim Rome as a centerpiece of the station’s new lineup is a thrilling base to build upon for the passionate sports fans of Southern California." Owen, who resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, is in the process of relocating to Southern California.

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MOTION: Wiggy Joins HOT 96.9 Boston; John Aielli Moves To Morning Drive At KUTX Austin; Soul Brother Kevin Exits Real Radio 104.1

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– Greater Media announced that former NFL Player and Sports Personality Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins has joined the HOT 96.9 “GetUp Crew” in Boston. Melissa (L), who has been hosting middays on Hot 96.9 since the station's inception, will also be joining the morning team. Boston's most beloved female radio personality, Pebbles, will continue to anchor the show. Wiggins most recently appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. In addition, he has served as an NFL analyst and has worked in other positions at Boston sports media outlets including Comcast SportsNet New England, WBZ- TV, WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network and the Kraft Sports Production show entitled “Patriots This Week”. ######### John Aielli is moving to morning drive At KUTX/Austin. Current host Susan Castle will move to Aielli’s midday slot from 9:00 to noon. ########### Soul Brother Kevin, aka SBK, announced that he will be leaving Real Radio 104.1 where he's spent the last 8 years. SBK has been a co-host of Monsters in the Morning since 2012. SBK Live will still broadcast as a free podcast.

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CBS Radio And Beats Music Present An Evening With Coldplay

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio and Beats Music have teamed up to present a special evening with Coldplay at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 17 (8:30PM, PT). The band will perform songs from their latest album Ghost Stories, along with other fan favorites. A live broadcast of this intimate performance will be available by tuning in to CBS RADIO stations nationwide (check local listings) or downloading the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices. “Coldplay is one of the biggest bands on the planet and certainly one of the most successful for KROQ,” said Kevin Weatherly, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO and Program Director for KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, the nation’s most listened to alternative rock station. “For more than a decade our stations have proudly presented events with unparalleled access to the band, and we are thrilled to create once again what will be a very special and memorable night for millions of Coldplay fans."

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Voice Of SNL, Don Pardo, Passes Away At 96

 

Voice Of SNL, Don Pardo, Passes Away At 96 - [MASHABLE]

George Straight's Final Concert To Be Broadcast On CMT In 2-Hour Special - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Goes Pop With 'Shake It Off ' From '1989' - [TENNESEAN]

UH OH: Timberlake's Birthday Tweet To Madonna Causes Stir - [LOVEBSCOTT]

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett 'Cheek To Cheek' Album Cover Revealed - [IDOLATOR]

Gisele Bundchen Tops Forbe's List Of Highest Paid Models - [FORBES]

Parents TV Council Goes Off On MTV VMA's; Warns Against Another Miley Cyrus Repeat - [THE WRAP]

Debbie Reynolds To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award - [EW]

Keanu Reeves T Play Japanese American Assassin In 'Rain' - [ANGRYASIAN]

JK Rowling To Pen New Harry Potter Story About Singing Sorceress - [TODAY]

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Hits 97.3 Miami Unites DJ Laz With Kimmy For Mornings

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami is bringing legendary morning show host, DJ LAZ, back to South Florida on WFLC / HITS 97.3 beginning Aug. 25. “I’m excited to welcome DJ Laz back to morning radio in Miami,” said Jill Strada, CMG Miami’s Director of Branding & Programming, “He’s a star with undeniable talent!” CMG Miami’s VP and Market Manager, Rob Babin added, “We are excited that DJ Laz will be joining our HITS 97.3 team and look forward to launching a new local morning show custom built for South Florida!” DJ Laz will be joined by co-host Kimmy, who comes over from WFLC’s sister station WEDR. “We have such great talent within our Cox stations, and I’m happy to be able to promote someone within the CMG Miami family.” Strada added. “Laz and Kimmy together are a superstar team.” “Thanks to Jill Strada and CMG Miami for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to grow,” said Kimmy. “I can’t wait to get started with my new partner DJ Laz. Miami mornings will never be the same." DJ Laz spent 22 years in the market at WPOW and most recently was live coast-to-coast on SBS Broadcasting’s WRMA in Miami and KXOL in Los Angeles. “I' m so pumped to get back to doing what I love, in the city I love. Radio is about to get fun again!” added DJ Laz.

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KISS Ban Mounts In Wake Of Gene Simmon's Suicide Comments

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– First came Sixx Sense' Nikki Sixx calling out (see JD 8.15) colleague Gene Simmons over his insensitive comments regarding suicide and depression in songfacts.com, now the backlash has extended to radio. According to blabbermouth.comAustralian broadcaster Triple M has pulled all KISS tracks from its playlists countrywide. Over at WPYX/Albany NY, host Uncle Vito vowed not to play KISS music, labeling Simmons “an arrogant, unfeeling a—hole.” Power 97 Winnepeg also joined in with its Kiss Free Zone (shown). Simmons has SINCE responded to all this backlash on his Facebook page with the following message: "I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks. To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsig7ht were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression. have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.' Among Simmon's comments in songfacts.com, he said: "I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump .. Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f--- up, have some dignity and jump!" Simmons Photo/Oscar Schnell

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'There... I've Said It.' Robin Marshall Reveals She Has Cancer

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– The popular voice-over specialist, recently turned author revealed on her Facebook page today "last week ending in D-Day on Friday when the bomb was dropped in my lap: I have stage 2 uterine cancer and need a hysterectomy. In my brain I’m thinking, "Those are all my good parts! How could they turn on me NOW?” It’s like I want to have a good "talkin’ to,” with myself. With this news, I shook, as people do when they’re in shock, I asked the doctor to explain it to me, which she did… and after finishing her spiel consisting of medical lingo, tumors, numbers and parts I didn’t even know I had… she asked if I understood. I said, "F*** No! I need to call my girlfriend who’s currently a chief radiologist at Sloan Kettering in NY and let you tell her so she can tell me!” She continued by drawing me pictures of my insides, where I calmly began pushing numbers on my cell phone until Arlene answered. I interrupted the fast-talking doc and said, "Here, tell her everything.” She did! I’ve decided that I’ve always been forthcoming here on Facebook and Twitter and it is ridiculous for me to continue to hide what I’m facing, while at the same time I’m the LAST ONE to look for sympathy! Holy Cow! I just released this book: "The Diary of a Sugar Mom!” I’m already thinking, …”Hmmm… if I Die… I might sell more books and my Kids will be better off!” It’s the entrepreneur in me, I just can’t help it!" She closes by added: So here I am… a Sugar Mom who just got (B)itch-slapped in the face by a huge hand of reality. I’m assuming I overstepped, (what else is new?) and this is just God’s way of putting me back in my place or just slowing my (a)ss down a bit until she can catch up. I get it. I’ll be good. I promise! Please, no fake comments. I shared with you because I want you to go to the doctor if you feel something’s wrong or out of whack ... Any conversations we have via email are private. Period. Robin@RobinMarshallSugarMom.com.

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MOTION: Johnjay & Rich Show Adds Voodoo 104 New Orleans

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THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– New Orleans’ Voodoo 104/KVDU-FM announced that the Premiere syndicated The JohnJay & Rich Show will join the station beginning today, August 18. Joined on-air by Kyle (TR), Rich Berra says “Johnjay and I are so excited to unleash our show on the MOST UNIQUE city in America." “JohnJay and I first met each other in New Orleans (during Morning Show Boot Camp), and although neither of us remembers that night so well, it’s perfectly fitting that we kick off mornings at Voodoo – a station as special as New Orleans itself. Go SAINTS!” “The JohnJay & Rich Show is the perfect vehicle to take Voodoo 104's morning numbers into the stratosphere,” stated Jag, Program Director for Voodoo 104. “The show's track record in other markets speaks for itself. Even in the planning stages, the professionalism of their team is exceeded only by their contagious enthusiasm. I can't WAIT to get them on the air in New Orleans.”

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The New MAX-FM San Diego Welcomes Return Of Jack Diamond

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– After six years as the Walrus 105.7 FM, Broadcast Company of the Americas is rebranding the station as 105.7 MAX-FM and bringing back Jack Diamond to lead mornings The idea of rebranding was to bring ‘Maximum’ music, ‘Maximum’ variety, ‘Maximum’ fun and ‘Maximum’ audience. “It’s an exciting time for us at BCA Radio as we unveil our new logo and rebranded name and the final evolution of our musical recipe,” Mike Shepard, Programming-Operations Manager explained. With the rebranding comes word of Jack Diamond returning to the San Diego airwaves, joining co-host Kim Morrison (C) and producer Kayla Yap (R) in the mornings. The new show will be known as "“The Jack Diamond Morning Show", with Kim and Kayla." Diamond has worked in radio on both the East and West coasts for over 25 years. His extensive experience includes legendary call-letters such as KNBR San Francisco, WABC New York, WQXI “94-Q” Atlanta, and WRQX Washington, where Diamond has hosted one of DC’s top-rated morning shows for over 24 years. Jack returns to the San Diego market where he hosted KSON’s top rated morning show in the early 1990's. Commenting the return to San Diego, Diamond said “When I left San Diego before my 24-year run with ABC radio in Washington, DC, I told my KSON PD, Mike Shepard, that I'd be back. He said, ‘Great, when you're ready call me!’ and I did. California Dreamin' has once again become a reality.

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NASH Icon Brand Debuts In Atlanta & Savannah; More Coming

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– While an official is expected today, Cumulus Media officially launched their Nash Icon brand to radio on Friday switching two stations in Georgia over to the new format. First up was Atlanta’s Oldies 98.9 W255CJ which changed over to NASH Icon 98.9, and Sports Radio 102.1 in Savannah that will be known as NASH Icon 102.1. According to Radio Insight, these are just two of the twelve total radio stations that are scheduled at the moment to take on the new NASH Icon brand including Nashville’s 95.5 WSM—the once FM companion station to AM’s 650 WSM. 650 WSM is country music’s most legendary station, and the home of the Grand Ole Opry. As reported, Of the twelve radio stations looking to switch to the new format, only two of them are country stations—95.5 WSM in Nashville, and 92.5 KJJY in Des Moines. Three are classic or oldies stations mostly catering to older rock & roll, three are sports stations, three are contemporary hit radio stations, and one is news/talk. The format was first announced in May as a joint venture between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Records. Meanwhile, according to savingcountry.com, the NASH Icon record label is looking to sign artists from the 25-year window, and also wants to be involved heavily in merchandising and touring. The announcement of NASH Icon has many people in radio talking about a format split in country with contemporary country and “classic” country going their separate ways.

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FORMATICS: CMG San Antonio Rebrands Classic Rocker As The Eagle; CC Birmingham Launches Classic Rock 94.9; Adams Brings 96.9 R&B + Old School To Ft. Wayne

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio has re-branded San Antonio’s only classic rock station as 106.7 FM The Eagle. KTKX, formerly known as X106.7, is in its fourth year of playing great classic rock with music San Antonio listeners have grown to love; and the new Eagle 106.7 will continue broadcasting that same great sound. “Some recent changes in the market allowed us to emerge as the only full signal classic rock station in San Antonio,” said CMG San Antonio VP and Market Manager Dan Lawrie. “We felt this was a great time to introduce The Eagle brand and let people know great classic rock can be heard anywhere in San Antonio only on 106.7 FM.” ########## CCM+E Birmingham has launched Classic Rock 94.9 FM. "Today is a historic day for Birmingham radio as we bring true classic rock music back to the Magic City," Clear Channel Birmingham vice president and general manager Ray Quinn said in a release. "For over two years, there's been a huge absence of the format since the legendary Rock 99 went away. Rock 99 had an iconic following of fans and advertisers, so we've brought it back on a new frequency at 94.9 FM." ######### Meanwhile, up in Fort Wayne, IN, Adams Radio has launched a new R&B Station B-96.9 R&B + Old School. The on air line up consist of Tom Joyner in the morning, Big Kess Middays, Doug Banks in PM Drive and Keith Sweat at night. Big Kess is live and local and also serves as the PD for B-96.9. Previously Kess was Mornings on WNHT “Wild 96” in Fort Wayne. B-96 is consulted by Jim Richards of Valley-Richards-Donovan. Ron Stone, Adams Radio CEO said “This may have been the largest hole in the market. Fort Wayne has an African American population of about 9% of which no radio station served. I have been completed overwhelmed by the immediate response to the station. Everyone deserves a radio station that they can embrace...and we have delivered one that the listeners can be proud of."

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ABC's Ann Compton To Retire In September

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– ABC Radio News VP/GM Steve Jones sent the following note to its radio division last Friday about ABC News White House Correspondent, Ann Compton: "Last winter, Ann Compton raised a subject she’s hinted at before and that I’d previously managed to avoid: her retirement. She told me how amazing it was being a new grandmother and suggested that, after 40-years at ABC News, perhaps it was time to transition to the next phase of her life. I listened, smiled and told her we’d chat again, hoping she’d change her mind. But, by the spring, it was clear to me that Ann was ready to leave the job she has loved so that she can spend more time with the people she loves: her wonderful family. We have a date set in late September for us to celebrate Ann’s career in a setting that will let her friends and co-workers offer tributes and recollections about one of the most amazing women in journalism and one of the greatest friends and colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with. For now, though, Ann has asked that she be allowed to continue reporting from the White House without distraction. We’ll have plenty of time next month to celebrate her career express our admiration, appreciation and love."

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Las Vegas Host Dr. Daliah Asked To Build Pediatric Wing At Medical Center

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2014 –– Soaring to new fundraising heights, nationally syndicated talk show host and local TV personality, Dr. Daliah (inset) has been asked to build the pediatric wing of Community Outreach Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV that will serve thousands of underserved and uninsured children. She tells Jockline Daily: "This is a huge undertaking but it will get done! For more information and to provide help, email doctordaliah@hotmail.com.

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ABC's Elizabeth Vargas Back In Rehab

 

ABC's Elizabeth Vargas Back In Rehab - [SF CHRONICLE]

Craig Ferguson In Talks With Tribune For Syndicated Talk Show - [VARIETY]

Justin Timberlake & 25,000 Fans Sing Happy Birthday To Autistic Boy - [USA TODAY]

Meredith Vieira Fills In For Savannah Guthrie On 'Today' - [NYDN]

Stevie Nicks Asks Fans To Help Design New Shawl In Contest - [ROLLING STONE]

Robin Williams Memorialized As 'World of Warcraft' Character - [LA TIMES]

Adam Levine To Produce '70's Musical Series For NBC - [BILLBOARD]

Christina Aguilera Gives Birth To Baby Girl - [US]

Ariana Grande Dons Helmet Cap For Billboard Cover - [MTV]

Man Streaks Full Monty During Braves Game - [GOSSIP COP]

Derek Hough Joins Cast Of ABC's 'Nashville' - [DEADLINE]

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REPORT: Casey Kasem To Be Buried in Norway

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– As Jockline reporter earlier this week (JD 8.12), the body of Casey Kasem was allegedly being moved out of the country for his burial. Now, according to Norwegian newspaper VG, a private investigator, Logan Clarke, hired by Kasem's daughter Kerri told The Hollywood Reporter, "He's going to be buried in Norway." In the Norwegian press account, Wenche Madsen Eriksson, a government official, was quoted by reporter Marcus Husby saying, "It is arranged. He's going to Oslo." The report said the official would not specify which of Oslo's 20 cemeteries and one crematorium was chosen by Kasem's widow, Jean Kasem. This final destination would end one of media's most troubling and tragic episodes which goes back several month to when Casey's older Children picketed outside of his Santa Monica estate. "We don't know what [Jean Kasem's] plans are," says Danny Deraney, spokesman for Kerri Kasem. "We just know that she wants to keep Casey away from [his] family and friends and by the looks of it, hiding from law enforcement." Family members tell THR that the feud between Jean Kasem and her husband's family has gone on for 35 years. An investigation by Santa Monica Police is still underway with allegations that Jean Kasem abused the late Kasem after removing his in the middle of the night from a Santa Monica hospital to Las Vegas and then to Washington State.

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[LISTEN] Nikki Sixx Calls Out Gene Simmons Over Suicide Comments

"He thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene.." - Sixx

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– This week on Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, Sixx and co-host Jenn Marino discussed KISS frontman Gene Simmons’ recent interview with SongFacts.com, in which he expressed his lack of sympathy for people suffering from substance abuse and depression. Sixx, a recovering addict who suffered a near fatal drug overdose more than 25 years ago, called out Simmons for his insensitive remarks, which included the suggestion that depressed people should kill themselves. Sixx: “…It’s pretty moronic because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene, I don’t like Gene’s words, because…there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a KISS fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself’…” Sixx continued: “…For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who’s telling you the only way out is out, when I’m telling you, and I wrote it in The Heroin Diaries, you can get out of this. ...One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go…they say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass, so keep that in the back of your mind if you’re feeling depression, and don’t listen to people who don’ t know what they’re talking about.” LISTEN HERE

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MOTION: Carr & Company Head To Twin Cities; Faith Daniels Takes Afternoons At Dayton's 92.1 WROU

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– He said earlier this week (JD 8.12) that he would be making a move from WUBE-FM Cincinnati to a place nearer to family. That place turned out to be Minneapolis where his new home will be K102/KEEY-FM. The Chris Carr & Company morning show (Carr shown center) will debut on Tuesday, September 2. "I'm so excited that Chris is coming home to K102," said Gregg Swedberg, VP of Programming for Clear Channel Minneapolis. "I think it's safe to say he and Maverick are one of a handful of brilliant Country morning shows and we are so fortunate to have them." Carr added: "We're all excited to reconnect with family, friends, lakes, ice skates and the awesome audience of K102! Plus, I get to do it with one of the most talented and genuine people on this planet, Maverick. I'm excited for everyone to meet him!" PHOTO/Jeff "Maverick" Bolen and Chris Carr. t######### Faith Daniels (R) Moves to Afternoons on Dayton’s 92.1 WROU Alpha Media Dayton, OH has announced that effective immediately, Faith Daniels will be hosting the afternoon drive on 92.1 WROU/Dayton. Skip Porter will assume the 10am to 3pm timeslot. Faith began her career at WROU in 2011 as midday personality before becoming the station’s program director in 2012. She is ecstatic about the shift. “I love the city of Dayton and being able to be more accessible to my audience is what it’s all about! WROU has done a good job engaging the community, but this move will let us take that interactive element to the next level,” commented Daniels. Alpha Media Dayton Market Manager, John King, added, “This move will be an easy transition for Faith—I loved her in middays and can’t wait to see what she does with afternoons.”

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Katz Radio Group To Launch Westwood One National Sales Unit

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– Katz Radio Group (KRG) announced it is launching a new representation division dedicated to Cumulus owned and operated stations nationwide. The new representation firm, Westwood One National Sales, will provide advertisers and agencies direct access to the robust line-up of Cumulus radio stations across the country. The new long-term agreement supports the companies’ mutual goal to evangelize the power of sound and drive more dollars into the sector. Westwood One National Sales will exclusively represent Cumulus stations nationwide and focus on providing integrated, multi-platform marketing solutions aimed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of advertisers. “We are thrilled about our new agreement with the Katz Radio Group,” said Steve Shaw, President of Westwood One. “This collaboration allows us to focus on creating more multi-platform solutions for our advertisers including our assets in network, spot, digital, sports and spoken word.” Bryan Forbes has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager of Westwood One National Sales. Forbes is currently Vice President/Director of Sales at KRG, a position he has held since 2003.

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Clear Channel and Yahoo Team For Taylor Swift's Live Stream



THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– CCM+E announced today that it will air a live simulcast of Taylor Swift's Worldwide Live Stream on Yahoo, an exclusive event. Clear Channel's more than 100 Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR)/Top 40 stations and more than 40 Hot AC stations will be the only stations to simulcast the nationwide live conversation between Taylor Swift and her fans. Listeners across the country can tune into the live event on any Clear Channel CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC Stations nationwide. Fans can visit http://clearchannel.com/CCME/Pages/StationSearch.aspx to find their local Clear Channel CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations.
Fans can also tune in to Yahoo Screen at www.yahoo.com/TaylorSwift or GMA at www.gma.yahoo.com.

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The Breakfast Club Celebrates One-Year Anniversary In Milwaukee

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– V100.7 WKKV welcomes The Breakfast Club to Milwaukee today, August 15. Starring DJ Envy (C), Angela Yee (L) and Charlamagne Tha god (R), will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the station by broadcasting live from the V100.7 studios from 6-10 a.m. with a studio audience comprised of lucky contest winners. Each morning, fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the #1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It’s also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining morning shows today. “WKKV was the first station in the country to broadcast The Breakfast Club as a syndicated morning show, and we’re proud to welcome them on their first visit to Milwaukee,” said WKKV Program Director Bailey Coleman. “Since their debut on WKKV in August of 2013, the ‘BC’ has changed the landscape of morning radio."

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[WATCH] WARM 98's Co-Host Marianne Jumps In The Tank During Shark Week

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– So, what do you do if your wife, who happens to be your co-host, is afraid to death of sharks and it's 'Shark Week?" Well of course, you talk her into jumping into a tank with a swarm of them. The topic came up on their WARM 98 Cincinnati morning show this week and a Newport Aquarium was listening in and offered her the opportunity. Be sure and link in to catch the HAPPY expression on Marianne's face. Jockline learned they established a link so while Marianne could converse with Bob in the studio. The actual video should be up by the time you read this at http://www.warm98.com/

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OKC's Steve O'Brien And Jeff "Magic Man" Roberts Celebrate 25th Year On The Air

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2014 –– 104.1 KMGL FM’s morning show co-hosts Steve O’Brien and Jeff “Magic Man” Roberts have become Oklahoma City radio’s longest-running duo, celebrating 25 years on-air together. O’Brien and Roberts have been a local fixture, anchoring the morning drive time slot on the hot Adult Contemporary radio station since August of 1989. “Steve and Jeff’s longevity is a testament to their talent, versatility and loyalty,” said Ty Tyler, Tyler Media Group president. “They’ve been a staple of OKC radio for parts of four decades for a reason and we’re thrilled that they’re part of our broadcast family.” The duo can be heard weekday mornings with Stacy Barton, a previous partner with whom they were named Personalities of the Year (Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, 2001) and Marconi Award finalists (National Association of Broadcasters, 2004), among other honors. A 25th anniversary celebration will take place today, August 15, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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Chuck Todd In, David Gregory Out On 'Meet The Press' - [POLITICO]

'Idol's' Josh Gracin Pens Apparent Suicide Note; Now Back And Safe At Home - [WEYMOUTH]

Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' By News Of Robin William's Parkinson's Report - [TODAY]

Martin Lawrence Confirms 'Bad Boys' 3' - [E ONLINE]

[WATCH] james Franco To Host VMA Special In 'The Interview' Character, David Skylark - [COMING SOON]

Twitter Vows To Improve Policies Following William's Daughter Bullying - [WASH. PO]

Ben Affleck Talks Tabloid Scrutiny And How It Helped 'Gone Girl' Performance - [EW]

Aussie Policeman Post Reward For 20-Yr. Old AC/DC Manager Murder Case - [ROLLING STONE]

Annie Lennox Reveals 'Nostalgia' Album Cover - [BILLBOARD]

Chelsea Handler Post Topless Instagram; Calls Herself A Kardashian - [INSTAGRAM]

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[LISTEN] Host's Comments Helps Divert Listener From Considering Suicide

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– A caller to yesterday's syndicated Michael Savage show who weighed in on the host's assertion that suicide is an “aggressive act” that shows no consideration for loved ones, told the host his frank talk about the subject helped him decide not to take his own life. Identifying himself as Joe he told Savage he had been contemplating suicide for the past several months, especially in the past week. Joe said that when he heard of Williams’ suicide, he asked himself, “If a guy like that could, why not me?” On Tuesday's show, Savage, who disclosed he and Williams lived in the same San Francisco-area neighborhood, urged any listeners who might be considering suicide to think about how it would affect their loved ones. Joe rang up Savage and said: 'Your show yesterday – I’m not going to say prevented me – but it did make me think about my kids and my wife,” the caller said. Savage said he had met Williams many times when the two were walking their dogs. Savage described Williams as “a nice guy, and genuinely funny, too.” He added “Committing suicide is the most outrageously aggressive and selfish act you can commit against your family,” Savage said. After discovering Joe was suffering financially, he asked his audience to join in helping Joe get through the rest of the month by donating through the Savage Legal Defense Fund. LISTEN HERE

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Massive Layoffs Coming To Radio Disney Following Sell-Off

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Radio Disney plans to eliminate 184 jobs in local ad sales and operations beginning in September. This follows its announcement of selling 23 of its 24 U.S. radio stations. They plan to retain KDIS-AM in Los Angeles. General Manager Phil Guerini (L)i broke the news in a memo to his staff, writing: “Across all forms of media, digital technology continues to dramatically change consumer habits – from the iPad, 7mobile devices and the push of connected devices into the home – and these changes compel us to evaluate and evolve our businesses. Today, we’re announcing meaningful changes to our Radio Disney business --- These decisions will optimize Radio Disney for long-term growth and better reflect the habits of the consumers we serve — a national audience of kids and families.” Guerini added: 'We are partnering with the most popular digital radio services including our distribution partner of over 12 years, SiriusXM, and the newly forged agreements with ShowMobile, Slacker and Harman’s Aha Radio. We also have our fast growing Radio Disney App for iPhone, iPad and Android, our WATCH Disney Channel partnership and our Top 30 syndication partnership that’s building across the U.S. We will also be exploring new digital extensions of Radio Disney’s programming, including the Radio Disney Music Awards and Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing (N.B.T.). 1

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FLIPPAGE: Classic Rock 101.9 The Big O Changes To Adult Hits The Keg

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Omaha KOOO, 101.9 has flipped from classic rock to adult hits, starting yesterday. According to omaha.com, the new station will be rebranded as “the Keg.” In a release, GM Andy Ruback says " Results from a recent survey of potential listeners ages 25 to 54. KOOO’s recent ratings have consistently placed it toward the bottom of Omaha’s top 10 for that demographic,' he said. He expects the new format to boost ratings among 25- to 54-year-olds. Todd “Crash” Davis will be KOOO’s new morning on-air host. Longtime host, Dave Wingert’s (L) last day as morning host was Monday. Wingert’s future at the station is not yet decided, Ruback said. KOOO is owned by NRG Media, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NRG owns 45 radio stations in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois. Omaha is its largest market.

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MOTION: Rome Comes Home To L.A. On The New KFWB

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– L.A. native Jim Rome is coming home to the new KFWB 980 and its all-sports programming lineup. The Jim Rome Show will air live from Orange County on KFWB 980 weekdays from 9:00am – Noon. “I am so thrilled to be returning home to Los Angeles on KFWB,” Rome said. CBS Sports Radio has provided me with an incredible opportunity to communicate with our nationwide audience via various platforms but to reunite with our L.A. based fans is particularly meaningful to me, personally and professionally." It’s been nearly two years since Southern Californians have been able to enjoy Jim’s show and he is just a hint of what listeners can expect from the new KFWB sports lineup,” said Diane Sutter, Trustee for KFWB Asset Trust. “We’re thrilled and excited to bring Jim back home to his many L.A. sports fans.” KFWB’s new all-sports format is expected to launch in September with other programming announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

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NBC Teams With iHeartRadio For Digital Premiere Of Romantic Comedy 'A To Z'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– In a first of its kind, NBC is partnering with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to premiere the pilot 'A to Z' across Clear Channel's network of digital properties. The first-of-its-kind campaign will include strong local and national integration airing the pilot digitally on iHeartRadio - everywhere it is available, providing promotional support on air across contemporary hits radio stations and their websites, mobile sites and social networks throughout the country, as well as featuring on-air discussions with Clear Channel's nationally syndicated top on-air personality Ryan Seacrest to drive awareness for the digital screening availability. In addition to Clear Channel's digital properties and apps, the "A to Z" pilot will also be available on the NBC app, NBC.com, Hulu, Xfinity, the NBC owned and affiliate station websites and cable, satellite and telco providers On Demand and online services. Set to debut digitally Aug. 14 (exactly halfway on the calendar until Valentine's Day) and 90 seconds longer than the version that will air on the network, the heartfelt "A to Z" pilot will debut on NBC Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can connect on social with the official hashtag for the digital premiere #iHeartAtoZ. "A to Z" tells the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, "Mad Men," "The Mindy Project") and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, "The Wolf of Wall Street," "How I Met Your Mother") - a pair that almost wasn't - and all that happened from the day they met.

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JACOBS: 'BJ Shea Steps Up To Superstar Status At MSBC Chicago'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– As we've always said, it's not us, but our attendees who help us shine most at Morning Show Boot Camp. This was never more evident than during last week's 26th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Among them, radio's beloved BJ Shea (L - KISW/Seattle) whose opening address not only endeared himself further with his radio comrades, but caught the attention of radio furturist Fred Jacobs. In today's blog, he writes 'You may be thinking that it’s “Seattle DJ Week” on this blog – and you wouldn’t be wrong. But it turns out the most fascinating stories in radio last week weren’t about the whereabouts of Casey Kasem’s corpse or what happened to radio’s Q2 revenue – they were about Bob Rivers hanging up his headphones and B.J. Shea stepping up to superstar status at “Morning Show Boot Camp.” Boot Camp is one of the most unique events in all of radio because most of the people in attendance make their living on the air. If you believe that the future (not to mention the past and present) of radio is its personality – the people behind the mics – then you would enjoy Boot Camp. There is a different vibe in the room when it’s filled with performers – the folks who are paid to entertain and to inform. They are the faces of most great stations. And the list of radio icons in attendance was a long one: The Bert Show, Paul Castronovo, Roula And Ryan, Rick Rumble, Dave & Carole, Mark & Mercedes, Ross Britain, 2 Guys Named Chris, Larry Norton, Brother Wease, Fitz, Phil Hendrie, and many many more. These personalities come together every year to compare notes, compete for the best bits, have a lot of laughs, and hang out at a conference that almost has a radio throwback feel to it. Yes, radio has changed. It’s a business that is obsessed by ROI, IPOs, and EBITDA. But let’s not forget the DJ. No matter how much Wall Street thinks it has us bought and sold, drawn and quartered, radio is a circus. And the Big Top was in all its glory in Chicago last week. And B.J. Shea was the ringmaster ... B.J. truly set the tone at Boot Camp. In a 30-minute speech filled with passion and inspired self-deprecation, B.J. looked more like he was giving a TED Talks presentation than one of his signature rants. No notes, no slides, but a steady stream of introspective advice and dead-on observations for a room of talent looking for a guiding theme from this Boot Camp. ... “Great art comes from crazy people” was one of B.J.’s lessons. READ FULL BLOG HERE

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NETWORKS: Premiere & Beatport Announce Evolution Show With Pete Tong; USRN To Produce Special '25 Years Of Alan Jackson' Episode

LOS ANGELES, August 13, 2014 ­ Premiere Networks and Beatport, an SFX Entertainment company and the principal online destination for electronic music culture, today announced the launch of The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong. The new program reflects the rebranding and expansion of the Premiere-syndicated program Evolution with Pete Tong, which launched in May 2013 and currently broadcasts weekly on more than 80 stations nationwide. The popular electronic dance music (EDM) program has expanded from one hour to two hours weekly. "I'm very excited to be teaming up with Beatport and extending my national show to two hours," stated Tong. "It's an important step in bringing more great electronic dance music to a mass audience and I'm sure the start of a special relationship with a great strategic partner." ###########United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) announced that its weekly Country Music program, 25 YEARS OF HITS, will be producing a special Alan Jackson episode of the series to coincide with the new Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum exhibit called Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country. 25 YEARS OF HITS is the creation of California-based Cable Car Communications, Inc. and is hosted by WFUS/Tampa’s Craig “Catfish” Hunter. For this special ALAN JACKSON episode of the program which will be broadcast during the week of August 18-24, the entire two hours will be dedicated to the living legend of Country Music. Titled “25 Years of Alan Jackson,” this edition of the 25 Years of Hits series will include twenty-five of Jackson’s biggest #1 songs from the past quarter century in chronological order. On a typical weekend, 25 YEARS OF HITS presents a two-hour, music intensive program that counts-up the #1 hits in chronological order from the past 25 years (currently 1989 to 2013). The fast-paced and highly-produced show, which is broadcast in most markets on weekends, began in 2005 and is now heard on nearly 100 radio stations across America and on additional outlets in Canada. 25 YEARS OF HITS features artist interviews, production elements and feature segments making it a complete entertainment experience for its many loyal listeners.

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Sammy Haggar To Host First U.S. Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2014

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected music award ceremonies of the year, attracting the biggest names in the world of rock. Hosted by UK based Classic Rock Magazine, the tenth annual Classic Rock Awards - the ‘Classic Rock Roll Of Honour’ - has announced multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar as this year’s master of ceremonies, along with the list of nominees for the listener and fan-voted categories. Traditionally held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, London, this prestigious rock‘n’roll awards ceremony is coming to America for the first time on Tuesday, November 4. A celebration of some of the world’s most influential and respected musicians in rock, is set to take place at the Avalon, Hollywood’s historic night club and music venue. To kick things off for 2014, Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host. "The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I’m really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.,” said Sammy Hagar. Meanwhile, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year’s awards including the listener and fan voted categories - CLICK HERE TO SEE NOMINEES AND VOTE. For more information on the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, please contact MSO PR: 818-380-0400.

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Crowd Buys Into Miley Cyrus Impersonator Outside Concert

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Imagine bringing a Miley Cyrus impersonator (complete with bodyguards) outside one of the pop diva's concerts and both fans and local media buying into it? This was the case as Miley Cyrus came back to Kansas City and 95.7 The Vibe (KCHZ) made their presence known outside of the Sprint Center! They brought in a Miley Cyrus impersonator and had the crowd going crazy, with many people believing it was Miley and stopping to get their pictures taken (the staff was calling her "our special guest"). KCTV5 even did a live segment featuring 95.7 (inset)The Vibe outside of the Sprint Center. During the show the excitement continued with Miley Cyrus spotting our impersonator in the crowd, talking to her from the stage and even giving 95.7 The Vibe props before showing a picture of our Miley impersonator on the big screen! Since the concert The Kansas City Star also wrote a story about 95.7 The Vibe bringing in their very own Miley Cyrus look-alike. The night was a big win for everyone involved! NICELY DONE! Photos courtesy of The Vibe's Jenn Ryan

 

TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Montreal Host Looks For Girlfriend With Posters

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– Radio personality Stuntman Sam is looking for love in a rather old-fashioned way: posters. According to montrealgazzette, Sam Lupovich, a.k.a. Stuntman Sam on The Beat 92.5 FM’s morning show, has posted handbills all over downtown Montreal to announce he’s looking for a girlfriend. The poster features a picture of the 31-year-old with a description of himself as serious, fun, outgoing, employed and very handsome. As the setup goes, after a decade of freelance fun and adventure in Toronto, Sam moved back to his beloved hometown of Montreal last fall — and has since had some trouble finding a girlfriend. “I’ve tried online dating and all that jazz, but obviously that hasn’t worked out …” his poster reads. “Pretty sure it’s them, not me .. If you’re single (or not), and ready to take a chance on a good guy willing to throw himself out there, take my number and do something about it.” If you want to see how Sam's doing, give him a call on 514 798-2015.

BOB FM becomes “Robin FM” in Robin Williams Tribute –– BOB fm in London’s Home Counties paid tribute to the late Robin Williams on Tuesday by re-branding as “Robin fm”. The daytime music schedule was interspersed with clips of Robin’s performance as the radio DJ Adrian Cronauer from the 1987 film, “Good Morning Vietnam”. Special sweepers were made that said, “Robin FM”. Program Director Graham Mack said, “We all grew up watching Robin’s movies and he always got a warm reception every time he appeared in London. It was the least we could do to honour the life and work of one of the greatest entertainers of all time”.

Another BBC apology, This Time For Racism -- It was an awkward on-air moment when Iain Lee’s producer decided he’d had enough and walked-out mid-show. Iain took the gag too far by telling him to “...go and do the Black and Asian Show”. Iain and the BBC have apologised for the incident which happened on Iain Lee’s Breakfast show on BBC Three Counties. The show and the radio station have shown another ratings drop in the latest survey leading some commentators to speculate that the on-air argument was a pre-planned if poorly executed stunt. Mismatched couple get married The couple who won the ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ contest on Newcastle’s Metro FM earlier this year have tied the knot. Darren Donaghey and Kate Cathcart often turn heads when walking down the street together. Kate is a gorgeous blonde, but because Darren is, by his own admission, not a work of art. Their love for one another never faltered and the pair have silenced detractors by getting hitched at Matfen Hall in Northumberland. Check out the video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNfosEOV84Q

 

7DWTS Season 19 Dancers Announced

 

Cast Of N.W.A. Biopic Has Brush Of Drive-By As Shots Fired Near Set - [E ONLINE]

Drummer John Densmore Opens Up About 'Doors Unhinged' - [AZCENTRAL]

DWTS Season 19 Dancers Announced - [GOSSIP COP]

2010: 'I Don't Have The Balls To Commit Suicide' Said Robin Williams - [MEDIAITE]

'Dexter's Michael C. Hall Returning To TV In Miniseries - [HUFFPO]

J-Lo Shows Booty In New Single Cover - [E ONLINE]

Rolling Stone Takes You Inside Willie Nelson's Home - [ROLLING STONE]

Lifetime To Air Brittany Murphy Biopic - [THR]

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Top Billboard Chart - [BILLBOARD]

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[WATCH] Cincinnati Host Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Wife; Says It Was An Accident

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 ––
55KRC/Cincinnati talker Blake Seylhouwer (L) who was arrested and charged with shooting his wife Tuesday evening, has pleaded not guilty in court this morning. According to wcpo.com, police claimed Seylhouwer waited until his wife Misty Seylhouwer (R) turned her back before he purposely fired a shot in her direction in their driveway in the 5000 block of Windridge Drive at about 2:40 p.m. The bullet ricocheted off the ground and struck his wife in the head, leg, stomach and neck, according to Madeira Police Chief Frank Maupin. Investigators said they initially treated the incident as an accidental shooting and did not charge Blake. It was later determined an argument took place between the couple before the shooting. Blake had told a 911 dispatcher "I shot my wife accidentally” after the gun fired - LISTEN TO 911 CALL HERE - Blake told the dispatcher he was removing his rifle from a vehicle’s trunk when it fired. A 30-06 rifle is a high-powered gun commonly used for deer hunting. "She came out of the car and I accidentally hit her," Blake said. Police charged Blake Tuesday evening with felonious assault and domestic violence. He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 9 a.m. Maupin said he didn't know if Blake was trying to hit his wife with the bullet or was just trying to scare her. Misty is an executive producer at 55KRC Radio. WATCH WCPO-TV REPORT HERE

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NETWORKS: Tony & Kris Extends With USRN; Yahoo Crosses 500 Affiliates Milestone

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has renewed its arrangement to distribute The Tony and Kris Show. The deal, which extends a relationship that began in June of 2010, constitutes a multi-year agreement for United Stations with the country morning show, which is produced by the duo’s company, Tony and Kris Productions. Tony and Kris first met and launched their careers together at WHMA in Anniston, AL, but they became best known for their highly successful ten-year run at KSON in San Diego from 1993 until 2003. After moving to Nashville, Tony and Kris formed a production company and partnered with United Stations to build out the Tony and Kris network. Their location on Music Row in Nashville provides Tony and Kris with opportunities to tie in with big country events and promotions, as well as access to country music’s biggest stars. Their former flagship KSON airs the duo in the evenings, and the move into other day parts has helped them grow into a national dream team. Tony and Kris are now heard daily on over two dozen affiliates, in all regions of the U.S. Tony Randall and Kris Rochester are represented by Paul Anderson’s Workhouse Media. ###### Yahoo! Sports Radio announced that it's crossed 500 affiliate partners nationwide. “We are thrilled to work with our 500 tremendous partner stations on a daily basis,” said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. “The commitment of our talent, producers, sports news anchors and management team has allowed us to achieve this milestone and continually expand our reach through custom programming and unique, local and national advertiser opportunities.” Yahoo! Sports Radio engages sports fans and listeners nationwide with dynamic, 24/7 Sports Talk programming delivered by top sports personalities and contributors, including Steve Czaban, Bob Ryan, Travis Rodgers, Sean Salisbury, Geoff Ketchum, Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde and more.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: JD Greene Named PD/PM Host For Big 104.7 Pittsburgh

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– CCM+E Pittsburgh has appointed JD Greene as its Program Director and afternoon host of Big 104.7, Pittsburgh. Big 104.7 launched last week with 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row featuring the newest hits from Country music's hottest artists. Greene joins Big 104.7 from CC Minneapolis' sister station K-102, where he served as the music director and afternoon host. "We are excited to welcome JD back home to Pittsburgh,” said CCM+E Pittsburgh VP/Programming David Edgar. “JD is plugged into the Country music scene, understands how to make a big impact with listeners on-air, online and in the community, and truly lives the country lifestyle!” Greene once handled afternoons at CCM+E's CHR WKST/96.1 KISS. 1

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STUDY: Radio Keeping Pace With Pandora's Listener Growth

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has announced its initial findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. Per the graph at right, as Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “NuVoodoo is committed to understanding our industry, the radio listener and especially the potential ratings participant. It’s our job to take this information, synthesize it and continue our mission to provide the industry with cutting-edge products that respond to the world as it is in 2014.” NuVoodoo will be releasing more of the study’s key findings over the coming weeks, including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines. More information may be found by visiting www.nuvoodoo.com.

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Seacrest Notches Scripted Deal With CBS TV Studios

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– We felt the term 'notch' was an appropriate verb in relation to media behemoth, Ryan Seacrest who now, among his other mounting responsibilities, has closed an overall two-year scripted deal with CBS Television Studios. According to The Wrap, Ryan 7Seacrest Productions (RSP) will develop scripted projects for broadcast, cable and streaming under programming executive vice president Nina Wass. Current scripted projects include the Jennifer Lopez drama “Shades of Blue” at NBC, a drama in development with rapper Pitbull, and two ABC comedies. As for unscripted programming, RSP will continue to provide and sell projects across networks. It has a strong body of unscripted programming ranging from E!'s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and its spinoffs, Bravo's “Shahs of Sunset” and Esquire Network's “How I Rock It.” This latest deal with CBS TV Studios joins a few others for Ryan Seacrest and his production company, including CBS’ live two-hour special “Fashion Rocks,” a one-year deal with NBC for specials and contributions to E! and NBC. Oh yes, in addition to Fox's “American Idol” and ABC's “New Year's Rockin’ Eve,” he also host a daily morning show on KIIS-FM L.A.

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JACOBS BLOG: Deja Vu All Over Again For Bob Rivers

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs quips: 'What started out as a blog...' became quite an in depth look at the life and times of Seattle morning star Bob Rivers who recently announced his retirement. In an expansive 2 part interview, Jacob's writes: 'Bob’s career exemplifies all those old school values – hard work, a belief in the team, a commitment to the community, and an understanding of what’s important' says Jacobs. He adds, 'It’s not the first time. Way back in the day, Bob walked away from WFTQ in Worcester, MA, to join a band called Legend, only to return to WAAF where his radio career got underway in 1981. So maybe Bob’s departure from Seattle radio last week is déjà vu all over again.' As for Bob's start, he tells Jacobs: 'I’ve always wanted to be a musician. When I was 5 years-old, my grandfather gave me a transistor radio and an unlimited supply of batteries. He also taught me how to use the phone. I loved hit records and DJs right away, go figure. I started calling request lines and even won a contest! I was on the air live at 5 years-old. Like many, I got into radio partly to be closer to the music scene. I took a few piano lessons in grade school, and tried to play in a band when I was about 21, but I did suck. Radio was my first love, and musicians need to get their 10,000 hours of practice. So making song parodies for my morning show was a way for me to meet and hire great musicians and record and produce perfect copies of hit records. Truthfully, that was my motivation for recording them so authentically. I could have a radio product that was better than anyone else, and follow my other passion: music.' As for his departure from radio, Bob says: 'I love radio. And I never said I was retiring, but I knew the media would. I’m sure I will do more radio. Someday.' (Bob shown right with Spike O'Neill circa 80's). Read about his favorite 'Twisted Tune' parody, His Boot Camp keynote and best advice for fledgling personalities HERE - Also check out KISW/Seattle's BJ Shea Special tribute to his friend Bob Rivers HERE

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Clear Channel Teams With Honda For Live Music Series

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Honda and Clear Channel have teamed up as part of the new Honda Stage music platform to create exciting live performance opportunities and unique content. Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles will feature a dozen live, intimate performances from singer Lucy Hales, Christina Perri and Ariana Grande. Through our collaboration with Clear Channel, Honda Stage is able to greatly increase our music footprint while providing music fans with exclusive footage of live performances from today¹s best artists on our YouTube channel plus hundreds of chances to attend these electrifying performances on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theatre,² said Nick Lee, Honda National Advertising Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Performances at the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater will be promoted on-air and across Clear Channel radio stations, reaching more than 245 million monthly listeners nationwide, and through iHeartRadio, Clear Channel¹s all-in-one digital music service. "Clear Channel has created the ultimate event space at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles that houses unique one-of-a-kind live music events with music's hottest superstars," said Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "Now the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater will bring this exclusive content to fans throughout the country and further extend the reach of both the iHeartRadio and Honda Stage brands."

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Smokey Robinson To Guest Host On NPR's 'All Songs Considered

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– On an upcoming episode of NPR's 'All Songs Considered,' legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson joins host Bob Boilen to share some of the songs and events that shaped his career as well as songs from his new duets album, Smokey & Friends. According to npr.org, Smokey remembers a series of musical milestones in his life: "Lonely Teardrop" by Jackie Wilson who he remembers seeing for the first time when he was ten years old; Sarah Vaughan, the first singer he ever remembers hearing; and the first record he ever bought, The Spaniels' 1953 hit "Baby, It's You." Alongside these influential artists he talks about some of the most famous songs he performed with The Miracles, including "I Second That Emotion" and "Got a Job." Smokey & Friends, which is out Aug. 19, includes collaborations with artists like Miguel, John Legend and Cee Lo Green on songs written by Robinson (some that were originally performed by other artists, like Marvin Gaye). In the show, you can hear his duets with Elton John, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor. Does revisiting his own classics so many years later make him feel nostalgia? No, he says. "I've been doing concerts now for over fifty years," Smokey says. "Every night [those songs] are new to me." PHOTO/Smokey Robinson

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The Kane Show & Z104-3 Throw One Direction Block Party

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2014 –– Hot 99-5 Washington DC and it's morning show - the KANE SHOW, along with sister station Z104-3 Baltimore, threw a MASSIVE ONE DIRECTION/5 SECONDS OF SUMMER block party, which, literally stretched for the entire block in front of DC's Nationals' Park! With music provided by DJ BIGG SLIMM, boxes of t-shirts and more, the KANE SHOW threw the party to thank fans for listening AND to properly welcome 1D and 5SOS back to the Nation's Capital!

 

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Famed Leading Lady Lauren Bacall Passes Away At 89 - [CNN]

Robin William's 'Family Guy' Episode With Failed Suicide Attempt Aired On BBC Minutes Before Death Was Announced - [MIRROR]

Politicians Pay Tribute To Williams - [VARIETY]

Original Culture Club Reunites After 14 Years - [ROLLING STONE]

Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Join For Reality Series: '4th And Loud' - [TV GUIDE]

Steven Seagal Plays Gig For Pro-Russian Separatists - [YAHOO UK]

Audrey Hepburn's Grand Daughter Covers 'Harper's Bazaar' - [THE GLOSS]

CATS OUT OF THE BAG: Chris Soules Confirmed As 'The Bachelor' - [THG]

ACT INTERESTED: Courtney Stodden Back With Her Old Man - [FOX NEWS]

[WATCH] Robin Williams In New 'Night At The Museum' - [USA TODAY]

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[WATCH] Radio's Special Memories Of Robin Williams

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Radio, like the rest of the world, as long treasured the comedic genius of Robin Williams. But 1987's film 'Good Morning Vietnam' endeared us even more as the actor took his wit and talent behind the mic to entertain the troops in Vietnam as Airman Second Class Adrian Conquer. The character was based on a real-life host and his epic battles with his radio boss, Bruno Kirby who played Second Lieutenant Steven Hauk, brought added joy to those behind the mic. Yesterday, when news first broke of William's death, many of us first thought, or wanted to believe, it was a hoax. Sadly, it turned out to be true and radio hosts and others quickly took to social media to express their sadness. Among the many included Dom Theodore - VP/Prog. for The Blaze. He posted: 'The loss of Robin Williams goes to show that you never know what someone is going through on the inside. You have no idea what "stuff" someone else is facing even if they hide it behind a warm smile and charismatic personality.... ' Q102/Cincinnati's Jeff Thomas: 'Depression tortures so many, including a startling number of our most brilliant. Prayers for Robin Williams' family and those still suffering.' Austin's JB, of JB & Sandy wrote: 'One of the most intimidating, wonderful moments of my career. Sandy and I hosting a live auction with Lance Armstrong and Robin stormed the stage and elevated everything beyond belief for half an hour. You never know when someone is in a horrible amount of pain on the inside. RIP Robin. You sure made my life a whole lot better many, many times.' WSTR/Atlanta's Jimmy Alexander posted 'People often ask me who is the nicest celebrity I've ever met...my answer is ‎Robin Williams. Unbelievable that a man who brought so much happiness and laughter to people was fighting so many demons..' Jeff Mauler of Hot 89.9 Ottawa along with Rush & Jennie went LIVE last night upon learning the news. He wrote: 'taking hundreds of calls about the passing of Robin Williams. The callers' stories and thoughts are incredible about this incredible man. --- I'm absolutely speechless ... The world got a whole lot less funny today. RIP Robin Williams.' CCM+E's Jon Seller linked one of TV's greatest moments as Robin paid a special visit to Johnny Carson's last show on 5.21.14 WATCH HERE

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[WATCH] The Real Adrian Cronauer On Robin Williams

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Robin Williams made the words, “Good morning Vietnam” famous in the movie, but it was an actual radio host from Roanoke who first aired the words on AFN. This was Adrian Cronauer (R), now 75 years old. But in 1965 and 1966 he was a jock for the the armed services in Saigon. He tells WSLS TV, He thought the troops needed a lift and modeled his radio show after a successful morning radio host in Pittsburgh named Rege Cordic (L). When the TV series M.A.S.H. became popular, he thought there might be a way to make a funny movie or TV series about life in Vietnam – even though people told him Vietnam could, as he told me, “not be funny.” He kept at his concept under wraps until William's 'people' bought the rights. “They changed everything, but they made my movie,” Cronauer told WSLS just wo hours after learning of William's apparent suicide. “He was always on. You never saw the real Robin Williams,” he said. He added the two of them didn't meet person-to-person until the movie's premier. “If he had met me he would have started to impersonate me, and they didn't want that,” said Cronauer. “Besides—Williams was way funnier, and a lot of what he said in the movie – I could have never said.” WATCH HERE

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REPORT: Casey Kasem's Body Being Moved Again

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– There are reports that Casey Kasem's body is on the move, again. This time to a secret location and against his older children's wishes. According to nydn.com,
nearly two months after it was confirmed that his body had been found at a funeral home in Canada, a private investigator hired by Kerri Kasem says "We have been told by some reliable sources that it's Norway, but we don't have a confirmation," Logan Clarke told the Daily News. This follows a failed attempt by Kerri Kasem to prevent her father's body from being removed from a Washington by Jean Kasem. Clarke called Jean "sick" for "hiding" the body after Kerri Kasem went to court in Washington asking for a hold on burial plans pending her request for a second autopsy amid claims of elder abuse. ""I truly believe Jean is following her same sick pattern. It goes back to her stealing Casey from his Santa Monica nursing home. She's now trying to salvage whatever defense she has for her elder abuse," said Clarke. Kasem's children are hoping the Santa Monica police will step in to prevent the body's removal. "We're trying to do something fast because this is happening right now," said Clarke.. SOURCE: NYDN PHOTO/screen grab. is

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rhonda McCormack Named GM Of NASH-FM 92.3 San Francisco

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has appointed 28-year radio veteran Rhonda McCormack as General Manager for NASH FM 92.3 in San Francisco. McCormack moves to Cumulus from Clear Channel, where she was Vice President/Market Manager of its five-station cluster in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz, CA, for eight years. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales for Clear Channel Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz. She also served as General Sales Manager for Entravision Communications in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz for nine years. The appointment is effective immediately.

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MOTION: Chris Carr To Exit WUBE-FM Cincinnati; 'Noah's Ark' Heads To KBEA For Mornings; Ashley Z Leaving Energy 106.9 Milwuakee

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Chris Carr, one of Cincinnati's most popular host, is leaving 105.1 WUBE-FM (105.1) this Friday following a six year run. He tells cincinnati.com that he's accepted a new job to be closer to his family, and he's taking morning sidekick Jeff "Maverick" Bolen with him. "Big Dave Show," along with co-host Chelsie, will move to mornings on Aug. 18 with morning producer Jason "Stattman" Statt. Carr arrived in August 2008 from KEEY-FM in Minneapolis. "An opportunity came up that really couldn't be turned down. That's about it. Nobody is pushing us out," said Carr, whose contract expires this month. His new job -- he won't say where -- "allows our family to be more closely connected," he said. ######### Olivia Cronin and Noah Sherwood
have launched "Noah's Ark" KBEA 99.7 (B100) in the Quad Cities, IL/IA. Noah Sherwood, who also serves as PD, most recently was with WIZM in La Crosse, WI. ###### Ashley Z is reportedly leaving middays at WNRG/Energy 106.9 Milwaukee. The former Ryan Seacrest intern arrived in Milwaukee last February. Other recent stints included evenings on WKHQ-FM/Traverse City, MI.

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KFOG Becomes K-PAUL For Paul McCartney's Last Concert At Candlestick Park

KFOG IS CHANGING TO K-PAUL (SAN FRANCISCO BAYAREA – August 11, 2014) On August 29th, 1966, The Beatles performed their last official concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Therefore, it’s fitting that Candlestick’s last event will be the return of Sir Paul McCartney on August 14th. In honor of this history making performance, KFOG 104.5/97.7 becomes K-PAUL this Thursday. Beginning at 6:00a.m. it’s all Paul, all day – with back-to-back McCartney tracks, spotlighting his vast Beatles, Wings and solo catalog. All station assets will change to coincide with the day’s theme – the station’s logo, website (KFOG.com) and on-air features, including the KFOG favorite 10@10, featuring the set list from that 1966 concert! KFOG midday and 10@10 Host Annalisa offers, “I don’t think there is any other moment-in-time or performer that makes better sense to take over an entire day of KFOG than Paul McCartney with his legendary status in music and pop culture. And he is certainly one of THE most beloved performers of all time, evoking significant musical memories from every listener’s life.”

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Pitbull Becomes First Latino Artist To Get Channel On Sirius XM

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Latin Grammy winner Pitbull has linked up with Sirius XM radio to create his own channel, becoming the first Latino musician with a music channel on the satellite provider. According to nbcnews.com the channel will feature his songs, such as his 2009 hit "I Know You Want Me, but will also showcase music of other musicians that he selects. Sirius said in a statement. The channel will be anchored by a weekly show hosted by Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez. Pitbull, a Cuban American, is well known for not only his music success but his entrepreneurial pursuits. He said in a statement the channel allows him to interact more personally with fans, but also, he'll “get a chance to play all the music I grew up listening (to) _ and most of all, we are going to have fun in the process, so prepare (get ready) y daleee (do it).

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Kurt Hanson Becomes Jacobs Media's First 'Most Innovative' Friday Pick

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2014 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs says "Our new initiative to highlight innovations and innovators in and around the radio business debuted last Friday on what will be the first of many “Innovation Fridays. Our first choice was a no-brainer. Kurt Hanson (R) is synonymous with innovation in our industry. He’s been inventing and reinventing for years, and we’re pleased to honor him in our “Radio’s Most Innovative” effort. Mike Stern wrote this piece and will be a regular contributor on “Innovation Fridays.” Congratulations, Kurt, and as you’ve reminded us at several RAIN Summits, “Things are moving faster than we think.” – FJ In 1999, cellphones didn’t have cameras, texting was brand new, and the first iPods were two years away. Yet, while the world was concerned about Y2K, Kurt Hanson launched RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter — the first publication devoted to the world of streaming audio. Then, to further illustrate his commitment to this new space, the following summer he began building AccuRadio, a multi-channel online music streaming service that now reaches nearly a million unique listeners monthly. The launch of those two innovative businesses weren’t the first time Hanson had struck out on his own. Twenty years earlier he founded Strategic Media Research, a respected market research firm that even challenged Arbitron with its AccuRatings product. Today, Kurt is considered one of the leading experts in the field of new delivery mechanisms for audio, and RAIN has brand extended to include conferences – RAIN Summit.

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7Hollywood Reacts To Robin William's Passing

 

Hollywood Reacts To Robin William's Passing - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] Conan O'Brien Learns Of Robin William's Death While Taping Show - [DEADSPIN]

Sherri Shepherd's Emotional Goodbye On 'The View' - [CNN]

You Won't Believe What Paris Hilton Gets Paid To DJ - [USA TODAY]

Mike Epps Almost A Lock To Play Richard Pryor In Biopic - [DEADLINE]

You Have To Admit, Rihanna Does Wild Covers - [E ONLINE]

Barbara Streisand Duets With Elvis Presley - [THE INDEPENDENT]

UH OH: Aston Kutcher's Website Accused Of Plagiarism - [PAGE SIX]

UH OH 2: 'Duck Dynasty' Ratings Drop 1/3 In A Year - [INQUISTIR]

Patti Labelle Joins 'American Horror Story' - [JEZEBEL]

'Game Of Thrones' Actor Dies Four Days Into Filming - [THE GUARDIAN]

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Stephen A. Smith, Dan Le Batard, Max Kellerman Suspended By ESPN Over Abuse Comment

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– For the third time in as many weeks, ESPN has suspended another host. This time it's Max Kellerman who gets sidelined for a week after he revealed on his L.A. radio show that he once hit his then-girlfriend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they suspended Kellerman after he admitted on his show that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years. In a statement to THR, the network said "Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday." Max explained that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. He said Erin slapped him, and so he slapped her back. Kellerman becomes the third ESPN host to be suspended in the past two weeks. Stephen A. Smith landed a week-long suspension on July 29 after making comments about NFL player Ray Rice's suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. Last week, Dan Le Batard received a two-day suspension for putting up a Miami billboard mocking NBA star LeBron James.

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The Bert Show Takes Honors In Inaugural 'Kraddick Award'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Following last year's untimely death of radio legend, Kidd Kraddick, MSBC host Don Anthony promised 2013 attendees (which took place literally days following Kidd's passing) that beginning this year an award named in Kidd's honor would be created. With the blessing of Kidd's daughter, Caroline, MSBC began accepting nominees early this year. "Guidelines were set," says Anthony. 'Attributes included 'originality', 'overall success', 'contributions to the public both on and off the air', as well as someone who serves as an inspiration to their colleagues." Along with a group of advisors, a finalist was then chosen. "Our final question was 'who would Kidd have likely picked to receive this first award? Given Bert's long association and friendship with Kidd, plus the success of his highly touted 'Bert's Big Adventure,' The Bert Show was finally picked as the award's first recipient." As with Anthony's other event, TSBC, this award's concept will be modeled after the 'Ashwood Award' named in honor of the late Andrew Ashwood. As with this award, the recipient of next year's Kidd Kraddick Award will be selected by The Bert Show. "Choosing our first recipient,' says Anthony, was by far the toughest thing I have ever experienced. Most of our nominees were shows and personalities whom I know and care about deeply. So, this was far from easy. But now that we have our first selection, the process is set and , hopefully, will remain in place for many years to come." PHOTO/Tommy Owen, Tracey Kinney, Kristin Klingshirn, Bert Weiss, Cassie Young and Jeff Dauler

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MSBC 26: Personality Remains The Lifeblood Of Radio

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Credit for our headline goes to Rich Berra of The Premiere Syndicated Johnjay and Rich show who commented on MSBC 26 saying: 'The brotherhood of radio is alive and well and maybe never more important as PERSONALITY is the LIFEBLOOD of broadcasting." This was just one of many: "It's not the end. It's the beginning of our new beginning,' said Phil Becker, Alpha's VP/Programming. Consultant Tracy Johnson who was also one of this year's featured speakers, created a full list of takeaways from this year's event which you can see at his blog HERE. Among his takeaways BJ Shea: "Performers love to perform. It’s not how much you get paid. It’s not about whether you’re the lead or a sidekick. And it doesn't matter the platform. Performing is what we do." Drew Horowitz, CEO Hubbard Broadcasting offers advice for talent to be successful moving forward: "Work hard. Dedicate yourself. Be authentic." Pat Paxton, VP/Programming Entercom: "Step up and stop making excuses. Take responsibility for your career and quit making excuses. Be thankful for what you do for a living. You're not operating a jackhammer in 100 degree heat by the side of the road." Jimmy DeCastro, VP/GM WGN Radio/Chicago: "You finally make it to the job you always wanted-morning, and now you show up 15 minutes before your show, and the door hits you in the (a)ss 9 minutes after. That's ridiculous. It's not a 6-10am job. Be around. That's how you're going to grow. And if you're not growing, you're standing still."Mike McVay, Cumulus Media: "If parameters (limits) are defined by what you can't do on the air, talent will stop trying to do anything." "The secret SAUCE of bootcamp is beyond the sessions. It’s the connections you get by talking before and after sessions to shows you didn’t know share your DNA. Every great bit we’ve ever done on our show was inspired by talking to other shows over the years. PHOTO/L-R - T-B BJ Shea, Steve Migliore, Fitz, Jim Carey, Tommy McFly, Maurice DeVoe, Larry Wachs, Morgan and Kendall seated on each side of Tommy Sablan, Heather Cohen, Eric Weiss, Mike McVay, Holly O'Connor, Margaret Verghese, Amanda & Jeff, Randy Stein, Lamont, Baby Huey, Paul Castronovo, Robert Alan, Chet Buchanan (photo bombing) Mercedes, JC, Miguel, Mandy & Holly O'Connor - some photos courtesy of Wise Brother Media.

To be honest, we've been overwhelmed and humbled deeply by the numerous comments on this year's MSBC. There's not nearly enough room here to list them all, but here are some samples: CLICK HERE

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[LISTEN] Film Director Surprises Detroit Hosts With Call In To Defend 'Aquaman'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– File this one under 'You never know who may be listening." This was the case for Detroit's 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill who received a call from Zack Snyder who wanted to comment on the show dissing on 'Aquaman' the movie. The caller claimed to be Zach Snyder, director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. According to nydaily.com, he said he was listening to the radio on the way to set, and heard an earlier segment in which he felt the hosts were coming down too hard on Aquaman. Snyder defended the superhero and his possible inclusion in a film with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill). The director pointed out that Aquaman is actually quite capable, and has a trident that can “cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact … he's super strong.” Rumors are swirling that Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is in the running to play Aquaman. Snyder, however, still won't confirm the watery character's role in the upcoming film.As it turned out, the man turned out to really be Snyder and this audio is now getting massive hits. LISTEN HERE

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[LISTEN] Aussie Host Walks Out Of Show After Ripping Partner For Always Calling In Sick On Friday

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Jockline Daily readers are well aware of Australia's highly popular Kyle And Jackie O Show which recently crossed the street for KIIS-FM after years at 2Day FM. Now, according to news.com.au, the frustration has reached the control room as Jackie O stormed out of the studio after the two got into it after he opening break of the show.
The on-air spat started just after 6am when Jackie O had a go at Sandilands for chucking a sickie last week. “You left everyone high and dry on Friday,” a frustrated Jackie O said this morning. “If you vomited in the car I don’t think you’d come to work either,” Sandilands said. Further perturbed, Sandilands asked Jackie O, “Have you got the sh**s or something?” “A little bit,” she admitted. “I’m happy to go home again,” Sandilands said, “I don’t have to put up with this”. “You’re always sick on a Friday,” Jackie O said, “I’m putting it out there”. Sandilands responded with, “Too bad for you”. This was followed by several prerecorded segments before Sandilands came back on air 40 minutes later to announce that Jackie O had walked out. Kyle and Jackie O are the number two rated FM breakfast show in Sydney. “I’m not going to go into why, how, when, who said what, what happened, anything that got flicked around, she’s just not here.” Sandilands hosted the rest of the show solo with the help of producer Pete Deppeler. In a statement to news.com.au, an ARN spokesperson said, “We’re looking forward to having Kyle and Jackie return to air together tomorrow morning on Kiis where they’ll no doubt talk through everything that happened this morning”. LISTEN HERE

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MOTION: Doug Stephan Partners with Social Business to Benefit Community

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– As Doug Stephan’s Good Day continues to grow beyond the 350 affiliate milestone, so does the host’s desire to give back. Stephan partners with BuzzBox Coffee, a subsidiary of Camano Island Coffee Roasters and Syndicated Solutions, Inc. (SSI) that aims to change the world one cup of coffee at a time. Through their alliance, Stephan offers his audience the opportunity to purchase the USDA certified organic, shade grown, top 1% Arabica grade, fairly-traded coffee. A percentage of each sale goes to Eastleigh Farm, Stephan’s non-profit dairy farm in Framingham, Mass. “This is a wonderful way for our family of listeners to get involved in what they all know is close to my heart,” says Stephan. “Eastleigh Farm helps our community on many different levels from employing folks and providing education to protecting animals and farm land.” Jeff Ericson, Founder, Camano Island Coffee says, “It’s all about empowering the people on the other side of the equation. Instead of writing a charity check, coffee lovers live out their belief system in a simple everyday way – by drinking coffee. To me, that’s the beauty of social business and working with someone like Doug to help make a difference.” “Our BuzzBox Coffee platform is the most developed coffee continuity program on the market today,” comments SSI President Bob Carey. “With repeated impressions we’re creating income, influence and impact.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Envision Welcomes Valerie Brooks As Director Of Affiliate Relations; Renee Cassis Joins Bunzel Media

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® announced the addition of Valerie Brooks as the Director of Affiliate Relations at the 11-year-old media network. After a stint in television sales at Gannett-owned NBC affiliate WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Brooks returns home to radio, her true passion. “I have been privileged to work for both locally owned & operated as well as publicly traded broadcast companies,” said Ms. Brooks “I love the subliminal power of our medium, and I know that Radio plus our digital brand extensions remain vibrant, alive and impactful. I’ve been blessed to work with such great PDs including Jimmy Steel, Charlie Lake, DR, George Wolf, Dave Cooper and Dave Popovich and so look forward to strengthening and creating new station partnerships for Envision Networks.” “We are thrilled to welcome Valerie to the Envision family as Director of Affiliate Relations,” said Laura Orkin, COO at Envision Networks®. “Valerie brings a wealth of experience to our team and will super-serve our 1,500 plus affiliated stations.” ######## Bunzel Media Resources announced that it has retained the services of veteran radio industry marketing and communications expert Renee Cassis as Director of Sales, effective immediately. "I am thoroughly delighted that Renee will be joining the Bunzel Media team and working directly with our valuable industry partners to deliver Radio 2015 to every corner of this business," Bunzel Media President Reed Bunzel said. "I was looking for the Cadillac of sales professionals to join me in this venture, and in Renee I found a Bentley. I am confident she shares my vision in this endeavor, and I know her commitment and dedication to Radio 2015 will be shared by all our sponsors and partners."

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7Taylor Swift Gets Down And Nerdy For Upcoming 'Tonight Show' Appearance

 

Tragedy On the Race Track As Tony Stewart's Car Hits, Kills Kevin Ward Jr. - [CNN]

UH OH: Rosie O'Donnell Doesn't Want 'Jerk' Conservative On 'The View' - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Gets Down And Nerdy For Upcoming 'Tonight Show' Appearance - [ROLLING STONE]

UH OH 2: Heirs Of Aunt Jemima File $2 Billion Lawsuit Against Pepsi & Quaker Oats - [THE WRAP]

ACT SURPRISED: Kimmy Coming Out With Book All About Her Selfies - [E ONLINE]

'Ninja Turtles' Sequel In The Works - [THR]

Julia Roberts Talks Bikini Hot List In 20th Anniversary 'InStyle' - [DAILY MAIL]

Yup, Ariana Grande's Brother Is On 'Big Brother' - [CBS DETROIT]

RIP: Actor Charles Keating Passes Away At 72 - [BALTIMORE SUN]

Community's Yvette Nicole Brown Joins TV's 'Odd Couple' - [EW]

Geena Davis Join's Cast Of 'Grey Anatomy' Season 11 - [TV LINE]

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ESPN Suspends Dan LeBatard Over LeBron Billboard

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– ESPN has suspended radio host Dan LeBatard two days for purchasing “You’re Welcome, LeBron” billboards in Akron, Ohio according to The NY Post. LeBatard had recently had an ad flagged by a local newspaper before going to the billboard plan. “It’s just fun anarchy,” LeBatard said on his ESPN radio show “All meant in fun." ESPN wasn't amused
with its spokesman Josh Krulewitz releasing a statement following the billboard: “Dan LeBatard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday. His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN’s standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance,” he said.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: John Gallagher To Head Hubbard's Chicago Cluster; Dave Hanson On The Rise At Cox Media Group Miami

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Hubbard Radio taps John Gallagher as its VP/Market Manager for the company’s Chicago cluster. Gallagher most recently served as regional VP for Cumulus Wisconsin. ###### Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has promoted WFLC Music Director, Dave Hanson, to Assistant Director of Branding & Programming, effective immediately. Hanson has been with CMG Miami in many different roles for the past 12 years, and has experience in multiple formats during his 18 years in radio. “I am honored and feel truly blessed for the opportunity to continue to work with such a supportive team at CMG Miami,” Hanson says. “Thanks to Jill Strada for being an innovated leader, mentor and partner in crime, and to VP/Market Manager Rob Babin for being such a believer in the people of CMG Miami. I am proud to wave the flag of HITS 97.3 - Miami’s New #1 For All The HITS!” CMG Miami VP and Market Manager Rob Babin, says, “Dave has been a key contributor to our cluster and we are proud to announce this new assignment.” Prior to this position, Hanson has worked in the Dance, CHR, Rock, AC and HOT AC radio formats and has worked as On-Air Personality, Voice-Over Talent, Web Producer, Producer and most recently, Music Director. He began his extensive radio career in New York at WKTU, then moved to South Florida and worked at WPYM, WHDR, WFEZ and WFLC. Hanson is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and The Connecticut School of Broadcasting and has a BA in Communication.

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MOTION: Dayton’s Fly 92.9 Dayton Names Dan Edwards As Host of “The Morning Flight”

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Dayton, OH announced the addition of legendary Miami Valley media personality Dan Edwards to “The Morning Flight,” weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. on Fly 92.9. Dan is an Emmy award-winning media veteran with over 30 years of experience as an anchor, DJ, photo-journalist, and educator. “I can’t say how happy I am to be back in the very building I began my radio career on the legendary WING-FM,” Dan stated. “After a satisfying 12 year career in TV as an anchor and reporter at Channel 2, I'm excited to transition back into radio. What's even more profound is the fact that John King, the current general manger for Fly 92.9, is the same man who gave me my first big break in the business back in 1982!” King commented, “When Alpha Media entered the Dayton market with the goal of creating truly ‘Live and Local’ radio, I was challenged to find a personality that would not only sound great on air, but one that has deep roots in the community; we couldn’t be happier to find exactly that in Dan.”

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Stephen A. Smith To Join Chris Russo’s ‘Mad Dog Sports Radio’ On Sept. 2

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– ESPN and SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio,” made it official Thursday saying Smith will make his debut September 2 at 1 p.m according to NYDN o On July 20, the Daily News first reported Smith, who co-hosts a daily radio show on ESPN 98.7 with Ryan Ruocco, was headed to SiriusXM. “Words can’t express how excited I am to be going to SiriusXM,” Smith, whose “MDR” show will air weekdays from 1 p.m.-3p.m., said in a statement. “All I’m going to say is Sept. 2 can’t arrive soon enough. So Buckle Up! Because I’m coming.”
ESPN is producing Smith’s SXM show, which will originate from the World Wide Leader’s Bristol studio. Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.”

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Hot 104.5 Debuts in San Antonio; 95.7 The Jet Comes To Seattle

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– CCM+E San Antonio announced today the debut of Hot 104.5, Today's Rhythm and All the Best Throwbacks, effective immediately. Hot 104.5 will kick off with 10,000 songs commercial free. "We're excited to introduce Hot 104.5 to our San Antonio listeners and provide them with another great music option on the radio," said Marlene Trevino, Market President, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment San Antonio. ########### CCM+E Seattle announced today the debut of 95.7 The Jet, Seattle’s Variety From the 70’s, 80’s and More, beginning at 10 a.m. PST. “Seattle is a great radio town and listeners have a high musical passion and intellect. What we learned talking directly with listeners and doing extensive research is that expectations for Seattle radio have changed, and wider playlists with more variety are desired,” said Keith Cunningham, Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Seattle. “We saw the opportunity to take the best of 95.7 KJR FM, add more variety, and create a more modernized presentation. Re-branding as The Jet was a no brainer and a nod to our love for Seattle’s history in aviation and airline manufacturing.”

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Mark Kaye's Talk Show Picks Up Steam At CMG

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– For the past few months, Mark Kaye, host of The Big Ape Morning Mess on 95.1 WAPE-FM has been quietly testing a weekend talk show on Cox sister station News 104.5 WOKV. Well, word of the program, and the show itself soon spread west to WDBO in Orlando. Now, that quiet test show has now exploded into a third market! “The Mark Kaye Show” debuted last week on News 102.3 KRMG in Tulsa, OK. And it went so well, that they are having him back again! In fact, they even put his name on the website! Director of Branding and Programming for KRMG Levi May was thrilled to fit Mark Kaye into his weekend schedule. “For those that are looking for the next generation of Talk Radio Host, look no further than Mark Kaye - KRMG is on board!” “OM Todd Shannon, and WOKV PD Mike Dorwart and I pitched this idea to Cox VP of Programming Steve Smith in January. Six months later it’s now on three stations…in two time zones! It’s been so awesome to mix what I’ve been doing on CHR radio into a cool and trendy new News/Talk show that the audience, and the industry is excited about. And I’m excited to see where we go from here.” The Mark Kaye Show can be heard Sunday nights at 7-9 ET and 6-8 CT on 104.5 WOKV, News 96.5 in Orlando, and on News 102.3 KRMG.

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Legendary Host Bob Barker Guests For Lucky 13th On Animal Radio

(AUGUST 2014) – Envision Networks® announces former Price Is Right host and animal advocate Bob Barker is returning to Animal Radio® for his 13th time guest-hosting the nationally syndicated call-in pet show. Bob Barker is being celebrated as the Animal Radio® Hero Person for his extreme efforts in animal advocacy as well as his significant financial backing of many animal welfare organizations, making a difference worldwide. Most notably, Bob refused to host the Miss America pageant after contestants were asked to wear fur-coats. He also recently lobbied to ban circus animals and change the way zoo animals are treated. “He has the record of the most appearances by any celebrity on Animal Radio®,” said Animal Radio® host Hal Abrams. “Bob personally told me he wants to be the record-holder and to let him know if anyone comes close. He’s also sharp as a tack and I will query him about his secret to living a long life. He’s 90.”

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TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Australian Athlete Photobombs Kyle Minogue In Front Of Worldwide TV audience Then Calls Her Station

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2014 –– Graham Mack’s WORLD SERVICE Former Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host Dead at 59 Mike Smith has died aged 59. He died after complications from major heart surgery. Smith spent six years at Radio 1 between 1982 and 1988, and was also a presenter on Top of the Pops on BBC television and hosted the BBC's coverage of Live Aid. His wife of 25 years, the TV presenter Sarah Greene, said she would like to thank hospital staff for their care and compassion.

Another day, another BBC pedophile in court Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to a string of historical sex offences against boys. The 73-year-old admitted 29 charges of abuse against boys aged between nine and 16, at Southwark Crown Court. He denied 12 further charges and will face a trial beginning on 24 November at the same London court. Denning, of Basildon in Essex, was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Australian Athlete Photobombs Kyle Minogue in front of worldwide TV audience then calls her local radio station - She has hit the headlines for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, an "Australian athlete bombed Kylie Minogue’s performance". “The opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime, so I took it,”said Genevieve LaCaze Which breakfast team did she call? A Gold Coast local, she called Labby Stav and Abby at b105 on the way back to the athletes’ village and chatted about the experience live on the air.

Fearne Cotton calls in the stars for breast cancer festival 'Festifeel' - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood may soon be doing his bit for breast cancer, as new daughter-in-law Fearne Cotton calls in a few family favours for her annual charity music festival, Festifeel. Profits go to the breast charity Coppafeel, which aims to take the fear out of breast self-examination. Fearne Cotton has said she will be calling in a few family favours for her annual breast cancer charity festival. The success of previous one-day Festifeels – this year’s was a sellout – has given Fearne the confidence to think big and she wants the event to become a much larger affair, complete with top-name headliners. Kasabian and McFly should also expect calls from the presenter – both bands were at her wedding to Ronnie’s son Jesse in June.

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[WATCH] Helen MIrren Twerking - Nuff Said

 

Beyonce To Perform At MTV VMA's - [NYDN]

Dakota Johnson Won't Let Mom See ''50 Shades' - [THE STIR]

'Lion King' Cast Entertains Passengers On Subway - [USA TODAY]

[WATCH] Helen MIrren Twerking - Nuff Said - [BOSSIP]

Chris Pratt Interviewed In Esquire - [ESQUIRE]

Kristen Stewart Talks Starting Over In September 'Elle' - [ELLE]

'Orange's' Jenji Kohan Talks Hollywood's Pay Inequality - [THR]

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ABC News Shifts Distribution To Skyview

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to the news division today announcing the beginning of a new era at ABC Radio. ABC News Radio will expand its operations to invest in new, premium programming and to take control of distributing and marketing its content and deepen affiliate relationships. ABC Radio serves nearly two thousand stations nationwide and the most popular digital radio platforms - making ABC News, by far, the number one choice for radio news and information for over 50 million listeners each week. In his note he wrote:Today we’re announcing the beginning of a new era at ABC Radio. Starting in January we’re going to expand our operations to invest in new programming, take control of distributing and marketing our content and deepen our affiliate relationships. A new relationship with Skyview Networks will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales efforts as our distribution agreement with Cumulus Media comes to an end." He added: As we move ahead we see tremendous opportunities and know that we will have to work even harder to ensure a bright future. We’re taking these important steps now to work more closely with our terrific, long-standing station partners and better position us for digital audio growth in the future.I’m confident that with Steve Jones and his team leading the charge, there are exciting new opportunities and many more great days ahead at ABC Radio. 1

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News/Talk WPGB-FM Pittsburgh Flips To Country; Bobby Bones To Handle Mornings

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– CC Pittsburg has flipped News-Talk WPGB-FM to Country as BIG 104.7, Pittsburgh's New Hit Country. Along with the launch, The Bobby Bones Show will join the lineup in Fall. The News/Talk format has moved to WJAS-AM.
7"It's a great day for Pittsburgh country music fans as we launch Big 104.7, a fresh new take on country music," says CC/Pittsburgh VP David Edgar. "This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country's biggest artists and concerts. Listeners will also enjoy waking up with The Bobby Bones Show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music. No one is closer to the heart of Nashville than Bobby Bones."

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Westwood One Names Jim Jones To Senior Director Post

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– Westwood One announces that Jim Jones has been named Senior Director, News Affiliate Sales. In his new position, Jones will be overseeing affiliate sales for Westwood One’s News vertical. He will be based in Washington, DC, and will report to Dennis Green, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales for Westwood One. This is a homecoming for Jones, as he was formerly Vice President of Affiliate Sales, News/Talk for Westwood One in Washington, DC, for 15 years. He was most recently with Focus 360. Dennis Green, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales for Westwood One said: “Jim has an extensive knowledge of the news product and has been involved in the affiliation of major news networks with a high level of success. Our affiliates will have the benefit of Jim and his team’s knowledge of integrating our new white label news product into the stations lineup as we find new audiences to bring news and information from around the world.” Jones said: “I am excited to rejoin Westwood One, helping radio stations deliver meaningful news and information to listeners across the country. After more than 20 years producing and selling news/talk content, I am glad to represent the best news brands and content in the business. I look forward to continuing the highest level of service and delivery with Westwood One’s new white label news product, launching this fall.”

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KTFM/San Antonio Adds Rossi Ramirez to Blondie & Nugget Show

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media San Antonio taps Rossi Ramirez (L)to join the Blondie and Nugget Morning Show, weekdays from 6-10am on CHR KTFM-FM. The San Antonio native will produce the show and be a third voice that KTFM says will "add a little San Antonio Flair to the show." Rossi has worked for WOAI-TV, FOX San Antonio TV and Univision TV as a writer/producer. PD Mark Landis commented, "We've assembled a young, talented, diversified staff here at KTFM, and we're very excited about Rossi joining us as we're now Live & Local from 6am-Midnight, and becoming part of the fabric of the community of San Antonio." "What a dream come true to be on KTFM in the city that I grew up in. I'm really excited about becoming part of this new team," added Rossi.

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AXS Brings 'X Factor UK' To US

 

AXS Brings 'X Factor UK' To US - [THR]

Tom Petty Draws First Number One Album In 38 Years - [ROLLING STONE]

Martha Stewart's Younger Sister Passes Away From Brain Aneurism - [DAILY MAIL]

Petition Underway For Weird Al To Play At Superbowl - [USA TODAY]

Wiped Out Model Delivers First Pitch At Dodger's Game - [RUMOR FIX]

Cristiano Stars In Totally Bizarre Commercial - [HITFIX]

Kevin Spacey & Julia Louis Dreyful Spoof Potus - [EW

Oprah Dons Catsuit For O - [BET]

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Cumulus Sees 21.4% Net Revenue Rise For Second Quarter

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Media reported its quarterly earnings this morning and showed that the company’s quarterly revenue was up 21.4% on a year-over-year basis. On an actual basis, net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $57.9 million, or 21.4%, to $328.2 million, compared to $270.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013. The increase resulted from increases of $44.1 million, $7.0 million, $2.7 million and $4.1 million in broadcast advertising, digital advertising, political advertising and license fees and other revenue, respectively. These increases were primarily attributable to the addition of the operations of WestwoodOne, which was acquired by the Company in December 2013. The increases were partially offset by decreases in local spot and national spot revenue. The increase in political advertising was due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections in the current period. READ FULL REPORT HERE

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A-List Comedy Debuts With Top Comedic Talent

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– A-List Comedy has launched with a large and impressive roster of top comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, NBC, CBS, TMZ, CNN, MTV, and dozens more. Focused on delivering Top Shelf Humor For a Bottom Feeding World, the newly minted A-List Comedy is a re-launch of the popular All-Star Radio. Joining A-List Comedy as Creative Director is Jimmy Failla (R), who was named Best Male Comedian at the 2014 New York City Nightlife Awards. He has been seen on Gotham Comedy Live, BBC America, TMZ Live, The Today Show, Good Day New York, America's Got Talent, Fox Business, Arise TV, Kelly and Michael and CNN. Also joining the team is Affiliate Relations professional Stacy Horton (L) as Director of Marketing and Partnerships. In addition, Ron Stevens, who served as Head Writer since 1983, remains onboard as Creative Consultant. National advertising sales representation is being handled exclusively by AdLarge Media. “A-List Comedy has assembled a top-notch team of comedians and radio professionals to deliver the finest comedy service available to radio,” stated Frank DeSantis, Vice President, Business Development, AdLarge Media. Stations interested in learning more about A-List Comedy may contact Stacy Horton at 917-261-2641 or rstacy@a-listcomedy.com.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gary Krantz To Advise Sun Broadcast Group

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 Sun Broadcast Group announced that Gary Krantz, President & CEO of Krantz Media Group/KMG Networks has joined the company as Strategic Advisor. 'Gary and I have known each other for years and have always shared the same exciting vision for this industry,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group home to shows such as The Marilu Henner Show (R) , 6 Second Reviews among others. “With all that’s going on in the network radio space there are countless opportunities to make a real difference with amazing program partners who share our passion for change. I’m stoked to work more closely with KMG on a professional basis in advancing our mission to make radio an Experience for a whole new generation.” “Jason Bailey is one of the most forward thinking executives in our business,” said Gary Krantz, President & CEO of Krantz Media Group. “With their investments in new distribution platforms, cutting edge technology, and a growing management staff and world-class team, Sun is at the vanguard of a new generation of media companies in the audio entertainment space. There are ‘game changing’ initiatives forthcoming from Sun that KMG is excited to be a part of.” Gary Krantz is President and chief executive officer of Krantz Media Group LLC.

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Clear Channel Lauches KFYI2: The Next Generation Of Talk

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel /Phoenix has flipped Business News 1230 KOY to KFYI2, calling it “The Next Generation Of Talk." Its lineup features the syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show in mornings (shown) from KSTE Sacramento, followed by Dana Loesch from 10a-1p and Casey Bartholomew taking it local from 1 to 3p. Also featured at night is 'Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis' from 7-10p. Other shows featured include: "America Now," Leo Laporte, Kim Komando & TMZ Live. KFYI2 takes over its business format on KOY and judging by the lineup, it appears reaching a younger demo is the tie-in to 'next generation of talk. LISTEN HERE

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MBC Presents Coverage Of Nixon Resignation On 40th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– For those in Chicago this weekend for, oh, let's say Talentmasters' 26th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, check this out. August 8th, the actual 40th anniversary of the night Richard Nixon addressed the Nation and revealed his decision to resign as President of the United States, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago will present NBC News coverage of the address as well as Congressional reaction. Then on August 9: President Nixon's farewell remarks to his staff, his memorable good-bye wave to Washington and the swearing in of Gerald R. Ford as President unfold in a dramatic minute-by-minute account of this historic day in United Sates history. This special screening is made possible thanks to NBC News. FREE ADMISSION ON BOTH DAYS - The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at 360 N. State Street Chicago IL practically across the street from The Renaissance. PHOTO/screen grab

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Cumulus New York's 'Bark In The Park' Attracts Record 7,500

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THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– Cumulus New York’s 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and the new Radio 103.9 teamed up for the 4th Annual “Bark in the Park”, hosted by 77 WABC’s Mark Levin Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 3pm at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. The North Shore Animal League America & Bergen County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center were on-site with many dogs up for adoption. Cumulus New York's mission of the day was to find a home for as many pets as possible. It was a great success - 19 dogs and 4 cats were adopted! The day also featured a wide array of vendors, services, food, demonstrations, and activities for families and dog lovers alike. The most popular event of the day was the “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest. Attendees voted on-site for their favorites. Radio hosts from all 4 stations were there –Todd Pettengill and his morning show & Race Taylor from WPLJ, Kelly Ford from NASH FM 94.7, Roxie from Radio 103.9, and Geraldo Rivera, Curtis Sliwa, Ron Kuby, & Mark Levin from 77 WABC. The event drew a record 7,500 in attendance.

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[WATCH] Shark Spits On B97 New Orleans' Host While On Vacation

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 - Leave it to a snarky shark to put a damper on a radio host holiday - literally! According to 9news.com, Corey Bonalewicz, a night host for B97 New Orleans, was on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, and got playful with a wide-mouthed shark. The man-size shark, along with his handler, gave Corey a gulf-sized welcome by spitting a huge gush of water from his mouth when Corey bent over for a closer look. 'Thank you," said Corey as he wipes his face. The upside is that Corey posting the video online and is suddenly getting worldwide attention. For example, this link to an Australian TV Station. Nicely Done! WATCH HERE

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Pandora Cuts Direct Licensing Deal With Artists

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2014 –– AP reports that Pandora has cut a direct licensing deal with artists, including independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. This means artists such as Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs higher in playlists where they fit. Artists also get access to Pandora data for the first time, enabling them to make informed decisions about where to tour, who to tour with, what their concert set list should be and what songs they might release next. They will also have tools to directly communicate with fans on Pandora. Artists had complained that royalties on digital streaming services are too low. This represents a departure from its current business model, where it relies on government rate-setting bodies like the Copyright Royalty Board to determine how much it pays artists. The arrangement covers royalties for performances, not songwriting rights, and it comes as the Department of Justice is re-examining Pandora's right to automatically license song rights from publishing groups.

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James Corden To Follow Craig Ferguson As Host Of 'Late, Late Show' [THE WRAP]

Sherri Shepherd To Play Wicked Stepmother In Broadway Debut - [BROADWAY]

Doobie Bros. Duets Album To Feature Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton And More - [ROLLING STONE]

Gene Simmons Goes To Bat For Donald Sterling - [ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK]

UH OH: CNN Reporter's Drunken 'Biting' Rage Triggers Probe - [PAGE SIX]

Nicki Minaj Gets Deep In 'Fader' - [THE FADER]

Madonna Post 'Unapologetic' Crotch Shot Selfie - [E ONLINE]

Vince Vaugh Heads Back For Second Season Of 'True Detective' - [VARIETY]

'50 Shades' Hotel's Opening Shutdown By Church - [E ONLINE]

'School Of Rock' TV Series Heads To Nickelodeon - [TELEGRAPH]

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REPORT: Beyonce's Leotards In, Alan Freed's Ashes Out At Rock Hall

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily reported yesterday, Lance Freed, son the legendary Alan Freed, The man who is credited with coining the term "rock 'n' roll," said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted his father's cremains removed from public view. Now comes word from cnn.com that they'll be moved next Monday. The urn which had been on display since 2002 were removed from public view last Friday, but now Lance will be picking up the ashes to move to another location. Freed, who was inducted into the hall in 1986, will be honored instead with a display of his microphones, which the museum considers a more appropriate nod to his career as a broadcaster. Harris disputed the Freed family's description of the removal as an eviction, but according to the son, it is not a voluntary removal. Freed's ashes are being moved just days after the museum opened a Beyonce exhibit featuring the singer's costumes, including the black leotards worn in her 2008 "Single Ladies" video. On the radio in Cleveland and then New York in the 1950s, Freed was a champion of early rock 'n' roll and the promotion AND also hosted an event thought of as the first major rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball (R), in Cleveland in 1952. Freed's connections to Cleveland were one reason why the hall was located there in the first place. "TheRock and Roll Hall of Fame is not a mausoleum," programmer Jon Gorman told member station WKSU. "What are we going to do, have the ashes of all the great rock stars that chose to be cremated? It just doesn't belong. It just doesn't fit." Freed's family is now seeking an appropriate final resting place in Cleveland. "I'm a little bit emotional right now, because this is the third time I'm moving my dad," Lance Freed told CNN. "But hopefully it will be the last."

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REPORT: Pandora Eyeing Talk Radio For Cars

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Pandora Media Inc. is considering expanding its programming beyond music to formats such as sports, news and talk as the service becomes more available in cars and can attract listeners on the road, according to bloomberg.,com. “Music’s an important piece of radio listening in the car, but if there’s a place where spoken word is also equally, and more important really, it’s in the car,” Pandora Chief Financial Officer Michael Herring said in an interview. He said it’s too early to specify the content or timing. Pandora is looking to autos as a way to jump start its growth amid competition from a growing number of platforms. During a conference call last week, Pandora executives pointed to the company’s 7 million automobile users in the last quarter, up from 2.5 million a year earlier. Herring said 'As the car becomes more important, thinking about other types of content that are important for the car becomes more critical,” Herring said. “That’s why Sirius spends so much money on Howard Stern, sports and news.” Pandora can be accessed in 33 percent of new cars in the U.S. while Sirius is installed in 71 percent, according to Corey Barrett, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities LLC in Portland, Oregon. Pandora converts about 30 percent to in-car listeners, Barrett estimated. Barrett projects Pandora to double its 7 million automobile users to 15 million by 2017.

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FRED JACOBS: The Radio Business Will Sustain Itself Because Of Its Unique And Compelling Personalities

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Lots of anticipation for Jacobs Media's Fred Jacob's and Lori Lewis' presentation at this year's MSBC. In today's 7blog, Fred writes: "As Lori and I make the final preparations for our Morning Show Boot Camp presentation later this week, I can’t help but think about how the role of personalities in radio has changed over the past few decades. Our session utilizes our ten years of Techsurveys to lay out truths based in research that can help the air personalities of today better perform and serve their audiences. “What 347,325 People Made Perfectly Clear About Radio” focused on the importance of concepts like building a social media hierarchy, understanding the emotional underpinnings of why people listen to the radio in 2014, and the value of content sharing to growing audience cume and loyalty. But all the research in the world cannot help direct personalities truly move audiences. That’s a process that simply isn’t quantitative. The truth about the appeal of Howard Stern, Bob Rivers, and the late Kidd Kraddick (or his successors) cannot be found on a spreadsheet or in a pie chart. Their success lies in their innate ability to create, perform, entertain, and touch the lives of others." Jacobs adds: The radio business isn’t great because of its margins or its EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization).It will sustain itself because of its unique and compelling personalities." READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

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Sean Hannity To Broadcast Live From Jerusalem Today

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– The Sean Hannity Show Broadcast live from Tel Aviv yesterday and Jerusalem today, to report on Israel's ongoing war with Hamas militants in Gaza, including the Iron Dome anti-missile technology protecting the country from militant rockets, the Hamas tunnels used to capture and kill Israelis, what life is like there under constant threat, and more. That's Sean Hannity standing inside one of the Hamas tunnels.

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Westwood One Celebrates Labor Day With Taylor Momsen & Brad Paisley

THE MOUTH, AUGST 5TH, 2014 –– Westwood One continues its tradition of spectacular audio programming with a rockin' Labor Day special that will add a little edge to the final days of summer. Indie Breakthrough features rocker Taylor Momsen, lead singer of The Pretty Reckless. This rock-format, four-hour Labor Day weekend special will feature breakthrough songs from The Black Keys, Soundgarden, Cage the Elephant, and more. Stations can air Indie Breakthrough Friday, August 29th, through Monday, September 1st, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. The special is available via mp3 download. In honor of the 120th anniversary of Labor Day, Westwood One will also present a four-hour Labor Day weekend special with country music superstar Brad Paisley as he hosts a salute to America’s working men and women. Workin’ Hard Country Nation with Brad Paisley is an all-star tribute featuring some of the most popular working songs, including “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney and George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here.” Fresh off the visibility of Paisley’s August 29th performance on ABC’s Good Morning America, stations can air Workin’ Hard Country Nation with Brad Paisley Saturday, August 30th, through Monday, September 1st between 6:00 am and 12 midnight.

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Panama Show Stays On Roller Coaster For Food Bank

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– Holly O'Connor tells Jockline Daily: "What better way to raise money for a local food bank than by refusing to come off a roller coaster until you meet a $5,000 goal? That's what That Miguel Show on Island 106 in Panama City did last week. Pregnant co-host Mandy held down the broadcast aspect of the day while Miguel, Holly, and afternoon host Tyler rode the roller coaster for 15 hours straight and raised $5,585 (with more coming in!) for Food for Kidz. Aside from some bruising, sunburn, and butt rash, the whole day was an awesome reminder about the good we can do with our platform and the fun we can have while doing it!" PHOTO: Rich Brooks

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MOTION: The Ace & TJ Show Heard In Greenville-Spartanburg; Rob Rose On The Rise At WILV-FM Chicago

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2014 –– The Ace & TJ Show will now be heard in Spartanburg, SC. It marks the first radio show (as far as we know) to have both FM and digital affiliates. The Ace & TJ Button- GS/SC can be heard via The Ace & TJ Button (‘AceTJGS.com’ and The Ace & TJ Button Greenville-Spartanburg feeds on our Android and Apple Apps). Live, customized Greenville Spartanburg audio begins August 11. The Ace & TJ Show currently airs on 14 FM stations live 6 – 10 AM (EST) and the rest of the day on The Ace & TJ Button live stream. The Ace & TJ Button GS-SC is the first 24/7 feed of The Ace & TJ show with content and programming, including the live show, specifically for one market. Our office in Spartanburg will be for sales and programming and will be staffing for a local sales department first. Tracy Poff, ATJ Inc. Director of Sales, will oversee the sales operations and can be reached in Spartanburg at 864 256 1493 or tpoff@acetj.com. "After years of begging radio companies in Greenville-Spartanburg to put us on and always being rejected, we figured out a way to get in there. We tend to obsess over things from time to time.” -TJ Syndication information is available at www.acetjnetwork.com or by emailing AGoodman@AceTJ.com. ######### According to bobfeder.com, Robb Rose, a part-time weekend host on WILV FM 100.3 from 2009 until earlier this year, is returning to the Hubbard Radio adult contemporary station as evening personality. Rose succeeds Cara Carriveau, who was promoted to afternoons on “Chicago’s 100.3″ last month.

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Taylor Swift Gives Private Performance To Young Cancer Patient

 

At $52M, Sandra Bullock Tops List Of Highest Earning Actresses - [FORBES]

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Gives Private Performance To Young Cancer Patient - [GOSSIP COP]

Jason Aldean Tops Male Country Artist List In Digital Age - [ROLLING STONE]

DEJA VU: Whoop Goldberg Dissing On Donald Trump Again - [THE WRAP]

'Big Bang Theory' Stars Ink $1M Per Episode Deals - [DEADLINE]

Meredith Baxter Joins Cast Of 'The Young And The Restless' - [TV GUIDE]

Sylvester Stallone Eyes Sigourney Weaver For 'Expendables' - [THR]

YouTube Star Gets His Own App - [VARIETY]

Man Bitten By Swan While Trying To Take Selfie With Bird - [KANSAS]

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[LISTEN] Howard Stern Says Goodbye To WCCC Hartford

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– WCCC Hartford's longtime PD/host Mike Karolyi took to the air last Friday from noon to 5:00 pm with the station's final show and welcomed back one of its biggest former stars Howard Stern who called in to say goodbye. "I love WCCC and I am sorry to see it stop being a rock station," lamented Stern. "WCCC was, in my estimation, THE rock station in Hartford. When I got a job doing mornings on WCCC, it was such a big moment for me. I remember walking into WCCC and thinking 'Oh my God, I have hit the big time.'" joined WCCC in 1979 earning a whopping $250 a week. He left later following a pay dispute. Karolyi, who has been with the station for 28 years, said “For a station like WCCC-FM to go away, you’re losing that old style radio where the guy here is live he’s local,” Oddly, no formal statement has yet to be issued, but it's reported that the rock outlet has been purchased by Educational Media Foundation and switch the format to Contemporary Christian. As Jockline Daily reported last Friday, this sale comes just weeks after the sale of another Hartford station, WDRC, which was sold by Buckley Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media. WCCC's final song was Pantera “Walk." LISTEN TO ENTIRE STERN CALL HERE

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Wants To Evict Alan Freed's Ashes Says Son

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Lance Freed, son of legendary radio host and creator of the term 'Rock & Roll' says he was told several months ago by Rock Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Harris that he would have to "immediately" remove his father's ashes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame according to cleveland.com. "He said, 'look Lance, there's something strange, people walk past the exhibit and your dad's ashes and they scratch their heads and can't figure out what this thing is, and we'd like you to come pick up the ashes." Contacted by phone, Harris said, "First and foremost, not all of [Freed's artifacts] are being moved out of the museum. We are returning the ashes to his family.' The display case which held Freed's ashes instead will include a pair of his iconic microphones, since he was, after all, a broadcaster, Harris said. Alan Freed is credited with popularizing the term "rock and roll" as a DJ in the 1950s and hosted what is considered the first rock 'n' roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, in 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. His cremains were originally buried inside a wall at the Hall, but later moved to their public but low-key display at the request of the family. Following his time in Cleveland in the 1950s, Freed moved to New York, where he continued his rock 'n' roll DJ career. A payola scandal ended that career, with Freed pleading guilty to two counts of commercial bribery in 1962. Lance Freed says he was told by Harris that the Freed exhibit, minus the urn, would be moved to the lower level Ahmet Ertegun hall as part of a chronological history of rock 'n' roll. "It's pushing him to the side," says Freed, "It's making him part of the passing parade, rather than a place where people can say 'hey this is the guy who helped start it all."

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MOTION: Man Who Inspired 'Jerry Maguire,' Leigh Steinberg Joins Yahoo Sports Radio

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Yahoo! Sports Radio announced the addition of world-renowned sports agent and sports personality Leigh Steinberg (L)as an on-air contributor and host of his own show. Launching Monday, August 18, 2014, The Leigh Steinberg Show will air weekly on Mondays from 8pm-10pm EST/5pm-7pm PST, and feature Steinberg’s unique insight and perspective on the athletic world, as well as interviews with top athletes, coaches and insiders, many of whom he has represented. Additionally, Steinberg will make regular appearances across the network, including weekly call-ins to Yahoo! Sports Radio’s popular programs, and contribution to analysis, breaking news and more. Known as sports’ super-agent, Steinberg brings over 40 years of unrivaled success working with world-class athletes, including NFL Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Howie Long and Warren Moon, Boxing Champion Oscar De La Hoya and more. During his career, Leigh Steinberg has secured over $3 billion for 300+ pro athlete clients, and represented an unprecedented seven Hall of Famers, eight #1 picks, 150+ Pro Bowl selections, and 60+ First Round picks. Shadowed extensively by writer and director Cameron Crowe, Steinberg was the inspiration for the title character in “Jerry Maguire.”

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Adams Radio Group Closes On Radio One Communications Cluster In Indiana

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Adams Radio Group has closed on its acquisition of Radio One Communications radio cluster in Northwest Indiana. Ron Stone (L), President and CEO of Adams said "My excitement for this market is through the roof! There are so few opportunities like this...a company owned and operated by the same family for 50 years. The Ellis family 50 year stewardship of these stations has been amazing and we are fortunate to be the next stewards of these great properties. These stations serve “the Region”, a fast growing area from Chicago to South Bend covering about a million people...great additions to our company." This is the third market for Adams Radio Group since reentering the radio business last July. Adams closed on Las Cruces, NM in December and its eight station cluster in Fort Wayne in June.The ownership group of ARG is comprised of individual investors led by Stephen Adams, who is Chairman and majority owner of The Adams Companies, a diversified group of companies encompassing wineries, outdoor advertising, recreational vehicles and related services.

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Bunzel Media Resources Announces Launch Of Radio 2015

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Reed Bunzel has launched Radio 2015: a "media intelligence" platform designed to continuously present full-scale analysis and actionable information to radio professionals at every level of the business. Radio 2015 is a multi-layered project created by industry veteran Reed Bunzel to ensure that radio broadcasters are able to navigate their businesses as traditional industry operations collide with new, disruptive technologies and emerging competitive forces. To that end, Radio 2015 will help radio business people make intelligent decisions and take hands-on control of their future by exposing them to new and innovative concepts that can be used immediately to generate revenue. "Radio 2015 serves as a regenerative 'library' of constantly updated material covering virtually all aspects of the radio business." Bunzel explained. The main thrust of this project is a twice-yearly compendium of analyses and reports that will update its name each year to reflect its forward-thinking nature. The first of these reports, "Radio 2015: The Year Ahead," will publish in December 2014. Reed Bunzel is a veteran media analyst, publisher, and editor with over 30 years of service in the radio industry. He serves as president of Bunzel Media Resources, a full service consulting and analytics firm that works with a variety of terrestrial radio and online/mobile media clients.

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Entercom Launches The New Q102 In SF; The Beat Of The Bay


THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Entercom has flipped Classic Rock KFOX 102.1/San Francisco to rhythmic hot AC and rebranded The New Q102 "The Beat of the Bay." Trevor Simpson will take over the PD reigns. KFOX will now air exclusively on 98.5. "This is an exciting time for Entercom/San Francisco, our listeners and our advertisers," said VP/Market Manager Steve DiNardo. "The New Q102 provides a unique way to reach the Bay Area's active and engaged 25- to 44-year-old with a new kind of station for the Bay Area." DiNardo says the move will refocus 98.5 KFOX for the South Bay. "For 23 years, KFOX has defined rock radio in the South Bay. While the Bay Area has been home to many great rock stations over the years, no station has been more successful at creating an enduring listener bond in the South Bay than KFOX."

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106-7 The Eagle Debuts in Portland

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– CCM+E Portland announced the debut of 106-7 The Eagle.
“Introducing The Eagle to Portland is about the continuing evolution of the station. As our listeners tastes have changed so has the station that plays the music they love,” said Mark Adams, Vice President of Programming. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Portland. “The Eagle took flight last weekend commercial free and will continue to be the Pacific Northwest’s Classic Hits Station.” Fans can also listen to 106.7 The Eagle on the station's website, 1067TheEagle.com as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital radio service. The airstaff is led off by Bubba in mornings (L).

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Quickhitz Invades 90.3 AMP Calgary; Cuts Songs In Half To Play 24 An Hour

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 - Calgary's 90.3 AMP is now playing 24 songs an hour thanks to Quickhitz the radio format that provides shortened versions of songs, edited down three to four minutes. According to business.financialpost.com, even the commercial breaks are brief, averaging around nine minutes per hour instead of the usual 12. “A lot of people can’t detect the music has been edited,” said Hillary Hommy, vice-president of brands and networks at Sparknet Communications, a Vancouver-based consultancy that developed Quickhitz. The format was first launched in the U.S. in September and stations in the U.K. and Australia are planning to introduce Quickhitz within the next six months, Ms. Hommy said. Sparknet typically provides radio stations with a library of Quickhitz songs and advice on how to implement the concept.

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George Noory Launches EMP Protection Campaign

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM announced a campaign to protect and insulate the U.S. power grid against an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) event or attack via nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and solar flares, all of which could endanger the lives of millions of Americans. The campaign launches on the heels of a recent report by scientists that Earth narrowly avoided a catastrophic X-class solar flare on July 23, 2012, which Noory reported on Coast to Coast AM two years ago. As part of the campaign, Noory will regularly welcome scientific experts and government leaders to his program, which reaches more than three million weekly listeners, in an effort to inform the public about the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure and the need to retro fit the U.S. power grid, as well as the steps necessary to reduce the magnitude of an EMP event or attack. Leading independent news website WND (WorldNetDaily) has also signed on as an official partner, leveraging its reach of six million unique visitors each month and more than 40 million page views to support and promote the campaign. Noory will also seek Senate and congressional support. “I implore all individual states, the President and members of Congress to immediately develop a plan to protect our power grid,” stated Noory. Noory kicked off the campaign by welcoming F. Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and author of “A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe, to Coast to Coast AM for a two-hour conversation.

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PHOTO OP: WWO Covers Football's HOF Game; ABC News Radio's Joi-Marie McKenzie Backstage With Enrique Iglesias

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2014 –– Westwood One kicked off the NFL season with the Hall of Fame game, live from Fawcett Stadium, with the Giants and the Bills. There along with the crew: (L-R) Westwood One Sports announcer Scott Graham (L), new HOF inductee Andre Reed (C), and Westwood One analyst, Hall of Famer James Lofton. ######## ABC News Radio Entertainment Producer Joi-Marie McKenzie talks with Enrique Iglesias backstage at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert in New York City’s Central Park. Enrique performed his hit single, “Bailando,” among other classics.

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7Johnny Cash's Former Home May Become A Rehab Center


HIDE THE KIDS: Christina Aguilera Very Preggers & Naked On Cover Of 'V' - [GOSSIP COP]

'Idol's Michael Johns Remembered By Former Cast Members - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Kathie Lee Puts Musical Together Featuring Anchors, Regis, Too - [TODAY]

Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy Call Off Engagement - [E ONLINE]

Anna Paquin Schools Larry King On Bisexuality - [NYDN]

Jon Voight Rips Fellow Actors For Bashing Israel - [VARIETY]

Johnny Cash's Former Home May Become A Rehab Center - [TELEGRAPH]

Katy Perry Performs At The White House With Her Republican Mom In Attendance - [USA TODAY]

MJ's Neverland Ranch Being Sold - [ROLLING STONE]

Jessica Alba Slays The Cover Of Maxim - [EXTRA TV]

[WATCH] TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Hundred Foot Journey' - from Spielberg & Winfrey - [BROADWAY WORLD]

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Popular Minny Host Quits In The Middle Of His Show

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 ––According to twincities.com, Jason Lewis (R) told his boss, Mike Crusham, Pres./MM for CCM+E Minneapolis, two months ago that he intended to retire Aug. 1st. True to his word, he did, but not in typical fashion. On Thursday evening, he quit in the middle of his show. Crusham added: 'He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to.' A couple of hours after Lewis quit, he tweeted "Today I left the radio biz for something better." The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io. Also at the site is a 15-minute clip featuring a "parody of what it is like working in a 'highly regulated industry' and some of the events that led to his decision" to quit the radio show. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM before leaving in 2003 for WBT in Charlotte, N.C. He returned to KTLK in the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. In 2009, The Jason Lewis Show" became syndicated by Genesis Communications. Crusham said the station is planning to run the "Joe Pags Show," from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis' time slot.

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[LISTEN] Larry King Says 'Pompous' Piers Morgan Caused Failure

“Personally, I like him fine, but it was all about him." King

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– With an assist from Envision Networks® Guest Services, Larry King rang up Larry, Rob and Kris of Norton (shown) in the Morning on WGRF/Buffalo to promote th7e third season of his hit internet show Larry King Now. And, of course, the subject quickly turned to Larry King's successor Piers Morgan’s lack of success following the cancellation of Piers Morgan Live. Larry commented on Piers Morgan’s difficult transition into his new role. “Any person who has been on for 25 years in one place and you have an audience who is used to you…it’s very hard to step into those shoes no matter who it is.” King compared Piers Morgan’s interview style compared to his own. “Personally, I like him fine, but it was all about him. It was the opposite of the way I interview. He was the opposite. So now they not only had someone who was British, different, but then he would use the word ‘I’ every other word…He became, I thought a bit, in my opinion, pompous, but that’s the way I looked at it. So I had trouble watching Piers Morgan’s show, and I guess a lot of other people did too.” LISTEN HERE

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[LISTEN] Talent Shown The Door Before Planned Sale Of 106.9 WCCC Hartford

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– The station that served as Howard Stern's first radio home, Hartford’s WCCC 106.9 is reportedly in the process of being sold to the Educational Media Foundation and will change formats to contemporary Christian. According to courantblogs.com, staff members such as “Miss Klonk” and “J. Raven” were among those told this week they would out of jobs following the sale from Marlin Broadcasting to EMF. Klonk posted on her personal Facebook page “10 years gone ... As of Friday 5 p.m. #WCCC will cease 2 exist #success was plentiful in all but economics the pst 2 yrs ” PD and on-air host Mike Karolyi posted his demise on Facebook Wednesday evening writing “and then there were none." This sale comes just weeks after the sale of another Hartford station, WDRC, which was sold by Buckley Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media. Today at noon, Howard Stern will be among those personalities to say goodbye on the air. For a glimpse at Stern's WCCC audition tape, here's audio from his first PD, Bill Nosal, who called into his show to replay the tape - LISTEN HERE

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Carnival Operator Draws Fire After Radio Host Post Blog Of His Daughter & Others Being Turned Away From Rides During 'Special Needs Day'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– A Carnival operator has come under fire after a local radio host blogged about his daughter and other kids with special needs being denied rides at a local amusement part. Greg Dwyers, co-host of the legendary "Dwyer & Michaels Show on 97X/Quad Cities posted: "Today, I have to say something, even it’s to nobody. Today we went to a ‘Special Needs Day’ at our summer Fair, like we do every year ... The Fair offers free admission and rides for 3 hours for families with a special needs member ... Until today. We were told by a ride operator that these kids could no longer go on rides that go in the air (or, about 90% of the rides my daughter was interested in riding, and had been on in years past with no issue.)" He added: I am so proud that my daughter, who has never asked for special anything, even in the face of this awful treatment, managed to hide her disappointment until she walked away from the line. But, with tears welling up in her eyes, she finally shouts, “THIS STINKS!” You tell ‘em Sweetie.!" Local media quickly picked up the post and now the town is buzzing. The quadcitiestimes.com headlined: Not-so-Special ‘Special Needs Day’ |When the Fair director learned of the incidents, he quickly issued an apology. “We strive to make everybody happy, especially these kids." He added that the special needs guests who were turned away would be invited back Sunday from 10-11 a.m. to “enjoy the fair as it should be.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kevin Magee Exits Fox Business/News Radio

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Kevin Magee, head of day-to-day operations at Fox Business Network since its inception and over operations at Fox News Radio, is departing, according to variety.com. He wrote: “I’m writing you today to tell you that I am leaving Fox Business and Fox News Radio. I’ve been thinking this over for a while now and it was a difficult decision to reach .. It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business. And, boy, did we have fun. And then there’s Roger Ailes who allowed me incredible opportunities over the last 13+ years first at FOX News, and later at both FOX Business and Fox News Radio. He has been so understanding over the last few weeks as I discussed my plans for the future with him. Thank you, Roger."

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Jacobs Media Launches 'Innovation Friday'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Nearly 100 years since the first commercial radio station signed on, the radio industry continues to have a major impact on American culture due to constant innovation. The threats have been numerous - 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, the Internet, and today, new competition from pureplay competitors like satellite radio and Pandora, yet the radio industry continues to foster innovation as a key to its growth and survival. To champion and promote innovation in radio, consulting firm Jacobs Media announces today the creation of "Radio's Most Innovative" - a weekly award that will shine the spotlight on the people, teams, and brands who continue to keep the industry vibrant and vital. Honorees from commercial and public radio, as well as the U.S., Canada, and beyond will be showcased each "Innovation Friday" in the JacoBlog - Jacobs Media's daily perspective on the intersection of radio, media, and technology. In announcing the project, company President Fred Jacobs writes in its JacoBlog, "Innovation in radio knows no boundaries. It occurs in programming and promotion, but also in digital, mobile, social media, and even in the sales department. It can be a concept, a product, or even a new format. Innovation happens in the corner office, but also in the production studio and in other surprising parts of radio companies. We hope to receive submissions that champion innovators from all parts of the industry." READ FULL BLOG HERE.

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ROBIN MARSHAL: 'That's Absolutely Me On The Cover'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Our good friend and cohort Al Peterson, publisher of ntsmediaonline.com, writes in a special feature: "you may not actually know Robin Marshall, you probably know her voice. Yeah ... that voice. The one behind those ads you’ve heard for Wal-Mart, Lexus, Best Western Hotels, Outback and many more clients. Or perhaps you heard her during her 20-year stint on the air in New York City, or as the imaging voice for numerous radio stations nationwide, as well as several nationally syndicated shows." But it wasn't her career he was examining in this special interview, it was her just released book: The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell The Kids. Marshall reveals some steamy details including what was real vs. fictional: PETERSON: You call the book, “pure faction” but you seem to be intimately familiar with your story’s lead character? How did you research the woman you call ‘Pandora.’ ROBIN: I’m not going to tell you what’s true and what isn’t, but I will tell you that a lot of it is true -- but then a lot of it isn’t. I can say that a tremendous amount of the family parts and the kid parts are true. As for the (s)ex, a lot of is -- well, it is what it is. AL: Will you at least admit to whether or not that’s you on the front cover? ROBYN: Yes, that’s absolutely me (see photo at left for proof). READ ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE

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[WATCH] Sioux Falls Host Walmart Ice Cream Melt Test Goes Viral

3,406,742 Views And Counting

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2014 –– Proving again it's now how big the market, but how big the imagination, Dan Collins of KIKN 100.5 Sioux Falls, SD read about the woman in Cincinnati who told a TV station in mid-July that her son’s ice cream sandwich was left outside in 80-degree weather for 12 hours and didn’t melt. And number of other TV stations picked up on the story, but Dan decided to actually put it to the test. And what do you know? over an hour later it still hadn't melted even in 80º heat. For comparative purposes, he also laid another ice cream brand next to the Walmart sandwich. The other brand was in a puddle in about 30 minutes. A Walmart spokesman, Danit Marquardt said "It is “real ice cream”; it just has more cream. “Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches.” Walmart’s ice cream sandwiches contain the ingredients corn syrup, guar gum, carob bean gum and cellulose gum, which act as stabilizers to help the ice cream keep its shape. Of course, none of this is as important than Collin's simple melt test, as of this morning, had topped over 3,000,000 views - WATCH HERE

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7Chris Pratt Gets In Trouble With NBC For Showing Up Full Monty In Amy Poehler Scene

 

Homeless Man Charged With Stalking Robin Roberts - [NYDN]

[WATCH] John Stamos To Guest As Singing Knight On 'Galavant' - [ABC NEWS]

[WATCH] Chris Pratt Gets In Trouble With NBC For Showing Up Full Monty In Amy Poehler Scene - [GOSSIP COP]

Meredith Vieira Dishes On 'Today' Turmoil - [THR]

Man With Facial Disorder Suing Shaq And Others Over Selfie Mock - [FREEP]

[WATCH] 'Everybody Loves Raymond's Cast Reunite - [TV GUIDE]

Kelly Osbourne Sued For Leaving Apartment Covered In Doggy Doo - [DAILY MAIL]

UH OH: Tweet May Prove Costly For David Cassidy Plea Deal - [PAGE SIX]

WHOAAA: Bazaar Triples Your Pleasure With Covers For September - [YAHOO]

[WATCH] Meryl Streep Sings In 'Into The Woods' - [BILLBOARD]

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Fox Appeased By Host's Suspension, Restores Advertising On Entercom

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Looks like Fox And Entercom will be doing business again even sooner than Kirk Minihane's week long suspension. According to boston.com, after Fox had pulled all its advertising from Entercom's 100-plus stations nationwide following a series of comments about Erin Andrews by Minihane, it appears Entercom's suspension of the host and response by its President David Field was enough to appease Fox and restore an estimated $1 million in advertising. "We appreciate Entercom's recognition and response to the inappropriate comments made by the WEEI host,'' said Fox Sports senior vice president of media relations Lou D'Ermilio in a statement. "It is our sincere hope both organizations can now move forward." Minihane’s suspension, which began Monday, was announced Friday night by 7Entercom president and chief executive officer David Field: “Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable. It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards.” Minihane is one of three members of the Dennis and Callahan” Show. Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said, "On our end, we consider the matter 100 percent resolved."

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Cleveland Newspaper Passes On Full Page LeBron James Ad By ESPN Host Dan Le Batard

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– As Miami Heat fans grapple with LeBron James return to Cleveland, ESPN host Dan Le Batard (inset) wanted to remind him and Cleveland which city he earned both of his championship rings. The Bleacher Report writes that cleveland.com's Evan MacDonald, representatives from The Dan Le Batard Show called the Northeast Ohio Media Group in hopes of taking out a full-page ad (mockup shown) in Cleveland's Plain Dealer, but his ad was "politely declined." Le Batard told his listeners that the ad was not meant to be mean-spirited. Rather, it was to poke fun at James and Cavaliers fans. One reason Le Batard wanted to run the advertisement is that James has never publicly thanked Heat fans for their support over the past four seasons. Reportedly, Le Batard was also attempting to run the ad in The Akron Beacon-Journal who also declined. And for those who want to plan now for the first face-off between the LeBron charged Cavaliers and Miami Heat, it's set for Christmas Day.

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Journal And Scripts To Merge; Broadcast And Digital Now Under E.W. Scripps Brand

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications have reached an agreement to merge their broadcast operations and spin off their newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday. The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family sha7reholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations. The newspaper company will be called Journal Media Group and combine Scripps' daily newspapers, community publications and related digital products in 13 markets with Journal Communications' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin community publications and affiliated digital products. That company, with about 3,600 employees, will be headquartered in Milwaukee. Journal currently owns and operates 35 radio stations in 11 states. "This transaction will create two solid media businesses that will continue to serve their communities with a commitment to integrity and excellence that has been built over many years," said Steven J. Smith, Chairman/CEO of Journal Communications. The Scripps and Journal Communications boards of directors have approved the stock-for-stock transactions, which are subject to customary regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal is expected to close in 2015.

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Brother Of Richard Belzer Leaps To His Death From New York Building

Former Host Of Radio's 'Comedy Hour'

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– On Wednesday, Len Belzer, brother of 'Law & Order's' Richard Belzer (below), was found dead in an Upper West Side building courtyard. The Daily News reports, "Belzer’s body was found at 6:45 a.m. in the courtyard of 250 W. 94th St., cops said. Visibly shaken building workers said they believe Belzer — who lived on the 11th floor — jumped from the roof of the 15-story high-rise called The Stanton (L)." Reportedly, Len Belzer had health issues and was also still grieving over the loss of his wife, Emily Squires, the first female director for Sesame Street, who died in 2012. He and Squires wrote a book called Spiritual Places In And Around New York City. He once hosted a radio program called the Comedy Hour. PHOTO/The Stanton - NBC

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The NAB Brings Back Former Marconi Winners For Awards Show

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THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– In honor of the 25th anniversary of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, this year's celebration will feature five previous NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show hosts - Ron Chapman, "Big Boy," Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold and Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo. The hosts will serve as emcees and presenters throughout the evening. Sponsored by iBiquity Digital Corporation, the event will take place September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis. Also leading the festivities and serving as presenters will be NAB Radio Board Chair Don Benson of Lincoln Financial Media, Radio Show Steering Committee Chair and Cox Media Group's Kim Guthrie and NAB Joint Board Chair Charles Warfield of YMF Media LLC. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize stations and individuals for excellence in 21 categories. Winners are announced at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. As previously announced, country music artist Hunter Hayes will be the featured entertainment at the 25th Marconi Awards Dinner and Show.

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MOTION: Reality Star 'Ice' Takes Nights At Live 95.5 Portland; Sid Kelly Heads To Mornings At At K-HITS Tulsa

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Alpha Media Portland, OR announced today ICE will join Live 95.5 (KBFF-FM) for nights (Weeknights M-F 7p-Mid). Originally hailing from the city of Detroit, Amanda 'ICE' Habrowski is now a proud resident of Portland. None other than Public Enemy's Flavor Flav coined her infamous 'ICE' moniker during a stint on VH1's 'Flavor of Love 3,' where, unfortunately, Ms. Habrowski did not find the love she was searching for. But everything turned out just fine, because it left her with a rad nickname and another VH1 appearance on 'I Love Money 2.' Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, 'Ice' is one of those rare personalities that captures your attention the moment you meet her, see her on camera or hear her open the mic. I am thrilled that she has chosen Portland as her new home. ################The former host of Toledo’s 92.5 KISS-FM’s “The Morning Rush” announced on his FB page that he's accepted the morning host job at KHITS in Tulsa,Oklahoma starting August 11,” he wrote. “While this opportunity is a dream come true, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I leave behind several friends I’ve made throughout the years here in Northwest Ohio.” Kelly will join the morning show at WHTT 106.9 K-HITS in Tulsa. In a station release, PD Jet Black wrote: “We’re very excited to get him started. August 11th can’t get here fast enough.” Kelly commented: “From the moment I walked the halls and saw the operation, I could tell it was the place I wanted to be,” Kelly said in the release. “One of the goals I’ve always had was to be able to build a morning show from the ground up and work with managers who have the knowledge and faith to trust in my abilities.”

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[WATCH] Benztown, The Storm Report and Warner Bros. Team To Promote 'Into the Storm' Film

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Benztown announces that the award-winning radio weather service, The Storm Report, will partner with Warner Bros. Pictures to promote its upcoming feature film, New Line Cinema’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Into the Storm”, which opens Friday, August 8 in theaters nationwide. Through the integrated contextual marketing program, The Storm Report and Warner Bros. Pictures will send “Into the Storm” prize packages and movie passes to 50 of The Storm Report’s affiliate stations, which will then be able to offer sponsorships to local advertisers in their markets for local on-air and online contest giveaways of the prize packages and movie passes. Throughout next week, a radio spot promoting “Into the Storm” will be embedded in The Storm Report Minute, which airs daily on all 159 station affiliates of The Storm Report. The Storm Report and its syndicator, Benztown Radio, will execute a variety of social media activations and online promotions to raise awareness of "Into the Storm" and the promotional partnership. WATCH TRAILER HERE

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Mix 94.7 Jay Style’s Continues 100 Mile Courage Walk For Wounded Warriors

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– As a follow-up to this week's story on Mix 94.7/Austin's Jay Styles Courage Walk, today he's hoping to reach the 80 mile mark on his 100 mile journey. Money raised is to help the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He walked his first 60 miles Monday through Wednesday and should complete his journey by Friday, August 1st in hopes of raising at least $20,000. As we previously posted, the $20K tag equals *** The cost to train 1 service dog is $20,000. *** The cost-per-case basis, the estimated two-year cost for each case of PTSD alone ranges from $5,900 to $10,300; for each case of major depression alone, from $15,460 to $25,760; and for each case of comorbid PTSD and major depression, from $12,430 to $16,890. Jay told us: “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me. I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans. I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country. If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”-Jay Styles, MIX 94.7 afternoon host.

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TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Former Radio 1 Host Dave Lee Travis To Face Retrial For (S)exual And Indecent Assault

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2014 –– Travis was acquitted of 12 counts of indecent assault at London's Southwark Crown Court earlier this year. But jurors were unable to reach verdicts on one other charge of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s and one of sexual assault in mid to late 2008. Now the 69 year old will be retried for the charges, as well as one new count of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16. He has pleaded not guilty to the additional charge, which is alleged to have taken place on January 17, 1995.

Lily Allen copies Miley Cyrus with twerking and costumes during outlandish Sydney show hosted by Sophie Monk and Merrick Watts - There was music, marijuana leotards and twerking, but it wasn't a Miley Cyrus concert. On Saturday night, British singer, Lily Allen performed a Sydney show that shared many of the same elements found in Miley's controversial Bangerz Tour. The Surry Hills event was hosted by 2DayFM Breakfast's Sophie Monk and Merrick Watts. Lily will be opening for Miley during the US leg of her Bangerz world tour.

talkSPORT coming to South Africa - UTV, the owners of one of Britain’s two commercial talk station is expanding internationally with the launch of talkSPORT 540 – a new AM station licensed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. talkSPORT 540 is a joint venture with four partners and will be South Africa’s first 24-hour sports radio station covering a potential audience of eight million people. It will broadcast to Gauteng province and the commercial and administrative hubs of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The consortium comprises five joint venture partners each holding 20% equity in the new station. The four other partners are all South African, including former manager of the South African national football team Jomo Sono, and Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Chief Operating Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee. talkSPORT International broadcasts live Barclays Premier League commentary in 8 languages to 24 countries around the world and the station says this new licence will further strengthen talkSPORT’s growing international appeal.

Need a British host to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

 

7Andrea Tantaros Rips Co-Host A New One After Calling 'Bachelorette's Andi Dorfman A Sl*t

 

[WATCH] 'The Fives' Bob Beckel Calls 'Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman A Sl*t, Co-Host Andrea Tantaros Drills Him A New One - [NYDN]

UH OH: Facebook Hit With Humongous Lawsuit Over 'Revenge (P)orn Page - [THE WRAP]

Miranda Lambert To Star In 'Something In The Water' Comedy - [DEADLINE]

Jamie Foxx To Star As Mike Tyson In New Biopic - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] Iggy Azalea To Make Film Debut In 'Fast & Furious 7' - [IDOLATOR]

[WATCH] Daniel Radcliffe Gives Stranger A Haircut On Kimmel - [TORONTO SUN]

Katy Perry Makes Colorful Splash On Cover Of Rolling Stone - [ROLLING STONE]

Miranda Carr Covers Harpers Bizarre China - [GOSSIP JUICE]

Richard Bellzer's Brother Jumps To His Death - [NY POST]

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Abnormal Heartbeat Lands The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler In The Hospital

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 - Get well wishes are in order for Jeff Dauler, co-host and executive producer of the syndicated Bert Show who landed in the hospital following what's reportedly an irregular heartbeat. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports the condition known as “atrial fibrillation' is an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Signs include dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes, and sometimes procedures such as cardioversion, ablation, pacemakers, or surgery.” Dauler tweeted that it looks like he'll spend some time in the hospital' (right). One of Dauler's Facebook followers wrote: "It happens more often than you would think. And you can still have a fantastic life. The biggest mistake people make after things like this is being afraid of doing anything that will get your heart rate up, like exercise. It will take some time but you can do it.” Jockline Daily reached out to Dauler and will post an update as soon as we received. Dauler joined The Bert Show in 2001 and now the show is heard on over 25 stations nationwide. Send Jeff your best wishes HERE

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[WATCH] Stephen A. Smith Issues Apology Over Domestic Violence Comments; Sits Out ESPN Appearances For A Week

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– ESPN announced on Tuesday that Stephen A. Smith will sit out a week on "First Take" or ESPN Radio. This comes a day after Smith publicly apologized on ESPN2's 'First Take" for his domestic violence comments where he expressed that victims of domestic violence need to be mindful of the "elements of provocation" when dealing with abusers, and the subsequent televised apology were made during episodes of ESPN2's "First Take" debate program. His comments were made last Friday while discussing the NFL's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following a domestic violence arrest during the off season. In his apology, he described his comments as "the most egregious mistake of my career." He added: "I ventured beyond the scope of our discussion by alluding to a woman's role in such heinous matters, going so far as to use the word "provoke" in my diatribe. My words came across that it is somehow a woman's fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I'm trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders. To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious. To apologize to say I'm sorry, doesn't do the matter it's proper justice, to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize." “ESPN followed Smith's apology by posting that Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for a week, but return to ESPN next Wednesday. The word 'suspension' was not used in the statement. Co-host Cari Champion also shared her thoughts on the matter following Smith's apology. CLICK HERE WATCH

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike O'Connor Rises To EVP At NuVoodoo

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announced that it has promoted radio programming and media marketing specialist, Mike O’Connor to Executive Vice President of Marketing. O’Connor, a co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services, was previously Vice President of Marketing. He heads the company’s marketing services for radio stations, and created NuVoodoo’s groundbreaking Social TV product with NuVoodoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Gilbert. O’Connor previously served as SVP, Innovations for Tribune Interactive. Prior to that, he was Brand Manager and Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Radio and was Vice President, Interactive for Clear Channel Creative Services. O’Connor programmed CHR, Classic Rock, Triple A, Sport, News/Talk and Alternative radio stations across a 20-year period that took him to markets including Albuquerque, Boston, Atlanta and Denver. "For close to three decades, I’ve locked arms with Carolyn Gilbert, Leigh Jacobs and my other longtime Jacor/Clear Channel/NuVoodoo partners with one mission in mind: find survey-friendly format fans and direct listening in our client stations’ favor,' said O'Connor.

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D.C.'s 107.3's Marco Named Cumulus' CBOS Star of the Week" For Social Media Effort

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– Cumulus has named Marc Orem as its "CBOS Star of the Week" for a social media effort that garnered over 9,000 followers for Orem, better known as D.C.’s 107.3 WRQX afternoon drive host “Marco”. CBOS is an acronym for Cumulus Brand Operating System, a proprietary internal communications platform utilized by Cumulus employees. Orem has been sending mystery tweets as @IHidTheCash, with clues regarding where envelopes containing cash are hidden. In addition to containing cash, the envelopes contained notes encouraging the recipient to “pay it forward” by spending some of the cash on others. Orem has spent the last seven weeks hiding envelopes containing $20 to $60 around the region and tweeting out clues. He financed the promotion with his own money, and has spent over $1,000 so far. Soon, he had over 9,000 followers. Orem did not involve the station in any way. He told the Washington Post: “The first second I give a frequency or give call letters, boom—this is a plastic, Styrofoam radio stunt. I’m proud of the radio station I work for, but this is just such a separate project for me.” Orem said that he has been contacted by multiple charitable organizations and he will speak with some of them about assisting them with their social media efforts. READ WAPO STORY HERE

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MOTION: Nikki Landry Takes PD Reigns At WUMY-FM Memphis

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– After two years at CHR Star 105 Toledo, PD Nikki Landry now headed to WUMY/105.5 Big Country Memphis. She tells Jockline Daily: I'm so excited to be back in country music, for me that's home. I'm looking forward to joining the Memphis team. This is an opportunity that I've been waiting for my whole career. And I'm so excited that my dream is coming true." This week she teased on Facebook that she has a new set of tires, a fresh oil change, was workin' on her twang and thinkin' about how much she loves BBQ." That final word may have been the tip off. Landry follows Rik McNeil. She'll also take over afternoons on the air.

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The Bobby Bones Show #50KWITHJASONA Challenge Raises More Than $60,000 For Susan G. Komen

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2014 – With just one day left of their #50kWithJasonA challenge, The Bobby Bones Show surpassed their goal by raising more than $60,000 for Susan G. Komen. The fundraiser came about during an appearance last week by two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean, who agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen. As of yesterday morning, The Bobby Bones Show needed to raise $15,000 to reach their goal, so Bones announced on-air that he would match any donations within the next 15 minutes. The audience came through and donated $10,000, prompting Bones to match it with a check for $10,000. "Aldean and the Idiots has quite a ring to it," laughed Aldean. "Seriously, I think it's great that they were able to raise so much money for Susan G. Komen and so quickly...Country fans are the best! It's been a long time since I've sat in at a club show like this...I better start thinking about what songs I can do with them."
“Our listeners never disappoint me, and they often still surprise me with their generosity,” stated Bones. “To team up with one of Country music’s biggest stars and help two charities at the same time is awesome. We’re happy to be supporting St. Jude and Susan G. Komen. Now onto the show that Jason promised us - Jason Aldean and my band The Raging Idiots.”

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Benztown Inks Partnership With Online Radio Platform Radionomy Inbox

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– Benztown announces that it has entered into a promotional partnership with Radionomy, a groundbreaking online radio platform. The partnership includes: the creation of a dedicated Benztown online radio station www.benztown.com/radionomy, promotional packages, and select Benztown imaging offerings and educational webinars to be made available to Radionomy broadcasters. Radionomy and Benztown will also offer the thousands of radio stations on the Radionomy platform discounts and special customization packages. The first Radionomy webinar featuring Benztown’s imaging expertise will be presented today from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern bit.ly/1rzRndD. The webinar will feature Justin Case, Vice President of Programming for Benztown, who will share best practices for creating a compelling radio brand through expert imaging.

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SYNDICATION: Zack Sang & Gang Picks Up New Affiliates; Clairissa Jenkins' 'Phone Checks' Welcomes Z95 Corpus Christi

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– WYM's Zach Sang and The Gang Weekday Show just picked up a couple handfuls of new affiliates including WWHX FM Bloomington, IL, WCIR FM Buckley, WV, WILN FM Panama City, FL, WQQB FM Rantoul/Champaign, IL, WLFX FM Berea/Richmond, KY, WFIZ FM, Ithaca NY, KRAJ FM Lancaster, CA, WGLX FM, Hanover, NH, KHIC FM Keno OR and WDOD FM Chattanooga, TN for the weekend show. Reach out to Liz Laud if you are interested in joining the party at liz@wymmediamanagement.com or 310-234-9753. ######## Envision Networks® is proud to welcome Malkan Broadcasting’s KZFM-FM/Corpus Christi, TX as the newest affiliate of Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks™, the daily prank phone call for radio stations’ use on-air, online and on demand. With the sassy Clairissa Jenkins wreaking telephonic havoc on Z95 listeners, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Entertainment Network.“We are glad to add Clairissa to an already dominant morning show,” said Gino Flores, Program Director of KZFM-FM. “With Clairissa on the team, it's a wrap! Nobody's touching us! Gino's Neighborhood just had a new resident move in and she gon' be here awhile! (Singing) Clairissa Jenkins!” Stations interested should contact Hannah Rosenthal at hannahr@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.

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Saga Norfolk Looking For Production/Imaging Director

THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2014 –– FM99 WNOR, 106.9 The Fox, and 1230 WJOI - is looking for a full-time
production and imaging director. Can you write and produce creative, effective radio commercials for our clients, and topical, entertaining imaging for Rock and Classic Rock brands? Can you organize and manage the audio production process, using Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, vCreative and AudioVault? We are part of Saga Communications, one of the most respected groups in the industry. Just ask around. We've got a beach, too. Let us hear what you can bring to FM99 and 106.9 The Fox! Send your resume and demo to: Mike Beck, Brand Manager ProductionOpening@tciradio.net - Saga Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting diversity in the workplace. - http://fm99.com/jobs - Norfolk/Virginia Beach, population 1,200,000. We have a world-class theme park, a NASA facility, a dozen area microbreweries, a particle accelerator, The United States Navy, and the Beach. The last prod guy was here 24 years. Seriously a great place to work.

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America's Got Talent To Feature Google Voting

 

'America's Got Talent To Feature Google Voting - [THR]

Is Maksim Chmerkovskly Headed To Judges's Table? - [GOSSIP COP]

Lauren Sanchez To Guest Host On 'The View' - [THE WRAP]

Jesse Ventura Wins Defamation Case - [TWIN CITIES]

Sherri Shepherd To Join Cast Of 'Ride Along 2' - [MOVIE WEB]

Katie Couric Getting In Goodbyes On Final Week Of Talk Show - [USA TODAY]

Mitch Winehouse Developing New Amy Charity Album - [BBC]

UH OH: 'Kirstie' TV Land Show Nixed After One Season - [DEADLINE]

See Prince Harry The Photobomber - [VANITY FAIR]

Are Investors Getting Worried About Pandora? - [BILLBOARD]

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Ryan Seacrest & Ellen K To Now Air On Heat Radio UK

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Now you can add the UK to Ryan Seacrest's ever bulging resume. According to musicweek.com he was just signed by Heat Radio to host On Air With Ryan Seacrest, a daily afternoon show featuring A-list guests. Joining Seacrest each afternoon on Heat Radio will be his KIIS co-host, Ellen K. Ric Blaxill, Heat music and content director added: “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall of a conversation with an A-listers, then this show is going to be un-missable.”Ryan Seacrest said: “It’s a privilege to bring On Air With Ryan Seacrest to listeners in the UK. Heat is an amazing multi-platform entertainment brand and I think it will be a perfect match for our program. Thanks to everyone at heat - I can’t wait to bring our program across the pond!” On Air with Ryan Seacrest launches August 4 and will be on-air weekdays from 1-4pm.

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Dennis Clark Inks Long-Term With Clear Channel As VP/Talent Development

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel's Tom Poleman announced yesterday that Dennis Clark has signed a long-term deal with Clear Channel as its VP/Talent Development. Poleman sad 'Dennis leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry ­ he has built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. Dennis coaches some of our biggest personalities, from Ryan Seacrest to Kane, JohnJay and Rich, Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones, The Breakfast Club, Nikki Sixx and other market-leading talent. He has also developed a superior coaching program for our up-and-7coming talent to create our next group of all-stars. We're excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us' Dennis joins an all-star lineup at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in the session "Coaching To Win." Featured guests to include Johnjay & Rich, Fred And Angi & Kane. It's Set for next Friday, Aug. 8th at The Renaissance Hotel Chicago

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Names Maynard Senior Vice President of Programming

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– CCM+E announced that Maynard (L) will join the company as Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms.
Maynard will join Clear Channel from Hubbard Radio in Seattle where since 2007 he served as Operations Manager and Program Director. Under his leadership, Hubbard's stations in Seattle were highly successful with KQMV rising to No. 1 ratings in the market. Maynard is one of the most highly regarded Program Directors in the industry, with prior roles in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. "Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel's strategy so we're constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds,'' said Tom Poleman. "Maynard has an outstanding track record and he'll be a great addition to our brain trust."

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[WATCH] Bob Rivers Announcement Draws Live TV Coverage

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily broke news of 95.7 KJR Bob River's surprise announcement yesterday, KING 5 TV Seattle'S Mimi Jung (below) was there in the studio to cover the story on live TV. As reported, Rivers said his last day will be next Friday, August 8, which is 25 years to the day he started his show. After nearly blowing the calls, Rivers said, “I was waiting, waiting, waiting for when would the time be right and I said, ‘I’ve got to outlast Jean Enersen. Enersen retired as KING 5 News anchor last month. Rivers said he's done 7morning drive for 33 years, three years longer than Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show. “The moment I got here, it was God’s country. The most beautiful, beautiful land in the world. Mountains. Hiking. The people -- a little passive-aggressive at first, but once you got past that -- warm, loving, embraceable. And over the last 25 years, I got to meet and work with the most incredible people in radio, out of radio, musicians, friends,” said Rivers. He added that he is about to become a grandfather. “I want to have time with my family, I want to have time with my friends. I want to study music,” said Rivers. “I did want to retire before I got stale, but that was 20 years ago.” Rivers said he will continue doing his popular Twisted Tunes. “My wife thinks that this thing will blow over in a week.” Rivers joked. WATCH HERE

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iHeartradio Expands Its Hispanic Network With Addition Of Mexico's Grupo ACIR Stations To Its Streaming Service

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– CCM+E announced the expansion of its iHeartRadio Hispanic Network with the introduction of Mexico's Grupo ACIR radio stations, which owns 7and/or operates more than 55 stations across Mexico. Most of these stations will be available on iHeartRadio everywhere it is offered including the web, mobile, gaming, home entertainment and automotive. The addition of ACIR's stations to iHeartRadio will provide listeners with instant access to some of the most recognized Mexican national radio brands, Listeners will also have access to top Hispanic personalities like Alejandro Villalvazo (shown), Antonio de Valdés, Charo Fernández, Sofía Sánchez Navarro (shown), Iñaki Manero, Rocío Córdova, Carlos "Chicken" Muñoz,Carlos Martín Huerta, José Martín Sámano, Alex Montiel, Pepe Segarra, Arturo "Rudo" Rivera and more. In addition, iHeartRadio will stream select local ACIR stations such as Siempre, Mexico City's music, news and sports station, and La 1260, Mexico City's AM News/Talk station. "We are excited to offer our listeners and advertising partners more availability to high quality Hispanic programming through iHeartRadio," said Darren Davis, President of Clear Channel's Networks Group. "We look forward to expanding the reach of ACIR's stations and providing listeners seamless access to them anytime and anywhere they are across the U.S."

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Host Walking 100 Miles To Raise Funds For Wounded Warrior Project

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Yesterday, Mix 94.7’s Jay Styles started his journey on the Courage Walk to help raise money for Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Styles walked his first 20 miles yesterday from Camp Mabry to Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Park. He will continue with another 20 miles today and every 7weekday through Friday, August 1st to raise money. That will be a total of 100 miles with a goal of raising $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Jay will ask listeners to show support to our troops and soldiers by logging onto mix947.com and make a donation in hopes of raising at least $20,000! Why a goal of $20,000? The cost to train 1 service dog is $20,000. *** The cost-per-case basis, the estimated two-year cost for each case of PTSD alone ranges from $5,900 to $10,300; for each case of major depression alone, from $15,460 to $25,760; and for each case of comorbid PTSD and major depression, from $12,430 to $16,890. “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me. I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans. I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country. If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”-Jay Styles, MIX 94.7 afternoon host.

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Cumulus Youngstown Earns President’s Cup Award For Best 2nd Quarter Performance Across 90 Radio Markets

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has awarded its highly coveted President’s Cup to Cumulus’ eight-station group in Youngstown, OH, in recognition for the stations’ achieving best overall performance for the second quarter of 2014 across all 90 Cumulus radio markets. Each quarter, the highest-performing Cumulus market is honored with the traveling President’s Cup trophy, along with a cash prize of $10,000 that is distributed across the stations’ staff. Cumulus Youngstown comprises: K105, Hot 101, News/Talk790, WSOM News/Talk600, Y103, Rock 104, and SPORTSRADIO1240AM/96.7 FM. Rick Parrish, Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Youngstown said: “I am very proud of the success our Youngstown sales team, programming team and support staff have achieved with our eight radio stations that serve northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our team set the goal to bring the Cumulus President’s Cup to Youngstown, and through hustle and hard work, we did it!” Jon Pinch, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus said: “The team in Youngtown has performed at record levels this year and is well deserving of this award. To win the President’s Cup requires contribution from every person at every level in the cluster. Congratulations, Cumulus Youngtown!”

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Boy Battling Inoperable Cancer Turns 6 With Over 100,000' Birthday Cards

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– All 6-yr. old Danny Nickerson wanted for his birthday were cards. And boy did he get his wish. Along with help from Cumulus' The Bert Show, Night Live with Adam Bomb, NASH Nights Live, America's Morning Show and others who got behind the effort, Nickerson, battling a rare form of inoperable brain cancer, received more than 100,000 people from across the globe for his birthday last Friday. “With all the sadness that we do have in our lives right now it’s amazing to see him so happy and so energetic,” Danny’s mom Carley Nickerson said as he climbed over packages at the post office. According to whdh.com the family went to Legoland Friday morning; met Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium before picking up an estimated 100,000 cards packages at the Foxborough post office. It took several hours and multiple trucks to bring all of the cards home where Danny will go through them. The cards came from nearly every state and many countries across the world.

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[LISTEN] Radio Bound Erika Ganong Has A Story To Tell

By Don Anthony

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Dan Vallie's highly acclaimed Radio Talent Institute wraps up tomorrow at WKU in Bowling Green, KY. Last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking before this amazing group of college students who are gearing up for a future in radio. Among the attendees was Erika Ganong (L), now a senior at the University of Louisville. During my presentation, I encouraged audience members not to just entertain listeners, but be able to MOVE them as well. As it turned out, Erika's story moved me and others. She deals with a condition called ET (Essential Tremors) which can cause any part of her body to shake and also affects her vocal chords. She tells Jockline Daily 'Over 10 million people in the United States have this movement disorder. I was diagnosed with ET when I was 13. I am now 21. I am looking to get into the broadcasting or production industry. I now work with the Radio Disney Road Crew in Indianapolis. I always had a passion to learn about my condition I bought books, I researched, I sought out support; and that was when I hit a wall. There was no support in my area or anywhere near my city; I found it hard to believe that I could be the only one. I eventually began my own support group and it has slowly but surely begun to grow. This is not just a physical condition; it is a mental, emotional and psychological one. I truly have a passion to spread the word and raise awareness about Essential Tremors. When I interned on Lousiville's 102.3 The Max with the Lambert & Lindsey Morning Show, I was able to tell our listeners about ET on air in one of their segments. George Lindsay (whose show broadcast live during the event - photo) says 'She has tons of personality and honestly, her condition was NOT an issue on the show ...she was just INTERN SPROCKET (cause she doesn't know how to ride a bike). They also ran PSA's for her meetings to help people that also suffer from tremors. Erika would love to spread the word on this condition with your listeners. If you would like more information about Essential Tremors or her own experience and challenges, email her at erika.ganong@gmail.com or give a call at 502-291-3676. I know she would love to hear from you and I promise her story and positive thinking will prove inspirational to both you and your listeners. Listen to her explain ET on The Lindsay & Lambert Show HERE

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PHOTO OPS: Country Stars Cover For Lon Helton' Country Countdown; ABC's Jason Nathanson Covers Comic Con

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– This week, Country Countdown USA's regular host Lon Helton is being replaced by a trio of country stars--Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, and Cole Swindel (upper right)l. They're on the road now with Luke's 'That's My Kind of Night Tour'. The trio shared backstage stories from the tour as they counted down the week's Top 30 country songs. Lon returns to Westwood One’s CCUSA next week with co-host Brad Paisley. PHOTO/ Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and headliner Luke Bryan #########Meannwhile, ABC News Radio Entertainment correspondent JASON NATHANSON caught up with some of those attending this year's Comic-con in San Diego.

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Lady Gaga Planning Jazz CD With Tony Bennett - [TODAY]

Regis To Guest With Kathie Lee This Friday - [TODAY]

Jay Leno To Serve As Mentor On NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' - [VARIETY]

Showtime To Air David Bowie Documentary On August 1st - [DEADLINE]

'Glee's' Lea Michele Joins 'Sons Of Anarchy - [MTV]

'Fringe's' Blair Brown Headed to 'Orange Is The New Black' - [TV GUIDE]

UH OH: How Kiefer Sutherland Nearly Led Freddy Prinze Jr. To Quit Acting - [ABC NEWS]

[WATCH] Check It Out: 'Batkid Begins' - [SALON]

[WATCH] Lady Gaga Cameo's As Waitress In 'Sin City' - [EW]

[WATCH] TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Pt. 1 - [SLASH FILM]

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SHOCKER: Bob Rivers Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– One of radio's most beloved and respected personalities, Bob Rivers, shocked listeners this morning by announcing his retirement. Rivers got his start over 33 years ago as a host in Connecticut and later moved to WAAF in Worcester where he spent 6 years as part of the Bob and Zip morning show with fellow on air personality Peter "Zip" Zipfel. During his stint with WAAF, Rivers started producing parody and novelty songs, both for the station and the "American Comedy Network." In 1987, Rivers released his highly acclaimed Twisted Christmas, which contained the Christmas music radio hit Twelve Pains of Christmas, a parody of the holiday standard The Twelve Days of Christmas. Twisted Christmas was certified a gold record. In '88 he moved to 98 Rock" Baltimore and garnered national attention for an 11-day, on-the-air marathon during a Baltimore Orioles losing streak. He vowed to rem7ain on the air until the Orioles won a game. He kept his vow and became a local celebrity among Orioles fans for his pledge. in '89 he moved to KISW-FM in Seattle - to KZOK in 2001 and then to his current home on KJR-FM 95.7 FM. The cast includes Spike O'Neill, Joel "Downtown Joe" Bryant, newswoman Jodi Brothers, director Arik Korman, and producers Luciana Bosio and Pedro Bartes. As for the show's future, no details as of yet. However, his last day on the air will be August 8th; he'll continue his band with Spike and the Impalers and Heart By Heart, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier, founding bassist and drummer of Heart.

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Fox Pulls Ads From Entercom; Host Gets Pulled Off Show For A Week

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Looks like WEEI/Boston's Kirk Minihane's second round of vitriol against FOX Sport's reporter Erin Andrews last Wednesday was enough for Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to pull the plug on all Fox advertising on Entercom last Friday. According to boston.com, he informed Entercom President/CEO David Field that all Fox advertising would be pulled and no Fox Sports personalities would be permitted to be guests on WEEI. “The comments made by Mr. Minihane were boorish and sexist,’’ wrote Shanks. “Further, the ‘apology’ made by Mr. Minihane was juvenile and insincere. To make matters worse, the ‘apology’ was posted under a banner (allegedly approved by your Boston VP and Market Manager, Phil Zachary) hailing ‘The Triumphant Return of Kirk Minihane.’ “I had hoped by this time we might hear a sincere apology from WEEI, or perhaps someone from your office might have reached out to Fox (which through our film and television businesses is a significant advertiser on Entercom stations), however, none of that has been forthcoming, and needless to say we are disappointed.” According to The Boston Globe, about two hours after Shank's letter to Field, Minihane’s suspension was announced. “Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable. It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards," said David Field. A Fox Sports spokesman said it is uncertain how much the network spends nationally in advertising on Entercom stations. Entercom owns more than 100 stations in 23 markets. Minihane's first came under fire on July 15 after calling out Andrews for her interview with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright at the All-Star game, calling her a “gutless b***h” who should “drop dead.”

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Kerri Kasem Says My Dad Is Not Missing; Jean Dumped By Her Lawyers

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– In a story that has long since crossed the bizarre threshold, here's yet another twist: According to komonews.com, lawyers of Los Angeles-based firm Haney & Young are asking the court to relieve them as her counsel as soon as possible for Casey's widow Jean (shown right). According to legal documents filed in Casey's conservatorship obtained by TMZ.com, the lawyers claim 'Jean does not respond to any of their correspondence, including email and phone. In addition, the papers state Jean has amounted $500,000 in unpaid fees for her various legal battles, and if she does not settle the balance, the money will allegedly come out of Casey's estate.' Meanwhile, in response to recent news (see Jockline 7/21) that Kasem's body was removed from a mortuary in Washington state and flown to Montreal, Canada, Kerri Kasem posted on her Facebook page (along with family photo - left): "Let me clear a few things up. First of all, my Dad is not "missing," Jean Kasem knows exactly where he is and she is HIDING him from his friends and family. My Dad, my brother, my sister and myself ALL believe that YOU are not the body. In other words, you are a spirit/soul inhabiting a body so when my Dad died he left his body. You can't take your body to Heaven with you! We got to spend the last 15 days of my father's life with him and THAT is what mattered. Do I wish that Jean would bury him here at Forest Lawn? YES, but we fought the good fight and WON that fight. This is not my fight. We will find out where my Dad is buried when the law that I am working on passes. There is a provision in the "Visitation Bill" AB2034 that states the conservator/guardian must notify the immediate family when the ailing parent is in the hospital, upon death and where they are buried. Jean Kasem will be court ordered to tell us where our Dad is. If my father is buried in Montreal, Canada a place my Dad has NO connection to, it just further proves that even in death as in life, Jean has tried to keep us away from our father. No matter what she does now… DAD IS ALWAYS WITH US."

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WLS-FM Gets The Diamond Touch All This Week

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Longtime WRQX-FM DC host, Jack Diamond, will join WLS-FM morning host Brant Miller (L) all this week on-air according to robertfeder.com. Diamond, of course, is no stranger to Jan Jeffries, senior vice president corporate/programming for Cumulus Media and program director of WLS FM. The two worked together at both WRQX and WQXI FM in Atlanta. Jeffries told Feder “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week,” he said. As Jockline previously reported, WLS FM came close to hiring Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn, aka Eddie & Jobo, but the plan fell through when Colborn turned down a 2½-year deal worth a reported $1.2 million. In addition to his morning show, Brant Miller is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, has been doubling as morning host on WLS FM since October 2012. Brant will join next week's lineup at MSBC26, where he'll serve on the "Looking Your Best On Camera" panel which offers tips and techniques to radio talent who are finding themselves in front of the camera and on video more frequently.

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MOTION: Stephen A. Smith Headed To SiriusXM's 'Mad Dog' Channel; Michel Wright Takes Middays At Majic 102.3 DC; Radio';Marconi Joins As Co-Host For 101.9 KINK

7THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– ########### Longtime DC radio host Michel Wright will be the new midday host on Radio One's WMMJ/Majic 102.3. Wright arrives from Howard University's WHUR, 96.3, where she hosted weekends and filled-in on the afternoon show. Past stints have included Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM and BET. ########## Stephen A. Smith is reportedly headed to Chris (Mad Dog) Russo’s SiriusXM's channel from ESPNS 98.7 FM according to nydailynews.com. Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo caused a stir when he said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.” It appears the search is over. Smith will reportedly host his own show. Sources say there is no consideration of pairing Smith with Russo. ########101.9 KINK (KINK-FM) announced that Marconi Bologna (L) will join Shelia 7Hamilton as the new co-host on the KINK morning show weekdays from 5:00am-10:00am. The new show starts August 11th and will be called “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” “I've worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost 4 years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station,” stated Marconi.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Maynard Names CCM+E As SVP Programming

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Maynard will join the company as Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms. Maynard will join Clear Channel from Hubbard Radio in Seattle where since 2007 he served as Operations Manager and Program Director. Under his leadership, Hubbard's stations in Seattle were highly successful with KQMV rising to No. 1 ratings in the market. Maynard is one of the most highly regarded Program Directors in the industry, with prior roles in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. "Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel's strategy so we're constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds,'' said Tom Poleman. "Maynard has an outstanding track record and he'll be a great addition to our brain trust." "Maynard's programming expertise and knowledge of the industry has made him one of the most successful and respected programmers in radio ­ he has been on our 'wish-list' for a long time," said Hunnicutt. "Maynard's return to Clear Channel further demonstrates our ability to attract the greatest minds and programmers in the business."

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[WATCH] Kidd Kraddick's Daughter Co-Writes Song For Him

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– Before his untimely death last July 27th, Kidd Kraddick often shared news that his daughter Caroline was a singer, studied musical theater at Oklahoma City University and that she sang at last year’s public memorial for Kraddick in Dallas. According to the star-telegram.com, Caroline (who spells her last name Cradick) of Fort Worth, is getting ready to move to Nashville to pursue her music career, but one of her music projects is very personal. “I just wrote a song for my dad that I’m actually going to play for radio people at a dinner on Saturday (27th),” she said. “I’m excited about that. We’re still wrapping it up, but once it’s done, the proceeds will go to Kidd’s Kids.” (After her father died, Cradick took over the Kraddick Foundation, which includes Kidd’s Kids, the charity Kraddick founded for terminally and chronically ill children and their families). Cradick co-wrote the song, 'Just Love,' with Nashville-based songwriter Chris Roberts and Lindsay Lawler, a singer-songwriter friend who’s a former Kidd Kraddick in the Morning intern. The song, which is not yet available for download, features Roberts on vocals and piano in a simple arrangement that also includes Mark Evitts on strings. It begins: “Life — they say it’s all about the things that you leave behind/I know you wish you had a little more time/Just a little more time to sing your songs.”

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Channel 933's Geena The Latina Show Invades Comic Con

THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2014 –– As you may have heard, San Diego was once again PACKED with people and celebs for Comic Con. And that included a number of radio peeps, as well. There to give Jockline Daily a glimpse was Geena The Latina, morning co host at Channel 933. She tells Jockline Daily: "Downtown was seriously mayhem! From free zip lining through "Gotham City" to experiencing a real life zombie walk to eating free pizza courtesy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to enjoying free drinks at the "Nerd Headquarters." There was plenty to do even if you DIDN'T have tickets into the actual Con. Hotels were sold out and Uber rides were charging 3x the normal fee yet this didn't stop people from showing up in the thousands. Hollywood invaded San Diego making it difficult for locals to enjoy their regular favorite hangout. The annual Playboy party was "THE" party to get into on Friday night and the huge Entertainment Weekly party at the Hard Rock hotel was the safe haven for celebs on Saturday night. Celebs like Megan Fox, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Nina Dobrev, Peter Jackson, the cast of Sons of Anarchy and True Blood, Jack Black, Emma Roberts, and TONS more enjoyed exploring everything the Con had to offer. We sent out our man on the streets "Intern Dallis" (shown above) out with the Channel 933 van dressed up as Batman to report live every morning from the line at the Con. He talked to the first person in line as well as delivered doughnuts to the line of people camped out overnight. Producer Chris hung out at the MTV Fandom Awards at Petco Park where Linken Park performed. Assistant producer Alicia was also out at the Con Saturday dressed as Batman to protect San Diego. And I also did some Comic-Con watching myself both Friday and Saturday night and boy was it interesting to say the least. I was also to sneak myself into the Playboy party Friday night and hung out with some WWE wrestlers Saturday night. Aww the joys of being a girl." PHOTO/Geena with her friend Tracy Szymanski at the Playboy Bates Motel Party - Geena joins MSBC26's 'morningmatch.com' session in Chicago beginning next week.

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REPORT: Apple Set To Buy Pandora-For-Talk-Radio App, Swell

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2014 –– Looks like Apple wants more talk. According to recode.com, they're close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources. Reportedly, the deal is worth about $30 million, sources say. The Swell acquisition comes on the heels of Apple's latest pickup of Beats, which came with a $3 billion price tag. As part of the deal, the Swell app is to be shut down this week. Apple already has its own in-house podcast app, but it hasn't fared well with users getting 1.5 out of 5 stars in the Apple App Store. Swell had been beta-testing an Android app, but never released it to the public.

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CHECK IT OUT: New 'Wonder Woman' Outfit

 

UH OH: Jay Z & Beyonce Marriage On The Rocks? - [PAGE SIX]

SMILE: FLOTUS & Girls Take Selfie At Beyonce Concert - [USA TODAY]

CHECK IT OUT: New 'Wonder Woman' Outfit - [HUFFPO]

WHOAAA: 'Lucy' Edges 'Hercules' At BO - [VARIETY]

[WATCH] TRAILERS WE LOVE: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - [THE VERGE]

[WATCH] Sneak Peek At 'Simpsons' 'Family Guy Combo Episode - [EW]

Kate Upton Devours Cover Of ELLE's UK Septemeber Issue - [ELLE UK]

[WATCH] In Case You Missed it: Joan Rivers Goes Off On Israel/Palestinian Rant - [TMZ]

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MIKE KASEM: Jean Is Bat S*** Crazy

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily reported earlier this week, sources confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada.
Asked why Casey's widow Jean might be hiding his father's corpse from his children, Kasem's son Mike Kasem (L) told THR, "Jean Kasem has demonstrated what we have known for 30 years. She's bat s**t crazy." Casey's son Mike also questioned the sincerity of his stepmother's love for his father. "Why would she leave his remains for weeks before making a move? Why would she recite scripture while hurling raw hamburger meat at my sister (right -- we added the beef)? Why would she cut him off from everyone he loves, friends included...? Why would she rip him out of a care facility at 2 a.m. against doctors' orders to take him on a road trip he is not equipped to handle? Why would she list their residence on the death certificate for the last 18 years as 'Jerusalem,, Israel'? Why would she play actress, fall to the floor in front of cameras outside the courtroom, screaming, "They have blood on their hands," and then go hang out with her boyfriend? Or tell a judge he's incompetent? Why would she call a nurse at the hospital a fat @&$&? Why wouldn't she ask the doctors why we took him off life support? BECAUSE YOUR HUSBAND WAS CHOKING ON HIS OWN FLUIDS! Which you would have known if you had cared to be there or inquire!!! Pattern much?? Would anyone care for some nuts? I've had too much over the last 30 years, no thanks." Meanwhile, Kerri Kasem is pursuing an elder-abuse case against Jeannie Kasem for allegedly accelerating Casey's decline toward death when she took him from the Santa Monica hospital to Las Vegas to Arizona to Las Vegas to rural Washington State.

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[WATCH] Sarah, Ty & Mel Head To Mornings At DC's 107.3

THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– As Jockline Daily shamelessly teased yesterday, Sarah Fraser (bottom right) will now officially be joining with Former 92.3 New York's Ty Bentli (center) and Mel G (left) for mornings on 107.3 WRQX-FM Wash. D.C. The show marks the return of the popular Fraser to the DMV. The former co-host of WIHT’s “The Kane Show” for six years, Fraser spent the past year in New York City pursuing television opportunities while staying connected to the area as a contributor 7to Fox 5’s “Good Day DC.” Bentli is also a familiar voice in the DMV, where he was heard on WMZQ in DC and WPOC in Baltimore from 2010 to 2012. His career in radio spans from coast to coast, reaching top-rated shows in the afternoon on Chicago’s KISS-FM and then Los Angeles’ KBIG-FM. Bentli most recently succeeded Nick Cannon as Morning Drive-time host of “Ty Loves NY” on CBS’ Mainstream flagship 92.3 NOW-FM in New York City. The show will also feature another familiar voice: that of Melanie Glazener, another former co-host on “The Kane Show.” Glazener’s radio resume also includes five years on Tampa’s WILD 94.1. Glazener will be moving from Tampa to DC to join the show. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming, Cumulus said: “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings." Actually, if you paid closer attention to Sarah's teaser video from yesterday you would have noticed a few of the slides showing both Ty and Mel (above frame). Then there was Ty's tweet posting: "I'm told I have to set an early alarm again..." WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE (shown in bottom photo)

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Ryan Seacrest To Host 'Fashion Rocks' Show

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– As if he needed another gig, media behemoth, Ryan Seacrest has been tapped to host CBS-TV's Fashion Rocks 2014 special." Richard Beckman, Executive Producer for Fashion Rocks said: "Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before." The star-studded charity event is returning to air on CBS for the first time since 2008. The concert special will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., during September's Fashion Week. Ryan Seacrest is on board as this year's host and he added: "I'm always excited to be a part of live events, and Fashion Rocks combines three of my favorite things -- music, fashion and New York City," he said in a release. Entertainment includes Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Duran Duran, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, The Band Perry, Nico & Vinz, Ria Ora and Pitbull. Fashion Rocks will air Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Toucher & Rich Weigh In On Erin Andrews Kerfuffle

THEMOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Ever since news of WEEI Boston host, Kirk Minihane's infamous 'gutless b***h' comment, Toucher and Rich of crosstown 98.5 The Sports Hubhave been inundated with requests on their take over the controversy. According the boston.com, they said in fairness they wanted to hear the actual audio first. After listening along with the apology, they told the outlet they were amazed with what they heard: "The guys across the street admitted to being actors and playing different roles on their show. What? That’s not the point of radio. You don’t need to act." The station chose not to suspend him and after returning this week, he once again apologized and continued to express regret for using that term, BUT then added:“ “I will say this. I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart, I don’t think she comes across as very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good-looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins."

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MOTION: Denise Plante Inks 3 1/2 Year Extension With KOSI Denver; Dana McKay Takes Nights At 94.7 Fresh FM Wash. DC;

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Denise Plante has just signed a 3.5 yr deal to stay with Entercom/KOSI in Denver. She tells Jockline Daily: "Entercom is an amazing company and I'm very happy to continue my career here in Denver. I'm also continuing to host Colorado and Company on KUSA/NBC 9 News (Gannett) daily. We are celebrating our 10 yr anniversary in Sept. (tv show) ########### Dana McKay is headed to nights at 94-7 Fresh FM Wash. DC, beginning August 4. McKay most recently worked at CBS' Play 98.7/Tampa. ########### WQHK/K105 Fort Wayne, IN has added Aricka McCauley to middays. She arrives from U93/South Bend. She follows Heather Cruise who moved to Los Angeles earlier this year.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: WQHT New York Appoints Jay Dixon As PD; Allison Mandara Exits CBS Radio

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Hot 97 New York has appointed Jay Dixon (R) as Program Director. He had served as its interim PD after Ebro Darden vacated the post in March to focus on his morning show. Dixon previously served as PD for WRKS-FM Prior to Kiss. He was also Cox Media Group's National Urban Format Coordinator until the position was eliminated, "Jay's extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT," said General Manager Deon Levingston. "Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the HOT 97 platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence HOT 97 has in Hip Hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family." "I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I'd like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. ###### We received bittersweet news yesterday from CBS Allison Mandara. She told Jockline Daily that "after seven wonderful years with CBS RADIO, tomorrow will be my last day with the Company. Thank you for all your coverage and support over the years, and please stay in touch. Allison will be moving to Sony Electronics’ NJ headquarters to do PR and Social Media for their B2B products.

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'On Being's Krista Tippett to Receive National Humanities Medal From President Obama

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Krista Tippett, creator and host of the public radio show “On Being,” will be honored Monday with the 2013 National Humanities Medal. Tippett will receive the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony, along with nine other Americans, according to the startribune.com In announcing the award, the White House cited Tippett’s achievements in “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of all faiths, no faith, and every background to join the conversation.” "On Being" is heard on more than 330 U.S. public radio stations and globally by podcast. “I am so honored by this recognition,” Tippett said. “It's an affirmation of the vision behind our project of the past 10 years, that it should be possible to create intelligent, robust conversation about meaning and morality, across our divides -- to open imaginations and possibilities rather than shutting them down." The show started at Minnesota Public Radio, but spun off into an independent nonprofit production company last year, with its own 4,000-square-foot studio/live event space on Loring Park in Minneapolis.

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iHeart Radio Listeners Pick DeGeneres As Funniest Woman In America

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– Ellen DeGeneres topped the list of funniest women in America, beating out Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy, who came in second and third. Kristen Wiig surprisingly came in last with only 4% of votes. You might recall that Ellen was crowned the “most likeable woman in Hollywood” in 2013 by iHeartRadio listeners, beating out Jennifer Lawrence at the time. And despite the current obsession with Frozen’s “Let it Go,” listeners apparently appreciate the classics, voting Mary Poppins’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” the best Disney song of all time. The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” came in second and third, with “Let It Go” taking fourth. Listeners also said that Beyoncé has the best summer body in the music business. Lil Wayne came in dead last with just over 1% of the vote. Others named in funniest list included Chelsea Handler 6.20% - Sarah Silverman 6.04% - Amy Schumer 5.39% and Amy Poehler 5.31%. As for summer bodies, Jake Owen drew 9.56% and Miley Cyrus 7.32%

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[WATCH] The Tommy Show Takes A 'Fresh' Look At 50 Shades

THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2014 –– The Tommy Show at DC's 94.7 Fresh FM like the rest of America was eagerly awaiting the trailer to 50 Shades of Grey to hit, fueling anticipation was the opportunity to do a spoof of the movie. The show's co-host Kelly Collis was an early adapter reading the book series before it was even published…reading the erotica novel online when it was only e-book. Given her fascination she is casted in the spoof as Christian Grey and Tommy as Anastasia and the third member of the show plays Jen Richer plays, well…you'll see. WATCH HERE

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Mayim Bialik To Host 'Candid Camera' Reboot - [EW]

Adele Wins Suit Over Paparazzi Photos Of Son - [BBC]

More Elvis Items Auctioned Off At Graceland - [NYDN]

Queen Elizabeth Photo Bomb Goes Viral - [RUMORFIX]

UH OH: Duran Duran Suing Fan Club - [NEWS SKY]

UH OH 2: Former Disney Star Made Death Threats On Tape Says Police - [PAGE SIX]

UH OH 3: Anti-Por(n) Group Warns Against Watching '50 Shades' - [GOSSIP COP]

Eugene Bouchard Covers 'Elle' Quebec - [HUFFPO]

Andy Samberg & Kit Harington Star In HBO Sports Mocumentary '7 Days In Hell' - [DEADLINE]

Shemar Moore Returning to 'Young And The Restless' - [TV GUIDE]

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[LISTEN] Erin Andrews Ripped Again By WEEI Host

THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2014 –– Kirk Minihane (inset) returned to WEEI/Boston's morning show yesterday and wasted little time in stirring things up again following last week's infamous 'gutless b***h' comment. According to boston.com, he continued to express regret for using that term, BUT then added:“ “I will say this. I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart, I don’t think she comes across as very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good-looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins. That’s what I believe.” As Jockline Daily reported, Minihane was not suspended for his original comments last week and said in a statement: “My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them,” Minihane said in a statement. “To all whom I offended—particularly Ms. Andrews—I apologize.” This comment stemmed from her MLB all-star interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright regarding a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter. Andrews, more or less, gave Wainwright a pass closing with “Well, we appreciate you clearing that up. Don’t you love social media?” Minihane took to the airwaves the next morning by saying “What a b***h. I hate her. What a gutless b****h. Seriously, go away. Drop dead. Meanwhile, Andrews has yet to comment but her publicist, Lewis Kay (not the late Norman Fell as shown) , took to Twitter and blasted Minihane with the above posting. LISTEN TO LATEST AUDIO HERE

 

 

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