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The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Debuts Monday, On More Than 400 Stations Nationwide
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– Marking one of the biggest launches in radio history, Premiere Networks announced today that “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” a new three-hour talk radio program launching June 21, 2021 in the Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET timeslot, will debut on more than 400 stations nationwide. “The reaction from our radio station and advertising partners has been tremendous,” said Julie Talbott (shown below), President of Premiere Networks. “Clay and Buck are proving to be a winning combination as we prepare to launch their new show in this highly-coveted timeslot.” “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” will also be available as a podcast on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to the program on your favorite device.
Airing in the timeslot held by “The Rush Limbaugh Show” for more than three decades, will feature Travis – an entrepreneur, former host of FOX Sports Radio’s industry-leading weekday morning program, “Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis” and founder of the wildly popular sports, pop culture and politics based media company Outkick Media, which is owned by Fox Corporation.
The show will feature Buck Sexton, former host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated weekday program “The Buck Sexton Show,” political commentator, and former CIA officer and NYPD counterterrorism expert, will help guide listeners through the latest headlines and hot topics with fun and entertaining conversations and opinions. For more information, please visit PremiereNetworks.com. Fans can also follow @ClayandBuck on social media.
Jeff Boden Named VP/MM For Cumulus Washington
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Jeff Boden as Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Washington, D.C. CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates powerhouse radio stations 105.9 FM WMAL/WMAL-FM (News/Talk) and ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol/WSBN-AM (Sports) in the Nation’s Capital.
Boden joins Cumulus from Alpha Media in Fredericksburg, VA, where he was Vice President and Market Manager of the four-station group. Prior to that, he was President of Delmarva Broadcasting Company in Wilmington, DE. The Cumulus appointment is a homecoming for Boden, who was President/General Manager for Washington, D.C. stations WRQX, WMAL and WJZW from 2005-2012, when the stations were owned and operated by ABC Radio and later, Citadel Broadcasting.
Dave Milner, EVP, Operations, said: “WMAL and WSBN are exceptional stations and demand an exceptional leader at the helm. Jeff Boden is the perfect choice to take these legendary D.C. stations into the future, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on the Cumulus team. His deep experience and relationships in the market, along with his past experience as President/General Manager for WMAL and its previous sister stations, make him our ideal choice.” Milner added: “Jeff is respected and appreciated by those in and out of the company, and steps into the big shoes left by former VP/Market Manager Ken Roberts, who sadly and suddenly passed away in April.”
Jeff Boden commented: ““I am truly honored to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rejoin the exceptional team at Cumulus Washington, D.C. It’s wonderful to come back to serve the local community and our advertising partners. This is definitely a homecoming for me, and I look forward to working with so many people I have known for years, as well as with newer additions to the team.”
WTIC Hartford Debuts New, 'All-Local' Lineup; Welcomes Tom Shattuck For Middays
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a new weekday programming lineup for 1080 News Talk WTIC (WTIC-AM) in Hartford, effective June 21. The new revamped lineup will feature all-local programming from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. As part of the changes, morning show co-host Brian Shactman will now also host “Extra Time with Brian,” weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The show will expand on leading local topics important to the people of Connecticut and beyond.
The station subsequently welcomes New England media veteran Tom Shattuck (shown) as midday show host. “The Tom Shattuck Show” will be heard weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. “The Todd Feinburg Show” will now follow at 2:00 p.m. and continue to air until 6:00 p.m. ET.
“Radio is best when it is local, when we can discuss and look at the local issues affecting our listeners” said Stephanie Perl, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Hartford. “Being able to expand our local weekday programming further separates WTIC from other radio stations in the state and we look forward to unveiling this new slate of content to our audience.”
“WTIC has been serving the people of Connecticut for almost one hundred years and I’m truly honored to be given the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of this great station,” said Shattuck. “These are extraordinary times and I look forward to talking about our politics and culture with the thoughtful, astute WTIC audience.”
EVENTS: The CMA Awards Extend With ABC-TV For Another Five Years
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– The CMA Awards will remain on ABC for another five years, as the network and the Country Music Association have extended their deal through 2026 reported Variety. “Continuing our long-standing relationship with CMA is a top priority and opportunity—together, we bring unforgettable experiences to our audiences that capture the heart and soul of the country music community,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, unscripted and alternative entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “We look forward to delivering many more memorable moments with celebrated icons as well as aspirational artists and are proud to be the home for these incredible and distinguished specials.”
CMA and ABC last struck a 10-year deal in 2011 to keep their partnership going. The CMA Awards, which launched as a non-televised event in 1967, first ran on NBC, before moving to CBS from 1972 to 2005. ABC managed to swipe the show, the highest-rated of the country music awards telecasts, in 2006.
“Over the past 15 years, we have built a true partnership with ABC, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship through 2026,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “As television viewers are now consuming content in so many new and exciting ways, we are eager to work with the entire ABC team on creating additional paths to bring country music to audiences everywhere. As our genre continues to evolve and broaden, we look to this partnership as a key driver in expanding country music’s reach.” PHOTO/CMA
105.1 The Buzz Portland's 'Liz & Mike' To Raise Money For Service Dog Needs For Local Vets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– 105.1 The Buzz Portland's 'Liz & Mike' are teaming With Northwest Battle Buddies and Les Schwab Tire Centers to raise money for the purchase and training of a service dog for a local veteran in need. From June 21st to 25th, “Service Pet for a Vet,” presented by Les Schwab Tires Center, will aim to raise $25,000 for Northwest Battle Buddies, an organization that gifts professionally trained service dogs to Veterans battling PTSD, helping them regain their freedom and independence.
Every morning, the station will talk to local vets about their experiences and how having a service pet has changed their lives. Programming will also feature members of the Northwest Battle Buddies organization to share their stories. Fundraiser sponsors Les Schwab Tires Center, Mt. Hood Ductless, and Weston Kia will all be matching up to $1,000 in donations each. For more information, please visit https://www.audacy.com/1051thebuzz/latest/help-the-buzz-get-a-service-dog-for-a-local-vet-in-need.
IBA Generates Nearly $1 Million In Local Sponsorships IN First IBA National Contest Using Vipology
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– At its core, the Independent Broadcasters Association’s (IBA) mission since the inception of the association in June of 2021 is to reduce operating costs for its members, introduce sales ideas that generate revenue, and give America's greatest broadcasters -- the Independent Broadcaster -- a voice in the industry. During an eight-week Key Word Contest, participating IBA member stations collectively generated nearly $1 million dollars of revenue from local sponsors. “Hundreds of our member stations were able to generate new revenue from our group contesting,” said Ron Stone, President of IBA and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group.
“I’m proud of our team for building the technology and supporting hundreds of stations across the country, from Pittsburgh PA to Pittsburg KS, in their effort to sound BIG on air and powerful in their markets,” Chris Peaslee Vipology CEO remarked. The contest leveraged the collective power of IBA membership via a national contest that was executed locally and with maximum flexibility, generating revenue and inspiring appointment listening to boost ratings. Even the smallest IBA market station had the opportunity to conduct a major market contest, giving away a $1,000 cash prize each day during an eight-week period, from Monday, April 19 through Friday, June 11. Participating stations’ on-air personalities exposed three 'key words' at predictable times throughout the day. Listeners would grab the word and enter it in on the IBA Contest Widget on that station's website. Listeners who correctly identified the day’s ‘Winning Key Word” became eligible for that day's random drawing to win $1,000.
Frank Bonner, Beloved Radio Character Herb Tarlek On TV Classic 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Passes Away At 79
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– Frank Bonner, beloved radio sales manager in TV's classic 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' died Wednesday at his home in California. He was 79. According to CNN, Bonner's first credited role was in the cult film "Equinox,"in which he was credited by his birth name, Frank Boers, Jr., but he's best known for his role as the overconfident sales manager Herb Tarlek on WKRP.
The show ran from 1978 until 1982. At WKRP, the fictional radio station, Tarlek was a sleazy-but-likeable salesman (type-cast???). The cast included Gary Sandy (shown at right, center), Tim Reid (top right), Howard Hesseman (bottom right) Jan Smithers (bottom left), Loni Anderson (bottom center), Gordon Jump (top center), Richard Sanders (top left) shown with Bonner (shown above and at right at left center)
"RIP My Great Friend !!" actor Gary Sandy posted on Facebook on Thursday. On "WKRP," Sandy played program director Andy Travis. Bonner developed an interest in directing, working behind the camera on five episodes of "WKRP" before directing episodes of other shows, including "Just the Ten of Us" and "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," in which he also acted on-camera.
"He loved his fans and was still signing autograph requests up until the last few weeks of his illness. Thank you to all who followed his career," his daughter, Boers-Kort, posted on Facebook. WKRP was loosely based on WQXI-AM Atlanta including some of its characters.
Be sure to read Fred Jacob's blog 'Death of A Radio Salesman' honoring Frank Bonner - READ HERE
SNAPS: Kraddick Show's Big Al Mack Throws Annual Blake Shelton Birthday Party (Minus Blake)
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– The YEA Network syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’s Big Al Mack is always one to have fun and unique promotions at his Texas bar. For the 6th straight year, he threw a birthday party for his (friend), Blake Shelton, complete with a Blake Shelton cake and a Blake Shelton cover band. Only problem is Blake himself has never shown up to the bash!
Big Al didn’t expect him to this year either. However, Blake Shelton’s mom DID swing by, hanging out for a while and even served cake to the crowd! And Blake did acknowledge the event with a retweet and a comment!
The State of Talent 'Since Covid' Examined In 3rd Annual AQ Study Presented At MSBC 33 - Let Your Voice Be Heard - Details Below
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– "We're excited to be back with our third edition of the radio industry's only survey dedicated to air talent. AQ3 will be fielded in July, and presented at Morning Show Boot Camp 33,' says Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs. "This one will be huge because we're looking at the state of talent in America since COVID."
Jacobs adds, " We're going to ask the tough questions about layoffs and downsizing, about compensation and expanded duties. But we'll also look at the fun part of being on the airwaves - why you do it, why it matters, and your hopes and dreams.
Look for an invitation to take the survey from MSBC - Or, to be sure your voice is heard for our AQ3 study, send an email to Jason Hollins – firstname.lastname@example.org - You must be on the air (or a producer) on a commercial station(s) in the U.S. to participate. For more information on Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago this August, CLICK HERE
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EDISON: Paid Audio Service Subscribers Have Nearly Doubled In The Last Six Years
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear® shows that 47% of all Americans age 13 and older now subscribe to at least one paid audio service. This number is just over double what it was in 2015, when 23% had a paid subscription. Growth has come across the board, from music streaming services such as Spotify Premium, Apple Music, Pandora Premium or Plus, to SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and to audiobook subscriptions from Audible.
“While much of this doubling of the numbers is the redirection of money that was going to physical music formats to music streaming subscriptions, there is also the trend of more people paying to avoid commercials,” said Edison Research president Larry Rosin. “I have to believe that we will see more subscription efforts in the future, particularly from radio companies."
Rosin points to Bauer Media in the U.K. who recently launched a subscription radio service that offers commercial-free versions of their radio brands and other content. "I would think such efforts are likely to be launched in the U.S. as well."
Rosin added, "While predicting the future is always a fraught proposition, it seems only a matter of time before this number passes 50% of all Americans age 13 and older." Edison Research will report if and when this happens. -- CLICK HERE For more information on this finding from Share of Ear: For more information, press only: Larry Rosin email@example.com (908)707-4707
NIELSEN: Classic Rock, Hot AC, Sports Up; News Talk Still Top Format In Latest PPM Trends
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– The May 2021 PPM survey saw yet another month of gains in radio listening across the aggregate of markets as America continues to reopen and consumers return to pre-pandemic routines. Nielsen reports Radio’s weekly reach is now at its highest levels since March '20, growing during each of the past four months.
In May 2021, radio’s weekly reach surpassed 122 million weekly listeners, within 2 million of where it was before the lockdown precautions took effect last year. Radio’s Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) audience in May 2021 also hit its highest levels since March 2020. AQH audience levels have increased 11 percent since January as vaccinations have rolled out, leading to a gradual return to pre-pandemic routines including dining out, traveling and more normal commutes.
The May listening gains were spread across the day, with all major dayparts at or near their AQH peaks since COVID-19 began. Both morning drive (Mon-Fri 6a-10a) and weekends (Sat-Sun 6a-12m) hit their highest audience levels in 15 months in May. In fact, the weekend AQH of 6.6 Million in May 20201 is higher than it was in March of last year (6.3 Million) before the peak of the lockdown.
From a format perspective, seasonal listening patterns corresponding with the shift towards summer are evident in the May PPM survey. Classic Hits continues to see its share of listening increase, following past historical patterns for the format as the weather warms. Since February, Classic Hits has grown its share of listening by nearly 10 percent. Hot Adult Contemporary (AC), is also on the upswing this month, posting its highest share since August of 2020. While the News/Talk format is lower than prior months, it remains the most listened to genre of AM/FM radio in PPM markets. Elsewhere, the All Sports format this month posted its highest AQH share since COVID-19 began, surpassing the October high point when football season was in full swing.
Fred Jacobs Tackles The State Of Air Talent Since The Pandemic In AQ3
How Many Hats Are You Wearing?
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– In today's Fred Jacob's blog aptly titled 'How Many Hats Are You Wearing," he says, "As you're reading this, I'm actually writing a questionnaire designed for air talent. It's the third study in our AQ series, a collaboration between Jacobs Media and Morning Show Boot Camp.
It's the only research study of its kind – an in-depth look at the pros behind the mic, plying their craft on commercial radio stations all over the U.S. We took last year off, but the first two studies in 2018 and 2019 were eye-openers. They revealed the mindset of air talent, how they felt about their jobs, their careers, and thecompanies that employ them.
But this year's study, more than one year into the pandemic, is requiring a lot of questionnaire “surgery.” As you might expect, we're repeating a number of questions for tracking purposes from the years past. But for this 2021 version, we're asking all sorts of new questions about work from home, employment disruptions, and attitudes about how COVID may or may not be changing their outlooks.
Another question in this new study will address the number of jobs many hosts are now holding down – and I'm not talking about moonlighting outside the station. In my conversations with air talent as well as Jacobs Media staffers, I've detected interest in learning how job responsibilities have expanded – off-air duties, voicetracking on other stations in the building – or on stations anywhere in the U.S. Of course, many are both on the air and programming their own stations.
So, how many “hats” are they wearing – whether they are PDs, on the air, or both? And has that changed since the onset of the pandemic? And then there are the other duties foisted upon many air personalities – production, social media posting, podcasts, video production, sales appearances, and other content creation responsibilities. Of course, this raisesquestions about compensation and time management. But it also brings to mind productivity, creativity, and innovation. At what point do people get so busy that their ability to invent and ideate erodes? READ FULL BLOG HERE
To be sure your voice is heard for our AQ3 study, send an email to Jason Hollins – firstname.lastname@example.org You must be on the air (or a producer) on a commercial station(s) in the U.S. to participate. For more information on Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago this August, CLICK HERE
'Bex' Maroun Announces She's Leaving Matty In The Morning And Returning Home To Philly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Following much speculation, ‘Matty in the Morning’ co-host Rebekah ‘Bex’ Maroun announced she's leaving Kiss 108 Boston following a much publicized on-air incident. This involved longtime morning host Matt Siegel storming off show back in May claiming censorship over Demi Lovato comments and, according to The Boston Globe, Bex later being subjected to the 'on-air wrath' of Siegel. Co-host/executive producer Maroun announced on Wednesday that she would be leaving Kiss 108 to move home to her native Philadelphia.
“When I moved to Boston, I wanted to make it home, and I wanted to be here, and spend the rest of my life here,” Maroun said. “And honestly, when COVID hit, everything in my life sort of changed. I realized how much I missed my family and my friends and being surrounded by the people that I wanted to be close to.” Before arriving at Kiss 108 in October 2018, Maroun spent six years in Philadelphia which included time as a host/producer for Entercom’s 96.5 TDY.
As for the incident, on May 19 Siegel walked off the show and threatened to quit after claiming station management told him to tone down his commentary on Demi Lovato, who had come out as non-binary. Despite Siegel’s threat, he returned to the show on May 20, saying that station management asked him not to quit and that he was told he had “full support” and the “freedom to say what I want.” Near the show's end, Siegel criticized Maroun for not posting audio from the May 19 episode on the Kiss 108 website. Siegel later sarcastically thanked Maroun for not calling him about the decision not to post the May 19 audio, at which point Maroun said that she had in fact called Siegel. “You need to stop. Turn your mic off. Turn it off,” Siegel said, before cutting to commercial. While Siegel apologized for his behavior on the May 21 episode of “Matty in the Morning,” Maroun wasn’t on air that day to accept Siegel’s apology, leading to speculation online that she had quit the station. READ FULL STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: SBS Appoints New President Albert Rodriguez
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. announced it has named Albert Rodriguez to the position of President of SBS, succeeding Raúl Alarcón, who has served in that capacity since 1985. Mr. Rodríguez will retain his current title of Chief Operating Officer and will report to Mr. Alarcón, who will continue in his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Widely regarded in industry circles as a leader in the Latino multimedia sector, SBS is the largest certified minority-owned, Hispanic-targeted media company in the natio
"Albert has demonstrated an amazing ability to deliver industry-leading financial results for the Company during the most extraordinarily challenging times in the history of electronic media. He has personally spearheaded a number of corporate initiatives which have been instrumental in establishing the Company's leadership standing, while adroitly handpicking an executive team which is second-to-none in the industry," stated Mr. Alarcón.
"I am honored that Raúl is entrusting me with these added responsibilities, particularly at this time of universal recognition and acceptance of the awesome power of the Latino consumer. I look forward to continue executing our Chairman's vision, which has created extraordinary value for the Company and its shareholders, and to working with our amazing team of content and sales professionals as we together write the next exciting chapter in the history of SBS as the preeminent entertainment destination for U.S. Latinos", added Rodriguez.
NETWORKS: Country Top 40 With Fitz And B-Dub To Celebrate 4th Of July With Holiday Specials
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Skyview Networks’ Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40 with Fitz) and B-Dub Radio are dialing up the volume on the Fourth of July holiday with specials full of country music’s superstars, special stories behind the holiday and the music to make listeners’ backyard BBQ celebrations a real party.
CT40 with Fitz will present an “An All American Fourth of July Weekend” for its current affiliates and also open it up to those markets without a current CT40 affiliate on a first come, first served basis. “We’re turning up the freedom on CT40 with a weekend of the biggest hits in country music, featuring the songs and stories that celebrate America,” said Fitz, Host of CT40 with Fitz. “This year I will be celebrating with my listeners, friends and some of the hottest stars in country music to honor our Independence Day.” CT40 with Fitz Opportunity: “An All-American Fourth of July Weekend” available Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5, 2021, rebroadcast available throughout the weekend o Broadcast anytime 6aET - Midnight ·
B-Dub Radio is bringing the party with a four-hour special “Grills and Guitars Weekend” in addition to the regular Saturday night show on a barter-free basis to its affiliates and any additional interested new markets, turning up the volume for backyard BBQ celebrations across America all weekend long. A bona fide BBQ master, host B-Dub commented, “There is nothing like a backyard barbecue and country music on a holiday weekend to celebrate the freedom we have. The B-Dub Radio ‘Grills and Guitars Weekend’ will ring in America’s 245th birthday loud and proud!”
For more information on the upcoming Fourth of July specials and affiliation, please contact email@example.com and visit Skyview Networks’ country platform at SkyviewNetworks.com/Skyview-Country to learn more.
SYNDICATION: Compass Media's Free Beer & Hot Wings Add Three More Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Compass Media Networks “Free Beer and Hot Wings” is the new morning show for Cumulus Media KKEG-FM “The KEG” Fayetteville AR, Northeast Broadcasting Company WWMP-FM Burlington VT and Little Falls Radio Corp. KFML-FM St. Cloud MN. Dale Daniels, VP, Market Manager CumulusRadio Station Group Fayetteville & Ft. Smith AR comments “Northwest Arkansas loves Free Beer and Hot Wings in the morning and The KEG all day.”
Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels says “It’s always so exciting to be on with new stations and know that they are putting their faith in us. And to have the chance to meet new listeners and expand into new communities!” The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show is based in Grand Rapids MI and is now heard in 55 markets including Nashville TN, Buffalo NY, Albany NY, Wilkes Barre PA and Green Bay WI. To find out more about Free Beer and Hot Wings visit www.compassmedianetworks.com. To affiliate call Doug Ingold at 310-242-8746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Former BBC Radio 1 UK Host Goes Hollywood
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Jameela Jamil (shown) who hosted the Radio 1 request Show and The Official Chart Show on BBC Radio 1 in the UK from 2012 to 2015 has just joined the Marvel cinematic universe. She will appear in ‘She-Hulk’, the story of a badass lawyer who gains green skin and super strength after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner. Jameela, will play Titania, She-Hulk’s nemesis.
Queen To Give Medals To Broadcasters - Simon Mayo from the Drivetime Show on Greatest Hits Radio has been awarded an MBE for services to radio broadcasting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. The list demonstrates the extraordinary efforts made by individuals in all four nations of the United Kingdom during the pandemic. Also being recognised is Beverley Humphreys from BBC Radio Wales for her services to Community Cohesion and Broadcasting, Mark Robinson, founder of Prison Radio, for services to HM Prison and Probation Service and Offenders, and 5 Live and Radio London’s Jeanette Kwakye for services to Sport and Sports Broadcasting.
Nova’s Kate Ritchie Joins Australia’s Got Talent As A Judge - Nova’s Drive co-host Kate Ritchie will soon be back on Channel 7 soon as part of the Australia’s Got Talent judging lineup. Kate will be joined by US actor Neil Patrick-Harris as well as English musician and previous Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon.
Ali Burton Returns to Radio In Darwin Australia - Ali Burton is back on air at Darwin’s Mix 104.9. She will take up the Drive position from 3pm to 7pm on the Grant Broadcasters station. Ali was previously on air alongside Greg Vincent in Breakfast, she left last year.
You need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK. – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
SNAPS: WWFX Worcester's Mike Hsu Pays Off Bet And Becomes Chest-Painted 'Turtle Boy'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' WWFX/The Pike’s morning Mike Hsu posed with Squirt the leopard tortoise from Southwick’s Zoo Wednesday in front of the locally famous Turtle Boy statue after losing a Bruins-Islanders bet with Mike Myers, COO of the Worcester Railers. According to The Telegram, Hsu made a bet with Adam Webster, The Pike’s morning news guy and Worcester Railers' arena announcer, that the Boston Bruins would win the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs second-round series against the New York Islanders.
Last week, the Islanders won the series, four games to two. The loser of the bet would have the opposing team’s logo painted on their freshly shaven chest, which Hsu joked was pretty tame compared to some of the listeners’ ideas, which were “pretty frightening” and left it at that. A veteran NHL goalie mask painter, Mike Myers, the COO of the Worcester Railers, did the painting honors on Hsu’s chest, with Trax, the Railers mascot, close by.
Hsu had to strike the pose of the “Turtle Boy” statue (aka the Burnside Fountain) complete with a live tortoise, courtesy of Southwick's Zoo in Mendon. Hsu duplicated the classic “Turtle Boy” pose with Squirt, an 18-year-old leopard tortoise. PHOTO/Mike Hsu Facebook
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HONORS: ACM Names 'Special Awards' Honorees For Its 56th Annual Awards Show
THE MOUTH, 16TH, 2021 –– The Academy of Country Music's has named this year's honorees of its Special Awards set for Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN (shown) . Recipients will be celebrated during the 14th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 55th and 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. This marks the first time ACM Party for a Cause will be in Nashville, TN.
Among the honorees are Ken Burns’s Country Music Doc., Rac Clark, Luke Combs, Ross Copperman, Dan + Shay, Joe Galante, Toby Keith, Lady A, Loretta Lynn,Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman & Rascal Flatts.
Hillary Lindsey (R) was named ACM Songwriter of the Year for Second Consecutive Year. The eligibility period for this year’s ACM Honors was January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 and the eligibility period for 55th ACM Awards was January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
The show is executive produced by Damon Whiteside and written and produced by Lisa Lee. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com. PHOTO Emma McIntyre/ACM 2018 Getty Images For ACM
EVENT: Lineup Announced For iHeartRadio's Music Festival’ At Vegas' T-Mobile Arena In September
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced the lineup for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival, set for Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, and its Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the new immersive event and entertainment district, AREA15. This year, the epic two-day lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival main stage will feature performances by Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line, Journey, Khalid, Lil Baby, Maroon 5, Nelly, Sam Hunt, Weezer and more.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will once again include one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances. The Daytime Stage will feature live performances from DaBaby, Olivia Rodrigo, The Kid LAROI, Saweetie, All Time Low, 24kGoldn, Russell Dickerson, Yungblud, Gabby Barrett, Tate McRae, Conan Gray and Addison Rae, with more to be announced.
“This year’s Festival will be historic for many reasons,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “Not only will it be the first time all of these artists are together on the same stage, but also because it’ll be in front of a live audience. We’ve all been waiting for this moment – live music is back, and we’ll be celebrating like never before.” Each night, the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival will broadcast live for fans via iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country across more than 150 markets. The CW Network will broadcast a two-night television special on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, The CW will exclusively livestream both nights of the festival via The CW App and CWTV.com.
Lester Holt To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– Award-winning journalist Lester Holt will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame for his contributions to broadcast television at the 2021 NAB Show, held October 9–13 in Las Vegas. Holt will accept the honor at the NAB Show Welcome event on Monday, October 11 at 9 a.m. PDT.
Holt serves as the anchor and managing editor of NBC's flagship news broadcast "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt." He has also served as principal anchor of "Dateline NBC" since September 2011 and leads NBC News' special reports, breaking news and primetime political coverage. He also anchors "Nightly News Kids Edition," a digital newscast aimed to inform and inspire children, which he launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holt joined NBC News in 2000 and served as an anchor of "Newsfront" and "Lester Holt Live," a daily news show on MSNBC, before becoming co-anchor of "Weekend TODAY" in 2003 and anchored the weekend editions of "NBC Nightly News" beginning in 2007.
The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. Explore the complete list of past inductees here. Registration for the 2021 NAB Show and the co-located Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange (SMTE) is available HERE
Report: MPR News Shaking Up It's Radio Schedule
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– MPR News is making changes to its daily radio schedule to make room for new programs reports Bring Me The News. The 91.1 FM station announced Tuesday it is launching a new, daily Minnesota news magazine program and a weekly show dedicated to books and ideas. The upcoming changes involve popular hosts Cathy Wurzer, Kerri Miller and Angela Davis as MPR News' continues its "strategy to invest in programming that meets the changing needs of its audiences," a news release says.
“We are here not only to connect with Minnesota, but also to better connect Minnesota with itself,” MPR President Duchesne Drew said in a statement. “We’re being intentional about putting our resources behind the news programming that helps us achieve that goal.”
Wurzer (shown left), longtime MPR News Morning Edition host tweeted: 'Some professional news! (NO, I'm not leaving..) I'm still on @MorningEdition BIT I'm adding a new show to my day...."
WTMJ Gene Mueller Announces Retirement After 40-Year Run On Milwaukee's Air Waves
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– Gene Mueller, who has been on Milwaukee radio for four decades, is retiring next year reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mueller announced the news during today's "Wisconsin's Morning News," the show he's hosted on WTMJ-AM (620) for the past 14 years. He's leaving the station in February, but he likely will contribute content after he leaves. “As hard as it may be for some to believe, the thrill of getting up at 1:45 a.m. each weekday morning has finally worn off after 44 years,"
Mueller said in a statement released by the station. "I hear there's this thing called 'sunrise' that I'd really like to witness in person on a regular basis as I live in a world where there are no deadlines, and every day feels like Saturday.” "With Gene, the word that I always use is 'authenticity,'" said Steve Wexler, vice president and market manager for Good Karma Brands, which owns WTMJ, WKTI-FM (94.5) and The Truth/101.7 in Milwaukee. "He has meant so much to WTMJ," Wexler said. "Gene just naturally is all the things that we strive for — which is community, just doing good things, which comes naturally for Gene. Gene has a ton of credibility, news and information credibility … he's a big sports fan."
Gene Mueller, who has been on Milwaukee radio for 40 years, is retiring in February 2022 from his gig as morning co-host at WTMJ-AM (620).
Wreaths Across America Takes Aim At PTSD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 –– Wreaths Across America Radio announced its second in its series of four roundtable discussions focused on Veteran Healing through sharing stories of resilience, purpose and success. This live discussion will take place on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 7PM EST, and can be heard exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio. The discussion will focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (note, June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day) and will look to recognize the scope of this trauma and how to turn it into purpose. Moderators of This Event Include: Karen Worcester and Joe Reagan, WAA Director of Military & Veteran Outreach/United States Army Capt.
Guest Panelists Include: Amy Looney serves as Vice President of Travis Manion Foundation, and leads a national movement focused on empowering veterans and families of the fallen to foster the next generation of leaders in the mission to unite communities to strengthen America’s national character. As a Gold Star Wife – her late husband, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010, and awarded the Bronze Star with Valor – Amy has served as an inspirational champion for families of fallen service members, military families, veterans, and
“A veteran myself, I know that there is healing in hearing stories from other veterans and learning different approaches to care,” said Joe Reagan. “Our hope is that this discussion will help break down some of the stigma surrounding PTSD and provide an opportunity to share stories of resiliency and purpose.” You can listen to Wreaths Across America Radio’s 24/7 stream anywhere at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio, and via the iHeart Radio app, or download it at the App Store or on Google. PHOTO/WAA
PODCAST: Spotify Inks $60M+ Deal With Alex Cooper's ‘Call Her Daddy’ Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2021 – Variety reports that Alex Cooper's podcast “Call Her Daddy” is coming to Spotify exclusively starting next month under a multiyear deal. All existing and new episodes of “Call Her Daddy” will remain free and, starting July 21, will be available only on Spotify.
In addition to bringing the podcast to Spotify exclusively, the deal also covers all future episodes and additional exclusive new projects in development with Cooper. The three-year agreement between Cooper and Spotify is worth more than $60 million in total, a source familiar with the pact told Variety. That makes it Spotify’s biggest exclusive deal for a woman-led podcast to date. (The Wall Street Journal, which first reported talks, had pegged the deal at “around or over” $20 million.) The deal does not involve Barstool Sports, which has been the home of “Call Her Daddy” since 2018.
SNAPS: WWFX The Pike Worcester's Mike Hsu Loses Bet To Cohost; Must Now Recreate Local Turtleboy Statue In A Speedo On A Live Turtle! Yikes!
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TRh, 2021 –– Morning Host Mike Hsu (inset) on Cumulus' Worcester Classic Rock station WWFX/The Pike, an avid Boston Bruins fan, lost a sports bet to his on-air Co-Host, Adam Webster, a New York Islanders fan, when the Bruins were eliminated in the playoffs. Now, he will re-create the Turtleboy Statue (in a Speedo) with a live turtle from Southwick Zoo in Mendon, MA.
Adding insult to injury, Mike Meyers, President of the Railers Hockey Club in Worcester (affiliated with the NY Islanders) will paint the NY Islanders logo on Mike Hsu's chest. It's happening today n front of the Turtleboy Statue on Worcester Common. We hope (at least I think we hope) to have photos tomorrow.
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Jeetz Joins 'Terry Boyd's World' For Mornings On 92.3 KGON Portland
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– Audacy welcomes Jeetz as morning show co-host for 92.3 KGON (KGON-FM) in Portland. Jeetz will join “Terry Boyd’s World,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT, effective June 16. “Jeetz has proven himself to be a tireless, fearless entertainer since we plucked him from the promotions street team and put him on KISW back in 2004,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “Terry has been a winner in Portland for years, and with his addition, we’ve put together a world-class team to take ‘Terry Boyd’s World’ and this legendary brand to new heights.”
“It’s a beautiful day. From this great city, to this legendary classic rock station, to the staff, to the leadership, to the company, this gig checks so many best-case scenario boxes for me I literally couldn’t have hand picked a better opportunity,” said Jeetz. “Though what really got this deal done was they promised Remy Maxwell would DJ my kid’s fifth birthday party. I’d like to thank Kim Martinez, Terry Boyd, Doug Abernethy, and especially Ryan Castle for always believing in me. PDX, let’s get weird!”
Jeetz spent the bulk of his career in various roles at sister station 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle. He also served as Program Director for KZND in Anchorage, morning show Producer for sister station Hot 103.7 (KHTP-FM) in Seattle, morning show co-host for sister station X107.5 (KXTE-FM) in Las Vegas and afternoon drive host on Hubbard’s KVRQ in Seattle.
Dave Symonds Tapped As Director Of Programming And Operations For SummitMedia Richmond
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– SummitMedia has named Dave Symonds as Director of Programming & Operations for its Richmond cluster. They include: K95/WKHK, 103.7 Your Variety, Classic Rock 96.5/WKLR, Awesome 100.9/WJSR and ESPN Richmond/WURV HD2. Symonds most recently spent 11 years as SVP/P for iHeartRadio.
"Summit Richmond is excited to welcome Dave back to the Richmond market," said Market President Bob Willoughby. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity of collaborating with him as a member of our team." Symonds remarked, "After meeting with the Summit Richmond team, I was quickly swept up by their strength and creativity, as well as the opportunities and potential of these stations. I already respected Bob Willoughby when we were competing a few years back. Now, I'm excited to partner with him. Plus, it's Richmond... I'm thrilled!"
Symonds succeeds Melissa Chase, who was just named Brand Manager for Audacy's Mix 96.5/KHMX-FM and 95.7 The Spot/KKHH-FM Houston..
Radio Mercury Awards Announce Final Round Of 2021 Judges
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– The Radio Mercury Awards have announced the 2021 Final Round Jury. The incoming panel of top-level agency creative leaders represents radio’s top advertising categories, including automotive, consumer packaged goods (CPG), communications, community service, education, financial services, nonprofits, quick-serve restaurants, retail, spirits, technology, travel and utilities.
The jury, curated with the help of 2021 Radio Mercury Awards Chief Judge Robin Fitzgerald (R), chief creative officer, BBDO Atlanta, comprises thought leaders from across the country and represents all size markets with diverse audiences and cutting-edge creative work for advertising’s biggest brands.
This year's final Jury include Chief Judge - RobinFitzgerald, chief creative officer, BBDO Atlanta Adia Betts, associate creative director/copywriter, Dagger , Atlanta Nathalie Brown, executive creative director, VMLY&R NY Bianca Guimaraes, partner and executive creative director, Mischief NY, Paul Johnson, freelance copywriter/creative director Derrick Ogilvie, vice president/creative director, BBDO Atlanta, Andrés Ordóñez, executive vice president/chief creative officer, FCB Chicago Alejandro Ortiz, executive creative director, Campbell Ewald Detroit/NY, Shannon Washington, senior vice president executive creative director, R/GA, Lewis Williams, chief creative officer, Burrell Communications Group Chicago, Sherman Winfield, executive creative director, VMLY&R Atlanta.
To learn more about the judges, click here. As previously announced, Call for Entry has officially opened. For more information regarding entry categories, guidelines, entry fees and deadlines, click HERE
NETWORKS: Audacy Adds BETQL Network Programming In Partnernership With BetMGM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced the addition of new weekday programming on the “BetQL Network” as part of its multiplatform partnership with BetMGM. Beginning June 21, the network will launch “The Daily Tip,” featuring Michael Jenkins and Chelsea Messinger, and “BetMGM Tonight,” starring Ryan Horvat and Quinton Mayo.
The “BetQL Network,” which features sports betting programming heard across Audacy’s robust portfolio of sports stations, can be heard on The Bet 1430AM (KEZW-AM) in Denver, 93.1 HD3 in Los Angeles and The Bet 105.9 FM-HD2 in Chicago, as well as via the Audacy digital platform. “We are ecstatic to announce the next phase of our planned expansion of the ‘BetQL Network,’ said Mike Dee, President of Sports, Audacy. “Our partnership with BetMGM – who is co-developing these shows alongside our sports programming team led by Matt Volk [Vice President of Sports] – enables us to create this new content that will both entertain and inform our audience around daily sports betting activity. We aspire for the ‘BetQL Network’ to become the go-to destination for the sports betting community and we’ll continue to announce new content to this dynamic platform over the next few months.”
Blog: Radio 'The Reach Accelerator' For Media
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 23021 –– As major media companies shift their focus to building their direct-to-consumer video offerings, linear TV audiences are in a free fall. According to a MoffettNathanson analysis of Nielsen TV ratings, television audiences are down dramatically. This week’s Westwood One blog outlines how advertisers can use network radio to amplify their media plans and accelerate reach. The state of television in 2021: According to MoffettNathanson, since 2011, non-live cable audiences are down -49%. Broadcast network non-live audiences are down -44%.
Cord cutting is a key contributor to the erosion of TV audiences: MoffettNathanson reports pay TV penetration has dropped from 89% of U.S. homes in 2009 to 60% today. Connected TV cannot replace all linear TV losses: A 20% addition of CTV weight only results in an +8% reach lift: A Nielsen Media Impact analysis reveals a 20% addition of CTV media weight to a linear TV buy results only in an +8% increase in reach.
Network radio is the media plan reach accelerator: According to the Nielsen Commspoint media planning tool, a three-million-dollar investment in network radio generates a weekly national reach of 50%, +47% greater than the same investment in digital and TV (34%). Adding network radio into any media generates an outsized lift in incremental reach. On average, network radio is generating a +38% lift in P&G’s TV reach across their brands. AM/FM radio’s superpower is driving significant incremental reach in younger demographics: Dozens of Nielsen incremental reach studies reveal the younger the demographic, the greater the reach generated by network radio. SEE BLOG HERE
Audacy On The Hunt For Promotion Managers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– Audacy is on the hunt for a number of promotion executives. These gigs will be based in one of the markets within the applicable region. They include: Promotions Regional Promotions Manager - Southern California (LA, SD, RIV, PALM SPRINGS) CLICK HERE FOR INFO - Regional Promotions Manager – Midwest (CHI, MINN, MAD, MIL) CLICK HERE -- Regional Promotions Manager - Tri-State (NYC, WBS) CLICK HERE -- These Regional Promotion Manager positions will support contesting and fulfillment efforts, align with digital for execution workflow, and collaborate with Regional Sales Promotion Managers on promotion ideation for client and brand initiatives.
They're also looking for an Event Director (market location TBD) CLICK HERE -- This position directly supports the Director of National Experiences for all aspects of live events Production for music, lifestyle, and sports events across the country. The position will assist in all of the aspects of in-person and virtual event execution, including timelines/deadlines, pre-sale/on-sale, promotional support and marketing, artist/talent advance, production advance, budget, publicity, sponsor integration, and of day of show production, etc. These are Full-time posts and people can apply immediately.
EVENTS: Sam Alex Bringing His 'Camp Broadcast' For High School & College Students Back In July
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2021 –– Radio & TV personality Sam Alex’s media masterclass 'Camp Broacast' will be in-person (July 12-16) in Skokie, IL. High school and college-aged aspiring journalists & broadcasters have the opportunity to interview celebrities and learn from media experts.
Set to take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Skokie, IL the scheduled in-person guests are: Dean Reynolds (Network News Correspondent) Kendall Gill (NBA Player & NBC Sports Chicago analyst) Stephanie Tichenor (WLS/Chicago Program Director) Andy Masur (Chicago White Sox Play-By-Play Announcer) Brian Haddad (Morning Host, WKQX/Chicago) Chris Petlak (Afternoon Host, WTMX/Chicago) Christina Loukas (Team USA Olympic Diver) Mike Berman (Sports Anchor, NBC 5/Chicago) Musicians Jenny Tolman, Lexie Hayden & more TBA
For more information on CAMP BROADCAST, visit campbroadcast.com and for Sam Alex visit samalexradio.com. Instagram: @campbroadcast | @samalexradio
Cumulus Names Jim Fox Operations Manager Over Seven-Station Cluster in Kansas City
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 – Cumulus has appointed 30-year radio programming veteran Jim Fox as Operations Manager for its seven-station cluster in Kansas City, KS, and Program Director of Classic Hits station 94.9 KCMO-FM. Fox joins Cumulus Kansas City following a 17-year career with Audacy/Entercom Communications, where he was Vice President, Programming, for the company’s four Dallas, TX, music stations, and prior to that, was Vice President, Programming, for their six Sacramento, CA, stations. He was also Rock/Alternative Format Captain for Entercom Communications.
Brian Philips, Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, Cumulus, said: “Jim Fox enjoys a well-earned, terrific career-long reputation. We are proud to add him to our roster of “best-and-brightest” newly-arrived Cumulus programmers. Jim is a perfect example of the caliber of talent drawn to our winning KC operation by Donna Baker’s power and prowess.” Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Kansas City, noted: “Record-high ratings delivery as the #1 Cluster in KC is the result of our incredible programming talent delivering the highest level of audience engagement. Jim Fox is among the best programming minds in the business. His expertise growing strong brands that deliver results for our client partners is the ideal addition to our team in Kansas City.”
Jim Fox commented: "I'm extremely excited and fortunate to be joining this incredible team with an already proven track record of success. So many people who I respect helped to make this move possible. I'm energized by the idea of working closely with Donna Baker, Doug Hamand, Brian Philips and the very impressive and talented staff in Kansas City."
Renee Nelson Announces She's Leaving Mornings On 92 Moose Maine Following 30-Year Stint
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 –– "Today is a day that has been a very, very long time in coming…" posted Renee Nelson on 92 Moose/Maine's website. "I have decided to leave the 92 Moose Morning Show on June 23, 2021. I am relocating to Florida. No. More. Winters. On the surface, this may appear to be a snap decision, but it is not. I decided while I was in high school that I really did not want to do winter anymore. I had moved away but got my first job in radio back in Maine…and then built a career here."
Renee added, "The last year I have spent at 92 Moose has been the most rewarding. I love working with Matt James; I know what a fantastic community we have in central Maine; helping to get Camp Out Hunger for its first two years has been an honor. Being part of the fabric of central Maine as we all navigated the pandemic is precisely where I needed to be, and I fully believe that the 92 Moose did an amazing job of keeping people informed, connected and bringing a sense of normalcy and some humor in a time where nothing seemed normal. I know doing the show, being part of this community was one of my lifelines during this time. May 1, 2021, I saw my 30th anniversary happened with 92 Moose, and it was an eye-opener of how much time had passed, and you know what… I still have been doing winter! Time to take action. - Read More HERE
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HONORS: NPR And Stations KCUR Kansas City And WABE Atlanta Win 'First-Ever' Pulitzers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 20921 –– "Congrats to the NPR Pulitzer winners. So deserved!!!!!" wrote Nina Totenberg, who does not dole out exclamation points to just anyone. NPR's Pulitzer for audio reporting went to Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and for their investigative podcast series "No Compromise" about gun rights activists that illuminated the deepening schism between American conservatives. It was one of two NPR finalists in the category. "Thanks everybody so much," wrote senior producer and newly minted Pulitzer winner Graham Smith. "Huge props to Mary Louise Kelly, Jane Arraf, the Through line team, and all of the many producers and editors who contributed to that slate of coverage," added producer Becky Sullivan.
"I took a tequila shot with a stuffed bear on the wall," reported brand new Pulitzer winner Lisa Hagen (R) of WABE Atlanta in a phone call. "I'm in Alaska. I didn't know this was happening. I'm taking some time off and fishing. " Hagen, who works with NPR's affiliate WABE in Atlanta, says one of the most meaningful calls came from Alex Goldmark, the senior supervising producer of Planet Money. "He was my radio professor from CUNY journalism school and I felt so proud to be his student. He's super happy." PHOTO/NPR
FRED JACOBS: 'It's Talent That Generate Loyalty'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog, he takes aim at the much discussed recent launch of Amazon's 'DJ Mode.' "In a head-to-head comparison, most critics and analysts believe both Amazon Music and Spotify's streaming platforms are more than worthy," says Jacobs. "But given Spotify's massive lead, Amazon has no choice but to try new things, providing unique features to their value proposition. Enter “DJ Mode.”
"In the streaming world, personality has been something of a conundrum. Slacker placed its chips on DJs early on, but to little avail. Aside from Elon Musk, Slacker's share of streaming subscribership pales in comparison to the big boys, still under 1 million paying customers. And for the past few years, Apple Music has enlisted the able assistance of tuned-in, knowledgeable personalities, including Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe, but these efforts to create the ultimate streaming brand have mostly fallen on deaf ears," says Jacobs.
"The advent of PPM more than a decade ago fueled the myth that on-air talent don't greatly contribute to ratings; in fact, talk has frequently been positioned as a liability. It's a conspiracy theory!" says Jacobs. Music on the radio still gets ratings, of course. But it's personalities that generate loyalty, as evidenced by the radio stations using sitting on top of Nielsen rankers. And yet, in round after round of downsizing, talent is often among the first assets to go. Read full blog HERE. - Fred Jacobs will present his third annual AQ3 (air talent questionnaire) results during this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago - have question you'd like to see included in this year's study? Reach out to Fred HERE
Melissa Chase Named Brand Manager Of Mix 96.5 & The Spot For Audacy Houston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced Melissa Chase as Brand Manager of Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM) and 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM) in Houston. “Melissa’s breadth of experience launching and enhancing local radio brands makes her a perfect choice to take the helm of these two stations,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Houston. “I am equally as excited about her expressed commitment to leveraging the power of our brands to play a role in our community. Connecting with our listeners is our number one priority, and I trust that our stations will be able to further grow its footprint in the Houston area under Melissa’s leadership.”
“I am beyond excited to join this incredible team,” said Chase. “Mix 96.5 is an amazing heritage station with passionate listeners and 95.7 The Spot has quickly grown into a major player in the market – both with extraordinarily talented personalities that I can’t wait to work with. Thank you so much to Sarah Frazier and Pat Paxton for the opportunity to join the Audacy Houston family.”
Chase joins Audacy after spending the last 12 years with SummitMedia in Richmond, VA as Operations Manager and Program Director, where she created and implemented strategies to improve and grow brands for six radio stations, as well as morning host. Prior to her time at SummitMedia, Chase was an Assistant Program Director and on-air personality for iHeartMedia, where she was heard on various stations in Richmond, New Haven, CT, Harrisonburg, VA, Miami, FL and Houston, TX.
Sara Schueller & Simone Lowin Draw On The Rise At Paragon Media
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 –– Sara Schueller has been promoted to Vice President/Research and Simone Lowin promoted to Research Services Director at Paragon Media. Paragon CEO Mike Henry noted, “Sara Schueller and Simone Lowin have been part of the Paragon backbone for two decades. During that time, Paragon has produced hundreds of research projects for our media and entertainment clients. Every one of those projects was guided by these incredible women who exhibit the highest capacity for integrity and professionalism. We’re incredibly fortunate to have them as part of the Paragon family.”
Schueller, who joined Paragon in 2002 after working at Nielsen Holdings, said, “I am so excited to step in to this new role at Paragon and continue to work with the best clients around. Thank you to Mike Henry for his great leadership and to the entire Paragon family for this wonderful opportunity. I’m grateful for almost two decades working with this amazing team, and I’m looking forward to many more years to come.”
Lowin began with Paragon in 2000 and commented, “As cliché as it sounds, time flies when you are having fun. And that is exactly what the last 20 years have been. It has been such a privilege to work alongside Mike and Sara and the entire Paragon family. Mike is always willing to share his knowledge and experience to elevate the abilities of those around him. I am thankful for the last 20 years and look forward to another 20 with this amazing family.”
EVENTS: Elton John, Tom Petty And Prince Among Top Wanted Vinyl During Annual Record Store Day
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2021 –– Record Store Day returned last week, at least a modified version. Variety reports with last year's pandemic conditions, the event had to be delayed and broken into two halves, with the first of two RSD events happening beginning Saturday. By Variety's count, just slightly under 250 exclusive titles are on deck in the U.S. for its June 12 kickoff, out of a total of 420 that will have come out by the time the second drop comes around July 17.
Variety says Record Store Day’s 2021 Release Slate Includes a ‘Reimagined’ Tom Petty Album, Lady Gaga, Prince and 450 Exclusives Some indie stores are making do with the traditional early morning lines, while some have set up lotteries for appointments. It’s worth reiterating that there should be plenty of spoils later on in the day, and for days to come, for shoppers who aren’t into the competitiveness of the morning hours. But be prepared to head to the secondary market if you tarry on the most coveted or least pressed titles. Click HERE for a list of 22 releases that caught our fancy, although of course it’s really just a start.
WBZ Boston Celebrating Its 100th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Boston’s News Radio WBZ will begin a 100-day celebration to mark the 100 Anniversary of WBZ’s first day of broadcast, September 19, 1921. WBZ NewsRadio is set to celebrate 100 years of being a legendary cornerstone of the Boston media landscape, broadcasting the latest headlines and news coverage on 1030 AM. The station will celebrate on-air and online with short stories and photos of memorable moments in WBZ’s rich history.
“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.”
“WBZ NewsRadio is defined by our strong, unmistakable presence in the communities we serve,” said Rob Sanchez, Vice President of News, Talk & Sports for iHeartMedia Boston. “As the media landscape continues to evolve, our reach has only increased as WBZ listeners have adopted streaming on smart devices and the heritrix app.”
Morning Host Seth Hughes Inks Extension At Hubbard's WARM Seattle
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 ––KRWM-FM Morning Host Seth Hughes has inked a deal to continue as morning host and has been named Music Director for the Hubbard Radio Seattle AC station. “Seth has a deep background with music scheduling,” said Cat Thomas, Warm 106.9 Brand Content Director. “He knows the format, the music, our listeners and the station’s goals. He is very deserving of this opportunity.”
“The Pacific Northwest has been my home for over 15 years and I’m beyond excited to continue to wake up Seattle,” commented Seth. “I’m also deep into a finger exercise regimen so I can play Galactose like a piano! Huge thanks to Wheeler Morris, Scott Metallic, Cat Thomas, Greg Streusel and my agent extraordinary Heather Cohen. I absolutely love what I get to do for a living and where I get to do it.”
Seth joined the Hubbard Radio Seattle family in March of 2018, as Mid Day host of Seattle’s Country 98.9 KNUC. He crossed the halls in April 2019 to assume the Warm 106.9 Morning time slot 5am-9am.
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[LISTEN] The Controversial Death Of Radio Legend Casey Kasem Explored In New Podcast
With Kerri Kasem, Executive Producer, Close Friend Mike Curb And Protégé Ryan Seacrest.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 –– The final years and death of radio legend Casey Kasem is the subject of a new docu- podcast series narrated by The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai star Martin Kove (top right).
Bitter Blood: Kasem vs. Kasem comes from AYR Media and has been set at Audible as part of the producer’s overall deal at the Amazon-owned platform. The series will reveal the insights into the events preceding Kasem’s passing in 2014 and the eventual wrongful death lawsuit filed by his three eldest children and his brother, against Kasem’s widow, Jean Kasem. According to Deadline, Bitter Blood will reveal evidence and testimony prepared for that trial that has never been seen or heard.
Narrated by Kove, a family friend, the series will feature first-hand accounts from Casey’s daughter Kerri Kasem (right center), who is an exec producer, close friend Mike Curb and protégé Ryan Seacrest. The eight-part series will launch exclusively on Audible on June 15, the anniversary of Kasem’s death and Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“This is everything the public would have heard if we had a trial,” said Kerri Kasem. “Listeners will hear from me, but Bitter Blood also includes a wide range of never-before-heard eyewitness accounts, including the depositions from the doctors, caretakers and staff who were with my father in his final days. I’m proud to be part of this in-depth series that will expose the ugly reality and raise awareness for elder abuse, while also honoring my dad’s incredible life and career.”
The anthology podcast series is the first project through Audible’s overall deal with AYR Media, which was set up by veteran producer and development executive Aliza Rosen. AYR Media also has a number of other projects with other outlets and is also in development with television adaptation of its podcasts, including a small-screen adaptation of Bitter Blood: Kasem vs. Kasem.
Rosen said, “Our upcoming projects with Audible exemplify the type of content I launched AYR to create: compelling, headline-grabbing storytelling with undeniable crossover appeal. For Bitter Blood, I’m excited for listeners to dive into this twisted tale, and for those closest to Casey to finally have the space to share their story and honor his legacy.” AYR Media is repped by Innovative Artists.
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Amazon Music Kicks Off 'Radio-Like' DJ Mode With Host Billie Eilish
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 –– Amazon Music has launched DJ Mode, a brand new, on-demand listening experience that combines the personalization, control, and breadth of catalog of streaming with the vibrancy and personality of DJ-hosted radio—all in one destination.
“We’re continuing to revolutionize how listeners experience music, and with DJ Mode we’re combining the best of streaming and traditional radio,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “With DJ Mode, fans can stream music selected just for them, while enjoying the personality of DJ-hosted radio. We’re also delighted that Billie Eilish is behind our first-ever artist-led DJ Mode experience, which gives fans access to her musical tastes and storytelling, hosted by one of the most innovative artists in the world.”
Beginning this week fans can opt in to experience DJ Mode across three of Amazon Music’s top stations—Rap Rotation, Country Heat, and All Hits—with additional stations to follow. These DJ Mode stations include song selection and sequencing personalized to listener tastes, and music commentary and storytelling that evolve with every listen as new music is released. Prime members and Amazon Music subscribers in the U.S. can opt in by requesting enabled stations using voice with Alexa; the recently announced Car Mode, which makes it easier to use Amazon Music while in the car; or the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, and Fire TV.
Angelina Narvaez Moves To Nights At Wild 94.9 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 –– heart's KYLD/Wild 94.9 San Francisco has promoted Angelina Narvaez as its new night-time host. Narvaez joined Wild 94.9's promotions team in 2018 and worked her way into an on-air. By May 2019 she was hosting the station's Saturday Night Street Party. She follows Crystal Rosas who recently moved to its sister station, Z100/New York to cohost afternoons with Maxwell.
PD Mark Adams said, "We had some terrific submissions from around the country, but Angelina's talent, charisma, and passion, coupled with her intimate knowledge of both the station and the market really helped her stand out and land this well deserved promotion. I know she'll do an amazing job for us at night on Wild."
Angelina added "Being on the radio has been my dream since I was a kid; getting the opportunity to be on the station I grew up listening to is such a huge honor! The Bay Area is my home and I can't wait to show up for it every night."
PODCAST: CBS News Radio To Launch 'Kaleidoscope With Allison Keyes'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TN, 2021 –– CBS News will launch a new podcast , 'Kaleidoscope With Allison Keyes' on June 14. The new podcast, a collaboration between CBS News Radio and the CBS News Race and Culture Unit, will be available on all podcasting platforms and on CBS Village, CBS News’ platform to showcase reporting on diverse communities. New episodes will be published each Monday.
“This is an important step in the evolution of CBS Village, as we try to offer the best storytelling and reporting on critical issues facing our country,” said Alvin Patrick, executive producer of the Race and Culture Unit. “Allison is an excellent interviewer and reporter and the launch of 'Kaleidoscope With Allison Keyes'' means new audiences will get to hear her smart approach to the important issues of our time.” “Allison Keyes is one of the best in the business,” said Craig Swagler, vice president and general manager of the CBS News Radio Network. “Our listeners on radio know Allison's unique, informative view on these important issues. We’re confident podcast audiences will be drawn to the vast subject matter explored in 'Kaleidoscope With Allsion Keyes'.”
“I became a journalist to share the voices and truths of communities across this nation that are often marginalized and all too often go unheard,” said Allison Keyes, creator and host of 'Kaleidoscope With Allison Keyes'. “It is important to give people the chance to learn what others are going through, hear about the battles being fought and discover what is being done to create fundamental change.” The podcast will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever podcasts are available. LISTEN TO TRAILER HERE
NETWORKS: Lee Brice To Host Westwood One's 'Celebrate The USA' July 4th Special
THE MOUTH, JUNE 112TH, 2021 – Cumulus' Westwood One will air “Celebrate the USA,” their annual birthday party for America over the 4th of July weekend. Lee Brice will host with some of his all-star friends including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood, who will share their music and favorite 4th of July memories.
The special will also include some of Lee’s biggest hits. The two-hour-long special will be non-exclusive and available for stations to air over the holiday weekend beginning Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5, any time between 6:00 a.m. and 12 midnight. For more information contact email@example.com. PHOTO/Red Light Management
EVENTS: Radio One Teams With The Charlotte Knights For Return Of Its 4th of July Skyshow
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 –– Radio One Charlotte Regional Vice President Marsha Landess announced today 99.3FM-1110AM WBT will partner with the Charlotte Knights on this year's renowned Fourth of July Skyshow. The annual July 4th holiday event has been celebrated every year since 1976 and is a staple event in the Charlotte community. Last year's event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the nation re-opens, the celebration and fireworks show is coming back to the community.
"With America re-opening following the pandemic, we are excited to bring this event back since WBT has held this event for the last 40 plus years," said Marsha Landess, RVP/ Market Manager. "We are partnering with the Knights for WBT's Skyshow, which was not celebrated last year. This will be the first big event for Charlotte, and we are excited to be a part of it!" All activities for the big event will be conducted inside the stadium with CDC guidelines in full effect. Skyshow will kick off immediately after the Knights baseball game, with the first pitch is 6:05 p.m. Information about Skyshow and ticket purchases for the baseball game can be found at WBT Skyshow.
[WATCH] 106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier Nails Impersonation Of Charles Barkley; Face-To-Face
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2021 – Don't head off into the weekend until you watch this. Danny Rouhier, afternoon co-host on Audacy's 106.7 The Fan's Grant and Danny Show, does a spot-on impersonation of Charles Barkley. And this week he was invited to the tv show 'Inside The NBA' where he got to show his stuff, face to face with Barkley. WATCH HERE
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[WATCH] 2021 CMT Awards Winners Revealed, Carrie Underwood Remains Most Awarded In History; H.E.R. & Chris Stapleton Dazzle With Duet
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– The winners were revealed last night as the biggest names in music, film, television and sports gathered together in Nashville for the 2021 “CMT Music Awards.” Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini + Kane Brown, the live show from Bridgestone Arena featured epic performances, the most-ever collaborations, and two world premieres as part of country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show. Both hosts walked away winners.
Kane Brown reclaimed the winner’s podium for “Male Video of the Year,” two years after he last won the category (2019), and also won “Collaborative Video of the Year” with Chris Young, making these his third and fourth career CMT Music Award wins. Meanwhile, Kelsea Ballerini won her very first CMT Music Award for “CMT Performance of the Year” for her performance from last year’s awards show with Halsey for “The Other Girl.”
Little Big Town (R) also increased their career total wins to four, with a win this year for “Duo/Group Video of the Year.” Gabby Barrett followed up her “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award last year with a win for “Female Video of the Year” this year.
Longtime fan favorite Taylor Swift returned to the CMT winner’s circle with her ninth award, this time for the Social Category: “Best Family Feature.” The jaw-dropping night culminated with Anthony Mackie making his “CMT Music Awards” debut to present the night’s most coveted award, “Video of the Year,” to Carrie Underwood and John Legend, with Underwood surprising her fans as she walked onto stage and to accept her award. Carrie remains the most awarded artist in CMT history with 23 career wins. Last night marked first-time wins for Kelsea Ballerini, as well as Halsey, John Legend and Dylan Scott. PHOTOS/Randee St. Nicholas vla CMT - See all the winners HERE - WATCH H.E.R./Stapleton Plus Other Highlights HERE - WATCH H.E.R. & Stapleton duet HERE - Top Photo/Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT
After 22 Years, Ted Stryker Announces He's Leaving Mornings On KROQ L.A.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– Ted Stryker announced via Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday morning that after 22 years at KROQ 106.7 FM, he’d be leaving the “Stryker & Klein Morning Show.” He did not give an exact date for his departure other than noting it would be “in the next two, four or five weeks.” He also host the nationally syndicated “Out of Order,” which will continue to air on KROQ
The OC Register reported no sooner had the show aired on Wednesday, listeners began to send messages and call in regarding Stryker’s announcement. The DJ got emotional, thanking listeners. “I really thought no one was going to say anything, and we’d go on to the next dumb segment on our show — dumb meaning fun,” Stryker said on-air. “I have trust in myself and faith, but I don’t know if anyone else does … I don’t know if that makes sense.”
Stryker hosted a morning show at 92.1 KFMA in Tucson before being hired at KROQ in 1999. In recent years, he’s hosted the afternoons solo but brought on Kevin Klein after befriending him after a chance encounter at Bristol Farms on Sunset Boulevard three years ago. Stryker had also helped fill in for Gene “Bean Baxter” on the stations long-running “The Kevin & Bean Show” when Baxter took medical leave in 2018 to take care of his mental health.
The first “Stryker & Klein Morning Show” aired on April 6, 2020. The duo were moved to mornings after KROQ dropped longtime host Kevin Ryder and the “Kevin in the Mornings with Allie & Jensen” crew on March 17, 2020
NETWORKS: Federal News Network Adds New Senior Technology Reporter Justin Doubleday
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– The Federal News Network announced it will be adding a new reporter, Justin Doubleday, to the team. “We are so incredibly excited to welcome Justin to the Federal News Network team. His expertise specifically in technology and national security will be a huge asset to our organization,” said Joel Oxley, General Manager of WTOP & Federal News Network.
Justin comes to Federal News Network from Inside Defense, where he was a Senior Technology Reporter for the last 3 years. Before his work at Inside Defense he also worked as a reporter in various capacities covering news related to the Department of Defense. During his time at Inside Defense, Justin broke the story about the Pentagon's initial plan for the controversial JEDI contract for which he earned a finalist recognition in the Society of Professional Journalists annual Dateline Awards. He also has focused on a range of topics ranging from emerging technology to cyber to supply chain security.
Founded in 2000, Federal News Network is home of the Federal Drive podcast, Ask the CIO and On DOD. Federal News Network’s online presence FederalNewsNetwork.com boasts 450,000 unique users monthly with robust digital news coverage on topics such as about technology, defense, workforce/management, pay & benefits, and much across digital and social platforms.
Ben Ferguson Guest Today On Fox News' 'Outnumbered'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality, political commentator and popular podcaster Ben Ferguson will make an appearance on FOX News Channel’s Outnumbered on Thursday, June 10, at 12 p.m. ET. Ferguson will be the #OneLuckyGuy to discuss the latest news stories and headlines for a full hour with the program’s hosts, Harris Faulkner, Emily Compagno, Kayleigh McEnany and former radio host turned TV star, Kennedy.
Ben Ferguson is host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated weekend radio program, “The Ben Ferguson Show.” It's one of the most-listened-to live weekend call-in shows. The three-hour talk show is available live on Sundays from 7 - 10 p.m. ET. For more information, visit www.PremiereNetworks.com. For more info, click HERE
SYNDICATION: Doug Stephan’s DJV Show adds 7 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– Doug Stephan’s daily show hosted by Stephan and Co-Hosts Jen Horn and Victoria Keelan, along with Jai Kershner anchoring the daily What’s Trending Report, is now over 325 affiliates nationwide. New to the DJV show is KTLR/ Oklahoma City. WCAP/Lowell, Mass, KUJ AM and FM/Walla Walla Washington. WKCT AM and FM/ Bowling Green, Kentucky and KLID AM/Poplar Bluff, Kentucky.
Stephan said “It’s exciting to see the show continue to grow after all these years. We welcome these new stations to a new and different way to start their day.” The DJV Show airs from studios of Radio America. For more information contact Mike McVay at 440-343-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORT: iHeart Planning Relocation Of Its Atlanta Headquarters And Radio Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– BISNOW is reporting that iHeartMedia Atlanta, which operates 5 stations that include — is planning to move to Selig Enterprises' adaptive reuse project in Midtown's Upper Westside. Reportedly they're in talks to lease 25K SF at The Works on Chattahoochee Avenue, moving from its current home at 1819 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, a mid-rise office building near the border to Midtown, a source familiar with the transaction told Bisnow.
The source said iHeartmedia will operate its Atlanta radio stations from The Works as well, stations that include Power 96.1, 94.9 The Bull, 105.3 The Beat, Z105.7, WBIN 640 Atlanta News & Talk and The Lake Atlanta. Dottie Simzyk, who describes herself as a permit expediter on LinkedIn, filed a permit this week with the city of Atlanta on behalf of iHeartmedia for office renovations at 1255 Makers Way, a 50K SF former warehouse that is part of Selig's 80-acre adaptive reuse project.
iHeart has been striking new office leases in other markets in recent years, including relocating to a new 9,400 SF office in Pittsburgh for its rock station WDVE. In March, the company announced that it was moving its Ohio offices to Downtown Cleveland to a brand-new facility. And in late 2019, the company named Nashville as its second headquarters location for its digital division, expanding the New York-based digital team to the Southern music city. PHOTO/Google Maps
[LISTEN] AGT's Gerald Kelly Shares Kevin Hart Act Of Kindness On Bailey & Southside Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– Local Atlanta comedian Gerald Kelly, 53, who has been doing stand-up for the past 30 years, and his 7 year old son Little Hunter who is also a comedian, were recently featured on the first episode of this season of America’s Got Talent! So when Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX’s Bailey and Southside morning show learned that they had some local talent on the show, they booked them for an interview to get the city of Atlanta behind the father and son duo!
Tuesday morning the Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX’s Bailey and Southside crew brought their story to the airwaves, when comedian Gerald Kelly dropped a feel-good bomb on the hosts. Bailey says, “You popped Kevin Hart’s name on the [AGT] episode. Has he reached out to you guys on social media?” Gerald replies “No, but we’ve talked to Kevin on the phone a couple times. I’ve known Kevin Hart for almost 20 years.” Bailey then says, “Ohhh I had no idea you had this relationship with Kevin Hart, tell us more.” Gerald responded, “I’ve been doing comedy for 30 years so you develop relationships. During the pandemic we almost lost our home, there were no shows, so I reached out to Kev and asked if one of his affiliates could help me with some bookings because I was going through a real bad time. He said ‘I’ll do you one better, What’s your routing number?’ And he put us in a real beautiful position to navigate through that storm we were in. And that’s just him being a good person, a good guy.”
New Episodes of America’s Got Talent are currently airing Tuesday nights at 8pm ET on NBC Hear the Full Interview HERE
Scott Mills On Two National Radio Stations Per Day
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THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2021 –– Scott Mills is doing double shows every day this week as he covers for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2. As well as 9.30am till 12pm on BBC Radio 2, he’s on his regular show at BBC Radio 1 from 1pm till 3.30pm with Chris Stark. Scott also hosts a weekend show on BBC Radio 5 Live with Chris Stark.
KISSTORY Festival Line-Up Announced by Jordan and Perri - The line-up for this year’s KISSTORY Festival has been revealed by Jordan and Perri on KISS Breakfast in London, England. Taking place on Streatham Common, the two-day event will feature multiple stages with DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino and Judge Jules plus live performances from KISSTORY legends Lisa Maffia, Kele Le Roc, Fatman Scoop, Another Level, Artful Dodger, Damage and many more. KISSTORY Festival will also feature old skool sets from KISS DJs Anton Powers, Majestic, DJ Q, Tinea Taylor, Scott Garcia, Wideboys and loads more. The event is happening on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September 2021.
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[WATCH] Dave Grohl Make Surprise Call Into Stern Show Announcing June 20th Concert At The Garden
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a surprise call into the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday morning sharing with his listeners on June 20th they'll perform at Madison Square Garden's first full-capacity concert. “We’ve been waiting for the last year-and-a-half for shows to open up, for venues to open up,: Grohl tells Howard. "We’ve been waiting to get back out on stage. And, really, for the last six months, we’ve been in our rehearsal space just kind of chipping away and tightening up and getting ready to do a gig. So, I’m happy to say, that we’re finally going to do one,” he told Howard. “We’re re-opening Madison Square Garden on June 20. I cannot wait.” The Foo Fighters show will serve as the Garden’s first full-capacity concert since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect in March 2020."
While masks and social distancing won’t be necessary, Dave confirmed the event would only be open to those who’ve been vaccinated. “It’s going to be interesting to see, you know, the vibe, and how it works. It’s going to be great,” he said, adding, “The vibe will be just this huge celebration of live music and connection because I think that’s what it’s all about.” Howard was curious why they picked Madison Square Garden as the venue for their big return. “Because they were the first to ask,” Dave laughed. “I’d play your nephew’s bar mitzvah at this point, but when we got the call to see if we wanted to open up the Garden it was like, ‘Oh, that’s how you kick it off. That’s how you start it. If live music is back, it’s going to happen there and it’s going to be big. And it’s going to be a long night.” -WATCH HERE - PHOTOS/YouTube - MSG
MTV VMAs Return 'In-Person' This September From The Barclays Center In New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Between Broadway, Music Concerts and more, New York is quickly filling up with entertainment events as the pandemic begins to subside. Variety reported yesterday that the VMAs MTV The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will return this year for an in-person show on Sept. 12, airing live from the Barclays Center in New York City. Variety says no performers have been revealed yet, but according to the announcement, the ceremony, which will air in over 175 countries, will “feature performances from some of music’s biggest stars and celebrate the return of live entertainment.”
Honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11, MTV is also collaborating with 9/11 Day for a series of service-oriented activities during the week leading up to the VMAs. Details about performers and presenters will be announced closer to the show. Last year’s VMAs, hosted by Keke Palmer, were held virtually across multiple locations around New York City, with no audience members. A total of 6.4 million viewers tuned in from home; according to the announcement MTV gathered 41.1 million interactions across social media.
HONORS: 46th Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the winners of the 46th Annual Gracie Awards. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on September 27, 2021 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees are some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media, including radio's Roula Christie, Kelly Ford, Nina Hajian, Jillene Kahn, Dede McGuire, Danielle Monaro, Amanda Orlando, Lori Voornas, Maggie Gray and Marci Wiser among others.
“Throughout this important year, we have enjoyed some of the most compelling content in our history. We were informed, enlightened and entertained by women in media across all platforms,” said Heather Cohen, Chair, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (shown left with Kelsea Ballerini and AWM’s president, Becky Brooks). “As we celebrate AWM’s 70th anniversary, we are thrilled to honor this incredible group of women who have demonstrated their commitment to sharing emotionally-charged, timely and compelling content. We look forward to reconvening in person to recognize these incredible achievements and brave story-telling,” said Becky Brooks, President, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive 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 opportunity for future generations. To see complete list of honorees, CLICK HERE -
NETWORKS: Storic Media's Kristin Verbitsky Featured In Thrive Global's 'Women Who Are Shaking Things Up Series
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Nice article from Digital Day Agency's Candice Georgiadis on Storic Media's Kristin Verbitsky. As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, Candice interviewed Kristin, a media executive for over fourteen years, and founder of the podcast media company, Storic Media, a division of United Stations Media Networks.
Among Kristin's top pull-quotes: “Stop worrying about what other people think” Stop worrying about what other people think: it’s human nature to care how others perceive you. We always worry and impose self-doubt: am I doing the right thing? is there’s something that I could be doing better? What do they think? The first person to trust is yourself and I’ve learned to not concern myself […]
Candace contributed the piece for The Thrive Global Community. Thrive Global is the latest creation of Ariana Huffington and the company focuses on helping individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance and to unlock their greatest potential. Kristin is the daughter of United Station's Chairman/CEO Nick Verbitsky - READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
SYNDICATION: Anna & Raven Now Up To 25 Affiliates With Addition Of 7 New Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Anna & Raven has been the dominant, morning-drive show in Connecticut as the foundation for STAR 99.9’s rating success. In early 2020, Connoisseur Media expanded the reach of Anna & Raven, adding the program in the morning on WALK 97.5 FM. Since launching into syndication in January 2021 with Compass Media Networks, the program has quickly amassed 25 markets. Marco Mazzoli, CEO and Program Director, Revolution 93.5 WZFL-FM Miami comments, “I was looking for a show that could fit our unique format, but nothing sounded like Revolution 93.5, then I came across Anna & Raven and thought… That’s what I’m talking about!
“The Anna and Raven Show” has been steadily adding stations, formats, and dayparts. Primarily a morning show on Hot AC stations, the show now can count AC, Country, and Classic Hip-Hop among its’ ranks. WDLZ-FM is the first affiliate to add the show in afternoon drive 2-7pm. To find out how to bring Anna and Raven to your market contact Nancy Abramson (914) 707-9963 or email email@example.com.
EVENTS: No Limit Larry & Morning Maddhouse With 28-Hour Broadcast To Help Center of Hope
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Beasley announced that WPEG-FM/Power 98’s No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse will host a special 28- hour radiothon to raise funds to benefit The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope. The event will take place on Thursday June 10th at 6a.m. at 1520 South Boulevard in Charlotte, North Carolina. Power 98’s Morning Maddhouse personalities will broadcast live and spend the night at the radio station as part of their commitment to raise funds to benefit the homeless shelter, which provides housing for women, children and local veterans. Last year, the show raised over $10,000 for the facility.
No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse team will be accepting donations online at power98fm.com and on-site during the 28-hour marathon. The show will wrap up its fundraising effort on Friday morning with the conclusion of their live broadcast at 10a.m. “We’re excited to bring this event back since we were unable to do it last year due to the pandemic,” said WPEG-FM Program Director Mr. Incognito. “We take pride in serving the community and appreciate the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the homeless as Charlotte residents continue to rebuild after a tough year.”
SNAPS: Syndicated Hosts Dave & Jimmy Lie To A 4-Year Old With Trip To 'Disney-Ish' Location
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – Syndicated morning program Dave & Jimmy, longtime host on WNCI-FM/Columbus, wanted to take their co-worker’s four year old, Kip, to Disney. Then they looked at the company’s budget. So Kip went to Disney-ish! Jimmy Jam and Kelsey Webb drove Kip to Kings Island in Cincinnati, arranged for Kip to meet Disney-ish generic princesses and rodents in the parking lot, AND LIED TO THE BOY FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK!
The falsehoods included Disney-ish sing a longs (It’s like a Small World, Hakuna Piada, You’ve got a friend in Milwaukee, Walt’s head is not frozen), pictures of Kip by Cinderella’s White Castle, and screaming distractions when the park announcer would welcome everyone to Kings Island. Kip had fun, and will only require therapy much later in life.
All in all, another stupid show for Dave & Jimmy (available through USRN).
IBA Teams With Veritone For Next Members-Only Webinar
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 –– Next up in The Independent Broadcasters Association’s webinar series exclusively for members is How Veritone's AI Is Helping Radio Grow Revenue and Retain Clients. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, June 15 at 4 pm Eastern and is hosted by Paul Cramer, Managing Director of Broadcast Solutions at Veritone. The webinar will demystify how AI is being used in Radio, and how even small markets can use AI and attribution to attract and retain more advertisers.
“Attribution has become increasingly more important to advertisers, including local advertisers,” said Ron Stone, President of IBA and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group. “Veritone’s AI can help radio not only remain competitive, it can help radio win!” Stations that would like to attend can secure their low-cost membership on or before Tuesday, June 15 at www.iba.media, where they can also sign up for the members-only webinar. Existing IBA members can register for the webinar HERE.
CONDOLENCES: Julie Johnson, Youngest Daughter Of Iconic Detroit Host Dick Purtan, Passes Away At 45
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2021 – It's with deep sadness that we report the passing of Julie (Purtan) Johnson, youngest of six daughters of beloved Detroit host, Dick Purtan. The news was reported by Art Vuolo who says her father Dick, enjoyed a 45 year career in Detroit radio, and has now lost his youngest daughter, Julie, at ironically only 45 years old.
On Dick Purtan's Facebook page, he posted: "It is with utter disbelief and a truly broken heart that I share the news that my youngest daughter Julie passed away suddenly Monday morning at the age of 45. Julie had been battling Thyroid Cancer for the last few months… but was doing well after extensive surgery and radiation and looking forward to being completely healed. We don’t really know what happened… Maybe the treatments were too much - It appears that her heart simply stopped. Julie… #6 as her 5 older sisters fondly called her… was an incredibly special girl who touched the lives of so many. She was kind and caring, loyal and loving… an amazing Mom to her 9 year old son Brayden and a devoted wife to her best friend and husband of 19 years, Brad."
Dick added, " For my late wife Gail and Me… Julie was the happiest of surprises. To be honest, I can’t believe I’m talking about either of them in the past tense. But I take some solace in knowing that they are together again. I will have more to share with you about my beautiful Julie in the days to come. For now, I just ask that you keep Brad, Brayden - and all of us - in your thoughts and Prayers."
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H.E.R Making Her First Country Awards Show Appearance During 'CMT Music Awards'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– CMT today revealed the final star-studded lineup of final performers and presenters for the 2021 “CMT Music Awards.” Adding to its already-stacked roster of world premiere collaborations, the show will feature H.E.R., making her first country awards show appearance, performing with Chris Stapleton; and a CMT main stage debut from Ingrid Andress, featuring a world premiere collaboration with JP Saxe. Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown (shown below), the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.
Show presenters include Holl\ywood heavyweights and some of today’s biggest stars spanning music, television, sports and entertainment including Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan, Trace Adkins and CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.
Country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show returns to celebrate music’s hottest stars, delivering two-and-a-half hours of nonstop performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations in and around Music City. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting for the six “Video of the Year” finalists open now at vote.cmt.com. A full list of nominations can be found HERE.
WFUV Names Rich McLaughlin PD For WFUV 90.7 New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Rich McLaughlin has been named Program Director for WFUV/90.7/wfuv.org. McLaughlin currently oversees catalog programming globally for Amazon Music. He starts at WFUV on June 14. “Rich is uniquely qualified for this role,” said Chuck Singleton, WFUV’s General Manager, citing McLaughlin’s blend of terrestrial, digital, and streaming radio experience. “His accomplishments speak directly to the transition WFUV and the wider industry is experiencing. Rich’s leadership will be a booster shot for our content development and programming outreach to diverse new audiences.”
“I’m over the moon about joining WFUV as Program Director,” said McLaughlin. “The opportunity to serve a station and university deeply embedded in my DNA is especially meaningful. FUV’s reputation for music discovery is well earned. The depth of industry partnerships with artists, labels, venues, and cultural organizations is extraordinary. The engaged community of music lovers who support its mission as listeners and donors is second to none. I’m grateful for the chance to guide WFUV’s next programming chapter, and I can’t wait to tart contributing.”
It’s a poignant homecoming for McLaughlin, who succeeds Rita Houston in the role. Houston passed away in December 2020 after a 26-year tenure at WFUV, serving as program director, music director, and DJ. McLaughlin’s radio career began, under Houston's mentorship, as a Fordham University student in the late 1990s. “WFUV’s rich history and culture is steeped in its training mission,” said McLaughlin. FUV host Paul Cavalconte will introduce Rich to listeners on Sunday, June 13, at 6 p.m. EDT, joining him as guest co-host of "Cavalcade." PHOTO/Jay B. Wilson
Brian Sines Rises To Market President/CRO For Townsquare Southern Louisiana
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– – Townsquare Media Inc. announced that Texarkana Market President and Chief Revenue Officer Brian Sines has earned his second internal promotion in the last eighteen months. Effective immediately, he will oversee Townsquare’s Lafayette and Lake Charles local media clusters. He will report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley.
“When we promoted Brian to oversee Texarkana, we knew he would do an amazing job, but he has exceeded our very high expectations in building a best-in-class operation and fully leveraging the Townsquare playbook."
“I am very excited to join the incredibly dedicated teams in Southern Louisiana. They have done such an amazing job of leading the area through some very difficult times and continue to lead every day, super serving the communities and our business partners. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining these high performing teams in Cajun Country,” said Sines.
Bill Fox Named Brand Manager & Afternoon Host At 101.9 WDEZ, Wausau, WI
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Veteran morning personality Bill Fox has resigned his position at Classic Rock WWZY 107.1 The Boss/Monmouth-Ocean, NJ to become Brand Manager and Afternoon talent at Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications 101.9 WDEZ, Wausau, WI. This is a return to the Country format for Fox who did mornings at New Country 97.5 WOKQ/ Portsmouth prior to arriving in New Jersey.
Fox said, “I’m trading in my pork roll and egg sandwich for brats and cheese curds! And finally, after 25 years, sleeping in past 3:30 a.m. I’d like to thank Chief Operation Officer, Michael Wright, Market Manager, Milko Villarreal, and Operations Manager, Rusty James for this amazing opportunity to lead such a legendary radio station. I can’t wait to get started”
Rusty James added, “I’m very excited to welcome Bill to our Central Wisconsin team. We are happy to include Bill’s passion, innovation and talent to the already successful group in Wausau and Central Wisconsin. Bill’s position was vacated in February when John Richards left the station. Bill will begin his new adventure on Monday June 21st.
Wendy Snyder And Ramblin’ Ray Stevens Team For Weekend Show On WLS 890-AM Chicago
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Looks like two of Chicago's longtime hosts are making their way back on the air in Chicago. Robert Feder reports that starting this weekend, “The Wendy and Ray Show” will air from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays on the Cumulus' news/talk station. They’ve been co-hosting a podcast since Snyder’s former partner, Bill Leff, left to focus on TV work.
“After many years of seeing each other at concerts and charity events Wendy and I finally get a chance to work together,” Stevens tells Feder. “The weekend show on WLS AM 890 will be hyper local and will cover everything from block parties to the Bears. This is a true Chicago show hosted by two lifelong Chicagoans. As Chicago opens back up, we want to be there as you get ready for your Saturday night. Chicago needs a little fun on the radio and we hope to provide.”
SYNDICATION: Jesse Kelly Joins Premiere Network's Lineup
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Premiere Networks announced today the addition of national radio personality and former Arizona congressional candidate Jesse Kelly to its nationally-syndicated talk radio lineup. Beginning June 28, The Jesse Kelly Show will broadcast live, Monday through Friday, from 3 - 6 p.m. PT/6 - 9 p.m. ET on more than 200 stations nationwide, in addition to being available on iHeartRadio. From news and politics, to business and social issues, the U.S. Marine combat veteran will share his unique and entertaining perspective, unfiltered opinions and trademark humor as he discusses the latest headlines and welcomes a variety of guests and experts. Kelly will continue to be seen weekdays at 9 p.m. ET as host of “I’m Right with Jesse Kelly” on The First, a digital-first TV network available on more than 14 platforms, including Pluto TV, STIRR, Roku, Fire TV, and others.
“I wish I could say I’m humbled, but the truth is that signing with an amazing company like Premiere will only boost my well-established ego,” said Kelly. “But honestly, I’m beyond thrilled that now every American will get a chance to hear my voice for three hours a day.” “We couldn’t be happier to have Jesse at the helm of our weekday afternoon timeslot,” stated Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. “His fresh voice will undoubtedly connect with and engage our audience with intelligent, witty conversation and bold opinions, while creating impactful opportunities for our partners.”
PODCASTS: ESPN Radio's Chiney Ogwumike Debuts New Podcast 'Chiney' Starting Today
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Chiney Ogwumike, is a starter for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and was the 2014 league rookie of the year. She first worked for ESPN in 2017 and in August 2020 began hosting Chiney and Golic Jr. on ESPN Radio, becoming the first Black woman to host a national, daily sports-talk radio show. “First Take, Her Take has been an amazing experience where my co-hosts Kimberly Martin and Charly Arnolt instantly became my sisters,” Ogwumike said. “I’ll miss it dearly, but now it is time for me to pass the rock to my teammate Elle Duncan who is going to be a slam dunk.
“As a current professional athlete and broadcaster,” she continued. “I love bringing people real insight from inside the world of sports. I am hyped to now have a platform to amplify the voices of my peers and help bridge the gap between athletes and fans.” Elle Duncan, co-anchor of the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter, will replace Ogwumike on the weekly First Take, Her Take podcast, working with hosts Arnolt and Martin. “I do not take for granted the opportunity to work with these ladies on this particular project,” said Duncan. “The perspective is unique, the conversations engaging and honestly the sisterhood is so strong with this crew! No one can replace Chiney but I plan on shouting out Nigeria AT LEAST once an episode in her honor!”
PRODUCTS: vCreative And QUU Unveil New Integration
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– vCreative and Quu Inc., a pioneer in adding dynamic visuals to radio broadcasts, have announced a new integration. vCreative customers can now publish messages on car dashboards for their clients that use Quu’s advertising services. Quu empowers radio stations to publish programming and sales messages on car dashboards as often as they want. These messages, called Visual Quus, are very powerful. They present a better user experience, are an easy upsell to radio’s core product, and make ads more valuable and effective. Now radio stations can produce and send Visual Quus via vCreative vPPO, the production workflow system used by 19 of the top 20 broadcasters for traditional and digital ad creation.
“We love that Quu brings new opportunities for radio to engage with listeners and drive incremental revenue,” said Susie Hedrick (L), CEO of vCreative. “We’re excited to bring this connection to our customers as part of our mission to provide unique and advanced services that save time and make money.” “This integration underscores our shared commitment to make radio more dynamic and profitable while making life easier for our customers,” said Steve Newberry, CEO of Quu. “vCreative’s broad adoption as the premiere workflow solution across our industry is unparalleled. It’s the perfect time to expand our reach as vCreative begins its exciting next chapter under Susie’s leadership.” For additional information, please visit myquu.net or vcreativeinc.com.
Zazza Morning' Shines Positive Light On Area Youth With 'Zazza’s Community Kids!' Recognition Program
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' regionally syndicated morning radio show Zazza Mornings, hosted by Tony Zazza, has partnered with the Zazza Community Foundation to launch “Zazza’s Community Kids!,” a recognition program for area youth. Each week, the Zazza Community Foundation chooses a child to recognize and celebrate and spotlights them on-air on Fridays. In addition, those honored receive a custom backpack, trophy and new Chromebook from the Zazza Community Foundation.
The program kicked off in April and will continue through June 25th. To hear the stories from “Zazza’s Community Kids!” that have aired on Zazza Mornings, visit: https://zza.fm/kids. Tony Zazza said: “This program is designed to encourage kids in our community to make a difference and spotlight those who are doing incredible things and leading by example. The stories that we are telling each week on Zazza Mornings are moving, inspiring and motivating. ‘Zazza’s Community Kids!’ has been so well-received by our listeners and communities that we hope to make this an annual initiative.” Zazza Mornings broadcasts live from 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL, is also heard on 97.5 WABD-FM in Mobile, AL, and Z96/WZNS-FM in Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL.
Radio Mercury Awards 30th Annual Call For Entry Is Officially Open
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2021 –– NEW YORK – Call for Entry for the 30th anniversary Radio Mercury Awards is officially open. Fifteen trophies will be awarded in 12 categories, and the final round judges have the option to award a Best of Show winner. Starting this year, the Radio Mercury Awards is now accepting entries in any language for work that was broadcast, aired digitally, released or transmitted initially and primarily in the U.S. and its territories.
For 2021, a new category, Purpose-Driven Spot or Campaign, will award a radio spot or campaign for an advertiser or corporation that promotes their actions and effort towards the public good and demonstrates how they addressed social, environmental or public health/safety issues. There are also updated categories, including Creative Radio Spot: Insightful Voice and Radio Station or Group Promotional Spot or Campaign.
The Call for Entry deadline is on August 9, 2021. Finalists for the show will be announced in late September and winners will be announced at the 2021 Radio Mercury Awards event on November 17, during a virtual event. The Radio Mercury Awards is introducing a “Thirty Years in Your Ears” campaign produced in collaboration with Chief Judge Robin Fitzgerald (shown) and the creative team at BBDO Atlanta. For more information regarding entry categories, guidelines, entry fees and deadlines, click HERE
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P&G And iHeart Air Second Annual 'Can’t Cancel Pride' Hosted By Elvis Duran And Bebe Rexha
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 –– P&G and iHeartMedia invited people everywhere to join the second annual “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual relief benefit designed to help raise visibility and funds for the issues that continue to impact theLGBTQ+ community in 2021, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by iHeartMedia on-air personality Elvis Duran and diamond-selling singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, the one-hour benefit special brought together today’s biggest names in culture and entertainment and included performances from Bebe Rexha, Brothers Osborne, Hayley Kiyoko, Jasmine Mans, JoJo Siwa, Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom Jr., P!NK, Regard, Tate McRae, Troye Sivan, Olly Alexander from Years & Years and Yola.
“Can’t Cancel Pride” included special appearances from Brandi Carlile, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Gus Kenworthy, Jennifer Hudson, Karamo Brown and Tan France from Queer Eye, Lil Nas X, Marshmello, MJ Rodriguez, Nina West, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg, Ricky Martin and more. The benefit streamed on The Roku Channel and Revry, iHeartRadio’s TikTok, YouTube and Facebook, iHeartRadio’s PrideRadio.com, on iHeartMedia Radio Stations Nationwide and the iHeartRadio App, and will be available on demand throughout Pride Month until June 30. iHeartMedia will partner with Cameo and participating talent through June 11 and donate a portion of proceeds from the personalized videos to benefit the "Can't Cancel Pride" fund.
HONORS: The Roula & Ryan Show To Be Honored With MSBC's Coveted 'Kraddick Award'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 –– KRBE-FM Houston's Roula & Ryan Morning Show has been named the 2021 recipient of Morning Show Boot Camp's (MSBC) prestigious 'Kraddick Award' named in honor of the late Kidd Kraddick. The Roula and Ryan Show, which began in 2003-2005 at KHMX Mix 96.5 Houston, joined Cumulus KRBE 104.1 in 2006 where Roula (top center), Ryan (second from right) & Eric (second from left) have remained for 18 years. Special K (top r) joined in 2006 and Sam (top left) in 2019. As is the tradition, each year's recipient is charged with selecting the following year's honoree.
In making the announcement, last year's recipient BJ Shea said 'It was serendipity when I met one of the recipients of this award at Morning Show Bootcamp over two decades ago. Roula was relatively new in the business, but after just one conversation I knew she was going to be a star. I met Ryan years later and have shared many great moments with him and have learned much from him. Finally, Eric has impressed me from from day one! The double threat of being a great talent and amazing producer has always placed him among the best in our business. So, this was an easy choice for me."
'Kidd Kraddick was the first name in radio that I heard jocks at MSBC “fangirling” over. He and I had moments over the years at Boot Camp that live forever in my core memories. I respected what he did and am so humbled to be in his same elite circle for this award,' said Roula. "We could not be more excited to receive this award from BJ! I remember SO clearly the moment I met him at my very first Boot Camp in New Orleans. I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know anyone and I had no idea what a big deal it was to be at MSBC every single year! I was all about MSBC since that first weekend ended. ... I am flattered, honored and absolutely feeling the love that this award brings passed along from you!
Eric added, "Getting this award named after my mentor Kidd Kraddick is such an honor. Kidd was always there for me through the years. When creating content I always think WWKKD (What Would Kidd Kraddick Do?). To get this award from BJ means the world to me. I’ve known him for 20 years and have learned so much not only about on air but off air and being a good human being
Past honorees include Bert Weiss of the Westwood One syndicated 'The Bert Show,' The Yea Network Syndicated 'The Kidd Kraddick Show, The Syndicated Ace & TJ Show, 97X Quad Cities' Dwyer & Michaels Show and Big 105.9's Paul Castronovo, Radio 95.1 Rochester's Brother Wease and KISW-FM Seattle's BJ. Shea. The Kraddick Award will be presented during his year's Morning Show Boot Camp 33 taking place Aug. 12 & 13 at the Swissotel Chicago - more info available HERE
Hot 97 New York's Peter Rosenberg Of Ebro In The Morning Debuts Album, ‘Real Late’
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 –– After weeks of teasing, longtime Hot 97 morning co-host Peter Rosenberg of its Ebro In the Morning show just released his first album 'Real Late.' According to Complex, The release of Real Late comes at an intriguing time in the rap game. Griselda, Freddie Gibbs, and others are showcasing that there is a viable underground hip-hop community out there, and Rosenberg, who’s been showcasing this sound and these artists ever since he touched down at Hot 97 back in 2007, is the right man to DJ Khaled a project of this magnitude."
According to hotnewhiphop.com, this latest project is an homage to the underground hip-hop he champions so much. In his years at Hot 97, he interviewed some of the biggest artists in the world, including Drake before he became an internationally renowned artist as part of Hot 97's Who's Next? series. Rosenberg also once scooped an impromptu interview with Drake and Kanye West.
The album has 13-tracks and features Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Westside Gunn, Styles P, and more. Listen to the entire album HERE
SpaceX Launches Latest SiriusXM Radio Satellite From Cape Canaveral
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 –– On Sunday, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral reports Texas News Today (TNT). The rocket sent SiriusXM-8 radio satellite in orbit which relays programming to receivers in cars, boats, homes and offices. This followed a previous Maxar satellite, the SXM-7, that failed a few weeks after it was launched last December. However, TND says the two older relay stations are still fully functional and SiriusXM will build a replacement for the failed relay station. They added, The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will orbit the SiriusXM radio satellite away from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
This was the SpaceX's 18th Falcon 9 flight so far this year, and the 121st flight overall. The first stage of the rocket made its third flight off Florida’s Space Coast which could be seen more miles into the sky. Read and see more HERE PHOTO/Maxar
EVENTS: The 68th Annual WHAS Louisville's Crusade For Children Raises A Whopping $5.1 Million
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 –– iHeart's WHAS Louisville held it 68th Annual Crusade for Children June 5-6 for special needs children throughout Kentucky and Indiana. The all-time total raised has now pushed past the $200 million mark.
Participating in his 36th consecutive Crusade, Terry Meiners (shown at left in center) of WHAS Radio was joined by Shay McAlister of WHAS-TV as co-hosts for the two day fundraiser.
Area fire departments raised over 60% of the money with area churches, civic groups, businesses, and individuals delivering the rest.
iHeart’s WHAS Radio and Tegna’s WHAS-TV simulcast the annual telethon during the first weekend of June. Watch video of the closing minutes of the telethon HERE
HOT 107.9 Atlanta Announces Final Wave Of Artists For Birthday Bash 25
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2021 – Atlanta's HOT 107.9, announced the final wave of artists as they countdown to the summer's Birthday Bash 25. Atlanta’s own Young Thug and Gunna present Slime Language 2 Live at Birthday Bash 25. Birthday Bash 25 artists also announced Morray, Yung Bleu and the 25 Years of Hip Hop set. This specially curated secret set will featuring surprise artists who have paved the way for Atlanta to be on top of the Hip Hop pedestal for the past 25 years.
Artists previously announced to perform on July 17th include Lil Baby, Latto, Moneybagg Yo, Gucci Mane, Erica Banks, Money Mu and more.
NPR's ‘All Things Considered’ To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– All Things Considered (ATC), the flagship news program of NPR, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2021 NAB Show, held October 9–13 in Las Vegas. Executive producer Cara Tallo and host Ailsa Chang will accept the award at the NAB Show Welcome event on Monday, October11 at 9 a.m. PDT.
ATC made its debut broadcast 50 years ago on May 3, 1971, airing on 90 public radio stations. Now broadcasting live every weekday for two hours and for one hour every Saturday and Sunday, ATC is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country. The show is hosted by Chang, Audie Cornish (shown far right), Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro (shown right) - and on weekends by Michel Martin,
“For a half a century, ‘All Things Considered’ has engaged, educated and entertained countless listeners about the news and culture affecting our lives, while serving as a showcase for the importance of public radio,” said NAB President CEO Gordon Smith. “It is a fitting tribute that we induct this landmark program of radio history into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame as it celebrates its 50th year on the air.” The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. TOP PHOTO/Stephen Voss-NPR
John Montone, Known For His Legendary 'Man In The Street' Interviews, Says Goodbye 1010 WINS
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– John Montone is retiring from radio at 1010 WINS where he has become not only a familiar voice over the years but a legendary storyteller of New York news reports Audacy. “It’s been almost 40 years that I’ve had the honor of working for what I call the world’s most important radio station in the world’s greatest city,” John told anchor Lee Harris in announcing his retirement Thursday. “And today, I hang them up for the fishing pole, the bicycle and the pickleball paddle. I am retiring.”
John Montone WINS John is known for his very New York take on local stories, often with a comedic twist. But it hasn’t been all fun. On 9/11, John was caught in the middle of the chaos in lower Manhattan. For a time, we didn’t hear from him, and everyone was a wreck. You can imagine how relieved we were when Ben Mevorach, our brand manager and director of news and programming, spotted him on the street covered in ash. It turns out he had escaped death because a quick-thinking stranger pulled him inside a building as the first tower fell.
In a letter to staff, Mevorach said, “No single person has been more identified with the WINS call letters than John.” “He is a masterful writer, an extraordinary story-teller, and -- perhaps most incredibly -- he creates an intimacy with the people he interviews…the result is some of the most memorable moments in the station's history,” Mevorach said. “John will be making periodic appearances on air and will keep his Facebook Live at 8:05. But as of Thursday, he finally gets to sleep in. PHOTO/AUDACY
After Nearly 40 Years With KCBS San Francisco, Morning News Anchor Stan Bunger Retiring On June 11
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– Adding to those who recently announced their retirement, famed bay area news anchor Stan Bunger is set to join the 'sleep-in' club. To commemorate his final day on June 11, KCBS All News will look back on his career and the major news events he’s covered, including his daily conversations with former Oakland Raiders head coach and NFL Hall of Famer John Madden.
In an internal note from the station’s Director of News and Programming Jennifer Klurfeld Seelig, she wrote in part: "News Team: One of the joys (and challenges) of our line of work is stringing the “right” words together. We aim for precise, accurate and on-the-mark language. And, we reserve exceptional phrases like “the greatest,” “the best,” “legendary,” “acclaimed” and “most successful” for truly exceptional occasions. Today is one such occasion – as we announce the retirement of best-in-class news anchor Stan Bunger.
This is actually Stan’s second tour of duty at KCBS. He was a KCBS anchor and reporter from 1982 to 1992. He then spent 3 years anchoring in Dallas, at KRLD, before returning to the Bay Area to report on technology on KICU-TV and KRON-TV. Stan’s first professional broadcast job was at KRKC in King City in 1977.
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Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Kicks Off Partnership With DraftKings In 24-Hour Marathon
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will celebrate their new partnership with DraftKings via an uninterrupted 24-hour show today starting today at 12:00 p.m. They’re calling it “FreeDumb.” As DraftKings explains: For those not familiar with the Miami-based media startup, the secret to the sauce is being a sports talk radio show making fun of a sports talk radio show. Cliches are mocked, as are final-score prediction radio and hosts that pontificate loudly with limited information."
Le Batard, his trusty sidekick Stugotz, and their “shipping container filled with frightened refugees” agreed to leave the Worldwide Leader in Sports in January. Without a plan but with their intellectual property, the team bet on themselves and their audience of diehards. That pirate ship became Meadowlark Media, and they even brought former ESPN President John Skipper to guide them into their next iteration. They’ll be joined by sports A-listers such as frequent guest Charles Barkley and once-a-year guest Bob Costas.
You can subscribe to Le Batard and Friends on YouTube HERE.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Names Graciela Monteagudo To Its Board of Directors
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has named Graciela Monteagudo to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Monteagudo, who most recently served as CEO and President of Lala U.S., a producer and distributor of dairy-based products focused on Hispanic/Millennial consumers, is an internationally-respected executive who, over her 30-year career, has held leadership roles at a variety of multinational Fortune 500 companies across the consumer products, healthcare and retail industries.
“We are extremely pleased that Graciela is bringing her expertise across strategic planning, digital marketing, mergers & acquisitions, international operations and the Hispanic and Latin American consumer audience, as well as her leadership in diversity, inclusion and cultural transformation, to the iHeart board,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Her significant experience in North and Latin America -- and her extensive background in global/digital marketing, e-commerce and consumer goods will provide valuable insights to our Board as well as significant contributions to our company and our shareholders.”
Prior to Lala U.S., Monteagudo was President, Americas and Global Marketing for Mead Johnson Nutrition, after serving as the company’s VP and GM, Latin America and General Manager – Mexico. She also held various leadership roles at Walmart Mexico, including serving as SVP and Business Unit Head for Sam’s Club in Mexico. Monteagudo currently serves on the boards of the WD-40 Company; ACCO Brands; Driscoll’s Berry Company; and The Juice Plus+ Company.
EVENTS: Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile Among Others Joining iHeart's 'Can't Cancel Pride' Lineup
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia and P&G today announce that Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom Jr., Olly Alexander from Years & Years and Yola will join previously announced performers Bebe Rexha, Brothers Osborne, Hayley Kiyoko, Jasmine Mans, JoJo Siwa, P!NK, Regard, Tate McRae and Troye Sivan for “Can’t Cancel Pride” relief benefit special on June 4 at 9 p.m. The hour-long stream will also feature special moments from so many of the LGBTQ+ community’s members and advocates including newly announced appearances from Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Karamo Brown and Tan France from Queer Eye, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg, joining previously announced appearances from Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Gus Kenworthy, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Marshmello, Mj Rodriguez, Nina West, Ricky Martin and more.
Hosted by iHeartMedia on-air personality Elvis Duran and diamond-selling singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, “Can’t Cancel Pride” will bring together some of the biggest names in culture and entertainment. Executive Producers for “Can’t Cancel Pride” are John Sykes, Tom Poleman, Bart Peters, Gayle Troberman and Elvis Duran of iHeartMedia; Casey Patterson for Casey Patterson Entertainment; James Sunderland, Chris Wagner for White Label Productions; and Can’t Cancel Pride Co-Founder Brent Miller of P&G. Brittany Mehmedovic serves as Co-Executive Producer for Casey Patterson Entertainment.
EVENTS: iHeart Louisville To Host First Annual Community Voices Town Hall
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Louisville will virtually host the first annual Community Voices Town Hall on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. The town hall will aim to address and bring awareness to the biggest issues in the Louisville community that have been identified by the iHeartMedia Louisville Local Advisory Board (LAB) including child abuse, racial equity and mental health. The town hall will feature subject-matter experts that will address and discuss these issues.NewsRadio 840 WHAS on-air personality, Terry Meiners, and the Kentucky-Indiana Metro Community Engagement Manager, Gabriela Espino, will host the event.
“I am thrilled we have a platform to bring key voices together to discuss the issues affecting our community,” said Earl Jones, Metro President of iHeartMedia Louisville. “The in-kind media campaigns will support local programs that address these key issues. Through the power of iHeartMedia, we are committed to positively impacting our community.” iHeartMedia Louisville LAB will help select eight 501(c)(3) organizations in the Louisville metro area who will receive a three-month in-kind media campaign addressing child abuse, racial equity or mental health.
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Beasley Media Mourns The Passing Of Its Founder And Executive Chairman George G. Beasley
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group announced the passing yesterday of Company Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, George G. Beasley,' in a release. George died on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Naples, Florida. He was 89 years old. Born on April 9, 1932, George grew up working in the tobacco fields in his hometown of Ararat, Virginia. His drive and determination led him to enlist in the army to pursue a degree in Education through the G.I. Bill. Upon completing his B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University, he taught in Virginia, before moving to North Carolina in the late 50’s to become a high school principal and coach.
Inspired by a commitment to provide a voice for the voiceless in his local community, George built his very first station (WPYB-AM) in Benson, North Carolina in December of 1961. Over the next 60 years, his hard work and vision paved the way for what Beasley Media Group has become today - one of America’s premiere publicly traded media companies, consisting of 62 radio properties located in 15 large and medium-sized markets with digital offerings and an esports division. While George stepped back from his role as Chief Executive Officer in 2016, he continued to serve as Executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.
“George’s unconditional love for our mother, Ann and our family, along with his passion for the radio industry, helped to guide him throughout his lifetime, Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “A loving father, mentor, and friend, I will especially miss his incredible wisdom, keen insight and gentle smile.”
George is survived by his wife of 67 years Ann, five children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service will take place for family and friends in Naples, Florida. Details will be forthcoming. A private burial service will be held for the family in Ararat, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the Beasley family requests donations be made in his name to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, 125 West 55th Street, 4th Floor New York, New York 10019. Online donations may also be made at www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
The Country Radio Broadcasters Opens The Door To Eight More Hall of Fame Inductees
The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced the Class of 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s list includes four off-air radio broadcasters and four on-air radio personalities. The on-air honorees are (T-l/R) Heather Froglear, Buzz Jackson, Bob Pickett, and Angie Ward.The off-air honorees are (B-L/R) Bob Call, RJ Curtis, Bill Hagy, and Norm Schrutt. CRB's Country Radio Hall of Fame Committee Chairman, Joel Raab, commented, “Country Radio should be extremely proud of this year’s 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. They represent the best of the best from a large group of excellent nominees.”
The Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at the Westin Nashville. Exact times and ticket information will be released closer to the event. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 8. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format. For a list of past inductees, please visit https://www.countryradioseminar.com.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Spencer Bynes Named Area President For iHM Texas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has named Spencer Bynes Area President for the Texas area and will oversee the Beaumont, McAllen, Waco, Corpus Christi and Bryan markets, effective immediately. He will report to Nick Gnau, Division President for iHeartMedia. “Spencer has been a proven leader throughout his career, his energy is contagious and his ability to develop teams and talent are unmatched,” said Gnau. “I am extremely excited for Spencer to lead these markets and expand our community efforts as well as our revenue and rating footprint in the great state of Texas.”
Bynes joins iHeartMedia Texas from Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), where he most recently served as Vice President of Business Development in the Southern Region. Prior to joining LHH, he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Accendo International Consulting. In addition, Bynes was also part of the iHeartMedia family for five years (from 2011 to 2016) and served as the Director of Talent Management and Talent Acquisition before leaving to launch his consulting business.
“I am excited about my return to iHeartMedia,” said Bynes. “The growth and transformation of this organization have been phenomenal. I am looking forward to working with my team to build sustainable, long-term growth for our clients and shareholders.”
Audacy Names Meredith Tiger As Director of Corporate Communications
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– Audacy welcomes Meredith Tiger as Director of Corporate Communications and PR. In this role, Tiger will help drive overall communications strategy for the company, including leading communications support for key business initiatives, crisis communications, event communications, and talent relations, and will serve as a key company spokesperson, reporting to Ashok Sinha, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications & PR, Audacy.
“I’m delighted to welcome Meredith to Audacy as we continue to aggressively tell our story to the press, our partners and the industry,” said Sinha. “She brings a breadth of experience as a senior communications strategist at world-class brands and we’re incredibly lucky to have her.” “It's an exciting time in our industry and I am thrilled to have joined the team at Audacy,” said Tiger. “It’s clear that based on the leadership, this is a first-class operation and I’m looking forward to collaborating with some of the top creative and communications professionals in the field.”
Tiger joins Audacy from WarnerMedia, where she most recently led publicity efforts for HBO Max. Prior to that, she spent several years at CBS Television, handling media and talent relations for both scripted and unscripted series as Director of Entertainment Publicity. She also spent time as a publicist for Thirteen/WNET New York and The Lippin Group.
MIW Adds Emmis' Taja Graham To Its Board Of Directors
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) announces the addition of Emmis Communications Market President Taja Graham to its Board of Directors. MIW is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity consisting of top-level female radio professionals who use their experience, influence and resources to help other women in radio develop management and leadership skills.
Taja’s radio career began in 1991; she joined Emmis Communications in 1996, progressing up the ladder in various roles and earning her current position in January 2021. As Emmis/Indianapolis Market President, Taja leads a dynamic team of over 130 employees with a 4-station cluster and a statewide network. A recognized leader in both the radio industry and her community, she serves on the Indiana Broadcaster Association Board of Directors, is a 2018 Center for Sales Strategy Super Hero Recipient and a 2011 Indianapolis Junior Achievement Best & Brightest Winner for Media, Entertainment and Sports.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff comments, “After decades of service, MIW founding member Mary Beth Garber transitioned off our board this year; we are ever grateful for her contributions. Today, with open arms, we welcome Taja Graham to fill her seat. From MIW Mentee to Board Member, LSM to Market President, Taja embodies the spirit and strength of the MIW’s beliefs and mission.” Taja Graham adds, “As someone who has benefitted from the mentoring and networking MIW offers, I am thrilled to serve alongside this dynamic group of women. The organization’s mission is critical for the long-term success of our industry. We must continue to make a priority the importance of recruiting, developing and promoting a diverse talent pool at all levels while we create a path for future leaders.” Congratulate Taja Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org
NETWORKS: Compass Takes Over Affiliation & Marketing For Cafe Mocha
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– Cafe Mocha and Compass Media Networks are expanding their relationship with Compass Media Networks taking over affiliation and marketing responsibilities in addition to advertising sales, effective immediately. This two hour weekend show is hosted by Emmy Award winner comedienne, actress and co-host of ‘The REAL’ daytime show Loni Love, member of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood “Grammy” nominated artist YoYo and veteran broadcaster and producer Angelique Perrin.
Café Mocha has been a staple program on the biggest Urban AC stations in the country for the last decade. Affiliates include WBLS New York, WSRB Chicago, KZMJ Dallas, WAMJ Atlanta, WHUR Washington DC, WBAV Charlotte and dozens more. Miles Ahead Broadcasting CEO, Café Mocha Creator & Executive Producer, Sheila Eldridge comments “All of us at Café Mocha are excited to expand our partnership with Compass Media Networks to handle affiliate relations for the Café Mocha radio show. Over the past five years the Compass Media Networks team has helped us to firmly establish our platform of 'radio from a woman's perspective', that speaks to ‘women of color’ from 25 to 54 that represent a combined buying power of more than $1.2 trillion.”
To find out how to bring Café Mocha to your market contact Liane Sousa at Compass Media Networks (914) 310-3983 or email email@example.com .
The Greg Beharrell Show Staves Off Flagshipless-Ness, Renews Flagship KLOS For YEA Networks
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 – YEA Networks announces a contract renewal with Meruelo Media for The Greg Beharrell Show. As part of the contract, Beharrell will continue to host his nationally-syndicated weeknight show from the KLOS studios in Los Angeles. Greg Beharrell, THE Greg Beharrell of The Greg Beharrell Show said, "The partnership between YEA Networks, KLOS, and Greg Beharrell has been so fruitful, like the good fruit that people want, not honeydew or cantaloupe where you know it's just gonna sit on the tray all afternoon. Don't include this part in the press release but can you make my quote have a slightly bigger font than everyone else's?"
Otto Padron, CEO of Meruelo Media said, “To Be or Not To Be-harrell… We’ll Be-harrell Again on KLOS!” Keith Cunningham, Program Director of KLOS added, “While I had been counting down the days until we could cut the cord and throw him a goodbye party, ‘The Greg Beharrell Show’ somehow continues to perform at a very high level; he has grown the daypart and is an endorsement magnet. Therefore, the ‘Get Lost Bash’ has been postponed and Greg now has more office space.”
Shawn Nunn, President of YEA Networks said, “With the recent addition of Chicago, Greg is now heard in markets 2, 3, 4 and many more. We’re excited that Rock radio is responding to his unique humor!” Stations looking to add The Greg Beharrell Show can contact Scott Kerr at YEA Networks at 843-270-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maz Compton Replaces Ash Pollard On Hit Breakfast Show In Australia; Heart With $1.4M Winner
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2021 –– Ash Pollard will not return to the Hit Network’s syndicated New South Wales Breakfast show at the end of her parental leave. Ash’s decision to focus on her family means the Gawndy & Ash show will transform into Gawndy & Maz. Maz has been filling in for Ash while she has been away. Ash Pollard first joined Gawned on air at what was then 101.3 SEA FM in 2018. The duo then became the Hit Network’s NSW regional Breakfast show of choice when it axed a number of regional shows in favour of state-based sgows. In September last year, she began her maternity leave, paving the way for Maz to make her return to commercial radio.Maz is a former 2DayFM Breakfast host.
BBC Radio Presenter Dies After Suffering Blood Clots Following Covid AstraZeneca Vaccination - Lisa Shaw from BBC Radio Newcastle developed 'severe' headaches after having the jab and fell seriously ill. She was 44 and died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. People under 40 are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of extremely rare blood clots on the brain. A fact-of-death certificate lists the vaccine as one of the possible factors, but the document does not determine a cause of death. It is expected that will only be released following an inquest into her death. She was not known to have any underlying health problems and her death came as a devastating shock to family and colleagues. More than 330 cases of a rare clotting disorder have been spotted among 24.2million recipients of the jab — or around one in every 75,000 people. Fifty-eight patients have died.
Listener Wins A Million Pounds ($1.4 million) On Heart - A burger van owner and mum of five became Britain’s newest millionaire live on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden. Shelley Humphries won Heart’s, “Make Me A Millionaire” contest. Read more and watch the video HERE
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FORBES: Radio Listening Well On Its Way Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels 'As The Country Opens Up'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 –– Nice piece from Brad Adgate in Forbes on radio's recovery as the country opens up. He first points to Edison Research's “Share of Ear” report showing that in-car radio listening rebounded when restrictions were lifted in the third quarter of 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the Census Bureau’s annual “Journey to Work”survey for 2019 reported the average one-way commute in the United States grew to a record high 27.6 minutes, a 10% increase from 2006. In addition, a record high 9.8% percent of commuters said their daily one-way commute now exceeds one hour.
Adgate adds, "Even with the increase in web enhanced connected cars, the most popular source of audio infotainment in cars remains AM/FM radio".
Adgate also refers to Edison Research in the first quarter 2021 with terrestrial radio accounting for 87% of all ad-supported in-car listening, followed by SiriusXM (6%), podcasts (5%), ad-supported Pandora (2%) and ad-supported Spotify (1%). In fact, roughly 45% of all radio listening occurs in cars, 32% at home and another 23% of listening at work. Roughly 40% of all radio listening occurs during either AM drive time (M-F 6 a.m.-10 a.m.) or PM drive time (M-F 3 p.m.-7 p.m.) dayparts.
Adding to signs of radio's continued rebound, Adgate points to a recent blog from Cumulus Media showing strong evidence the economy has been opening up. "Audio is the soundtrack of the U.S. recovery, with AM/FM radio the leading way for businesses to open and reestablish themselves," said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. "People are back in their cars, returning to the office and taking much-awaited holiday trips - we are seeing this growth in consumer movement reflected in a surge of interest for our Cumulus Media assets." READ FULl ARTICLE HERE
Audacy And Radio America Strike Multi-Platform Deal To Air The Dana Loesch Show In 11 Of Its Key Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 –– Audacy and Radio America announced a multi-platform deal that will broadcast Dana Loesch’s nationally-syndicated “The Dana Show” in eleven Audacy markets. Audacy will also become the exclusive audio streaming provider for “The Dana Show.”In addition, Audacy and Loesch will collaborate on the co-development and production of her first ever original on-demand podcast.
“The Dana Show” will replace the late Rush Limbaugh’s program from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET on stations including Talk 980 AM (KMBZ-AM) in Kansas City, News Talk Radio 840 AM (KXNT-AM) in Las Vegas, Newsradio WRVA (WRVA-AM/WTVR-HD2) in Richmond and KNSS (KNSS-AM/FM) in Wichita, 97.3. The show will also re-air during various times on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM) in Philadelphia, Talk Radio 1370 (KJCE-AM) in Austin, WBEN (WBEN-AM) in Buffalo, 97.1 FM Talk (KFTK-FM) in St. Louis and 1080 WTIC News Talk (WTIC-AM) in Hartford.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Radio America and welcome Dana Loesch to our broadcast and digital platform,” said Jeff Sottolano, Executive Vice President of Programming, Audacy. “Dana is a leading conservative voice and influencer and both her daily live show and future original podcast are terrific additions to our best-in-class news and talk offerings.”
“I look forward to working with the great team at Audacy,” said Dana Loesch. “Their digital platform is a great fit for my streaming and podcast audience and their top rated radio stations are a phenomenal addition to my loyal radio fan base.” “During this pivotal moment in talk radio, the partnership with Audacy and Dana’s show is exciting because it represents our shared vision on radio’s future for the news-talk format,” said Mike Paradiso, Chief Operating Officer, Radio America.
Judy Copier Named Market President For iHeart Salt Lake City; Joyce Wirthlin Rises To SVP/Sales
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2NDm 2021 – iHeart has named Judy Copier (L) Market President for Salt Lake City and Joyce Wirthlin (R) has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. Copier has been with iHeartMedia Salt Lake City for 10 years, previously serving as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining iHeartMedia Salt Lake City, she held several roles with advertising agencies and was a Sales Manager at a local CBS affiliate. Copier will be succeeding Stu Stanek, who has been with iHeartMedia for more than 20 years and will be retiring as Market President for iHeartMedia Salt Lake City, effective May 31.
“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to take over the reins and lead this talented team in Salt Lake City,” said Copier. “I feel very fortunate to have worked alongside Stu for several years and know his wisdom and insight have been invaluable in preparing me for this role. I’m also excited to promote Joyce to SVP of Sales – the strength of her leadership will be a great asset. I’m proud to be part of the iHeartMedia family, one that recognizes that our organization is built on, and succeeds because of, the very talented people I get to work with every day.”
With Copier’s appointment to Market President, the company also announced today that Joyce Wirthlin (R) has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales She will report to Copier. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to lead the iHeartMedia Salt Lake City sales team and work alongside Judy,” said Wirthlin. “We work with amazing people, and I look forward to the continued success in Salt Lake City.” Wirthlin has several years of media sales experience and has been with iHeartMedia Salt Lake City for 23 years, serving as the Vice President of Sales for Talk Radio 105.9/570 and overseeing the station’s Total Traffic and Weather Network.
Joe Russo Returns Home To Program 97 Rock/WGRF Buffalo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 –– CUMULUS MEDIA – Cumulus has named Joe Russo as Program Director for 97 Rock/WGRF-FM in Buffalo, NY. Russo returns to his hometown of Buffalo from Kansas City, MO, where he caps a highly successful six-year run with Cumulus Kansas City as Program Director for the top-ranked Classic Hits station in the market, 94.9 KCMO-FM.
In addition to his new role with 97 Rock, Russo will be taking the programming helm at Z102.3/WQHZ-FM, 97 Rock’s Classic Rock brother station in Erie, PA, and will also program Cumulus Buffalo’s new Talk1270 WHLD. Russo will assume his new programming role with Cumulus in mid-June.
Prior to joining 94.9 KCMO in 2015, Russo was a programming consultant for Sparknet Communications, serving radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, he launched and programmed one of the most successful Adult Hits stations in the country, with the launch of the Jack FM brand in Buffalo in 2005.
Wayne Coy And Johnny Desjardins Team For Mornings On NRG's B107.3 Lincoln, NE
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 – NRG Media’s B 107.3 (KBBK-HD1, Lincoln, NE) announced that midwest native Wayne Coy will be the new host of the B Breakfast Show with Wayne Coy and Company. Wayne's previous stints have taken him across the USA from Mobile, Ala., Richmond, Va., and San Francisco, Calif. Wayne also has roots in Nebraska as the former morning show host and Program Director of Omaha’s Sweet 98.
Joining Wayne is his former Sweet 98 show producer and co-host, Johnny Desjardins. Johnny has been the morning show producer of long running shows including San Diego’s Cantore In The Morning and Chicago’s Mancow’s Morning Madhouse. Johnny was also owner and creative director of the show prep service Today’s Bits, which was used by over 200 shows across the United States.
KBBK Program Director Jill Lewis is excited to have this duo entertaining and engaging with the B107.3 listeners. “Wayne and Johnny will bring energy and fun to the in-office audience that B107.3 has been known for.” Wayne Coy adds to Jill’s excitement with, “When I left Nebraska in 2002, it wasn't goodbye forever. Just so long for now. That's probably why I've been back to visit so many times since then. I'm super stoked to be waking up Lincoln and working with Jill, Ami, Steve and the whole NRG Media family."
PODCASTS: Urban One Unveils New podcast series, For the Culture Hosted By Angie Ange
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND 2021 –– In celebration of Black Music Month, Urban One announced the release of its new podcast series, For the Culture, A History of Black Music. The podcast features six episodes focused on the impact of several Black music genres on popular music today. Every Wednesday during the month of June, the podcast will focus on various sounds, including Gospel, Funk, Philly Soul, Trap and Hip Hop, Go Go, and Chopped and Screwed and present interviews with music makers from each genre. Colby Tyner, Vice President of Programming said, “We are excited to share these interesting stories that have roots in several of our markets through podcasts as we celebrate Black Music Month”
Reach Media syndicated radio host Angie Ange (L) will host For the Culture, A History of Black Music. Ange is a rising talent nationwide and will present content designed to entertain and enlighten Reach Media's national audience with real discussions and insights from pioneers and celebrities who have contributed to the national/global rise of locally originated sounds in hotbed music markets.
"For the Culture, A History of Black Music is a testament to the commitment, hard work, and dedication of the team that worked tirelessly to make this our most robust Black Music Month ever! This podcast stands as an example of our growing commitment to our listeners and audience,” said David Motta, Radio One's Vice President of Digital Sales. For the Culture, A History of Black Music can be heard wherever you listen to podcasts and BlackAmericaWeb.com.
'Park Predators' Launches Well Anticipated Second Season Hosted By Delia D'Ambra
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 –– The audiochuck network announced that its wildly popular true-crime podcast, Park Predators dropped a second season yesterday. Park Predators is executive produced by Ashley Flowers, Founder, and CEO of the female-focused podcast network, with ad sales to be handled by AdLarge. Hosted by investigative journalist and accomplished podcaster Delia D’Ambra (shown), Park Predators explores the evil hiding among the beautiful landscapes of the national parks and forests within the North and Central America.
In addition to Park Predators, D’Ambra hosts the extremely popular true-crime podcast, CounterClock, also on the audiochuck network. Since the launch of its third season on April 29th, CounterClock has over 26 million downloads and has remained in the top 10 on the Apple Podcast charts, with 11 days at #1. Cathy Csukas, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AdLarge said “We couldn’t be more proud of our partnership with Ashley Flowers and the audiochuck team, and look forward to continuing to deliver powerful results to our clients through the success of Park Predators season two.” Park Predators is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
EVENTS: Audacy Los Angeles Teams With Ralphs and Food 4 On Mission To Help End Hunger.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2021 –– “Fill the Fridge” is a six-month giving partnership that supports non-profits who provide meals to underserved communities and help to eliminate food insecurity. From now until December, Audacy Los Angeles will leverage its reach to “fill the fridge” to get closer to that goal, with each month taking on a new monthly theme and benefitting a new non-profit partner.
To celebrate Pride Month, Audacy Los Angeles will support local non-profits dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ community, including the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Pride Pantry and Project Angel Food. LAUSD helps students in food insecure households in need of a nutritional meal. Project Angel Food was founded in 1989 in response to the AIDS crisis and today prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to 2,306 critically ill people each day - over one million meals each year to the Los Angeles community.
“We’re proud to utilize our resources to help make a difference in our community for those who need it,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy Southern California. “All donations will go directly toward helping to end hunger in our community and we look forward to serving as a champion for these selfless organizations alongside our loyal consumers.”
93.1 Katy Country & Texoma Back the Badge Event Raises $85,000 For Law Enforcement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2021 –– Alpha Media North Dallas, Texas recently raised $85,000 for the TEXOMA Back the Badge Foundation during its fifth annual Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament. The amount raised broke the station's previous record of $52,000 set in 2020. The tournament took place earlier this May at Stone Creek Golf Club in Sherman, TX. "Just an incredible year," said 93.1 Katy Country Content Director and morning host Zac Grantham. "Our sponsors, loyal listeners, volunteers, and community leaders are simply the best! Over the past 5 years, $262,000 has been raised to support local law enforcement families in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. We hope this event continues to create an overwhelming sense of love and appreciation for what our first responders do for us on a daily basis."
Additionally, the station raised money through a helicopter ball drop, where golf balls were dropped from a helicopter onto the green, and the first ball landing in the hole won $1,000. This event was so much fun and very entertaining to watch! The TEXOMA Back the Badge Foundation raises awareness and assists law enforcement officers and their families that are faced with illness, serious injury, or death.
CONDOLENCES: B.J. Thomas, 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' Singer Passes Away At 78
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2021 ––Five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, B.J. Thomas, died over the weekend at his home in Arlington, Texas at the age of 78/ Thomas’s expansive career crossed multiple genres, including country, pop, and gospel, earning him CMA, Dove, and Grammy awards and nominations since his emergence in the 1960s. Thomas’ career was anchored by numerous enduring hits, among them his million-selling cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” the Grammy-winning “(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and the iconic “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which won the Academy Award for best original song. Thomas has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, scoring eight No. 1 hits and 26 Top 10 singles over his 50+ years in the music industry. His lengthy chart history led to him being named one of Billboard’s Top 50 Most Played Artists Over The Past 50 Years. Such memorable hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing, “Don’t Worry Baby,” and “Hooked on a Feeling” have made him a staple on multiple radio formats over the years.
Born in rural Hugo, OK, Billy Joe Thomas moved to Houston, Texas with his family and experienced his first taste of success came in 1966 when he recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” which became his first million-selling single. He released the follow-up single, “Mama,” and delivered his first solo album that same year. Thomas’ second million-selling hit came in 1968 with the release of “Hooked on a Feeling,” from On My Way, his sophomore album for Scepter. During his days with the New York label, he became friendly with Ronnie Milsap and Dionne Warwick, who were also on the roster at the time. It was Warwick who introduced him to songwriter-producer Burt Bacharach. In January 1970, Thomas topped the charts with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” Penned by Bacharach and Hal David, the song was featured in the classic Paul Newman/Robert Redford film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, earning the Oscar for best original song. Sales quickly exceeded two million copies and it has remained one of the most enduring pop hits of all time
He followed with a string of pop/rock hits, including “Everybody's Out of Town,” “I Just Can't Help Believing,” “No Love at All” and “Rock and Roll Lullaby.” After six years with Scepter Records, Thomas signed with Paramount Records where he released two albums. In 1975, Thomas released the album Reunion on ABC Records, featuring “(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” which holds the distinction of being the longest titled No. 1 hit ever on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Funeral arrangements are forthcoming and will remain private. In lieu of flowers, in-memoriam donations will be accepted by Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the SPCA of Texas.
Roxanne Steele Named Co-Host of 'Broadway In The Morning' Show On WDRQ-FM Detroit
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH 2021 — Cumulus has appointed Roxanne Steele as Co-Host of the Broadway In The Morning radio show on Detroit Country station WDRQ-FM/New Country 93.1. Steele joins Bill “Broadway” Bertschinger, Host of Broadway In The Morning, which airs Monday through Friday from 5:00am-10:00am. Steele has served as a part-time talent for New Country 93.1 since 2018. Prior to that, she was On-Air Host, Middays, on Audacy’s WYCD-FM in Detroit. She was also on-air for 12 years with CBS Radio Chicago, as Afternoon Host on WBBM-FM/B96 and later, as Afternoon Host on sister station WCFS-FM/Fresh 105.9.
David Corey, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Detroit, said: “I am thrilled to have a superstar like Roxanne join Broadway in the Morning each and every weekday. The combination of having those two together in morning drive is super exciting!” Roxanne Steele remarked: “I'm so excited to join Broadway in the Morning and be a part of Detroit morning radio where so many legendary morning shows exist. This is an incredible opportunity and I'm beyond grateful for it.” For more information or to stream New Country 93.1, visit: https://www.newcountry931.com/.
NPR Names KPCC's A Martinez As New Host For 'Morning Edition' and 'Up First'
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2021 –– A Martinez (L) has been named a new co-host for NPR's Morning Edition. He comes from Southern California Public Radio, where he has been a leading presence for the past nine years. "I'm just super-stoked that NPR called me, and that NPR picked me," Martinez says. "I can't wait to meet America." Martinez, co-host of KPCC's Take Two since 2012, joins co-hosts Steve Inskeep, Noel King and Rachel Martin in presenting one of the nation's most popular news shows on radio. Martinez replaces David Greene, who stepped away from the network voluntarily last December after 15 years.
Along with his new peers, Martinez will also host the popular morning podcast Up First. Martinez will be based at NPR's studios in Culver City, Calif. NPR News executives say that Martinez complements the current hosting team's strengths. "He's got real journalistic acuity. He's got a natural warmth. He's got a really authentic curiosity," says Sarah Gilbert, NPR's vice president for news programming. "He's very comfortable with who he is and what he stands for. And he brings the total self to the table. And that really shines through, I think, to a listener."
Martinez arrives with an unconventional career arc for an NPR host, as he is the first to acknowledge. "I went to four junior colleges," Martinez says. "I went to a state school. I didn't get great grades and I went into sports radio. It's not considered a great place for intellectual pursuits." Martinez was hosting a sports talk-radio show for ESPN's Los Angeles station when Southern California Public Radio (also known by its call letters, KPCC) recruited him to co-host a show with Madeleine Brand, a former NPR host herself. Instead, the announcement led to Brand's departure. She now hosts a show at the station's cross-town rival, KCRW, in Santa Monica. As for the 'A' with no period, he says it comes from his time as a board operator for a local news radio station in Los Angeles. Colleagues who didn't bother learning his first name called out "Hey, Martinez" and the moniker stuck.
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Elton John Honored With 'Icon' Award At 8th Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards Live From LA
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2021 –– The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards brought the biggest names in entertainment together from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate all things music, live on FOX, iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio App, on Thursday, May 27. Hosted by Usher, the fan-fueled iHeartRadio MusicAwards featured performances and incredible collaborations including The Weeknd with Special Guest Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic), Dan + Shay, Doja Cat (shown above), Usher and more.
The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards honored the legendary Elton John with the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award, which was presented by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X. The award presentation also featured a special tribute performance from Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato and H.E.R., honoring Elton John’s global impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide.
In addition, the show featured special appearances from Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, twenty one pilots, Megan Thee Stallion, LL Cool J, Nelly, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, Lil Jon, Robin Thicke, Joel McHale, Oliver Stark, Ryan Guzman, Gabby Barrett, Ava Max (BL), Raphael Saadiq, AJR and more.
The official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2021, trended #1 on Twitter Worldwide and in the U.S. The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards is available now through June 17 with On Demand, FOX NOW and Hulu. The award show is available to watch On Demand for customers of AT&T TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Spectrum, Sling TV, Verizon FiOS, XFINITY, YouTube TV and many more. Among the top winners was The Weeknd who took song of the year honors - PHOTO/Kevin Mazur Getty Images for iHeart. FOR FULL LIST OF WINNERS, CLICK HERE
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