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Cumulus Chief Mary Berner Named To THR's 2016 Women In Entertainment Power 100 List
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, was named to The Hollywood Reporter's 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which was released on Wednesday (12/7). Berner is the only radio executive on the list and is one of 26 new names on this annual listing of Hollywood's most powerful women in entertainment.
THR writes: When Berner, 57, was named CEO in October 2015, the radio company had suffered four straight years of ratings declines, its 18-month employee turnover rate was near 50 percent and its stock was in danger of delisting from Nasdaq. After surveying her 6,000 employees, she launched a turnaround effort that included handing over control of content to local programmers. The result: 12 consecutive months of ratings increases. "Ninety-three percent of Americans listen to radio each week, which makes it the largest medium in the U.S. in terms of reach," she says, "but it's under-appreciated by advertisers." READ FULL STORY HERE
Irving Azoff Takes Aim At Radio 'Cartel'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Irving Azoff (L) has fired back at the 10,000 radio stations who sued Global Music Rights (GMR) last month. Yesterday in federal court, attorneys for GMR filed a suit against the Radio Music License Committee, calling it an “illegal cartel” and accusing the group of “exercising market dominance and brazenly violating competition laws.” According to ampthemag.com, The radio station group filed a lawsuit on Nov. 19, aiming to force GMR into a fixed price system, similar to ASCAP and BMI who’s pricing is set by a 75-year-old Department of Justice Consent Decree.
Azoff hired Daniel Petrocelli (top right)i, the attorney who represented President Elect Donald Trump in the Trump University lawsuit. In his countersuit, Petrocelli is leveling antitrust charges against the radio group for violating the Sherman Act’s provision outlawing “conspiracy in restraint of trade,” and breaking California laws against unfair competition. According to a press release from Azoff’s group, Petrocelli is also seeking “an injunction forbidding the cartel from continuing its anticompetitive conduct.” According to the statement, “Terrestrial radio stations pay less than 4% of their revenue – an infinitesimal percentage — to the songwriters who create that music,” the statement from GMR reads. “Other media distributors such as streaming music services, who are not part of a cartel like the RMLC, pay substantially more of their revenue share to perform these same works. Petrocelli is demanding a jury trial for the case in United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In a statement Wednesday, RMLC Executive Director Bill Velez (bottom right) said the group “will not roll over in the face of the baseless, bullying lawsuit filed by Global Music Rights reports Bloomberg. "GMR’s lawsuit is an obvious ploy designed to pressure the RMLC in response to the antitrust suit the RMLC filed against GMR,” says Velez.
MOTION: Emmis Moves 'Lux' To Mornings At Now 96 St. Louis; David Dean Takes Afternoons At 94.1 KMPS Seattle; Chelsea Thomas Takes On Double Shifts At WJDX Louisville
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 201–6 – Emmis Communications St. Louis has moved Ashley "Lux" Mohr (L) to morings at Now 96. stltoday.com reports, for the last nine years, Mohr has been at alt-rock "The Point" (KPNT-FM 105.7), most recently running the afternoon shift, 2-6 p.m. Mohr will be joined by STL native Tim Convy (bottom left), and Makena Carmean will replace Mohr on "The Point." Mohr and Convy will replace Curt Copeland, who exited last week.
--Seattle Country 94.1 KMPS has named David Dean (bottom middle) as its new Afternoon drive host and the station’s music director. KMPS Program Director, Kenny Jay, said, "David has all the skills to succeed as the new afternoon host of KMPS and I’m looking forward to introducing him to the country music community and its passionate fans. Seattle has proven to be a great market for new country and David will help us continue to dominate the space!”
-- Alpha Media/Louisville has tapped Chelsea Thomas (far right) to join the Ben Davis & Kelly K Morning show, while taking on middays and Music Director duties at CHR WDJX-FM. Thomas arrives from co-owned cluster in New Bern, NC, where she has hosted nights on BOB 93.3 for two years and served as an air personality for Country WQSL-FM. Thomas said "I am extremely excited and honored to become a part of the DJX team! This is an incredible opportunity, and I'm eager to learn and grow in Louisville."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brad Polston Named Market Pres. For iHeart Indianapolis; Beasley Appoints Janice McDuff VP/Finance
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016– – iHeartMedia Indianapolis announced that Brad Polston (top left) has been named Market President, effective December 12. “ Polston has more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, most recently serving as General Manager for Comcast Spotlight in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he held a variety of sales management positions in Colorado, Utah and the Baltimore region.
-- Beasley Media Group has hired Janice McDuff (top right) to fill the position of Vice President of Finance. The VP of Finance position is currently held by Marie Tedesco, who is preparing to transition into her new role as Chief Financial Officer in January, 2017. Janice’s work history includes her rise up the ranks of finance, most recently serving as a Corporate Controller at HKS Inc, Dallas Texas followed by a move to Salt Lake City, Utah to serve as Director of Finance at OOCL, Inc. Janice says, “It will be an honor to follow the footsteps of my predecessor Marie Tedesco, who leaves a legacy of excellence in this position.”
Details Revealed For 2017 'Mildred Carter' MIW Mentoring Program
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the opening of the application window for the 2017 Mildred Carter Mentoring
Program. Now in its 16th year, this notable experience pairs up-and-coming women who currently work in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting and media.
MIW Spokeswoman Kay Olin (shown) adds, “As always, the MIWs anticipate another outstanding program in 2017. It is very rewarding to watch our Mentees grow professionally throughout the year thanks to the time, talent and wisdom shared generously by a very impressive roster of MIW mentoring volunteers." A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - will be selected for the 2017 program. Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate and one spot designated for a digital candidate. For mentee criteria, and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/MIW2017. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2017.
TIS THE SEASON: Ace & TJ ‘Break & Enter’ Listener's Home For A Very Special Christmas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– ‘Breaking and Entering’* people’s homes during holidays is a tradition at the Ace & TJ Show. Ace & TJ and their merry ‘Hoodlum Elves’ have ‘Broken In’ to homes in markets such as Charlotte, Birmingham, Columbia (SC) and others over the past 10+ years. One of this year’s homes has touched everyone in the Ace & TJ Radio Family.
An Albemarle, NC woman and her three children found themselves displaced and in need after the children’s father abruptly left leaving the family with nothing of value, a stack of bills and an eviction notice. The mother is working hard to pull the family back together, but knowing Christmas would still be unattainable The Ace & TJ crew stepped in to ensure these deserving children have the Christmas of a lifetime. Ace & TJ’s Elves left toys and gifts including iPods, a computer, furniture, clothing and so much more. This year was extra special as Movement Mortgage stepped in and paid the family’s rent for all of 2017.
Cumulus Nashville Creates Massive 'Toy Field'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– On Tuesday, December 7TH, 2016, Cumulus Media-Nashville radio stations NASH FM 103.3, 104-5 The Zone, 92Q, Super Talk 99.7 WTN and 95.5 NASH ICON brought the community together to create a "Toy Field" at Nashville's Nissan Stadium, collecting thousands of toys and gifts for seniors in need at the 9th annual Toy Field event benefitting The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel Program. This holiday season, The Salvation Army will reach almost 9,000 “angels” – less fortunate children and elderly. Cumulus Nashville was joined in this successful toy and gift drive by generous listeners and client partners.
According to Major Ed Lee, Area Commander, The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, several hundreds of those “angels” will not be adopted. To ensure each child has a special Christmas, the Forgotten Angel shop will provide gifts. Lee said: “Throughout the years, the Cumulus Nashville listeners have been generous with their donations. Today was a great day that will help us provide for those in need in our community.”
SNAPS: Taylor Bart Visits Q104 Morning Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Pedro ‘n’ Pip is a raucous, uplifting rock 'n' roll odyssey about a tenacious ten-year-old girl, named Pip, and a ‘rockoctopus’, Pedro, who she meets while scuba diving after an oil spill in the Gulf. Together, they forge a powerful friendship and unite sea creatures and landlubbers alike to help clean up our waters for the good of all. It is a funny, tender, courageous story that raises envi ronmental awareness while being completely entertaining. A blend of colorful illustrations, easy - to - understand messages and an embedded musical score of more than a dozen original songs performed by a cast of award - winning musicians, including the legen dary GE Smith, Robbie Wyckoff, (voice on Phineas and Ferb ) Ella Moffly, Christine Ohlman, The Persuasions, David Broza and Jillette Johnson .
"When Taylor Bart told me about this project, we saw the immediate relevancy and impact this project can have in the music, media, and educational marketplace ” remarked Gary Krantz, Founder & CEO of Krantz Media Group. “ Along with my partner David Graff and Sungate Partners, we see multiple opportunities to maximize this unique proje t” Pedro ‘n’ Pip is available now in hardcover, paperback, audio book and IBOOK formats on Amazon , iTunes , and select local retailers. L-R: Cliff Dawson & Dave Revels of The Persuasions, Q104.3’s Shelli Sonstien, G.E. Smith, Taylor Barton - Smith , author of “Pedro & Pip” , and KMG Fo under & CEO Gary Krantz
Australia's Beloved Hamish & Andy Announce Radio Exit; Instagram Post Fuels Social Meltdown
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 – Popular Australian radio hosts Hamish & Andy have announced that they will quit radio at the end of 2017. They made the announcement at the end of their weekday drive show on the Hit Network on Friday afternoon, their last for the year, saying that following 2017 they will focus on television. Hamish said: “It’s a funny thing to call it a year out, it feels a bit like we’re making a big deal about dessert when we haven’t finished eating our entrees yet. For whatever reason there’s so much speculation about whether we’re leaving radio. “This has been the first time we’ve known for sure what we want to do. So we wanted to let our listeners know so they can come on the ride together and it can be a really fun celebratory year and we can go out with a bang. Despite doing radio in 2017, the duo will have plenty of television exposure next year, with a new TV show in production, and Hamish acting in a drama program ‘The Wrong Girl’.
Anton Savage Exits Today FM In Ireland After Disagreements - Today FM morning presenter Anton Savage has left the station with immediate effect. A statement released on his programmes official Twitter account said Anton had different objectives for the show than the management did, disagreeing on music, topics, formats and guests. The station has also released a statement, saying it has decided not to renew Anton’s contract. Anton’s show has now been removed from the station’s website with no news of who’ll be hosting the show next week.
Australian Radio Presenter Gets Glad-handled - A photo posted on Instagram by TV and radio star Kate Ritchie has caused social media meltdown. Ritchie posted a picture of herself with Nova 96.9 co-host, Tim Blackwell, at a Nova Melbourne Cup function last month. But since then, a handful of the star’s 138,000 Instagram followers have pointed out something – Blackwell’s one hand was planted firmly on Richie’s behind. Read more and see the photos here; https://startsat60.com/stories/entertain/radio-hosts-cosy-instagram-photo-causes-social-media-meltdown
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Spencer's Neighborhood Looking For New Member
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Do you have a parent’s mentality, but still like sangria on Friday night with your BFF’s? Are you a social media nut, but still an adult? Are you open to being vulnerable while sharing your life openly and honestly with followers, 35-44? Are you funny without being blue? Are you a CO HOST and not a sidekick or newsreader? Can you stand up to a strong male personality, have an opinion, but know that you’re sharing the lead? If yes to all of these questions, you could be the next co-star of "Spencer’s Neighborhood" on 106.5 The Arch with radio’s platinum standard for talent: Hubbard Broadcasting St. Louis!
Please e-mail your demo, resume, social media examples, and three references NOW to email@example.com. Minimum 5 years of experience. Your package will be held in strict confidence. No calls please. Hubbard is an EEO.
'Jeopardy' Contestant Dies Week Before Her Episode Airs
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[LISTEN] 'When In Doubt, Leave It Out' - NAB Addresses Photo Copyright Law In New Podcast
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7THY, 2016 –– A new NAB Podcast, entitled Navigating Photo Copyright Law: Protecting Your Station from a Lawsuit, is now available here. The podcast explores strategies on how stations can avoid alleged and real copyright infringement claims. A recent series of copyright infringement lawsuits filed against radio and television stations highlight the importance of broadcasters fully understanding how to legally use photographs and other content on social media and websites. Securing proper permission ahead of time is necessary to protect against potential legal ramifications.
Among many tips offered, David Ervin, Partner, Crowell and Moring Bart Stringham, concluded 'When in doubt, leave it out,' regarding course of action when choosing photos for social media or websites. He sat down for an interview with Bart Stringham, senior vice president and corporate counsel, NAB LISTEN HERE
ON-AIR: The Beat Atlanta To Debut DJ Scream & Hoodrich Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Atlanta announced the debut of DJ Scream and Hoodrich Radio on The Beat, the A’s New Home for Hip Hop N’ R&B, broadcast on both 92.3 and 96.7. DJ Scream and Hoodrich Radio will broadcast weekdays from 7-11 p.m. EST beginning December 12. This move is very exciting not only for me, but also for the city of Atlanta,” said DJ Scream. “The people have wanted more Hoodrich Radio for some time now, and I'm very elated to be able to deliver that to them on The Beat!"
“Putting DJ Scream nights on 92.3 & 96.7 The Beat is a game changing move in Atlanta radio,” said Dan Hunt, Program Director. “Hood Rich Radio now has a home five nights a week locally on The Beat and globally on iHeartRadio!” “Signing DJ Scream to the team is a big win for the station,” said Justin Schaflander, President for iHeartMedia’s Atlanta Region. “The connections and credibility that he has not only in the Atlanta market but nationwide in the Hip Hop world will help us build our brand and continue to provide our listeners and partners the best content possible.” iHeartMedia’s The Beat debuted on November 11, 2016 and broadcasts the popular morning show The Breakfast Club. 1
MOTION: CBS Radio's VP/Country And WUSN PD, Jeff Kapugi Exits Posts
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio VP/Country and WUSN/Chicago PD Jeff Kapugi has exited after six years at the helm. "Running an iconic brand in my hometown of Chicago has been amazing," Kapugi tells Jockline. "I am extremely proud of my 6 years with CBS Radio. The last 5 at US99 and the opportunity to program a radio station in my home town were magical. I am proud of what we accomplished as a station and an 11-station country enterprise as VP/Programming. I cherish in the fact that I was able to make some life-long friends along the way and I look forward to writing the next chapter in the book of Jeff & Laurie’s Excellent Adventures."
Tim Pohlman, SVP/MM of CBS Radio Chicago, announced Kapugi’s departure in a memo to staff. A station spox tells blogger Robert Feder, Tim will name a new program director for US99 once a search has been completed,” a company spokeswoman said.
FORMATICS: 'The City' Comes To Charleston
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 – Kirkman Broadcasting has added a new throwback music to its lineup while reshuffling its sports talk programming reports postandcourier.com. Branded "The City" Kirkman began transmitting “The City” on two of its FM stations and on an AM signal with several local voices behind the microphone.
The station will feature hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, said Ted Byrne, operations manager at Kirkman. “You can get it on multiple frequencies,” he said Tuesday. It includes local veteran radio hosts Jay Harper in the mornings, Janet Walsh in the midday slot and John Dixon in the afternoons. It airs on 92.1-FM and 102.1-FM and on 1450-AM.
The Broadcasters Foundation Kicks Off Annual Holiday Giving Campaign
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has launched its 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign. As part of the campaign, an appeal letter was mailed to thousands of broadcasters across the country, encouraging individual donations to the Broadcasters Foundation’s Guardian Fund.
“Our grant recipients had robust careers as producers, managers, on-air talent, engineers, account executives, and more. Now, through disease, accident, or advanced age, they and their families are in need of our assistance. It is up to us to come together and help them through the Broadcasters Foundation of America,” stated Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
Over the past year, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $800,000 in aid, including nearly $100,000 in one-time emergency grants to broadcasters who were affected by the Louisiana floods. In addition to individual donations to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Broadcasters Foundation’s Angel Initiative and bequests can be made through the its Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-373-8250.
NETWORKS: Westwood One News Presents The Year in Review - Cody Alan To Host Premiere Networks 4-Hour Christmas Special Hosted - Envision Networks The Country Oldies Show Gets In The Holiday Spirit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– Westwood One News is producing two long-form Year in Review programs for stations: The Year in Review – The Big Stories, anchored by First Light host Evan Haning, and The Year in Review – People, Sports and Entertainment, anchored by America in the Morning host John Trout. In addition, Westwood One News will provide a series of Year in Review reports for unlimited use by affiliates from December 22, 2016 through January 2, 2017 anchored by Westwood One News correspondents, including Bob Costantini, Steve Kastenbaum, Jim Roope, Ann Cates, Chas Henry, Michael Toscano, and Barbara Kusak. For more information, contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 895-2339.
Premiere Networks is offering a four-hour, commercial-free Christmas special hosted by award-winning radio and CMT personality Cody Alan. Available to air anytime from December 23-25, 2016, Cody Alan’s Christmas Special will feature some of the biggest Country artists, along with Christmas music. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300.
Envision Networks® is offering up its FREE Country Oldies Show Christmas Special beginning Dec. 12. Host Steve Warren teams up with Whisperin’ Bill Anderson for a special holiday edition of The Country Oldies Show. Started in 1994, The Country Oldies Show is America’s longest running weekly radio program featuring three hours of the greatest country hits from the 1950s to the 1990s. Interested stations can broadcast The Country Oldies Show Christmas Special, available for download any time after Dec. 12. For further details, contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
TIS THE SEASON: Power 96' Morning Show Lives In Bus 'Till Stuffed; Preston & Steve Live In Parking Lot; WSRZ's Jones & Crane With 20th Annual Santa Cause
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– If it's Christmas, it's time morning radio elves all across the country to take to the outdoor elements in behalf of those in need. We'll start off with a quick peek at Power 96.1 Atlanta whose Morning Show is living on a bus until it's filled with toys for underprivileged kids. They'll do so until 12.14.
-- And Philadelphians got a close-up look at 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve who lived in the parking lot for an entire week from Monday, November 28th through Friday, December 2nd to encourage listeners to donate food to Philabundance. The 1.3 million pounds (over 683 tons) of non-perishable food items collected represents the largest amount in the event's history, dating back to 1998. Listeners and local businesses also contributed over $74,000 in cash. Subaru of America’s largest donation from a business, 422,647 pounds, earned 1st prize - a live Preston & Steve broadcast from their headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ. WMMR is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.
-- 107.9 WSRZ’s Jones & Crane Show, announced its 20th Annual Santa Cause, a toy and fund drive to benefit The Safe Children’s Coalition-Sarasota YMCA, an organization that serves approximately 1,200 children in Sarasota/Manatee and DeSoto counties that have come into foster care as a result of being abused, neglected or abandoned by their caregivers. Santa Cause will take place Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6 to 10 a.m. To encourage listeners to donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation, on-air personalities David Jones and Christina Crane from 107.9 WSRZ’s Jones & Crane Show will broadcast live on Thursday from the ‘North Pole’ location, Rooms To Go furniture store on Route 41 in Sarasota. For the past 19 years, Jones & Crane Show’s Santa Cause has raised over $500,000 in cash and toys.
Trump Is Times' Man Of The Year; Sneak Peek At Madonna's Carpool
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BLOG: Will Radio Ever Care About Millennials?
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– In 2006, the National Association of Broadcasters commissioned Paragon to study the newest generation of radio listeners, dubbed Millennials, writes Paragon chief, Mike Henry. “Millennials” was a quaint term at the time, along with other terms in the study from 10 years ago, including “mp3 players,” “iPods” and “MySpace.” The download generation was still a toddler. Only one third of our Millennials downloaded video, and only one half had downloaded music onto personal devices. But, as much as the devices and terms have changed since 2006, Millennial’s radio desires remain unchanged. Also unchanged is radio’s shocking lack of response to the wants and needs of younger listeners.
Does it seems as though nothing has changed from 2006, asks Henry? Millennials have the same needs for new music discovery, yet radio seems to only care about moving the PPM needle with arcane programming tactics. Millennials can see right through commercial radio’s smoke and mirrors. They’re not fooled, and now they have many choices and don’t hesitate to use them. They know most new music radio stations only play a small number of songs over and over. Radio listening is the lowest among youngest listeners, many of whom have discovered music without radio as part of their mix. Will radio ever care? READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
College Radio Host Among Oakland Fire Casualties
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– A KALX Berkeley radio host has been identified among the 36 casualties reported so far in the Oakland warehouse fire, dozens still missing reports dailycal.org. Chelsea Dolan, a host for campus radio station KALX who went by the moniker Cherushii, has been identified as a victim of the Oakland warehouse fire that took place Friday, according to a press release issued by the city of Oakland on Monday night.
Of the 36 confirmed dead, 22 victims have been identified and the city of Oakland has released the names of 17. City officials are working to identify three more victims through scientific identification, according to the press release. The identity of a 17-year-old victim has been confirmed but is being withheld from the public, as the victim was a minor. PHOTO/KTVU
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jami Beasley Named Assoc. General Counsel For Beasley; Scott Chiasson VP/MM For Cumulus Lafayette, LA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group announced the appointment of Jami Beasley (top left) , Esq. to serve as Associate General Counsel.Jami Beasley's professional background includes her recent position as Partner in Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A.s Ft. Lauderdale office, where she focused on commercial and complex litigation, as well as her previous experience in real estate litigation. 'It's an honor to serve Beasley Media Group as Associate General Counsel," said Jami. "This is an exceptional opportunity and I am eager to contribute to the corporate team.
--Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Scott Chiasson (chay-SAN) as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Lafayette. Chiasson, a native of Lafayette, has 18 years’ experience in broadcast sales and operations management, holding leadership positions for companies including: E.W. Scripps (Wichita, KS), Clear Channel/iHeart (Colorado and Florida), Metro Networks (Orlando, FL), Cox Media (Lafayette, LA) and CBS Radio (Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL).
Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President, Cumulus Media said: “Scott is a great radio guy and a Lafayette native. That combination is a terrific match for our powerful brands and our talented team. Welcome home, Scott!” “I’m excited for this new challenge with Cumulus,” Chiasson said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and being a part of the Lafayette business community.”
ON-AIR: CBS Makes Line-Up Changes In Phoenix
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– Beginning this week, CBS RADIO Phoenix will be bringing local listeners more of the on-air station voices they enjoy. Natasha Castles (inset above right) has been named the newest member of The Morning Mess on LIVE 101.5, joining hosts Joey Boy and Aneesh (above left), weekdays from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Over on the New KMLE @ 107.9, Jeana Shepard (below) has been named the new night personality, but will continue middays on Live 101.5.
“Both Natasha and Jeana are amazing on-air talents that have already entertained and connected with our audiences,” said Tim Richards, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Phoenix. “With Natasha joining Joey Boy and Aneesh on The Morning Mess we know there are great things in store for morning listeners. The KMLE Nation has always been a big supporter of Jeana and we’re excited to have her back on the station as our night host. “I’m so excited to be back full time on KMLE,” said Shepard. “KMLE has always had a piece of my heart and it’s an awesome feeling to be coming back! I never really ’left’ being on weekends, but being full time again on KMLE is an incredible feeling. Shepard replaces Castles as the night personality on the New KMLE @ 107.9 and will continue on as the midday host on LIVE 101.5, weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Former Mayor Takes Middays On WGAC Augusta
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– Beginning this week, WGAC News/Talk Radio 580AM/ 95.1 FM Augusta, GA has introduced: “THERE IT IS!” with Deke Copenhaver 9am-12noon. After serving the people of Augusta as Mayor from 2005 to 2014, Deke launched Copenhaver Consulting, focusing on the connection between private business and government entities in the CSRA. A seven time member of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Georgians, he is directly connected to the pulse of the CSRA government and business environment.
“We are delighted to have Deke join us the on air at WGAC,” said Beasley Augusta VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon. “He brings a fresh approach to the current issues of the day that are important to our local community. Copenhaver will air weekdays from 9am until 12noon on 580AM / 95.1FM WGAC, Augusta’s News Talk station. Also available at www.wgac.com “Listen Live” and the WGAC mobile app.
Delilah To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– Fresh off the heels of her recent induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, Premiere syndicated radio personality Delilah will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2017 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 25 in Las Vegas.
Delilah first became interested in radio as a middle school student in Reedsport, Oregon, where she provided school news and sports reports for the local station KDUN-AM. Since then, Delilah has expanded her adult contemporary radio show audience to more than eight million weekly listeners on approximately 160 stations across the country, making her the most-listened-to-woman on radio in the United States. Delilah is the author of three books. Additionally, Delilah established the non-profit Point Hope in 2004. The organization addresses the needs of special needs children in the foster care system nationwide, in addition to refugee children in Ghana. Delilah is the mother of 13 children, 10 of whom were adopted.
Dan Vallie Teams With Six Broadcast Groups To Bring National Talent Institute To Missouri
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– MBA has teamed up with six radio broadcast companies to bring the Radio Talent Institute to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville July 31st through August 9 th, 2017. The Institute is a ten day radio immersion program bringing talented broadca sting students together with over 30 broadcast professionals for on - air training in music radio , news and sports as well as digital/social media, production, promotion, sales and more. Missouri will be one of only six states in the country that host an institute with the National Radio Talent System . Other locations are the Kellar Radio Talent Institute Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Confer Radio Talent Institute Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute Western Kentucky University, GAB Radio Talent Institute University of Georgia, and Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Central Washington University.
This was made possible with financial commitments from Northwest Missouri State University, the Missouri Broadcasters Board of Directors and the following broadcast companies: Hubbard Radio - St Louis, Eagle Communications - St. Joseph, Emmis Communications - St. Louis, Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group of Mid Missouri - Columbia and Jefferson City , iHeart Radio - St. Louis , Springfield, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Midwest Family - Springfield. The NRTS was founded and directed by Dan Vallie. For more information contact him at DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com 828-262-1502
TIS THE SEASON: Adam Sandler Donates $10,000 To 98.5 KLUC Toy Drive - Walgreens Adds $100,000; WOGL Philly Raises $309,925 For Children's' Hospital - Florida Host Spends 98 Hours in the Air to Collect Bikes - News Radio 1200 WOAI San Antonio Raises $243,034 Christmas Project
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 –– It would be impossible track all the amazing things radio is currently doing to make the season brighter for thousands of people coast to coast, but here are a few more examples: At 98.5 KLUC, Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo, home to the World's Largest Single Toy & Bike Drive, were surprised when a special $10,000 donation from Adam Sandler. Adam was so blown away by Chet's efforts, he wanted to contribute. Adam's nephew and niece, Jared and Jillian stopped by to present the check to Chet. The KLUC Toy Drive is on record as the World's LARGEST Single Location Toy Drive and benefits HELP of Southern Nevada. As if that weren't enough, Walgreens raised $100k+ for Buchanan's drive. Monday morning, the Walgreens Corporation presented a check for $104,294 to Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo.
--Over on the east coast, The 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Mazda Dealers raised $309,925 for The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Radiothon was broadcast live from the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s "Seacrest Studios" located in the Colket Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. WOGL hosts Valerie Knight and Frank Lewis of the Breakfast Club presented the check for $309,925 from 98.1 WOGL to Children’s Hospital. The Radiothon is a team effort at 98.1 WOGL with special promotional help from our sister stations CBS3/CW, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, KYW Newsradio, 96.5 AMP Radio, SportsRadio 94WIP and 92.5 XTU
--Down south, in order to make sure every needy child along the Emerald Coast gets a new bike this Christmas, Highway 98 Country/WHWY-FM, Scott Mallory spent 98 hours camping out 35 feet in the air atop a scissor-lift, with only a tent and sleeping bag to protect him from the chilly and rainy nights. Mallory, who serves as co-host with Scratch on Highway 98 Country’s morning show. They ended up collecting 863 bikes! See VIDEO HERE
-- Then there's News Radio 1200 WOAI San Antonio who hosted a Radiothon and Silent Auction this past weekend, raising a record breaking $243,034 in two days. The Radiothon and Silent Auction benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project, a local non-profit organization that purchases and delivers toys during the holiday season for Bexar County's less fortunate children.
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MOTION: 'Young' Ron Brewer Stepping Down From Paul & Young Ron Show After 26 Years
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Ron Brewer (top right) this morning announced an ‘extended vacation’ from the program. His last show with co-host Paul Castronovo will be Friday, December 16. In a statement, Ron Brewer wrote: “I’ll miss radio, but I’m looking forward to not being on a schedule after getting up at 3:30 a.m. all these years. I don’t have any specific plans, maybe I’ll buy an RV, but I’m going to enjoy life and fulfill some bucket list items. The best part is that Paul won’t have Ron Brewer to kick around anymore.”
Paul Castronovo added, “It's certainly the end of an era; an unprecedented 26-year run for Young Ron and myself. We sure have had a lot of laughs over the years, and that's what its always been about. I'm happy for Ron, and also excited about the next chapter of my career. Yeah, I'm sticking around, so Paul and Young Ron fans, prepare for disappointment!” The “Paul & Young Ron Show” first aired in 1990 on what was then WSHE (103.5 FM). Five years later, the duo moved to WZTA (Zeta 94.9 FM) and, in 2004, to its current home on WBGG (BIG 105.9 FM). Its also been heard on Real Radio 94.3 FM (Palm Beach County) and 101.7 FM (Treasure Coast). They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
'It's Time To Double Down Before The Robots Take Over' Says Fred Jacobs
THE MOUTH DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Robots are are all over the news. Over the weekend The Daily Mail reported on (s)ex robots being modeled after celebrities; another on robotic store greeters. Could radio hosts be next? In Jacobs Media's Fred Jacob's latest blog he says, "Technology and innovation are enveloping our lives, and it will all be on display in Las Vegas at next month's CES Show. "One of the key trends that will permeate many of the exhibits is AI – or Artificial Intelligence. In the real world of 2016, however, AI or robotic thinking is impacting many aspects of our daily lives -- So if you’re a DJ staring at a screen of the next hour’s music, pre-scheduled by your program director, what hope do you have of effectively competing with these data-driven competitors?
Jacobs continues, "All too often, listening to “local radio” is an exercise in generic entertainment. I am well aware of format restrictions that regiment talent, strictly limiting breaks to be in compliance with the format guidelines. But at most stations, there’s precious few seconds that can be used to localize and contextualize a break to make it resonant, relevant, and meaningful. The original Top 40 icons of radio knew precisely how to pull this off – always over the beginnings and ends of two-minute songs. That’s what separated Dan Ingram, the Real Don Steele (R), John Landecker, and Scotty Regen from everyone else. You always knew whether you were in New York, L.A., Chicago, or Detroit when you were listening to these guys"
"And that’s why local radio needs to cultivate and grow its most unique strength… Great local personalities," Jacobs says. "It’s time to double down before the robots take over." READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
NAB Asks FCC To Rethink Media Ownership Rules
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Calling the commission’s decisions “faulty” and “divorced from current competitive realities,” the National Association of Broadcasters has formally asked the Federal Communication Commission to reevaluate its stance on media ownership. The NAB likely feels that by the time the commission gets around to considering this, its request will get a more sympathetic hearing under a Republican-led FCC and a Trump administration, which has stated that easing regulatory burdens on businesses is a priority. According to radioworld.com, the NAB likely felt that by the time the commission gets around to considering this, its request will get a more sympathetic hearing under a Republican-led FCC and a Trump administration, which has stated that easing regulatory burdens on businesses is a priority.
In August, the FCC adopted an order retaining the rules surrounding broadcast ownership; in the months since, the NAB has urged the commission to reconsider major aspects of the order. In its current petition for reconsideration filed on Dec. 1, the NAB asks the commission to reverse its stance on several issues, including the ban on print newspaper/broadcast cross ownership and the restrictions on radio/TV cross ownership. The vast and continuing changes across the media landscape dictate that [these rules] be eliminated or substantially loosened,” the NAB wrote in its filing. The association said that FCC has not fully recognized “tectonic” changes that have been wrought by the internet, the emergence of OTT services and the expanded influence of cable and satellite. These factors have changed the media landscape, and the FCC’s decision to adopt an order that retained those long-standing broadcast ownership rules is “untenable.”
In statement released by Chairman Tom Wheeler’s office earlier this year, he said “our analysis indicates that the ownership restrictions remain necessary in the public interest.” The NAB again pressed the FCC to create an incubator program that would promote diversity of ownership. In November, the NAB moved to sue the FCC over its quadrennial media ownership regulatory review.
Contributions Now Being Accepted For 'A History Of American DJ' From 'Best Friend' Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Spearheaded by John Gehron AccuRadio, Lisa Miller Miller Broadcast Management, Harv Blain Vallie Richards Donovan Consulting, Funds are now being accepted for 'A History of the American Disc Jockey'. “Radio’s Best Friend,” Art Vuolo’s recordings of on-air banter and a behind-the-scenes look at over 700 Disc Jockeys from coast to coast, including many of radio's most creative personalities is highlighted in this 40 year collection of memories. Many DJ’s featured are no longer on the air or have passed away, making these tapes even more precious than imagined. This radio treasure trove of over 1,000 videos will be available for viewing at the Broadcast Museum for aspiring radio talent, management and students along with fans, friends, family and the curious; all of whom will get a rare look into people behind the mic. Videos of the personalities will also be available for purchase.
Contributions are now being accepted in order to purchase the video library, curate “A History of the American DJ” create the exhibit and maintain its content. Art Vuolo’s video library “A History of the American Disc Jockey” is set to become a permanent fixture at The National Radio Hall of Fame, located within the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Miller Management's Lisa Miller tells Jockline this catalog really hit home recently when her youngest son, Joey, 29, saw video footage for the first time ever of his dad, legendary Chicago Radio/TV Host Brant Miller, in a video from the late 70's. 'This was before he was born," said Miller. "It's eye-opening to me that we have this amazing collection of radio's greatest stars over a 40-year span to be on display." For more info, or to make a donation, CLICK HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tracy Brandys On The Rise At CBS Radio Baltimore
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO has elevated Tracy Brandys to Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales for its Baltimore market, effective immediately. The four-station cluster includes radio stations WJZ-AM/FM, WLIF-FM and WWMX-FM, as well as the CBS RADIO Up Close Performance Studio which hosts local and national sports figures and musicians. Brandys replaces former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips who was recently named Chief Revenue Officer.
Most recently Brandys served as VP, director of sales for the Baltimore market. Prior to this she served as the general sales manager for WWMX-FM where she managed the sales team to generate all station revenue and developed new client relationships and creative sales ideas. Brandys began her career in sales roles at Summit Broadcasting and Sconnix Broadcasting.
ON-AIR: Nikki Cruz Joins 94.9 WHOM Portland As Morning Co-Host; Rich Keefe Joins Dale & Holley Show At WEEI Boston; iHeart Milwaukee Debuts The Dan O'Donnell Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Jockline was happy to learn that Nikki Cruz has joined 94.9 Portland, ME to co-host mornings with AJ Dukette starting Monday Dec 12th. 'I'm moving to Portland, Maine in the winter,' she quipped. WHOM is owned by Townsquare Media. Cruz had spent the last five years as co-host & New Director for Mason In The Morning with Mason Dixon on WRBQ (Q105).
--Sports Radio WEEI has announced the hiring of Rich Keefe as co-host with Dale Arnold and Michael Holley on the station’s weekday afternoon (2:00 - 6:00PM) program. He replaces Jerry Thornton who left the station in mid-November to join Barstool Sports as a senior columnist. In addition to his new role on the Dale and Holley Program, Keefe will co-host with Mike Mutnansky , weekdays from 6 :00 to 7:00PM, and be a daily contributor to WEEI.com
-- WISN-AM, Milwaukee announced the debut of The Dan O’Donnell Show, effective Tuesday, January 3, 2017. O’Donnell Swill broadcast weekdays from 9-11 a.m. O’Donnell joined WISN-AM in 2013 and is currently a drive-time news anchor, reporter, and a substitute host for all of WISN’s local talk shows. In addition, O’Donnell is known for his extensive coverage of the 2007 Steven Avery murder trial in Manitowoc, WI, and subsequent “Rebutting A Murderer” podcast following the 2015 Netflix special “Making a Murderer.” CRUZ PHOTO/ Bill Bungard
SYNDICATION: OC 104 Salisbury Welcomes Brooke & Jubal
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Adams Radio of Delmarva signs Brooke & Jubal to mornings starting Monday, December 5 . Albie Dee, Program Director, commented on the announcement, “ OC 104 has been the market leader in Delmarva for The Hits for 25 years...and the addition of Brooke and Jubal will secure OC 104’s position for years to come. Salisbury – Ocean City is more than ready for a morning show with the energy, entertainment and excitement of Brooke and Jubal” Jubal added "We're honored to be chosen as the new morning show OC104. Big thanks to Ron Stone , Albie Dee and everyone at Adams Radio Group for having faith in us to take over mornings at a station with such a long and successful history in Delmarva.
Call For Entries Underway For 2017 Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– The discounted Early Bird rates for entering the Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, will end on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Submit your outstanding programming by, for and about women, plus individual achievement, now to receive the lowest entry rates possible. PLEASE NOTE: Entries must be complete and paid in full by 11:59 p.m. e.t. to receive the Early Bird rates.
All entries, even those that have been submitted and paid, may continue to be edited (including uploading clips, descriptions and titles) until the entries are locked for judging in January 2017. Find Out More Submit an Entry Gracie Awards Categories View all the 2017 categories using the link below before you begin the entry process. CLICK HERE
The Bobby Bones Show Raises $1.3 Million for St. Jude in One Day; Alpha Media Lousiville Tops $890,000 For Local Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Bobby Bones, of Premiere syndicated The Bobby Bones Show has raised $1.3 million for its St. Jude Radiothon. According to soundslikenashville.com, Everyone from Kelsea Ballerini to Lauren Alaina to Mo Pitney stopped in to give their best renditions of some inspiring tunes in order to raise money for the kids in need. Bobby Bones is not new to the St. Jude family as he has been a dedicated supporter of the organization throughout his career. Planning trips to go visit the kids in Memphis to donating so much time to their cause, Bones was happily surprised with the success of the Radiothon than anything he’s done to help out before. “I’m honestly blown away by the generosity of our listeners this morning,” said Bones. “The amount raised is overwhelming and donations are still coming in. With the holidays coming up, money can be tight and so it means even more that our fans have chosen to contribute to such an amazing cause. I also have to thank all of our artist friends that took part in such an important broadcast, as well as our awesome group of radio station affiliates, who always go above and beyond to support us in our charitable endeavors.” PHOTO/St. Jude
-- Alpha Media, Louisville hosted a two-day radiothon in support of Norton Children’s Hospital on November 17th and 18th. Louisville stations; WXMA, WDJX, WGZB, WMJM, and WGHL, broadcasted live from the hospital lobby for 13-hours straight each day. The radiothon ended with over $890,000 raised. During the radiothon each station took the name of a child who has been treated by the hospital. Station names are as follows: 99.7 WDJX – 99.7 Audrey FM 102.3 The Max – 102.3 Aiden FM Magic 101.3 – Scharnese 101.3 B 96.5 – Boogie 96.5 For B96.5, the cause of Boogie was a personal one. Boogie is the child of afternoon drive personality, Tropikana. “It's a blessing that the stations were able to come together and jump behind not only Boogie being a survivor, but us being able to tell his story to help somebody else. There's no bigger or better feeling or blessing that I can imagine that would compare to being able to have a miracle kid that is going to be able to be a blessing for another sick kid," said Tropikana. 2016 marked the 8th year that Alpha Media, Louisville has hosted the annual radiothon.
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Art Bell Slaps Michael Savage With Defamation Suit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– Late-night radio host Art Bell has sued fellow talk-radio host Michael Savage for defamation, saying Savage insinuated his wife was a “hooker” and underage when she married Bell. According to Courthouse News, In the complaint, it claims that On Sept. 25, 2016, Savage made defamatory and slanderous statements on his radio program, ‘The Savage Nation,’” Bell says in the complaint Savage was apparently talking about topics he thought radio personalities should avoid and he brought up UFOs – a frequent topic on Bell’s former late-night radio show “Coast to Coast.”
“You say UFOs, you wind up in the Philippines with a 10-year-old hooker and you are off the radio after a number of years. You can’t do UFOs. That’s an in joke, by the way, for people who understand the business,” Savage said during his show, according to the complaint. Bell hosted “Coast to Coast” from 1998 to 2007, discussing many types of paranormal phenomena including UFO activity. The show was syndicated on 500 stations and garnered more than 22 million listeners. Bell met his wife Airyn Ruiz Bell in the Philippines when she was a 22-year old college student, according to the complaint. Bell said the marriage and the subsequent visa issues were well-known within the radio industry and that it is clear that Savage was alluding to them in his on-air comments. Bell also names Westwood One and its parent Cumulus Broadcasting, the networks that carries “The Savage Nation,” in the lawsuit. “The statement has harmed his professional reputation and is hindering (Bell’s) efforts to return to broadcasting and journalism,” the complaint states. Bell seeks damages – including punitive damages – on claims of defamation, false light invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress. He is represented by Gerard Fox and Belinda Vega in Los Angeles.
iHeart Launches Beta Versions Of New Streaming Services Powered By Napster
DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced the beta availability of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster. This is the first service that uses on demand functionality to make radio truly interactive, as compared to all current players that simply add on demand functionality to the music collection experience. The two new services will be fully available on mobile and desktop in January 2017. "10 times more Americans listen to radio every month than use a subscription service so the debut of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster is a unique opportunity to capture these non-music subscribers with an on demand service built around radio," said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia.
iHeartRadio Plus is $4.99 a month, giving subscribers the ability to instantly replay songs from the radio and then return to the live radio station in progress; Live and custom Artist Radio stations: now equipped with a save button, allowing subscribers to instantly save songs from the radio directly to their My Music playlist for playback any time; Search: Search and play any song from a library of millions of tracks; Unlimited skips: Subscribers listening to custom Artist Radio stations will no longer have a limit on the number of songs they can skip. iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster, at $9.99 a month, combines the interactive radio functionally of iHeartRadio Plus with a complete music collection and library that is linked seamlessly to the radio listening experience. "iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster are revolutionizing how we think of live radio," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. In an interview last week, Davis said, "There's nobody else that can combine the radio and the collection. It's impossible. They don't have the live radio."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WEEI Boston Sets New Leadership Team
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– Following a six-month search for its next program director, Sports Radio WEEI has instead created a new program leadership team from its in-house talent bench. Current WEEI Assistant Program Director (APD) Joe Zarbano (TL) has been named Program Director replacing Kevin Graham, who departed last spring. In his new role, Zarbano will assume direct oversight of all audio content for WEEI - FM, the WEEI Sports Radio Network, t he Boston Red Sox Radio Network and ESPN 850. Taking Zarbano’s place as Executive Producer is WEEI Senior Producer Ben Kichen (BL). He joined the station in 2006 from iHeart Media’s WXKS and WJMN and has been lead producer for both the Glenn Ordway and Dale & Holley programs on WEEI.
Carlson Mozdiez (R) is currently Director of Integrated Marketing Strategies for Entercom’s Boston cluster. He joined WEEI in 2002 immediately after graduating from Syracuse University and has held a variety of positions in promotions, marketing and digital operations. Mozdiez will now assume the new title of Director of Operations for Entercom Boston with special emphasis on the company’s digital juggernaut WEEI.com. Entercom New England VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says the search was necessarily long and intensive. “With its massive broadcast reach and associated digital assets, the WEEI brand is arguably among the most influential and complex in all of broadcasting,” he said. “Many of our outside candidates simply couldn’t get their arms around all of it. As each month passed, it became clear to me that we had the talent right here in Ben, Carlson and Joe.
ON AIR: Melissa Bunting & Special Ed Headed To Mornings At AMP Calgary
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– Happy to see our BFF Melissa Bunting (R) along with Special Ed (her husband) moving from Toronto to Calgary, Alberta where they'll join Katie Summers for mornings on 90.3 AMP. Bunting met Ed at Virgin Radio in Toronto. Ed's past stints have included KDWB/Minny, WILD/Dallas & 101.3 The Bounce in Halifax - most recently he handled afternoons at Virgin Radio Toronto.
Bunting had been a crucial part of some of the top shows in the US, including KYGO/Denver and KSON/San Diego. Most recently she was the morning show producer for Virgin Radio/Toronto. AMP Mornings With Katie & Special Ed (shown left) will launch in early 2017 - Bunting will serve as Executive Producer - send your best to Melissa HERE
Al Peterson To End Publication of NTS MediaOnline
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– We learned late yesterday that our longtime friend and industry legend Al Peterson (R) has decided to publish the final editions of NTS MediaOnline Today and NTS MediaOnline Monthly, on Friday, December 16, 2016. Peterson said, “After serving as the News/Talk/Sports editor for 10 years at the top industry newspaper Radio & Records, to then creating NTS MediaOnline and building it into a reliable hub for news, information and conversation about Talk Radio for the last decade, it just feels right to start a new chapter in my life – one where I’m not waking before sunrise to a blank page and a daily deadline.”
Commenting on his NTS MediaOnline partner and current RAB SVP/Membership Brooke Williams, Peterson says, “Her efforts and contributions made our success possible while first at R&R and then creating and building NTS. She’s one in ‘10’ million and I can’t thank her enough for her friendship, profound professionalism, and for helping me put my kids through college!”
While Peterson plans to enjoy more time with his family and pursue other interests outside the industry, he’ll also continue to seek new ways to positively contribute to the future success of radio, a medium he has loved since he was a kid with a transistor radio under his pillow. NTSMediaOnline.com and associated email for Peterson and Williams will remain active through the end of 2016. Over Peterson's 45-year broadcast industry professional, he spent the last 20 of those years reporting on the business and personalities of News/Talk/Sports radio, first as the News/Talk/Sports radio editor for Radio & Records and the architect of its annual Talk Radio Seminar, and then as the founder and publisher of NTS MediaOnline. Send your best to Al HERE
GOLDSTEIN: Why Every Content Developer Owes A Debt Of Gratitude To The Late Grant Tinker
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein blogs, If you are in the business of content development, an actor or writer, you owe a debt of gratitude to Grant Tinker who passed away earlier this week. Tinker was the producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as well as her husband) and numerous other great 70’s TV hits including Lou Grant, Bob Newhart and Rhoda. Later he transformed NBC from a perennial ratings loser to a powerhouse. In the process, many say, he was the catalyst to changing America's viewing habits.
He rebuilt NBC with a keen eye toward nurturing talent. He invested heavily in writers, producers, directors and storytellers. Tinker created an environment in which they could thrive. Bob Newhart said in a statement that while at MTM Tinker created "this magical place where creativity and individuality (were nurtured). Tinker brought Cheers (shown above), and Hill Street Blues to NBC. Under his guidance, NBC's ratings improved and profits soared from $48 million to $500 million. In 1982, its first year, Cheers had poor ratings and was nearly cancelled. It was 74th out of 77 shows. Today, most shows have a short window to find an audience. Tinker stuck with Cheers and it ultimately had an 11 year run.
In radio station conference rooms across the country when the subject would turn to brand and show development, I would often quote Tinker who said “first be best, then be first.” READ BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Parks In Little Steven's Underground Garage; November A Bit Month For Envision
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that it has entered into a sales and syndication partnership with Little Steven’s Underground Garage. The show, heard on over 80 stations across America including Q104.3 in New York City and WROR in Boston, is hosted by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steven Van Zandt.
“I’ve seen Stevie Van Zandt on stage more than 60 times in the last 36 years. To be able to work with someone you’ve followed and admired for so long is a dream come true.“ said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Sales for Sun. “Not only is he a musician, songwriter, producer, arranger, actor and radio host, he is rock and roll’s biggest advocate through his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and Teach Rock- the foundation’s national middle and high school curriculum. We are proud to be working with Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” For more information on Little Steven’s Underground Garage contact Ron at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
-- During the month of November, Envision Networks® launched Collin Raye’s Rewind Country hosted by one of the true superstars of the 1990’s on country radio, Collin Raye. Also in November, Envision Networks® The Chop Shop presented an all new Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special. The free, two-hour program is one of radio’s favorite holiday traditions and the perfect supplement for any Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert with music and behind the scenes details from the largest seasonal tour in the world. In addition, Envision Networks® welcomed the following 16 new affiliates to its networks: KBRE-AM/Fresno, California (Full Metal Jackie) KLKK-FM/Rochester, Minnesota (Classic Rock Live) KZLT-FM, WXEF-FM, WKJT-FM, WCMT-FM, WCLO-AM, WYKY-FM, WBXE-FM, WLIP-AM, KMAD-AM, KRIV-FM, WITY-AM, WEXR-FM, WLML-FM and MeTV-FM (The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale) For more info, contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About Envision Networks®:
99.5 WYCD Detroit Collects Funds For Slain Officer
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– CBS' 99.5 WYCD’s Rob Stone, like so many metro Detroiters, was deeply affected by the tragic death of Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose. Rob took it upon himself to spearhead a station effort to contribute to a fundraiser in order to help the Rose family. Enlisting the help of 99.5 WYCD’s Program director, Tim Roberts, the two were able to secure two autographed guitars from country superstars Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, courtesy of Broken Bow Records and Columbia Nashville respectively, for the benefit’s silent auction. Combined, the two items were able to raise over $3,000 to help the fallen officer’s family.
Rose, a Wayne State University police officer, was shot in the line of duty while making a routine stop. He died from his injuries a day later. The tragedy hit the Wayne State University community hard, and in the following days, mourners gathered at vigils to honor Officer Rose. Detroit Dog Rescue, where Officer Rose’s fiancée is an employee, organized the benefit to remember Officer Rose and to support his family.
Benztown Kicks Off Third Annual “Cans 4 Cans” Campaign
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– Benztown has kicked off its Third Annual “CANS 4 CANS” Holiday Benefit to drive donations to the Los Angeles Food Bank. Benztown invites friends in the radio industry to post a photo wearing your headphones (a/k/a “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cans4cans. For every photo posted, Benztown will donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank on your behalf.
Michael Flood, President/CEO, L.A. Food Bank said: "We are grateful for the support from Benztown. This partnership not only helps to provide necessary resources, but increases awareness around the problem of hunger in our community. Their donation will support our efforts to fight hunger in Los Angeles County." It's taking place now through Thursday, December 22, 2016. For more info, contact Chris Johansing Benztown (818) 842-4600 email@example.com
One Direction's Niall Horan To Fill In On AT40
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2016 –– One Direction's Niall Horan will take over American Top 40 this weekend, December 3 and 4. Hot off a performance of his debut solo single “This Town” at the 2016 American Music Awards, Niall will count down the Top 40 songs and reveal details about his upcoming album, including his inspiration and surprise collaborations. In addition to answering questions from callers and fans tweeting @AmericanTop40 with the hashtag #NiallOnAT40, the platinum-selling singer-songwriter will share his favorite moment from 2016, his plans for 2017, and he’ll give listeners a taste of his rendition of a classic holiday song.
American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, the number one countdown show in the U.S., is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 500 stations worldwide. The show, which is executive produced by Jennifer Sawalha and Miles Harvey, and written by Harvey, can be heard by more than 4.2 million weekly listeners worldwide in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, Namibia, Berlin, Beijing, Singapore, Dubai, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information, updates, or to find a station in your area, please visit www.AT40.com.
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First Set Of Bounce 'Ambassador's' Hit Detroit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– 105.1 The Bounce Detroit has premiered its first set of Bounce Ambassadors and will serve as their primary anchors and hosts. The first three names are very familiar to area listeners. Detroit natives Suga Rae (TL), DJ Dinero (LC) and Reggie Reg (TR) are ready to entertain, inform and “Bounce” with their hometown family again. Additionally, listeners will experience a sweet treat as they get to know Deongello “GELLO” Vanorsby (RC), bringing his highly acclaimed “GELLO SHOW” to Detroit from Phoenix, Arizona.
For the past few years, Suga has entertained cities like Dallas, Austin & Seattle. DJ Dinero got his start working at numerous nightclubs/concert Venues in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Ypsilanti, Lansing and more. Gello started radio in his teenage years in Phoenix AZ. From promotions, board operating, weekends on air, morning show producing, night show host, afternoon host and morning drive radio Host. Reggie Reg has done TV & Radio in markets such as Greensboro, N.C., Tampa Florida and Los Angeles. “We have been amazed at and humbled by the response to this station! Every listener we encounter has their own interpretation of what our BOUNCE music means to them, therefore we want each tune in to both meet their expectations and be special !” said 105.1 The Bounce Program Director Al Payne. “ After a thorough search, we’re proud to announce our first wave of Bounce ‘Ambassadors'
WREW/MIX 94.9 Cincinnati Adds Sandy McIlree To Morning Show Cast
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– Mix 94.9 WREW Cincinnati has added iconic Austin host, Sandy McIlree, to the Mix 94.9 morning team. He joins current morning hosts Ray Anderson and Karen Van Zant (shown right).
Sandy was one half of the long running JB and Sandy Morning Show with an impressive 18-year run in Austin and winner of numerous awards. In 1996, Sandy co-founded JB & Sandy’s Bikes for Kids. The idea was simple – that every child should experience the joy of getting a brand new bike on Christmas morning. What started as a grassroots effort has continued to grow for the past 17 years. To date, more than $2 million has been raised and more than 15,000 bikes, locks and helmets have been given to children from low-income families.
“I am excited to join Mix 94.9 and Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati,” said Sandy. “Hubbard continues to show dedication to local personality radio. Every on-air talent I talk to wants to work for Hubbard and I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity.”
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Taps Jose Gadea As PD For La Preciosa Network; Andy Winford Named PD For KATM-FM Modesto/Stockton
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jose Gadea has been named Program Director for La Preciosa Network, effective immediately. Broadcast and digital includes Sioux City, IA; Salinas/Monterey, CA; Bakersfield, CA; Riverside, CA; Santa Barbara, CA and San Antonio, TX. Along with the programming provided to all La Preciosa Network affiliates, Gadea will oversee daily operations at the network’s flagship radio station brand, La Preciosa 92.9 (KFSO-FM).
Gadea previously worked as the Program Director for Uniradio, where he played a key role in managing a five-station market. He has also served as a program director at radio stations for Univision, Emmis, Border Media, and Heftel. iHeartMedia has the number one reach of any media outlet in the Fresno market.
-- Cumulus Media has appointed Andy Winford to Program Director of KAT Country/KATM-FM in Modesto/Stockton, CA. Winford joins Cumulus Media from Townsquare Media-Yakima, WA, where he was Brand Manager of KIT-AM and KATS-FM. Prior to that, he was Brand Manager for Townsquare Media’s Billings, MT, station group. Winford previously held programming positions including: Program Director of KHBN/91.7 The Bounce in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Program Director for KKBZ-FM and KHIT-FM in Fresno, CA; Director of FM Programming for iHeart Media/Clear Channel in San Luis Obispo, CA; and Program Director of KURQ and KSTT in Modesto, CA.
Cumulus Rock Stations To Celebrate 12 Days Of Led Zeppelin With Nationwide Promotion
Cumulus Media Celebrates Led Zeppelin, Classic Rock’s Most Enduring Band, With “12 Days of Led Zeppelin” Nationwide Radio Promotion ATLANTA, GA, December 1, 2016 – Cumulus Media announces that it will kick off a nationwide radio promotion today that celebrates Led Zeppelin, Classic Rock’s most enduring band with “12 Days of Led Zeppelin”. For 12 consecutive days in December, Cumulus rock stations will highlight music from the band’s iconic career and will give away Deluxe CD sets and Super Deluxe box sets from Led Zeppelin’s extensive album catalog. In addition to showcasing the music and the collector’s item giveaways from the Led Zeppelin archive, participating Cumulus Classic Rock stations will air clips from a four-hour “Led Zeppelin Then and Now” radio special produced by Rhino Records in 2015 supporting the re-issue campaign of the Led Zeppelin catalog. Clips from the full broadcast include storytelling from band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
Scott Jameson, Vice President/Classic Rock for Cumulus Media, said: “The impact Led Zeppelin made on music is profound, and today they remain the most played artist in Classic Rock radio. The “12 Days of Led Zeppelin” platform allows us to take our audience behind the velvet rope to hear engaging stories from the artists who created these timeless albums. The ability to give away unique, limited edition CD sets and box sets is a real treat for uber Led Zeppelin fans across the U.S. this holiday season.” Rich Mahan of Rich Mahan Promotions added: “Led Zeppelin left an indelible mark on Rock music that continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans alike. Partnering on this “12 Days of Led Zeppelin “promotion with Cumulus allows us to entertain music fans, and continue to expose Led Zeppelin’s catalog to new fans across the country.”
American Time Spent With Personally Owned Music Is Down 9% Reports New 'Ear' Study
The “Share of Ear” study for Q3 2016 has been released by Edison Research, and it reveals the latest in how Americans are listening to digital audio today. A new post on the Westwood One blog summarizes “6 Surprising Trends About Digital Audio From the Latest Edison Research Share of Ear Study:”
1. American time spent with personally owned music is down 9%. 2. YouTube beats Pandora and becomes the number one streaming audio service. 3. Pandora audience shares are stagnant. 4. Spotify’s early 2016 red-hot growth has tempered. 5. Listening to Apple Music steadily shrinks. 6. Despite the growth in new streaming options, AM/FM radio listening continues to dominate with a 50 percent share of audio time spent.
PODCAST: iHR Teams With Huffington's 'Thrive'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– iHeart Radio has partnered with Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new company that launched this week and aims to enhance well-being and productivity for companies and individuals, to bring you The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeartRadio.There is a major correlation between success, productivity and well-being - and The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeartRadio will explore ways to enhance the lives of listeners nationwide.
Hosted by Arianna Huffington, the bi-weekly podcast will feature interviews with notable leaders, celebrities, athletes and influencers who will discuss how they thrive by prioritizing their well-being. As an official media partner, iHeartRadio will launch the podcast in January 2017 via its app and on thriveglobal.com.
WIVK Knoxville Lends A Hand During Wildfires
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Media-Knoxville's WIVK 107.7 stepped up in a big way to keep the community informed with outstanding news coverage and community response, outreach and collaboration, raising resources and delivering aid to the community during the wildfires in Gatlinburg throughout the day and into the evening on Monday, November 28, and on Tuesday, November 29. Shown are photos and screen shots of Instagram posts from local Country artist Morgan Wallen (Big Loud Records), who is shown helping WIVK staff to load the vans with relief supplies.
The coverage extended to social media with an emphasis on connecting family and friends who'd been separated. The station aired reports from onsite in Sevier County with TV partner WVLT until 3am. Afterward, WIVK station staff fielded and aired calls from people who were worried that by daybreak, their homes wouldn't be standing. The country music community was in full force, calling in to WIVK to ask how they could help with the relief effort. Chris Janson was the first to reach out, followed by Hunter Hayes and many other artists, labels and management companies checking in throughout the day Tuesday. Big Loud artist and Knoxville native Morgan Wallen was in town visiting family and contacted WIVK and asked how he could help. He came in and helped Gunner with on-air information and updates, and helped Jimmy Holt and the rest of the staff load trucks with supplies to take to the affected areas.
Global’s ‘Make Some Noise Night’ Raises £801,150 ($1 million)! For Charity
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 –– Global, the UK’s biggest radio station owner held their annual charity gala this week, the Make Some Noise Night, took place this week raising £801,150 ($1 million) for charity. The night was hosted by Classic FM’s Aled Jones and Radio X presenter Johnny Vaughan (shown). Over 400 special guests attended, at Supernova on London’s embankment. Now in its third year, Global has united all its radio brands – Heart, Capital, Capital XTRA, Radio X, Classic FM, LBC, Smooth and Gold – to raise money for disadvantaged youngsters across the UK living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Global’s presenters including Capital’s Dave Berry, George Shelley, Lilah Parsons and Roman Kemp; Heart’s Emma Bunton and Jenni Falconer; Myleene Klass from Classic FM and Smooth Radio; LBC’s Nick Ferrari and Andrew Castle; Smooth Radio’s Kate Garraway and Tina Hobley; Tim Westwood from Capital XTRA, plus Marvin Humes from Capital and The Vodafone Big Top 40 all gave their support, along with VIP guests including Nathan Sykes and The Vamps.
Australia Jock Auctions His Car To A Fresh Listener - With Fresh Adelaide’s Ben and Liam moving to Sydney for their new role as Triple J Breakfast presenters in 2017, Liam Stapleton decided he wanted to pay back the station that gave them a start in radio. As he had to sell his car for the move Liam took bids from listeners on his 1998 Ford Laser during the Fresh breakfast show this week. The car was sold for $1000 ($746US), and a second hand Playstation, and Liam has donated the proceeds to Fresh. Fresh is a not for profit community radio station. Read more here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/whats-new/10117-liam-auctions-his-car-to-a-fresh-listener.html#sthash.2QAloEZY.dpuf
Radio Kerry’s Christmas Jumper Day Returns - In Ireland Radio Kerry’s annual Christmas Jumper Day, in aid of St Vincent de Paul Kerry, will take place on Friday, December 9th 2016. It is the third year of the event which so far has raised almost €30,000 ($32,000) to support families in need across the Radio Kerry area. Local listeners who take part will get mentions on-air and have photos or videos posted on the station’s social media channels as a thank you. A jumper is a sweater, listeners are encouraged to wear loud Christmas jumpers in return for a donation. Read more here; http://radiotoday.ie/2016/11/radio-kerrys-christmas-jumper-day-returns/
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Matt Lauer Inks $20 Million Deal With NBC; Kanye Returns Home
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[LISTEN] Radio Host Accused Of Groping Taylor Swift Speaks Out On Mojo Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– In one of his first interviews since he and mega star Taylor Swift engaged in legal action, David Mueller, aka Jackson, finally spoke up yesterday in an exclusive, in-studio interview on Channel 955/Detroit's Mojo In The Morning Show. This, of course, involves Mueller's alleged groping of Taylor Swift during a 2013 meet-and-greet when he was co-host of KYGO's Ryno & Jackson morning show. Mueller denied the claims and filed a lawsuit. Swift then countersued. On Tuesday (11/29) Mueller explained his side of the story for this first time publicly saying, "I've never had my day in court. I've never been inappropriate with a woman in my life ... I want my reputation back."
According to Swift's deposition, it claims "As soon as he grabbed my (a)ss, I became shocked and withdrawn and was barely able to say, 'Thanks for coming,' which is what I say to everybody." Per Swift's request, a judge had sealed one of the photos, which were deemed "extremely personal and sensitive in nature." However, it was later leaked online.
With regard to the photo, where Mueller appears to have his right hand behind her lower back, he explained to Mojo, "I was looking at the photographer and I tried to get into the photo at the last second. I just kinda leaned in... I was just trying to get my right hand around Taylor... I've got my hand closed and my palm down and I reach behind, toward Taylor. Mueller added, "Our hands touched and our arms crossed... My hand was never under her skirt. I never grabbed her. My hand was not open."
Mueller told Mojo, "Police never showed up, I didn't know what to do... I've never been in trouble for anything. I've never been inappropriate with any women, and both my girlfriend (Shannon Melcher) and I were standing outside the arena after they threw us out and we were looking at each other and we didn't know what to say or do..." Of note: Shortly after the audio of this interview was posted at Channel 955's website it was since removed. However, as of this morning was linked HERE on TMZ - (Major props to Mojo, Spike & Shannon - shown right, whose interview is now being read and heard over all parts of the universe). PHOTO/Swift-Ovidiu Hrubaru PHOTO/David Mueller - Steve Hostetler Photography
SiriusXM Agrees To Pay Up To $99 Million To Settle Turtles Copyright Lawsuits
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM has agreed to pay up to $99 million to settle a group of lawsuits involving recordings made before 1972 reports The NY Times. Three years ago members of the Turtles filed three lawsuits against SiriusXM for playing its songs without permission, claiming protection under state copyright laws in California, Florida and New York. On Monday, lawyers for plaintiffs in the case filed papers in a federal court in California revealing the proposed settlement terms.
The deal involves SiriusXM making two types of payments, which include many independent artists and record companies. For its past unlicensed use of pre-1972 recordings, SiriusXM agreed to pay a minimum of $25 million, with up to $15 million in additional payments depending on whether the Turtles prevail in appeals still pending New York and Florida. In addition, SiriusXM agreed to a 10-year license for recordings by class members, paying a 5.5 percent royalty rate. According to the filing, that amount could be worth between $45 million and $59 million, depending on projections of SiriusXM’s revenue growth over the next decade. The payments would apply to the owners of any recordings from before 1972 that have been played by the satellite radio service without permission. It does not include recordings owned by the major record companies, which settled their own suit against SiriusXM last year for $210 million. The Turtles are also pursuing a similar case against Pandora. PHOTO/Turtles
NIELSEN: Appetite For All-Christmas Music Stations Growing
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– Holiday music has proven to be a huge success around the country on the radio airwaves reports Nielsen. Over the last several years, the number of radio stations that swap out their regular formats during the holiday season has been rising, with some stations making the switch as early as Halloween. Of the 1,942 AM/FM radio stations Nielsen BDSradio monitored in 2015, 171 stations made the switch, giving listeners more than enough variety on the radio dial to get in the holiday spirit.
According to Nielsen Audio, holiday music significantly increases the share of listening for the format. Between the November and Holiday survey periods from 2012 to 2015, AC stations saw their share of audience among listeners 6 and older jump an average of 72%, compared to the rest of the year. And the combined audience to the top AC holiday music stations across the top 10 markets has grown from 27 million weekly listeners (6 and older) in 2012 to 30 million in 2015, an 11% increase. This equates to a total of 3 million more Americans tuning in to all-holiday music stations over the three-year period.
So, who tops the holiday music charts? Although new artists are reproducing their own versions of classic holiday tunes while creating new ones as well, the charts seem to have a fondness for the classics, as they continue to top the charts. During the holiday season, stations that switch to all-holiday are out with the new and in with the old. Adele, who’s song “Hello” topped the chart for US-based AC stations, said goodbye to her ranking during the 2015 holiday season when Mariah Carey’s rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” took over. READ REPORT HERE
PROGRAMMING: Bob Neuman Named SVP/Programming iHeartMedia Savannah
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Bob Neumann has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for its Savannah/Hilton Head Market, effective immediately. “I’m excited to continue the winning programming tradition at iHeartMedia Savannah/ Hilton Head,” said Neumann. “To work with amazing talent and radio station brands is a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Bob Neumann previously worked as the Program Director for several stations in key markets, including: KHMX-FM Houston, TX; WSJT-FM in Tampa, FL, and WRMF-FM in West Palm Beach, FL. He has also served as Operations Manager for Adventure Radio Savannah. iHeartMedia has the number one reach of any media outlet in the Savannah/Hilton Head market.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mark Charnock Named Chief Digital Officer For Radio One
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins announced Mark Charnock as the new Chief Digital Officer of Reach Media and the Local Radio One Group during a recent quarterly earnings call. Liggins said, "We have made a significant new hire for our local digital business, which I believe will help us grow that revenue stream over time."
Mark Charnock comes to Reach Media and Radio One most recently from Monster as Senior Vice President, Media and Sales at Monster, a company he had been with for 13 years in various sales positions of increasing responsibility. Charnock is a strategic, multi-faceted and entrepreneurial sales professional with proven success as a leader in both start-up and established media firms. His expertise in web-based products and sales, including starting three companies is expected to be a good fit in the Radio One, soon to be renamed, Urban One entrepreneurial, multi-media culture.
ON-AIR: Terry Boers Announces Retirement From WSCR Chicago; The Drive w/ Steve & The Professor Debuts At 103.1 The Team Columbus, MS
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– Longtime WSCR-AM/670 The Score/Chicago afternoon host Terry Boers has been off the air after returning from an extended medical absence since October. Boers was able to return to work on Monday, however, on Tuesday, Boers announced he would be retiring from the station, effective on January 5th -- three days after his 25th anniversary with the radio station report crm.com. The funny and insightful Boers is one of the original hosts from when the sports station launched in 1992. He has been paired with Dan Bernstein as part of the highly-successful "Boers & Bernstein" show since 1999. In February, Boers was out two weeks due to back surgery. This past June, Boers announced that he would be off the air for most of the rest of the summer as he recovers from a necessary, but undisclosed surgical procedure. On Monday, Boers did not talk about his medical condition other than to say he's "been better." Near the end of the "Boers & Bernstein" show on Tuesday, Boers made the difficult speech announcing his exit.
-- Cumulus Media announces the debut this week of the new weekday sports talk show, “The Drive w/ Steve & The Professor”, on 103.1 The Team/WNMQ-FM in Columbus, MS. On-air hosts Steve Rogers and Glenn “The Professor” Lautzenhiser kicked off the show on Monday, November 28. Rogers is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism and related businesses. A native of Demopolis, AL, he was previously a city editor for the Commercial Dispatch in Columbus before becoming assignment editor and assistant news director at WCBI and later news director at WTVA. Lautzenhiser is deeply involved in local community service work, and is the recipient of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. He has served for many years as a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and is the co-founder of the Possum Town Toastmasters Club of Columbus. Lautzenhiser is also an instructor and member of the advisory board of the Life Enrichment Program at MUW.
PODCAST: 5-Time NBA All-Star Chris Webber Launches 'Fearless Or Insane'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– Five-time NBA All-Star and TNT Basketball Analyst Chris Webber goes solo as host of new podcast on PodcastOne - "Fearless or Insane with Chris Webber." The first episode was available on 11/29, with new episodes every Tuesday.
Millions of fans know Chris Webber best for his outstanding ability on the basketball court. Businessman, broadcaster and philanthropist are all also on his impressive repertoire. A member of University of Michigan’s famous Fab Five in the ‘90s, Webber helped set NCAA records in TV ratings, merchandise sales and more. In 1993, he was the #1 overall pick for the Golden State Warriors, and went on to set NBA records in points, rebounds and assists from a Rookie. Chris became a five-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA first and second team member, and played for the Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons during his NBA career. For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at email@example.com.
WZPL's Smiley Show Will 'Play Anything' For Children With Life-Threatening Conditions; KOST-FM's Ellen Raises Funds For Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 –– It's that time again for one Indianapolis' most beloved holiday fundraisers - The Smiley Show" on WZPL-FM 36-hour Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon on Thursday and Friday. The Indy-Star reports the event launched in 1997 by former WZPL personalities Julie Patterson and Steve King, the Request-A-Thon has raised more than $5 million since Dave Smiley became the event's host in 2002. "It truly is amazing how thoughtful our listeners are," Smiley said. "It's that Hoosier hospitality. It blows me away. We have some big corporate donations, but most of the money comes from those $10 to $20 donations."
-- In the photo at right, Calvin (right) enabled an online garage sale for $1k to be part of the kick off (Tuesday) morning to raise money for The Children's Hospita via the Ellen K & The KOST morning show. The show aired by remote from the hospital for the start of International Giving Tuesday.
Yesterday was only going to get bigger and a great one for Christmas stations all over the US to own! Dr Skaggs (shown center) who did Calvins' football injury surgery was on site bright an early in the morning before heading out to do 3 spine surgeries today for free on kids with no insurance!
Grammys Set To Return To NYC; Bee Gees Ink With Capitol Records
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Former LA Host Pleads Not Guilty In Body Shaming Case
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Former Playboy playmate, turned radio host, Dani Mathers, pleaded not guilty in court on Monday to body shaming a 70-yr old woman. Prosecutors say Mathers secretly photographed the woman in the nude while she was in the shower area of a Los Angeles fitness center. Richard Winton, an attorney for Mathers, pleaded not guilty on her behalf Monday to charges. According to The LA Times, Mathers faces a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy, having been accused of posting an image of the woman on her Snapchat social media account in early July.
LA City Atty. Mike Feuer said he hoped the case sent a message to others about such behavior, but legal experts said this marks a rare instance in which authorities have brought charges against someone over photos making fun of someone’s weight. Outside of court Monday, defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau said Mathers regrets the events and apologizes for her behavior and he expects the matter to be resolved in a fair manner. Shortly after she posted the image and comments, Mathers issued a statement saying it was absolutely wrong and not what she meant to do. “I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am,” she wrote. Mathers said the photo was meant to be sent as a private message, but was posted publicly. Mesereau has said his client did nothing illegal. Last month, Feuer condemned Mathers’ actions saying, "While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one's privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.
Shortly after accusation took place last July, Mathers, and independent contractor, was let go from The Heidi & Frank Show on KLOS/LA. Among her scheduled on-air segments and appearances included segments such as 'Put Your Man Where Your Mouth Is' and 'Under the Covers.' PHOTO/CBS
CMG's Bill Hoffman To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group (CMG), has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The prestigious award will be bestowed on Hoffman during the Golden Mike Award dinner on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The gala is a major fundraiser for the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America to help broadcasters in need.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Broadcasters Foundation of America,” stated Hoffman. “I have always been proud of our industry for the generous donations from individual broadcasters, stations, and groups across the country. It is only with that kind of support that the Broadcasters Foundation can continue to help those in our business who need it most.” “Bill is a respected leader in broadcasting, and we are proud to recognize his accomplishments at Cox and his contributions to our industry,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “As a member of our Board for several years, Bill has helped us advance our mission of helping every broadcaster who qualifies for help.” Hoffman began his career at Cox in 1979 as an account executive with TeleRep in Detroit, now a division of CoxReps, moved into local radio and TV station and sales management in various markets across the country, and then was promoted to Executive Vice President of Broadcast before ascending to the Presidency of the entire media group. -- For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New NRHOF Inductees Draw Feature In Forbes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Titled, 'World's Best Radio Hosts Enshrined In National Radio Hall Of Fame Ceremony , Forbes Contributor Michael Patrick Shiels penned a lengthy spread in Forbes writing "In some respects radio, the most intimate of mediums, has lived by that admonition for decades. There was often peril for that “voice in the night, all alone in the studio,” as Larry King, who first became famous via radio, put it, because when the man behind the microphone, and behind the glass, emerged, the result of a visible voice either destroyed the personal image the listener had created and disappointed them – or – as in the Clint Eastwood film “Play Misty For Me,” detailed, gave birth to a stalker!"
Shiels, in attendance at the Radio Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony On November 17, inducted Michael Savage, Delilah, Bob Kingsley, and Steve Harvey, along with “Jeff and Jer” (Jeff Detrow and Jerry Cesak), Chicago’s own “Eric and Kathy” (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), Tony Roberts, and, producer “Little” Tommy Sablan; plus, posthumously, Kidd Kraddick, Neil Rogers and executive George Beasley. Shiels gave special notice to Delilah and Jeff and Jer who he says both laughed it up and had the attendees at the gala dabbing their eyes." Props were also given to Scott Shannon who emceed the evening in collaboration with the amiable Jim Bohannon. The NRHOF is chaired by Kraig Kitchin. PHOTOS/Courtesy of Michael Patrick Shiels - READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
PROGRAMMING: Dayton Kane Named PD For Green Bay Combo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Dayton Kane as Program Director for Green Bay, WI, radio stations WOGB-FM Classic Hits and Triple-A/Alternative WKRU-FM. Kane returns to northeast Wisconsin after a stint in Milwaukee, where he was Program Director for E.W. Scripps’ WKTI-FM. Kane was previously Program Director and Morning Host of WKSZ and WKZG for Woodward Communications in Green Bay. He has held Program Director and on-air talent positions for stations including: WIFC-FM in Wausau, WI; KYRX-FM in Marble Hill, MO; KBXB-FM in Sikeston, MO; and WYZM-FM in Madison, WI.
Kane said: “I'm looking forward to getting back to the Green Bay market! I can't wait to take WOGB and WKRU into an exciting future with the help of Jimmy Clark, Mike Thompson, Mark Sullivan and all of the resources Cumulus has to offer.”
ON-AIR: Super Bowl Great Chris Canty Joins ESPN; Shelley Duffy Out At KDKA; J. Anthony Brown Departs Joyner Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Super Bowl champion and former New York Giant Chris Canty has joined ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Hahn & Humpty (noon – 3 p.m. ET), hosted by Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro, as the newest member of the weekday program. He will also remain as a host for NY’s Game Day on Sundays (8 – 11:30 a.m.). Canty has been a guest contributor on various 98.7FM shows since ending his playing career last year. Canty was a member of the 2011 Super Bowl XLVI-winning Giants and most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2013 – 2015. twice earning second-team All-ACC team honors. About ESPN New York 98
-- Longtime CBS Radio Pittsburgh personality Shelley Duffy has left CBS' KDKA/Pittsburgh. Duffy had been co-host of “The Bubba Show” on CBS sister station Star 100.7, when she was paired with Robert Mangino on the 3-7 p.m. KDKA-AM beginning in April 2015. “We thank her very much for her service,” said Michael Young, senior vice president and Pittsburgh market manager for CBS Radio Pittsburgh. According to Pittsburgh's Post Gazette, Duffy says 'As for getting behind the mic again, she said she is optimistic something will come along."
-- Surprising news on the syndication front this week as J. Anthony Brown was reported to have left the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He along with Joyner and Sybil Wilkes (shown right) had been part of the show for more than 20 years. Amid some rumbling regarding his exit, Reach Media provided a statement to Jockline stating: "J. Anthony Brown has been a great contributor and a part of the Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) family for many years. J.’s current contract was set to expire at the end of 2016. J. requested to be released from his contract a month early, and we agreed to his request. We appreciate all that J. has done for the TJMS and wish him the best in the future. To continue the excellence in entertainment that the TJMS is known for, the show will feature top, live comedic and celebrity talent to serve as co-hosts on a rotating basis until a permanent decision is made."
PODCAST: Southern Cross Austereo Teams With PodcastOne To Form PodcastOne Australia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– PodcastOne programming will now be distributed to Australians markets via a new localized platform and Southern Cross Austereo programming will distributed by PodcastOne in the U.S. The companies will jointly develop new content. Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and PodcastOne announced they have signed a long-term partnership to create PodcastOne Australia. SCA will operate PodcastOne Australia as the exclusive partner in Australia and New Zealand with select SCA podcasts made available in the U.S. on the PodcastOne platform.
As one of Australia’s leading media companies, SCA reaches 95% of the country with assets in television, radio and digital. PodcastOne is the largest advertiser-supported podcast network in the United States, delivering more than 200 programs, with over 350 hours of original weekly episodes, which were downloaded 1.5 billion times last year. The joint venture represents the first international partnership of this magnitude in the commercial podcast industry with the companies together developing and producing content for both the U.S. and Australia. PodcastOne Australia will be available early in 2017 via mobile app and website, providing listeners with a single, curated destination to easily get the best existing PodcastOne programs, along with the jointly-created lineup. Further announcements about new Australian podcasts and the launch of the platform will be made in the coming months. PHOTO/L-R John Kelly (COO, SCA), Jim Berk (CEO, PodcastOne), Grant Blackley (CEO, SCA), Norm Pattiz (Founder and Executive Chairman, PodcastOne), Grant Tothill (Head of Strategic Partnerships/Head of Podcasting, SCA)
SYNDICATION: Delilah Launches On American Forces Network
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks announced that Delilah has joined the American Forces Network (AFN). Effective immediately, Delilah now airs weeknights at 7 p.m. in Japan, Korea and Central Europe on AFN RADIO's Today's Best Hits Adult Contemporary channel.
The announcement comes on the heels of Delilah’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame on November 17. Her show is now available to 400,000 American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families stationed at bases and American Embassies and Consulates in 175 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command ships at sea.
KFI To Hold Sixth Annual 17-Hour Pastathon; Star Cleveland Presents 8th Annual Rainbow Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEM ER 29TH, 2016 –– KFI AM 640 LA & San Diego, and Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate the children of Orange County, announced the sixth annual KFI PastaThon, an on-air fundraising event to help feed local children in need. KFI PastaThon will take place on Thursday, December 1 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bruno Serato’s White House Restaurant in Anaheim. Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, which provides a balanced meal every night to more than 1,800 low-income children in over 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange County.
All KFI AM 640 on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will be on site encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen to cook healthy meals. "In the past five years, KFI PastaThon has raised over $1 million and more than 151,000 pounds of food," said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI AM 640. “This year, KFI AM 640 aims to raise $325,000 in one day.
-- Star 102 Cleveland's 8th Annual University Hospitals Rainbow Radiothon will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016. The Radiothon will be hosted by the station’s morning show hosts Jen & Tim as they broadcast live from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm from UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Over the past five years, the Star 102 UH Rainbow Radiothon has raised over $1,500,000.
NETWORKS: Jay Mohr To Host Las Vegas NASCAR Awards Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– For the sixth time, Jay Mohr will host the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas this Friday night. It’s a record sixth time hosting the Vegas event for Mohr, host of FOX Sports Radio’s “Jay Mohr Sports,” a daily sports radio show syndicated to more than 150 markets.
Mohr is a great fit for the gig, as he’s an avid NASCAR enthusiast. A former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, Mohr has also appeared on numerous shows including CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer” and “Gary Unmarried,” and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as the host and executive producer of “Last Comic Standing.”“I am proud to be asked again to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards,” said Mohr. “Everyone associated with this organization – the owners, the staff, the racing teams, and the drivers – are of the highest caliber, and it is truly an honor to perform for all of them again. It is by far my favorite thing to do.”
94 WIP & Philadelphia Phillies Extend Broadcast Agreement
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 29TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio's SportsRadio 94WIP announced an extension of their broadcast partnership for exclusive live play-by-play coverage of The Philadelphia Phillies pre-season, regular season and post-season games. As part of the extension, live coverage will begin with the team’s first spring training game against the New York Yankees on Friday, February 24, 2017 from Tampa, Florida.
Since 2004 the Phillies radio broadcast play-by-play has aired on CBS RADIO Philadelphia stations, with the last five seasons airing on SportsRadio 94WIP. Phillies hometown radio announcers Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Jim Jackson will continue to provide commentary of the games on SportsRadio 94WIP. The Phillies are among nearly 30 professional sports teams featured on CBS RADIO stations across the country.
ABC News Radio On The Ground In Cuba For Fidel Castro Passing
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– There along with ABC TV's David Muir, who reported on last night's telecast after boarding his plane back to New York that he would be among the first riding the first commercial flight from Havana to Miami in decades.”
Muir showed off his American/Cuban flag pin. He even pointed out the Cuban flag displayed outside a window near the plane's door.
Show right is ABC News Radio correspondent Jim Ryan reporting from Havana following the death of Fidel Castro.
Don Henley Says The Eagles Are Done; Kanye Remains Hospitalized
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iHeart Wins Dismissal In Gamco Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– A Delaware judge has ruled that that iHeart media executives didn't violate legal duties to shareholders by selling assets and moving funds from its Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings business to repay the parent company’s debts. According to The San Antonio Express News, Gamco couldn’t make the case that iHeart media executives “extracted a unique benefit' by paying down debt with the advertising unit’s funds that “came at the expense” of other Clear Channel investors, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Joseph Slights concluded in Wednesday’s ruling.
In its lawsuit, Gamco, which owns almost 10 percent of Clear Channel’s shares, targeted an agreement that automatically routes some of Clear Channel’s business revenues to iHeart, saying it hampers opportunities and operations. It also focused on Clear Channel asset sales that allegedly provided iHeart with benefits denied to other investors. The judge also ruled that iHeart directors’ decisions to use Clear Channel funds to repay the parent company’s debts fell within the realm of their business judgment and weren’t a violation of legal duties they owed to investors. PHOTO/Larry Marano-Getty Images for iHeartMedia
'Most Of The Original Motivations For Having An FCC Have Gone Away' Says Trump Advisor
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– A top adviser to Donald Trump on tech policy matters proposed all but abolishing the nation's telecom regulator last month reports The Washington Post; thus, hinting at possible moves by the president-elect to sharply reduce the FCC's role as a consumer protection watchdog. In an Oct. blog post, Mark Jamison, who was recently named one of two members of Trump's tech policy transition team, concluded there is little need for the agency to exist. "Most of the original motivations for having an FCC have gone away," Jamison wrote. "Telecommunications network providers and ISPs are rarely, if ever, monopolies."
Wapo adds that some critics of the FCC have accused Wheeler of political favoritism, passing rules that appear to disproportionately benefit newer Internet companies and disadvantage big incumbent industries such as cable and telecoms. Jamison said Wheeler has allowed politics to "infiltrate the FCC a lot more than is necessary." "I teach regulation all over the world," said Jamison, who directs the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. "The biggest fight is always to keep politics out of what's supposed to be an independent agency."
In yet another blog post last week, Jamison acknowledged that dissolving an entire federal agency would likely take "strong leadership" to overcome bureaucratic inertia and political opposition to the plan. With the looming prospect of a 3-2 majority in favor of Republicans at the FCC, and in light of Republicans' many objections to Wheeler's tenure, it isn't hard to imagine the GOP moving swiftly to limit the FCC's authority in 2017, tweeted Berin Szoka, president of the right-leaning think tank TechFreedom.
REPORT: Herman Cain To End Syndication In 2017, Staying On WSB Atlanta And Other Cox Stations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Herman Cain announced last Tuesday that he will no longer be syndicated on about 120 stations nationwide starting January 1, 2017 reports the AJC's Rodney Ho. He will remain on five Cox Media Group news/talk radio stations including News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB, WDBO-FM 96.5 in Orlando; KRMG-AM/FM (102.3/740) in Tulsa, Okl.; WHIO AM/FM (95.7/1290) in Dayton, Ohio; and WOKV-AM/FM (690/104.5) in Jacksonville, Fl.
Cain has been syndicated since January of 2013, taking over for Neal Boortz (shown left with Cain below), who retired from full-time radio work but continues to provide daily commentaries for WSB and runs his own subscription-only podcast. WSB PD Pete Spriggs said this was purely an economic decision.”Syndication isn’t as lucrative as it used to be,” he said. The five Cox stations represent 80 percent of Cain’s listeners and a bulk of the revenue he generates, Spriggs said: “I’d rather see it as the glass as 80 percent as opposed to 20 percent empty.” Spriggs added: “Herman is one of the most amazing talents I have ever worked with. It’s not easy to let go of national syndication. PHOTOS/WSB
ON-AIR: Jeremy Powell Joins Kicks 101.5 Atlanta As Executive Producer For Cadillac Jack & Dallas Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Jeremy Powell to the newly created position of Executive Producer for the Kicks 101.5 (WKHX-FM) morning show, “Cadillac Jack and Dallas, Mornings on Kicks 101.5.” Powell joins Kicks 101.5 from B98.5 (WSB-FM) in Atlanta, where he produced the station’s morning show for the past three years. Powell was formerly Associate Producer of the morning show at 99X (WNNX-FM) and Producer of the morning show at 92.9 dave-fm (WZGC-FM), both in Atlanta. He was also an on-air personality for radio stations in Mankato, MN, and Chattanooga, TN. Scott Lindy, Kicks 101.5 Program Director said: “Jeremy’s knowledge of the Atlanta market, untapped skills and creative approach when it comes to content development and presentation are a great match for our morning show as well as the entire station. I couldn’t be happier to share the news of Jeremy putting on a Cumulus jersey and joining our team in Atlanta.” Powell said: “I am excited about the opportunity Sean Shannon and Scott Lindy have given me to create great radio with such high caliber personalities, Caddy and Dallas.”
Social Media, The 'Perfect Storm' For Fake News
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– In Dick Taylor's latest blog 'The Post Fact Society, ' he opines that it mattered little that most of that coverage during the presidential campaign was negative. What mattered was they spelled “Trump” correctly. Taylor adds, "Once upon a time, news came from journalists who worked for newspapers, radio and television stations. Then along came the iPhone and social media. Now the same device that could receive text, voice, pictures and video could produce it too. Social media platforms provided mass distribution without a filter (aka an editor). This provided the perfect storm for the production of fake news."
"American citizens soon learned that producing internet stories that would get lots of clicks could be profitable," adds Taylor. Even syndicated radio host Sean Hannity got snared in the volume of fake news being generated and had to apologize for using fake news stories to attack Obama." Taylor points out that things changed when things started being published digitally. "In this world, advertising paid based on clicks. Quantity beat quality. Sensational beat facts. Going viral meant big money to these new media folks. Plus the concept of “native advertising” means that advertising copy is presented to look like editorial. All of these little changes contributed to consumers becoming less and less able to tell real news from what was fake news. SEE BLOG HERE
Spencer’s Neighborhood Supports 'A Hero in Blue' For Thanksgiving; Steve Harvey Show Delivers 8,000 Turkeys In Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– On November 20th, a 46 year old St. Louis Police sergeant was shot in the face. The sergeant survived. The officer’s shooter was killed in a shootout with police later Sunday night. As a way to show support for this injured police officer, as well as for all men and women who serve and protect our community, the "Spencer’s Neighborhood" team members from 106.5 The Arch presented the St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer’s precinct with a Thanksgiving feast, courtesy of Honey Baked Ham. And knowing the last thing on the injured police sergeant and his family’s minds would be making a huge holiday meal, "Spencer's Neighborhood" team members also visited the injured officer and his family in their home to deliver a complete Thanksgiving dinner. The generosity provided by "Spencer's Neighborhood" was all inspired by a simple letter from a 106.5 The Arch listener with two great kids (inset).
-- The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks announced that 8,000 turkeys were given away as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. More than 80 affiliates of the top-rated syndicated morning show gave the turkeys away to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, more than 50,000 turkeys have been provided to those in need. Harvey's show is co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior.
CONDOLENCES: Broadcast Legends Bob Chase & Richard “Onion” Horton Pass Away
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Bob Chase, who started his radio career at WOWO in 1953 and was calling Komets Hockey starting in 1954 all the way up until last season, has passed away at the age of 90. Second only to Vin Scully in longevity with the same team. Chase was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2000, was given the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon in 2001, was a member of the Baer Field Speedway Hall of Fame (2002), was named distinguished Hoosier by governor O’Bannon in 2003, inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004, inducted into the Indiana High School Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, was a member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (2009). Chase is survived by his wife Muriel, children Michael, Kurt, Karin and David and many grandchildren. WOWO PD Ryan Wrecker produced a Bob Chase tribute which you can WATCH HERE
--Legendary St. Louis radio personality Richard “Onion” Horton has passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Horton’s son Allen Horton announced his father’s passing via Facebook. According stltoday.com, His career spanned three decades at several stations – including KMOX 1160 AM, KKSS, KATZ and WESL. He’s perhaps best known for his decade-long run at WGNU 920 AM, where he hosted a daily morning drive time show starting in the mid-1980s. Horton started out writing about sports for the St. Louis American newspaper and transitioned to radio, "e didn’t last long as a sports commentator with KMOX, said Bernie Hayes, 81, who created the first African-American talk radio show in St. Louis in 1979. Hayes said Horton became a regular caller to the “Bernie Hayes Show” on KATZ 1600 AM and went on to other programs.
NETWORKS: Envision's The Chop Shop Presents 13th Annual TSO Special Free Two-Hour Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– For the 13th year in a row, Envision Networks® The Chop Shop Guitar Show presents an all new Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special! This FREE two-hour program is one of radio’s favorite holiday traditions and the perfect supplement for any TSO concert with music and behind the scenes details from the largest seasonal tour in the world! In 1996, a man named Paul O’Neill created the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Now, 20 years into their unparalleled career Steve Black and The Chop Shop look back at how it all started; how TSO has evolved and become one of the most dynamic and successful touring bands in the world.
Host Steve Black will dig into the archives for interviews spanning the entire 20 years, including conversations with Creator/Producer Paul O’Neill, Musical Director/Guitarist Al Pitrelli, TSO West Guitarist Angus Clark, and TSO East Guitarist and founding member Chris Caffery. Black will also include interviews with TSO East Guitarist Joel Hoekstra, and former guitar player Alex Skolnick as well as Greg Lake of E.L.P. and Lizzy Hale of Halestorm who both have made guest appearances on TSO albums. The 13th Annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special is available for download Nov. 23. Interested stations should contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com for broadcast details.
'Brady Bunch' Kids Pay Tribute To TV Mom; Vinyl Worth A Fortune
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Jim Rome Asking $14 Million For SoCal Mansion
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– Just in time for the holiday season, syndicated sports talker Jim Rome has put his Irvine CA mansion up for sale. According to the LA Times, Rome has put his home in Irvine on the market for $13.995 million. The Spanish-style mansion, built in 2007, sits on nearly an acre in the Shady Canyon community. It includes a covered patio/entertaining area, an infinity-edge swimming pool, formal gardens and an expansive lawn.
Within 12,300 square feet of living space is a home theater, a wine cellar, an elevator, six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. A wood-paneled lounge area holds a game room, a gym and a speakeasy-style bar. There’s also a six-car garage. Rome bought the property in 2003. PHOTO/redfin.com - SEE PHOTO GALLERY HERE
ON-AIR: WMAL-AM/FM DC Morning Co-Host Larry O’Connor To Host New Afternoon Show; Eddie Volkman Returns To The Air In Chicago; Kara Leigh Joins The Tad & Melissa Show On B98 Atlanta
THE MOUTH NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has named current 'Mornings On The Mall' co-host Larry O’Connor as Host of a new three-hour weekday afternoon show on WMAL-AM/FM. “The Larry O’Connor Show” will debut January 2, 2017. Along with Brian Wilson, O’Connor has held since 2012. O’Connor has additionally hosted a 5PM EST hour on WMAL-AM/FM since 2014. He also serves as Editor-At-Large for HotAir.com and previously worked with IJ Review, with whom he participated in the New Hampshire Republican Primary debates airing on ABC News. A search for Brian Wilson’s new co-host for WMAL’s “Mornings On The Mall” is underway. Interested candidates should send resumes to Bill Hess at: Bill.Hess@Cumulus.com.
-- Chicago legend Eddie Volkman will join the airstaff of 103.9 the Fox to host morning drive starting Monday, November 28th. Volkman is best-known in Chicago for his nearly 30 years in mornings on WBBM-FM/B96 as part of the highly-rated “Eddie & Jobo” show. He's also been heard on Chicago’s WJMK and WLS-AM as well as radio stations in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Austin, TX. “Eddie V” appeared Monday afternoon on Pat Capone's show to introduce himself to 103.9 the Fox's audience. Volkman said, “It's great to be here. I'm excited! Volkman will host 6am-10am, while program director Alex Quigley remains in middays from 10am-3pm, afternoon host Pat Capone continues from 3pm-7pm, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper's “Nights with Alice Cooper” airs 7pm-midnight. WFXF/103.9 the Fox serves an area covering more than 2.2 million residents of Chicago's northern, northwestern and western suburbs. PHOTO/courtesy of crm.com
--Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta) night-host Kara Leigh will join The Tad & Melissa Show every weekday morning. Leigh started her career with CMG in 2002 and has filled roles in various departments throughout her career. Chris Eagan, Director of Branding and Programming, said, “Kara has proven to be an invaluable member of Cox Media Group Atlanta. I know she’ll be an outstanding compliment to the already awesome Tad & Melissa Show.” “Tad and Melissa are two of the best in the business & I can't wait to join their team!” added Kara Leigh.
WROR Boston Legend Wally Brine Set To Retire
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 – Beasley has announced the retirement of Wally Brine. "Oh Boy... This was such a tough decision," Said Wally Brine. "We call it a “Show,” but it’s so much more than that. The studio is filled with my friends, my family. Loren Owens and I have been together for 35 years, longer than most marriages. He’s been my friend, my teacher, my advisor, my confidant and my hero. I have been so blessed to have been teamed up with Loren. I will be forever grateful. I just wish there were two of me. One could stay, and the other could sleep in, travel with my wife and stay up late! –
After 35 years with The Loren & Wally Morning Show, Wally Brine has decided to turn off his microphone and his last day on 105.7 WROR will be Friday, December 16th. The Loren & Wally Morning Show was born and h as enjoyed a 35 year run in Boston on WVBF, WCLB and now on 105.7 WROR.
Pierre Robert Marks 35 Years At WMMR Philly
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– 93.3 WMMR’s legendary midday host Pierre Robert celebrates a milestone this month: 35 straight years broadcasting in Philadelphia at one station. Imported from San Francisco in 1981, Pierre Robert has entertained Philadelphia daily with his iconic voice and passion for Everything That Rocks which resonate with a city that truly loves him. During his illustrious career, Robert has covered every major event including Live Aid in 1985, Live 8 in 2005, Woodstock ‘94 and the Concert for Amnesty International, plus countless tours from the Rolling Stones, The Who, Pearl Jam, and hundreds more.
He has attended more concerts, shaken more hands and touched more lives with his on-going support of local charities and his continued community service than any other Philadelphian. His longevity and accomplishments truly make him one of a kind. “Where’s Pierre?” is the most posed question in the city. The answer for 35 years has been 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia. WMMR is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Derrick 'DC' Cole SVP/Programming For Wilmington, DE
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Derrick “DC” Cole has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Wilmington, DE, effective December 1. Stations include 94.7 WDSD, 92.9 TOM-FM, Newsradio 1450 WILM, Newsradio 1410 WDOV and Fox Sports 1290 – and broadcasts several popular personalities including Sky and Christa, Mike Opelka and Glenn and Bob.
Cole will continue to serve as Program Director for FM97 WLAN and Rumba 1390 in Lancaster, PA. Cole is a radio veteran who has programmed multiple formats, including CHR, Hot AC, Country and News Talk, and has worked as an on-air personality at stations in Long Island, Hartford and Poughkeepsie, as well as at Premiere Networks. He spent two years at iHeartMedia’s WKSI-FM in Winchester, VA before becoming Program Director for FM97 WLAN and Rumba 1390 in Lancaster, PA and V97 in Williamsport, PA.
FORMATICS: iHeart Debuts Rewind 92.1, Madison's Greatest Hits
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Madison announced the debut of the new Rewind 92.1, Madison’s Greatest Hits station. Keith Bratel, Market President for iHeartMedia Madison said, “We’re excited for listeners to tune in to Rewind 92.1 for their favorite music, which we believe is the perfect complement to the hit music on Z104 and the Classic Rock on 101.5 WIBA-FM.”
iHeartMedia Madison owns and operates WXXM-FM, WMAD-FM, WIBA-FM, WZEE-FM, WTSO-AM and WIBA-AM.
Greg & The Morning Buzz Deliver Over $150,000 To Feed New Hampshire's Hungry
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– The Greg & The Morning Buzz show, raised over $150,000 during its 26th annual Lend A Helping Can fundraiser. The funds raised from the radiothon and online auction will benefit 11 New Hampshire organizations that combat local hunger. The two-day radiothon, held on November 17 and 18, aired from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day and was presented by Burton Outdoor Living.
Auction items this year included a VIP trip to the set of Dancing with the Stars, autographed guitars from Rock bands and singers, sports memorabilia, restaurant certificates, concert tickets and more. Incentives and gifts for call-in listeners were provided by local businesses, concert venues, recording artists and record labels. During the radiothon, Greg & The Morning Buzz welcomed host of Dancing With the Stars Tom Bergeron, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and artists Peter Frampton and Sully Erna of Godsmack to show their support for Lend a Helping Can.
Benztown Brigade Returns To Feed Hungry Angelenos
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– For the fifth year in a row, The iBenztown Brigade volunteered this week in Los Angeles at the E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway, which feeds over 10,000 hungry Angelenos in need. Every Thanksgiving, the 34-year annual charitable event served long lines of people, stretching for blocks in South L.A., as they waited patiently to receive a turkey with all the trimmings.
Benztown's L.A. employees and their friends and families have joined them in this community service effort for the past five years. Founder E.J. Jackson died earlier this month, but his legacy continues in this annual community service event. PHOTO ID's: 1) Group photo of the Benztown Brigade at last night's Jackson Turkey Giveaway, including: (at far right in the plaid shirt) Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President (sporting his Movember mustache, also for charity/Men's Health Awareness). Behind Chachi and to the left (in the black cap) is Justin Case, Benztown's Director of Programming and Imaging, whose Movember mustached is throwing shade in the picture. Pictured in the center are: Nadine Ellman (black turtleneck), Benztown's Director of International Sales, and to Nadine's near right in the navy jacket, Sydney Burgoyne, Marketing Assistant for Benztown. Just behind Sydney to the right (also sporting a Movember 'stache) is Kevin Horton, Benztown's Imaging and Production Director for JACK FM, Flashback and Adrenaline. In the front left in the black and white Benztown Brigade shirt (and sporting an impressive Movember mo) is Chris Johansing, Director of Marketing for Benztown, and to the left of Chris in a navy jacket is Cammy Linn, Benztown's Executive Assistant.
BBC’s Western House Renamed Wogan House
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 –– BBC’s Western House renamed as Wogan House - Western House, home of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music in London, has been renamed as Wogan House in memory of Terry Wogan. Sir Terry, was an Irish radio and television broadcaster who worked for the BBC in the UK for most of his career. Before he retired in 2009, his BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.
Roy And HG Will Return To Australian Radio In 2017- Australia's 'sporting heroes' Roy Slaven & H.G Nelson is about to become a regular part of the Triple M airwaves with the duo set to make a permanent return to the network in 2017. They will host a national Saturday morning show, The Sporting Probe with Roy & HG, from 10am-12pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The duo will cover significant sporting events around Australia, providing their unique commentary.
New Breakfast Show Across Australia - The breakfast hosts of youth-oriented ABC radio station Triple J in Australia are leaving the show after three years. Popular duo Matt Okine and Alex Dyson announced their departures live on air just after 8:00am on Monday morning, telling fans it is time “to let someone else have a go”. Adelaide radio presenters Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton and journalist Brooke Boney will take over the show next year.
Still no Such Thing As Free Speech In Britain - The BBC has been forced to apologise to Buckingham Palace after only 12 complaints were received about an episode of Don’t Make Me Laugh. The BBC Radio 4 show, which was hosted by David Baddiel, featured a discussion about the Queen and sex. Ofcom (the British FCC) received only 12 complaints about the episode which had Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe, Omid Djalili and Adam Hess on as guests. The BBC said that the programme had “attracted a significant number of complaints” (even though it only got 12) from listeners on the day of the broadcast which was also the Queen’s 90th birthday. The BBC squirmed and added, It considered that the broadcast was “a regrettable failure of editorial judgement and compliance processes”. It was broadcast at 1830 instead of its usual late night slot. Ofcom found the show in breach of the Broadcasting Code and the BBC has not recommissioned the series.
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Ellen Stages Epic White House Mannequin Challenge
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[WATCH] Sacramento Stations Put Hold On Kanye West Music Following Harsh Words For Radio; West Admitted To Hospital Says Report
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Radio stations in Sacramento began dropping and putting a hold on Kanye West music after his Golden 1 Center rant and abrupt exit. According KCRA-TV, West played three songs Saturday, ranted for awhile about everything from Facebook to radio and abruptly ended his show. Music director and morning host JayMarZZ of Hot 103.5 (shown) went on his own rant Monday to say that the station would stop playing West’s music “for a very long time.” “Let me tell you why,” said JayMarZZ. “Everybody came out to have a great time Saturday night. A lot of people spent a lot of hard-earned money, bro. A lot of hard-earned time, time, time, time.” JayMarZZ said that even though ticket holders are getting refunds, the time lost cannot be recovered. He also noted that West profanely told off radio during his rant. “Radio, f--- you!” West said repeatedly from the Golden 1 Center stage. A representative for the rapper said Monday the remaining 21 dates of West’s current tour have been canceled, according to the Associated Press. WATCH KCRA REPORT HERE
Meanwhile, abc10.com reports that hip-hop and R&B station V101 FM said they'll be taking a break from Kanye West's music for a week or two, and will then reevaluate how their audience feels. Another Sacramento radio station that plays current pop music hit, 107.9 The End, said in a statement they already don't frequently play West's music, but added, "we hope that Kanye can take this time away from touring to get back to being the artist we have all learned to appreciate over the years."
Following Kanye's abrupt exit, it's being reported that he was hospitalized on Monday in Los Angeles. Reports say he was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to stress and exhaustion, and spent the night there for his own safety. Los Angeles police told the AP West was taken in an ambulance to the hospital and placed on a psychiatric hold. The hospitalization was first reported by NBC News. PHOTOS/concert screengrab - West/Tinsletown
[LISTEN] Garth Brooks Pledges 1,030 Bikes For Q103.1 Louisville's Annual Bike Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Nothing like one of country's biggest stars helping with your station's holiday bike drive. This was the case for Louisville, Kentucky’s WQNU/Q103.1 and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. Host Dingo (shown below), of the Dingo and Jess Show, volunteered to spend 103 hours 40 feet in the air on top of a scissor lift.
According to countryfancast.com, on Friday, Garth Brooks called in and pledged 10 bikes for every hour Dingo stayed in place. The radio personality’s 103 hour stint ended yesterday at noon — so that equals 1030 bicycles just from Brooks! The station ended up collecting 2,000 bicycles not counting Garth’s contribution!
iHM Named Among Fast Company’s Top Rebrands
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia was named among 'Fast Company's' list of “10 Bold Rebrands That Made A Big Difference,” published yesterday. Clear Channel became iHeartMedia just before the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, and the rebrand highlighted the success of iHeartRadio, which now has 84% brand awareness among consumers, as well as the company’s multiplatform range of assets and how consumers and advertisers engage seamlessly across them. Clear Channel became iHeartMedia just before the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, and the rebrand highlighted the success of iHeartRadio, which now has 84% brand awareness among consumers, as well as the company’s multiplatform range of assets and how consumers and advertisers engage seamlessly across them.
iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Illustration/ Steven Wilson - SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
Nielsen Shows One-Third Of Chicago Listened To The 'Radio Town Hall' With Mayor Emanuel
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– As Jockline reported (11/9), nearly four dozen radio stations simultaneously aired a 30-minute, commercial-free program on November 14th, called "Chicago Radio Town Hall with Mayor Rahm Emanuel." The program, hosted by Bill Kristol, was broadcast live from 6:00-6:30pm on 47 stations. According to crm.com, Soon after the "Chicago Radio Town Hall," radio ratings and data measurement service Nielsen Audio conducted an online poll to judge reaction from the Chicago listening audience about this unique radio event.
Based on close to 800 adults, 18 & older, Nielsen found the following results - 70% of those in the Chicago market were aware of the "Chicago Radio Town Hall." Of that 70%, nearly half of them knew about about the special prior to its airing. One-third of the market's population listened to the broadcast. 88% of those who tuned in to the broadcast listened to all or most of it. 74% of the broadcast's audience had planned to tune in. Listening was evenly split between hearing the show at home and away from home (at work, in the car, etc.) 8 out of 10 listened to the special on their preferred radio station. 70% felt the special was important enough to justify its multi-station simultaneous broadcast." READ ENTIRE CRM REPORT HERE
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Promotes Talus Knight & Shawn Williams In New Orleans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Talus Knight, Program Director of KKND – Power 102.9 and KMEZ Old School 106.7 in New Orleans, to Operations Manager for Cumulus Media-New Orleans. Concurrently, Shawn Williams has been promoted to Assistant Program Director of WRKN NASH 92.3 and WZRH 106.1 the Underground. She will continue as on-air host for WRKN NASH 92.3 (Afternoons) and WZRH 106.1 the Underground (Middays).
Pat Galloway, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Columbus-Starkville, said: “Sometimes the best fits for your team are already on your team, and this is exactly what happened in New Orleans with the promotion of Program Director Talus Knight of KKND – Power 102.9, and KMEZ Old School 106.7 to Operations Manager of the cluster. Talus’s positive attitude, knowledge of the market, ability to produce incredible concerts and events, and leadership skills is exactly what we need in an Operations Manager.” Galloway continued: “Shawn Williams was also extremely deserving of her promotion to Assistant Program Director of WRKN NASH 92.3 and WZRH 106.1 the Underground. Shawn is a true New Orleanian, and embodies the unique culture of our incredible city-- She even has her own band.
REPORT: Jim Carson, Shotgun Tom Exit K-EARTH
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– K-EARTH LA Midday host Jim Carson and ambassador/weekend host, Shotgun Tom, are leaving the station reports Don Barrett's LA Radio. Carson, who had been with the station since 1994, will be leaving at the end of the month, according to a number of sources.
Barrett adds that Shotgun Tom Kelly is no longer the "ambassador" nor does weekends. All of this comes less than a year after Kelly was given the title. He received his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 2013 (shown left).
Last August, Kelly ended his nearly 20-year run as afternoon drive-time host for K-Earth and was appointed its ambassador, involving appearances, client partnerships, on-air features and special projects.
Crain’s Detroit Names Fred Jacobs One Of Michigan’s “50 Names To Know In Information Technology”
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Atta Boys are in order as Crain’s Detroit has named consultant/media visionary Fred Jacobs as one of Michigan’s “50 Names To Know In Information Technology.” Known to many in the radio industry as the father of the Classic Rock format, Jacobs Media has launched innovative research projects including its industry Techsurveys, as well as its presence in the connected car space via the DASH Conference.
In honoring Jacobs, Crain’s Detroit notes, “Jacobs Media is an example of an old-school marketing company adapting to the post-iPhone world.” Founded 100 days after the opening of Apple’s iTunes App Store in 2008, jacapps has developed more than 1,000 apps worldwide for the radio industry, as well as for numerous non-radio clients. “Back in 2008, our Techsurveys began showing how radio listeners were altering their media consumption,” notes Jacobs. “We saw the iPhone was hot, and had a strong feeling radio’s future was to participate in the smartphone revolution. Eight years later, it’s about ensuring radio apps are adapted to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ecosystems, retaining radio’s front and center position in car dashboards.”
iHeart Columbus Debuts 105.7 The Zone
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Columbus announced the debut of Sports Radio 105.7 The Zone, the new destination for Sports Radio in Columbus. Sports Radio 105.7 The Zone will broadcast all-day sports programming, featuring the full Fox Sports Radio line up, including The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The Bruce Hooley Show will feature local on-air personalities Bruce Hooley and Maddie Spielman, daughter of Chris Spielman, former Buckeye All American, NFL All Pro Linebacker and Fox Sports Announcer; the show will announce another co-host at a later date.
In addition, the station will include special reports from Matt McCoy, longtime 610 WTVN Sports Anchor, as well as reports on local sports, news, traffic and weather. “Columbus has one of the best sports fan bases in the country and they finally a have a new destination for Columbus based sports and entertainment radio in the morning, plus the best national line-up available the rest of the day,” said Michael McCoy, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Columbus.
'Live Day' Returns To KISW Seattle A Second Time
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– 99.9 KISW, “The Rock of Seattle,” will present today, November 22, the second annual widely listened-to “Live Day”. Two KISW shows, BJ & Migs (AM Drive - shown) and The Mens Room (PM Drive), will be completely live, including commercials, announcers, bands, sound effects, and music.
Last year, “Live Day” experienced tremendous success, with more than 1 million listeners tuning into both shows on air and through the KISW app. Joining the regular cast on KISW for “Live Day” will be national acts and KISW favorites The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm. Additional talent will aid the hosts in creating the unique atmosphere of “Live Day” including favorite local bands, professional Foley artists from Impossible Acoustic, voice actors, a barbershop quartet, comics, former on-air personalities, special guests, and more. All players will get together for the first time at the studio that day, without previous practice, leaving both listeners and KISW staff wondering about the outcome. For more details, visit www.kisw.com.
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PROGRAMMING: Kevin Graham Tapped As PD For WBAP/KLIF Dallas; James VanOsdol Rises To Programming Content Specialist For Cumulus Chicago's WKQX & The Loop
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named Kevin Graham as Program Director of News/Talk radio stations WBAP and KLIF in Dallas. Graham moves to Dallas from Boston, where he was Brand Manager for WEEI-FM/AM and Red Sox Radio Network and Sports Radio Format Captain for Entercom. Prior to that, Graham was Program Director and Afternoon Host for KFNZ-1320 KFAN, for Cumulus Media-Salt Lake City. He has held Program Director positions for stations including: KTAR/ArizonaSports.com in Phoenix; WXYT in Detroit; and WEPN-ESPN Radio, New York City. He replaces longtime Program Director Tyler Cox, who is retiring.
VanOsdol has years of Chicago radio experience going back to the 90’s – both on-air and behind the scenes on WKQX, WGN, WXRT, WZZN, and WTMX. “JVO” is also a published author of two books and is a successful podcaster. Wade Linder, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago said: “James is a well-regarded Chicago radio vet and a perfect fit with our all-star team.” VanOsdol said: “Like any Chicago kid, I grew up listening to the Loop. It’s an honor to be part of Chicago's most legendary rock station and I am honored to serve the station and WKQX in this expanded capacity to create exciting content that listeners will enjoy across the stations’ social platform, as well as on-air.”
Scott Roddy Adds PD Duties For 106.5 The Arch St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio St. Louis has named Scott Roddy as Program Director of 106.5 The Arch. Roddy has been the acting PD of The Arch since September. Although Scott Roddy is already the Program Director for sister station 92.3 WIL, Hubbard St. Louis Vice President and Market Manager John Kijowski is confident that Roddy can handle the dual role in an official capacity. “Scott Roddy has done an outstanding job as the acting PD for 106.5 The Arch, successfully performing the daunting task of programming both The Arch and WIL during our Program Director search.” Kijowski adds, “Scott won this job for his talent, energy, focus, discipline, work ethic and holding others and himself to a high standard of performance.”
Scott Roddy notes, “The live and local, “entertainment first” philosophy of Hubbard Broadcasting makes this opportunity a programmers dream. After an exciting start with WIL and the exceptional market response to the new ‘Bud and Broadway’ morning show on WIL, the chance to also be a part The Arch team is an honor.” Roddy continues, “I am humbled and grateful for the support of St. Louis Market Manager John Kijowski, the mentoring from Greg Strassell, and faith of Hubbard Radio’s Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz, and Dave Bestler.”
Kelly Mac And DJ J1 Take PD Posts At Radio One Indy
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Radio One has announced that Kelly Mac (L) and DJ J1 (R) will take new programming posts in Indianapolis. Kelly Mac joins 106.7 WTLC and AM 1310 The Light as PD. She'll also handle afternoons on 106.7 WTLC. Mac most recently aired on middays at JAMZ 107.3 Greenville, SC.
DJ J1 joins Hot 96.3FM and Boom 102.9 FM as PD and midday host on Hot 96.3FM. He arrives from Radio One Atlanta where he served as APD/on-air host. He began as an intern there on HOT 107.
Colby Colb, VP Programming for Radio One, says “I’m excited to see two creative programmers get the opportunity to take the PD reigns for the first time. Kelly and J1 have worked hard for this moment. Watch out Naptown!!”
NextRadio Launches Newsfeed
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– NextRadio has launched Newsfeed, an innovative feature designed to further strengthen the bond that radio listeners have with their favorite stations by sharing more radio station content and delivering it in an interactive way that consumers are used to experiencing with apps. Newsfeed enriches the NextRadio in-app experience by serving up station-centric content, such as trending Tweets from the user’s favorite radio shows.
Other content pushed by NextRadio Newsfeed is specific to the user’s favorite formats and includes artist and song facts, the day’s hottest song, and which artists are coming to town with the ability to buy concert tickets through Vivid Seats. NextRadio also partnered with Global Security Systems to provide ALERT FM emergency messages to users of Newsfeed in the app. Recognizing that a key reason that people turn to FM broadcast is for emergency updates, NextRadio app users can opt-in to emergency alerts that will show up in their Newsfeed.
“The app was built for avid local radio listeners,” said NextRadio VP of Product Development Ben Husmann. “We continually look for ways to help our broadcaster partners further integrate their programming into our mobile app. Newsfeed is a natural product evolution to create a more robust radio listening experience.” NextRadio plans to utilize the Newsfeed feature as a tool to continually explore unique types of content tied to radio stations and their listeners.
HOLIDAY UPDATE: 97.1 WASH, DC & Q101.9 San Antonio Flip To Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today the debut of 97.1 WASH-FM’s holiday music programming for listeners in the Washington, D.C. community. On-air personalities Loo & Chilli, Jenni Chase and Sabrina Conte will continue to host the station’s programming. “The most wonderful time of year has returned to Washington, D.C., and 97.1 WASH-FM is excited to once again provide the soundtrack for the holiday season with 24/7 Christmas music!” said Kenny King, Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM.
--Meanwhile down south, Q 101.9 San Antonio is breaking out the Buble and more by announcing it will become San Antonio’s Christmas Station with the launch of holiday music programming. Q 101.9 has been San Antonio’s Christmas Station for more than a decade, flipping to all holiday music programming mid-November and lasting through the end of the holidays. “Everyone loves to hear Christmas music,” said Zac Wellsandt, Program Director of Q 101.9. “Social media has shown our listeners’ anticipation and we are so excited to share our holiday music programming with San Antonio.”
NETWORKS: Westwood One Presents 'An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks;' The Live Ride Presents Special 2-Hour Thanksgiving Special On Envision
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– November 18, 2016 — Westwood One presents Christmas with “An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks (L).” It features 24 hours of holiday classics as Brooks and special guests share memories, music and holiday traditions. Stations can air “An American Country Christmas” from Monday, December 19 through Sunday, December 25 between 6:00 am and 12 Midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker: email@example.com (615) 727-6987.
-- This Thanksgiving weekend, The Live Ride will spend two hours giving the gift of songs filled with thankfulness. The weekly country radio show, hosted by Vanessa Ryan (shown below), will be playing the current top songs in country and highlight artists sharing their thankfulness. As a Nashville insider, host Vanessa Ryan provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences! Visit goenvisionnetworks.com for more details or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com
You Ready For An Opportunity In Australia?
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBE 21ST, 2016 –– This marks a first for Jockline - our first Australia Job listing - AND IT'S A GOOD ONE. Australia's most listened to Network asks: Are you looking for a life changing experience in Sydney Australia? Seriously, who wouldn’t want to live in the best city in world? Join people like Greg Burns who made the move from Capital radio LONDON to NOVA Entertainment.
We are always looking out for people to join our world class on air line up on the NOVA network. Whether you’ve been on-air for six months or six years we want to hear from you. You should have an excellent understanding of your audience, be able to demonstrate music passion, understand the influence of social media and the ability to present a fast-paced and energetic music shift. If you have a great attitude, send us your CV and a great air check as we’d love to hear from you. Get in contact with Nova Entertainment’s Group Program Operations Director Brendan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS: WWO & Cumulus All Over The AMA's
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST., 2016 –– It was a busy weekend for Westwood One and Cumulus! In celebration of the American Music Awards (#AMAs), Westwood One Backstage hosted a two-day radio row at LA’s Microsoft Theater, featuring exclusive live performances from Republic Records recording artist Maty Noyes and Z Entertainment/Sony artist Aaron Carter and Friends. More than 20 radio stations, plus Zach Sang Show and The Adam Bomb Show, conducted interviews backstage with an array of artists. In addition to Zach and Adam, WPLJ/WPRO-FM personality Ralphie Aversa and entertainment reporter Rocsi Diaz were busy working backstage as well. Special guests were entertained by global DJ sensation Martin Garrix (bottom left), and and chart-rising American singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha (top right with Cumulus Mike McVay. Westwood One Backstage’s red carpet host was Kerri Kasem shown upper left with FloridaGeorgiaLine - Photo Credit: Dave Edwards/Getty
WNOR/WAFX Mayflower Marathon Delivers Record Number Of Meals For Local Residents
Our 20th annual WNOR/WAFX Mayflower Marathon food drive produced a record 652,000 meals for Hampton Roads residents...and 1 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale donated for the host...Rick Rumble Awkwardly thumbed on Rumble's iPhone - The beneficiaries of the food drive are our 2 area food banks.
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Sablan Becomes 'First Ever On-Air Producer' Inducted Into National Radio Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2016 - For the first time in its 28 year history, this year's National Radio Hall of Fame inducted an on-air radio producer during its November 17th ceremony in Chicago. Longtime producer Tommy Sablan, of San Diego's Jeff & Jer Showgram, was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Jeff & Jer. This year's event, hosted by WCBS-FM 101.1 New York morning personality and United Stations Radio Network’s nationally syndicated host of America’s Greatest Hits Scott Shannon introduced inductees George G. Beasley, Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers, Michael Savage and Tommy Sablan. Sablan (Sa-BLON) tells Jockline, "I'm very grateful that event Chairman Kraig Kitchin, and the National Radio Hall of Fame are recognizing the fact that I've been with Jeff and Jer for 28 years and that my career and my contributions to the show are hall of fame caliber. I'm very proud that I can forever say that I'm the very first on-air producer inducted into this prestigious group. Jeff & Jer and Tommy Sablan were inducted into the HOF by Don Anthony.
Bob Kinglsley HOF Induction Draws Video Messages From Keith Urban And Garth Brooks; Delilah Receives Standing Ovation
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 –– Before a packed house, the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2016 induction ceremony was a HUGE success as the best of the best in radio were honored. Bob Kingsley received congratulatory video messages from Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. Urban commented, “I feel like part of your family. You make everybody feel like family…thank you for everything you’ve done for me.” Brooks gave a shout-out from pack concert. Delilah received a standing ovation from the crowd, whom she addressed through tears and laughter. She commented, “Radio has been my passion for as long as I can remember.” The Mix Group is the exclusive presenting sponsor of the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
CBS Radio Appoints Fred Bennett VP/GM Traffic Operations And Partnerships
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO announces the appointment of Fred Bennett as Vice President and General Manager, Traffic Operations and Partnerships, effective Monday, November 21. In this newly-created role, Bennett is charged with building an in-house traffic content and sales operation to serve CBS RADIO’s 117 radio stations operating in 26 U.S. markets and corresponding websites. Bennett will also oversee CBS RADIO’s relationship with Radiate Media, its new traffic content partner that will supply customized data and also sell national sponsorships within traffic reports. The deal with Radiate Media is scheduled to commence on April 1, 2017. Most recently, Bennett served as the president and chief revenue officer of WKXW-FM (New Jersey 101.5). Prior to that, he was the chief business development officer for Jelli, Inc., the first cloud-based programmatic ad platform for the global radio market. Bennett previously worked at Westwood One.
iHeart Dallas Debuts Mainstream AC Star 102.1 97.1 The Eagle Becomes All Things Rock
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 –– HeartMedia Dallas announced the debut of Star 102.1, the new home of Mainstream Adult Contemporary (AC) for Dallas Fort Worth. The station kicks off yesterdasy at 5 p.m. commercial-free featuring around-the-clock Christmas music through the holiday season. Shortly after Christmas, Star 102.1 will begin hits from major artists like Madonna, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, and Kelly Clarkson. The full programming lineup will be announced soon. “We are excited to introduce the New Star 102.1 to our listeners! We believe this format will resonate well with the Dallas/Fort Worth audience and is a great complement to our other stations in the market,” said Patrick Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Dallas Fort Worth. “While we are kicking off commercial free with Christmas music, we can’t wait to reveal the station’s full programming lineup in the upcoming weeks.” 97.1 The Eagle will become Dallas Fort Worth’s official home to all things rock, now featuring music from former Alternative Rock station, The Edge.
ON-AIR: AL P Takes Over Nights At WFLC Miami
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami names Al P as the new Night Show host for Miami’s CHR Top 40 radio station, WFLC / HITS 97.3. “I have not met someone with more hustle than Al P,” said Director of Branding & Programming for WFLC Jill Strada. “Al came to HITS with a dollar and a dream...literally. And he proved that he has what it takes to take over the Miami scene and squash the competition!” Al P started his radio career at the age of 16, hosting and mixing on internet radio show. Then at 19 he interned for at SBS Entertainment in New York City. His big break came when he was hired to be a part of the morning show at CBS’ WBMP. In April 2016, Al P moved down to Miami to work at CMG’s WFLC/HITS 97.3. “Al P has been a fantastic addition to our HITS 97.3 team,” added CMG Miami’s VP and Market Manager Rob Babin. “He will no doubt make an even greater impact to our brand in his new role!”
WARM Seattle; Star 102 Cleveland Becomes Latest Stations To Flip To Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle officially welcomed the holiday season as they kicked off Christmas Music this morning on Warm 106.9/KRWM. The announcement came today from Marc Kaye, Hubbard Radio VP/Market Manager Seattle. Warm 106.9/KRWM rested its usual Adult Contemporary format at 8 a.m. Thursday and made the transformation into Seattle’s Christmas Music Station through December 25th. This year the station invited The DeVaux Family of Mercer Island to “flip the switch” to Santa’s favorites. --Cleveland’s Star 102 (WDOK-FM) became Cleveland’s official Christmas Station today, kicking off the holiday season on the radio. Star 102 will play all Christmas music now through Christmas Day. “The store windows are decorated, Christmas commercials are playing. It’s time for Christmas music on Star 102!” said CBS RADIO Cleveland VP of Programming, Dave Popovich.
Benztown & Alien Imaging Introduce AI-FX Monthly
98.7 ESPN/New York Signs On As First Subscription Affiliate Benztown and Alien Imaging LLC announce the launch of Alien Imaging’s new sound effects service, AI-FX Monthly, a subscription-based service which delivers monthly sound effects packages to radio stations of all formats and market sizes for barter. The subscription includes the newly released AI-FX3 sound effects library, and AI-FX4 (due for release later this month). Through the new AI-FX Monthly subscription package, stations now have budget-free access to Alien Imaging’s cutting edge sounds. AI-FX Monthly will include at least 100 new sounds across all categories, including FX, impacts, loops, beds and drones. For more information and to get Alien Imaging’s AI-FX Monthly subscription audio package for barter in your market, visit www.benztown.com/alienimaging or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Cumulus' WBAP Dallas Donates 21 Original Kennedy Assassination Recordings To Museum
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media-Dallas News/Talk station WBAP 820 AM announces that it has donated 21 original recordings of the events and coverage on WBAP Radio leading up to, including and following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.These original “day-of” recordings are key materials documenting how this historic news event was reported to local audiences in 1963. The donation of the recordings by WBAP to the Museum will take place at an official presentation on Monday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. at The Sixth Floor Museum.
MOTION: Greg Hill Extends Long-Term With WAAF Boston; Rich Dickerson Retiring From Real Radio 94.3's 'Love Doctors'; Atom Smasher Show Exits The Edge Dallas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– WAAF, Boston announces that veteran morning host Greg Hill has signed a new, long-term contract that will keep him employed at the Entercom station for the balance of his career. Hill, who started at the heritage rock station as the promotion coordinator in 1986, has been hosting the Hill-Man Morning Show for 26 years. iHeartMedia West Palm Beach announced that noted radio personality Rich Dickerson will retire from The Love Doctors on December 16, 2016. The Love Doctors airs weekday afternoons on WZZR-FM Real Radio 94.3, Real Talk for the Palm Beaches. Dickerson launched The Love Doctors in August 1991 on WZZR-FM after hosting an earlier incarnation of the show on iHeartMedia rock station WKGR-FM. Amid the changes at The Edge Dallas, comes the unfortunate news that The Atom Smasher Show, with Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal, has been let go. Smasher wrote on his Facebook page: "Hey guys, I'm disappointed to say that after only a short time at the Edge we were let go today. The company has decided to change formats as these things happen. I will post more soon. I appreciate every one of your kind words."
REPORT: CBS Radio Eyes Moving 200 Jobs To Downtown Nashville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– On Tuesday morning, Jamari Brown (bottom left), a state economic development official, said an unidentified company, dubbed "Project A," was poised to make a $5 million investment to relocate that many jobs to Nashville reports The Nashville Business Journal. Brown, said those jobs, described as having an average pay of $48,000 for 200 staffers, would be stationed downtown where the company is negotiating to lease office space. Multiple sources have since told the Journal's Adam Sichko that CBS Radio Inc. is the company Brown referred to at a meeting of Metro's Industrial Development Board. The state has offered $1 million in taxpayer incentives for the "Project A" deal, Brown told Metro's Industrial Development Board on Tuesday. It's not clear whick types of jobs CBS Radio would be bringing to Nashville and request for comment were still pending with a spokeswoman at CBS Radio at the time of this article. If CBS Radio indeed moves to Nashville, it would be a back-to-back coup for the city following the announcement a couple of weeks ago that the Warner Music Group that it would add as many as 500 jobs in four years. CBS Radio, which is headquartered in New York City. CBS Radio owns 117 stations in 26 markets, reaching 65 million people a week in 2015.
State Official's Report Fuels Speculation CBS Radio Division Moving 200 Jobs To Nashville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– On Tuesday morning, Jamari Brown, a state economic development official, said an unidentified company, dubbed "Project A," is poised to make a $5 million investment to relocate that many jobs to Nashville reports The Nashville Business Journal. Brown, said those jobs would be stationed downtown, where the company is negotiating to lease office space. Now, multiple sources tell the Journal's Adam Sichko that CBS Radio Inc. is the company Brown referred to at a meeting of Metro's Industrial Development Board.
The state has offered $1 million in taxpayer incentives for the "Project A" deal, Brown told Metro's Industrial Development Board on Tuesday. It's not clear what types of jobs CBS Radio would be bringing to Nashville and request for comment were still pending with a spokeswoman at CBS Radio at the time of this article. CBS Radio is likely seeking to rent between 30,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet of office space. CBS Radio, which is headquartered in New York City. CBS Radio owns 117 stations in 26 markets, reaching 65 million people a week in 2015. 1
PROGRAMMING: Rob Roberts Rises To VP/Hot AC For Cumulus; Louie Diaz Heads To Atlanta For WWWQ
THE MOUTH, NOVEM ER 127TH, 2016 – Cumulus Media announced that it has named Louie Diaz, current Program Director of WRQX in Washington, D.C., to Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Atlanta and Program Director of WWWQ in Atlanta, GA. Rob Roberts, current Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Atlanta and Program Director of WWWQ, will move to WRQX/Washington, DC as Program Director and will also assume the newly created role of Vice President/Hot AC at the corporate programming level.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “We’re fortunate to be able to tap the great brains inside of Cumulus programming and apply the theory of “Highest and Best Use” to their skills and match them with where they can be most effective. Rob brings a wealth of experience to our Corporate Programming platform and a fresh set of eyes for WRQX. Louie has done a great job with WRQX and his fresh vision on Q100 will provide even greater upside to an already successful station.” Roberts said: “After two decades of working with Mike, he asked if I was up for more. Everyone should be so lucky. This new opportunity is a unique chance to continue forging a great path for WRQX and The Jack Diamond Morning Show (R)while allowing me to work with other great stations in Cumulus. PHOTO/Jack Diamond, Jimmy Alexander, Erica Hilary, and Producer Blaire.
MOTION: Greg Hill Extends Long-Term With WAAF Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– WAAF, Boston announces that veteran morning host Greg Hill has signed a new, long-term contract that will keep him employed at the Entercom station for the balance of his career. Hill, who started at the heritage rock station as the promotion coordinator in 1986, has been hosting the Hill-Man Morning Show for 26 years.
This new agreement ensures Hill, partners Lyndon Byers and Danielle Murr, and producer Rob Stevens (shown below)will anchor the WAAF personality lineup well into the future. Hill says, “Our job is to minimize the misery our listeners feel when waking up each morning so they have a good laugh by the time they get to work." Hill added, "I am honored to work for a company like Entercom that, in this day and age, continues to value the contributions of their employees and was as eager as I was to extend our relationship. The value they put on personality radio is unique in our industry." Entercom New England VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says he could not envision WAAF without Hill. “WAAF and Greg have been inextricably connected for more than three decades,” he said. “Not only does the program deliver leading ratings across multiple New England markets, but Greg is one of the best sales ambassadors we have. If we didn’t get this deal done, I’d be out of work!”
Industry Icon George G. Beasley Among Tonight's National Radio Hall Of Fame Honorees In Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– George G. Beasley, Chairman and Founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. and its subsidiary Beasley Media Group, Inc., will be inducted into the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame this evening.
George G. Beasley founded the Company in 1961 in North Carolina. Throughout his 55 years in the radio industry, Mr. Beasley has received numerous broadcast industry distinctions as well as recognition from various civic and charitable organizations. Among his accomplishments: The Library of American Broadcasting honored him as a 2012 Giants of Broadcasting and in 2011, the Florida Association of Broadcasters named him Broadcaster of the Year. In 2010, the Country Radio Broadcasters awarded Mr. Beasley the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award and the Nevada Broadcasters Association inducted Mr. Beasley into their Hall of Fame in 2008 and numerous other awards.
Mr. Beasley earned a B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University, and was recognized in 1990 as one of Appalachian State University’s Distinguished Alumni. He has served the University as both chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees. He is most proud of the George G. Beasley Media Complex which stands as a promise that future generations of ASU students will also have the opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in broadcasting.
George Beasley will be honored along with other 2016 illustrious inductees, including Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers and Michael Savage. The event will be held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.
Radio/TV Legend Vin Scully Named Among 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Legendary radio/tv host and voice of the LA Dodger, Vin Scully , will be among 21 Medal of Freedom recipients announced Wednesday of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor -- it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better," President Barack Obama said. "From scientists, philanthropists and public servants to activists, athletes and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way." The medals will be presented Nov. 22 at the White House. In addition to Scully, Abdul-Jabbar, comedian/talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, architect Frank Gehry, singers Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and actors Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Cicely Tyson, Robert Redford, Lorne Michaels and Michael Jordan were also named recipients.
Greg & The Morning Buzz Hold 26th Annual 'Lend A Helping Can Fundraiser To Benefit 11 Charities
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– Greg & The Morning Buzz announced today the return of Lend A Helping Can, a fundraiser event that will benefit 11 New Hampshire charities working to combat local hunger. On November 17 and 18, Greg & The Morning Buzz will extend its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon. On-air personalities from Greg & The Morning Buzz will encourage listeners to donate to Lend A Helping Can by calling the station or by participating in an online auction.
“This is the 26th year The Morning Buzz is hosting Lend A Helping Can and it is astounding that every year we seem to raise more money,” said Greg Kretschmar (above center), host of The Morning Buzz Show that spearheads the event. “We are grateful to the New Hampshire community and our partner Burton Outdoor Living of Bow, New Hampshire.” Auction items this year will include a VIP trip to the set of Dancing with the Stars, autographed guitars from Rock bands and singers, sports memorabilia, restaurant certificates, concert tickets and more. Greg & The Morning Buzz air on Rock 101, WGIR 610 AM, 100.3 WHEB, 104.9 The Hawk, and Q106.
NETWORKS: ABC Radio Kicks Off Thanksgiving Programming With Jennifer Nettles Special; Compass Presents 'It's A Very Kacey Christmas'; SBG Turns Eight Years Old!
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– To kick-off the holiday season, ABC Radio announces a two-hour country music special hosted by Grammy Award-winning country star Jennifer Nettles titled “ABC Radio’s Christmas Kick Off with Jennifer Nettles,” and three one-hour specials “Holiday Survival Guide,” “Shopping For Kids,” and “Holiday Movie Guide.” These four specials will be available to listeners Thanksgiving weekend. Jennifer will also share her own special holiday memories, preview her new album, “To Celebrate Christmas” and give listeners a sneak peek of ABC-TV’s annual “CMA Country Christmas” special airing on Monday, November 28 at 8:00pm ET.For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456. 5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Compass Media will be present a Country with Carsen Holiday Special Show “It’s A Very Kacey Christmas” featuring Kacey Musgraves (top left). Carsen (top right), midday host of Country with Carsen” has Kacey Musgraves in the studio to share Christmas memories and her new album “A Very Kacey Christmas”. “I just wanted a chance to kinda put my own spin on Christmas” says Kacey. “Western Swing and Hawaiian and Spanish and Classic Pop all kinda come together… ultimately it’s just fun!” This Three Hour Special for broadcast between Thanksgiving and Christmas with Carsen and Kacey Musgraves is delivered commercial free courtesy of Silverfish Media and Compass Media Networks. To inquire about availability in your market and request download info contact: Doug Ingold email@example.com (310) 242-8746 or Nancy Abramson firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 708-1451.
--Sun Broadcast Group hit another milestone today as the company turns EIGHT YEARS OLD. The national radio network, headquartered in New York City and Boca Raton is home of the popular Shazam for Radio, the NCAA Game of the Week with SportsUSA and Sun Latino, the largest privately owned Spanish-language radio network in America. As it does each year, Sun has unveiled its new look and company slogan to take them through 2017. This year the creative team at Sun chose a very fitting for the small company who has carved out a name for themselves in this very BIG space.
“Fearlessly Bold” Sun Broadcast Group CEO, Jason Bailey, reflected “When we opened our doors in November 2008 Barack Obama had just been elected President, The iPhone App Store had just opened and the global financial crisis had started to grip the nation with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In radio, companies like Dial Global, Air America and Citadel were still part of our daily conversation. Eight years later so much is different. What hasn’t changed, however, is Sun’s commitment to this great industry and our unwavering goal to be a better kind of radio company while having fun along the way. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire Sun team! Now…off to the Situation Room to celebrate!”
Radio Presenters On UK’s Dancing With The Stars
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH,2016 –– Heart FM’s Gethin Jones (L) and Kiss presenter Melvin Odoom (R)will feature in a Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing, the UK version of Dancing With The Stars. They’ll be appearing along with four other celebs taking to the floor in the festive edition of the dancing show. They are Olympian and presenter Denise Lewis, Pop star Frankie Bridge, Writer and actress Pamela Stephenson and Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott. The couples will be judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and in his last appearance on the judging panel, Len Goodman. The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will air on BBC One and will be available again shortly afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
Radio Lapland Will Broadcast in Northern Ireland - A Christmas radio station will appear in Belfast this December aiming to raise money for charity. Radio Lapland will be on 103.2FM from December 1st to 26th as part of the NI Hospice fundraising initiative which is hoping to raise £250,000 ($311,000). Special presenters include Stephen Nolan, Adrian Logan, Ruairi McSorely, Olivia Nash and Sarah Travers, and it is supported by Blast 106.
Big Changes In Brisbane Australia- The Breakfast landscape is changing in Brisbane. ARN’s 97.3 have ditched Robin Bailey and Spencer Howson at 612 ABC Brisbane calling the early mornings a day as well. Spencer’s Breakfast program on the ABC has been number #1 for almost half of this year. It’s a shift he has held since 2012. His first run on 612 ABC Breakfast was back in the late 90’s. Warren Moves From Heart To Spirit- Spirit FM on England’s South Coast has hired Global presenter Warren Hayden to host the afternoon drivetime show. Warren has been with Heart, and previously Ocean/Power FM, for over 14 years and has decided to move along the South coast to Chichester from November 21st.
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NASH 2016 Challenge Winner Invades New York
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016 –– Todd O'Neill, NASH Next 2016 Challenge winner, took a bite out of the Big Apple this week, when he appeared on the Madison Square Garden stage Monday night to introduce Rascal Flatts at their concert. Before the show, O'Neill took in NYC in his first-ever visit to the city, and performed an acoustic set where so many superstars before him have begun: the NYC subway. He also paid a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where he played another acoustic set and sampled some New York pizza before making his way to Madison Square Garden for the show.
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Kerri Kasem Says Elder Abuse Doc Footage Being Held For $100,000 Ransom
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem has claimed in a federal court that a rookie movie producer is demanding $100,000 ransom for footage they shot for a documentary about elder abuse reports court house news. Kerri and her charity Kasem Cares claim that Cameron Glenar and his Rose Street Productions are refusing to give her her raw footage for the feature-length film without more capital. While Glenar said in promotional materials that his goal for the film was to save lives, his “intentions suddenly and inexplicably changed” in June, Kasem says in the Nov. 9 complaint. Kasem says that goal “was replaced with greed — using the documentary to extract a quick six-figure payday from a charitable organization that only wanted to use the documentary to help people and promote its cause.”
Following her father's death and the turmoil that preceded between Kerri and her siblings with their Step mom, Jean, Kerri Kasem say in the lawsuit, that she became “an outspoken advocate for visitation rights and elder abuse awareness,” and helped found Kasem Cares to assist children kept from their elderly parents and to increase awareness of elder abuse. Glenar was a producer who had worked primarily on reality TV shows before contacting her in 2014. Kasem says in the complaint. He came up with the idea to create a documentary focusing on her charity’s work and her own experience. But his idea was “nothing more than an unrefined and vague concept,” and “Glenar conceded that he did not have the knowledge or experience to produce a documentary,” said Kasem.
The complaint reports that Glenar and his company told the charity “that if it wanted the documentary ‘bad enough,’ Kasem Cares would have to purchase the footage from Glenar,” Kasem says. “Most recently, Glenar demanded $100,000 for the raw documentary footage.” READ STORY HERE
[WATCH] Video Shows Suspect Breaking Into WZPL's Dave Smiley's Car In Broad Daylight
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– WZPL's Dave Smiley is a man known for his ginormous smile, but yesterday he was likely not smiling after returning to his car outside an Indianapolis restaurant and finding that it had been broken into. He's now hoping via Facebook that his listeners, along with local police, can help find the person who stole his laptop bag. Surveillance video shows a darker car pulling up alongside Smiley's red Chevy Tahoe (inset). In the attached video, you'll see a person get out, walk around the back of the vehicle, break the back window and a bag and then take off.
Smiley posted on Facebook: that he was getting some work done on my truck yesterday and was given a loaner. "I went to lunch with a buddy and I came out to car broken into!!" posted Smiley. "I had my laptop computer bag and my work bag in the back that they took. I had my lap top, gopro camera and my work AKG headphones in there...so i am sad. :( sucks that people would do that in broad daylight! so....if you see that suspicious car around ...let us know!
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Matthew Siegel Appointed CFO Of CBS Radio; TTWN Names Jack Dunkle, Roger Nadel to SVP/Affiliate Posts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO has appointed Matthew Siegel as its Chief Financial Officer, effective Monday, November 14. “As we prepare to separate from our parent company it’s more important than ever that we remain competitive and consistently deliver value to our key stakeholders,” said Andre Fernandez. Siegel is a senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience working for major corporations. Most recently he served as the co-CFO and treasurer of Time Warner Cable (TWC) through the merger period with Charter Communications. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president and treasurer of TWC since just prior to TWC’s separation from Time Warner. Prior to TWC, Siegel worked at Time Warner Inc. as vice president and assistant treasurer.
--Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN), announced that it has elevated the role of executive Jack Dunkle (right) to Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales. He will report to Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. Formerly the Vice President of Affiliate Sales for TTWN, Dunkle in his newly expanded role will manage TTWN’s radio, television and digital product sales and distribution. Prior to joining TTWN, Dunkle began his career in local radio in western Pennsylvania. He then spent several years as an airborne reporter, and a TV and radio reporter for Metro Networks before managing operations in Pennsylvania and Detroit. Dunkle then joined Westwood One.
TTWN also announced that it has elevated the role of executive Roger Nadel (far right)l to Senior Vice President of Affiliate Operations, effective immediately. He will also report to Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. Formerly Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Compliance with TTWN, Nadel is a 35-year media veteran who joined Metro Traffic, later acquired by TTWN, in 2008 as VP of Affiliate Sales. Nadel took charge in 2014 of TTWN Compliance and Affiliate Administration. Prior to joining TTWN, the majority of Nadel’s career was spent with CBS Radio.
PROGRAMMING: Z104.3 Baltimore Taps Mike Miller As PD
Z 104.3 Names Mike Miller Program Director Baltimore, MD – November 16, 2016 – iHeartMedia announced today that Mike Miller has been named Program Director and afternoon drive host for Z 104.3, Baltimore. Miller began his career at 16 at WLAN-FM in Lancaster, PA, and – at 18-years-old – helped launch iHeartMedia Harrisburg’s 99.3 KISS FM in 2001. He most recently served as Program Director and PM drive host for 99.3 KISS FM. Miller’s over 17 years of experience in the radio industry also includes serving as Assistant Program Director and afternoon on-air personality for KKRZ-FM in iHeartMedia’s Portland market.
“Through the years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people in this industry and have learned so much from them,” said Miller. “I’m ready to take all of these years of learning and growing and continue that trend in Baltimore. Being able to work with the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. team is a dream come true.”
GORDON SMITH: Want 'Just The Facts?' Tune To Local Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered a speech yesterday at a Communications Forum luncheon sponsored by The Media Institute - Quoting James Madison, he said “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” Smith opined, "That’s why today – nearly 250 years since Madison spoke those words – the right to speak freely without fear of incrimination, the right of the press to challenge the government and root out corruption, remains one of the most important rights our founders enshrined in the Constitution.
Throwing his attention to radio and perhaps a bit of shade on some other media platforms, Smith added, "When Americans want “just the facts,” they know they can turn to their local stations to get the news straight, without the shouting, finger-pointing and drama. When they want to find out what’s going on in their community – like what’s happening in their schools, if their favorite sports team is winning or what the weather will be – they tune into their local stations." SEE COMPLETE SPEECH HERE
200,000 Letters; 47 States Later, The Bert Show Wraps Up Eight Annual 'Big Thank You'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– This year's 8th annual 'Big Thank You' event conducted by the syndicated 'Bert Show, provided enough handwritten thank you letters for EVERY SINGLE service person deployed outside the United States for the holidays. Bert tells Jockline, "We read, sorted, boxed and sent them out via USPS yesterday. Almost 200,000 letters. This is the EIGHTH year we've accomplished that? So what does that mean? It means that any person that has friends or family overseas can take comfort that they have received a handwritten letter of appreciation every year for 8 years."
One school district in Forsyth County GA, wrote 10k letters!!!! Letters arrived from 47 states!
MORE HOLIDAY CHEER: WNKS Charolotte Brings “Secret Santa" To Children's Hospital: WIL St. Louis' Bud & Broadway Kick Off 5,000 Toys Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Charlotte KISS 95.1 WNKS kicks off it 5th annual Secret Santa for the KISS Kids Radiothon today live from the Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. Maney, Roy and LauRen (correct spelling) -shown on top - raised more than $42,000 for the KISS Kids last year, and they hope to increase that number this holiday season.
--Moving up to St. Louis, 92.3 WIL's Bud and Broadway are helping those who need it MOST this holiday season. The ONLY live and local NEW Country Morning show in St. Louis announced their 5,000 Toys for Girls and Boys' charity toy drive! On December 9th and 10th, the ENTIRE WIL Home Team will be broadcasting at local St. Louis Walmart locations collecting toys, which will be then distributed to kids in need through the Salvation Army, courtesy of 2 Men and a Truck!
NETWORKS: Singers Maty Noyes And Aaron Carter To Perform At Westwood One’s Backstage Live
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 –– Westwood One, the national radio partner for the American Music Awards, will be providing special curated content for listeners throughout awards weekend. Westwood One Backstage Live at the AMAs will feature three days of special programming, including exclusive backstage live performances with Republic Records recording artist Maty Noyes performing Friday November 18; Radio Row on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, from 12 noon-4 pm PT; Z Entertainment/Sony artist Aaron Carter and Friends closing out Radio Row with a performance Saturday November 19; and a broadcast companion show on Sunday, March 20.
American singer Maty Noyes will perform live on Friday, November 18, from 4-5 pm ET at Westwood One’s Backstage Live. On Saturday, November 19, pop singer Aaron Carter and Friends will perform from 4-5 pm. In preparation for awards weekend, Westwood One will broadcast a two-hour AMA Nomination Special during the weekend of November 12-13 with versions for Top 40/Rhythmic, hosted by Kerri Kasem; Hot AC/AC, hosted by Kasem; and Urban/Urban AC, hosted by La Loca and Marc Clarke from Cumulus’ 103.9 WNBM-FM/NY. On the night of the American Music Awards, Sunday, November 20, Westwood One will air a three-hour broadcast companion show from 8-11 pm ET and a one-our winner’s wrap-up from 11 pm – Midnight, ET, with a Top 40/Rhythmic version hosted by Zach Sang; a Hot AC/AC version with Adam Bomb and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn; and an Urban/Urban AC version hosted by La Loca and Marc Clarke.
WFEZ Presents 'Easy Live' Event With Delilah
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks host and 2016 Marconi Award winner Delilah recently visited affiliate EASY 93.1 in Miami, Fla., as part of a special “Easy Live” event. Hosted by weekday morning host Giselle at the station’s performance studio, the event featured a candid Q&A with Delilah about her life and career, followed by a meet and greet with many of her loyal So. Florida area fans from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
Pictured: EASY 93.1 staff with Delilah About Delilah Often referred to as the “Oprah of Radio,” Delilah’s soothing voice, open heart and love of music attract millions of listeners on more than 150 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, the 2016 Marconi Award winner for “National/Syndicated Personality of the Year” is also the author of three books, including her most-recent work Arms Full of Love. Published by Harlequin Books.
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'America Now' Host Meghan McCain Becomes Permanent Co-Host On Fox TV's 'Outnumbered'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Chalk up another radio host taking a permanent spot on TV. Meghan McCain, host of Premiere Network's 'Amerlca Now,' has been named as a permanent co-host of the top-rated ensemble show 'Outnumbered' (weekdays at 12-1PM/ET). In this role, McCain will serve as one of its female panelists, which include Harris Faulkner and Sandra Smith (shown) along with one rotating “lucky guy. She began her new position on Monday (11/14).
According to Nielsen Media Research, Outnumbered has been the number one cable news program in its timeslot and has also posted triple-digit increases in both total viewers and the 25-54 demographic since launch. The show is ranked in the top 15 programs in total viewers for the month of October, even outpacing some primetime cable news competition. McCain joined FNC in 2015 as a contributor and has provided political analysis across the network’s daytime and primetime programming. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling children’s book entitled “My Dad, John McCain” and a 2010 memoir, “Dirty Sexy Politics.” In July 2015, McCain joined Premiere Networks as host of the nationally syndicated radio show, America Now.
Laura Ingraham Says She'd Be 'Honored' To Be President Elect Donald Trump's Press Secretary
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Laura Ingraham says she’d be ‘honored’ to be Trump’s press secretary reports politico.com. This follows reports yesterday that she is under serious consideration to be the press secretary for President-elect Donald Trump. She told Fox News Monday night. "We’ll see what happens," she said, adding that "I think people are getting a little far ahead of the narrative." She added, "It's a big decision, but I'm at the point where, if my country needs me, and if I can do something to actually, you know, advance the Trump agenda, which is stuff I have written about now for 15 years, with trade, immigration and just renewing America, then I obviously have to seriously consider that.”
The possibility of such a move raises questions about her syndicated radio which is distributed by Courtside Entertainment. Jockline reached out yesterday to a company representative and were informed via email, "We don't know anything about it, but she's signed to a long-term deal with us."
Rover Extends With iHeart For 'Morning Glory'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced iit has renewed and extended its agreement with Rover, host of the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory. Rover will continue to host Rover’s Morning Glory, which broadcasts weekdays from 6 - 11 a.m. on affiliates in key markets, including its flagship station 100.7 WMMS in Cleveland, OH. The five-hour show will continue to feature on-air personalities Rover, Duji (top left), Dieter (top right), Kevin (bottom left) Jeffrey (bottom right) Nadz and Alex (not shown). “We've had a blast working with iHeartMedia since 2008 to expand and grow the show," said Rover. "In the coming months we'll enter the next phase of Rover's Morning Glory – something BIG that's never been tried in radio before. As the saying goes...stay tuned!”
Rover’s Morning Glory’s reach also includes the RMG-TV live videocast of the show, which streams daily on the interactive www.RoverRadio.com and the RMG mobile app. The show recently hosted its ninth annual RoverFest, a live concert and community event that attracted over 20,000 attendees and featured performances from established and rising star recording artists and a fireworks display as well as highlighted locally owned businesses.
“We could not be more excited to reach an agreement to keep Rover’s Morning Glory on WMMS in Cleveland and other iHeartMedia stations across the country,” said Tom McConnell, President of the Midwest/Southeast Division for iHeartMedia. “He’s a very unique talent who has an unparalleled connection to his listeners and local communities.” Rover’s Morning Glory first aired in Cleveland in 2003.
MOTION: Harvey Nagler Announces He'll Be Leaving CBS News;' Tim Seymour On The Rise At WWO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Vice President, Radio at CBS News' Harvey Nagler wrote to his staff yesterday, 'There is never a good time to leave but there is a right time. So, after 50 years in radio, the past 18 here at CBS News, now is the right time for me to sign off. I feel very confident that I am leaving our network in the most capable of hands. I am pleased that we have renewed our relationship with Westwood, thus securing our future. I am not stopping work completely, but going to slow down by doing some consulting work. My last day here is Friday, January 6th. This has been a hard decision. You are an extraordinarily talented group of individuals and you have made my job richly rewarding. It has been my privilege to work with you. I leave with a great sense of accomplishment" Nagler added, "As the industry continues to evolve I am proud that we have been able to change with it while maintaining the finest traditions of CBS News and the highest standards of journalism. I wish you all the best and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing with me the job of a lifetime."
-- In an effort to best align its business and operational needs, resources and internal expertise, Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer has created a centralized operational group with changes effective immediately. With a focus on agency response and support for cross-departmental projects and functionality, the company is integrating the Business Operations and Research Teams. As part of the restructure, Westwood One has promoted Tim Seymour to SVP, Operations. He was the company’s VP, Research. “We have the best personnel in the business,” says Charles Steinhauer. “Tim is the perfect choice to oversee our company operations while I focus on industry and company strategic initiatives."
ON-AIR: Kimmy B Named PM Drive Host At WFLC Miami; WE 96.3 Portland Bolsters Lineup With All-Star Staff
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has named Kimmy B (right) as the new Afternoon Drive host for Miami’s WFLC / HITS 97.3. Kimmy started her radio career at COX Media’s WEDR/99 JAMZ in 2004. She was promoted to Morning Show Co-Host of the DJ Laz Morning Show in August 2014. Miami’s VP and Market Manager Rob Babin said, ”Kimmy B’s passion and teamwork as a member of the DJ Laz Morning Show has made an impact in making Hits 97.3 the #1 CHR in Miami, now we look forward to Kimmy B making the same impact in Afternoon Drive.” “Co-Hosting the DJ Laz Morning show for the past two years has been a dream come true’ and I am forever grateful to my boss Jill Strada and to DJ Laz and the entire CMG family for their confidence and continued belief in me,” said Kimmy B.
-- Alpha Media, Portland announced the addition of Promotion Director, StarChile (top left), On-Air Talent, Sara G (far left)., and Producer/Mixer, DJ Heat (bottom left) to WE 96.3 (KWEE). StarChile is a pillar in the Portland events and Hip Hop scene. He joins KWEE after a previous stint with KXJM. Sarah Gilmore is a master socialite of the Portland scene. As Miss Black Oregon 2015, the addition of Sarah reinforces Alpha Media’s commitment to Live and Local radio. DJ Heat has spent the last 6 years with WBLK most recently as the night host prior to his arrival at KWEE.
PROGRAMMING: Dustin Fletcher Named PD For iHeart's ALT 104.9 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Dustin Fletcher has been named Program Director of ALT 104.9, St. Louis’ Alternative Rock, effective December 6, 2016. Fletcher will work closely with on - air personalities , including The Woody Show , as well as sales to oversee on - air, digital and music programming for ALT 104.9 and its local events. He will report to A.J., Senior Vice President of Prog ramming for iHeartMedia St. Louis.
“I’m thrilled to join the iHeartMedia St. Louis team ,” said Fletcher. “ The launch of ALT 104.9 along with the return of The Woody Show are ushering in a new era for Alternative Rock fans in St. Louis and I’m honored to be a part of it.” Fletcher recently served as Program Director and Midday Host for for iHeartMedia Richmond’s XL102 and 96.1 The Planet . Fletcher has previously worked at stations including : WFNX-FM in Boston, MA ; WFXH-FM in Savannah, GA ; WDYL -FM in Richmond, VA ; and WFNZ in Knoxville, TN.
BFOA Unveils New Logo & Website
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has unveiled a new logo, redesigned its website, and launched new social media sites, as part of a rebranding campaign that makes it easier for broadcasters to find help and give back.
The new logo, with images of the American flag and a microphone, reinforce that the Foundation is a nationwide charity that helps broadcasters across the country. The more user-friendly and intuitive website makes navigation to the get-help and give-back pages easier, and the new social media sites generate broader awareness among broadcasters.
“Over the past few months, we’ve received more requests than ever before, within a similar timeframe,” observed Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “As we get ready for our year-end donation drive, it’s important that our process is seamless and that every broadcaster knows where and how to ask for help or give back.”
Adobe Audition CC Announces A ReelWorld Extension
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– After working closely with the Adobe Audition team, ReelWorld users now have an extension in Adobe Add-Ons to save time. Jason Rowe is the Head of Production at ReelWorld (top left) says, "For years we've been talking about how cool it would be to have all ReelWorld content at your fingertips and inside your DAW. With this new extension that's finally a reality for our Adobe Audition CC users. Thank you, Adobe!" The extension is available for all ReelWorld products, and opens inline within the Adobe Audition CC user interface so users can download or drag-and-drop content directly into Adobe Audition CC.
Durin Gleaves (top right), Audition CC Product Manager at Adobe, says "We're excited about the integration between Audition CC and ReelWorld because it showcases an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. It's literally a click of a button to import the top radio imaging content into the best audio environment available so that editors can focus on creativity and speed." ReelWorld debuted the extension at the first annual ReelMIX conference, where attendees experienced an in-depth breakdown of the extension with Durin Gleaves. The ReelWorld extension is now available for all current and future ReelWorld affiliates. For ReelWorld information CLICK HERE, or contact Tyler Huggins. 206.219.2662 firstname.lastname@example.org
NETWORKS: USRN Teams With Chicken Soup For The Soul
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced a partnership with the renowned publishing, consumer goods and media company, Chicken Soup for the Soul®. The new deal calls for USRN to work closely with the firm to extend their many successful brands into the audio space via podcasts, short features and mobile applications that will create new original content while tapping into the many inspirational stories that have been the key to the international success of the Chicken Soup brand. This agreement is effective immediately and this announcement comes jointly from USRN’s President/COO, Jim Higgins, Brian Pollina, USRN’s VP/Digital Assets, and Jeff Schwartz, CEO of Media Management Group, representing Chicken Soup for the Soul.
With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Regarding the announcement, USRN’s Brian Pollina commented “The digital space is the new frontier for brand extension through audio, and it’s a thrill to be partnering with such a well-established and popular brand for a journey forward into this realm.”
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REPORT: Radio's Laura Ingraham Under Serious Consideration For White House Press Secretary
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 14TH, 2016 –– According to two sources with direct knowledge, The Hill reports that former white-collar defense attorney and Supreme Court law clerk turned talkers, Laura Ingraham is under serious consideration for Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary. Ingraham would not comment for this article, but a source familiar told The Hill said that she's in contact with people in Trump's inner circle and has expressed interest in the role.
This report comes on the heels of Trump choosing Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Breitbart's Steve Bannon chief strategist. Ingraham's syndicated radio show is distributed through Courtside Entertainment Group, headed by Norm Pattiz. 2
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS Radio Names Bob Philips Chief Revenue Officer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio has named Bob Philips Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately. Philips will be based in the Company’s New York headquarters and report President, Andre Fernandez. “Bob’s extensive radio and sales experience make him ideal to accelerate our efforts as we enter a new phase of the business,” said Fernandez. “His deep understanding of corporate, customer, category, and channel strategies will be instrumental in generating new revenue opportunities and ensuring our ability to deliver top-tier financial results.”
Philips served as CBS RADIO’s senior vice president of sales since late 2015 where he oversaw sales efforts for the Company’s 117 over-the-air radio stations across 26 major markets. He also served as the Company’s Baltimore market manager since 2000.
REPORT: Americans 'Love' NFL On The Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Despite TV coverage, Americans continue to seek out the NFL on the radio. In the first four weeks of the NFL season, Nielsen radio ratings reveal stable audiences for NFL national radio broadcasts. Westwood One, the exclusive network radio partner for the National Football League, examined audience ratings for the first 13 games in each of the Portable People Meter local markets where a national broadcast aired. The result: ratings overall are relatively unchanged from the year before. Adult 25-54 average quarter-hour radio ratings for 13 national primetime NFL games aired during the September 8 through October 5 Nielsen Portable People Meter survey are down on average just 3.5% compared to corresponding broadcasts a year ago.
The September 26 national NFL broadcast that ran opposite the first Presidential debate did suffer audience loss. Without that game opposite the debate, the 12-game average NFL radio rating change on Westwood One was -1.3%. Overall, the NFL on the radio shows stable ratings. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
The Arch St. Louis' Spencer Show Launches 2,000 For The Troops; WRKO's 3rd Annual Radiothon Raises Over $71,000 For Disable Veterans
On Veteran’s Day, and 106.5 The Arch’s Morning Show “Spencer’s Neighborhood” launched its 2016 holiday initiative – “2,000 for the Troops!” Thousands of troops from the St. Louis Metro area will spend the holidays in the hospitals around the U.S. this year. And Spencer’s Neighborhood wants to send at least TWO THOUSAND cards and letters to our injured heroes, so they know how much they’re appreciated this holiday season! 106.5 The Arch’s Spencer, Ricki and Brando (shown above) want their St. Louis listeners to ask their kid’s teacher, Boy and Girl Scout Troop, Sunday school class, the kid’s sports or dance teams – pretty much everyone they know – to pick up-or even hand-make a holiday greeting card to send to our Troops! Before December 7th. can also be found on
--The Voice of Boston AM 680 WRKO hosted its third annual Veteran Day Radiothon raising over $ 71,000 for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). “The WRKO audience proves once again how passionate they are about helping our veterans . I am so proud of our listeners, the DAV staff, and the WRKO team, ” said Michael Czarnecki (L), WRKO PD, Entercom Boston. The Radiothon was held from 6 am to 3 pm ET on Friday taking donations via phone calls, text messages and online. On-air personalities including Kim Carrigan and Doug “VB” Goudie from The Boston.com Morning Show, Barry Armstrong from The Financial Exchange show, and Jeff Kuhner from The Kuhner Report show, highlighted inspirational stories from veterans of all ages and the DAV members who assist them. For more information about the Radiothon, photos and interviews from the event, v isit www.WRKO.com/radiothon .
PODCAST: NFL Great, Ray Lewis & Psychologist Dr. Christian Conte Launch 'Tackling Life' Podcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– The Tackling Life Podcast, hosted by Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and emotional management expert Dr. Christian Conte, launched a podcast with a very special guest - James Conner, the college football star whose inspiring story reflects the theme and purpose of the motivational podcast.
An impressive and rising player with the Pittsburgh Panthers, Conner’s 2015 season was cut short by a season-ending knee injury followed by a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In spite of undergoing chemotherapy, Conner joined his teammates for Pitt’s Winter training, participating in all athletic activities and vowing to return to the game. Conner was declared cancer-free in May of 2016. Every Monday, the 45-minute podcast will take similar lessons learned in sports to help listeners set goals, overcome obstacles, and achieve happier, more successful lives. The Tackling Life Podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play and TacklingLifePodcast.com, is produced by Media Management Group (MMG), with exclusive ad sales representation from IAB Podcast Upfront 2016 presenter AdLarge Media.
TIS' THE SEASON; KLOU/St. Louis Latest With Flip To Holiday Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia 103.3 KLOU St. Louis becomes the latest to debut holiday music. On-air hosts, Billy & Julie In The Morning, Vic Porcelli and Cindy Collins will continue to host the station’s programming.
"We are thrilled to announce the launch of Christmas music on 103.3 KLOU, St. Louis’ Christmas Station. It’s exciting to begin to spread holiday cheer throughout the St. Louis community with non-stop holiday favorites now through Christmas Day! ” said A.J. , Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis.
Rock 98.9 Seattle On The Hunt For New Morning Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 14TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio, KVRQ, The New Rock 98.9 is looking for an exceptional lead and team for a morning show in Seattle.
1. Do you have a sense humor and the ability to make others smile and laugh? 2. Intelligence; do you have a grasp of facts and the ability to articulate a position backed up with logic and linear thinking? 3. Are you inquisitive and constantly curious about people and the world around us? 4. Variety of knowledge; can you speak to a wide range of topics? 5. Are you able to be authentic? Have a solid work ethic to build a great show. Through ongoing coaching, be open to criticism and suggestions. Understand and embrace the relationship between succeeding personally while lifting up the entire organization. Be adept at curating and delivering compelling and relevant content to the target audience with efficiency, passion and pace. Be entertaining, topical and funny and build a relationship with the audience over time. Your content should be able to transcend the music and draw a broad audience. Bring it all to on air and fb, twitter, Instagram, snapchat, blogging and podcasting.
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Sgt. Pepper's Lost Stars Club Band; Leon Russell Passes Away At 74
Man From 'U.N.C.L.E'S' Robert Vaughn Dies At 83
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MOTION: Franco 'Frankie P' Pagliaro Takes Nights At Y100 Miami; KS95 Minny Reloads Mornings; Jeremiah Widmer Joins Q104 Morning Show; Willobee Exits Shamrock Reno; WOCQ Lakeville, MI Adds Rob Johnson To Middays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 ––– Y100 Miami announced that Franco “Frankie P” Pagliaro has been named on air night time host effective Monday, November 14. Pagliaro has been on the air in Miami for 6 years at WFLC, WPOW and WKIS. “I grew up listening to Y100 so it is truly an honor to join the iHeart family and become part of such a legendary station in Miami,' said Franco. "We are excited to bring Frankie and his following to Y100 Nights,” said Alex Tear, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Miami. “Frankie’s local on air and social passion make him the perfect addition to keep Y100 on top.”
KS95 Minny Reloads Mornings With Crisco, Dez and Ryan - Darrin Stone moves to middays. Ryan has been with the show for 6 years. Crisco, for the last 15 years, has been part of the highly successful Moon and Staci show in afternoons. Dez has been at KS95 for about 17 years most recently doing our midday show.
CBS Radio Cleveland adds Jeremiah Widmer to the Q104 Morning Show. Glenn Anderson moves from Q104 to Star 102’s afternoon drive. Beginning Monday, November 14, Jeremiah Widmer will join Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner as host of the new Q104 Jeremiah and Jeff Show.
Shamrock Communication/Reno Director Of Broadcast Operations Willobee will exit on December 2nd as his position is being eliminated. Willobee joined Shamrock seven years ago as OM/PD at Classic Rock WEZX (ROCK 107) and launched Alternative WFUZ (FUZZ 92.1). He moved to RENO FIVE years ago to launch five new brands Alternative KRZQ, Top 40 KWNZ (POP FM), Rocker KZTI (Z105.3), News/Talk KNEZ (K-NEWS) and Martini Radio. Prior to that he was OM/PD of Northshire Alternative WEQX/Albany, NY for five years.
--Adams Radio o f Delmarva has named Rob Johnson as Midday Host on WOCQ (OC104). Rob spent seven years as afternoon drive on WJKS/KISS 101.7 in Philadelphia. Rob will also assist in promotions for Adams with the entire cluster. Rob commented on the move “ I am so excited about my future with Adams Radio. I was searching for opportunity on a team where winning and serving the community w ere always goal number one. I have found that here! I am so very grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to hit the ground running.” 1
iHeart Debuts 'The Beat' Atlanta With The Breakfast Club And Big Boy’s Neighborhood
THE MOUTH NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Atlanta announced today the debut of The Beat, the new home of Hip Hop N’ R&B for Atlanta broadcast on both 92.3 and 96.7. The station launched today, with popular shows The Breakfast Club. In addition, national Hip Hop icon Big Boy will host weekday evenings on 92.3 & 96.7 The Beat with Big Boy’s Neighborhood airing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET. Big Boy is joined on-air by Natalia Perez, Louie G, Ayyde and DJ VickOne
“This is an exciting and powerful addition to the iHeartMedia Atlanta portfolio,” said Justin Schaflander, President for iHeartMedia’s Atlanta Region. “To be able to get into this format in arguably the nation’s capital of Hip Hop will be a game-changer for our listeners and our clients.”
Nielsen Addresses PPM Connectivity Issue
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Nielsen Audio informed its clients yesterday that as a result of a move to a new audio data collection site last weekend, they discovered that 8% of installed PPM devices across 48 markets had lost connectivity and became inactive during week one of the December survey. A Nielsen spox explained the connectivity issue began in week one (11/3-11/9) of the December PPM monthly survey.
"Our Panel Relations Specialists have already been in contact with these homes and all affected panelists have now been sent new PPMs," they added. "As of (yesterday), 49% of the replacement meters are back online. We expect the balance to come online in the next several days. We forecast the percentage of installed and fully operational meters eligible for in tab will be 97% for the month of December and 92% for week one of December across the aggregate of markets. Weighting will adjust for demographic and geographic imbalances.? ?
The release stated that Nielsen is conducting an analysis to evaluate panel representation and impact to audience estimates. We will share the results of this analysis with (our clients) during the week of November 21st prior to the delivery of the Weeklies data for week one of December. PHOTO/Kristoffer Tripplaar / Alamy
Major U.S. Radio Networks Join Forces To Determine Best Replacement For Its Satellite
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Major U.S. radio networks, including Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One, have joined efforts to proactively determine the best replacement for its satellite, AMC-8 at 139 degrees West Longitude has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location. The new main satellite for U.S. commercial radio networks will be AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude, which will soon be replaced at the 105 position by the new SES-11. SES-1 at 101 degrees West Longitude will serve as the backup. There will be an overlap period of several months during which the radio networks will provide service on both AMC-8 and AMC-18 / SES-11.
All radio stations currently receiving programming from AMC-8 will have until June 30, 2017 to re-point their downlink antennas (dishes). At that time, AMC-8 will no longer serve as the radio network “neighborhood,” and there will not be a suitable replacement satellite at the 139 degree position. Stations can repoint their satellite downlinks as early as February 2017. MORE INFO: Since AMC-18 / SES-11 are higher up in the sky, roughly due south of Denver, they are less likely to be blocked by buildings or trees to the southwest. There are also fewer miles of precipitation to look through at the 105 West location, and sun transit outages in March and October will occur about 2.5 hours earlier in the day, alleviating interruption of afternoon drive programming. For more information, including satellite vendors, or technical questions about satellite settings or frequencies, please contact your network representative, or see more details at http://www.amc8migration.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Burney Joins NextRadio As National Sales Director
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Mary Burney has joined TagStation, LLC, the power behind NextRadio, as the National Sales Director, effective immediately. “Mary is a perfect fit for this position because she understands broadcast radio consumption, and national advertisers need for real time campaign performance. Mary is known for establishing relationships with key decision-makers at national brands and their agencies,” said NextRadio VP of Sales Tom Doran. She joins the company from iHeartMedia in Detroit, Michigan, where she was National Account Executive. Prior to iHeartMedia, Burney was an Account Executive with Bell Media Radio, Windsor, Ontario. She also worked at Clear Channel Radio Sales in Troy, Michigan; Radio One, Detroit, Michigan; and Interep National Radio Sales, Troy, Michigan.
“The new position of National Sales Director comes as we are seeing rapid growth in demand for our campaign data. NextRadio data brings detailed insights to advertising campaign effectiveness, helping brands make data-driven decisions about radio buys. AllState, Disney, The Home Depot and Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brands, among many others, have used NextRadio data to measure audience exposure, lift, demographic reach and other metrics,” said Doran.
NETWORKS: Chris Broussard Joins Fox Sports Radio Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today that veteran sports media personality Chris Broussard will join the network as a host, opinionist and NBA analyst. In addition to making frequent appearances across the 24-7 sports radio network as a guest and contributor, Broussard will launch the first of two weekend programs this Saturday, November 12. Co-hosted by FSR personality Brian Noe, the duo will broadcast from 5 to 8 p.m. PT on 200 stations nationwide. Broussard, who will add a Sunday radio program in 2017, will continue his role as FS1’s new NBA analyst, providing insights for FS1’s studio shows
“I want to thank FOX Sports Radio and FS1 for providing me with the platform to share my sports views and opinions, which have been developed over my 20 years of covering professional sports, particularly the NBA,” stated Broussard. “I can’t wait to hit the airwaves in my new role with Brian Noe.
PODCAST: Counter-Terrorism Expert Allison Barrie Brings “Tactical Talk” To Westwood One Podcasts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Westwood One has announced a new partnership with counter-terrorism expert and television commentator Allison Barrie. Tactical Talk with Allison Barrie will feature an unmatched lineup of outstanding men and women who have served the United States in the military, intelligence, and first responders’ space. This exciting, new podcast will fittingly debut today on Veterans Day November 11, 2016.
“Who hasn’t wanted to have the chance to hang out with real life Jason Bourne and James Bond types? Through my new Podcast series, Tactical Talk, I wanted to bring this kind of experience to the public,” Barrie says. “I plan to introduce America to these ultimate insiders so my listeners can know what they know. Since the guests are my friends, America will get very real, up close and direct experiences. There will be exclusive content, access and reveals, but also lots of humor, courage, adventure - and a whole lot of fun.” Follow Allison on Twitter at @allison_barrie and on Instagram @allisonbarriehq.
RadioTraffic and Sun Broadcast Group Vote For Two More Years
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group and Dave Scott’s RadioTraffic.com announced today that they have extended their network ad sales agreement. “We are very pleased with the trust that RadioTraffic continues to place in Sun Broadcast Group.” said Julio Aponte, Chief Operating Officer at Sun.“ This extension of our agreement with Dave and his incredible team is a testament to our dedication to the success our partners.”
Founder and President of RadioTraffic, Dave Scott added “It’s a pleasure to continue our very successful relationship with Sun Broadcast Group so our large market stations can enjoy our traffic and billing service on a barter basis. Sun has done a much better job for us than our previous network and we recommend them highly to other syndicators.” Sun has been providing national ad sales support to radiotraffic.com since 2015. The extension announced today will include the network’s 2017 and 2018 sales season.
[WATCH] A Look Back At 75 Years Of WOSH
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– Hats off to Bill Moede who created an amazing video with a look back at 75 years of Cumulus' WOSH Radio in Oshkosh/Appleton. The station, which began just before WWII, evolved through various formats over the years, eventually landing on New/Talk in the 80's. Along with Great v/o by Billy Cannon, take a peek at the linked video below with a glimpse of its numerous hosts and sounds.
"Our first responsibility is to serve the community. That's why we are given the privilege have a license to broadcast. WOSH has been serving the community for 75 years. The great tradition of all the legendary broadcasters that have worked there is continued every day by John Rowe and Team Cumulus. That's the FORCE culture in action," says Mike McVay SVP/Content & Programming Cumulus Media & Westwood One WATCH VIDEO HERE
EVENTS: PYX 106 Holds 4th Annual 'Vets Rock' Event; Cumulus Des Moines Goes For New Record
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 –– PYX 106, Albany will be holding it fourth annual Vets Rock broadcast featuring 10 local military service men and women. For three weeks in October, PYX 106 personalities encouraged local veterans to visit PYX106.com and submit to guest DJ on the station. The selected veterans will host the station’s programming and conversation topics for the day. “Our listeners have always been dedicated to the veterans in our community” said John Cooper, Program Director for PYX 106. “We look forward to a day of honoring and connecting with individuals that have served our country.” The veterans were selected to DJ their own hour-long broadcast today, November 11, 2016 Shown top left and below, vets Traci Denis and Charlie Dawe.
Cumulus Media-Des Moines brought their community together on Sunday, November 6, 2016, for a world record-setting FriendsGiving event that helped bring awareness and donations of food and clothes for area people in need as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. The event was held with partners Prairie Trail in Ankeny, IA, and Jethro's Barbecue. More than 600 people came out to set a Guinness World Record for the "Largest Number of People Breaking Bread" and enjoyed a traditional holiday meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie, as well as games and live music. The event benefited Hope Ministries, which feeds about 450 people a day.
'60 Minutes' Scores First Interview With Trump; R.I.P. Leonard Cohen
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REPORT: Orlando's WDBO 'Projects' Trump Victory Ahead Of National Media; Draws Call From Trump
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– In two unprecedented moves Tuesday night, Cox Media Group Orlando’s News 96.5 WDBO called Trump’s Florida victory minutes before the Associated Press. “Our in-house statistician watched returns county-by-county from the State of Florida, rather than relying on other national media outlets, which led to my decision to call Florida a victory for Trump,” says Drew Anderssen (top left), Director of Programming News 96.5 WDBO. By midnight, more than two hours before the Associated Press or any other national news outlet, News 96.5 WDBO projected Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States on air, on their social and digital media platforms, and on local outdoor billboards throughout the hotly contested “I-4 Corridor” in the battleground state. “We were looking at all scenarios and talking with Cox Media Group’s Washington D.C. Bureau’s Jaime Dupree (bottom left). Along with our News 96.5 WDBO in-house team, it was a clear to us that it was statistically not possible for Hillary to win,” he added. “I trusted my team and stood by their experience when we went on the air at midnight projecting Trump the winner.”
News 96.5 WDBO’s coverage culminated this yesterday morning with a live and unexpected interview with President Elect Donald J. Trump on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley, one of the only interviews given by Trump today.
“We wrote his number down from the caller ID during yesterday’s interview,” says Kelley. "We called the number thinking ‘there’s no way he’ll answer,’ but he did.” President Donald J. Trump, live on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on News 96.5 WDBO, “You did a great job and I appreciate it. You must have done good as we did well in Florida. We did a lot of work yesterday and one of them was calling you when we needed some help in Florida! You’re a great guy, with a great Show!”
PROGRAMMING: Dominic 'Zakk' Zaccagnini Rises To PD At Bay Area's 107.7 The Bone
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini to Program Director of Classic Rock radio station 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM. He was previously Assistant Program Director/Music Director for 107.7 The Bone, a position he held since July, 2015. In addition to his new role as Program Director, Zaccagnini will continue to host PM Drive on The Bone.
Zaccagnini joined 107.7 The Bone from Cumulus Media-Chicago’s Classic Rock station WLUP The Loop, where he was on-air personality and Music Director. Zaccagnini was formerly Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Host for former rock station KSJO in San Jose. He has also held various on-air and programming positions in Atlanta and Greenville-Spartanburg, NC, in addition to hosting the nationally syndicated “Zakk & Jack Show” on FOX Sports Radio. Mike Anthony, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco, said: “Zakk was the natural choice to fill this role. His knowledge of and passion for the Rock format will help keep The Bone the most important station for men in San Francisco.”
ON-AIR: Marilyn Russell Out At In Mornings At 95.7 Ben Philly Says Report
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– Longtime radio host Marilyn Russell is out at t 95.7 Ben FM Russell was laid off from the station last week. She tells philly.com, “I am completely heartbroken. I worked for Greater Media since 2003, and these people are like my family. I am still processing it." The news comes on the heels of former owner Greater Media Inc. agreeing to sell WBEN-FM (95.7) to Beasley Broadcasting as part of a $240 million deal that also included stations like WMGK-FM (102.9), WMMR-FM (93.3), and WPEN-FM (97.5), The Fanatic.
Russell began her Philadelphia radio career in the 1990s at the now-defunct WDRE-FM (103.9) before co-hosting mornings on Y100 with Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison. In 2003, she moved on to Greater Media Inc. as a host at WMGK, and later joined Ben FM full-time in 2007 to help head up the station’s morning programming. PHOTO/Russell
MOTION: Adams Names Laura Lee Promotions Director For Salisbury Cluster; Aleta Gross To Las Cruces' Traffic Post
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– Adams Radio of Delmarva has named Laura Lee as Promotions Director for its four station cluster in Salisbury – Ocean City, MD. Laura will also be serving as Midday Host on WGBG (BIG 98.5). Laura most recently was the Manager of Corporate Partnerships with the South Carolina Stingrays in Charleston. Prior to the Stingrays, Laura was the Program Director of 98 Rock and 105.5 for LM Communications in Charleston. Laura began her career in radio in 2000 with Entercom Sacramento.
In a separate move, Adams has also named Aleta Gross as Traffic Manager for its Las Cruces, NM cluster. Aleta served most recently NRG Media for their cluster in in Dixon Illinois from 1997 - 2015. Aleta assumes her new role on November 28, 2016. Aleta has served the radio industry as Traffic and Business Manager and as Corporate EEO Administrator. Prior to radio she achieved 10 years in Administration and Management in manufacturing and non-profit.
"After a one year hiatus from radio, I am very excited to return to broadcasting and join The ARG family. Being part of a live and local broadcast company and do what I love to do makes me very happy!"
PODCAST: Caroline Hobby & KQRS' Tom Barnard Join WWO's Podcast & On-Demand Platform; The Chick Show Launches On PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– Westwood One has announced new partnerships with Nashville Insider and Lifestyle personality Caroline Hobby (R) and KQRS Morning Show host Tom Barnard, who have both joined the network’s Podcast & On-Demand platform via audioBoom. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements. Hobby, an original member of the Country trio Stealing Angels, features podcast guests who are movers and shakers, ranging from recording artists, entrepreneurs, and music industry execs to hit songwriters, fashionistas, and athletes.
The Tom Barnard Podcast features local and national guests and is heavily focused on humor. Barnard, host of the #1 local morning show in the United States since 1986, created the podcast with the goal of doing a show with more creativity and flexibility than traditional radio. He hosts the podcast along with his wife Kathryn, daughter Alex, and son Andy. The Tom Barnard Podcast features guests
-- PodcastOne announced the launch of The Chick Show, a new, weekly “girl party” hosted by actress and mom of 4, Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap, Shall We Dance, Bruce Almighty), and Rosa Blasi (Strong Medicine, The Thundermans). The new show will be available every Wednesday on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. The first guests to drop by the show are The View’s Sherri Shephard, and Chrissy Metz from the critically-acclaimed NBC show This Is Us. The girls said, “We’ve got one foot on the red carpet and one foot in Costco. Catch new episodes HERE:
HONORS: Paul Karpowicz To Receive Golden Mike Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced today that Paul Karpowicz, President of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group, will receive the 2017 Golden Mike Award on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the charity’s mission of providing aid to broadcasters in need.
“I am grateful to the Broadcasters Foundation for this honor, and I thank the Board for their deep commitment to colleagues in need,” said Karpowicz. “The pleas for aid come in every day. It is with the generous support of broadcasters across the country that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves in devastating circumstances.” “Paul is an industry leader who has given back to the broadcast community through his dedication and service,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “A tireless champion of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, Paul’s contributions have advanced our goal of providing important aid to our colleagues. We are proud to recognize him.” For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
US99 Goes For 'Hotter Sound' With Launch Of New Jingles From ReelWorld
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– Fresh on the heels of a new morning show, US*99 continues to reinvent themselves with new ReelWorld Jingles. The new jingle package lines up perfectly with the young energy and excitement of US*99, and stays true to the essence of their playlist using authentic instrumentation, high energy vocals and fast-paced production.
Jeff Kapugi, Program Director for US*99 and VP/Programming for Country at CBS said this about the package” “As we evolved US*99 to sound hotter, we knew that a jingle package from ReelWorld was going to really make us stand out from other country stations. This package fits the sound we were going after and still meshes well with today’s country music.” The result of the package is a younger, more energized sound that resonates with country radio today. You can listen to the attitude and impact of US*99 at reelworld.com/jingles/packages/US-99.
Aussie Host Exits Show Following Insensitive Joke
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– Tasmanian radio host Anna Dare, who last week made an inappropriate joke at the expense of the victims of a theme park accident, has resigned from her on-air gig at 7HOFM. Dare had made a comment during a Secret Sounds segment. “I really don’t like it,” She said after hearing the sound. “It’s violent sounding. It’s not getting stuck in a conveyor belt at a theme park is it? Too soon?” Dare’s co-host Mick Newell sounded shocked by the comment, and threw to a song, as Dare protested, “That’s what it sounds like to me when I first heard it – that’s the first thing I thought of”. Anna was taken off air and suspended by parent company Grant Broadcasters, and now has departed the network. READ MORE HERE
Lots Of UK Radio People Lined Up For “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” - Joining the reality show on ITV this year are Capital North East co-host Scarlett Moffat, Lisa Snowdon, previously with Capital (who used to date George Clooney), George Lamb’s dad, former LBC’er Larry Lamb is in there along with former Radio Aire regular Carol Vorderman. Even talkRADIO’s property king Martin Roberts is in there, along with George Shelley from Capital. Previous radio people to take part in the show include Tony Blackburn, who won the first ever series of the show, Mike Read, Toby Anstis, Craig Charles and Pat Sharpe. The ITV show is where celebrity contestants live in an Australian rain forest and compete for food.
Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young Dies age 95 - In a radio broadcasting career spanning almost 30 years, Sir Jimmy became known as the "housewives' choice" on radio 2 and counted prime ministers and the Queen among his many millions of faithful listeners. Jimmy interviewed every Prime Minister since Harold Macmillan, with Baroness Thatcher a guest on his show 14 times. London Calling
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STUNTAGE: American Couple Wins Trip To Canada Following Election
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2016 –– With all the talk of celebrities and others moving to Canada if Donald Trump were elected, it was only a matter of hours before radio put on its creative hat to make the most out of the situation. Enter Leona and John Kuhn (left) who won a trip to Windsor Canada for the after entering a Channel 955/Detroit's Mojo In The Morning contest. According to cbc.com, the couple said there was some tension Wednesday when Leona called John at work around 5 a.m. Kuhn, who is a long-haul trucker, supports Trump, while Leona voted for Hillary Clinton. This led to Spike, one of the co-hosts on Mojo in the Morning who came up with the contest to arrange for the trip.
"While our show isn't necessarily political, we thought it would be fun to send some listeners out of the country," he said. "We were looking for some upset Americans who wanted to take a little vacation in Canada. It was all very tongue-in-cheek, obviously." In addition to Spike, the show also features Shannon and Producer Rachel.
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MARY BERNER: 'We See Evidence That Our Work Is Paying Off'
President and CEO of Cumulus Media Optimistic In Report To Investors
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media Inc. announced operating results for the three and nine months that ended September 30, 2016. The Company reported net revenue of $286.1 million , down 1.1% from the three months ended September 30, 2015 , net income of $46.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $43.9 million , down 37.9% from the quarter ended September 30, 2015.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 , the Company reported net revenue of $841.9 million, down 2.1% from the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income of $33.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $149.0 million, down 24.0% from the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Excluding the impact of $14.4 million of expenses incurred during the quarter ended September 30, 2016, to resolve previously disputed syndicated programming and network inventory expenses with CBS Radio Inc., Adjusted EBITDA declined 17.5% from the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and 16.7% from the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. said, “A year into our turnaround effort, we have made considerable progress against our operational priorities while leading the industry in ratings growth. Though our performance in the quarter was negatively impacted by headwinds which have challenged us all year, we see evidence that our work is paying off financially as we gained share this quarter for the first time in at least four years. As we seek to maintain the momentum of our initial strategies, we have now also launched a focused effort to improve sales execution as the next logical step in our turnaround plan.” SEE REPORT HERE.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scripps CEO Boehne To Retire In 2017
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2016 –– Rich Boehne will retire from his role as president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company during the second half of 2017, and the company has appointed Chief Digital Officer Adam Symson to the new position of chief operating officer. As COO, Symson will report to Boehne and oversee day-to-day operations of the company’s broadcast TV, digital media and radio divisions. He is expected to move into the chief executive role when Boehne retires.
Boehne, 60, has been president and CEO since 2008 and was elected chairman of the board in 2013=. The board anticipates Boehne will continue as its chairman following the transition later next year. Symson, 41, joined the Scripps TV division in 2002 and has held a variety of roles before taking over the company’s digital operations in 2011. Prior to 2011, Symson ran operations , content and revenue for the TV division’s interactive businesses. He also spent a year as director of content and marketing for the Scripps Interactive media division, which was spun off into Scripps Networks Interactive in 2008. He also has worked for CBS stations WBBM in Chicago and KCBS in Los Angeles and as an independent producer for CBS News and NBC News.
Spawned By Radio Host, Canada’s Immigration Website Crashes On Election Night
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 –– In August, Rob Calabrese, known as Rob Cee On Giant 101.9 Cape Breton created a website, called “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins.” It all began during the primaries.
According to FOX Denver, searches for “how can I move to Canada” spiked 350 percent as Trump swept Super Tuesday on March 2, according to Simon Rogers, a data editor at Google, at the time. Celebrities including Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Cher and Barbra Streisand all declared their plans to flee if — or when — Trump ascends to the presidency.
As Election Night in the U.S. wore on, with Trump posting big gains in key battleground states, Canada’s immigration website crashed for some people, posting a “500 – Internal server error” message. There’s no guarantee the two are related, but given the news of some Americans moving north in the event of an unfavorable election outcome, one could assume there was a connection. The Canada Citizenship and Immigration site crashed around 8 PM
The same thing happened when George W. Bush won his second term in 2012. But there’s little evidence that many Americans actually followed through. PHOTO/Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC
Radio Town Hall With Chicago Mayor Emanuel To Air Simultaneously On Over 40 Stations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 –– In a show of unprecedented collaboration, more than 40 Chicago radio stations will simultaneously air a 30-minute broadcast conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a “Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting.” These member stations of the Illinois Broadcasters Association will interrupt regular programming at 6pm on Monday, November 14, 2016, to highlight the strength of Chicago, and host a conversation about pressing issues facing the city. Award winning and IBA Hall of Fame broadcast jour nalist Bill Kurtis will moderate the Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting, scheduled to air on a diverse group of stations involving all formats including music, spoken word and Chicago’s Spanish language stations. Programmers from a number of the participating stations are collaborating to produce the program while General Managers have cleared the time to air the program commercial free.
“I recently asked the leaders of Chicago-area radio stations to utilize their powerful platforms and tremendous reach to motivate Chicagoans to take a more active role in making our city stronger,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “They answered the call with this unique broadcast opportunity. “Chicago is a world class city with some of t he best radio stations in the country. I am proud that we are leading the dialogue about how to solve some of our biggest problems and take full advantage of some of our greatest strengths."
[WATCH] Former Talker Jason Lewis Takes Congressional Seat In Heated Minnesota Contest
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBVER 9TH, 2016 –– Aside from VP-Elect, Mike Pence, it was also a big night for another former talk host. Longtime Minnesota talk host Jason Lewis was elected to the state's 2nd Congressional District after long-time seat holder John Kline announced last September he would not seek re-election. It was a hotly-contested seat, reports CBS Minneapolis, between Democrat Angie Craig. The district has a history of being red, and that trend continued as Lewis held off a late charge from Craig to win the seat.
Most recently, Lewis' show was syndicated nationally via Genesis Communications Network. For 10-years, Lewis aired on KSTP Minneapolis before moving to WBT/Charlotte where he spent three years. In 2006, he returned to Minnesota to KTLK-FM before announcing his move to syndication in February, 2009. Lewis announced he was leaving his radio show in July 2014. WATCH HERE
JACOBS: Election Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Getting Out In Front Of 'Fans & Followers'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog, he writes: Whether you’re elated, satisfied, shocked, or crushed by the outcome, the incessant campaigning is over – for now. But looking back on the past 19 months, the candidates started running around Iowa and New Hampshire and they didn’t stop…until yesterday. And while billions of dollars have been spent by PACs and the candidates themselves, the inexorable truth about these campaigns is that getting in front of voters is essential to a winning strategy whether you’re an outsider or an incumbent.
Jacobs says, It’s about the age-old “retail politics” approach that has been with us since the beginning of time. As groundbreaking and counter-intuitive as the Trump campaign may have been, he followed protocol by showing up in city after city, making personal appearances in front of thousands of fans and followers -- For years, we’ve referred to it as “retail radio.” These days, we’re seeing increasing signs it may be coming back in style. Getting in front of listeners matters – perhaps even more than it did just a few years ago. Truly, social acknowledgment in an otherwise impersonal world has become important for many listeners, especially those on the younger end of the spectrum -- But as powerful as social has become as a viral sharing tool that connects people all over the globe and all over your local market, it’s the personal appearance and station events that are of greater value and importance.
"I continue to moderate focus groups where listeners tell me about a station encounter they had a couple decades ago. These interludes are memorable, leaving an imprint on audience members they talk about for year," adds Jacobs. "In a world where marketing increasingly takes place via algorithms, social posts, and search, a hi-touch “retail radio” strategy could be your station’s secret sauce. READ BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Cody Alan To Air Special Thanksgiving Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB 9TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks announced an exclusive Thanksgiving special for Country stations hosted by award-winning radio and CMT personality Cody Alan.
The four-hour, commercial-free CMT Thanksgiving Special with Cody Alan will be highlighted by interviews with Country music’s biggest stars, as well as a mix of chart-topping and holiday-themed songs. The CMT Thanksgiving Special with Cody Alan is available to air anytime between November 24 - 27, 2016. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300.
SNAPS: ESPN's Michael Kay Hosts 'Sport's' Debate
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 –– ESPN New York 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show hosted its first-ever The Great Sports Debate at Fordham University in New York this week. Kay, a Fordham alum, and Don La Greca, the longtime co-hosts of The Michael Kay Show, faced each other in a battle of wits about the hottest topics in sports, with Kay Show co-host Peter Rosenberg as the moderator.
Celebrity judges including Rick DiPietro, Chris Canty and Bill Daughtry from Hahn & Humpty decided on the eventual champion, Kay. The special was also simulcast on the YES Network.
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ON-AIR: Sid Rosenberg Joins Imus In The Morning As Sports Anchor; Jenni Chase Returns To Wash-FM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 – 77 WABC Radio announces the debut this week of popular New York City broadcaster Sid Rosenberg as Sports Anchor for the Imus In The Morning show, New York’s most iconic talk radio program. In addition to his new on-air role, Rosenberg will continue as co-host with Bernard McGuirk of The Bernie and Sid Show, which airs on 77 WABC weekdays from 10AM-Noon EST. Rosenberg started his broadcasting career in 1997, and from 2001-2005, was a regular on Don Imus’ show at WFAN-AM in New York. The appointment follows the recent multi-year renewal of the Imus In The Morning show, which has aired on flagship station 77 WABC since 2007.
--97.1 WASH-FM, Washington’s Variety of the ‘80s, ‘90s & Today announced hat Jenni Chase will return as Midday Host, effective Tuesday, November 8, 2016. “We are thrilled to bring Jenni back to the 97.1 WASH-FM team for Middays,” said Kenny King, Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM. “Jenni has been a part of this community’s airwaves for over 15 years and we’re sure listeners will love hearing Jenni’s familiar voice again on 97.1 WASH-FM!”
Previously, Chase served as the Midday Host for 97.1 WASH-FM until a family move took her to Dallas this past spring. She has also worked as the Midday Host for iHeartMedia’s 98.7 WMZQ, and has more than 15 years of experience in Washington, D.C.’s radio industry as an on-air talent. “I am so excited to return home to Washington! Being back with my radio family is just amazing and especially at the start of the holiday season."Sabrina Conte will segue to host 97.1 WASH-FM’s Afternoon drive.
Ex-Cleveland Radio Host Pleads Guilty To Stealing Money Raised For Friend Who Died
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– A former Cleveland radio producer and on-air personality pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $7,000 from a fundraiser he started for a woman suffering from cystic fibrosis reports cleveland.com. Joseph Spooner, known to listeners of 92.3 The Fan as "J.G. Spooner," pleaded guilty to money laundering and petty theft. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan will sentence Spooner Dec. 6.
According to the report, Spooner had set up the GoFundMe account in February 2015 for Allyson Thadeus-Zappe, a childhood friend who was battling cystic fibrosis. He funneled each donation made to the campaign into his own bank account, according to police reports. Spooner had contacted Thadeus-Zappe's family and offered to use his status as a local celebrity to help them. The family agreed, and Spooner launched the campaign in his name and raised about $7,300. Thadeus-Zappe died in July 2015. The family had waited several months for money to be transferred into an account they established, but it never came. The family confronted Spooner several times and he became increasingly uncooperative and avoided the family's calls and emails. County prosecutors in court filings said that Spooner also tried to scam others out of cash while he was free on bond.
Spooner was fired by 92.3 The Fan after he was charged in the case.
Townsquare Reports Third Quarter Increases
Net Revenue & Adjusted EBITDA Up 28% And 32% Over Prior Year
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 20126 –– Townsquare Media, Inc. announced today financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. "In the third quarter, net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased 28% and 32% over the prior year, respectively, and net income decreased 4%. Excluding the impact of a one-time impairment charge, net income increased 12% over the prior year," commented Steven Price, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Townsquare. "On a pro forma basis, our Local Marketing Solutions segment continued its positive momentum by delivering another quarter of solid growth, with net revenue increasing approximately 4% over the prior year period. These results were offset by a decline in our Entertainment segment due primarily to exceptionally poor weather at four of our largest fairs. Excluding those fairs, Townsquare's pro forma net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 2% and 3%, respectively."
Townsquare Media, Inc. hosted a conference call to discuss certain second quarter 2016 financial results today, November 8, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.townsquaremedia.com. A replay of the conference call will be available through November 15, 2016. To access the replay, please dial 1-844-512-2921 (U.S. & Canada) or 1-412-317-6671 (International) and enter confirmation code 13647595.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Names Daniel A. Finn SVP/Reg. MM For New Jersey; iHeart Taps Chris Peterson & Beth Murphy For Podcasting & Marketing Posts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Following the recent acquisition of Greater Media Inc., Beasley Media Group has announced the company will retain Greater Media’s former Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager, Daniel A. Finn to oversee Beasley's newly acquired New Jersey cluster. Dan Finn held his Senior Vice President position at Greater Media since 2007. His joined Greater Media , Inc. in 2001 , starting as Vice President & Regional General Manager, after Greater Media purchased New Jersey Broadcasting, Inc., where Dan had served as President & Chief Operating Officer “It was an extremely easy decision to bring Dan Finn into the Beasley Media Group family!” noted President Bruce Beasley. “ We are confident our New Jersey market is in good hands . Dan is knows exactly what he is doing . His credentials, radio reputation and natural talent will assure our success in New Jersey !”
--iHeartRadio has announced that Chris Peterson (right) was named Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio. In addition, recently Beth Murphy (far right) joined iHeartRadio as the Senior Vice President of Marketing. Peterson will oversee iHeartRadio’s overall podcast strategy and grow its profile in the podcast community. Previously, Peterson served as the Content Partnerships Manager for TuneIn. He has also worked as the Director of Operations for The Blaze and the Director of Affiliate Relations for Premiere Networks.
Murphy joined iHeartRadio to manage brand messaging and the user lifecycle process, as well as optimize user acquisition and retention. Prior to iHeartRadio, Murphy was the CMO at Deezer as well as the CMO at Stitcher.
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Justin Cole SVP/Prog. Chattanooga
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 8TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Justin Cole has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Chattanooga, effective immediately. He'll oversee US101, 103.7 KISS FM, ROCK 105 and more. “As a kid, I told my family I would be a part of WUSY one day, and now that is a reality. I am honored to accept the Senior Vice President of Programming position in Chattanooga,” said Cole.
Cole previously served as the Director of Country Programming for Premiere Radio Networks in Nashville; he will continue to work with select programming like CMT After MidNite. Prior to that, he worked in programming and on-air positions in Asheville, Charlotte and Baltimore where he was the Program Director of WPOC. “We are thrilled to have Justin on the team and look forward to the next chapter for the market,” said Becky Sweeney, Market President for iHeartMedia Chattanooga. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our iHeartMedia Chattanooga team.”
RAB Elects New Slate of Officers; Hubbard's Ginny Morris To Serve As New Board Chair
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau held its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Chicago, IL, November 2-3. During the meeting a new slate of Officers were elected, along with new incoming Directors. RAB Officers: • RAB Board Chair - Ginny Morris, Chairperson and CEO of Hubbard Radio • RAB Vice Chair - Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President, Cox Media Group • RAB Finance Chair - Steve Newberry, President and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting • RAB Secretary - Mike Hulvey, COO, Neuhoff Communications • Immediate Past Chair - Hartley Adkins, President, Northeast Division & Corporate Operations, iHeartMedia, Inc.
Newly Elected Directors: • Brian Beasley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Beasley Media Group • Jonathan Brewster, CEO/President, Cherry Creek Radio LLC • Mike Tarter, President/CEO, Forcht Broadcasting • Sabina Widmann, VP, General Manager/Director of Sales, Radio, Univision Radio
“We are excited to have Ginny Morris at the helm of the RAB Board of Directors,” noted Erica Farber, president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau. “With Ginny’s tremendous experience and passion for this industry, the organization is well-positioned to continue to lead and advocate for radio.” “We also thank Hartley Adkins for his guidance, leadership and service over these last two years.”
Military Guest Hosts Take Over The Lineup During Special KQRS Minneapolis Veterans Day Broadcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media's KQ’s “Military Takeover” begins Friday morning with a series of guests including World War II veterans, Purple Heart recipients, and members of the Freedom Alliance and The Real Warriors. KQRS will also talk with representatives from the American Legion about its “Shop, Ship & Share” initiative where consumers can donate needed items to the troops and have them shipped overseas during the holidays. At 10am following the KQ Morning Show, the “Takeover” begins with every hour hosted by a different Minnesota military veteran. From 10am until 5pm, every hour will feature an “Honorary Military Guest DJ”. In October, KQRS encouraged listeners to nominate a Veteran to enjoy the unique experience of hosting KQRS and playing music, sharing stories and giving shout outs to friends and family.
Each “Honorary Guest DJ” will receive a digital download of his radio show as a keepsake and to share with friends, family and military colleagues. For a list of Honorary Guest DJ's, please visit: http://www.92kqrs.com/2016/11/03/veterans-day-military-takeover/. The KQRS Military Takeover was developed by Scott Jameson, KQRS Operations Manager, who routinely reads “Military Tributes” on the KQRS Morning Show recognizing retired and active duty Minnesota military personnel. Please see the attached release for details. Thanks for your interest in this special Veterans Day programming saluting the troops.
Live Day Returns To KISW AM & PM Drive Shows
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Both BJ & Migs (AM Drive) and The Mens Room (PM Drive), shows will be completely live, including commercials, announcers, bands, sound effects, and the musi . Last year, Live Day was hugely successful, with more than 1,000,000 listeners tuning into both shows on air and through the KISW app. Local and national musicians, along with professional Foley artists from Impossible Acoustic, voice actors, a barbershop quartet, comics, past air staff members, and to - be - announced surprises and special guests will aid the show’s members in creating the unique atmosphere of Live Day. All players will not have had time to practice in the studio together until the day of Live Day, leaving both listeners and KISW staff wondering... What could possibly go wrong?
Dave Richards, VP of Programming/Operations, said about Live Day: “Last year KISW staff and friends took on the arduous task of performing two four - ho ur shows on a very, very high wire – completely live. The results were tremendous, bringing a whole new level of entertainment to the Se attle airwaves. With the unprecedented, positive audience response, we’d be fools not to repeat Live Day. ” Live Day will be November 22nd from 6-10am with BJ and Migs, and from 2 - 6pm for the Mens Room . You can find out more about Live Day, as well as stream The Rock, by visiting kisw.com. PHOTO/Iron Mike Savida - Courtesy BJ & Migs Show From 2015
Envision Debuts Collin Raye’s Rewind Country; Compass Back With Uncle Joe's Rockin' Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Envision Networks® has announced the debut of Collin Raye’s Rewind Country™. These daily vignettes are hosted by one of the true superstars of the 1990s on country radio, Collin Raye. Five new episodes are produced and broadcast each week for affiliated stations. “Rewind Country captures the history of some of the best country music artists of a generation, as we tell the great stories about the countless songs we’ll forever treasure,” says Raye, recently voted one of the top 100 country music artists of all time by Billboard Magazine. “There is no better storyteller than Collin Raye and he understands that storytelling is a powerful way to connect to the country listener,” says Danno Wolkoff, CEO/President at Envision Networks®. “Collin Raye’s Rewind Country™ brings to life for listeners again the music and artists they’ve loved over the last three decades, the biggest artists of our time!” For more information about Collin Raye’s Rewind Country™ visit goenvisionnetworks.com. Stations interested should contact Amber Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-831-3761.
--Uncle Joe’s Rockin’ Christmas Show is four hours of Classic Rock Christmas faves, rare tunes, and artists’ stories! In 17 years of international syndication, the show has become a Holiday mainstay on rock radio. Crated and produced by Joe Benson, he says, “Christmas time has always been my favorite… and what’s better than hanging with our fave Classic Rockers during the Holidays, and hearing their rockin’ Christmas songs? It’s a blast sharing their stories along with a wide variety of rockin’ Holiday songs. I can’t wait for you to enjoy this year’s Uncle Joe’s Rockin’ Christmas Show!” The program is delivered commercial-free and is market exclusive. To find out more, visit: http://compassmedianetworks.com/index.php/show-specials/uncle-joes-christmas-special/ or contact: Doug Ingold email@example.com (310) 242-8746 or Adam Wilbur firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 242-8742.
[WATCH] 95.5 Takes The Mannequin Challenge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– What surely will be the first of MANY, MANY Mannequin challenges sent to our in-box, we'll mark this submission by 95.5 WPLJ's as our first - and it's a good one. And most of you know, the Mannequin Challenge is the newest craze to hit the internet. It requires participants to stay absolutely still while holding a pose. According to The Wrap, It started in late October with a group of high schoolers in Jacksonville, Florida. #manequinchallenge Obviously, the more interesting the illustration is the better. Check out this video from WPLJ HERE
Cray-Cray The Bird Picks America's Next President
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 –– Forget the polls, ignore the pundits. Take the word of Cray-Cray the bird. FM99/Norfolk's sportsguy Rod Fitzwell brought his bird, Cray-Cray, into the FM99/WNOR Rumble in the Morning studios to make her Presidential pecks…er, picks. Using unflattering photos for both major candidates, Cray-Cray ultimately pecked/picked Donald J. Trump as the next President of the United States of America.
And while some have called for the Department Of Justice to investigate her selection, I think we can all agree that the spray of Millet on the Trump pic, closely resembles his actual hair…Hail to the Tweet!
Heartbreaking News For Michael Buble & Wife; Dr. Strange' $$$$
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Radio Host Embroiled In Taylor Swift Lawsuit Says Her Latest Claim 'Defies Credibility'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– Former KYGO/Denver morning co-host, David Mueller, known on-air as Jackson, who was fired from his job after Taylor Swift alleged he groped her has fired back saying her story “defies credibility," reports Billboard.
Swift had claimed that Mueller "grabbed her bare (a)ss" during a meet-and-greet in June, 2013. Mueller was subsequently fired from the station after Swift's management brought up the alleged incident to KYGO's management. This resulted in Mueller suing Swift last year for slander and alleged interference with his employment contract. Swift then sued Mueller for assault and battery.
Billboard reports Mueller and his legal team have filed a response to Swift’s request for summary judgment 'ridiculing her claim' by writing, “The contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bare (a)ss while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and other staff, as well as Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during an employer sponsored, VIP, backstage meet and greet defies credibility.”
On Oct. 21, a judge agreed to seal a photo from the meet-and-greet that Swift says supports her claim of assault. The photo will remain sealed until the case goes to trial. PHOTO/Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Charge in 'Body Shaming' Case Against Former LA Host/Playboy Playmate Could Trigger 'Legal Shockwaves'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– EX-LA radio host and former Playboy playmate Dani Mathers was charged with a misdemeanor on Friday after allegedly taking a nude photograph of a 70-year-old woman and uploading it to the social media platform Snapchat reports NBC. The Los Angeles attorney's office announced that they would charge Playboy's 2015 Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers, 29, with one count of invasion of privacy. NBC points out this case is particularly noteworthy because it is one of the first times that someone has been criminally charged for a body-shaming social media post.
"When you do hear about lawsuits with respect to photos on social media, it usually is in a civil action," Professor Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, told NBC News. "This is a big deal because it is a criminal action." City Attorney Mike Feuer said the photo was taken while the victim was in the shower area of a local LA Fitness chain. He went on to explain that this act was unacceptable as well as criminal. "While body-shaming in itself is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one's privacy to accomplish it can be," he said. "And we shouldn't tolerate that."
Mathers, eho enlisted the aid of Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who worked on the Michael Jackson child molestation case in 2005, said in a statement to NBC, "I am very disappointed that she was charged with any violation. She never tried to invade anyone's privacy and never tried to violate any laws." If convicted, Mathers faces up to six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 28. Mathers who had been suspended from the "Heidi and Frank" radio show on 95.5 KLOS following the incident,. confirmed on Friday that Mathers, an independent contractor, no longer works there. Mathers apologized for sharing the photo following the incident, calling it an "accident."
REPORT: 'Radio One Isn't Just Radio Anymore'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– Radio One is changing its name to Urban One Inc. as of Jan. 1. Its individual divisions — Radio One, TV One and Interactive One — will keep their names reports The Washington Business Journal. The change is “a long time coming,” and investors had asked for it even as the company has been diversifying its offerings, President and CEO Alfred Liggins said Nov. 3 on a third-quarter earnings call with analysts. “It really reflects more of the fact that the company is a multimedia entity targeting African-Americans and leveraging black culture to help brands and advertisers grow their business with this community,” he said. The company is 50 percent non-radio, which “likely could morph even higher,” Liggins said.
The company is developing a new branding package to reflect the new name, said Liggins, who is the son of Radio One founder Cathy Hughes, one of the Washington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business for 2016. Separately, the Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred C. Liggins III Foundation recently donated a multimillion-dollar gift to Howard University, which plans to rename its communications school after Hughes. Radio One now owns and/or operates 56 radio stations in 16 urban markets.
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Brian Gann To Regional SVP/Prog. For Central Texas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Brian Gann has been promoted to Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for its Central Texas Region, effective immediately. Gann will oversee all on-air content as well as music and digital programming for iHeartMedia’s 15 radio station brands in the Austin and San Antonio Regions.
Previously Gann served as the Program Director for the spoken word formats in iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region and oversaw WOAI and KTKR-AM in San Antonio, plus KVET-AM in Austin. He has worked for iHeartMedia since November of 2014. "
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jacapps Promotes Kate Levy To Vice President, Software Dev.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 20916 –– Mobile application development firm jacapps has announced the promotion of Kate Levy to Vice President of Software Development. Since joining jacapps as a mobile application developer in 2010, Kate has taken on more responsibilities. During her tenure, she’s been involved in the development of more than six hundred mobile apps, helped guide her team in the creation of the innovative V4 platform which powers the majority of jacapps’ mobile applications, and coded the first radio applications for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“Kate’s promotion is well-deserved,” comments jacapps President Paul Jacobs. “She has worked tirelessly to turn jacapps into the success that it has become, and is a real visionary for the company. Given our significant growth and her talents, it was time for Kate to be recognized for her leadership.” Levy remarks, “It is an honor to receive this recognition. This is a company where every employee, whether in management, development, sales, or support, is dedicated to providing the best experience to our customers and users. We are driven to find innovative solutions and stay ahead of the curve. This promotion is as much a reflection of my team’s accomplishments as it is my own. I’m humbled to have such stellar people around me and I’m excited to see j?capps continue to grow and expand.” jacapps COO, Bob Kernen, added, “Kate has proved to be a remarkably creative application developer from her first day at the company. It’s great to be able to give her the space to lead the build-out of our company’s growing product lines.”
ON-AIR: 103.5 KTU New York Adds Lulu & Lala; Katrina Cravy Joins WKLH's Dave Luczak Show; Ashley Wilson Joins 99.9 Gator Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia New York announced that popular twin duo Lulu and Lala have joined 103.5 KTU, The Beat of New York as nighttime hosts effective November 14th. Born in North Bergen, New Jersey, television and radio personalities and twin sisters Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez, better known as “Lulu & Lala,” began to captivate the Latin market in 2007 as part of The Luis Jimenez Morning Show on Univision’s X96.3 in New York. Six years later, these Cuban-Salvadorian sisters carried their loyal Latin following over to mainstream as co-hosts of Ty Loves NY on 92.3 NOW. Most recently the sisters hosted an afternoon show on Hits 97.3 in Miami.
-- Former FOX 6 Milwaukee anchor/reporter Katrina Cravy (top right) joins WKLH Mornings with Dave Luczak (bottom center) as a regular guest Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7-9a on 96.5 WKLH. Katrina is starting to figure out the difference between TV and radio. She remarked, “I love radio because I don’t even have to shower and I can wear my Snuggie in the studio. Dave’s been weaning me off of the teleprompter, but I should be good in a few weeks.”
Katrina joins Dave, Dorene Michaels (top center), KB, Gino Salomone (left) and Marcus Allen (not show) on the show.
Ashley Wilson has been named as the new APD/MD for Renda Broadcasting Country WGNE (99.9 Gator Country)/Jacksonville, FL, starting Nov. 16. Wilson (right) segues from the MD/Social Media Director/morning co-host spot at Beasley Media Country WKML/Fayetteville, NC. She previously spent nine years with Curtis Media Group Country WMMY/Boone, NC. "Ashley says, "This year has been the best of my career, with WKML. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities provided by Beasley Media Group. I'm looking forward to putting these skills to work at WGNE."
Ryan Seacrest Serves As Sister's Man Of Honor
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 ––Over the weekend, Ryan Seacrest came through for his Sister Meredith by serving as her "man of honor during her wedding in Atlanta. 'I have a role in my sisters wedding....just shed tear. Love u mere,' he posted on Instagram. \Just over a year ago, Ryan Seacrest announced that his little sister Meredith had asked him to be her "Man of Honor." You can read her note back then to Ryan HERE
Win A Baby' Spreads To Frankie & Jess Show SLC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2016 –– Over a year agao, Hot 89.9 Ottawa set the twitterverse on fire with its 'Win A Baby' promotion. Consultant Paige Nienaber calls it one of top five radio promotions of all time. Now, 97.1 ZHT' Frankie & Jess Show in Salt Lake City have become the first U.S. station to pull it off.
Frankie and his wife Tammy recently welcomed a baby boy and decided to spread the happiness! 97.1 ZHT and Reproductive Care Center are giving listeners the chance to Win a Baby! For Listeners facing challenges of starting a family, they are invited to submit a video (4 mins or less) sharing their story and why they should be selected to receive In Vitro Fertilization Treatments from Reproductive Care Center! Contestants must be 21 years of age or older to submit entry, with public voting taking place November 29th- December 11th to determine the Top 5 Finalists who will be contacted on December 16th.
One lucky couple from among the Top 5 Finalists will be announced on Frankie & Jess in January as the recipient of In Vitro Fertilization Treatments from RCC valued at $25,000! SEE MORE HERE
Heartbreaking News For Michael Buble & Wife; Dr. Strange' $$$$
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China's Wanda Group Acquires Dick Clark Productions For $1 Billion
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– China’s Wanda Group has finalized a deal to buy Dick Clark Productions, marking its entry into TV production reports Deadline. Among DCP holdings include The Golden Globes, the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and other special events. After the acquisition is completed, DCP’s management “will remain in its entirety”, Wanda said in the announcement.
Wanda has been active in injecting itself full-boar into Hollywood, from acquiring the likes of AMC Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment to its major co-financing and marketing deal with Sony. Wanda CEO Wang Jianlin (inset) has indicated he is actively looking for more Hollywood investments, recently saying he has been “waiting for the opportunity” to buy a major Hollywood studio.
The acquisition of DCP marks Wanda’s first step into television content. “Obtaining top television production rights brings about complementary and coordinated development for Wanda’s current focuses on the film, tourism, and sports industries,” the company said.
REPORT: iHeart Among Companies Getting 'Highest Click-Throughs' For Online Job Ads
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– Indeed.com is out with a new study that lists iHeartMedia as one of the hottest places to work in America! They surveyed which companies had the highest click-through rates on the site’s job ads, and users were interested in iHeartMedia across the board – from marketing and graphic design to programming and more. Of the companies on the list, Paul Wolfe, head of HR for Indeed.com, said: “They are very different companies, ranging from an insurance company to an internet company to travel companies. What’s important is that they have a compelling story that they are telling about their company, the culture of the company, how people are treated and what current employees think.”
Other companies listed in the report included Amazon.com. - American Airlines - Apple - Boeing - Caterpillar - Chevron - Dr Pepper - eBay - Facebook - Google - Live Nation and Nike PHOTO/Courtesy iHeart - SEE STORY HERE
[LISTEN] Son-In-Law Placed Radio At Harry Caray’s Grave Site During World Series
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– A quarter century ago the iconic Cubs announcer Harry Caray said: “Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series.” Now his Des Plaines grave site is filled with green apples along with a radio (at bottom of headstone) courtesy of his son-in-law, Coley Newell. According to WBBM, that prophecy came true Wednesday night when the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. Now, Caray’s gravesite at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines is surrounded by hundreds of green apples.
Newell says he saw that somebody had brought some green apples. “And that was a really nice touch. So, for Game 6, I bought a case of green apples. I bought some wooden bushels,” he says. “And the Cubs did so well in Game 6, I figured we’ve got to step it up a notch. So, I bought another four cases of apples, just hoping the mojo worked.” Newell says he also arranged with cemetery groundskeeper Don Zabinski to hook up a radio at Caray’s gravesite and to have it turned on before every World Series game. “We’d go through the same thing for seven different days,” he says. LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] Boy's Call Into Radio Show Changes His Life
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– The true power of radio never ceases to amaze. Here's one more example reports FOX LA. Jack Chavez (center) an 11-year old, lost his father 3 years ago, and he and his mom have have experienced a tough time ever since.
Last week, Jack decided to call into Tim Conway Jr's show on KFI AM 640 explaining that whenever we would wait for him while he underwent dialysis they would always listen to the show." Conway recalled that when he was 13 or 14 he always used to listen to talk radio but said, "Every time I called, they would say you're not 18, you're not coming on. So I said if I ever get into talk radio, I'd always bring the kids on and let them say what they want to say."
Conway decided to take up a collection to get Jack, who suffers from a congenital heart disease, a great birthday gift. "We were literally just going to pass around an old Dodgers hat around and raise a couple hundreds bucks," Conway explained. "Maybe $100, $200, and give this kid a nice present." Instead, they set up a GoFundMe page to raise enough money to send him to Disney World. By the following Wednesday, the page had raised more than $34,000. "Nobody asked Jack or Jack's mom Carol is she was Republican, or if she was black, white or Hispanic," Conway said. "Nobody asked about that. Everybody just threw in 10 bucks here, 20 bucks there. The average donation on GoFundMe was $54." "We think of him as our guardian angel and just to have that proof that he is and that we're being protected and cared for by something higher than us is just unbelievably amazing," Jack's mom (top right) Carol Chavez said. She says the money will help pay off bills and eventually help Jack go to college, which is something his father always wanted for him. WATCH
MOTION: John DiModica Upped to PD At WQQO-FM - Russ Ryder Named WQQO-FM APD Toledo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted John DiModica to Program Director of WQQO-FM (Q105.5) and Russ Ryder to Assistant Program Director for WQQO. DiModica, a longtime Toledo radio personality known on-air as “Johny D”, will keep his shifts as Afternoon Drive host on WQQO and as Midday host on sister station WMIM (98.3 NASH Icon). In addition to his new role at WQQO, Ryder will host the Midday show on WQQO. DiModica joined WQQO in 2014 as Afternoon Drive host. Prior to that, he was on-air at WPFX, WVKS and WSPD in Toledo. DiModica also previously served as Program Director and Afternoon Drive host on WCKY in Findlay, OH. He has also held on-air posts in Cleveland and Tampa. Ryder joined Cumulus Media-Toledo in August. He previously held programming and on-air positions in Toledo and in markets including: Fort Wayne, IN; Lima, OH; Defiance, OH; and Detroit, MI.
Both DiModica and Ryder thanked Mike McVay, Andy Stuart, RVP/Market Manager, Bill Michaels, Operations Manager, Doug Hamand and Mike McVay for a great opportunity.
Winners Of Best Classic Rock Stations Announced
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– Team Rock Ltd, Classic Rock magazine and KMG Networks announced the annual winners of the U . S . Best Classic Rock Station in the Large, Medium and Small Market categories. The Award winners are:
Best U.S. Classic Rock Station, Large Market: “ Q104.3 ” WAXQ-FM, New York, NY
Best U.S. Classic Rock Station Medium Market: “ 102.5 ” WDVE-FM, Pittsburgh, PA
Best U.S. Class ic Rock Station, Small Market: “ 104.7 ” WTUE-FM Dayton , OH
"All of us at Q104.3 are thrilled that our loyal listeners have voted us Best U.S. Classic Rock station of the year . Large Market, for Team Rock and the Classic Rock Awards” added Eric Wellman, Program Director, WAXQ Q104.3 New York & Brand Manager, and Classic Rock, iHeartMedia. “We also congratulate our sister stations WDVE Pittsburgh and WTUE Dayton on their awards as well. We look forward to our continued partnership with KMG and Team Rock, and look forward to airing KMG’s exclusive Classic Rock Awards post show special on November 19th at 10pm, with legendary UK Air Personality Nicky Horne” “ We are thrilled to join our partners at TeamRock and Classic Rock m agazine in recognizing these great radio stations that carry the flag of Classic Roc k in their markets every day,” noted Gary Krantz , Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Krantz Media Group /KMG Networks . “ These are stations that play the greatest music of all time, dominate in audience, serve their advertise rs, and engage in their communities brilliantly . Their listeners have spoken !”
NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Affiliate Team Add Over 60 Affiliates In October
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– Even with the cooling temperatures, the Sun affiliate team stayed HOT this October adding over SIXTY stations to the SBG and Sun Latino families! The Fitz Show ventured into uncharted territory when it welcomed its first non-Country affiliate, Hot AC KZRC-FM in Bennington, OK! Keeping with Country, Nashville Minute with Fitz also welcomes WRIK-AM and The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver added WBTU-FM in Ft. Wayne, IN. Shazam for Radio saw a HUGE month adding more than a dozen new stations
And not to be outdone, Sun Latino has also been feverishly adding affiliates this month too, bringing the magic of Shazam for Radio to the Hispanic market with Lee Family Broadcasting’s KXTA-AM/FM and WNNW-AM in Boston! Sun Latino services En El Aire and Fuxion Audio welcomed Tejas Broadcasting stations KMJR-FM, KQFX-FM, and KGRW-FM and Salt Lake City’s KBJA-AM adds services 5 Alarm Music and Trynity HDFX. Full list by DMA - The House of Hair with Dee Snider, The Daily House of Hair Cut, The Fitz Show, The Hit List with Fitz and The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver all posted major additions.
ESPN2 Kicks Off First Take Veteran’s Day Special Next Week Before Live Military Audience
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– First Take kicks off ESPN’s week of Veteran’s Day programming with a live telecast from Joint Base Charleston in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. ET. Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim will be joined by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Darius Rucker. A live audience of military personnel will be present as the hosts discuss the topics of the day. “Veteran’s Day is one of our favorite shows every year,” said coordinating producer Antoine Lewis. “We think is important to honor America’s military men and women. It is also a great experience for us to interact and entertain the troops. It will be a great scene at Joint Base Charleston.”
Then on Tuesday, Nov. 8, First Take will air an Election Day Special featuring Smith vs. Kellerman on a presidential-style debate set. Viewers will get to vote on which commentator wins the debates of the day. Lewis added, “Election Day is a serious and important time for our country, but we just wanted to provide a little fun as well with our First Take Decision 2016. Stephen A. and Max are excited to let America vote during the show to decide who the best debater is, plus Jay Pharoah will increase the fun factor by adding commentary and impressions throughout the show. irst Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon. Follow First Take on Twitter, Facebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.
Jesse & Amanda With Pike Raise Big With Bras
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016 –– The Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the morning show just held it's first "Bras on Big 98.7"! Women brought their bras to the station all month long, Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning hung them in the studio and donated $1 for every bra! The money went to buy comfort items for local women battling cancer! Thanx to Bra donations, listener matches and companies getting involved, they were able to cut a BIG (like what I did there) check!! And here's the check to prove it.
Megyn Kelly Dishes On Roger Ailes In New Memoir
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'He Put His Hand Up My Dress And Grabbed My Bare (A)ss'
Revealing New Details In Taylor Swift Alleged DJ Assault Case
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2016 –– Three years after the alleged incident, more details of court documents detailing Taylor Swift's account of the former Denver morning host who allegedly groped her during a photo have been revealed. In her deposition, Swift explained what happened when she met then KYGO/Denver host David Mueller at a concert in 2013 during a meet-and-greet.
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed my bare (ass) -- As soon as he grabbed my (a)ss, I became shocked and withdrawn and was barely able to say 'Thanks for coming,' which is what I say to everybody. I was barely able to get the words out, and it was like somebody switched the light off in my personality. So it was pretty quick that he was gone after that."
Shortly after Swift's accusation went public, Mueller was fired from the station where he worked. He filed a lawsuit against Swift in 2015, alleging that it was a case of mistaken identity and pointed to co-worker, Eddie Haskell, who Mueller claimed bragged to him about taking a photo with Swift and 'grabbing her butt'.” Representatives for Swift deny that claim, saying “Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault – it was Mueller. Recently a judge agreed to seal a photo which allegedly shows the radio host groping Swift. They lost their case seeking to seal the transcripts, however - See actual court documents obtained by TMZ HERE PHOTO/Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock
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