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[WATCH] iHeart Reveals Lineup For 2017 Music Festival; Hosted By Ryan Seacrest

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced its lineup for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place September 22 and 23 in Las Vegas’ at the T-Mobile Arena. This year's event will feature performances by Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Chris Stapleton, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles, Special Guest Kesha (R)and more. The weekend will begin on the evening of Friday, September 22 and run through Saturday, September 23. Ryan Seacrest will return as host for the entire weekend.

The Daytime Village Presented by Capital One® at the iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 23 with performances by Migos, Halsey, Flume, Little Mix, French Montana, Kelsea Ballerini and more.

“Because our lineup is based on feedback from iHeartRadio users, it's one of the most diverse you'll ever see,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer of iHeartMedia. “As our listeners interact with our app, favoriting songs and saving stations, we learn what their ideal festival would be, then we bring that to life!” Each night, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will broadcast live for fans via iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country across more than 150 markets. The CW Network will also exclusively livestream both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and then broadcast a two-night television special on Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST/PST. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival. WATCH LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

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SYNDICATION: Marley Sherwood Joins CMT's 'After MidNite' & 'Radio Live' Shows With Cody Alan

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks and CMT announced that Marley Sherwood has officially joined CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan. Effective immediately, Sherwood will serve as a correspondent, bringing pop culture and lifestyle stories to the shows. Continuing her role as associate producer of CMT’s signature music show Hot 20 Countdown with Cody Alan and 7Katie Cook, Sherwood will also join Alan on the road.

Based in Nashville, Sherwood and Alan have worked together on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown for the past four years. The Chicago native’s resume includes stints at WUSN/US99.5, WZSR/Star 105.5, ESPN Radio, ABC, IndyCar, and the top-rated daytime talk show Windy City LIVE. She later took her reporting talents abroad and spent time with The Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland, before making her way to CMT in Nashville.

Cody Alan is host host and executive producer of CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT All Access with Cody Alan. For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.

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JACOBS: Are You Any Safer Than Kermit The Frog?

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– In case you didn't hear, Kermit the Frog has exited “Sesame Street," including the guy who’s been doing the voice of Kermit since 1990. In Fred Jacob's latest blog, The voice actor in question is Steve Whitmire (L), who took over for original muppeteer, the late Jim Henson, 27 years ago. Whitmire is shattered by the move, claiming he had “been outspoken about what’s best for the Muppets” since Disney bought the franchise in 2004, but that his dismissal was an overreaction by the company.

Disney management, on the other hand, claims that Whitmire engaged in what they’re calling “unacceptable business conduct.” According to MSN, sources say Whitmire’s style was “overly hostile and unproductive,” which led to production delays. Jacobs says, to radio people, this probably sounds like another case of those “philosophical differences” that often come between talent and management. You’ve heard the line before: No one’s bigger than the radio station. And in this case, no muppet is bigger than “Sesame Street.” Disney has already found its next “Kermit” – Matt Vogel – ironically, a voice actor.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be headed to Atlanta for the 29th “Morning Show Boot Camp” – an event filled with hundreds of aspirational radio hosts, and teams. Some of them are integral to their stations, outperforming everyone else on the station and contributing mightily to the sales effort. And everyone of them is as vulnerable as Larry Whitmire. Hopefully, some of them will take note of this sad Muppets story, and possibly apply it to their own situations. Talent can push the envelope with management – but only so far. There’s often a price to be paid when a big, bad corporation wields the axe against a loyal, long-time, popular star. READ BLOG HERE

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RTTR'S Scholarship Winners Announced

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– Scholarship winners for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks Seminar, presented by Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW), have been selected. A total of twenty-five recipients will be attending this year’s seminar August 16-17 at the BMI Nashville office.

This year's Scholarship Recipients include: Jordyn Byington, Emmis Communications Indianapolis, IN Kasey Cain, CBS Radio Sacramento, CA Morgan Carson, IdaVend Broadcasting Lewiston, ID Miranda Crawford, Always Mountain Time Breckenridge, CO Chelsea Dickinson, CBS Radio- 105.3 The Fan (KRLD FM) Dallas, TX Aleese Fielder, NRG Media Plover, WI Janine Grant, iHeartMedia Miramar, FL Jeni Grouws, Decorah Broadcasting, Inc / KDEC Decorah, ID Rachael Hall, Midwest Family Broadcasting Mishwaka, IN Jillene Khan, WKTI-FM / E.W. Scripps Co. Milwaukee, WI Lindsay Lazar, CBS Radio Chicago, IL Allison Lightfield, Leighton Broadcasting St. Cloud, MN Michelle Mariano, Southern Stone Communications Daytona Beach, FL Courtney Matern, Katz Radio Group Ovilla, TX Janet McGrath, Entercom – Norfolk Virginia Beach, VA Kelly Meyer, iHeartMedia Davenport, IA Suzanne Montoya, WPST-FM / Connoisseur Media Princeton, NJ Cealleigh Moore, Entercom Sacramento, CA Mackenzie Schmidt, Midwest Communications Evansville, IN Kay Lee Smith, Impact Radio Group Boise, ID Jeanne Smith, iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids, IA Kourtney Thompson, Cox Media Group – Tampa St. Petersburg, FL Juliette Torrenti, Lotus Broadcasting Bakersfield, CA Aly Tripp, Beasley Media Group St. Petersburg, FL Emily Yourie, CBS Radio Farmington, CT.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike Orth To Head New Digital Division For Adams Group

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– Mike Orth has joined Adams Radio in the newly created position of VP Sales of Adams Digital Media, a subsidiary of Adams Radio Group. Orth spent the past seven years with the Minneapolis Star Tribune Media Company. He began his career in sales with Eagan based Thomson Reuters upon graduation in 2004.

“I am very excited to bring to Adams Radio the knowledge base I have gained while working with one of the premier newspapers that has been a pioneer in developing digital assets for traditional media," said Orth. Ron Stone, CEO of Adams Radio added “ Mike’s consultative sales approach and ability to partner with clients to bring them into the process goes beyond selling. He creates real partnerships. He recognizes that the needs of his clients are what matters most and he work s diligently to be a trusted partner. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work closely with his clients to help them grow."

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95.7 BEN-FM/Philly Presents 'Special Needs Night' To Benefit Autism Cares

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– 95.7 BEN-FM Philadelphia and the Autism Cares Foundation will present Special Needs Night on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6-9pm at Clementon Park & Splash World in Clementon, New Jersey. The Autism Cares Foundation differentiates itself from other organizations raising funds for autism as the organization’s support revolves around improving the life experiences for children and young adults with autism today. The short-term efforts center on providing various activities where children and young adults with autism can participate. One of the many challenges with a child or young adult with autism is to provide them with as typical of a life as possible.

Presently, there are few places where children with autism can play sports together or engage in any type of structured play, physical fitness or other activities. A $5.00 donation from every ticket sold will be given to the Autism Cares Foundation

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SNAPS: Shotgun And Friends Get Sirius

THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2017 –– Nice to see this one in the in-box this week courtesy of radio's best bud, Art Vuolo. Shown at SiriusXM studios in LA are L-R Tony Fly, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Symon, Tim Puttre and Kid Kelly.

BTW: Art would welcome any video footage from your show for his coming video-aircheck channel at MSBC Atlanta - connect with him at artvuolo@aol.com - or call 248-926-1234

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7Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Team For Final Concert

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Team Up One More Time

[WATCH] Ryan Reynolds Makes Terminally Ill Five-Year Old's Dreams Come True

[WATCH] Kendrick Lamar Just Changed A Fan’s Life With Huge Gift

[WATCH] Gov. Christie Catches Foul Ball At Mets Game, Gives To Kid, Then Gets Booed By Entire Stadium

UH OH: Fox Correspondent Walks Out Of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Press Conference - Takes Parting Shot

Spotify Faces Two New Lawsuits From Music Publishers

Ed Sheeran Delets Twitter Account After Backlash To 'Game of Thrones' Cameo

Guns N’ Roses is Pollstar’s Top Grossing Tour For 2017 Mid-Year

Janet Jackson Has Lost Over 65 Lbs. Since Giving Birth To Son

Pitchfork Radio Broadcasting Live From NYC

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Shila Reunites With Chio In The Morning On Real 106.1 Philly

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– Shila Nathan debuts today as new co-host for “Chio in the Morning” on the new Real 106.1, Philly. Shila, who worked with Chio previously as co-host on then WRDW/Wired 96.5, reunites with the longtime Philly host.

“It’s awesome to reconnect with my great friend and mentor Chio,” said Shila. “I look forward to coming back to Philly and I’m so excited to be playing the ‘throwback’ hip-hop I truly love at Real 106.1.

“The second time around will be even better!” Chio said. “She's the perfect fit: we are like rice and beans - we go together!” Shila Nathan is a Pennsylvania native from Scranton, PA and has hosted and co-hosted shows in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and most recently in New York City including WKRZ 98.5 in Scranton, WKRK 97.1 Free FM Detroit, WYSP FM Philly’s Danny Bonaduce Show, Wired 96.5 Philly, WUSN US99.5, Chicago, and Nash FM, New York. She was also a TV contributor to Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” and “Windy City Live” in Chicago. 1

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ESPN Radio To Debut Golic & Wingo Show On Nov. 27th

Mike & Mike will conclude its nearly 18-year run on November 17

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– ESPN Radio will debut its new morning drive show, Golic & Wingo, hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, on Monday, Nov. 27. The program will air from 6 – 10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving in early January to its simulcast home on ESPNU. Mike & Mike will conclude its nearly 18-year run on November 17.

Mike Golic, Jr. will join Golic & Wingo from 6 – 7 a.m. daily. He will continue to host ESPN Radio’s First & Last from 4 – 6 a.m. every weekday before contributing to the new morning show at 6 a.m. Fans will have a sneak-peek of Golic & Wingo when the duo host Mike & Mike this week from July 18 – July 20, while Mike Greenberg guest hosts The Michael Kay Show (3 – 7 p.m.) alongside Don La Greca on ESPN New York 98.7FM from July 17 – 20.

The long-running MIke & Mike show set the bar for sports talk radio. Golic hosted the first iteration of ESPN’s morning drive show – The Bruno-Golic Morning Show – with original ESPN Radio voice Tony Bruno. He joined ESPN in 1995 as an NFL studio analyst after a nine-year career in the NFL as a defensive tackle. Greenberg’s new TV show will premiere January 1, 2018.

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AirKast Launches New Radio Personality Branded Apps & Intelligence Initiatives

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– AirKast has announced a series of new partnerships with nationally syndicated radio show hosts and podcasters. World renowned sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman (BL), country music morning show personalities Big D & Bubba (BR), and former "Survivor" star Shane Powers are partnering with AirKast to engage and monetize their audiences using AirKast's AirBridge mobile platform. The apps are compatible with iOS, Android, and Kindle platforms and include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa connectivity. Each show and brand can now engage their audience and fans with on-demand audio, social media interaction, live video, and more.

"We're thrilled to announce these new partnerships. With audio and mobile app listening showing continued growth, AirKast is excited that our broadcast and media clients are experiencing the great benefits of this boom in audio listening and monetization. From on-air hosts, syndicated radio shows, and podcasters, we allow each personality, show or brand to have their own app allowing them to take control of how they're represented, promoted and monetized in themobile marketplace," said Michael Fischer (L), vice-president of business development. AirKast specializes in creating unique listening and content experiences for audiences and fans who are then served with relevant sponsor messages. "Our cloud based CMS makes it easy to assign attribution and success metrics for both advertisers and our content partners giving them the analytics they need to drive their businesses," continues Fischer. AirKast currently works with over 60 media companies and 800 media properties including Cumulus Media, Fox News Radio, and CBS Radio News.

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Lakefront Brewery Teams With Radio Milwaukee For “88Nine Amplified Pale Ale

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– Lakefront Brewery has partnered with Radio Milwaukee to brew its new “88Nine Amplified Pale Ale, ” a limited - release crisp session ale available now on draft at dozens of Milwaukee area taverns, restaurants and stores. The beer was created in recognition of Radio Milwaukee’s 10th anniversary this year. It also coincides with Lakefront Brewery’s 30th birthday, which it will be celebrating later this year.

Lakefront Brand Manager Michael Stodola said, “It’s fitting that Lakefront and Radio Milwaukee are celebrating anniversaries and able to partner together to bring something new to fans of both this great radio station and our brewery.” The non-profit , non-comm station launched on Feb. 26, 2007. It broadcasts and streams a unique blend of musical styles, including at least one song by a Milwaukee artist each hour, and short features about the community.

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NETWORKS: USRN Inks Deal With 'House Of Hair' Hosted By Rock Great Dee Snider

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks (USRN), announced a partnership with THE HOUSE OF HAIR and THE DAILY HOUSE OF HAIR CUT. The new deal calls for USRN to handle the advertising sales for the national commercial time in these popular and widely distributed programs created by Pam Edwards and Bernadette Productions, LLC, and hosted by rock legend, Dee Snider. Bernadette Productions will handle affiliate relations for the programs while USRN handles all ad sales, affiliate compliance and other back-office functions for the shows.

The House of Hair is in its 20th year on the air nationwide and steadily garners new affiliates each month. It is the nation's #1 syndicated weekend rock show, with over 200 affiliates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The long-form show debuted as a two-hour weekly offering to rock radio stations of all descriptions in 1997, and expanded to three hours weekly in 2009. The brand also expanded into weekday features with the introduction of a short-form vignette, The Daily House of Hair Cut in 2007. USRN’s Andy Denemark commented, “We are thrilled to reunite with Pam and Dee and the whole House of Hair team. They’ve developed one of the great brands in network radio and we’re excited to bring these programs back into our family and bring their loyal audiences back to our marketing partners and sponsors.” For more info, contact Andy Denemark at 212.536.3603.

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Remote News Service Partners With Maryland News Network For Content

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that Remote News Service (RNS) has signed the Maryland News Network, The Voice of Maryland, to deliver news content to 14 stations in markets including: Frederick, Myersville and Salisbury. The group deal brings RNS professional news content to a total of 62 stations across the U.S. RNS offers high quality, hyper-localized news content to radio stations in markets of all sizes and formats on a cash and barter basis through Benztown.

Lesley Lotto (L), RNS President, and the professional news team at RNS collectively have more than 50 years experience providing award-winning news coverage to stations and networks across the U.S. In addition, RNS’s feature-rich website, www.remotenewsservice.com, offers free trending news to website visitors. Lotto said, "I'm thrilled to work with a fledgling network that Remote News Service will have a chance to watch grow and grow with. I see great things for the Maryland News Network!" For more information and to get Remote News Service for your stations for cash or barter, click HERE, or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

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[WATCH] HOT 93.3 Dallas' Scotty K And Bret Mega Help Family Of Fallen Officer

THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2017 –– Mark McCullers, Southern Methodist University police officer, father of six children, and U.S. Marine, tragically lost his life in DFW area flash floods last August. As part of its "93 Days of Kindness" event, Scotty and Bret, hosts of Cumulus Media-Dallas-Fort Worth's Hot 93.3 morning show, "Scotty K and Bret Mega Mornings", teamed up last Wednesday with the Dallas Fallen Officers Fund to do their part in honoring Officer McCullers and helping his family.

Joined by Bill Dickason from Southwest Kia, Scotty and Bret shopped for thousands of dollars in groceries and gift cards that they hand-delivered to McCullers' family. Shown with Officer McCullers' wife, Tiffany, is Commissioner Rob Kyker of the Texas Commission On Law Enforcement and President of the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation, Sgt. Demetrick Pennie. WATCH HERE

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7Watch Garth Brooks Offer To Pay For Couple's Honeymoon

 

Mariah Carey Drama Series Based On Her Life In Works At Starz

Former LAPD Mark Furman To Analyze OJ Hearing For Fox News

Parents Tell Police, R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult”

...'Unequivocally Denies' Allegations

Amazon To Take on Facebook, Snapchat With New Messaging App

[WATCH] Garth Brooks Offers To Pay For Honeymoon After Couple Gets Engaged At Show

[WATCH] Ed Sheeran Makes Debut In 'Game of Thrones Season 7'

...Heads To 'The Simpsons Next'

Alec Baldwin To Star in NBC's 'A Few Good Men'

[WATCH] New Apple Emoji Coming To iOS & macOS

[WATCH] Ryan Goslilng And Harrison Ford In 'Blade Runner 2049

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NIELSEN: Classic Rock Leads The Pack In Summertime Format Listening Trends

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 –– Nielsen’s June portable people meter (PPM) insights shows in looking at major music formats across the first five months of the year (January through May) that in May, Classic Rock listener shares surged, and comparing the most recent June results to the rest of 2017, the format has a substantial early lead in terms of summertime increase. In Persons 6+ AQH Share Jan-May 17 Average June 17 % change Classic Hits 5.2% 5.4% +4% Classic Rock 5.2% 5.7% +9% Country 7.5% 7.8% +3% Urban Contemporary 3.7% 3.9%* +4% Source: Nielsen *new record

However, the summer is far from over, with two survey months to go. And as last year proved, a late closer can upset the race: Classic Rock closed the summer of 2016 strongly, outpacing Classic Hits which previously had been the format of the summer for two straight years. In June, Urban Contemporary (a format also referred to as hip-hop) set new records for share of audience across all three of the demographics we profile. And this builds on the format’s overall performance this year, which is its best year ever in PPM measurement.

Urban Contemporary April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 Persons 6+ 3.7% 3.8% 3.9%* Persons 18-34 6.8% 7.0% 7.1%* Persons 25-54 4.5% 4.6% 4.7%* *new record Source: Nielsen. Despite this strong performance, Urban Contemporary isn’t necessarily a lock to be “format of the summer,” and it all comes down to the math. Millennials have played a key role in driving this sustained growth in Urban Contemporary listening. Among listeners aged 18-34, Urban Contemporary first cracked the 5%-share threshold (hitting a 5.0% average quarter hour [AQH] audience share) in November 2012. And if you look back to the summer of 2011, the format had a 4.7% share. This year, it is peaking at a 7.1% share and is now the third most-listened to radio format among Millennials behind Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (11.7%) and Country (8.7%). 1

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Georgia Beasley Joins Futuri Media's TopicPulse

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 –– Futuri Media announced that Georgia Beasley has joined the company as Director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives. Georgia will partner with the TopicPulse product development team, led by Product Manager and veteran television executive Jill Manuel, to lead strategic initiatives to bring its data-driven story discovery capabilities to media industry partners. Beasley joins Futuri Media from Beasley Media Group, where she was most recently Director of Digital Sales.

“Georgia is an innovator with a passion for technology, which makes her a perfect fit for the Futuri Media team,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “She has a proven track record of delivering creative solutions and results for her client partners, using technology to solve problems, and she deeply understands how TopicPulse’s real-time, targeted social insights can drive ratings and digital audience growth.” “When I learned how TopicPulse empowers broadcasters with the ability to discover stories to which their target audiences are reacting, I immediately wanted to get involved." said Beasley. “I’m thrilled to join Daniel, SVP/Sales Tracy Gilliam, Jill, and the rest of the Futuri Media team in delivering real results for our partners.”

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HOT 106.3 Providence Host Bekah Berger Competes On Game Show 'Beat Shazam'

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 –– She didn’t win, but radio personality Bekah Berger, one half of “The All New Hot Morning Show with Bekah and Mike D” on Cumulus Media's Hot 106.3, said she nevertheless enjoyed her appearance on a new game show that aired Thursday night reports The Providence Journal. Berger competed for a $1 million payoff on the show hosted by Jamie Foxx. She appeared with her husband, Tony on an episode taped back in May but had to remain tight-lipped about the outcome - WATCH HERE

Beat Shazam was created by Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in conjunction with Shazam. Jeff Apploff, Mark Burnett, Jamie Foxx, Barry Poznick, Rich Riley and Lauren Zalaznick serve as executive producers. To watch past episodes visit HERE.

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WHAS Louisville Turning 95

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 ––It began on July 18, 1922 and over the next 95 years would evolve as one of the top powerhouse stations in radio - a . In the 60's and 70's it featured a myriad of legendary hosts, including names such as Milton Metz, Gary Burbank, Jerry David Melloy and Wayne Perkey and numerous others. Terry Meiners tells WHAS TV, "I came to WHAS in 1985 because I worked for a ruckus morning show and they thought you know what we need to inject a little more steam into WHAS Radio and I thought well I'm 28 years old I need to grow up so I decided I needed to jump over here and do talk radio and I've loved it every minute since."

"There's nothing like a two-way conversation with someone on the radio because it's long form, it's unedited and a person feels at ease to start telling their story," Meiners said. But perhaps the best part of WHAS is the one organization that has kept WHAS-TV and radio connected after all these years. The reach of WHAS extends far beyond Kentuckiana. Because of its 50,000-watt iHeart signal, it has beamed out to two-thirds of America.

Standing L-R: Milton Metz, Gary Burbank, Jerry David Melloy and Joe Donovan Seated L-R: Steve George and Wayne Perkey - PHOTOS/Courtesy of John Quincy - LKYRadio.com

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FORMATICS: Bud 94.1 Comes To Orlando; 99.9 KEZ Phoenix Launches 'Christmas In July'

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 –– Bud 94.1 Orlando officially debuted on Thursday July 13th. The station is part of JVC Broadcasting and is airing on the HD-2 channel of JVC owned WOTW-FM (103.1 The Wolf) as well as transmitting on 94.1FM. Shane Reeve, EVP of JVC Broadcasting wrote in a humorous release, “I have no comment at this time.” He further stated that he had no comment. Bud 94.1 has long been rumored to exist, even going so far as to stream its “Rock Hard” music format on its website (ironically, Bud941.com) for the past several weeks. However, most radio industry professionals dismissed it as a hoax, practical joke, or terribly misguided head-first plunge into a shallow creek."

iHeartMedia Phoenix 99.9 KEZ has launched “KEZ CHRISTMAS IN JULY”, on the streaming service, iHeartRadio, effective July 14th. KEZ is known to be the home of Christmas Music every year and its launch has become a highly anticipated event,” said Paul Kelley, Program Director for 99.9 KEZ. “And we are excited to be able to bring it to our listeners a little early this year through the iHeartRadio app.”

“It’s awesome that iHeartRadio has created a way for us to share Christmas Music to not only our loyal listeners in Phoenix, but easily to people all over the country by opening up our free iHeartRado app,” said Kelley. “Everyone loves the holidays and it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit and 99.9 KEZ Christmas in July on the iHeartRadio app is going to do just that.”

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WKU Kicks Off 5th Annual Talent Event

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 – The fifth annual WKU Radio Talent Institute begins today at Western Kentucky University campus. Students will l be hoping to follow in the footsteps of other Radio Talent Institute students wh o are now working professionally for Commonwealth Broadcasting, Forever Media, Capcity, Beasley Media Group, Midwest Communications, iHeart, Cumulus, Hubbard Radio, CBS, Entercom, Alpha Media and others. The Ben Davis and Kelly K morning show from 99.7 DJX Louisville will broadcast live from the Radio Talent Institute with the students as the live studio audience. The Kentucky Broadcasters Association underwrites the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute.

Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828-262-1502.

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SNAPS: Hundreds Turnout As CKLW Big 8 Legends Reunite For Public' Event

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THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2017 –– Hundreds turned out for CKLW/Detroit's 50th anniversary reunion that was open to the public in the Detroit suburbs of Mount Clemens last Saturday night. Some of its original Big 8 jocks and the first female helicopter traffic girl, Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor, in North America gathered as a DJ played music of the era intermixed with old newscasts by Jo-Jo's late husband Byron MacGregor and dozens of Drake-style CKLW jingles. SHOWN L-R: Charlie O'Brien, Johnny Williams, Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor and Brother Bill Gable

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7OJ's Parole Hearing To Be Televised Nationally

[WATCH] O.J.'s Parole Hearing To Be Televised Nationally

John Lennon Album Signed by His Killer On Sale For $1.5 Million

[WATCH] Caitlyn Jenner Mulling Senate Run

Former FBI Director James Comey Writing A Memoir; Publishers Line Up For Auction

Ex-prisoner going to job interview takes shirt off back to help hurt stranger

Bride-to-be calls off wedding, throws party for homeless

'Mission Impossible's' Martin Landau Passes Away

'Walking Dead' Members Mourn Passing of Stuntman John Bernecker

Jodie Whittaker Becomes First Woman To Play 'Dr. Who'

[WATCH] Ryan Lochte Cleared Of All Charges Related To Rio Olympics

CHECK IT OUT: Top Earning Musicians For 2016

[WATCH] Jodie Whittaker Becomes First Female 'Dr. Who'

Google Play Music Launches New Release Radio

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iHeart Boston Locks In Vinci, Houston And Pup Dawg With New Deals

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced new agreements with key programmers Michael “Mikey V” Vinci, Lance Houston and DJ Pup Dawg, effective immediately. Mikey V (TL) has been named the new Assistant Program Director and Music Director of KISS 108, Boston. Mikey V will continue to serve as the station’s nighttime on-air personality. “I look forward to taking on my new role and continuing to work with the extremely talented people at KISS 108,” said Mikey V. “iHeartMedia Boston is a dream workplace for this kid from Framingham.”

Lance Houston (LC) signed a new long-term agreement to continue his role as Program Director for 101.7 The Bull. He will continue to serve as the station’s nighttime host. “Horns up Boston,” said Houston. “I am very lucky to call the best city in America my home and am so thrilled that I get to continue to build the Bull brand alongside the talented team we have here at iHeartMedia Boston.”

iHeartMedia also signed a new long-term contract with DJ Pup Dawg (BL) to continue as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for JAM’N 94-5, Boston’s #1 for Hip-Hop and Hits. He will oversee JAM’N 94-5’s on-air content and music programming, as well as continue as host of the station’s evening show.

“I am JAM'N through and through and thrilled to be with JAM'N 94-5 for the foreseeable future,” said DJ Pup Dawg. “JAM’N is known for playing Boston’s biggest Hip-Hop songs that our listeners want to hear and I can’t wait to continue that tradition with the best team in the business.”

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to continue to work with Mikey V, Lance and DJ Pup Dawg,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “These guys know this city and know these stations. Having these critical programming roles locked in long-term gives us a big competitive advantage as we strategize for our future.” 1

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Shaileen Santoro Named Director Of Marketing For iHM Boston Region

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Shaileen Santoro has been named Director of Marketing for the Boston Region, effective immediately. The area includes Kiss 108, JAM’N 94.5, 101.7 The Bull, Talk 1430, and WXKS-AM 1200 - and produces legendary marquee events including the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball, Kiss Concert and JAM’N 94.5’s Summer Jam.

“Shaileen’s combination of passion, creativity, meticulous attention to detail and years of experience made her the obvious choice for this role,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “Our marketing team is the best in the business and Shaileen’s leadership will elevate it further.” Santoro most recently served as Marketing Manager for iHeartMedia Boston.

“I’m excited to continue my journey with the amazing team and brands in Boston,” said Santoro. “I’ve grown so much here personally and professionally, and am looking forward to the work we’ll keep doing to serve our listeners, community and clients.”

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Kyle Due Named PD At KJ97 San Antonio

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2017 – In yet another announcement from iHeartMedia yesterday, this one names Kyle Due Program Director for KJ97, San Antonio. He will also serve as afternoon on-air personality for KJ 97. Due will report to Brian Gann, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio. “We could not be more excited to have Kyle joining the San Antonio team,” said Matt Martin, President for iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio. “He is an amazing programmer and talent, and we know he will lead KJ97 to continued success.”

Due has worked as both an on air talent and programmer for iHeartMedia for the past 16 years, and most recently served as Program Director for WAEB and WZZO in Allentown, PA. His previous stops include Winchester, VA; Charlotte, NC; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Chattanooga, TN; and Greensboro, NC and most recently, Allentown, in his home state of Pennsylvania.

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BUSINESS: Emmis Reports Revenue Decline In Q1

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2017 –– Emmis Communications Corporation announced results for its first fiscal quarter ending May 31, 2017 and reported net revenues for the first fiscal quarter were $38.7 million, down from $42.7 million in the prior year. Excluding KPWR in Los Angeles, Emmis' radio revenues per Miller Kaplan (which excludes barter and syndication revenues as well as radio stations in Terre Haute, Indiana sold in the prior fiscal year), were down 6.7% in markets that were down 1.4%. Emmis' Austin and St. Louis clusters outperformed their markets.

During the quarter, Emmis entered into an agreement to sell KPWR-FM in Los Angeles to an affiliate of the Meruelo Group for $82.75 million. The Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) for the station began July 1, 2017 and initial FCC approval of the license transfer to the Meruelo Group has been received. Closing is expected to occur in the next 30-60 days. Once the sale of Power 106 closes, the company's senior credit facility debt will be reduced by approximately 50%.

"Emmis made difficult but necessary decisions in our first fiscal quarter – decisions that give us additional flexibility to address market challenges and opportunities," Jeff Smulyan, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Emmis said. "Our second fiscal quarter started strong with June up 5%, as record-setting ticket sales for our largest concert, Summer Jam in New York, provided a nice boost. While early, both July and August are showing that our performance is improving."

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CBS News Teams With BBC News To Bolster It's Global Reporting Resources

CBS News and BBC News announced today a new newsgathering partnership that should bolster the global reporting resources for both companies, reports TVNewser. This new partnership, effective immediately, allows both organizations to share video, editorial content and additional newsgathering resources in New York, London, DC, and across the globe.

CBS News president David Rhodes made the announcement in an internal memo to staff today: This morning, we are announcing an agreement with BBC News that will greatly enhance our global newsgathering capabilities and extend our editorial reach in new and exciting ways. The news is being announced on cbsnews.com, CBS This Morning, CBSN, and through press releases .. Beginning immediately we will coordinate resources and coverage strategy with BBC News. This takes the place of our longtime arrangement with Sky News who have been strong allies for many years, but the opportunity to partner with one of the world’s largest news organizations was too compelling not to make this change.

BBC Director of news and current affairs James Harding said in a separate statement. “This new partnership between the BBC and CBS News is designed to bring our audiences—wherever you live, whatever your point of view—news that is reliable, original and illuminating. Our ambition is to deliver the best in international reporting on television.” This move signals the end of the BBC’s current arrangement with ABC News, one which began all the way back in 1994.

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SYNDICATION: Delilah Returns To Watertown's MIX 96.1

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2107 –– Mix 96.1/WVLF-FM announced that syndicated personality Delilah will return to the station’s nightly lineup. Beginning July 17, the program will air from 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. Often referred to as the “Oprah of Radio,” Delilah attracts millions of listeners on more than 150 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S.

For her work on the program, Delilah has been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame, and she received the 2016 NAB Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Mix 96.1 Program Director Todd Truax shared, “Delilah is back by popular demand, and we are thrilled to have her return to Mix 96.1 and I’m sure thousands of listeners will be too.” Mix 96.1/WVLF-FM is owned and operated by Stephens Media Group.

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A Thousand Horses & Drake White Help NASH FM's Ty, Kelly & Chuck Raise Funds During Benefit For Musicians On Call

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THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– A Thousand Horses and Drake White helped NASH FM 103.3’s Ty, Kelly & Chuck raise more than $4,400 for Musicians On Call at their benefit show at Rhythm & Boots in Nashville last night. Before the show, A Thousand Horses and Drake White met up with Ty, Kelly & Chuck to flip a coin for stage order at the co-headlining event.

Check out the full coin flip video HERE. PHOTO/(Left to Right) Back Row: A Thousand Horses’ Graham Deloach, ATH’s Zach Brown, ATH’s Michael Hobby and Kelly Ford. Front Row: Ty Bentli, Chuck Wicks, ATH’s Bill Satcher and Drake White.

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CONDOLENCES: Bob LaGrega, VP/Affiliations And Sales For USRN Passes Away

THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2017 –– "It is with a heavy heart I let you know that Bob LaGrega, 59, has passed away," wrote Jim Higgins, COO for United Stations Radio Network. "He was on vacation with family and his heart simply stopped working. For all of you that knew or worked with Bob, you know what a great loss and tragedy this is. He was such a special guy, as well as a great husband, father and friend. Always positive and upbeat and he will be sorely missed."

Those wishing to send a sympathy card to his family can do so by mailing to LaGrega Family - 2000 North Railroad Avenue Staten Island, N.Y. 10306. Wake and Viewing will be at the Hanley Funeral Home this Saturday from 7-9pm and on Sunday at 2-4pm & 7-9pm. A funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Monday at St. Patrick’s RC Church, 53 St. Patrick’s Place, Staten Island Obituary and family wishes should be found in Fridays edition of the “Staten Island Advance” or HERE - He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Maria; three children, Angelo, Christina and Anthony.

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7SNL, Westworld Get Top Emmy Noms'; Gaga Makes History

 

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Performance Makes Emmy History

[WATCH] And The 2017 Emmy Noms' Are...

[WATCH] SNL’ Grabs Most Emmy Nominations In Its Four-Decade History

[WATCH] Kid Rock running For Senate?

[WATCH] Vanilla Ice ?Apparently Owns the Rights to "Under Pressure"

[WATCH] CBS, BBC News Team to Bolster Global Reporting

[WATCH] 2 Live Crew Co-Founder Fresh Kid Ice Dead at 53

[WATCH] Shaq Aiming To Become Krispy Kreme King

EXCLUSIVE Billy Bush NOT Hosting “Top 30,” Show

[WATCH] Loudwire Music Awards Ceremony/Concert Set For October 24 in Los Angeles

[WATCH] REPORT: Cheap Trick To Release Christmas Album

Snapchat Teams Up With Formula 1 for Grand Prix Stories

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[WATCH] Birth Of Sports Talk Radio The Subject Of '30 For 30' Documentary

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo shook up the sports talk radio airwaves with their “Mike and the Mad Dog” show on WFAN for nearly two decades writes CBS' Ryan Meyer. ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” series approached the duo about doing a documentary on their partnership and the show that launched sports talk radio as we know it today. Titled “Mike and the Mad Dog,” is slated to air at 8 p.m et, tonight on ESPN.

Francesa and Russo recently dropped by the CBS Local studios to discuss their partnership, the documentary and how it came about. Francesa began by saying that the partnership didn’t get off to the best start. “We had a tough beginning,” he said. “It was a shotgun marriage. We didn’t get along very well, and we were kind of thrown together. Although, I think the thing that changed everything was how quickly the ratings were off the charts. By spring, nine months into the show, we were No. 1 — and No. 1 in a big way — and we realized that no matter what we did, we weren’t going to get away from each other.” When it came to the documentary, the guys said that it was an honor to be asked by ESPN to do the film and the fact that they knew both of the producers attached to the project helped. To hear more of what the guys had to say, check out the video above. WATCH HERE

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103.5 Names Kaelin Roberts Executive Producer For Fred & Angi Show

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Kaelin Roberts has been named Executive Producer for the “Fred+ Angi Morning Show” on 103.5 KISS FM. Roberts is a Detroit native who began her career as an intern at iHeartMedia’s Channel 955 Detroit. 7 She spent two years as an Associate Producer for the station’s highly successful “Mojo in the Morning."

"I fell in love with Chicago when I lived there as a student who listened to 103.5 KISS FM every day,” said Roberts. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to now work with such well - respected radio hosts like Fred and Angi.” iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WKSC-FM, WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WVAZ-FM, WGCI-FM, WLIT-HD and WGRB- AM.

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Drex Joins With Tad & Kara On CMG's B98 Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Following a slight delay while sitting out a non-compete, Drex Rener (R) made his on-air debut in mornings with Cox's B98.5 Atlanta this week, joining with current members Tad Lemire and producer Kara Wilson (shown L & C).

Drex told The AJC's Rodney Ho "Tad is the leader of the crew," as he plans to ease himself into the show. “He’s the foundation of the show,” Drex said. “He will throw passes to myself and Kara. We’ll react and ask questions and try to share our funny stories.” Although he has been the lead guy on previous morning shows, “I’m okay being on the other side,” Drex said. “It’s a little bit less work. I can relax a little more.”

Drex was formerly part of crosstown's Star 94.1’s morning show with Cassiday Proctor and Steve Tingle for just over a year in 2015 into early 2016, then shifted to afternoons. Cassiday is now the morning co-host with Spencer's Neighborhood on The Arch/St. Louis. Tingle serves as co-host with The Sherman and Tingle Show on 97.1 The Drive.

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NASH Next Competition Doubles Amount Of Registered Artists For 2017 Event

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced today substantial year-over-year growth of their NASH Next franchise, including more than double the amount of registered artists. NASH Next, Cumulus Media’s national and grassroots search for America’s newest country star, recruited artists in 62 markets across the United States including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville. Now they've moved into the next phase of the competition – the Fan Rating period, where listeners are encouraged to rate the registered artists by Sunday, July 30th at 11:59 pm ET and can win the chance to attend the NASH Next 2017 finale in Nashville, TN.

The top artists in each market will then compete to determine the one local winner who will proceed to the national challenge. Listeners can rate their local artists by visiting the NASH Next website. “Our listeners know what music they like and who they want to hear on the radio and so the fan rating portion of this competition is extremely important to the program, giving our valuable listeners a voice in choosing the next country star,” stated Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media. Adding, “this competition provides our listeners a great radio experience.” The winner of this five-month-long national competition, announced by seven diamond award winner and the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, will receive a record deal with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group

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Star 102.1's Leigh Ann Comes To The Aid Of Listener Who Awaits Bone Marrow Donor

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Star 102.1 Dallas' Leigh Ann, has made a new friend, Hallie. Hallie has been diagnosed with a very rare bone marrow disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. She is one of 14,000 people on the waiting list. We want to find a match for Hallie. Leigh Ann is helping Hallie’s Heroes and went out toget swabbed to see if she was a match.

"While its easy for me to plug her show and our station, this goes beyond that. We trying to help this little girl find a match and raise awareness that someone out there might be able to help save her life. Leigh Ann is happy to do interviews if you would like to talk to her and find out how Hallie stole her heart and why she became so passionate about trying to help her. To find out more about Hallie, visit http://teamhalliebea.org/

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Power 98' No Limit Larry Show To Sleep Outside & Broadcast For Salvation Army

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Beasley's WPEG Power 98’s No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse will host a special 28 hour radiothon to raise funds for The Salvation Army’s summer overflow shelter for women and children. The event takes place today, July 13th, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Personalities of the Power 98’s Morning Madhouse will broadcast live and sleep outside on the grounds of the Salvation Army as part of their commitment to raise $15,000 for the shelter. Activities during the 28-hour broadcast will include a beauty bar for the residents and a cheerleading clinic sponsored by Charlotte Ultimate Cheer for the kids.

“Last year’s event was amazing and we anticipate that this year’s will be even bigger and better,” said Morning Maddhouse Co-host Miss Jessica the Girl Next Door. “With more community support, we have no doubt that we’ll hit our goal.” The Salvation Army helps homeless women and children in the community with their immediate needs of shelter, food, and social services. Referred to as the ‘Center of Hope’ and located two miles north of Uptown Charlotte, the facility houses a Boys and Girls club as well as a free on-site medical clinic.

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Dublin's 98FM’s Big Slide Fest' Returns

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– 98FM’s 260ft waterslide is back in town thanks to a partnership with Dublin City Council. The Communicorp station says the two-day festival will include more sliding, music, entertainment and food than ever before. a crowd of 20,000 sliders and spectators attended which was the first time Dublin had a 260ft water slide going through it. Wannabe sliders will have to stay tuned to 98FM to hear when tickets will be available to register for online. A limited number of tickets will be released each day and will be available right up until the day of the Big Slide, there will be 4,200 wristbands available for sliders overall. Read more and watch the video here; http://radiotoday.ie/2017/06/98fms-big-slide-festival-returns-for-2017/

Australian Radio Station Wins Right To Claim Damages From Caller - A caller rang the 2HD in Newcastle and defamed a presenter on another station, who then sued for defamation and was paid $70,000 ($53,000US) by 2HD in an out of court settlement in 2010. 2HD now filed a cross-suit against the caller, Craig Stephens, claiming he was jointly responsible for defaming Kearney. The broadcaster said the case had cost it more than $106,000 ($81,000US) and wanted Stephens to pay part of the bill. Judge Davies of the NSW Supreme Court agreed with 2HD and, on 27 July 2012, gave judgment in the matter (Kearney v 2HD Broadcasters Pty Limited t/as 1143 2HD [2012] NSWSC 321 ), that Craig Stephens should pay 2HD $47,518.28 ($36,000US). Stephens has still not paid 2HD and now the station has signed over the unpaid debt to its lawyers Stacks Goudkamp to collect the money in lieu of some of 2HD’s legal fees. In a judgement last month, Judge Davies gave leave for Stacks Goudkamp to collect the money from Stephens. The case is interesting because it potentially changes the onus for defamation away from the responsibility of the publisher, on to the caller.

Jonny Gould Has Left TalkRadio In London Jonny has “left” the station less than a year and a half after it launched. He was on the weekday evening show when the talkRADIO brand returned as a national digital station in March 2016. He was the only presenter to have been on air on the launch day last year who was also on the original Talk Radio on its launch day in 1995. It’s understood the decision for him to leave was talkRADIO’s.

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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SNAPS: Radio Days Africa Takes In Production Master Class

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2017 –– Benztown presented the Audio Production Master Class at Radio Days Africa in Johannesburg last Thursday, July 6.

Jan Brückner from Benztown HQ in Stuttgart, Germany, created an audio imaging package in front of a live audience of eager radio producers and programmers and fielded a lively Q&A session. Benztown also sponsored the distribution of Valerie Geller’s book, “Beyond Powerful Radio”, to attendees at Geller's speaking engagement at Radio Days Africa. PHOTO Left to Right - Jan Brückner (Benztown), James Peterson (93.3 KFM Uganda), Nadine Ellman (Benztown), and Tim Zunckel (Radio Days Africa Johannesburg)

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7Manchester Names Ariana Grande Honorary Citizen

 

Manchester Names Ariana Grande Honorary Citizen

[WATCH] 'America's Got Talent' Pays Tribute to Late Contestant Brandon Rogers

Kimmell Investigates Don Jr. Russia Connection

Miley Cyrus Covers Harpers Bazaar

[WATCH] Tamron Hall Lands Daytime Talk Show 5 Months After Today Show Exit

Quentin Tarantino Planning New Manson Murders Movie

Clint Eastwood Casts Real-Life Heroes in Next Film ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

Radio Flyer celebrates 100 years with giant wagon in downtown Chicago

Fox Renews Game Show 'Beat Shazam'

[WATCH] Paris Hilton Teases Return To Pop Music

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WIVK-FM Knoxville To Debut The Tony And Kris Show In Mornings On July 17th

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THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– After a nationwide search for only the fourth morning radio show in the history of powerhouse Country station WIVK-FM 107.1, Cumulus Media announced that legendary radio hosts Tony Randall and Kris Rochester – known on-air as “Tony & Kris” - will be waking up Knoxville as WIVK’s new morning show headliners. Tony & Kris will crack the WIVK mic on Monday, July 17, 2017. The show fills the opening left by the departure of WIVK’s award-winning 20-year morning team, Andy & Alison, who announced last month that they are signing off from radio. In addition, Tony & Kris will be developing a new music-based weekend show for WIVK, with details to be announced at a later date.

Tony & Kris have experience in San Diego, Nashville and in syndication with Premiere Radio Networks and United Stations Radio Networks. The duo met in 1991 after launching their radio careers in 1986 in the Gadsden-Anniston, AL, area. The two joined forces as an on-air team at Country station WHMA in Anniston-Oxford, AL. s“The Tony & Kris Show” ended its syndication run in May, and marked over 25 years together as one of Country radio’s longest-running success stories. Tony said: “When we hung it up in May, we couldn't have imagined this incredible opportunity would present itself "Getting the band back together" and working with a legendary station like WIVK and their winning team is the most exciting thing to happen to us since our first big break in San Diego 24 years ago.” Kris said: “I knew if I was going to come back to radio it would have to be to a proven winner of a station, with an amazing team involved. WIVK is the very definition of that. Add the fact that we'll have the opportunity to feature and break new music on our weekend show and I couldn't be more excited.” Jockline has learned that producer Jimmy Holt (R) will also remain with the show.

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BIA/KELSEY FORECAST: Mobile Nudges Radio Out Of Top 5 In Ad Revenue

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THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH 2017 –– In the midyear update to its U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2017, BIA/Kelsey forecasts the overall local media marketplace to experience consistent growth from 2016-2021, reaching approximately $174 billion by 2021 (Compound Annual Growth Rate: 3.8%.) This growth will be driven by double-digit increases in mobile and social advertising and local online and mobile video, all slated to experience at least a 17 percent increase by 2021. For 2017, the firm has slightly decreased their advertising estimate to $147.9 billion. An overall weaker than expected economy in the beginning of 2017 has led to softness in advertising revenues. However, future growth in online/digital advertising revenues will be higher than originally predicted, with a 2016-2021 CAGR of 11.9%. Over the same period, traditional advertising revenues will see a slight decrease in the 2016-2021 period with a CAGR of -0.6%.

7"We are on the precipice of different advertising channels taking lead positions in the local advertising marketplace," said Mark Fratrik (L), chief economist, BIA/Kelsey. "Although national and local businesses still utilize a mix of digital and traditional advertising platforms, the opportunities afforded by mobile, social and video advertising are incredibly valuable due to their measurability, adoption by consumers and enhancements by technologies such as beacons and data attribution that blend extraordinarily well with today's mobile consumer."

According to the forecast, the top five media (revenues and share of market) contributing to the local media pie in 2017 are: Direct Mail: $37.1 billion (25% share) Local TV: $20.9 billion (14% share) Online / Interactive: $18.6 billion (11% share) Newspapers: $16 billion (11% share) Mobile: $16 billion (11% share) #6 - Local Radio: $15.6 billion (10% share) "Mobile has replaced radio in the top five media this year, but the dominant player continues to be direct mail," commented Fratrik.

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[LISTEN] CBS-FM Hits 45th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– This month in 1972, WCBS-FM in New York City became the place for New York’s Greatest Hits. Some of radio’s best personalities have been on the air there. Their longtime morning man was Harry Harrison, the “Morning Mayor.” Harrison had a distinguished career at WMCA 570 and later 770 WABC until joining CBS-FM in 1980. Today, that slot is manned by Scott Shannon (shown below with Frankie Valli).

Ken Foote, Director of Programming for CBS 11 and TXA 21 Dallas, says there is no way I can list all of the other extraordinary talent that has been through CBS-FM, but a partial list includes: Ron Lundy (L), Lenny Block, Dan Daniel, Bill Brown, Joe McCoy, Bob Shannon, Sue O’Neill, Big Jay Sorenson, Norm N. Nite, Bobby Jay, Jack Spector, Mike Fitzgerald, Pat St. John, “Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi, Randy Davis, Wolfman Jack, Broadway Bill Lee, Patty Steele, Dave Stewart, Michael Maze, Joe Nolan, Cousin Brucie and Brad Blanks.

Foote adds one piece of trivia involving its sister station, Newsradio 880 WCBS, which is celebrating 50 years of all news this year. When WCBS 880 dropped its previous format and went all news in August 1967, a small plane clipped its tower located on Harbor Island and knocked the station off the air. CBS management decided to move forward with the launch anyway… on 101.1 WCBS-FM! CBS-FM ranks consistently in the top five most listened to radio stations in New York - CLICK HERE FOR A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

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Cumulus Launches Digital C-Suite

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces the nationwide launch of Cumulus Digital C-Suite, a comprehensive portfolio of digital marketing solutions. The entire fleet of local Cumulus sellers will represent Cumulus Digital C-Suite to local businesses in 90 markets across the U.S. The Cumulus Digital C-Suite is a flexible local marketing solution, currently featuring digital solutions in three distinct areas that can be used in any combination to achieve a local advertiser’s digital marketing goal. Local businesses can now work with a single point of contact to create stand-alone radio or digital campaigns, or holistic multi-media strategies.

“Cumulus is offering local marketers the formidable reach, frequency, and recall of radio combined with comprehensive custom digital marketing solutions that we know engage consumers,” said Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media. “We spent the last year in market testing digital solutions with local advertisers and have pulled together the most effective products that delivered the best results. With C-Suite, our advertisers can now work with one partner to coordinate and optimize their campaign, messaging, and creative across multiple platforms.” “We’re evolving our broadcast business to maximize digital and social in support of our local partners’ needs,” said Larry Linietsky, Vice President, Digital Operations and Business Development, Cumulus Media. “Our plan is to vigilantly watch the ever evolving digital technology landscape for new products, innovations and opportunities for inclusion in the Cumulus Digital C-Suite.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Appoints Susan Larkin To RVP Post

5THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced that Susan Larkin will join the company as a Regional Vice President. Most recently, Larkin served as Regional Vice President at Cox Media Group overseeing the Orlando and Jacksonville cluster of radio stations. Larkin joins Entercom with nearly 25 years of experience in radio. In her most recent role as RVP at Cox, Larkin oversaw all operations for the Orlando and Jacksonville portfolio of 14 radio stations and digital properties. Formerly, Larkin served as a Vice President and General Manager at Cox Media Group in Orlando for 9 years. Before joining Cox, Larkin worked as a General Sales Manager for ABC-Disney Radio in Minneapolis and as a National Sales Manager and Account Manager in Columbus, Tampa, and Syracuse, among others.

"Susan is a highly respected and top performing radio veteran with a winning track record,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom. “At Entercom, we are committed to being a best in class organization with A-level talent and we are excited to have Susan on board with us at this transformational time.” “I am thrilled to join Entercom, a company I respect as one of the best radio broadcasters in the country,” said Susan Larkin. “I am looking forward to being part of the company’s growing team of outstanding industry leaders.”

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WYAY-FM Atlanta Inks Shannon Burke To Longterm Extension

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has re-signed popular talk host Shannon Burke to a multi-year deal as host of “The Shannon Burke Show” on NewsRadio 106.7/WYAY-FM in Atlanta. Burke’s show will continue to air Monday-Friday from 9AM-12 Noon. Burke joined WYAY in July 2016, after winning over the station’s listeners as audience favorite in NewsRadio 106.7’s Casting Call, three weeks of on-air auditions for Atlanta’s newest talk radio personality, which gave listeners and talk radio talent across the U.S. a shot to host their own talk show.

Prior to WYAY, Burke hosted his own show on Tampa’s 102.5 “The Bone”, where he was previously part of the on-air team on the nationally syndicated “Bubba The Love Sponge” show. Louie Diaz, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Atlanta, said: “Shannon Burke has connected with his audience in a big way. We are very excited to have Shannon continue his compelling show for Atlanta on WYAY.” Burke said: “I LOVE Atlanta and I am thrilled to sign a new deal with Cumulus! Looks like I’ll be here for a long time – Get used to it!”

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NETWORKS: Salem Media Invades The White House

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– Salem Media Group announced that it will host a special broadcast from the White House in Washington, DC on July 25, 2017. The day’s radio broadcast theme 'Made in America' will feature senior members of the Trump Administration as program guests on approximately 20 Salem Media Group radio shows.

Nationally syndicated talk radio hosts Hugh Hewitt (L), Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas will be joined by 13 local hosts from Salem Media Group owned stations for a combined 36 hours of live radio programming 6:00am to 9:00pm (ET).

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PODCASTS: WWO Brings Comic Legend DL Hughley To It's Podcast Network

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH 2017 –– Westwood One has announced a new partnership with radio host/comedian DL Hughley. The Hughley Truth, a new, original podcast produced and distributed by Westwood One. Each week, DL and his wingman, “News Guy” Guy Lambert (R), discuss politics, social behavior, entertainment, and more with guests from all walks of life. Westwood One’s Joey Salvia is producing the podcast. Westwood One will also provide exclusive ad sales representation for The Hughley Truth.

“We are aggressively building the Westwood One podcast platform — and the momentum is undeniable. We couldn’t be more excited to be welcome DL Hughley to the Westwood One family,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One. “DL’s name turns heads, his take on the world today is refreshingly funny, and his unique comedy attracts legions of fans." The Hughley Truth joins Jerry Springer, Frangela, Kix Brooks, The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klavan, and other engaging personalities on the Westwood One Podcast Network.

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X107.5 'Vegas Presents Dave & Mahoney’s End of Summer Luau at the Mandalay Bay

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2017 –– “Dave and Mahoney's End Of Summer Luau spotlights two up and coming artists with IRONTOM and Magic Giant and one of the heavyweights of the Reggae-Rock genre with IRATION,” says X107.5 Program Director, Ross Mahoney. “This show is what Summer at the beach is all about...in the desert!” The Luau will feature IRATION with Special Guests IRONTOM and Magic Giant Friday, August 25, 2017

New to Mandalay Bay Beach’s Concerts on the Beach series is The Beachfront Experience. This premier experience grants guests access to an exclusive area on the Beach which includes lounge chair seating, cocktail service and premium viewing of the show. Guests also will receive expedited entry into the venue. Get more information on Dave & Mahoney’s End of Summer Luau and details at X1075lasvegas.com

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7Country Music's Highest Paid Stars; Kevin Hart Set To Stream

 

[WATCH] Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Streaming Service Gets August Launch Date

[WATCH] Late Show To Finally Air Its Russia Trip

[WATCH] Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" Breaks Record for All-Time Most Viewed Video on YouTube

[WATCH] Country Music's Highest Paid Stars

[WATCH] Brad Paisley Previews Netflix Comedy Special

Star-Studded Steven Spielberg Documentary Coming This Fall To HBO

[WATCH] Car Crashes Through Waco House Renovated by Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines

Michael Jackson's Estate & CBS Join For Animated Halloween Special

Gwen Stefani Sued Over Fan's Stage Stampede Injury

Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition’ Coming to DVD

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Man With Ax Surrenders To SWAT Team After 3-Hour Standoff Outside KISS 108 Boston - Wanted ICP's 'My Axe' Played

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THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– In what may go down as one of the strangest song request ever, an unidentified man wielding an ax was taken into custody Monday following a three-hour standoff with police outside KISS 108's Medford's studios. in Medford. Witnesses and station employees told WHDH TV that the man went there to request the song “My Axe” by Insane Clown Posse. After police arrived, things turned tense forcing them to use a stun gun, which proved unsuccessful. The man then locked himself in his car and began tossing several sharp-edged items at police. The man finally exited the car and surrendered to police leaving the scene in an ambulance. Witnesses said the man likely suffers from a mental illness. No injuries were reported are charges have been filed. The man’s name was not released but police said he is 38 years old.

Dylan Sprague, SVP Programming iHeartMedia Boston, tells Jockline "Everyone is safe! The guy actually never entered the building, let alone our studios as was reported. We found out about the request thing as the whole thing was unfolding outside. He never called in or made contact. Crazy day no doubt. But all ok." Sprague also confirmed that KISS 108 doesn't play ICP. 1

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[LISTEN] Gov. Chris Christie's WFAN Audition Opens With 'Sports Radio Gold'

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Gov. Chris Christie's audition on WFAN New York got off to a rousing start yesterday thanks to one of the show's regular caller, Mike from Montclair. Christie caught heat right from the start from “Mike from Montclair,” a frequent caller to the station. According to mediaite.com, it was 90 seconds of sports radio gold.

“Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents,” Mike said. “Interesting, Mike,” Christie said. “What’s that, Gov?!” Mike fired back. “You know, Mike,” Christie said. “I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.” “You’re a bully, Governor!” Mike said. “And I don’t like bullies!” “You’re swearing on the air, Mike. You’re a bum!” Christie said to his constituent.

Christie is auditioning for the afternoon slot on WFAN, held for nearly the last 30-years by Mike Francesa. Among the many tuned in was apparently Matt Drudge who, contrary to mediaite's 'radio gold' descripted placed the story as his top headline: 'Christie 'Talk Radio Trainwreck.' Something tells us today's show could draw a Christie-sized rating's spike - PHOTO/screengrab - LISTEN TO EXHANGE HERE

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Entercom Reveals Senior Leadership Team For Post-CBS Radio Merger

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– In an internal memo from Entercom chief David Field he stated, it's business as usual and Entercom and CBS remain separate companies until the transaction closes but added, "Today, I am delighted to 7announce many of the leaders on our future senior corporate leadership team once the transaction closes. The list is a work in progress and in the weeks ahead, as planning continues, we will announce additional members of the leadership team, as well as information on a wide range of other important topics as we continue to prepare for this game-changing event."

Here is the current list in alphabetical order: JD Crowley, Executive Vice President of Digital Mike Dee, President of Sports Michael Doyle, Regional President and President of Sales Operations Ruth Gaviria, Chief Marketing Officer Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer Chris Oliviero (R), Executive Vice 7President of Programming, Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer Rich Schmaeling, Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Sutor, Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Field added, "In making this announcement, I also want to add a special word of recognition to Scott Herman (R), who has done a terrific job over so many years in various leadership roles at CBS, culminating in his current position as Chief Operating Officer. While we are disappointed that Scott will be moving on to pursue other personal and professional endeavors, we greatly respect his outstanding leadership contributions to the organization. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."

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The NAB Announces Finalists For 2017 Marconi Radio Awards In September

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Finalists For 2017 Marconi Radio Awards have been announced for the September 7 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Experi and held during the 2017 Radio Show in Austin. Among the top categories LEGENDARY STATION OF THE YEAR included WCBS-AM, New York, NY KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA WBLS-FM, New York, NY WQHT-FM, New York, NY KIIS-FM, Los Angeles, CA

NETWORK/SYNDICATED PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Kim Komando, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment Elvis Duran, Premiere Networks Raul Molina, Sylvia del Valle & Andres Maldonado, Univision Radio Rickey Smiley, Reach Media & Sean Hannity, Premiere Networks.

In the MAJOR MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR it includes: Valentine in the Morning, KBIF-FM, Los Angeles, CA Funkmaster Flex, WQHT-FM, New York, NY Big Boy, KRRL-FM, Los Angeles, CA Raul Brindis, KLTN-FM, Houston, TX Omar “Omarcillo” Ramos, WVIX-FM, Chicago, IL. and in LARGE MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR is Linda Lee, WYCD-FM, Detroit, MI, The Jason and Deb Show, KROX-FM, Austin, TX Bert Baron, WCTC-AM, New Brunswick, NJ. Dave Smiley, WZPL-FM (shown) , Indianapolis, IN and Dave Ryan, KDWB-FM, Richfield, MI - SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE

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Steve Harvey's Radio Show Celebrates Reaching Its 100th Affiliate Milestone With First Visit To Harvey's TV Show

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THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Steve Harvey will welcome the entire cast of his award-winning radio show to his daytime TV program The Steve Harvey Show today, July 11. This is a first-time appearance on Harvey’s TV show by the crew, which includes Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Junior, Carla Ferrell, Mississippi Monica, and the newest edition to the show, J. Anthony Brown.

Also joining them will be Kidada Brown of Jackson, MS – a self-proclaimed “Super Fan” of The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey invited Ms. Brown to be a part of the studio audience where she was able to meet the radio show cast. Harvey also surprised her with a trip for two to his “Sand & Soul Festival” in the Bahamas (October 6-9), including a VIP room package at the Atlantis, with two tickets to all of the events, including performances by En Vogue, Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa and Doug E. Fresh. Check local listings or go to http://www.steveharveytv.com/ for time and channel.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Adam Symson To Assume Role Of Pres./CEO For E.W. Scripps; Larry Linietsky Appointed To New Cumulus' Digital Post

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Adam Symson will assume the role of president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The company’s board of directors set that date for the anticipated CEO transition to Symson from Rich Boehne, who will continue as Scripps chairman. In November, Symson, 42, was promoted to chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day operations of the company’s broadcast TV, digital media and radio divisions. He joined Scripps in 2002 and held a variety of roles in the television and interactive divisions before being tapped to lead digital operations in 2011.

Cumulus Media announces the appointment of veteran digital media executive Larry Linietsky (R) to the Cumulus Media digital team in the newly-created corporate position of Vice President, Digital Operations and Business Development. In his new role, Linietsky will lead and shape digital operations and business development, with a focus on developing, sourcing, and monetizing digital products and services for the radio station group and Westwood One, reporting to Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, and President, Westwood One. Linietsky will partner with executive leadership to capture digital opportunities that best leverage Cumulus’ rich portfolio of assets.

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PROGRAMMING: Joe Haze Adds PD Duties For Star 94.1 San Diego

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced that Joe Haze has been named Program Director for STAR 94.1. “Haze has been instrumental in the success of Channel 93.3 since its inception,” said Rob Scorpio, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Diego/Riverside Region. “His passion for CHR and Hot AC formats along with his knowledge and experience makes him the ideal choice to continue STAR 94.1’s dominance in the San Diego market.”

Haze currently serves as Program Director for Channel 93.3 and afternoon drive host for STAR 94.1. In his newly expanded role, Haze will serve as program director for both Channel 93.3 and STAR 94.1, while continuing to serve as afternoon drive host on STAR 94.1. Haze previously worked as night host at Channel 93.3. Before moving to San Diego, he worked at WAPE-FM and WJBT-FM in Jacksonville, FL, and KZZP-FM in Phoenix, AZ.

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ON-AIR: WNCY-FM Greenbay Debuts Shotgun & Charli In Mornings

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Y100/WNCY-FM) has debuted its new morning show featuring Randy “Shotgun” Shannon and Charli McKenzie reports The Greenbay Press Gazette, McKenzie had been handling the slot for the last 12 years with Bear, who retired at the end of June. Shannon moves over from the 9 a.m.-to-noon slot he’s held since early 2016. The two have known each other since 2005 when Shotgun, who spent 10 years as Y100 program director, hired her.

“It’s going to be kind of like doing a show with my wife," he tells the paper. "Charli yells at me all the time and tells me what to do,” he said, joking. They’ll be known officially as Shotgun & Charli. “Charli is the star of the show, hands down, but I’m going to be the one who talks first after the songs,” he said. It’s a return to early mornings for Shannon, who, along with former Y100 on-air personality Jesse James, co-hosted morning radio shows in Denver and San Antonio, Texas, for five years before returning to Y100 parent company, Midwest Communications, in 2012 to work in digital development. \77777

 

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BUSINESS: Adams Acquired 4 Stations From Red Hills

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2017 –– Red Hills Broadcasting has agreed to sell its radio cluster in Tallahassee, Florida to Adams Radio of Tallahassee, LLC . Bill Fanning of MVP Capital, LLC was the broker in the transaction. The acquisition includes: WHTF - FM, Havana, Florida; WWOF-FM, Tallahassee, Florida; WQTL-FM, Tallahassee, Florida and WANK-FM, Lafayette, Florida.

Ron Stone (L), President and CEO of Adams said "We are thrilled for Adams Radio to be the next steward of these amazing stations that Hank Kestenba um has spent over 20 years building and even more excited about the future of the stations under Hank’s continued management alongside Adams Radio. This cluster is a nother rare opportunity to join forces with a company that has been under the same ownership and management for two decades . These stations are a great compliment to our existing markets and will no doubt bring many great ideas into the Adams Radio Famil . "This is the fifth market for Adams Radio Group. Adams owns and operates clusters in Las Cruces, NM, Fort Wayne, IN, suburban Chicago (Northwest Indiana ) and Salisbury - Ocean City, MD.

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7Beatle's 'Yellow Submarine Coming To Comic Books

 

'The Beatles: Yellow Submarine' Coming to Comics in 2018

Sting Donates Music Prize Money to Refugees

Committee Forms To Draft Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson For President

Ari Fleischer Joins Fox News Channel As Contributor

REPORT:Dr. Dre Working On Eminems New Album

Bill Maher Under Fire Again

Fast and Furious Director Thinks Going to Space Is Very Possible

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest’s 2017 Lineup

Ryan Seacrest Talks Julian Hough's Wedding

Skepta And Mick Jagger Head To Studio For Secret Project

[WATCH] 'Killing Hasselhoff

Bill Morrison/Titan Comics

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Houston Host Matt Patrick Has Passed Away

He Told Listeners On Wednesday He Was Ending His Treatment For Esophageal Cancer

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2017 – Popular Houston host Matt Patrick passed away on Sunday, July 10th. He told his listeners on iHeart's 740 KTRH this past Wednesday that he would no longer seek treatment for esophageal cancer that he had been fighting since 2015. Patrick was 58. Having just celebrated his sixth anniversary this week of his arrival in Houston, he decided to announce the news to his listeners on his anniversary (7/5). In a release, it stated that Michael's true passion in life was not behind a microphone, but 7rather being quietly at home with his family was most important." According to the Houston Chronicle, he is survived by his wife and "best friend of 15 years" Paula and his children, Jake, Alexandra Ryan and Alanna Ryan.

Longtime friend and associate, Cumulus' EVP/Programming & Content Mike McVay said, "Matt Patrick was an amazing talent who I had the pleasure of consulting and coaching while he was the morning personality at WKDD/Akron. This was before the station was moved to a Canton signal and 96.5FM was shifted to Cleveland as WAKS Kiss-FM. When he moved to talk and to Houston, he reached out to me, and we spoke about his transition. What to expect. What to do. How he was always suited for talk. He was a true professional. He was the epitome of a showman. He was a character. He was always entertaining. He was connected to the community and the Mayor was a frequent guest on his morning show. He was a good man. He was a good human. We’re all poorer today because we’ve lost Matt Patrick."

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Famed Houston Voice-Over Talent, Randy Schell, Killed In Skydiver Mishap

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THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– KHOU TV reported Saturday on the death of world-renowned voice-over talent and actor Randy Schell who was killed in a skydiving mishap involving two men. The second jumper has not yet been identified but was treated for a leg injury. The skydiving company said in a statement the jumpers collided after deploying their parachutes normally but the collision caused Shell's parachute to collapse.

Schell’s served as the voice of AMC’s hit TV show The Walking Dead and had also done work for major brands including 20th Century Fox, McDonalds, Geico, Coco Cola and Nike. According to Deadline, Schell also did voice work for radio and TV stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Denver, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, San Antonio, Austin, Salt Lake City, Tampa and for the ABC Radio Networks. Houston talent agent and Schell’s long time representative Jenny Josby, told KHOU, Schell was loved by everyone he worked with. She added Schell had a remarkable voice and was an all-around great person. "He had a golden voice, he knew what to do with it. He was a constant professional. AERIAL PHOTO at left, courtesy of by Chad Jetboy Hall, with Schell shown in circle, from past event.

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Claude Hall, The Man Who Coined The Term 'Easy Listening,' Passes Away

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Longtime Billboard Radio/TV Editor, Claude Hall, credited with coining the term Easy listening in 1965 while describing the sound of WPIX-FM in New York. Joey Reynolds, now on WABC, but who spent 15 years on 710 WOR, said, "I would not be legendary if this man had not created an image of rebelliousness and lefant terribe' in his Vox Jox columns for Billboard magazine which he authored in the 60's. As radio had no common ground Claude single handedly, with the help of his publisher Lee Zhito, cleverly asked us to pay money to meet each other to find better jobs, exchange war stories, eat and drink together in a community which was war torn by payola scandals so we gathered at the Plaza Hotel in NY with sessions conducted by Dr Wayne Dyer and Geraldo Rivera, Wolfman Jack, Imus, Howard Costello, all of these incredible talents with crazy personalities in a glamorous setting at the finest hotel in NY back in the day."

Claude Hall's son Andy wrote on Facebook, Claude died this morning (7-7-17) at 12:02 am at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas after complications from a fall earlier in the week. His family was with him and loved him dearly. He loved his friends, students, and colleagues. He remained proud of radio and music stemming from his days listening to radio as a kid. He sent out his obit by accident in February of 2016... But this time... He has joined the radio waves he so treasured. He was proud of his books that he wrote.... Which he would like you to read.... Available on Amazon Kindle. We are planning to have a memorial luncheon in his honor in the near future." Claude is survived by John, Darryl, and Andy and a grand daughter Maxcy Hall. Two brothers and a sister previously passed on.

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ON-AIR: Frankie 'V' Vinci & Tati Pelegreen Team For Mornings As JAM’N 95.7, San Diego’s Debuts New Lineup

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Hip Hop and R&B JAM'N 95.7 San Diego debuted its new weekday lineup which kicks off today, July 10. The changes include: moving Frankie “V” Vinci (TL) from afternoon drive to co-host morning drive with Tati Pelegreen (TC); the addition of Nina Chantele (TR)in middays; and moving Pablo Sato (BL) from morning drive to afternoon drive. Beto Perez (BR) takes the 7 p.m. – 12 Midnight shift. The station will continue to play popular Hip Hop and R&B for San Diego music fans. “In the last year JAM’N 95.7 has experienced significant growth but with Frankie and Tati in mornings, Nina in middays and Pablo in afternoons we expect to take over the market!” said Rob Scorpio, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Diego / Riverside.

Frankie “V” Vinci has been the afternoon drive host, Music Director and Assistant Program Director at JAM’N 95.7 (KSSX-FM) since the station launched in May of 2016. Prior to KSSX-FM, Frankie V worked at JAM’N 94.5 in Boston, MA, Channel 93.3 in San Diego, CA and KISS 95.7 in Hartford, CT. In addition to her new midday show on JAM’N 95.7, Chantele can be heard on Real 92.3 in Los Angeles, CA from 3 – 7 p.m. Chantele’s radio resume includes WGCI-FM and WKSC-FM in Chicago, IL as well as WMIB-FM in Miami, FL. Pablo Sato is a Honolulu native whose radio career has taken him to some of the top Hip Hop and R&B stations in the country, including XHTZ-FM in San Diego, CA, KOHT-FM in Tucson, AZ, and WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. Beto Perez began his radio career in 2002 in San Diego, CA. He feels fortunate to enjoy a career that he loves (radio) in the city he loves (San Diego), where he has worked as a producer, on-air announcer and mixer at XHRM-FM, XHTZ-FM and KSSX-FM.

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WCSX-FM Detroit Rebrands Morning Show To Big Jim’s House

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced the creation of “Big Jim’s House” mornings from 6am-10am on 94.7 WCSX FM in Detroit. With the recent addition of Erin Vermeulen (L) joining Big Jim O’Brien as the newest 7member of the WCSX-FM morning team in the Motor City, the station is taking things to the next level in giving listeners more variety, fun and great Classic Rock in the mornings with the addition of “Big Jim’s House.

“I am so excited to welcome all our listeners into "Big Jim's House" with Erin V. and Producer Ryan,” said O’Brien. “This will be my 15th year at WCSX. Everyone on the show has a deep felt love for Detroit and believe in where we're going. Our house is full of fun and great classic rock!” "We are proud to launch a morning show that will give radio listeners in the Motor City a fun assortment of entertainment, information and music delivered by three Detroit natives who will feel like good neighbors and friends in your radio every morning," said WCSX Program Director Jerry Tarrants.

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Taylor Swift And Former Denver Host David Mueller Face Off In Court In Less Than A Month

Swift To Donate Any Money To Charities Aimed At Protecting Women From Sexual Assault If Court Rules In Her Favor

7THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Taylor Swift is set to appear in person at a courtroom in Colorado for a trial, scheduled to begin on Aug. 7 for nine days. The case involves the much publicized lawsuits between former KYGO morning co-host, David Mueller who was fired from the country outlet after a member of Swift’s security team claimed that Mueller had grabbed her bare buttocks underneath her skirt during a pre-concert meet-n-greet photo. He sued Swift and some members of her team in September 2015, and Swift filed a counterclaim later calling Mueller’s claims that it was another KYGO employee who actually touched Swift’s buttocks “specious” and called for a jury trial to settle the allegations.

Last May Jockline reported that Judge William J. Martinez issued a summary judgment denying Mueller’s tort claims that Swift and her team had slandered him, but upheld the rest of both suits. Swift and handfuls of witnesses have been deposed in the case, and there are hundreds of pages of testimony, documents and photos that have been submitted as evidence reports ABC affiliate Channel 7/Denver. Her attorneys have argued in documents filed in the past two weeks that Mueller purposely 'spoiled evidence' relating to the case several times, including recordings he made with his bosses that fired him. Swift has said in the past that if the court finds in her favor, she’d donate any money to charities aimed at protecting women from sexual assault. The trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7. SWIFT PHOTO/Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock MUELLER PHOTO/Steve Hostetler

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Bob Dumas Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Former Colleagues & Dignitaries

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Special props are in order for Bob & The Showgram headmaster, Bob Dumas, on reaching his 25th anniversary last Thursday, July 6, with iHeart's G105/WDCG Raleigh. Added props go to Producer Brody Smith and Co-Host Erica DeLong who put together a robust cast of surprises for the legendary host. Among the many, included a visit by Governor Roy Cooper in North Carolina, who declared it 'Bob Dumas Day, a visit from from PD Randi West, former producer Tommy Owen, now with The Bert Show, plus a special video message from iHeart Chairman & CEO Bob Pittman. Dumas closed with "Now here's to 25 more!"

As Jockline reported last May, G105, Raleigh’s announced it has renewed and extended its agreement with Bob Dumas, on-air morning personality for Bob and The Showgram. The program will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m - 10 a.m. Bob and The Showgram personalities Bob, Erica and Brody (shown)

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Names John Kaufman As SVP/Revenue Strategy & Operations; CMG Atlanta Appoints Mark Turcotte GSM

sTHE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed John Kaufman as Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy and Operations. In the newly-created position, Kaufman will lead the optimization of revenue at Cumulus with a focus on pricing and inventory management across the network and radio station group. He will be based in New York and will report to Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media.

5Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Mark Turcotte as its new General Sales Manager, effective July 31, 2017. “Mark Turcotte has an exceptional track record for converting vision into sales strategy and execution,” said Jaleigh Long, CMG Atlanta Radio’s Director of Sales. For the past seven years, Mark has served with distinction as the General Sales Manager of Midwest Communication's market leading properties in Nashville, Tenn. Mark’s experience encompasses various capacities in Atlanta, as the National Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager of CBS' WZGC-FM. He also had a successful tenure as the Atlanta based NSM for CMG Radio's then Birmingham stations.

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BUSINESS: Townsquare To Acquire Six Stations

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Townsquare Media announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 6 radio stations and two FM translators in and around the Pittsfield, MA market, from Gamma Broadcasting LLC and Berkshire Broadcasting Co., Inc.

"We are very excited to announce this transaction which will strengthen our footprint in the Northeast," commented Townsquare Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. "We look forward to partnering with the Pittsfield team to bring our resources, including our digital and live event products, to Berkshire County's advertisers and audience, and further build upon their success in the market." In connection with the Acquisition, Townsquare is acquiring assets including 3radio stations and 1 FM translator (WBEC-FM 95.9, WBEC(AM) 1420, WUPE(AM) 1110 and a FM translator broadcasting at 94.1) from Gamma Broadcasting LLC. Townsquare is also acquiring the capital stock of Berkshire Broadcasting Co., Inc., including 3 radio stations and 1 FM translator (WUPE-FM 100.1, WNAW(AM) 1230, WSBS(AM) 860 and a FM translator broadcasting at 103.3). Pro forma for the Acquisition, Townsquare will own 318 radio stations in 67 markets, maintaining its position as the third largest owner of radio stations in the United States.

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4th Annual Confer Radio Talent Institute Begins Today At Bloomsburg University

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2017 –– Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus Media and Westwood One , opens the Confer Radio Talent Institute today; then ten days later , Kerby Confer (shown) will wrap things up with the closing session. This is the fourth annual Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Lifelong broadcaster and Forever Media Partner, Kerby Confer, commented, “We want to make a difference, to give back and give this next generation a good firm foundation in how the communications business works, radio, TV, internet; it’s all intertwined now. I think we are going to birth a whole new generation of radio people.”

Radio Imaging Specialist and national voice t alent Pat Garrett, Joe Conti , President of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and others , join 35 radio pros who lead the sessions over the ten days; from iHeart, Entercom, Seven Mountains Media, Forever Media Group, Beasley Media Group, Cumulus, and CBS. Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region , should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828 - 262 - 1502 Attachment: Photo : Kerby Confer speaking to students of the Confer Radio Talent Institute

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7Hollywood Reacts To Death Of Nelsan Ellis; Ringo's Birthday

 

[WATCH] Ringo Starr Celebrates Birthday, Talks McCartney Reunion On New Album

Hollywood Reacts To Death of ‘True Blood’ Actor Nelsan Ellis

[LISTEN] Kesha Talks About Awkward Seinfeld Hug Fail

...To Duet With Dolly Parton

Ben Affleck Dating Saturday Night Live Producer Lindsay Shookus

Debby & Pat Boone to Perform Their Hits At Aging Conference

[WATCH] Macklemore Marks Grandma's 100th Birthday With 'Glorious' Video

Prince’s Paisley Park Announces Battle of the Bands

[WATCH] Dion Sues “Fallout 4” Developers For Wrongful Use of “The Wanderer”

[WATCH] Morning News Show Lose It Over 'Self Pleasuring' Joke

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Greg 'Opie' Hughes Gone From SiriusXM

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– First tipped yesterday morning by the website interrobang.com, SiriusXM later confirmed in a statement that it had ended its relationship with afternoon host Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes, of the ‘Opie Radio Show.' In the brief statement, SiriusXM added "that it does not publicly discuss internal personnel issues.” The news comes nearly three years after Opie's longtime co-host Anthony Cumia was abruptly pulled off the show following a series of racially-insensitive tweets.

Opie Radio show regular Sherrod Small (R) later teased on Twitter, “Shows not over, just not on SiriusXM.” Opie Radio has been airing from 3 to 6 pm ET on the Faction channel since October 2016 along with regular friends of the show restaurateur Carl Ruiz, and comedians Sherrod Small, and Vic Henley.

Opie was co-host of Opie and Anthony show for twenty years until 2014 when his longtime partner Anthony Cumia was let go. Since leaving SiriusXM, Anthony started his own podcast network, Compound Media. Opie then co-hosted a short-lived Opie and Jim (Jim) Norton show from July 3, 2014 until October 2015. Norton then teamed up with former producer Sam Roberts and took over the morning slot, as Hughes moved to afternoons. In January SiriusXM renamed the channel from Opie Radio to Faction Talk. In February, Opie joked that he might get fired after he made news by taunting SiriusXM colleague Howard Stern, by sneaking into his 'off limits' hallway at SiriusXM (L). Earlier today, Opie tweeted 'Won't be sitting out long.' Stay tuned. 1

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Entercom Chief, David Field, To Be Honored With National Award

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– David Field, president and chief executive officer of Entercom Communications Corporation, will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday, September 6. The 2017 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 5-8 in Austin.

“David’s passion for radio and business savvy have led Entercom to new heights,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “We look forward to recognizing him for his continuous dedication and significant contributions to the business.” Field is president and chief executive officer at Entercom, the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the United States.

In February 2017, Entercom announced a merger with CBS Radio that will make it the second-largest radio broadcaster, with a platform that includes many of the country’s most iconic station brands and most popular local personalities covering almost all of the top 50 markets, along with robust digital and events businesses. Since the industry’s partial deregulation in the mid-1990s, Entercom has grown from 15 stations with roughly $35 million in revenues into one of the industry’s largest and consistently best performing companies. Post-merger, Entercom will have over 240 stations and roughly $1.6 billion in revenues.

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More Than 40 Chicago Stations Team With Wintrust Financial For 2nd Radio Ad Push

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH 2017 –– More than 40 Chicagoland radio stations will simultaneously air a :60 second interview with Ed Wehmer, founder, president and CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation discussing how radio is the most effective medium for advertisers on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 4:29 p.m. The interview will air on a diverse group of stations, involving all formats, including music, news, sports and Spanish language.

“The Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland (RBC) are proud to unite as a group to highlight Wintrust and their investment in radio,” said Matt Scarano (shown), chairman of Illinois Broadcasters Associations’ Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland Committee. “Wintrust is a valued partner to our industry and a testament to the results that radio delivers for an advertiser.” “Win trust is the second largest bank holding company headquartered in Chicago and it’s very important for us to connect with the local community,” said Ed Wehmer, founder, president and CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation. “Radio ties it all together for Wintrust, and is the most important asset on the media side to achieve brand awareness.”

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NJ Gov. Christie To Fill In For Francesa On WFAN New York

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– Following this week's highly publicized 4th of July family beach outing, NJ Gov. Christie will be headed to the safe harbor of hosting duties on WFAN New York's afternoon show for 2 days next week reports northjersey.com. And could the temporary move turn into one that's more permanent? Mark Chernoff (R), WFAN's program director and vice president of CBS Radio New York, said he "would certainly at least want to consider" Governor Christie as a replacement for Francesa.

Christie is scheduled to sit in as a guest host on sports-talk radio station WFAN 660-AM New York on Monday and Tuesday instead of afternoon host Mike Francesa, the radio station posted on its website. The two days Christie will be on the radio could be an audition as Francesa is set to leave the station once his contract ends later this year. Christie will host the 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. show along with WFAN's Evan Roberts. Chernoff, the station's program director and vice president of its parent company, CBS Radio New York, previously told the Record he would consider the governor, whose term ends in January 2018. "If he's interested and we're interested, it's worth pursuing," Chernoff said in February. RADIO READY?:Could Christie make it as a sports talk show host? CANDIDATES:Christie one of many being considered to replace Mike Francesa Chernoff has reportedly said he would like to have a plan in place for Francesa's replacement by Labor Day. Christie has previously said he has an interest in sports broadcasting.

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Nancy Grace Debuts 'Crime Stories On SiriusXM's New 'Triumph' Talk Channel

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– Sirius XM announced that Nancy Grace, CrimeOnline founder and publisher, will launch her Crime Stories with Nancy Grace show on Triumph, the new Sirius XM talk radio channel beginning Monday July 10. She will also be joined by co-host Alan Duke, a veteran investigative journalist with over twenty years experience covering crime and previously worked at CNN. “I’m thrilled to join the all-star lineup on SiriusXM where I will continue to fight crime,” said Nancy. “Our new SiriusXM show is all about breaking crime news, finding missing people—particularly children, shining a light on heinous crimes, heating up cold cases, solving unsolved homicides, arming listeners with information and CATCHING the bad guys. SiriusXM will allow me to speak to listeners one-on-one, creating a dialogue to impact the ongoing fight on crime.” Advertisement “

Nancy Grace was the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace. A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, Grace continues to be a staple on network and cable news and entertainment programs, dispensing her firebrand take on the modern justice system. Crime Stories with Nancy Grace premieres Monday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET, on SiriusXM’s Triumph, channel 132.

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STUDY: AM/FM, The 'Smart Way' To Add Customers Against Paid Search Costs

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– The latest Westwood One blog looks at how advertisers can turn to AM/FM radio as a smart way to boost customers in the face of rising paid search costs. In fact, traditional media outperforms social, short-form digital, and search, according to Neustar. A study from Accenture also states that reducing traditional media causes search and social ROI to drop. AM/FM radio solves search’s price inflation crisis by driving powerful ROI and growth in customers.

· Radio delivers for an auto aftermarket retailer: A recent study by Nielsen found a radio campaign for an auto aftermarket retailer resulted in a 48% increase in buyers, a 71% growth in market share, and $21 of incremental sales for every $1 spent in radio. · Three case studies show radio creates digital impact: A major motorcycle brand’s radio campaign grew website visitation, Amazon saw the strongest sales conversion from radio ads, and there was an increase in website visitation among those who were reached more frequently by a home improvement brand’s radio campaign. · Allocating 20% of a digital budget to AM/FM radio produces significant reach growth and greater brand impact: Redistributing a percentage of digital dollars to AM/FM radio creates improvement in brand awareness, consideration, purchase, and brand advocacy. Though search costs continue to rise, AM/FM radio remains a stable and effective alternative for advertisers looking to make an impact.

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SNAPS: Doug Gottlieb Airs Show From Israel While Coaching Men's Basketball

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2017 –– Doug Gottlieb, host of FOX Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, is broadcasting live from Israel while he serves as Head Coach of the USA Open Men’s Basketball team competing at the 20th World Maccabiah Games from July 4-18. Gottlieb is leading a team of twelve Jewish athletes, ages 18-35, at the Games, which is the world’s third largest international sporting event, with over 9,000 total participants representing 75 countries.

A Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Famer, Gottlieb is a three-time alumnus of Maccabi USA, having represented the United States as a member of the Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 15th World Maccabiah Games in 1997, the Pan-American Maccabi Games in Mexico City in 1999, and the 16th World Maccabiah Games in 2001, winning bronze, gold and gold medals, respectively.

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FINAL DAY: Nomination Window For ReelWorld's 3rd Annual 'Rising Star Awards' Ends Tonight At Midnight

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THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 29, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its third annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7TH, 2017. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration.

To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself - we won't tell). Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 2 and formally announced on August 4th at MSBC in Atlanta. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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7Kesha Premiere's Video Of First Song In Five Years

 

Book On Rolling Stones Radio & TV Appearances In The 60's Coming This Fall

Cirque du Soleil Acquires Blue Man Group

[WATCH] QVC To Acquire Home Shopping Network

[WATCH] Poland's First Lady And Trump Handshake Fail

[WATCH] Princess Diana TLC Special to Explore Death Conspiracy Theories

[[WATCH] Kesha Premieres Video Of 1st Song In 5 Years

[WATCH] Coldplay's Animated Lyric Video for 'Aliens'

Katy Perry Under Fire Over Controversial Koala Ads In Australia

Kevin Hart Gets His Own Mural In Philadelphia

[WATCH] Simone Biles Surprise The World's Oldest Gymnast On 'Little Big Shots'

Sharon Osbourne Disses Gene Simmons For Attempting to Trademark Devil Horns

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NIELSEN: For Eighth Consecutive Year, Country Radio Still Top Format In 2016

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– For the 8th Consecutive year, country radio has remained the top format. In Nielsen’s new Audio Today Report, it took stock of the top radio formats in America last year, and, once again, Country came out on top when ranked by share of total listening.

According to our analysis, 13.6% of all radio listening in the U.S. went to a Country-formatted station. Country has been the top-ranked format since 2009; the last time it was bested was in 2008, when News/Talk was the top format by share of audience.

News/Talk held steady at No. 2 last year, followed by Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Adult Contemporary and Classic Rock. SEE REPORT HERE

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NAB Urges FCC To 'Modernize' Regulation

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THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– In an effort to eliminate burdens that divert broadcast stations’ scarce resources away from programming and other services that benefit the public, the NAB has launched it Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative. The initiative says such reform is especially important for smaller stations with fewer financial and personnel resources. The modification or elimination of a number of broadcasters’ existing regulatory burdens will in no way reduce radio and TV stations’ incentives to serve their local audiences with responsive programming. Indeed, the incentives of broadcasters to offer programming attracting the widest possible audiences have never been greater, given intense and ever-increasing competition from multichannel and online audio and video providers.

It adds, these dramatic and continuing changes in the competitive environment over the past several decades obligate the Commission, under the Communications Act of 1934 , to reexamine its existing broadcast regulations will ensure they still serve the public interest. The FCC also has an affirmative obligation under the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Regulatory Flexibility Act to reduce paperwork and administrative burdens on broadcast licensees and to minimize the economic impact of its regulations on small broadcasters -- As the Commission has previously done by modernizing certain broadcast regulation s to take advantage of the Internet, it should reform other outdated rules to permit broadcasters to utilize online methods of providing notice, including giving the requisite public notices associated with various types of broadcast applications. 1 READ COMPLETE INITIATIVE HERE

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[LISTEN] Popular Houston Host Matt Patrick Announces He's Ending His Cancer Treatments

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– Saying he had 'Exhausted all options, 740 KTRH Houston talk host, Matt Patrick, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2015, says he's ending his cancer treatments," report patch.com. Having just celebrated his sixth anniversary this week of his arrival in Houston, he decided to announce the news to his listeners on yesterday's (7/5) show.

On Houston's Morning News, Matt revealed he has exhausted all options and has discontinued cancer treatments," the station's Facebook page read. "Matt and all of us at NewsRadio 740 KTRH, and the iHeartMedia family, thank you all for your constant love and support during this difficult time." LISTEN HERE

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Kane Show's Intern John To Extend His Peer Pressure Comedy Tour Nationwide

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– Intern John, co-host of iHeartMedia’s The Kane Show, announced on Wednesday May 10th that he was extending his PEER PRESSURE COMEDY TOUR nationwide. The second leg kicked off in St Pete Florida with a sold out show at State Theatre, followed by two sold out shows at Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky. Intern John piloted his comedy tour back in October of 2016 and had shows selling out within minutes of him making the announcement! Now with a show full of fresh new material he is ready to get back on the road.

“I’ve literally only done four stand-up shows prior to this tour, so what could go wrong?” Intern John’s comedy tour began as way to combine his passion for comedy and a way to help out a close friend of The Kane Show who was diagnosed with cancer back in 2016. In order to help raise money for Mimi, Intern John teamed up with the Fisher House Foundation to not only raise money for her but for other military personnel and their families. "When I flew down to see Mimi, I realized how amazing Fisher House is," said John. “Being able to do stand-up in different Kane Show cities is awesome, getting to do it while helping a group like Fisher House Foundation is even better.” You can go to PeerPressureComedy.com for more information. PHOTOS/Tommy Gatz for Intern John - WATCH SHOW HERE

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NETWORKS: Fox Sports Loads The Bases For 2017 MLB All-Star Game

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– This year, FOX Sports steps to the plate to broadcast its 19th Mid-Summer Classic with support from FS1, FOX Sports Regional Networks , FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports Radio to highlight and showcase Major League Baseball’s best. Superstars from the American and National Leagues face off in the 2017 All-Star Game from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday, July 11.

Hall of Famer and eight - time All - Star John Smoltz, who makes his second start as FOX Sports’ All-Star Game analyst, is joined in the broadcast booth by seven-time Emmy Award - winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, who calls his record 19th All-Star Game. In addition to Buck and Smoltz, two-time Emmy Award-winning FOX MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and two - time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Tom Verducci report throughout the game from the dugouts. Coverage of the MLB All - Star Game begins Monday, July 10 , at 12:00 PM ET on FS1 with a special edition of THE HERD hosted by Colin Cowherd with co-host Kristine Leahy live from Marlins Park. THE HERD returns to Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11 (12:00 PM ET) to set the stage for the summer’s greatest night in sports before pregame coverage begins on the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET.

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Radio's Kix Brooks Working On Another Film For The Hallmark Channel

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– Kix Brooks, known for his Westwood One syndicated 'American Country Countdown,' one half of the legendary duo Brooks & Dunn, and even his own vineyards, is co-creator of Vaquero Entertainment with his son Eric Brooks, William Shockley, Dustin Rikert and John Kuelbs. According to The Tennessean, Vaquero Entertainment’s first movie, “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” which aired last month, features Brooks, John Schneider, Leo Howard, Justin Deeley, Shockley and Morgan Fairchild, and is available now at Walmart.

“I originally was just going to work in the producer capacity, but they wrote a part in here about crazy Uncle Elmer -- and I could not resist,” said Brooks. In addition to “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” Brooks said he also is working on a movie for the Hallmark Channel tentatively titled “Gone Country.”

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ReelWorld's 3rd Annual 'Rising Star Awards' Nomination's Window CLOSING TOMORROW

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THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 29, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its third annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7TH, 2017. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration.

To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself - we won't tell). Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 2 and formally announced on August 4th at MSBC in Atlanta. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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Tony Blackburn To Host Show With Nick Grimshaw For Radio 1's 50th Anniversary

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THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2017 –– The BBC is operating a digital pop-up radio station this September in the UK to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2. Tony Blackburn will be on the station, who will host a live show with Nick Grimshaw, simulcast on Radio 1 and Radio 2 on September 30th from 8.30am. Tony will also recreate the opening of BBC Radio 1, including ‘Flowers in the Rain’ by The Move, famously the first song ever played on Radio 1. This show will be broadcast live from 7:00am on Radio 1 Vintage and Radio 2 (as a part of Sounds of the Sixties).

Simon Barnett leaving More FM in New Zealand after 20 years - New Zealand radio veteran Simon Barnett has announced he will be retiring from breakfast and music radio at the end of next year. Over a quarter of a century of breakfast radio has finally led Barnett to call it a day, opting not to renew his contract with More FM and MediaWorks when it expires. Instead, he will be taking up a non-breakfast position as host on Newstalk ZB.

Shaun Doherty Is Leaving Highland Radio In Donegal Ireland - Highland Radio’s mid-morning presenter Shaun Doherty has announced on-air that he is leaving the station. Shaun shared the news on air, saying “It is time for me to look for fresh challenges in my life, new opportunities. I will be leaving on July 14th. So, I wanted you as my loyal listeners to know that before you get to hear about it anywhere else.” Shaun stepped down as Managing Director of the company in 2015 having taken over the position of Acting Managing Director two years earlier.

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

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7ESPN's Body Issue 2017 Is Out; Garth Brooks Surprises Woman

 

REPORT: Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash Landing

ICYMI: Kate Hudson Goes Red, White & Blue For July 4th Mag' Issue

UH OH: Kathy Griffin Questioned By Secret Service For Over An Hour

'South Park To Avoid Trump Jokes Next Season, 'It Just Got Boring'

CHECK OUT Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Stunt Double Cousin

HIDE THE CHILDREN: ESPN Reveals Its 2017 'Body' Issue

Trump Battle With Morning Joe Spike Ratings Bigly Time

Elderly Woman Whose Last Concert Was Elvis Presley Gets Huge Surprise From Garth Brooks

CHECK IT OUT: Handwritten Letter To Madonna By Tupac From Jail

[WATCH] Chris Christie Gets Roasted Over Day at the Beach

[WATCH] Unearthed Video Of Nirvana’s 1988 Performance In Radio Shack

Andy Garcia To Play Ricardo Montalban In HBO Movie

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NAB Lauds FCC's Main Studio Rule Elimination

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2017 – The NAB has expressed support for the FCC's decision to eliminate the main studio rule. As the its notice observes, the rule was designed to facilitate input from the community and station participation in community activities through physical access to the local studio, and was conceived nearly eighty years ago. Today, however, widespread use of electronic communications enables efficient interaction between stations and their communities of license without the need for the physical presence of a studio.

The elimination of the main studio rule and related staffing and equipment requirements will reduce regulatory burdens on broadcasters, resulting in cost savings and other efficiencies that will allow stations tit commented, this was conceived at a time when physical access to a studio was likely the principal means for listeners or viewers to interact with station personnel. Audiences certainly had the ability to mail letters to stations, but in 1940, only 39% of U.S. households had telephones. Even when the main studio rule was most recently revised in 1998, many of the revolutionary ways in which stations and their audiences interact today had yet to be developed. Today’s audiences are in frequent communication with their local stations through multiple means. Stations have deployed their own mobile applications, are active on multiple social media platforms (often with multiple accounts specific to their news and weather operations ) and have websites with both live and archived content. READ FULL DOCUMENT HERE

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The Bounce In Detroit Gets Foolish; Billy Vidal Adds MD Stripes At Bay Area's Q102; Kelly Mac Named New Midday Host/MD At V101.9 in Charlotte

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2017 –– Foolish (also known as) F.raw will join BIGG in the Morning on 105.1 The Bounce as one of its newest on-air Ambassadors beginning on Wednesday, July 5th at 6am. Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R & B station began rolling out on air “Ambassadors” in December of 2016, mixing long time area radio favorites with a few new names who have moved to the Motor City. “It’s our honor to add one of Detroit’s brightest stars to the line-up of Bounce Ambassadors and welcome Foolish into the studio every morning, alongside Bigg, Shay Shay and the rest of the cast of the all new Bigg and Foolish in the Morning,” said 105.1 The Bounce Program Director Al Payne. “That's my job… making people llaugh,” said Foolish. “Who's next Detroit?”

-- Entercom San Francisco announced the appointment of radio veteran and current mid-day host, Billy Vidal (R), to Music Director on The Throwback Station, Q102.1 (KRBQ-FM). Billy has been an on-air personality on Q102.1 for over two years. The “Billy Vidal” show will continue to air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Beasley announced that Kelly Mac (R) will return to the Carolinas as the new Midday Host and Music Director at WBAV/V101.9-FM. She will begin her new position on July 10, 2017. Mac most recently served as the program director and PM drive talent in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she was the midday talent at WJMZ-FM in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Bloomberg Radio Now Heard On Beasley Boston

THE MOUTH JULY 5TH, 2017 –– Bloomberg Radio, in conjunction with Beasley Media Group, announced that Bloomberg Radio can now be heard on Beasley's 106.1FM, WRCA 1330 AM and 92.9/WBOS-FM HD2. Bloomberg Radio will continue to broadcast on WXKS 1200AM/94.5FM-HD2 for the next few months.

“We’re excited to partner with a global news and business leader of Bloomberg’s magnitude,” said Beasley Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.

Powered by more than 2,700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries, Bloomberg Radio's resources are unparalleled. In addition to Boston, Bloomberg can be heard on its three other flagship radio stations in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Bloomberg shows and short form reports are also heard on over 300 top radio stations across the United States.

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iHM Launches 96.1 Now In San Antonio; 640 The Hurricane Blows Into West Palm Beach

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio kicked off 96.1 NOW last week in San Antonio. The station will continue to carry the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show from 6 – 10 a.m., Michelle Fay on middays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Russell Rush Show from 3 – 7 p.m., and EJ wrapping up nights from 7 p.m. - midnight.

“We are so excited for a new era of Hit Music in San Antonio!” said Russell Rush, Program Director for 96.1 NOW. “96.1 NOW will revolutionize San Antonio radio, giving listeners what they want, when they want it! NOW is the station playing more hit music with less commercials, more new music faster, keeping tabs on what’s trending in and out of S-A, and of course, rooting on our Spurs – always! Welcome to NOW!”

-- Alpha Media, West Palm Beach has changed WMEN from Fox Sports 640 to 640 The Hurricane. The station will still be an all sports Fox affiliate, but carry more edge and attitude. 640 The Hurricane is also the new radio home for the Miami Hurricanes. The “Canes” will join a play by play lineup that features the New York Yankees, Florida Panthers, and weekly NFL games.

Alpha Media, West Palm Beach, SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma commented on the announcement, “640 The Hurricane is like a CAT 5 storm that will whip up the South Florida market with relevant and entertaining content for men. It’s a station designed for the passionate sports fan.”

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[WATCH] Famed Bay Area Host, Steven Seaweed Airs Last Show On KSAN-FM

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 20917 –– Longrtime Bay Area host Steven Seaweed signed off from KSAN-FM last Friday putting a cap on a career that began in Carmel in 1972. KSAN/107.7 The Bone's colleagues, listeners, and Rock royalty joined to celebrate Seaweed's significant contributions last month with the “Bone Voyage Cruise.” Seaweed said: “”44 years ago, nobody wanted to work at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Except me! I volunteered, got the job, and went on to have the most rewarding career in Radio. I have been so lucky all these years to have worked with the most incredible people, at many legendary Radio stations, and with the best Radio listeners on the planet. Thank you, everybody!"

Several Bay Area radio hosts took to social media to acknowledge Bone's career: Shout-out to Bay Area radio legend, hanging 'em up today after 44 yrs. Steven Seaweed is actually GOOD to the bone. "You'll be missed, dude"— Stan Bunger - "They do NOT make 'em like 44-year veteran rock DJ Steven Seaweed anymore. Rock on forever, Weed Man! Happy retirement, amigo" — Brian Murphy - Lamont & Tonelli morning show member Baby Huey added, "Steven, I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me over the last 12 years we have worked together. I appreciate all the advice you have given me, sharing so many fun memories but more importantly being there for me as a friend. I hope to one day be as successful as you in this crazy radio business we work in." Read more on his thoughts about retirement on SFChronicle.com. - WATCH HERE

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Longtime Austin Host JB Hager Joins Lance Armstrong To Co-Host Tour De France Re-Cap

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2017 –– Nice to hear from our longtime friend, JB Hager (L), who says he's in Aspen the next 3 weeks to co-host a Tour De France daily re-cap with Lance Armstrong (R) via podcast. "Our relationship began back in ’96, my first year doing mornings in Austin (KHMX-FM) and Lance was coming off of his bout with Cancer and had just started the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I supported his cause it’s first year and he was an annual supporter of our radio efforts and charity, Bikes for Kids over the years (along with then co-host, Sandy Mcllree).

The podcast features special guest appearances, insightful course previews and race analysis from Armstrong’s distinct point of view, which takes listeners deep inside the world’s most iconic cycling race. In addition to a daily recap of all the action, Armstrong, who also hosts The Forward podcast from his years racing Le Tour. Sandy Mcllree (who now host morning on Mix 94.9 Cincinnati) says, " This is the perfect marriage of a world class broadcaster and world class athlete. Everything JB does he does right. If you want to learn the right way to do a podcast and include video, watch what JB is doing with Lance. Dude is way way ahead of the curve when it comes to bringing high quality video to radio."

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94.7 Fresh FM Wash. DC's Tommy McFly And Chrys Kefalas Tie The Knot In Baltimore

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 29017 –– Tommy McFly (top-left center), host of 94.7 Fresh FM’s “The Tommy Show,” and partner Chrys Kefalas (top-right center), a communications executive and political figure, tied the knot Saturday at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore reported The Washington Post in a lengthy spread. About 190 guests attended the nuptials, including notable Washingtonians such as Veluxe CEO Susanna Quinn, veteran TV producer Tammy Haddad and Ellie Schafer, director of the White House Visitors Office for the administration of Barack Obama. Erin Willett, a former contestant on “The Voice,” and Marissa Regni, the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal second violinist, performed the music for the ceremony. Retired D.C. radio veteran Bob Madigan, a longtime friend and mentor to McFly, officiated.

McFly’s radio co-hosts Kelly Collis and Jen Richer (top left), and Kefalas’s best friends Zoe Shyn and Samuel Ashner made up the wedding party. Tommy and Chrys will honeymoon in Greece in August, with a possible stop in Paris on the way home. A number of radio glitterati attended the ceremony as well, including Steve Davis VP of Programming CBS dc, Craig Wallace of Reelworld, Mike Krinik (Tommy's first PD) with Capitol Records, WBAL's Chris Dachille and Super Agent Paul Anderson. Recording artist Erin Willett and National Symphony Orchestra principle violinist Marissa Regni provided the ceremony music.

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WRKO 50th Reunion Video Now Available

Art Vuolo is known for capturing, on video, historic radio moments and the WRKO 50th Anniversary Reunion lived up to the hype. The best parts of the entire June 2 & 3, 2017 weekend are on video in a special double DVD set. One disc features the Friday night dinner, the other is the outrageous on-air broadcast from the WRKO studios in the Boston suburb of Brighton for which all five of the original staff in 1967 showed up. Included were: Al Gates, Joel Cash, J. J. Jeffrey, Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg and Chuck Knapp. A copy of the video will be going into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

To order your copy simply click on this link: http://vuolovideo.com/reunions/ $5.00 from every order will be donated to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, a non-profit organization which provides financial aid to retired broadcasters in need. According to former WRKO PD, Mel Phillips, "Art Vuolo's 2-disc DVD of WRKO's 50 Anniversary Radio Reunion gets 5 stars. It captures all the emotion, joy, love and passion of everyone who played a part in the history of one of America's great radio stations. No wonder they call this guy, "Radio's Best Friend". If this DVD were a full-length movie, it would be a box office smash." CATCH A SNEAK PEEK HERE

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CONDOLENCES: Michael Harrison, Son Of Famed New York Radio Icon, Passes Away Unexpectedly

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2017 –– Harry Harrison (L), known as New York Radio's Morning Mayor starting on WMCA, then on WABC and later at the venerable WCBS-FM, has lost his son Michael (R), 53, reports Art Vuolo. He adds that Harry's son BJ was tragically killed in an auto accident in 1996. His wife, Pretty Patty, died of cancer just three months after he retired from CBS-FM in 2003. Now, his son Michael died last Friday, June 30th. Patti Harrison says, "Our Family today 6/30/2017 is truly devastated and broken-hearted by the sudden death of my brother Michael Harrison. Only 53 and a very talented carpenter, passionate golfer & animal lover. He lived in Palm Coast, FL and has come home to New Jersey this week. No words can describe losing another brother and Dad, another son. Mom and BJ are with Michael now."

Arrangements have been made at the Pizzi Funeral Home 120 Paris Avenue in Northvale, NJ 07647. Family and friends will be received Friday the 7th 4 pm till 8 pm and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church 199 Walnut Street, Northvale, NJon Saturday morning at 11:30 am. Cards and expressions of sympathy can be sent to Harry Harrison, his daughter Patti and surviving son Patrick c/o the Pizzi Funeral Home address.

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7Fox Planning Singing Competition Series Ahead Of 'Idol Reboot

 

WATCH] Joey Chestnut Wins 10th Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Downing a record 72 Frankfurters In 10 Minutes

Adele Fears Vocal Cord Damage May Be Permanent

Maria Menounos Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor

REPORT: Fox Planning New Singing Competition Series

[WATCH] Fox Sports President Jamie Horowitz Fired Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

REPORT: Microsoft Set To Lay Off Thousands Of Workers

[WATCH] Police Officer’s Amazing Johnny Cash Cover Goes Viral

YouTube & VH1 Star Stevie Ryan Dies By Suicide at Age 33

Fyre Festival Founder Arrested For Fraud

Celine Dion Goes Bare Between Vogue Shoot

Freddie Mercury Announced As Norwegian’s Latest British Tail Fin Hero

Ed Sheeran Planning Self-Fictional Biopic

...Quits Twitter

PHOTO/Norwegian Boeing 737

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ALT 98.7 LA's 'The Woody Show' Ink For Five Year Extension, Plus National Syndication Deal

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced an exclusive long-term agreement with its noted Los Angeles morning personality Woody Fife to renew and expand his relationship with the company. Under the new five-year agreement, Woody will continue his current role as host of the top rated “The Woody Show” on ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative. In addition, “The Woody Show” will now be syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks. Woody will also continue to work with iHeartMedia on a variety of joint ventures and new creative projects, and collaborate with iHeartMedia’s national talent and programming division an audio, event, mobile and digital assets.

“Since joining the iHeartMedia team just three years ago, Woody and ‘The Woody Show’ have made an incredible impact on listeners across Los Angeles,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “With their unique blend of real life chemistry and unadulterated humor, they have become staples of the radio landscape in Los Angeles -- we’re thrilled to bring their incredible talent to listeners nationwide.”

While in San Francisco, Woody joined real life friends Ravey, Menace and Greg Gory on-air for what would become “The Woody Show.” They arrived at ALT 98.7 in April 2014 from St. Louis, “iHeartMedia’s support and belief in ‘The Woody Show’ has been unwavering and I want to thank Bob Pittman, Rich Bressler, Tom Poleman, Greg Ashlock and Kevin LeGrett for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Woody. “Not only am I excited to continue building on what we've done here in Los Angeles, but now with Premiere Networks. Woody is represented by agents Bob and Ross Eatman.

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FORMATICS: Real 106.1 Debuts In Philly

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced the debut of the new Real 106.1, Philly’s Real No. 1 for Throwbacks, effective immediately. Real 106.1 will broadcast a variety of Hip Hop, R&B and Rhythmic music from the ‘90s and early 2000’s. The station will continue to feature Chio in the Morning (R), the popular local morning show heard in the community for 14 years.

“We’re thrilled to launch a station that really represents Philly,” said Brian Check, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “We hear from our listeners all the time that this music is fun, infectious and timeless, so we can’t wait to bring these songs back to the airwaves.

“This will be amazing for our listeners and our partners,” said Richard Lewis, President of iHeartMedia’s Philadelphia Region. “Our Philadelphia stations already reach two out of three Adults 25-54 in the market; and now after our quest to connect with even more people in the area, we’ll be able to deliver even more entertainment, companionship and connections for Philly radio listeners and a larger audience for our partners.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMT President Brian Phillips Stepping Down; Frank Tanki Named General Manager

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– CMT president Brian Philips (L) is leaving after 16 years at the network reports The Hollywood Reporter. Philips announced his departure Thursday morning in an internal memo sent to staff writing, "Today I’m writing to share the news that I’ve decided to step down as President of CMT. For some time, I’ve been contemplating a change (more on that soon), but agreed to stay to help navigate through the recent exciting “brand renewal.” This was a tough decision; I remain a fan and champion of each of you. I love, live and breathe this brand. Change is difficult, especially after all we’ve endured together! Fortunately, we have the best senior staff team in place in our history, and I am confident they will continue the remarkable work we’ve done together..."

In a separate announcement, Viacom's Frank Tanki has been named general manager for the network, in addition to his duties at TV Land. Tanki was promoted to TV Land general manager in March after most recently serving as executive vp brand marketing and creative at Spike TV, which will rebrand as Paramount Network in the new year. Margaret Comeaux VP, Production – Music & Events and Leslie Fram SVP, Music Strategy & Talent will now report directly to Frank. Leslie will also dual report into Bruce Gillmer, the Head of Music and Music Talent for the Global Entertainment Group.

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Scott Herman & Jordan Wertlieb Become Co-Vice Chairs of The BFA

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has voted two of its Board members as Co-Vice Chairs, Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer of CBS RADIO, and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television. The elections took place during the Broadcasters Foundation’s Board of Directors meeting in New York City, last week. “As members of our Board of Directors, Jordan and Scott have shared their ideas, energy, and time to advancing our ability to help broadcasters in acute need,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Their dedication to giving back to our industry is inspiring, and I look forward to their contributions as Vice Chairs.”

Herman oversees all of CBS RADIO’s 117 over-the-air radio stations operating in 26 major markets throughout the U.S. Herman is currently an active Board Member of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), having previously held the position of Chairman. He is also a board member of the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society. To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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Murphdawg & Jenn Take Mornings At The Wolf Orlando

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– JVC Media of Florida has announced the addition of MurphDawg & Jenn to mornings on its Orlando Country station 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW). Jenn, a fashion model and mother of two, began her career with The Wolf in 2015 before making her way across the street to CBS CHR/Top 40 WQMP and Hot AC WOMX.

MurphDawg, an avid sports junkie and Country music nut, has 20 years of radio experience waking up markets like Atlanta ( WBTS ), Long Is land ( WPTY ), and Greenville ( WHZT ). “I am so happy to be back with my radio family at 103.1 The Wolf and even more excited to limit Murph’s constant bragging about his hockey skills on air!” Jenn exclaims. MurphDawg , when asked to defend himself says, “Jenn brings great energy, excitement, and makes the morning show much better looking! Plus, my parents ALWAYS tell me how great I am at hockey . Why wouldn’t I share that with Orlando?" JVC ’s EVP Shane Reeve states, “We are committed to Country in the Orlando market and are here to stay. JVC Media is excited for the future of MurphDawg & Jenn and 103.1 The Wolf – Orlando’s New Choice for Country Hits and Throwbacks.

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'Outlaw Radio' Comes To WNFL A/F Green Bay

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– Midwest Communications announced the debut of Magic Matt Alan’s “Outlaw Radio” beginning Saturday night, July 8, 7pm to 10pm on WNFL AM 1440 and 101.9 FM. Jeff McCarthy, VP President-Programming at Midwest Communications, and Jason Hillery, Operations Manager for Northeast Wisconsin stations, talked about their enthusiasm about bringing the show to Midwest. “"There's nothing like it anywhere else on the radio,” McCarthy said, “it’s true escape programming with an original brand.”

Outlaw Radio’s “we smoke, we drink, we interrupt,” is the brainchild of its creator Magic Matt Alan. It’s irreverent, out of the ordinary, talk radio live from an 1876 Virginia City, Nevada-style bar, somewhere on the outskirts of Hollywood, and features regulars like radio legend Shadoe Stevens (shown left with Matt Alan); Entertainment Manager Howard Lapides; Matt's musician brother Marty, Hollywood producer Frank Hagan; the enigmatic Mark CG Boyer; and Outlaw Radio Show Producer - widow of legendary TV Star Morton Downey Jr - Lori Downey Jr (R).

WNFL is an American all-sports radio station located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The station is locally owned and operated by Midwest Communications. Midwest has a total of 8 full time stations in Northeast Wisconsin. (WDKF, WGEE, WIXX, WNCY, WNFL, WTAQ, WTAQ-FM and WYDR). For more information, visit outlawradiolive.com

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Trainer Puts Kibosh On Radio Host's Motorcycle Stunt

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– Ace, the well-known co-host of The Ace & TJ Show on Channel 796.1 out of Charlotte had planned to live out his childhood dream today of jumping over multiple cars while riding a motorcycle. It was set to take place at Iron Horse Motorcycles in Monroe, NC. That was until his trainer did a trial run with Ace.

Show member Tracey Millman tells Jockline, "After practicing on location this week, Ace's trainer and the staff at Iron Horse Motorcycles felt Ace wasn't a strong enough rider to perform the jump he was hoping to. Quote from Ace: "I was told I'm a danger to myself and everyone who attends if I try to do what I set out to do." Speaking of Tracey, today's her birthday - so happy birthday Tracey - you can relax now that Ace is no longer a danger to himself.

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WIL-FM St. Louis' Bud & Broadway Blow Up Things At First-Ever 'Explosion Extravaganza'

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– At the first-ever “Explosion Extravaganza”, the Eureka Fire Department joined Bud and Broadway yesterday to talk about and demonstrate the dangers of improperly handling fireworks over the Fourth of July 7Holiday. Of course, the duo had their share of fun too blowing up things like twinkies, tomatoes, watermelon, a Man Bun Ken Doll (below) AND a HONDA (shown above & below before being blown up).

When Jerry Broadway shared that he had a fireworks mishap on New Year’s Eve last year accidentally lighting his brother in laws trousers on fire, the rest of the Home 7Team decided Broadway needed a lesson in fireworks safety! Joined by the Eureka Fire Department, Bud and Broadway lit firecrackers, roman candles, M80’s…all the way to gigantic mortars. They did it LIVE yesterday on Country 92.3 - see more HERE

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SNAPS: 1210 WPHT Philly Host Chris Stigall Joins Fox's Boiling On Stage For Book Event

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2017 –– Wednesday night, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT morning host Chris Stigall hosted Fox News The Specialists host, and author Eric Bolling to the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College outside of Philadelphia, PA. Bolling kicked off his “The Swamp” book tour on Swamp Road, where the venue is located, to a sold out crowd. C-SPAN Book TV was on hand to record the night, and they’ll re-air part of the event at a later date.

Bolling went into detail about his friendship with President Donald Trump, which led to a personal tweet from Trump endorsing Bolling's book. Bolling also hit on various politics of the day, as well as the media business, including his candid behind the scenes perspective on the turmoil at Fox News. LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE

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7Joe & Mika Respond; Adele Causes Panic With Tour Announcement

 

[WATCH] Joe & Mika Skip Day Off To Fire Back At Trump Over Tweet Attack

...Mika Says 'She Never Had A Face-Lift'

Greta Van Susteren Out At MSNBC

[WATCH] Adele Sets Internet On Fire With Announcement She May Never Tour Again

[WATCH] Lady Gaga Surprises Students As Substitute Teacher

[WATCH] Michael Buble Makes Emotional 1st Appearance Since Son's Cancer Diagnosis

J-Lo's 'World Of Dance' Renewed For Another Season

Disney: Animatronic Trump Will Have Speaking Role in Disney World Hall of Presidents

LeBron Teaming with Showtime For NBA Doc

Venus Williams Found At Fault In Accident That Killed 78-Year-Old Man, Say Police

Cara Delevingne Poses for Glamour

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BJ & Jamie Ink 5-Year Extension With KALC-FM Denver

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– Entercom Denver’s Alice 105.9 (KALC) has inked BJ and Jamie to a five year contract extension. BJ Harris, Jamie White are joined by Producer Sean. “We are thrilled to have BJ and Jamie stay part of the Entercom Denver family and continue building on their long track record of success!” said Amy Griesheimer VP/Market Manager, Entercom Denver.

“BJ and Jamie are the epitome of what real - life, local radio should be. Every day is a reaction to current topics infused with their own, often dysfunctional, personal life stories. The entertainment that comes of out of the speakers is unduplicated," added Mike Peterson VP Programming, Entercom Denver.

""I can't believe it, Entercom wants us for another 5 years? Vegas wouldn't lay those odds," said BJ. Congrats to my partner s in crime, Jamie White and Producer Sean. Thank you to Mike Peterson, Amy Griesheimer, Pat Paxton and David Field. The future is bright for Alice!"

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LA Radio Icon Rodney Bingenheimer Lands Show On SiriusXM's 'Underground Garage'

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– Beloved LA Radio host Rodney Bingenheimer, Formerly of KROQ, will be reconnecting with his fans as host of a new weekly show on SiriusXM reports Variety. Bingenheimer will air on SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s 7Underground Garage channel 21 beginning Sunday, July, 16 at 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT. The show will also be available via SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

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BLOG: John Records Landecker Reissues Limited 'Hall Of Fame' Edition Book

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder tipped that the acclaimed autobiography of radio legend John Records Landecker is being reissued to coincide with his induction in the National Radio Hall of Fame. 'Records Truly Is My Middle Name, first published in 2013, is tentatively set for re-release October 23. As Jockline reported on Monday (6/26) Landecker will enter the National Radio Hall of Fame on November 2. Feder says the limited “Radio Hall of Fame edition” will include new photos and Landecker’s reflections since he left WLS FM 94.7 in 2015, according to David Stern, co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press.

“This is a perfect opportunity for us to publish all the stories John forgot to include in the first one,” he said. Stern’s partner in Eckhartz Press is Rick Kaempfer, who served as producer of Landecker’s morning show on WJMK FM 104.3 and co-wrote the book.

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Westwood One And TagStation Team For Interactive Audience Measurement Tool

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced an agreement with TagStation, LLC owner of the NextRadio app, rolling out the first, and largest, interactive audience measurement tool of over-the-air FM radio. This alliance enables Westwood One to deliver consumer insights and intelligence that optimize campaigns and prove ROI to national advertisers.Through the NextRadio mobile app, consumers can listen to live local radio on their smartphone and experience synced interactive ads and content. Listener interactions with a call-to-action like store directions or promotions are tracked via the Dial Report® -- the first attribution dashboard to measure the impact of FM advertising campaigns. This rich data is translated into actionable insights on campaign demographics, brand exposure, listening engagement, in-store traffic, proximity, and more.

“Imagine interacting with broadcast radio and brand content on your smartphone. What an inspiration for getting consumers to take immediate action. This capability is now a reality for a quarter of a billion Westwood One listeners who get more control over their experience, while advertisers get massive and actionable insights and results,” said Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One.

“In addition, NextRadio’s collaboration with industry partners, including Nielsen, further validates this alliance as transformative for our business.” “The ability to quantify and prove ad exposure and retail visitation provides hard evidence of radio’s impact, and is an undeniable competitive advantage for Westwood One,” said Paul Brenner (R), President of NextRadio. “We are thrilled to add their scale to our technology. Through this alliance, our rich consumer data is now available for a mass audience reach, allowing us to connect with larger brands and drive new business opportunities through Westwood One’s innovative advertiser solutions.” - For more info, contact Westwood One Executive Vice President, Sales Jim Daunais at JDaunais@Westwoodone.com or (404) 260-6607

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REPORT: Trump To Nominate Brendan Carr For FCC's Last Remaining Vacant Seat

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– President Donald Trump's is expected to tap Federal Communications Commission General Counsel Brendan Carr for the commission's open GOP slot reports politico.com. Carr is a familiar face at the FCC, having worked as an aide to Chairman Ajit Pai when he was a commissioner during the Obama administration. Trump recently nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the agency's open Democratic seat. And the remaining two commissioners — Republican Mike O’Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn — are also Obama holdovers.

Carr is the FCC's top lawyer and worked in Pai’s office for three years, advising the then-commissioner on wireless, public safety and international issues. "Brendan has a distinguished record of public service, having worked at the agency for over five years, including most recently as the FCC’s General Counsel," Pai said in a statement released immediately after the White House announcement. "In particular, Brendan’s expertise on wireless policy and public safety will be a tremendous asset to the Commission."

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ReelWorld's 3rd Annual 'Rising Star Awards' Nomination's Window Closing Next Friday

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THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2017 –– (Due to the July 4th, holiday, deadline has been extended a week) ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 29, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its third annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7TH, 2017. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration.

To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself - we won't tell). Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 2 and formally announced on August 4th at MSBC in Atlanta. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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New Television Show For Radio Host Sara Cox

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2017 –– BBC Entertainment has commissioned 'Love In The Countryside' for BBC 2 Television, a new show about finding love, hosted by Sara Cox. The former Radio 1 presenter and current host of Sounds of the 80s on Radio 2, will join new couples along their way as they negotiate getting to know each other, while the urban love-seekers are grappling with wellies (rain boots).

The End Of The Dynamic Duo In Adelaide Australia - Matthew Abraham, one half of ABC Radio Adelaide Breakfast duo, has announced his departure. After more than 15 years together, ABC Radio Adelaide Breakfast duo Matthew Abraham and David Bevan will soon part ways. His departure marks the end to one of the ABC's most successful partnerships, with Abraham and Bevan first broadcasting together in 2002. The pair soon became famous for their robust and no-ground-given approach to political interviews. Abraham and Bevan achieved record ratings success for the ABC in Adelaide, with 34 number one wins.

Long Serving Cricket Commentator Retites After 45 Years On Air - BBC Radio cricket commentator Henry Blofeld has announced he’s retiring after 45 years working on Test Match Special. Known to audiences as ‘Blowers’, the 77 year old will step down after the England v West Indies test match in early September.

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

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7Grammys Back In LA Next Year; Na Na Hey Hey's DeCarlo Passes

 

The Grammys To Return To LA In 2018

[WATCH] 'Big Bang's' Johnny Galecki Loses Ranch In California Fire

Black Sabbath To Document Final Concert With 'The End of the End' Film

Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for Virtual Reality Concert

[WATCH] Rihanna Smashing Lips With Saudi Toyota Heir

Gary DeCarlo, Singer Behind 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,' Dies at 75

'Iron Maiden' Comic Book Coming This Summer

Apple Music’s 'Chill' Is Set For Release

Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for Virtual Reality Concert

[WATCH] Hugh Jackman As 'The Greatest Showman'

[WATCH] 'Bad Mom's Christmas' Trailer

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SHOCKER: San Diego's Beloved Jeff & The Showgram Air Final Show On KYXY 96.5

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– The venerable, and certainly resilient Jeff & The Showgram have turned in their cans at 96.5/KYXY San Diego. While no formal announcement from the CBS outlet, Jockline has confirmed that yesterday was their last show with the station. The show featured original member, Jeff Detrow, co-host Laura Cain, Emily Griffiths, and Executive Producer Tommy Sablan. Last year Detrow and longtime partner Jerry Cesak (who retired in 2015) were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, as well as, Sablan who became the first producer bestowed the honor.

Will Jeff & The Showgram resurface yet again in San Diego? If history is any indication, don't bet against it. KYXY was one of six moves the beloved ensemble made since first arriving in San Diego in 1988. Their first stop was the former KKYY/Y95, then on to KFMB-FM/B100, KKLQ/Q106, a return to KFMB-FM, then to KMYI/Star 94.1 and finally stopping at KYXY in 2011. No word on who will take over mornings on the AC outlet. We're told an announcement will be made soon.

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KHTP-FM Seattle Adds Sir Mix-A-Lot To Mornings; Eric Powers For Afternoons And PD

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– Entercom Seattle announced that award-winning rap artist Anthony Ray, better known as Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Seattle radio veteran Eric Powers will join the KHTP-FM HOT 103.7 line-up. Sir Mix-A-Lot will be on air during morning drive from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Eric Powers will be the afternoon drive host from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as the station's Program Director effective July 5th. “We’re so excited to have Eric Powers on board to lead HOT 103.7. He is the guy who made all the songs HOT 103.7 now play, hits in the first place,” said Dave Richards, Vice President of Programming and Operations, Entercom Seattle.

“They gave me Sea-Town (Seattle) in the Morning? Wait until you hear my traffic reports,” said Sir Mix-A-Lot. “Who better to discuss home than a true homey. You can’t talk about the town if you are not from the town. Morning Drive will be 100% throwbacks, 100% hot tracks and 100% fur hat.” “I couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this brand and be back on the air,” said Eric Powers. “Entercom truly creates unique audio brands and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m equally fired up to partner with Seattle’s icon, Sir Mix-A-Lot. A huge thanks to Dave Richards, Jack Hutchison and Pat Paxton.”

Eric Powers was one of the first on air personalities on Entercom’s KNDD in the 90’s. Powers later joined KUBE-FM as afternoon host as well as Program Director for almost twenty years. During that time he was also Program Director for KBKS-FM. With the lineup additions, KHTP’s Assistant Program Director Tanch moves to middays, and night host Suga Rae remains in nights.

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Sunni Moves To Mornings With Joe Clair On WPGC-FM 95.5 Wash. DC

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– WPGC 95.5 announced that Sunni, midday air personality and “Sunni In The City” host for WPGC 95.5, is moving into mornings as part of the “Joe Clair Morning Show” (JCMS). WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. “Sunni is the perfect fit for the Joe Clair Morning Show and we are incredibly fortunate she wanted to get up early and make the transition to mornings,” said Vice President of Programming of CBS DC and WPGC Program Director, Steve Davis.

"I'm truly honored to be able to continue my career in a place like DC where I've felt home since day one, especially at such a legendary station that is WPGC,” added Sunni. Sunni has been on-air for WPGC since January 2011. In addition, Sunni is active on WPGC’s Social Media helping digital improve the activity and engagement of social media platforms, most notably Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Prior to joining WPGC, Sunni enjoyed success as a #1 rated air talent in Detroit ad well as New York and Miami.

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STUDY: Pandora’s Problems Stem From Empty Room Syndrome; Audience Eroding

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– Following yesterday 's announcement that Tim Westergren has stepped down as CEO of Pandora, Westwood One's Pierre Bouvard looked at audio trends which show AM/FM radio remains steady and ratings are up. Yet the picture paints a different story for Pandora. Three recently released studies show that Pandora’s audience is eroding. Edison Research’s Infinite Dial Study reports from 2015 to 2017, there was a -15% decrease in persons 12+ using the platform. From 2016 to 2017, Edison’s Share of Ear report also shows a similar story with a -4% decline in daily listeners among persons 13+. Triton Digital, official streaming ratings provider, shows a -4% drop in Average Active Sessions from Q1 2016 to Q1 2017.

Pandora’s problems stem from empty room syndrome, writes Bouvard. Though ads air, no one hears them. Pandora has reported that they are “consciously controlling ad-supported hours to manage towards profitability.” They serve the, “Are you still listening?” message more often to demos they cannot sell so that they can shut off listening to these groups. AM/FM radio is still an accountable medium experiencing growth: While Pandora’s decline dates back for two consecutive quarters, broadcast streaming has seen regular positive quarterly growth compared to prior years. Plus, AM/FM radio doesn’t “actively control” listener hours. Nielsen Diaries and Portable People Meters reporting on actual listening means AM/FM radio audiences are based on real people actually hearing broadcasts.

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SYNDICATION: George Noory Releases New Book 'Mad As Hell'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– On the heels of his renewed long-term contract with Premiere Networks, Coast to Coast AM host George Noory has released his latest book 'Mad As Hell.' In this latest work, Noory shares why his passion for our country’s welfare has him enraged and concerned about its future, and how we can work together to bring about positive change.

“We live in a dangerous world that is sorely in need of an effective political system,” shared Noory, who has authored several books of nonfiction, including Worker in the Light, Journey to the Light and Talking to the Dead, and a thriller, Night Talk. “I hope this book will inspire and encourage people to pull together as a society, and put in the hard work it will take to bring back the America that makes us proud.” For more information about Mad As Hell, please visit www.CoasttoCoastAM.com.

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Radio's Ace To Fulfill Childhood Dream And Jump Over Multiple Cars On Motorcycle

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– Ace, the well-known co-host of The Ace & TJ Show on Channel 96.1 out of Charlotte will live out his childhood dream of jumping over multiple cars while riding a motorcycle. The jump will take place this coming Friday, June 30th at Iron Horse Motorcycles in Monroe, NC.

“Let’s face it, everyone in our organization is nervous about it, but very excited both for Ace to live out this dream and in all probability make radio history.” Said TJ. Everyone is invited to join Ace & TJ as the show broadcasts live at Iron Horse. Additionally, the show will be video streaming the event via Facebook (The Ace & TJ Show). Now in its 18th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show is syndicated by The Radio Button Network to The “South” Eastern seaboard including Charlotte, Columbia (SC), both Greenville’s (North & South Carolina), Birmingham (AL) and many more. Syndication For info, email Adam Goodman at ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com

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KSAN 'The Bone' San Francisco's Lamont & Tonelli Show Packs The House For L&T Ball

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– Last Friday (6/23) at Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA, featuring Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder, performed to a packed house for The L&T Ball (short for Lamont & Tonelli Ball). They exceeded attendance expectations by around 30%. Dominic "Zakk" Zaccagnini, KSAN Program Director said: "Anytime KSAN or Lamont & Tonelli attach our brands to an event it becomes special because of the loyal listeners.

BONEHEADS packed the Concord Pavilion and the vibe during the evening was amazing. Let's do it again!" Show above is a glimpse of how it looked from the stage showing L-R 107.7 The Bone's Lamont, Steven Seaweed, Tonelli, Zakk. For more photos, CLICK HERE

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HONORS: Cumulus, Beasley Among Winners At 2017 Gracie Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– It was a Cumulus/New York lovefest yesterday at The Gracies Luncheon at Cipriani in New York City. WABC-AM’s Rita Cosby won her fifth Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. This year Rita won for "Best Interview Feature" for her Election Central special on New York Primary Day, where she interviewed all five Presidential candidates. In the photo, Rita is flanked by NASH FM 94.7 mid-day personality Katie Neal and (L) and WPLJ-FM's Jayde Donovan (R), co-host of Todd & Jayde in the Morning.

Among the other big winners was Beasley Media Group’s WMJX-FM. Show Host Sue Tabb and Producer Kendra Petrone received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media in the category of “Soft News Feature” in honor of their “Then You Stand” submission. Tabb accepted the award at the annual Gracies Luncheon. The event took place on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at place at Cipriani in New York City. The duo profiled three women who have stood in the face of adversity, who have risen up to challenges and who continue to stand for what they believe in, always being true to who they are. They define “exceptional” in ways that go beyond any definition we could find. Drew Barrymore, Aileen Routh and Mara Wilson, best known for her roles in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Matilda.”

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BFOA Introduces a Radio PSA To Broaden Awareness Of Mission

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017– – The Broadcasters Foundation of America has produced a 30-second radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) as part of its outreach and awareness campaign, which launched earlier this spring. The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides financial assistance to broadcasters in acute need due to critical illness, accident, or other serious misfortune. The goal of the outreach campaign and the PSA is to ensure that broadcasters know about the Foundation’s mission of granting hope so that those in need can apply for aid.

“It is unacceptable that a broadcaster in need may not know that the Broadcasters Foundation is here to provide assistance,” asserted Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “We are reaching out aggressively, across every avenue, to get our message of granting hope heard.” In addition to the PSA, the Broadcasters Foundation is working with networks, broadcast groups, the trade press, state associations, and more to get out its message. Radio stations interested in airing the PSA may download it by clicking on “News” from the homepage of the website at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or contact the Foundation 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org.

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7YouTube Now Claims 2 Bil' Users; Google Slapped With Epic Fine

 

'America's Got Talent' - Johnny Manuel A Glowing Example

HIDE THE CHILDREN: ESPN Unveils Its 017 Body Issue

KEEP THEM HIDDEN: Serena Bares Baby Bump And More For Vanity Fair

[WATCH] John McEnroe Explains Serena Comment "Me And My Big Mouth"

George Lucas Museum Gets LA City Council Approval

[WATCH] Google Slapped With Record Fine For Abusing Internet Search Monopoly

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Fakes Friendship With Basketball Player Russell Westbrook

Jimmy Fallon’ To Launch Monologue Recap On Amazon’s Echo Show Device

Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth Set to Perform at Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Special

[WATCH] Alec Baldwin Returning To SNL

YouTube Now Claims 2 BILLION Monthly Users

Kathy Griffin Complains About Being Under Federal Investigation For Trump Beheading Photo

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Art Vuolo Wants Your Video For MSBC 29

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– BE ON BOOT CAMP TV! This year MSBC will again feature video from some of the best morning shows in America, but "Radio's Best Friend," Art Vuolo wants to feature YOU this year! Even though he can't fly all over the country in the next few weeks, you can submit a video for Boot Camp 29.

7Here are a couple of guidelines: be sure to use DIRECT AUDIO, so it sounds like it does on the air. NO "mic on the camera" audio! If there are windows in your studio, close the blinds. Never have daylight behind show members. Vary shots, close-ups and wide views. Length should be at least 2 minutes, but not longer than 7 or 8 minutes. Please submit on a standard DVD, a computer DVD or as an MP4 file to Art's e-mail address: artvuolo@aol.com. If mailing, send to Boot Camp TV c/o Art Vuolo PO Box 55, Walled Lake, MI 48390 and include your phone number.

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Pandora Head Tim Westergren Steps Down As CEO; Naveen Chopra Named Interim Chief

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– Following yesterday's report from Recode that Pandora CEO Tim Westergren (INSET) planned to step down, Pandora has now confirmed that Westergren has decided to step down from his position as CEO and the board of directors will start the search for a new CEO immediately reports Variety. CFO Naveen Chopra has been named interim CEO.

On behalf of Pandora’s board, board member Roger Faxon said, “Over the past several weeks, the board has taken a number of steps to refocus and reinforce Pandora. As listeners continue to move from traditional terrestrial radio to more dynamic and flexible offerings, it is the board’s belief that this transition continues to present a massive opportunity, and that Pandora is in an ideal position to capture an increasing share of this audience...”

Westergren said, “I am incredibly proud of the company we have built. We invented a whole new way of enjoying and discovering music and in doing so, forever changed the listening experience for millions. I came back to the CEO role last year to drive transformation across the business. We accomplished far more than we anticipated. We rebuilt Pandora’s relationships with the music industry; launched a fantastic Premium on-demand service, and brought a host of tech innovations to our advertising business. With these in place, plus a strengthened balance sheet, I believe Pandora is perfectly poised for its next chapter.” READ MORE HERE

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MIW Group & Nielsen Music Collaborate To Mentor Aspiring Female Program Directors

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 ––The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee and Nielsen Music, a leading industry source for data-driven music solutions and insights, proudly announce the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, a collaborative effort to open doors for women interested in management positions in music broadcast programming across the country. The MIW Group has tracked the growth of women in management through the annual MIW Gender Analysis Report since 2004. There has been a slight increase in women general managers and sales managers; however, the percentage of women in programming has remained essentially flat for the past ten years. “Improving the number of women in programming has been on our radar for several years,” said Ruth Presslaff (L), Founder and President of Presslaff Interactive Revenue and MIW Group executive committee member. “With the generous support of Nielsen Music, the MIW Group is now keenly focused on the challenge of increasing the percentage of growth in this vitally important sector."The first MIW-Nielsen Music Programming mentee will receive a scholarship to attend the 2017 Radio Show, produced by RAB and NAB, in Austin, Texas where she will be officially introduced and mentored for the next 12 months.

This mentorship opportunity is available to one female program director, assistant program director and/or music director from any music format. Interested candidates may visit www.RadioMIW.com for details and an application form. The deadline for submitting completed applications is July 21, 2017. or more information on the MIW Radio Group and the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.

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STUDY: Podcast Ad Revenues Expected To Top $220 Million In 2017, Up 85% From 2016

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 207 –– U.S. podcast advertising revenues are forecasted to rise above $220 million in 2017, an uptick of 85 percent over the $119 million recorded in 2016, according to the first-ever IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and conducted by PwC US. The research, which covers 2015, 2016, and offers estimates for 2017, is the only analysis driven by direct, first-party data on podcast ad revenues, and provides valuable insights into podcasting’s momentum, showing that revenues have grown 73 percent between 2015 and 2016. Findings in both 2015 and 2016 show that marketers prefer ads read by podcast hosts to those that are pre-produced.

Last year saw more revenue generated by dynamically inserted ads for the first time. Direct response campaigns continue to be the most prevalent campaign type, with brand awareness and branded content campaigns increasing from 2015 to 2016. This study draws on historical data compiled directly from 20 of the industry’s largest players and encompasses all forms of podcast advertising to provide a reasonable measurement of podcast advertising growth.

“The IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study proves two things—the whole world is listening, and brands are taking notice,” said Randall Rothenberg (L), President and CEO, IAB. “From the remarkable growth of podcast ad revenue, we’re seeing an ancient axiom being proved yet again: great rewards go to those who surprise and delight their fellow humans.”DOWNLOAD STUDY HERE - OF NOTE: Chris Peterson (R) SVP Podcasting at iHeartRadio, will be among a very special panel of experts who will join with Moderator Fred Jacobs for our 'RADIO MASTER CLASS' session at MSBC 29 Atlanta set for Aug. 3 & 4 at The Grand Hyatt - Buckhead.

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MOTION: Ashley Nickels And Seth King On The Rise At WRQX Mix 107. 3 Wash. D.C.

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces two staff promotions at WRQX Mix 107.3 in Washington, D.C. The company has promoted WRQX Mix 107.3 Music Director Ashley Nickels (L) to Assistant Program Director for the station. In addition to her new role, Nickels will continue as Host, Middays, on WRQX Mix 107.3. Nickels joined Cumulus Media and WRQX Mix 107.3 in 2014 from KDND-FM in Sacramento, CA. Prior to that, she was Host, Nights, on KLUC in Las Vegas, NV.

In addition, Cumulus has promoted WRQX Mix 107.3 part-time radio personality Seth King (R) as full-time Host, Nights, on the station. King’s show airs Monday through Friday from 7pm-12 Midnight. Prior to joining WRQX Mix 107.3, King was on-air at Top 40 station WXXX-FM in Burlington, VT. He has also held on-air positions at: WBRU-FM in Providence, RI; WXSS-FF in Milwaukee, WI; and WMMM-FM in Madison, WI.

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Newsmax TV Adds Talk Hosts Wayne Alyn Root, Todd Schnitt To Lineup

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– You can add talk radio hosts Wayne Alyn Root and Todd Schnitt as the latest radio faces to be seen on TV as they've joined the lineup on Newsmax TV. The Schnitt Show will air weekdays on Newsmax and feature the distinctly independent, libertarian-leaning views of its host reports multichannel.com. Meanwhile, WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show -- a joint venture with USA Radio Network – will air weeknights and features the conservative-leaning Root.

“At Newsmax TV, we hear from our audience that they are hungry for thoughtful, passionate voices for viewpoints that other media outlets ignore,” Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy said in a statement. “Todd Schnitt and Wayne Allyn Root are proven broadcasting leaders and we’re sure our viewers will engage with them.”

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Warner Bros Teams With iHeartMedia For Seacrest's 'The House $100,000 Sweepstakes'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– Warner Bros. Pictures is joining forces with iHeartMedia on "RYAN SEACREST'S THE HOUSE $100,000 Sweepstakes," offering fans a chance to win $100,000 that could be used towards college tuition in the spirit of the upcoming comedy "The House," from Warner Bros Pictures, New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reports Broadway World.. Listeners will be invited to tune into iHeartMedia's 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles, or nationally via "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" today, June 27, when Will Ferrell joins Ryan Seacrest to talk about the new movie and sweepstakes.

Opening nationwide on Friday, June 30, "The House" stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a couple of cash-strapped parents who open an illegal casino to raise the funds for their daughter's college tuition. Today through June 30, listeners across the US who are at least 18 years old can enter to win a $100,000 jackpot "on the house," that could be used towards their child's tuition, by sharing the craziest thing they've ever done for their children. Get more details HERE or at40.com. See the official Rules for more details.

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JACOBS: Do Listeners Trust Your Station?

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– Radio consultant/futurist Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media blogs, We live in an age where elections are being hacked, companies are held hostage just to regain control of their emails, and every week brings us a new story of data being compromised. So now more than ever, the trust bridge that brands build with their consumers – whether you’re Target, Apple, or a radio company – becomes especially important. A recent survey of 2,200 American adults reveals the most-trusted companies when it comes keeping personal data secure and private. Perhaps it’s not a surprise that Amazon is first in that all-important clubhouse, a company that relies on trust in order to support their multi-billion dollar e-commerce machine. Google and Apple aren’t far behind, while social media sites are further back. Twitter looks especially rugged, trusted by only one-third of respondents.

A trust implosion caused by a well-publicized data disaster can sink a company, and its ability to connect with its core consumers. And so it is in radio. Most stations aggregate email databases, but many do not treat this asset like the jewel it is. For most advertisers and marketers, ratings – reach, frequency, and time-spent listening – may be useful metrics, but lack the accountability needed to make strategic decisions. As more and more data provides accountability in the form of knowing who consumers are, where they live, and their behavior, radio lags behind.

From (tech survey) TS11 to TS12 (2015-2016), we saw a healthy rise in the audience’s propensity to trust their favorite station with personal info in exchange for stream access. And then in our newest study, conducted in January-February, we watched it go backwards. READ BLOG HERE

OF NOTE: Fred Jacobs will lead a special panel of experts in our 'RADIO MASTER CLASS' session at MSBC 29 Atlanta. It's set for Aug. 3 & 4 at The Grand Hyatt - Buckhead.

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Cumulus Renews Partnership With IMG To Broadcast Air Force Academy Athletic Events

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with IMG College to broadcast Air Force Academy athletic events. The new agreement renews a successful partnership with the Academy that has been in place for 35 years.

Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR-AM, while hockey games and select women’s basketball games will be heard on Xtra Sports 1300 (KCSF-AM). The stations will also broadcast coaches’ shows for football, men’s basketball and hockey. Veteran broadcaster, Jim Arthur, will remain as the radio “Voice of the Falcons."

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FORMATICS: Alpha Media Brings Jack FM To East Texas

THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, East Texas announced the addition of 106.5 Jack FM to KOOI. The station previously known as Sunny 106.5, has switched to Jack FM. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “Jack FM is such a fun, exciting brand and we are excited to add another Jack to the Alpha stable. We believe we will bring a refreshing new sound to East Texas and some of the genuine fun the Jack brand is famous for around the world.”

“We are very excited to bring Jack FM to 106.5 KOOI on the best and largest FM signal there is in East Texas. Jack FM will quickly take over the adult listeners in East Texas, playing their favorite songs along with the Jack mystique,” remarked Cary Camp, Alpha Media, East Texas Market Manager.

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7'The Voice' Season 13 Start Date Announced; Underwood Gets Star

 

Seacrest Going Solo On 'Live While Kelly Is Away

Carrie Underwood Is FINALLY Getting Her Star On HWOF

Rihanna Ends Longest Streak of No Women in Hot 100's Top Five

Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Future To Headline Atlanta’s Music Midtown Lineup

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in The Works

Nikki Sixx Says 'I'm Unofficially Retired' From Touring

'The Voice' Season 13 Start Date Announced

[WATCH] Facebook Seeking Scripted TV Programming

[WATCH] MTV To Launch Comedy Series ‘SafeWord’

Daniel Day-Lewis Becoming A Dressmaker?

Variety Takes Best Best Website Honors At Southern California Journalism Awards

 

 

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NRHOF Announces 2017 Class of Inductees; Nearly 300,000 Votes Cast In Public Voting

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– The 25-person National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee presented 24 individuals and shows worthy of consideration to listeners and industry peers and the voting results are in. In just three years since public voting was reinstituted, the National Radio Hall of Fame reports an unprecedented level of audience participation with nearly 300,000 votes cast for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The increase is attributed to the ever-more creative campaigning waged by nominees as well as the newly offered online voting mechanism in addition to texting.

The inductees by public vote are: Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks Music Format On-Air Personality Bill Handel, The Bill Handel Show; KFI AM 640 Los Angeles; Handel on the Law; syndicated by Premiere Networks Spoken Word On-Air Personality Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. The inductees by this panel are: Tom Barnard, The Tom Barnard Show, KQRS-FM Minneapolis Active Local/Regional, 10+ years John Records Landecker, renowned DJ, most notably on WLS-AM and WJMK-FM, Chicago Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years Sean Hannity, The Sean Hannity Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years Robin Quivers, The Howard Stern Show; SiriusXM Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct two individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are: Joseph M. Field, Chairman/Founder Entercom Communications Corp. Robert S. “Bob” Sievers, the late legendary Fort Wayne, Indiana air personality who was on WOWO Radio for 51 years.

National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “Each year the enthusiasm and participation from those in our industry and the voting public grows by leaps and bounds. We’re so happy to induct this truly deserving, talented group of broadcasters this year into the National Radio Hall of Fame.” The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago on Nov. 2. Tickets are now available at www.radiohof.org. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum. Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

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REPORT: Pandora Head Tim Westergren Plans To Step Down Once His Replacement Is Found

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– While unconfirmed by Pandora, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, Recode reports that Pandora CEO Tim Westergren (INSET) plans to step down. Sources tell Recode he will likely stay on at the company he founded 17 years ago until a new CEO is in place. A Pandora rep declined comment.

Earlier this month, Sirius XM said it would invest $480 million in Pandora in exchange for a 19 percent stake and three board seats on the company that Westergran has led since2016. Pandora was one of the first to enter the streaming music business, and grew its user base to more than 80 million people, most of whom used the free version of its web radio service. But the company struggled to generate enough ad revenue to cover the cost of the free service. READ RECODE ARTICLE HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kim Guthrie, Dujuan McCoy & Julie Talbott Elected To The Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected Kim Guthrie, President of Cox Media Group, and Dujuan McCoy, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Bayou City Broadcasting, to its Board of Directors, and named Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, an Officer and Vice President. The new members and Talbott were voted in during the Board meeting that took place in New York City last week.

“The addition of these highly respected industry leaders to our Board and executive ranks will further enhance awareness of our mission to provide assistance to broadcasters in need,” noted Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Their dedication to helping our colleagues who need it most is an inspiration that I hope will reverberate across our industry so that we can help more broadcasters in need.” Guthrie oversees all content, sales and operations for Cox Media, including 14 broadcast television stations; more than 60 radio stations; seven daily newspapers, 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services. In December 2007, McCoy founded and became Owner, President and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC. Talbott oversees the operation of Premiere Networks’ roster of more than 90 radio programs and services, while managing business partnerships with talent and leading and maintaining key affiliate relationships to sell and service Premiere Networks and Total Traffic & Weather Network.

To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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Morning Shows Now Spreading Their Content To Other Day-Parts

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 – You can add 100.7 KFM-BFM San Diego's Dave, Shelly And Chainsaw to the latest morning show being spread to other dayparts. Sandiegoradio.org reports their 'Best of DSC' show began airing this past Saturday on the station. The DSC Show is named for its three main hosts, Dave Rickards, Shelly Dunn, and Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph has been a top-rated show in San Diego for over 25 years. The show also features Chris Boyer, producer Emily Maguire, and Ruth 66.

This news comes on the heels of last week's news that WPOC/Baltimore added the syndicated Bobby Bones Show to its nightly lineup. The slot had previously been handled by its morning co-host Jeff St. Pierre. Is your morning show airing in other timeslots, or are other syndicated morning shows filling non-morning slots on your station? Please let us know HERE

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[WATCH] Y98 St. Louis Host Paul Cook Reveals He Has Stage 4 Cancer

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– Our thoughts and best wishes go out to longtime Y98 St. Louis afternoon host, Paul Cook , who announced on the station's Facebook page that he was just diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. “In case you’re wondering where I have gone for big chunks of the next six months. The reason is that I will be getting treated for stage four colorectal cancer. Big surprise to me as well. I have the best doctors, so much love around me and there is no better place to work than right here during something like this.”

Adam added on his own Facebook page, "This enormously kind response has blown me away. THANK YOU for the love and prayers. You've given me so much strength to keep fighting and getting back up again. I'm so very blessed to be connected to each and every one of you." Cook is married and has two daughters, Quinn, 11 and Ryan 8.

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Legendary Houston Host Paul Berlin Has Passed Away

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– We were deeply saddened to learn over the weekend that Paul Berlin, whose on-air career span more than 60-years, has died following a brief illness at 86. Protégé and longtime Houston radio host Scott Arthur told The Houston Chronicle, "Berlin was the Dick Clark of Houston as an arbiter of the city's musical tastes, said "This is the end of an era," Arthur said. "Paul was a great storyteller and a great story-maker.

Having arrived in Houston in the 50's, his stops included KNUZ-AM, KQUE-FM, KSEV-FM and KBME-AM. In a 2013 interview, he said his approach on-air was simple: "Be informative. Be entertaining. Or be quiet." The Chronicle noted, at the height of his popularity, in 1958, Berlin was offered $40,000 - the equivalent of $340,000 in 2017 dollars - to jump from KNUZ to KILT-610 AM. He stayed at KNUZ and remained one of the best-paid radio announcers in the country.

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SNAPS: Texas Storms Play Havoc On Glenn Beck's Family Homes

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2017 –– Premiere syndicated talker Glenn Beck shared a couple of pics from his daughter's home in Texas following a severe storm that passed through the area over the weekend. He posted on his Facebook page: "Lightening struck my daughter's house last night and took out the sky light (BR), fried the electrical outlets, TV etc. Then, even with lightening rods all over the house, it hit our house blew out some of our systems and then early this AM struck another neighbors house and some how fried more of our stuff!"

Beck added, that last season, hail took down one of our gutters and cracked some of the tile roof, while a close call with a tornado pulled off some of my daughter's roof, the storm before. "Why doesn't every Texas home come with a shelter?... I lived in Tampa which is actually almost a natural battery due to the alkaline and water. Lighting there is amazing. Ball, bolt and grid lightening. But in Tampa you just stay off the golf course, and out of the water and you are fine. Here in Texas it is spooky."

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7YouTube Claims 1.5 Billion Monthly Users

 

YouTube Claims 1.5 Billion Monthly Users

The THR 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment

Kevin Hart Remains On Top Of Comedians Chart

Complete List Of This Year's BET Award Winners

[WATCH] Jimmy Iovine Says He Won't Return for 'American Idol' Reboot: 'I Changed My Number'

Charlie Sheen Sued Again For Exposing Ex-Girlfriend to HIV

O.J.'s Partner In Crime Says Another Film Is In The Works

CHECK IT OUT: What These Stars Looked Like Long Before They Were Famous

Bradley Cooper Crashes Kris Kristofferson's Set to Shoot 'A Star Is Born' Scenes

[WATCH] Brad Paisley Coming to Netflix in Comedy Special

[WATCH] Colbert Tells Russian TV Host He's Mulling 2020 Presidential Run

[WATCH] 'Pitch Perfect 3' Trailer

[WATCH] ICYMI, Check Out Jordan Speith's Unbelievable Bunker Shot To Win Tournament

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STUDY: AM/FM Radio Remains Firmly On Top Of Platform Chart

Usage Of Digital Platforms & Podcasts Continue To Rise

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– When Nielsen entered the audio measurement space, for the first time radio was stacked up against the competition -- and the results surprised a few people. Despite the countless media and entertainment options available today,AM/FM radio continues to be the top weekly reach medium.

Marketers and brand managers are rediscovering radio. It's a mass medium that can deliver targetability and message frequency in markets large and small. And as the audio pie continues to grow (Americans are carving out more and more time each day to listen), radio consumers tune in when and where it counts. Listening outside the home and, specifically, in the car is a huge part of the radio ecosystem. This gives advertisers the opportunity to uniquely deliver their message just prior to purchase.

Linked below is Nielsen Audio Today Report which provides a snapshot of the listening landscape viewed through many different lenses - reach and audience growth, network radio, podcasting, localism and top formats and songs.

In addition, as part of the report we took a closer look at who listens to podcasts. The report provides interesting insights it the profile of the prodcast listener which are young, educated and affluent. Below is ?? Do you know your Podcast Listener? Every year the audio landscape in America continues to expand as more consumers tune in to more (and more) audio across many different platforms. Nielsen’s new Audio Today Report reveals that hundreds of millions of Americans listen to the radio each week; at the same time, usage of digital platforms and podcasts continue to rise. The profile of an average podcast listener (according to Nielsen Scarborough) is young, educated and affluent. Consumers who watch, listen to or download a podcast are significantly more likely to be higher educated, higher income and career-minded, making them a qualified—and valuable—audience for advertisers and marketers. SEE STUDY HERE

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[WATCH] KLOS' Steve Jones Lands Star On Hollywood's Walk of Fame

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Rock legend Steve Jones, guitarist for the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, and On-Air Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on The Rock of Southern California 95.5 KLOS, has been chosen to receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame as the sole honoree in the Radio category for the Walk of Fame Class of 2018.

Jones, host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on 95.5 KLOS, is known for keeping an acoustic guitar in the studio and performing stream-of-consciousness songs about the show’s current topic of discussion. The two-hour open forum show airs on 95.5 KLOS Monday through Friday from Noon to 2:00pm., where the only rule is doing whatever Jones wants.

Jonesy’s Jukebox was previously heard on Indie 103.1 for 5 years, attracting music savvy tastemakers away from the “norm” of other stations. The show garnered major attention and acclaim over the years as one of the best commercial radio shows in the nation from L.A. Weekly, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Spin. Within its first year, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” was heralded as “Some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll radio ever!” by L.A. Weekly, which gave Jones the “Best New DJ” award in 2004, a harbinger of great things to come from this true Radio star. PHOTO/Davis Factor. WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

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Casey Kasem's Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Host's Adult Children

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– The tragic story of radio-great Casey Kasem's death and family drama plays on yet again. The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the radio personality's three adult children reports Rolling Stone. Jean Kasem claims that Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem, along with Julie's husband and their attorney Troy Martin, perpetrated a "homicidal guardianship scam" and, per a statement, "chemically restrained their father and then killed him to go after Casey and Jean's financial assets." Jean is also accusing the Kasem children of harassment and making fraudulent claims of elder abuse as part of their attempts to gain guardianship over Kasem.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kerri Kasem denied the claims. "The only homicidal part was her unplugging my father's IV and feeding tube and leaving the hospital with my dad," Kerri says. "If a mom delivered a preemie and said, 'You know what? I'm going to take this baby home. I don't care what you say' and the baby died three weeks later, that mom would've been brought up on murder charges." Kasem died June 15th, 2014 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Kerri and her lawyer, Troy Martin,argue that Jean Kasem's new suit is an attempt to stall a wrongful death lawsuit the Kasem children filed against Jean and Liberty in 2015. "We have confidence that the lawsuit will be dismissed in very short order," Martin says of Jean's new filing. "She has done everything that she can to dodge her responsibility [in the 2015 case]. This is nothing more than a tactical maneuver by her to try and evade justice here in California." J READ ARTICLE HERE

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[WATCH] KSAN/San Francisco's Paul Tonelli Meets Group Of People Who Saved His Life

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Six weeks ago Paul Tonelli (inset) co-host of The Lamont & Tonelli show (bottom right) on KSAN/107.7 The Bone, was playing basketball at The Bay Club in downtown San Francisco when he grabbed a rebound, went up for a lay-up and fell to the floor with a chest “incident.” Immediately other Bay Club members snapped into action, running to the front desk to call 911. Deb Hall (shown above) was at the front desk, and ran to the gym. There, she performed chest compressions on Paul, who was turning a “pretty blue” color.

Bob Young (shown above), who works at the Bay Club, used a defibrillator twice on Paul to help keep him alive until paramedics could get to the club. Lamont & Tonelli invited Neal Grace, Ron Wilson & Paul McDonald (left), who were on the basketball court with Paul, on to their show Thursday morning. They also had Deb Hall and Bob Young join them later in the show. All involved in this life-saving story will be at the “Lamont & Tonelli Ball” on Friday, June 23rd at the Concord Pavilion featuring STYX, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. WATCH HERE

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[WATCH] Ryan Seacrest Thinks Hosting 'Idol' Reboot Is 'Doable' - How He Would Do It

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Negotiations continue with Ryan Seacrest and ABC executives over his likely return to American Idol's TV reboot. “Do I think I will?” Seacrest asked. “The puzzle is a matrix. I love the show. I have great affection for the show, and I think the show will be tremendously successful on ABC.” Seacrest revealed this while in France at Cannes Lions, annual advertising conference where he joined with other top iHeart executives. In explaining how he'd manage his multiple gigs in taking on this role, Variety says he’d fly from New York to L.A. to host the live talent show, and then back again on a redeye. “That is one of the things I’m looking at, just on my globe, just what time the show ends and what time I start the next day in New York,” Seacrest said in an interview at the Variety Studio. “I think it’s doable.”

But will the show be different? “I think there are tweaks that the show will make and can make to update itself for 2017," he said. "But at the core, the format is the format — that’s the strength of the show: the story telling and the talent… So I don’t think you reinvent the wheel.” “The Voice” recently claimed Kelly Clarkson as a judge on the NBC rival show, even though “Idol” had been wooing her, too. “Was I bummed?” Seacrest said. “I’m happy if she’s doing what she wants to do and she’s happy. That first season was pretty special. I’ve always been a fan of hers.” He added, “She’s going to be great on ‘The Voice.'” Instead, ABC locked in Katy Perry as one of the new “Idol” judges. Seacrest said he has ideas for who should join her in the other two seats. WATCH HERE

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WCBS Newsradio 880 To Present '50 Years Of News' Event With Special Performance By Tony Bennett

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Hosted by 880AM’s Wayne Cabot and Alex Silverman, the event will celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary by bringing together some 7of NYC’s most notable names in news, politics, sports and entertainment. The evening will close with a special interview and song performance by the legendary Tony Bennett. “Newsradio 880 is a trusted New York City news outlet with a rich history and legacy of delivering up-to-the-minute news,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President/Market Manager CBS RADIO New York. “We are proud to be a part of the fabric of New York and will continue to tell the stories of the people, places and happenings from all around this great city.”

Throughout the evening, WCBS 880AM will welcome a range of memorable personalities who will share stories that have shaped New York City over the last 50 years. Station personalities including Craig Allen, Joe Connolly, Pat Farnack, Brad Heller, Tom Kaminski, Paul Murnane, Steve Scott and Michael Wallace will take part in the program. Among the special guests sharing their New York stories on stage will be Jeff Fager and Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes), former New York Giants Co-Captain George Martin, Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer, and former New York Mets Manager Bobby Valentine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Exploring the Arts Foundation, Tony Bennett’s charity organization dedicated to transforming the lives of young people through arts education. PHOTO/shutterstock

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ON-AIR: Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Lands Show On MSNBC TV; Carolina Joins As MD/Midday Host On WZBH Salisbury/Ocean City; Maze Crosses The Hall For Afternoons

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Salem Medla's Hugh Hewitt is joining MSNBC's Saturday morning lineup report The Hollywood Reporter. Hewitt's show will air on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., starting June 24, as part of an expansion of the network's weekend programming in July. Standard Media Index released a report showing that MSNBC has enjoyed a 43% 7year-over-year increase in ad rates, besting gains for Fox News and CNN.

-- Active Rock WZBH (93.5 THE BEACH) PD JOHNNY MAZE checks in to announce that Carolina (L) has joined as the new Music Director/middays on WZBH. She comes from sister Adams Las Cruces cluster where she was on air at KHQT/KSNM. Previous experience includes her time at KFMA in Tuscon, AZ. Meanwhile, Maze crosses the hall where he was on the air in afternoons at sister Classic Rock WGBG BIG 98.5 to host now host afternoons on The Beach.

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Country Radio Broadcasters Induct the Class of 2017 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2017 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. inducted the Class of 2017 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame Wednesday night, June 21, at the Marriott Nashville. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees who were honored during last night's ceremony are Tim Closson, Charlie Ochs, and Mel Owens in the radio category and Joe Wade Formicola (posthumously), Linda Lee (posthumously), Jim Mantel, and The Good Morning Guys (Todd Harding, Susan Moore, Brian Gary) in the on-air category. Additionally, Martina McBride was honored with the 2017 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Mike Dungan was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Award.

The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and more. Michigan native Kid Rock made a special appearance to speak in honor of Hall of Fame inductee, Linda Lee. For information about the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487. Pictured L to R: 2017 Class of Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees: Mel Owens, Charlie Ochs, Todd Harding (The Good Morning Guys), Susan Moore (The Good Morning Guys), Brian Gary (The Good Morning Guys), Tim Closson, and Jim Mantel. Photo credit: Angelea Presti

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7Katy Perry Makes Chart History; Stephen Colbert In Russia?

 

Katy Perry Makes Chart History With Third Diamond Song Award

Stephen Colbert In Russia, Will Bring Back Donald Trump Tapes Of James Comey Talks

REPORT: Apple Seeking Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labels

NO, REALLY: Bill Cosby Planning Motivational Speaking Tour

Gene Simmons Withdraws 'Devil Horns' Application

Demario Jackson Declines Invite Back to BIP

Jimmy Fallon Announces New Children’s Book

J-LO To Star In New Comedy 'Second Act'

SOURCES: Amazon To Charge $2.8 Million For NFL Ad Packages

The Jurassic World Sequel With New Sequel Title And Poster

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Kicks 101.5 Atlanta Teams Ali Mac & CJ With Caddy In Mornings; Dallas Takes Middays

Search On For New Afternoon Host

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– As Jockline reported earlier this week, longtime morning co-host Dallas (BR) took over MD duties at Kicks 101.5 Atlanta with word that a new morning lineup would be announced today. True to their word, Cumulus announced this morning that CJ from Afternoons and Ali Mac from middays would both be moving to mornings to join Caddy. And to help manage her new MD duties, Dallas will slide up to middays. The search is now on for an afternoon 7talent

"I’ve known for about two weeks that Dallas was going to accept the position of Music Director at KICKS 1015," said Caddy. "I could not be more proud of her – she has an ear for music and will also be heard during your workday from 10a-3p weekdays. Dallas will remain one of my dearest friends as she has been for nearly two decades."

"It took no time at all to realize that the morning show could be completed with two very talented personalities already on the KICKS 1015 Air Force. Welcome CJ (former host of the “More Music Drive Home”) and Ali Mac (who hosted “At Work With Ali Mac”) to the Cadillac Jack Morning Show! " 1

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Damon & Cory Headed To Mornings On Country 92.5 Hartford

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 ––Country 92-5, Connecticut Country Music, announced today the debut of its new morning show “Damon & Cory,” effective July 5. Hosted by Connecticut radio veteran Damon Scott and long-time morning host Cory Myers, “We are excited that a well-known local personality like Damon Scott is joining long-time morning host, Cory Myers, on Country 92-5,” said Steve Honeycomb, President of iHeartMedia’s Hartford Region.

Scott has served as Afternoon Drive Personality at WTIC-FM for the past 27 years. Additionally, Scott serves as Master of Ceremonies for the Hartford Wolf Pack ice hockey home games. “When you leave on a high note after 27 successful years, you need a special plan for your return,” said Scott. “I am excited to take the next step by joining Country 92-5 and the iHeartMedia Hartford team.”

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STUDY: Smart Speakers Are Bringing Audio Back To People's Homes

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– According to The Infinite Dial 2017, 7% of Americans 12+ own a “Smart Speaker,” the category of voice-controlled devices that includes the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Now, for the first time, a new study from NPR and Edison Research reveals the habits and behaviors of Smart Speaker owners. This study, entitled “The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research,” reveals that 70% of Smart Speaker owners say they are listening to more audio at home since acquiring their device. In addition, 65% of Smart Speaker owners indicate that they would not want to go back 7to their lives before getting one of these devices. Indeed, 42% of owners say that their device is now “essential” to their everyday lives. One of the more intriguing findings was the appeal of these devices to parents. Eight in ten parents say these devices have made it easier to entertain their children, and nearly 90% say their children enjoy Smart Speakers.

Although Smart Speakers have not been around for very long, nearly one in five owners say that these devices are the way that they most often listen to audio,” noted Edison VP of Strategy Tom Webster. “The frictionless way in which these devices enable audio consumption is already changing listening behaviors, and potentially increasing audio consumption overall.”

The Smart Audio Report, from NPR and Edison Research, contains numerous insights that have never before been reported on audio consumption, usage behaviors, ties to Smart home technology and more. The study was presented for the first time at the RAIN Podcast Business Summit in New York. A full report on the findings will be available to download from Edison Research after a public webinar happening Wednesday, June 28, from 2-3PM ET. Register for the webinar HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Caroline Beasley Elected As NAB Joint Board Chair

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– -Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group, has been unanimously elected as NAB joint board chair by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Beasley takes over from Dave Lougee, president and CEO of TEGNA Media, whose term expired. Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, was elected as NAB Television Board Chairman. Emily Barr, president and CEO, Graham Media Group, was elected first vice chair of the Television Board, and Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO, Quincy Media, Inc., was elected as second vice chair.

It was announced that Joseph M. Di Scipio, senior vice president, Legal and FCC Compliance, Fox Television Stations, LLC, was appointed to the designated network seat on the TV executive committee. Randy D. Gravley, president and CEO, Tri State Communications Inc., was elected Radio Board Chair by the NAB Radio Board. Mary Quass, president and CEO of NRG Media LLC, was re-elected Radio Board first vice chairman, while Beth Neuhoff, president and CEO of Neuhoff Communications, was re-elected Radio Board second vice chairman. Kim Guthrie, president of Cox Media Group, was elected to the Radio Board's major group representative seat. The Board elections took place at the NAB Board of Directors meeting, held June 20-21 in Washington, D.C.

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PODCASTS: iHeart Debuts All-New Celebrity Podcast Series 'Label Defiers'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– Launched on Wednesday with Miley Cyrus as the debut guest to kick off a series of intimate, raw and unfiltered conversations. Hosted by the syndicated radio host Elvis Duran, the bi-weekly podcast features stars discussing how they perceive their own labels, challenges they’ve faced, and their idiosyncrasies.

Essentially, they are debunking public perception and talking directly to their fans about who they really are, instead of the familiar labels they’ve acquired through fame. With regard to her own childhood, Miley told Elvis, "When you're in this industry, adults treat kids like adults. I think the way people judge you or people would write articles on me when I was a kid going through the times of having crazy breakouts or going through break ups or whatever I was going through, people would treat me like I could handle those comments as an adult, like I had this thick skin." LISTEN HERE

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Guns N' Roses to Perform Private Concert For SiriusXM

Concert To Air Live On Band's Limited-run SiriusXM Channel And Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band Guns N' Roses will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20. Howard Stern made the announcement today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N' Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band's North American "Not In This Lifetime" tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM's Guns N' Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel.

SiriusXM has presented special, private concerts at the Apollo Theater with Paul McCartney in 2010, Bruce Springsteen in 2012, Metallica in 2013 and James Taylor in 2015. For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

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SNAPS: iHeartMedia & Media Link Host A VIP Dinner At Cannes International Creativity Fest

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– . The Weeknd Last night – Tuesday, June 20, for the 6th year in a row, iHeartMedia and MediaLink hosted an intimate VIP Dinner, featuring a special performance by The Weeknd in Antibes, France at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Michael Kassan, CEO of MediaLink and Wenda Harris Millard, President and COO of MediaLink hosted the party which brings together the senior most influential decision makers and thought leaders in the media ecosystem including brand, agency, media, emerging technology, and financial executives. Guest attendees included an array of celebrities, business leaders and advertising partners. The event took place at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France on June 20, 2017 .

PHOTO/Anthony Li, Halsey’s Manager; Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia; Halsey, Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; and Greg Marella, EVP of Promotion for Capitol Music Group(Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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Radio Exec Receives Award From The Queen

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2017 –– Ashley Tabor (L), the founder and Executive President of Global Radio in the UK has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s birthday honors. Ashley is the man behind the biggest commercial radio group in the UK. Global bought local radio stations across the UK consolidating resources and networking programs out of London resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Irish Radio The Big Winners In New York - All the winners have been announced for the 2017 New York Radio Festivals Awards. 47 out of the 337 worldwide winners are from Ireland, with RTÉ once again taking home the majority of the awards, including being crowned Radio Broadcaster of the Year worldwide. Ireland got 12 Gold Awards altogether – seven for Radio 1, two for lyric fm, one for RTÉ Radio, one for Classic Hits 4FM and one for Newstalk. Read more HERE

Australian Host Swaps Mic For Mom Duties - On Australia’s Sunshine Coast, Hot 91.1 breakfast host Ash Gierke is involved in a social experiment. She’s traded lives with listener and mother of two Fiona for a week. Ash isn’t a parent herself, recently made a number of comments on-air about parenting. She’ll now get to experience the life of a Sunshine Coast mother firsthand as she plays ‘Radio Mum’ to active 8 and 10 year old boys, juggling Fiona’s duties at home and as an active participant in her kids school and sporting activities. Fiona is on the air. “It was a pretty crazy morning,” Fiona said in a Facebook live video post-show. “I was up at 3.30am, with all of four or five hours sleep, which most mums will know what that feels like anyway.” Fuelled by a caffeine dose from her co-hosts Dave Matthews and Sam Coward – a step up from her regular half-strength coffee – ‘Mama Fi’ covered a host of topics from random hair stories to breast screening in her first morning on-air. Read more and follow Ash and Fiona’s life swap on their website HERE

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Listen To Simon Cowell's Star Studded Grenfell Charity Single

[LISTEN] Simon Cowell's Star-Stuffed Grenfell Tower Charity Single

Chris Cornell, Jamey Johnson To Perform On New Johnny Cash Album

Leslie Moonves Must Turn Over Records in Sumner Redstone Fight With Ex-Girlfriends

[WATCH] George Clooney Sells His Tequila Business For Up To A BILLION Dollars

[WATCH] Will Ferrell Surprises Student With $100,000 On TODAY

[WATCH] James Corden Sends Trump 297 Copies of ‘Philadelphia’ To School Him On HIV, AIDS

Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and More Nominees Revealed For 2017 ESPYS Nominations

[WATCH] Ice Cube Gives Stephen Colbert A Rap Name

[WATCH] Science Channel to go live for 'The Great American Eclipse'

'World Of Dance' Lands Misty Copeland As A Guest Judge

EW With Photos of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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Manager Disputes Former Host's Claims Of Being Fired Over Trump Criticism

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 – The general manager of Pennsylvania's WTPA-FM is denying a former host's claims that he lost his job for criticizing President Trump reports Fox News. In a story that spread nationally (likely due to the Trump connection) former WTPA host Bruce Bond told Fox News he felt he was 'forced to quit' after being told four times he had to refrain from political commentary on his talk show.

"I just cannot go on any longer doing this radio show if I can’t be honest and I don’t want to be walking on eggshells in case the subject of Donald trump comes up," Bond said. However, the station's general manager told Fox News he warned Bond "multiple times" to refrain from all political talk -- whether it be pro or against Trump.

"Bruce was hired to do an entertainment based show and he was cautioned many times in making political comments," WTPA's general manager Tim Michaels told Fox. "Because we wanted to be welcoming to anyone listening to our station and we don’t want to offend anybody because obviously there are people from all political affiliations listening to classic rock." Michaels said his "directive was not don’t talk disparagingly about Trump. It was don’t talk about politics at all." Michaels also revealed he received "numerous calls from listeners that were offended by Bruce's program who were threatening actions against the station which prompted me to again bring this to his attention." Michaels said the station has accepted his resignation and wishes him well. PHOTO/Bond Twitter

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Amazon's Alexa Now Plays SiriusXM's 200+ Channels

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– SiriusXM announced that its 200+ channels – featuring Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more – are now available to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa. Howard Stern announced the new SiriusXM skill for Amazon Alexa live on The Howard Stern Show on Stern's exclusive SiriusXM channel. Customers can simply ask Alexa to play SiriusXM channels by saying, for example, "Alexa, play… …Howard Stern… …Alt Nation… …The Beatles Channel… etc.

SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers will get easy access to exclusive music and entertainment, including Howard Stern's two exclusive channels, commercial-free music from multiple genres, plus news from respected national outlets, exclusive talk and entertainment, a broad range of comedy, sports talk and more.

"We are delighted that customers can now enjoy SiriusXM's exclusive shows, live sports, music, and news through Alexa," said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. "Music, news, and sports are already some of the most popular categories of content on Alexa, and SiriusXM brings even more choices to customers. People with an Alexa device and a SiriusXM trial or paid subscription can simply enable the SiriusXM skill for Amazon Alexa, link their accounts and start listening at home or on-the-go with Alexa." Customers can sampleSiriusXM by setting up their streaming log in or signing up for a trial at www.SiriusXM.com/amazonalexa.

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Orlando Radio Legend Jim Philips Announces 'He's Leaving The Business' In January

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Jim Philips, who's ruled the airwaves in Central Florida for 30 years, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the business in January reports The Orlando Sentinel. “I’m retiring. I’m not retiring from life, I’m just retiring from this business,” he told listeners of “The Philips Phile” on Real Radio 104.1. “Everything I can do on the air I’ve done,” he said. Philips, who turns 70 in November, said he had been thinking about retirement for a while and met with management on Tuesday about his decision. He said he had a great career and the company left him alone because he brought the ratings.

“I don’t want a roast, and I don’t want a going-away party,” he said, citing his “Irish stoicism.” He said he doesn’t want attention because it makes him uncomfortable. Philips began radio in Central Florida in 1972.

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Erin Vermeulen Joins Big Jim O'Brien For Mornings On WCSX-FM Detroit

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced that Erin Vermeulen will be joining Big Jim O’Brien as the newest member of the WCSX-FM morning team in the Motor City. She will begin her new position on Monday, July 10th, 2017. Vermeulen, who began her career at the former 1310 WYUR in Detroit, most recently was heard on the air as a member of the Bill Handel Morning Show at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. Previous to that, she worked in South Africa, Dubai, Cairo, Denver and Phoenix.

“Choosing a native Detroiter with a wealth of global experience was a no-brainer for us,” said WCSX-FM Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Erin will be a great on-air compliment and partner to Big Jim O’Brien. We’re so excited to bring this combined talent to the air waves of the Motor City.”

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Peter Thiele Named PD For Little Rock’s Newradio 102.9 KARN; Rex Long To Program And Handle Air Shift For 98.9 Magic Colorado Springs

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named Peter Thiele as Program Director for Newsradio 102.9 KARN in Little Rock, AR. Thiele, who has successfully programmed numerous spoken-word radio stations, has held previous positions leading award-winning teams in New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, and Huntsville, AL. His teams have won numerous AP Awards and a New York Broadcasters Award.

Cumulus Media also announced that it has appointed programmer and on-air personality Rex Long as Program Director and On-Air Talent for 98.9 Magic FM in Colorado Springs, CO. Long joins 98.9 Magic FM from Cumulus Media-Montgomery, AL, where he has been Program Director for the past seven years at CHR station Y-102 (WHHY-FM). He was also Program Director for Cumulus CHR station KCDD-FM in Abilene, TX. Long started his radio career in Dallas, TX, as On-Air Talent and Program Producer at Kiss-FM (KHKS-FM). The appointment is effective Monday, June 26, 2017. PHOTO/ Rex Long (Left), with Train's Pat Monahan (Right).

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Nielsen Tracks Summer 2017 Radio Listening; Classic Rock Paces Past Last Year's Numbers

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Each year during the summer, radio habits change and certain formats see a seasonal increase in audience that’s unique to the warm weather months. And each year, Nielsen tracks these developments by naming the format that grows its audience the most the format of the summer. With the summer of 2017 upon us—and the release of Nielsen’s May portable people meter (PPM) ratings—it’s useful to read a bit of the tea leaves in the data trends as we look ahead to the season.

Overall, Nielsen shows that Classic Rock—last summer’s outstanding format—surging and already outpacing last year’s numbers. A year ago in May 2016, the Classic Rock format had a 5.1% share of the listening audience (persons 6+). At the same time, Urban Contemporary is quietly setting some new benchmarks, tying the all-time mark this month in total listener share. When we dive into the results among Millennial listeners (18-34 year-olds), Urban Contemporary jumps to the top of this small analysis, and again sets a new record this month with a 7.0% share, up from 6.5% in May 2016. Country is also growing its Millennial audience, which increased from 7.2% in the Holiday book to 8.7% in May.

And finally on a 25-to-54 audience basis, Country remains at the top of this summer horse-race pack, moving up one-10th of a share-point in each of the past few months. Classic Rock is also moving steadily upward, while Classic Hits has been up and then down. We also see that Urban Contemporary set another new record in May among 25-54 year-olds. Over the next three summer ratings books (June through August), we’ll be keeping a close eye on these formats, particularly Urban Contemporary, which is already having one of its best years in terms of PPM data. Classic Hits and Classic Rock have attracted solid listener bases in each of the past three summers, but only time will tell if American radio listeners will sing a different song this year.

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LA Weekly Takes A Close-Up And Very Long Look At Stephanie Miller - From Home Studio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– As far as articles on radio personalities go, this piece by LA Weekly's Bryan Smith may rank as one of the longest, most in-depth ever. Smith opines, "Stephanie Miller's lack of big-time name recognition beyond Los Angeles remains something of a paradox, given the stunning size of her audience." From her Los Feliz home studio, Smith says, "Miller does what she does — seamlessly blends a mélange of fart jokes, bleeped-out profanities, morning zoo slide whistles, harp tinkles, parody songs skewering Trump (Bob Dylan's "Tangerine Man" repurposed as a Trump diss) and Ginsu-sharp wit into what may be the smartest, sharpest, funniest, fiercest progressive political comedy soufflé on the planet. From there, shhe has emerged as one of the nation's most influential radio personalities, certainly the most consequential to be operating without mainstream fame.

Since Trump's election, she has held regular "resistance" dinners, with a highly curated guest list that includes everyone from political heavy-hitters like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to Hollywood celebs like Lily Tomlin and Rob Reiner, to high-level operators such as Malcolm Nance, intelligence analyst for NBC, and Lisa Bloom, the lawyer largely responsible for taking down Fox's Bill O'Reilly. "There's no bullshit," Reiner, the director of This Is Spinal Tap and When Harry Met Sally, says of Miller. "She doesn't mince words and she doesn't throw out lies. "People (on the right) will say, 'Well, Stephanie is just as ridiculous as Infowars and Alex Jones," Reiner adds. "No. Alex Jones says that Sandy Hook was a made-up thing. Stephanie doesn't say anything insane like that. You may not agree with her politics, but she doesn't make (s)hit up." READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/Credit Ted Soqui/L.A. Weekly

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AWARDS: WWO's Steve Kastenbaum Takes Double Honors During New York Radio Festival; ABC News Radio Takes Two Murrow Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– Lots of awards being passed out this week. Among them included Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum who accepted two silver awards from the New York Radio Festival international competition last night. One award was for his reports during the presidential campaign last year on how some votes of dead people were actually counted. The other award is for Westwood One News’ breaking coverage of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. ABC News Radio won two Murrows - one in Excellence in Sound and Excellence in Writing. ABC Radio's Vice President, Steve Jones said, “The best radio journalism relies on vivid storytelling and riveting audio to transport listeners to the heart of a story. I’m so proud that ABC News Radio was recognized with 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Sound and Excellence in Writing thanks to the work of ABC’s Alex Stone and Scott Goldberg!” - SEE ALL MURROW WINNERS HERE

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SNAPS: Kraddick Show Member Elena Davies To Appear On 'Big Brother' Season Opener

THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2017 –– In our endless effort to showcase the steady stream of radio peeps finding their way to the TV Screen, here's yet another example: CBS' All Access reports that Dallas radio host Elena Davies "very single," so she's definitely open to having a Big Brother showmance this summer.

Don't miss the two-hour season premiere of Big Brother on Wednesday, June 28 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Then, watch all-new episodes of Season 19 on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8/7c, and Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Davies is on hiatus from the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show while filming is underway.

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7Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake

 

Adele surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake

'Bachelor In Paradise' Resumes - Read Statements

[WATCH] Chris Cornell’s Final Music Video, “The Promise”

Tony Bennett to Receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

RELAX: Simon Cowell & Ryan Seacrest NOT Feuding Over 'Idol

Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ Lets Labels Pay For Plays

TeamRock Radio App Back On Apple’s App Store

Daniel Day Lewis To Quit Acting

T.I. And Jerry Bruckheimer Team With Fox For 'Atlanta's Most Wanted'

[WATCH] First Look At ABC's 'Boy Band'

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STUDY: 'Other' Things People Plan To Do In Driverless Cars Of The Future; Yes, That, Too

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Whether drivers like the idea or not, autonomous cars will one day become a fact of life. When Jacobs Media constructed the questionnaire for its thirteenth version of its annual web-based Techsurvey, the research team included a hypothetical question about a driverless car future: “The year is 2025. You’re driving in an autonomous car. 7The technology has almost totally eliminated traffic accidents, leaving you to do whatever you’d like 7while in the vehicle. Which one of the following do you think you’d do most often?” Possible options centered around media and entertainment: listening to AM/FM radio or streaming audio, watching video, talking on the phone, working on a computer, reading, or the catchall “all of the above.”

To be sure that no activity was left off the list, respondents also were given an “other” choice – the chance to write in something entirely different they’d do in a driverless car than what was listed. The initial results were predictable, with AM/FM radio leading the way, followed by “all of the above.” But what was surprising was the fact that more than 2,500 respondents took the time to share other things they plan on doing while the car is driving itself. The “word cloud” below is a compilation of those responses. The larger the word, the more frequent the response: Sleeping is the lead activity, followed by having sex in an autonomous car. Playing video games and simply enjoying the view also are popular responses. It is noteworthy that drinking and knitting are also mentioned with frequency (hopefully, mutually exclusive activities). “This goes to show that whenever new technology is introduced, consumers will find a way to adapt it to their needs,” Jacobs Media President and creator of the Techsurvey, Fred Jacobs observes. For more information, contact Paul Jacobs: pauljacobs@jacobsmedia.com (248) 353-9030

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FORMATICS: Cumulus Launches Alternative Rock ALT 92.3 FM

Switches Frequencies With NASH FM Who Moves To 106.1

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has moved NASH Country from its 92.3 FM New Orleans frequency to 106.1 FM and launched a new Alternative Rock station, ALT 92.3 FM, on WRKN-FM. With the move, it becomes largest radio station in the Gulf South and one of the largest radio stations in the U.S. and brings Alternative Rock to two-thirds of Louisiana’s total population. Cumulus Media launched New Orleans’ only Alternative Rock station to strong listener response in 2015 as 106.1 the underground alternative. Cumulus Media-New Orleans’ NASH Country radio station, formerly known as NASH FM 92.3, launched today on WZRH-FM as NASH FM 106.1.

NASH FM 106.1 will continue to wake up Country listeners with the popular morning show, “Ty, Kelly & Chuck”, and will keep the great Country music playing throughout the day. Pat Galloway, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Baton Rouge/New Orleans/Columbus-Starkville/Lafayette, LA, said: “WRKN-FM stands tall at 100,000 watts and 2,000 feet, twice as big as any radio station in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. All that power and coverage establishes ALT 92.3 as the exclusive Alternative Rock station in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond, the Northshore, and much of the Gulf South.”

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PROGRAMMING: Dallas McCade Leaving Mornings To Take Over MD Duties At KICKS 101.5 Atlanta

Morning Co-Host Cadillac Jack Will Be Off The Air Until Thursday Morning When Station Reveals Its New Morning Lineup

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 ––Cumulus Media has promoted Dallas McCade to Music Director for Kicks 101.5 FM, Atlanta. McCade, who is currently Co-Host of Kicks 101.5 morning show, “Cadillac Jack and Dallas Mornings”, announced on-air yesterday 7that she will be leaving the show to take on the Music Director role for the station and will also be on-air on Kicks 101.5 weekdays in a timeslot to be determined.

Morning Show Co-Host Cadillac Jack added that the morning show will be evolving and that he will be gone and off the air until Thursday morning, when the station reveals its new morning show line-up. Scott Lindy, Kicks 101.5 Program Director, said: "Dallas knows country music like few I have ever met. Her knowledge, her relationships and her love for the format are just the fuel we need to launch Kicks into another orbit." McCade said: “This is a huge honor for me to be able to apply my passion for Country music in a capacity that helps Kicks 101.5 serve the Country audience in Atlanta and all of North Georgia. I will dearly miss Cadillac Jack and the fun we have had for many years in the morning."

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Aimee Montgomery Takes Middays On Lite 101.5 Las Vegas

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Beasley Broadcast Group announced that Aimee Montgomery will shift from Star 107.9 to become the new Midday On-Air Personality on Lite 101.5 FM. She will begin her new position on July 5, 2017. Montgomery, who joined Star 107.9 in 2015, most recently served as a co-host of the morning show and worked as Brooke and Jubal’s local On-Air Liaison/Producer.

“I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity to have my voice heard on Lite 101.5, and to be able to stay here with my Beasley family is just the icing on the cake,” said Montgomery. “I have learned so much in the past two years at STAR. It's an honor to know that General Manager Tom Humm and Operations Manager John Candelaria have all the confidence in me, as I take my crazy Radio journey to the next level."

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WFAN New York To Celebrate 30th With Broadcast From Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 207 –– On July 1, 1987, the radio landscape changed forever and history was made as WFAN-AM signed on-air, providing sports fans with the first and only outlet to hear and talk about sports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In honor of 30 momentous years on the air, WFAN will celebrate with a special day of live broadcasts from Vanderbilt Hall inside the world famous Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, June 22 from 6 AM to 6:30 PM.

The day begins with a special broadcast of Boomer & Carton from 6-10 AM with the show also being simulcast on CBS Sports Network; Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts host from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Mike Francesa and “Mike’s On” will take over from 1 PM to 6:30 PM. Special guests including past and present WFAN hosts and sports anchors will appear throughout the day on the various shows including representatives from many of New York’s pro sports teams. WFAN hosts will be signing autographs in designated areas of Vanderbilt Hall and station giveaways will be distributed throughout the day on-site and on-air. “WFAN has been setting the standard for sports talk and information since its inception. As we celebrate 30 years, we are so very proud of our entire on-air and behind-the-scenes teams both, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to deliver live and local sports content that continues to make a difference for our advertisers and listeners,” said CBS RADIO New York Senior Vice President & Market Manager, Marc Rayfield.

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Rickey Smiley To Host NAB Marconi Awards Dinner

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley will host the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show on September 7 at the 2017 Radio Show. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the Radio Show will be held September 5-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Smiley is host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" is syndicated by Reach Media Inc, a division of Radio One.

“Rickey Smiley doesn’t stick to the script, so we’re not sure what he’ll do as host, but be assured that it will be very, very funny!" said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "Get a good seat at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards and expect the unexpected." In addition to radio and stand-up comedy, Smiley appears on the popular television show “Dish Nation” and TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real.” He is also author of the upcoming book "STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run For Your Life," set to be released this fall. More info about the 2017 Radio Show is available HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Julio Aponte Inks Multi-Year Extension With SBG As COO

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today it has signed a multi-year extension with Chief Operating Officer, Julio Aponte. Under the agreement Aponte will continue to head the daily operations of Sun’s New York City and Boca Raton offices as well as oversee the company’s sales department. Aponte joined Sun in early 2013 as the company’s Director of Hispanic Sales and was quickly promoted to SVP of Hispanic Initiatives where he helped launch the Sun Latino Network. Under Aponte’s direction Sun Latino has grown to more than 400 affiliates and serves great companies like vCreative Hispanic, PromoSuite Latino, Envision Radio Network and Radio Express. In 2014 Sun elevated Aponte again to serve as it’s COO.

“The stories I could share about the ride Julio and I have been on.” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “I know everyone says they work with the best people, but Julio and I have truly become amazing friends during our time together. We’ve shared some of the highest of highs during our growth and, like others in this industry, we’ve been through the lowest of lows. Today as we continue our journey with the dozens of people here at Sun who put up with our craziness all day, I can honestly say I could never imagine anyone else by my side but my friend, my brother, the mayor of everywhere…Julio Aponte.”

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NETWORKS: AdLarge Announces 2017 NCAA College Football Schedule From Touchdown Radio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20-TH, 2017 –– AdLarge Media has announced the 2017 Schedule of NCAA College Football Games from Touchdown Radio, the sports radio network founded and led by legendary quarterback Gino Torretta. AdLarge Media will continue to handle the exclusive national ad sales representation. Torretta is the most celebrated football player in the University of Miami’s history and the Chief Executive Officer and color analyst for Touchdown Radio. He has won two national championships for Miami and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the coveted Heisman Trophy, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He also earned First Team All-American honors from The Associated Press, Kodak, and The Football News.

“Gino brings insights that only a player of his magnitude can deliver,” stated Gary Schonfeld, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media. “We are proud to be the exclusive national ad representative for Touchdown Radio, and to be able to offer our advertisers this terrific opportunity to connect with college’s passionate football fans.”

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EVENTS: WMGK's DeBella Tops $154,000 For Vets

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– 102.9 WMGK-FM/Philadelphia's 11th Annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon raised over $154,000 to benefit local veterans via the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). The VMC’s mission is to provide services, programs, opportunities and advancement to veterans. “Once again our incredible listeners and generous sponsors proved that supporting our brave veterans is as important to them as it is to the WMGK staff,” said DeBella. “We are honored to be able to serve and pay tribute to them with this annual event.”

Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, appeared live on-air on Friday, June 16th, to show his support and encourage listeners to make donations. In addition, rock stars including The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton, donated items that were used in a series of eBay auctions that occurred in conjunction with the Radiothon. John DeBella’s wife, Lisa, along with an anonymous donor, also made a significant contribution to this year’s Radiothon. They pledged to match every $100 contribution made, resulting in a donation of $30,000…. which was made in the memory of Lisa’s father, decorated World War II veteran, Harold Kapp. PHOTO/ Left to Right: Tim Williams of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center, WMGK-FM’s John DeBella, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, WMGK-FM’s Steve Vassalotti and WMGK-FM’s Dave Gibson.

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SNAPS: Benztown's Kevin Horton Ties The Knot With Amanda Konieczny

THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2017 –– Kevin Horton, Benztown's Imaging & Production Director for JACK FM, Flashback and Adrenaline, married Amanda Konieczny at the Azul Maya Riviera in Cancun, Mexico on (Sunday). Among those celebrating the happy nuptials were friends and colleagues from Benztown in L.A.

PHOTO/Left to Right - Chris Johansing, Benztown's Director of Marketing; Kevin Horton, Benztown's Imaging & Production Director for JACK FM, Flashback & Adrenaline; Amanda Horton (holding flower girl); Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President; Bonnie Nordling Denes, Benztown's Business Manager; and Justin Case, Benztown's Director of Programming and Imaging.

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7Summerfest To Live Stream Select Concerts With Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

'Wheel of Fortune' Catching Heat Over Photos That Appear To Depict Slaves During 'Southern Charm' Week

[WATCH] Time Warner Makes $100 Million Deal With Snapchat

Summerfest Will Live Stream Select Concerts This Year With Help Of "Jimmy Kimmel Live

Rare Rolling Stones Photos On Display In London

REPORT: Cocaine, Other Opiates Found In Carrie Fisher Autopsy

Former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague, 34, Dies After Knockout

'Big Brother' Reveals Houseguests for Season 19

Teen Choice Awards 2017 Nominations Announced

Prince William Visits Site Of Tragic Grenfell Tower Fire

Andy Warhol Subject of Documentary Using Footage Shot by Warhol

Paris Jackson Covers First 'Vogue'

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Station Issues Apology Following Cancellation Of Lindsay Ell Event; Admits To 'Bad Decision'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Rising country artist Lindsay Ell tweeted on Friday to her 82,600 followers: "Had a scheduled performance in Sacramento today for listeners. The radio station has asked me not to come bc of my personal life. Sorry guys" — Though not mentioning the station, it referred to CBS Radio's 105.1 KNCI and, apparently, to her 'personal life' with iHeart syndicated host Bobby Bones who airs mornings on KNCI's crosstown competitor iHeart's 92.5 The Bull. KNCI had been promoting a live performance from Ell and Chase Bryant, who are openers for Brad Paisley’s tour on Friday night in Sacramento. By Friday morning, Ell had disappeared from the poster reported The Washington Post,

On Friday evening, KNCI released a statement to the paper, calling the cancellation a “bad decision.” “Lindsay is an amazingly talented, up-and-coming artist and today we regrettably made a bad decision to cancel her show,” KNCI said in a statement. “We only hope that she — and our listeners — will forgive us, and that Lindsay and her team will allow us to reschedule the show.”

As expected, The Bull seized the moment by tweeting that any fans supposed to go to Ell’s show at KNCI were more than welcome to come to their studio, where they were hosting Ell for a live concert. Sacramento's third country outlet, 101.9 FM (owned by Entravision), also extended a Twitter invitation to fans for their studio, where Ell was scheduled to play that afternoon. As for Bones, he tweeted: “I’ve stayed out of this. Not my fight. and frankly, @lindsayell can handle herself.” Leslie Fram (R), CMT’s senior vice president for music strategy, posted in support of Ell: “Dear Gatekeepers-Your decision to support an artist should be based solely on the artist and their music and nothing else.” Fram is one of the co-founders of Change the Conversation, a Nashville-based coalition that helps “level the playing field” for female artists in country music. Of not, Fram will be a featured panelist at Morning Show Boot Camp 29 in August - ELL PHOTO/Ford Fairchild

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More Than 200,000 Votes Already Received As Public Voting For NRHOF ENDS TODAY

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Today is the last day for listeners nationwide to vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 2, 2017. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Bobby Bones, Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Guy Phillips, and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Mike & Mike, Bill Handel, Joe Madison and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. Voters have until 11:59 p.m. EST today, June 19, fans can vote for one personality in each category online at www.radiovote.com or via text to 49400 accordingly: Message and data rates may apply. Music Format On-Air Personality For Bobby Bones, text “10” For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “20” For Guy Phillips, text “30” For Ryan Seacrest, text “40” Spoken Word On-Air Personality For Bill Handel, text “50” For Joe Madison, text “60” For Mike & Mike, text “70” For Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, text “80”

Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin tells Jockline, "There are two things worth noting - the inventive ways in which nominated hosts are choosing to involve their listeners and fans. Ryan Seacrest was seen to speak of it in his new TV show slot, Kelly & Ryan, in addition to making mention of it on radio ( that's always good for the radio industry) and Bobby Bones had a red t-shirt campaign last week, with country music artists posing in pictures with the shirts, saying "Vote Bobby". More than 200,000 votes had been received by the listening public as of Friday evening." The 2017 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Monday, June 26th. - CLICK HERE FOR PUBLIC VOTING

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PROGRAMMING: CBS Radio Promotes Three In Philadelphia; Brian Fisher Rises To OM For Curtis' Boone NC Cluster

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s VP of Music Programming, Shelly Easton, announced the promotion of Mark Radziewicz “Razz” of 92.5 XTU (TL)- WXTU, Nicky G. of 98.1 (C) - WOGL and Michael Bennett (BL) of Today’s 96.5 - WTDY to Assistant Program Director.

All three will continue as the Music Director of their respective stations. “Razz, Bennett and Nicky G. have each excelled on behalf of their individual radio brands, which makes them the ideal choices for these newly expanded roles. I’m excited to watch each of them continue to grow at our music stations,” said Easton.

-- Down south, Curtis Media has promoted Brian Fisher to OM over its Boone, NC cluster. Fisher brings over twelve years of experience to the position and will continue to host middays from on both WMMY-FM and WWMY-FM in a simulcast. Fisher is a graduate of Appalachian State University, as well as Dan Vallie's Kellar Radio Talent Institute.

Market Manager Robin Lineberger said, "Brian has demonstrated a deep loyalty for these stations, having started at WECR when he was just a teenager. We look forward to seeing Brian grow and flourish in this new role." "I'm looking forward to improving our sound, our systems, and our operations. I'm ready to get started," added Fisher.

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iHeart Portland Names Susan Reynolds To Mktg/Promotions Director Post

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Susan Reynolds has been named Marketing/Promotions Director for Portland. “We could not be more excited to welcome Susan Reynolds to our team in Portland,” said Tim Herbster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Her vast experience as a leader and relationship builder will help further serve our brands, clients and local community.”

Reynolds previously worked as a freelance publicist generating publicity and securing marketing activations, event sponsorships, promotional partnerships and social media activity for various lifestyle clients. She also served as a Talk Show Producer for CJAD-AM, Director of Marketing and Promotion for Alpha Media’s Portland cluster and Marketing and Promotions Director for KSOL-FM in San Francisco, California."

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FORMATICS: Beasley Brings Smoke To Charlotte

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announces the debut of 94.7 Smoke in Charlotte, North Carolina. The station officially launched at 6am today, June 19th with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free. The core of the playlist will be southern rock, however, 94.7 Smoke will also play anything they deem “Southern”, including both local and new artists. In addition, the station will focus all things deemed Southern, including hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, pick-up trucks, cold beer, horseshoes, great BBQ, Myrtle Beach, The Smokies, NASCAR and more!

“We’re looking forward to this smoking hot concept,” said Vice President and Market Manager Bill Schoening. “It is a passion-based brand that we are very excited to launch in Charlotte.” “I am really excited to launch 94.7 Smoke,” said Operations Manager and Program Director DJ Stout. “I grew up in Charlotte and know first-hand about Southern people and the fun lifestyle that 94.7 Smoke is all about.” 94.7 Smoke is available at www.947smoke.com

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Hubbard Talent Institute Kicks Off Today At Central Washington Univ.

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Ginny Morris, Chair and CEO of Hubbard Radio, takes the opening session as the second annual Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University in Washington State begins this afternoon (June 19). Ginny commented: “Compelling and relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services. Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative”.

Ten days from now, Drew Horowitz, President of Hubbard Radio, closes the Institute with the “Now is the Time to Start Thinking like a Pro” session.

Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com, or call 828-262-1502, or go to www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com

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REPORT: Wendy Rice To Exit WXRT Chicago's 'Saturday Morning Flashback' Following 30-Year Run

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Wendy Rice, the voice of “Saturday Morning Flashback” on WXRT FM 93.1 for more than 30 years, is stepping down from the CBS Radio outlet reports Robert Feder. Rice announced at the end of this week’s show that next weekend’s broadcast will be her last. Airing from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. “The opportunity to play great music every Saturday has kept me going, along with the support of the loyal listeners who have stayed with us all these years,” she said in a statement. “I am now looking forward to my ‘retirement.'

Starting July 1, Frank E. Lee and Johnny Mars will rotate as hosts of “Saturday Morning Flashback,” which will be cut to three hours, airing from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT, called Rice “Chicago radio royalty,” adding: “Her Saturday morning show has been a staple of WXRT weekend programming and one of the most listened-to specialty shows in Chicago radio history. All of us thank Wendy for her years of brilliance both on and off the air.”

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CKLW 50th Anniversary Event Set For July 15th

Contributed By Art Vuolo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2017 –– Celebrating 50 years since the launch of Big 8 Boss radio in April/May/June 1967, organizers have put together a FREE event and they want it like that. They get donataions for food and raffle prizes etc and those proceeds got to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit.

Charlie O’Brien (inset) says, "It was spring/summer 1967, 50 years ago that the Big 8 debuted on CKLW. The Mt. Clemens Fraternal Order of Eagles are holding a FREE party at their lodge and property along the Clinton River in Harrison Township on Saturday July 15 from 4pm-10:30-pm. All proceeds from food and raffles go to Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit. “Brother’ Bill Gable, JoJo Shutty MacGregor and Charlie O’Brien are scheduled to appear. Get Get More Details HERE

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REMINDER: Art Vuolo Wants Your Video For MSBC 29

HE MOUTH, JUNE 19 TH, 2017 –– BE ON BOOT CAMP TV! This year MSBC will again feature video from some of the best morning shows in America, but "Radio's Best Friend," Art Vuolo wants to feature YOU this year! Even though he can't fly all over the country in the next few weeks, you can submit a video for Boot Camp 29.

5Here are a couple of guidelines: be sure to use DIRECT AUDIO, so it sounds like it does on the air. NO "mic on the camera" audio! If there are windows in your studio, close the blinds. Never have daylight behind show members. Vary shots, close-ups and wide views. Length should be at least 2 minutes, but not longer than 7 or 8 minutes. Please submit on a standard DVD, a computer DVD or as an MP4 file to Art's e-mail address: artvuolo@aol.com. If mailing, send to Boot Camp TV c/o Art Vuolo PO Box 55, Walled Lake, MI 48390 and include your phone number.

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7Perry Becomes First Person To Top 100 Million Twitter Followers

 

Lionel Ritchie Next 'Idol Judge?

Megyn Kelly Quells Critics With Scolding Interview Of Alex Jones

Mistrial Declared In Cosby Trial

[WATCH] Carrie Fisher Cause Of Death Revealed

[WATCH] Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Will Change How You Buy Food

Kevin Hart Leads Top Comedians Chart for Third Straight Week

Katy Perry Becomes First Person To Top 100 Million Followers On Twitter

Lost George Harrison Beatles Song Found By Wife Inside Piano Bench

Florida Georgia Line to Headline Country Jam 2018

James Corden, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort Battle in an Epic Riff-Off

Michael Phelps To Race Against Great White Shark

Beyonce Gives Birth To Twins

[WATCH] Alex Rodriguez Crashes J-Lo Interview

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Spotify Surpasses 140 Million Users

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– "Today, we’re excited to share the news that Spotify has surpassed 140 million global monthly active users," announced Brian Benedik, Vice President and Global Head of Sales at Spotify. -- "On the eve of Cannes Lions 2017, the advertising Festival of Creativity, this is a particularly meaningful development, as our brand partners now have a bigger opportunity than ever to activate Spotify’s free user base -- It’s an exciting time for our Spotify global advertising business. We launched our free, ad-supported tier on mobile three years ago, and the business is still growing fast with more than 50% year over year growth in 2016.

Benedik continued, "As brands are catching on, I’m really excited about the creative opportunity. Brands can mine new audience insights for inspiration and explore dynamic, innovative messaging. When you pair the emotional power of music, podcasts, and videos with engaging ad formats, the creative terrain is rife with possibility. This coming week, let’s celebrate what Cannes Lions has always been about…the creativity that fuels and powers this industry at its best. Then, let’s move forward with our audience in mind, thinking about how we can surprise, inspire, and engage them in exciting new ways. Brian Benedik is the Vice President and Global Head of Sales at Spotify *Advertising sales revenues from 2015 to 2016 grew by 50.3% - READ FULL POST HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Tony Matteo Named SVP For iHeart Central California And Nevada Region

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Tony Matteo has been named Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for its Central California / Nevada region, effective immediately. The region includes 95.5 The Bull, Sunny 106.5, 93.7 The River and REAL 103.9.

Tony previously worked as the Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Omaha Region based in Wichita, KS. He also served as the Program Director for 106.5 The Lake in Cleveland, Ohio, and Program Director for iHeartMedia Springfield, Missouri. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of a group of incredibly talented programmers, on-air talent and managers in the Wichita Market and Omaha Region and together we’ve accomplished much,” said Matteo. “The outstanding brands built by the iHM Central California / Nevada team have a ton of momentum. I’ll be proud to join and help continue the region’s winning streak.”

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WKTI Milwaukee Goes Wild For PD; Crystal Legends To Program WRNS-FM Greenville, NC; Lois Lewis Tapped For APD/MD Post At 102.5 KNIX Phoenix

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– WKTI (94-5 KTI COUNTRY) reports that Ryan Wild (L)is joining the station as program director. Wild comes to KTI Country from Omaha, where he served as operations manager for NRG Media’s KQKQ (Sweet 98), KOPW (Power 106.9) and KOOO (101.9 The Keg). Just weeks ago, he led the return of the “Sweet 98” moniker to that market. Previously, Wild was PD and operations manager for WSSR and WFXF in suburban Chicago. Before that, he worked as a program/music director of multiple formats at AOL/Slacker Radio. Early in his career, Wild worked on-air and as a program director for stations in Des Moines and the Quad Cities. “I’m thankful for the dream opportunity Tom Langmyer (vice president & general manager of Scripps Milwaukee Radio Operations and vice president of radio news, talk, sports programming for The E. W. Scripps Company) and the team at Scripps have given me to program KTI COUNTRY." said Ryan Wild. “I was also told there would be plenty of beer and cheese at all times, so I was all in.”

-- Alpha Media, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville is proud to announce Crystal Legends (R) as Program Director of legendary country station, WRNS. Legends brings nearly 20 years of radio experience to the position. She will be working closely with Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick to keep WRNS the dominate station in eastern North Carolina. Mahalick commented on the announcement, “It is great to have bench strength and promote from within Alpha Media. Crystal has the chops, passion, and love of people to drive WRNS every day.”"I'm looking forward to keeping the “Beast in the East” the #1 country station around!! I'm excited for the future,” remarked Legends.

iHeartMedia Phoenix’s 102.5 KNIX announced that Lois Lewis (Top right) has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director, effective July 17th. She will also continue to host her highly rated Midday Show, “I’ve worked with Lois for over 4 years and have always appreciated her tremendous attention to detail and great relationships,” said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “She’s quickly becoming one of the best on-air talent we have in the Country format. Lewis previously worked as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for iHeartMedia Las Vegas’ 95.5 The Bull. She also worked as the Senior Director of Regional Promotion for Republic Nashville. Prior to the record industry, Lewis was the Music Director and Night host for KIIM-FM in Tucson.

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ON-AIR: Drake Hall Inks Long-Term Extension In Mornings With WXMX-FM 'The Max' Memphis

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has signed popular Morning Show Host, Drake Hall to a long-term contract extension with Rock station 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) in Memphis, TN. Hall hosts The Drake Hall Show with Danni, Wes & Syd weekdays from 6am-10am. He has been an on-air personality for 98.1 The Max since 2006 and a talent in Memphis for over 30 years. The Drake Hall Show is the top-rated morning show in Memphis TN, airing on 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) within a 100 mile radius covering four states.

Morgan Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Memphis,TN, said: “We are excited to have secured Drake Hall for the foreseeable future. We look forward to even more success with his unique and compelling content, not to mention the service he provides many as the voice of Memphians.” Hall said: “I’m grateful that Cumulus Memphis has allowed me to keep the job. Many thanks to my friends and colleagues for their ongoing support; particularly, the three gifted people that join me daily. I look forward to getting up at 4am for another 30 years.”

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PODCASTS: WWO Adds More Podcasts To Its Lineup

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced new podcast partnerships with Live Nation, veteran podcaster and writer/director Jonathan London (TR), and Country music superstar Kix Brooks (TL). On Tour with Live Nation, hosted by What’s Trending host Shira Lazar (BL) and Joey Scoleri (BR), SVP of Strategic Marketing, brings together two companies that are synonymous with entertainment, Live Nation and Westwood One

Geekscape, the brainchild of writer/director Jonathan London, takes a deep dive into all things pop culture. Country superstar Kix Brooks, talks about the biggest news in Country music with co-hosts Lonnie Napier and Suzanne Alexander on his standalone podcast, Kickin’ It With Kix.

Westwood One and Live Nation will provide ad sales representation for On Tour with Live Nation. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements as well as opportunities across all of Westwood One broadcast, digital, live events, and social platforms. Westwood One will provide exclusive sales for Geekscape, and Kickin’ It With Kix.

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Jerry Seinfeld Guests On New PodcastOne Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– PodcastOne has signed Spike Feresten to host the new podcast Spike’s Car Radio. Feresten is best known for his comedic writing, including the famous “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld, and his enthusiasm for cars, hosting the television series Car Matchmaker. Originating from weekly hangouts with car talk on the porch of the Malibu Kitchen in Los Angeles, Calif., the weekly show will feature all-star guests who frequent the spot, showing off their rides and enjoying “cars and coffee.” The debut episode is available now, with special guest Jerry Seinfeld.

Upcoming guests include Jeremy Piven, Dick Van Dyke and Chris Hardwick. Seinfeld, who helped develop some of the show’s entertaining segments, will be a recurring guest, along with friend and fellow car enthusiast Paul Zuckerman, who has endless entertaining stories. There’s also always one empty chair at Spike’s table saved for the listener. “For years, I've been driving out to Malibu for a cars and comedy breakfast with friends,” said Feresten. “This is a way for me to share it with anyone who wants to listen in. I'm really enjoying myself, and podcasting is a way for me to monetize my weekly ‘cars and coffee’ breakfast. I'm getting paid to talk turbo's and woof down eggs.” For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at info@podcastone.com.

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EVENTS: Stugotz Loses Bet; About To Lose Hair

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– Next week will be a tough one for Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, co-host of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) as on Tuesday, June 20, he will pay off his NBA Finals bet with Dan and have his head shaved live on air in the manner of ESPN’s Paul Finebaum (inset).

That humiliation will be followed on the show a day later with “Stu Lies 2,” wherein Stugotz will undergo a grueling lie detector test – with most questions concerning his relationship with Dan and other personal topics. The show is aired on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS and ESPN2 (noon – 1 p.m.) Le Batard and Stugotz placed a bet on the NBA Finals, and if the Cavaliers had won, Dan was to pose lying naked on a shark as in a photo that went viral recently on the Internet. Because the Warriors were victorious, Stugotz will appear dressed in a suit and tie as Finebaum always does, and with the help of Dollar Shave Club will have his head shaved like Paul. The first edition of “Stu Lies” was July 1, 2016, and was conducted by a former longtime law enforcement official well experienced in determining whether he is being told the truth, Joe Harper. Harper will return to conduct next week’s test. Last year, Harper considered Stugotz to be a frequent – and terrible – liar.

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NASH FM Cincinnati On The Hunt For Its Next PD And Air Talent

THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2017 –– NASH FM 94.1/WNNF-FM Cincinnati is on the hunt for its next PD and air talent. Interested persons should send demo packages to Cumulus Media-Cincinnati Operations Manager Keith Mitchell at: keith.mitchell@cumulus.com.

No calls, please. For more details on this exciting opportunity, please visit: http://www.cumulus.com/careers/.

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Megyn Kelly To Feature Sandy Hook Father On Sunday Night's 'Overhauled' Alex Jones Piece

Yoko Ono Finally Getting Songwriting Credit For 'Imagine'

[WATCH] Miley Cyrus + Jimmy Fallon Disguise Themselves, Sing ‘Jolene’ in Subway Station

TV's 'Last Man Standing' May Be Revived

Dani Mathers: 'I Am Not Sorry About' the Backlash After Sharing Photo of Naked Gymgoer

[WATCH] Aisha Tyler To Leaving 'The Talk'

Cosby Jury Still Deadlocked; Judge Orders Them To Keep Deliberating

Jimi Hendrix Park Opens This Weekend In Seattle

[WATCH] CNN Sues FBI for Release of James Comey’s Trump Memos

[WATCH] Zendaya Scores Her First Vogue Cover

[WATCH] Preview Of 'Daddy's Home 2'

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Seacrest Nearing Deal For Return To 'Idol Reboot Say Sources

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– As the rumor mill still swirls with the possibility of media uber star Ryan Seacrest's return to American Idol's reboot, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman revealed he offered Seacrest career advice following his exit from 'Idol. "When you come off a show like that, and you'd been doing it as long as he did, your natural tendency is to quickly replace it," says Pittman. "But unlike most people, Ryan has this huge audience who listens to him every day on the radio — it's bigger than his audience for Idol — so people aren't forgetting about him, he isn't going away. So, I said to him, 'Take your time and wait until the right thing shows up for you; don't try to take something that somebody wants you to do for them."

Ryan told THR, "I’ve figured out what I’m better at and what I’m not so good at, and I’m doing the things that I’m better at. The things that I’m not so good at would make me tired and would make me want to slow down." Of greatest concern to Seacrest, and to his iHeart bosses, was whether he could be done each day by 11 a.m., which would allow him to maintain his numerous radio gigs, including American Top 40 and daily syndicated show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest.' Following his move to 'Live with Kelly Ripa, Heart agreed to build him a studio in the 'Live building, which should be ready later this year.

As for his much rumored return to Idol, Ryan says, "I've always loved the show. And if I could do it forever, I would do it forever." A number of reports today suggest he's nearing a deal to return, which would likely air on Sunday nights, making it possible to fly back to New York in time for his radio show and hosting job on 'Live, among umpteen other jobs. According to THR, the offer for Seacrest's return currently stands at somewhere north of $10 million, plus credit as executive produce. 1

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Grammy Awards Moving To Online Voting

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– In a move the Recording Academy hopes will increase members’ participation, Grammy Awards voters will soon be able to cast their ballots online for the first time reports the LA Times. Academy executives on Wednesday announced the elimination of paper ballots in favor of an online voting system.. “It’s been something we’ve been talking about for many years, and looking forward to the day when this has arrived,” said Bill Freimuth (R), the academy’s senior vice president of awards. “I don’t think there was ever any opposition from members or trustees, but there were a lot of technical issues,” Freimuth said of the voting-process tweak. “We wanted to be sure our auditors at Deloitte were happy with their ability to still tabulate the ballots correctly." One other benefit Freimuth cited was the prospect of a more accurate and representative vote tabulation. Grammy rules allow all members to cast votes in the four marquee award categories — record, album, song and new artist. Voters also are allowed to cast ballots in up to 15 other fields, but in the past a small percentage of voters has marked more than 15, resulting in those ballots, except for the top four categories, being discarded cites the paper.

The Grammys have faced criticism for favoring traditionalism over more adventurous and diverse artists. This was evident this year as Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” lost the top album prize to Adele’s “25” at this year’s ceremony. Adele herself bowed to Beyoncé in accepting her award. “You are our light,” Adele said from the Grammy stage.

The 2018 Grammy Awards will recognize recordings released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. The ceremony is set for Jan. 28 and will be held in New York City.

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BUSINESS: Nielsen Launches First-Ever Audio Data Management Platform With WWO As Charter Client

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Nielsen announced that Westwood One has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP. Nielsen Marketing Cloud’s unique consumer insights capabilities enable Westwood One to easily provide its advertisers with detailed reports indexing all of its network station lineups, key programming (NFL and NCAA) and radio formats (such as ‘Alternative Rock,’ ‘Mainstream Country,’ or ‘News/Talk’) against their prospective customers’ demographics, personalities, TV viewing habits, digital behavior, credit card spending and specific product purchases.

“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.”

Nielsen Marketing Cloud connects Westwood One’s radio formats to real offline purchase data. The Nielsen DMP does this by linking Westwood One audience data captured via Nielsen’s Portable People Meter (PPM) and Westwood One’s proprietary streaming audio data with a wide spectrum of other Nielsen data assets in real time. This includes Nielsen Catalina Solutions’ consumer packaged goods (CPG) purchase data, the largest source of UPC-level sales data in the U.S., covering 121,000 brands and 184 million individuals. It also includes Nielsen Buyer Insights purchase data, covering $1.2 billion in consumer spending across 125 million U.S. credit cardholders. “Never before have radio audiences been linked to such a rich source of actual purchase data across industries—something Nielsen is uniquely equipped to do,” said Damian Garbaccio, EVP, Commercial - Nielsen Marketing Cloud.

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ON-AIR: Rick Lewis & Tyler Polumbus Added To KOA's Bronco's Broadcast Team

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Rick Lewis (shown) and Tyler Polumbus have joined the Denver Broncos broadcast team for KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM. Lewis will serve as Color Analyst and Polumbus will serve as Sideline Reporter, and both will contribute to the Denver Broncos pregame and postgame shows, as well as weekday coverage of the team.

They will join Dave Logan, who recently entered his 21st year as the Broncos’ play-by-play voice. Lewis, who has been one of the top rated radio personalities in the country for decades, will provide game analysis and insight during Broncos play-by-play coverage. He has worked for legendary radio stations Power 106 & KMET, has hosted PM magazine on TV and syndicated radio shows on Westwood One, Premier, NBC and has also called play-by-play for college and high school football, baseball and basketball.

“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Denver Broncos broadcast team for iHeartMedia Denver,” said Lewis. “I'm proof that hard work can make dreams come true. As a kid I used to drive my friends crazy doing play by play on the baseball and football fields. Now I am blessed to bring Broncos football to the best fans in the NFL with my legendary partner Dave Logan!” Polumbus played football for the Denver Broncos, University of Colorado and Cherry Creek High School. In his eight years in the NFL, Polumbus also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Broncos for a second time, ending his career as a Super Bowl Champion. He has appeared as an analyst with The Fan, CBS Denver and Altitude TV. PHOTO/Kathy Lee

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HONORS: Alpha Recognized With Several MBA Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media announced that their Missouri markets took home multiple awards from the Missouri Broadcasters banquet held in Branson, MO on Saturday, June 10th. The awards are as follows. 1st Place, Complete Newscast: KTJJ-FM, Farmington 1st Place, Documentary/Public Affairs/Special Programming: KJPW-AM, Waynesville, “Crisis in Drug Abuse” 1st Place, News Series: KJFF-AM, Festus, “Heroin” Honorable Mention, Air Talent: Daniel Linneman, KJEL-FM, Lebanon Honorable Mention, Documentary/Public Affairs/Special Programming: KRES-FM, Moberly Honorable Mention, Play-By-Play: KRES-FM, Moberly Honorable Mention, Public Service Announcement/Campaign: KJEL-FM, Lebanon In addition to these awards, Alpha Media, Waynesville-Lebanon Market Manager, Mike Edwards received the Distinguished Broadcaster Award.

“I was surprised and honored by this award. To be recognized by my peers is the highest compliment I have ever received. I could not have survived 47 years in this business without the support of my wife and daughters who made sacrifices so that I could advance my career. It's gratifying to work for Alpha Media who still believes that radio should be live and local and be dedicated to serving the community,” remarked Edwards.

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Ed Sheeran To Perform For 1,400 Listeners Of Capital-FM London; They Must Listen To Win

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Capital-FM has secured a gig with Ed Sheeran as part of its Capital Up Close with Coca-Cola series. He’ll be performing at KOKO London in Camden for 1,400 Capital listeners who can only get tickets by listening to the station.

NZ Radio Award Winners - More FM's Christian Boston has won best Content Director at this year's NZ Radio Awards. Radio Ngati Porou’s Kingston Cooper and Moerangi Tihore won the best Maori Language broadcast. Best networked music breakfast show was won by Edge Network's Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell, while the best single market breakfast show was won by The Hits Dunedin Breakfast with Callum Procter and Patrina Roche. Read more and get the full list of winners HERE

Ross Browne Joins KC On Cork’s 96FM Breakfast - Comedian Ross Browne will co-present Cork’s 96FM’s new breakfast show with Keith Cunningham in Ireland. The All New KC Show will launch on Monday 3rd July 2017 and will be fronted by the former Red FM and Today FM presenter and now comedian Ross Browne. Browne, who has presented a daily comedy slot on the current 96FM Breakfast Show for the past 18 months, starred in all four seasons of RTÉ 2 television’s award-winning hidden camera show, The Fear. He has also appeared on various other TV and radio programmes as well as in his own stand-up show.

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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SNAPS: Shania Twain Drops By The Garner Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2017 –– Life's tough when you're on the air in Nashville. Just never know who might drop in. And if you're lucky, like Blair Garner of the syndicated Blair Garner show, you'll catch a visit from country superstar Shania Twain.

She stopped by his show this week to promote her new single, "Life's About To Get Good." Photo taken from NASH studios in Nashville.

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Rosenworcel To Be Renominated To FCC By Trump

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot at the Federal Communications Commission reports recode.net. This marks a return for Rosenworce having served in that same role at the FCC from 2012 to 2016, only departing the commission because Senate lawmakers could not extend her term before the clock ran out at the end of the year.

Following word of her renomination to the FCC, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith commented, "NAB is delighted to hear that President Trump will renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC. Commissioner Rosenworcel is supremely qualified for another FCC term... NAB strongly supports her renomination and confirmation."

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EXCUTIVE ACTION: Bill Ashenden Appointed VP/Market Manager For Entercom Portland; NAB Names Josh Pollack VP/NAB Government Relations

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced that Bill Ashenden is joining the Portland cluster as the Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom effective July 10th, 2017. Ashenden previously served as the Market Manager and General Manager for BiCoastal Media in Medford, Oregon. Ashenden is a 30 year veteran of the radio business with a particular focus on the Portland area and has worked with radio broadcasters including Alpha Broadcasting, Rose City Radio, Great American Broadcasters, and most recently BiCoastal Media.

“I look forward to working with the best team and the best brands in Portland to deliver outstanding results for our customers,” said Ashenden. Entercom Portland operates 7 radio brands that reach over 1.3 million listeners each week. Brands include Classic Rock KGON-FM, Sports Talk KFXX-AM and KMTT-AM, Hot Adult Contemporary KRSK-FM, Country KWJJ-FM, Alternative KNRK-FM and Adult Contemporary KYCH-FM.

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the hiring of Josh Pollack as vice president of NAB Government Relations, effective July 10. Pollack will report to Curtis LeGeyt, NAB executive vice president of Government Relations. Pollack joins NAB after serving as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Obama White House from 2012 – 2017, where he advocated for the President’s legislative agenda in the Senate. Prior to that, he was Director of Confirmations under President Obama, overseeing and directing all aspects of the confirmation process for Executive Branch appointees.

Before joining the White House, Pollack was an associate in the Litigation and Antitrust Practice Group of the law firm King & Spalding in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Pollack began his career in Washington as Legislative Assistant to Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) from 2000 to 2006.

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ON-AIR: Meghan Takes Middays At WILN Panama City

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– "Once in a while, a radio station is blessed with someone dumb enough to work 3 years without pay,' jokes PD Marc Summers. He adds that her drive, smarts and continual hard work (oh, and talk about a set of pipes! This girl is gifted) made Meghan the perfect choice for fulltime on-air, and training in the programming department.

Meghan said, "Im really excited to get my radio career started, and to do it in the city that I grew up and love. I want to thank Misty Sims for recognizing my hard work and giving me this opportunity." said, Meghan, and then she added " I think Marc Summers might have had a say too, but its hard to tell, he's in the production room playing the music really loud...all the time.... is he deaf yet?"

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WSTR Atlanta's Van Destroyed By Fire In Station Parking Lot; Manager Suspicious Of Foul Play

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– "Someone REALLY hates me and Jenn," quipped Jeff Dauler on Instagram. Dauler is co-host of the Star 94.1's morning show Jeff & Jenn show along with Jenn Hobby. The comment came after its promotions van went up in flames Monday night in the station parking lot. Station GM Mike Fowler told The AJC's Rodney Ho, the fire department said it might have been caused by electrical and related to the engine, but added that it had been 27 hours since anybody at the station had used it. That alone makes him suspicious it might have been foul play.

Dauler said on yesterday's show he saw someone in the vicinity at 5 a.m. as he arrived for his Monday show, but then forgot about it. Unfortunately, the radio building has no cameras set on the parking lot so there was no way to know if there were any arson-happy suspects wandering around. When the fire was first noticed at 6;15 p.m. Monday by a security guard, two employees managed to a nearby second promo van out of harm’s way. By the time the fire department showed up, this fired-up van was a lost cause. Fowler did note that the Jeff and Jenn morning show decal on the wrapped van did survive (inset) but virtually nothing inside did. Dauler said people are having fun taking photos with the burned out van: ”I want to put it on a flatbed and haul it to events. It’s getting so much attention!”

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PRODUCTS: SiriusXM Unveils The Onyx EZR Dock

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– SiriusXM introduced its newest dock and play radio – the Onyx EZR – which delivers several new features at an entry-level price. The Onyx EZR features a larger display than its predecessor, the Onyx EZ, with improved resolution and selectable background and text options that allow for better viewing in all lighting conditions. It also offers a split screen option that enables the user to view what's on the current channel in one pane, and simultaneously see what's playing on their other favorite channels in the second pane. The Onyx EZR delivers subscribers all of SiriusXM's 150-plus satellite-delivered channels of world class programming, including commercial-free music from virtually every genre, plus Howard Stern, and a wide range of entertainment, news, comedy, live sports and more.

"The SiriusXM Onyx EZR is an excellent step up in usability, featuring several new capabilities at an entry-level price," said Joe Verbrugge, Executive Vice President, Emerging Business, SiriusXM. "We're pleased to offer new and existing subscribers this exciting new radio, which will deliver both SiriusXM's robust programming lineup and an excellent user experience." All-Access subscribers also get access to SiriusXM programming outside the vehicle on the SiriusXM app and online at www.SiriusXM.com. SiriusXM Onyx EZR is available now at retail locations and online stores nationwide, including Amazon, Best Buy, Crutchfield, and https://shop.siriusxm.com/ with a MSRP of $79.99.

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AWARDS: Jane Pauley Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award At AWMF New York Event

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced that Jane Pauley, journalist, author and anchor of 'CBS Sunday Morning,' will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon. Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” journalist Martha Teichner will present Pauley with the award. Dylan Dreyer (TR), weather anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and regular co-host for TODAY, will serve as host. The event will take place on June 27, 2017 at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City.

“The Gracie Awards are the industry’s chance to pause and recognize women and men who use their voice and creativity to bring stories to life, every day,” said Sarah Foss, AWMF Chair and Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, for Imagine Communications. “Speaking personally, Jane Pauley, her journalist acumen and strong representation of women as valid voices, was the reason that I joined the media industry. I know that her timeless work has inspired legions of women and men for decades and continues to move her viewers today.” Pauley began her network television career in 1976 as a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. She spent 13 years on the morning broadcast, and a decade as the anchor of “Dateline NBC,” starting in 1992.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi (BR)is slated to perform at the celebratory event. For more information about the 2017 Gracies or to secure tickets, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

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jacapps Wins 2017 Michigan 'Economic Bright Spot' Award By Corp! Magazine

 

THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2017 –– jacapps has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots of 2017. The mobile strategy and application development company was honored June 8 at a luncheon held at the International Banquet Center in Detroit and will be featured in the July/August 2017 print issue. The company was recognized for continued growth and innovation in the mobile technology space. Bob Kernen, jacapps COO, noted, “jacapps is a Michigan success story. Our company has doubled in size over the past year, and Michigan continues to be a terrific place to grow a business.”

With over 1,000 mobile apps developed, j?capps is one of the leading mobile application developers in the United States. The company’s App Everywhere® program has enabled businesses to have a presence in the Connected Car via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Ford’s Smart Device Link, and in the home via the development of mobile apps for smart TVs and smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. “For the past 8+ years, the jacapps team has produced outstanding work for our clients,” notes j?capps President, Paul Jacobs. “Receiving this award is further evidence that we’ve got an amazing group of pros working for us who deserve this recognition.”

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Husband Of Murdered New Jersey Host Arrested, Charges Not Related To Murder

THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –– The husband of murdered radio host April Kauffman (L), who was found shot to death in her Linwood, New Jersey home five years ago, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning reports ABC TV News Philadelphia. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said that their agents, along with the FBI and local police, executed search warrants on the home and business of Dr. James Kauffman. While executing the warrant, authorities say Kauffman displayed a handgun. A hostage negotiator was brought in and Kauffman eventually surrendered to authorities.

Kauffman is now under arrest and is being monitored by the Psychiatric Intervention Program. He will be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law. There was no word on any charges related to the murder case. The prosecutor's office said "our investigation will continue based upon the information gleaned from today's search and other leads." No one has ever been charged. On May 10, 2012, an employee of Kauffman's discovered her shot to death in the home she shared with her husband.

 

 

 

 

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