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Slow Burn Takes Home Top Honors At iHeart's Inaugural Podcast Awards
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Presented By Capital One recognized over 20 categories including True Crime, Comedy, Music, Health, History, Entertainment, and more. Taking home the coveted title of Podcast of the Year was "Slow Burn," produced by Slate Plus, and hosted by Leon Neyfakh. The show touches on major political scandals including the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and his controversy with Monica Lewinsky (season two) and the Watergate scandal (season one).
Other winners of the night included Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" for Breakout Podcast; Joe Rogan's "The Joe Rogan Experience" for Best Comedy Podcast, Jana Kramer's "Whine Down" for Best Entertainment TV Podcast, and so many others. NPR was also honored with the first-ever iHeartRadio Podcast Pioneer Award. The radio network was recognized for being a driving and innovative force in the creation of the podcasting industry with the renowned non-profit multimedia organization's groundbreaking contributions to podcasting's expanding role in today's popular culture. The award was accepted by NPR's Head of Programming Anya Grundmann.
Best Music Podcast went to Bobby Bones' Bobbycast (shown in top photo along with - Charlamagne the god (Co-host of The Breakfast Club) whose show took honors for Best Multicultural Podcast - Best News Podcast award went to The Ben Shapiro Show SEE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE
The Sports Junkies Ink Longterm Extension With 106.7 The Fan Washington D.C.
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– Entercom announced a new long-term contract extension. John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop and John-Paul Flaim will remain on 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C., weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. “Since 1996, ‘The Sports Junkies’ have driven the sports conversation in Washington D.C. and we couldn’t envision The Fan without them,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “As the unrivaled leaders in local sports coverage, we are pleased to continue our relationship with the team.” “It’s an honor and a privilege to talk sports with our friends every morning,” said Flaim.
“We’re so thankful to those that have supported us all of these years. After 23 years, we feel like we’re just hitting our stride.” “We’re excited to continue waking up Washington on 106.7 The Fan for many years to come,” said Bickel. Plans will be announced later this month for the program to be broadcast beyond Washington D.C. to affiliates across the Mid-Atlantic region.
iHeartRadio's ALTer Ego Brings Alternative Rock Superstars Together At The Forum
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– The 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego, which featured the biggest names in Alternative Rock concluded Saturday evening with unforgettable performances from Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, Muse, Weezer, Rise Against, Bishop Briggs and The Revivalists, at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles, California. The event broadcast live across over 70 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations and livestreamed on LiveXLive, a global digital media company focused on live entertainment.
Muse closed the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego. The band started off their set with their song "Pressure," followed by "Psycho," but one of the highlights of their performance was during fan favorite, "Uprising” – during the song Bellamy let everyone at The Forum sing in unison – a true uprising - PHOTO/(L-R) Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim speak on stage during 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego at The Forum with Woody of the Premiere Syndicated Woody Show - Photo courtesy of Getty Images for iHeartMedia
PODCAST: 'Stuff You Should Know' Becomes First To Top One Billion Downloads
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– “Stuff You Should Know,” an iHeartMedia podcast hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant in collaboration with HowStuffWorks, this month surpassed one billion downloads, making it the first-ever podcast to achieve this milestone and level of popularity. Launched in April 2008, the podcast has continuously educated listeners on a variety of topics in science, history, pop culture, urban legends, conspiracy theories and more. With over 1,000 episodes, a number of sold-out live events, a television season, and a new, streamlined version of the podcast titled ”Short Stuff,” the show and its hosts have garnered a loyal following across the globe.
Hosts Josh and Chuck started the show 10 years ago, both armed with a curious spirit and a passion for teaching. Initially, episodes lasted only a few minutes but quickly grew longer as the duo tackled more intensive topics ranging from dream control to zombies to acid rain. By explaining both complex and simple topics in a fun and relatable way, “Stuff You Should Know” had a strong following from the start, and it has since been atop the podcast charts. In addition to one billion all-time downloads, the show averages 30 million monthly downloads, making it one of the Top 3 podcasts in 2018.
[WATCH] CBS Sunday Morning Calls Podcast Pandemonium Officially 'A Thing'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– Following the iHeart's first Podcast Awards and news of 'Stuff You Should Know' Podcast surpassing 1-Billion Downloads, it only seemed fitting that we shared another look at CBS Sunday Morning's special feature yesterday by Jane Pauley which declared podcast pandemonium 'A Thing.'
David Pogue says while the 30's & 40 were considered the 'Golden Age of Radio, today we're living in the Golden Age of PODCASTS. Pogue talked with Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, cofounders of podcast production house Gimlet Media; Michael Barbaro, host of The New York Times' hit podcast "The Daily"; and Ken and Martha Wiseman, retired teachers who record their podcast, "The RV Navigator," in their motor home.
Despite the Pandemonium, Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein blogs that 83% of Americans still don’t listen to podcasts and according to Edison Research, 48% of those people are not sure how to listen. Educating people how to listen remains a critical ingredient in expanding the podcast universe," adds Goldstein. WATCH HERE
Along With Vanishing Airplay, R. Kelly Gets Dropped by Sony Music
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– Along with a growing number of radio stations, Sony Music has now cut ties with R. Kelly. Variety reports that no external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that the company took its time to wade through the issues “responsibly” and avoid legal ramifications. Variety adds that R. Kelly was removed from the RCA Records website, which lists the label’s signed artists, shortly after 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 18.
The AJC's Rodney Ho reported last Friday that following the Lifetime special “Surviving R. Kelly," airplay began to disappear locally and nationwide. According to Mediabase 24/7, Ho reports only 31 stations the past week played an R. Kelly song three or more times nationwide. A week earlier, which covered the time the special aired, 145 stations did so. That’s a 79 percent fall off in support.
The last time there was a mass boycott of a single artist of this magnitude was the Dixie Chicks. In Atlanta, R. Kelly is no longer heard on any major station that used to play him regularly.
EVENTS: Free BBQ For Law Enforcement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– 103.1 The Wolf – Orlando and Bud 94.1 announced the return of the annual BBQ 4 The Blue Family Picnic. This FREE event for all Central Florida law enforcement officers, support staff, and their families is Saturday February 16th, 2019 at Freedom Park in Ocoee. Program Director Len Shackelford says, “Our BBQ 4 The Blue Family Picnic is a small token of our appreciation that brings together local heroes and families for a free down-home old-fashioned good time.”
General Manager Chris Ganoudis adds, “We have to thank both the City of Ocoee and Mayor Rusty Johnson for helping us host BBQ 4 The Blue – they are great partners of ours and offered the use of Freedom Park free of charge for this non-profit event.” Ganoudis continues, “Each year, our clients and the community help us put this on as we wrap our arms around law enforcement and come together to show support for all they do for us.”
WHO Des Moines Hosts Annual Tractor Ride
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2019 –– NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO (WHO-AM), and The Big Show, are excited to announce that for the first time ever, the Council Bluffs area will serve as the base for the 23rd Annual WHO Radio Tractor Ride. The 2019 episode of the WHO Great Iowa Tractor Ride will visit cities in, and around, the Council Bluffs area from Monday, June 24th – Wednesday, June 26th. Hundreds of drivers and their tractors will call the Westfair Fairgrounds & Amphitheater home.
:We are excited to bring our fanfare to the area for the first time in our historic 23-year run”, said Scot Knock, WHO Tractor Ride Director. “The City of Council Bluffs and the Convention and Visitors Bureau are excited to host the 2019 NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO Tractor Ride. It will be the first time the WHO Tractor Ride has toured our rural areas. Our community embraces its UNness, and this event is UNlike any other." The inaugural ride included around 90 participants, and has today grown to over 600 participants, and countless fans. Last year, tractors from over 33 states made the trip to Iowa, including tractor riders from California, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas..
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WTOP Reporter Dave Dildine Rescues Drowning Woman During Snowstorm
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– WTOP reporter and photographer Dave Dildine (shown above and below) headed over to Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC where he had been angling for a shot of Boulder Bridge in deep snow at dusk. As he neared Western Ridge trailhead on Broad Branch Road around 6 p.m., he heard a muffled moaning noise and faint screaming. “I looked overt his railing and saw her flailing around in this pool of water,” Dildine recounted a day later, standing in the exact spot where he spotted a woman drowning in the creek. “I shouted, ‘Hang on! I’ll be right there,’ … went down to the creek, which at that point was pretty deep and yelled for her to swim toward me.
‘Come toward the shore,'” Dildine said. The moment he reached the water, he realized there would be no one else to help either of them. Before he could call 911, Dildine said the woman’s face began to dip below the surface. He dropped his phone in the snow and went in. “There was a sheet of ice that was very fragile that immediately started creaking as I walked out on to it. And then, when I walked out onto the edge, I just fell through it,” he said trying to stay above ground for as long as possible. Chest deep in water, Dildine reached out and grabbed the collar of the woman’s jacket, pulling her onto his chest and swimming backward toward the bank, making sure to keep his head above water. Dildine said he maneuvered them over a thin sheet of ice, pulling her stiff body until they reached the snow.
The woman, Sarah Kirkpatrick (top left), told WTOP two days after the rescue. “I didn’t know anyone was out there. I remember seeing Dave when I was losing it — when I was going under.” Minutes before she fell, the 27-year-old said she was also trying to take a picture of the snow. Seeing a better angle for her shot, she left her running path and climbed up onto the railing along Broad Branch Run and swung one leg over it. Then, her foot slipped. Kirkpatrick fell about 8 feet into the soft powder, which cushioned her landing. Seeing no other option, she attempted to climb back out and slipped again — this time into Broad Branch Creek. Dildine called 911. U.S. Park Police confirmed the dispatch at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13
Hours after she was rushed to the hospital, Dildine heard from first responders that the woman he saved was going to be OK. But he still didn’t know her name or how she came to be in the creek in the first place. The following day, Dildine had more questions than answers and wanted to return to the spot in Rock Creek Park where he risked his safety to save a stranger, not only to process what had happened, but also to see it in the light of day. Watch/read more HERE in story by WTOP's Megan Cloherty. PHOTOS/Courtesy of WTOP's Megan Cloherty - Dave Dildine
FEDER: Violeta Podrumedic To Join WTMX-FM Chicago's Eric Ferguson Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– Robert Feder reports that afternoon traffic reporter, Violeta Podrumedic, on Tribune's WGN 720-AM Chicago will be joining Eric Ferguson’s top-rated morning show on Hubbard Radio WTMX 101.9-FM.
Podrumedic began as a newsroom intern at WGN and has been a contributor to the afternoon show hosted by Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes since 2016. Her last day on WGN was Friday.
“Violeta provides a whole new perspective and voice to our group,” Ferguson said. “She received great guidance from Roe Conn, who I have always felt is one of the most talented broadcasters in Chicago. We’re lucky to have ownership who supports expanding our show to continue to be successful. Now the goal is to not screw it all up!” PHOTO/Facebook
Julia Lepidi To Debut New NightlyShow On B96 Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– Props to Robert Feder who also reports that Entercom's WBBM/B96 Chicago will debut Julia Lepidi's new nightime show beginning next week, airing from 7 pm to Midnight.
According to PD Todd Cavanah, Lepidi replaces Corey Bonalewicz (Corey B.), who moved to WNYL in New York in November. Before her brief stint as morning co-host (cut short by a format change) Lepidi worked as nighttime host and promotions coordinator at WDZH in her native Detroit.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Rogers Named VP/Director Of Sales For Entercom Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– Entercom has appointed Mary Rogers as Vice President and Director of Sales for Entercom Dallas, effective January 28. In this role, Rogers will oversee sales efforts for 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 98.7 K-LUV (KLUV-FM), ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM), La Grande 107.5 (KMVK-FM) and News Radio 1080 (KRLD-AM).
“Mary is a well-respected executive with remarkable experience and we are looking forward to welcoming her to Dallas,” said Brian Purdy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “I am confident she will lead the sales team to sustained revenue growth in 2019 and beyond.” “I am excited to join Entercom Dallas, working alongside Brian Purdy and his amazing team,” said Rogers. “I began my career in Dallas and it is a great feeling to be back working with these iconic brands and audiences.”
Rogers brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, development and management to this role. For the past six years, she served as Director of Sales for Cox Media Group in San Antonio, TX.
Entercom Unveils Mets Broadcast Team
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the radio broadcast team for New York Mets broadcasts on WCBS 880 in New York, the new flagship station of the team. Veteran broadcaster Howie Rose will continue as the lead voice in the Mets radio booth where he will be joined by Wayne Randazzo (R). Randazzo waspreviously pregame and postgame host for the Mets.
“This is an exciting time for WCBS 880 as we launch our inaugural season of New York Mets broadcast coverage,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Mets fans are some of the most passionate fans in baseball, and we trust, behind Howie, Wayne and the rest of the broadcast team, they will consistently turn to this historic station for coverage of their favorite team.”
Longtime WFAN Mets beat reporter Ed Coleman will conduct pregame coverage, including the daily “Managers Show with Mickey Callaway.” Randazzo will host the station’s postgame coverage immediately following each game broadcast. WCBS 880 morning sports anchor Brad Heller will serve as the utility player on the team presenting sports coverage for the station, as well as fill-in on pregame coverage. WCBS 880 will air ten spring training games, beginning with the Mets’ spring training opener on February 23 against the Atlanta Braves in Port St. Lucie, FL. WCBS 880 will broadcast the team’s regular season opener against the Washington Nationals on March 28.
iHM Brings Boombox Stage To SBLIII
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Atlanta will bring to life the iHeartRadio BoomBox Stage Sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness January 26 through February 2 during the 2019 Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon in Centennial Olympic Park. Super Bowl LIVE is a week of activations, events and acts leading into Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The week-long stage of events will feature sets from iHeartRadio DJs and on-air personalities from iHeartMedia Atlanta’s Power 96.1, 96.7 The Beat, 94.9 The Bull, ALT 105.7 and Z105.3 as well as innovative Orangetheory Fitness classes led by Orangetheory coaches, giveaways and more. In addition, iHeartMedia Atlanta will also have the iHeartRadio Twitter Vending Machine activation onsite where guests will have the opportunity to win prizes through tweets.
EVENT: Alpha Fredericksburg Assists Furloughed Government Employees
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– If you're among the many who've experienced long lines at airports following the latest government shut down, you'll likely appreciate this promotion from Alpha Media, Fredericksburg, VA. It's stations: WFLS, WVBX, WWUZ, and WNTX created a web page with listings of businesses from the Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas that are assisting federal workers during the government shutdown.
Many businesses are coming together to help the community during this time in need by providing free or reduced fee meals, services, groceries, and even temporary employment opportunities. The list is growing every few minutes. The community support is one of the main reasons this area is one of the best places to live. The list of services can be found on the station websites and social media pages. “We reached out to our listeners with on-air announcements and social networking to help us create a web page which spotlights area businesses who are offering products and services to government employees and their families. The response from our market has been incredible and that web page list continues to grow,” remarked Bill West, WFLS Content Director.
Clay Travis Reaches 300th Affiliate Mark
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, announced that Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis has reached a broadcast milestone of 300 affiliates. Among the show’s recent affiliate additions are KKSE-AM/FM in Denver, Colo.; WGFX-FM in Nashville, Tenn.; WEEX-AM/WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pa.; KQQL-X1/KQQL-F3 in Minneapolis, Minn. and WBCN-AM/W234BY in Charlotte, N.C.
Travis, who renewed and extended his relationship with FSR this past summer, joined the 24/7 sports radio network in 2016 to lead its weekday morning lineup in the 6 to 9 a.m. ET timeslot. Originating from Nashville, Tenn., Outkick The Coverage features Travis’ informed, outspoken, fearless and often funny commentary on the latest sports headlines, as well as interviews and listener interaction. The program has experienced impressive year-over-year audience gains. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the growth of Outkick the Coverage,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, and Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, in a joint statement. “Clay and his team have consistently set new listening records, which promises for continued momentum and a lot more success in the future. We are excited to share many more achievements with our affiliate partners around the country.”
USRN Extends Longterm With 'Carmen'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Networks (USRN), announced it has renewed its arrangement to distribute the daily comedic feature known as Carmen Calls as well as its companion weekend daypart program, Sabado Picante. The deal, which extends a relationship that began in 2004, constitutes a multi-year agreement for United Stations with the unique on air talent whose background and history is a bit of an intentional mystery.
Having started out at the legendary KMEL-FM in San Francisco, the spicy and somewhat loopy Latina female known as Carmen became an instant fan favorite. Carmen originally appeared doing interviews on the KMEL morning show, but soon added so-called “prank calls” to her repertoire. Carmen partnered with United Stations in 2004 and began providing comedic content through the company. USRN’s Andy Denemark commented that “Unique and entertaining content is the greatest thing we can provide to our affiliates, and in that regard, nothing tops Carmen. We are so happy to be extending our relationship with Carmen well into the future.” For more info, contact USRN: Andy Denemark email@example.com or 212.536.3603
HONORS: KFOR-AM Lincoln, NE To Receive NAB Crystal Heritage Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2019 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will honor KFOR-AM, Lincoln, NE with the esteemed NAB Crystal Heritage Award. The award will be presented during the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 9 during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only seven other stations have received this honor in the 32-year history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards.
“KFOR AM/FM has proudly served the Lincoln, NE region for over 94 years, and our commitment to the community has never wavered," said Alpha Media Lincoln’s Market Manager Julie Gade. "We are so proud of our team’s accomplishments both on and off the air and are honored that this dedication is being rewarded with a coveted NAB Crystal Heritage Award.”
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iHeartMedia Moving Regional Office Space To Fremont Street In Downtown Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– 2019 – iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced plans to move their regional office to downtown Las Vegas. The new location at 425 Fremont Street, Suite 220, in Las Vegas is scheduled to open in August 2019 and will include a 15-year lease. The new iHeartMedia Las Vegas headquarters is part of iHeartMedia’s new partnership with Fremont Street Experience to revitalize and assist in the growth of downtown Las Vegas.
For the past few months, iHeartMedia Las Vegas has designed a brand-new state-of-the-art facility to house their iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including Sunny 106.5, 93.1 The Mountain, 95.5 The Bull and Real 103.9. The studios will feature cutting-edge design elements as well as digitally-advanced technology and resources for talent and programmers that will help them connect even faster and easier with listeners delivering even more great content to the Las Vegas community.
“We’re excited to move our iHeartMedia Las Vegas team to our new headquarters in downtown Las Vegas,” said Glynn Alan (R), Region President foriHeartMedia Las Vegas. “We’ve specifically designed this new location to invoke collaboration and raise awareness within the downtown area of Las Vegas while embodying the iHeartMedia brand.”
iHeart Las Vegas’ partnership with Fremont Street Experience will also include co-promotions of current downtown concerts and events, with additional opportunities to co-produce and create new events and concerts to drive awareness and visitation to the area. iHeartRadio in-studio guests and musical acts can also perform on one of Fremont Street Experience’s three stages (L) in downtown Las Vegas.
HONORS: Urban One's Cathy Hughes To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. Cathy Hughes will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 8 at the Encore in Las Vegas. Hughes grew Urban One, formerly known as Radio One, into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. The company is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. As such, Hughes became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by Alfred Liggins III, Hughes’ son.
Hughes began her radio career at KOWH-AM in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1971, she became a lecturer at the newly established School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, Hughes served as general sales manager at WHUR-FM, Howard University Radio. She also became the first woman vice president and general manager of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format known as the “Quiet Storm,” which revolutionized urban radio and was aired on over 480 stations nationwide. In 1980, Hughes purchased her flagship station WOL-AM, in Washington D.C. and pioneered yet another innovative format known as “24-Hour Talk From a Black Perspective.”
CRS To Feature Ken Burns Documentary
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 – CRS and the Country Music Association announced that writer/producer, Dayton Duncan of the new eight-part, 16-hour COUNTRY MUSIC documentary that will premiere on PBS this fall, will appear as part of Country Radio Seminar’s 50th Anniversary (CRS 2019) keynote event. Ken Burns (R), who directed and co-produced the film with long-time collaborators Duncan and Julie Dunfey, will appear via a taped intro piece, followed by Duncan discussing the film. The keynote event, set for Wednesday, Feb.13 at 4 p.m., will offer attendees an exclusive first look at clips with rare footage and interviews conducted over the six years it took to produce the film.
Country Radio Seminar Board President, Kurt Johnson will conclude the panel with an overview of how radio can get involved with this landmark event. The film chronicles the highs and lows of Country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak, and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” The film follows the evolution of Country music throughout the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.” COUNTRY MUSIC, explores crucial questions, “What is Country music?” and “Where did it come from?” while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more —
CRS 2019 will be held Feb. 13-15, 2019. Visit at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more details.
Ali Mac Exits Kicks 101.5; Byron Cooper Departs Nights At Q99.7 Atlanta
THE MOUTH,, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– The AJ's Rodney Ho was first to report that Ali Mac (L) has left her co-host spot with Cadillac Jack at Cumulus KICKS 101.5 Atlanta. In the same report, Ho adds that sister station Q99.7's Byron Cooper has departed nights.
Mac wrote in a statement: “I learned so much from Kicks 101.5 and had an amazing time working with everyone at Cumulus Atlanta! Can’t wait to see what’s next.” - reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Sean Shannon, Cumulus Market Manager, Cadillac Jack is staying put and the search is now on for a new co-host.. Cadillac been a mainstay at the station for more than a quarter century
Todd & Jayde Adjusts Morning Hours
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– While still very much in control of mornings at Cumulus' WPLJ New York, Todd & Jayde will now be heard from 5:30 - 8:30 am. The move gives the station the opportunity of programming a new music sweep beginning at 8:30 am.
Last April, Jayde Donovan launched a new Westwood One-syndicated weekend program. “Jayde” that debuted on April 14 on 50 stations nationwide, including WPLJ, and Cumulus CHR sisters stations “Hot 93.3” KLIF Dallas, “104 KRBE” Houston and “Q-100” WWWQ Atlanta.
Donovan is also among the hosts for “Westwood One Backstage.”
Jacobs Media's Seth Resler To Present Webinar Today On How To Launch a Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– Today at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT, Jacobs Media's Seth Resler will present a webinar: "Is your radio station ready to start podcasting? Reslers says, 'I will show you how to plan and execute your first podcast in a few easy steps.
Among the many things Resler will share include: What formats and topics work well for podcasts • How to map out your podcast-creation process • What tools you'll need and how to promote your podcast - Sign up HERE
EVENTS: 106.5 The Arch With 2nd Chance Prom
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– 106.5 The Arch is hosting their first-ever Second Chance Prom! It will take place at the The Foundry Art Centre. The event will feature an “Under the Sea”, “80’s Throwback”, “Night in Paris” and “Hollywood Red Carpet” theme.
Listeners have until tomorrow, January 18th to vote at https://www.1065thearch.com/second-chance-prom/#second-chance-prom-voting, and the winning theme will be announced on Monday, January 21st to allow party-goers to coordinate their complete Prom look with their posse.
Sarah Jane Crawford To Host New UK Show
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17Th, 2019 –– The Bauer Group of radio stations in the UK now have their own chart show on Sunday afternoons, 4pm till 7pm across the Hits Radio Network. Bauer says the UK Chart Show, hosted by Sarah Jane Crawford, is aimed at a national audience of influential 15-44-year-olds.
In Australia, Former triple j Presenter Dylan Alcott Now On The Hit Network - Paralympic gold medalist and radio host Dylan Alcott is joining the Hit Network. Dylan spent the last two years on triple j, working as a regular guest and sports presenter on Breakfast with Ben and Liam, and on Weekend Afternoons. Now Dylan joins Weekend Breakfast with Tanya Hennessy and Angus O’Loughlin. As well as his athletic achievements, including winning medals representing Australia in basketball and tennis, and winning multiple tennis slams, Dylan founded his own charity to help Aussies living with a disability to realise their dreams, and also co-hosts ABC TV show The Set.
You Couldn’t Make It Up Returns To Newstalk In Ireland - Newstalk has announced the return of it’s comedy news panel You Couldn’t Make It Up to its weekend schedule. The irreverent weekly half-hour show will air on Saturdays and be recorded in front of a live studio audience. Co-produced and hosted by broadcaster Pat O’Mahony, the show will feature Irish comedic talent divided into teams of two. Each team will be let loose to analyse, fillet and ridicule the week’s Irish and international headlines as well as the less well known more offbeat stories.
Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
SNAPS: Angela Yee Honored During Brooklyn Nets Game
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2019 –– Ally Love (L), arena host for the Brooklyn Nets at Barklays Center, introduces The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee on court to recognize her as BSE Global’s first-ever Diversity, Inclusion And Community Engagement (DICE) Ambassador.
A big part of her role includes involvement in BSE Global's youth educational programs throughout the community. Yee will also be a member of, and participate in the development of, BSE Global’s first-ever Community Advisory Board.
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Mercury Awards 2019 Now Open For Entries
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– Call for Entry for the 28th Annual Radio Mercury Awards officially opened this week for the 2019, the Radio Mercury Awards, plus they've added two new prizes that reflect the current advertising environment for radio and related audio platforms including podcasts, jingles, sonic branding, music and sound.
New to this year’s competition, the Radio Mercury Awards will now accept entries from agencies, production/audio companies and advertisers in Canada and Mexico for work that was broadcast or released initially and primarily in the U.S. and its territories. Lastly, the Spanish Language Spot/Campaign category is now open to radio stations/groups.
The Radio Mercury Awards will announce the total number of awards to be given out when the 2019 Finalists are announced in early May. Winners will be announced at the 2019 Radio Mercury Awards event on June 6, 2019 at SONY Hall in New York. For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
Paula Divello Rises To VP/MM for Cumulus Abilene Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has promoted Paula Divello to Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s four-station cluster in Abilene, TX. Divello, a 24-year veteran of media sales, rises from her previous position as Director of Sales for Cumulus Shreveport, LA. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales for Townsquare Media in Lufkin, TX, and also held Lufkin-based positions as Executive Director, Humane Society of Angelina County, and as Senior Account Executive, Digital Marketing Manager and Local Sales Manager for Raycom Media.
Cumulus operates and owns four stations in Abilene, including: KHXS-FM/The Bear 102 Classic Rock; KTLT-FM/SportsRadio 98.1 FM The Ticket; KBCY-FM/99.7 Texas’ Best Country; and KCDD-FM/Power 103, Today’s Hit Music.
Barry Allen Named PD For Sunny 105.3 Bakersfield
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– iHeart announced that Barry Allen has been named Program Director for Sunny 105.3, Bakersfield. As Program Director, Allen will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the station’s music programming and for imaging and branding. He will report to Steve Weed, Area Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Central California Region. “We’re excited to have Barry joining our iHeartMedia Bakersfield family,” said Weed. “When we launched SUNNY 105.3 last year, we filled a major void for Bakersfield listeners and we’re confident that Barry will continue to build out the SUNNY 105.3 brand.”
Allen joins iHeartMedia Bakersfield from KCEZ-FM in Chico, California and KEWB-FM in Redding, California, where he most recently served as Program Director for both stations. He also served as an on-air talent at KZRV-FM and KLZZ-FM in St. Cloud, Minnesota; on-air talent for KRWC-AM in Buffalo, Minnesota; and a Program Director and Interactive Manager for BOLD Radio. Allen began his career in radio at WPKR-FM in Green Bay/Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The CW & iHeart Announce New Multi-Year Broadcast & Video Streaming Agreement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– The CW and iHeartMedia today announced a new multi-year agreement for The CW to remain the exclusive television broadcaster and video streaming partner for the star-studded two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival as well as the annual holiday iHeartRadio Jingle Ball event. The CW and iHeartMedia have been partners on these events since 2012. In addition, under the new agreement The CW will air a “Best Of” special featuring one of iHeartRadio’s 2019 marquee events as well as live stream four of iHeartRadio’s Theater Shows. Located in both New York and Los Angeles, theiHeartRadio Theaters bring fans intimate performances from top recording artists as well as unique events such as exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Parties.
“10 year partnerships are rare in any business, and we are excited that these two prized franchises will continue to call The CW their home through 2021,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “This exclusive partnership with the CW will allow us to continue to bring the excitement of our world-class events to millions of viewers nationwide.”
SYNDICATION: Cody Alan Celebrates 5th Anniversary As Host Of CMT After Midnight
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– Award-winning CMT host and radio personality Cody Alan celebrated his five-year anniversary as host of CMT After MidNite. Alan, who took over the industry-leading program in January 2014, was surprised by Country music star Maren Morris and Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott, who stopped by CMT’s Nashville headquarters to help him commemorate the special milestone. Alan will host his 2000th episode of CMT After MidNite this summer as he continues to feature the biggest hits in Country music, as well as exclusive interviews and performances, event coverage and fan interaction.
With more than 25 years’ experience on the air, along with TV hosting duties as co-host of CMT’s signature music show, Hot 20 Countdown, in 1993, After MidNite was rebranded as CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan following a long-term partnership between Premiere’s parent company iHeartMedia and CMT to create the largest Country music platforms in radio and television. As part of the agreement, Premiere also began syndicating CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan.
Pictured left to right: CMT Radio Executive Producer Ashlee McDonald, CMT/Premiere Networks Host Cody Alan, Maren Morris, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott and Premiere Networks Senior Vice President Integrated Marketing & Promotions Rick Murray at CMT headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.
[WATCH] R. Kelly's Ex-Wife Talks Abuse, Rumors And More With Rick & Sasha
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– The new Westwood One syndicated Rick & Sasha Show scooped an in-studio interview yesterday with Andrea “Drea” Kelly, the ex-wife of R. Kelly. During the course of the interview, Ms. Kelly was extremely forthcoming, sometimes tearful, and talked openly with co-hosts Rick Party and Sasha the Diva about her relationship with the embattled recording artist -- from their initial friendship and secret wedding to years of emotional abuse, infidelity, rumors and allegations, sex tapes, haters on social media, and more.
Andrea On R. Kelly initially being kind: “You have to know the difference between kind and cunning.” Do you think he was faithful? “Not at all.” As for why she hasn't changed her last name, she said“At the end of the day, I paid for my name in blood, sweat, and tears.” WATCH VIDEO CLIPS HERE
For more information on Rick and Sasha, contact Neal Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, email@example.com or (508) 245-1776.
STUDY: Radio Campaigns Help Drive Breakfast Thinkers/Planners
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– A Westwood One blog post looks at the results from a MARU/Vision Critical study commissioned by Westwood One to measure brand effect and sales impact of AM/FM radio for a major breakfast brand. The study was conducted among 500 respondents before the campaign and 500 respondents after the AM/FM radio campaign. The results reinforced AM/FM radio’s role as a powerful medium that drives action for consumer packaged goods
Results show that Breakfast thinkers/planners are likely to be heavy AM/FM radio listeners. “Breakfast thinkers/planners,” or the one-third of Americans who plan breakfast for the week and purchase ahead of time, are 48% more likely to be heavy radio listeners than the overall population of adults 25-49. · Awareness for the breakfast brand products grew +7% and +12%. As a result of the AM/FM radio campaign, awareness increased for both products. · Purchase behavior increased +13% for the parent brand after exposure to the AM/FM radio campaign. After the AM/FM radio campaign period, +13% more consumers said they purchased products from the breakfast brand. · AM/FM radio grew product trial and brand awareness +26%. Post-AM/FM radio campaign, +26% more respondents said they were aware of the product category and actually tried it.
Whether the goal is to drive purchase, tune-in, or store traffic, AM/FM radio has a track record of delivering a positive return for brands. AM/FM radio’s power as a medium that drives action is evident. It works for TV tune-in, retail, quick service restaurants, and, as evidenced further by this breakfast brand study, consumer packaged goods.
HONORS: Fox NFL Sunday To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2019 –– FOX NFL Sunday will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 8 at the Encore in Las Vegas. FOX NFL SUNDAY has ranked as America’s most-watched NFL pre-game show for the past 25 seasons. Since its inception in 1994, the program has served as the signature studio show for FOX Sports and revolutionized the sports television industry. Additionally, the program includes an audio simulcast on FOX Sports Radio.
In total, FOX NFL SUNDAY has received 16 Emmy Awards with its on-air personalities garnering an additional seven trophies. The program features co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee with analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, with reports from NFL insider Jay Glazer. “Every week, millions of viewers across the country tune in to FOX NFL SUNDAY not just for the latest information about ‘America’s Game,’ but also for the analysis and antics of the show’s larger-than-life personalities. The show resonates with football diehards and casual fans alike, and we look forward to enshrining it in our Hall of Fame,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
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[LISTEN] 38 Years And 9,000 Plus Shows Later, Beloved Hartford Host Gary Craig Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– After more than 30 Years and over 9,000 shows, beloved Hartford host, author and artist, Gary Craig, announced he'll be hanging up the mic on 96.5 WTIC. Craig told his audience yesterday morning that he will retire from 96.5 WTIC-FM sometime in June. The Craig & Company host, who joined the Hartford station in 1981, surprised his cohorts with the news, telling them that while driving into the station Monday morning he just felt like it was time.
"I really hate goodbyes, goodbyes suck," he said. "But everything good or bad has to come to an end eventually. I mean nothing lasts forever. "I think I've been at the fair a little too long." According to Patch/Connecticut, Craig had been with the station for 11 years when he was fired in the early 1990s and moved to rival WKSS-FM for a few years, only to return to WTIC in 1996. He didn't give an exact date in June for when he plans to step down, and added that he currently has no idea what he'll do next. Predictably, his Facebook page lit up with well-wishers.
While on his FB page, check out his artwork - and for a closer look at his career, be sure and go to Amazon for his book released last Summer, 'Tugging on the sleeve of fame - available HERE - LISTEN TO HIS GOODBYE HERE
The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee Named First-Ever BSE Global's DICE Ambassador
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Angela Yee, co-host of Power 105.1’s nationally syndicated morning show, The Breakfast Club, has been named as the first-ever BSE Global Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) Ambassador. As BSE Global’s DICE Ambassador, Yee will play a prominent role in helping the organization build deeper connections to Brooklyn neighborhoods to further expand awareness of the company’s events and community initiatives.
“As a Brooklynite, this borough holds a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to represent BSE Global and identify opportunities that elevate our community to new heights,” Yee said. “Brooklyn has a strong, historic relationship with both music and basketball, and I look forward to working with BSE Global to find new ways to deepen and celebrate that relationship within our community.” Her first event will be hosting a Black History Month program in Barclays Center’s 40/40 Club by Tanduay Rum after the Nets play the Chicago Bulls on February 8. She will also serve as a member of, and participate in the development of, BSE Global’s first-ever Community Advisory Board.
“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Yee to the BSE Global family and are looking forward to working alongside her to build impactful relationships with our neighbors in Brooklyn in a meaningful and authentic way,” said Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett, BSE Global Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. Yee was born and raised in Brooklyn, and dedicates a large portion of her spare time to giving back to the community by working with charitable organizations including the New York Public Library, Coats for Kids, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the We Are Family Foundation.
KISS 104.1 Atlanta Names Terri Avery Program Director
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta has named Terri Avery program director at WALR-FM Kiss 104.1, effective Jan. 22, 2019. “I am so excited to join the Cox Media Group Atlanta team and serve as the program director of WALR. I look forward to working alongside Chris Eagan, Steve Smith, Donna Hall, Tim Clarke and the Kiss 104.1 team,” said Avery. “Look out ATL, here I come.”
Most recently, Avery served as the radio station manager and instructor at Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to this role, she spent fourteen years as the operations manager/program director for CBS Radio’s WPEG/WBAV in Charlotte. Her career also includes programming stops in Baltimore, Dallas and Houston.
“Terri is well-regarded in the radio industry. She is smart, engaging, a champion in talent coaching and an expert in Urban AC,” said Chris Eagan, director of operations. “Her years of diverse experience make her a great addition to the Kiss 104.1 team.”
SYNDICATION: Ben Shapiro Expands Reach With New 2-Hour Live Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Westwood One kicked off the New Year with a bang with Its new The Ben Shapiro Show LIVE, launching on Monday, January 7, and the adjacent podcast component, can now be heard on more than 150 stations nationwide, including eight of the top 10 markets. Stations include WABC-AM/New York, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, WLS-AM/Chicago, and KSEV-AM/Houston plus other major market stations such as KTTH-AM/Seattle.
The live radio show, airing from 4 - 6 pm ET, will forego nationally recorded ads in breaks and restrict advertising opportunities to a limited number of powerful live reads like the ones heard in Shapiro’s daily podcast. The Ben Shapiro Show LIVE is a high-energy, action-packed program. The two-hour live radio show is preceded by Shapiro’s one-hour podcast broadcast, which airs at 3 pm ET. Stations have the option to take the one-hour podcast broadcast, the two-hour live show, or the three-hour combination.
“I couldn't be more honored and excited to bring two more hours of live content to Westwood One affiliates across the country,” said Shapiro. “We are bringing more hard-hitting, fast-talking commentary, plus new top-of-the-line guests -- and we’re covering politics and pop culture in more depth and breadth than anywhere else. Thanks so much to Westwood One for allowing me the opportunity to expand the Ben Shapiro Show footprint!” For more information about Ben Shapiro programming on Westwood One, contact Stuart Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 419-2946.
Connie & Fish Extend With MIX 95.7 Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media's MIX 95.7 has inked an extension with its popular morning show Connie & Fish. Interim PD Doug Montgomery commented,
Connie & Fish tell Jockline, “Connie and I are both excited to be doing a show we love with a company that’s supportive of even more growth over the years to come”
iHeart New York Debuts New Digital Station 'iHeart Radio For Broadway'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia New York announced the debut of iHeartRadio Broadway, home for the best of Broadway 24/7, in collaboration with Mercedes Benz as the founding partner. The new digital station is now available for Broadway fans everywhere via iHeartRadio and iHeartRadioBroadway.com. iHeartRadio Broadway will feature all the best Broadway music, content and more, streaming classic songs from original Broadway cast album soundtracks. In addition, interviews with renowned Broadway stars will be integrated throughout the station hosted by an array of iHeartRadio New York on-air personalities such as Elvis Duran from Z100’s “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show,” Michael Riedel from 710 WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael in the Morning” and Christine Nagy from 106.7 Lite FM.
“We’re THRILLED to launch iHeartRadio Broadway. To be able to bring the very best of Broadway – from music, interviews, events and more – to this passionate fan base in a way they can access anytime from anywhere is extraordinary,” said Scott Hopeck, Division President for iHeartMedia. “Musical theater enthusiasts can now connect with their favorite shows, soundtracks and actors in a way that only iHeartRadio can provide through this new platform. Extending the Broadway experience past your seat in the theater is something that has been missing and we’re pleased that we will be able to provide fans a home for that missing piece.”
LiveXLive Teams With iHeart To Stream Upcoming Events
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– LiveXLive Media announced a partnership with iHeartMedia to livestream the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego taking place at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2019. LiveXLive will announce an additional livestream in partnership with iHeartMedia in early 2019. “Our mission is to bring our global audience of music fans the ‘best seat in the house’ for musically diverse concerts by the most popular artists,” Rob Ellin, CEO and chairman of LiveXLive said. “iHeartMedia, with its massive reach across radio, digital and social, and its culture-defining marquee events such as ALTer Ego, is undeniably a perfect fit.”
“iHeartRadio ALTer Ego is the premier nationwide alternative music event of the year,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “With tickets having sold out immediately, our partnership with LiveXLive will give music fans across the country the opportunity to view this livestream on any device.” In addition to performances, LiveXLive will livestream original content created around the artists and the events. LiveXLive plans to stream more than 27 music festivals and concerts across the globe featuring over 350 hours of live content during its 2019 fiscal year.
Benztown Extends With Cumulus & WWO
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Benztown announced it has signed a multi-year partnership extension with Cumulus and Westwood One. Under the new agreement, Benztown will provide radio imaging, production, voiceover, programming and jingles to Westwood One and to Cumulus' owned and operated stations. Per the terms of the new agreement, Westwood One will continue to manage affiliation and advertising sales for all Benztown production and imaging libraries and Benztown will direct production of the network’s library offerings. Additionally, Westwood One will manage affiliate and advertising sales for Benztown’s voiceover services available to stations for barter and will serve as exclusive ad sales representation for select Benztown Radio Networks programs and services.
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming for Cumulus and Westwood One, said: “Benztown provides us with the ability to share creative content across multiple platforms as well as takes our ideas and turns them into AMAZING.” Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to continue to partner with Cumulus and Westwood One to create the best-sounding stations and programming in Radio! We are incredibly grateful to Mike McVay, Suzanne Grimes, and Charles Steinhauer for their support and belief in what we do. Our relationship with so many of the industry’s most talented professionals and innovative audio brands has enabled us to up our game with each year, and we look forward to continuing to do our best work together.” For more information, visit www.benztown.com, or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com and at (818) 842-4600.
IT'S TODAY! Futuri To Present Webinar On CES Recap: 'What Radio Needs To Know'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Artificial intelligence. The connected car. 5G. There have been a seemingly endless number of announcements about technology that will change the way we consume media coming out of this year’s CES conference, but what do they mean for radio?
Futuri Media is here to help our radio partners separate signal from noise. Join Futuri Media’s Michael “Shark” Sharkey (TR) and Brynne Deppas for a tight recap of key CES announcements, what they mean for radio, and actionable insights on how your station can take advantage of them to drive audience and revenue growth.
The webinar will be held at two different convenient times on Tuesday, January 15 at 10:30am EST and 1:30pm EST. Sign up now! Links can be found HERE
Entercom Expands Channel Q to Seattle
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced today the expansion of CHANNEL Q to 103.3 FM and 107.7 The End HD2 (KNDD-FM) in Seattle, WA. “We are THRILLED to bring CHANNEL Q to Seattle,” said Jack Hutchison, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Seattle. “We’re passionate about giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, and look forward to partnering with people and organizations that help the LGBTQ+ community thrive in Seattle.”
The station’s weekday lineup is as follows: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Morning Beat” hosted by Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else” hosted by Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (Monday-Thursday) “Sidebar with John Duran” hosted by John Duran (Friday) 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “No Things Considered with Kevin Klein & Ally Johnson” 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: “Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hits, Chill and House Music) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Let’s Go There” hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: “LoveLine” hosted by Dr. Chris Donaghue (Monday-Thursday) 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hit Mixes, Chill and House)
CHANNEL Q is available nationwide on RADIO.COM,
EVENTS: Beasley's Power 98 Charlotte to Build Third Home for Local Family
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2019 –– Beasley announced that WPEG-FM (Power 98) has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte for the third consecutive year to build a home for a local family. No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse will kick-off the initiative with a live broadcast on Friday, January 18th in conjunction with the official launch of the city’s Community Service Weekend in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Members of the Power 98 staff, listeners and business associates will work together to build the home until it’s completed in March 2019. Listeners and residents over the age of 16 are invited to join the on-air personalities each weekend to help with the project. A complete schedule of build dates can be found at www.power98fm.com.
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KIRO-FM Seattle Names Candy, Mike & Todd To Afternoons Following Ron & Don Exit
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2018 –– KIRO Radio announced the addition of a new weekday afternoon program of The Candy, Mike and Todd Show, hosted by Candy Harper, Mike Lewis and Todd Herman. They'll make its debut today, January 14 from 3-7 p.m. “This is an exciting moment in the continuing evolution of KIRO Radio,” says Dave Pridemore, VP/Market Manager for Bonneville Seattle Media Group. “We feel that Candy, Mike and Todd will bring a variety of fun,entertaining and diverse perspectives that best represent the communities that KIRO Radio serves.”
Candy Harper most recently served as the afternoon producer on KIRO Radio. She came to the station in 2015 as a traffic reporter and held roles as a weekend and fill-in host as well. Harper grew up just Southeast of Seattle on Lake Sawyer, where she got the itch to do radio at a young age. Mike Lewis has worked at KIRO Radio as a reporter and fill-in host since 2016. Todd Herman has been the afternoon show host on KIRO Radio’s sister-station KTTH-AM since 2015 and worked as a fill-in host on both KIRO Radio and the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.
Longtime hosts Ron (O'Neill) and Don’s (Upshaw) last show on KIRO Radio was last Thursday. According to The Seattle Times, After nearly 13 years on drive time KIRO-FM, the staff was notified 11 minutes after the show ended at 7 p.m.. KIRO wrote: "We want to thank them both for their service and contribution to the station, our company and to the communities we serve. They both have left long legacies on KIRO Radio and we wish them only the best."
KTTH Seattle Shuffles Lineup; Shapiro Added
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Adding to talk moves in Seattle, AM 770 KTTH announced a revamped lineup for their successful “conservative commute.” “The Saul Spady Show” will air weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m., a brand new addition to the KTTH lineup. “The Jason Rantz Show” headlines the weekday afternoon drive-time from 3:00pm-6:00pm and the nationally syndicated “Ben Shapiro Show” expands to weeknights from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Spady is very active in local politics, most recently leading a successful grassroots effort to repeal Seattle’s Amazon head tax. An accomplished small businessman and lifelong Washingtonian, Spady’s family is very well known to the region, his grandfather the founder of the iconic Dick’s Drive-In. Rantz now leads afternoon drive, after handling morning drive for over a year. He has appeared on FOX News, NBC Nightly News, KIRO, KING and KOMO television, and in The Seattle Times.
Shapiro got his solo start with KTTH in 2014 and has since launched into syndication with Westwood One. He's also the Editor in Chief of the Daily Wire, a best-selling author, and frequent guest on FOX News. “I’m incredibly excited to be returning to three hours a day in Seattle,” Shapiro said. “Having hosted on KTTH a few years back, I’m pumped to be coming back — and I can’t wait to talk with the terrific Seattle audience every day.” KTTH is owned by Bonneville.
Former Rock Host TJ Trout Tackles Talk
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Former morning host at 94 Rock Albuquerque, T.J. Trout, comes out of retirement and returns to talk radio 770 KKOB-AM. He'll officially take over on January 22nd on a lineup that includes Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. The Albuquerque Journal, reports that KKOB-AM was not an obvious choice for Trout, who was called out of retirement by station general manager Jeff Berry. “The way it was put to me when Jeff brought me in for the interview was he wants me to help change the culture of the radio station,” Trout says. “I reminded him, ‘You know my politics. I’m solidly left of center, a social liberal, and I make no apologies. If I’m going to be on the air, that’s what I’m going to do.’ Jeff said that’s what they were looking for, so I guess I’ll be the yin to Rush Limbaugh’s yang.”
“Politics today is so polarizing. People think they have to pick a side, but I don’t think they do,” Berry says. “People may lean right or left, but they don’t have to buy into the entire agenda. I know that some people will call in and disagree with T.J., and that’s OK. I want people of all beliefs who are passionate about a subject to engage. I want diverse subject matter, diverse opinions, and I think T.J. is the guy to find the common ground among all those voices.”
Chasta Officially Takes Over Middays At The Bone San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that it has named Bay Area radio personality Chasta Michaelis (known on-air to listeners as "Chasta") as Midday Host on 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM, broadcasting weekdays from 10am-3pm. Chasta has served as interim host of Middays on 107.7 The Bone since Bay Area Radio Hall of Famer and Rock radio icon Steven "The Weedman" Seaweed retired in mid-2017. She will continue in her role on 107.7 The Bone’s Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show and will also continue producing her daily Facebook Live chats from The Bone studios following each morning show.
Dominic Zaccagnini (Zakk), KSAN-FM Program Director, said: “Chasta’s skill set created a position as unique as her brand. The Bone is the heritage rock station for the modern era and Chasta is a rare top talent with the creativity, commitment and versatility to grow an audience while also assuming more responsibilities and roles. This is a great example of our company’s commitment to the highest and best use of its talent."
Chasta said: "The Bone was on a short list of legendary stations I always wanted to be a part of. Belonging to this radio family with these radio giants is humbling to say the least. I have poured my heart into my work and the listeners have totally embraced me and have truly become my Bonehead family. For me, the spirit of the radio is the deep human connection you can make as a jock with an audience through the love of music. I'm grateful I was bit by the on-air bug 17 years ago and to be rockin' The Bone today."
Jennifer Sulik Named VP/Strategic Partnerships At Beasley XP
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group announced that Jennifer Sulik has been named to the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Beasley XP, the company’s recently announced esports division.
Sulik most recently served as the founder and chief executive officer of Go Media Detroit, a successful digital media advertising agency in the Motor City. In addition, she worked in the Digital Sales division at WXYZ-TV in Detroit and UBM Tech in San Francisco.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer into the Beasley Media Group family,” said Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “Her vast experience in digital media sales, combined with Jennifer’s background in game development, made her the perfect choice to oversee the sales and marketing efforts for our new esports division.” Sulik will be based at the company’s offices in Ferndale, Michigan.
Boston Bruins Gear Up For 2nd Annual 98.5 Sports Hub Pucks & Paddles Event
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation have announced that the second annual Patrice Bergeron & 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Pucks & Paddles event will be held on Thursday, February 7 at Royale Boston. The tournament will feature players from the active Boston Bruins roster, on-air personalities from 98.5 The Sports Hub, and patients from Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and the Boston Bruins Foundation.
The event will feature a single elimination tournament featuring Bruins players, on-air talent, and the winning bidders. Fans can bid on the opportunity to play doubles ping pong with the celebrity of their choice. Starting on January 14, fans can place their bids by visiting BruinsAuctions.org. Bidding will end on February 1. The rounds will advance to a championship game featuring the final two teams, with the winning duo being crowned the Patrice Bergeron & 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Pucks & Paddles champions. In addition, the four best Bruins ping pong players will participate in a separate informal singles competition to demonstrate their talents to the crowd.
PODCASTS: iHeart's Red Pilled America Featured in The Washington Times
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Red Pilled America, an iHeartRadio Original Podcast hosted by husband and wife creative duo Patrick Courrielche and Adryana Cortez, was recently featured in The Washington Times for an article about how story-focused podcasts are providing a platform for conservative voices.
The feature spotlights how Red Pilled America highlights stories rather than monologues to inform and entertain their audience. Courrielche, who noted a 300 percent uptick in listeners of Red Pilled America in recent weeks, told The Washington Times: “There are so many stories. … Which one do I tell?” He went on to say, “It’s what it must have been like in the early days of Fox News,” READ STORY HERE
WDRV Chicago On The Hunt For Associate Producer On The Sherman & Tingle Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2018 –– Hubbard's WDRV Chicago seeks incomparable call screener, celebrity guest-booker, street reporter and content architect to join The Sherman & Tingle Show as Associate Producer. • Applicants should have at least five years of on-air experience in an ensemble setting. • Exemplary audio production skills are required in this position, specifically time sensitive, on-the-fly editing aptitudes. • Robust social media savvy essential, including real time integration and a clear understanding of the ever-evolving nature of the medium. • Familiarity with Podcasting content- generation and execution valuable. • Ideal candidate will have exemplary experience with screening audience calls suited specifically to the predetermined standards and parameters of an established show. • Proven record of accomplishment in locating/booking/delivering premiere celebrities from major league sports, television, movies and other arenas of pop culture preferred. • Experience with unaided operation of a state-of-the-art radio control board required.
Please send unique cover letter, resume and audio demonstrating the experience referenced above to WDRV Program Director, Rob Cressman, via the following link: https://wdrv.com/careers-with-the-drive/.
SNAPS: Steve Schirripa Celebrates 20th Anny Of 'Sopranos With WOR's Berman & Riedel
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –– Steve Schirripa, best-known for his role as Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos,” stopped by during Thursday’s edition of “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” (6-10am weekdays) to mark the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of “The Sopranos” on HBO.
Pictured are (left to right): Len Berman, Schirripa, and Michael Riedel.
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[WATCH] Georgia Radio Host Bear O'Brian & Family Aboard Sickened Cruise Ship
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Popular Columbus, GA morning host Bear O'Brian is among over 300 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Ship that was stricken with the norovirus stomach outbreak. The Kissin 99.3 host is on-board along with his family, but WRBL-TV reports they are not among those affected. Nearly 300, however, of their shipmates have been infected with the stomach bug.
Passengers are getting full refunds for the trip. So far, a total of 277 passengers and crew members have contracted the stomach bug during the cruise. News 3 spoke with O'Brian about how things were going. Click on graphic above or HERE to hear that conversation.
[WATCH] Longtime Hot 105 Miami Host Freddie Cruz Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Longtime Cox Media's Hot 105 FM Miami night host Freddie Cruz has announced his retirement from radio. WSVN-TV reports that Cruz ended his 34-year reign as the “king of evening radio” for Hot 105 FM in Hollywood, late Thursday night.
The Cuban-born personality was the original evening host on The Quiet Storm - A Facebook Friend wrote: " Freddie is a Miami radio icon...he will be missed and remembered. Lots of babies were conceived listening to the Quiet Storm." WATCH HERE
FEDER: Kathy Hart & Frank Fontana Land Show On WGN
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder writes "Since October Kathy Hart has been filling in with weekend host Frank Fontana on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM, but now, says Feder, they have their own show together.
As of this week, Hart and Fontana will be on from 7 to 10 p.m. one night each week. According to Todd Manley, station manager and vice president of content at WGN, their regular slot will be Wednesdays, but that may vary depending on the station’s play-by-play sports commitments. Hart co-hosted mornings for 21 years on Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM with Eric Ferguson before her departure in 2017.
SNAPS: iHeartMedia And Mastercard Team For CES Event With Ellie Goulding And Mark Ronson
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia; Rich Bressler, President, COO and CFO of iHeartMedia; Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia; and Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications officer for Mastercard hosted the event, which brings together the senior most influential decision makers and thought leaders in the tech media ecosystem including brand, agency, media and emerging technology.
With photos from Brenton Ho of iHeartMedia, shown above is Ellie Goulding (inset top left) and DJ Mark Ronson (inset bottom left) shown at iHeartRadio and Mastercard’s Live Event during the 2019 International CES at Drai’s Night Club Las Vegas.
Beasley & University of Las Vegas Unveil Media Innovation Hackathon Winners at CES 2019
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), unveiled the winners of the Media Innovation Hackathon initiative at CES 2019. The awards ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 10th at the UNLV Office of Economic Development booth. The purpose of the Media Hackathon initiative, officially launched in October 2018, was to generate potential commercial products and services utilizing existing media technology, data, and infrastructure, as well as to conceptualize the kinds of transformative, disruptive technologies that will become mainstream in the next 20 years.
The University of Las Vegas is an innovation leader in urban design, renewable energy, sustainability, and more. It was recently designated as a Carnegie R1 research institution, placing it among the nation’s top 130 universities with the highest levels of research activity and further pushing forward UNLV’s Top Tier Initiative. Student teams spent the Fall 2018 semester detailing their visions of media innovation with guidance from University of Las Vegas faculty mentors. A panel of experts from Beasley Media Group and UNLV reviewed the proposals. The winners received the following cash prizes provide by Beasley Media Group: ● 1st place: $5,000 ● 2nd place: $2,500 ● 3rd place: $1,000 1st Place Winner:
PHOTO: L-R: Bruce Beasley, UNLV’s Dr. Mary Croughan, Consumer Technology Association Senior Director of Innovation & Trends (CTA) Ben Arnold, BMG’s Buzz Knight, UNLV students Erick Serrano & Yuria Mann, UNLV’s Zach Miles, UNLV Provost Diane Chase and Brian Beasley
Futuri To Present Webinar On CES Recap: 'What Radio Needs To Know'
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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Artificial intelligence. The connected car. 5G. There have been a seemingly endless number of announcements about technology that will change the way we consume media coming out of this year’s CES conference, but what do they mean for radio?
Futuri Media is here to help our radio partners separate signal from noise. Join Futuri Media’s Michael “Shark” Sharkey (TR) and Brynne Deppas for a tight recap of key CES announcements, what they mean for radio, and actionable insights on how your station can take advantage of them to drive audience and revenue growth.
The webinar will be held at two different convenient times on Tuesday, January 15 at 10:30am EST and 1:30pm EST. Sign up now! Links can be found HERE
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Adds Two New Top 40 Affiliates In Texas & New Mexico
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks announced that nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio has signed two new stations to its fast-growing affiliate group. With the addition of two Top 40 stations, KORQ/96 Q in Abilene, TX (3pm-7pm), and KHQT/HOT 103.1 in Las Cruces, NM (7pm-11pm), Tino Cochino Radio is now heard on nearly 40 affiliates across the U.S., including over 50% of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic Markets.
George Laughlin, CEO, YEA Networks, said: “The growth of Tino Cochino Radio in our first year of syndicating the show has been amazing, and listeners across the country are responding to the program in a big way. After just a few weeks on KLIF Hot 93.3 in Dallas, TX, Cumulus is already seeing a nice jump in the ratings. That really speaks to the power of Tino!” Tino Cochino, Host of Tino Cochino Radio, said: “What a way to kick off the year!!! I’m extremely excited about our Abilene and Las Cruces additions. I’m beyond confident that our personality-driven product will connect with both markets and create engaging radio for all to enjoy.” The show is hosted by Tino Cochino and co-host Raquel, - For more information, visit: http://www.yeanetworks.com.
Rick and Sasha Chalk Up KISS 103.1 Columbia, SC
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has added the newly launched Rick & Sasha Show to KISS 103.1/WLXC-FM Columbia, SC. Rick and Sasha, nationally syndicated by Westwood One, features former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva.
Mike McVay, EVP, Content & Programming, CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One, said: “Rick and Sasha will be the next big stars for the Urban AC format. Stations need programming and talent that can win not just now, but for the next five and 10-year cycles. Rick and Sasha’s on-air chemistry is so natural and memorable. They’re the most exciting duo to hit Urban AC radio in a very long time.” Robyn Simone, WLXC Program Director, said: “I’m thrilled to kick off the New Year with a brand new morning show, Rick and Sasha! With the years of radio experience these two have, it’ll be amazing to see them build a successful morning team together.
DJ Sinister Dishes 5-Years Of 'Country Fried Mix'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group (SBG) announced that their nationally syndicated weekend show, “Country Fried Mix” turns five years old! Launched in 2014 by music producer, Charlie Pennachio and nationally touring artist and Producer DJ Sinister, the weekly show which runs on Friday or Saturday night, is a blend of Country mash-ups across the United States that has served on a diverse set of top hits in markets including Nashville, Miami, Philly, Detroit, and Phoenix.
DJ Sinister, who is currently on tour with Big & Rich, and Cowboy Troy commented, “Every beat that I play is uniquely mixed with a blend of Country flare that makes it all come together in a really awesome way.” For more information about Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, or Country Fried Quick Mix, contact Rich O’Brien at 508-787-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cops Investigate Thest Of Assets From Aretha Franklin's Estate
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iHeart DC Debuts News/Talk WONK-FM; Czarnecki Moves From WRKO To Program
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 ––iHeartMedia debuted Washington’s WONK-FM, Smart People News. The launch of the new station comes after iHeartMedia’s recent on-air and on-line celebration of “National WONK Day,” a day created for listeners that have a keen interest for Inside the Beltway news. WONK-FM will broadcast on WWDC-FM 101.1 HD2, simulcast on W284CQ 104.7 and is available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.
WONK-FM is a news and talk station serving thought leaders, influencers and stakeholders inside the Washington, D.C. beltway. The new station will broadcast renowned anchors Stacy Lyn and Alexandra Lane. In addition, WONK-FM will air instant reactions from opinion leaders and on-air talk personalities originating from iHeartMedia’s 130-plus News and Talk stations throughout the United States. “WONKs are the behind the scenes people in D.C. who are innovators, experts and are passionate about their work,” said Michael Preacher, Region President for iHeartMedia. “D.C.’s WONKs are the unsung heroes who solve the world’s most difficult problems and they deserve to have a dedicated platform.”
As part of the new station launch, Michael Czarnecki (L) will transition from iHeartMedia’s WRKO-AM 680 in Boston to lead Washington’s WONK-FM team as Program Director. “With the accelerated pace of the today’s news cycle, we look forward to providing a contemporary approach to delivering a ‘wonk-centric’ and uniquely D.C. view of the news,” said Czarnecki. “I’m thrilled to be joining the iHeartMedia team in Washington D.C. as part of Washington’s WONK-FM.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rob Miller Tapped For SVP & EVP Programming Posts For iHeart South Florida
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 ––iHeartMedia announced today that Rob Miller has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the South Florida region. In addition, Miller has also been elevated to Executive Vice President of Hot AC Programming and Strategy for iHeartMedia National Programming Group. As Executive Vice President of Hot AC Programming, he will work closely with several iHeartMedia stations throughout the United States. Miller will report to Brian Olson, Division President and Region President for iHeartMedia South Florida. “I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Rob for the past 10 years on 939 MIA,” said Olson. “He’s one of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals in our industry and I’m excited for Rob to lead our teams across South Florida.”
“Rob has done a brilliant job programming the iconic 103.5 KTU and leading iHeartMedia’s Hot AC stations,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “He’s one of the best programmers I know and I have tremendous confidence in his ability to now lead the programming of our South Florida stations.” Miller is a media veteran who has been with iHeartMedia for nearly three decades. He joins the South Florida Region from 103.5 KTU in New York where he served as Program Director for the past 12 years. Miller also served as Program Director for WALK-FM in Long Island.
Brian Ives Named Managing Editor For Beasley's Centralized Digital Content Team
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– Beasley has named Brian Ives to the newly appointed position of managing editor of the company’s Centralized Digital Content team. Ives most recently served as the Editor-In Chief of Townsquare Media’s Loudwire. Previously, Ives was responsible for overseeing written, video and social media content on CBS’s Radio.com. He also served as the Senior Multi-Media Manager overseeing SiriusXM’s 50+ music websites, worked as a producer at VH1 and wrote for MTV.com.
"Brian’s journalistic background and passionate knowledge about artists and music genres made him perfectly poised to lead our centralized digital content team with the intent to create compelling, multi-platform content,” said Lori Burgess, chief digital content officer at Beasley Media Group. “His background in video, storytelling and interviewing and creating content on multiple platforms will further elevate Beasley’s efforts in the digital space.”
Falen Inks 3-Year Extension With KDWB's Dave Ryan Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeart's 101.3 KDWB, Twin Cities announced an extended three year broadcast agreement with Falen, co-host of the top-rated Dave Ryan in the Morning Show, along with co-host Steve-O.
“I’ll never forget calling and offering the job to Falen late one night in early 2012,” said Rich Davis, Program Director for KDWB. “Since then she has connected with the Twin Cities KDWB audience in ways I could’ve only wished for and solidified herself as a true morning talent.
“I can't imagine being anywhere else other than the Twin Cities on KDWB,” said Falen. “This has truly become my home and I'm so thankful I get to continue working with such a talent and my friend, Dave Ryan.”
Paul Robins And Delilah Added To Lineup At 92.5 The Breeze Sacramento
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento has named Paul Robins (L) for afternoons for 92.5 The Breeze. The Breeze launched November 2018. “I’m absolutely thrilled that Paul has agreed to join 92.5 The Breeze,” said Curtiss Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “Nobody in Sacramento knows this music more than Paul Robins. He is a trusted and beloved personality and a downright institution in our city. I can’t wait for him to keep Sacramento relaxed on the drive home every workday.”
Robin’s broadcasting career in radio began in1984 and included stints at stations in Sacramento, Detroit and Dallas. In addition, he has spent 20 years as half of “The Paul and Phil Show” on Y92/KGBY. Robins is a media veteran with an array of TV credits and awards that include being a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated “Evening Magazine,” The Discovery Channel’s “The Answer Guys” and “Next Step” as well as being the recipient of two Emmy Awards and a nominee for a CableAce Award.
Along with Robins, The Breeze also announced that the syndicated Delilah (R) would fill the 7 pm to midnight slot. Delilah, who airs on more than 150 radio stations nationwide, makes her the most listened-to woman on radio in the U.S.
Mike Kasper Joins 670 KBOI Boise Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– After his retirement with over 51 years of broadcasting, Paul J Schneider returned to 670 KBOI this week for an announcement and an endorsement. Following a months long nationwide search, NewsTalk 670 KBOI chooses Mike Kasper to join their morning show team. “I’m so excited and honored to be joining an iconic station like KBOI and I’m honored to be following in the footsteps of a legendary personality like Paul J Schneider.”, says Kasper.
“Captain” Mike Kasper started his Treasure Valley broadcasting career in 1989 hosting the morning show at KF-95. Other Boise station stops include “Magic 93-1” and Mix. Kasper on working in news-talk, “I finally get the chance to work in a news-talk format where, for the first time in my career, I’ll be able to talk with listeners to discuss current events, news, sports, politics and issues that affect our state and the Treasure Valley.” On joining the 670 KBOI staff, Kasper says, “I look forward to joining and working with the already established team of Chris Walton and Rick Worthington. I look forward to being back on the radio to have some fun in the mornings again. I’m excited to join the faithful listeners of KBOI.” The new “Kasper and Chris” show, hosted by Mike Kasper and Chris Walton, will air from 5-10am weekday mornings and officially starts Monday, January 14th on NewsTalk 670 KBOI.
iHM & Fox Announce Music Awards Noms
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced the nominees for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards airing Thursday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event also will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service. “Millions of music’s biggest fans have once again made their voices heard and, of course, we listened,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “What makes our iHeartRadio Music Awards categories so special is that they truly reflect the artists, songs and moments that have defined this past year in entertainment. We can’t wait to see who wins.”
This year’s awards will feature a broad array of categories, including Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Duo/Group of the Year and individual winners for Album of the Year in music’s biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Regional Mexican formats. For the third year, the 2019 Best New Artist awards will be grouped by music format and format winners will then become finalists for the top title of Best New Artist.
PODCASTS: Weekly Dose of B.S. Debuts First Episode Starring Brandi Redmond And Stephanie Hollman From YEA Networks
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 ––January 9, 2018 – Reality TV stars Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman have jumped into the world of podcasting with YEA Networks with the debut episode of Weekly Dose of B.S, now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and other providers.
A trailer released in mid-December lifted Weekly Dose of B.S. to the #1 spot on Apple’s Podcast chart, illustrating the rabid fan-base these Housewives have all around the world. Redmond and Hollman aren’t the first TV stars to jump into the podcast space, which includes Joe Rogan, Anna Faris, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Brandi Glanville and more. But after appearing on three seasons of reality TV, the pair is ready to join in on the fun. “There are so many funny, relatable life moments that we wanted to have an open conversation about, including all of the B.S. that we deal with every day,” said Hollman.
George Laughlin, CEO of YEA Networks, said, “With the exponential growth of podcasting, it just made sense to add Weekly Dose of B.S. to our offerings. Stephanie and Brandi are captivating personalities that leave you wanting more and we’re happy to feed their fans with a new ‘Dose’ each week!” Redmond and Hollman added, “We’re excited to share our lives with you in a new way that is unfiltered, uncensored and unapologetic. We spend a lot of time on the phone together throughout the day, so these are our conversations but shared with the world.” For more information, visit: http://www.yeanetworks.com.
Kelly Brook Joins JK at Heart For Drive In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– Kelly Brook has joined Global to take over as a co-host with JK (Jason King) on London’s Heart. Kelly posted on social media that she ‘finally got a proper job’ last week, and started that job on Monday 7th from 4pm till 7pm. Kelly who is a TV presenter and model has been covering on the show recently while regular presenter Lucy Horobin covers Heart London breakfast, co-hosting with Jamie Theakston as part of some interim changes at the station. \
London’s Fix Radio Extends Service To Manchester - Fix Radio, station for builders and tradespeople is opening a new service for Manchester. It’ll have its own local programmes including the breakfast show along with local news and weather. Fix Radio recently took over the running of the Facebook page ‘Tradesmen Banter’ which has nearly 500,000 followers who work in the construction trade. The page is being used to promote listening to Fix Radio, as well as offering advertisers the ability to invest in social media alongside commercial activity on air. Recent signings, former VirginRadio hosts, Russ & Jono, will be heard daily on both stations and the Fix Radio Bacon Butty Tour will be visiting building sites across Manchester. Programme Director Graham Mack says: “The response we’ve had to Fix Radio in London has been amazing, as a bloke who grew up in the North West, I can’t wait to bring Fix Radio to the region.”
Fix Radio test transmissions will start in Manchester soon, the station will launch on Monday January 14th at 7am.
Jake Chapman Leaving Rebel FM In Australia - Jake Chapman has announced he is departing Rebel FM after a three-year stint with the Gold Coast radio station. One half of the Ash and Jake Breakfast show, Chapman has decided to pursue other interests outside of radio. Jake finishes up in February, but in the meantime, Rebel FM is on the lookout for a replacement.
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SNAPS: ESPN Radio Host 'Crashes' Houston Film Critics' Awards
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2019 –– When the Houston Film Critics Society gathered in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for their 12th Annual Movie Awards, no one expected the winner of the "Best Worst Movie" category to show up to claim their prize—because no prior winner had ever done so. But when Third Rock Radio's movie critic Jr. Mintz (alter ego of broadcast veteran Doug Harris) and cult movie actress Dona Speir announced "The Happytime Murders" as the 2018 "winner/loser", ESPN 97.5's afternoon host Barry Laminack stepped from the wings to unofficially accept the award on behalf of Melissa McCarthy.
Turns out the gag was set up in advance with Gow Media (the event sponsor and Laminack's employer) with full knowledge of the show's producers who thought that the radio host's experience as a standup comic would bring something extra to the show. Judging from the reaction of the sold out crowd, they were right. Photo by Phyllis Hand.
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[WATCH] iHeart Open To All Potential Partnerships Says CEO Bob Pittman
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 ––Touting highlights from iHeart's recent study showing radio as the U.S. most trusted medium, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman tells Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn yesterday from Las Vegas that following his company's future beyond bankruptcy iHeart is open to all potential partnerships. "I do realize that once this capital structure is fixed that we'll be attractive to a lot of companies," he added.
When Quinn pressed on reports of Liberty's interest in partnering with iHeart, Pittman said he would n't want to comment on any individual alliance. "I think you'd have to talk to them to find out what they had in mind," he said. Quinn also asked about pairing with companies like Apple and Pittman again pointed to iHeart's attractiveness as a company and how they overshadowed other platforms with their apps, podcasts and more. WATCH HERE
Valerie Knight Returns To Mornings In Philly On iHeart's 106.1 'The Breeze'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced today its new lineup for 106.1 The Breeze, Philly’s Relaxing Favorites, effective immediately. The new lineup will feature the renowned Valerie Knight, former WOGL “Breakfast Club” co-host who will bring back her ‘Show Biz Buzz’ entertainment report. In addition, Philadelphia favorite and nationally-syndicated host Delilah will broadcast weekday nights. The line-up will also include Helen Little, former Operations Manager of Power 99 and on-air personality of 106.7 LITE FM and Dan Blackman, former afternoon host of Philly’s B101.
This incredible line-up gives our listeners voices they have been familiar with for years in Philadelphia,” said Brian Check, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “We now have an array of popular on-air talent who each have a strong following of fans and will be the perfect hosts of our new format.”
SYNDICATION: Rover Expands Affiliates; The Bert Show Invades Lexington, KY
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced the addition of several new affiliate stations for the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory” program, including 93.3 The Wolf in Youngstown, 102.3 The Fox in Mansfield and 107.5 WZRX in Lima. All of the new affiliates are in Ohio. “We are thrilled to increase the size of our radio network,” said Shane “Rover ” French. “We look forward to getting to know fans in these new markets and are confident that “Rover’s Morning Glory” will become their #1 choice for morning radio.”
The three new affiliates will join the 12 current stations airing the program. Currently “ Rover’s Morning Glory ” originates from 100.7 FM WMMS in Cleveland. For more info, CONTACT Keith Hotchkiss, North Ohio Region President iHeartMedia Cleveland KeithHotchkiss@iHeartMedia.com 216-986-8849
---The Bert Show Debuts on Hot 102.5 Lexington, KY. Hosted by Bert Weiss and co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins, and Moe Mitchell, OM Anthony 'Twitch' Longo says, "We are unbelievably excited to add The Bert Show to Hot 102.5. “Not only is The Bert Show one of the absolute BEST radio programs in the country, but it is also an honor to have Kristin Klingshirn back on the air in her hometown!
“Having The Bert Show in Lexington is super personal for us,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. “We’re a very tight group and Lexington is Kristin's hometown. She's always spoken so highly of the city and most of us had the chance to experience Lexington's charm when we visited for her wedding in 2017. I, personally, donated a lot to Lexington's economy at Keeneland that weekend. Kristin has a ton of Lexington tales to tell and we already feel connected to the city though her. ” For more information on The Bert Show, please visit www.TheBertShow.com .
2 Guys Named Chris Celebrate 20th
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– 2 Guys Named Chris (2GNC celebrates 20 years on the radio this month. Produced at flagship station WKRR-FM (Rock 92) in Greensboro, NC, the team, consisting of Chris Kelly, Chris Demm, their partner Dave Aiken, and producer Biggie, has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 2015 NAB Marconi Award and North Carolina Broadcasters’ 2016 Morning Show of the Year Award.
“Now that we’re 20, we look forward to being able to have a beer...in one year,” commented co-host Chris Demm. Producer Biggie was equally thoughtful in his reaction, “Well, I've been here for ten of the twenty years so...I've only lived half this nightmare!” The other Chris of the show, Chris Kelly, was a bit more reflective, “After the first show we were told we wouldn't last twenty days so, I guess we're pretty proud.” Global Media Services is the exclusive syndication representative for the show. For more information, stations may contact Garcia at 303-916-6333 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Promotes Steve Triplett To VP/MM Tampa Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– Beasley has promoted Steve Triplett to Vice President and Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Tampa. Triplett most recently served as the interim market manager and director of sales for the company’s six radio station cluster in the market. Prior to joining Beasley Media Group, Triplett was the founder and president of Contact Media Inc., a Tampa-based marketing firm. Additionally, he served as vice president of sales for Triad Retail Media, one of Florida’s largest digital marketing agency.
“Over the past four years, Beasley Media Group has created something truly special in Tampa,” said Triplett. “We have a team of the finest media professionals in the industry and it’s an honor to continuing serving them in this new capacity.” “We look forward to Steve’s experience and insight in taking our Tampa radio cluster to the next level, said Beasley Media Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Brian Beasley. “His passion, track record and leadership skills, made him the perfect choice to lead our team in Tampa.”
STUDY: Combining In-Car Visual With Over-The-Air Ads Generates Improved Ad Recall
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– The latest Westwood One blog post looks at the results from a MARU/Vision Critical study, commissioned by Westwood One, which looks ng at consumers with vehicles who have next generation HD Radios technology. The study revealed the impact of a retailer’s visual in the in-car display when synced to the advertiser’s radio ad.
Here are the key findings: • Heavy AM/FM radio listeners and those who spend the most time in their car regularly pay attention to in-car display screens. The more time consumers spend in the car, the more they pay attention. 68% of those who spend 11+ hours weekly in the car regularly pay attention. • Heavy AM/FM radio listeners recall seeing visual information from in-car display screens. Two-thirds of heavy AM/FM radio listeners have frequently or occasionally seen the advertiser name or logo on their connected vehicle’s screens. • Consumers who regularly viewed their in-car display were more likely to recall the advertiser radio ads. 66% of regular in-dash radio display viewers could recall the retailer’s radio ads. • Those who recall the retailer’s in-car visuals were more likely to visit the stores. 84% of those who recalled seeing the in-car visual synced to the radio ad had visited or planned to visit the store. • Recall for the products advertised in the AM/FM radio ads was stronger among heavy radio listeners. 64% of heavy AM/FM radio listeners who recalled the major retailer’s advertising remembered the specific service featured in the ad. For more information or to speak with our Chief insights Officer, Pierre Bouvard, please feel free to reach out.
SNAPS: Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Among Radio Executives Featured At CES
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley (top center) was among the featured speakers during a special panel, entitled The Future of In-Vehicle Infotainment, during CES 2019 on Tuesday, January 8th at the at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The group, led by John Ellis, discussed a wide range of topics, including the future of in-vehicle entertainment, radio’s place in the connected car and data attribution. Photo: Left to right: Steve Newberry (NAB EVP of Strategy Planning and Special Projects), Ben Rosenberg (BBC Senior Distribution Manager), Caroline Beasley (Beasley Media Group CEO), Joe D’Angelo (Xperi SVP of Broadcast Radio) and John Ellis (Author, Futurist and Founder of Ellis and Associates).
EVENTS: The Bert Show Embarking On 17th 'Big Adventure' To Walt Disney World
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 –– Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is excited to share a BIG announcement! This February, the organization will be embarking on their 17th annual trip to Walt Disney World® and after careful consideration as well as sorting through hundreds of applications, the Bert’s Big Adventure selection committee has chosen twelve (12) children and their families to be a part of this year’s trip.
“We feel so honored to welcome a new group of children and their families to the growing Bert’s Big Adventure family,” says Bert’s Big Adventure founder and host of “The Bert Show,” Bert Weiss. “We hope that this trip will be one they never forget and we are so excited to take them on this adventure.” To date, Bert’s Big Adventure has served more than 200 children and their families through its trip to Disney, Fairy Godparent Volunteer Program and Reunion Adventures.
Salem Network's Mike Gallagher Takes To Streets In New York With LifeLock™ Film Crew
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2019 ––LifeLock™ is creating commercial videos based on MIke Gallagher’s late 2018 brush with identity theft. (Someone accessed Mike’s personal information, changed his cellphone number, and even tried withdrawing $25,000 from Gallagher’s checking account.)
Mike credits LifeLock™ with alerting him to the compromises and acting to protect his personal assets. “I’ve proudly done their commercials for years,” Gallagher told his audience Monday. “But after seeing for myself how they swing into action, I believe anyone is stupid not to have LifeLock™ protection.”
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STUDY: Number Of Smart Speakers In U.S. Households Rises 78% In One Year
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Following the 2018 holiday season, more than 53M people A18+ in the U.S. (21%) now own a smart speaker, pushing ownership further into the mainstream. According to the latest ownership survey from The Smart Audio Report, the average smart speaker household now features 2.3 smart speakers, up from an average of 1.7 devices per household at this time last year. This trend towards having multiple devices drove a 78% YOY increase in number of smart speaker devices in homes.
The new data from NPR and Edison Research explores smart speaker adoption rates and holiday purchase behavior. Key findings include: 8% of people in the U.S. got a smart speaker during the 2018 holiday season, between Black Friday and the end of December 2018 52% of all smart speaker owners report using their device daily 14M people in the U.S. got their first smart speaker in 2018. Download the Expanded Report HERE
Jean Shepard & Karla Hernandez Named Co-Hosts For LIVE 101.5 Phoenix Morning Mess
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that Jeana Shepard (RC) and Karla Hernandez (TR) as morning show co-hosts for LIVE 101.5 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix. Shepard and Hernandez will join current hosts Joey Boy and Aneesh (TL & LC) on “The Morning Mess,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. MT. “We are thrilled to be taking ‘The Morning Mess’ brand to even greater heights with the addition of Jeana and Karla to the team,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “They are a welcome addition to Phoenix mornings and we look forward to them connecting with our listeners daily.”
In addition to co-hosting LIVE 101.5’s morning show, Shepard will continue in her current role as host of the station’s midday drive, a position she assumed in 2016. Hernandez joined Entercom Phoenix in January 2018 as a promotions assistant.
Greg Beharrell Takes Evenings On 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that Los Angeles host Greg Beharrell will move from his role as volunteer for 95.5 KLOS-FM to on-air host for evenings on 95.5 KLOS. Beharrell’s show airs from 7pm-Midnight, Monday-Friday. Keith Cunningham, Corporate Program Director/Rock Formats and Program Director 95.5 KLOS, said: "What do you want me to say? Even great teams fumble sometimes."
Beharrell said: "Put something like 'the charmingly disarming Beharrell took a moment to gather his thoughts, his fingers slowly running along his movie star jawline' and then maybe put in like a quote about how excited I am or whatever." Beharrell takes over evenings immediately. Apology cards will be mailed to listeners within the next two to four weeks.
Sean Varicalli Joins Jenny & Dub In Mornings At KICKS 99 Augusta
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Beasley announces that Sean Varicalli has been named as the new Morning Show host of the “KICKS Wake up Crew” on WKXC-FM in Augusta, GA. He will officially begin his position on Monday, January 14, 2019.
Varicalli most recently served as the midday on-air personality and assistant program director at WQDR-FM in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he worked as an afternoon drive personality at WJIM-FM in Lansing, Michigan, as well as spent time producing mornings for the Bobby and Stacey Show at WOMC-FM in Detroit. “We are thrilled to have Sean join the KICKS Wake up Crew alongside Jenny and Dub in Augusta,” said Tee Gentry, operations manager at Beasley Media Group Augusta. “His love for country music and passion for radio made him the perfect fit for KICKS 99.”
SYNDICATION: New Morning Shows Named For Magic & The Vibe Kansas City
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it will launch two new morning shows in Kansas City in January, bringing exciting options for audiences and advertisers and changing the listening landscape for Contemporary Hits and Urban Adult Contemporary fans in Kansas City. KMJK-Magic 107.3 FM debuted its new morning show, Rick and Sasha, nationally syndicated by Westwood One, on Monday, January 7, 2019.
The following Monday, January 14, 2019, Cumulus Kansas City will debut The Bert Show on KCHZ-95.7 The Vibe. Nationally syndicated by Westwood One. It's hosted Bert Weiss and co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins and Moe Mitchell. Mike O’Reilly, Program Director, KCHZ-95.7 The Vibe, said: "Blending fun, today's hit music, and what’s trending now is The Bert Show! Bert’s approach to mornings is exactly the shot of adrenaline Kansas City morning radio needs, and the chemistry of the cast is such a natural fit for The Vibe’s millennial DNA."
Mike McVay, EVP of Content & Programming for CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One,said: “Rick and Sasha will be the next big stars for the Urban AC format. Stations need programming and talent that can win not just now, but for the next five and 10-year cycles. Rick and Sasha’s on-air chemistry is so natural and memorable. They’re the most exciting duo to hit Urban AC radio in a very long time.”
Mark Razz Named Program Director At Beasley's WXTU-FM In Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 ––Beasley has promoted Mark Razz to the position of Program Director of WXTU-FM 92.5 in Philadelphia, PA. He will begin his new position immediately. The radio veteran, who has been on the air at Philadelphia’s country station for over a decade, has been serving as the assistant program director/music director and afternoon drive host of the Razz on The Radio Show weekdays from 3-7pm.
In his new role, he will shift his on-air duties from afternoon drive to middays and will be responsible for overseeing the programming of WXTU-FM. “Nobody deserves this opportunity more than Razz,” said Beasley Media Group Philadelphia Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell. “He has been an integral part of 92.5 XTU’s success for years and has demonstrated the leadership, commitment and creativity that you look for in a PD. Plus, he’s an amazing talent, is loved by listeners and respected within the industry. 92.5 XTU will be in good hands with Razz at the helm.”
Lori Burgess Named Chief Digital Content Officer at Beasley Media Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Beasley has named Lori Burgess to the newly created position of Chief Digital Content Officer at the company. Burgess has been serving as Beasley Media Group’s integrated marketing strategy consultant since May of 2017. In her new role, she will be responsible for designing and overseeing the digital content strategy for the company.
“Lori has proven time and time again since she joined our company that she has what it takes to lead the company’s digital content strategy into the future,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Beasley. “It is a privilege to have her on our team. I look forward to Lori expanding our digital footprint with unique and exciting content opportunities that complement Beasley Media Group’s core business.” Burgess has earned a stellar reputation as an authority in content and advertising alignment, with a focus on building revenue through creative multi-platform marketing and new media solutions. Her portfolio includes more than two decades in the publishing industry, providing generation of profit and growth for iconic brands such as The Hollywood Reporter, Prevention Magazine, Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle and House & Garden; Elle Magazine; Seventeen Magazine, and Niche Media.
NETWORKS: Matt Caldaronello Joins Local Radio Networks’ 24/7 Music Formats; WWO Presents Coverage Of NFL Divisional Playoffs
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Local Radio Networks announced that Matt Caldaronello has joined its team of 24/7 music format experts as Vice President of Affiliate Sales. “Matt is one of network radio’s most highly respected affiliate sales and relations professionals,” commented Steve Swick, President and Chief Executive Officer of LRN, who made the announcement. “He is passionate about the 24/7 music format business and cares deeply about the radio station owners and operators who rely and depend on superior quality content and service, combined with local control. His long-term relationships will be an asset to the radio stations migrating to LRN.
On behalf of our long-time Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Donna Halverson, and our entire team, I am delighted to welcome Matt.” “Broadcasters are ready for a positive change,” stated Caldaronello. “LRN is dedicated exclusively to 24/7 music programming, which allows them to focus entirely on the needs of local broadcasters. Caldaronello has more than 20 years of network radio experience in 24/7 music formats. Send Matt your best at email@example.com or 661-414-7535 or on mobile, 661-618-2684.
-- Westwood One, the official national radio partner of the National Football League, will present broadcast coverage this weekend of all four games of the NFL Divisional Playoffs: SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 · 4:00 pm, ET: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), and Laura Okmin (sidelines) · 7:45 pm, ET: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst), and Scott Kaplan (sidelines) SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019 · 12:30 pm, ET: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots - Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Tony Boselli (analyst), and Hub Arkush (sidelines) · 4:15 pm, ET: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints - Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst), and Ross Tucker (sidelines) Scott Graham hosts the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows for all broadcasts.
Westwood One will broadcast every postseason NFL game through Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019. You can find more information on westwoodonesports.com and follow on Twitter @westwood1sports.
Townsquare - Urban One On The Hunt For Top Talent In Lansing, Indianapolis & Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media Group Michigan has an extremely rare opportunity to join our on-air lineup at America’s First Classic Rock Station, 94.9 WMMQ as Morning Show Co-Host. If you have an outgoing personality and enjoy entertaining we want to talk with you! Applicants must be social media savvy, regularly contribute content to the station’s website and other digital platforms, and the successful candidate must be able to connect and engage with the station’s target audience by keeping up with relevant trends and pop culture. Interested parties please connect HERE
-- Urban One’s Radio Now Top 40 brands are looking for star talent to cover prime shifts in both the Indianapolis and Houston markets. Interested candidates should live, breath and love the lifestyle and music of young adults in both markets and have great social media skills. Other radio skills are a “Huge” plus. Looking for candidates who are pro-active, driven, want to be out in the community and can sell themselves in any situation. If you’ve got the chops, please apply on our website at: urban1.com/careers/.
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Ellen K To Emcee Sam Elliot's Hand & Footprints In Cement Event At TCL Chinese Theatre
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– Acting legend Sam Elliot will put his hand and footprints in cement today at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood and thus receive the oldest honor in Hollywood. Longtime Los Angeles host Ellen K, the newly-appointed TCL Chinese Theatre ambassador and permanent master of ceremonies for its famed celebrity handprint-footprint ceremonies, will MC the event. Ellen K is also the host of her own morning show, “The Ellen K Morning Show on iHeartRadio’s KOST 103.5.
Sam Elliot has an iconic career that began with a bit part in the classic film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” He rose to stardom playing the lead in the cult classic “Lifeguard,” and has since built a career with many memorable film and television roles. Elliott’s work in “A Star is Born” marks his most heralded performance, coming on the eve of the 50th year of his illustrious acting career. He most recently earned SAG Award and a Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and won a National Board of Review Award for his role in Bradley Cooper’s widely acclaimed hit “A Star is Born.”
SYNDICATION: Westwood One Launches Rick & Sasha National
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 - Recognizing the need to attract and engage younger listeners to Urban AC radio, Westwood One has launched Rick And Sasha debuting today. More than 15 stations have already signed on to shake up their mornings, including KMJK-FM/Kansas City, KMEZ-FM/New Orleans, WDLT-FM/Mobile, WRRX-FM/Pensacola, and WLXC-FM/Columbia, SC.
Rick and Sasha features two of the most popular Urban voices in the country -- former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva.“I don't see anyone outside of them that can take the mic and execute successfully while also adapting to where Urban AC radio needs to be at this time.” The Rick and Sasha team recently added former network executive Tanita Myers to head the Production/Operations team for the show. Myers spent the last 14 years at Reach Media, most recently as Senior Director of Radio Operations. Myersis excited to be on board with “something that is so fresh, new, and authentically energetic.”
Mike McVay, EVP of Content & Programming for CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One, says, “Rick and Sasha will be the next big stars for the Urban AC format. Stations receive programming and talent that can win not just now, but for the next five and 10-year cycles. It’s the most exciting thing that has happened inUrban radio in a very long time, especially within an industry in need of undeniably rich content. Their chemistry is so natural and memorable.” For more information on Rick and Sasha and how it can serve your station, contact Neal Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, email@example.com or (508) 245-1776.
iHeart Study: Radio Ranked Most Trusted
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia today released the results from a survey that continues to show that 9 out of 10 Americans listen to radio every day and the new survey revealed that 84% of respondents (people) said radio understands what is important to them, a number that is over 20% greater than network and cable television and social media. In addition, 8 out of 10 people feel that radio aligns with their core values, which is number one across all media.
“In a moment where consumer trust in media and marketing is eroding, it’s important to know that consumers continue to trust iHeartRadio most because of our live, local and human focus,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “We empower our on-air personalities to curate the conversations, content and culture that are important and relevant to the everyday life of their specific audiences. It’s this human first approach to programming that differentiates iHeartMedia and provides the perfect context for brands wanting to connect and build deep, trusted relationships with their consumers.”
Some key findings: · • More people trust radio than any other medium. When broken down, radio is • 81% more trustworthy than cable TV • 27% more trustworthy than network TV • 36% more trustworthy than public TV/radio - Two times more trustworthy than social media. • 75+% of listeners believe radio on-air personalities are more trustworthy than TV personalities • 85% of listeners believe radio personalities make radio more real and expressive than other media.
iHeart Names James Howard SVP/Pres. Programming For Chicago Region; Tommy Austin Named To National Programming Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that James Howard (TL) has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Chicago Region and Program Director for 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective January 16. As Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director for 103.5 KISS FM, Howard will be responsible for all programming and digital operations. He will report to Matt Scarano, President of the Chicago Region for iHeartMedia.
In addition, Tommy Austin (L) joins the National Programming Group, reporting to Jon Zellner, Executive Vice President of Programming Operations for iHeartMedia. Howard joined iHeartMedia more than 16 years ago and has held programming positions in the Orlando, Albany, Atlanta and Tampa regions. Most recently, Howard was Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C Region. “Our Chicago brands and dedicated teams that operate them are some of the finest in our industry,” said Howard. “I’m excited to help them continue to make an indelible impact on our Chicago communities.”
Armen Williams Tapped As PD For Sportsradio 610 & CBS Sports 650 Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced Armen Williams as the new Program Director for SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM) and CBS Sports Radio 650 (KIKK-AM) in Houston, TX, effective January 7. “Armen is a born leader and we know that he is the right person to guide SportsRadio forward,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “His passion, enthusiasm and strategic thinking will help take us to the next level of Houston sports talk.”
“I’m honored to join the Entercom Houston family,” said Williams. “The opportunity to be a part of the heritage SportsRadio 610 brand, at the home of the Houston Texans, is something that I could not pass up. My family and I are extremely excited to make the move back to the Lone Star State.” Williams is a seasoned radio executive who was recently the Program Director for KKFN in Denver. Prior to that, he held the same role at WTMM in Albany. He began his career in radio as a promotions intern for KSCS in Dallas. In 2008, he was named as afternoon drive producer for 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Joe Chille Returning To Mornings In Buffalo
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2018 –– After six years, Joe Chille is returning to his former home in mornings now called 96.1 The Breeze Buffalo. According to The Buffalo News, Chille, who worked at 96.1 FM for 34 years before resigning from the station in August 2012 has been working two jobs – as afternoon man part-time at WECK for the past year and as district supervisor for several Tim Hortons in the area. He said the two jobs have led to 13 1/2-hour days and improving his quality of life was the pitch from the two people from Townsquare Media who convinced him to return to 96.1.
Chille will start his new position on Jan. 21 to start his new role to give his two employers a two-week notice. Chille said his return started with a telephone call from Mark Plimpton, who runs the local stations in Buffalo, and that was followed up by another call from Rob Williams, a regional vice president for Townsquare. Chille noted he has worked with both men before.
“I thought my life was settled,” said Chille, who praised the two bosses he has been working for recently. He termed the station’s format as “modified soft rock,” which he had worked with at WJYE. The station plays new and old top 40 hits. It has been playing a 10,000-song marathon since its launch.
Entercom To Celebrate 50th Anniversary of WCMF Rochester
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the kickoff of “Rockin’ for 50 Years,” a year-long celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of heritage Classic Rock station 96.5 WCMF (WCMF-FM) in Rochester, NY. “It’s very rare that a radio station hits this milestone anniversary in the same format and we are thrilled to celebrate 50 rockin’ years of WCMF,” said Sue Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Rochester. “We’re excited to share this significant moment in the station’s history and celebrate with the Rochester community who has accompanied us on this journey.”
The station will celebrate this iconic milestone with special programming and promotions throughout the year, including “50th Anniversary Album Side Saturdays” which will highlight the 50-year music history of WCMF. Listeners will also be able to tune-in to “Riffer Madness” to hear iconic guitar riffs in classic rock as their cue to call for the chance to win prizes, such as a WCMF 50th Anniversary electric guitar signed by current WCMF air staff. The year-long commemoration will also include anniversary themed merchandise and a new station logo highlighting the history and music of the past 50 years.
iHeart Charlotte Debuts New HITS 96.1 Charlotte, NC
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte announced today the debut of The New HITS 96.1, All The Hits, effective immediately. The highly rated “Ace & TJ Show” will continue to broadcast weekday mornings. “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”, as well as hosts Brooke Morrison, Jordan and Raphael will also host the station’s programming. “Charlotte is a very competitive market and these updates align the brand in a way that capitalizes on its current strengths,” said A.J., Program Director for The New HITS 96.1. “We’re excited to provide a fresh new experience for our listeners. This is an excellent opportunity for The New HITS 96.1 to be the home of the biggest hits and stars while allowing our audience to gain access to the greatest music and entertainment events in Charlotte.”
“The New HITS 96.1 will bring a fresh, innovative approach to Charlotte radio and digital listening,” said Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. “The new brand will also resonate more quickly with both listeners and advertisers to drive even better results.”
SNAPS: WWO's Walter Sterling Takes On Laundry Duty For Listeners
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– Westwood One syndicated talker Walter Sterling, host of Sterling on Sunday, is known for getting creative and getting real with his show and his audience. On one recent Sunday evening, he announced that he was broadcasting the show from his basement laundry room. In a light-hearted moment while mentioning the location, he offhandedly offered to do the laundry of his listeners, in addition to keeping them entertained. Retired Air Force Sargent Liz Thomison, who was listening to the show via WBAP-AM in Dallas, took him up on the offer and sent Walter her military fatigues for washing. She was not the only one making use of “Walter’s Wash & Dry” services, but certainly the most distinguished.
He did the right thing and properly washed it, employing his family to help him meet the incoming demands. The photo shows Sterling’s 13-year old daughter Meredith holding Sargent Thomison’s newly-cleaned uniform. Sterling comments, “Anyone can say ‘thank you for your service.’ Real gratitude is in the spin cycle."
CONDOLENCES: WQMF/Louisville's James 'Harley' Rectenwald And New York Great Ed Baer Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2019 –– "There are times when you meet someone, and instantly feel like you’ve known them your entire life," writes WQMF at its website. This was in tribute to James 'Harley' Rectenwald who recently passed away. "It doesn’t happen often, but when it does… well, that’s when you know that you have met someone special. If you ever had the pleasure and the privilege of meeting James “Harley” Rectenwald, you know the feeling I’m describing. He was that type of person. He was one of the good guys. Always, had a smile on his face. Always made sure the job was done, and always, always put others first. (did I say always?) Spending time with Harley was good for your soul. That is what makes sharing this news with you so difficult."
Harley passed away late Thursday evening at the age of 54. If you knew him, the loss is profound. He was a part of the fabric of QMF. On air for the better part of 30 years, He was the constant. He connected the present to the past. Harley was and is the essence of WQMF. His smile and his laugh were an indelible part of our everyday life. That cannot be replaced..." Harley is survived by his wife Kelli, his mother Nancy, three brothers, John, Joseph, and Paul, and two sons, Fizzy, and Rascal.
Meanwhile, radio lost another legend - longtime New York host Ed Baer passed away at 82. Baer was once at WMCA, WCBS-FM and WHN in NYC as well as in the early days at Sirius before the merger with XM. His longest run was at WHUD-FM 100.7 in Poughkeepsie, NY (Hudson Valley). Thanks to quick work by radio videographer Art Vuolo, here's a video tribute of work on the air - WATCH HERE
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Lineup Changes At KABC LA
John Phillips And Jillian Barberie Move To Mornings; Ben Shapiro Airs Live in Afternoon; Larry O'Connor Makes Bi-Coastal Debut
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has unveiled a new weekday programming lineup on Los Angeles Talk Radio station 790 KABC, starting Monday, January 7, 2019. Westwood One nationally syndicated talk radio program The Ben Shapiro Show (below) will join KABC’s lineup, airing in Afternoon Drive Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm. Moving from Afternoon Drive to Morning Drive is the popular KABC team of John Phillips and Jillian Barberie, whose new show, The Morning Drive, will be heard mornings from 6am-10am. Larry O’Connor (below) joins KABC for the 10am-12Noon show, and Leeann Tweeden joins Dr. Drew weekdays from 12Noon-3pm on Dr. Drew Midday Live. Rounding out the weekday lineup is KABC favorite Peter Tilden, who returns to his early evening slot from 6pm-9pm.
John Phillips and Jillian Barberie will wake up Angelenos in their new morning timeslot on KABC. The dynamic on-air personalities have hosted The Drive Home With John Phillips and Jillian Barberie on 790 since 2014. Phillips is a native of Garden Grove, a regular political commentator on CNN and a weekly columnist for the Orange County Register. He has been heard on KABC for over a decade. Barberie spent nearly 20 years as co-host of Good Day, LA on Fox 11, alongside Steve Edwards and Dorothy Lucey. Larry O’Connor hosts the popular afternoon show on sister station WMAL in Washington, D.C., and now joins KABC in his own backyard, making him radio’s first bi-coastal personality. He will continue to host his show on WMAL.
Drew Hayes, Operations Director, KABC, said: “Ben Shapiro has become the voice of his generation, delivering fact-based, fearless analysis of the issues challenging America. We are thrilled to welcome Ben to afternoon drive on KABC, in his hometown. He will fit right in with our reloaded lineup: John and Jillian now waking up SoCal, Leeann teaming with Dr. Drew, Peter Tilden for the extended commute home, and LarryO’Connor, who will energize middays"
WBAL Baltimore Expands Local Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 has expanded its commitment to local talk with weekend host Yuripzy Morgan (inset) joining the weekday line-up from 1 to 3PM. The popular Brett Hollander Show moves to 3 to 6pm. Morgan has been an integral part of WBAL as a weekend host and regular commentator. In addition, the WBAL Radio News Team, the largest in the state, will offer continuing coverage of local and national news each hour along with breaking news, traffic, weather and sports.
Cary L. Pahigian, WBAL Radio President and General Manager commented: “Insightful talk and analysis, aggressive news coverage, and a staff that understands Baltimore and Maryland has been WBAL’s calling card for 93 years”. Yuripzy Morgan on her new weekday show: “This is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to engaging with the WBAL Audience in 2019.” WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 is the radio home of the Baltimore Ravens and Navy Football and is Baltimore’s longtime news leader, among the nation’s most honored radio stations for journalism. The station has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and three national Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding news coverage.
Conservative Host Michael Savage 'Changes Locations' Following Rash Of Threats
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– Conservative talk host Michael Savage has “changed locations” after a restaurant he frequents received a mass shooting threat for serving him.The New York Post reports the establishment allegedly received an email warning of “serious f—ing damage” if they allowed Savage to dine at the restaurant again.
“I DEMAND THAT YOU REFUSE TO ALLOW MICHAEL… IN YOUR F—ING RESTAURANT AGAIN,” reads the threat, which was obtained by the Washington Times. “HE IS A RACIST WHITE SUPREMACIST PIECE OF S—T.” --- “DONT WANT TO LISTEN TO ME? WELL I GUESS YOURE ALL GONNA F—ING DIE,” the email sender threatens. “I WILL WAIT AND WATCH YOUR F—ING BUSINESS AND WHEN I SEE HIM GO IN THERE IM GOING TO START SHOOTING EVERY BODY I CAN FIND. I OWN 3 GUNS AND I CAN DO SOME SERIOUS F—ING DAMAGE.”
Savage told the Washington Times that while he has been a victim of death threats in the past, he took the latest scare “very seriously” and decided to “change locations” as a safety precaution. He said authorities “have a suspect they’re looking at.”
V-103 Atlanta Welcoms Jade Novah & JR To Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced today the addition of Jade Novah (L) and JR to V-103 (WVEE-FM) in Atlanta to The Frank Ski morning show effective January 22.
"With Frank Ski, an accomplished radio pro with an established presence in Atlanta, and the addition of Jade Novah and JR to the morning lineup, V-103 is set to expand its influence as Atlanta's Urban Leader,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta.
“I look forward to joining the team at V-103 and kicking off 2019 by hitting the ground running,” said Novah. “Atlanta is where I started my career as a solo artist and content creator and I’m excited to come back to the city to represent the voice of a free thinking generation." Novah is a singer, songwriter, actress, and internet sensation having garnered over 55 million views for her covers, skits, and original music. Novah has performed background vocals for several artists including Rihanna, Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. In 2018, Novah served as vocal producer and mentor on Fox’s music competition show, “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” and released her highly anticipated debut album, “All Blue,” which debuted at #2 on the iTunes R&B charts and has already amassed over 6 million streams.
JR joins V-103 after most recently serving as on-air personality for sister station WFAN (WFAN-FM/AM) in New York. JR built “JRSportBrief” into the most popular sports blog on YouTube before transitioning to mainstream broadcast roles. He has held roles with NBC Nonstop TV, CNN Headline News and Bleacher Report. The news comes following reports yesterday from AJC's Rodney Ho yesterday that Wanda Smith (TL) and Miss Sophia (C) parted ways with the popular show.
SYNDICATION: 90.3 Calgary's Katie & Ed Go National
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– One of Canada’s most engaging new radio teams will take their show to a national audience for the first time. Katie & Ed, the morning team from 90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary, will launch a new national evening show on stations from Vancouver to St. John’s.
The Night Show with Katie & Ed will be heard on Stingray-owned radio stations, including: • 99.1 HITS-FM in St. John’s, NL • 101.9 The Giant in Sydney, NS • Hot 105.5 in Charlottetown, PEI • Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, ON • Hot 93.5 in Sudbury, ON • Z95.3 in Vancouver, BC
Katie & Ed have quickly become one of the most talked-about radio shows in Canada, constantly giving their audience a raw look into their lives and saying the things that everyone else is thinking, but afraid to say. With plenty of input from their producer Melissa (Bunting) shown top right, and their listeners, Katie & Ed are unpredictable, unscripted, and unfiltered. “I am so excited to be part of this nationwide show,” said Katie, “and I can’t wait to say something to accidentally offend listeners from all across the country.” “I get a raise for this, right?” added Ed. The Night Show with Katie & Ed launches January 7, 2019.
Cumulus Launches KKND/106.7 The Krewe, New Orleans
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that New Orleans KKND debuted on Thursday, January 3rd, as 106.7 The Krewe. The station previously broadcast as an Urban AC station, Old School 106.7, which moved to its new position on the dial at 102.9 in early December.
Cumulus New Orleans also announces KKND's new morning show, The Spud Show, hosted by New Orleans icon, Spud McConnell. The Spud Show will debut on Monday, January 14, 2019, and will air weekdays from 6am – 10am. McConnell, a performer with international acting credits, was also the #1 Radio Talk Host in New Orleans for 10 years. His live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath was part of a team effort that won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcasting Excellence. Spud is also an award-winning satirical cartoonist and will be contributing content to KKND’s digital media.
Pat Galloway, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus New Orleans, said: “Everything about this radio station will be New Orleans! Incredible Classic Hits from the 70’s and 80’s, a logo like a Mardi Gras doubloon, and a morning show that features a New Orleans icon, Spud McConnell! New Orleanians will love it!”
New England Patriots And WBZ-FM Announce Multi-Year Broadcast Extension
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– The New England Patriots announced a multi-year broadcast extension with Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub during the Zolak and Bertrand Show. Since its inception in 2009, 98.5 The Sports Hub has been the official radio flagship station of the New England Patriots. “For the past 10 seasons, 98.5 The Sports Hub has delivered the play-by-play description of every Patriots game to our fans on one of Boston’s most powerful radio signals,” said Patriots Vice President of Sales Murray Kohl. “Since partnering with 98.5, our flagship station has broadcast the Patriots’ run of 10 consecutive division titles, which has led to the Patriots appearing in seven consecutive conference championship games and four Super Bowls. We hope that success continues for years to come.”
“The Patriots are a religion in New England,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President and Market Manager, Mary Menna. “We are thrilled that our talented team of Bob Socci and former Patriots quarterback, Scott Zolak, will continue to broadcast the games to our fans and that 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Patriots will be partners for many, many years to come.” The Game Day Patriots action starts three hours before each game with Patriots Preview, hosted by Marc Bertrand, co-host of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak and Bertrand” midday show. Bertrand’s co-host for Patriots Preview is Chris Gasper, Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist as well as Sports Hub commentator.
2019 Crystal Awards Entries Now Open
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting entries for the NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service. Winners are announced at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 9 during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Established in 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards bring national recognition to radio stations for their year-round commitment to serving communities. A panel of judges with backgrounds in broadcasting and community service select 50 finalists and 10 winners.
Stations must submit an online entry here describing their community service efforts for the 2018 calendar year. Finalists will be announced in February. Entry submissions must be received by January 31. Entry information is available HERE or by contacting NAB Radio Recognition Programs Manager Tobi Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NETWORKS: The Acoustic Storm To Continue With Audrey Parets
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) announced the weekend show, The Acoustic Storm, will be continuing to be produced and broadcast into its 21st year on the air despite the untimely death of its creator, Jeff Parets. Jeff’s wife, Audrey, will be taking over the hosting and producing duties that Jeff so meticulously carried on for 20 years since introducing the show locally in the Phoenix market in 1998. Audrey Parets will take over beginning with the first broadcast week of February which includes the weekend of February 2nd and 3rd.
The continuation of the program not only fulfills one of Jeff’s final wishes, but this launch date closely follows an event at which industry colleagues, friends and family are welcome to celebrate the life of Jeff Parets. Details for that celebration can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/576139712835159/ . As its title implies, each week The Acoustic Storm delivers acoustic and unplugged versions of well-known songs to Classic Rock and Classic Hits radio stations. The music is often planned around a specific theme, and the concept was created and hosted by Jeff Parets. The Acoustic Storm first signed onto the airwaves on Sunday morning, October 25, 1998, as a local show on KSLX-FM in Phoenix. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN email@example.com 212.536.3603
PODCASTS: Team Behind Atlanta Monster Returns With Monster: The Zodiac Killer.
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2019 –– The team that brought you the widely popular podcast Atlanta Monster is back to shed light on another notorious criminal—The Zodiac Killer.
In Monster: The Zodiac Killer, the much anticipated 15-episode follow-up season to Tenderfoot TV’s and HowStuffWorks hit true-crime podcast Atlanta Monster, Payne Lindsey (Tenderfoot TV co-founder and Atlanta Monster host) and Matt Frederick (Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know host and narrator and executive producer of the new season) lead listeners through the horrific murders and communal terror that unfolded in four Northern California communities between December 1968 and October 1969, and what we know about the unknown “monster” behind them. Throughout each episode, Lindsey and Frederick analyze each fact of the case as they interview investigators, journalists and family members of the victims.
The iHeartRadio Original podcast will debut exclusively on iHeartMedia News/Talk broadcast radio stations around the U.S. on January 2 at 7 p.m. local time. listen to trailer HERE
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Townsquare Co-Founder Co-CEO Dhruv Prasad Stepping Down; Bill Wilson To Serve As Sole CEO
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 ––Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE: TSQ) announced the departure of its Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dhruv Prasad (L), who has resigned from his positions as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, effective January 31, 2019. Mr. Prasad co-founded Townsquare in 2010 and served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations and Executive Vice President, Live Events before being appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Bill Wilson (R) will transition from Co-Chief Executive Officer to serve as the sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
“I want to thank Dhruv for his contributions to Townsquare over his longstanding tenure, and in particular, his partnership over the past year as Co-CEO. Together, we were able to reorient Townsquare to focus on our “Local First” strategy, and successfully rationalize our non-local businesses,” said Wilson. “I look forward to continuing this strategy, which has driven strong local growth in 2018, particularly within our digital businesses, and solidified our position as the premier local advertising and marketing solutions company in the heartland of America.”
Wilson joined Townsquare in September 2010 and was appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. Prior to his appointment, heserved as Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Digital Officer of the Company. Previously, Wilson was President of AOL Media from 2006 to May 2010 where he had overall responsibility for the Company’s global content strategy. In his nine years at AOL, he also served in a number of roles including President, AOL Programming & Studios and Executive Vice President, AOL Programming.
Hot 97's Ebro Darden Joins Apple Music As Global Editorial Head Of Hip-Hop and R&B
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 –– Ebro Darden has been appointed Apple Music’s global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B reports Billboard. Based in New York, Darden will continue to host his Hot 97 show, Ebro in the Morning. He will also continue to showcase the latest hip-hop music, news and issues on his own show via Apple Music’s global live stream Beats 1. Prior to Darden’s appointment, Carl Chery served as Apple Music's head of artist curation with a specific focus on hip-hop and R&B before segueing to Spotify last April. In announcing Darden’s expanded role at Apple Music, the service’s global director of editorial, Rachel Newman, tells Billboard, “We’re excited that Ebro is joining us in a full-time capacity. Having dedicated his life and career to hip-hop, R&B and pop music, he has so much to offer."
Outlining his immediate goals, Darden explains, “First things first is making sure that we’re firing on all cylinders in the best way possible, helping consumers find the music that they love and also helping artists connect with consumers in a real way. Once I learn about what’s needed to achieve that, it will be about looking ahead and figuring out ways to serve the communities where hip-hop and R&B music is made. Black music comes from the community. This is music made by people living real lives and artists speaking on behalf of those real lives." Promoted to program director in 2007, Darden helmed that post until 2014. During the period between 2008-2013, he also served as VP of programming for Hot 97 parent Emmis Communications’ New York City properties.
Karson Inks 3-Year Extension At Mix 104.1 Boston; Greg 'Grego' Onofrio Joins The Lineup At 95.7 The Spot Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 –– While no official word from Entercom Boston, longtime morning host Karson, co-host of the popular Karson & Kennedy Show, posted on Facebook, "I’m not sure why, but this is my boss Mark Hannon, Boston regional president and market manager for Entercom, signing me to a new three year contract to stay at Mix 104.1. Today also marks my 10th anniversary at the station. Here’s to ten more!" Reportedly, co-host Kennedy to extend shortly, as well.
In other Entercom news, they announced the addition of Greg “Grego” Onofrio (R) as on-air personality for 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM) in Houston, TX. “We are thrilled to welcome Grego to The Spot,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior VicePresident and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “He has been a fixture in our local community on both television and radio for the past 30 years and we look forward to having him lead this next chapter in the station’s evolution.”
“I am truly excited to be joining Entercom, the best major market radio operator today,” said Grego. “The programming team’s visionary and uniquely formatted 95.7 The Spot will allow me to continue to entertain audiences in Houston. This opportunity and its limitless potential for success has me energized and ready to have some fun.” Grego was previously an anchor and on-camera commentator at CW 39 in Houston where he hosted NewsFix, an alternative presentation to traditional local news. Prior to television, Grego received national acclaim for his groundbreaking “Outlaw Radio” nighttime show at Rock 101 KLOL in Houston.
SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning Adds Another Top 10 Market To Roster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 –– Service Broadcasting (owner of K104 in Dallas and flagship for Dede in the Morning) and Compass Media Networks (exclusive syndication partner) announced the continued expansion of the DeDe in the Morning franchise with the clearance of the program in Atlanta as well as the debut of DeDe’s Weekend Kickback. “We are thrilled with our progress nationally and appreciative to now be heard in Atlanta,” said Geo Cook, Director of Operations & Brand Manager for K104 F
M. “The launch of DeDe’s Weekend Kickback is in response to our growing list of affiliates who want unique and compelling content for weekends, in addition to weekday mornings.” Said Steve Hegwood, President of Core Radio Group LLC, operating “Mix 87.7 WTBS” in Atlanta, “I have been a huge fan of DeDe for years. Her morning show has been extremely successful on KKDA Dallas. DeDe delivers compelling, creative content daily, she's funny & she works hard at the craft of entertaining. We are excited to bring her talents to the most competitive urban market in America – Atlanta, Georgia.” Compass Media Networks officially launched DeDe in the Mornings in partnership with Service Broadcasting K104 in Dallas TX in July 2018. The show has several other early adopters, most notably WJMR-FM in Milwaukee WI. Other affiliates include 96.3 Victorville CA, Streetz 87.7 Norfolk VA, KZWA Lake Charles LA, WHJA Hattiesburg MS and KZYQ Greenville MS. To find out how to get DeDe in the Morning contact Compass Media Networks (310) 242-8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
CONDOLENCES: WBZ/Boston Reporter Joe Stapleton Who Appeared in 'Spotlight,' 'Mystic River' And More Dies Unexpectedly
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 –– Joe Stapleton, longtime reporter for WBZ/Boston, who also worked as an actor, appearing in blockbuster movies such as Spotlight, Manchester By the Sea and Mystic River, has died. Joe Stapleton, 55, was a TV and radio broadcaster for more than 25 years who most recently worked as a traffic reporter for Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio1030. The station reported that Stapleton died on New Year’s Day.
"A beloved member of the WBZ family has passed away. Longtime traffic reporter Joe Stapleton died unexpectedly today. We offer condolences to Joe’s family, and our thoughts are with them as well. — “Joe was our overnight traffic reporter here at WBZ,” Operations Director Bill Flaherty said in a statement. “He never walked through the door without a smile and friendly greeting for everyone he met.” Mike Hsu, producer for “The Hill-Man Morning show,” on which Stapleton appeared, described him as “a funny and kind gentleman.”
Lots Of New Radio Shows Starting In The UK In 2019
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2019 –– Tom and Daisy (L) start the new KISS FM UK Breakfast Show in London. January 6th: New-look Official Big Top 40 Chart starts on Heart and Capital, with Will Manning. January 7th: Lauren Laverne takes over 6 Music Breakfast Show, followed by Mary Anne Hobbs at 10.30am with Shaun Keaveny at 1pm on 6 Music in London. January 14th: In an attempt to masks the BBC’s diversity problems, BBC Radio two is putting three women presenter on the air. Zoe Ball starts her new breakfast show, Sara Cox starts on Afternoon Drive and Jo Whiley hosts evenings. And the big one.. Russ & Jono, former national radio stars from Virgin start their new daily show on Fix Radio in London.
AJ Has Gone From 92.5 Gold FM On Australia’s Gold Coast - Breakfast host Adrian ‘AJ’ Johnston has left 92.5 Gold FM. AJ joined Bridge Daley and Spida Everitt in late 2017. 92.5 Gold FM Breakfast with Bridge & Spida will return on January 16, 2019.
Dancing With The Radio Stars In Ireland - Mairead Ronan has signed up for Dancing With The Stars. She’s a former Today FM presenter and was the first contestant announced for Dancing With The Stars 2019. Mairead, is now a presenter with RTÉ Television. Other revealed contestants Mrs Browns Boy star Eilish O’Carroll and Darren Kennedy. The television programme, hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli and 2FM’s Nicky Byrne, starts in January. Mairead started her radio career on The Ray D’Arcy Show as an intern then broadcast assistant, before coming co-producer with an on-air role. She left the station last year after producing The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show for 15 years.
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EVENTS: Entercom Raises Over $2 Million For St. Jude Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom raised over $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this holiday season. Five Entercom country stations, US99 (WUSN-FM) in Chicago, 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) in Detroit, 103.7 KSON (KSON-FM) in San Diego, KMLE Country@107.9 (KMLE-FM) in Phoenix and Y108 (WDSY-FM) in Pittsburgh hosted radiothons in their respective communities as part of the hospital’s “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids” program.
“I am incredibly proud of our stations and listeners for this remarkable effort to help save the lives of children with cancer,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “It does take a village, and it is an honor for Entercom to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on this important cause.” “We could not be more thankful for our partner Entercom and its listeners, who epitomize the giving spirit and show unwavering support for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO, ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
FCC Could Be Impacted On Thursday Should Government Shutdown Continues
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a statement on Monday that it would join the list of agencies functioning with limited operations by midday on Thursday if the shutdown persists reports Gizmodo. The agency said that “work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds.” The Office of the Inspector General will also reportedly remain active.
The agency said it expects to give an update about how exactly that will look on Wednesday, but its effects would likely be wide-ranging. As the Verge noted, one immediate effect to electronics manufacturers would include “a pause in testing and approvals for new devices during the furlough period.” It’s unclear if the government shutdown will resolve before Thursday. Politico reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump extended an invitation for leaders in both the House and Senate to attend a briefing on Wednesday regarding his controversial wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Associated Press also appeared to confirm rumors of the meeting but noted that the “exact agenda wasn’t immediately clear, according to a person with knowledge of the briefing who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.”
[WATCH] Paul McCartney Surprises Interviewer By Saying He Still Listens To Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– During this past weekend's '60-Minutes' on CBS, correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi seemed surprised that music legend Paul McCartney still discovered new music on 'the radio.' 'Wait a minute,' McCartney replied sarcastically. "You listen to radio?' He said with a laugh.
"Still baffled, Alfonsi continued: "Is it like a satellite radio..? "With a knob.. bing! FM,' McCartney continued. WATCH HERE
Q100 Atlanta Is Now Q99.7
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– After 17 years as Q100 Atlanta, the Cumulus outlet has changed its name to Q99.7 reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. Q100 was on the weaker 100.5 FM frequency when it launched in 2001. Ho writes, "In the minds of the radio station managers, it probably made more sense to keep it simple so they opted for Q100 instead of Q100.5."
In 2008, Cumulus gave the stronger 100,000-watt 99.7 signal to Q100. Cumulus also chose to keep the station’s name since in either case, it was close to 100 and branding consistency superseded digital specificity. A year later, Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) began using a separate device that passively tracks listening called the People Meter. This meant it was no longer so critical for stations to have super simple radio station names since they got credit even if the person listening didn’t know the station name.
Q99.7’s call letters, in case you care, remain WWWQ-FM. (that's Westwood One syndicated host and host on Q99.7's Adam Bomb sporting the new frequency on Instagram)
NETWORKS: NBC To Launch Sports Gambling Show With Michael Jenkins & Tim Murray
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– NBC Sports is launching a daily national radio show focused on sports gambling. “The Daily Line,” which debuts today, Jan. 2, will be broadcast out of NBC Washington’s studio in Bethesda and hosted by longtime local anchor Michael Jenkins, currently the host of “D.C. Sports Live” on NBC Sports Washington, and Tim Murray, a host for SB Nation Radio and the studio host for Navy football, who previously hosted and produced shows for The Team 980. The show, which will be produced in conjunction with Westwood One, will air from 3-7 Eastern every weekday and will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Radio app, as well as a group of radio affiliates around the country
At some point next year, “The Daily Line” is expected to be simulcast on some of NBC’s regional sports networks, including in Washington. According to The Washington Post, In May, the Supreme Court overturned a decades-old law that limited most sports wagering to Nevada and states have since rushed to enact legislation. Earlier this month the D.C. Council voted to legalize sports gambling. In the fall, Rhode Island became the eighth state to accept sports wagers and a report found that nearly $600 million was wagered in New Jersey in the first four-plus months of legalized sports gambling. More states are expected to consider bills next year. And while the regulation framework remains somewhat murky — Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently introduced a bill that would create federal guidelines for sports betting — there have been plenty of media companies anxious to cover the burgeoning industry.
Vinny D Named New Afternoon Drive Host at 105.1 The BOUNCE in Detroit
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– Beasley announced that Vinny D has been named as the new afternoon drive personality at 105.1 The BOUNCE in the Motor City. Vinny most recently served as the program director and as an on-air personality at WMSR-FM (Power 94.9) and WMXV-FM (V101.5) in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Previously, he worked as the brand manager, program director and mixer at WWFA-FM (KISS FM), WWMR–FM (Wild 102.9), and WYDL-FM (HOT 100) in Florence, Alabama.
“We are thrilled to find a diamond in the rough,” said 105.1 The BOUNCE Program Director John Candelaria. He is authentic and funny. Detroit is a blue collar city and Vinny D is eager to roll up his sleeves and serve our community!” “We are very excited to welcome Vinny D to the talented BOUNCE team,” said Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. “He brings a unique combination of engaging personality, boundless energy and a strong passion for Throwbacks to afternoons in the Motor City!”
Longtime Atlanta Host Cindy Simmons Lands At Z88.3 Orlando
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– Longtime Star 94.1 Atlanta host Cindy Simmons has landed a new job in Orlando as a mid-day host at Christian pop station Z88.3. Four years after her departure from Star, she has since moved to Orlando with her husband and two daughters. The AJC's Rodney Ho writes that while away from radio she did a weekly Facebook Live show called “Coffee Convo Wednesday” and wrote a blog called Surviving Mommy.
Simmons was at Star 94 for 12 years from 2003 until 2015, first on a successful personality-based afternoon show with Ray Mariner. Mariner left in 2012 and was replaced by Jimmy Alexander . Simmons posted on Twitter: "Had my first “official” day on the radio at @Z883FM Orlando and it was AAAMAZING!! "
SYNDICATION: Gorka Goes Live Nationwide For Salem
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– The all new America First with Dr. Sebastian Gorka launched on Tuesday, January 1st, when many radio shows were running a “best of.” Gorka launched nationwide in the 3pm to 6pm ET time slot, on 340 affiliates, including great stations like AM 870 The Answer in Los Angeles and AM 970 The Answer in New York City.
Salem is now running Gorka 24/7 on AM 1260 WSPZ. In addition to “Gorka 1260” DC listeners can also hear Gorka on WAVA, AM 780, and on delay on AM570 The Answer, 10pm to 1am. You can also listen to Gorka on the HD side channel of WAVA FM, 105.1, so DC listeners will have multiple ways to listen.
HONORS: Radio Pioneer Art Laboe Feted In February At Broadcast Luncheon
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2019 –– Art Laboe, the man who coined the term “oldies but goodies,” recently celebrated 75 continuous years on the air. And next month Laboe will be honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their Feb. 1 luncheon. According to San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “The Art Laboe Connection,” is still heard Sundays from 6 p.m. to midnight on KDAY (93.5 FM) and on Old School 104.7 FM in the Inland Empire weeknights from 9 p.m. to midnight, as well as about a dozen more throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.
Scheduled to appear on the dais at the PPB luncheon are legends themselves: Danny Trejo and Johnny Mathis. Others are still being confirmed and as additional names are added, I’ll let you know. PPB President “Shotgun” Tom Kelly was excited about the event. “Art is a longtime friend and I’ve been a fan even longer,” he told me. “I am so excited to be honoring him and look forward to filling the room with fans and colleagues … me being one of his biggest fans.” This is a well-deserved and long-overdue honor for Laboe, who has brought so much to Southern California in radio, records, and music in general. PHOTO/HOT 92.3
SNAPS: Dream Lunch Joins For Final Event
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2Nd, 2019 –– There were over 50 people in attendance,' says radio's best bud Art Vuolo (shown bottom center). After a ten year run the annual Radio Dream Lunch celebrated it’s final chapter at the home/radio & record museum of Steve Resnik in suburban LA. With the biggest crowd ever, it was a great reunion of many of the best in the business.
Among those assembled were numerous voice talents like: John Leader, Neil Ross, Randy Thomas, Joe Cipriano and others. Radio stars like Shotgun Tom, Pat St John, Lou Simon, Don Barrett, the Duke Dave Sholin, Chet Buchanan, Bob Buchmann, Joey Reynolds, Bob Hamilton, Shadoe Stevens, Jhani Kaye, Ron Alexenburg, Dandy Don Whittemore, Joel Denver, Randy West and a cavalcade of others. Vuolo says "if it continues, somebody else will need to take it over, but it’s been a great run.” A video of the event will be posted on YouTube in the next couple of weeks.
STUDY: New Year Resolutions Resonate with Radio Listeners By Age & Format
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Radio listeners have a lot to say about their New Year resolutions, and a lot of it plays out by age, format, and gender. According a recent national study among 377 respondents, conducted by Maru/Vision Critical between November 9-November 18, 2018, radio listeners are hot to get healthy and not hot to make resolutions after a certain age --
The most popular resolutions for 2019 are: exercise more/improve fitness (42%), save more money (41%), and eat healthier (38%). · Nearly all of the New Year’s resolution skew younger towards Millennials 18-34. Maybe as consumers get older the mystique behind making New Year’s resolutions starts to fade. · Men are two times less likely to choose a New Year’s resolution for 2019 versus women. Still, the number one resolution for both demographics is to exercise more/improve fitness. · Improving fitness and health along with saving money also rose to the top among most frequent format listeners.
The study also showed that listeners of R&B, Hip Hop, and Soft Rock were more likely to make resolutions over listeners of Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Rock, Country, News/Talk, Sports, and Top 40.
99X Atlanta Returns To 98.9 On FM Dial
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– New Rock 99X is back on the FM dial on 98.9 after eight months writes The AJC's Rodney Ho. As you may recall, a Tallapoosa station Classics 98.9 at WWGA-FM filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging 99X was causing interference issues. In April, the FCC ordered Atlanta-based Cumulus to take 99X off 98.9.
Gradick Communications - owner of WWGA-FM had complained for several years and Cumulus’ engineers couldn’t fix the problem to Gradick’s satisfaction. But while 99X was off air, Cumulus was able to resolve the problem to the FCC’s satisfaction by reducing power to its west according to Sean Shannon, Cumulus Atlanta market manager. So Cumulus was able to bring the station back to 98.9 on Friday.
“Great response on social for the return,” Shannon wrote in a text. “That fan base is passionate.” While 99X was off the traditional FM dial, the station remained online and on the HD2 channel attached to Q100.
EVENTS: Alpha Media, Saginaw Raises Over $46,000 For Rescue Ministries
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28THy, 2018 –– Alpha Media's Saginaw stations held a 12-hour radiothon Wednesday, December 19th to raise money for Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan which operates two local homeless shelters. A goal of $45,000 was set for the radiothon, but when the day was done the stations had raised $46,242. The money raised will provide 1,541 nights of shelter and care for homeless individuals. The average cost of providing housing, food and care is $30 a day at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City and City Rescue Mission in Saginaw. In the 13 years the Saginaw cluster has been doing the radiothons, more than a half million dollars has been raised to house the homeless.
Alpha Media, Saginaw Operations Manager, Dave Maurer commented on the announcement, “I can recall one emotional moment in the final hour when the stations were making strong appeals to exceed the goal when a volunteer in the phone room was moved to tears when a single listener contributed $1,500 after the caller heard accounts on the air from residents currently staying at the shelters and from those who had moved on and turned their lives around. I am so proud of our staff and community for coming together and helping to make a difference.”
Major Changes For Capital In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Capital is introducing a new schedule in January. Ant Payne is moving to afternoon Drivetime and Will Manning will take over the chart show.
Current London Drivetime presenter Manning replaces Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob on the Official Big Top 40, and moves to the weekday 10am to 1pm slot, in place of Ant Payne. Roman Kemp continues at breakfast but the rest of the schedule is being changed. Early breakfast will be hosted by newcomer Lauren Layfield (shown), best known for hosting CBBC’s (Children’s television) The Dengineers, Capital rising star Aimee Vivian will present a brand new 1pm – 4pm afternoon show every weekday (as well as her Sunday morning show from 6am – 9am). From 7pm, Capital launches the all new Capital Evening Show with Jimmy Hill across the network from 7pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday, with Marvin Humes continuing the Capital Late Show. Will Cozens will host 1am – 4am, Monday – Wednesday, as well Sunday afternoons, 12pm – 4pm, and JJ will host 1am – 4am on Thursdays and Fridays. JJ is also the face of early Friday and Saturday Nights on Capital, kick-starting the Capital Weekender before Sarah Story and Rio Fredrika go in the mix from 10pm right through until 6am. JJ also presents a new Sunday night show 7pm – 10pm on the network.
Chris Evans Show Will be Advert Free On Virgin Radio - When the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio starts next year, it will be free of commercials. It launches on January 21st 2019. Instead, a sponsorship deal has been agreed in principle between Virgin Radio UK and Sky to promote the television services on the radio. This could help listeners moving with Chris from commercial-free BBC Radio 2 where he is now.
Data Leak at Nova Entertainment In Australia - Nova, who own radio stations in every Australian capital city has Admitted Listeners’ data from the period of May 2009 to October 2011 has been “publicly disclosed”. Nova sent a note to the listeners whose data has been leaked on Thursday morning. It was not clear how the incident occurred, or how far the information had traveled.
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Beasley Brings Classic Rock Back To Tampa; Dave & Chuck The Freak Add Mornings
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Beasley has officially launched WPBB-FM/98.7FM The Shark-Tampa Bay’s Next Generation of Classic Rock. The station kicked off the new format on the air at midnight on Wednesday, December 26th with AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”. 98.7FM The Shark will feature a new generation of classic rock songs geared towards the 80’s and 90’s
Through the month of January, the station will be commercial-free each day after airing the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show. The show will begin simulcasting weekday mornings from 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on January 7th 2019. The show can also be heard on WRXK-FM/96 k-rock in Ft. Myers, Florida and WBOS-FM in Boston, Massachusetts. Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart, along with show member Lisa Way, began working together in April of 2001 on Windsor, Canada’s 89X (CIMX 88.7 FM) until November of 2012. The show officially debuted on the WRIF-FM airwaves in May of 2013. Since then, they've added Cohost Andy Green, Producer James Campbell and Video Editor Jason Watson.
“We are thrilled to bring Classic Rock radio back to Tampa Bay with 98.7 The Shark,” said Beasley Media Group Tampa Interim Market Manager Steve Triplett. “With a hand-picked mix of Rock hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and the Dave and Chuck the Freak Morning Show, we’re excited to give listeners something new and truly unique!” “It’s been many years since Tampa Bay had a true Classic Rock station on a full signal and we’re excited to offer the next generation of Classic Rock to such a great Rock market,” said Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “Plus, we’re including our successful morning show Dave & Chuck the Freak which is a perfect complement to the music position.”
Mancow To Host Mornings On WLS-AM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– While no official word yet from station owner Cumulus, 'Mancow' Muller is returning to radio to host mornings on WLS 890-AM starting January 3 reports media blogger Robert Feder. Muller will replace the morning team of Big John Howell and Ramblin’ Ray Stevens, whose last day together was Friday.
Howell is moving to solo host from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Muller now begins his 25th year on Chicago radio, has been off the air since March when former classic rock WLUP (aka The Loop) was sold. His new deal will mark a return to WLS for Muller, who co-hosted middays with Pat Cassidy there from 2008 to 2010.
“I think really I am stepping into my time finally,” Muller told Feder. “I think I was ahead of my time in Chicago radio. The constant battle that I had with program directors was that my show was just too doggone fast. The radio I hear today is so achingly slow and doesn’t fit in with our current modern lifestyles. Much of the competition borders on tedium. “I think the time is right for me to return to WLS. “To have one of Chicago’s all-time personalities back on WLS AM 890 solidifies the station as the place to go for world, national and local coverage of what’s happening today,” Manager Mark Nyren said in a statement. “If you want it real . . . no one delivers like Mancow.”
Summer James Joins WTCB/B106.7 in Columbia, SC, For Middays
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 ––Cumulus as appointed Summer James as Midday Personality for Adult Contemporary radio station WTCB/B106.7 in Columbia, SC. James debuts today in Middays, and will be heard on B106.7 weekdays from 10am-3pm. James’ broadcasting career includes on-air positions for Cumulus Los Angeles, CA; CBS Radio/Entercom in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; and iHeartMedia in Los Angeles, CA.
Steve McKay, Program Director, WTCB, said: “We’re so fortunate to have found such a special talent. Summer brings a fresh, upbeat approach that’s infectious to everyone she meets. We’re so happy to welcome her to the Cumulus Columbia family.” James said: “I’m so excited to be joining this great team on the air in the Capital City. They have a winning philosophy, I love South Carolina, and we have the signal to rock the state in 2019! Bonus: Now my Mom and Dad can ride by the studio and wave while I work. Dear Santa, Thank you!”
iHeart Akron/Canton Announces The Debut Of Sunny 101.7
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Akron/Canton announced the debut of the new SUNNY 101.7, Variety from the 80s, 90s and Today, effective immediately. To commemorate the launch, SUNNY 101.7 will feature 5000 songs in a row, with no commercials. The new lineup of personalities will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to add SUNNY 101.7 to our diverse portfolio of stations in the Akron/Canton market,” said Keith Kennedy, Area Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region. “SUNNY 101.7 will be a station all about fun and family, with personalities you can listen to in front of the kids without getting embarrassed.”
Townsquare Brings 96.1 The Breeze To Buffalo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Townsquare Media announced that WMSX is now “96-1 The Breeze, Buffalo’s Relaxing Favorites at Work!” The station says it expectsthe new “96-1 The Breeze” to become a must-listen at work.
The new “96-1 The Breeze” will launch by playing 10,000 relaxing favorites in a row. A full talent line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cumulus Debuts 96.9 The Wolf/WIWF-FM Charleston
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus' WIWF-FM has launched as The All-New 96.9 The Wolf, Charleston’s Classic Hits station. The former Country station kicks off its new Classic Hits programming at 12:00 Noon EST today. The All-New 96.9 The Wolf also launches its new website today at: www.969TheWolf.com.
Sherry Dollar, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Charleston said: “Our New Year’s resolution is to be the station that only plays the best of Charleston’s Classic Hits. We think listeners will love hearing the songs that have stood the test of time and are now Classics! Their all-time favorites all have a home at 96.9 FM.” Bill West, WIWF-FM Operations Manager, said: “The All New 96.9 The Wolf will be a celebration of Charleston’s Classic Hits. Every time you tune in, I guarantee that you’ll hear a song you grew up with - the most important music of your life in a clean, non-controversial format that’s void of typical radio ‘clutter’.
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