STUDY: Consumers Interpret Radio To Mean 'Any Form of Transmitted Audio Over Any Channel'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Futuri and SmithGeiger has released its The Future of Audience and Revenue Study: Trends, Evolutions, and Opportunities with the Modern Audience. This extensive study covers, executives in radio, television, and digital publishing were asked how their companies have been impacted since the onset of COVID-19. Their wide variety of responses indicated change in nearly every part of their business. For example, 77% of the executives reported that their company has lost advertising revenue, 73% have said they have employees working from home, 44% have said they’ve experienced layoffs or reduced headcount, and 35% have said that their responsibilities have changed. The pandemic’s impact on the media business- See chart below
The changes in both audience habits and industry operation has never been this extreme. To create the report, Futuri's research partner for this study, SmithGeiger conducted over 2,000 nationwide interviews with media users ages 16-74, and nearly 200 interviews with TV, radio, and digital publishing executives throughout the US.
Among its key findings include • The perception of media is changing. Formerly well-established concepts such as “TV” and “radio” no longer exist as they once did. In focus groups, consumers interpret radio to mean 'any form of Transmitted audio over any channel. In every case, respondents brought up non-broadcast content when asked to describe their experience of “radio” or “TV.” Consumers used the terms interchangeably with a variety of audio and video resources.
Among takeaways specific to radio included: • Radio now comprises a far wider breadth of audio content than its traditional definition. The phenomenon of streaming has altered what used to be a limited broadcast medium into a form of content that can be consumed across all digital devices. The old AM/FM dial has (like so much else) been largely replaced by the search bar.
• There is still an opportunity to leverage talent as a differentiator, provided that authenticity, targeted content and topics, and an omnichannel approach are prioritized. Focus group respondents made clear that they remember throwaway breaks (“I don’t want to hear about the eggs you ate this morning”) and enjoyed podcasts’ lack of the tight time restraints and content restrictions to which broadcast personalities are bound.
• Local content is key, even if your personalities aren’t physically in the market. Listeners, especially those in our focus groups, see that as a differentiator and want more of it. Consumers are becoming more willing to pay for local information from digital publishers, and they’re already willing to pay for audio and video subscriptions. Radio needs to lean into local content — even if not produced locally — to stay competitive and grow.
• Morning shows in particular have a big opportunity to use social media — especially Facebook — more effectively to capture those crucial first occasions of the day. Each of these approaches is right for a content provider’s own target audience, and they should ideally offer both in order to reach a maximum audience. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE
Funding From Ashley Flowers’ Nonprofit 'Season of Justice' Helps Bring Resolution In Unsolved Case
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Ashley Flowers, Founder & CEO of audiochuck network and host of the nationally recognized Crime Junkie podcast, launched the nonprofit Season of Justice (SOJ) in 2020. SOJ provides financial grants to law enforcement agencies and victims as well as their families to help solve cold cases. One of these grants, provided to Central Indiana Law Enforcement, assisted in the arrest of a long-sought-after serial rapist. Darrell Goodlow, 37, was arrested on Friday, September 17 as a suspect in the sexual assaults of at least eight women dating back to August 2020. The SOJ grant enabled law enforcement to pursue advanced DNA testing resources for these cases.
"I started Season of Justice to help bring some sense of closure to crime victims and their families," said Ashley Flowers. "I’m beyond appreciative of the passionate and engaged fans that follow our podcasts. Their support of our victim advocacy efforts continues to propel the mission forward. I encourage anyone interested in learning more to visit www.seasonofjustice.org.
audiochuck podcasts are represented by AdLarge Media in the audio ad marketplace. “It’s remarkable to see the mission of Ashley’s nonprofit Season of Justice coming to life,” said Cathy Csukas, Co-CEO of AdLarge. “By leveraging the power of podcasting, Ashley is not only raising awareness but has created a vehicle for action"
Katie Hoyt Rises To Market President For iHeart Salisbury
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced that Katie Hoyt has been named Market President for Salisbury, effective immediately. She will report to Brit Goldstein, Area President for iHeartMedia Pennsylvania. “Katie has done an incomparable job inspiring and leading the Salisbury sales team,” said Goldstein. “This elevation is much deserved, and I look forward to partnering with Katie and the market team in achieving even greater accomplishments.”
Hoyt most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Sales for the Salisbury market. In addition, she also served as the Regional Digital Sales Manager for MediaOnePA (Gannett/USA Today) and The Hanover/York Sales Manager for MediaOnePA (Gannett/USA Today Network), where she began her media career. She is a graduate of Millersville University. “I’m excited for what the future has in store for the Salisbury and the Eastern Shore markets,” said Hoyt. “I also want to give kudos to my staff and most importantly my mentors along the way who have helped me get where I am today.”
SYNDICATION: Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Added Across Five Of Saga's Heritage Stations
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Compass Media Networks announced that Saga Communications is now broadcasting Markley, van Camp & Robbins across five of their heritage news-talk stations, including: WHCU-AM Ithaca NY 12-3 pm WINA-AM Charlottesville VA 1-4 pm WNZE-AM Clarksville TN 11-2 pm WSVA-AM Harrisonburg VA 1-3 pm and WTAX-AM Springfield IL 12-2 pm
“We’re excited about welcoming Markley, Van Camp & Robbins to the Saga Family. They have a fresh approach and do a great job covering the important topics while being upbeat, professional and entertaining.” Scott Chase, Group Program Director, Saga Communications.
HONORS: FM99 Norfolk's Rick Rumble Show Draws VAB's Top Award - But Then ....
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– During Wednesday night's Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards held at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, FM99/WNOR's Rick Rumble Show was honored with the Best Morning Show award. It was an all-around big night for FM99. Rod Fitzwell was awarded 2nd Place for Outstanding Sports Coverage for Large Market Radio -- News with Shelley on Rumble in the Morning was awarded 2nd Place for Outstanding Newscast for Large Market Radio -- Production Director Eric Winslow won both 1st and 2nd place for Best Commercial Large Market Radio. The 1st place award was for his Area 51 Tobacco and Novelties commercial on WNOR and the 2nd place award was for his Get Lit! Electrical commercial on sister station WAFX (106.9 The Fox). WAFX was also awarded 1st place for the “Win Arlo’s Shed” contest in the Best Station Promotion/Contest Large Market Radio category.
Rumble added,“Would like to thank the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for this prestigious “Best Morning Show” award, which stood proudly for almost 8 hours before someone knocked it off the counter… and this is why we can’t have nice things.” Thursday morning, Sean, their producer, was shooting our pre/show Facebook Live, and hit it with his elbow. The video is on our FB page. Ouch!
FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show' which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler.
Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA."
This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 98.7 in Kansas City and syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.
As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydream about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition. "
Meanwhile, is there someone you feel will be part of radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
[WATCH] Tik Tok Star Natalie Rose Engages The Johnjay & Rich Show In Her Viral Series 'Guess Her Profession
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Portland-based TikTok star Natalie Rose (nnapples) has been creating videos for her more than two million followers to try and guess her profession. Each video features her posing in a new job, which has included a veterinarian, a firefighter, an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, and more.
This week, she added working for The Johnjay & Rich Show to her list of viral videos. So far, over a million people have watched her dancing in local affiliate Z100’s studio with show cast member Payton, who has been filling in for co-host Suzette during her maternity leave. Watch it HERE.
EVENTS: 99.5 QYK Tampa Announces 2021 Guitar Pull Lineup
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (9/24/21): Beasley Media Group’s 99.5 QYK, Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits, has announced the official artist line-up for its 6th Annual 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull. This year’s country music showcase will take place on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The event will include multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young, countrywide chart-topper Jordan Davis, double platinum country duo Maddie & Tae, and new country artists Matt Stell and Parker McCollum. The 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull is unlike traditional one-artist performances. This show will feature all of the artists on the stage at one time in an acoustic setting, featuring storytelling, song performances, and unique interactions between the artists.
"We are so excited to be bring back 99.5 QYK’s Guitar Pull for the 6th year to the Tampa Bay area,” said WQYK Program Director Travis Daily. “We are anxious to return to The Mahaffey Theater with our QYK family and to see some of our favorite artists on stage together performing live and in-person in a storyteller setting.”
Audacy's 2400Sports Lauches First Podcast, THE RUN: 2016 Chicago Cubs
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Audacy announces THE RUN: 2016 CHICAGO CUBS, its first original podcast in partnership with Major League Baseball. The show, part of Audacy’s newly launched 2400Sports podcast studio, will relive the twists and turns of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series campaign, game-by game, controversy-by-controversy, heartbreak and triumph.
THE RUN: 2016 CHICAGO CUBS will launch on Monday, September 27, everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will be available Mondays. This new documentary podcast, from executive producer Jody Avirgan, will be hosted by comedian and “The Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. and baseball analyst and 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) host Matt Spiegel.
Dropping two episodes per week, Wood and Spiegel will relive some of the best moments from the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Joined by life-long Cubs fans, executives, players and journalists who covered the historic run.
Jeff Kelly’s Celebration Of Life To Be Held Tomorrow
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Below is the Zoom link for Jeff Kelly’s Celebration of Life which will be held tomorrow, September 25, 2021, at 10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern.
Jeff Kelly was West Coast Commercial Production Director for Benztown, and died Friday, August 13th, in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 50. Jeff joined Benztown in January and had just recently moved to L.A. to work with the Benztown team in the company's Glendale, CA, studios.
It takes place tomorrow beginnning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Audacy On The Hunt For Co-Host For Upcoming Unannounced Boston Red Sox Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Audacy is looking for a co-host for an upcoming, unannounced Boston Red Sox podcast. The co-host will lead the show which launches following Audacy’s partnership with Major League Baseball and the launch of Audacy’s third podcast studio 2400Sports. The co-host will be paired alongside newly hired Steven Perrault, who joins Audacy from Barstool Sports, and will be counted on to provide their unique, engaged, and passionate perspective during each show.
The show will break down some of the top storylines, rumors, and subplots happening in and around the team. Additionally, with access to current and former Red Sox personnel, the show will look to reach fans with unparalleled affection and vigor. See Job Posting HERE
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Ringo Starr To Call In To 102.9 WMGK-FM For 1000th Broadcast of Breakfast With the Beatles
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s legendary Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM Philadelphia will broadcast its 1000th episode Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. It will include a special appearance by Ringo Starr. The program, hosted and produced by MGK veteran air talent, Andre Gardner, has been on the air for the past two decades. The two-hour, weekly show does a deep dive into the music and behind the scenes moments of the most influential band in rock history.
This week’s program will be expanded to four hours and air from 7am to 11am, to accommodate additional music, interviews including a call-in from Ringo Starr, and live phone calls from fans. “Here I am, about to feature my 1000th Breakfast with The Beatles Sunday show, and what a ride it’s been,” said Gardner. “I’ve had the honor of interviewing Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Patti Boyd, Olivia Harrison, and a host of people who’ve been a part of The Beatles’ world. I’ve world-premiered tracks from all four Beatles, both individually and collectively and, perhaps best of all, I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way.” He added, “It’s still such a joy to produce a new Breakfast with The Beatles every week, and I’m so grateful I passed the audition for 102.9 MGK!”
“We call Andre our Baron of the Beatles for his boundless knowledge and passion,” said WMGK Program director Bill Weston. “It’s a joy to hear every week during Breakfast with the Beatles.” Andre Gardner’s Breakfast with the Beatles airs on Sunday mornings at 7am on 102.9 WMGK and worldwide on www.wmgk.com.
STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Unlocking Radio's Digital Future - 'Stop Just Making Donuts'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Amplifi Media chief Steve Goldstein (shown) writes in his latest blog (How local radio can (finally) unlock its digital future), "You can’t look at the chart below and and think things are going well for commercial radio’s digital migration. If you total all listening to the content AM/FM radio is sending out, only12% of the time spent with radio is being consumed on digital devices. Flipping it around, nearly nine-in-ten minutes of radio is consumed on traditional OTA (over-the-air) devices. This despite streaming having been around for 15 years, and more than five years of smart speakers in homes."
Goldstein adds. "These numbers are fresh and reflect a giant pandemic that has kept millions at home for a year and a half while radio companies have been hammering away at their apps, streams and smart speaker presence. Most commercial radio companies are scrambling to keep up as audio consumption is exploding on devices and platforms. Some have gone as far as changing their name from “radio” to “audio,” recognizing the systemic change and opportunity. Evolving with new listening options is great news and the right thing to do.
So what’s the problem, Goldstein asks? "There is no single reason radio’s digital conversion is slow. It might be bloated commercial loads, more choices including pure-play offerings such as Spotify, owned music, satellite radio, the ingrained habit and simplicity of using radios in the car and at work. It could be much of the content hasn’t kept up with the times or that its local relevance has dissipated."
Goldstein later points to Dunkin' Donuts writing that unlocking local radio’s digital future is not about repurposing the same terrestrial signal – that has been elusive for years. It’s about building new and valuable content that is designed for new platforms and devices. Years ago, Dunkin’ Donuts introduced bagels by saying, “Round with a hole in it. Yeah, we can do that.” Local radio should say, “Original audio linked to a podcast or smart speaker, yeah, we can do that.” READ ARTICLE HERE
Dennis Glasgow Named PD For 104.7 WONK-FM Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has named Dennis Glasgow Program Director for 104.7 WONK-FM (W284CQ /WWDC-HD2), effective immediately. He will report to Jeff Kapugi, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. and iHeartMedia Baltimore.
With more than 20 years of sports and news radio experience, Glasgow joins the Washington, D.C. region from Capitol Broadcasting, where he most recently served as Vice President of Operations and Program Director for three sports stations including, WCMC-FM in Raleigh. He also served as Program Director for news talk stations KPAM-AM and KKOV-AM in Portland, Oregon. Throughout his career, he has held several programming roles for various sports stations including Vice President of Programming for Red Zebra Broadcasting, overseeing stations in Richmond, Norfolk and WTEM-AM in Washington, D.C. In addition, he also served as Program Director for KFXX-AM in Portland, Oregon, as well as Program Director and Morning Show Host for KLZ-AM in Denver, Colorado and KNML-AM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“It’s an exciting time to be at WONK in Washington, D.C.,” said Glasgow. “I am looking forward to creating meaningful and informative content for D.C.’s insiders and thought leaders every day.”
Lenny Diana Named Program Director For 92.3 WTTS Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Indiana owned-and-operated Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. has announced that Lenny Diana will become Program Director and Music Director of heritage Adult Alternative WTTS/Indianapolis (92.3 FM), effective October 18. Diana joins WTTS following a successful 8-year run as Operations Manager of Saga Communication’s WAQY and WLZX in Springfield, MA.
A 25-year media veteran, he has also programmed stations in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Long Island. From 2004-2012, Mr. Diana served as Program Director for iHeart Media’s WRZX (now known as WOLT) in Indianapolis. In his new role, he succeeds Laura Duncan, who is joining WXRT/Chicago as Brand Manager. Diana will also assume programming oversight for Alternative sister station WGBJ/Ft. Wayne, effective in December.
“I’m thrilled to be joining WTTS, a station that for years I’ve admired from afar,” said Diana. “To be able to come back to Indianapolis and work with (President/General Manager) Brad Holtz and the impressive team that is assembled here is very exciting. I look forward to the impact we’ll be making together in the Circle City for years to come.” WTTS President/General Manager (and former Program Director) Brad Holtz said “During his 8 years in Indianapolis, I got to know Lenny as a programming competitor. I always respected his strategic style and keen ear for quality radio. Lenny loves the market and all that WTTS stands for. He will be an excellent programming leader to carry forth our proud tradition of local, independent radio.”
SYNDICATION: The Sandy Show Comes Home To Austin - Also Added In Tennessee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– The Sandy Show, one of the key programs in United Stations’ lineup of DAYPARTS ON DEMAND, has added two (2) new Monday through Friday affiliates, one in Austin, TX and the other in Cookeville, TN. The program, which features veteran air personality Sandy McIlree teamed with his wife, Tricia, started broadcasting in 2019 through United Stations. Sandy returns to timeslot and market that was home to his greatest success, where he served as co-host for 18 years of the “JB & Sandy Morning Show."
The Sandy show is heard in Austin on iHeart Media’s new 80s station at 103.1 on the FM dial as well as on KVET-HD2. The other new affiliate of The Sandy Show is Stone Communications’ WUCH-FM in Cookeville, TN also known as “106.9 Kicks Country.” The show is currently heard in dozens of towns across America.
Regarding the return to the Austin airwaves, Sandy commented, “We are so excited to be back on the air in Austin as part of 103.1, Austin's 80s station. Over the past three years, along with our team at United Stations, we’ve created a successful syndicated show, and now Tricia and I get to bring that content to our hometown. We are grateful to be partners with the iHeart Austin team, led by Matt Martin and Jason McCollim.”
Stefan Jones at United Stations added, "It’s very gratifying to have Sandy back on the air in Austin. His history and connection to the people of that city has that special broadcasting magic that’s rare and really cannot be replicated.” United Stations Media Networks, Inc. is a division of United Stations.
John Young Announces Departure From 95-3 KUIC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– John Young, the host of The 95-3 KUIC FM “Hometown Morning Show” since November 1999, announced his plans to leave the position at the beginning of the October. “It’s been an amazing run - much longer than I ever imagined - and I’m so grateful to the listeners who’ve supported me and allowed me to interject myself into their mornings for the last two decades” Young said, “I’ve been privileged to be part of so many amazing communities; thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Young began his broadcasting career in 1997, working as a song parody writer and performer on the Sacramento-based “Cool 101.1 Morning Show” after a 15 year career as a social worker. Young is a licensed therapist and Adjunct Social Work Professor at Brandman/UMass Global University, where he’ll continue to teach online courses.
Young can continue to be heard as the co-host of the popular “Planet LP Podcast” with Music Journalist and i-Heart Radio Broadcaster Ted Asregadoo on Spotify, Audacy, Apple Podcasts and other platforms.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John Davis Joins Wheatstone's Support Team
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– John Davis joins the support team at Wheatstone. John has a background in AoIP support of almost 20 years and has previous experience in broadcast automation as the marketing manager for OMT Technologies.
In addition to his automation and IP audio networking background, he brings to Wheatstone 18 years of on-air experience with Cox Radio Inc. He continues to fill in on weekends at Cox Radio’s Houston stations. Previously, John was the sales and support manager for Logitek Electronic Systems.
EVENTS: Machine Gun Kelly, Darius Rucker, Nelly And Glennon Doyle Added To 'I'm Listening' Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Audacy will broadcast its fifth annual “I’m Listening” special, a live national broadcast bringing together artists, athletes, medical specialists and others with intimate conversations about mental health through authentic, open dialogue led by some of the nation’s top influencers. The two-hour special, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will air nationwide tonight, September 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. local time across more than 230 Audacy stations and will be livestreamed via its digital app.
Co-hosted by Carson Daly and Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (inset), the show serves as one of the largest national resources for those looking to better understand mental health, connect, heal, share, and ultimately remind people that it’s ok to not be ok. Listeners are encouraged to call in for advice or to share their experiences. Machine Gun Kelly, Darius Rucker, Nelly, Glennon Doyle, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff are among those participating. It airs tonight and can be seen on more than 230 Audacy stations and will be livestreamed via the digital app.
PODCAST: Cumulus Media & Rolling Stone Team For 'Don't Let This Flop' Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Cumulus and Rolling Stone have introduced the podcast Don’t Let This Flop on the Cumulus Podcast Network. The weekly podcast highlights the week on TikTok, revealing the top trends and memes in all areas including dance, recipes, makeup challenges, viral videos, celebrity videos, grassroots campaigns intended to raise awareness of social issues, and anything else capturing TikTok users’ attention each week.
Hosts Brittany Spanos and EJ Dickson are joined by a special guest each week to discuss the significance and relevance of the week’s most popular posts outside the world of TikTok. Don’t Let This Flop is available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pandora, among other platforms.
“EJ and Brittany cover TikTok better than any reporters out there," says Jason Fine, Rolling Stone's Director of Content Development. "They bring a sharp eye for the latest, weirdest, and most hilarious trends and characters who are reaching huge audiences. If you follow TikTok closely or just want to keep up on the latest, this podcast is the place to go."
Brittany Spanos is a Senior Writer at Rolling Stone, focusing on pop music. EJ Dickson is a senior writer at Rolling Stone, covering internet culture. She's written about everything from Disneyland gangs to famous YouTubers, to elite cabals of mall Santas.
Quu and Skyview Networks Align to Bring New Revenue Opportunities to Broadcasters
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Quu and Skyview Networks announced an innovative partnership to drive reach and revenue growth with Quu’s ad-sync technology. Skyview Networks is responsible for expanding Quu enabled stations across the country through barter inventory options, and beginning January 1, 2022, will offer network radio advertisers exclusive access to Quu’s unique ability to increase consumer brand awareness when hearing audio commercials across Quu networks.
“With 80% of the cars on the road today capable of displaying synced text on vehicle dashboards, Quu affiliates across the country are enjoying a dramatic increase in listener engagement and sales,” said Quu’s CEO, Steve Newberry. “Our multi-part partnership with Skyview is an extraordinary game-changer to expand this rapidly-growing footprint and for the first time -- just in time for Skyview’s upfront -- offer Visual Quus to network radio advertisers.” Quu’s technology, already implemented in nearly 900 radio stations, syncs in-car “Visual Quus” while audio is playing, improving the listener experience and advertising recall.
“We are thrilled to align with Quu to bring its powerful in-dash technology to our vast network of stations,” commented President and COO of Skyview Networks, Steve Jones. “The power of our networks’ weekly impressions combined with Quu’s in-car visuals will deliver our advertisers meaningful ROI.” “There is a proven 63% boost in awareness when a radio advertisement is paired with a visual! With Quu, our network radio advertisers now can improve their brand’s product awareness and message recall through this unique marketing opportunity exclusively available through Skyview Networks,” added Jeanne-Marie Condo, Executive Vice President of Skyview Networks.
For more information on Quu, please visit myquu.net. To add Quu’s technology to your station, please visit skyviewnetworks.com/quu and for more information on Skyview Networks’ audio sales, syndication, distribution and software solutions, visit skyviewnetworks.com.
Nova 93.7’s Ellie Petricevic Wins 30 Under 30 Readers’ Choice Award In Australia
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– The winner of Radio Today’s 30 Under 30 Readers’ Choice Award. Is Nova 93.7’s Breakfast newsreader, Ellie Petricevic. Ellie has worked in Sydney and Perth, and joined Perth’s #1 Breakfast show six years ago.
25 Radio Stations Join Forces For Irish Music Month - A major initiative to promote Irish artists and bands will take place across 25 independent radio stations this October. Irish Music Month has been announced by Hot Press and is supported by the IBI and the BAI under its Sound & Vision scheme. Other supporters of the project include XL Retail group, MCD Concerts, IMRO and RAAP. Among benefits include: significant increased radio play for Irish music across all 25 stations. Numerous Irish artists have already recorded messages of support for Irish Music Month, including recent Hot Press cover stars James Vincent McMorrow, Andrea Corr and Elijah Hewson of Inhaler, as well as The Script, Kodaline, Una Healy, Villagers, Soule, Mary Black – and many more.
Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott Broadcast From England’s Lake District - Magic breakfast presenters Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott broadcast live from the Lakes taking part in challenges to raise money for charity. To support its new brand message ‘wake you up in a good place’, Bensons for Beds and Magic Radio hosted the one-off Breakfast show live from the Lake District at the Lingholm Estate. As part of the fundraising show, Ronan and Harriet took part in a multitude of challenges, from climbing mountains to zip wires (with a height phobia!) across the Lakes.
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WCSX-FM's Big Jim O'Brien To Unveil Third Street In Detroit Named After Rock Icons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 – Beasley's WCSX-FM Morning Personality Big Jim O’Brien (shown below) from Big Jim’s House will join Motor City rock Legend Alice Cooper to unveil Alice Cooper Court on Thursday, September 23rd at Eloise Asylum (30712 Michigan Avenue) in Westland, Michigan. “Alice Cooper Court” is the third street name created by WCSX honoring Motor City rock icons. Other Detroit area landmarks include “Bob Seger Boulevard” and “Glenn Frey Drive”. The official ceremony begins at 2pm ET hosted by Jim O’Brien, and includes remarks from Alice Cooper who will attend the unveiling prior to his concert performance at the DTE Energy Center Saturday Sept 25th. It will also feature a live performance by Alice Cooper cover band, “The Nightmare”.
“From Glenn Frey Drive to Bob Seger Blvd, we’ve celebrated great local musicians,” said Big Jim. “But NEVER has an artist and location made more sense than Alice Cooper Court at Eloise Asylum. We can’t wait to celebrate Alice here in the Motor City!”
“Alice Cooper’s stage show features guillotines, live snakes and a strait jacket,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Director of Detroit Programming, Scott Jameson. “So, it’s only fitting we honor him with a landmark on the grounds of a century old Detroit area sanitarium. Some things just write themselves”. To commemorate the dedication, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is adding an official “Alice Cooper Court” street sign to its Legends of Rock exhibit, which features a new Alice Cooper display opening September 23rd.
In addition to the street sign, fans can check out Alice’s original electric chair prop, and costumes worn from his iconic tours. ALICE COOPER PHOTO/courtesy of Jenny Risher
Steve Perrault Named Senior Producer, Major League Baseball Content And Podcast Host For Audacy
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy announced Steve Perrault as Senior Producer for Major League Baseball Content for its newly launched 2400Sports podcast studio. Perrault will oversee the creation and production of all MLB team podcasts and be a contributor to national podcasts co-produced in conjunction with MLB, following Audacy’s content partnership with the league. Perrault will co-host a new Boston Red Sox podcast under 2400Sports, which will debut in 2022 and will also serve as an on-air contributor for WEEI (WEEI-FM), the flagship radio station of the Red Sox. This will be in addition to his current role as co-host of the Live BP Baseball Show on the station.
“As we continue expanding our new 2400Sports podcast studio and embark on our new expansive podcast partnership with Major League Baseball, we’re thrilled about adding Steve to our team to launch a new show centered around the Boston Red Sox,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy. “This podcast, which will be intensely focused on fan engagement and fan-created content, will lend a unique perspective to everything Red Sox, and we believe Steve truly encompasses the dynamic of the show.”
“I’m beyond excited for this new opportunity with Audacy and 2400Sports,” said Perrault. “We have the potential to make this something really special, and I can’t wait to be a leading force with that. Baseball over everything. Let’s go.” Perrault joins Audacy from Barstool Sports, where he served as co-host and producer of the company’s Red Sox-focused Section 10 Podcast for seven seasons. He served as a content producer for Bleacher Report since 2015 while contributing to the company’s new baseball brand “B/R Walk-Off” this year.
Steve Dent Named Program Director For 92.5 The Fox/WOFX-FM Cincinnati
Will Continue Hosting Mornings on Cumulus Indianapolis’ 93.9X/WNDX-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Steve Dent as Program Director for 92.5 The Fox/WOFX-FM, Cincinnati’s Classic Rock. Dent, a native Cincinnatian, will continue to host Mornings on Cumulus Indianapolis’ 93.9X/WNDX-FM. A 20-year Rock radio veteran, he most recently programmed WTUE-FM (Classic Rock), WZDA-FM (Alternative) and WXEG-FM (Alternative) in Dayton, OH.
Jon Laing, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, said: “We are thrilled to have Steve join our programming team in Cincinnati. His expertise in the Rock format, and understanding of the local market dynamics line up perfectly with our competitive strategy.”
Dent added, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity in my hometown! 92-5 The Fox has a long Rock tradition here in Cincy with a veteran staff of pros. I'm excited to be working with my friends at The BOB & TOM Show and this amazing team at Cumulus Cincinnati. Thanks to Jon Laing, Keith Mitchell, John Dimick and Wade Linder for trusting me to continue the Rock legacy of 92-5 The Fox!”
Study: Only 4 In 10 People Would Attend Large Public Indoor Gathering Not Requiring Prior Covid Vax
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announces findings of a Quick Turn Study fielded nationwide on September 9 and 10, 2021, to 1,854 adults aged 18-64, balanced by age, gender and geography. Among people 18-64, 47% were fully vaccinated, with another 10% having had the first of the two-shot vaccines – meaning 57% of the subjects are at least partially vaccinated. There’s another 5% who say they’re trying to find time to get vaccinated. There are 20% who are not interested in getting vaccinated at all and another 18% who say they’re still researching facts about the vaccines or aren’t sure about getting vaccinated.
Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, noted: “As always, the devil is in the details – and the results change with age. In our sample, which includes only pre-retirement demographics and excludes the vaccination status of seniors, 55-64’s are the only age cell in our study where a solid majority are fully vaccinated. Vaccination rates hover around 40% among young women and fall well below that level among young men.”
The NuVoodoo study further found that the unvaccinated are nearly twice as likely to attend large indoor gatherings, free of safety protocols, when compared to their fully vaccinated counterparts. Even when at-least partially vaccinated individuals are added into the data, nearly 7 in 10 would still avoid events without vaccination requirements or other safety measures in place.
Leigh Jacobs, EVP, Research, NuVoodoo Media Services, commented: “Our study results indicate that Delta's impact on event attendance is significant. For example, better than 2 in 5 either will not (or might not) attend business conferences or trade shows. Requiring proof of vaccination lifts attendance among the vaccinated while disenfranchising the unvaccinated. Potential attendance is limited either way.” Jacobs added: “Last week’s cancellation of the October NAB event underscored the value of virtual attendance options wherever possible. Virtual won’t work to replace every event experience, but it can be an attendance-widening addition in many cases – and an insurance policy in others.”
Watch HERE to see a complete presentation of all of NuVoodoo’s study findings
WARC & iHeart Study Show Audio Investment Gap As Single Biggest Opportunity For Marketers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– WARC unveiled the results of a study conducted in collaboration with iHeartMedia Titled: “The Investment Gap: Understanding the Value of Audio” highlights a divergence between consumption and investment. While 31% of the average consumer’s media consumption is now audio, only 8.8% of the average media budget is allocated to audio, and 25% of advertisers do not invest in audio at all. According to the study, consumers of every generation are spending more and more time with audio content across radio, streaming and podcasts driven by audio’s ease and accessibility with the growth of wireless headphones and smart speakers adding to in-car, at home and at work listening.
While WARC Data forecasts audio advertising spend in the US to reach $13.9bn this year, a double-digit recovery (+10.9%) from the pandemic’s 2020 cuts, the report highlights a large audio investment gap and the vast opportunity that exists in this mass reach and high engagement audio advertising market. The study also identified four key types of advertiser attitudes towards audio:
● Audio Avoiders, the 25% of advertisers who do not invest in audio at all
● Broadcast Believers, who have seen the benefits of radio and are beginning to delve into more forms of audio
● Digital Only, those who have started to invest but are missing out on the full suite of audio options, particularly the 90% reach of broadcast radio
● Cross-Platform Champions, who explore audio’s full potential and continue to test, learn from and optimize their investments across platforms. Furthermore, the study shows that audio is not a monolith. There are different and critical channels within the audio segment, and they play different roles in the minds of the consumers that advertisers should take advantage of.
Gayle Troberman (shown), Chief Marketing Officer, iHeartMedia, said, “ The Audio Investment Gap is the single-biggest growth opportunity for brands. With the growth of wireless headphones and smart speakers paired with in-car listening, audio is everywhere and consumers are listening in more places, more times throughout the day. But too many brands are on mute. Brands that right-size their audio investments and begin spending and innovating across radio, streaming and podcasts outpace competitors in finding new audiences, building brand affinity and driving sales.”
EVENTS: Nominations For 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show To Be Announced Nov. 23
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– The Recording Academy announced that nominations for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.
Music's Biggest Night, which returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT. A list of dates for the 64th GRAMMY Awards process and additional details include: Sept. 1, 2020 — Sept. 30, 2021 Product Eligibility Period Oct. 22 — Nov. 5, 2021 First-Round Voting Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 Nominees Announced for the 64th GRAMMY Awards Dec. 6, 2021 — Jan. 5, 2022 Final-Round Voting Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.
940 AM WINZ Rebrands To Fox Sports 940 Miami
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Miami’s 940 AM WINZ, Miami’s Sports Station, announced that the station will rebrand to FOX Sports 940 Miami. The official launch took place this morning Wednesday, September 22, at 6 a.m. EDT. FOX Sports 940 Miami will continue to serve as the official flagship radio station for all 162 regular-season Miami Marlins games as well as spring training games. The station will also continue as South Florida’s home for Florida Gators men’s football and basketball.
“We are excited to align 940 AM WINZ with a first-class organization like FOX Sports Radio,” said Shari Gonzalez, Market President for iHeartMedia Miami/Fort Lauderdale. “This partnership ensures passionate South Florida sports fans, and our 940 advertisers will have access to the nation’s top talk hosts and their insights on the most relevant topics facing teams, athletes, and fans.” New Programming Lineup: 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe with Arrington, Quinn & Knox 6 – 9 a.m. ET The Dan Patrick Show 9 –12 p.m. ET The Herd with Colin Cowherd 12– 3 p.m. ET The Doug Gottlieb Show 3 – 6 p.m. ET Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell 6 – 7 p.m. ET The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker 7– 10 p.m. ET The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET The Ben Maller Show 2 – 6 a.m. ET
Larry Elder To Return To His Radio Show Following Run For Governor
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– After stepping away from his Salem Radio Network show for his run for Governor of California, Larry Elder will be returning to show next month. Salem's VP/Programming, Phil Boyce says, “Larry is taking an additional 30 days to de-compress after a grueling run for Governor of California. He plans to be back on the radio for Salem on or about October 18th"
Boyce added, "(Elder) wishes to thank all of his affiliates who supported him during this trying time, and he assures them when he comes back, he will be on fire and ready to save America once again.”
PODCAST: Caroline Beasley Goes One-On-One With Rishad Tobaccowala
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Acclaimed author, speaker and advisor Rishad Tobaccowala recently spoke with Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley during her recent Beyond The Business Podcast.
During the conversation, Tobaccowala addressed a variety of topics, ranging from the transition of media companies into the digital space and the importance of audio in today’s everchanging media landscape to six things companies need to do to be successful in the world today.
LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE
Andre Yancy Named Producer For Scott Shannon In The Morning With Patty Steele On WCBS-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Audacy has welcomed André Yancey as the new morning show producer for “Scott Shannon in the Morning with Patty Steele” on WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) in New York. “We were fortunate to have so many great applicants excited about the opportunity to work with radio legends Scott Shannon and Patty Steele,” said Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President of Programming, Audacy New York / Brand Manager, WCBS-FM 101.1. “We felt Andre was the perfect fit not only for this position, but someone who could grow within Audacy and help strengthen the entire cluster.”
“I want to thank Scott and Patty for our growing relationship and for trusting me at the helm,” said Yancey. “I also extend my gratitude to our fearless leaders Jim Ryan and Chris Olivero. Our shared vision and passion for this craft make this experience incredibly exciting. A special thank you to Heather Cohen for being the guiding light in bringing us all together. To create moments that will fulfill and grow our audience with CBS-FM is an honor.”
Before coming to Audacy, Yancey served as a creative strategist and content developer for long and short-form programming, including Carmen's Calls and Nick Cannon Radio. He also served as Director of New Media for United Stations Media Networks.
Jonathon Brandmeier Tapped To Host 2021 Radio Hall Of Fame Ceremony In Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Chicago radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier has been tapped to emcee the 2021 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Chicago. Jonathan Brandmeier – known to millions as “Johnny B” – will host the in-person 2021 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in Chicago.
The ceremony will honor eight new inductees as well as a new class of 33 Legacy inductees, into the Radio Hall Of Fame 2021. The ceremony will also honor those Radio Hall of Fame inductees from 2020, when a virtual ceremony was held as an alternative to the in-person ceremony. Tickets for the in-person event are on sale now HERE - A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Kraig T. Kitchin, Radio Hall of Fame chairman, commented: “Jonathon Brandmeier is as talented on stage as he is behind the microphone. This years’ induction ceremony honors both our Class of 2021 as well as welcoming the 2020 Inductees. We’ll need great energy on stage and Johnny B. is the perfect host.” Brandmeier, who was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, will host this year’s event October 28 atWintrust Grand Banking Hall (shown) in Chicago.
This year’s inductees are Alan “Brother Wease” Levin, Elliot Segal, Dan Patrick, Kim Komando, Javier Romero, Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison, Erica Farber and Bill Siemering.
Tickets On Sale NOW at https://www.radiohalloffame.com/attend-ceremony2021 for In-Person 2021 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, October 28th at Chicago’s Wintrust Grand Banking Hall
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REPORT: Gen Z Driving Music Streaming Growth
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– A new US Media Consumption Report highlights how Gen Z is driving music streaming growth. Digital Music News points to Gen Z as the generation that has embraced music streaming the most, with nearly 60% saying they stream music daily. The new report looked at several factors that have changed American adult behavior since the pandemic. It reveals that for the first time, more Americans are streaming video content than watching live TV. But it also contains some important insights into how 18-24 year-olds interact with audio content.
A whopping 63% of Gen Z respondents said they listen to streamed music daily. 56% of that same category (18-24) said they have never listened to an audio book. And 44% say they have never listened to a single podcast. Around 22% of Gen Z respondents said they listen to radio daily. That means music streaming and traditional radio are the two most popular ways Gen Z enjoys audio content.
Spotify is their music streaming platform of choice (used by 64%), followed by YouTube Music (35%). Out of all the generations, Gen Z is the biggest adopter of Apple Music (33%) and SoundCloud (27%) but the lowest adopter of Amazon Music (13%).
Digital Music suggests that Spotify hopes its increased spoken word offering will appeal to the millennial generation and older. Spotify commands a healthy lead among music streaming services with Gen Z, but that lead diminishes among older generations. Download US Media Consumption Report HERE
Doug Cohn & Bruce Gilbert Tapped To Lead New Content Development Posts For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Cumulus has named two executives, Doug Cohn and Bruce Gilbert, to newly created positions across Music & Entertainment and Sports, respectively, to lead new content development across the company’s platforms, including broadcasting, podcasting, streaming, social media, digital, and live events. Both Cohn and Gilbert will report to Brian Philips, Executive Vice President of Content and Audience.
Emmy Award-winning music and content executive and Variety “Top 20 Influencer” Doug Cohn has been named Senior Vice President, Music & Entertainment, Content and Audience. Previously at ViacomCBS, Cohn served as Senior Vice President, Music & Talent for Nickelodeon. Doug previously spent more than a decade at entertainment powerhouses including Atlantic Records and VH1.
Bruce Gilbert, a seven-year Cumulus veteran, is elevated to Senior Vice President Sports, Content and Audience, formalizing his role following consistent accomplishments leveraging the company’s massive sports portfolio to build compelling new franchises and successful partnerships. Gilbert has nearly four decades of industry experience with leading sports media companies including ESPN, FOX Sports, and CBS. He continues to direct all sports programming for Cumulus radio stations and Westwood One Sports.
“Today’s audio ecosystem provides us with infinite opportunities to break talent out of their traditional lanes and our consumers with the ability to access our products whenever they wish, on an ever-widening array of platforms. Cumulus is bursting at the seams with creative chops and the ambition to thrive in this exciting environment,” said Philips. “Doug has shown a Midas touch in understanding what the next generation will want, and Bruce has forged groundbreaking partnerships for years and will now have more runway to innovate - these two leaders possess the vision to produce a surge of remarkable new Cumulus content.”
Q97.3/KQHN-FM Rolls Out New Weekday Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Cumulus announces that Shreveport Hot AC radio station Q97.3/KQHN-FM has launched a new weekday programming lineup this week. Afternoon Drive Host Jay Michaels (TL) moves to Mornings on Q97.3 and airs from 6:00am-10:00am Monday through Friday. Rachel Ryan (TR) returns to the Q97.3 airwaves as new Afternoon Drive Host, airing from 2:00pm-7:00pm. Ryan previously hosted Middays on the station until December of last year. The new weekday schedule for the station is: 6:00am - 10:00am - Jay Michaels 10:00am - 2:00pm - Dallace Jade 2:00pm - 7:00pm - Rachel Ryan 7:00pm - Midnight - Adam Bomb.
Tish Boden, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Shreveport, said: "Team Cumulus Shreveport is looking forward to the success of the revamped lineup for Q97.3. Jay Michaels in the morning is a huge benefit because he will be live and local. The Q97.3 audience already loves Jay; he is the voice of the station. Also, having Rachel Ryan back with us doing afternoon drive is a big win for Team Cumulus Shreveport!"
Jay Michaels, Operations Manager, Cumulus Shreveport, and Program Director, Q97.3, remarked: "Our revamped lineup on Q97.3 allows us to have local, interactive and relatable content throughout the day. I'm excited to kick off the day with our listeners and lots of music and what I know will be Shreveport's new favorite, "Carmen Calls on the :10's" - and I'm so glad Rachel Ryan is coming back to handle Afternoon Drive!" local and national advertising performance guarantees.
ALT 92.3/WZRH-FM New Orleans Debuts New On-Air Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Cumulus announces that it has launched a new weekday programming lineup on Alternative Rock station ALT 92.3/WZRH-FM in New Orleans. On-air personality Anna moves from Middays on sister station 106.7 KKND (formerly programmed as Classic Hits’ THE KREWE and now Cumulus New Orlean’s new Gospel Music station, Heaven 106.7 FM), to Middays from 10:00am-3:00pm on ALT 92.3. ALT 92.3 Midday Host Daniel Merry moves to Nights on the station beginning tonight, taking it to the streets of the Big Easy from 7:00pm-Midnight on his new show, Merry On The Move.
The moves make ALT 92.3 the most live and local station in New Orleans. Brad Steiner, Program Director, commented: “We are putting Daniel on at night so he can do what he’s GREAT at - getting out on the streets and mixing it up with listeners! Merry On The Move debuts tonight with Daniel live all over town each weeknight hanging with listeners… whether it’s at a show, a bar, a brewery, or their house. We’re going everywhere, all across New Orleans, so join us on ALT 92.3 and be a part of the fun!”
HONORS: Keith Urban To Be Honored With CRB 2021 Artist Career Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Multi-award-winning artist Keith Urban has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, recognizing Urban for his continuous meritorious work and outstanding accomplishments.
CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, commented about the award and this year’s honoree, saying, “Only a very select group of artists ascends to the level of this award. They do it by combining years of uncompromised brilliant performance with sustained success. As Keith continues to reach new creative heights every year, let’s pause to celebrate him."
The Class of 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees will also be honored at the event and include four off-air radio broadcasters and four on-air radio personalities. The off-air honorees are Bob Call, RJ Curtis, Bill Hagy, and Norm Schrutt. The on-air honorees are Heather Froglear, Buzz Jackson, Bob Pickett, and Angie Ward. Additionally, a special presentation honoring this year’s CRB President’s Award recipient, Beverlee Brannigan, will also be recognized at the event.
EVENTS: WJBR-FM Radiothon Raises $356,196 For Nemours Children’s Hospital Wilmington, DE
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group's WJBR-FM’s two-day “Help Our Kids Radiothon" was a huge success, raising a record breaking $356,196 to benefit Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. This year’s radiothon, which took place on September 16th and 17th, was the 11th annual event and the first year presented by WJBR.
“Despite dealing with COVID related issues, the total was the highest dollar amount raised in the event’s 11-year history,” said WJBR Program Director Eric Johnson. “It was a total team event. We are thrilled how our listeners and clients came through for the kids!” “I was very pleased with the way the WJBR listeners and clients responded,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell. “It’s amazing that we set a record for money raised during a pandemic!”
Longtime competitors Michael Waite (retired Morning personality on WJBR-FM) and Mike Rossi (former Program Director for DelMarva Broadcasting and current WJBR Mid-day host) joined forces to do the midday segment of the broadcast. Waite and Rossi both agreed that after competing head-to-head for nearly 3 decades, it was great to be on the same team for such a great cause! PHOTO: Beasley Media’s WJBR-FM staff at Nemours Children’s Hospital Annual “Help Our Kids Radiothon”
Brantley Gilbert Headlines New Country 101FIVE Teams For 101FIVEFest For Vets
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Cumulus New Country 101FIVE/WKHX-FM in Atlanta, GA, announces that through the station’s “Buy a Ticket, Donate a Ticket to a Vet” promotion, 477 Atlanta veterans, active duty service members and their families, along with families of those killed in action, will attend the popular Country station’s first-ever 101FIVEFest on Friday, October 15tth.
In addition, Cumulus and New Country 101FIVE donated an additional 260 tickets to meet the demand for tickets from Vet Tix. Vet Tix will distribute the 101FIVEFest tickets to 477 local service men and women, veterans of all branches of the U.S. military, and military families. Vet Tix provides tickets to events that reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build lifelong memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. The festival features live performances by Country music stars Brantley Gilbert, LANCO, Colt Ford and Lily Rose.
Sean Shannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Atlanta, said: “Atlanta is home to more than a quarter of a million vets and millions more of their family and friends. By allowing our fans to make a difference while they purchased a 101FIVEFest ticket is really the core of why we’re making this night of great Country music happen.”
WKQX Bringing 5-Nights Of Christmas To Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Chicago Alternative Rock station 101WKQX announces an all-star lineup for its popular annual Christmas shows, “The Nights We Stole Christmas”. Tickets go on sale today, Monday, September 20, 2021, at 8:00am Central at: www.ticketmaster.com. Historically, the star-studded concert series is a sell-out event. This year’s series of five shows, sponsored by Heineken and Wintrust, will be held at Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom for five consecutive nights on December 6-10, 2021, and will feature live musical performances from a total of 14 stellar rock bands and artists.
This year, “The Nights We Stole Christmas” will be promoted across all 32 CUMULUS MEDIA Rock, Alternative and AAA radio stations across the U.S.
Salem's AM 970 The Answer New York Airs Broadcast As Curtains Come Up On Broadway
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021 –– Radio Night LIVE held last Friday night with Kevin McCullough was live with a prime time special “Broadcast for Broadway” as NYC saw another slate of shows open in the city’s attempt at a post-pandemic comeback. McCullough was joined by the Broadway Association’s Cristyne Nicholas and Broadway historian, NYPost columnist, and WOR morning host Michael Riedel. Brad Oscar of the cast of Mrs. Doubtfire. Pearl Sun the new lead in the sophomore cast of Come From Away, along with Samantha Williams of Caroline, or Change. Joe Benincasa of The Actors Fund, (which provided $23,000,000 in aid to over 17,000 out of work actors during the pandemic,) well as 2 x Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.
The event was hosted at The Hunt & Fish Club in the Theater District and drew coverage from NYC media. The broadcast concluded at 2 minutes to 8p thus allowing several of those in attendance to be present as the curtains went up on NYC’s newly opened Broadway. Let the comeback begin!
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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Close Up Look At The Joey & Lauren Show Boise
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature for Jockline, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take The Joey & Lauren Show - hosted by Joey & Lauren Jenkins, a married couple who host mornings at My 102.7 KZMG in Boise and also heard on The Q106.7/KIRQ, an affiliate in Twin Falls.The show started in a very interesting way. Joey has been in radio for many years, 12 of which he worked exclusively in sports radio. While working for an ESPN affiliate in Boise, ID, the CEO made the decision to flip formats and asked Joey if he would like to make the jump over to the pop station in the radio group and host mornings. So he said yes! Then the GM told him that they wanted to bring on his wife, Lauren to co-host. Lauren tells Jockline, "Joey's jaw literally dropped. That was a complete shock to both of us as I had zero radio experience. Joey was all in and so excited - but it took some convincing for me. After meeting with the PD, CEO, and GM, I made the decision to jump in, and the rest was history! That was 3 1/2 years ago, now with one with one affiliate and more on the way.
Jl: I'm told to succeed as a married team you have to try sounding like two individuals who just happen to be married? Is that your approach? Lauren: yes and no. For us, we don’t “try” to sound one way or another, we truly are just 100% ourselves with everything that we do. Yes, we are married, but we grew up together and have known each other over half our lives, so there is so much natural comfortability and chemistry that shines through. We were friends for years before becoming a couple, and I feel that our relationship has always been fun, honest, and we truly are uniquely ourselves without having to try to showcase that we’re married (And hey, Joey was in the friend-zone for many years, so that was a great start lol!)Joey: Oh I totally agree with that. You have to find the perfect balance. No one wants to listen to the honeymooners, but don’t be afraid to share real life stuff ... Chemistry is everything when it comes to a good show, and a good marriage should have good chemistry, but our show doesn’t revolve around our relationship, which I think is a good thing.
JL: Where do you see the Joey & Lauren Show in the years ahead? J&L - Our hope is to grow the Joey & Lauren family, while also raising our family in Boise. Our show is not hyper-local content but has had great success, which we believe is a recipe to help other stations and markets that don’t have the budget or time to put together a morning show. We know that podcasting and social media is a huge part of the future, and we are just as focused on that as we are a morning show. Oh and a pickleball court in our backyard one day (hey, we can dream, right?!)
Meanwhile, is there someone you feel will be part of radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
iHeartRadio Music Festival Returns To T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas For First Time In Over A Year
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– This year's iHeartRadio Music Festival made its return to Las Vegas as many of music's biggest stars took the stage with numerous live performances. Among them included Dua Lipa(shown above), CheapTrick, Walker Hayes, FINNEAS, Darius Rucker, Weezer, J. Cole and Nelly with special guests Florida Georgia Line all got the party started on Friday, September 17 at T-Mobile Arena. Lipa kicked off the evening followed by CheapTrick and then Walker Hayes.
For Night Two on Saturday, September 18th, Billie Eilish (L), Sam Hunt, The Kid LAROI, Coldplay, Lil Baby, Journey and Khalid (R) with special guest Tate McRae also performed on the T-Mobile stage. Billie started the night with a performance of her latest single "Happier Than Ever." Coldplay, Lil Baby and Khalid added performances and Journey closed out the second night.
If you missed this weekend's performance, you can relive the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival by tuning in to The CW Network on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd from 8-10 pm ET/PT for a two-night television special.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.
PHOTOS/Dua Lipa: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images for iHeart - Billie Elish: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio - Khalid: Todd Owyoung for iHeartRadio
Fred Jacobs Poses Question To Personalities About Their Shows: 'Is It Fun?'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 – Jacobs Media's chief Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, One of the realities about the past 18 months is that for most of us, fun hasn't been in great abundance. In fact, the pressures of the world and the country, along with the pandemic and all its tentacles have made it challenging for so many people to smile in the face of darkness, tragedy, and disappointment. That's often when we turn to entertainment media – to have a little fun, to get away from the stress, and to escape for awhile. Radio falls into this same category.
Our Techsurveys have long pointed out the “emotional benefits” of listening to broadcast radio, and entertainment value is a key factor when a consumer chooses radio, whether it's music or hanging out with a favorite announcer or show. It's also the #1 reason why radio personalities enjoy their jobs. In our most recent AQ3 study, we gave our more than 600 on-air hosts a list of possible reasons why they've chosen radio as a career, and look what bobbed to to the top of the list: Nearly eight of every say the “fun factor” is a main reason why they enjoy being on the airwaves. And our sample includes personalities in the biggest metros and working at mom & pop's, PPM and diary measured markets, and both music and spoken word stations.
Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran and Greg Beharrell may have little in common, but one thing they'd likely offer a collective nod to is this idea of having a good time when the on-air light goes on. That's why I was so intrigued when I read a profile of “Survivor” host Jeff Probst in the New York Times. The “Survivor” franchise has lived up to its name, surviving 21 years on CBS-TV. That's 41 seasons of contestants getting voted off various islands. And Probst is engaged and thoroughly invested in the ongoing success of the show. Like the late, great Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy,” Probst is all in. He isn't just the host – he's “Survivor's” showrunner as well as an executive producer. (Oddly enough, he hosted “Rock & Roll Jeopardy” for three years.)
Jacobs points to a conversation Probst had with Mike White, the guy behind the terribly clever “White Lotus” (Netflix), Probst tore down all his previous Post-It sheets to boil “Survivor” down to one big idea – or rather, a simple question: “IS IT FUN?” And that's the litmus test Probst, his team, and “Survivor's” iconic creator, Mark Burnett, now use to hold up ideas, concepts, new wrinkles, and surprises.
Jacobs summarizes, "When I review the responses of hundreds of air personalities in AQ3, or better yet, attend Morning Show Boot Camp – the last in-person conference until ??? – I am reminded of the value of the “fun factor.” Any radio personality – local or syndicated, major market or in a one-stoplight town – can make that difference. You might want to take a listen to your show with that filter in place. Are we having fun yet?" READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
iHeart Panama City Debuts ROCK 94.5 Led In Mornings With Lex & Terry
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– After a brief stint stunting with Christmas Music, iHeartMedia Panama City announced the debut of the new ROCK 94.5, effective immediately. 94.5 WFLF-FM is now the home of the new ROCK 94.5. The format will include both classic and current rock music from the 90’s to now. With its 100kw signal, ROCK 94.5 will be able to deliver great rock hits and entertainment to a wide area along Florida’s northern Gulf Coast covering several Florida counties. ROCK 94.5 will feature “Lex and Terry” on weekday mornings and rock music throughout the day with limited commercials. The station will also be the official radio broadcast affiliate for Florida State University Football.
In addition to broadcasting on 94.5 WFLF-FM, ROCK 94.5 can be heard on iHeartRadio.com is available on the iHeartRadio app. “The familiar, more recent rock classics and newer rock hits have been absent from the Florida Panhandle for a few years now,” said John Lund, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Panama City. ”We are happy to fill that void with the new ROCK 94.5!” Full Programming Lineup will feature Lex & Terry, Sean Kelly, Theresa, Chumley and Klinger. PHOTO/L-R: Dee, Lex, Terry and Sarah.
iHeart Norfolk’s 92.1 The Beat Welcomes 'The Russ Parr Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– 92.1 The Beat, Hampton Roads Throwbacks &RnB, announced today that “The Russ Parr Morning Show,” will join the stations morning program lineup, effective immediately. “The Russ Parr Morning Show” will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Russ is joined by Alfredas, Supaken, Albert and Tanisha Nicole
“People feel engaged and part of ‘The Russ Parr Morning Show’ because they are a part of the show. Our listeners are a part of our family and we’re a part of theirs,” said Parr. “We’re incredibly excited to welcome ‘The Russ Parr Morning Show,’” said DJ Fountz, Program Director for 92.1 The Beat. “Russ and the crew are highly-entertaining, funny, and relatable and we know our listeners will love getting up to “Parr.”
A New Day With Lynette And Greg Join For Mornings At KWPZ Praise 106.5 Vancouver
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20Th, 2021 – KWPZ PRAISE 106.5 has welcomed Greg Otterholt as a new team member and co-host to its Morning Show. On Wednesday of last week, Greg officially joined veteran morning DJ, Lynette Morgan to co-host Mornings. Greg is a friendly and familiar face and voice for many people across Southwest BC, and Northwest Washington, having been a host, reporter, and weatherman for 17 years, at KVOS-TV.
Greg added, “I’m so excited for this new opportunity! This is such an incredible place to call home and the positive message in the music totally resonates with who I am and who God is still building me to be. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new friends of PRAISE 106.5. It’s such a fun opportunity for us to share true joy, laughter, and meaningful purpose to start each day together.”
UK Chart Announces New Host, Tom Watts
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– Radio Express announced Tom Watts has signed on to host The UK Chart show. The UK Chart is an internationally syndicated 2-hour weekly radio show produced by the award-winning team at Blue Revolution in London and available exclusively worldwide through Radio Express. Featuring the hottest hits and big name celebrity guests, The UK Chart counts down the Top 30 songs compiled by RadioMonitor determined by airplay across the UK on the most influential radio stations including Capital, Heart, BBC Radio 1 and Hits Radio.
Quickly recognized as a rising star, Tom catapulted from starting on university radio in 2010 to hosting the Drivetime show on Capital FM across the Midlands, weekdays 4-7pm, as well as covering shows across the UK on the Capital Network. Watts has won several awards over the years including being featured in the Radio Academy’s esteemed '30 Under 30' list.
Tom commented on the announcement, "I am BUZZING to be part of the UK Chart family! I’m so excited to be hosting such a massive show that reaches so many different parts of the world. What an honour to get to countdown the 30 most-played songs on UK radio every single week, complete with hearing from the biggest artists in the world right now!" “Tom’s dynamic charisma combined with the energy he brings to the airwaves made him the absolute choice to host The UK Chart. The premium quality production of the show mixed with our top tier talent creates an ideal audio experience for the audience. The UK Chart raises engagement, listening occasions and the bar on every station,” added Radio Express CEO, Paul Hollins. For more information contact email@example.com
NETWORKS: Fox Sports Radio Launches All-Star Weekday Morning Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 ––FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network announced the latest addition to its industry-leading lineup. 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe with LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox will take over the network’s 6 to 9 a.m. ET weekday timeslot, effective immediately. The new program featuring All-American football stars and first-round NFL Draft picks Arrington and Quinn and FSR veteran sports personality Knox will broadcast on more than 350 stations nationwide, in addition to FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio available via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.
“The FOX Sports Radio family was so proud when Clay Travis was chosen to team up with Buck Sexton to continue the tradition of excellence created by Rush Limbaugh,” said Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks. “At FSR, we make a commitment to each of our affiliates to deliver the best national sports lineup in the country, 24/7. Clay's departure left a hole in our roster, but today, we proudly continue that commitment as we serve up a breakfast of champions with the launch of ‘2 Pros and a Cup of Joe.’”
The trio of personalities, who currently host several weekend programs on the network, have guest hosted FSR’s weekday morning timeslot since late May 2021. “Bolstering what’s already the best national sports talk lineup, we are injecting fun, personality, credibility, strong doses of caffeine, and thought-provoking conversation into morning-drive,” said Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio. “After already getting rave reviews from the audience over the past couple months, we are fired up to have this dynamic trio start the day with a smile every morning!”
Ashley & Brad Pick Up Two New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– G Network’s nationally syndicated morning show, Ashley & Brad, is heading into Q4 strong with the addition of KMOU-FM in Roswell, NM and WRAB-AM in Arab, AL as their two newest affiliates. Ashley Paige and Brad Abrell have been providing morning listeners with all the daily news and information they need, plus plenty of laughs, and fun interaction with a ton of Today's Best Music.
Michael St. John, Owner/GM of Fun Media Group at WRAB-AM welcomes this new addition to their programming saying, "Ashley & Brad have delivered wonderful results for us at WAFN Fun 92.7. It only makes sense to add them to another one of our station brands!"
Ashley Paige said, "We're excited to be a part of KMOU-FM and to help wake Roswell, New Mexico up in the morning!” Ashley & Brad is produced by Skid Trax and is available as part of G Network’s daypartable programming. It is available as a 4-hour show Monday through Friday, great for Hot AC, Classic Hits, or Country formats. The show is primarily a morning show but can work in any daypart. G Networks is a division of Gen Media Partners.
Jacobs Media To Explore Impact Of Covid On Public Radio In Free Webinar
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– Jacobs Media will present its Public Radio Techsurvey 2021 (PRTS) results in a free webinar on Thursday, September 30 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. This year’s annual study, “Public Radio in the COVID Era,” is comprised of nearly 23,000 core Public Radio listeners from 56 participating stations and charts the continued impact of COVID-19 and its disruptive effect on radio listening and other media consumption. A key finding from this year’s survey is frequent usage of smart speakers to listen to AM/FM radio stations.
Among the 30 percent of Public Radio listeners who own devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, about four in ten say they “frequently” use Alexa or Google Assistant to listen to radio station streams, a three-point increase over last year (38% in 2020). It’s now the number one use case for smart speaker owners. Clearly smart speakers have become an increasingly important way for Public Radio listeners to listen to their favorite stations and programs. This is in direct contrast to the finding that those with access to a traditional radio in the home stands at its lowest level since this survey was launched 13 years ago.
Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs comments, “It’s becoming obvious the onus on Public Radio is to meet the audience where they are. This year’s PRTS study helps provide a game plan for stations to map out the necessary content and distribution strategy to meet the disruptions wrought by COVID. We hope you can join our free webinar Thursday, September 30 as we reveal these important insights and more.” In order to join the webinar, you MUST click the button below to register: https://jacobsmedia.com/prts2021-webinar/
P1 Media & Benztown Present Free Webinar Featuring Corus Radio's Ronnie Stanton
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 – P1 Media and Benztown will be presenting a free webinar featuring special guest Ronnie Stanton, the National Director of Music for Corus Radio. Titled 'Radio From The Inside Out, How To Succeed In Today's Radio Reality, they'll show how to program multiple stations, plus why audience research and insights continue to be a valuable tool. They'll also offer insight into the importance of imaging and sound design and the most effective way to coach talent. It will take place on Thursday, September 23rd at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7p CET with a duration of 30 Minutes .
The free Webinar Series will be hosted by P1 Media's Ken Benson and Benztown's Andreas Sannemann along with special guest Ronnie Stanton of Corus Radio. REGISTER HERE -
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[WATCH] Charlamagne tha God Aims For TV Success With Debut Of New Comedy Central Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Charlamagne tha God, co-host of the hugely popular 'The Breakfast Club along with co-hosts DJ Envy and Angela Yee,will his new 'Tha God's Honest Truth' tonight on Comedy Central. In an interview with NPR's Eric Deggens, he says " he's a bit mellower now." The reason? He's wary that his button-pushing image is becoming a guilded straitjacket, pushing him into behaving in ways a 43-year-old father and husband maybe shouldn't be acting, anymore.
"I've been doing radio for 23 years, and I tell these [younger personalities], 'Don't get caught up in being a caricature of yourself,'" he says. "You start seeing those kind of write ups like, 'Oh he's the hip hop Howard Stern' ... so [you think] 'Damn... should I give them more of that?' ... It's easy to get caught up in a character when you see it's working."
He wouldn't give Deggens many details about what viewers will see, but promises it will cover a lot of ground. "There's definitely two Americas ... and I don't know if that's being presented on television the way it needs to be," he says. "I'm just tackling what it is we are going through as Black people in this country, but also letting people know this affects us all as a whole."
He's getting help from some pretty accomplished executive producers, including The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and Stephen Colbert, who hosts a little late night show of his own over on CBS. Charlamagne shares a story about advice he got from Colbert early on, when he initially planned to develop Tha God's Honest Truth. "[Colbert] told me, 'When I launched The Colbert Report, I was the millionth white man with a talk show. So, I had to do something [like playing a character] to cut through,'" Charlamagne says. "He said, 'You don't have to do that. People come to you for your opinions and your ideas, so all you have to do is just be.'" PHOTO/CBS 2018 Appearance on The Late Show LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE - WATCH TRAILER HERE
WBZ To Celebrate It 100Th Year In Boston This Sunday
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– This Sunday, September 19th, iHeartMedia Boston’s 100-day centennial celebration for WBZ NewsRadio will culminate with a day of vignettes spanning the memorable moments from the station’s first 100 years. In addition to the on-air and online celebration of this legendary cornerstone of the Boston media landscape, WBZ NewsRadio has received a letter from The President of the United States and a citation from the Governor of Massachusetts.
Biden wrote:, “I send my warmest greetings to WBZ NewsRadio as you celebrate your 100th anniversary. As one of America’s oldest radio stations, WBZ NewsRadio has kept generations of listeners informed with the latest stories and breaking news.” Biden continues, “Radio has long been an important aspect of American life- narrating the triumphs and tragedies that have defined American, as well as the day-to-day news that keeps listeners engaged with their communities. Over the decades, radio stations live WBZ NewsRadio have been on the forefront of journalism, providing entertainment and valuable information to the people who tune in throughout the day.”
“For a station to broadcast for 100 years is nothing short of amazing,” said Alan Chartrand, Market President of iHeartMedia Boston. “Listeners and advertisers consistently utilize this heritage brand as evidenced by WBZ’s continued ratings and revenue success. People lean into objective news sources to remain informed and none has been more dependable than WBZ NewsRadio.”
EVENTS: AWM Announces New Date And Format For 46th Annual Gracie Awards
Jewell & CeCe Williams To Perform
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM) announced the 46th Annual Gracie Awards program will now take place virtually on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actress and comedian Lauren Ash, the annual gala will feature performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel and GRAMMY award-winning American Gospel Singer CeCe Winans, honoring this year’s award winner’s whose work continues to influence and further the achievements of all women in media.
This year’s awards coincide with AWM’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage. Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media. “Lauren’s comedic spirit and incredibly talented performers will create a Gracies to remember...and worthy of our 70th anniversary celebration,” said Becky Brooks, President, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “We will inspire and entertain our friends, fans, and followers with this year’s virtual event, and look forward to raising a glass together, in person next year to celebrate the accomplishments of women in media.”
In the sixth consecutive year as Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck will spotlight these prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers, and lead by example in creating opportunities for future generations. Tune-in on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 ET/PT at @AllWomenInMedia on Facebook.
Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay Doja Cat Among Headliners For Audacy's Annual 'We Can Survive Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Audacy returns its star-studded concert, “We Can Survive,” on Saturday, October 23 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Performances will include Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, The Kid LAROI and more, celebrating the power of music to bring people together, strengthening mental health, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “We’re thrilled to once again unite with our listeners for a moving ‘We Can Survive’ show,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “This year especially, we understand the importance of the struggles of mental health and we’re thankful to the artists who are participating in a one-of-a-kind evening. I’m proud of the job that Audacy is doing in using its voice to bring people together in support of a vital issue.”
“Everyone has a role to play in the fight to stop suicide,” said Robert Gebbia, Chief Executive Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “That's why we are excited to partner with Audacy to engage the music industry and their fans in our suicide prevention work. Music provides a unique opportunity to promote connections and to encourage life-saving conversations about caring for our own mental health and the mental health of those we care about, which will save lives."
95.3 The Bear Tuscaloosa Reunites Steve & DC For Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa is proud to announce the revival of the legendary Steve & DC Show on 95.3 the Bear. The show’s hosts, Steve Shannon and DC Daniel, met at the University of Alabama and began hosting a show together out of Birmingham before the duo was hired on at WKBQ-FM in St. Louis, Missouri where the Steve & DC Show was truly born in 1991.
At the height of the show’s popularity, the jocks were syndicated in more than 40 markets nationwide. The show ended when Shannon moved back to Alabama to be closer to family in 2007, and he partnered with Townsquare Media to launch the Steve Shannon Morning Show on 95.3 the Bear in 2016. Since 2017, that show has been co-hosted by Meg Dowdy, who has accepted a promotion to become one of Townsquare’s Regional Content Directors. Dowdy’s new position left the morning show in need of a co-host, creating the perfect opportunity to reunite Shannon and Daniel here in the Druid City, where their partnership first began.
“I am so excited to get back in the booth with my old friend DC,” Shannon said. “We have a special chemistry I think is rare in this industry, and there’s just this sense of unforced, genuine honesty when we’re on the air – as honest as you can be on the radio.” “I must be dreaming because this is too good to be true,” Daniel said. “I get to work for the hottest radio/digital company in America, Townsquare Media. First class in every way. This opportunity was too good to pass up! Steve & DC reunited with Townsquare Media? Perfect situation. Thanks to Kurt Johnson, Doug Montgomery, David DuBose, Meg Dowdy and Jacklyn Corley for making this happen. ROLL TIDE ROLL!”
Brewer Media Group Welcomes Rick Zeisig As Director of Chattanooga Traffic Network
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Rick Zeisig will head up the Chattanooga Traffic Network as the new Director. Rick will also have a weekend show on Big FM 106.9 Chattanooga’s Greatest Hits Station every Saturday from 2-7pm. A native of Dalton, Georgia, Rick is an award-winning radio and television personality and a Moon Pie Eating Champion with over 40 years of broadcasting experience.
In Rick’s 40+ career he has been on the air in many markets around the area including here in Chattanooga, as well as Atlanta, his hometown of Dalton and a stint in Panama City Beach, Florida. Rick and the Chattanooga Traffic Network will continue to provide the latest information for our community who count on our traffic reports for their daily commute as well as strengthen our relationship with city and state transportation agencies.
iHeart Panama City Rebrands To The New 96.3-102.5 WFLA
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Panama City announced that FOX Sports NewsRadio WFLA will change dial positions and rebrand to the new 96.3-102.5 WFLA Panama City, Panama City’s Talk Radio, effective immediately. The WFLA brand is synonymous across the state of Florida as the news and information leader and 96.3-102.5 WFLA Panama City will provide listeners with conservative talk shows, and the latest national and local news as well as the same high quality of engaging programs and information.
The program lineup will include the “The Morning Show with Preston Scott,” “The Glenn Beck Program”, “The Schnitt Show”, “The Joe Pags Show,” “The Jesse Kelly Show,” and “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.”
In addition to the solid lineup of talk shows, 96.3-102.5 WFLA Panama City will provide national news from FOX News Radio, and local news and weather from its local television partner, Gray Television’s WJHG-TV (NBC). Regular traffic and sports updates throughout the day will add to WFLA’s strong news presence, and weekend programming will feature talk, variety, and sports shows.
EDISON: 67% Of U.S. Latino Podcast Non-Listeners Already Listen To Spoken Word Audio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Forty-four percent of U.S. Latinos have never listened to a podcast and 20% have not listened to a podcast in the last month, but a new study finds that 67% of U.S. Latinos who don’t listen to podcasts already listen to spoken word audio. The U.S. Latino Podcast Listener Report 2021, released in July 2021 by Edison Research, focused on the 36% of Latinos who are monthly podcast listeners. This week a follow-up report was released, The 2021 U.S Latino Podcast (non) Listener Report, examining the 64% of U.S. Latinos age 18+ who are not monthly podcast listeners.
The U.S Latino Podcast (non) Listener Report 2021 was commissioned by Adonde Media, LWC Studios, Libsyn, PRX, Simplecast, Sonoro, SXM Media,and was conducted by Edison Research. The study is the only comprehensive research on Latino podcast listeners in the United States.
The reason most U.S. Latinos are not listening to podcasts? Seventy percent of those who aren’t monthly podcast listeners say that podcasts ‘just aren’t for them.’” The next most popular reasons: 48% say they don’t have enough time to listen and 47% say that podcasts are too long.
Some reasons U.S. Latinos might listen to podcasts? Forty-three percent of monthly podcast non-listeners say they would be interested if there were podcasts available on the topics they are interested in, 33% said they would be interested if podcasts were easier to discover, and 28% said they would be interested if a well-known personality they liked hosted a podcast.
Further education around podcast access and subscription is needed: 23% of U.S. Latino podcast non-listeners say they don’t really understand what a podcast is, 29% say they are not so sure how to listen to a podcast, and 31% say they don’t really know how to find a podcast. Thirty-one percent say they have to pay to subscribe to a podcast.
U.S. Latinos who don’t listen to podcasts are more likely to be women, and more likely to be age 55+. U.S. Latino monthly podcast listeners are 58% Men, 42% Women v. 44% Men, 56% Women for non-listeners, and monthly podcast listeners are 8% age 55+ v. 30% age 55+ for non-listeners.
This new research shows 58% of U.S. Latino podcast non-listeners use YouTube weekly for music listening, and according to The U.S Latino Podcast Listener Report released in July, YouTube is the top platform for podcast listening among monthly podcast listeners.
The Latino Podcast (non) Listener Report 2021 may be downloaded at: https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-latino-podcast-non-listener-report-2021/
PODCAST: Audiochuck Teams With Jake Brennan For 'Armored' Series
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Independent media and podcast production company Audiochuck has teamed up with Jake Brennan, co-founder of hit podcasting company, Double Elvis, and creator and host of the award-winning music and true-crime podcast, Disgraceland. Together, these visionaries bring you Armored — a new original podcast series that explores the most notorious armored truck robbery cases from around the globe.
Armored released the first two episodes Wednesday, September 15th. Following episodes will be released every Wednesday through November 10, 2021.
With more than one billion downloads to date, the audiochuck network adds Armored as the fifth new series released this year, joining shows already in its portfolio including chart dominators like Crime Junkie, Park Predators, CounterClock, Something Was Wrong, Solvable, and OC Swingers. Armored is audiochuck’s first collaboration with Jake.
“Ashley Flowers and Audiochuck continue to raise the bar with compelling, unparalleled content that increases podcaster listenership across the board,” commented Cathy Csukas, Co-CEO, and Co-Founder of AdLarge Media. “A partnership of this caliber and talent is unprecedented. Armored will be a fantastic opportunity to increase advertiser reach among engaged podcast listeners.” Subscribe & listen to Armored on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Country Radio Seminar Seeks to Hire Creative Director
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 – Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is seeking to fill a Creative Director position following the departure of Darcie Van Etten, who is leaving the company after four years to join Roundhouse Entertainment. CRS/CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis comments, “CRS has a tremendously rare opportunity for the next rising star in our industry to step into a dynamic, versatile role as Creative Director/Digital Content Mgr, and impose their creative will on this organization. On behalf of our board and staff, congratulations to Darcie on her exciting career opportunity; we thank her for the many contributions to our organization.”
This role reports directly to CRS Executive Director and will be responsible for brainstorming, planning, and executing all of the organization’s marketing, digital, and creative efforts. Curtis plans to fill the position straightaway. For a complete overview of the position, please visit here. Resumes can be submitted to RJ Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KMG Looking For More Affiliate Sales Executives
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– KMG Networks, the content syndication of Krantz Media Group (http://www.krantzmediagroup.com) is expanding. We are seeking additional Sales Executives to join our winning team to provide a variety of existing and planned programming services for media companies, with a focus on radio/audio entertainment outlets in the U.S. and worldwide.
Compensation includes base salary commensurate with experience, based on plus audience/user acquisition-based commission. Full Benefits including Health Insurance and 401k
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NIELSEN: Lighter Podcast Listeners Fueling Audience Growth; 'Ramped Up Notably In 2021
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– The word podcast was added to the Oxford English Dictionary back in 2005, but the term had yet to gain much traction in the media industry—as well as with the average consumer reports Nielsen. Fast forward 16 years, and podcasting has blossomed into a burgeoning industry that provides brands with an opportunity to engage with a growing base of consumers that are very receptive to the engagement. The transformation certainly didn’t happen overnight, but the rise in popularity of podcasts over the past six-plus years has effectively changed the landscape of the entire market.
In addition to attracting rampant celebrity involvement and fueling original TV content, podcasts are attracting big ad dollars, with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) predicting that ad revenue will hit $2 billion by 2023, well above the $842 million generated last year. The rising ad dollars also speaks to the notably broad audience that now listens to podcasts. That’s a key shift, particularly as advertisers look to podcasting for new opportunities.
Today, almost half (49%) of U.S. podcast listeners are light users (see above graph) who are presumably new to the medium: people who listen anywhere from one to three times a month. That’s a notable contrast to a typical podcast listener five or 10 years ago when most listening came from people who were more likely to listen to each and every episode from their favorite titles—episodes that are oftentimes released once a week.
The evolution of podcast engagement over the past few years highlights two important storylines: Consumer interest in new, engaging content from across the media landscape continues to grow, and podcast content has proven to be an attractive option among the media diets of millions of Americans, especially during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic paused the growth of heavy podcast listeners. With revised lifestyles and schedules over the past year, this isn’t unexpected. Yet while the percentage of heavy listeners declined slightly last year, we’re now seeing it increase, rising from 25% earlier this year to just under 30% as of May. So we know there is a segment of the population that was very engaged with podcast content before the pandemic arrived, and that audience is likely to increasing its engagement if the conditions (or content) are right. Importantly, the pandemic has not had a negative impact on overall podcast engagement.
While listener growth flattened somewhat during the second half of last year, it has ramped up notably in 2021, largely due to an increase in at-home listening, which is attributable to light listeners checking out the medium. The rise in at-home listening is also somewhat counter to historical podcast engagement, and again, speaks to the transformation of industry to a broader audience. According to Nielsen Podcast Buying Power data, the percent of the adult U.S. population listening to podcasts has grown more than 40% in the past three years.
Futuri Study: 'The Meaning Of Radio & TV Has Completely Evolved'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Futuri announced a selection of key findings from their Future of Audience and Revenue Study with SmithGeiger. The study revealed tectonic shifts in how Americans perceive, consume, and pay for media content, as well as media executives’ predictions for the sector and confidence in their ability to address emerging challenges.
The Future of Audience and Revenue explored five key verticals: radio, TV, social media, digital publishing, and eSports,sports and betting. It polled more than 2,000 Americans, nearly 200 media executives specializing in TV, radio, and digital publishing, and focus groups with 100+ media consumers. A brief selection of the wide-ranging findings include:
Audience habits are shifting fast. Even Q1 vs. Q2 2021 showed accelerated growth in digital adoption.
The meaning of “radio” and “TV” has completely evolved. In every case, the 100+ media consumers in focus groups brought up non-broadcast content when asked to describe their experience of “radio” or “TV.” Consumers used the terms interchangeably with a variety of audio and video sources.
Local radio and local TV are considered reliable for clarity and facts. Among a wide range of audio and print brands, consumers named local radio as the most reliable source for clarity and facts (45%). Looking at TV brands, local TV ranked highest with 50%, exceeding network TV, news aggregation sites, and social media. A majority (65%) of HHI $100k+ Americans depend on radio for their pandemic news, demonstrating the medium’s importance for critical updates on the pandemic. Local TV ranked #3 with this group (62%), slightly behind CNN (63%).
Consumers want more content. 57% of Americans watched streamed content more often over the past few months. 51% watched TV more often, 48% used social media more often, and 30% listened to local AM/FM stations more often. Content consumption grows while content teams have been downsized and reshaped. 83% of content leaders noted reductions in content-related headcount, and more than half noted their responsibilities have changed in the last year. This is nearly double the impact noted by sales- and corporate-level executives in other areas of the business. Content teams being downsized at a time when content consumption is at an all-time high is a clear call to leverage technology for more efficient and targeted content creation.
Media execs are nervous about the future. The study showed numerous gaps between emerging issues media executives considered to be important and their confidence in the industry’s capability to address them, pointing to the need for meaningful change. For example, 84% feel it’s important to respond to new and disruptive competitors, but only 54% feel confident in the industry’s ability to do so.
“This study reveals tectonic shifts in how media is being produced, perceived, consumed, and purchased across all levels of society and media,” said Daniel Anstandig, CEO of Futuri Media. Additional findings and actionable insights from this extensive study will be available in a variety of ways: People can register to receive a white paper that dives deep into the research and insights at futurimedia.com/study21. This will be released on Thursday, September 23. Daniel Anstandig will present a webinar with takeaways and action steps for using this information to grow your content, audience, and revenue on Tuesday, October 12, at 2p ET. Registration is open at futurimedia.com/study21. Those interested in a presentation of the findings customized for their team can request a meeting through futurimedia.com.
NAB Las Vegas Show Canceled Due To Delta Variant Surge; Details Of Virtual Options To Follow
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– The upcoming NAB in Las Vegas that was set for October 9-13th has been canceled due to concerns over Delta Variant surge. NAB spokesperson Chris Brown wrote in a release:
To Our NAB Show Community: For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community. As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person. NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us."
Brown added, ,"While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead. Stay tuned for details regarding virtual options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content through NAB Amplify."
Chris Crowley Named Program Director Over iHeart Combos In Charlotte And Raleigh
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte and Raleigh announced that Chris Crowley has been named Program Director for 99.7 The Fox and 106.5 The End, in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as 100.7 WRDU and ALT 95.3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, effective October 1. He will report to A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte and Raleigh. “It is an absolute privilege to bring Chris aboard for oversight of some of our most renowned brands in both markets,” said A.J. “His wealth of experience and creativity make him a key addition to our programming team.”
Crowley brings over 20 years of programming expertise to his new role, previously serving in various roles such as an operations manager, director of content, program director, and on-air personality. He most recently served as an operations manager for Townsquare Media in Buffalo, New York. Crowley’s previous programming/on-air stops include KGON-FM in Portland, Oregon; WCMF-FM and WROC-AM/FM in Rochester, New York; WARO-FM in Fort Myers, Florida; KNRQ-FM, KEHK-FM, and KUJZ-FM in Eugene, Oregon and a stint at Jacobs Media in Detroit.
“I'm thrilled to join the iHeartMedia team. I look forward to leading these legendary brands and joining the ranks of the talented programmers who have called Charlotte and Raleigh home,” said Crowley. “I’m excited to hit the ground running on day one to achieve even more market success. Thanks to iHeartMedia for this amazing opportunity.”
iHeart Albany Announces Retirement Of Area President Kristen Delaney
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Albany announced today the retirement of media veteran Kristen Delaney, Area President for iHeartMedia Albany. As Area President for over a decade, Delaney has contributed to the success of the Albany Area stations, overseeing the Albany, Poughkeepsie and Sussex, New Jersey markets. Her last day will be December 31, 2021.
Delaney began her broadcasting career in 1989 as an Account Executive in Utica, New York and worked in radio sales until 1996 when she was promoted to Local Sales Manager. In 1999, she moved to Albany to join Clear Channel Radio (now iHeartMedia) as General Sales Manager and was elevated to Director of Sales in 2000, and Market Manager in 2006. Since 2011, Delaney has served as President for iHeartMedia in Albany and Poughkeepsie, New York as well as Sussex, New Jersey.
“It has been an incredible 32-year career in broadcasting and I’m so thankful for the last 23 years with iHeartMedia" said Delaney. “It has been such an honor to entertain and inform our communities, connect our listeners to our advertisers, and raise much-needed funds for several organizations. Over the years, I have met and worked with so many incredibly talented people and formed friendships that will last for years to come.”
Audacy & Cumulus Announce Content Distribution Partnership
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Audacy and Cumulus announced a content distribution partnership that brings Cumulus’s 413 radio stations and portfolio of podcasts to the Audacy digital platform. “We're delighted with this opportunity to expand listeners’ ability to discover and connect with our stations and podcasts through the Audacy app,” said Larry Linietsky, Senior Vice President of Digital Operations and Business Development, Cumulus. “This partnership is in sync with our strategy of distributing our content through multiple platforms to make it available anywhere and anytime people want to enjoy it.”
“The addition of Cumulus’s expansive portfolio of leading radio stations enhances and bolsters Audacy’s position as the fastest growing digital platform for radio listeners,” said Corey Podolsky, Vice President of Business Development, Audacy. “Audacy looks forward to building on this initial partnership with Cumulus and will continue to develop new and innovative ways to super serve our listeners.” The Audacy app is a rapidly growing, integrated digital platform where consumers discover and connect live with over 2,000 local and national radio stations from more than 100 markets, including Audacy’s portfolio of over 230 premium stations, along with top podcasts and a wide range of exclusive audio programming.
The New Patriot 1300 AM Debuts In Tulsa
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Tulsa has launched the new Patriot 1300 AM Real Talk, effective immediately. The new station will broadcast conservative News Talk with compelling content from hosts including Glenn Beck, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, Lee Mathews and Charlie Kirk.
“We are really excited to launch this new format in Tulsa and deliver compelling conservative content to our very active audience,” said Jon Phillips, Area President for iHeartMedia Oklahoma. “Having Lee Mathews anchor the 5-7 p.m. slot will be a great addition, as he is closely aligned with everything that happens at the capital in Oklahoma City.”
The full lineup includes Gordon Deal, Glenn Beck The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Charlie Kirk, Lee Mathews, Jesse Kelly, Joe Pags and Coast to Coast with George Noory
iHeart Panama City Flips To Christmas 94.5
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 – On Wednesday morning, many Florida Panhandle residents woke to 94.5 WFLF-FM, now playing your favorite Christmas classics. “The big guy really gave residents of our area a great gift,” said John Lund, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Panama City. “This area has been through the ringer over the last three years, so I feel some around the clock Christmas cheer will be much welcomed by radio listeners in the Panhandle.”
News Radio WFLA can now be heard on 96.3 FM and 102.5 FM. For more information listeners can visit wflapanamacity.com. Ho, Ho, HO.
PODCAST: “It’s the Law: Elizabeth Holmes Special Edition” From Benztown
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Benztown announced it is producing and distributing a special feature for News/Talk radio stations covering the criminal fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, with one-minute short form radio analysis daily throughout the trial. Hosted by prominent Los Angeles Attorney Royal Oakes, It’s the Law: Elizabeth Holmes Special Edition will offer Oakes’ legal analysis and insights about the laws and proceedings – controversial and otherwise – of the high-interest trial.
It’s the Law: Elizabeth Holmes Special Edition presents Oakes’ legal analysis and updates in an entertaining and information-packed format, and is available to all Benztown News Library users for airing Monday through Friday. To listen to an episode of It’s the Law, visit: https://soundcloud.com/benztownradio/demo-its-the-law.
Royal Oakes is a Capital Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Los Angeles. For over 30 years, he has provided commentary on America’s most talked about legal cases to national and local broadcast media. He has appeared nationally on the syndicated programs Inside Edition, Extra and Access Hollywood. He has also served as Legal Analyst for L.A. news stations NBC4 News, KABC Radio and KFWB All-News Radio. As an ABC News Legal Analyst, he contributes to network radio news broadcasts, and to ABC’s Good Morning America. He has hosted Guilt or Innocence, an ABC News Now program on the law. Oakes is also KGO Radio’s Legal Analyst for the San Francisco Bay Area. To get this daily special news feature for your station, sign up for a free trial of Benztown Libraries at: https://benztown.com/libraries/ or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Pirate Station Goes Legit In Ireland; Sofie Formica Takes Afternoons At 4BC In Brisbane Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– Former pirate station, Freedom FM is going back on the radio in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway for a month-long broadcast. The station will be live from September 18th at 12pm till October 17th in Dublin on 105.2, Cork on 106.7, Limerick on 105.5 and Galway on 87.7. Freedom FM first appeared from a garden shed in the Dublin suburb of Templeogue in 1995. Transmissions from the shed continued until the vast majority of pirate radio stations in Dublin were forced off air in May 2003. The station has been able to use modern technology to allow DJs to broadcast from studios in their own homes, from anywhere around the world. Shows will come from as far afield as Vancouver, New York, and Sydney, as well as closer to home in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Galway and Limerick. The success of an online version of the station encouraged them to consider returning to the FM band, but this time with a license. An application was submitted to the BAI in May, and contracts were signed earlier this month.
Sofie Formica For 4BC In Brisbain Australia - Nine Radio is introducing another local program to the Brisbane market. Sofie Formica will take over Afternoons from Monday, October 4. The show will run from 11am to 3pm on Monday to Friday covering news, entertainment and events. Deb Knight’s Sydney-based Afternoons program will no longer run in the Brisbane market. Nine Radio has also introduced a local Drive show with Scott Emerson, and has Peter Psaltis hosting Wide World of Sports, and Bill McDonald and Spencer Howson on 4BC Weekends. Spfie was a TV presenter with Nine back in the ’90s, but a vast majority of her career was spent with the Seven Network as a TV presenter across the likes of Saturday Disney, The Great Outdoors and Tonight Live. She was the host of The Great Day Out and had a guest appearance on the soap, Home & Away.
Ronan Keating Wll Host AND Perform At Magic Christmas Event - The Magic of Christmas event will be returning to the London Palladium this year on Sunday 21st November. Magic Radio breakfast presenter Ronan Keating, Singer Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, and Will Young will perform on the day, at the Magic Radio branded event.
SNAPS: Madison Host Recognized On Billboard For Her Campaign Against Blood Cancer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021 –– The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society put up a billboard this week in recognition of Krista, co-host of Krista & Morning Rush on 93.1 Jamz Madison, for her fight against blood cancer campaign. "Krista & The Morning Rush,' Madison's First All Female Morning Show is standing high above the Eastbound Beltline Highway in the shown billboard. After being nominated last December to run for the "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year 2021" it was an immediate yes for her.
"This is not only an honor, but a personal fight as blood cancer has touched 4 of my loved ones lives" Krista said. After 6 months of campaigning and forming a 25 person team named #kristascrusaders, Krista used her platform to bring awareness. She conducted weekly interviews with those touched with cancer and executed various events for the effort. In the end Krista & her team ended up raising the most amount of money in her community amongst other phenomenal women, naming her "Woman of the Year" on June 5th. "I could not of done this without my amazing team and support of my community, especially during a Pandemic, said Krista. "WE WIN WHEN CANCER LOSES" I will never stop fighting!
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88Nine Radio Milwaukee Receives $450,000 Grant From CPB For New Urban Alternative Channel
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-88.9FM) is among those public radio stations that will receive grants from Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Milwaukee-based public station announced yesterday it will receive a $450,000 grant from the CPB to start a new Urban Alternative channel to reach young, multicultural audiences through on-air and digital streaming platforms. Others will include: JSU and Minnesota Public Radio - (see others in story below).
“Radio Milwaukee is thrilled to bring the Urban Alternative public radio format to Milwaukee,” Executive Director Kevin Sucher (shown top right) said. “We are excited to be part of this national effort to elevate Black voices and celebrate Milwaukee's unique culture.
Radio Milwaukee’s Urban Alternative will offer an eclectic radio experience, celebrating the full spectrum of Black music and the power of public radio. The Urban Alternative channel will have a terrestrial presence on 88.9FM from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends; and will also have a 24-hour presence on WYMS’ HD2 channel. The station’s all Milwaukee music channel, 414Music.FM, will transition to HD3.
The channel will be Milwaukee’s first non-commercial Black-centric public radio station. Station Director Jordan Lee (shown bottom right) will oversee the collaboration between the existing 88.9FM station, which will continue with its current format, and the new Urban Alternative channel. Lee was originally recruited to join Radio Milwaukee after his years of event and music production in Milwaukee's hip-hop community. In 2009, he brought this community into station programming like 414 Live, 414Music.FM and the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards. He led 88.9FM's programming as its director from 2015 to January 2021, when he was promoted to station director. Radio Milwaukee’s Urban Alternative channel is slated to launch June 2022.
Mike Henry: Growth Continues For Urban Alternative
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Paragon's Mike Henry blogs that Public radio’s unconventional effort to lure young and diverse audiences to the left end of the radio dial continues with audience growth and the addition of three new stations. "The local audiences for the first four Urban Alternative (UA) stations in Chicago, Denver, Norfolk, and Houston continue to expand," says Henry.. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) provided start-up funding for each of these stations, and yesterday Mike Henry presented the results on the panel “Urban Alternative Redefines Public Radio” at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference, which has featured the UA format for three years in a row:
CPB’s Vice President of Radio, Jacquie Gales Webb, joined the panel to announce the next three public media companies that will receive CPB funding to start local UA stations. Recipients include: Radio Milwaukee, see above.
WJSU, a public radio station licensed to Jackson State, a historically Black university in Jackson, Mississippi, will refresh its programming to reflect the changing interests of students and younger listeners, provide a path to long-term sustainability, and increase community collaborations and digital engagement. WJSU will also pursue a multi-platform strategy including some FM broadcast, a dedicated 24-hour digital channel and a mobile app.
Minnesota Public Radio will collaborate with KMOJ, a community-licensed public radio station that focuses on Minneapolis’ communities of color, to amplify the format’s reach, cultivate new talent, create engagement opportunities, and develop co-branded content to be shared across airwaves and digital platforms. MPR will launch the format across its streaming service, broadcast and HD2 channels, and smartphone App. As I said on the panel, the growing UA family of stations is about to have three new babies."
Bret Gogoel Named Executive Producer For The John Howell Show On 890 WLS Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Bret Gogoel as Executive Producer of The John Howell Show on Chicago News/Talk radio station 890 WLS-AM. Gogoel steps up to fill the role vacated by Mallory Vor Broker, who is now on-air reporter for 890 WLS-AM, covering Chicago City Hall and the political beat for 890 WLS-AM following the retirement of Bill Cameron.
Gogoel has been a technical producer, fill-in producer and podcast manager for WLS-AM 890 since 2017 and was former play-by-play announcer for the Windy City Bulls basketball team. He holds a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Gogoel added, "I couldn't be more excited to step into the big shoes left by Mallory and work with a consummate professional like John Howell. I hope to take everything I've learned from my time here at WLS and continue to put out a top-notch product."
Derricke Dennis Rises To Staff Correspondent at ABC Audio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– ABC Audio Director of News Programming Scott Goldberg announced to his staff yesterday that Derricke Dennis is being promoted to staff correspondent at ABC Audio.
Goldberg sais, "Derricke first stepped into our newsroom in the fall of 2019, full of enthusiasm and with an offer we couldn’t refuse: “I’d like to work overnight shifts, if you have any.” It didn’t take long for Derricke to become a fixture on ABC News Radio, working a full schedule for the last two years as a freelancer, and anchoring our flagship I-NET newscast with a distinctive style – simultaneously deep but laid-back, thorough yet conversational."
Before ABC, Derricke anchored a weeknight global newscast on I-24 News. He also has been a host on the Law & Crime network, and before that he worked as a reporter and anchor at WCBS-TV, News 12 New Jersey, and WDIV-TV in Detroit. He’s a skilled storyteller who’s been instrumental in our coverage of the pandemic, delivering many breaking headlines and – just as deftly – documenting in a long-form piece how weird it was to return to a New Jersey gym for the first time post-lockdown. Derricke is an NJ native who grew up in Atlantic City. He graduated from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications in Washington, DC.
Hannah Brummer Named New Afternoon Host At Alpha's 102.3 XLC Gurnee, IL
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Alpha Media Gurnee has named Hannah Brummer as its new Afternoon host at 102.3 XLC (3-7pm). "Hannah deserves this chance. With her passion for the industry, her drive to work hard, and her ability to be positive and deliver that to our audience was all a part of the reason why this is a perfect fit for her." commented 102.3 XLC Content Director Frank Wright.
Brummer added, "My dream has finally come true, and I can’t stop smiling about it because I get to do what I love most everyday! The moment I stepped foot into the XLC studio, it felt like home to me! I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and beyond blessed to be a part of the XLC family! Thank you to Frank Wright and Karl Wertlzer for adding me to the team!"
Hannah started working as a Promotion's Coordinator in June of 2019 for US*99 and 104.3 Jams Chicago. In September of 2019, she started her own college radio show with WRSE-88.7FM Elmhurst Rock Variety. Amid the Pandemic, she transitioned her radio show to a podcast in March of 2020 and also served as an Assistant Producer for Brandwidth on Demand. In June of 2021, she began working as a Promotions Assistant for Cumulus-Chicago. And we should add that in August of 2021, she served as a staff member for Morning Show Boot Camp 33 in Chicago.
EVENTS: Over $200,000 For Broadcasters in Need During BFOA Celebrity Golf Tournament
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised over $200,000 to help broadcasters in need during yesterday’s 2021 Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY. More than 150 broadcasters and celebrities turned out to help support broadcasters who have experienced terrible loss due to illness or unforeseen disaster. “The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of our biggest annual fundraising events,” noted stated Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “We had to cancel last year’s tournament due to the pandemic, and we are grateful to return this year and to have strong support from our sponsors and players. The money comes at a time when we are helping more broadcasters and their families than ever before. Our thanks also goes to everyone who has generously supported the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation with a donation.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. About the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org
Futuri's Erin Callaghan Joins With Loyd Ford For 'Future of Audience & Revenue' Clubhouse Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Plan now for a special, live Clubhouse app Event on September 21, 2021 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific Presented live on the Clubhouse App in the group The Encouragers™ - The Study: “The Future of Audience and Revenue” will feature Futuri Medin's Erin Callaghan and consultant Loyd Ford to share what consumers are saying AFTER the 2020 lockdowns and as people are headed back to work. You might be surprised.
“Broadcasters are seeking to understand exactly what listeners are thinking after so many months at home and so much disruption,” Loyd Ford said. “What Futuri has done is invest in finding out about the current listener experience, the mood of listeners, how they feel about radio and personalities and we think that is worth exploring on The Encouragers™ on Clubhouse live on September 21st. This is literally a look at what listeners think now.”
“We all know that consumers are changing and the pandemic shifted a lot of habits,” Erin Callaghan added. “We also know it pays to stay up to date with consumers. This study uncovered what listeners are looking for and what they are not looking for now. We will share directly from listeners and you’ll get a much clearer picture of what is likely happening with your listeners today.” If you are on the Clubhouse app, find The Encouragers™ and join. Then, Tuesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific the conversation starts. No one has invited you to Clubhouse yet? CLICK HERE
Weird Al Yankovic Named Official Ambassador For World College Radio Day On October 1st
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 – Legendary singer and comic icon "Weird Al" Yankovic is named as the official 2021 Ambassador for the 11th Annual World College Radio Day, which is happening worldwide on Friday, October 1st, 2021. "It feels great to be back in college radio!" says "Weird Al" Yankovic. "I loved my college radio days. That's where I first got my start, that's where I first took the name 'Weird Al' professionally, so I have very, very fun memories," adds Yankovic.
Yankovic has recorded an exclusive, wide-ranging interview especially for the World College Radio Day event to be simulcast on the 600+ participating college radio stations, and was interviewed by students from two college radio stations, WMSC and WSOU in New Jersey, USA. "'Weird Al' Yankovic is the quintessential college radio success story," says Anabella Poland, General Manager of WMSC FM at Montclair State University in New Jersey and President of CRD 2021. "College radio provides that safe space for students to express their most authentic selves and no doubt, Al's brilliance shone bright at KCPR and it was a conduit towards an extraordinary career," added Poland.
Set for Friday, October 1st, the celebration will unite college radio stations from over 40 countries around the world to bring awareness to the work and value they bring to the broadcasting medium. This year the theme is In Tough Times, We Thrive, taking into account the global efforts made by college radio stations around the world to find inventive ways to keep broadcasting and creating content despite the challenges of the pandemic. SEE MORE HERE
PODCAST: Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña And Jacob Bertrand Join iHeart's My Cultura Network
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– On the heels of the season 5 renewal announcement of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated smash hit Cobra Kai, series stars Xolo Maridueña and Jacob Bertrand have joined iHeartMedia’s new My Cultura podcast network, dedicated to elevating Latinx voices and creators, and sharing the Latinx experience with millions of listeners. Under the new network, Maridueña and Bertrand will host their original podcast series Lone Lobos, a talk show format series centered on the two budding stars discussing all things pop culture and featuring the occasional guest. The show will debut September 21 on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
After a wildly successful run on YouTube Premium, the series moved to Netflix for its third season where it reached the #1 spot in the U.S. upon its January 1, 2021 premiere. Prior to the season three release, Netflix premiered the show’s first two seasons in the summer of 2020, where it held onto the #1 spot worldwide for over three weeks, impressively reaching 50-million-member accounts that chose to watch the series in the first 28 days.
Lone Lobos and all My Cultura show are distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. For more information, please visit: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-lone-lobos-86777814/
HONORS: SiriusXM's Shotgun Tom & Former Boss Jhani Kaye Honored With Telly Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– SiriusXM 60’s On 6’s personality Shotgun Tom and former K-Earth Program Director Jhani Kaye celebrate winning a National Telly Award for the editing of a film featuring Shotgun’s HO Model Railroad.
Jhani Kaye, who Tom's PD at K-Earth in L.A. for nearly two decades, was the Cinematographer and Editor for the film, Shotgun Tom served as Executive Producer.Check it out on YouTube HERE
Prime Opportunity For APD Post At WSB Atlanta
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– One of News/Talk radio's most preeminent outlets is on the hunt for an APD for WSB. If you'd like to apply for this position, CLICK HERE FOR JOB POST - https://cmg.jobs.net/en-US/job/assistant-program-director/J3V7F86S7CK57JJXPGT
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NIELSEN: AM/FM Audiences Surge +7% Versus Spring 2020; Extraordinary Female Recovery
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Last week, Nielsen released the Spring 2021 “Nationwide” report. In addition, Nielsen is releasing the August 2021 Portable People Meter data from the top 50 markets. Both reports show strong recovery in AM/FM radio audiences. This week’s Westwood One blog highlights the key findings. This week’s Westwood One blog outlines the key takeaways: Nielsen Nationwide: AM/FM radio’s Spring 2021 AQH audiences are up +7% versus Spring 2020 and rock steady versus Fall 2020.
Extraordinary Female Audience Recovery: Compared to Spring 2020, the just-released Spring 2021 Nationwide survey reveals AQH listening surged +11% among women 18-49 and grew an eye-popping +13% among women 25-54. AM/FM radio’s share of listening among women (47%) has returned to pre-COVID norms: During the Spring 2020 lockdown, female listening dropped to 45% of persons 25-54 time spent. In the just-released Spring 2021 Nationwide, the share of female listening has returned back to its typical 47%.
August 2021 Portable People Meter: Black and Hispanic audiences surge: Comparing the 48 just-released PPM markets to the prior year August 2020 survey, there are significant increases in Black (+7%) and Hispanic (+6%) AQH listening. August 2020 to August 2021 saw total growth among persons 25-54 at +2% and growth among persons 35-64 at +4%. August 2021 PPM: Out-of-home AM/FM radio listening has returned to pre-COVID levels. Diary markets never experienced COVID audience erosion as AM/FM radio listening is remarkably steady: AQH listening in in the 44 continuous diary markets has been incredibly stable over the last 20 months. Benchmarking AQH listening to the pre-COVID Jan-Feb-March 2020 survey reveals AM/FM radio listening levels are unchanged in the most recent May-June-July 2021 survey. READ BLOG HERE
RIAA: Music Revenues Grew 27% In First Half Of 2021; Streaming Accounted For 84% Of Total Revenue
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Joshua P. Friedlander , SVP/Research and Economics, RIAA, recorded music revenues in the U.S. grew 27% in the first half of 2021 versus the prior year, from $5.6 to $7.1 billion at retail value. Paid subscriptions continued to be the strongest contributor to growth, comprising nearly two-thirds of total revenue, and more than 80 million paid subscriptions for the first time.
At wholesale value revenues rose 25%, from $3.7 billion in 1H 2020 to $4.6 billion in 1H 2021. The effects of Covid-19 continued to affect the industry, and year-over-year comparisons are significantly impacted by store closures, tour cancellations, and other disruptions from both 2020 and 2021.
Streaming Revenues from streaming music, a category including a wide range of formats such as paid subscription services, ad-supported services, digital and customized radio, and licenses for music on Facebook and digital fitness apps, grew 26% to $5.9 billion in the first half of 2021. Streaming accounted for 84% of total revenues for the period, about the same level as for 1H 2020.
Paid subscriptions continued to account for the largest share of recorded music revenues in the U.S., up 26% year-over-year and totaling $4.6 Billion in 1H 2021. They accounted for nearly 2/3 of total revenues, and 78% of streaming revenue. That carries forward a multiyear trend of strong growth in this area extending beyond the unique circumstances of 2020 – in the two years since 1H 2019, paid subscription revenues have grown a total of 40%. This total includes $452 million in revenues from “Limited Tier” paid subscriptions (for services limited by factors such as mobile access, catalog availability, on-demand limitations, or device restrictions). Those types of services accounted for 10% of subscription revenues, a slight increase versus 1H 2020.
The DeDe McGuire Foundation Donates $10k To The 100 Black Men Of Metro New Orleans And Baton Rouge Hurricane Ida Restoration Fund
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– The DeDe McGuire Foundation has joined forces with the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge to help relief, recovery and restoration efforts after the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida.
Mr. James Logan, President of 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, graciously took time and went live on the air with DeDe McGuire, Host of The DeDe in the Morning Show, to speak about current efforts taking place in these cities and the surrounding areas. DeDe McGuire, also Founder/CEO of the DeDe McGuire Foundation, was so moved by the efforts of Mr. Logan and all organizations involved during the interview that she committed $10,000 towards helping the families of Louisiana devastated by Ida.
DeDe McGuire is heard in over 50 markets nationally including WEMX “Max 94.1” in Baton Rouge and “KMEZ 102.9” in New Orleans. DeDe is a 2021 Gracie Award winner and recipient of the 2021 Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Airblazer Award.
Robby And Rochelle Take Mornings At 107.1 The Boss New Jersey
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– After announcing they were moving from morning drive at WKHQ/Traverse City to a new flagship, Robby and Rochelle confirm they are headed to New Jersey to anchor mornings at Press Communications Classic rock WWZY/WBHX (107-1 The Boss). The show will air weekday mornings from 6-10am with a Saturday best of show. Additionally, Robby Bridges will assume Program Director duties reporting to VP of Programming Jeff Rafter until he exits to retirement (as previously announced last May, Robby will then report directly to Press CEO Bob McAllan).
Rochelle Gagnon will take on an active role in the social media strategy and marketing of the show including their podcast. The show was previously based at WDVD Detroit and later WSHK/Portsmouth, NH VP of Programming Jeff Rafter said “Morning radio in Monmouth-Ocean is highly competitive with great shows both in and outside the market. To have talent like Robby and Rochelle, along with market vet and 107.1 The Boss news anchor Dianne DeOliveira, the Boss is positioned to move ahead of the pack."
Bridges added, “We are thrilled to join a terrific media group in Press Communications and grow the unique brand of 107-1 The Boss with its killer signal reaching from Atlantic City to the Lincoln Tunnel. It’s going to be fun entertaining classic rock fans in the land of Bruce, Bon Jovi and Bridgegate! Or should I say Sinatra, Snooki and The Sopranos!? Thank you very much Bob McAllan and Jeff Rafter for this special opportunity!”
Robby Bridges is a veteran air talent and programmer who is no stranger to area with Z100, WPLJ and Q102 on his resume. Robby also worked in Providence, Boston, and elsewhere spending more than a decade at Cumulus Media. Robby will continue to serve as exclusive guest host for Scott Shannon on the True Oldies Channel. Rochelle Gagnon previously served as an air talent and promotions director with Cumulus, Lakes Media and as Associate Producer of iHeart’s Mojo in The Morning based at WKQI/Detroit.
REPORT: Rod Lakin Named New Brand Manager For Audacy's 94.1 WIP Philly
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2021 –– As we await the official presser, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 94.1 WIP has hired Arizona sports radio veteran Rod Lakin, right, to follow Spike Eskin as the station's program director. Jack Keffer, who had been filling in since Eskin left to run WFAN in New York in July, will remain WIP’s assistant program director. Lakin’s first day will be Monday, Oct. 4. “In Phoenix, like in a lot of markets, sports is important. It’s fun. People like to dive into it,” Lakin said. “In Philadelphia, it’s just vital. It’s necessary. It’s completely different… Combine that with the strength of the WIP brand, which, it’s a cliché but it’s on the Mount Rushmore of sports radio stations.”
David Yadgaroff, senior vice president and market manager of Audacy’s seven Philadelphia radio stations, said the job is really managing the problems that come up at the station and creating an environment where hosts can thrive. He was also looking for someone with the vision to continue WIP’s climb up the ratings and into new areas of broadcasting and digital content. Lakin checked all his boxes. “I liked that he had spent the last two decades in the format in a variety of roles and capacities, because WIP is a complex machine,” said Yadgaroff. “As we talked it felt right, it felt like he was a good fit for WIP, and I thought he’d be a good replacement for Spike.”
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Names Cheryl Bennett General Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Cheryl Bennett, a professional with over 28 years of experience in accounting, finance, human resources and business administration, has been named general manager of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9), the station announced Monday. Bennett joined Radio Milwaukee in 2015 and has previously served as the station’s human resources mgr. and accountant.
“Radio Milwaukee is lucky to have Cheryl Bennett,” station Executive Director Kevin Sucher said. “Cheryl’s professionalism and commitment to our mission is unparalleled. I couldn’t think of anyone better to be in this position.” Bennett will report to Sucher.
Bennett earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration Management from Central State University in 1991 and worked in wealth management at several financial institutions before joining Radio Milwaukee. Bennett said, “Helping people and making a positive impact in their lives and the community inspires me. I'm fortunate to get the opportunity to work with people who inspire me every day.”
Numerous Lineup 'Enhancements' Announced At KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM and 630 KHOW Denver
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced today numerous programming enhancements to KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM, Colorado’s News, Talk and Sports Station, and 630 KHOW, Denver’s Talk Station, effective September 20, 2021. KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM: Beginning September 30, KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM will welcome “The Ross Kaminsky Show” weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and “The KOA Sports Zoo” weekdays from 3-6 p.m. Kaminsky joined KOA in 2011 as a weekend and fill-in host, and moved to mornings on KHOW in 2016.
“The KOA Sports Zoo ”hosted by Dave Logan and Alfred “Big Al” Williams, will now be joined by Denver Broncos Color Analyst Rick Lewis, as well as JoJo Turnbeaugh, Broncos players and coaches, and other celebrities. New KOA 850 AM and & 94.1 FM programming lineup: Colorado’s Morning News with April Zesbaugh and Marty Lenz 5 – 9 a.m. The Ross Kaminsky Show 9 – 12 p.m. The Mandy Connell Show 12 – 3 p.m. The KOA Sports Zoo 3 – 6 p.m. Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright 6 – 9 p.m. Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory 9 – 3 a.m. This Morning with Gordon Deal 3 – 5 a.m.
KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM is the exclusive home of The Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and University of Colorado Football and Basketball. 630 KHOW: Additionally, 630 KHOW, Denver’s Talk Station, will broadcast “The Situation with Michael Brown” weekdays from 6-10 a.m. and “The Leland Conway Show” weekdays from 2-4 p.m.
KTOP-FM Topeka Rebrands To 102.9 Cat Country
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has launched 102.9 Cat Country/KTOP-FM, a new radio station for Country music fans in Topeka and Northeast Kansas. 102.9 Cat Country, formerly programmed and branded as 102.9 NASH Icon, now plays the newest music from Country’s superstars and Nashville’s new Country artists.
Amber Lee, Operations Manager, Cumulus Topeka, commented: “Fans of Country radio in Topeka and Northeast Kansas asked for a station that plays the newest songs from Country’s superstars and Nashville’s new voices, in addition to their favorite artists. We listened!
Greenville's Real Rock 104.9 Rebrands To 104.9 Fox Sports Upstate
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Greenville’s Real Rock 104-9 announced today that the station will rebrand to 104-9 FOX Sports Upstate, effective immediately. The station now broadcasts FOX Sports Radio’s industry-leading programming 24/7, outside of a weeknight program hosted by veteran South Carolina sports broadcaster Phil Kornblut.
104-9 FOX Sports Upstate features a complete lineup of live sports entertainment shows, including FOX Sports Radio’s “Outkick The Coverage,” “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” “The Doug Gottlieb Show,” “The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker,” “The Jason Smith Show” and “The Ben Maller Show.” Plus, “Sports Talk with Phil Kornblut” joins the weekday lineup in the 6 - 8 p.m. ET timeslot.
“We’re excited to bring back the FOX Sports Radio brand to the Upstate,” said Brian Hall, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Asheville/Greenville. “Our listeners will have access to the best names in sports talk, plus regional coverage. It’s also a natural pairing with the South Carolina Gamecocks. Game On Upstate!” Weekday programming lineup: Outkick The Coverage 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET The Dan Patrick Show 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET The Herd with Colin Cowherd 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET The Doug Gottlieb Show 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET Sports Talk with Phil Kornblut 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET The Ben Maller Show 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET
BUSINESS: Entravision Goes Live With vCreative
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– vCreative, a leading provider of media workflow solutions, announced today that Entravision Communications Corporation, a leading global media and marketing technology company, has completed its deployment of vPPO, vCreative’s cloud-based software for radio and digital. vCreative has implemented its centralized, collaborative platform to connect all departments involved in the production workflow process across all Entravision locations to manage creative radio projects.
Jeffery Liberman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Entravision states, “From the minute a sale is made, the comprehensive work to craft and deliver the best creative message for our customers begins. vCreative has helped us become more effective and precise with our work, allowing us to be efficient, giving us back time while still guaranteeing the highest quality product.”
“The past 18 months have forced us all to take a fresh look at how we operate and conduct our daily jobs. Entravision is a prime example of a company that has consistently focused on finding innovative ways to drive productivity and bring value to its customers,” said Susie Hedrick, vCreative’s CEO. “We are proud to offer additional time-saving technology to their employees, who can now focus more acutely on meaningful work for their customers.” About vCreative vCreative is the nation’s leading provider of media workflow solutions. Its cloud-based technology enables customers to thrive by eliminating errors and streamlining complex processes. It provides software products for radio, TV, network and digital media companies. vCreative helps to expand creative and promotional revenue by giving valuable time back to its users. vCreative serves more than 5,000 media clients including Audacy, Univision Radio & TV, Townsquare, Cumulus Media, Urban One, and many others. Learn more at vcreativeinc.com.
EVENTS: Q99.7 Atlanta To Give Out Free PPE Face Masks During Music Midtown Festival
Q99.7 Maroon 5 Insane Plane to Fly Massive Banner Across the City of AtlantaTo Celebrate Maroon 5’s Latest Album
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2021 –– Cumulus Atlanta’s Q99.7/WWWQ-FM will give away 5000 Q99.7-branded PPE face masks FREE while supplies last at the upcoming 2021 Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Also, while concert goers enjoy the music, they'll keep their eyes on the skies around the Piedmont Park, Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead areas of Atlanta for the Q99.7 Maroon 5 Insane Plane. A massive 30’ X 90’ Q99.7 banner flying over Atlanta and celebrating the release of Maroon 5’s latest album, JORDI, and the band’s performance at Music Midtown 2021.
The 2021 Music Midtown Festival is produced by LiveNation and runs from Saturday, September 18th, through Sunday, September 19th.
Station Forever Connected With Fallen Stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens And The Big Bopper, KRIB Inducted Into Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Alpha Media-Mason City's KRIB was recently inducted KRIB into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Established in 1997, the Hall of Fame seeks to preserve the legacy and rock ‘n roll music, paying tribute to those who have made a significant impact on Iowa’s rock music scene. While hundreds have been inducted over the years, including artists, bands, disc jockeys, media representatives, and venues. KRIB enjoys the distinction of being one of just 16 radio stations to receive this recognition.
First signing on as KICM on March 15, 1948 at 1490 on the AM band, the station was affiliated with the Iowa Tall Corn Network and Mutual Radio Network. A few short years later, its call letters were changed to KRIB, increasing its power from 250 to 1000 watts. As one of the first stations in Iowa to regularly play rock and roll, it captured a large audience of the area’s teenagers. They would often gather together to listen to the remote broadcasts the station did from a booth above the Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake.
Of historical significance, KRIB will forever be connected with fallen stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson. The station served as one of the sponsors of the "Winter Dance Party" at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake (shown) on February 2nd, 1959, their own KRIB on-air personality Bob Hale emceeing the event. The music world suffered a huge loss early the next morning when the three rock stars and their pilot, Roger Peterson, died after their plane crashed in a field northwest of the Mason City Municipal Airport.
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Lisa (Captain) Curry, Co-Host Of Coast 93.3’s Lisa & Chris Morning Show Retires After Nearly 40 Years in Radio
Leslie Gray Joins Chris Kellogg as Co-Host of New Cumulus Fort Walton Beach Morning Show “Leslie & Chris in the Morning
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– Cumulus announced that Lisa (Captain) Curry (L), known as Lisa Kay, co-host of the “Lisa & Chris Morning Show” on Coast 93.3/WNCV-FM with Chris Kellogg, has retired from radio broadcasting after a nearly 40-year career. Curry’s last day on-air was Friday, August 3, 2021. On-air personality Leslie Gray (R) steps into the Coast 93.3 morning co-host role, joining co-host Chris Kellogg for the station’s new morning show, “Leslie & Chris in the Morning,” which airs from 6:00am-10:00am Monday through Friday. Gray has been Sales and Promotions Assistant for Cumulus Fort Walton Beach for the past seven years and will also assume the role of Promotions Director for the five-station group.
Chris Kellogg, Operations Manager, Cumulus Fort Walton Beach, and Co-Host, “Leslie & Chris in the Morning,” said: “Lisa was terrific on-air and off-air, a great teacher and a wonderful morning show partner. While Lisa will be missed, we wish her much happiness in her retirement.” Kellogg added: “We’re excited to welcome Leslie Gray to mornings on Coast 93.3. She brings all those experiences of having worked alongside Lisa in Promotions, as well as her own likeable personality to the morning show. We’re going to have some fun!”
Ricky Mitchell Joins Alpha Media's Jackson Cluster As Market Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– Ricky Mitchell has been named Market Manager of Alpha Media’s Jackson, MS stations. Mitchell previously worked with Alpha as Market Manager of the company’s stations in Gulfport-Biloxi. He returns to Alpha after a stint at El Dorado Broadcasters in Yuma, AZ
Alpha Media Regional President and Chief Compliance Officer Bill McElveen commented on the announcement, “Our Alpha – Jackson team was led by radio icon Kevin Webb for the past 32 years, so when Kevin announced his retirement, we began a nationwide search for our next Market Manager. After interviewing dozens of candidates, we were thrilled to be able to bring back to the Alpha Media family a true son of Mississippi in Ricky Mitchell.”
Ricky Mitchell stated, “I am thrilled to come home to Mississippi and to join the terrific team at Alpha Media – Jackson. It’s a tremendous honor to be able to live, work and serve the local Jackson community with such a talented and dedicated team and I can’t wait to get started!” Mitchell’s first day back with Alpha will be September 16th.
Chris Young Joins New Country 96.3’s Hawkeye Show For New Cowboys Post Game Show”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM announces that its popular morning show, Hawkeye in the Morning, will launch a new weekly segment, “The Chris Young Cowboys Post Game Show,” featuring Sony Nashville recording artist, Chris Young. Young will join Hawkeye in the Morning’s Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and Michelle Rodriguez at 8:50am CT the weekday morning following each Cowboys football game during the 2021/2022 season.
“The Chris Young Cowboys Post Game Show” debuted on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 8:50am CT on New Country 96.3.
Angela Perelli: Making the Most of Your Morning Show Promos
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– How are you promoting your morning show throughout the rest of the day? A senior iHeart exec at Boot Camp called out morning shows for their lack of attention to the promos (often, he mused, it’s the last thing they do before leaving for the day). He has a point. Lots more people will hear your show’s promo (if it runs hourly) than tune into your actual show. So make the time work for you with these best practices.
There are two types of morning show promos, and your show needs to do both. Consider Ellen DeGeneres, for example, whose promos are graciously posted on YouTube for us to analyze. (I know she has had a rough year, but her promos are excellent examples.) There’s the teaser promo, here, promoting what’s coming up on the next show, and then there are her award-winning branding promos here that capture not only the celebrity guests, but also the humor and poignancy that has made her so successful.
The teaser promo looks forward to give the audience a specific reason to listen tomorrow. Teaser promos tend to run over song intros Length is between 10 and 15 seconds Give a specific time and reason to listen tomorrow (consider your biggest contests, your biggest benchmarks, content they can only get from your show) Add something quick that gives the promo a taste of your brand – a quick laugh, point of view or chemistry among players – that helps define the show’s essence. Include multiple players’ voices rather than one person reading the copy alone, when possible.
The branding promo looks backward to give people a condensed idea of the essence of the show. Some call these “best of” promos, but that name sells this idea short. Imaging promos run longer, 30 seconds-ish, and run in the station promo slot, typically into a stopset. Resist the urge to slap one long clip in between an intro and extro. Tighten up the segment, rework it, even add additional production if it’s fitting, to make it even punchier, funnier, and more memorable than the show is in real time. Depending on the station’s other priorities, these can run every other hour or once per daypart. Keep the clips as timely as possible. Have a few that run in rotation and update them often (monthly), rather than a whole catalog of them that rotate but aren’t updated. You may want to run only these on weekends. Match the fun mood of the weekend rather than reminding people that they have to go back to work Monday morning. These promos can spotlight just one character or focus on one theme at a time.
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EVENTS: Audacy's Stars & Strings' Event Honors 9/11 Day In New York From The Rooftop At Pier 17
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– Audacy marked its return to live events as it hosted “Stars and Strings” on The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City on September 11. The show, which was hosted by New York’s Country 94.7 (WNSH-FM), featured performances by Darius Rucker (shown), Zac Brown, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Tenille Arts, Caroline Jones and Jameson Rodgers. The event benefitted 9/11 Day, the nonprofit that runs the federally designated September 11th National Day of Service.
“What an incredible way to mark our return to live events by bringing together some of the biggest names in country music together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “9/11 holds such a special place in our hearts for all Americans and we’re proud to have been able to unite with our fans to pay tribute to those we lost 20 years ago.”
The night featured a rotation of songs from the artists atop the East River in New York, NY. Caroline Jones, Jameson Rodgers and Tenille Arts kicked off the show before handing the mics off to Lee Brice, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown. To honor America, Rucker offered his rendition of “God Bless The U.S.A.,” while Brown segued “America the Beautiful” into his fan-favorite “Chicken Fried.” Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that created and annually organizes the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance as a permanent tribute to those killed and injured on 9/11, and to the many brave individuals who rose in service in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. DARIUS PHOTO/ Getty For Audacy
Power 99 PhilyPresents POWERHOUSE 2021 Coming Next Month At The Wells Fargo Center
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 – iHeart's Power 99 has announced the star-studded lineup for its annual concert, POWERHOUSE 2021, taking place on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Power 99 on-air personalities T-Roy and Doc B announced the epic lineup which includes Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo, Polo G, Saweetie and Coi Leray, with more special guests to be announced. Proud partners of this year’s Power 99 POWERHOUSE 2021 include: Live Nation, Gift of Life, Angels Are Us, Geevenchy Media, LASIK Experts, Unclaimed Diamonds, the U.S. Army and The Marines.
“It still seems surreal that we had to shut everything down for more than a year, so we’re extremely grateful to be able to produce POWERHOUSE again in 2021,” said Derrick Corbett, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “It’s a staple in the city, and the cornerstone of the radio station, so to be able to bring it back to Philadelphia is beyond special!”
Ellen K to Host The 2XU Malibu Triathlon To Support Children's Hospital Los Angeles'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– The 2xU Malibu Triathlon Presented by Bank of America announced that KOST 103.5 radio personality, Ellen K, as the host of its 34th annual event taking place at Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA on September 25 and 26. Ellen K joins Super League Triathlon athletes and recent Tokyo Olympic triathlon medalists Flora Duffy, Georgia Taylor-Brown, and Katie Zaferes, as well as celebrities including Chace Crawford, Eric Etebari, Daniela Ruah, Sean Dominic, and Alexi Papas, who are all competing to support the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
Ellen holds the distinction of being the first and only female to anchor a morning radio show with her solo namesake in Los Angeles radio history. The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5 is the top-rated morning show in Los Angeles and is nationally syndicated on 40 stations. Ellen, a long-time CHLA supporter and a member of its Foundation Board of Trustees, has hosted the hospital’s Giving Tuesday fundraising event on KOST 103.5 for the past five years. To date, the annual broadcast, which features patient families, A-list celebrities, and local and national corporate sponsors, has helped raise more than $650,000 for CHLA. Since it was established, the Malibu Triathlon has raised over $15 million to support the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
The Malibu Triathlon expects to welcome more than 5,000 participants and 10,000 spectators during the weekend event. PHOTO/Courtesy of Roy Laughlin
Audacy’s David Field and iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman Join CRS 2022 Heads of State Series Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– CRS has announced the addition of David Field (Chairman/President/CEO, Audacy) and Bob Pittman (CEO, iHeartMedia) to the newly formed CRS Heads of State Series to be held during CRS 2022, Feb. 23-25. On September 16 at 1 p.m. CST, CRS will present a preview of what the CRS Heads of State series will entail with the September edition of CRS360. The webinar will feature the four moderators, Joel Denver, Erica Farber, Lon Helton, and Mike McVay, who are set to lead the important discussions at CRS 2022. During the webinar, moderators will forecast what key music and radio challenges these leaders may be facing in 2022, how they have emerged post-pandemic, and ways their respective companies plan to achieve continued success.
To register to attend the September edition of the CRS360 webinar series, sign up HERE. Only a limited number of slots are available and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. CRS will return in-person in 2022 and is set for February 23 – February 25, 2022, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. In-person and virtual registration options are available and can be purchased at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Closer Look At Of Some Of Radio's Next Generation Of Stars
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's up and coming hosts, say hello to Janda, co-host of The Seaver & Janda Show on Hubbard's WDRV-FM/97.1 (shown right). Janda got her start in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She began by answering phones for the Allan Handelman Show on classic rocker WRFX, then worked her way onto a local music specialty show. Her first paid airshift was at WEND in Charlotte, which was launched in 1995 with PD Jack Daniel at the helm. It was Jack that gave her my first shot on the air. After WEND I went to WAVFCharleston, where I worked with Rob Cressman, who is now the PD at WDRV-FM in Chicago. After Charleston she went to KNDD Seattle, then to Soundbreak in LA where she was hired by MTV VJ Mark Goodman, then at KCRW LA. Cressman brought her to The Drive in 2018.
For a closer look, we asked: JL So you're on from 2-7 pm and there's obviously more music. How are you able to blend your own content with the music. J: My co-host Seaver and I do several features on our show that are very local to Chicago, including a trivia game every weeknight. We live in a great city and there is always something going on here that our listeners can get excited about.
JL: How much does Social Media play into your brand beyond the show? J: Social media is important because it gives the ability to add a visual layer to what I'm doing every day on the air, and because it gives our listeners a chance to join the conversation. I like to have fun with it.
JL: Tell us about your podcast. J: My podcast is called Behind The Song. It's a music history podcast about classic rock song lyrics launched in 2018, and a new episode drops every two weeks. It was nominated for a Marconi Award, and is currently sponsored by DuPage Credit Union. It averages around 30,000 downloads per month, with an accompanying Youtube channel with video episodes. It is a labor of love and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.
JL: Where do you see your future taking you? J: I don't have a crystal ball but I'd love to grow as the station grows, while expanding my podcast to live shows and full-scale productions. I like to try new things with storytelling!
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BIG 100 DC Announces Debut of The New Don Geronimo Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C’s BIG 100, Washington’s Classic Rock, announced today the debut of the new “Don Geronimo Show,” effective, September 23. The “Don Geronimo Show” will broadcast weekday mornings from 5:30– 10 a.m. A broadcasting veteran, Geronimo joins iHeartMedia from Sacramento, California, where he has been hosting “The Don Geronimo Podcast” from 2014 to 2019. Geronimo has over forty years of on-air experience in talk, sports and top forty formats, most recently serving as morning show host of KHTK-AM in Sacramento in 2013.
As co-host of the “Don and Mike Show” on WJFK-FM from 1991 to 2008, Geronimo was syndicated in more than 50 markets including New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Tampa Bay, Florida. Geronimo also served as host for the Washington Football Team Pre-Game show on WJFK-FM and The Washington Football Network from 1995 to 2001. Geronimo also served as on-air host on multiple stations in the Washington, D.C. region including WAVA-FM in 1986 and WPGC-FM in 1980. He began his career at WROK-AM in Rockford, Illinois.
“This fall, we usher in a new era on BIG 100 with the return of a DC legend,” said Dustin Matthews, Director of Rock Programming. “The reality of having Don home to wake up Washington’s classic rock fans is incredible and just the beginning.” “I am thrilled to wake up with Washington D.C. on the iconic BIG 100,” said Geronimo. “I can’t wait to return to my hometown to host a morning show that engages our D.C. listeners, allowing them to participate in live show content and games while hearing the best classic rock.”
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Townsquare Media On The Hunt For Director of Content In Lansing
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Townsquare says its new Director of Content would oversee dominant brands Country WITL, CHR Now 97.5, AC WFMK, Classic Rock WMMQ, News Talk WJIM-AM and Sports AM 730 The Game. Lead an amazing team across multiple platforms: on-air, website and socials. Create market-leading on air shows, and clickable, sharable local content on our great online platforms.
The job will offer a competitive salary and immediate bonus opportunity. All the benefits: health, dental, 401k, etc. This is a great job, leading winning stations and websites!
Of note: current DOC McConnell Adams will focus on programming Now 107.5 and 99.1 WFMK, in addition to hosting Now 97.5's morning show and creating online content for the stations. Contact Eric.Meier@townsquaremedia.com.
SYNDICATION: The Sean Hannity Show Marks 20th Year In Syndication
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Premiere Networks announced this week marks the 20th anniversary of “The Sean Hannity Show” in national syndication. Attracting tens of millions of listeners on more than 650 stations nationwide, the program continues its decades-long dominance as one of the top talk radio programs in the country. His show launched nationally the day before the 9/11 terrorists attack.
For his efforts, he has been honored with two Marconi Awards for “Nationally Syndicated Personality of the Year” and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2017. Over the past two decades, he has welcomed many notable names to the program who reached out to share their congratulations, including Newt Gingrich, Mark Levin, John Rich of Country music group Big & Rich, along with many other friends and industry colleagues.
"But for this audience, I would not be where I am today,” shared Hannity. “I am humbled and grateful for the men and women who give me this microphone every day, and to the greatest country in the world, that allowed me the opportunity to pursue this dream. Thank you.”
“Sean is one of the most talented personalities in all of talk radio, and we couldn’t be happier to mark this special milestone with him,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “His passion for talk radio and dedication to his audience continue to drive growth and success for our station and advertising partners.”
FEATURE: 9/11- 20 Years Later; Radio Remembers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– In our final installment of '9/11 20 Years Later; Radio Remembers,' are more stories from those who were on the air that horrific morning in 2001. Jack Diamond (L), who then helmed mornings on WRQX-FM Washington, tells us, "When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, we realized we were under attack. At some point during all of this I realized that starting in Radio at 16, all of the experiences, interviews, discussions with listeners and every moment lead to this most important moment ever in our careers. I strangely felt calm and knew we were capable of pulling all the many different news sources we had at ABC, and all of the show and station staff members, like program director Steve Kosbau and promotions director Mickey Brown who actually witnessed a plane hit in the Pentagon, and calmly get our coverage right,"
Diamond said at the time he was also doing 6 to 10 AM Saturday mornings at WABC in New York. "When I went back to New York the following week,the first thing I did was go to Ground Zero to pay my respects, thank the first responders and take in the unimaginable, otherworldly scene at Ground Zero," said Diamond. "I stopped, unable to walk or talk -- It is the most important show any of us have ever done and the moments and emotions are indelibly etched in our minds, hearts and soul."
Numerous other hosts on the air that morning were featured in a lengthy piece from yesterday's Variety. Among them included Elvis Duran who tells Variety's Michael Schneider he still recalls the phone-in topic on his morning show the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We were talking about whether you’re cheating on your significant other if you’re flirting with someone else in an online chat room,” Duran says. Back in 2001, Duran’s WHTZ-FM “Z100” was located in Jersey City — just across the Hudson River from Downtown Manhattan. The team had a direct view of the World Trade Center from their 40th floor studio, and it was their phone screener who first fielded reports of smoke from one of the towers.
“It started with rumors a helicopter hit it,” Duran recalls. “Around the time we found out it was a commercial airline plane that hit it, that’s when the second plane hit the other tower. And we immediately knew, this isn’t what we think it is, this is something that we don’t understand.”
KOST-FM's Ellen K, who back then was Rick Dees’ partner on Los Angeles top 40 KIIS-FM, tells Schneider, "“I was over seven months pregnant, and my baby in my belly, my son — who’s now almost 20 — was kicking and punching wildly because of the stress reaction I was having. I remember I couldn’t breathe very well, so I had to sit down and calm myself while we’re answering these phone calls.” READ ARTICLE HERE
710 WOR-AM To Mark The 20th Anniversary Of 9/11, With A Two-Part Special - To Reunite Entire Team Who Was On The Air That Morning
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York’s 710 WOR-AM will hold a two-part special broadcast to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. The special will aim to honor the victims of 9/11 and the courageous first responders that risked their lives following the attacks, as well as the resilience of New Yorkers.
Today, from 6 – 10 a.m., a special edition of “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” will reflect on the events of that day. On Saturday, September 11, from 8:30 – 10 a.m., 710 WOR-AM News Director Joe Bartlett will anchor live coverage of the memorial ceremonies at the World Trade Center. The show will also feature the entire 710 WOR-AM morning team that was on the air on September 11, 2001, including host Ed Walsh, iconic 710 WOR-AM traffic reporter George Meade, news reporter Mara Rubin, and morning show executive producer Natalie Vacca.
“These two special programs are being quarterbacked by Joe Bartlett and Natalie Vacca, two long term members of the WOR Programming team who were both working on our morning show on 9/11/01,” said WOR Program Director Tom Cuddy. “Preparing for these broadcasts has been emotional and heartbreaking for our entire staff.” PHOTO/screengrab
77 WABC And Tunnel To Towers Present 2-Day Special: '9/11 - 20 Years Later'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– 77 WABC and Tunnel to Towers will Present 9/11 - 20 Years Later, two days of wall-to-wall special programming dedicated to the 9/11 victims, first responders, and their families. Beginning today at 6am and continuing through Saturday, September 11, the tribute will be simulcast on WLIR-FM 107.1 Frank Siller, Chief Executive Officer of Tunnel To Towers, will join Bernie & Sid In The Morning.
“9/11 was the day everyone in America became a New Yorker,” said John Catsimatidis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Red Apple Group. “We witnessed the tragedy of lost lives and the courage of our first responders as they raced into the burning towers.
Additional highlights on Friday include Greg Kelly’s program from 1 to 3 pm, during which Kelly’s father and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will join him. At 10 pm, Rita Cosby will continue the 9/11-dedicated programming with special guests, followed by Dominic Carter overnight. WABC will report live audio and video from the St. Nicholas Church and National Shrine at 7:30 pm on Friday when the Shrine’s translucent marble dome will be illuminated. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is the only house of worship at the World Trade Center and the only one that was destroyed in the attacks on 9/11.
PODCASTS: iHeart Honors Heroes And Stories of 9/11 Survivors With Special Podcasts
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– iHeart is paying tribute to the hero’s and the stories of resilience and perseverance of 9/11 survivors in three special podcasts: “9/11: Two Decades Later,” “9/11 Stories: Remembering September 11th, 2001” and “Missing on 9/11.”
• 9/11: Two Decades Later: Launching on 9/11, this show delves into the actions taken by the government following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. From iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI AM 640, hosted + produced by Murrow Award-winning investigative journalist Steve Gregory and co-produced by Jacob Gonzalez: this limited podcast series reviews the swift and broad policy changes made following the attacks on 9/11, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, and the Air Marshal Program.
● 9/11 Stories: Remembering September 11th, 2001: Where were you on 9/11? From iHeartMedia New York’s Q104.3, host Shelli Sonstein (R) explores that question with 9/11 Stories, a podcast presented by Barasch and McGarry – lawyers for the 9/11 community. Each week the show presents a 9/11 story from first responders, celebrities, and everyday people whose lives were forever altered that day such as NY Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Steve Buscemi, George Martin from the NY Giants and more.
● Missing on 9/11: This iHeartRadio original series, hosted by Jon Walczak, a New Orleans-based investigative journalist, chronicles the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Sneha Anne Philip. On September 10, 2001, security cameras captured her last known whereabouts shopping just one block from the World Trade Center. Chaos ensued the next day just 900 feet from Sneha’s Manhattan apartment. For more info, check out the iheart blog HERE
CMA Announces 5th Annual CMA Awards Nominees
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 – The Country Music Association has revealed the nominees for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards,” with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton topping the list at five nominations. Other top nominees include Gabby Barrett along with mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce each with four nominations, while Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young - to see all the nominees, including broadcast personality and station noms, CLICK HERE
“This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our Country Music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year’s nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November!” “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” LIVE from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.
NETWORKS: Fox Sports Radio Kicks Off 2021 Weekend Lineup With New Additions
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network, today announced its weekend lineup for the 2021 football season. Joy Taylor (TL) co-host of the popular FOX Sports Radio/FS1 weekday program The Herd with Colin Cowherd, returns to FSR weekends on September 11 as host of The Joy Taylor Show. Airing from 2 - 4 p.m. ET each Saturday.
On Sunday, September 12, a sports-focused version of the popular, long-running podcast/radio show Covino & Rich (TR) launches in the 8 - 11 p.m. ET timeslot. The duo will break down the weekend in football in their unique style.
A simulcast of FOX Sports’ Big Noon Kickoff also joins FSR’s Saturday lineup from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET. The program features college football legends Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Bob Stoops, along with host Rob Stone.
With the addition of Big Noon Kickoff and return of FOX NFL Sunday and FOX NFL Kickoff, FSR’s weekend lineup features a total of 16 former NFL players every weekend. said Scott Shapiro, FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming. “No matter what happens on the football field or beyond, FOX Sports Radio features instant reaction 24/7 with the most engaging and credible hosts in the space.”
NETWORKS: 'Just Getting Started With Rich Eisen' To Add Special Series 'Voices Of Football'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced a special series for Fall 2021 called “Voices of Football” on the Just Getting Started with Rich Eisen podcast. The first episode in the series, now live, features Al Michaels in From Sun Devil to Sunday Night Football, discussing the full span of his career and decades calling football play by play. Subsequent special episodes of Just Getting Started will drop each Wednesday and will be available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pandora, among other platforms.
Now Live: Al Michaels – From Sun Devil to Sunday Night Football September 15: Joe Buck – I’d Rather Be Working September 22: Erin Andrews – Thrown into the Deep End September 29: Kevin Harlan – A Life Full of Sports October 7: Jim Nantz – It’s Not a Big Deal October 14: Michael Strahan – To Be Announced
EVENTS: iHeart Mobile To Hold 4th Annual 'Joe Bullard Wine On The River' Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Mobile announced its fourth annual Joe Bullard Wine on the River presented by Visit Mobile and Rouses Markets taking place Saturday, October 16 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile, Alabama. A portion of the proceeds for the event will benefit local charity Junior League of Mobile, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers
iHeartMedia Mobile stations including 95 KSJ, Mix 99.9, 107.3 The Beat, 96.1 The Rocket, TK101,NewsRadio710, and Sports Talk 99.5 will promote the Joe Bullard Wine on the River on-air, on the stations’ websites and via social media encouraging listeners to attend the event. On-air personalities Shelby Mitchell, Bill Black, Mary Booth, Johnna Farmer, Uncle Henry, Ariel, Crash and more will also attend the event. Live entertainment throughout the event will be announced soon. PHOTO/Joe Bullard Wine
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FEATURE: 9/11 20 Years Later; Radio Remembers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– In our continuing effort to feature stories from those who were on the air the morning of 9/11, 2001, here's a close-up experience as told by 95.5 WSB Atlanta's Robyn Walensky (shown top left holding mic) who recalls reporting from Ground Zero the morning of 9/11. As members of the Islamic extremist group Al Qaeda coordinated attacks on American soil, Walensky found herself ‘covering the catastrophe’ firsthand. At the time, Walensky was reporting for The Associated Press Radio in New York City when the unimaginable happened."
Walensky tells Jockline, "Twenty years later, one moment in particular that stands out to Walensky is running into a woman who was worried her husband may have been among the victims in the collapse of the first of the iconic Twin Towers. Fortunately, the woman’s husband survived and Walensky witnessed the couple’s emotional reunion firsthand, streets away from the chaos unfolding at the World Trade Center. Listen to audio of the reunion HERE. Walensky is co-author of the 9/11 history book Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report 9-11-01 (shown left) TOP PHOTO/Robyn Walensky
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Tony Banks, Director Of Talent Development For iHeart, Succumbs To Covid At 53
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– We were deeply saddened to learn this week of the passing of Anthony Mario Napoleoni, Jr., aka Tony Banks, 53, of Sebastian, FL His Obit says Anthony was the loving husband and best friend to his wife, Erica Marie Napoleoni (Quattrucci), for 29 years, married 26 years in November. He was a devoted and loving father to his two sons, Nicolas Anthony Napoleoni and Nathan William Napoleoni.
Anthony worked in radio broadcasting for 38 years, most recently as the Director of Talent Development for iHeart Media. He aspired to talk on the radio since he was a child. At 15, Anthony worked part-time for WKRI-AM in West Warwick, RI announcing Red Sox baseball games. After high school, he could be heard on-air at WXIN on the campus of Rhode Island College, where he earned a BS in Communications. As “TJ Napp”, he worked as a professional on-air talent in Providence, RI for KIX 106 and 92 PRO-FM.
In 1995, Anthony progressed to 95.5 WPLJ in New York City, and was given the name “Tony Banks” by radio greats Tom Cuddy and Scott Shannon. In 1996, he was tapped for his first programming position and became the Program Director/Air Talent for 98.5 WKRZ in Pittston, PA. Anthony continued his radio programming journey working for Y-100 in Miami, BOB 93.3 in New Bern, and 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL. He joined iHeart Media (Clear Channel) in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Programming for the Midwest and was named Director of Talent Development by 2016. Banks worked closely with his mentor Dennis Clark, VP/Talent Development for iHeart. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where a memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Clark tells Jockline, "It was an honor and a blessing to work with Tony Banks as a friend and colleague for many years. Tony had that rare gift of hearing the magic in great radio shows and helped make them better. He had a special touch and made profound contributions to many careers and will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him. I, along with the entire iHeartMedia team, send our deepest condolences to his wife Erica, sons Nicolas and Nathan, his family, friends and loved ones.”
Among the shows that Tony worked with included Erica DeLong of G105 Raleigh's Morning Showgram with Erica & Danny and Spencer Graves, host of Spencer and Kristen In The Morning on WUBL Atlanta. Erica tells Jockline, "We are heartbroken and shocked over the loss of Tony Banks. He was a true gem, a loving soul who was kind to all. We were blessed to have Tony as our talent coach for many years here at G105 and I’m honored to call him a friend. He always picked up the phone when you needed him and always had a solution .. Tony was definitely one of the good guys…a “FANTASTIC” human! Erica DeLong Host G105
Graves added, "He was not only a great personality but a wonderful father and husband to his wife. I hate that they won't have that to share in anymore."
Other shows that Tony worked with included, Mack in The Morning with Letty B – WMIA Miami, Laura Diaz and Brody – WMTX Tampa, Stacey and Mike - KKCW Portland (OR) Billy and Judi In The Morning – KLOU St. Louis, Chad and Leslye - WMGF Orlando, Wazz and Carletta – WGAR Cleveland, TJ, Janet & JRod - KJYO Oklahoma City, Damon and Cory - WWYZ Hartford, Sam and Ryan – KUBT Honolulu and Steve and Gina In The Morning - KXKT Omaha.
EVENTS: iHeart New York And Charlamagne Tha God Team For 'Mental Wealth Expo'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York and Charlamagne Tha God, in partnership with Mental Wealth Alliance will celebrate World Mental Health Day by hosting the Mental Wealth Expo, a free and open to the public event taking place on October 10, 2021, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City.
Attendees will hear from experts on everything mental health, with curated panels on racial trauma and mental health, Black men’s mental health, Black women’s mental health and the role religion and spirituality play in our mental wellness.
Special guests will include Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, psychologist and author; Jay Barnett, lifestyle therapist, author and speaker; Jason Williams, author, speaker and founder of The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy; Douglas Reed of Black Men Heal; and David McCullar, founder & CEO of INCEPTION – the first mental health gym.
Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Rye, Host of “On One with Angela Rye”, political and Cultural commentator and CEO of IMPACT Strategies and 206 Productions, will sit down with New York Times Best Selling Author Resmaa Menakem to discuss his book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
“People are always telling folks to do the work. Well what does that look like? Where do you start? The Mental Wealth Expo will be the beginning of that process for so many,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “On 10-10 we will introduce folks to people and resources that will start them on their healing journey. Invest in your mental wealth!” iHeartMedia New York will be producing and promoting the event across its on-air stations and social media platforms.
Audacy Plans 47 Volunteer Events Nationwide As Part Of Its '1Day1Thing Initiative'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced it will conduct 47 volunteer events nationwide as part of its 1Day1Thing initiative. The series of events, which will engage employees across the company, aim to make a positive impact on the communities in which the company serves and the planet. Projects including tree planting, park and waterway cleanups, recycling projects and habitat restoration, among others.
“Our 1Thing initiative is designed to serve as a vehicle for us to leverage the power of our local connection to better serve our communities,” said Jaimie Field, Director of Sustainability, Audacy. “We’re proud to use our voice to move people to make simple changes in their daily habits to protect our planet. We believe the power of these actions amounts to a meaningful positive impact on our environment for generations to come and we look forward to engaging with our employees to do our part.” Local partnerships include the Central Park Conservatory in New York City (shown), Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Wildlands Trust in Boston, Grow Good in Los Angeles, and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
For a full list of what each Audacy market is doing as part of the companywide 1Thing Sustainability Initiative, please visit https://audacyinc.com/1day1thing-event/.
Jason Murphy Named PD And PM-Drive Host For Adams Radio's WHTF-FM Tallahassee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9Th, 2021 –– Jason Murphy has joined Adams Radio in Tallahassee as the new Program Director of heritage CHR WHTF-FM, Hot 104.9. The native Hoosier began his broadcast career in 1995 in his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana and worked his way through college at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Murphy served NRG Media at KQKY Hits 106 taking the lead in programming and hosting mornings for nearly ten year. Murphy returned to his home state and most recently was programming a classic hits station in Bloomington, Indiana.
“Being invited into listener lives is the greatest honor in radio. I am excited about this opportunity with a great company that believes in local radio”, said Murphy. “The Tallahassee listeners already prefer our music mix, and we are just getting started on building listener loyalty on every platform used to tune into the station.” Ron Stone, President & CEO of Adams Radio Group stated “Murphy brings an energy to WHTF that has been missing for too long. We are excited to have him on our team and leading HOT into a very successful future.” Murphy will begin his new position on September 15 and can be heard M-F from 2-6PM.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Melissa Colon Joins Focus 360 As VP/Client Investments
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– Focus 360 announced that former Havas Media SVP and Group Director, Melissa Colon, has joined the company as Vice President of Client Investments. In her new role, Colon will represent Focus 360’s suite of products and national networks to agencies and clients across the country.
Widely known for her accomplishments over the last decade at Havas Media, Colon has been a long-standing champion for radio in a career spanning nearly 20 years. Having started as a planner at Westwood One and rising through ranks at agencies including OMD, GroupM Multicultural and MediaVest.
Phil Brown, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Focus360 commented, “This is such an exciting moment for me and the entire Focus 360 team. We’ve worked with Melissa very closely for many years and have always been grateful for her unwavering support. To have her now join our team and help spread the word on Focus 360, speaks volumes to what we’ve been able to build for all companies who turn to radio for results.”
Melissa Colon added “I’m very excited to start a new journey in my career. Focus 360 has been a long-time, trusted partner of mine while on the agency side, so I am eager to join the team and continue servicing our clients. I look forward to providing solutions for brands and supporting innovation and growth in the audio industry.”
Colon will be based in the NYC area. Reach her at Melissa_Colon@Focus360llc.com
Randy Lane - Complaints Are A Good Thing…Usually
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2021 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog, he points to his recent to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Specifically, the panel 'Managing Content In A PC-Driven World.
Panelist included: Cumulus OM Atlanta and VP of Contemporary Programming, Louie Diaz who shared that he screens many Bert Show complaints by responding to them himself. It was also pointed out that most complainers can be diffused by simply thanking them for their feedback. We are living in a PC-sensitive period where complaints can quickly blow up to the thousands on social media -- just ask Kiss 108 Boston’s Matt Siegel. Lane says, The highly polarized audience today is easily offended. Management often overreacts or flips out over one or two random talent complaints. Air personalities often get reprimanded or cautioned to never let it happen again.
"Conversely, there is truth to the idea that if a show isn’t receiving any complaints, it’s not connecting and creating audience reaction," says Lane. "That may be a bigger issue than complaints. As managers, it’s important to know who the complaints are coming from and which ones to take seriously. Irrelevant Complaints There’s a segment of the population that loves to complain about anything. Their grievances are typically petty, random, and non-specific"
" Most complaints are not coming from fans, they are generally coming from satellite P3 and P4 listeners," says Lane. "Also, be wary of aggressive competitors who launch complaints to get your station to react irrationally. Handling Complaints Always listen to the audio so you can be 100% accurate in your assessment. The complainer may have misheard what was said or heard it on a competing show. Only share legitimate complaints with talent that could hurt their brand, ratings, or station revenue."
In rare situations that blow up to hundreds or thousands of complaints, advise talent to address it on-air. "Air personalities can effectively rally their fans by playing back on-air petty grievances or by reading social media posts. When talent responds to a complaint, the listener is not only appeased, but they are usually thrilled!"
Lane closes by saying, "The internet has sped up awareness and acceptance of many social issues. What was once considered funny is now offensive."
AQ3 - What Talent Said About Life Since Covid - 'Everyone Was Impacted - Especially Women'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021 –– Hundreds joined yesterday for Fred Jacobs AQ3 webinar which tracked input from over 600 air personalities, producers and more on the state of radio their perspective since Covid. In case you missed it, see details below for yet another look. Jacobs blogged recently that the radio business, like most industry sectors doesn't have a “census.” There's no way of knowing how many jobs were lost in 2020 (and 2019) due toCOVID and other “reductions in force” that aren't coming back.
Jacobs said his first conclusion is that at a time when if you asked leadership at the competition – Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc. – to name broadcast radio's “secret sauce,” he bet that personalities would be at or near the top of their checklists. "Yet talent in radio is a shrinking breed at a time when the industry needs to recapture attention and buzz. And respect," he lamented.
Jacobs added, "And of course, everyone on the air is impacted – especially women. This was made clear during his first unveiling of findings from the third annual AQ3, the air talent study during Morning Show Boot Camp held earlier this month in Chicago.
The data also identified that women are losing ground at radio stations all over the U.S. – in all sized markets and companies. The #MeToo movement seems to have lost some momentum, said Jacobs. Similarly, on the question of whether women have as good a chance advancing on the air as men, the degree of agreement is lower than what we saw back in 2019 in AQ2.
If you missed the original presentation, or yesterdays webinar from Jacobs Media, - CLICK HERE For another look.
Fred Jacobs: It's Important For Radio To Showcase 'Its Up And Comers And Rising Stars'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– Fitting nicely with today's first 'Backstage At Boot Camp' feature is Fred Jacob's latest blog: 'Is Radio Ready For the Next Big Thing?" Jacobs asks, "Ever hear of Intern John? How about that hot morning duo, Kelly & Wood? (see story above). Or that nighttime sensation, Greg Beharrell? Unless you're an avid reader of the trades and follow talent very closely, chances are good these names have been flying below your radio radar. But at the recent Morning Show Boot Camp, the very last session on the agenda was “Radio's Rising Stars,” ('Talent on The Rise) moderated by WDRV/Chicago's head of programming, Rob Cressman. They shared their stories and talked about their career paths. It is one of the few panels in all of radio that celebrates new talent. Now to be fair, Joel Denver showcases “Ria's Rising Stars” at his conference, while Conclave salutes up and coming young radio broadcasters. Until it was sidelined by COVID, Dan Vallie's “National Radio Talent System” (now owned by the RAB) offered education to young, fledgling students of radio. And there are other celebrations of young radio personalities. But for the most part, radio is an industry that is more likely to celebrate its past than its future.
Jacobs says, "There's cause for hope, especially if you attended Morning Show Boot Camp. Despite the COVID rollercoaster, several hundred attendees bravely made the trek to Chicago to commune with their tribe. And while I didn't take a census, it's a young, enthusiastic crowd of excited radio practitioners, despite all the negativity that surrounds this industry, from layoffs to increasing responsibilities, often without commensurate compensation."
But it's not just listeners. Our three AQ studies of on-air personalities in 2018, 2019, and this year, show the average age of talent steadily moving northward: 47, 48, and 50 years-old in the three surveys. And as the trades dutifully report – week in and week out – many of radio's best known personalities are hanging up their headphones and moving into their retirement years. Or passing away. READ BLOG HERE
HONORS: DeDe McGuire Honored With MIW Airblazer Award At MSBC33
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– DeDe McGuire, host of the Compass Media syndicated, "DeDe in the Morning" show was the recipient of this year's 2021 MIW Airblazer Award.
Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, in conjunction with “Morning Show Boot Camp” (MSBC), annually honors an on-air talent for their dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities they serve.
Shown above is MIW Board Member, Lindsay Adams (L), Vice President National Partnerships, Integrated for Audacy, who presented DeDe with the 7th annual MIW Airblazer Award at MSBC on August 12th in Chicago. Prior recipients of the MIW Airblazers award include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, visit www.RadioMIW.com.
Charese Fruge With A Close-Up Look At MSBC33
By Charese Fruge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2021 –– (Reprinted with permission from AllAccess) - For those of you who have never attended Talentmasters' Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Conference, you should know that it’s one of the best in the business. Most attendees are talent on any level, and they all have a lot in common. They all get up at God awful hours to prep for a show where they basically live their lives on the radio in order to relate to and entertain those who are living normal lives.
There are genuine relationships and networks where talent help and hope for one another’s success. Like most industries, there are some politics, but there isn’t a lot of ass kissing and sucking up to the boss at this convention because most of the bosses aren’t in attendance.
Despite the concerns of the rise of the Covid Variant, the turnout was still really good, and this year, there were a lot of “first time boot campers,” and a lot of new faces. That was a good sign, and a good energy boost for the conference since the radio business continues to struggle with the “old school” mentality and the dominance of the “usual suspects” in positions of power and influence. It’s good to know that despite the massive layoffs, lack of diversity, low pay, and inability to grow unless you fit into a certain mold, are not discouraging Millennials and Gen Zers to work in the radio industry. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
PHOTO/L-R: Charese Fruge, Hot 99.5 Washington DC’s Riley Couture , nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Phoenix, Rock 95 Chicago’s Angi Taylor, Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s Holly O’Connor, Audacy Chicago’s Julia Lepidi, KOIT’s Joey Fortman - Special thanks to AllAccess' Joel Denver for his continued support and coverage on this year's event.
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PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE
Give us the Freddy Mac Story?
-I was born and raised in Bowie, Maryland (right outside of D.C). I grew up playing drums in church, so that’s where my love for music began. My love for Radio and TV began at a really young age. Growing up, I would film and edit all of our family home videos. There are so many radio legends on the air in the DMV- Russ Parr, Tom Joyner, and Donnie Simpson! I would record them on my boombox. I just knew they were having the best time in the studio because I was having the best time listening along and laughing out loud to their conversations. I went off to college, and immediately got heavily involved in the campus radio station.
In 2012, I Interned at WXLK (K92) in SW Virginia, which made me even more excited about a potential career in radio, and that’s where I would remain for the next 8 years.
*This next part is a bit of a roller coaster* After my internship, I was hired as a part-time promotions assistant. (We all know the joy of driving the station van, and putting up tents at remotes). In 2015, I was hired as a full time Sales Assistant- I was horrible at it! My PD Kevin Scott took a chance on me and put me on Nights and Weekends. In 2016, the Midday/Imaging Director slot opened up, and I was hired to fill that role. At last, I was on the air full time! In 2017, I moved to the morning show- a dream come true! In 2019, I was promoted to Promotions Director, while continuing my duties as Imaging Director, and moving from mornings back to middays. In September 2020, I accepted the Afternoon Cohost position at WKRQ (Q102) in Cincinnati.
I’m married with a 9-month-old son, Camden!
How would you best describe your show?
Freddy Mac and Natalie have unique perspectives on everyday life and we share it on the air with a sense of humor. From entertainment stories, local topics of interest, to our personal lives…Freddy Mac and Nat “put it out there”.
How much non-music content are you allowed to intersperse into an average hour?
I know that it’s extremely rare, especially in PM Drive, but luckily, we’re given a decent amount of creative freedom. We’re not told the traditional “don’t stop the music”. Our PD, Patti Marshall, trusts us to be entertaining. She truly believes that the station’s talent is what draws people to the radio.
Who would you consider your mentor(s)
There are so many people that have helped me along the way. I hope to leave a legacy of inspiring others the way that I have been inspired.
Tim Shelton at WVBE-VA, Randy Leftwich at WFIR-VA, Bob Patrick, Monica Brooks, and Kevin Scott at WXLK-VA, Kayla Thomas at WPST, Roy Brown at WNKS-NC, WERQ-MD, Danny Meyers at WDCG-NC, and my current PD, Patti Marshall at WKRQ-OH
What are your long term aspirations?
I aspire to get into the professional voiceover space! I would also love to get into programming, and doing AM drive again someday would be awesome!
Lee Abrams: 'We Are In An Historic Period of Change'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 – In Randy Lane's latest blog, he features iconic programmer Lee Abrams who pens: 'The Music DJ Is In Peril' - Abrams says in part, "There are some amazing personalities generating compelling radio and creating fans, but if you drive coast to coast you will find that they are the exception -- at a time when FM needs to be on innovation steroids. In every challenging environment, there are opportunities. The key is understanding the situation and liberating your brainpower to embrace the possibilities.
"Radio is faced with extraordinary audio competition and inherent problems, including innovation-fearing big media. It is self-defeating to whine. Now is the perfect time to step forward with new ideas that are in sync with 2021 and beyond. says Abrams. Abrams implores that the opportunity is in reinvention. That is what Todd Storz, Bill Drake, and even Howard Stern did. They updated the playbook and created a sound perfectly in sync with their era ... We are in a historic period of change, and the sound and voice of FM must adapt or decline. We need revolutionaries that radio executives and listeners will embrace. Many who try radical new approaches will fail…but others will drive the medium forward. No one said this is easy. Positive change isn’t for the creatively meek. There are challenges to being a revolutionary. I don’t think you can wing it.
Have a plan. If you’re employed and not #1, present the plan to your bosses in a professional and organized way. If you’re not employed, generate a personal marketing plan. Think like a media artist creating a show, not a shift." Abrams has spent his innovative career reinventing and rebranding radio, TV news, and print media.
Abrams is the creator of Album Rock Radio, designer of XM Satellite Radio programming, and co-founder of the famed Burkhart/Abrams consultancy. Visit his website HERE