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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Peter Z To Program 99.5 Nash Icon Birmingham

PETER Z TO PROGRAM 99.5 FM NASH ICON IN BIRMINGHAM BIRMINGHAM, AL, January 23, 2015— Cumulus announces that Peter Z has been named Program Director of 99.5 FM NASH Icon (WZRR) in Birmingham. Peter Z comes to Cumulus Birmingham from St. Augustine, FL, where he was Principal and Director of Operations for WYRE-FM 105.5. Prior to that, he programmed 98.7 KLUV in Dallas (Classic Hits), following six years programming WGRR-FM in Cincinnati (Oldies). He was also General Manager of WAQZ-FM, WSAI-AM, and WAOZ-AM in Cincinnati. Peter Z began his radio career at WGR in his hometown of Buffalo, NY, while in college. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “We’re thrilled to add yet another big brain to our programming team. Peter brings multi-format experience to the table that should be beneficial to NASH Icon in Birmingham.” Peter Z said: “I think the lead is that I finally made a long-time dream come true and I get to program Country. I’ve always loved Country music and have had a desire to program the format since Garth showed up on the scene the first time.” 1

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Radio One Files Lawsuit Against Flinn Broadcasting Over Boomin' Moniker

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Radio One has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Flinn Broadcasting over use of its 'Boomin 96 moniker in both Oxford, MS and Tunica, MS-Memphis, TN., Radio One has created throw-back hip hop stations under the 'Boom' handle in markets such as Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas. In its Complaint, 'Plaintiff Radio One, Inc. presents claims for relief of trademark infringement, false designation of origin, deceptive acts and practices, and unfair competition against Defendant Flinn Broadcasting Corporation.' Boom, which is actually registered to CBS, assigned the name to Radio One which launched it Boom format in Houston on October 8th, 2014. Radio One says Flinn began using Boomin marks on December 7, 2014. On December 17, 2014, CBS sent a letter to Duane Hargrove, GM of Flinn's WIVG-FM 96.1, demanding the station stop using Boomin 96 in association with WIVG or other Flinn stations. A second letter was sent on January 6 and there was no response. Radio One is seeking to block Flinn from further use of the BOOMIN moniker as well as various costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Read the entire court filing HERE

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KANYE WEST: 'Of Course I Want To Be On The Radio'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Appearing before a gathering at the iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, CA's iHeartRadio Theatre, Kanye West walked out with his laptop, picked up the mic - then, according to billboard.com, put it down and proceeded to speak for around 45 minutes without a mic. Since he was speaking before a number of programmers, he circled back to a statement he made onstage at the Governors Ball in 2013: that he didn't want to be on the radio. "I was joking!" he laughed. "Of course I want to be on the radio!" In his speech, which Billboard describes as a bit stream-of-consciousness, he spoke at length about how he'd brought unlikely songs and topics to urban radio with "Jesus Walks" and "Through the Wire" from his first album, and then later in his career discovered Daft Punk and EDM and brought those influences into his music with "Stronger" and again with 808s and Heartbreak and how he hears that album's influence on a lot of urban radio today, even though it wasn't his biggest-selling album. "This little talk I'm giving is going good so far," he said at one point, "so I have to risk being Kanye." He also talked about working with Paul McCartney on "Only One." He also brought up 'what a sexy song the Beatles' "Come Together" is, and how he was in complete disbelief when Paul stood across from him and played the bassline. PHOTO/Def Jam

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[LISTEN] Gloria Allred Talks Cosby Case With WMJI-FM/Cleveland

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– With an assist from Envision Networks® Guest Services,attorney Gloria Allred spoke yesterday with The Majic Morning Show on WMJI/Cleveland (Nolan, Malone & Kullik )about (s)exual abuse allegations made against Bill sCosby. Allred is currently representing eight of the women who have come forward with allegations against Cosby. Many have questioned why it took so long for the alleged victims to come forward. Allred said that Cosby’s status as a celebrity kept the women from going public sooner because they were intimidated and feared backlash against them.“Some of them were in fear that they would not be believed … They were afraid also that they would be attacked because he has a lot of money and he can pay his, what I call his ‘paid attack dogs,’ to attack them and in fact that fear that they would be attacked has become a reality when they finally did come out,” Allred said. She went on to say that some of the alleged victims told family and friends about their accusations at the time, but never made them public with a lawsuit or by going to the police. Due to the statute of limitations, the alleged victims haven’t been able to file a lawsuit against Cosby since bringing their allegations to the public. Allred also revealed that in addition to the women she is currently representing, there are more who have contacted her but have not yet made their accusations public. She continued that some of them would do so in the future. “We haven’t heard the last of this. This is a very, very serious situation and whether or not they can sue, they can still tell what their story is in the court of public opinion and everybody can judge for themselves,” Allred said. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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DAN RATHER: The Most Dangerous Time For Journalists In The History Of The Profession

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Legendary Journalist Dan Rather spoke with Florida Live host Dan Maduri on how news media has changed over the years. When asked by Maduri if it's more dangerous to be a journalist today compared to when he was reporting abroad, Rather said: "The short answer is, yes. This is by any reasonable analysis, the most dangerous time for journalists in the history of the profession. There's always been an element of danger in things such as covering war zones, hurricanes, natural disasters, but given the situation of the world today, I think it is unquestionable it's the most dangerous time for journalists ever." Of course, back in Rather's heyday, he was well-known for taking on dangerous interviews. Did he ever get nervous, Maduri asked: "Sure. For example if you walk into Baghdad Palace as I did during Gulf War I for my first interview with Saddam Hussein, walked into the palace alone and meet Saddam Hussein three tiers underground, and you're there by yourself alone, are you gonna get nervous? You bet." Maduri asked, 'Did you ever find yourself with a certain admiration towards some of these people you were interviewing even though they had been deemed some of the most despicable people on earth? "No. When we were among the most despicable people on earth, I didn't have any thoughts about admiration. With Saddam Hussein, listen, no one could be in the room with him for any length of time at all and not conclude that here you had a stone cold killer. And what's Rather's take on today's news vs. keeping up with The Kardashians?" LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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SYNDICATION: 95.9 The Drum Columbus Adds Harvey Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– FM 95.9 The Drum announced the addition of the Steve Harvey Morning Show to the lineup at the newly-launched station. Harvey is joined by co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior and syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 70 stations with an audience of appx. six million weekly listeners. “FM 95.9 The Drum is honored and excited to introduce The Steve Harvey Morning Show to the great city of Columbus, Ohio - home of the National Football Champion Buckeyes,” stated Program Director "Wild Bill" Jenkins. Joining Harvey on “The Drum” will be former Buckeye great Maurice Clarett, Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and The Reverend Dr. Carole H. Squire, host of Grace Place, a daily talk program focused on family healing and nurturing our youth.

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New York's Media Elite Turn Out For Barry Farber Hall Induction

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– A packed crowd gathered in "The Statler Grill" in Midtown Manhattan to pay tribute to Barry Farber, at a cocktail reception commemorating his induction to the National Radio Hall of Fame. While Barry was formally inducted to the Hall of Fame at a ceremony late last year, the New York radio, media and political community came out in full force to honor Barry for his substantial contributions to the world of talk radio and to New York in general. Among the many included - Curtis Sliwa, the Founder of the Guardian Angels and the co-host of "Curtis & Kuby" on 77WABC.- Pat Kiernan (NY1 anchor) and Rita Cosby, the co-hosts of "The Ride Home" on 77WABC. - The Amazing Kreskin, the world's foremost mentalist - Frank Morano, longtime radio talk show host and the host of "Morano in the Morning" Sunday mornings from 4am-8:30am on AM 970 The Answer in NYC. According to The New York Post, Farber isn’t bitter about how badly he was paid back in the day. But addressing “you young people in radio today” Farber, 84, said, “You earn in a year what we earned in a career.” He added, “I’ve been around a long time,” Farber said. “If you look at that portrait of the Last Supper, I’m third from the right.” PHOTO/Frank Morano

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Geraldo Rivera Gets Double Love On New York Billboard

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– When you're the star of a popular TV series as well as a midday host on Cumulus' 77 WABC New York, it made good sense to make the most out of the situation. As you'll see from the large billboard, there, bigger than life, is Geraldo Rivera sandwiched between the logos of both NBC's Celebrity Apprentice and 77 WABC Radio. - Our only question is who paid for the billboard? Regardless of who paid, it's a win-win for both shows. BTW, Geraldo does regular 'Apprentice' updates on his radio show. PHOTO/Courtesy of Mike McVay

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7Bob Dylan Covers Sinatra And More On New Album; Lady Gaga And Adele Collaborating?


'SYTYCD' To Replace Mary Murphy With Paula Abdul & Jason Derulo - [TV GUIDE]

UH OH: Rosie O'Donnell Flubs Show Name, Calls It 'The Talk' - [NYDN]

HIDE THE CHILDREN: The Sun's Page 3 Returns - [BBC]

[LISTEN] Bob Dylan Covers Era He Once Derided In New Album - [SLATE]

Are Lady Gaga And Adele Planning A Collaboration - [MTV]

CHECK IT OUT: Gerber Has A New Baby - [YAHOO]

Madonna Covers 'Mojo' - [MOJO]

Lisa Kudrow To Host Writers Guild Award's Show - [EW]

Rosie Perez Return Date Set By Producers - [HEADLINES AMERICA]

UH OH: Mudd Singer Arrested For Riding Airport Baggage Carousel - [STEREOGUM]

[WATCH] Victoria's Secret's Angels Play Football In Ad Leading Up To Super Bowl - [NYDN]

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Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo Takes Mornings At 92.3 AMP New York

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– CBS Radio WBMP-FM 92.3 AMP Radio has launched “Shoboy in the Morning” as its new weekday morning drive show (Monday-Friday 5:30-10:00AM), this morning, January 22. The dprogram features the award-winning Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo making his New York City radio debut. Shoboy was most recently host of morning drive on CBS RADIO’s KMVK-FM in Dallas. “We’re establishing a new take on morning drive with this show,” said Rick Thomas, Program Director of the station. “The emphasis will remain on music but with an infusion of relevant and useful information – with a touch of Shoboy’s positive humor – that New Yorkers need to start their day. We are thrilled to welcome Shoboy and his award-winning personality to AMP.” Also joining the show is Nina Hajian, a former New Yorker by way of Seattle and Sacramento where she most recently anchored the morning show at CBS RADIO’s KZZO-FM. Hajian will provide insight and commentary on music, lifestyle, and tri-state area nightlife. The station’s local weekday line-up continues with Niko in middays (10:00AM-3:00PM), Astra from 3:00-7:00PM, and Toro from 7:00-11:00PM. 92.3 AMP Radio, New York’s newest CHR station, is available on-air at 92.3FM, online at www.923ampradiony.com and through the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices. His “Shoboy en la Manana” debuted on May 17, 2010 on CBS RADIO’s Mega 107.5 in Dallas/Fort-Worth, one of the top-rated morning shows in the market. His energetic, passionate, and candid personality radiates fun; his program features an innovative fusion of music, comedy, entertainment and community empowerment.

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MOTION: KCMO-A/F Kansas City Announces New Lineup

Rob Carson & Chris Plante To Lead The Day

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that KCMO Talk Radio 710 AM and 103.7 FM will debut a new programming line-up on Monday, February 2, with talk personality Rob Carson signing on as the station’s new Morning Host from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and veteran D.C. correspondent Chris Plante, joining KCMO from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Dave Ramsey follows live from Noon to 2:00 p.m., followed by Michael Savage from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Current morning host Greg Knapp’s show moves to afternoon drive from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mark Levin kicks off evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00, with Jon Batchelor from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight. Carson began his broadcasting career in Missouri after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University. He has taken his talk show to markets including Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Washington, DC. Carson most recently produced the show from his home studio for airing on stations in Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Milwaukee. One of radio's most prolific comedy writers, Carson’s work has been featured on America's biggest radio networks and shows, including The Rush Limbaugh Show. Chris Plante joins KCMO from WMAL in Washington, DC, following 17 years as a correspondent at CNN, including nearly a decade at the Pentagon covering the U.S. military and intelligence community. Carson said: "This is a real homecoming for me and my family. We've been away from Missouri too long, and it's a real blessing to get a spot on one of the country's premiere talkers, KCMO. I’m excited to join John Dickey, Mike McVay and Mark and Gary at Cumulus.”

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Rick Dees To Be Honored With Career Achievement Award

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– One of radio's most beloved personalities, Rick Dees, is set to be honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters on Friday, Jan. 23. The group’s president, Chuck Street, who just so happens to be Dees’ longtime traffic reporter from his days at KIIS-FM, will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award at the group’s luncheon at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. According to thedailynews.com, It was 1979 when Dees landed in Los Angeles, first at KHJ (930 AM) and then hired away by then head of programming, Don Benson (R) at KIIS-FM where he remained for over a quarter century. Dees defined morning radio in Los Angeles At KIIS-FM where he was teamed with Wally Clark, programmer Gerry DeFrancisco, and a cast that included Liz Fulton, plus fellow on-air hosts such as Big Ron O’Brien, Paul Freeman and Bruce Vidal among others. Accord in to the report:, those ratings records still stand: No FM station in Los Angeles has earned the ratings KIIS-FM had in the early to mid-1980s; only the AM stations of the 1960s and ’70s commanded a higher rating than KIIS’ 10-plus shares in the Arbitron ratings, and that was before the popularity, and extra competition, of FM.

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970 The Answer/New York's Frank Morano Scoops First Radio Interview With John Gotti Jr.

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– As you may have heard, John A. (Junior) Gotti, the son of the late “Teflon Don”, John J. Gotti, has written a book about his father and his life growing up as the son of the most famous gangster in America,and why he decided to follow in his footsteps as a member of the mafia and why he walked away from it all. His book “Shadow of my Father” is now for sale as an e-book and he’ll be doing his first radio interview tomorrow (1.23) on AM 970 THE ANSWER with Frank Morano. As luck had it, John Gambling has the day off, so Frank will be substituting for him from 11am-1pm. Gotti will join him by phone, with his attorney Charles Carnesi from 11:30 AM ET. In the NYC area, you can listen on 970 AM. You can also listen on-line anywhere in the world at www.am970theanswer.com Frank tells Jockline Daily, "I initially got to know Gotti, covering his four federal racketeering trials from 2005-2009. I was the only journalist to attend every day of the trial proceedings for all four trials.

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Are Serials Bringing Back 'Intrigue' To The Radio Experience

Audio journalism is a satisfying form for such tales: intimate voices, sound artistry, provocative questions phrased casually - Sharon Larson

7THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– While the media is still buzzing over the popularity of NPR's 'Serial,' perhaps a bigger story is the growing intrigue of storytelling on the radio medium. Now there's 'Invisibilia', starring Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (shown) a new NPR show about the unseen forces that shape human behavior, thoughts, emotions, assumptions and ideas. The New Yorker writes, “Invisibilia,” like “Serial” before it, has been the No. 1 podcast on iTunes for most of its existence, adding, “Invisibilia” sounds like a cross between “This American Life and “Radiolab,” and hints of the elaborate sound design and chatty “Cosmos”-meets-“Car Talk” vibe of “Radiolab.” Writer Sharon Larson says “Invisibilia” combines sophisticated storytelling with cultural and scientific reporting, yielding astonishing stories that can feel almost too good to be true. Audio journalism is a satisfying form for such tales: intimate voices, sound artistry, provocative questions phrased casually. Larson adds, 'Emotion, that wonderful and nefarious invisible force, is a powerful part of entertaining journalism of the NPR variety. And it’s tied to our love of both storytelling and neuroscience. We want answers and advice; we want things to make sense. On “Invisibilia,” they often do. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/John Poole/NPR

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SYNDICATION: The Dave Ramsey Show Now Third Largest In The U.S.; BizTV & BizTalkRadio To Syndicate The Ray Lucia Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– The Dave Ramsey Show” is now available on more than 550 radio affiliates and is heard by more than 8.5 million listeners weekly. The show began in 1992 and is the largest independently owned, operated and syndicated talk radio show in the country. “The Dave Ramsey Show” is clearly positioned as the third largest talk radio show in the country behind only “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and “The Sean Hannity Show.” Hosted by New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, the live radio talk show focuses on life and how it happens to revolve around money. Listeners from across the country call daily to ask Ramsey about: how to start a small business, stop fighting with their spouse, teach their kids about money, save for retirement, get out of debt and other life issues they are struggling with and wondering “What would Dave do in my situation?” The radio show offers hope to listeners who feel lost in their current financial situation. ######### BizTV and BizTalkRadio announces an exclusive deal to produce and syndicate The Ray Lucia Show. The agreement brings Mr. Lucia full circle with the radio network which launched his first national radio show in 1991; Business Talk Radio Network was recently purchased by the parent company of BizTV and rebranded to BizTalkRadio. The natural paring of BizTV and BizTalkRadio creates a unique synergy for Ray. “I have been looking for a new home for my radio and TV show,” says Ray Lucia, “after hearing and seeing what BizTV and BizTalkRadio had in mind to grow both the Lucia brand and the network, I felt like it was a perfect marriage.”

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FORMATICS: Beasley Augusta Debuts Hot 95.5/93.1 With Throwback Hip Hop And R&B

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group Augusta has debuted the all new HOT 95.5/93.1. Augusta radio veteran and market Operations Manager Chris O’Kelley has been named the station’s program director. O'Kelly says, “Although a few local stations may have peppered some of these songs into their playlist a few times a day, The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 is the ONLY station exclusively featuring Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B music from the 1980’s through the 2000’s. It’s a format specifically designed to cater to the Generation X lifestyle 24/7. “ “That’s something we felt was missing for the Augusta market,” says Beasley Broadcast Group Executive Vice President of Operations Brian Beasley. “The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 will take many members of the Augusta community back in time and it’s an on-air journey that will stir up some very fond memories. Kudos to our Beasley programming team of Chris OKelley, John Candelaria, and Justin Chase for their vision in creating the All New HOT format for Augusta and for their efforts in today’s successful launch.”

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iHeart Radio And Tinder Team For Ultimate Valentine's Escape

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– iHeartRadio and Tinder have teamed up to give 9 Winners and their Valentine's VIP Trips to the iHeartRadio Ultimate Valentine’s Escape! The weekend after Valentine's day, winners will cruise to Las Vegas for an incredible weekend, including an suite at the Paris Las Vegas, and some super special surprises including: treatments at Mandara Spa, a dinner at BLT Steak, and a private concert with superstars OneRepublic (shown) and John Legend! Applicants are asked to download the Tinder App. and then swipe until they find one of the 10 iHeartRadio profiles.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Former Aussie Radio Star Backtracks Claims Of One-Time (S)ex Addiction

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Longtime morning host, Chrissie Swan now says "I didn't have a (s)ex addiction' following a racy interview about her love life when she was younge. According to thedailymail.com, after treating listeners of her podcast, Show And Tell, to the intimate details about her young, single former self, Chrissie Swan, where she said she was once a 'borderline (s)ex addict', yesterday she tweeted, she hadn't meant the relations to be taken seriously. "I was joking' she now says. 'Obviously women can't make JOKES about anything anymore,' she wrote. The (s)ex addiction reports followed Chrissie's chat on the podcast, where she said, 'Let me explain, I was in a long-term monogamous relationship, from the ages of about 20 to 28, and when I came out of it, let's just say, politely, I made up for lost time.'

Vanessa Feltz Fills For Late Arriving Chris Evans - Chris Evans was 30 minutes late for his breakfast show – the biggest show on UK radio – meaning Vanessa Feltz had to stay on an extra half hour. The incident was handled in a tweet and patronizing way by Vanessa, who said “lovely listeners be gentle with me if you please I will be in charge for the next half hour”. Chris managed to get to work in time to be on the air in time for just after the 7am news where he sung along with his jingle and made no mention of his late arrival, but did say the show was dedicated to anyone who missed the first half hour. He said it was “probably the best, the very best since we started our five and a half year run. Seriously, catch up with it on iPlayer. It was off the chart.” He did however say thank you to “Lady Vanessa”, who would have made her way to her next show on BBC London 94.9 a little later than normal.

Kate, Tim & Marty Guarantee One listener a Million Dollars - Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty have returned to the Australian airwaves in 2015 with a simple plan - to make one listener a millionaire. However, the big question is… a millionaire of which country? It’s entirely up to the winner when they make the spin of a lifetime. One lucky listener will earn a chance to spin Kate, Tim & Marty’s wheel live in the Nova studios. Whatever country the wheel lands on will determine where they will be considered a millionaire. Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold said: “We've always wanted to give away a million dollars, and our dong-giving days are over. It's time we make it rain with some real dollas.” The currencies include one million Vietnamese dong, on million Syrian pounds, one million Ugandan shillings, one million Albanian lek and the coveted one million Australian Dollars. One million Vietnamese Dong is currently equivalent to about $58 Australian dollars. To enter, listeners can register their interest for Kate Tim & Marty’s Guaranteed Millionaire at Novafm.com.au for a chance to correctly identify country of the day and win their way onto the shortlist. Kate, Tim & Marty returned this week. With over 1.6 million listeners, Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty have been Australia’s number one national Drive show in every survey since. Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7'LL Cool J Returning To Host 2015 Grammys; Snubs, Surprises And Controversies Cover EW

 

Pharrell Gets Happy For GQ Cover - [YOUTUBE]

LL Cool J Returns As Host Of 2015 Grammys - [RTE]

UH OH: Jay Leno Blasts Bill Cosby - [NYDN]

Anderson Cooper Now Apologizes For 'No-Go-Zone" Remarks - [DEADLINE]

UH OH: LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Cut After One Season - [ET]

NBA All-Star Concert A Nightmare For New York District - [NY POST]

Steve Jobs Biopic Begins Filming At Childhood Home - [MACTRAST]

Snubs, Surprises And Controversies Cover EW - [EW]

Fergie Talks Therapy With Josh Duhamel In 'Allure' - [E ONLINE]

Jennifer Aniston Reveals Personal Struggles Plus Oscar Snub In 'The Hollywood Reporter' - [THR]

Charli XCX And Rita Ora Team For Music Video - [HOLLYWIRE]

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[WATCH] FCC Fines ESPN And Viacom For Emergency Alert Misuse

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– The FCC has upheld it's fines against Viacom and ESPN over misuse of Emergency Alerts after running ads for Film District‘s 2013 thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen,' which featured the alert audio in its trailer. According to deadline.com, the agency rejected the companies’ claims that they shouldn’t be held responsible for fines it imposed last year, requiring Viacom to pay $1.12 million and ESPN to cough up $280,000. Reportedly, Viacom aired the ad 108 times over Spike, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, Centric, and BET. ESPN ran them 13 times over four days on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS. Viacom and ESPN told the FCC that they shouldn’t be held responsible because they weren’t notified that the movie trailer broke the rules. Viacom added that the ban on use of EAS tones “does not apply to intermediaries…which neither produced the Advertisement nor transmitted it directly to consumers.” The FCC countered by saying that the rule “applies broadly to ‘persons’ and does not exclude cable programmers.” It also applies to those who “transmit or cause to transmit” the tones, which gave the companies “unambiguous notice” that they could be held responsible. Of note: Viacom’s ad guidelines tell buyers that it can review commercials before they run and reject them if needed “to ensure compliance” with laws and regulations. CLICK HERE TO WATCH TRAILER

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Dean Blundell Headed Back To Toronto's Airwaves On Rogers' Sportsnet 590

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –7– A year after being booted from his longtime home on rocker 102.1 The Edge, controversial host Dean Blundell is going to be the new morning show host of Sportsnet 590 The Fan starting in March. According to thestar.com, in addition to Blundell joining the Roger's station on March 2, former morning show host Greg Brady will move to the 1 p.m. slot starting on March 30 while his on-air partner, Andrew Walker will join the new Blundell & Co. morning show. Brady starts March 30, with a co-host still to be determined. Blundell has been off the air for over a year after his long-running show on the Edge was cancelled after he and other radio hosts made “homophobic” remarks on the air. The show was suspended in Dec. 2013 but then cancelled in Jan. 2014. His producer at the time, Derek Welsman had served on a jury which convicted a man of (s)exually assaulting three men whom he met at bathhouses. During his show, Welsman and other hosts mocked men who visit bathhouses. Blundell later apologized saying, “We both made rude, homophobic and inappropriate remarks, which were offensive and unacceptable. We offended a lot of listeners, our families and our friends,” according to The Toronto Star. A few months after leaving the station, Blundell mocked his firing with his own 'Hey I got fired roast (right).'

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia St. Louis Names Two New Program Directors

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced that Dusty Panhorst (L) has been named Program Director for Country KSD-FM (93.7 The Bull) and Jordan DeSocio has been named Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia St. Louis and Program Director for Rhythmic CHR KBWX (Wild 104.9), effective immediately. Panhorst most recently held the position of Assistant Program Director for KSD. He began his career as an intern in 2005. DeSocio most recently served as Assistant Program Director for KBWX and CHR KSLZ. He also previously held key programming positions with iHeartMedia in Orlando and Cincinnati.
"I'm extremely honored to take the reigns of The Bull,” said Panhorst. “We have an amazing team in St. Louis and the future is very bright." “This is an amazing opportunity and I'm thrilled to continue to grow in my career with iHeartMedia St. Louis," said DeSocio.

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MOTION: Jimmy Ray And Jen Exit Eagle 97.3 Virginia Beach; Op's Mgr. Takes To YouTube To Discuss

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Jimmy Ray and Jen, morning hosts on Eagle 97.3/Virginia Beach, have left the station, but in a most unusual follow-up, Op's Mgr. John Shomby took to YouTube to discuss the parting. “Jimmy Ray and Jen were a great morning show for a great bunch of years,” and said the station now plans to conduct a nationwide search for a “live and local morning show,” Shomby said. He does not expect a nationally syndicated show to replace the the show, but their replacement could be anyone from a team to a single host. Shomby added, “I’ve got to tell you, they were my friends .. I miss them. I’ll miss them too... " In the interim, Mark McKay will handle mornings, Karen West will cover afternoons and Stephanie Taylor will do nights. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Alpha Media To Purchase Coast Radio Group; Would Bring Station Total To 89

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 – Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Coast Radio Company. Coast owns three radio stations; KUIC(FM) in Vacaville, CA., KKIQ(FM) inLivermore, CA. and KKDV(FM) in Walnut Creek, CA. Alpha Media will begin operating the Coast stations under an LMA starting February 1, 2015. Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Coast clusters to the eighty-six stations (which include eleven under LMAs) currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to eighty-nine. Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “I’m thrilled to be buying from exceptional operators and management who really know radio. I’m excited about the stations; they will fit nicely into our live and local game plan and concentration in California.” John Levitt; President & CEO of Coast Radio Company said, “Alpha Media is the ideal group to continue Coast Radio’s legacy of serving our local communities. My brother Jim and I have been partners for 40 years in radio station ownership and could not be happier to have found such a great home for our stations and employees.” This transaction will be filed with the Federal Communications Commission shortly and is subject to their approval.

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Radio Host Seeks To Turn John Denver's Aspen Home Into Peace Retreat

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Following last August announcement that the late John Denver's Aspen home was on the market for $10.75 million, Willie Hoevers, who host a weekly American Veteran's Radio Show, had a vision to turn the home into a "Global Retreat for Peace." According to bizjournal.com, Hoevers told the Aspen Times that although the asking price is a bit out of his range, he is turning to listeners to raise the money. "I'm looking for people who are willing to invest in peace. Nothing more, nothing less," Hoevers told the newspaper. "And I'm looking for investors who are willing to take that step." The 6,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, 4.5 baths house is located on 7.6 acres of prime mountain real estate. It has been listed at Carol Dopkin of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty since late July. Dopkin said the current owners spend about two weeks a year there and no longer desire to own it. Denver died in 1997 after an aircraft he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California. He was 53.

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iHeartRadio Country Festival Returns In May

Hosted By Premiere Network's Bobby Bones

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today the return of the successful iHeartRadio Country Festival. This year, country music's biggest superstars will hit the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2, in a live celebration of all things Country. The country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life onstage in Austin with an extraordinary lineup including Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley, with more to be announced, and will be hosted by iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated host Bobby Bones. "The country format has great talent and on-air personalities who have such a strong bond and loyalty with their fans and there is no better way to celebrate that relationship than at a live event," said Tom Poleman President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. "With our more than 120 country stations nationwide we have the ability to bring the biggest events and one-of-a-kind experiences to our loyal listeners that no one else can provide."

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[WATCH] CBS Sunday Morning Profiles Steve Harvey

THE This past weekend, CBS Sunday Morning featured a candid interview with Steve Harvey about why he laughs in the face of adversity. Special Correspondent James Brown sat down with Harvey in Chicago as he marked his 58th birthday to talk about his journey from losing everything he owned twice and living in his car for three years, to becoming an award-winning radio and television host, best-selling author and producer, and why he doesn’t take his success for granted. He tells CBS' Charlie Brown, "I tape 180 shows in 34 weeks," Harvey said. "And then as soon as I'm done, I go home to Atlanta to tape 'Family Feud.' And in eight weeks I tape 185 shows. And then every morning on the radio I do 240 live shows a year, every morning!"The checks help get you there," he laughed. "The moment they quit paying me -- I'm exhausted!" WATCH HERE

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PHOTOS: Marilu Henner Reunites With 'Taxi' Cast; Dee Jay Silver Ties The Knot

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group host, Marilu Henner, was broadcasting from the ABC News Radio studios in NYC in conjunction with the premiere of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' starring fellow cast member Tony Danza. Taxi co-stars Christopher Lloyd (Reverend Jim Ignatowsjki) and Carol Kane (Simka Dahblitz-Gravas) stopped by to share some 'Taxi' memories. The full cast reunited at the Nederlander Theatre. CAST PHOTO/David Gordon ##### Fellow SBG host, Dee Jay Silver, Sony Music Nashville artist and host of Sun Broadcast Group’s The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver, tied the knot last week on the beach in Punta Cana, D.R. As a wedding present, Sun Broadcast Group gave them a George Foreman grill and 3 new affiliates: WCKN-FM, Charleston SC, KIOD-FM, McCook NE, and WJVL-FM, Janesville WI. If you’d like to give a gift of affiliation, they are registered at Sun Broadcast Group 212-380-9303. Pictured are Dee Jay and his better half, Jenna Michelle.

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7Blake Shelton Rips Critics Of 'American Sniper;' Perry Covers ESPN's Music Issue

 

UH OH: The 'Bieb To Be Roasted On 'Comedy Central' - [RYAN SEACREST]

Katy Perry Plays Ball With Houston Texans' JJ Watt IN ESPN's Music Issue - [ESPN]

UH OH: Bad Plumbing Forces Justin Timberlake's New York Eatery To Close - [PAGE SIX]

J.K. Simmons Is Going To Host SNL - [PEOPLE]

Netflix To Stream 'The Interview' Beginning Jan. 24th - [THE VERGE]

NBC Streaming Superbowl For Free - [EW]

'50 Shade's' Dakota Johnson Vogue Cover Hits News Stands Today - [DAILY MAIL]

Blake Shelton Rips Critics Of 'American Sniper' - [GOSSIP COP]

Oscar de la Hoya To Launch Boxing Channel - [VARIETY]

Rob Lowe Tells Conan About Time He Filmed Show Next To Dildo Factory - [UPROXX]

 

 

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MOTION: Len Berman And Todd Schnitt Team For Mornings At 710 WOR New York

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– 710 WOR-AM New York announced today the debut of its new morning show, "Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning," which will broadcast weekdays from 6-10:00 a.m., beginning Jan. 26, 2015. Berman is an Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Best Selling Author who has covered just about every major sports event including multiple Super Bowls, World Series and Olympics during his 40-year career in broadcasting. He was a long-time sports anchor for WNBC-TV and creator of “Spanning the World,” a monthly collection of sports bloopers, which is a long time staple on NBC’s Today Show. Schnitt is an award-winning nationally syndicated radio talk show host heard on over 50 stations nationwide, which he'll continue to host via the show's flagship station WFLA Tampa. He previously hosted the very successful "MJ Morning Show," which ran for 18 years in Tampa on WFLZ and included affiliates in Atlanta, St. Louis, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers. "Len Berman is the perfect co-host, he is a well-known New Yorker and brings a ton of wit, wisdom and street smarts to the microphone," said Schnitt. "Together we are very excited to construct a new local, engaging and entertaining morning show for New York." "I've been fortunate to broadcast for some historic stations and am thrilled to add the iconic WOR to that list," said Berman. "This is the entertaining, informative and locally focused morning show that New Yorkers have been waiting for," said Thea Mitchem, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "We are confident the show will quickly become an essential part of New Yorkers' mornings."

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John McConnell Joins Talent/Content Management Group Workhouse Media

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Talent and content management company Workhouse Media announces today that John McConnell has joined the company as Executive Vice President. McConnell will be in charge of overseeing Workhouse Media’s East Coast offices as well as serving in a new senior management role for the company. McConnell comes to Workhouse Media after a long history of senior executive management for a series of successful radio networks, including ABC Music and ABC News, ABC Talk Radio and the ESPN Radio Network. Over the past six years, in managing his own company, he has represented some of the most popular stars in broadcasting today. “John comes to Workhouse Media with a powerful combined background in programming, syndication and strategy,” says Paul B. Anderson, Principal & CEO of Workhouse Media, adding that he and McConnell have worked together on both sides of the negotiating table for more than ten years. “His track record is both broad and deep, and the industry recognizes his impeccable reputation for integrity and results.” McConnell, who will be managing Workhouse Media’s expanded offices in New York, says his new role with the company will extend its client reach, as well as representation model. “We need to be able to identify and develop where talent is going before the next wave online and at every stage in their broadcast careers ... Paul and I share an enthusiasm for developing and nurturing our creative partners at every level and stage of growth.” Workhouse Media, Inc. is a multi-platform talent + content management company, with clients and partnerships working across radio, television, literary representation, digital and film. The company has offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scott Shapiro Named VP/Sports For Premiere Networks; Westwood One Promotes Jim Daunais & Tim Walker To EVPs

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced today that Scott Shapiro has been named Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, effective immediately. Shapiro will report to Don Martin, Premiere Networks SVP of Sports Programming. In his most recent role, Shapiro served as Program Director of ESPN Radio. He previously served as producer of Mike & Mike, Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer of WQXI-AM, 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Ga. He also produced Mayhem in the AM, and managed its simulcast on Comcast Sports South TV. ************ Westwood One announced that it has promoted seasoned sales executives Jim Daunais (L) and Tim Walker (R) to Executive Vice-Presidents in its network Sales division. Daunais becomes EVP, Southeast Region and Walker moves up to EVP, Southwest Region. Daunais is based in Atlanta; Walker in Dallas. Before joining the company in 2004, he also served as an account executive for the New York Mets. Walker is a 25+ year broadcast veteran. He spent the last three years as Director of National Sales, Southwest Region, for Cumulus, and before that was National Sales Manager for Cumulus, Dallas/Houston. Prior to joining Cumulus, Walker worked as the National Sales Manager for CBS Radio, Dallas. This is his second tour with Westwood One. He was an account executive in the Dallas office from 2000-2002.

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[LISTEN] Seattle Station Catches F-Bomb Heard 'Round The World In Post-Game Interview

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– By scant chance you didn't hear, there was quite a playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Greenbay Packers on Sunday with the Seahawks delivering a wild comeback in overtime to win 28-22. KIRO/Seattle was on the scene and scooped a quick reaction to a highly emotional wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse following the winning drive. Catch the 90-second clip below from Seahawks radio flagship KIRO where Doug Baldwin made it perfectly clear that Russell Wilson "didn't have a *uckin' message" before the game-winning drive, and Jermaine Kearse insisting that "I know I didn't make all my plays, but when they count, I MAKE 'EM." Hats off to sideline radio reporter, Jen Mueller (R) for grabbing the the sound bites which by now has surely been heard by millions around the world - CAUTION: STRONG LANGUAGE - LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE AND PHOTOS FROM GUARDIAN.COM

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Mark McCrazy Experience Take Mornings At BOOM 94.5/Dallas

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Just two months after its launch, Radio One's KSOC-FM (Boom 94.5/Dallas has announced it morning and afternoon shows. OM/PD Mark McCray will anchor the "Mark McCrazy Experience" with co-host India and DJ Menace. And taking afternoons is Fort Worth native Big Baby Kenny J from 2-7pm with DJ Mo Dave. "It's always been a desire of mine to return to Texas, where I have lived most of my adult life, and to host mornings," said McCrazy. "I've reassembled my team. India, Menace and I hosted a show in Florida (X102.3 West Palm) for 8 years. I know we can bring the same energy, entertainment, local information, Hip Hop knowledge and community involvement to the place we call home, North Texas." Radio One/Dallas VP/General Manager Gary Spurgeon said, "Boom 94.5 is experiencing significant growth in DFW and the North Texas area. The addition of Mark, India and Menace live in mornings, gives us even more momentum for the BOOM 94.5 brand. The combination of great Classic Hip Hop, live and local morning personalities, a local afternoon program and our specialty features, gives BOOM 94.5 the additional boost to take it to a whole new level of entertainment for the DFW listener." PHOTO/Ms. India, DJ Menace And McCray,

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The Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, Is Hitting the Road Again In 2015

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 – After going to 40 markets in 2014, Joyner sets out again to visit more listeners on a monthly basis. The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) launched the first leg of the 2015 “Meet Every Listener” tour on January 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Each month Tom Joyner, along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown (shown), will broadcast live from a different region of the country from local radio station affiliates, meet and greet listeners and sponsors, and generally have a great time meeting thousands of people. During the week of January 19th the TJMS started in Houston, TX with Majic 102.1, continuing on to Beaumont, TX broadcasting from KTCX-FM 102.5, then to Shreveport, LA with KVMA-FM102.9; the TJMS will complete this leg in Little Rock, AR with KOKY-FM 102.1. Follow the tour on social media via hashtag #TJMSTour and online on BlackAmericaWeb.com for photos and updates.

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7'American Sniper' Tops $105 Million At Box Office; Ferrell & Hart Star In 'Get Hard'

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'American Sniper' Now Topping $105M At Box Office - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Betty White Surprised By 'Flash Mob' On Her 93rd, Birthday - [PEOPLE]

Fox In Talks Fo More '24'; Maybe Without Sutherland - [EW]

The UK Sun To Cover Up Pg. 3 Topless Photos Tradition - [YAHOO]

[WATCH] Matt Healy Says He Is NOT Dating Taylor Swift - [GOSSIP COP]

UH OH: 'Bigget Loser' Contestant Reveals Behind The Scenes' Secrets - [NY POST]

Guess Who Julianne Hough & Vanessa Hudgen Are Going To Play In Fox's Live 'Grease' Musical - [E ONLINE]

World Renowned Fitness Expert/Actor Killed By Train In California - [NBC LA]

Famed CSNY Drummer Passes Away At 66 - [UCR]

Gary Sinise Starring In 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff - [DEADLINE]

Sportscaster Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest for Soliciting A D.C. Prostitute - [WAPO]

[WATCH] 'Price Is Right' Announcer Takes Hilarious Fall Off Treadmill During Show - Doens't Miss A Beat - [TODAY]

[WATCH] 'Get Hard' With Kevin Hart And Will Ferrell - [SLASH FILM]

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Former New Orleans' Talk Host Caught On Video Making (S)exual Advances Towards Cabbie, Found Guilty Of Mischief

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– A New Orleans attorney and former WGSO/New Orleans' radio talk host accused of filing a false police report against the cabdriver who filmed her sexual advances toward him during a cab ride three years ago, was found guilty of misdemeanor criminal mischief last Friday (Jan. 16), according FOX 8 NOLA. Jennifer Gaubert, who was convicted in April of simple battery against driver Hervey Farrell, escaped a more serious felony charge of making false statements, the station reported. Farrell had originally faced charges of extortion and video voyeurism following a 2013 cab ride, with Gaubert claiming the cabbie emailed her attorney threatening to expose the video unless she paid him. But prosecutors declined the charges, leading Farrell to bring a federal lawsuit against New Orleans police and the city over his arrest. Farrell shot video of Gaubert which was entered into evidence during the simple-battery trial of Gaubert. Judge Paul Sens convicted Gaubert on April 2 of touching the cab driver without his permission. Farrell has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the New Orleans Police Department for the way they initially handled the matter. WARNING: NSFW - WATCH HERE

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MOTION: Mark Thompson Kicks Off Feb. 2nd On The Sound/LA; Karen Blake And Ralphie Marino Reunite On 99.9 The Q

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– LA's iconic morning host, Mark Thompson will officially kick off Mark In The Morning, February 2 on KSWD-FM. This follows his well-publicized exit from KLOS-FM in August of 2012. The new show will include Andy Chanley and Gina Grad (R) who also recently joined Adam Carolla's podcast. "Even though I had no idea who Mark Thompson was until he dragged me down to Hollywood Blvd. and made me look at his star on the Walk of Fame, I was thrilled to be offered a full-time gig, so needless to say, I took the job," joked Grad. Also joining the show is Thompson's daughter, Katie. ######## This morning will mark the debut of Karen Blake and Ralphie Marino on 99.9 The Q/Cape Cod. PD Jerry McKenna first put Karen and Ralphie together on Star 93.7 and it was a huge hit, and Ralphie has been a frequent guest on Karen’s show on the Q, the fun and chemistry flows from the speakers,” said CCB Media General Manager Bev Tilden. “Ralphie and Karen are true professionals. They each know how to create great morning radio.” McKenna added, “Listening to Karen and Ralphie is like listening in on a husband and wife, siblings or the best of friends…it is life itself”. Karen began her career at KISS 108 in Boston and made stops at WZOU, Star 93.7, Oldies 103 and she was nominated for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year while at ZOU. Marino will continue to be heard on Country mid-days after hosting mornings at Cape Country 104 for the past year. Former stints include New York's KTU, Boston's JAMN, Mornings at Star and in the Manchester, NH market. In other news for the CCB Media outlet, Cat Wilson takes the reins of the morning with her new show “That Girl” on Cape Country 104. 1

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CONDOLENCES: The Vibe's Virginia's Big Dose Killed In Auto Collision

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Christopher Thorne, known as DJ Big Dose, afternoon host and promotions director at The Vibe (WVBE-FM, 100.1/97.7, 610 AM Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA, was killed last Friday in a vehicle collision while visiting Panama, according to the station’s website. Dose's career began in 1988, during his freshman year in college. In 1989, he got his first opportunity in radio at WRFG – 89.3FM (a 100,000 community station) in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1990 - 1995, he joined the Rhythm & Vibes Crew at WRAS – 88.5FM (Georgia State University). In 1997, Dose was hired at WVEE – V-103 as a part-time on-air personality, evening show producer & mix show DJ. After leaving V-103 in 2001, he was hired at WBHH (the first all hip-hop station on the east coast), Norfolk, Virginia, as the afternoon show host. He spent the next 10 years, within the Clear Channel Norfolk cluster as evening & night show host at WOWI (103Jamz). He also was midday / afternoon show host at WKUS (KISS-FM).

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REPORT: Big John Howell To Double As Host And Producer For Country Show On WWO

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Following last week's news of longtime Chicago host, Big John Howell's move to WLS AM 890, media blogger Robert Feder reports as part of his agreement with Cumulus Media, the veteran Chicago radio personality is expected to double as host and producer of a nationally distributed country music show, which could be launched as early as this spring. Meanwhile, on WLS 890 AM, Howell will be joined by traffic reporter Jen DeSalvo. Most recently, DeSalvo handled afternoon traffic reports on WLS 94.7 FM. Howell spent several years at WUSN 99.5 FM and from 1999 to 2006 hosted “Country Gold,” a weekly request show syndicated by Westwood One.

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SYNDICATION: Roland Martin Inks New Deal For Launch Of 'The Roland Martin Show'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– The Roland Martin Show will begin broadcasting Monday, January 19, on Empowerment Radio Network, 10a.m. – 1p.m. EST in 20 Markets. The new syndication deal represents both a day part change and expansion for Martin on the radio platform, while it comes on the heels of a recent announcement by TV One that Martin's NewsOne Now. 'Radio is a tremendously powerful medium. It allows me to get up close and personal with the audience, and to hear what is happening on the ground around the country," says Martin. "I am excited to own my show, and to grow it in partnership with David. It's time to #bringthefunk!"

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Aussie Radio Group Banks $8 Million Salary For Hamish And Andy To Boost Ratings

Duo To Earn $40,000 Per Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– The ratings get underway in Australia today and Southern Cross Austereo is banking a reported $8 million dollars that the comedy duo of Hamish and Andy (L) will be just what the radio doctor ordered. According to The Daily Mail, Australian Radio Network boss Duncan Campbell has slammed the lucrative $8million deal resurrecting the c in July as 'making no commercial sense.' Either way, the pair will l$40,000 each. SCA executives are keeping are hoping Hamish And Andy will slow down the ratings machine of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' who defected to ARN's KIIS FM. In spite of the move, reportedly, Kyle and Jackie O couldn't maintain their winning streak, being beaten by their Australian Radio Network colleagues Jonesy and Amanda on more than one occasion. For the record, Hamish and Andy will hold down the afternoon drive show, not mornings.

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[WATCH] Minnesota Host Makes It On "The Price is Right"

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– Make it one more radio peep to hear those immoral words 'Come on down! in front of a live TV studio audience. That host was Brad Steele from Z99/Mankato MN who was a contestant on the legendary game show 'The Price Is Right.' According to KEYC News 12, Brad was the last contestant to be called down and guessed the price of his prize correctly and got to play Plinko. Over the weekend, Brad spoke to them about his experience on the show and find out just how he landed on "The Price is Right" Jockline reached out to Brad to find out when the show will air. More details to follow. WATCH HERE

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WGN'S Scott Miller Chosen As Remington's February Calendar Boy

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– As it turns out, Remington not only makes fine razors, but they post their own annual calendar as well. And in this year's edition, who other than WGN Chicago's Scott Miller to pick for it's month of February. Scott, not only serves as night-time host Pete McMurray's producer, but also server in added capacities for WGN as well. He tells Jockline Daily, he honored to be Mr. February in the #‎Remington #‎BeardBoss 2015 calendar. And invites our readers to download your free calendar here: http://www.remingtonproducts.com/beard-boss.aspx

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Another Setback For Sirius XM In Turtles' Copyright Suit

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– A New York federal judge mostly rejected Sirius XM Holdings Inc's request to reconsider her Nov. 14 decision in favor of members of the 1960s band The Turtles over the payment of royalties for songs made before 1972. According to reuters.com, Judge Colleen McMahon rejected Sirius' arguments that Flo & Eddie Inc did not own copyrights in The Turtles' recordings or gave it an "implied" license to play Turtles songs. She did agree that Flo & Eddie could recover damages for copyright infringement only for the three years before it sued on Aug. 16, 2013, not six years as she had previously suggested. The lawsuit is among others that Sirius and Pandora face over their playing of songs recorded before Feb. 15, 1972. Though such songs are not covered by federal copyright law, some recording artists and labels have won rulings entitling them to copyright protection under individual state laws. Flo & Eddie has filed lawsuits in New York, California and Florida, seeking more than $100 million for Sirius' alleged infringements. In September, a federal judge in California found Sirius liable for infringements under that state's laws.

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Beasley Announces Beasley Media Group, Heather Monahan Promoted To Chief Revenue Officer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., owner and operator of 53 stations (33 FM and 20 AM) announced that previously held Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s portfolio of radio stations have been merged into one, 7Beasley Media Group, Inc. The name reflects the broad and expansive reach of on-air, digital and collateral radio products that are available to Beasley’s listeners and advertisers. The publicly-traded parent company, headquartered in Naples, Florida, remains Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. and continues to trade as “BBGI” on NASDAQ. Following this announcement, comes word that they've named Heather Monahan to the newly created position of Chief Revenue Officer. Most recently, Heather served as the Company’s executive vice president of sales. She joined Beasley Broadcast Group in 2003 as the Director of Sales for Beasley’s Fort Myers-Naples cluster of radio stations. In 2004, Ms. Monahan was promoted to Vice President of Sales, responsible for company-wide initiatives to improve revenue generation and manage the development of the sales and management team. In 2007, Ms. Monahan was advanced to her current position of Executive Vice President. Send your best to her at heather@bbgi.com.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Patrick Davis Expands Duties For iHeartMedia

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Patrick Davis will expand his duties as Vice President of Programming to include the Austin market, effective immediately. He started his career as "Flash Phillips" doing mornings and as Program Director in Waco, Texas for eight years. Davis then became Program Director of WFMF in Baton Rouge and later moved to Dallas in 2002 as Kidd Kraddick's Operations Manager. Two years later he was named Program Director for KHKS, where he took the station from No.12 to No.1. In 2011, Davis was named Vice President of Programming of the Dallas cluster. "We are pleased to have Patrick leading the programming and brand strategies for both the Dallas and Austin clusters," said Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "This is a well-deserved and great opportunity for Patrick ­ he has a proven track record and I know he will drive results and lead both markets to even greater ratings success." I'm delighted to have the chance to work with the legendary brands and the amazing team in Austin," said Davis. "A big thank you to Brad Hardin, Kelly Kibler, Pam McKay and Deidre Richter for this incredible opportunity."

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SYNDICATION: Bubba's Army Invades Country 103.1 The Wolf Orlando

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– Bubba The Love Sponge has announced the addition of his show to JVC Media's new country outlet in Orlando, WOTW 103.1 FM The Wolf. He'll debut on Monday, January 19. JVC Media EVP and market manager Shane Reeve said, "We have 78experienced great success with Bubba in all of our other markets, Bubba is a radio machine and knows how to win. I am confident that Orlando will be a Bubba Town again in a few short months." Bubba's show is currently heard on WHFS-FM 98.7 FM/Tampa, WRXK 96.1 FM/Ft. Myers, FL, WYBB 98.1 FM Charleston, SC, WZLB 103.1 FM/Ft. Walton Beach, FL, WTRS-FM 102.3 Ocala, FL, KRZQ 104.1 FM/Reno and streamed via RadioIO on Bubba Army Radio.

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Dennis Miller And Adam Carolla Team For 'PO'd' On Podcast

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced that comedian, actor, radio host and Saturday Night Live legend Dennis Miller, and radio host, comedian and entrepreneur Adam Carolla are teaming up in a brand new podcast series entitled PO’d with Dennis Miller and Adam Carolla. An addition to their roster of popular PodcastOne programs, including The Adam Carolla Show and Miller Time, the hilarious and unpredictable, one-hour weekly show will feature the pair as they entertain with comedic rants on current events, pop-culture and life in general, and invite celebrity friends to join the conversation. PO’d with Dennis Miller and Adam Carolla debuts Saturday, January 17 and will be available on www.PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz said, “I’ve worked with both of these guys for years and its just great to put the two of them together to do something that’s totally different as a podcast… Excuse me a PO’d cast. They’re both incredibly talented, extremely well-known, each with a huge fan following, and yes, as the title of the show would imply, they’re often po’d about one thing or another. We think this is gonna be the latest big hit coming from PodcastOne and there’s a lot of smiles around the office.”

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Florida Host B.J. Odom Gets A New Kidney

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– As a follow-up to a story we first reported last April, Ft. Myers Fl. host B.J. Odom says he's now looking forward to performing more stand-up after getting a new kidney this week reports news-press.com "I definitely feel relieved," Odom said from his hospital room Wednesday. "I'm glad that it's in there!" Odom had been on a waiting list since April to get a donated kidney from a deceased person. He'd expected to wait at least another six months to a year. Doctors at Tampa General Hospital transplanted the new organ during a three-hour surgery on Monday. Now Odom must wait to see if the new kidney takes. He's still on dialysis until it starts working — a process that can take several days to one or two weeks. Odom is both a stand-up comedian and and radio host who fills in TWANG 106.7 FM. Odom's kidney failure resulted from a heart transplant 11 years ago and the anti-rejection drugs he had to take afterward.

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[WATCH] Jennifer Lopez Talks 'Steamy' Scenes In 'Boy Next Door' With Seacrest

'Faking It Isn't As Enjoyable As Some May Think'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– Fresh off the launch of American Idol's season 14 premiere, actress/judge Jennifer Lopez joined Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM to share her much talked about role as a recently-divorced school teacher who falls for a younger man, played by Ryan Guzman. She told Seacrest: “When I read the script, I liked the character because I felt it was very related ... She’s a woman in a long marriage, her husband just cheated on her, and she’s kind of at the lowest point in her life." As for those steamy scenes, J-Lo said faking it isn’t as enjoyable as some may think. “I wouldn’t say they’re fun. They’re awkward and a little bit uncomfortable, but you try to get into it to make it look real … Get the scene over with ... I get mine at home, I’m good. I’m not here for that. No, but seriously, I like to keep it professional!” Guzman said, “I wasn’t uncomfortable at all. In fact, she was the one that helped me out to become comfortable throughout the whole scene.” The two recently attended the Golden Globes red carpet together on Sunday evening, where J-Lo's cleavage-baring gown prompted co-presenter, Jeremy Renner, to say “You’ve got the globes.” WATCH VIDEO HERE The Boy Next Door arrives in theaters on January 23.

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Radio Mercury Awards Announces Final Round Judging Panel

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– The Radio Mercury Awards announced the final round judging panel for the 24th Annual Radio Mercury Awards today. The 'jury' drawn together with the help of Chief Judge Jim Elliott, incoming Global Chief Creative Officer, Arnold Worldwide, comprises thought leaders from across the country, across all sized markets and diverse audiences for some of radio's top spending advertising clients. Listed below is the 2015 Radio Mercury Awards Final Round Judging Panel:
Sergio Alcocer, chief creative officer, LatinWorks Justine Armour, creative director, SW+K/Portland, Chris Beresford-Hill, executive creative director, BBDO NY, Pete Harvey, partner, creative director, barrett SF, Jaime Robinson, vice president, executive creative director, Pereira & O'Dell, Marty Senn, executive creative director, senior partner, Carmichael Lynch, Nik Studzinski, executive creative director, Droga5, Christopher Warmanen, senior vice president, creative director, Leo Burnett Chicago.The 2015 Call for Entry is open for submissions, with a deadline of April 6, 2014. This year's awards event will take place in New York at Le Poisson Rouge on June 3. Prizes will be awarded in the Agency Production, Radio Station Produced, Student, PSA, Spanish Language, Campaign, Innovation, Integrated Campaign, and Best of Show. For more information on the Radio Mercury Awards, log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.

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NETWORKS: WWO To Broadcast Full Audio Coverage Of NFL Championship On Sunday

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 – Westwood One Sports, the official network radio partner for the National Football League, continues its broadcast coverage of the NFL postseason, including this weekend’s NFC and AFC Conference Championship games on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Broadcast coverage of the Conference Championship doubleheader kicks off at 2:00 pm ET and features a rematch of opening night of the 2014 season, as Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Following the conclusion of that game, the AFC Championship Game takes center stage, when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Westwood One Sports offers exclusive live action from all the NFL postseason games, including the Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl XLIX from Phoenix, Arizona. All games can be heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide, as well as on SiriusXM satellite radio, and streamed online at NFL.com/Audiopass, and NFL Mobile from Verizon.

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Yea Networks Goes Global

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– YEA Networks, producer of shows such as The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show and The Bert Show, has enlisted Global Media Services to handle affiliate relations for its syndicated programming. Global Media Services was established in 2014 by Tony Garcia to provide affiliate relations and marketing services to independent producers. Garcia most recently served as vice president at RegionalHelpWanted.com. Prior to that, he was assistant VP/syndication for Greater Media Charlotte and was responsible for launching AC morning show Bob & Sheri into syndication. “Tony is one of the top media executives in the business, which is why we are so excited to team with Global to bring our top-rated programming to new markets and new audiences across the country,” said George Laughlin, CEO of YEA Networks. “We feel that despite our strong existing network, we’ve only scratched the surface of our potential with our syndicated shows. “This is an amazing opportunity to work with George as well as some of the most talented and creative people in the business,” said Garcia. “I’m very honored and excited to be helping two of our industry’s best programs grow their affiliate bases.” Stations interested in affiliating with The Bert Show and/or The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show are encouraged to contact Garcia at 303.557.1961, garciatony60@gmail.com

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7Bethany Frankel To Launch 'Skinnygirl Marijuana' That Won't Give You Munchie's

 

Mariah Carey Pitches Tent In 'Vegas - [ET]

Rosie O'Donnell Says Rosie Perez ISN'T leaving 'The View' - [MEDIAITE]

'DWTS' Sets 20th Season Premiere Date - [DIGITAL SPY]

Homeless Hitchhiker Surprises Judges During 'Idol Audition - [GOSSIP COP]

UH OH: Jennifer Aniston's Comment On First True Love Hits Nerve With His Widow - [NYDN]

Chris Brown' Probation Revoked - [THE HOLLYWOOD PATCH]

Check It Out: Bethenny Frankel To Open 'Pot' Shop - [US]

John Travolta, Sans Wig, Surprise Chat & Selfie With Guy In Gym At 3 AM Goes Viral - [REDDIT]

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28TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2015 –– The NAB is accepting entries for the 2015 NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service. Established in 1987, the Crystal Radio Awards bring national recognition to radio stations for their year-round commitment to serving their communities. To enter, a station must submit their online entry describing their community service efforts for the 2014 calendar year. Fifty Crystal Radio Awards finalists and 10 winners are chosen by judges with broadcast and community service backgrounds. Entry information is available on www.nab.org/crystals or by contacting Melek Demir, 202-775-3511. "I've always regarded the Crystal as the single biggest honor in broadcasting," said Dan Seeman, vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Entry submissions must be received by January 31. The Crystal Radio Awards finalists will be revealed in February. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon.

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[WATCH] 94.5 The Lake 'Says No To Seattle' Bands

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Here we go again. You'll recall back in the days leading up to the MLB World series when some San Francisco stations decided to ban Lorde's "Royals' song. A knock at the KC Royals who would face their beloved San Francisco Giant's. Well, fast forward to this weekend's match up between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. But this time, Milwaukee's 94.5 The Lake is pulling the plug on ALL bands associated with Seattle, including Heart, Nirvana, Pearl Jam (shown) and more. Green Bay lost in Seattle in Week 1 of this season, and, according to Q13Fox TV, in the 2012 "Fail Mary" game where the incorrect result cost the green and gold a first-round bye. So, as a means to change the karma, 94.5 The Lake will keep the ban going from yesterday until the end of Sunday's game at about 5 p.m. CT. Calling it “Say NO to Seattle,” 94.5 The Lake's JJ Girard (inset) is leadin the charge. Of course, after the game, Seattle acts will be restored. WATCH HERE

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Hot 97 New York Welcomes Nessa To Afternoons; Appoints Pio Ferro As PD

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– WQHT HOT 97 FM announced the addition of two newcomers to the Emmis New York family. First up Nessa (R)from KYLD in San Francisco. Since 2010, Nessa has hosted the night show for KYLD, where she was heard in more than 25 markets including Los Angeles and Chicago. She can also be seen on MTV/MTV2, hosting various programs such as Girl Code and The Real World Ex-Plosion After Show. Nessa will take over the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot alongside DJ Enuff. “Working for HOT 97 is a dream come true!” states Nessa. “I want to thank Jimmy Steal, Rick Cummings, and Deon for this amazing opportunity, as well as my mentor, Cat Collins. New York, let’s go!” HOT 97 also announced that radio veteran, Pio Ferro, has accepted the position of Program Director for HOT 97. Current PD, Jay Dixon, who took on the role in July 2014, will return to a consulting role with Emmis NY, staying on as consultant for HOT 97, as well as sister-station, WBLS, while working with other radio stations across the country. Ferro’s most recent successes include working as the National Program Director for Spanish Broadcasting System, where he oversaw programming for stations across the country including KLAX in LA, WSKQ in New York, and WXDJ in Miami. In 2009, Ferro became Program Director for KMVK in Dallas while overseeing programming for stations in Houston, DC, and Tampa, before moving to Beasley Rhythmic CHR in Miami in 2012. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead HOT 97 with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg in the morning, and a beast like Funk Flex at night,” exclaims Ferro. “With the enthusiasm and passion of our newest personality, Nessa, we know she’s going to crush it in the afternoons.”

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SYNDICATION: Michael Savage Extends With WWO; To Add More Lifestyle Content

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced the renewal of Michael Savage's nationally broadcast radio show The Savage Nation®. Savage is ushering in a new era of talk radio with his groundbreaking “Unprotected Talk” format that he will use to interact with listeners on topical current events and lifestyle issues – with politics remaining an important part of the show. Savage is challenging the talk radio industry with his one-of-a-kind program by combining timely political content with the real-life issues that his millions of listeners are talking about every day including topics such as health, science, religion, culture and more. “I’m not shying away from politics and I’m not running for office like others in the media,” Savage said, adding that he wants to “edutain the world.” Savage has also announced an unprecedented $100,000 scholarship fund for conservative college students, which will grant five recipients two-year awards totaling $10,000 annually. The scholarship winners will be selected through an essay contest opening January 15 entitled "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" with the intention of promoting traditional American values.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Michelle Matthews Joins Saga's Columbus, OH Cluster As Op's/Brand Manager

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Michelle Matthews has joined Saga’s Columbus, OH operation WSNY/WVMX/WNND-WNNP as Operations/Brand Manager. Matthews said, “The Columbus Radio Group is home to some incredible brands with Sunny 95, Mix 107.9 and Rewind. Steve Goldstein has long been one of my biggest mentors, so I am thrilled to pieces to be able to work with, and learn from him again.” Michelle was Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia/St. Louis, as well as Program Director for Classic Hits KLOU-FM. Prior to that; she spent 8 years in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was Operations Manager for the Clear Channel/iHeartRadio cluster, and Regional Program Manager for Omaha, Wichita and Sioux City. Her 20+ years in the industry includes stops in Springfield, IL, where she was Operations Manager for Saga Communications/Capitol Radio Group, and KXPK/KALC Denver.
Steve Goldstein, Saga’s VP of Programming said, “I could not be more thrilled to welcome Michelle back to Saga! She comes back stronger and smarter than ever.”

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FORMATICS: iHeart Media Launches Wild Country In Albany

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Albany announced today the launch of a new station, Wild Country 99.9, The Capital District’s New Country, effective immediately. The station kicked off with 10,000 songs in a row, and starting mid February will feature The Bobby Bones Show. Broadcasting live from WSIX in Nashville, The Bobby Bones Show airs weekday mornings from 5 to 10 a.m. CT. Bobby Bones is joined by Lunchbox and Amy and nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks. “Country is America’s hottest format and Wild Country 99.9 is exactly what the Capital District needs - a station that plays the best of what Country music has to offer,” said John Cooper, Regional Programming Manager for iHeartMedia Albany.

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MOTION: Todd N Tyler Ink Multi-Year Extension With Journal Broadcast Group; Alli Simpson Lands Show On Radio Disney

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Journal Broadcast Group has inked a multi-year extension with The Todd and Tyler Radio Empire which is now heard throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada, and Arizona. Mark Halverson, VP/general manager for Journal Broadcast Group, Omaha says, "We're delighted to keep building on the long-term success of their show, and continue our relationship with Todd and Tyler." "We are excited to renew our relationship with the Journal Broadcast Group and look forward to many more years," said co-host Mike Tyler. Todd and Tyler are an excellent example of how we're continuing to focus on connecting with local audiences with programming that goes beyond a collection of songs," said Executive VP/Radio Steve Wexler. "We're very excited that Todd and Tyler will be with us for years to come." ####### Radio Disney has announced that 16-yr. old Alli Simpson, is set to debut The Alli Simpson Show on Radio Disney on beginning Friday, January 16th at 9PM ET. "Radio Disney is the best place find out about the newest young names in entertainment, so I’m excited to host The Alli Simpson Show as a platform to celebrate my peers,” Alli said in a release. “I can’t wait to join the team and look forward to connecting with Radio Disney’s listeners and my fans on a more personal level.”

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Capital FM's Lisa Snowdon Causes Stir With Saucy Photo Post

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 –– Lisa Snowdon, co-host of The Capital FM Breakfast show created by a stir after posting a saucy snap of her lying naked in bed while reading a newspaper on Wednesday. According to The Daily Mail, Lisa's arm strategically covered up her private parts, but there was enough shown to get the media's attention. Before she began working with Dave Berry as the co-hosts of the Capital FM Breakfast show Lisa was a model who appeared in a campaign for Gucci as well as covers for Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle back in her heyday. READ MORE HERE

Elvis Duran to speak at Radiodays Europe - Z100’s New York's Elvis Duran is confirmed as a guest speaker at this year’s Radiodays Europe conference in Milan. Elvis will talk about how to create a show that consistently delivers huge audiences and what it takes to be one of the most listened to Top 40 Morning Show in the USA. Other new speakers announced today include Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port, plus Mel Greig from Australia.

Ed Sheeran live on BBC Radio 2 Radio 2 is putting on a performance from Ed Sheeran on Thursday 22nd January in the BBC Radio Theatre. In July 2015 he will play three headline shows in Wembley Stadium, so the Radio 2 set may be the last chance to see him play in an intimate room for a very long time. The concert will be broadcast on Radio 2, online and on BBC television.

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

 

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72015 Oscar Nominees Announced; Rosie Perez Reportedly Leaving 'The View'

 

KATY PERRY ON SUPERBOWL PAY: "I Put My Foot Down Early In The Courtship"

Jimmy Kimmel Live' Returning To SXSW Austin - [AUSTIN360]

That Was Quick: Rosie Perez Reportedly Leaving 'The View' - [MEDIAITE]

[LISTEN] Gwyneth Paltrow Open Up To Howard Stern On Why She Broke Up With Pitt And Affleck - s

Jimmy Kimmel To Guest Host On 'The Bachelor' - [EW]

2015 Oscar Nominees Announced - [OSCAR]

Kevin Hart 'Wigs' Out On Cover Of THR - [THEBF]

[WATCH] For First Time Since 1981, Stevie Nicks Is Back On Cover Of 'Rolling Stone' - [ROLLING STONE]

ABC To 'Repeat After Me,' Show Based On 'Ellen' Hidden Camera Bits - [DEADLINE]

Rodrigo Santoro Tapped To Play Jesus In 'Ben Hur' Remake - [THR]

'Bonnaroo Announces Lineup - [BONNAROO]

'The Interview' Set For Release On DVD And Blu-Ray Feb. 17th. - [LA TIMES]

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MOTION: Big 95.5/Chicago Fills Lineup With Addition Of Alabama & Erik Zachary; Zann Takes Nights At The New HOT 93.3 Dallas/Fort Worth

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Big 95.5/Chicago announced today that Alabama (R) will join the station to host afternoons and Erik Zachary will host evenings, effective immediately. Alabama most recently hosted afternoons at iHeartMedia’s WNOH/NOW 105 in Norfolk, Virginia. A Birmingham native, Alabama, has worked on-air in Detroit, Lansing and Fresno. "I’ve been incredibly excited since getting the call to come to Chicago and BIG 95.5,” commented Alabama. “I'm grateful to PD Steve Stewart for this opportunity and thanks to Matt Derrick and Keith Kennedy for their support. Erik Zachary (L) will handle 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. CT. Zachary most recently worked as an on-air personality for 103.5 KISS-FM in Chicago. "To say that I’m ecstatic would be a severe understatement,” said Zachary. “I’ve grown up in the Chicagoland area and when I first got called to be on-air at 103.5 KISS-FM, I thought nothing could ever beat that feeling. I was wrong, not only do I have the opportunity to talk with Chicago Country fans five nights a week but I get to be a part of launching what is guaranteed to be a BIG station. ######### Cumulus announced that popular on-air personality Zann will join the New Hot 93.3 (KLIF-FM) line-up this week, hosting Nights from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The appointment comes hot on the heels of the station’s recent move to the Rhythmic CHR format. Zann moves to the Big D from the Big Apple, where she most recently hosted Afternoon Drive for CBS Radio New York City’s 92.3 NOW. Prior to that, Zann was Executive Producer of Chio and Shila in the Morning at Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia. Zann said: Thank you to Louie Diaz, Dan Bennett, John Dickey, Mike McVay and Gillette for trusting me and equipping me to give DFW a new and exciting night show in a format that I am very passionate about!” 1

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tim Graves Rises To PD Post At Star 105 Toledo

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that Tim Graves has been promoted to Program Director for HOT AC-formatted station Star 105/WWWM-FM in Toledo. Graves joined Cumulus Toledo in November as Assistant Program Director of Star 105 and Classic Hits station 93.5 WRQN. Graves also hosts Middays on Star 105. Prior to that, he was on-air at KDAT/KRQN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after on-air positions at KRTI in Newton/Des Moines, Iowa and at KIOA/KAZR in Des Moines. Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Toledo said: “Tim brings a great deal of experience with the format and has a great grasp of the opportunity Star 105 has in Toledo and how to lead it to the promised land.” Graves said: "I'm honored and excited to help lead the team here at STAR 105. With Denny Schaffer (Mornings) and Johny D (Afternoons), this is gonna be fun!"

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Radio News Director Facing Deportation Advised To 'Get Married' To Stay Here

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Catie Quinn has tried for months to retain her U.S. work visa so she can continue with her job as news director of the KSRM Radio Group in Alaska. According to redoubtreporter.com, Quinn said 'For some reason immigration wanted to nitpick. They are not convinced that this job (listed as ‘radio announcer’) requires a bachelor’s level education, which is one of the requirements for a work visa,” Quinn said. The immigration agency determined that a news director does not require a college education. On Dec. 23, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services informed Quinn her application for visa renewal was denied and she must return to Australia. She was ordered to immediately leave the U.S., the country in which she’s been working and paying taxes. She’s got a one-way ticket back to Sydney booked for Jan. 27. “The advice I’ve gotten from everyone, from the U.S. CIS office in Anchorage to immigration attorneys, I’m not even kidding you, is, ‘Get married. That’s the only way.’ It’s not even a joke. I’ve stopped laughing now when people say that. I’ve stopped blushing when people say, ‘Well, I’ll marry you.’ And some of them are already married,” she said. Quinn plans to return to Australia as directed. She will stay with a childhood friend’s parents to start with and look for work. But her first stop will be at the consulate to apply for another visa, as news director at KSRM. The station is currently accepting applications for the position, and plans to hold it open for 60 days. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

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[LISTEN] Adam Carolla Drawing Heat Following Alison Rosen Firing

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– For those still doubting the growing 7interest in podcasts, don't tell that to national trades like The Hollywood Reporter or The Wrap. Along with worldwide coverage of 'Serial,' the latest story catching attention involves the firing of former Adam Carolla co-host, Alison Rosen. No sooner had the new year begun, Carolla announced on his podcast: “Alison Rosen is not gonna be part of this program in 2015. Why? Nothing personal. I like Alison Rosen. I think Alison Rosen is very talented and very funny. I think she’s a great writer and I think she’s a great comedic voice, but I don’t think 7she’s a great sidekick ... It’s not a personal thing ... I just feel like she wasn’t sidekick material...” In the days that followed, Carolla was met with a social media firestorm by disgruntled, and angry rants from Alison fans. The Wrap posted that Rosen fans realized that something 'akin to Howard Stern firing Robin Quivers had just occurred.' Alison Rosen’s sudden replacement is Gina Grad (R), formerly of 97.1 KLSX in and KFI 640 LA. Rosen wrote at her website (L), "I loved working for Adam Carolla, loved being a part of The Adam Carolla Show ... ... I’m sorry to the fans for all the controversy that’s arisen. Podcasting is an intimate medium and it’s a rare privilege to have become a part of your daily lives. In turn, you deserve the best from us." She added: "I love Adam as a friend, a mentor and a comedian and I wish him and the rest of my Carolla Digital colleagues nothing but the best. Meanwhile, on yesterday's show where he was joined Anthony Cumia, Carolla felt the need to expand further on his decision to let Rosen go. LISTEN HERE

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NABEF Now Accepting Entries For 2015 Service To America Awards

Deadline is March 3, 2015

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) announced it is now accepting entries for the 2015 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America dinner and awards presentation held Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Categories for the Service to America Awards include: Service to America Community Awards for Radio and Television, honoring broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities. –– Service to Children Awards for Radio and Television, recognizing broadcasters for outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements that serve the children of their communities. –– Service to America Television Award, acknowledging a television station for the totality of its efforts and commitment to excellence in serving its community. The deadline for entries is March 3, 2015. To enter CLICK HERE

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New York Radio Summit To Tackle Local Tension Airs Today At Noon

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– As we first reported on Monday (JL 1/12), beginning at Noon today, News Talk Radio 77 WABC will partner with sister Cumulus station and Radio 103.9 FM for a historic radio summit and simulcast. Both stations will produce a 60-minute, commercial-free discussion focused on the New York City community in light of the Ferguson uproar, the Eric Garner decision, related protests and ongoing discussions with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD. The broadcast will include substantial, heartfelt conversation discussing the issues facing the city, recounting events and proposing proactive solutions on how the city and its people can move forward. Taking part in the discussion will be 77 WABC’s Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby, Radio 103.9 host DL Hughley and Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network.

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Utah Host Living In Cardboard Box For 93 Hours To Raise Awareness Of Homeless

He And Co-Host Vow To Wear Same T-Shirt For One Year To Aid Cause

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus/Salt Lake City's K-Bull 93 Morning Show hosts Shotgun and Carly are more than a month into their "1 Shirt 365 Days" campaign where they've vowed to wear the exact same shirt every second of every day for an entire year according to utah4.com So what's the catch? Well, someone has to do something nice, big or small, for the homeless every day (see more here at 1shirt365days.com.) Meanwhile, Shotgun Jackson has become K-Bull 93's "Jock in the Box.” There he'll live outside by eating, sleeping, and staying in nothing but a cardboard box. While there, he'll collect blankets for the homeless. The goal is to collect 5,000 blankets to take care of the needs of every homeless person in Utah for the entire year of 2015. Shotgun will be wearing the same shirt he's had on for over 4 weeks now. No shaving, bathing, changing clothes or leaving the premises. He'll collect the blankets as listeners bring them by, and sleep in his cardboard box at night. He'll also broadcast his show live from 5:30 to 10 a.m.

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7Check Out What Taylor Swift Sent To A Fan; Ann Curry Is Leaving NBC - Sorta

 

Ann Curry Is Kinda Leaving NBC - [EW]

Ariana Grande And Madonna Named First Among 57 Performers At 57th Grammys - [GRAMMY]

Derek Hough Won't Return To DWTS As He Takes To NY Stage - [PEOPLE]

[WATCH] Robert DeNiro And Leonardo DiCaprio In New Scorsese Directed Commercial - [VANITY FAIR]

See What's In The Box That Taylor Swift Sent To A Fan - [THE BLAZE]

Woody Allen Set To Create First Television Series - [ANDROID CENTRAL]

Charlie Hebdo To Print 3M Copies Of New Edition With Muhammad On Cover - [FOX]

'Nashville' To Another 'On The Record' Music Feature - [THR]

[WATCH] Expletives Fly In New Red Band 'Spy' Trailer - [RED BAND]

WHOAAAA: Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling And Christian Bale To Star In New Financial Drama - [VARIETY]

Naked Woman Jumps On Band Member During Concert - [GAWKER]

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Felger And Massarotti Extend With Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub; Ed Crane Exits KFBK Sacramento

sTHE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2015 –– 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) announced that Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti (L) have signed a multi-year contract extension of their weekday afternoons from 2:00-6:00 p.m. In addition, Massarotti will write two columns per week for www.cbsboston.com and will host “The Baseball Reporters Show,” weeknights during the baseball season from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Felger and Massarotti launched their top-rated show on The Sports Hub when the station debuted in August 2009. Since then, Felger and Massarotti 7continue to be one of the highest rated shows in Boston. They have consistently been the #1 show in afternoon drive with Men 25-54 for almost 4 years and running. In 2014, the Sports Hub was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with a Marconi Award for “Sports Station of The Year;” this was the Sports Hub’s second Marconi award for “Sports Station of the Year” in the last four years. ######### The Sacramento Bee reports that Ed Crane is no longer with KFBK 1530/ 93.1 FM, Crane and the station confirmed Tuesday. Crane had hosted the morning talk program since 2008. His last day was Jan. 5. Last Friday, the station named Bill White program director for KFBK and Talk KSTE 650 AM. White had previously served as program director in Tucson and Chicago. White is scheduled to assume the Sacramento post Jan. 20, according to a station news release.

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[LISTEN] Kansas City Host Attacked By Man After Coming To Aid Of Woman Being Beaten & Dragged

Snapped Photo Of Attacker In Front Of License Plate Leads To Summons

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– 96.5's Kansas City's Afentra, host of Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz, says she was attacked by a man Saturday night after coming to the aid of another woman who was being beaten an dragged. According to kshb.com, during her Monday show, Afentra told her audience she was minding her own business late Saturday night when she witnessed a man hitting and dragging a woman. She said that, without thinking, she and her friend jumped out of their car to try and calm the situation. She says he wouldn’t calm down and the situation seemed be escalating. Afentra describes taking photos of the man’s license plate, saying her phone became like a weapon for justice. This is when Afentra says the man came after her, hit her, knocking her phone and keys from her hand. She then describes how the man dragged her by her hair with such strength, she couldn’t get away. Afentra then posted an image on Instagram of the man posing by his license plate. The suspect in the initial attack, Derrick Jung, 25, has been issued three city summonses of assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE - GO TO ABOUT THE 19 MIN. MARK FOR MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kim Bryant On The Rise At Westwood One

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has promoted Cumulus/New York Market Manager Kim Bryant to Executive Vice-President, West Coast Sales, effective immediately. She will be moving her base to Los Angeles and report directly to Westwood One President Steve Shaw. An announcement is expected soon on the Cumulus New York Market Manager position. This is a homecoming for Bryant, who was the Regional Vice-President of Western Ad Sales for Westwood One from 2009-2011. An industry veteran, Bryant has more than 25 years’ experience in broadcast radio and television. Prior to joining Cumulus two years ago, she served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for international cable channel CineMoi. She also served as President/Market Manager of San Francisco for Clear Channel.

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Spotify Reports 60 Million Subscribers; 15 Million Paying For Streamed Service

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– Spotify, sans Taylor Swift, has revealed it has 60 Million subscribers with 15 million of them paying for streamed service. According to The Daily Mail, the platform added 10m new users in last two months on 2014. As you'll recall, Swift removed her entire back catalog from Spotify as she was promoting new album 1989, which sold 1.287 copies in its first week. "We had an amazing 2014 at Spotify and owe it all to you, the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists with us every day of the year,' the firm said. The company also introduced its 'family plan' in November, enabling subscribers to add up to four family members with their own accounts on the service for $4.99 a month. 'If you take away only one thing, it should be this: No free, no paid, no two billion dollars.' The latter figure related to the amount of royalties paid out by Spotify since its launch in 2008, including $1bn paid out in 2014 alone. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was the year's most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Pharrell's 'Happy' was the most streamed song of the year globally. Sheeran racked up more than 860 million listens on Spotify. His latest album, 'x,' is the most streamed album worldwide with 430 million streams. Katy Perry and Coldplay were the most streamed female and group around the world, respectively.

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FORMATICS: Beasley Turns Bob-FM Into Star 107.9 'Vegas'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2014 –– Beasley has introduced Star 107.9 Vegas’ Best Variety to Las Vegas. KVGS-FM was most recently programmed as BOB FM. Las Vegas radio veteran Mike O’Brian serves as program director for both KVGS and sister-station 96.3 KKLZ-FM. Beasley owns five stations in 'Vegas. In addition to KVGS-FM, Beasley stations include Classic Hits 96.3 KKLZ-FM, NewsTalk 720 KDWN-AM, 102.7 The Coyote KCYE-FM and Old School 105.7 KOAS-FM. Vice President and Market Manager Tom Humm says, “The Hot AC format continues to excel across the United States and under the guidance of Justin Chase, our Corporate VP of Programming and Mike O’Brian, our local Program Director KVGS will bring a fresh new sound to Las Vegas featuring the biggest artists in the format. Group Vice President of Programming Justin Chase adds, “Tom Humm (former KMXB/CBS Las Vegas GM) and I are excited to be back in the Hot AC game in Las Vegas. We’re building the team to beat at the new Star 107.9… starting with longtime Las Vegas radio vet Mike O’Brian at the helm as Program Director.”

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PBS' 'Downtown Abbey' Finally Gets Its Own Wireless Radio


THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– We'll call this a story within a story. If you follow the hugely popular 'Downtown Abbey' series on PBS, your ears probably perked up a bit during the second episode of the fifth season of “Downtown Abbey,” as Lord Grantham changed his mind and decided that the family could finally get a wireless radio. According to bloomberview.com, after several attempts by Lady Rose to persuade her uncle to allow a wireless radio to be installed, Grantham is finally persuaded when he learns that the king will be speaking on the radio. Bloomberg's Stephen L. Carter opined that nowadays, such news 'would occasion a shrug.' At the time, it was a thunderclap." The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) had been founded just two years earlier, and although there were many who believed wireless was nothing but a fad, the fact that the king would stoop to addressing the nation on the radio taught a valuable lesson about the power of the new medium. The historian John M. MacKenzie quotes John Reith, at the time the BBC’s managing director, who wrote in his diary: “Everything went most successfully, including the broadcast which went all over the country and was the biggest thing we have done yet.”

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ReelWorld Adds Upgrades To Show Prep Service

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– ReelWorld now ups the ante on topical and timely content with two compelling new upgrades to its show prep service, Prep+. With more features for prepping a complete show than just a recap of yesterday’s news, some bits and topical audio, ReelWorld’s Prep+ now possesses the ability for affiliate stations to digitize their station liners, promotions, sponsorships, live reads and more, all housed in its cloud-based platform alongside daily prep content. “Prepping a show requires more than just a recap of yesterday’s news with some spicy audio thrown in,” said Prep+ Editorial Director Mike Seely, “so we’ve added the ability for stations to include all of what comprises stacking a show for the day. Prep content, station business, local breaking news and information plus the ability to have your favorite websites’ content spliced in for each individual user as well, all in one complete package.” For inquiries and/or trial runs, contact Chris Kelly at chris.kelly@reelworld.com

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Over 2,000 Join For Cumulus New York's 2nd Tailgate Party



THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2015 –– Cumulus New York (95.5 PLJ, NASH FM 94.7, 77 WABC, and Radio 103.9) hosted the 2nd Annual “Ultimate Tailgate Party” Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. Over 2,000 guests joined Cumulus New York for a day of tailgating fun with food, drinks, interactive games, great music and live performances. Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber was on hand to meet everyone. On-air radio personalities from 95.5 PLJ, NASH FM 94.7, Radio 103.9 and 77 WABC hosted a listener competition on stage, sending one lucky winner to the Ultimate Fan Experience. The tailgate party culminated in a concert by Meghan Trainor and Nick Jonas, who played to a highly enthusiastic crowd. In above photo, hosts from 95.5 PLJ, NASH FM 94.7, 77 WABC, and Radio 103.9 say hello to the crowds at Best Buy Theater. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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[POLL] For Third Year In A Row, Ellen Is TV's Favorite Personality - [HARRIS]

Colbert's Start Date For 'Late Show' Announced - [YDR]

[WATCH] 2 Million People Sing John Lennon's 'Imagine' At Paris Rally - [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

[WATCH] Fred Armisen Gets Back At Bill Hader With Impression Of Him - [UPROXX]

'SYTYCD' Judge Exiting Show - [THE WRAP]

Jeff Goldblum Becomes Dad For First Time At 62 - [ET]

International Space Station Reality Series In The Works - [DEADLINE]

Billy Bob Thornton Plays 'Who Would You Rather?' Was It Aniston Or Witherspoon - [US]

Yup, It Was Charlie Sheen Kissing Male Packer's Fan That Sealed The Deal - [FOX SPORTS]

Anna Kendrick Looks Great In 'Nylon' - [E ONLINE]

[WATCH] The Latest '50 Shades' Trailer - [SLASH FILM]

 

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NASH Icon Country Launches Syndication And Announces Lineup

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Westwood One has launched the syndication of the NASH Icon Country music brand to radio stations nationwide. NASH includes radio, TV (in partnership with Music Choice), digital on Rdio, a record label joint venture with Big Machine Label Group, a magazine, live events, and an upcoming retail brand. “NASH ICON is quickly emerging as a cornerstone of our NASH Country music brand, and we’re excited to make this radio format available to stations nationwide given the growing demand from advertisers and listeners,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content & Programming at Cumulus. “NASH Icon is a solid, mainstream addition to our line-up of 24-hour Country formats at Westwood One,” added Kirk Stirland, President of Programming at Westwood One. “It employs our top technology, it’s got a great track record right out of the box in Nashville, and it’s got hooks to a great brand.” As an example of the NASH Icon's fast-growing popularity, Nashville country station 95.5 WSM-FM went live with the NASH Icon brand in August 2014. By October 2014, WSM-FM had grown to become the #1 Country station in Nashville. (Source: Nielsen Audio, October 2014 PPM, MSA; Mon-Sun 6A-12M; A25-54) Joining the cast of Nash Icon are Marty McFly in mornings (L), Lisa Manning (Middays), Scott Gaines (Afternoons), and Darlas Rai (Nights) all shown at right.

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MOTION: Big John Howell Heads To WLS Chicago? Roe Conn Takes Afternoons At WGN; Jessie Sabella Goes Fulltime At Radio 104.5 Philadelphia; Mike Jones Moves To PMD; Casey Reed Takes PMD At Q102 Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported before the holidays, Chicago vet Big John Howell announced he was leaving WIND 560 after eight years as morning host. Media blogger Robert Feder tipped at the time that he could headed to WLS AM. This morning, that tip turned true as it was announced that Howell would be joining its lineup effective shortly. More details to follow once confirmed. #### Meanwhile, Feder reports this morning that Chicago's WGN as tapped Roe Conn afternoons where he'll replace Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder in the 3-7 pm slot. Conn's 25-year run on WLS AM 890 ended last October. Leff and Snyder have held the afternoon shift since they succeeded Garry Meier last May. ####### Radio 104.5 Philadelphia has announced that Jessie Sabella (L) will join its fulltime on-air team as Evening Host, effective immediately. She has been a weekend personality on Radio 104.5 since 2009. In addition, Mike Jones will move to the afternoon drive, hosting weekdays from 3-7:00 p.m. ET. ####### Q102, Philly's Hit Music, has announced that Casey Reed (R)has been name Afternoon Drive Host and Music Director, effective immediately. Reed will host weekdays from 4-8:00 p.m. ET. Reed is well known in the Philadelphia market and spent nine years at WRDW Wired 96.5 hosting Middays and Mornings. Most recently, she hosted weekends WPLJ in New York. In addition, Reed began her radio career at Q102 as an intern. "I'm very excited to do great things here at iHeartMedia," said Reed. "10 years ago I interned at Q102 answering phones for the morning show – I couldn't have imagined a better outcome than to be back at Philly's legendary Q102 hosting afternoons."

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Longtime Programmer, Nick Ferrara, Killed In Auto Crash

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Thoughts, prayers and memories continue to be posted on Facebook (see below link) for longtime radio programmer/host Nick Ferrara who was killed in an auto crash near his home in Gulfport, Miss. over the weekend. Police said Ferrara's car rear-ended another vehicle and sent it slamming into a median on interstate I-10. Ferrara was, reportedly, not wearing a seat belt. Most recently, Ferrara was the the Operations Manager at Results Radio WOWY 97.1 FM in State College, PA. He retired from radio in the summer of 2013 and moved to Gulfport to be closer to family. Ferrara's career began in New Orleans in the 70's and from there moved on to top stations in markets such as Nashville, KMEL/San Francisco and B94 Pittsburgh before heading to State College. On a personal note, Jockline publisher Don Anthony recalls first meeting Nick, along with his fellow high-school classmates, during a school-tour at WNOE New Orleans back in the early 70's. This began a 40-year friendship which included Nick becoming a God-parent for Anthony's oldest son's Christening in 1982. Wayne Watkins (shown left with Ferrara, Scoot of WWL/AM and Wayne), a close friend of Ferrara and program director at Alpha's WQBB-FM Bob 105.9 Gulfport-Biloxi, says a memorial tribute is being planned for Ferrara at Rocky n Carlos in Chalmette (New Orleans' suburb), LA at a later date. Ferrara is survived by his daughter Monica. Numerous friends and family members have posted comments on Facebook - SEE HERE

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AUDIO: NFL Official Speaks To WWO Sports About Controversial Dez Bryant Call

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– NFL fans have had lots to scratch their heads over during this year's playoff. Yesterday controversial call on Dez Bryant's catch that was eventually ruled an incomplete pass in the divisional playoff game between Green Bay and Dallas was the latest. NFL Vice-President of Officiating Dean Blandino (R) joined Scott Graham in the Westwood One post-game show and asked: Scott Graham: When we take a look at this play, obviously there’s been a lot talked about over the course of the last several hours. Can you walk me through exactly what the rule is and exactly how this turned out? Dean Blandino: So the rule is we have to determine was Bryant going to the ground and in the process of making the catch or did he complete the process first and then go to the ground. And in looking at it, it’s all one act. He’s going to the ground and he has to hold on to the ball throughout the process of contact in the ground. There’s no act common to the game; it’s all one process. The ball hits the ground, it pops out of his left hand into the air, so at that point, right after it hits the ground and then it pops up into the air and comes loose, that makes it an incomplete pass by rule. Scott: Regardless of the fact that it comes back down in his hands once again? Dean: Correct, regardless of the fact that whether it comes back down in his hands. It became an incomplete pass the moment it came loose after touching the ground because that happened during the catch process. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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Elvis Duran Docu-Series Among Projects Being Discussed By Rebranded TV Network

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– When the network, previously known as TVGN, launches its official rebrand on Jan. 14 as NKOTB, it will do so with four new projects including one involving Elvis Duran, morning host on Z100 and host of the Premiere Networks The Elvis Duran Show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, among the series being developed include 'Losing It', a comedic interview series in which celebrities recount how they lost their virginity (and, re-enact it with puppets) with Morgan Spurlock and Full House's John Stamos serving as executive producers. The report also mentions a docuseries starring Z100 radio host Elvis Duran which describes a reality series that pairs celebrities and inventors to create and launch a product line; and Worst Ever, a stage comedy series in which talent recounts their most embarrassing life moments. Sources tell Jockline that while converstions have been ongoing, at this point there's nothing official at this point it's still in development and being labeled 'The Elvis Duran Project.' The article describes Durans docu-series as 'following Duran and his employees both at work and play. The series will feature superstar guests and platinum selling artists who stop by the radio show, road trips with fans, and best moments from fan-fueled music festivals and live events.' Our development reflects our programming mission of covering what’s popping in culture and creating content around personalities or subjects that have an inherent fan-base supporting them," Pop president of entertainment and media Brad Schwartz said.

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New York Stations Join For Simulcast To Address Rising Local Tension

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– No doubt you're aware of the rising tension in New York City following the death of Eric Garner and subsequent friction between law enforcement and the Mayor. Now two of Cumulus owned stations, 77WABC and 103.9 and teamin for a special, commercial-free simulcast to discu the rising tension. It will hosted by 77 WABC's Curtis Sliwa & Ron Kuby along with Radio 103.9's D.L. Hughley. It' set for this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 from Noon - 1PM. At its website, they post: Your voice matters and then asks its readers to take a poll regarding topics to be discussed. SEE MORE HERE AT WEBSITE

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SYNDICATION: Mike Huckabee And Stephanie Miller Added By CRN

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– CRN Digital Talk Radio is adding two high-profile syndicated personalities to its already powerful lineup. Best-selling author and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and political commentator and comedian Stephanie Miller bring their voices to CRN's audience of over 25 million homes.
"The Huckabee Report" will air throughout the day on CRN starting January 12. The network's CRN 4 channel will broadcast encore presentations of the popular "Stephanie Miller Show" at 6:00 AM Eastern/3:00 AM Pacific Tuesday through Saturday, beginning January 13. "These additions are another prime example of how CRN has something for everyone," said CRN Digital Talk Radio CEO and President Michael J. Horn. "Mike Huckabee brings his famously conservative viewpoint - and Stephanie offers our more liberal-oriented listeners another entertaining and insightful show on CRN." News, pop culture and politics are some of the topics covered in "The Huckabee Report," a brief feature broadcast mornings, mid-day and in the afternoon. CRN 1 will air "The Huckabee Report" during programs such as "Doug Stephan's Good Day," "Talkback with Chuck Wilder" and " The Barry Farber Show."

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TV-Radio Enterpreneur Bud Paxson Dies

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2015 –– Radio/TV owner and creator of the Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (later Ion TV) died on Jan. 9 at the age of 80. NAB President Gordon Smith commented: "Broadcasters have lost a friend and a legend in the passing of Bud Paxson, who was a tenacious advocate for over-the-air radio and televsion." According to tvnewscheck.com, Lowell Paxson, a radio and TV entrepreneur who launched TV's home shopping industry and then went on to create the network that became Ion Media, died at his home in Montana on Jan. 9. He was 80. Born in Rochester, New York to Maybelle and Donald Paxson, Bud developed an early passion for television, radio and showmanship. He was the star deejay on radio show Kiddie Go Round at 14 years old and post-graduation from Syracuse University, owned his first TV station by his early twenties. Paxson sold the radio stations to Clear Channel in 1997 for nearly $700 million, but continued to buy TV stations and they became the backbone of Pax TV, a broadcast network promising family-friendly programming, an alternative to the sex and violence he thought was rife on TV.

 

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Complete List Of Golden Globe Winners - [GOLDENGLOBES]

[WATCH] Start The Petition Now, Make Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Permanent Hosts Of The 'Golden Globes' - [ABC]

OUCH: Detroit Lions Players Take To Twitter Following Dallas Loss - [USA TODAY]

Lenny Kravitz Joins Katy Perry's Halftime Show During Super-Bowl - [ROLLING STONE]

Jennifer Hudson To Make Broadway Debut In 'The Color Purple' - [E ONLINE]

Tara Reid's Nude Pics Draw $1 Million P**n Offer - [BREITBART]

MTV Bringing Back Randy Jackson's 'America's Best Dance Crew' - [EW]

Hollywood Icon, Goldwyn Jr. Passes Away - [NY TIMES]

'Fast Times At Ridemont High's' Taylor Neron Passes Away At 57 - [VARIETY]

ACT SURPRISED: Kimmy Covers Vogue In See-Through Skirt - [MIRROR]

Shay Mitchell Gets Between The Sheets On Maxim's Feb. Cover - [MAXIM]

Guy Ignores Date During Kiss Cam; So, She Plants Lips On Guy Next To Her - [BLEACHER REPORT]

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Mason & Remy Take Mornings On Chicago's Big 95.5; Steve Stewart Named PD

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Big 95.5, Chicago announced today that Mason and Remy will join the station to host mornings, beginning January 20, 2015. Mason and Remy have been one of St. Louis' most successful radio programs at KSD/93.7 The Bull during the last five years. “We are beyond grateful for the opportunities we’ve been afforded with the team at iHeartMedia and can't wait for this next step in our careers with the Big 95.5," said Mason and Remy. "We both visit Chicago regularly and have friends and family in the area so we’re really looking forward to BIG things." Mason and Remy will continue to do their show on KSD/93.7 The Bull in St. Louis during afternoon drive as part of an expanded role in the company.

In a related announcement, iHeartMedia Chicago also named Steve Stewart as the Program Director for the new Big 95.5, Chicago's Hit Country, effective immediately. “Steve Stewart brings a wealth of experience to Big 95.5 and we look forward to him providing his tremendous programming expertise to the station,” said Tommy Austin, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Chicago. Stewart most recently served as Regional Program Manager for iHeartMedia St. Louis and Program Director of 93.7 The Bull. Under Stewart’s leadership, 93.7 The Bull achieved the highest ratings in the station’s history. Stewart’s career spans 26 years, which includes various programming and on-air roles for stations in St. Louis, Grand Rapids and Providence.

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Canadian Radio Star Hit With Three New Charges

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Canadian radio star, Jian Ghomeshi, made a brief court appearance in court yesterday facing three new charges of (s)exual assault. Ghomeshi remained silent as he exited on $100,000 bail. According to news1130.com, Toronto police said three new complainants had come forward, resulting in the three new criminal charges. The former Q host now faces seven counts of (s)exual assault and one of 7overcoming resistance by choking. His lawyer, Marie Henein (shown), would only say after the appearance that her client would contest the charges. “He will plead not guilty,” Henein said. Only one of the six complainants. actress Lucy DeCoutere (R), an actress on Trailer Park Boys., has been identified publicly. The others are all subject to a standard publication ban, as is any evidence presented at the bail hearing. DeCoutere publicly accused Ghomeshi of choking her “to the point she could not breathe.” She also said he slapped her three times “hard” on the side of her head in 2003. The CBC fired its star host on Oct. 26 after seeing what it called “graphic evidence” that Ghomeshi, 47, had caused physical injury to a woman. As reported on Monday in Jockline Daily, the CBC announced that two high-ranking executives, Chris Boyce, executive director of CBC Radio, and Todd Spencer, HR executive director, had been put on indefinite leave of absence in light of the scandal. PHOTO/Canadian Press

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Orlando Radio Hosts Victims Of Identity Theft

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Johnny Magic, morning radio host of “Johnny’s House” on Orlando’s, XL106.7, and co-host Brian Grimes have been targeted by credit card and identity thieves according to clickorlando.com Magic said, his credit card account shows roughly $500 in purchases that he didn't make between Dec. 24 and 25 including stops at Home Depot and Kangaroo Gas. Magic said the thieves tried to fill-up multiple cars with gas on Christmas Day, and that’s when the card was declined. Johnny said “What the person did is they actually took my information and made a card just like mine.' Grimes estimated that the identity theft has already lowered his credit score by nearly 30 points. He said thieves opened credit accounts with five separate bank credit cards, along with a JCPenny card. “The best they could do was tell me to check the mailbox every day, ”Grimes said. "I’ve alerted the IRS, the Federal Trade Commission and all of the credit bureaus.” “Now I’m in the process of alerting my current accounts because I received a call Wednesday that someone tried to access one of my Capital One cards,” Grimes said. 1

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SiriusXM 'Quietly' Pulls Plug On Oprah Channel

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Following much fanfare with its launch in 2006, Oprah Winfrey's SiriusXM 'quietly' didn't renew a deal of Oprah Radio, reports The NY Daily News. On January 1, SiriusXM satellite radio axed the Oprah Channel ending a lucrative eight-year deal. “Harpo Radio and SiriusXM have announced that the production of Oprah Radio content on SiriusXM ended effective Jan. 1,” SiriusXM said in a statement. “Since its launch, the channel has provided informative and uplifting daily programming for SiriusXM listeners who are striving to live their best lives.” As reported, the original deal estimated at $55 million over three years featured a channel which Winfrey provided about an hour of programming a week. The rest of the channel consisted original shows, by Oprah friends such as Gayle King, that repeated many times to fill the 24-hour format. PHOTO/siriusXM YouTube

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NYF Radio Awards 2015 Accepting Entries

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs is now accepting entries for the 2015 competition. The deadline for entering the 2015 World’s Best Radio Programs competition is March 19, 2015. Since 1982, THE New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honors work in radio broadcasting receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from 32 countries around the globe. The 2015 awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. Rose Anderson, Executive Director of New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, unveiled the following new categories for 2015: Best Journalist and Best Music Program Host were added to On-Air Talent and Best Innovation was added to showcase creative and technical innovations in radio broadcasting. New York Festivals Radio Awards enlists jurists from all over the world to become members of the Grand Jury. “Broadcasting at its best informs, entertains, inspires and persuades, but most importantly, it connects people to one another through our stories,” commented 2015 Advisory Board and Grand Jury Member Valerie Geller, President, Geller Media.

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NBC Sports Radio Goes Deep During Super Bowl Week

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– NBC Sports Radio travels to Arizona during Super Bowl week to provide insight and analysis throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast by NBC (TV) and Westwood One. Programs hitting the road include: • ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, hosted by Mike Florio, creator of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and co-host of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN • Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs, hosted by TV and radio personality Newy Scruggs • Under Center with McNabb & Malone, which leverages the unique perspective of Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone, two former NFL quarterbacks • The Jon Stashower Show, hosted by sports talk radio veteran Jon Stashower • Going Deep with Amani & Dan, featuring former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer and host Dan Schwartzman. The programs will air on-site at “Radio Row” from the Super Bowl XLIX Media Center in Phoenix, and feature interviews with industry insiders, and current and former players and coaches. On Friday, January 30, Under Center with McNabb & Malone will broadcast live alongside the Sunday Night Football bus at the NFL Experience, the league’s interactive theme park.

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[LISTEN] Listener Has Auto Accident While Phoning In For Contest

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Guess we should add 'don't do radio contesting' to the list of safety measures while driving. This would have helped one Dallas woman yesterday who phoned into 96.3 KSCS-FM's midday goddess, Michelle Rodriguez. No sooner had Michelle answered the phone, instead of a voice at the other end, she heard nothing more than loud noise and screaming. "Hello," Michelle repeated until a clearly shaken-up women finally spoke. 'Sorry I just got into a car accident,' she said nervously. "Are you okay,' Michelle quickly asked. "Yes I'm fine,' the woman said. 'But I'm in the middle of an intersection... 'DID I WIN' the woman screamed. 'Yes' a happy but surprised Michelle replied. "I'll just get your phone number and call you back." We never heard what she won, but hopefully it was worth it. We're guessing from this point forward Michelle will begin answering all contest by asking 'Are you driving?' LISTEN HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tony Banks Named Reg. Prog. Post At iHM; iHM/Sacramento Appoints Bill White PD Of KFBK-KSTE; Beasley Names Tap Money To Program Foxy 99 WZFX Fayetteville, NC

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Tony Banks (L) has been named Regional Programming Manager for St. Louis, Wichita and Springfield, effective immediately. He will also continue to be part of iHeartMedia's Talent Coaching Team under Dennis Clark. Banks most recently held this position for iHeartMedia, overseeing Fresno, Riverside-San Bernardino, Bakersfield, Monterey- Salinas, Modesto and Stockton as well as Las Vegas, and Tucson. Bank's past experience also includes on-air and programming roles at Y100 and Mega 103.5 in Miami, WPLJ in New York and 92 Pro-FM in Providence.

iHMSacramento has named 25-year veteran News/Talk vet Bill White (R)as PD for Talk KFBK-AM and Talk KSTE-AM, effective January 20. Most recently, he was PD for News/Talk KQTH-FM and Sports KFFN-AM/Tucson. Prior stints included WGN-AM/Chicago WBT-AM & FM and Talk WLNK-FM Charlotte. 'These legendary stations inform and touch listeners in the Sacramento area every day," said White. "I'm honored to be joining the talented team at KFBK-KSTE and look forward to building on their successes."

Beasley Broadcast Fayetteville is pleased to announce the appointment of Tap Money to Program Director of Urban Powerhouse FOXY 99 WZFX-FM/HD. His first official day at FOXY 99 is January 12, 2015 and he reports to Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. Tap comes to Beasley Broadcast Fayetteville from Greensboro, NC and 102 JAMZ WJMH, a station to which he has been connected for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Tap was assistant program director, music director and afternoon drive host, but he began his journey in radio at WJMH-FM in 1995 following his graduation from Winston Salem University. Since that time, Tap has worked his way up from the earliest position of street coordinator and assistant promotions director through various on-shifts and management duties to today’s announcement of program director for FOXY 99.Tap@FOXY99.com.

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MOTION: The Big 920 Milwaukee Adds Mitch 'Thunder' Nelles To Lineup

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– The Big 920 WOKY AM is proud to announce the addition of Mitch “Thunder” Nelles to its team, effective January 12th, 2015. Nelles, long-time cohost of “Homer & Thunder”, will join iHeartMedia as an on-air contributor and blogger as part of his role of Sports Account Executive. “We are VERY excited that Mitch is joining our team”, said Tim Scott, Program Director for The Big 920. “The addition of “Thunder” just deepens our local commitment to Milwaukee sports fans.” “To be connected to the Wisconsin Badgers is something I am very excited about and proud of,” said Nelles, a 2000 UW grad. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of a company with such a record of success, and that is hyper focused on being a strong player in the Milwaukee community.” Nelles’ blog and podcast can be found starting this Monday, January 12th, at www.TheBig920.com/thunder.

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Hollywood Life's Bonnie Fuller To Launch Podcast On PodcastOne

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced the launch of the HollywoodLife podcast. Hosted by HollywoodLife.com’s renowned President and Editor-In-Chief Bonnie Fuller, the weekly podcast, debuted on Thursday. “HollywoodLife.com is thrilled to be working with the leading podcaster, PodcastOne, to deliver insider celebrity news, scoops and interviews to the rapidly growing podcast audience,” says President and Editor-in-Chief, Bonnie Fuller. Bonnie was named President and Editor-in-Chief of HollywoodLife.com in July 2009, after five years serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Editorial Director of American Media Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing AMI’s weekly and monthly magazines, including Star, Shape, Natural Health, Country Weekly and Men’s Fitness. Fuller’s distinguished career includes being the Editor-in-Chief of several high-profile leading women’s magazines including US Weekly, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, succeeding the legendary Helen Gurley Brown.

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TOP RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Newsreader Sacked For Being Too Opinionated

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2015 –– Krista Thomas, who according to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph headlined was dumped from the KIIS 106.5 Breakfast show for “being too opinionated for a woman”, has made an appearance on Channel 7 television’s Sunrise. While not giving too much away in terms of the legal side of her exit from KIIS Krista spoke positively about her year with Kyle and Jackie O. Krista defended the position of how an FM Breakfast team works, broadly saying “the newsreader is like the third voice”. You can see Krista’s Channel 7 appearance here; http://bcove.me/baft81qd

Another Bizzare Ruling from Ofcom London community radio station Resonance FM has found itself in trouble with Ofcom (our FCC) after broadcasting a programme on the day of the Scottish Referendum encouraging people which way to vote. Ofcom considered that two broadcasts raised issues warranting investigation even though ONLY ONE complaint was received and NO ONE IN ENGLAND was allowed to vote so Resonance FM COULD NOT HAVE POSSIBLY INFLUENCED THE VOTE IN SCOTLAND! Despite this, Resonance FM issued a graveling apology to Ofcom to protect their licence.

Fearne Cotton can't wait for a second baby with husband Jesse Wood as the pair try for another 'blessing' like their son Rex BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton says she’s putting her partying days behind her and now wants nothing more than a second child to join the family. The 33-year-old currently has one son Rex, who is nearly two, with her husband Jesse Woods (son of Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood). Despite years of late nights and showbiz events, the pair say they are both thrilled with their domestic bliss and can't wait to add another little one to their brood.

Want an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening abroad? – Feel free to call at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Angelina Jolie Meets Pope Francis; Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Break Out Baby Pics

 

Bill Maher Gets Renewed For Two More Seasons - [THE WRAP]

Dick Clark's Flintstone Home Has A New Owner - [ABC]

Miranda Kerr Loses Her Top For Cover Of Feb. 'Harpers Bazaar' - [E ONLINE]

'50 Shades' Jamie Dornan Covers 'Details' - [FASHIONISTA]

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Host Late Night Talk Show - [HUFFPO]

Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Show Off First Baby Pics - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSIP]

Hallmark Launching 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder' Movie Featuring Alison Sweeney - [DEADLINE]

'Celebrity Name Game' Inked For A Second Season - [VARIETY]

Angelina Jolie Meets Pope Francis - [CRUX]

[WATCH] Ryan Reynolds In 'The Voices' Trailer - [INSIDE MOVIES]

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Preston & Steve Co-Host Reveals Cancer Diagnosis During Show

After Dec. 17th Surgery, Says He's In Near Perfect Health

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– Steve Morrison (R), co-hos7t of Philadelphia's highly successful Preston And Steve Show (Below) on WMMR-FM, revealed during Wednesday's show he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last fall. He told NBC 10/Philly, "There was no blood, no pain, the one thing was this (prostate-specific antigen) test. The unusual test results led Morrison to have a biopsy which led to his diagnosis in early October. "My mindset was -- just take it out," he said. After a Dec. 17 surgery, Morrison said he is in near perfect health. "I feel great," he said. "I can categorically say everything is returning in fantastic fashion to pre-surgery levels." Only a few hours after the procedure, the host was back on his feet, walking the halls of the hospital. The announcement surprised many long-time fans, who began showing their support on social media. 2

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790 KABC Los Angeles Banks On Star Personalities & Shows

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8THY, 2015 –– TalkRadio 790 KABC announced a refined lineup for the new year, building on the success of the station’s established shows and adding new local programming hosted by well-known personalities including television Judge Cristina Perez and Dr. Drew Pinsky with “Psycho” Mike Catherwood. Jillian Barberie and John Phillips will also move their hit lunchtime show to afternoon drive time. The new schedule: • 5AM – 9AM: “McIntyre in the Morning with Terri-Rae Elmer” continues in its popular timeslot • 9AM –12PM: “Judge Cristina Live @ 9” launches with the Emmy-Award winner as host • 12PM – 3PM: “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood” launches, featuring the popular team from radio’s “Loveline" • 3PM – 6PM: “The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips” switches to this timeslot Peter Tilden and Mark Levin continue in their 9pm to Midnight and 6pm to 9pm shows. John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-COO of Cumulus said “We have attracted some of the top talent in the country and continue to bolster the station’s lineup in order to meet the interests of our widening audience.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Minneapolis Names Jeff Tyler Market President; PodcastOne Names Kris Smith CTO

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Minneapolis announced that Jeff Tyler has been named Market President, effective immediately. After many years behind the microphone, across various formats and in cities around the Midwest, Tyler became General Sales Manager, while maintaining a daily talk show in 1993. In 1997 he was named General Manager for the newly formed 6-station cluster at Capstar Broadcasting in Madison, Wisc. In 2009 he joined iHeartMedia and added responsibilities to include the Milwaukee market. Tyler was elevated to Regional Market Manager in 2012, overseeing the Madison and Milwaukee markets along with Grand Rapids/Muskegon, Mich., Eau Claire, Wisc. and Rochester, Minn. "I am excited to join a tremendous Minneapolis team in one of the best markets in the country," said Tyler. "It will be an honor to represent the historic call letters and franchises of the Twin Cities. At the same time, it¹s also bittersweet to leave teams in Madison and Milwaukee which have been a big part of my career and life."

PodcastOne announced the addition of Kris Smith (R) as its Chief Technology Officer. Smith replaces Rob Greenlee who will be starting his own consulting firm, with PodcastOne as its first client. Smith will be headquartered at PodcastOne’s Beverly Hills offices and studios. “I am excited to join PodcastOne in this important role at such a profound time. This is a growing company in a rapidly growing industry. PodcastOne is what podcasting has always needed to achieve its potential as a market-changing technology. In this role, I have an opportunity to help build on the amazing work that Norm and team have done,” says Smith.

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CBS Radio Launches Podcast Network

Network Includes On-Demand Audio from Well-Known Personalities, Experts and Brands Including “48 HOURS,” “60 MINUTES,” Deadspin, Foursquare, Vox and more

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– CBS Radio and CBS Local Digital Media announced the launch of Play.it®, a new podcast network that brings together digital-exclusive programming from major brands and publishers as well as content from CBS RADIO shows on demand. Play.it offers more than 300 premium content podcasts at launch, including podcasts from well-known CBS RADIO personalities like Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton, Carson Daly, and Kevin & Bean, as well as content from leading news, lifestyle, sports and media brands including 48 HOURS, 60 MINUTES, CBS Sports Radio, Vox, Deadspin, Simon & Schuster and Foursquare, among others. “Spoken word has proven to be one of the most compelling forms of entertainment for generations of listeners,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “The rise in popularity of these programs should come as no surprise as technology continues to advance, providing consumers the flexibility to listen on their own terms ... Play.it will highlight the expertise and creativity of CBS RADIO talent, with the promotional resources of 117 stations behind it.”toss the entire network of hundreds of programs.

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Rdio Announces Exclusive Global Partnership With Bosch

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– Rdio announced an exclusive partnership with Bosch to integrate the best unlimited music subscription service into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with Rdio’s online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system. As part of the initial rollout, Rdio is accessible to subscribers of the unlimited music service in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed, and Rdio’s free Internet radio solution will be integrated later this year. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access Rdio’s popular features including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favorites.

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[WATCH] BRIAN REGAN: 'I Was A Radio DJ For One Day...'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– In Chris Rock's film 'Take Five', which was released in December, comedian Brian Regan is featured in a very short cameo as a satellite radio producer. While performing this week in Canada this week, he paused for an interview with The Vancouver Sun and revealed he actually worked 'One Day' as a fill-in host on a Dallas country station. After being asked if he had any on-air experience, he said: "One time I was working in Dallas, and I was going to be there for more than a week, and I did a radio interview the first week. It was for a country station and one of the DJs was going on vacation the second week. So they asked if I would fill in one day. I thought all right, I’ll take this little challenge on. I was a radio DJ for one day on a country station and, uhm, it didn’t go well. The first thing I did, just to be completely silly, I said “Hey my name’s Brian Regan, and the first thing I want to do is give away a truck.” And I was just being absurd, thinking everybody would get the joke. And nobody got the joke. So I had to spend the next three hours doing disclaimers." READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE - And in case you missed Regan's cameo, WATCH HERE NOTE FROM JOCKLINE: Would anyone know which station Regan filled in on in Dallas? Write us HERE

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Kiss 95.1 Charlotte Launches Search For Next Big Morning Star

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2015 –– Beasley's WNKS KISS 95.1 announced the search for the next Big Radio Star talent search that kicked off today. With the exiting of former co-hosts’ Drex and Cassiday to the Atlanta Market, Kiss 95.1 will build a new show around Morning show host Maney to continue the successes he has built in Charlotte, N.C. “Although it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to Drex and Cassiday, I am so excited for the potential to find my next co-host during these on air auditions,” said Maney. “There is a lot of great talent out there and we’ve had a ton of interest from across the country.” The announcement was made at 7:10 this morning with fill-in co-host and former radio and current TV reporter Jacinda Garabito. Today Garabito launched this talent search with Maney as his first Apprentice. This journey isn’t just for anybody.… Maney’s list of invitees range from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to Bachelorette Reality Star Emily Maynard and everyone in between. Listeners are encouraged to log on to www.kiss951.com to check out all of the on air participants; see their profiles, view their photos and hear their auditions. Join the conversation on Twitter at #radioapprentice and check out Kiss95.1 on-air by downloading the free iRadioNow app on a variety of mobile devices. Follow Kiss95.1 on Facebook at facebook.com/kiss951.

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Winnepeg Morning Show Doubles Up On TV

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– The days of faces made for radio are long gone for more and more radio shows (see above story). The latest show to squeeze onto the tube is Winnepeg's Wheeler In The Morning (L). The city’s top-ranked morning show team heard on 92 CITI-FM will make its television debut on Monday, Jan. 12. According to broadcastermagazine.com, Wheeler in the Morning will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. CT on City from the revitalized City studio located in the heart of Winnipeg at The Forks. The show, which replaces Breakfast Television, will be hosted by veteran on-air personality Dave Wheeler and feature City personalities Drew Kozub and Jenna Khan (shown), as well as current morning radio team Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae. In addition to the City broadcast, viewers can stream Wheeler in the Morning live through Citytv.com/Winnipeg, on tablet, and on mobile. The radio show Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena will continue to broadcast in its current format from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT on Rogers Radio station 92 CITI-FM.

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7People's Choice Award Winners' List; '50 Shades' Earns 'Unusual' R Rating

Phylicia Rashad Says She Was 'Misquoted' In Defending TV Husband, Cosby - [ET]

John Travolta To Play Robert Shapiro In O.J. Mini-Series - [SALON]

People's Choice Awards Winner List For 2015 - [EW]

'50 Shades' R Rating Includes 'Unusual Behavior' - [MTV]

Elvis' 80th Birthday (Today) Comes With Reissues And New Website - [ROLLING STONE]

Former Partner Suing Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Over Beats Sale To Apple - [AP]

UNBIELEBERS:People Think Bieb Padded His Shorts for Klein Photo Shoot - [E ONLINE]

ACT SURPRISED: Sia & Shia LaBeouf Do Strange, Semi-Nude Music Video - [USA TODAY]

Another Year, Another Couple Of Covers For Gwyneth Paltrow - [TOMANDLORENZO]

That Girl Is Now A Woman On Elle's Women Of TV Issue - [ELLE]

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iHM And NBC Announce Return Of Music Awards This March



THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia and NBC announced today that its iHeartRadio Music Awards will return on Sunday, March 29, 2015 live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards will again be broadcast live simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform. The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards drew an audience of more than 5.5 million which was up 86 percent vs. the time period average, a significant increase for NBC in the 10 p.m. hour among adults 18-49. "We are in touch with music fans 365 days a year. Last year's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards was not only a ratings success, but also the beginning of a powerful new awards show franchise that accurately reflects and showcases the artists and music the American public truly loves. NBC has proven their music prowess and have become great partners on this show" said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia Inc. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes, Tom Poleman, Liz Kelly of iHeartMedia and Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will also produce the show for NBC Studios.

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Bizarre Pre-Season Bet Coming Back To Haunt Atlanta Hosts

Said They Would Go To Prison If Atlanta Hawks Won Championship - Team Now Top Ranked

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– Back before the basketball season began, 680 The Fan (93.7 FM) Atlanta's Chuck Oliver & Matt Chernoff made one of the most bizarre radio bets ever by saying if their beloved Atlanta Hawks won the NBA Championship, they would go to prison for life. For the record, this is a feat the franchise hasn't accomplished since they came to Atlanta in 1968. Unfortunately for Chuck And Matt, the Hawks are now the top ranked team in the NBA according to ESPN. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, The top-rated show figured this would be a joke because Las Vegas oddsmakers had placed the Hawks at 100-1 odds of winning the title. They haven’t even won an Eastern Conference championship in their 47-year history. NBA Future Odds still has the Hawks at a modest 25-1 odds with 11 teams given a better shot at the title. Ho says the Hawks have the third-best record in the NBA at 26-8 and are No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. They have won 20 of the past 22 games, with an 11-5 record against teams with a better than .500 record. Chernoff admitted on the air this week the bet, in retrospect ,wasn’t a good idea: 'We’d want to go to a white-collar prison in Pensacola,” Chernoff said in an interview today before the show. All said, even if the Hawks did win, it's unlikely they would find a prison to let them serve out their lost bet. And in case the Hawks lose, the duo said they would be rewarded a free weekend in Vegas, courtesy of one of their sponsors.

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Fox Television Renews ‘Dish Nation’ For Two More Seasons

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– The syndicated entertainment show “Dish Nation” which features some of radio's top shows, has been renewed for two more seasons by Fox Television Stations, according to variety.com, The half-hour strip has been a 'slow-build success story' for Fox’s Twentieth Television syndication arm. The show features host Rickey Smiley and radio host in Los Angeles and Dallas dishing on the daily’s celebrity gossip and pop culture headlines. “We see it as a show with big upside, and audiences in our key time periods and upgrades have backed us up,” said Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming for Fox Television Stations. According to Fox, viewership of “Dish Nation” is up 10% during the past year to a daily average of 1.4 million viewers as Fox has put more muscle into promoting the show and overhauled its digital extensions. “Dish Nation” airs mostly in early evening and late night timeslots. The show was tested on a regional basis in 2011 before expanding nationally in 2012. Michael Bachmann is exec producer. PHOTO/Fox

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeni Lane Named PD For NASH FM Pensacola; Randall Bloomquist Resigns From Corporate Post For Cumulus; iHM Names Jerry Schnacke VP/Sales Chicago

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announced it has appointed Jeni Lane (L)as Program Director for WXBM/NASH FM 102.7 in Pensacola. Lane moves to Pensacola from Lafayette, LA, where she was Program Director and afternoon on-air personality for KXKC/NASH FM 99.1. Lane, who began her broadcasting career as a television news producer, has almost 20 years experience in radio broadcasting across multiple markets, including Lafayette; Monroe, LA; and Jonesboro, AR. Lane holds a B.S. degree in Radio/Television from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Corporate/Programming for Cumulus said: "Jeni has done an exceptional job for Cumulus. We are lucky to have such depth in programming that we can take advantage of our bench. She will be a great addition to our NASH platform in the Florida Panhandle."

As first reported yesterday by NTS MediaOnline, talk radio veteran Randall Bloomquist, who joined Cumulus Media in November 2013 as Corporate PD over its News and Talk stations, announced he is leaving that post citing “personal family reasons.” Prior to joining Cumulus, Bloomquist headed Bloomquist Media with past stints that included PD reigns for WMAL/Washington, WGST/Atlanta, WBT/Charlotte and WRVA/Richmond.

iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Jerry Schnacke has been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. Most recently he served as Vice President and Market Manager, overseeing WTMX, WDRV and WILV in Chicago. Schnacke's previous experience also includes roles as Vice President and General Manger at Lakeshore Communications in Springfield.

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MOTION: CMG Miami Names as Night Host for WEDR-FM 99 Jamz

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2014 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has named radio personality DJ Nailz as its new evening on-air host for WEDR-FM 99 Jamz. DJ Nailz ? Marc Dixon ? is no stranger to South Florida, as he grew up a huge fan of WEDR/99 Jamz and has family in the city. DJ Nailz comes to CMG Miami from sister station WPYO/Power 95.3 in Orlando where he has worked the past five years. DJ Nailz brings an energy and true passion for the Hip-Hop Culture that made him No. 1 in Orlando and the perfect fit for South Florida,” added WEDR’s Director of Branding and Programming Derrick Baker. “Whether it’s the BET Awards in Los Angeles or interviewing Queen Latifah or DJ Khaled, Nailz is a true talent, and we are glad he decided to move his talents back to South Beach.” "I'm excited for this opportunity,” said DJ Nailz. “Every personality has that station they listened to as a kid that made them want to do this, and 99 Jamz is mine! It's a dream come true."

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St. Jude Group Thanks Bones Show For Raising Over $1 Million

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital sent a special thank you to everyone at The Bobby Bones Show and their listeners for raising over one million dollars for St. Jude in 2014. Throughout 2014, The Bobby Bones Show encouraged listeners to donate to St. Jude by hosting concerts around the country featuring Bones’ band The Raging Idiots and Country music’s biggest stars, as well as producing local radiothons with affiliates. The show crew also visited with patients at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and entertained them with live musical performances. For more information, please visit www.BobbyBones.com.

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CBS Radio Stations To Feature Business Updates From Bloomberg Radio Via USRN

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– CBS Radio announced it has entered into a partnership with Bloomberg Radio to be its primary supplier of business reports for its owned and operated radio stations in 12-key markets including, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Boston, among others. As of Jan. 2, 2015, Bloomberg Radio reporters have been providing business news updates twice an hour on select CBS RADIO all-news stations, and also at designated times on other CBS RADIO properties. "This partnership will greatly raise the level of our business coverage, enhancing our product in cities from coast to coast,” said Scott Herman (L), Executive Vice President, Operations, CBS RADIO and Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York. “Bloomberg reporters will offer expertise and depth to local business stories of interest, reaching audiences of our individual radio stations." USRN’s President/COO, Jim Higgins noted, “With the addition of these great CBS RADIO stations to our existing Bloomberg lineup, it clearly makes Bloomberg the preeminent business radio network for advertisers seeking an association with this extremely attractive and desirable audience. We are thrilled to be working with two of the most respected names in journalism."

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Rdio Extends Presence On Connected Home Devices

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– Rdio announced partnerships with consumer electronics heavyweights that will continue to provide Rdio listeners with the broadest possible access to their favorite music anytime, anywhere, on any device. Working closely with industry leaders including DTS, Google, Hisense and LG Electronics, Rdio is extending its presence on connected home devices to provide music lovers around the world with convenient access to the best mix of free Internet radio and unlimited on-demand music. Rdio content will soon be available through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on Rdio’s current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility. “With LG’s Connect SDK, Rdio will bring even more audio content choices on LG webOS smart TVs,” said Steve Winston, Vice President of Engineering, LG Silicon Valley Lab. “We welcome Rdio to the growing number of outstanding apps integrated with Connect SDK for an unparalleled second-screen experience.”

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Reba Debuts First Nash Icon Single On America's Morning Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– Reba McEntire debuted her new single yesterday morning on America's Morning Show. "Going Out Like That" is Reba's first single for the new NASH Icon label and is the lead single on Reba's upcoming 27th studio album. In the photo, Reba is shown chatting it up in-studio with Blair Garner of America's Morning Show at the NASH Campus in Nashville.

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Radio & Music Industries Join Benztown In Donating 1,000 Cans Of Food To L.A. Food Bank

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2015 –– As you may recall, Benztown launched the “CANS 4 CANS” Holiday Benefit and Giveaway to help drive donations to the Los Angeles Food Bank in the two weeks leading up to the holidays. Benztown enlisted its social media following, influencers and artists in the radio and music industries to post a photo wearing headphones (a/k/a “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cans4cans, and in turn, Benztown donated a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank on their behalf. Here are the results:862 photos were posted to social media with #cans4cans. Benztown threw in an extra 138 cans to round its food donations to 1,000 cans total. Big names in the radio industry were also a huge help, including: Blair Garner (America's Morning Show), R Dub! (Sunday Night Slow Jams), Jagger & Kristi (Magic 92.5/San Diego), DJ Skee (DASH Radio), Mike McVay (Cumulus/Westwood One), Seena (AMP Radio Los Angeles), Dana Cortez (The Dana Cortez Show) and Crisco Kidd.
As part of the Cans 4 Cans Benefit, Benztown held a raffle via social media to drive its donations to the L.A. Food Bank. The raffle winner of a pair of David Guetta-autographed Beats by Dr. Dre headphones was (drumroll, please...) @RadioShorty on-air at B93.7 (WFBC-FM) in Greenville, SC.

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7Blake Shelton To Make Premiere Appearance On Saturday Night Live

 

Blake Shelton To Make Premier Appearance On SNL - [THE BOOT]

UH OH: '60 Minutes' Steve Kroft Exposed In Hot And Steamy Affair - [PAGE SIX]

AC/DC, Jack White To Headline Coachella 2015 - [ROLLING STONE]

Gladys Knight To Play Psychic On 'Hot In Cleveland' Episode - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Teen Mom Farrah Abraham Lands In ER After Lip Injections Go Terribly Wrong - [DAILY MAIL]

[WATCH] Old People React To Kimmy's Nude Pics - [ET]

Amy Poehler Thrown 'Hasty Pudding Award' Of The Year - [THR]

[WATCH] People Still Buzzing Over Brain McKnight's Awesome National Anthem - [BUZZFEED]

Shakira And Iggy Azalea Team For Collaboration On New Album - [IDOLATOR]

Check It Out: Sony Unveils New $1,120 Walkman - [CNN]

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MOTION: Mike 'No Name' Nelson And 'Irish' Greg McQuaid Join Renee Richardson For Mornings On KFOG/San Fran.; Doug Banks Welcomes Dee Dee Renee As New Co-Host

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that longtime Bay Area radio personalities “Irish” Greg McQuaid and Mike Nelson (also known as “No Name” - L-R) will join on-air morning personality Renee Richardson (C) as co-hosts of The KFOG Morning Show. Nelson has been a popular on-air fixture on Bay Area radio for 20 years. He was formerly a morning show host for Alternative station KITS/LIVE 105 from 2009 to 2010 and hosted afternoons on the station from 2011 to 2014. Nelson was morning personality on KLLC/ ALICE 97.3 from 2002 to 2008. He also hosted nights on LIVE 105 from 1998 to 2002. Nelson currently hosts the Travel Channel’s “World Access” and the KOFY TV20 ca7ble horror show “Creepy Kofy Movie Time”. McQuaid began his radio career at KITS/LIVE 105, along with Renee and No Name. He spent 14 years at KFOG before taking a detour to Big 103.7, where he has been on-air for the past two years. Troy Hanson, Corporate Programming/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “It’s a great day for Bay Area radio fans as we welcome No Name and welcome back Irish Greg to the on-air and digital sphere of the KFOG brand.

Today, Dee Dee Renee goes national, debuting as the new co-host on The Doug Banks Radio Show. Signed by Doug Banks Media, Renee replaces Dee Dee McGuire and joins Doug Banks and George Willborn. Her passion for helping others and connecting with listeners served her well as she hosted highly rated radio shows for the last 20 years in Richmond, Va. and Columbia, S.C. Banks says, “I met Dee Dee 14 years ago and told her that if Dee Dee McGuire ever moved on, she would be my first pick to join me on the show. “Ever since meeting Doug, I just knew we’d be a perfect fit and the day has come for me to prove that. I’m so honored to have this opportunity,” said Dee Dee. 1

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FORMATICS: iHeart Media Bringing More Country To Chicago; Minneapolis' K-TWIN Changes To Modern Rock Go 96.3

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Chicago debuted its Big 95.5, Chicago's Hit Country featuring artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean (shown) , Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. “ It’s a great day for Chicago country music fans as we launch Big 95.5, a bright new choice for country music," said Tommy Austin, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Chicago. "This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country’s biggest artists and concerts.”

7This week also saw the launch of Go 96.3 in Minneapolis. After three years of playing mainstream rock as K-TWIN, the station targeted younger listeners with its switch to modern rock on Go 96.3 FM. According to startribune.com, no on-air personalities or commercials will be heard on the station during January. However, come February there will be jocks and a new schedule, said Joe Pohlad, executive vice president of Northern Lights Broadcasting. The station last made a format change just after New Year’s Day in 2012, when it debuted K-TWIN.

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NETWORKS: WWO Debuts 'Something To Think About' With Mike Rogers And Mike Florio's ProFootballTalk; Salem Rebrands Seven Stations With 'The Answer'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– This week marked the Westwood One's debut of 'Something to Think About' with Mike Rogers (AL), featuring former congressman and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers. Rogers, who left Congress last month after serving seven terms, provides listeners with an insider’s way of understanding critical issues and the most talked-about topics of the day. Stations interested in Something to Think About with Mike Rogers can contact Stuart Greenblatt at sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com or (212) 419-2946. This week also marked the inaugural NBC Sports Radio broadcast of ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio (AR) , which aired from 12 noon-3 pm ET on more than 40 stations. His debut guests included Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, and Tom Curran of CSN-New England. Stations interested in NBC Sports Radio can contact Neal Weiner at nweiner@westwoodone.com or (206) 706-1373.

Salem Communications Corporation announced yesterday it is converting 7 more of its News Talk stations to the Answer. It will bring the number to 20 Answer branded stations owned by Salem around the country. The stations include KCBQ-AM in San Diego, now AM 1170 The Answer - KLFE-AM in Seattle, now AM 1590 The Answer - KZNT-AM in Colorado Springs, now AM 1460 The Answer - WGKA-AM in Atlanta, now AM 920 The Answer
WGUL-AM in Tampa, now AM 860 The Answer - WGTK-AM in Louisville, now 970 AM The Answer - WLSS-AM in Sarasota, now AM 930 The Answer. Salem began using the Answer branding for AM 970 WNYM, its News Talker in New York City in April of 2012. "We discovered that our listeners are information seekers, always craving the answer to every possible question, from why am I stuck in Traffic to who won the November election," said Salem Senior VP of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce (L). "This branding allows our stations to cut through in markets where they are competing with more established stations that only need their call letters as a brand. We needed something more, and this works," said Boyce.

The photo at right says it all as Skyview President Ken Thiele (L) and ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones toast the launch of ABC Radio from Skyview's operations center in Scottsdale, AZ on January 1st.

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SYNDICATION: The Steve Harvey Show Reaches 75th Affiliate Mark; Beemer And The Bald Guy Now Airing In 175 Markets

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced that The Steve Harvey Morning Show has reached its 75th affiliate mark with the addition of Orlando’s WCFB-FM/Star 94.5. “We are thrilled to have The Steve Harvey Morning Show join STAR 94.5,” shared WCFB-FM Program Director Michael Saunders. “Listeners are excited and our clients are eager for his return to the Orlando market. We’re looking forward to an incredible partnership in 2015 and beyond.” The program was created by Harvey and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald insSeptember 2000, and it joined Premiere Networks' national lineup in2005. Today, The Steve Harvey Morning Show reaches approximately six million weekly listeners, and is also available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app.

Sandy McIlree (R) has been known for years as co-host of Austin's beloved JB & Sandy Show now heard on Fringe 105.7, but now he and and co-host Rich Beem are quickly becoming known in cities throughout America through their Beemer and The Bald Guy Golf Show now topping 175 markets. Syndicated by Nineball Radio Networks and Houston-based Yahoo Sports Radio, bizjournal.com reports the expansion comes after a trial in seven markets brought solid ratings and response from advertisers including Fan Duel, Golfsmith, Taylor Made and Calloway."Looking at the demographics, it's as good of a segment as you're going to get," McIlree said of the high-wealth audience for golf programming. McIlree said the show will likely soon add a golf tournament or other event with a charitable focus, with the likelihood of eventually starting a series of golf tournaments.

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Blowback Continues In Canadian Radio Star Imbroglio

CBC Executives Who Managed Jian Ghomeshi Forced To Take Leave

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– The Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC). has put two senior managers on extended leave of absences just weeks after its top personality was arrested for (s)exual assault. According to cbc.com, The CBC announced Monday that two senior managers — radio executive Chris Boyce (shown) and human resources executive Todd 7Spencer — have been placed on leave until further notice. CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the decision was related to the Jian Ghomeshi scandal but declined to offer specifics. The former host of CBC Radio's Q was fired in late October from his job as host of the popular arts and culture show. Ghomeshi was fired after CBC executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman. The leave of absence were not taken voluntarily, Thompson said. Ghomeshi is facing criminal charges over allegations of (s)exual assault and choking. He is also facing questions about his conduct inside the CBC workplace, where he has been accused of groping and harassment, as well as (s)exually aggressive and abusive behavior.

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Paul McCartney Sits Down For Exclusive Interview With Premiere's Sal Cirrincione

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Sir Paul McCartney closed out 2014 by welcoming Sal Cirrincione, Premiere Networks Senior Director of Rock Programming and Specials, to his New York office for an exclusive nationl radio interview to promote the December 8th release of his new song “Hope for the Future,” which was written for the video game Destiny. Cirrincione, who has interviewed McCartney over 30 times since 1997 and produced a number of Premiere Networks radio specials for his album releases, also spoke to McCartney about his success at the 2014 Grammy Awards; The Beatles 50th anniversary last February; upcoming projects; Ringo Starr being inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and much more. This latest interview will be distributed via Premiere’s Classic Rock prep services The Classic Daily, Today’s Rock Facts, Triple A Daily and Classic Hits Today. For affiliations, please contact Premiere at 818-377-5300. Pictured left to right: Premiere Networks Senior Director of Rock Programming and Specials Sal Cirrincione with Sir Paul McCartney.

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Marilu Henner To Speak At NAB Radio Luncheon

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– Marilu Henner, a five-time Golden Globe nominee, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality, will speak at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 14 in Las Vegas and sponsored by ASCAP. Henner currently hosts the nationally syndicated “Marilu Henner Show” on radio and was the previous host and executive producer of “Marilu” and “Shape Up Your Life.” She has guest-starred on every major talk show, earning her the title “Talk Show Guest of the Year” several years in a row. Henner has starred in over 30 films, six Broadway shows and two hit classic sitcoms, including “Taxi,” where she played Elaine Nardo. Additionally, she was a competitor on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars” and has appeared on such shows as “Two and a Half Men,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Crazy Ones.” Henner was also the subject of a three-part special about Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory on “60 Minutes,” as she is one of only 12 people documented with the ability. The Marilu Henner Show is syndicated through Sun Broadcast Group

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lori Lewis Named New Board Chairperson For Conclave

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– The Conclave Board of Directors has elected Lori Lewis, Director of Digital & Social Strategies for Jacobs Media, as the new Board Chairperson for the nonprofit Conclave. Lewis, will begin her position immediately, succeeding outgoing Board Chair Mark Bolke, who has served in the position since July 2009 and in various capacities for Conclave since 2003. On her new role with the Conclave, Lewis commented, “There are those who complain about the scarcity of young people interested in working in radio, and then there are those who actually do something about it. Conclave has always been the one organization vetting, nurturing, and celebrating youth in radio. Lewis' background includes serving as an on-air talent with the nationally syndicated show, "Bubba the Love Sponge," as well as, a programming stint in Baltimore. In a move to help radio grow digitally and socially, Lewis left day to day programming and created a new position Director of Digital and Social Strategies for Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications. In 2011, consulting firm Jacobs Media hired Lewis to assist their client’s digital and social needs. Lewis will be a featured presenter at next month's Talk Show Boot Camp in Atlanta.

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[LISTEN] Pat Sajak Goes Into Sports Announcer Impression During Interview

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2015 –– One-time radio host and now station owner, Pat Sajak, best known from his long run as host of TV's 'Wheel of Fortune,' went into full deejay mode as he recently joined for a pregame interview with The Washington Capitals's Voice John Walton. As Walton did a set-up to Sajak's introduction, Pat responded with a few words, but then intoned a spot-on impression of the boisterous host. Sajak is apparently an avid fan of the Caps and the impression was all taken in fun during the Winter Classic preview show. Of note, Sajak's entrance into radio began when he won a contest on WLS radio's Dick Biondi Show to be a guest teen deejay. This was while he was a student at Columbia College in Chicago. According to wikipedia, his nstructor Al Parker told him that a local radio station (WEDC) was looking for a newsman. Sajak applied for the job and was hired to work from midnight to 6:00 AM. In 1968, Sajak joined the U.S. Army, and was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disk jockey on Armed Forces Radio. During his stint, Sajak admitted to once botching President Nixon's 1969 Christmas broadcast to the troops; he accidentally cut the feed off prematurely. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE

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Bubba Back On The Air At Beasley's 98.7 Tampa; Station Polls For New Format

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Following weeks of rumors that kicked into high-gear early last month with the shift in ownership of former CBS Radio's WHFS 98.7 and 1010-AM Tampa to Beasley Broadcasting, longtime Bone 102.5 morning host, Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, has officially landed back on the air. At his website, he posted: "Bubba returns from the holiday break with his debut on a new station in Tampa – 98.7 FM. Bubba and the boys will talk about their time off, NFL playoff action, College football and their return to the Bay! Also this week political news correspondent Tucker Carlson, the unsigned band review and the Top 5 countdown – Hip Hop." According to tampabay.com, the move 7was also announced by Ker's WingHouse with the duel promo of their double-breaded "Bubba Style Wings" now on the menu in all of its WingHouse locations. The statement reported that Clem "will be returning to the Tampa Bay radio waves on Jan. 5 to WHFS-98.7 FM." Clem posted that he would hold a news conference on Monday morning (Jan. 5th) elaborating on his new arrangement. It was one month ago today that Clem has posted on Twitter the tell-tale billboard (at right) teasing his return. Following its takeover, WHFS dumped sports talk format in early December and went into various formats while listeners were asked to vote on a new format. They promised an announcement would be coming today.

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Drex, Cassiday And Tingle Team For Mornings At Star 94 Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– On this morning's Drex And Maney Show on WNKS/KISS 95.1 Charlotte, co-host Drex and Cassiday (L) caught listeners off guard with the surprise announcement that they will soon be moving to Atlanta. While not disclosing the actual location on-air, their new home will be the dnewly purchased Entercom outlet, Star 94.1 Atlanta for mornings. Maney (R) said he will remain in Charlotte on KISS 95.1 and be joined by a new supporting cast. Drex asked Maney on today's show if (Maney) was mad at them for leaving. "I'm not mad. I love you guys," he said. Maney and Drex arrived at KISS in 2012 from WHBQ-FM/Memphis following the exit of longtime syndicated morning hosts Ace & TJ, who crossed over to iHeart's Channel 96.1. Cassiday joined Drex and Maney from Mix Austin where she served as a co-host for The JB & Sandy Show. Maney said that today's show would be both Drex and Cassiday's last show at the Charlotte outlet. Tingle joins from Wired Philadelphia where he's co-hosted for the last three years.

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MOTION: Brett Harris And Tracy Cassidy Return To The Air At KKGQ/92.3 Wichita; Amanda Leatherman Named Co-Host And APD For Star 104.3 Asheville

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Beginning today, Jan. 5th, two of Wichita’s most popular hosts, Brett Harris and Tracy Cassidy will be back on the air at Envision’s new radio station, KKGQ, 92.3-FM. According to kansascity.com, the team began together on KRBB, 97.9-FM, in 1990. Harris was let go in 2012. Cassidy lost her job in May. “Brett and Tracy have been a staple in this market,” says Heather Hogan, Envision’s VP of foundation and mission services. The company's mission is to serve the blind and vision impaired." She says the station, which will be known as Q92, the Beat, will have blind and vision-impaired employees and talent.

iHeartMedia Asheville announced last week that Amanda Leatherman (R) has been named its morning show co-host and APD for WQNQ Star 104.3, Asheville. She'll join Josh Michael, who also serves as the station's PD, beginning today, Jan. 5th. Leatherman arrives from her work on TV at outlets such as ESPN and Fox Sports. "I am beyond excited and honored to be chosen to co-host a top morning show and have the opportunity to entertain my new Asheville Neighbors everyday," Leatherman said in the release.

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[LISTEN] Gregg Giannotti Begins National Gig For CBS Sports Radio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Gregg Giannotti does unbelievable impressions. Even of his fellow CBS Radio peeps such as Mike Francesa and Joe Benigno. Beginning last Friday, the rest of the country will be able to enjoy his talents as he joins CBS Sports Radio on a national level to co-host with Brian Jones. The budding star went from producing for Benigno and Evan Roberts at WFAN before taking on a sports talk slot in Pittsburgh for the last five years. According to newday.com, Giannotti says "I went into it thinking this was going to be like going to college again -- learn, come back in a couple of years, like an extended business trip," he said. "I ended up developing all these great relationships." Now, the New York native heads back home where he will work out of the same studio Benigno and Roberts used when he was their producer. Oddly, Giannotti won't be heard in New York other than those listeners who listen online. CBS Radio, which owns WFAN, long has been expected to move its national programming into either the FAN's AM or FM signal, but so far that has not happened. Giannotti and Jones will succeed Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney, who are moving to the 9 a.m.-to-noon shift, and Dana Jacobson, who returned her focus to television. As for his impersonations, He said he once pretended to be Benigno for a five-minute phone conversation with Benigno's wife, Terry, in the old WFAN studios and she didn't know the difference." If you're familiar with Francesa and Benigno, enjoy THIS SAMPLE of Gregg's talent from his previous stint at The Fan.

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NETWORKS: Compass Media Debuts 'Your Money Now'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Compass Media Networks debuts breaking business and money news today under the “YOUR MONEY NOW” TM brand. These sixty-second reports will be feed twice hourly @ 20/50, Monday – Friday, 6am – 7pm ET. Anchors for YOUR MONEY NOW include: · Morning Drive: Jennifer Kushinka. For the past 9 years, Jennifer has served as morning drive news-anchor for The Wall Street Journal Reports. Her voice is currently heard on hundreds of stations nationwide. Jennifer will anchor reports from 6 AM - 12 Noon ET. · Mid-Days: Ray Hoffman. For the past 9 years, Ray has anchored CEO Radio, short form reports, aired exclusively on WCBS-AM, New York. Previously, Ray was an afternoon drive anchor for Wall Street Journal Radio Network and the lead talent for BusinessWeek Radio. Ray will anchor reports from 12 Noon-3 PM ET. · Afternoons: Bruce Vale. For the past thirteen years, Bruce Vale has been an evening anchor for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network. In addition he provided custom business reports for top news and talk stations across the country. Bruce will anchor reports from 3 PM-7 PM/ET. Compass also confirmed a smooth transition for THIS MORNING. AMERICA’S FIRST NEWS WITH GORDON DEAL. Today (1/5) marks the first full week of THIS MORNING. AMERICA’S FIRST NEWS WITH GORDON DEAL under the production and management of Compass Media Networks.

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MEDIA PREDICTION: Streaming Music is The Future

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– CNN's Frank Pallotta says 2014 was an up and down year for media, but as the year wound down he forecast three media predictions for the new year: Atop the list was that 2015 would see a big box office year for film-makers, ie. there would be light at the end of the tunnel for Hollywood following a somewhat dismal year. He credits new films such as "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Star Wars: sThe Force Awakens" as greatest contributors to the turnaround. At number two he pointed to Stand alone HBO GO as being the 'tipping point' for cord cutters. This followed HBO announcing in October that it would start selling subscriptions via the internet sometime in 2015 thus opening the network to a potentially new audience. But his third prediction is what caught our eye saying 'Streaming music is the future,' adding this would be the case whether 'Taylor Swift likes it or not. A reference to the spat between Taylor Swift and Spotify after the pop star pulled her music from the platform in November. As we head into 2015, Pallotta looks to Billboard 200 now counting streams, YouTube creating its own music service, and only one album achieving platinum status in 2014. "The music industry is clearly moving towards a streaming future," he suggests. Pallotta adds, "As media showed us in 2014 it can't stop, won't stop moving forward. READ ARTICLE HERE

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CONDOLENCES: Longtime St. Louis Host Ed Goodman Passes Away

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– Former KMOX and KEZK St. Louis host
Ed Goodman passed away last Friday following his battle with cancer. According to stlouis.cbslocal.com, after more than 18 years at CBS Radio's KEZK and other stations in St. Louis, Goodman spent the last few years as a reporter and weekend anchor for a couple of stations in Florida. KEZK & KYKY radio host Stel Pontikes commented that Ed was always a true consummate professional and a great guy to work with. He was a wonderful guy to know, so friendly, so helpful, one of the real gems of our industry ... He had a real affinity for acting and enjoyed doing a lot of things in the acting field, off-air.”

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Executive Producer Needed For Nationally Syndicated Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2015 –– A National syndicator is looking for a highly motivated, hard working Executive Producer to oversee production for 3 syndicated properties. Based in the Pacific Northwest. Successful candidate will demonstrate a creative approach to tasks, a proactive work ethic, detail orientation and able to work flexible hours. Must have great organizational, writing and leadership skills. Ability to prioritize and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Expected hours are from 4am to 12noon. Qualifications require at least 5+ years mid-major market radio experience in production - Digital Audio editing experience (Must be well versed in Adobe Audition and/or Pro Tools) - Morning Show production experience preferred - Program Directors, Executive Producers are urged to apply - FORWARD YOUR mp3 demos and resume to themouth@tds.net - EOE

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